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Panasonic Digital Camcorder Review

Factors To Consider When Reading A Panasonic Digital Camcorder Review

Panasonic Digital Camcorder Review

 

Digital camcorders come in a wide range of styles, functions, price ranges and features.  One of the leading digital camcorder vendors is Panasonic, which pretty much created the camcorder market back in the 1980s.  A complete Panasonic digital camcorder review would take longer than we have for this article, but running through the basics is doable. These are details you should pay attention to and consider when reading a Panasonic camcorder review.

Camcorders have come a long way since then – tape has vanished, replaced by DAT, then digital mini disks, then hard drive driven ones, and now ones that will write directly to a DVD, fast enough to keep up with the action.

Touching on camcorder basics, decide what you're planning on doing with the camcorder, and how often you're going to use it.  Ask yourself what mechanism you'll be using to get the video from your camcorder to whatever software you'll be editing it in.  Also, ask yourself if you want to be an early adopter for high definition video, or if you want to wait a while to see how that market shakes out.

Panasonic's range of camcorders show their long term experience with the form factor of these devices.  All the controls are put right where you'd more or less want them when shooting, and most have the flip-out micro LCD display to let you avoid using an optical sight while running the shoot. 

Your choices for video quality boil down to standard quality (720 by 480) or high definition, which has a range running between 1440 by 1080 to 1366 by 768, depending on the model.  While it's tempting to get the biggest and best (budget permitting), these high definition camcorders are full of "early adopter" trade offs; they tend to only shoot 15 minutes of video at a time, they burn to single sided DVDs, and can take 5 minutes or more to finalize the DVD, giving you a sequence of "15 minutes of shooting, 10 minutes of swapping DVDs out, 15 minutes of shooting again".  Some can't write the DVDs until they're plugged into an external power source.

By way of comparison, most conventional definition camcorders can handle an hour or more of constant (or intermittent) shooting on one DVD, or storing straight into the hard drive.

In general, devices with hard drives offer better performance and more hassle free video recording than devices that burn to a removable media, though that gap is expected to close.  If you do get a high def camcorder, be sure to get one that allows you to select the video resolution, so you can choose how to record your video to shoot your needs – a lot of the "first to market" high def camcorders cannot do this.

We hope that this Panasonic digital camcorder review was of use to you in selecting the features you'll need.

 

Panasonic Digital Camcorder Review

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