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PanasonicHC-X920 3MOS Ultrafine Full HD Camcorder
 
4.4

(based on 46 reviews)

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94%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Great picture quality (34)
  • Image stabilization (32)
  • Easy to use (30)
  • Zoom range/performance (29)
  • Large clear LCD (28)

Cons

  • Poor sound (5)
  • Poor in low light (4)

Best Uses

  • HD shooting (26)
  • Home movies (24)
  • Travel (23)
  • Weddings (22)
  • Low light (19)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Enthusiast (14), Semi-pro (11), Pro videographer (9), Casual user (7)
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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Excellent Image Quality

I use this and its predecessor for live music recital recordings. As such, I basically start multiple cameras and record for the duration, generally only operating the main camera angle. I got this...Read complete review

I use this and its predecessor for live music recital recordings. As such, I basically start multiple cameras and record for the duration, generally only operating the main camera angle. I got this to replace an older Canon HV20, which, while it had excellent image quality for the time, became a nuisance because of the tape capture and the time required change tapes during the performances.

The image quality under normal lighting is spectacular with this latest camera. The low light performance seems adequate, also, although I haven't pushed it in that area. I capture at the HA setting, and with a 32GB SDHC card, I get over 4 hours on a chip. I am headed for DVD output, so the extra quality of the 1080P setting doesn't help a lot, and the battery life is a bit better at the lower bit-rate. I got the larger battery, and can get almost 3 hrs of battery life with occasional zooms and the LCD display active. That is enough not to have to run AC power to the camera, which makes for faster setup at the venue.

The usual sound problems exist with this camera, although no tape drive helps a lot. The EQ seems to have excessive presence and no bass, but that is a limitation of space, I presume. The 5.1 is okay, but as expected, the sound is very compressed on auto. I tried one session with the mics set to manual, no agc, and while I had the level set correctly, and the output shows no digital clipping, apparently there is a problem with limited headroom in the preamps, as the the sound was still distorted, despite being 3-6 dB below the maximum digital level. I'll try again with the agc turned on to see if there is a setting that makes the sound useful, but I always record a separate set of audio tracks with decent mikes anyway. It would be nice to get decent sound onto the camera recording, although to be fair, the sound is somewhat improved over the previous generation.

The separate sound tracks and multiple cameras helps reveal another flaw, at least as I use this camera. As we all know by now, these AVCHD cameras write files limited to either 4GB or 2GB, depending on the brand. This camera writes 4GB files, which means three, or sometimes 4 files for the event. Unfortunately, the camera mutes the audio for the last couple of frames in the file and then drops at least one video frame between files. There really is little excuse for this at this point in the technology curve, so I conclude Panasonic just didn't care enough to make this work properly between files. If you use shorter clips, it shouldn't be a problem, because you expect to edit this stuff together. While I also edit everything, the missing video/audio can come at an inconvenient time.

The audio and dropped frames are the reason for a 4-star rating for what is otherwise an excellent camera. And I can live with the audio issues, as I'm sure I will figure out the right way to use the audio track that is recorded with the video. I can generally live with the dropped frames as well, but it does sometimes force the choice of camera angles and when I have to go to a different camera during the editing.

As always, editing AVCHD without an intermediate render is taxing for computer systems. I've found that Vegas Pro 12 mostly gives good sync between the audio and video with 3 AVCHD video streams and 3 stereo audio buses, but that is on a very powerful SB extreme with SSD disks and RAID volumes. The dropped frames mean I have to resync between each file break, but you'd have to do that with multiple clips at any rate.

One other complaint - although the battery is essentially the same size as the previous generation, the batteries are not compatible. So I had to get another full set. There is also no external charger in the kit, so you either have to get one or charge in the camera. At least this camera will take external power while the battery is plugged in, unlike the previous generation.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Nice unit, but not quite an HDC HS900

I wanted to get a second HDC-HS900, but they apparently stopped making it without first supplying a suitable replacement. I guess the HC-X920 is now the highest level pro-sumer camera that Panasonic makes....Read complete review

I wanted to get a second HDC-HS900, but they apparently stopped making it without first supplying a suitable replacement. I guess the HC-X920 is now the highest level pro-sumer camera that Panasonic makes. While it does have a couple of advances (higher resolution stills, wifi), I feel like this camera seems like it should be a pre-HS900 model, rather than post. It seems needlessly larger, bulkier, and it even feels like a cheaper plastic unit. On top of that, there's no accessory shoe on top. Instead, they give you an attachment to put on the right side of the unit if you want to attach an accessory. This is not only a nonsensical and clumsy design, but it blocks your right hand from being able to operate the manual focus ring. Very bad design, if you ask me. I'd rather have another HS900, which doesn't suffer from these inadequacies.Oh, one other thing. These Panasonic pro-sumer devices, despite their INCREDIBLE picture, lack in the audio department. While the 5.1 quality seems good, the recording level is painfully low, and lacks in low end. I have a $ JVC camera whose sound blows away that of the much higher priced panasonic.

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5.0

Great!!

By Nucleus

from Hollywood, FL

About Me Casual User

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy to Use
  • Great Picture Quality

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Panasonic HC-X920 3MOS Ultrafine Full HD Camcorder:

      Works great and is easy to use.

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      4.0

      Excellent Camera, but Still Consumer

      By Alan

      from Coral Springs, Florida

      About Me Semi-pro Videographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy to handle
      • Good Focus
      • Good Image Stabilization
      • Long recording time
      • Pretty good video quality

      Cons

      • Focus Ring Inconvenient
      • Lens Too Soft
      • Video Too Noisy

      Best Uses

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

      Comments about Panasonic HC-X920 3MOS Ultrafine Full HD Camcorder:

      I love this camera, but no matter how good it is, it does not even come close to yielding professional quality. The lens has soft focus and the video is noisy to the naked eye when viewed on a 46-inch monitor. (To be fair, I have a very high standard.) Although it has a manual focus ring, more than 360 degrees of rotation are required to rack focus significantly; focus and zoom funtions are not available simultaneously.

      I use two cameras (one wide, one closeup) for recording musical stage shows for in-house non-revenue-producing purposes, so I cannot justify commercial-quality equipment. I record the audio double system with a Tascam DR-100mk2, so I have not bothered scrutinizing the HC-X920's sound quality.

      I do not want to discourage anyone from buying the HC-X920. It's really a great camera; but, dont let the fact that it has three CMOS chips and a Leica lens make you think that it's professional quality.

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      4.0

      Does not work well with iMovie

      By Dan R

      from Gloucester, Mass

      About Me Video Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Large Clear LCD
      • Zoom range/performance

      Cons

      • Iframe Mode Very Limited
      • Only 1 Sd Card Slot

      Best Uses

      • Home Movies
      • Travel
      • Weddings/Events

      Comments about Panasonic HC-X920 3MOS Ultrafine Full HD Camcorder:

      It was not obvious from the product descriptions, and no one else mentioned it, that this camera will only upload to iMovie in a mode called iFrame. iFrame disables all creative options. You can only shoot straight video with no effects, not even time lapsed or B&W. It seems like a decent camera other than that. The touch screen has a great picture and the extendable viewfinder is nice with a great picture as well. Touch screen and view finder pictures better than Canon Vixia series but I cannot use 80% of the camera functions. B&H allowed the return (Thanks guys!). The creative functions are more limited than the Canon's and only 1 SD card slot on this camera.

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      4.0

      everything go smoothly, I like it!

      By walthsu

      from Dallas, Texas

      About Me Semi-pro Videographer

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      Pros

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

      Cons

      • Poor In Low Light

      Best Uses

      • Home Movies
      • Travel

      Comments about Panasonic HC-X920 3MOS Ultrafine Full HD Camcorder:

      small camcorder, but with 3MOS, the color are beautiful, I like it very much.

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      5.0

      Best Bargain of Any Camcorder Owned

      By TomM

      from Kensington, MD

      About Me Pro Videographer

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      Pros

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

      Cons

      • No LANC
      • Zoom control

      Best Uses

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

      Comments about Panasonic HC-X920 3MOS Ultrafine Full HD Camcorder:

      I have had the x920 for over a year now and I consider it the best bargain of any camcorder I've ever owned. And, that stable has included dozens of cameras, mostly Sony, from under $ to over $ during more than 40 years of shooting video professionally and personally.The image, in low light, is amazing and rivals my 1/3" chip Sony non-HD 3-chip camera which cost 3 times as much. And, it's infinitely better than the single-chip Sony NEX series that I've also tried.The zoom could be more easiy controlled (It's too fast) and I wish it had a LANC port. But, other than that this camera has been a wonderful buy.Yesterday, I had reason to be glad that Panasonic didn't leave off the electronic viewfinder in this small package, as I shot a ballet demonstration outdoors in bright sunlight.In over 40 years of shooting with Ikegami or Sony video cameras, this is my first and only Panasonic. With such long experience with two trusted brands, it wasn't easy to try a new brand. But, I am certainly glad I did.I judge everything in terms of price vs. performance and the x920 is a clear gem by this measure... and, I paid MORE than it's going for today.Note: I like great depth of field for most video shooting. And, the Panasonic small chips deliver this for me. But, that plus for me can be a negative for those looking for that bokeh film look. For that look, I use the Canon 5D MK II.

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      4.0

      Recommended for any level

      By cinemadrew

      from Smyrna, De.

      About Me Video Enthusiast

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      Pros

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

      Cons

      • Poor In Low Light

      Best Uses

        Comments about Panasonic HC-X920 3MOS Ultrafine Full HD Camcorder:

        What I really like about the camera is the 3 cmos sensor. Great color and crisp images. This camera is simple to use and the o.i.s is really great for handheld. I like the 5.1 surround sound, I think its a lot better than most built in mics, but plugging in a microphone always works better. Low light, eh. Its good but you get some noise. I am really disappointed in the video format options, you can only shoot at 60p/i. For the price it should be capable of variable formats, such as 30 and 24. The touch screen is a major plus though and the overall design and weight is really nice. It seems to be quality made. We (my school) used this from pictures to recording plays and I think it does very well. Good camera, you won't be disappointed.

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        4.0

        Decent Camcroder for Home Use

        By Andrew

        from Grand Rapids, MI

        About Me Video Enthusiast

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        Pros

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

        Cons

        • No Video Burst Mode

        Best Uses

        • Home Movies
        • Time Lapse Video

        Comments about Panasonic HC-X920 3MOS Ultrafine Full HD Camcorder:

        Product arrived in good shape; works as spec'ed. Color is good. Chose this over comparable Sony [bought Sony for past 15 yrs] due to features/price. Wish it had FireWire; USB sux. WiFi feature isn't useful to me. Manual controls over focus, white balance, etc work well. Time lapse for video works fine, but, wish all the "creative controls" had more options/settings. Lacks capability of taking high-speed video; "convert to MP4" only works w/video, not stills, so 60fps burst mode requires off-camera editing. Battery life is reasonable but not great; processor eats power/runs hot. Overall it's a good consumer grade camera. Sofware that comes with the device is worthless, unless you're a newbie or don't already have a system for organizing your media. Recommend manually moving JPG, MTS, MP4 from SD to your media server.

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        4.0

        GRAN VIDEOCAMARA POR SU VALOR

        By raphael

        from Estado de Mexico

        About Me Semi-pro Videographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

        • Poor Sound

        Best Uses

        • Documentaries
        • HD Shooting
        • Weddings/Events

        Comments about Panasonic HC-X920 3MOS Ultrafine Full HD Camcorder:

        compre esta cámara para trabajar en bodas, los resultados son muy buenos principalmente con la iluminación correcta, la use a la par con una ag-ac7p de aspecto profesional,,, la HC-X920 fue mejor en la mayoría de las tomas. esta videocámara es pequeña pero poderosa... también la compare con la sony pj710v, la diferencia es que la sony no tiene casi ruido en tomas con poca luz y panasonic si lo tiene.. pero en colores creo que es un poco mejor panasonic.. lo que puedo decir es que el tamaño no importa si busca calidad con poco presupuesto.. recomendaciones usar micrófono externo y batería de larga duración. una cosa mas; utilice el control remoto wi-fi y me resulto genial con mi smartphone. la imágenes fijas también estan aceptables. le doy 4 estrellas solo porque se caliente un poco mas que las demás..

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        1.0

        Not

        By Almulla

        from Sharjah,UAE

        About Me Pro Videographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy to Use

        Cons

        • Poor Image Quality
        • Poor In Low Light
        • Poor Still Image

        Best Uses

        • Travel

        Comments about Panasonic HC-X920 3MOS Ultrafine Full HD Camcorder:

        Not as expected, the pics are poor, specially indoor
        and faces, the focus cannot adjust well on faces...
        Regards....

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        5.0

        Love the detail and color of the picture

        By TDN

        from Sheboygan Falls WI.

        About Me Casual User

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • HD Shooting
          • Travel

          Comments about Panasonic HC-X920 3MOS Ultrafine Full HD Camcorder:

          I purchased this camcorder to video storms and outdoor nature. I purchased the Panasonic VW-VMS10 Stereo Microphone with wind sock, the Magnus VT-4000 Tripod, and the Impact Quickbalance panel 9 (for white balance), along with other accessories. I have had a chance to play with the equipment now and I love it. The color is outstanding without using manual white balance, but using the 18% gray and the manual white balance the colors just pop out. I used the camcorder outside only so far, so can't speak to indoor shots. The external mic really cuts down on the wind noise, both the internal and external mic s pick up all the birds and outdoor noises real well. Took some still of ducks and they looked great. The tripod really helps steady the camcorder for smooth pans, I am not disappointed with it. I also like the quick release, might come in handy in storms. Over all I am impressed with this camcorder.

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          5.0

          Good Service

          By Sybille

          from Quebec.ca

          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

            • HD Shooting

            Comments about Panasonic HC-X920 3MOS Ultrafine Full HD Camcorder:

            Good product (The camcorder ) as it was expected a very good service,the shipping was fast and efficient .

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            4.0

            Very Nice!

            By BradZChef

            from Stockbridge, GA

            About Me Semi-pro Videographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

            • Lens Ring Focus Is Slow
            • Lens Ring Focus Is Too Sl
            • Lens Ring Zooms Too Slow

            Best Uses

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

            Comments about Panasonic HC-X920 3MOS Ultrafine Full HD Camcorder:

            I bought two of these for weddings, instructional videos and church productions. They are part of a 4 camera set up... I tried out the "20MP" still photo feature- Very nice! Rich but not over saturated colors with nice detail in both highlights and shadows. Adobe Elements loves the big files! The video is marvelous(!) in church productions. I set to manual- then used the lens ring to open up the iris until zebra stripes appeared then shut down until stripes went away- highlights were great, mids rich and lots of detail in shadows with no noise. These did better then our church's "real" tv cameras for shadow detail. You have to be careful with the lens ring or your fingers end up in the shot. I gave the camera 4 stars because of the lens ring- its great for fine tuning focus- but you have to crank it way too far to be able to "rack focus"- (this really dissapointed me). It's great for managing iris- but if you crank it really fast nothing happens, so you have to go easy even if your lighting guy makes an abrupt change. The lens ring is good for slow zoom over short distances, but again, you have to crank it too far to do a slow push or pull in a production with the ring- you'll have to use the touch screen or rocker switch for those. I've not used it for white balance because, so far, the camera's auto white balance has been spot on! I used in camera mics and sound was really nice. Only negative so far is that they make it obvious how bad my other 2 cameras are in low light!!!

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            5.0

            Finally a camcorder with a viewfinder.

            By Tom R

            from Cincinnati

            Comments about Panasonic HC-X920 3MOS Ultrafine Full HD Camcorder:

            A very good bye. Finally a camcorderwith a viewfinder at a good price. The problem with trying to film a scene in bright sunlight a been solved. This camcorder has so many features I can not begin to talk about them. The photos are great, especialy when you are videoing and taking pictures at the same time. The price for what you get is great.

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            4.0

            Review of HC-X920

            By New Vision

            from Blackfoot, ID

            About Me Semi-pro Videographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Better Light Sensitivity
            • Good Image Stabilization
            • Good in Low Light
            • Great Picture Quality
            • Large Clear LCD

            Cons

            • Misleading Cmos Size

            Best Uses

            • HD Shooting
            • Weddings/Events

            Comments about Panasonic HC-X920 3MOS Ultrafine Full HD Camcorder:

            Cons:
            The camcorder is listed with three 1/2.3" CMOS sensors. While it has more light sensitivity than my Panasonic TM-700 with three 1/4" CMOS sensors, it does not even come close to my Canon XHA1 with three 1/3" sensors. Three 1/2.3 sensors should be more sensor area than three 1/3" sensors, so this is misleading from Panasonic. I did wonder how they could pack in so much sensor into that small of a camera, so it is not a replacement for a pro camera. I notice now the B&H website now clarifies that they are still really effective for only 1/4" each, which wasn't there when I boght the camcorders. Also, it still has noticeable steps of light changing in MANUAL iris mode. I had hoped that Panasonic would fix this compared to my old PV-GS120 DV camera which was smooth in iris change. Also, they moved the SD card slot to the bottom versus the side on the TM-700, so you cannot swap while on a tripod.
            Pros: easier access to readily used functions
            Better light sensitivity and low video noise in low light.

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            5.0

            Incredible

            By Damien the Marketer

            from Vallejo CA

            About Me Semi-pro Videographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

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

              Comments about Panasonic HC-X920 3MOS Ultrafine Full HD Camcorder:

              I make videos primarily for you tube using green screen in my studio. However I took this camera out this weekend to the city. (San Francisco)It was great. It handled both low light and transitioned to a beautiful bright sunny day with no problem.

              As other reviewers have said the auto white balance is off, but manually setting your white balance is the way to go anyway. I highly recommend this camera especially considering the only competition is well over $1000

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              5.0

              Great All Around

              By Downsouthdave

              from Marietta, GA USA

              About Me Video Enthusiast

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Weddings/Events

                Comments about Panasonic HC-X920 3MOS Ultrafine Full HD Camcorder:

                I reviewed the specs of several camcorders - well, three anyway - and I came to realize specs weren't the ultimate measure of satisfaction. I looked at some comparison videos on YouTube, and I was impressed with the imagery I saw. Not any one camcorder is perfect in all respects, but this one had the best balance of performance and features, hands down. There are a few little quirky things that will take some practice, but a little fiddling with the unit will iron all that out. Great low light performance, no vertical burst artifacts, and great dynamic range. And as always, B&H is a great supplier.

                I like it.

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                5.0

                Great Camcorder Very Happy

                By MikeinVA

                from Virginia just outside Washington DC

                About Me Video Enthusiast

                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • HD Shooting
                  • Home Movies
                  • Travel

                  Comments about Panasonic HC-X920 3MOS Ultrafine Full HD Camcorder:

                  This camcorder has fantastic picture quality and I researched it for 5-6 weeks before I made my purchase. I must have looked at 25-30 YouTube videos and read every review there was. I also looked at the Canon G20 and G30 along with the Sony. The lag people mention with the automatic color balance has a simple remedy. Turn the camera on about 5 seconds before you start recording and no problem. It has a diopter adjustment on the viewfinder and also a color balance quick adjust on the LCD screen to warm up some scenes like walking through the woods or near water. The menus are very easy to use and respond quickly. There are several presets for snow, beach, night, etc and the ones I've used so far work great. I am very happy with this camera and for the price I don't think it any camcorder in existence could touch it. B&H, as usual, shipped it very fast and very well packed.

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                  5.0

                  Very Pleased with this Camcorder!

                  By Tony of South Jersey

                  from South Jersey

                  About Me Video Enthusiast

                  Verified Reviewer

                  Pros

                  • Easy to Use
                  • External mic input
                  • Good Image Stabilization
                  • Good in Low Light
                  • Great Picture Quality
                  • Headphone jack
                  • Large Clear LCD

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

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

                    Comments about Panasonic HC-X920 3MOS Ultrafine Full HD Camcorder:

                    Although I've only had my X920 for a few weeks, I'm very pleased with its performance! This camcorder is replacing a years old Cannon HF100 consumer camcorder. So far I shot a few youth basketball games in a well lit gym, and a couple of church services, and I was very satisfied. I adjusted a few settings for color/saturation, exposure. I used the onboard mic set at 5.1, and I was pleased with the results.
                    I shot a few outside scenes and again, pleased with the results. Although with the sun shining, it was near impossible to use the LCD. Thankfully, the X920 has a view finder! Image stabilization is very good! Also, very pleased with the lowlight performance just goofing around in my home. Much better than my old HF100. The zoom capability isn't as long as other camcorders, but I'm fine with the zoom capabilities of my X920 none the less.

                    I found the wireless function easy to setup and use for remote control use via my iPhone. I've no idea if I'll be using that functionality much, but its good to have if I need it.

                    I already have a Panasonic AC-90, which I will do a few two-camera tests along with the X920. I know that I'll have to do a few tweaks to matchup these two cameras.

                    Be sure to purchase more batteries along with an AC battery charger. The X920 does not come with an AC battery charger. Although you can charge the battery while it's docked on the X920 by AC power, and it comes with a car charger. But Panasonic, why not include an AC stand-alone battery charger???
                    I also purchased an OEM Panasonic VW-VBN260 2500mAh extended battery from B&H, and two knockoff extended batteries which came with an AC battery charger from an online vendor. The cheap batts work just fine so far, as does the AC battery charger, which can also charge the OEM batteries for the X920. Although I'm sure the cheapo batts will gradually lose their power of longevity use over time. By the way, the extended batteries, both the OEM and cheap batteries, take at least 4 hours to fully charge. Possibly longer.

                    All in all, very satisfied my X920, although the price was more than I wanted to spend. But I wanted good performance, especially in low light. And if you want good performance from a camcorder, most times you have to pay a higher price.

                    A few items I bought besides the extra batteries, were some more 64GB & 32GB SDHC/SDXC cards, a UV lens for the protection of the X920's lens, a lens hood (Mennon 16:9 Screw Mount Rectangular Wide Angle Lens), and a wide angle lens (Digital King DSW Pro 0.7x AF Wide Angle Conversion Lens). I'm looking at buying another external boom mic, possibly the Rode VideoMic Pro.

                    All in all, I'm very pleased with the purchase from B&H of my HC-X920!

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                    3.0

                    Nice unit, but not quite an HDC HS900

                    By MIKAL Films

                    from Michigan

                    About Me Pro Videographer

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                    Pros

                    • Great Picture Quality
                    • Large Clear LCD
                    • Zoom range/performance

                    Cons

                    • Accessory Shoe On Side
                    • No Accessory Shoe On Top
                    • Poor Sound

                    Best Uses

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

                    Comments about Panasonic HC-X920 3MOS Ultrafine Full HD Camcorder:

                    I wanted to get a second HDC-HS900, but they apparently stopped making it without first supplying a suitable replacement. I guess the HC-X920 is now the highest level pro-sumer camera that Panasonic makes. While it does have a couple of advances (higher resolution stills, wifi), I feel like this camera seems like it should be a pre-HS900 model, rather than post. It seems needlessly larger, bulkier, and it even feels like a cheaper plastic unit. On top of that, there's no accessory shoe on top. Instead, they give you an attachment to put on the right side of the unit if you want to attach an accessory. This is not only a nonsensical and clumsy design, but it blocks your right hand from being able to operate the manual focus ring. Very bad design, if you ask me. I'd rather have another HS900, which doesn't suffer from these inadequacies.Oh, one other thing. These Panasonic pro-sumer devices, despite their INCREDIBLE picture, lack in the audio department. While the 5.1 quality seems good, the recording level is painfully low, and lacks in low end. I have a $ JVC camera whose sound blows away that of the much higher priced panasonic.

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                    5.0

                    Great Camera

                    By Swimmer

                    from NJ

                    Comments about Panasonic HC-X920 3MOS Ultrafine Full HD Camcorder:

                    I recently acquired the x920. Image quality is fantastic in daylight. Indoor image quality is also good. I plan to use this camera to record swim meets. One of the few camcorders without a bayer filter which allows for a sharper image as it records 900 to 950 lines unlike the other one sensor cameras from Sony and Cannon which record much less due to sensor type. Colors are accurate also.

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