Pana­sonic’s new pixel- packed HS900 video cam­era is an in­tel­li­gent hand­ful, writes Jen­nifer Dud­ley- Ni­chol­son

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - Tech - MIKE WIL­COX mike@ hy­per­ac­tiveg­ames. com

Users can se­lect scene modes, pre­re­cord­ing or even change video res­o­lu­tion.

There are plenty of op­tions for ad­vanced users in the cam­era’s Man­ual mode, too, from open­ing the cam­era’s iris to set­ting its shut­ter speed or fo­cus, to man­u­ally se­lect­ing white bal­ance. There are omis­sions, how­ever. Pana­sonic’s new cam­corder es­chews flash stor­age that could have cre­ated a lighter, tougher model.

Its still im­ages do not match the qual­ity of its video and there are few ex­ter­nal di­als on this model for those who pre­fer to set op­tions quickly.

For Aus­tralians, the price may also be a de­ter­rent.

While it costs $ 2099 on our shores, it sells for only $ 1400 in the US.

All con­sid­ered, the HS900 is a slick pack­age that pro­duces gen­uinely im­pres­sive video.

Ama­teur videog­ra­phers look­ing to cap­ture im­por­tant oc­ca­sions, hol­i­days and even a short film should check it out.

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