Why the Panasonic HC-X900 is my favourite camcorder

Most camcorders these days have 2.5″ ~ 3.5″ monitors on the side of the unit. You can see people everywhere holding the camera at arms length, following the action by studying the detail on the monitor. Now as every photographer will tell you, the easiest way to get shakey images is to hold a camera away from the body. As the arm muscles get tired, the video will start to shake. But the Panasonic HC-X900 is about the only prosumer model on the market that has a built in EVF (Electronic ViewFinder). This allows you to put the camera up to your eye, and keep your elbows tucked into your chest to make the video less shakey.

My Ideal Camera

I’ve looked at many “prosumer” video cameras, (not quite “professional”, but a bit more than a “consumer” camera) and – in my opinion – most have one major feature missing; a ‘chicken leg’ electronic viewfinder at the back of the camera. Most models rely on the flip out LCD screen, which isn’t ideal in bright sunlight unless given a hood to sheild it.

About the only model that has this feature – and which has got rave reviews – is the Panasonic HCX900, (and is cousins the TM900 / TM700)