Panasonic HC-X920K 3D Ready Camcorder Review

Posted by Sajid Usman on 7/2/2015 to Electronics
Panasonic HC-X920K 3D Ready Camcorder Review

PANASONIC HC-X920K 3D READY HD CAMCORDER

Panasonic is one of the most leading companies for innovation and new technologies. Every time they present something new, like out of the box is virtually commendable. This time they have launched a new “HC-X920K 3D Ready Camcorder”. Let us see the overview of this 3D camcorder which is setting a new pace in the market.

 

Wi-Fi: This device comes with built-in Wi-Fi, which will allows you real time broadcasting of events via Ustream. This will also allow you to sent live images to people with internet connectivity around the globe. One more unique function allows you, to send notification via e-mails to start the broadcasting.

DISPLAY: A 3.5" inch LCD screen with touch features 1,152,000 dot resolutions. When shooting, you have an option to activate the shutter simply by touching on the screen. For playback, you can also modify thumbnail pages by sliding your finger across the screen.

3D FILMING: With the help of the new VW-CLT2 3D Conversion Lens, which is sold separately you can record fully 3D HD videos with the multiview Video Coding recording system of the AVCHD 3D format. This supports an exceptional option to convert 2D videos to 3D, just simply connect with a TV via HDMI and the 2D to 3D Conversion function converts the image into 3D.

SECNE MODES: The camera is provided with an IA (intelligent Auto) technology which can automatically detect and adjust according to the optimal results. Scene modes include- Portrait, Sport, Spot Light, Low Light, Sunset, Fireworks, Scenery and Night Mode.

 

MANUAL AND AUTOMATOC CONTROL: The manual ring provides a fingertip control over the zoom, iris, focus and exposure settings. This is a much comfortable option rather choosing from the LCD menu. The camera also has filters which can help you to record the videos with enhanced capabilities which can match the shooting situations. The four filters are- 8mm Movie, Silent Movie, Time Lapse and Miniature effect.

CAMERA: You can click the photographs in still mode in 20.4 Megapixels. To match the HD videos the camera is also supported by sound space to give you the 5.1 channel surround sound.

HERE IS LISTED ALL THE DETAILED SPECIFICATIONS OF PANASONIC HC-X920K 3D READY HD CAMCORDER:

SENSOR SECTION

Image Sensor

1/2.3" BSI MOS Sensor x 3

 Total Pixels

38.28 megapixels (12.76 megapixels x 3 )

Motion Image

8.49 megapixels (2.83 megapixels x 3) [16:9]

Still Image

8.49 megapixels (2.83 megapixels x 3) [16:9] / 7.62 megapixels (2.54 megapixels x 3) [3:2] / 6.78 megapixels (2.26 megapixels x 3) [4:3]

LENS SECTION

F Value

F1.5 (WIDE) / F2.8 (TELE)

Optical Zoom

12 x

Focal Length

2.84 - 34.1 mm

Motion Image

29.8 - 399.2 mm [16:9]

Still Image

29.8 - 399.2 mm [16:9] / 33.1 - 397.1 mm [3:2] / 36.0 - 431.7 mm [4:3]

Filter Diameter

49 mm

Lens Brand

Leica Dicomar Lens

CAMERA SECTION

Standard Illumination

1400 lx

Minimum Illumination

1.6 lx (Scene Mode Low Light 1/30), 1 lx (Color Night Rec.)

Focus

Auto / Manual

Zoom:

Intelligent Zoom

Intelligent Zoom

Digital Zoom

 

OFF 12 x

ON 25 x

40 x / 700 x (The maximum value of zoom magnification)

White Balance

Auto / Indoor1 / Indoor2 / Sunny / Cloudy / White set

Shutter Speed:

Motion Image

 

 

 

 

Still Image

 

[60p / 60i] / Auto Slow Shutter ON : 1/30 - 1/8000 / Auto Slow Shutter OFF : 1/60 - 1/8000 / [30p] / Auto Slow Shutter ON : 1/30 - 1/8000 / Auto Slow

Shutter OFF : 1/60 - 1/8000

 

1/2 - 1/2000, (Video Flash ON : 1/2 - 1/500)

Iris

Auto / Manual

Image Stabilizer

HYBRID O.I.S.+ with Active Mode, O.I.S. Lock, Level Shot Function

Creative Control

Miniature Effect, Silent Movie, 8mm Movie, Time Lapse Rec

RECORDING SECTION

Recording Media

SD/SDHC/SDXC Memory Card

Recording Format

[AVCHD] AVCHD 3D / Progressive / [iFrame] MP4

Compression Method

[2D] MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 / [3D] MPEG-4 MVC/H.264

Recording/ Playback Mode

1080/60p (28Mbps / VBR), (1920 x 1080) / PH (24Mbps / VBR), (1920 x 1080) / HA (17Mbps / VBR), (1920 x 1080) / HG (13Mbps / VBR), (1920 x 1080) / HE (5Mbps / VBR), (1920 x 1080) / iFrame (28Mbps / VBR), (960 x 540) / AVCHD 3D (28Mbps / VBR), (1920 x 1080) / SbS (17Mbps / VBR), (1920 x 1080)

Thumbnail Display

20 thumbnails/page, 9 thumbnails/page, 1 thumbnail/page

Audio Recording System

1080/60p, PH, HA, HG, HE: Dolby Digital (5.1ch / 2ch) / iFrame: AAC (2ch)

Microphone

5.1ch Surround, Zoom, Focus and Stereo Microphone

Speaker

Dynamic type

STILL IMAGE SECTION

Recording Format

JPEG (DCF/Exif2.2), MPO

Recording Image Size:

Still Image

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Simultaneous Recording

 

[16:9] 20.4 megapixels (6016 x 3384), 9.4 megapixels (4096 x 2304), 2.1 megapixels (1920 x 1080) / [3:2] 16 megapixels (4896 x 3264), 8.0 megapixels (3456 x 2304), 2.0 megapixels (1728 x 1152) / [4:3] 15.1 megapixels (4480 x 3360), 5.8 megapixels (2784 x 2088), 0.3 megapixels (640 x 480) / [3D] 2.1 megapixles (1920 x 1080) [16:9]

 

[16:9] 20.4 megapixels (6016 x 3384), 9.4 megapixels (4096 x 2304), 2.1 megapixels (1920 x 1080) / [3D] 2.1 megapixles (1920 x 1080)

Flash

Yes

GENERAL SECTION

Power Supply

7.2V (Battery) / 9.3V (AC Adaptor)

Power Consumption

Max. 9.3W (Recording) / Max. 10.3W (Charging)

Dimensions

67 x 72 x 150 mm (2.64 x 2.83 x 5.90 inch)

Weight (w/o battery and SD card)

417g (0.919 lb)

LCD Monitor

3.5" Wide LCD monitor (1,152,000 dots)

View Finder

Yes

Manual Ring

Yes

HDMI

Yes (mini)

Microphones

(stereo mini) Yes

Headphone

(stereo mini) Yes

USB 2.0

Hi-Speed

AV Multi

Yes

Accessory Shoe

Yes (cold)

On-Screen Display Language

English, French, Spanish

Wi-Fi

Standard IEEE 802.11b/g/n

Frequency 2.4GHz band

VERDICT: This Panasonic Hc-X920k 3d Ready HD Camcorder is a masterpiece to have with all the competitive functions it stands out. The still image quality and videography is exceptionally well on this camcorder. Surely we can say it is worth for its price. You can buy this via online retail markets, the price starts from $799.

 

PROS:

  1. Extensive new Wi-Fi feature
  2. Class leading image stability and quality
  3. Handy manual controls from ring


CONS:

  1. Optional 3D is only limited to previous flagship model.
  2. 3D lens is not included in the accessory pack

Sources:

http://shop.panasonic.com/cameras-and-camcorders/camcorders/HC-X920K.html

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/910265REG/panasonic_hc_x920k_hc_x920_3mos_ultrafine_full.html

http://www.trustedreviews.com/panasonic-hc-x920-review

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