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Panasonic HDC-Z10000 - Image Quality and Verdict

By James Morris


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Review Price £3,000.00

Unlike virtually any camcorders which sit in a consumer range, the HDC-Z10000 offers balanced XLR audio inputs with 48V phantom power available. So you will be able to connect high-grade audio devices via this professional connection. There are two physical dials available to adjust levels - another essential feature for serious videomaking usage. If you don't want to use these, though, the built-in microphone array provides 5.1 surround sound, incorporating Panasonic's usual selection of zoom and noise cancellation functions.

Panasonic HDC-Z10000

Of course, none of this would be worth much if the Z10000 was mediocre at its core function - shooting 3D. Fortunately, it punches above its weight here. Images are sharp and colours vibrant, with a clear sense of depth. The convergence control lets you dictate which elements of the picture are in front of or behind the screen, giving you the option to create effects where objects "fly out of the screen". As expected, low light performance in 3D mode is no worse than in 2D mode, which is to say very good, with detail and colour maintained well even at quite poor levels of illumination.

Here is a montage of examples we threw together with the only mainstream consumer editing app we currently know of which can handle AVCHD 2.0 3D footage, CyberLink PowerDirector 10 Ultra:

As this footage is on YouTube, you aren't seeing the full quality that viewing on a 3D HDTV would provide, but at least you can get a general idea of the effectiveness of the 3D depth.


The HDC-Z10000 has a couple of notable niggles - the touch-operated shutter speed control and laggy zoom ring being at the forefront. It will also seem massively expensive when JVC's Everio GS-TD1 costs half as much and Panasonic's more consumer-focused devices even less. But it should be seen in the light of full professional 3D models costing £7-8,000. These offer bigger sensors for even better image quality, and extra professional studio features like genlock and HD-SDI digital video output. But independent filmmakers on a budget or students will find this camera provides capabilities never before available at this price. So whilst we remain skeptical about 3D in general, Panasonic's HDC-Z10000 has taken away the cost barrier for shooting in the format, and that's a real game changer.

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March 5, 2013, 6:14 pm

I have a problem with the audio dropping off for the last second of 4 mb clips (22 minutes). Is this a design bug, a firmware issue or just something wrong with my Z10000?


April 9, 2013, 12:04 pm

Please clarify if this model works in PAL. If not, is there a separate version?


February 25, 2014, 3:34 am

I work in Europe with NTSC (60fps) camera. It's ok, no problems

Dimitris M. Redstone

May 9, 2015, 3:25 pm

I want to use use this NTSC (60fps) camera in Europe as well. How do I convert it to PAL? Sony representative told me to speed up the NTSC footage by 4% to match it to PAL. What are reasonable priced 3D software for Premiere or After Effects. Please email me since I am not part of this forum and I might miss your response. Thank you dimitri3d@aol.com

Dimitris M. Redstone

May 9, 2015, 3:29 pm

I have the same question about the 3D Panasonic HDC-Z10000. Did you find anything out as to how can I use the NTSC model to make 3D PAL side by side 3D videos? A Sony representative told me to speed up the NTSC footage by 4% to match it to PAL. Please get back to me if you know something. Thanks Dimitris


May 10, 2015, 12:58 am

Why to convert video to PAL?
Use project in NTSC . Futages are all in 60p.
The only problem are old lamps (In Europe old bulbs are on 50hz).
For avoid strobe you will need to set camera to 100fps. But on 100fps you will need additional light :(
Fortunately old bulbs are rare now, and hope will be changed by leds soon

Dimitris M. Redstone

May 10, 2015, 4:54 am

THANK YOU for responding. Also what 3D software do you use? Reasonable priced I hope.
Thanks again


May 10, 2015, 10:03 am


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