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Panasonic HDC-HS20

alaTest has collected and analyzed 22 reviews of Panasonic HDC-HS20. The average rating for this product is 4.1/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. Reviewers really like the reliability and price. The zoom and durability are also mentioned favorably. Views about the image quality and battery are different. Some have doubts about the viewfinder.

usability, durability, zoom, price, reliability


We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Panasonic HDC-HS20 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 83/100 = Very good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 1 user review of Panasonic HDC-HS20 from The average user rating for this product is 5.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on

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This summary is based on the products: Panasonic HDC-HS20 HD Camcorder (Black)Panasonic HDC-HS20 HD Camcorder (Black)

Dec, 2018

Expert review by : Trusted Reviews (

Panasonic HDC-HS20


How will Panasonic's latest entry into its growing camcorder range fare? James finds out.

Jul, 2012

Expert review by : Chris Jager (

Panasonic HDC-HS20-K HD camcorder


A Full HD Panasonic camcorder with Intelligent Auto and an 80GB hard drive

Attractive and sturdy design, beginner-friendly modes and features, optical image stabiliser

Components could be of higher quality, outclassed by some of its rivals

The Panasonic HDC-HS20-K is a reasonable high-definition camcorder with some very user-friendly features. If you're new to video and want the Full HD treatment, this model mostly delivers.

May, 2009

Expert review by : Gagan Gupta (

Panasonic HDC-HS20


The high definition vacation camcorder.

Sep, 2009

Expert review by : Richa Sharma (

Panasonic HDC-HS20


A camcorder which comes with a built in 80 GB hard drive, Xenon flash and can record 10 hours of video in full HD

Full HD ; 80 GB storage ; Xenon flash

Weak LED light

Sep, 2009

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Panasonic HDC-HS20


No viewfinder

Aug, 2009

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Panasonic HDC-HS20


Point & shoot, very easy. On screen info tool very good. Incredibly easy to operate, even for my technophobic other half!!! Separate battery charging (without camcorder attached) excellent, means if you've got more than 1 battery (which is a necessity,...

No viewfinder (as for most new camcorders) which helped with shake, but once you get used to just using the lcd screen it's no problem. The zoom button needs practice but the on screen info lets you know when it happens.

Jul, 2009

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Great Camera


It does not have an optical viewer so if you are shooting outdoors in the sunshine, be sure to have something to shade the LCD.

The video pictures from this camera are nothing short of outstanding. And easy to shoot. The touch screen is very easy to navigate and once you have set the camera up the way you want, it is just point and shoot. The Camera delivers a perfect picture...

It does use a lot of power. The standard battery gives only about 1 hour of HD maximum resolution

Nov, 2009

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Panasonic HDC-HS20GN-K Digital Movie Camcorder


This is a great camcorder and certainly one that I would recommend. It gives you the option of recording your footage onto an internal hard drive or onto an SD card, which is a very handy feature if you get stuck for storage on one of these options....

Oct, 2001

Product Specifications


Built-In Microphone: Yes


Battery technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)


Minimum illumination:9


Firewire in (IEEE 1394): No
Firewire Out (IEEE 1394): No
HDMI Connection: Yes
Line-In Audio: Yes
USB Connection: Yes


Colour of product:Black


Display diagonal:6.86
Screen Resolution:230400
Screen Size:2.7
Screen Type:LCD


Web Cam Function: No


Built-in Flash: Yes
Internal flash/video light: Yes

Image resolution

Digital Still Pictures:Photo
Effective mega pixels:1.17
Effective Pixels:1.17
Progressive Scan for Photos: No
Still Picture Resolutions:1920x1080
Total MegaPixels:1.47

Image sensor

Optical sensor size:25.4 / 6
Sensor Type:MOS
Total MegaPixels:1.17 / 2.1

Lens System

Digital Zoom:1000
Filter Size:4.3
Focal length (35mm film equivalent):44.1 - 706
Focal length range (f-f):2.95 - 47.2
Image stabilizer: Yes
Optical Zoom:16


Aperture (Wide-tele):F1.8-3.3
Auto Focus: Yes
Digital Zoom:1000
Filter Size:43
Focal Length (35mm equiv):44.1-706
Focal Length (Wide-Tele):2.95-47.2
Image Stabilization:Yes (Optical)
Manual Focus: Yes
Night Shot: Yes
Optical Zoom:16
Shutter speeds:1/50-1/8000
White Balance:Auto, Indoor1, Indoor2, Sunny, Cloudy, White set


Dimensions (HxWxD):69x64x128
Weight (lb):0.79

Other features

Audio output:1
Auto Focus: Yes
Cable Type:Video Component, AV, USB, AC/DC
Lens system:Leica Dicomar
Manual Focus: Yes
Power consumption (typical):6.6
Power requirements:DC 7.2V / 9.3V / DC7.2V / 9.3V
Resolution:1920 x 1080
Video Out:1

Packaging Content

Bundled software:HD Writer AE 1.0

Ports & interfaces

Component video (YPbPr/YCbCr) out:1
PictBridge: Yes
USB 2.0 ports quantity:1

Power source

Battery Type:Lithium-ion


Miscellaneous:Pict Bridge, Dolby Digital, Touch Screen operation, asy Copying to DVD Disc with VW-BN1


Sensor Size:1/6
Sensor Type:CMOS


Camera shutter speed:1/25 - 1/8000

Still image

Still image resolution(s):1920 x 1080


Built-in Memory: Yes
Built-in Storage Size:80
External Memory Type:SD, SDHC
Extra Memory Support: Yes
Internal storage capacity:80


HD Recording:HD 1080p
Maximum Video Resolution:1920 x 1080
Recordable File/Disc Formats:MPEG4-AVC/H.264
Recording Format:Hard Drive/SDHC
Video Resolution:1920x1080 (13Mbps), 1920x1080 (9Mbps), 1920x1080 (6Mbps), 1440x1080

Weight & Dimensions

Height :6.9

White balance

Indoor white balance: Yes
Outdoor white balance: Yes