Panasonic HC-X900M Review
At first glance, the Panasonic HC-X900M may not be the most attractive camcorders you will see in the market. It does not even come close, with its heavy weight and simple design. The only two appealing features when it comes to its aesthetics are its smooth body and the built-in lens which automatically opens and closes when taking photos which prevents loss of lens cover that usually happens with other camcorder. Despite being unappealing however, looking at it closely will make you think again.
One of the smallest details that make the Panasonic HC-X900M intuitive to use is the manual ring around the lens. This ring aids in manual focus, and changing settings. The 3.5 inch LCD display is quite larger than the regular ones. Since the screen is larger, it ideally follows that the resolution is sharper as well. Onscreen functions such as the menu are accessible through touch; thankfully, the touchscreen in this model is very responsive. Another good feature of the Panasonic HC-X900M is its mechanism of preserving battery life. The power automatically switches off once the screen is closed. To switch the LCD on again, you only have to wait 0.6 seconds after flipping it. Once the screen appears, you can begin taking photos again.
Buttons are highly manageable and conveniently located. Just above the LCD screen is the auto or manual toggle key along with the optical image stabilizer selector key. The top side also houses the still image capture key and the zoom or playback rocker switch. Other buttons are easy to acquaint yourself with. The Panasonic HC-X900M provides a good range of mic configurations for you to choose from in accordance to the recording condition you are working with. The zoom mic function is connected to the lens; hence, when you opt to zoom in on your subject, the audio is also focused in that direction. The wide function on the other hand lets you use all the five available microphones to get the most realistic audio.
The new feature of the Panasonic HC-X900M is its enhanced sensor, and new image processor. This is the reason for the improved quality of images. However, one flaw is that it failed to look at its low-light performance which produces grainy shots, making it comparable to cheaper competitors. In general, the Panasonic HC-X900M meets expectations based on its price. It has the power to come out with beautiful images, but it is unreliable on low light conditions. The interface is user friendly, but the weight is something to be frowned upon by people who want something lightweight and compact for everyday use.
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