Panasonic HC-V500 reviews: Memory card storage Full HD camcorder

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This camcorder is a good all rounder.

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8.8 out of 10 based on 18 reviews.
Panasonic HC-V500: 38x optical zoom camcorder using SDXC card. See full product description
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Rosie, Brighton Keen amateur

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
Produces great quality film
The zoom sharpness is amazing
Really lightweight
Sound is good
I love the touch screen interface and find it easy to navigate
Bad points:
Not a huge issue - the still image quality isn't great, but I didn't buy it for that anyway!
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 9.0
Image quality 9.0
Sound quality 8.0
Battery life 9.0
Weight 10.0
Value for money 10.0
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Confirmed purchase: 30 Aug 2012

graham, taunton Keen amateur

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
light easy to use
Bad points:
software is complicated
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 8.0
Image quality 9.0
Features 6.0
Sound quality 6.0
Battery life 7.0
Weight 9.0
Value for money 9.0
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Confirmed purchase: 16 Jan 2013

John, Carterton

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
Size and weight fantastic compared with previously owned cameras. Battery longevity is a revelation.
Bad points:
No synchro for editing, as was featured on my previous Panasonic camera and which was used extensively in conjuction with various Panasonic editing machines. I have no desire to use a computer for this purpose and am sure my editing suite would prove to be superior.
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 9.0
Image quality 8.0
Features 7.0
Sound quality 8.0
Battery life 9.0
Weight 10.0
Value for money 9.0
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Confirmed purchase: 12 Oct 2012

Gareth, swanse Keen amateur

Score 8.0/10
Good points:
light intrusive good quality pictures , video and extra Feature overal
a excelent bit of quality for a reasonabe price
Bad points:
none detected but i have not fully
Familiarize with everything ,but i think its the best on market for the price and would recommend
Overall rating 8.0
Ease of use 8.0
Image quality 6.0
Features 9.0
Sound quality 7.0
Battery life 5.0
Weight 9.0
Value for money 8.0
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Confirmed purchase: 11 Feb 2013

Singh, Keen amateur

Score 10.0/10
Good points:
Video quality is amazing!
Bad points:
Photo's are poor but I didn't plan to take photos on a camcorder. Also theres no option for attaching an external mic....the sound quality isn't too bad though
Overall rating 10.0
Ease of use 10.0
Image quality 10.0
Features 8.0
Sound quality 8.0
Battery life 8.0
Weight 10.0
Value for money 10.0
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Confirmed purchase: 10 Jan 2013

Kim, Inverness Just point and shoot

Score 10.0/10
Good points:
So easy to use !
Bad points:
Sound
Overall rating 10.0
Ease of use 10.0
Image quality 8.0
Features 10.0
Sound quality 7.0
Battery life 9.0
Weight 10.0
Value for money 9.0
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Confirmed purchase: 09 Feb 2013

Paul, Neyland Keen amateur

Score 8.0/10
Good points:
Picture quality for the price, image stabiliser
Bad points:
None so far but I've only had the chance to use it once
Overall rating 8.0
Ease of use 8.0
Features 8.0
Sound quality 8.0
Weight 10.0
Value for money 9.0
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Confirmed purchase: 09 Feb 2013

Product Features

Resolution quality Full HD
3D No
Optical zoom ratio 38
Media format Memory card
Connections HDMI
Type of memory card SDXC
Type of image stabiliser Optical Image Stabiliser
Widescreen recording Yes
Shortest shutter speed (Fractions of a second) 1/1
Weight (g) 227
Screen size (Inches) 3
Maximum aperture telephoto 4.2
Maximum aperture wide 1.8
Lowest focal length (Millimetres) 32.4
Highest focal length (Millimetres) 1345
Type of chip CMOS
Release date 2012-03-07

Also known as: Panasonic V500, Panasonic HC V500

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Manufacturer's Description

  • Intelligent 50x Zoom
  • Blur-Free Images with HYBRID O.I.S. +
  • 2D to 3D Conversion Function
  • AVCHD Progressive Compliant 1080/50p Recording
  • Advanced Highlight Playback
  • Intuitive Touch-Screen Operation with a Wide 3.0” LCD

Full HD Camcorder HC-V500 featuring Intelligent 50x Zoom with HYBRID O.I.S. + for Taking Blur-Free Shots of Distant Subjects.

The HC-V500 enable ultra-telephoto 50x zoom shooting with a compact body. They use an Intelligent Zoom that employs super-high resolution technology, the Image Processing LSI "Crystal Engine PRO ", and offer ultra-telephoto Intelligent Zoom shooting to exceed the magnification range of the ordinary optical zoom. The new models can capture beautiful pictures beyond the ordinary 38x optical zoom and up to a high-powered 50x zoom. This powerful zoom brings faraway subjects right up close to capture dynamic images that fill the entire frame.

HYBRID O.I.S. + uses five-axis correction to thoroughly suppress blurring all the way from wide-angle shots to powerful zoom shots. It also achieves superb effects when shooting while walking. This lets the user capture crisp, clear images, without blurring, in almost every shooting situation. This revolutionary five-axis correction function corrects the kind of roll direction hand-shake that often occurs when shooting while walking, in addition to horizontal, vertical, yawing, and pitching four-axis correction.

The 2D to 3D Conversion function makes it easy to enjoy 3D images without even mounting the 3D Conversion Lens. Simply connect the camcorder to a 3D-compatible TV with an HDMI cable. The 2D to 3D Conversion function then uses the image processing capability of the engine to convert 2D images into 3D. This is an easy, casual way to enjoy the excitement of 3D.

1080/50p recording (Full-HD 1920 × 1080, 50 progressive recording) at a 28-Mbps bit rate conveys about twice the information of 1080i (interlace) recording to produce ultimately beautiful image quality. It minimizes afterimages and flickering caused by subject motion, and renders crisp, detailed images with smooth-looking motion even when shooting a fast-moving subject in a sports event. The progressive recording fully complies with the new AVCHD Progressive standard.
The Advanced Highlight Playback function is designed for users who want to view recorded images as quickly as possible. It detects zooming, panning, scene changes, faces, etc., in recorded images as “highlights” by using the I.I.S. (Intelligent Index System). In addition to these automatically selected scenes, the user can add others as desired. Then, it automatically plays back the detected highlight scenes according to a set time interval and save them.


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