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Panasonic HDC-HS9

alaTest has collected and analyzed 173 reviews of Panasonic HDC-HS9. The average rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. Comments about the design and size are generally positive. The portability and image quality are also appreciated. Views about the reliability and price are mixed. The connectivity and battery get negative reviews.

usability, image quality, portability, size, design

battery, connectivity

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Panasonic HDC-HS9 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 87/100 = Very good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 1 user review of Panasonic HDC-HS9 from The average user rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders on People are impressed by the usability. The zoom is also mentioned favorably.

zoom, usability

100% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Panasonic HDC-HS9EB-S HD CamcorderPanasonic HDC-HS9EB-S HD Camcorder

Feb, 2019

Consumer review ( review summary for Panasonic HDC-HS9


alaTest has collected and analyzed 59 user reviews of Panasonic HDC-HS9 from The average user rating for this product is 3.7/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on People are impressed by the zoom and design. The portability and image quality also get good feedback. The battery and reliability get negative opinions. There are some mixed views about the size.

usability, image quality, portability, design, zoom

price, reliability, battery

80% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Panasonic HDC-HS9 AVCHD 3CCD 60GB Hard Drive High Definition Hybrid Camcorder with 10x Optical Image Stabilized ZoomPanasonic HDC-HS9 AVCHD 3CCD 60GB Hard Drive High Definition Hybrid Camcorder with 10x Optical Image Stabilized Zoom

Feb, 2019

Expert review by : Trusted Reviews (

Panasonic HDC-HS9 Camcorder


It's the SD9's chunkier sibling, but does that make it better?

Feb, 2011

Expert review by : TechRadar (

Panasonic HDC-HS9 review


Here's a £700 HD cam that manages to cram two formats into its modest frame

Great pictures ; Compact yet robust build ; Plenty of features

A bit heavy ; Awkward positioning of joystick ; Mini HDMI not included

A few minor niggles aside, this is a very competent camera with some nice features to boot

Apr, 2008

Expert review by : CB (

SimplyDV Review: Panasonic HDC-HS9 3CCD AVCHD Camcorder


We review a 3CCD AVCHD "Hybrid" camcorder that records 1920x1080 25P Cinema Mode video with 5.1 Surround Sound to SDHC memory cards in addition to 60GB Hard Disc Drive!

The HDC-SD9 is a great camcorder for those looking for a starter camcorder that is capable of shooting and playing back high definition video designed to look and sound great on large-format flat-panel TV displays when connected digitally, and in that...

Expert review by : Good Gear (

Expert Review


The HDC-HS9 is arguably the best high-definition camcorder in its price range; with the possible exception of its stablemate; the HDC-SD9. For our money, the HDC-HS9 comes out slightly on top due to its 60GB hard drive. Highly recommended.

60GB of inbuilt memory, lightweight design, stunning 'full HD' video resolution, solid still images mode

No 3.5mm microphone or headphone jacks, directional stick requires two-handed operation, occasional noise issues

May, 2009

Expert review by : David Elrich (

Panasonic HDC-HS9 Review


Panasonic's quality doesn't compare to the other models out there.

May, 2008

Expert review by : Jim Feeley (

Panasonic HDC-HS9


Three years ago, the Panasonic HDC-HS9 would have been revolutionary, and its image-quality-to-price ratio would have impelled users to look past its limitations. Today, the camcorder is an also-ran on our comparison chart. Its most impressive features...

Compact size ; Affordable price

Disappointing image quality ; Poor low-light footage

This AVCHD camcorder’s lackluster performance is only partially offset by a low price.

Oct, 2008

Expert review by : Alex Kidman (

Panasonic HDC-HS900


3D-capable (with add-on lens). Excellent video quality. Records at 1080/50p. Touchscreen controls actually work.

Doesn't seem to like OS X Lion much. SD card slot can all too easily sit outside the camera body. 3D is an add-on; you'll have to carry the lens with you to make it happen.

Panasonic's 3D-capable 3MOS camcorder offers an impressive array of features and top-quality shooting, but it's not a light model to carry around, especially with the optional 3D lens bolted on.

Aug, 2011

Expert review by : Derek Fung (

Panasonic HDC-HS9


This year's high-def hybrid camcorder from Panasonic is of the much more useful SD card/hard-disk variety. There's 60GB of on-board storage and 1080p recording at 25fps.

Ample hard-disk room for high-def footage. Records video to SD/SDHC cards. Smallish size.

Colours oversaturated. Feature poor. Inconvenient joystick location.

Unless you can find a killer deal, the HS9 comes up short both in features and image quality zing.

Oct, 2010

Expert review by : Michael Perlman (

Panasonic HDC-HS9 Camcorder Review


The Panasonic HDC-HS9 ($1,099 MSRP) is another of the manufacturer's third-generation AVCHD camcorders. Nearly identical to the HDC-SD9, the HS9 adds a 60GB hard disk drive (HDD) and a hefty $300 price hike. It's a sleek, compact design that feels good...

The bottom line is there's just nothing exciting about this camcorder. Unless Panasonic gets its act together soon, the future of its camcorder dynasty could be up a creek without a paddle. Now is the time to dust off those old MiniDV blueprints from...

Apr, 2008

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Panasonic HDC-HS9


It may not be a looker, but in all other respects this Panasonic is a stunning camera

Oct, 2008

Product Specifications

The HDC-HS9 hi-def hybrid camcorder boasts an extra-large 60GB internal hard disk drive, which can hold up to 23 hours of your precious memories (in HE mode). Panasonic full-HD camcorders record horizontal pixels at an HD resolution of up to 1920 pixels, which results in a total of around 2,070,000 pixels. And with progressive scanning, Panasonic's hi-def camcorders provide twice as much data per picture as conventional interlace scanning. This means you get breathtaking images with exceptional resolution and detail. Combine that with a 1080/24p format, which lets you capture scenes with a rich, film-like quality, and you can see why Panasonic full-HD camcorders take visual expression to the next level. With Face Detection - offered for recording moving pictures with a video camera - Panasonic makes it easy to capture beautiful faces and clear backgrounds even in dim or backlit scenes. This function, which can detect up to five faces at once, automatically adjusts the exposure and smoothes skin tones according to the ambient brightness, so faces are bright and easy to see. The Intelligent Shooting Guide function helps you get magnificent shots by displaying a text message in the LCD monitor, telling you which settings are best for the current shooting conditions. With Intelligent Selection Playback, poor or inadvertent shots (such as shots of the ground or overly dark scenes) are skipped and all normal scenes are played while viewing. Panasonic's Advanced Optical Image Stabilization (O.I.S.) suppresses the effects of hand shake as you shoot. The system uses gyrosensors to detect hand shake, then shifts a lens and adjusts the optical axis to compensate. This all happens a remarkable 4,000 times per second. And because the system is optical, no image quality is lost. Thanks to Advanced O.I.S., the images you capture look incredibly clear, sharp and beautiful on a big TV screen. Developed specifically for full-HD digital camcorders, the world-class Leica Dicomar lens system is made using a multi-coating process that prevents light reflection and glare, which can make colors bleed and images appear washed out. It also prevents rings of light, or "ghosts."


Audio formats supported:AAC
Audio system:Dolby Digital 2.0/5.1 / Dolby Digital 5.1
Built-In Microphone: Yes
Built-in speaker(s): Yes
Wind filter: Yes

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Surround


Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Battery technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery voltage:7.2

Camcorder Features

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


3D: No
Back light compensation: Yes
Back Light Compensation (BLC):Y
Camcorder type:Handheld camcorder
Minimum illumination:1
On Screen Display (OSD): Yes
On Screen Display (OSD) languages:CZE, DEU, DUT, ENG, ESP, FRE, ITA, POL, SWE, TUR
Supported aspect ratios:3:2, 4:3, 16:9

Camera Flash

Type:Built-in flash


Colour of product:Black / Black, Silver / Silver
LED indicators: Yes

Digital Storage Media

Type:Hard disc drive

Dimensions & Weight



Built-in Display: Yes
Display diagonal:6.86 / 7.62 / 8.89
Display resolution (numeric):230400 / 460800
Touchscreen: No

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:Low light / Portrait mode / Sports mode / Spotlight / Surf & snow


Built-in Flash: Yes
Built-in light: Yes


Focus adjustment:Auto/Manual


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Panasonic

Image sensor

Effective megapixels (image):7.89
Effective megapixels (movie):7.59
Optical sensor size:25.4 / 4.1 / 25.4 / 6
Sensor Type:CMOS / MOS
Total MegaPixels:14.2 / 2.1 / 9.15

Lens System

Digital Zoom:20 / 700
Filter Size:3.7 / 4.6
Focal length (35mm film equivalent):35 - 420 / 35 - 466 / 42.9 - 429
Focal length range (f-f):3 - 30 / 3.45 - 41.4
Image stabilizer: Yes
Image stabilizer type:Digital / Optical
Interchangeable lens:No / Yes
Lens Aperture:F/1.8-2.8
Max Focal Length:30mm
Maximum aperture number:2.8
Min Focal Length:3mm
Minimum aperture number:1.5
Optical Zoom:10
Optical Zoom:10 / 12
Type:Zoom lens



Optical Sensor

Camcorder Effective Video Resolution:520Kpix
Camcorder Sensor Resolution:560Kpix
Optical Sensor Size:1/6"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):4.2 mm ( 1/6" ) / 4.2 mm ( 1/6 )
Optical Sensor Type:3CCD
Sensor Qty:3CCD

Optical System

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

Other features

Additional accessories:AC Adaptor, AC Cable, DC Cable, Video Component Cable, AV Cable, IR Remote, USB Cable
Aperture range (F-F):1.5 - 2.8
Audio output:1 / Y
Auto Focus: Yes
Cable Type:Video Component, AV, USB, AC/DC
Interface:USB 2.0
Lens system:Leica Dicomar
Manual Focus: Yes
Photo mode: Yes
Power consumption (typical):10.9 / 6.8
Power requirements:DC 7.2/9.3 V / DC 7.2V / 9.3V / DC7.2 V/9.3 V
Resolution:1920 x 1080
Sports: Yes
Spotlight: Yes
Video Out:1 / Y

Packaging Content

AC adapter included: Yes
Batteries included: Yes
Bundled software:HD Writer 2.5E / HD Writer AE 3.0
Cables included:AC, AV, USB
Handheld remote control: Yes
Quick start guide: Yes
Stylus pen: Yes

Ports & interfaces

Component video (YPbPr/YCbCr) out:1
DC-in jack: Yes
Headphone outputs:1
Microphone in: Yes
Mini HDMI ports quantity:1
PictBridge: Yes
S-Video Out: No
USB 2.0 ports quantity:1


Camera shutter speed:1/25 - 1/8000
Shutter speed (photo):1/2-1/2000 / 1/25
Shutter speed (video):1/2-1/500 / 1/8000

Still image

Image formats supported:JPG
Maximum image resolution:1024 x 768 / 1920 x 1080 / 4608 x 3072
Still image resolution(s):1920 x 1080 / 640 x 480,2560 x 1920,2880 x 1920,3072 x 1728,3200 x 2400,3600 x 2400,3840 x 2160,4032 x 3024,4864 x 2736 / Microsoft Office 2013, Norton Internet Security, Norton Online Backup


Camcorder media type:HDD / HDD, Memory card
Camcorder tape type: No
Compatible memory cards:SD, SDHC / SD, SDHC, SDXC
Disc types supported: No
Internal storage capacity:220 / 60
Maximum memory card size:32
Memory slots:1

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None


Analog signal format system:NTSC, PAL
HD type:Full HD
Maximum frame rate:50
Maximum Video Resolution:1920 x 1080
Supported video modes:1080i, 1080p
Video formats supported:AVCHD, H.264, MPEG4 / H.264, MPEG4
Video Resolutions:1920 x 1080

Video Input

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


Viewfinder resolution:123000
Viewfinder screen size:0.27
Viewfinder Type: None
Viewfinder Type:Electrical / Optical

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:12.6 / 14.6
Height :7.2 / 7.4
Weight:390 / 455
Width:6.7 / 7.5

White balance

Indoor white balance: Yes
Outdoor white balance: Yes
White Balance:Auto, Cloudy, Daylight, Manual