The Panasonic Full HD 3MOS Camcorder for best-in-class imaging

Panasonic Full HD 3MOS camcorder delivers dramatic imaging performance

Panasonic Australia today announced the new HC-X900M Full High Definition 3MOS camcorder, designed to deliver best-in-class imaging.

The HC-X900M camcorder is powered by Panasonic’s 3MOS System Pro next-generation imaging system, with the core components – lens, sensor and engine – completely re-engineered. This newly-developed system with three enhanced MOS sensors produces 1920 x 1080/50p Full HD video with breathtaking colour, detail and gradation.

The improved HYBRID O.I.S. + (Optical Image Stabilisation) allows users to capture crisp, clear images without blurring in nearly every shooting situation.  The system employs five-axis correction to help suppress blurring in both wide-angle shots and powerful zoom shots.

For those looking to explore the third dimension in video, the HC-X900M camcorder can also shoot Full HD 3D with the new optional 3D conversion lens. This lens is smaller than its predecessor and boasts an increased brightness to F2.4 as well as 1.5x digital zooming. The camcorder also offers 2D to 3D conversion and the ability to view 3D via the LCD screen as you shoot.

Model Colour Availability
HC-X900M Camcorder Black April 2012
VW-CLT2 optional 3D lens Black April 2012

Key features

Advanced imaging

Thanks to the advanced 3MOS sensor’s unique pixel shift technology that runs at high speed and with superb accuracy, the HC-X900M further reduces noise by 40 per cent when compared to last year’s HDC-SD900.

Furthermore, the new Crystal Engine Pro II achieves high-speed processing that is approximately equivalent to four times the pixel count of Full HD pixels, producing superb Full HD image quality, even in the most detailed images.

The HC-X900M features a bright F1.5, 29.8mm wide-angle LEICA DICOMAR lens with 12x optical zoom – allowing for a wider-framed shot ideal for shooting landscapes and large groups of people.  The lens has a new Nano Surface Coating Technology to dramatically reduce ghosting and flare.

With an Octagon Iris Diaphragm, the user can apply a defocusing effect, so it is possible to shoot at a close distance from the subject while fitting both the subject and the surrounding area into the frame.

Hybrid O.I.S + (Optical Image Stabiliser)

In addition to the HYBRID O.I.S. + system, the HC-X900M provides even more powerful stabilisation correction with O.I.S. Lock. By pressing the O.I.S. Lock button on the LCD monitor, the blur detection sensitivity is maximised and camera movements are detected and corrected without image degradation.

Creative flexibility and ease of use

The HC-X900M features a manual ring for easy and convenient fingertip-control of commonly-used settings, including focus, zoom, exposure, shutter speed and white balance. Intuitive touch operation enables extremely easy control on the LCD. The Touch Zoom function allows the user to simply touch the LCD to activate slow zooming. The LCD also supports Touch Shutter, which automatically focuses and takes a still photo when the user touches the subject on the screen.

For beginners who are looking for a more intuitive setting, the HC-X900M camcorder also includes Panasonic’s highly popular iA (Intelligent Auto) function which automatically selects the most suitable shooting mode. There are six iA functions: Face Recognition, the new HYBRID O.I.S. +, AF/AE Tracking, Intelligent Scene Selector, Face Detection and Intelligent Contrast Control.

3D image shooting with the 3D conversion lens

Vivid and immersive Full HD 3D content can be created with Panasonic’s optional VW-CLT2 3D conversion lens mounted to the camcorder. Simply connect the camcorder to a compatible 3DTV to view your 3D movies at home.

The HC-X900M is equipped with a 1,150,000-dot 3.5-inch LCD that allows 3D viewing without the need for special eyewear, so 3D images can be viewed immediately.  The display can be switched between 2D and 3D. Even without mounting the conversion lens, images shot in 2D can be converted to 3D thanks to the new 2D to 3D Conversion function.

PC Editing/Archiving

The camcorder is supplied with HD Writer AE 4.1 PC editing software for 2D and 3D editing (Windows OS).  Import your recorded 3D footage to your PC via SD Card slot or HDMI cable.  3D footage can be viewed or edited on your PC and archived to SD Card, or Blu-ray disc. The software allows easy uploading of video clips to YouTube™ and Facebook©, so even inexperienced users can post video clips on the web.Also, the ordinarily time-consuming task of converting and archiving data from 50p to AVCHD or MPEG-2 format can be easily done at high speed by connecting the 3MOS camcorder to a PC with a USB cable and using the Conversion Assist function.

Other HC-X900M features include:

  • 32GB built-in memory, plus an SD Memory Card slot that supports SD/SDHC/SDXC Memory Cards.
  • Zoom Microphone, which links the microphone’s zoom action to the camera’s action and reduces surrounding noise, making it possible to record target sounds with superb clarity. The HC-X900M boasts 5.1-channel surround sound and noise is reduced by -20 dB while zooming.
  • The Electronic Viewfinder provides greater precision when shooting
  • The Wind Noise Canceller automatically detects and suppresses only wind noise to ensure natural sounds with lifelike ambience.
  • Pre Record function continually records three seconds of buffer memory so you don’t miss those spontaneous moments.
  • Eco mode  automatically turns off the power when the camcorder is not operated for five minutes, reducing wasteful energy use and saving battery power.
  • For easy playback, insert the SD card into the slot of a compatible VIERA TV or AVCHD-compatible player/recorder.  VIERA Link compatibility allows the user to simply connect a camcorder to a compatible VIERA TV via a Mini HDMI cable, and operate it using the TV remote control and following on-screen prompts.
  • Optional accessories – including the VW-CLT2 3D conversion lens; a Wide Conversion Lens (VW-W4907H); Filter Kit (VW-LF49N); a Video DC Light (VW-LDC103) for illuminating dark scenes, with a switchable Spot/Wide function that allows the lighting range to be selected according to the scene; a Shoe Adaptor (VW-SK12) for attaching multiple accessories; Stereo Microphone (VW-VMS2); and DVD Burner (VW-BN01E).

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  • But have they fixed the fan noise, that is the big question-
    ‘Note From the Manufacturer: We at Panasonic would like to address an issue that has come up about excessive fan noise in our TM900. Actual dB Fan Noise is measured at less than 20dB. This is 3dB higher than a perfectly isolated room, and more than a 10% reduction from our previous model. If fan noise appears to be a problem in a recording situation, the user can change the mic from 5:1 channel record to 3:1 channel record which should solve the noise issue. If you still feel that the noise is problematic please contact Panasonic Customer Support at 1-800-211-PANA (7262). Our support staff has been instructed on how to better handle this issue. We truly appreciate the opportunity to amend any issues that are a result of our products. Thank you for considering Panasonic Camcorders as your choice for high quality video recording.’

  • Just one question does it or can you get an under water case that it would fit in or something to that affect. as my back yard is the great barrier reef and I love to snorkel and take vidos’ every time I do thay are all ways different and mind blowing I just love it . So I was thinking the X900 would do a fantastic job.

  • I have been researching this same ‘issue’ Tom. From what I can gather the fan is quiter than the previous model, but is still a problem compared to other camcorders. This model appears to be a slight rejig of the TM900, rather than a fresh model. Pity they can’t fix the fan because its a great camcorder otherwise. Does anybody actually buy and use this 3D stuff- prefer it if the AQ was fixed.

  • What’s the battery usage time like? We have a different brand camcorder and the time between charges is appalling.

  • I have bought this HC-X900M and try to install software in my 2 computer both 64bit window 7 only 1 month old when I connect camera to computer it dos not read or let me import video to edit can any one help me it keep giving me massage about SDCARD

  • Hi Kiran, it would be best to give our guys a call on 132 600 so they can assist you with this issue. Cheers!