Panasonic HC-V520 reviews: 2.2 camcorder

16 customer reviews
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+ This camcorder scores high on image quality. - It has no outstanding negative points.

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8.9 out of 10 based on 16 reviews.
Panasonic HC-V520: 50x optical zoom camcorder using SD card. See full product description
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Barry, doncaster Just point and shoot

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
Reviewer left no comment
Bad points:
Battery
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 7.0
Image quality 8.0
Features 10.0
Sound quality 10.0
Battery life 1.0
Weight 10.0
Value for money 9.0
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2 of 3 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 30 Nov 2013

Philip, Lincoln Just point and shoot

Score 10.0/10
Good points:
Everything. I can't believe just how good this camcorder is.
Bad points:
None.
Overall rating 10.0
Ease of use 10.0
Image quality 10.0
Features 10.0
Sound quality 8.0
Battery life 10.0
Weight 10.0
Value for money 10.0
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2 of 3 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 29 Aug 2013

Peter, Powys Just point and shoot

Score 10.0/10
Good points:
So neat. Excellent quality. Almost small enough to fit into a jeans pocket. Very pleased.
Bad points:
Spare batteries seem to be about £65 no matter where you buy them.
Overall rating 10.0
Ease of use 10.0
Image quality 10.0
Features 10.0
Sound quality 10.0
Battery life 10.0
Weight 10.0
Value for money 10.0
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2 of 3 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 29 Aug 2013

Marnie, Keen amateur

Score 8.0/10
Good points:
Easy enough for a technophobe to use
Bad points:
Reviewer left no comment
Overall rating 8.0
Ease of use 8.0
Image quality 9.0
Features 9.0
Sound quality 8.0
Battery life 6.0
Weight 8.0
Value for money 7.0
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1 of 2 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 28 Jan 2014

Paul, Morecambe Keen amateur

Score 8.0/10
Good points:
Lightweight, compact and very easy to use. It does everything for you if you want it to.
Bad points:
This is my first venture away from camcorders that use video tape.
I was very disappointed to realise that you can't pause a recording and restart it from the same point like with tape camcorders. Every time "pause" is pressed, it completes a file - it doesn't wait to continue it. So, unlike if you record 25 short scenes on tape before you press stop to complete the recording, you will get 25 separate files that play back individually unless you do some editing after downloading the files to a computer.
Not a fault with this camera, just something that I was told all HDD cameras do and to be wary of.
Overall rating 8.0
Ease of use 9.0
Image quality 9.0
Features 7.0
Sound quality 8.0
Battery life 8.0
Weight 9.0
Value for money 9.0
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3 of 6 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 27 Dec 2013

Chris, BN24 Bought for specific holiday

Score 7.0/10
Good points:
Bought as a present and recipient is pleased with it having consulted Which prior to requesting this model.
Bad points:
Batteries expensive and do not last as long as they should. This maybe they have not expanded yet.
Overall rating 7.0
Ease of use 7.0
Image quality 8.0
Features 7.0
Sound quality 6.0
Battery life 4.0
Weight 7.0
Value for money 8.0
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Confirmed purchase: 23 Jul 2013

This Panasonic HC-V520 is reviewed on Expert Reviews

Product Features

Resolution quality 2.2
3D No
Optical zoom ratio 50
Connections WiFi
Connections NFC
Connections HDMI
Connections AV out
Connections USB 2.0
Type of memory card SDHC
Type of memory card SDXC
Type of memory card SD
Digital zoom ratio 80
Type of image stabiliser O.I.S
Widescreen recording Yes
Shortest shutter speed (Fractions of a second) 1/2000
Weight (g) 229
Screen size (Inches) 3

Also known as: HC-V520

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Manufacturer's Description

This outstanding Panasonic video camera is equipped with super-powerful intelligent 80x digital zoom and 50x optical zoom, enabling you to capture shots of craters on the moon!

Even if subjects are distant or inaccessible, the HC-V520-EBK takes you up close to them for clear, high-quality video capture. It’s the ideal feature for shooting wildlife on safari, cosmic subjects or those concerts where you’re just a little too far from the stage.

Wide-angle lens

You’ll be able to capture everything you see in comfort with the 28 mm wide-angle lens included with the camcorder. Take in the full expanse of stunning landscapes, encompass buildings in their entirety or make sure everyone is included when videoing family gatherings with this great all-encompassing lens.

Premium video and photo quality

The Panasonic HCV-520E-BK Camcorder is fitted with a 2.25 megapixel BSI sensor that records video footage in stunning 1920 × 1080p Full HD quality.

It features enhanced high-sensitivity performance – you’ll find it so easy to record clear, detailed and richly-coloured images, even in low-light conditions. Feel total satisfaction as even ordinary events are recorded to be viewed back in genuinely high-quality.

The sensor is also capable of recording 10 megapixel still images, so you can capture high-res photographs to intersperse with your video footage when editing – the creative potential on tap is huge!

Beautifully stable videography

Be assured that your videos will be rendered with enhanced focus thanks to the addition of five-axis HYBRID optical image stabilisation (OIS), which completely represses blurring across the full shooting range.

The H-CV520EB-K Full HD Video Camera also boasts improved visual balance and orientation thanks to its Level Shot Function, which automatically establishes and corrects for the effects of tilting in your videos.

Crisp, clear images are yours with dramatically diminished blur and better horizontal evenness, even if you’re shooting in unsteady conditions or from awkward angles, such as high- or low-angle capture.

Smartphone sharing is easy with NFC

Supporting NFC (Near Field Communication) technology, the Panasonic HCV520-EBK HD Camcorder marks a progressive new direction for personal video devices.

With NFC you can achieve one-touch connection with a smartphone, without the need for awkward settings. Once connected, you can use your smartphone to remotely check audio recording levels and characteristics, zoom in or out, turn the shutter on or off and control other functions, all whilst viewing the live image.

You’ll also be able to enjoy Highlight Playback using your phone or tablet, sharing standout footage or images on SNS using an easy drag-and-drop operation. Video sharing just took on a whole new dimension.

WiFi function for live broadcasting

On top of its amazing NFC capabilities, the H-CV-520EBK Full HD Camcorder is equipped with a WiFi function that lets you broadcast your images and events in real time using Ustream.

Make contact and share your recordings with people around the world, and make use of the handing email function whereby you can send notifications of the start of streaming to pre-registered email addresses.

The camera also expands to security and other practical personal features with its Home Monitoring feature. Check on your pets or family at home from the outside, even communicating with them as you see them on the screen, and record remote images using your smartphone.


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