Monday, September 3, 2012

Quick Look at Panasonic HX-DC2

This is time of free fall where all things are possible. Cameras in phones, Android apps features in cameras. Manufactures are looking hard at competitors product lines to see what they can cash in on. The latest gold rush activity is toward the action camera/camcorder marketplace.

The action cams service a particular market; those folks that are doing something extremely physical and want to record their real time experience. Sony has the Action Cam and the JVC GC-XA1 ADIXXION isn't far behind. The goal is to siphon some of the potential buyers of the GoPro line of camcorder.

Action cams have very specific requirements. I'm not sure that the Panasonic HX-DC2 and other camcorders in the series is something that you would want to take on a hike or a swim.  As a cooking vlog camcorder?


The shape of the camcorder harks back to the good old days of the Xacti line of camcorders. In fact, almost all of the major players at the time had a grip camcorder on the shelf. It held on for a good while until The Flip, may it rest in peace, appeared on the scene.

A Look at the Specs

Honestly, from the specs it isn't a bad camcorder.

  • F 3.5 lens
  • 5x Optical Zoom
  • Shutter Speed from 1/30 to 1/10,000 of a second in movie mode, 1/500 in still photo
  • Separate Photo and Video Recording Buttons
  • 3 Inch Monitor with Stereo Mic built in, meaning off the camera body and away from the motor.
  • Standard SD Memory card (Yeah!)
  • Records in Standard and High Definition video in AVC H.264
What's not to like? Besides that doofy commercial. It is compatible with the Macintosh OS so that is a good thing.  Should be easy to transfer video between devices. Speaking of which, you can use a Wi-Fi card to upload, should you be so connected.

Basically it is a daytime outdoors camcorder. It is an 2012 update of a prior line of camcorders.

Only in a limited reality can you imply that is is an action camcorder as we know it today.  Sure, if you bolt it to something I guess you can make the claim but jeepers you need two hands for white water rafting and this sucker requires at least one of them to operate the camera.

And for the record cooking often, but not always requires hands for active participation. I don't care if it is dust proof. I'm not about to toss flour, sand or dirt deliberately on a camcorder.

Perhaps I'm being overly sensitive.  Perhaps there are alternate uses I hadn't considered. So, with respect to my food blogging and those in the crafts, I will now offer this as an possible option for their review.

Still think the woman could have climbed a rock, bungee swung from side to side, skydive or a whole bunch of other things rather than stand in the kitchen tossing flour on a $250 or so camcorder.

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