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Panasonic HDC-HS300

alaTest has collected and analyzed 98 reviews of Panasonic HDC-HS300. The average rating for this product is 4.3/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. Opinions about the durability and portability are on the whole positive. The image quality and price are also mentioned favorably, but many are critical about the battery.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Panasonic HDC-HS300 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 87/100 = Very good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 39 user reviews of Panasonic HDC-HS300 from The average user rating for this product is 4.5/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on People are impressed by the size and portability. The image quality and price are also appreciated. Some have doubts about the durability.

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92% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Panasonic HDC-HS300 HDD HD Camcorder (Black)Panasonic HDC-HS300 HDD HD Camcorder (Black)

Dec, 2018


Expert review by : James Morris (

Panasonic HDC-HS300


James thinks the HDC-HS300 could be the camcorder release of the year. Find out why...

When Panasonic released the HDC-SD100 and HS100, we loved the company's continued dedication to ‘prosumer' features. These camcorders were not dumbed down - in fact, they regained some of the functionality of MiniDV all-time-greats like the NV-GS400....

Feb, 2009

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Panasonic HDC-HS300


Panasonic's latest may be expensive but it packs an awful lot in, as James Morris discovers

The next-generation successor to Panasonic's hard disk-based HS100 ups the stakes considerably. The HDC-HS300 doubles that model's 60GB hard disk to 120GB and, as the top AVCHD recording data rate remains the same, it can store a whopping 15 hours of...

Feb, 2009

Expert review by : James Morris (

Panasonic HDC-HS300


If you can look beyond the price you'll see the best consumer HD cam on the market right now

Peerless image quality / Enthusiast-level features / Plenty of storage

Exorbitant price

The first revelation is the HS300’s image quality. Panasonic switched from three CCDs to three CMOSes with the previous range, but kept the same small 1/6in size

Feb, 2009

Expert review by : Rob Mead (

Panasonic HDC-HS300


Excellent picture quality even in low light ; Good range of manual controls ; Built-in storage capacity

Wind noise ; Build quality not as good as some rivals ; Interface can be confusing

Nov, 2009

Expert review by : Lori Grunin (

Panasonic HDC-HS300 review: Panasonic HDC-HS300


Panasonic HDC-HS300

High-quality video; solid performance; electronic viewfinder; full manual feature set.

Touch screen not responsive enough.

A very good prosumer HD camcorder, the Panasonic HDC-HS300 still isn't as good a deal as the similarly featured but flash-based TM300 and has the same annoying touch-screen interface.

Jun, 2009

Expert review by : Kaitlyn Chantry and Jeremy Stamas (

Panasonic HDC-HS300 Camcorder Review


The Panasonic HDC-HS300 (MSRP 1399.99) has just about everything you could want in a high-end consumer camcorder. It features a wide range of manual controls, Panasonic's popular lens ring for making adjustments, a retractable electronic viewfinder,...

The Panasonic HDC-HS300 (MSRP $1399.99) is a strong camcorder all around. Its array of manual controls, along with the inclusion of a sleek lens ring, should appeal to experienced users and traditional videographers. At the same time, the new iA...

May, 2009

Expert review by : Kaitlyn Chantry (

Panasonic HDC-HS300 First Impressions Camcorder Review - HDD


The HDC-HS300 is the top-of-the-line high definition camcorder from Panasonic coming for 2009. As with last year's HDC-HS100 and HDC-SD100, Panasonic is providing users with plenty of bells and whistles for experienced videophiles: a viewfinder, lens...

Jan, 2009

Expert review by : Rob Mead (

Review: Panasonic HDC-HS300 HD camcorder


Panasonic's HDC-HS300 is capable of extraordinary video quality and offer a good range of manual options, with manual lens ring controls that are as easy to use as they are capable.

The HDC-HS300 also offers a maximum AVCHD video recording resolution of 1920-by-1080 at 17Mbps, which looks a lot lower than the 24Mbps that Canon uses is similarly-priced camcorders. The HDC-HS300 includes a lens ring for focusing, and other manual...

Nov, 2009

Expert review by : Tom Skowronski (

Videomaker's 2009 Best Hard Drive Camcorder: Panasonic HDC-HS300 AVCHD Camcorder Review


View all of the best consumer video production products of 2009, selected by the editors of Videomaker The Follow-Up Following on the heels of last year's HS100 (Videomaker's 2008 Best Hard Drive Camcorder winner), Panasonic has unleashed its...

Manual focus ring ; Intelligent auto ; High-resolution stills

Reliance of touchscreen interface

Consumer camera at its best. Offers both manual customization and auto presets to conquer any shooting scenario.

Jul, 2009

Expert review by : Jeremy Stamas (

Panasonic HDC-HS300


Packed with a 120GB internal hard drive, HD video capability, and a host of controls and features, the HDC-HS300 (MSRP $1399) represents Panasonic's top-of-the-line camcorder for 2009. The most surprising facet of the camcorder was its test results,...

Panasonic implemented a new touchscreen LCD system on a number of camcorders this year, including the HDC-HS300. While touchscreens are often shunned by pro and advanced users, they are generally liked by amateurs. The touchscreen on the HDC-HS300 is...

May, 2009

Product Specifications

The HDC-HS300 is a hybrid camcorder that records Full HD images either on an SD (or SDHC) memory card or the built-in 120GB hard disk drive. A 32-GB SDHC memory card can hold around 12 hours of recorded video clips (in HE mode). The HDC-HS300 camcorder can copy recorded video images from the SD memory card to the hard disk, or vice versa, with easy operation. The HDC-HS300 camcorder features the Full HD 3MOS sensor, developed by Panasonic based on its proven 3CCD technology. The Panasonic 3MOS sensor system captures more vibrant, true-to-life colors, greater detail and richer gradation. The iA function automatically activates several convenient shooting functions. These include Advanced O.I.S., which compensates for hand-shake to eliminate blurring; Face Detection, which adjusts the exposure so faces are captured perfectly; and Intelligent Contrast Control, which helps ensure proper contrast. Also included is the Intelligent Scene Selector, which determines the shooting conditions and automatically selects the scene setting that will provide optimal results. The Manual Ring is provided for users who want more creative freedom in their image production. With the HDC-HS300 camcorder users can enjoy precise, responsive fingertip control over five key settings - zoom, focus, iris, shutter speed, and white balance. Image sensor size has been increased from previous 1/6 inch to 1/4.1 inch. 3MOS system with 3 full-HD sensors has total pixel count of 9,150,000 pixels. While higher pixel count tends to make noise more noticeable when shooting under dim light conditions, HDC-HS300 solves this problem by using 3 high-sensitivity MOS sensors. It records beautiful images even under dim lighting while maintaining high pixel count, thus making it possible to shoot under minimum luminance of 1.6 lx.


Built-In Microphone: Yes
Built-in speaker(s): Yes

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Surround
Microphone Technology:Electret condenser


Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Battery technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)

Camcorder Features

High Definition Video Support:1080i
Low Lux / Night Mode: Yes
Widescreen Video Capture:Widescreen Video Capture


Minimum illumination:1.6

Camera Flash

Red Eye Reduction:Built-in
Type:Built-in flash


Colour of product:Black

Digital Storage Media

Type:Hard disc drive

Dimensions & Weight



Display diagonal:6.86

Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:2.7in
Diagonal Size (metric):6.9cm
Display Form Factor:Rotating
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

Shooting Programs:Beach / Fireworks / Low light / Night portrait / Night scene / Portrait mode / Scenery / Snow / Sports mode / Spotlight / Sunset


Built-in Flash: Yes


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Panasonic

Image sensor

Optical sensor size:25.4 / 4.1
Sensor Type:MOS
Total MegaPixels:10.6

Lens System

Digital Zoom:700
Filter Size:4.3
Focal length (35mm film equivalent):44.9 - 539
Focal length range (f-f):4 - 48
Image stabilizer: Yes
Lens Aperture:F/1.8-2.8
Max Focal Length:48mm
Min Focal Length:4mm
Optical Zoom:12
Optical Zoom:12
Type:Zoom lens



Optical Sensor

Camcorder Effective Still Resolution:2.65Megapixel
Camcorder Effective Video Resolution:2.07Mpix
Camcorder Sensor Resolution:3.05Mpix
Optical Sensor Size:1/4.1"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):6.2 mm ( 1/4.1" ) / 6.2 mm ( 1/4.1 )
Optical Sensor Type:3CMOS
Sensor Qty:3CMOS

Optical System

Built-in Optical Image Stabilizer:Built-in / Yes
Image Stabiliser:Optical (Advanced O.I.S.)

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):7.8
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
Handheld remote control: Yes

Ports & interfaces

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


Camera shutter speed:1/25 - 1/8000

Still image

Still image resolution(s):3984 x 2656


Internal storage capacity:120

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None


Maximum Video Resolution:1920 x 1080
Video formats supported:H.264

Video Input

Analogue Video Format:PAL
Digital Video Format:AVCHD / H.264
Digital Zoom:700
Face Detection:Built-in / Yes
Media Type:Flash card / Hard disc drive
Shooting Modes:Digital photo mode
Still Image Format:JPEG


Image Aspect Ratio (camcorders):16:9
Viewfinder Colour Support:Colour
Viewfinder Type:Electronic

Weight & Dimensions

Height :7.3

White balance

Indoor white balance: Yes
Outdoor white balance: Yes