Tough test; – but a real winner. I bought this camera to use in place of a 6 year old sony hdr-fx1 tape based semi-pro camcorder. At a fraction of the size of the sony i din’t feel a could expect too muchthe camcorder went to florida and was exposed to bright light outdoors and dark rides at the theme parks. The first thing i noticed was the excellent anti-shake lens system. I don’t normally shoot without a tripod but the x900 is very forgiving if you do use it hand held. On the dark rides the pictures did appear a little grainy at times but given the lighting levels it did very well. Outside in the sunlight the pictures are superb. It also handled the firework shows very well. There was only one aspect that my old sony had a clear advantage. If shooting cinema presentations (eg o canada) the difference in frame rate creates some flicker.
The ultimate in image quality – and great sound too. After many months of considering 3mos cameras and research i eventually purchased the x900. I looked at a few videos on youtube, and considering the advantages of this model over previous such as the 5 axis ois, the swivel lcd monitor and enhanced image quality, i decided to buy. I have to say that i was completely blown away by the quality – especially playing the first films on my 52′ panny plasma direct from the camera. I knew it would be good but i didn’t really expect it to be this good – absolutely stunning. Currently i do a lot of semi pro photography so i have always been very critical about image quality – stills or video – and so i am absolutely delighted with the camera, the exposure, colour balance even on integlligent auto, (haven’t felt the need to use manual mode much) are excellent. Plus i was also very pleasantly surprised with the sound – true 5. 1 surround sound with a good broad seperation and great clarity on all channels. I have to say this camera really has re-ignited my passion in video as it delivers such good images it makes you want to go do some more – i am now always mindful of what the next adventure will be to filmi am now burning 1080/50p avchd files to dvd using powerdirector 10 and playing 1080/24p through the ps3 which is delivering a superb result and means i get true full hd and i don’t need the camera to playback. Cameras are constantly developing and you could wait forever for the latest and greatest – my advice, buy this camera, get out there and delight yourself by bringing home some great films to share and enjoy in the future.
Panasonic X900 Full HD 1920 x 1080p (50p) 3D Ready Camcorder with Built-In Viewfinder, 3.5 inch LCD – Black
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- Wide 29.8mm LEICA Lens (F1.5)
- 23x i.Zoom (12x Optical)
- Hybdrid OIS+ (5-axis)
- Full HD 3D Ready
- 5.1 Channel New Zoom MIC with Wind Noise Cancelling
Although i bought this in june 2013,i did so with the intention of using it on holiday in september, so i have waited until now to write the review. I have a hobby background in photography and so did a lot of research before deciding which camcorder to buy. I have always had sony products in the past and having been very satisfied with them, i naturally considered their product first. When i did so i found that it was often compared to the panasonic hcx900 and so i started to research and compare the specifications and reviews. Both had excellent reviews, but what decided me was the fact that the panasonic had a a viewfinder and the sony did not. And boy was this the right decision. On holiday , because of the bright sunlight, it was impossible to see anything on the flip-out screen, but with the viewfinder i could see and frame exactly what i was taking. The video results can only be described as of excellent quality (the picture – not necessarily the content)the 16mp stills were also of excellent quality. I chose the 900m because it provided me not only with 32mb internal memory, but also with the additional option of being able to use a memory card – best of both worlds.
This is amazing camera, high quality product. Very happy with the purchase, however, i feel focus is not so great, at times its hard to focus on one subject and blur out background, may be i am expecting too much a quality of high professional camera. I got it after i initially purchased x800, which seems to be of cheap quality (no remote, less screen resolution) compared to x900.
Panasonic x900 a grand video camera. As a fairly experienced camcorder user since approx 1990 and a cine photographer since 1958 i feel able to say with confidence that this camera is just what i require. It is very simple to use when you have the confidence to rely on the built in auto features (facial recognition, auto focus, etc. ) the auto exposure takes a little time to deal with a pan to blue sky after dealing with a view of a wooded landscape but this can be dealt with in a suitable editing program. Two downsides which i have noted so far:1) the folding screen could do with a stronger retaining method. I have found it coming open when walking around on a sightseeing tour with it slung over my shoulder. It seems necessary to wear it on the front of your chest to avoid risk of damage. 2) the instruction manual is very lengthy but sometimes vague and ambiguous, as is the instruction manual for the downloading softwear. After two weeks playing about with it i am looking forward to using this, my first sd card camera, for a long time to come.
Panasonic X900 Full HD 1920 x 1080p (50p) 3D Ready Camcorder with Built-In Viewfinder, 3.5 inch LCD – Black : Panasonic x900m with battery promotion. Excellent picture quality,built in viewfinder makes shooting outdoors in bright conditions much easier. Manual controls, especially focus and white balance allow you to tackle difficult light conditions. Why only four stars – this purchase included a free battery promotion – six weeks after submitting the claim for the free battery from panasonic, i am still waiting.