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Panasonic HDC-HS80 Camcorder

B&H # PAHDCHS80 Mfr # HDC-HS80K
No Longer Available
Product Highlights
  • 1920 x 1080 HD Recording
  • 120GB Hard Disk Drive
  • SD/SDHC/SDXC Memory Card Slot
  • 1.5MP CMOS Sensor
  • 2.7" Touch Screen LCD
  • 34x Wide-Angle Zoom Lens
  • 42x Intelligent Zoom
  • HYBRID Optical Image Stabilization
  • Crystal Engine PRO
  • Digital Still Capture

The Panasonic HDC-HS80 Camcorder puts 1920 x 1080 high definition recording at your fingertips, along with hours upon hours of storage thanks to the 120GB hard disk drive and SD/SDHC/SDXC memory card slot. In addition, the camera features a number of shooting controls that take the guesswork out of shooting video. The HS80 sports respectable functionality, with the detail and beauty of HD, at a mid-range price-point.

The basic features of the HS80 reveal a 2.7" touch screen LCD, and a 34x wide-angle zoom lens. The LCD, aside from providing intuitive touch screen control of the camera also enables 1.0 second Quick Power-On and 0.6 second Quick Start. Both options get you shooting fast, while preserving battery life when you're not recording. On the inside, the camera has all the standard features one would expect a mid-range HD cam to have. Intelligent 42x zoom, optical image stabilization, a fast processor, and a 1/5.8" CMOS image sensor are core functions that help to make the video you capture as true-to-life as possible, not to mention, to keep the process moving.

Along with the core features you would expect to find on every camcorder for basic operation, the HS80 embodies a number of shooting controls that help to make the shooting experience an enjoyable one. While fast becoming the norm on HD camcorders, there are some that still do not provide a separate digital still capture function. The HS80 provides you with a 3MP still picture mode for taking pictures. Intelligent Resolution Technology, incorporated in the Crystal Engine PRO, helps to make your videos better without the need for you to do anything. This technology brings definition, while reducing noise, to your memories automatically.

Other features the camera offers up for stunning recordings include Intelligent Auto, which automatically sets the camera to the right settings for the situation, Face Recognition, which optimizes focus and exposure on your subject's faces, and other features like Face Detection, Intelligent Scene Selector, and Pre-Rec. There are many more features that make your recording easier as well; features like Color Night Rec, Focus Assist, composition guidelines... Whatever you're situation, the HS80 has a shooting control to help you capture wonderful memories that will last generations.

It's also worth mentioning that the HS80 features Panasonic's new zoom mic and wind noise canceller. With these two aspects of the camera you'll be able to get high-quality audio without the need for an external microphone or headphones. The zoom mic zooms in on your subject's audio, reducing other sounds to the background. Additionally, the wind noise canceller detects and suppresses wind noise - allowing for clearer audio, even when shooting on a windy day.

When you're ready to share your video the HS80 comes with Panasonic's HD Writer AE 3.0 software. This software helps you edit, share, and archive your footage. It will even help you get your videos up on sites like YouTube and Facebook. Other post-production options include connecting your camcorder to your HDTV via the optional VIERA Link and archiving your footage with an optional DVD burner.

Intelligent 42x Zoom and HYBRID O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer)
The HD 80 Series features an Intelligent Zoom function that goes all the way up to 42x. When using Intelligent Zoom, Intelligent Resolution technology lets you shoot at high zoom rates while preserving the image resolution. You get sharp images of highly detailed objects - without the blurry edges. Plus, the HD 80 Series is equipped with HYBRID O.I.S., an image stabilizer system that corrects hand-shake blurring by combining the action of its hybrid optical and electrical image stabilization systems. Even when zooming, where hand-shake often occurs, both optical and electrical hand-shake correction make it possible to record beautiful images with approximately 2 times the hand-shake suppressing effect as conventional models (SD60, TM60, HS60)
O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer) Lock
The image-stabilizing effect is increased by pressing and holding the O.I.S. Lock indication on the LCD screen, which maximizes the blur detection sensitivity. This is great for when you want to zoom at a fixed angle, like for bird watching
33.7mm Wide Angle
The 33.7mm wide-angle on the HD 80 Series fits more people and more of the background into the frame than conventional models. This is especially handy when you want to take a group photo in a small room
Crystal Engine PRO
The Crystal Engine PRO instantly processes the huge amount of data that goes into Full-HD images, and further enhances Full-HD quality. It produces smooth, high-resolution zoom shots even when the range exceeds the limit for optical zooming. Crystal Engine PRO clearly delineates even the tiniest details of your subject, with extremely natural beauty. In addition, its Noise Reduction (NR) technology has been completely redesigned. The low-frequency noise that occurs when recording in dim lighting has been further minimized. And Intelligent Resolution Technology ensures sharp and crisp pictures, resulting in bright and beautifully colored motion images
Intelligent Resolution Technology
The Intelligent Resolution Technology incorporated in the new Crystal Engine PRO uses edge detection technology to confirm the edges of objects within the image, then emphasizes the edges for optimal clarity. For example, it brings crisp definition to patterns and the outlines of objects like flowers. Conversely, it reduces noise and enhances the natural smoothness of parts without edges, like the sky. The increased sharpness is especially effective for images with delicate details. This highly advanced technology maximizes the beauty of Full-HD image
New Zoom Mic and Wind Noise Canceller
  • Zoom Mic:

    The Zoom Mic function that links with the camera's zoom action has evolved even further. Compared to previous models, the noise-reducing performance is improved by 1/3 (-10dB). It lets you clearly record the sound of your target subject

  • Wind Noise Canceller:

    The Wind Noise Canceller automatically detects and suppresses only wind noise. It lets you capture natural sounds with lifelike ambience even when shooting in windy conditions outdoors or by the sea

Still Picture Recording at 3.0MP with Intelligent Resolution Technology
In Still Picture Recording mode, Intelligent Resolution Technology lets you record clear still images with resolution up to 3.0 megapixels. Also, when playing back the moving pictures you shot, you can capture 3.0MP still images of any scene you want. The HD 80 Series lets you enjoy high quality in both motion and still images
Scene Mode
Automatically selects the most suitable shutter speed and aperture for the shooting location and situation

Sports, portrait, Low Light (motion image only), Spot Light, Snow, Beach, Sunset, Fireworks, Scenery, Night Scenery, Night Portrait (still image only)

Soft Skin Mode
When this function detects skin tones, it softens the focus in that area. This has a skin beautifying effect, which makes wrinkles and lines appear less noticeable. When turned on, this function makes blemishes and moles look less conspicuous, while preserving resolution in areas of the picture outside of the skin
Tele-Macro
You can shoot macro close-ups while maintaining a distance of 70cm from your subject. In addition, using the zoom at full magnification makes it much easier to capture extreme close-ups without your body or camera casting a shadow on the subject and while keeping the background in soft focus
iA (Intelligent Auto)
This powerful function senses the shooting conditions and automatically makes the settings and activates functions that will deliver optimal results. With both motion and still images, iA does the bothersome settings for you and makes it easy to capture beautiful, well-focused images
HYBRID O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer)
HYBRID O.I.S. corrects hand-shake blurring by combining the action of its hybrid optical and electrical image stabilization systems. Even when zooming, where hand-shake often occurs, both optical and electrical hand-shake correction make it possible to record beautiful images with approximately 2 times the hand-shake suppressing effect as conventional models

  • Active Mode:

    Active mode comes in handy when shooting while walking or playing with your children. The wide correction area corrects even relatively large hand-shake motion. It's especially good for active video shooting

Face Recognition
The Face Recognition function recognizes the faces of registered subjects, and automatically optimizes the focus and exposure for those special people. It continues to track the subject as he or she moves anywhere within the LCD frame, making it ideal for video shooting. It is extremely useful for capturing someone's face in a group. Names can also be registered and displayed on the LCD while shooting. A total of six people can be registered, and the names of up to three people at a time can be displayed in the shooting frame
AF/AE Tracking
Touch the LCD screen to indicate the subject, such as a person or an animal, that you want to focus on, and let AF/AE Tracking do the rest. The camera locks on the subject and follows it around, keeping it in sharp focus and properly exposed. It keeps tracking even if the subject turns to the side. This advanced function makes it easy to get a continually clear, beautiful shot of the subject in the scene you care most about
Intelligent Scene Selector
The Intelligent Scene Selector function analyzes the shooting situation and automatically switches the camcorder to the suitable scene mode that will give you optimal results

  • Portrait:

    This mode captures faces beautifully. With Soft Skin mode, complexions are automatically enhanced to make faces attractive

  • Scenery:

    This mode is ideal for shooting wide landscapes and sweeping vistas, such as at the ocean or in the mountains. It balances the exposure over the entire frame to prevent brighter parts of the image, such as the sky, from being washed out or having blown highlights

  • Spotlight:

    The camcorder automatically uses this mode for scenes with particularly strong contrast, such as when you're shooting a spot lit area on a darkened stage. It captures the well-lit subject perfectly and prevents washed-out areas

  • Low Light:

    In dim lighting, the camcorder automatically switches to a slower shutter speed so that images across the entire frame are bright and easy to see

Face Detection
Face Detection automatically senses the ambient lighting and adjusts the exposure accordingly, so faces are bright and easy to see. The focus also prioritizes the faces, and skin tones are smoothed. Faces in the center of the frame serve as the reference for adjustments, but the function can detect up to 15 faces at once
Intelligent Contrast Control
Intelligent Contrast Control detects the ambient light level and adjusts the exposure accordingly, helping to prevent blown highlights and blocked shadows. You can capture natural looking, highly nuanced images with proper contrast
Special iA Mode for Still Images
The iA function is active even when the camera is in still-image mode. When the Intelligent Scene Selector detects the shooting situation, it automatically switches to one of the five Scene modes for still-image shooting, and optimizes the settings for the still image

Smile Shot (Still Image)
The Smile Shot function automatically detects subject smiles, and captures the best possible smile while you're shooting movies. It lets you easily catch those fleeting, easy-to-miss stills of a smiling subject. It will also optimize the focus and exposure for your subject's smiling face

  • Capture the smiles of only certain subjects - Face Recognition Linked:

    This function detects subjects who are registered in advance and automatically snaps the shutter to catch the subject's best possible smile. It's great for capturing the smiles of certain people in a group

  • Capture the smiles of an entire group - Face Detection Linked:

    This function automatically snaps the people within the LCD frame smiles. It gives you shots of an entire group of people smiling, making it great for group shots

  • Capture the smiling face of a moving subject - AF/AE Tracking Linked:

    Simply touch a subject within the LCD frame. This function will then lock on and start tracking your subject. When the subject smiles, it'll automatically snap the shutter

2.7" Wide LCD with Intuitive Touch Operation
The easy-to-view 6.7 cm/2.7" wide LCD screen allows intuitive fingertip touch-operation. When shooting, you can use Touch Zoom to instantly zoom in and out by simply touching your fingertips, and Touch Shutter to automatically focus when shooting still images by simply touching the subject on the screen. For playback, you can also change thumbnail pages by sliding a fingertip across the screen. You get smooth, intuitive operation and don't have to take your eyes off of the LCD screen

  • Touch Zoom:

    You can easily zoom in and zoom out by simply touching the LCD with your fingertips. Shoot at any angle of view while watching the screen

  • Touch Shutter:

    Even when shooting movies, you can touch the subject on the screen to instantly focus on it, and easily switch to still-image shooting

  • Touch operation for playback:

    You can flip through thumbnail pages, display one of the thumbnail scenes, highlight a scene, and more, with easy, intuitive, fingertip operation

1.0 Sec Quick Power-On
Switch the power on and the HD camcorders are in standby mode in approx. 1.0 seconds, ready to shoot when you are. When the LCD is closed, the power automatically switches off. This fast startup and automatic shutdown also help reduce battery consumption
0.6 Sec Quick Start
Using Quick Start mode, you simply flip open the LCD and you're ready to shoot in just 0.6 seconds. When Eco mode is also used, the power turns off whenever the camcorder has not been operated for 5 minutes. This reduces wasted power consumption, and enables a longer battery life
120GB HDD
The internal hard drive lets you record continuously for up to 51 hours without changing a disc, SDXC/SDHC/SD Memory Card or other recording media

Anti-Shock Shield

  • 1: The drop detect function senses if the camera is falling and moves the head away from the hard drive
    Incorporating a 3D sensor, this function detects if the camera drops a distance of around 20cm and responds by automatically moving the head away from the hard drive. This helps protect the drive from damage
  • 2: The floating structure protects the hard drive should the camera fall or be dropped
    The corners of the hard drive are covered with a thick protective gel that provides cushioning against vibration and impact
  • 3: The buffer memory automatically backs up data
    Even when the drop detect function activates and moves the head away from the hard drive shooting can be continued (as long as there is battery power). The newly recovered data is stored temporarily in an internal buffer memory. Once the hard drive resumes operation, the data is transferred to it
Pre-Rec Function
This smart function records three seconds of images even before you actually begin shooting. The images are held temporarily in the camcorder's internal memory, before recording begins. This helps ensure that you won't miss the start of a moment you want to record, such as when an event begins all of a sudden. For example, if you're waiting to snap a shot of a jumping dolphin, you can press the REC button after you've made sure that the dolphin has cleared the surface of the water. The camcorder will record the entire scene, from the instant of the dolphin's jump until it disappears again into the sea
Auto Power LCD
The LCD brightness can be adjusted manually to suit the surroundings. In Auto Mode, the LCD brightness is adjusted automatically in 16 smooth steps depending on the surroundings. In darker rooms it adjusts to a lower brightness, making it easier to frame the shot. Outside, it adjusts to almost twice the brightness for easy viewing even on sunny days
Wide Viewing Angle
The LCD has a highly detailed, 230,400 dots display and a viewing angle of 170°, both vertically and horizontally. Images are clear and bright even when viewed from an angle, so everyone can gather around the LCD to enjoy on-the-spot recordings. The wide viewing angle is also great for taking high or low-angle shots
AGS (Auto Ground-Directional Standby)
The O.I.S. linear motor system can detect when the camera is in an unusual shooting position - such as when you've inadvertently left it on in recording mode. In these cases, the camera automatically stops recording, saving both battery power and media storage space
60 Frames/Sec High-Speed Burst Shooting
This function lets the camcorder snap up to 60 consecutive 0.9MP still images per second for a total of 180 continuous images in about 3 seconds. The resolution can also be increased and up to 30 consecutive 2.1MP still images per second can be shot for a total of 90 continuous images in about 3 seconds. You can use it to analyze a golf swing, tennis stroke or other motion. You can also use it to get good shots of subjects in fast motion. Just fire off a number of shots without stopping, then keep the best ones and delete the rest.
Focus Assist
This function shows which subjects are in-focus by displaying their outlines in blue. You can easily check the focus on LCD when manually focusing, to ensure consistently clear, sharp images
Composition Guide Lines
With wide LCD monitors, it's hard to keep images perfectly level. The HD 80 Series solve this by displaying horizontal and vertical Composition Guide Lines that make it easy to keep the subject straight and level
LED Video Light
When the camera determines that the ambient lighting is insufficient, it automatically switches the light on. This illuminates your subject for shooting. The LED (light emitting diode) has low power consumption, a long service life, and the safety of a low operating temperature
Color Night Rec/Color Night View
Leave the light off. Color Night Rec/Color Night View gives you images with color even in dim lighting (1 lux)
World Time
Setting the time is as easy as selecting a city from the displayed map. The World Time function lets you set the time for two cities, home and destination. You don't have to figure out the time difference at your destination, and it's easy when you get home
Advanced Highlight Playback
Select the days of the recordings you want to see, and this innovative function automatically selects the most exciting scenes, arranges them, and plays them, with music. It decides how exciting a scene is, based on zooming, panning, and scene changes, and whether there are faces. The 80 Series have both advanced with the addition of playback effects that include slow motion, still image fading, and flash playback. Four new image effect modes - natural, pop, dynamic and classical - have also been added. Set different effects based on the mood of your images, and enjoy memorable scenes just the way you remember them when shooting. The Face Highlight Playback mode places priority on selecting the faces of subjects who are registered in the Face Recognition function, for quick playback of the scenes where they are clearly recorded, together with music

Playback image effect mode

  • Natural:

    Enjoy more impressive highlight playback with natural switching effects

  • Pop:

    View highlight playback of the images you've taken, together with a variety of fun effects

  • Dynamic:

    Enjoy highlight playback with speedy, dynamic effects

  • Classical:

    Enjoy highlight playback with dramatic effects applied mainly to your subject's faces

Face Highlight, Highlight, and Time Frame Index
The index function has been enhanced with the addition of a feature that divides each recorded scene into a number of smaller scenes, and displays thumbnails for each. This makes it much easier to find a particular part of a scene without having to fast-forward

  • Face Highlight Index:

    The Face Highlight Index selects scenes that have faces in them and displays them in an index format. This handy function lets you quickly find and view scenes that have people in them

  • Highight Index:

    The camera automatically selects and displays the most exciting scenes. It determines the level of importance of each scene based on zooming and panning, and whether there are faces. This gives you an easy, convenient way to view all the highlights together

  • Time Frame Index:

    This mode divides each recorded clip into 3-second, 6-second, 12-second, 1-minute and 5-minute intervals, and displays them. This is convenient when you want to find a specific scene within a long clip

Easy Connecting, Easy Viewing
Just connect your HD camcorder to an HDTV and get ready for an incredible high-definition video show. If your TV is HDMI compatible, a single HDMI mini cable is all you need. When using a video component cable, you need a separate audio cable

  • VIERA Link:

    Connect your HD camcorder to a VIERA or compatible Blu-ray Disc Player via an HDMI mini cable, and you can control both units in synchronized operation with a single remote control. This kind of simple, easy operation makes it enjoyable to view your recordings

  • VIERA Image Viewer:

    Just slip the SD card from your camcorder into the VIERA Image Viewer card slot on your VIERA TV, and you're ready to view full-HD moving images recorded

Archiving and Playback
The HD camcorders have a USB Host function that lets you connect directly to a DVD burner via a USB cable. Then just press a button and you can copy the moving images you recorded from the SD card, Built-in Memory, or HDD to a DVD disc

  • Easy AVCHD to MPEG-2 Conversion:

    You can make a copy either in the original high-definition AVCHD format, or in the standard-definition DVD-Video (MPEG-2) format. Choose the one that matches your playback equipment

  • Playback with a DVD burner:

    To view the disc you just burned, simply connect the HD camcorder to an HDTV via an HDMI mini cable

Editing, Archiving, and YouTube Upload
HD Writer AE 3.0 software, included with the camcorder, makes it easy to play or edit videos on your PC and have more fun when the shooting's done

Also Enjoyable When the Shooting's Done

  • Importing Data:

    When the camcorder is connected to a PC, the software automatically starts up. Importing data takes only a few clicks of the mouse

  • Easy YouTube and Facebook Uploading:

    The videos you've recorded are easily uploaded to YouTube or Facebook in their original high quality. HD Writer AE 3.0 lets you share your videos worldwide

  • Highlight Playback:

    Chooses the most exciting scenes and plays them all together, back by music

  • Editing:

    It's easy to add titles, rearrange scenes, provide transition effects, and edit images in single frame units

  • Archiving:

    Make a copy either in the original high-definition AVCHD format, or in the standard-definition DVD-Video (MPEG-2) format

Camera
Sensor 1.5 Megapixel 1/5.8"  CMOS
Optics
Lens 2.38 - 81 mm
f/1.8 - 4.0
Zoom Optical: 34x
Intelligent (Optical): 42x
Digital: 2000x
Recording
System NTSC
Recording Media Hard Disk Drive 120GB 
SD/SDHC, SDXC  
Recording Time Hard Disk Drive GB
120GB: HA: 15 hours, 50 minutes; HG: 20 hours, 30 minutes; HX: 31 hours, 20 minutes; HE: 51 hours
SD GB
4GB: HA: 30 minutes; HG: 40 minutes; HX: 1 hour; HE: 1 hour, 30 minutes
16GB: HA: 2 hours; HG: 2 hours, 40 minutes; HX: 4 hours, 10 minutes; HE: 6 hours, 40 minutes
32G: HA: 4 hours, 10 minutes; HG: 5 hours, 30 minutes; HX: 8 hours, 20 minutes; HE: 13 hours, 40 minutes
64GB: HA: 8 hours, 30 minutes; HG: 11 hours; HX: 16 hours, 50 minutes; HE: 27 hours, 30 minutes
Video Format High Definition
MPEG AVC/H.264
1920 x 1080i / 60 fps
Still Image Resolution JPEG: 2.6 Megapixel, 1856 x 1392
JPEG: 2.8 Megapixel, 2064 x 1376
JPEG: 3.0 Megapixel, 2304 x 1296
Channels 2.0-Channel Stereo
Display
Display Type LCD
Touchscreen Yes
Screen Size 2.7"
2nd Display
Projector
Features
Image Stabilization Optical
Lux 1400
7.0 (1/30 Low Light scene mode)
1 (Color Night Rec)
Built-in Mic Yes
Built-in Speaker Yes
Built-in Light/Flash Light - Yes
Flash - No
Tripod Mount 1/4"
Input/Output Connectors
Inputs None
Outputs 1x HDMI C (Mini)
1x USB 2.0
1x A/V
Microphone Input No
Headphone Jack No
General
System Requirements Windows
  • XP (SP3)
    Vista
    7
  • Pentium 4 2.8GHz Processor or greater

Mac
  • OS X 10.6.3
  • Core 2 Duo Processor or greater
Battery Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery Pack
Dimensions (WxHxD) 2.4 x 2.5 x 4.3" / 60.0 x 64.0 x 109.0 mm
Weight .58 lb / 265 g
Panasonic HDC-HS80 Camcorder
  • AC Adapter
  • AC Cable
  • Rechargeable Battery Pack
  • A/V Multi Cable
  • USB Cable
  • HD Writer AE 3.0 CD-ROM
  • Stylus Pen
  • 90-Days Labor & 1-Year Parts Limited Warranty
  • REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

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    PanasonicHDC-HS80 Camcorder
     
    4.5

    (based on 24 reviews)

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    96%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Zoom range/performance (35)
    • Easy to use (22)
    • Great picture quality (19)
    • Image stabilization (19)
    • Large clear LCD (16)

    Cons

    • Poor in low light (4)

    Best Uses

    • Home movies (17)
    • Travel (17)
    • HD shooting (13)
    • Weddings (12)
    • Movies/short films (7)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Casual user (19), Enthusiast (5)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (22)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Above average camera

    I use this Camera mostly for filming family and trips like fishing and hunting.

    Pros: 34x optical zoom 42x with digital, works amazing getting that close up of wildlife is extremely...Read complete review

    I use this Camera mostly for filming family and trips like fishing and hunting.

    Pros: 34x optical zoom 42x with digital, works amazing getting that close up of wildlife is extremely easy with this set up and the digital zoom is upgraded so its near impossible to tell the difference from optical.

    easy to use, auto works as advertised on panasonics website, only takes a half a second for camera to adjust to differing lighting conditions.

    My first touch screen Camera... I will never ever buy another camera without this feature you cannot say enough about this its just amazingly handy.

    Cons: Panning at more than a moderate speed will cause the ccd (camera sensor) to slow down the frame rate giving your movie mild stutter.

    at maximum zoom you definitely want to have your arm braced against something solid as the optical stabilization will have a very hard time keeping the image still, very difficult to use anything above 30 x zoom from a moving platform (eg car boat)

    It seem to me that 1080i setting (does NOT do 1080p) is not actually 1080 just very close as my HD monitor for my computer shows the video in a smaller box at the video's native resolution.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Died after 6 months - $111 Repair Bill

    Camcorder was nice at a good price but died after 6 months and only has a 90 day labor warranty. And will cost $111. to repair it, so in the end it's not...Read complete review

    Camcorder was nice at a good price but died after 6 months and only has a 90 day labor warranty. And will cost $111. to repair it, so in the end it's not worth it, DO NOT BUY!

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    1.0

    Died after 6 months - $111 Repair Bill

    By NickName

    from USA

    About Me Casual User

    Pros

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Panasonic HDC-HS80 Camcorder:

          Camcorder was nice at a good price but died after 6 months and only has a 90 day labor warranty. And will cost $111. to repair it, so in the end it's not worth it, DO NOT BUY!

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          5.0

          love this camera

          By trkdoc

          from Barnhart, Mo

          About Me Casual User

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy to Use
          • Good Image Stabilization
          • Good in Low Light
          • Great Picture Quality
          • Great Sound
          • Great Zoom
          • Large Clear LCD
          • Zoom range/performance

          Cons

          • Small Battery

          Best Uses

          • HD Shooting
          • Home Movies
          • Travel
          • Weddings/Events

          Comments about Panasonic HDC-HS80 Camcorder:

          I like the storage space provided by the internal hard drive, the touch screen works great, easy operation, not complicated at all but still has a lot of features, good quality of picture and sound. I would like the battery to last longer but a second battery will solve that issue. I think it is an excellent choice and would buy it again.

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          4.0

          Just received

          By Photo-boy

          from San Jose, CA

          About Me Casual User

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy to Use
          • Good Image Stabilization
          • Great Picture Quality
          • Great Zoom

          Cons

          • Poor In Low Light

          Best Uses

          • Travel

          Comments about Panasonic HDC-HS80 Camcorder:

          I just received this camera and love the small size. Was able to recently use it at a sporting event and the picture looks great. Just Ned to figure out all the features. Like using the hash marks to film and zoom is smooth. Easy loading of video onto my Mac, which has been a nightmare with my Sony products for video. Like the face recognition features as well. My outdoor video was not as bright as I thought it would be as I was in a very bright setting, but maybe I need to set up something on the camera. Would like a little more battery life as well. So far, I really happy with it. Always happy with B&H products and service as well.

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          5.0

          Great Little Cam

          By Educator

          from New York, NY

          About Me Casual User

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy to Use
          • Good Image Stabilization
          • Good in Low Light
          • Great Picture Quality
          • Great Sound
          • Zoom range/performance

          Cons

          • No External Mic Input

          Best Uses

          • HD Shooting
          • Home Movies
          • Movies/Short Films
          • Travel
          • Weddings/Events

          Comments about Panasonic HDC-HS80 Camcorder:

          This is a great little camera. It has so many features; and the most notable at least for us is the image stabilization which works great. The cam is very light and the battery last a long time (enough for 1hr plus of recording). Thanks.

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          4.0

          Excelent light camera for everyday use

          By Andres

          from Buenos Aires, Argentina

          About Me Casual User

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy to Use
          • Great Picture Quality

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Home Movies
            • Movies/Short Films

            Comments about Panasonic HDC-HS80 Camcorder:

            I bought it for everyday use, to record and share special moments. It's the easiest to use gear you might get, with excelent image quality at a very affordable price.

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            4.0

            Good Value

            By Jim

            from Nashville, TN

            About Me Casual User

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy to Use
            • Good Image Stabilization
            • Great Zoom
            • Large Clear LCD
            • Zoom range/performance

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Home Movies

              Comments about Panasonic HDC-HS80 Camcorder:

              I was looking for a camcorder to convert my 40 year old 8 mm home movies to digital form. This camcorder worked well for this task. The hard drive allowed a lot of recording at one time.

              The included software was also useful and a bonus. It includes wizards for specific tasks that make it useable out of the box.

              You can turn most of the features of the camcorder on and off making the unit really flexible.

              Since this is the only camcorder that I have ever used, I cannot say much about video quality other than it looks good to me.

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              5.0

              I love it,but its early.

              By JC the carpenter

              from Ohio

              About Me Casual User

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy to Use
              • Good Image Stabilization
              • Good in Low Light
              • Great Picture Quality
              • Great Zoom
              • Large Clear LCD
              • Zoom range/performance

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Indoors/Low Light
                • Travel
                • Weddings/Events

                Comments about Panasonic HDC-HS80 Camcorder:

                My first camcorder,so I'm a beginner.Love the size and feel.

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                5.0

                Helps Feed My Artistic Soul

                By LindaD

                from St Petersburg, Florida

                About Me Casual User

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy to Use
                • Good Image Stabilization
                • Good in Low Light
                • Great Picture Quality
                • Great Sound
                • Great Zoom
                • Large Clear LCD

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • HD Shooting
                  • Home Movies
                  • Movies/Short Films
                  • Travel

                  Comments about Panasonic HDC-HS80 Camcorder:

                  I use my camcorder primarily to film workshops given by and for the Art Cloth Alliance by its members and to create art videos for art shows and galleries.

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                  4.0

                  great camera

                  By mr rigth

                  from chicago, IL

                  About Me Video Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy to Use
                  • Good Image Stabilization
                  • Good in Low Light
                  • Great Picture Quality
                  • Ha a built in light
                  • Zoom range/performance

                  Cons

                  • No mini hdmi cable includ
                  • Poor In Low Light

                  Best Uses

                  • Documentaries
                  • HD Shooting
                  • Home Movies
                  • Travel
                  • Weddings/Events

                  Comments about Panasonic HDC-HS80 Camcorder:

                  HD is awesome I had sd panasonic camera with 3ccd before and after 4 years it was time to upgrade the picture quality is awesome and the pic stabilizer really makes a difference I plan to burn my movies to bluray to really get a good use of the camera I also bought an extra battery and a mini hdmi cable to view movies on tv what I like is the touch screen. you can pick by recording scene and view in tv as opposed to rewind tapes in the past I am glad i bought it.

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                  5.0

                  a very nice camcorder

                  By HR

                  from Seattle, WA

                  About Me Casual User

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy to Use
                  • Great Zoom
                  • Zoom range/performance

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Home Movies
                    • Travel

                    Comments about Panasonic HDC-HS80 Camcorder:

                    At the first glance, this camcorder looks like a cheap one. However, it's very powerful. First of all, it is very light, good to hold and record vedios for a long time. What surprised me the most was the lens. It has a 42x zoom lens, which is awesome. After all, a very good camcorder to have, and worth the money.

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                    4.0

                    Great for the money

                    By Bluiis48

                    from Kelowna, BC, Canada

                    About Me Video Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Good Image Stabilization
                    • Great Picture Quality
                    • Great Sound
                    • Great value
                    • Large Clear LCD
                    • Zoom range/performance

                    Cons

                    • Manual could be clearer

                    Best Uses

                    • Home Movies
                    • Travel
                    • Weddings/Events

                    Comments about Panasonic HDC-HS80 Camcorder:

                    Very good HD quality for a single CCD. The manual is large but the instructions for some settings need more explanation, e.g. zoom mic setting can only be accessed from manual mode and the explanations of the HD video modes could easily be misconstrued causing the user to think they were using best quality when in fact they were set to poorest. This may be the cause for some reviews critical of HD output. The strap is rather thin and difficult to adjust for a comfortable tension on the hand while using the zoom button which is probably a compromise needed to keep the camera compact. Given my short time with the product I may be overly critical but I can say that bang for the buck is fantastic. Awesome zoom, very good sound, great HD (when using the HA setting) and some very slick features like facial recognition, smile detection (which will snap a still of recognised faces during filming) and surprisingly good still quality for such a low megapixel rating make this a pretty good "only camera" with light weight and small size. Highly recommended

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                    5.0

                    great HD camcorder

                    By kevcanadian

                    from toronto canada

                    About Me Video Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy to Use
                    • Good Image Stabilization
                    • Good in Low Light
                    • Great Picture Quality
                    • Great Sound
                    • Great Zoom
                    • Large Clear LCD
                    • Zoom range/performance

                    Cons

                    • No External Mic Input

                    Best Uses

                    • HD Shooting
                    • Home Movies
                    • Indoors/Low Light
                    • Travel
                    • Weddings/Events

                    Comments about Panasonic HDC-HS80 Camcorder:

                    For the price this is a great HD camcorder.It is very small and light,great for filming long periods of time.Very easy to use,all functions can be used just by touching the screen.

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                    5.0

                    I would buy this and will buy from B& H

                    By eldho

                    from new york

                    About Me Casual User

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy to Use
                    • Good Image Stabilization
                    • Great Picture Quality
                    • Great Sound
                    • Great Zoom

                    Cons

                    • Poor In Low Light

                    Best Uses

                    • HD Shooting
                    • Home Movies
                    • Movies/Short Films
                    • Travel

                    Comments about Panasonic HDC-HS80 Camcorder:

                    for recording moments of our son.
                    mostly family moments, videos, pictures
                    easy to use

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                    • No

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                    5.0

                    this camcorder is worth every penny

                    By Dan

                    from ontario,canada

                    About Me Casual User

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy to Use
                    • Good Image Stabilization
                    • Good in Low Light
                    • Great Picture Quality
                    • Great Sound
                    • Great Zoom
                    • Large Clear LCD
                    • Zoom range/performance

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • HD Shooting
                      • Home Movies
                      • Indoors/Low Light
                      • Movies/Short Films
                      • Travel
                      • Weddings/Events

                      Comments about Panasonic HDC-HS80 Camcorder:

                      good for pics and video.
                      clear video,zoom awsome.
                      have not found anything i don't like so far.

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                      5.0

                      Great camera

                      By Duece

                      from Ketchum, OK

                      About Me Casual User

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy to Use
                      • Good Image Stabilization
                      • Good in Low Light
                      • Great Picture Quality
                      • Great Sound
                      • Great Zoom
                      • Large Clear LCD
                      • Zoom range/performance

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about Panasonic HDC-HS80 Camcorder:

                          I just got this camcorder so I haven't used it a lot, but so far so good. I'll be using it for birthday parties, school programs, etc. I like the size of the camera, ease of use, the light on it, & the clarity of the picture. I think it's going to do everything I need it to do and more.

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                          4.0

                          Great Family camcorder

                          By Nathan the Bear

                          from Tulsa, Oklahoma

                          About Me Casual User

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Easy to Use
                          • Good Image Stabilization
                          • Great Zoom
                          • Large Clear LCD
                          • Zoom range/performance

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • HD Shooting
                            • Home Movies
                            • Weddings/Events

                            Comments about Panasonic HDC-HS80 Camcorder:

                            Have found it easy to use. Need to get accustomed to the lighting conditions when filming.

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                            5.0

                            HDC-HS80 Camcorder

                            By Plano Dad

                            from Plano, TX

                            About Me Casual User

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Easy to Use
                            • Good in Low Light
                            • Great Picture Quality
                            • Great Zoom
                            • Large Clear LCD
                            • Zoom range/performance

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                                Comments about Panasonic HDC-HS80 Camcorder:

                                Camcorder has been great so far. Used it on a tripod to record lacrosse games. Playback is great and recording to hard drive or memory card seems to work like expected. Auto focus works well. Can zoom in quickly or cover most of the side of the field. Wide angle is great.

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                                4.0

                                Excellent camcorder !!!

                                By Rajeev

                                from NYC & Mumbai - India

                                About Me Video Enthusiast

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Easy to Use
                                • Great Picture Quality
                                • Great Zoom
                                • Large Clear LCD
                                • Zoom range/performance

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • HD Shooting
                                  • Travel
                                  • Weddings/Events

                                  Comments about Panasonic HDC-HS80 Camcorder:

                                  I am using this for general family functions and just excellent, it serve it's purpose.

                                  Very handy and touch screen control are just great.

                                  Very intuitive...only thing I miss is optical eyepiece.

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                                  5.0

                                  I would buy this product again and again

                                  By Nickolay

                                  from Almaty, Kazakhstan

                                  About Me Video Enthusiast

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Easy to Use
                                  • Good Image Stabilization
                                  • Good in Low Light
                                  • Great Picture Quality
                                  • Great Sound
                                  • Great Zoom
                                  • Large Clear LCD
                                  • Zoom range/performance

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Documentaries
                                    • HD Shooting
                                    • Home Movies
                                    • Indoors/Low Light
                                    • Movies/Short Films
                                    • Travel
                                    • Weddings/Events

                                    Comments about Panasonic HDC-HS80 Camcorder:

                                    I'm use my new camcorder for my family.

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                                    • Yes

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                                    5.0

                                    Perfect Camcorder - I am in Love

                                    By Temesh - Love yourself

                                    from Calgary, Canada

                                    About Me Casual User

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Easy to Use
                                    • Good Image Stabilization
                                    • Great Picture Quality
                                    • Great Sound
                                    • Large Clear LCD
                                    • Zoom range/performance

                                    Cons

                                    • Poor In Low Light

                                    Best Uses

                                    • HD Shooting
                                    • Home Movies
                                    • Indoors/Low Light
                                    • Movies/Short Films
                                    • Travel
                                    • Weddings/Events

                                    Comments about Panasonic HDC-HS80 Camcorder:

                                    I only use for capturing moments @ home, travel, wedding, celebrations Etc..
                                    Its just good for people like me who are just new to Video Photography. Makes our job simple to use, clear instructions.

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                                    • Yes

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