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