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Panasonic HC-V520

alaTest has collected and analyzed 204 reviews of Panasonic HC-V520. The average rating for this product is 4.3/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. Reviewers really like the image quality and price. The portability and zoom also get good comments, but there are some negative views about the memory and viewfinder.

usability, zoom, portability, price, image quality

reliability, viewfinder, memory

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Panasonic HC-V520 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 90/100 = Excellent quality.

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Consumer review by: (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for Panasonic HC-V520

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 78 user reviews of Panasonic HC-V520 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. Comments about the image quality and price are overall positive. The portability and zoom also get good comments, but the memory and viewfinder get critical reviews.

usability, zoom, portability, price, image quality

viewfinder, memory

97% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Panasonic V520 Full HD Camcorder - Black (10MP, 1920 x 1080P, 80x Intelligent Zoom) 3.0 inch LCDPanasonic V520 Full HD Camcorder - Black (10MP, 1920 x 1080P, 80x Intelligent Zoom) 3.0 inch LCD

Sep, 2016

Consumer review by: (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Panasonic HC-V520

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 37 user reviews of Panasonic HC-V520 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.com. Reviewers are impressed by the image quality and zoom. The price and portability also get good reviews, whereas the durability and reliability get critical comments.

usability, portability, price, zoom, image quality

battery, reliability, durability

86% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Panasonic HC-V520 HD Digital Camcorder with 80x Zoom and Wi-fi (Black)Panasonic HC-V520 HD Digital Camcorder with 80x Zoom and Wi-fi (Black)

Sep, 2016

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

Panasonic HC-V520 review

 

Good image quality and great Wi-Fi features, but few connections

If the HC-520 appeals to you, but you don’t think you’ll benefit from the extra Wi-Fi features and longer zoom, it’s worth noting that you can currently get the outgoing HC-V500M for just £350 from shop.panasonic.co.uk . The HC-V500M is the same...

Mar, 2013

Expert review by: Trusted Reviews (trustedreviews.com)

Panasonic HC-V520

 

Pansonic's latest camcorder has improved image quality, a long zoom, WiFi and NFC.

Good image quality, Comprehensive manual controls, WiFi features

No accessory shoe, No microphone minijack, No headphone minijack

Jan, 2013

Expert review by: Jim Fisher (pcmag.com)

Panasonic HC-V520

 

The Panasonic HC-V520 packs an impressive 50x zoom lens and built-in Wi-Fi.

50x f/1.8-4.2 zoom lens. Impressive optical stabilization. Touch screen. 1080p60 video capture. Inexpensive. Wi-Fi

Still capture only 10 megapixels. No built-in memory

The Panasonic HC-V520 ($399.99 direct) is an entry-level camcorder with an impressive 50x zoom lens, built-in Wi-Fi, and 1080p60 video capture capability. There's no internal storage, so you'll have to add an SD card to record footage, and stills are...

Dec, 2013

Expert review by: Consumer Electronics Net (consumerelectronicsnet.com)

Built in wi-fi support with "Real Time Broadcasting"

 

If you are into sports video, you know that it almost a given that you need a decent zoom to get the action (and it goes without saying, a tripod as well). In still photography terms, my experiences in motor sport suggest a 200mm is the minimum and...

Jun, 2013

Expert review by: Jeremy Stamas (reviewed.com)

Panasonic HC-V520

 

Despite its improved low-light performance, this $400 camcorder isn't quite the bargain it seems.

The V520 is a feature-packed budget camcorder, but it can't keep up with Canon's latest.

May, 2013

Consumer review by: Marnie (reevoo.com)

Panasonic HC-V520

 

Easy enough for a technophobe to use

Jan, 2014

Consumer review by: Sylvia (reevoo.com)

Panasonic HC-V520

 

optical zoom, image quality, weight, ease of use

battery life could be longer, HD progressive mode not compatible with MAC i Movie editing, etc

Jan, 2014

Consumer review by: Jason (reevoo.com)

Panasonic HC-V520

 

Amazing zoom, great daylight images and better than expected low light image quality. Ability to control zoom from smartphone ; Can keep recording with view screen closed

AVCHD 1080p - Format not supported on most of the smart TV's I've tried rendering wifi and dnla function useless. AVCHD also not supported natively on mac so lengthy conversion required

Jan, 2014

Consumer review by: Paul (reevoo.com)

Panasonic HC-V520

 

Lightweight, compact and very easy to use. It does everything for you if you want it to

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 -...

Dec, 2013

Consumer review by: Barry (reevoo.com)

Panasonic HC-V520

 

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Nov, 2013
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Product Specifications

Audio

Audio formats supported:AAC
Audio system:Dolby Digital 2.0
Built-In Microphone: Yes

Battery

Battery Capacity:1940

Camera

3D: No
Camcorder type:Handheld camcorder
Minimum illumination:1
On Screen Display (OSD): Yes
On Screen Display (OSD) languages:CZE, DEU, DUT, ENG, ESP, FRE, ITA, POL, SWE, TUR

Design

Colour of product:Black / Red / Silver

Display

Built-in Display: Yes
Display:LCD
Display diagonal:19.1 / 7.62
Display resolution (numeric):460000 / 460800
Touchscreen: Yes

Flash

Built-in Flash: No
Built-in light: No

Focusing

Focus adjustment:Auto/Manual

Image sensor

Effective megapixels (image):10 / 2.25
Effective megapixels (movie):2.1 / 2.25
Optical sensor size:25.4 / 5.8
Sensor Type:MOS
Total MegaPixels:2.51

Lens System

Digital Zoom:150
Filter Size:3.5
Focal length (35mm film equivalent):28 - 1748
Focal length range (f-f):2.06 - 103
Image stabilizer: Yes
Image stabilizer type:HYBRID
Interchangeable lens: No
Maximum aperture number:4.2
Maximum focal length (35mm film equiv):174 / 174.8
Minimum aperture number:1.8
Minimum focal length (35mm film equiv):2.8
Optical Zoom:50

Networking

Wi-Fi: Yes
Wi-Fi standards:802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n

Packaging Content

AC adapter included: Yes
Batteries included: Yes
Bundled software:HD Writer AE 5.0
Cables included:AC, HDMI, USB

Ports & interfaces

HDMI: Yes
Mini HDMI ports quantity:1
S-Video Out: No
USB 2.0 ports quantity:1

Shutter

Shutter speed (photo):0.5 - 0.0005
Shutter speed (video):0.04 - 0.000125

Still image

Image formats supported:JPG
Maximum image resolution:4224 x 2376
Still image resolution(s):1728 x 1152,1920 x 1080,3408 x 2272,4224 x 2376 / 640 x 480,1728 x 1152,1920 x 1080,3408 x 2272,4224 x 2376

Storage

Camcorder media type:Memory Card
Camcorder tape type: No
Compatible memory cards:SD, SDHC, SDXC
Disc types supported: No
Memory slots:1

Video

HD type:Full HD
Maximum Video Resolution:1920 x 1080
Video Resolutions:960 x 540,1920 x 1080

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:11.6 / 16.6
Height :6.1
Weight:229
Width:5.3

White balance

White Balance:Auto, Cloudy, Manual, Sunny / Cloudy, Sunny