1080i HD video, 60fps; MPEG4-AVC/H.264 (AVCHD) format; 1/5.8-inch MOS sensor; Optical image stabilization (HYBRID OIS); 34x optical zoom, 42x intelligent zoom; 2.7-inch wide touchscreen LCD; Crystal Engine PRO processor; 2.6 megapixel still photos; f1.8-4.0 aperture; Dolby Digital stereo audio; Captures to 120GB hard disk; Captures to SD/SDHC/SDXC memory cards; Rechargeable lithium-ion battery
The HS80 is one of Panasonic's mid-range 1MOS HD camcorders for 2011. This 1080i shooter features a versatile lens (33.7mm wide-angle with 42x intelligent zoom) and the Crystal Engine Pro processor, also found in all of Panasonic's more advanced (and expensive) camcorders for 2011. We reviewed
its card-only sibling, the SD80, and found that despite a well-balanced feature set and an interface made great by a touchscreen and easy switching between Auto and manual controls, the picture quality and performance speed just aren't up to snuff. The HS80 records to a 120GB hard disk, as well as SD/SDHC media cards. Also check out the TM80, which has 16GB of built-in flash memory.