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Panasonic HC-V500

alaTest has collected and analyzed 264 reviews of Panasonic HC-V500. The average rating for this product is 4.5/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. Opinions about the zoom and image quality are on the whole positive. The price and portability are also mentioned favorably, but the reliability and finish get negative views.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Panasonic HC-V500 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 88/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review by: (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for Panasonic HC-V500

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 53 user reviews of Panasonic HC-V500 from Amazon.co.uk. 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 Amazon.co.uk. Reviewers are impressed by the zoom and image quality. The price and portability also get good feedback. Some have doubts about the reliability.

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96% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

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Aug, 2017

Expert review by: Trusted Reviews (trustedreviews.com)

Panasonic HC-V500

 

Panasonic's HC-V500 brings proper optical image stabilisation to the budget camcorder.

Sophisticated optical image stabilisation, Lots of manual features, Decent image quality

No accessory shoe or audio minijacks, Not quite budget pricing

Jun, 2012

Expert review by: Andrew Unsworth (expertreviews.co.uk)

Panasonic HC-V500 review

 

A step up from last year's HDC-SD80, especially in low light, but overall image quality from the small sensor isn't spectacular

Feb, 2012

Expert review by: Faisal Hashmi (tbreak.com)

Panasonic HC-V500 Review

 

A decent offering for the price, but lacks in image detail.

Light form factor; Loaded with helpful features; Impressive audio recording; Ease of use; Price

Weak image quality; Lack of detail in footage; Bad auto-focus

But for the price, it’s really up to the end user to decide what he really wants out of the camera. It’s loaded with some neat features that make shooting easy and accessible for all kind of users but the sacrifice is in the image quality for what...

May, 2012

Consumer review by: patcullene (which.co.uk)

Impressed

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I really like this camcorder especially for the price. I like the size of it as it is quite small so you tend to carry it around with you which is really useful if there is something that you want to capture quickly. By just opening the screen it...

Apr, 2013

Consumer review by: Gareth (reevoo.com)

Panasonic HC-V500

 

light intrusive good quality pictures , video and extra Feature overal a excelent bit of quality for a reasonabe price

none detected but i have not fully Familiarize with everything ,but i think its the best on market for the price and would recommend

Mar, 2013

Consumer review by: Kim (reevoo.com)

Panasonic HC-V500

 

So easy to use !

Sound

Mar, 2013

Consumer review by: Paul (reevoo.com)

Panasonic HC-V500

 

Picture quality for the price, image stabiliser

None so far but I've only had the chance to use it once

Mar, 2013

Consumer review by: graham (reevoo.com)

Panasonic HC-V500

 

light easy to use

software is complicated

Feb, 2013

Consumer review by: Singh (reevoo.com)

Panasonic HC-V500

 

Video quality is amazing!

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

Feb, 2013

Consumer review by: David (reevoo.com)

Panasonic HC-V500

 

This was a gift and my son and his wife seem very happy with it

Jan, 2013

Product Specifications

Audio

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

Battery

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

Camera

3D: No
Camcorder type:Handheld camcorder
Camera playback:movie, single image
Minimum illumination:1
On Screen Display (OSD): Yes
On Screen Display (OSD) languages:ARA, CZE, DEU, ESP, FRE, POL, TUR / ARA, DEU, ENG, ESP, FRE, ITA, POL, SWE, TUR / CZE, DEU, DUT, ENG, ESP, FRE, ITA, POL, SWE, TUR / CZE, DEU, ENG, ESP, FRE, ITA, POL, SLV, TUR
Supported aspect ratios:3:2, 4:3, 16:9

Design

Colour of product:Black / Black, grey / Grey, Red / Red / Silver
LED indicators: Yes

Display

Built-in Display: Yes
Display:LCD
Display diagonal:7.62
Display resolution (numeric):230400

Flash

Built-in Flash:No / Yes
Built-in light: Yes

Focusing

Focus adjustment:Auto/Manual

Image sensor

Effective megapixels (image):1.3 / 3000000
Effective megapixels (movie):1.3 / 1300000
Optical sensor size:25.4 / 5.8
Sensor Type:MOS
Total MegaPixels:1.5

Lens System

Digital Zoom:100 / 2500
Focal length (35mm film equivalent):32.4 - 1345
Focal length range (f-f):2.35 - 89.3
Image stabilizer: Yes
Image stabilizer type:Optical
Interchangeable lens: No
Maximum aperture number:4.2
Minimum aperture number:1.8
Optical Zoom:38

Networking

Wi-Fi: No

Other features

AV output:1
Lens system:Panasonic
Night mode: Yes
Photo mode: Yes
Power consumption (typical):7.7
Wireless Connection: No

Packaging Content

AC adapter included: Yes
Batteries included: Yes
Bundled software:HD Writer AE 4.0
Cables included:AC, AV, USB
Quick start guide: Yes

Ports & interfaces

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

Shutter

Camera shutter speed:1/25 - 1/8000
Shutter speed (photo):1/2 - 1/2000
Shutter speed (video):1/25 - 1/8000 / 1/50 - 1/8000

Still image

Image formats supported:EXIF, JPG / JPG
Maximum image resolution:2304 x 1296
Still image resolution(s):640 x 480,1856 x 1392,1920 x 1080,2064 x 1376 / 640 x 480,1856 x 1392,1920 x 1080,2064 x 1376,2304 x 1296

Storage

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
Memory slots:1

Video

Bitrate at maximum video resolution:28
HD type:Full HD
Maximum Video Resolution:1920 x 1080
Supported video modes:1080i, 1080p / 1080i, 1080p, 540p
Video formats supported:AVCHD, H.264, MP4, MPEG4 / AVCHD, MP4
Video Resolutions:960 x 540,1920 x 1080

Viewfinder

Viewfinder Type: No

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:11.9 / 6.5
Height :5.25 / 6.5
Weight:227
Width:11.9 / 5.25

White balance

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