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Panasonic HC-V100

alaTest has collected and analyzed 152 reviews of Panasonic HC-V100. The average rating for this product is 4.4/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. People are impressed by the image quality and size. The portability and price are also mentioned favorably. There are some critical opinions about the finish and viewfinder.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Panasonic HC-V100 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 85/100 = Very good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 55 user reviews of Panasonic HC-V100 from The average user rating for this product is 4.5/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders on Reviewers are impressed by the zoom and size. The portability and price are also appreciated, but there are some less positive opinions about the durability.

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98% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Panasonic V100 Full HD 1920 x 1080 Camcorder - Black (42x Intelligent Zoom, SD Card Recording, Power OIS, Face Recognition) 2.7 inch LCDPanasonic V100 Full HD 1920 x 1080 Camcorder - Black (42x Intelligent Zoom, SD Card Recording, Power OIS, Face Recognition) 2.7 inch LCD

Jun, 2017

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Panasonic HC-V100


The Panasonic HC-V100 packs a surprisingly high level of features for such a cheap camcorder.

Good image quality for the price, Capable optical image stabilisation, Lots of manual settings

No accessory shoe, No microphone or headphones minijacks

Dec, 2012

Consumer review by: Janet (

Panasonic HC-V100


Easy to use for the complete novice! Good smooth zoom feature. Very light and portable. Glad we got this one instead of a smaller one, excellent value for money

Mar, 2013

Consumer review by: Jeff (

Panasonic HC-V100


Easy to use. Good video quality, Good battery life

Sound quality could be better, a bit fiddly to hold at times

Dec, 2012

Consumer review by: Natalie (

Panasonic HC-V100


Very light weight, focus and picture quality is excellent, would recommend and budget wise fab

sound is not very good but have not tried it on tv yet

Oct, 2012

Consumer review by: Robert (

Panasonic HC-V100


Excellent camcorder for the price. Easy to use and very light

Strap is a little flimsy and the battery when fitted doesn't finish off the product well

Aug, 2012

Consumer review by: Barry (

Excellent Value for Money


We purchased this from Argos, as it seemed a good deal price wise. It is very easy to use, has excellent picture quality and we are very pleased with it! Thank you Argos!

Aug, 2012

Consumer review by: Crispy (

Good buy


I found easy to get started only took 10 mins to get filming. Found it great for handling found film was sharp and crisp. Only draw back was the price i paid and when the new book came out a few days later the price had dropped by £77 so disapointed

Jul, 2012

Consumer review by: KEITH (

Panasonic HC-V100


Very simple to use, lightweight and great value for money. having read the instructions I was ready to go with most features within an hour, the small size and weight makes it very convenient to take it out and about. The quality and features are more...

None yet

May, 2012

Consumer review by: Anthony (

Panasonic HC-V100


Great picture, easy to use and small size and low weight are very practical in the field. Thanks JESSOPS for a top notch deal. The extra battery is a bonus

No viewfinder

May, 2012

Consumer review by: Davina (

Panasonic HC-V100


Very small just what u want when you are out and want to take movies. Feels good in the hand

All I these have this problem but battery life is not great-I am getting a free battery due to promotion so not all bad

Apr, 2012

Product Specifications


Audio formats supported:AAC
Audio system:Dolby Digital / Dolby Digital 2.0
Built-In Microphone: Yes
Built-in speaker(s): Yes


Battery technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery voltage:3.6


3D: No
Back light compensation: Yes
Camcorder type:Handheld camcorder
Camera playback:Movie
Minimum illumination:1
On Screen Display (OSD): Yes
On Screen Display (OSD) languages:CZE, DEU, ENG, ESP, FRE, ITA, POL, SWE, TUR / CZE, DEU, ESP, FRE, ITA, POL, SWE, TUR
Shooting modes:Auto, Manual
Supported aspect ratios:16:9


Colour of product:Black / Black, Silver / Silver, White / White


Built-in Display: Yes
Display:LCD / TFT LCD
Display diagonal:6.86
Display resolution (numeric):230000 / 230400


Built-in Flash: No
Built-in light: No


Focus adjustment:Auto/Manual

Image sensor

Effective megapixels (image):1.3 / 1.30
Effective megapixels (movie):1.3 / 1.30
Optical sensor size:25.4 / 5.8
Sensor Type:MOS
Total MegaPixels:1.5

Lens System

Digital Zoom:2000 / 90
Focal length (35mm film equivalent):32.5 - 1205.7
Focal length range (f-f):2.38 - 81
Image stabilizer: Yes
Image stabilizer type:Optical
Interchangeable lens: No
Maximum aperture number:4
Maximum focal length (35mm film equiv):120.6
Minimum aperture number:1.8
Minimum focal length (35mm film equiv):3.25
Optical Zoom:34

Light exposure

Light exposure modes:Auto
Scene modes:Underwater

Other features

Aperture range (F-F):1.8 - 4
AV output:1
Compatible operating systems:HD Writer LE 1.1
Dimensions (WxDxH):51.5 x 112.5 x 59.5
I/O ports:1 x MiniHDMI
Interface:USB 2.0, HDMI
Internal Memory:16
Lens system:Panasonic
Photo mode: Yes
Power consumption (typical):3.4
USB 2.0 connectors:1
Windows operating systems supported: Yes

Packaging Content

AC adapter included: Yes
Batteries included: Yes
Bundled software:HD Writer 1.1 LE
Cables included:AC, AV, USB / AV, USB
Quick start guide: Yes

Ports & interfaces

DC-in jack: Yes
HDMI:No / Yes
Mini HDMI ports quantity:1
PictBridge: No
S-Video Out: No
USB 2.0 ports quantity:1


Camera shutter speed:1/25 - 1/8000
Shutter speed (photo):1/60-1/8000
Shutter speed (video):1/25 - 1/8000

Still image

Image formats supported:JPG
Maximum image resolution:1920 x 1080
Still image resolution(s):1920 x 1080


Camcorder media type:Memory Card
Camcorder tape type: No
Camera file system:DCF 2.0, Exif 2.2
Compatible memory cards:SD, SDHC, SDXC
Disc types supported: No


HD type:Full HD
Maximum Video Resolution:1920 x 1080
Pre-record: Yes
Supported video modes:1080i, 540p
Video formats supported:AVCHD, H.264, MP4 / AVCHD, H.264, MPEG4 / AVCHD, MP4
Video Resolutions:960 x 540,1920 x 1080


Viewfinder Type: No

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:11.2 / 5.95
Height :5.15 / 5.95
Weight:181 / 183
Width:11.2 / 5.15

White balance

Indoor white balance: Yes
White Balance:Auto, Cloudy / Auto, Cloudy, Sunny