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Panasonic HDC-HS200 - Panasonic HDC-HS200

By James Morris



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Still image performance is pretty accomplished, too. Without interpolation, the maximum resolution is 3,264 x 2,448 pixels, but there is also a 10.6-megapixel mode which shoots 3,984 x 2,656 pixel stills with a 3:2 aspect ratio. Detail and colour are impressive, although the Canon HF S10's single higher-resolution CMOS gives it a slight edge in this department as well.

Since the HS200 records AVCHD, most editing software is compatible, and even Adobe's Premiere Elements has supported the format since version 7. If you simply want to watch your footage on a TV, there's mini HDMI, although no adapter is supplied. Analogue options include a minijack for composite video and stereo RCA audio. There's also a proprietary connection for component analogue video.


So the Panasonic HDC-HS200 is capable of impressive image quality, and if you want the best picture, but probably won't use the manual features of the HDC-HS300 and TM300, it's a great-value compromise. If £700 is still pricey, Panasonic also makes a camcorder identical in features to the HS200, except that it records video to SD memory instead. This is the HDC-SD200, and at under £600 it's even more keenly priced, although you have to factor in your own flash memory.

Overall Score


Scores In Detail

  • Value 9
  • Image Quality 10
  • Features 7


October 11, 2009, 2:01 am

James - thank you for all the excellent reviews. The one you just posted on the Panasonic HDC-HS200 ends with a comment something to the effect that the less costly SD200 is identical save for the absence of any built-in memory. I had reached the same conclusion and am interested in buying, except that I also saw a Which review which completely slammed the audio performance. BTW Which said similarly negative things about the TM300. The Which comment seems so different from your and other reviews, I wonder if you saw it and could comment further on the audio performance of the SD200? Lastly, if I do buy it, what minimum spec of SDHC would you suggest? I would like at least 16GB, ideally 32GB, but have been told the latter "isn't good enough yet". And I am confused about class 4 or 6 etc. Many thanks.

Alistair Mackay

February 8, 2010, 7:44 pm


After reading your comment I would like to add that, having bought the HDC HS200 I have found the product very satisfactory. HOWEVER, what you mentioned about the Which report, which incidentally I havn't read, could be something to consider. I have found the sound capabilities to be very dissapointing...in particular the Wind Cut function in IA mode...it doesn't have any effect whatsoever. The wind noise in only a slight wind, and I really mean slight, is horrendous...to the point where you are not able to distinguish conversation. I am conversing with Panasonic at the moment to find out if my camcorder is faulty, ....really, it's that bad! Also when pinpointing somebody making a speech at approx 3 to 4 metres away it has difficulty in picking up clear audio.

Regards Alistair

Alistair Mackay

February 8, 2010, 8:58 pm

Hi again

Further to my comment above I have just tried to look up the Which Review for the Panasonic HDC HS200 and it appears that it does not exist! Naturally I am interested in any reviews that highlight the inadequacies of this camera so if anyone out there has some idea if the review still exists or even existed at a previous time I would be very much obliged to hear from them.

Regarsd Alistair Mackay

Peter Johnson

March 13, 2010, 3:50 pm

Used my HS300 (identical, audio wise) to record a comedy gig from the back of the room, and it picked up the performers much better than expected after reading these comments, even over a noisy audience. No wind noise indoors, obviously, so I cant speak for that.

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