HD camcorders: Compare features & prices Panasonic HC-X900 review http://www.which.co.uk/technology/camcorders/reviews/hd-camcorders/panasonic-hc-x900/review/
The Panasonic HC-X900 HD camcorder is a sleek black model that doesn't come cheap. It has a 12x optical zoom, large 90mm LCD screen, microphone and headphone jacks and a dual image stabiliser. But does this Panasonic camcorder have the video performance to justify its hefty price tag? Our rigorous tests reveal all.
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The HD is excellent and a joy to behold. However I do have some niggles. As it has a fitted wide angle lens, I find that the problem of converging parallels and slight barrel distortion can be disturbing and unattractive. The merest shift or tilt of the camcorder to the left or the right, shows this up and looks dreadful when played back or during editing. HOWEVER my main cause for concern is loss of footage. I shot lots of footage on holiday and found on returning home that it had overwrittenin several places on the memory cards and I lost some important footage. Some of the overwrites were shot 3 days apart. A friend in the UK has also experienced the same problem, as has a musician friend of mine. My cards are 16 Gb Lexar Professional SD HC speed X400 and Lexar Premium X200 that came with the camcorder, which is less than a year old and have been formatted exactly as described in the manual. I'm at a loss as to what to do, but I shudder to think that if one is filming a wedding, for example, and footage is lost, it would be disastrous. But it is still a great camcorder and I'll have to shoot on a longer focal length to try to overcome the barrel and converging parallels problem
Fantastic video camera with superb image stabilisation which even allowed hand-held fiming of seabirds from a small boat. The built in viewfinder is infinitely superior to the LCD screen in bright light and well worth paying for. I have been shooting videos for over 20 years on various cameras but keep coming back to Panasonic. I believe the main value and fun is in editing down footage on a computer to end up with a watchable film, so don't want to mess around with footage on the camera. I bought through aAmazon with no problems.
Simply electronics, RGB Direct, eBuyer - Avoid!
I had exactly the same experience with Simply electronics.They claimed to have stock of the HC-X900 and took my money. Then I heard nothing for nearly 2 weeks. I eventually got hold of them (52 minute hold) and got the worst attitude ever. So I cancelled my order. It took 2 months to get my money back. They are not really a UK based company - they are in Hong Kong!I then went to RGB Direct for a fair price but I actually discovered this camera was not worthy of its expensive price tag because the image quality was average. Anyway I tried to return it and because I bought it in the shop and not online they did not want to accept it back. Despite the fact it was exactly 'as new' in the original packaging. After a long fight they made an exception by took 15% handling charge. Never buy in the shop as you are not protected by the 7 day return policy!One last shop to avoid is eBuyer.com - poor customer service.To this day I have not bothered to get another camera as it turns out the iPhone 4S camera was pretty much as good as this HC-X900 camera barring the zoom of course.
2011-07-08 11:54:45.79 wrote:
Dont buy from this website. Simply dreadful customer service! they are difficult to contact and do not update you on status of your order. i was old that my order had been cancelled and this was only after waiting a week and chasing them to find out where it had got to. very cheesed off since i need to get it on time for a special occasion. have gone to trusty Amazon. more expensive but never any problem with customer service.
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