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Panasonic HDC-MDH1 AVCHD PAL Camcorder

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Panasonic HDC-MDH1 AVCHD PAL Camcorder

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Product Highlights

  • 1/4.1" MOS Sensor
  • 1080/50i, 576/50i
  • 2.7" Touchscreen LCD
  • 16.8x Optical Zoom
  • iA Intelligent Auto
  • SD Memory Card Recording
  • HDMI, Component Output
  • Zoom Microphone
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WARNING: This is a "PAL" product and CANNOT be used with USA/NTSC systems.

You Pay: $949.95

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Panasonic's HDC-MDH1 AVCHD PAL Camcorder is a shoulder-mount HD camera with a pro-style form factor that gives you added comfort and stability during long handheld shoots. Capable of capturing full HD 1920 x 1080 or down converted standard-definition 576i video, the camera provides the versatility and convenience necessary for getting your shots the way you want them. A tiltable viewfinder and touchscreen LCD screen help you compose with ease, while the 16.8x optical/23x Intelligent zoom lens gets you as close to the action as you're likely to need. At the same time, a built-in zoom microphone follows the lens' lead, making sure that what you see is also what you hear.

Whether shooting weddings, events, or even a low-budget indie, the HDC-MDH1's full manual control over shutter speed, aperture, white balance, and focus--not to mention its large front focus ring--allow you to bring professional polish and finesse to all your videography.

Shoulder-Type Design
The HDC-MDH-1 offers the stability of shoulder-mount shooting, packed into a high-mobility compact package. Comes complete with large grip and zoom lever, plus a wide-diameter focus ring for smooth, positive operation.
External Stereo Microphone Included
Connecting the external microphone lets you record high-quality sound while you shoot.
Sub Record Button & Sub Zoom Lever
REC start/stop button and zoom lever are mounted on the top of the handgrip. This is particularly helpful for smooth operation when shooting from low angles.
Manual Focus Ring
The large, easy-to-hold focus ring gives you quick, precise focus control. It lets you take both subtle, delicate shots and bold, expressive ones.
Large Eyecup
By contacting the camera at three points--the large eyecup, the grip belt, and the shoulder pad--you gain outstanding stability compared to a conventional "handy type" camera.
Tiltable Viewfinder
The viewfinder tilts up and down--a real convenience when making high-angle and low-angle shots.
Long Life Battery Included
For long events, this battery lasts up to 5 hours and lets you concentrate on shooting--without worrying about battery reserves.
AC Adapter/Battery Charger
The AC adapter doubles as a battery charger.
Built-in Zoom Microphone
In proportion to the zoom setting of the lens, the two ECMs (electret condenser microphones) adjust automatically to bring sound and images together for exceptional atmosphere.
Full-HD 1920 x 1080 Recording
The MDH-1 lets you shoot with Full-HD picture quality. You can capture the fine details of important events in high-definition and then enjoy the beautiful results on a large HDTV screen.
HD/Standard Recording in AVCHD Format
Standard image quality can also be recorded by the camera. Therefore, you can choose the optimum format for different playback and editing situations. And since this standard image format is resized from Full-HD, picture quality is more attractive and detailed than in conventional DV recordings.
Intelligent 23x Zoom
Intelligent Zoom, which was achieved due to the Intelligent Resolution technology of the MDH-1's image processing LSI "Crystal Engine PRO," enables telephoto shots at up to 23x magnification. Even when the optical zoom range is exceeded, telephoto shots maintain their clear, beautiful HD image quality.
Touch Screen 2.7" LCD Monitor
Control settings are made by simply touching the LCD screen. Operation is intuitive and easy, and the large letters are easy to read. Shooting and viewing are simple and stress-free--even for beginners.
35.8mm Wide-Angle
The 35.8mm wide-angle setting on the MDH-1 fits more people and more of the background into the frame than a conventional 42mm lens. This is especially handy when you want to take a group photo in a small room. For even wider angle 25mm results, add the optional VW-4607H Wide Conversion Lens.
iA (Intelligent Auto)
This powerful function senses the shooting conditions and automatically makes the settings and activates functions that will deliver optimal results.
HYBRID O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer)
This hybrid system combines the advantages of optical stabilization and electronic stabilization in one. It helps capture beautiful images under all conditions by detecting and compensating for instability caused by a variety of movements. In addition to optical stabilization, it provides more powerful electronic correction during high-power zooming.
O.I.S. Lock
Pressing the O.I.S. Lock button on the LCD monitor maximizes the camera's blur detection sensitivity and correction. This is ideal for applications like bird watching, which call for zooming at a fixed angle. (Considerable blurring occurs when panning or tilting the camera, due to the movement of the corrective lens.)
Wind Noise Canceller
This function automatically detects and suppresses only wind noise, to give you natural sounds with lifelike ambience.
SD Memory Card Recording
The MDH-1 records on SDXC/SDHC/SD Memory Cards to provide outstanding compatibility with PC applications and rapid data transfer. Compared to the DVC format, this media's image data can be transferred to a computer in about half the time to get jobs done more efficiently.
Manual Functions for Creative Flexibility
Let your true creativity shine, with a wealth of manual controls at your fingertips. Of course, you can also switch to auto mode, ideal when you need to start shooting at a moment's notice.
 

  • On-Screen Assist Functions (Zebra Pattern/Luminance Level/Histogram)
  • Manual Focus Adjustment
  • Manual Shutter Speed
  • Manual Iris Adjustment
  • Manual White Balance
Signal System 1080/50i, 576/50i (PAL)
Image Device 1/4.1" MOS
Resolution 3.32MP
Effective, Video: 1.44MP (4:3), 1.92MP (16:9)
Effective, Still: 2.08MP (3:2), 1.92MP (16:9), 2.16MP (4:3)
Lens 16.8x Optical Zoom (23x Intelligent, 50x Digital Zoom)
2.90-48.7mm (35mm equivalent: 35.8-716mm (16:9), 43.9-878mm (4:3)
f/1.8-2.6
Sensitivity 1400 lux
Minimum Illumination 4 lux (1/25, Low Light scene mode)
1 lux (Color Night View)
Recording Format AVCHD; MPEG4-AVC/H.264 (AVCHD standard compliant)
Recording Modes 1920 x 1080 (VBR):
HA - 17Mbps
HG - 13Mbps
HX - 9Mbps
HE - 5Mbps

720 x 576 (VBR):
SA - 9Mbps
SX - 4.5Mbps
Image Stabilization Hybrid O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer) / O.I.S. Lock
Shutter Speed 1/50 - 1/8000
Auto Slow Shutter ON: 1/25 - 1/8000
Manual Controls Focus, Iris, White Balance
Viewfinder Tiltable EVF
LCD Monitor 2.7" Touch Screen LCD (230,400 dots)
Speaker Dynamic type
Microphone 2ch Stereo, Zoom Microphone
Audio Compression Dolby Digital (2ch)
Input and Output Connectors HDMI (x1 Output)
Component: RCAx3 (x1 Output)
Composite: RCA (x1 Output)
Mic: 3.5mm Mini Jack (x1 Input)
Headphone: 3.5mm Mini Jack (x1 Output)
USB: USB 2.0
Memory Card Slot SD/SDHC/SDXC
Power Requirements 7.2/9.3VDC
2500mAh (min.) Li-Ion Battery
Power Consumption 5W (max.)
Dimensions (WxHxD) 8.5 x 8.8 x 17" (21.6 x 22.4 x 43.2 cm)
Weight 4 lbs (1.8kg)
Panasonic HDC-MDH1 AVCHD PAL Camcorder
  • Stereo Microphone
  • AC Adapter w/Cable
  • Rechargeable Battery
  • DC Cable
  • AV Cable
  • Component Cable
  • USB Cable
  • Shoulder Strap
  • Lens Cap
  • Stylus Pen
  • Software (HD Writer AE 2.5S)
  • 90-day B&H Warranty
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    PanasonicHDC-MDH1 AVCHD PAL Camcorder
     
    4.8

    (based on 12 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (9)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (3)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 1 Stars

       

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    92%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to use (11)
    • Great picture quality (10)
    • Zoom range/performance (8)
    • Great sound (7)
    • Image stabilization (7)

    Cons

    • Poor in low light (3)

    Best Uses

    • Weddings (8)
    • Home movies (6)
    • Movies/short films (4)
    • Documentaries (3)
    • Low light (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Enthusiast (4), Casual user (3)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (7), Yes (4)

    Reviewed by 12 customers

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    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Lightweight and Awesome

    By Jag Teacher

    from Columbus, Ohio

    About Me Casual User

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy to Use
    • Great Picture Quality
    • Great Sound
    • Zoom range/performance

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Indoors/Low Light

      Comments about Panasonic HDC-MDH1 AVCHD PAL Camcorder:

      This camera is being used by 3rd and 4th graders in a school setting. We bought the extra protection, but so far no spills. It is lightweight and so easy to use!

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

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      (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Rightly low price for a low-profile cam

      By TURI

      from Shkoder

      About Me Semi-pro Videographer

      Pros

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

      Cons

      • Poor In Low Light
      • Poor Sound
      • Poor Still Image

      Best Uses

      • Home Movies
      • Travel
      • Weddings/Events

      Comments about Panasonic HDC-MDH1 AVCHD PAL Camcorder:

      Picture quality is great (for 17 mb/s mpg4) both on HD & SD. Great "Intelligent Contrast" . Bad "Auto WB". nice having many WB presets. Great image stabilization. Very bad Audio Distortion. when you are on ambient with very loud audio, not because the camcorder is defective but because it's very audio sensitive, even if you put the "Set+AGC" on -18 you will still risk a lot of distortion, if you set lower than -18 you will risk losing a lot of low audio. using a mic that can cut some db (when needed) is the only way out of trouble. Absolutely not a pro, missing almost everything, but certainly, for the price, who can claim more.

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      (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Good deal!

      By Misa

      from Pirot, Serbia

      About Me Casual User

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

      • Poor In Low Light

      Best Uses

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

      Comments about Panasonic HDC-MDH1 AVCHD PAL Camcorder:

      I bought this product for weading shooting, and it is a good deal for full HD camcoder. It is little hard to ajust on your shoulder(at least for me), but it is very light weigt and easy to cary around. 32gb memory card lets you record for 4.5 or 5 hours depending on video format. Baterry is also aproximately 5 hours. I bought a light for it and spare memory cards and batteries and everything is good to go. I am using in Europe. This is PAL standard camera, so Europe use only.

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      • No

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      (11 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Nice and handy

      By Ric Ang

      from Singapore

      About Me Business Owner, Film Student, Hobbyist, Professional Artist

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Compact Design
      • Easy To Use
      • Lightweight

      Cons

      • Audio input connectivity

      Best Uses

      • Complex Projects
      • Home Movies
      • Independent Films

      Comments about Panasonic HDC-MDH1 AVCHD PAL Camcorder:

      Anyone who has used an ENG camera before would know the few issues that are in every of them. The battery life and weight. My Sony PDW700 battery last not more than 100mins every change and weighing 6kg. Although the recording format is far superior than MDH1, but when you found a workflow to automate the conversion of AVCHD to an editable format, you will be very delighted to enjoy the benefit this camera brought to you. The stock battery gives you around 4 hours of operation which is also aprox the same as a 32GB SD card at the 2nd best format. The microphone which feels plastic is not bad at all. The only complaint I would say about this camera is the audio input or the lack of it. It comes with a stereo microphone mini jack in which is unbalance and not secure. Have to customise cables for it to be use in an interview using hand held. The video quality is good. Although it is noisy in dark places, you just need to know the character of this camera and work around it to get a pretty neat picture quality. With it solving the weight (only 1.8kg) and battery lifespan issue, this is a very handy camera and I simply love it.

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      • No

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      (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Simple, reliable and good value

      By Dodge57

      from Brisbane, Australia

      About Me Semi-pro Videographer

      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
        • Movies/Short Films
        • Weddings/Events

        Comments about Panasonic HDC-MDH1 AVCHD PAL Camcorder:

        I have just shot my first HD wedding video with the MDH1. I am very happy with the image quality, which compares very favorably with footage from my faithful Sony MiniDV camera. I used a 16Gb SDHC card which allowed four hours of shooting at HX (third highest)resolution.

        The camera doesn't really sit properly on my shoulder, mainly due to the eye piece design, but it's not a major problem due to the very low weight. The five hour battery actually gives about three hours of stop-start recording and it's not possible to recharge the battery while the camera is using the AC power supply.

        For weddings, you'll need to buy a decent shotgun microphone as the supplied external mike is not directional and is greatly effected by touching the camera cases. The combination optical/electronic image stabilizer works brilliantly, and the second accessory shoe is very handy for a video light. The convenience of non-linear recording allows you to review any scene by touching its thumbnail on the LCD screen.

        The supplied HD Writer AE 2.5S software will allow you to organise and trim your clips and author your video to DVD, but has no audio capabilities, such as adding a music track. If you intend to buy a video camera which records in AVCHD format, you will need an aftermarket editing program from Pinnacle, VideoStudio etc.

        Overall, I'm happy with the MDH1. It's the modern day equivalent of the Panasonic MS-4 from the early nineties: Big, cheap, reliable and robust.

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        • No

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        (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        bingo

        By giljo

        from Ploce, Cro

        About Me Video Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy to Use
        • Great Picture Quality

        Cons

        • No External Mic Input

        Best Uses

        • Documentaries
        • Home Movies
        • Movies/Short Films
        • Travel
        • Weddings/Events

        Comments about Panasonic HDC-MDH1 AVCHD PAL Camcorder:

        If somebody doubt,just jump on YouTube,there are few examples and compares
        with more expensive models.Picture is really good,handling is easy(touch screen is cool),
        all in all,it looks, we got more music than we payed for, in this product.Only thing I can
        antagonize is no XLR inputs for mic,it will give additionally dose severity,but despite that
        I will give five stars,and full compliment to Panasonic on this camera.Recommendation:
        amateur,half amateur and professional (ultimately as second camera) .
        And one thing more,on recommendation of my cousin,who lives in US,we choose B&H,
        big compliment to crew for well done,fast and correct job.For somebody who lives very
        faraway from US, like I am,this possibility of tracking shipping is really nice,so five stars
        to them too.

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        • Yes

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        (6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        This is the good product in great price

        By Vahik

        from Burbank, CA

        About Me Video Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

        • Limited Zoom

        Best Uses

          Comments about Panasonic HDC-MDH1 AVCHD PAL Camcorder:

          perfect quality of picture and sound

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          • No

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          (12 of 17 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Strength & honor

          By Ovideo

          from Romania

          About Me Video Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Weddings/Events

            Comments about Panasonic HDC-MDH1 AVCHD PAL Camcorder:

            Very good!

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

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            (6 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Best price/quality ratio of all the came

            By Milan

            from Russia, Togliatti

            About Me Pro Videographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

            • Poor In Low Light

            Best Uses

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

            Comments about Panasonic HDC-MDH1 AVCHD PAL Camcorder:

            Best price/quality ratio of all the cameras of the format FullHD.

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            • Yes

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            (6 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            The best

            By Fernando

            from Chula vista

            About Me Film Student

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Highly Compatible
            • Improves Performance
            • Lightweight
            • Professional Quality

            Cons

            • Lacks Functionality

            Best Uses

            • Complex Projects
            • Independent Films

            Comments about Panasonic HDC-MDH1 AVCHD PAL Camcorder:

            Very Good, Im Happy

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            (7 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            The excellent technics at the good price

            By Maxim Ilin

            from Russia

            About Me Pro Videographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Movies/Short Films
              • Weddings/Events

              Comments about Panasonic HDC-MDH1 AVCHD PAL Camcorder:

              The good technics which allows to remove video in HD quality. The matrix is excellent, the color rendition very was pleasant. Video writes down on SD flash card that is very convenient at copying of video of a material. Video the chamber approaches both for the fan and for professionals!

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              • Yes

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              (8 of 16 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              hdc-mdhi avchd camcoder

              By Yetty

              from Calgary,AB

              About Me Casual User

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Good in Low Light
              • Great Picture Quality
              • Great Sound

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Home Movies
                • Indoors/Low Light
                • Weddings/Events

                Comments about Panasonic HDC-MDH1 AVCHD PAL Camcorder:

                The product looks perfect.

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                • Yes

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