Panasonic HDC-HS900 Sample recordings

Posted by Charbax – January 14, 2011

As I am considering the new 2011 camcorder Series from Panasonic/Canon/Sony as my new video-blogging camcorder, I thought I would test the qualities of the newest Panasonic HS900 series camcorder by recording samples onto my own SD card and post them here on YouTube and include the full download of the original sample video file for your analysis.

The Panasonic HDC-HC900 comes with same 3MOS three 1/4.1-inch CMOS sensors as last year-s HDC-HS700 series, but now includes a better processor called Crystal Engine PRO. Panasonic claims this new processor reduces noise by 45%, and should produce better images in low-light conditions. (read more infos on

No in-camera cut and join editing? No 720p modes? No 24p mode? No overlay graphics integration (such as transparent png file with my logo at bottom right corner of videos)? No built-in Bluetooth mics and sound mixer? No built-in fast WiFi and Ethernet YouTube uploads? I would like a good in-camera compressor to make high quality at low manageable bitrates to upload HD on YouTube without requiring PC re-encoding, without it taking too long especially at conferences where there is slow upload speed. Those are features I would like in my next camera, but I still may do without if quality can be much improved over the Sanyo HD1000 that I have been using for all my video-blogging since March 2008. Do you think I should upgrade my video-blogging to this camera or do you have another suggestion for what new camera I should consider?

Sample at 1080p@60fps@24mbitps: Download original sample file on Google Docs (108MB for 38 seconds)

Sample at 8mbitps HX mode: Download original sample file on Google Docs (31MB for 30 seconds)
Watch that sample on YouTube:

Sample at 6mbitps HC mode: Download original sample file on Google Docs (24MB for 31 seconds)
Watch that sample on YouTube:

  • Marcus

    No 24p mode? The 700 models had that, can’t imagine they removed that function?

  • Robert Webb

    I believe it still has 24p (25p PAL), but it’s branded as digital cinema, or something like that, as it was on the 700.

    I downloaded the .MTS files and put them on an SD card, but my new Panasonic VIERA TV won’t recognise them, although it’s supposed to. It doesn’t acknowledge that the files are there at all. I did rename the files, but kept the .MTS extension. Should that make a difference? Or is there a specific folder structure that must be maintained? Also my TV is PAL, but I figured it should at least acknowledge the presence of the video files, even if it fails when I try to play them. Any ideas?


  • Mike

    What external Mic were you using with this?

  • Sennheiser MKE400