From Panasonic’s popular HX Series of upright HD camcorders is the very compact and feature filled HX-DC2. With a purpose-built shape and design, this Panasonic camcorder makes an ideal travel companion that provides extreme ease of use while capturing high quality images and videos under a variety of situations. The advent of a powerful MOS image sensor gives this Panasonic camcorder an amazing sensor resolution of 14.3 megapixels. This high image resolution gives the HX-DC2 the ability to capture high quality still images as well as record full HD videos with 1920 x 1080 pixel resolution.
One of the most innovative and unique features on this Panasonic camcorder is its twin shutter design, which has a single touch operation for still image and video capture at the same time. This means that you can capture still images at a reduced resolution without any interruption to on-going video recording. The captured high quality images are saved in the JPEG (DCF/Exif2.2) format while the video files are saved in the MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 file format. The audio recording in the video mode is picked up by the camcorder’s built-in 2 channel stereo microphone and is saved in the ACC file format.
The Panasonic HX-DC2 features an Active E.I.S or Electrical Image Stabilizer that makes sure that the captured images and videos appear clear with minimal blurring. This feature helps you to effectively use the camcorder in a variety of styles like shooting with full zoom or video recording while walking or running.
This Panasonic camcorder sports a very compact and efficient design that has a body weight of only 162 g and an operational weight of 180 g which includes the battery and memory card. The HX-DC2 features a very user-friendly grip design which dedicated to providing you with steady single-hand shooting, which considerably increases its effectiveness in various shooting situations.
Featuring a 3 inch Wide LCD Screen with a 230,400 dot resolution, this camcorder has the added brilliance of a free-angle LCD. This provides a 285 degree field of screen rotation so that you can operate from almost any screen angle that you see fit. The memory device on this camcorder can be accessed through a memory card slot that is compatible SD, SDHC and SDXC memory cards. This Panasonic camcorder gets its power from a rechargeable lithium-ion battery with a minimum capacity of 700mAh.
The HX-DC2 operates a lens with a focal length of 6.8 mm – 34 mm which has a 5x optical zoom capacity. Apart from the additional digital zoom of 50x (still imaging) and 120x (motion imaging), this Panasonic has a 15x Intelligent zoom function which gives you great magnification without any loss of quality. The iris type aperture on the camcorder has range of f/3.5 (Tele) – f3.7 (Wide), which gives you effective usage under variable lighting conditions. The nine-point autofocus system with a macro range 1 cm lets you take sharp images from wide open spaces to extreme close-up shots.
This Panasonic has a shutter speed that ranges from a 1/2 sec to 1/1500 sec for image capture and from 1/15 sec to 1/10000 for video recording. This with the inclusion of a built-in flash lets you capture dramatic images of moving objects or moments in low light situations.
Features & Connectivity
The Panasonic’s white balancing modes can be used to capture stunning images and videos with pre-set adjustments that are perfectly suited for a particular situation or lighting condition. Another brilliant feature on this camcorder is the Panorama mode which lets you shoot consecutive shots that are stitched together to create a dramatic 180 or 360 degree canvas of the desired surroundings. This panoramic image can also be either shot in the horizontal or vertical plane.
The Face Detection technology detects the amount of ambient light and automatically adjusts the exposure settings so the faces in the frame appear clear and sharp. The continuous burst mode on this HX-DC2 lets you capture up to 40 continuous 3 megapixel images with in 4 sec giving you a wide series of shots of a particular subject or incident. The HX-DC2 lets you transfer all your images and videos on your PC or laptop using its high-speed USB 2.0 port. This camcorder also features a composite AV out along with a mini HDMI port so you can relive those special moments on a standard or a high definition TV.
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Value for Money
Praveen Rama Shetty
A decent HD camera but not without issues
Prasenjit Sanyal, Kolkata
Amazing Product , Worth purchasing !!!!!!!!