Panasonic HDC-HS900 Sample recordings

Posted by – 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: