Anticipation is keeping me waiting ...
This video camera isn't available until April 15, 2009. The specifications and information can be viewed on Amazon.com [here].
If I had the money, I would "gift" myself immediately ... and maybe Panasonic can see themselves letting me "evaluate" one putting it through its paces for a Brattleboro, Vermont, public access television station as part of a program showing what is new in video cameras for the semi-professional. I would even consider shooting some amateur documentary and other productions with this camera, if I had one availble to use.
Here are some of the specifications listed for the Panasonic HDC-HS300 HDD HD Camcorder (Black):
* Capture Full HD video; 1920 x 1080 resolution
* Records to 120 GB built-in Hard Disk Drive or SD memory cards
* 12x Leica Dicomar lens with Optical Image Stabilization
* Capture stills up to 10.6 megapixels
* 2.7-inch widescreen touch-panel LCD
From the Manufacturer
The Panasonic HDC-HS300 120 GB HDD camcorder features a 3MOS system with three full-HD sensors for one of the world's highest total pixel counts. The HS300 provides high image quality for both motion and 10.6-megapixel resolution still images. And it features high 8.3-megapixel resolution for still images when recording simultaneously with motion images. You can also enjoy a 5.1-channel surround sound system with 5 microphones featuring Zoom and Focus Mic functions.
The manual ring gives you easy, fingertip control over the focus, zoom and exposure settings. This lets you create images that just aren't possible with automatic functions. And the AF Tracking has been added to the iA function which automatically judges the scene and makes the best possible settings, so the HS300 keeps the subject in focus even if the subject's face turns away from the camcorder.
To view recorded images as quickly as possible, the HS300 features a new highlight playback function. This gives you a quick, easy way to view the most exciting scenes all together. The HD Writer AE 1.0 editing software also has a new function that lets you easily upload your video clips to the YouTube website.
HDC-HS300-K black HHD Hi Definition camcorder
Having xlr external microphone capability is a must for me. If you run an xlr cable to a non-powered microphone you can use an ordinary cellphone to do audio interviews and upload them on websites such as youtube.com, using an ordinary video camera, or even using the onboard microphones on a professional camera, you get interference and "aritifacts" in the video that you are recording. With a cellphone on and too close to your recording media, whether it be DVD, mini DV tape, a high definition hard drive etc, you can get unwanted noise and video interference.
Having external microphone options means that I can go to a hearing in Washington, DC, or the Capitol in Hartford, Connecticut, and plug directly into their PA system and get the sounds that go out live on television or to the audience at the hearings. There is no better sound available at public events. So, for what I do, and intend to do, external microphone options are a must.
I have got the ability to do xlr external miking using my PC using this [xlr interface box], [this xlr microphone], and [this software and USB device] with a lame, entry level video camera, allowing me RCA cable input into my computer. Less than this can allow you to be a youtube.com guru. Having this set-up could allow you to be "God-like" with your videos on youtube.com
Cheap Professional audio results for your amateur videos:
An example of external miking and youtube.com videos and what I can do with my people [example one, a rough draft] [example two, click video links in post]
[Eminent Domain video shot in Norwalk, Connecticut, using shotgun microphone on professional Sony camcorder without tripod]
[Video shot of Vincent Bugliosi by Steven G. Erickson]
I shot Barack Obama with this video camera in Hartford, Connecticut:
Panasonic PV-GS80 [information]
Barack Obama [raw footage] [water bottle incident]
I didn't use external miking and cut the quality way down to make it load on youtube.
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