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Panasonic HC-X900K 3D Ready Full HD Camcorder (Black)

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Product Highlights
  • Full HD 1920 x 1080p Video at 60 fps
  • Capture Up to 16-Megapixels Still Images
  • AVCHD 3D Ready (3D Lens Required)
  • Advanced 1/4.1" 3MOS Image Sensor
  • SD/SDHC/SDXC Memory Card Slot
  • Wide-Angle 29.8mm Leica Dicomar Lens
  • Viewfinder & 3.5" 3D Touch Screen LCD
  • 12x Optical Zoom & 23x Intelligent Zoom
  • Hybrid O.I.S. & 5.1 Surround Sound
  • Manual Control Ring + iAuto

The black Panasonic HC-X900K 3D Ready Full HD Camcorder sports a long list of thoughtful features that includes Full HD 1920 x 1080p video recording at 60 fps, clear 5.1-channel surround sound audio recording with Wind Noise cancelling function, the ability to record in 3D (with optional 3D lens), and a 3-sensor 3MOS image sensor system. With such quality recording features, you'll have the ability to produce crisp, rich and detailed images under almost any circumstances.

Panasonic's proprietary 3MOS is a 3-sensor CMOS that adds up to 9.15MP (3 x 3.05MP). These sensors work together with the Crystal Engine PRO II, a fast processor which writes large HD files to memory quickly and efficiently. It also allows for high-res zooming when exceeding the optical range. In addition, the engine works to reduce image noise, rendering beautiful, lifelike images. These two work together to produce 1080/60p footage. The "p" means progressive; when recording in a progressive frame rate the footage captured is more vibrant and detailed than an interlaced (or "i") HD recording. In the world of consumer camcorders, 1080p is the gold standard.

Of course the sensor and engine wouldn't be able to do their job without a high-quality lens. The HC-X900K comes with a 29.8mm f/1.5 Leica Dicomar lens and 12x optical zoom range. It also features a manual ring which can be used for more precise control of focus, zoom, exposure, shutter speed and white balance. HYBRID O.I.S. (optical image stabilization) keeps your shots steady when hand-holding the camera. It reduces the effects of hand-shake for an easy-to-view, clean shot.

The HC-X900K features several other useful tools as well, including a large 3.5" touch screen 3D LCD display and 0.24" EVF. The 3D LCD provides you with options like, Touch Zoom and Touch Shutter. The zoom function allows you to zoom in by dragging your finger across the LCD. The shutter function enables instant touch focus on a particular subject in the frame, and the option to switch to still-image shooting. The camera also features Dolby Surround Sound and five built-in electret condenser microphones. You can capture true Surround Sound that targets your subject, while minimizing wind and extraneous sounds.

In addition, the HC-X900K even allows you to record in 3D, using the optional VW-CLT2 3D Conversion Lens. Your 3D videos can then be played back on any 3D TV that is compatible with the side-by-side method. Still images of up to 16MP can be captured with the HC-X900K as well, and a dedicated iA mode will automatically switch to one of five scene modes for optimized capture.

The HC-X900K has loads of shooting controls, like face detection and Intelligent Auto, which help to take the guesswork out of video recording. These controls will allow you to keep the recording process simple, so you can focus on the moment and not fussing with camera settings. Other features include microphone and headphone connections and a cold shoe for mounting optional accessories. When it comes time to share what you've shot, the HC-X900K provides you with various options as well, from editing software that lets you upload to the web to a fun in-camera playback feature.

Main Features

Advanced 3MOS System
The Advanced 3MOS System records beautifully natural images with powerful colors and detailed rendering in both bright and dark scenes. The Noise Reduction technology that goes to work when shooting in dim lighting reduces 40% more noise compared to previous Panasonic models. The Advanced 3MOS System, which is comprised of the 3MOS Sensor that captures images without color loss, the Leica Dicomar Lens that excels with its large, bright aperture, and the Crystal Engine PRO that increases image resolution, produces colorful, bright, beautiful images in full HD quality
3MOS Image Sensor
The 3MOS Sensor splits the light information captured by the lens into the three primary colors - red, green and blue - and processes each color with its own individual sensor. This reduces light loss compared to the 1MOS sensor, and renders colors, details and gradation all with intricate detail and natural beauty. This superb color reproduction maximizes the inherent quality of progressive images
Leica Dicomar Lens
The Leica Dicomar Lens, which is renowned for its ability to render sharp images and excellent shading now features a new Nano Surface Coating Technology, which dramatically reduces ghosting and flaring. Even in strong sunlight, these superb lenses maintain high contrast and resolution. Efficient light collection allows the new lens to capture bright, clear images even in dim lighting or at high shutter speeds. This high-end lens brings out all the beauty of full HD images
12x Optical Zoom and HYBRID O.I.S.
The HC-X900K features a 12x zoom lens and 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. O.I.S. now provides even more powerful stabilization correction with O.I.S. Lock. By pressing the O.I.S. Lock button on the LCD monitor, the blur detection sensitivity is maximized and camera movements are detected and corrected without image degradation. O.I.S. Lock is ideal for applications like bird watching, which call for zooming at a fixed angle
Crystal Engine PRO II
The Crystal Engine PRO II 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 II 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. Compared to previous Panasonic models, noise has been reduced by approximately 45%. 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 II uses edge detection technology to confirm the edges of objects within the image, and 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 images
Full HD 1080p Recording at 60 fps
With its transfer rate of 28 Mbps, 1080/60p recording (full HD, 1,920 x 1,080, 60 progressive recording) conveys about twice the information of 1,080i (interlace) recording. Whereas interlacing requires two images to produce a complete picture, the progressive method records a single image as a complete picture. Plus, the 60 Progressive Recording produces 60 images per second. This extremely dense image information creates intricate detail and silky smooth motion. Even when subjects move quickly, afterimages are minimized to create more natural images. The progressive method is most effective when shooting designs where more patterns tend to occur, or when capturing scenes during sports events where the subjects are intensely moving around. Also, the recorded images are displayed clearly even when they are made into still images, so it is possible to preserve stunning photos when clipping them from videos
29.8mm f/1.5 Wide Angle Lens
The 29.8mm f/1.5 wide-angle lens will fit more people and more of the background into the frame than a conventional lens. This is especially handy when you want to take a group photo in a small room. And the very wide f/1.5 aperture means better images in low-light situations
5.1 Channel Surround Sound System & Zoom Mic
The HC-X900K is equipped with five electret condenser microphones. The center mic helps capture the sound source and distance accurately, so you get a more 3-dimensional effect. The Zoom Mic function improves noise-reducing performance and handles higher zooming power, allowing you to clearly capture target sounds. You get a realistic sound space that's a perfect match with the true-to-life HD images
Still Picture Recording at 16MP
The still picture recording mode lets you shoot with a maximum resolution of 16MP
3D Image Recording
When the optional VW-CLT2 3D Conversion Lens is attached, the HC-X900K produces an effect called visual disparity. Right and left images are captured simultaneously by the two lenses, and recorded using the side-by-side method. To play back 3D videos, simply insert an SD memory card in the slot of a Panasonic VIERA 3DTV. Or you can use an HDMI mini cable to connect the camcorder to a VIERA 3DTV or another 3D TV that is compatible with the side-by-side method
iA (Intelligent Auto)
For those beginner users looking for a more intuitive setting, the HC-X900K also includes the iA function which automatically selects the most suitable shooting mode. Panasonic's iA consists of six functions: Face Recognition, the new HYBRID O.I.S. +, AF/AE Tracking, Intelligent Scene Selector, Face Detection and Intelligent Contrast Control
Pre-Rec Function
This smart function records three seconds of images even before you actually begin shooting. 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
Wide Viewing Angle
The 3D LCD has a highly detailed, 1,150,000-dot 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
HYBRID O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer) & Active Mode
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. Plus, 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
Zebra Pattern
The camcorder monitor features a zebra exposure correcting feature where a "zebra pattern" is displayed in areas of the frame where the lighting is excessive and the image is over-exposed

Other Features

3.5" Wide Intuitive Touch Operation LCD & Viewfinder
The easy-to-view 3.5" (8.8 cm) LCD 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. Plus, the camera also features a useful viewfinder
With 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 ensures that 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 means you can flip through thumbnail pages, display one of the thumbnail scenes, highlight a scene, and more, with easy, intuitive, fingertip operation
Handy Functions & Interfaces
You can enjoy more professional shooting with these handy functions
Microphone input functions include a mic input terminal on the side of the camcorder for plugging in an external mic (optional) if you desire
Optional accessories can be attached to the accessory shoe in order to increase shooting versatility and give you more professional shooting results
Manual Ring
The manual ring gives you easy, fingertip control over the focus, zoom, exposure, and white balance settings. You'll find using the ring a much more intuitive, comfortable, user-friendly process than accessing a menu screen. With the manual ring and manual operation, the camera is a pleasure to use and gives you the freedom to craft unusually expressive images
Zoom in and out by rotating the ring. You have full control of the zooming speed and can zoom in or out to the precise degree you want
Focusing is as easy as just rotating the ring to focus. You can focus on the exact point you want, even if it's not in the center of the frame. You can also change the focus as you shoot, to get the kind of creative shots you sometimes see in movies
White Balance can chosen or selected from Auto, Indoor, Outdoor and White Set according to the location, weather or type of lighting. You'll always get the best possible coloring even if the light source changes
Shutter speed can be adjusted from 1/24 to 1/8,000 of a second. Use a high shutter speed when shooting sports events or fast-moving subjects, and you can get clear, sharp, incredible action shots
Iris lets you use the ring to adjust the aperture to regulate the amount of light let in. You can also use this setting to attain a shallow depth of field, blur the background, or create frames that emphasize the foreground, for creating movie-like expressions
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 90 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
Natural lets you enjoy more impressive highlight playback with natural switching effects
Pop lets you View highlight playback of the images you've taken, together with a variety of fun effects
Dynamic lets you enjoy highlight playback with speedy, dynamic effects
Classical lets you enjoy highlight playback with dramatic effects applied mainly to your subject's faces
Camera
Sensor 3x 3.05 Megapixel 1/4.1"  CMOS Sensor
Pixel Gross 9,150,000
Optics
Lens 2.84 - 34.1 mm
f/1.5 - 2.8
Zoom Optical: 12x
Intelligent (Optical): 23x
Filter Size 49 mm
Recording
System NTSC
Recording Media SD/SDHC/SDXC  
Recording Time Not Specified By Manufacturer
Video Format High Definition
MPEG AVC/H.264
1920 x 1080p / 60 fps
1920 x 1080i / 60 fps
960 x 540p / 30 fps
Still Image Resolution JPEG: 16.0 Megapixel, 4896 x 3264
JPEG: 15.1 Megapixel, 4480 x 3360
JPEG: 14.7 Megapixel, 5120 x 2880
JPEG: 8.6 Megapixel, 3600 x 2400
JPEG: 8.6 Megapixel, 3392 x 2544
JPEG: 8.3 Megapixel, 3840 x 2160
JPEG: 6.1 Megapixel, 3024 x 2016
JPEG: 5.8 Megapixel, 3200 x 1800
JPEG: 5.8 Megapixel, 2784 x 2088
JPEG: .3 Megapixel, 640 x 480
Channels 5.1-Channel Stereo
Audio Format Dolby Digital 5.1
Display
Display Type Viewfinder/LCD
Touchscreen Yes
Screen Size 3.5"
2nd Display
Features
Image Stabilization Optical
Lux 1400 (Standard Illumination)
1.6 (1/30, Low Light, Scene Mode)
1 (Color Night View)
Shutter Speed 1/2-1/2000sec
Built-in Mic Yes
Built-in Speaker Yes
Built-in Light/Flash Light - No
Flash - Yes
Accessory Shoe Cold
Tripod Mount 1/4"
Input/Output Connectors
Outputs 1x USB 2.0
1x HDMI C (Mini)
1x A/V
Microphone Input Yes
Headphone Jack Yes
General
Battery Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery Pack, 7.2VDC, 1250mAh
Charging Method AC Adapter
Power Consumption Operating: 8.9 W
Dimensions (WxHxD) 2.6 x 2.8 x 5.9" / 6.7 x 7.2 x 15.0 cm
Weight 14.99 oz / 425 g
Panasonic HC-X900K 3D Ready Full HD Camcorder (Black)
  • Rechargeable Battery Pack
  • Remote Control
  • AC Adapter
  • AC Cable
  • USB Cable
  • AV Multi Cable
  • Lens Hood
  • HD Writer Software (Windows Only)
  • 90-Day Labor & 1-Year Parts Limited Warranty
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    PanasonicHC-X900K 3D Ready Full HD Camcorder (Black)
     
    4.5

    (based on 19 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

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    • 4 Stars

       

      (7)

    • 3 Stars

       

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    • 2 Stars

       

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    94%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Zoom range/performance (18)
    • Good in low light (16)
    • Great picture quality (15)
    • Easy to use (14)
    • Image stabilization (12)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Home movies (11)
      • HD shooting (7)
      • Low light (6)
      • Travel (6)
      • Weddings (6)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Enthusiast (8), Casual user (5), Semi-pro (3)
        • Was this a gift?:
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      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      Great Camcorder

      I bought this CC about two weeks ago and have used it a few time. Great video and still shots. I also wanted a CC with a view finder and it seems that only...Read complete review

      I bought this CC about two weeks ago and have used it a few time. Great video and still shots. I also wanted a CC with a view finder and it seems that only the high end CC's have them. This was a must for me. Try shooting at a air show with the LED in bright light. Also this CC is a bet heavery and a little bigger then a average CC. This means it fits my large hands better. I checked the price and B&H was right in the ball park. So I traded in my Sony CC to B&H and I thought I received a fair price. I also added a shot gun mic. and a LED light for night shooting and low light. These items were also bought at B&H. The only con I might have is the CC doesn't come with a flash memory card. But this allowed me to buy a card I wanted. Went with a SanDisk 32GB 45mb Extreme card. Over all this CC does the job of a Pro CC but at half the price.

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      Two problems at least

      Overall good.
      One drawback is that you can't adjust volume while recording. You have to stop it and adjust it and restart recording, and you already missed what you wanted to...Read complete review

      Overall good.
      One drawback is that you can't adjust volume while recording. You have to stop it and adjust it and restart recording, and you already missed what you wanted to record.
      Second one is that when you flip LCD so that you record yourself with your camcorder, the LCD shows picture which looks very odd, for right and left side is exchanged. Is it a flaw or they did it intentionally? I never had something like that in my whole life. (It's mirror form instead of how others see you.)
      One more is that the lower left angle of the LCD is always showing icon, though not huge, for triggering menu pop up, which means that that part is always occupied other than the picture you want to record. Sometimes it's o.k., but sometimes it's not. You have to decide yourself.
      So I returned it.

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      4.0

      Excellent Video Quality - Some fan noise

      By Gary

      from Denton, Texas

      About Me Video Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Good in Low Light
      • Great Picture Quality

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Panasonic HC-X900K 3D Ready Full HD Camcorder (Black):

          I don't usually review products and my review of the X900 is late but I decided to give one.

          First. I'm a retired engineer so excuse me for having opinions others might not. I caught the X900 on sale at Christmas for 599.00 so I bought it on the spot, knowing from reading reviews it had great image quality. But after I ordered it and it had shipped I found out it had a fan in it. I thought to myself, why is a fan in a camcorder that has a mic in it too, and will I hear it in the video. After reading a bunch of pros and cons on the mic I decided to wait and see how it worked for me. But I'll admit I wouldn't have ordered it if I knew it had a fan in it.

          After I got it the first thing I did was a video pan in my bedroom with only one 60 watt light on to check the low light performance and of course see if I could hear the fan. First, the low light performance was fine to me so I was impressed with that part. But no matter what anyone else says you can hear the fan in quiet passages. It's not LOUD in any sense of the word but is quietly audible. And since the camcorder was purchased to record sermons at church I was worried about it. Also the longer the camcorder was on the louder the fan got, loud enough I was concerned that it might be picked up if I attached an external mic. So in the end I returned it and bought the X700 because I didn't want to deal with any fan noise in quiet areas of a sermon or other video I shot at church.

          But here's where I'll eat some crow and say the X700 does NOT compare with the X900. Yes it's a very nice midrange camcorder but if you want extra sharp video then the X900 is the way to go. If I had it to do over again I'd have kept the X900 and put up with just a little fan noise. As long as there's any sound I don't think you'd ever hear it and the quality of the video is WAY better than the X700.

          The truth is I'm thinking about selling the X700 and buying the new X920. If the video quality of the X920 is better in low light than the X900 it's what I'd like to have, because our church isn't that bright and I can easily tell the difference in video quality between the X900 and the X700. So when you read a review of the X700 and they say it's hard to tell the difference in the video quality from the X900, don't believe them. At least it's not that hard for me to tell the difference.

          Last thought. Why isn't there a control to set the zoom speed. When the zoom lever is used it's hard to make sure the video doesn't zoom too fast. The X900 is the best I've used for controlling zoom speed but they should have a control that lets you adjust max zoom speed. I can't imagine anyone wanting the super fast zoom speed for normal use. It looks silly and it happens to me sometimes and I can't fix it in post processing. Plus, give me 720p at 30fps.

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          5.0

          I wouldbuy this product again and again

          By Jerzy

          from Chicago

          About Me Semi-pro Videographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

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

            Comments about Panasonic HC-X900K 3D Ready Full HD Camcorder (Black):

            Excelent picture quality and good in low light. I'm very happy with this camera.

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            5.0

            Great Camera!!

            By Big John

            from Mission Viejo, CA

            About Me Video Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

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

              Comments about Panasonic HC-X900K 3D Ready Full HD Camcorder (Black):

              I have been using this camera non-stop since I bought it about 2 weeks back. It is great! It is easy to use, very high-tech, has the latest equipment and perks and came at a great price! Highly recommend it!

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              4.0

              Great Picture quality

              By justin

              from NJ

              About Me Casual User

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Home Movies
                • Indoors/Low Light

                Comments about Panasonic HC-X900K 3D Ready Full HD Camcorder (Black):

                The camera is light, easy to handle and produces a beautiful video image, even in low indoor light. The touch screen is responsive with a very clear image. The only negatives for me are A) there si no place to connect a lanyard for hanging the camera around your neck, B)The image quality choices are very limited...no 720P, 30 or 24 fps, and C) The view screen flips open very very easily, so if the camera is set to turn on by opening the touch screen, it is very easy for the camera to turn on by accident, turning the camera on, or flip open when carrying and catch on something.

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                5.0

                I would buy this product again and again

                By Vladimir

                from Russia

                Verified Buyer

                Comments about Panasonic HC-X900K 3D Ready Full HD Camcorder (Black):

                I have to say that this is one of the best camcorders I have ever used in my life. The video quality is stunning and the low-light performance is extraordinary. I have to say that the three sensors this camera comes equipped with give it a huge advantage over other camcorders in the market right now. I don't know why so many people gave low ratings for this product .. to me it is excellent. I'd highly recommend buying this product if you're looking for an affordable camcorders with some great features and video quality. The only problem is that to manually control the setting you have to use the touch screen which I don't find very touch responsive.

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                4.0

                High quality video

                By mogul skier

                from Maine

                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

                • Location Of Handlestrap

                Best Uses

                • Action Sports

                Comments about Panasonic HC-X900K 3D Ready Full HD Camcorder (Black):

                Primarily use for sports action video, mainly outdoor skiing.
                The video quality is excellent and the camera has a powerful zoom. Memory card recording makes it easy to get the video on to a PC. The lense cover is conveniently built in/automatic and closes when the camera is shut off.

                The camera strap is located a little too low for a small hand making the reach for the zoom a bit of a stretch and is uncomfortable. WHen the LCD monitor is closed (and turns off the camera- a mode which is selectable) and then re-opened the zoom is reset to default.

                Overall love the camera so far except for the reach for the zoom knob. Would have given 5 stars it it were reachable.

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                4.0

                Similar Camera

                By Aris Production

                from Utah

                Comments about Panasonic HC-X900K 3D Ready Full HD Camcorder (Black):

                I rarely give out 5 stars because I think there's always room for improvement. I bought a similar model of camera... HDC-hs900. It's the discontinued model but was identical in performance, minus the hard drive on mine, so I wrote my review here instead. I bought the camera for aerial photography, but have used it in everything from still photos to time-lapse to action filming, and I am always so impressed with the image quality.I love the multi-function ring and the endless features.It fits my hand well and all buttons are in the right reach for the most part.I'm not too impressed with the white-balance function. The auto white balance takes too long to adjust, and the other settings don't seem to be just right.Battery life is pretty good, I get about 2.5 hrs of record time.As for aerial video, most cameras would be shaken to pieces by the helicopter vibration but this one does really well. While shooting 1080p there is very little evidence of vibration and the OIS does a great job as well. My only complaint here is that you can see a little black ring appear in one of the corners when panning a little too fast. Apparently compensating with the image stabilizer.

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                5.0

                This is Perfect

                By sam the man

                from Santa Monica, CA

                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

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

                  Comments about Panasonic HC-X900K 3D Ready Full HD Camcorder (Black):

                  I use the camcorder to record and make videos of Airplanes which is my hobby called plane-spotting. It is a really good camera with amazing quality. It has so many amazing features that i didn't know some cameras had. The one thing that i don't like very much is the camera must be put on a certain recording mode so you can upload your videos to a mac computer. Besides that the camera is Perfect and really worth the price.

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                  4.0

                  Panasonic camcorder

                  By Big D

                  from Long Island, ny

                  About Me Video Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Good Image Stabilization
                  • Good in Low Light
                  • Great Picture Quality

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • HD Shooting
                    • Home Movies

                    Comments about Panasonic HC-X900K 3D Ready Full HD Camcorder (Black):

                    The only way to get the video to be recognized by apple imac must be thru the panasonics usb cord, removing the ad card and inserting it into Mac won't work. the panasonic won't work with Sonys vrd mc5. I got a skyline filter for camera but if you use photo mode you will get flash bounce back.

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                    2.0

                    Two problems at least

                    By Johann

                    from Atlanta, GA

                    About Me Casual User

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about Panasonic HC-X900K 3D Ready Full HD Camcorder (Black):

                        Overall good.
                        One drawback is that you can't adjust volume while recording. You have to stop it and adjust it and restart recording, and you already missed what you wanted to record.
                        Second one is that when you flip LCD so that you record yourself with your camcorder, the LCD shows picture which looks very odd, for right and left side is exchanged. Is it a flaw or they did it intentionally? I never had something like that in my whole life. (It's mirror form instead of how others see you.)
                        One more is that the lower left angle of the LCD is always showing icon, though not huge, for triggering menu pop up, which means that that part is always occupied other than the picture you want to record. Sometimes it's o.k., but sometimes it's not. You have to decide yourself.
                        So I returned it.

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                        5.0

                        Sharp images

                        By camcorder1

                        from vancouver canada

                        About Me Casual User

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy to Use
                        • Good in Low Light

                        Cons

                        • Poor Still Image

                        Best Uses

                        • Home Movies

                        Comments about Panasonic HC-X900K 3D Ready Full HD Camcorder (Black):

                        Good for dark environment

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                        5.0

                        Great Quality for price

                        By Franco

                        from Austin, Texas

                        About Me Semi-pro Videographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

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

                        Cons

                        • Limited Zoom

                        Best Uses

                        • Home Movies
                        • Travel

                        Comments about Panasonic HC-X900K 3D Ready Full HD Camcorder (Black):

                        Very good quality for what I paid for.
                        I really liked the quality even when its too dark.
                        Comes with a bunch of great features.

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                        5.0

                        I would buy this product again and again

                        By Diakite

                        from NY

                        About Me Video Enthusiast

                        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

                        • Poor Sound
                        • You Need Good Mic For Pro

                        Best Uses

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

                        Comments about Panasonic HC-X900K 3D Ready Full HD Camcorder (Black):

                        Video podcasting
                        Excellent resolution, quality and easy of use
                        If you want to use it for professional pupose you might need to use professional Mic.

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                        4.0

                        great camera, 2 faults

                        By maze

                        from europe

                        About Me Video Enthusiast

                        Pros

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                              Comments about Panasonic HC-X900K 3D Ready Full HD Camcorder (Black):

                              I own SD900 for 1,5 year. Of course in 50p - picture is great, crisp. Intelligent contrast dampens contrast a bit, but it's useful feature. We will still have to wait for some time to get video cameras with wide dynamic range, when white clouds/birds etc won't be overexposed.2 things which Panasonic should fix.In some situations (shooting flowers) my camera over-saturated red/orange hue quite considerably Time-lapse recording is 'pulsating', blurring regularly - very annoying. I played with settings a lot, but was never able to resolve issue...

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                              4.0

                              Very happy

                              By Lisey

                              from Chelsea, Quebec

                              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 HC-X900K 3D Ready Full HD Camcorder (Black):

                                  I was looking to upgrade the camcorder I previously owned and purchased this HD Camcorder. It is very easy to use, but quite a bit heavier than my previous camcorder. The LCD is large and the quality of the image is excellent.

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                                  5.0

                                  Great product!!!

                                  By maxpiano

                                  from Italy

                                  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
                                    • Movies/Short Films
                                    • Travel
                                    • Weddings/Events

                                    Comments about Panasonic HC-X900K 3D Ready Full HD Camcorder (Black):

                                    The quality of the video is really great! And it is easy to use. The easiest way to make HD videos in your hand.

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                                    • Yes

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                                    5.0

                                    Excellent Camcorder at a Good Price

                                    By Stbphoto

                                    from Chapel Hill, NC

                                    About Me Semi-pro Videographer

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

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

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Documentaries
                                      • HD Shooting
                                      • Home Movies

                                      Comments about Panasonic HC-X900K 3D Ready Full HD Camcorder (Black):

                                      Use to produce video of performing art. Have expensive pro camera but this camera equals or exceeds quality except in very low lighting.
                                      In general "spotlight/intelligent Contrast mode" works well but needs better alogrithm with very hot spot/dark background.

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                                      5.0

                                      Wow! great picture quality!

                                      By Web Video

                                      from Fairfield, IA

                                      About Me Pro Videographer

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

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

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                        • Documentaries
                                        • HD Shooting
                                        • Indoors/Low Light

                                        Comments about Panasonic HC-X900K 3D Ready Full HD Camcorder (Black):

                                        I edit video for our university website, and needed an upgrade on our camcorder. This was a great choice. The picture quality is amazing – really clear and crisp. Zoom is so smooth and controllable. I also appreciate the switch to memory chip rather than MiniDV tape – instant footage download to my Mac!
                                        Only slight disappointment is the audio quality: it's a bit fuzzy. I'll have to play around with the wind reduction option and see whether that will help. Overall, very happy with this choice.

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                                        5.0

                                        Great Camcorder

                                        By JT

                                        from SW Minnesota

                                        About Me Video Enthusiast

                                        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

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

                                          Comments about Panasonic HC-X900K 3D Ready Full HD Camcorder (Black):

                                          I bought this CC about two weeks ago and have used it a few time. Great video and still shots. I also wanted a CC with a view finder and it seems that only the high end CC's have them. This was a must for me. Try shooting at a air show with the LED in bright light. Also this CC is a bet heavery and a little bigger then a average CC. This means it fits my large hands better. I checked the price and B&H was right in the ball park. So I traded in my Sony CC to B&H and I thought I received a fair price. I also added a shot gun mic. and a LED light for night shooting and low light. These items were also bought at B&H. The only con I might have is the CC doesn't come with a flash memory card. But this allowed me to buy a card I wanted. Went with a SanDisk 32GB 45mb Extreme card. Over all this CC does the job of a Pro CC but at half the price.

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                                          Required item: Be prepared - always carry extra media.

                                          Transcend -  8GB SDHC Memory Card Class 10
                                          • You Pay: $7.49
                                           

                                          Batteries & Power

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                                          Don't get caught without power, always have a spare battery.

                                          Panasonic -  VW-VBN130 Battery Pack
                                          • Reg. Price: $59.99
                                          • Instant Savings: -$20.00
                                          • You Pay: $39.99
                                          • Limited supply at this price
                                           
                                          Panasonic -  VW-VBN260 Battery Pack
                                          • You Pay: $99.99
                                           

                                          Bags & Cases

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                                          Carry, store, and protect all your equipment with a bag or case.

                                          Pearstone -  Onyx 1030 Digital Camera/Camcorder Shoulder Bag
                                          • You Pay: $17.95
                                           

                                          Protect your lens or produce a desired visual effect by adding a filter.

                                          Tiffen -  49mm UV Haze 1 Filter
                                          • You Pay: $4.70
                                           
                                          Tiffen -  49mm Circular Polarizing Filter
                                          • You Pay: $19.68
                                           

                                          Lenses & Adaptors

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                                          Capture the right view with a conversion lens.

                                          Panasonic -  0.75x Wide Angle Lens Conversion for X900 & V700 Camcorders
                                          • You Pay: $224.96
                                           
                                          Panasonic -  VW-CLT2 3D Conversion Lens
                                          • You Pay: $295.95
                                           

                                          Wireless Tracking or Streaming

                                          Cerevo USA -  LiveShell Video Streaming Device
                                          • You Pay: $249.00
                                           
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