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Panasonic London 2012 Olympic Pocket Camcorder HX-DC1EB-W £99.99 @ Argos

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Panasonic HX-DC1 Full HD Camcorder - OLYMPICS 2012 EDITION
Specially Licensed Limited Edition version - captures Full HD movies and detailed 14 megapixel stills and also has a 285-degree rotating, 3" LCD screen.

Full HD Quality
Records in 1920x1080 Full HD quality for the ultimate HD experience.

For Movies and Great Stills
The high 14 megapixel count gives fantastic still image quality as well as movies. One-button video/ stills switching gives easy switching and up to 2MP stills can be taken during video recording.

12x Double Range Zoom
Easily swap between 6x and 12x enhanced zoom settings for extra long zoom ranges without degradation of image quality.

Large Rotating Screen
The HX-DC1 features a large, 3.0" rotating LCD monitor which can rotate through a full 285°. This facilitates viewing from awkward angles in extra clear detail.

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    bigflump
    bigflump[mod][Moderator]2 years, 1 month ago #1Show comment tools Reply
    Looks good, thanks for posting :)
    skykid3

    Panasonic London 2012 Olympic Pocket Camcorder.

    Full-HD Recording in MP4 Format 14-megapixel Still Picture Recording 285° Rotating, 3.0-inch Wide-screen LCD 12x Double Range Zoom

    Camcorder model number HX-DC1EB-W

    Pocket camcorder.
    White.
    5 x optical zoom.
    60 x digital zoom.
    3in LCD wide screen.
    1080p high definition recording.
    Accepts SD, SDHC and SDXC memory card formats.
    Recording time dependant on memory card size.
    MPEG4 file format.
    14.4MP digital stills.

    Features:

    CMOS sensor.
    Auto and manual focus.
    Intelligent scene mode.
    Digital image stabilisation.
    Face detection.
    Wind noise reduction.
    Webcam function.

    General information:

    AV output.
    HDMI connection.
    Battery level indicator.
    Rechargeable Li-ion battery supplied.
    Requires 1 x Li-Ion (included).
    Includes USB cable and AV cable.
    Weight 163g.
    Size H12, W8.6, D3.8cm.
    Manufacturer's 1 year guarantee.
    EAN/MPN/UPC/ISBN: 5025232623587.

    Additional Information

    This item is excluded from the 30 day money back guarantee. See the Additional Information panel for full details. Please note that this product is excluded from our 30 Day Money Back Guarantee. This does not affect your statutory rights.

    * Please note item 5635793 has previously been on sale at £129.99.

    Prices correct as displayed but are subject to change
    Shagal
    For the price, may be not too bad. However the camera has no optical image stabilisation (only electronic image stabilisation). Shooting with a pistol grip camcorder without OIS is a big no no for me. Not voting either way.
    Jellybeans
    Only has 5x Optical Zoom. Bumping digital zoom does not score points with me. I disagree especially with this comment.

    "12x Double Range Zoom
    Easily swap between 6x and 12x enhanced zoom settings for extra long zoom ranges without degradation of image quality. "
    fresher
    Jellybeans
    Only has 5x Optical Zoom. Bumping digital zoom does not score points with me. I disagree especially with this comment.

    "12x Double Range Zoom
    Easily swap between 6x and 12x enhanced zoom settings for extra long zoom ranges without degradation of image quality. "


    That's just marketing spiel. Digital zoom simply cannot substitute or supplement optical zoom without degradation of image quality. Optical zoom works using lenses to magnify images, digital zoom simply enlarges the image/video. You are effectively substituting pixels with digital zoom. You will lose quality.

    There are some nice features on this such as manual focus and flash for the still photo's. But really, the footage on a pistol grip will be shaky if you don't use a tripod. I'd pay £20 more for a canon ixus 220 http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Canon-IXUS-220-HS-12-1-MP-Digital-Camera-Black-/130738319882#ht_3442wt_905
    lumoruk
    if the digital zoom is the smart digital zoom like on the SD90 it uses the excess pixels over 1080p to zoom in without picture degradation.
    ravylesley
    wow thats a lot of techno speak but it doesnt help me decide whether its any good to buy and use recording my childrens school plays! So could someone just post in plain english whether this is worth buying or not for the task I want it for many thanks x
    jonny619447
    Only 5x optical zoom. poor.

    Cold from me.
    jonny619447
    lumoruk
    if the digital zoom is the smart digital zoom like on the SD90 it uses the excess pixels over 1080p to zoom in without picture degradation.


    It can only do this up to about 5x digital zoom. After that you suffer picture quality loss. 60x digital zoom must look hideous.

    This will not have smart zoom anyway.
    Benjimoron
    I think they mean the picture quality of the zoomed area won't degrade from what it was before you zoomed. ie you may only end up with a 240p image but that's how many pixels that area used up in the first place! Very cheeky wording and misleading but I guess that's how they get away with it.
    Skybird
    Wait until the Olympics is over and they will be getting rid of this 'TAT' for less than 1/2 price.!
    fatcatsatonthemat
    ravylesley
    wow thats a lot of techno speak but it doesnt help me decide whether its any good to buy and use recording my childrens school plays! So could someone just post in plain english whether this is worth buying or not for the task I want it for many thanks x


    I bought the next model up (HX-DC10) about a year ago for the exact same purpose and it has been perfect for my needs - school plays, birthdays, etc. I tend to sit towards the front and rarely need to zoom in that much anyway. Unless your planning on zooming in through someones bedroom window, then this should be fine for what you need.

    The only downsides are the battery life (It lasts between 30 mins and an hour), it isn't full HD but records in 720p or 1080i and because the camera is very light, your arm aches when holding for prolonged periods of time. You don't need a tripod to get decent stable footage and supporting your wrist with your other arm gives perfectly acceptable results. I went from dv tapes to this and it is a big improvement in terms of quality.

    I only paid £150 for the DC10 in the sale but would definately pick this one up for £100 if I didn't already have one. Compatible batteries for this can be picked up from amazon for around £10 and it would pay to get a couple of spares.
    spannerzone
    I have a camcorder with x200 digital zoom which is perfect if you like to watch lego blocks moving around the screen which unfortunately I don't.

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