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2.51MP 1/5.8 211g MOS BSI Jan 2016
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17 Reasons For

Easy to Use

Several customers who reviewed it reckoned that it was easy to use. Malcolm S. said in his review of this camcorders “Excellent resolution, easy to use”. One person considered that it was easy to use the menus. Amazon Customer and mentioned in their review this month “It has a couple of fun settings for filming and the zoom button is a great sliding one”.

One person who reviewed it thought it was easy to setup. Amazon Customer wrote “Is very easy to set up”.

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Good Product Quality

One person said in their reviews that it was good quality. Amazon Customer said on Amazon “All round, pretty good quality for its price- sound could be better” in their review of this camcorders and rated the product 4 stars.

Nice Design

One customer mentioned in their reviews that it was good looking. Amazon Customer said in August “All round, pretty good quality for its price- sound could be better” in their Panasonic HC-V180 review.

Reasonably Priced

One Panasonic HC-V180 owner who purchased the Panasonic HC-V180 considered that it was good value for money. Amazon Customer said on Amazon this month “All round, pretty good quality for its price- sound could be better”.

Panasonic Video Cameras Have Good Reviews

Small sensor size camcorders built by Panasonic have good ratings on average compared to other brands. We also checked the reviews for all camcorders (not just small sensor size camcorders) and found that Panasonic also has good ratings across its entire range.

Good Quality Lens

One person said in their reviews that this camcorders had a good zoom. Amazon Customer said in their review of the Panasonic HC-V180 on Amazon this year “It has a couple of fun settings for filming and the zoom button is a great sliding one”.

Price Has Recently Dropped by £20.00

The price of the HC-V180 has dropped by £20.00 in the last 16 days.

Has an HDMI Port

has an HDMI port

The Panasonic HC-V180 has an HDMI port. Most of the other camcorders that are a similar age to the HC-V180 also have an HDMI port.

There are a number of other camcorders with an HDMI port currently available which you might want to consider including the Sony HDR-CX450[plb_3226938_price] which has better reviews.

There are a number of other camcorders which also have an HDMI port which you might want to look at including the Canon Legria HF R706[plb_3903750_price], or the Zoom Q4n[plb_3677236_price].

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Has an Image Stabiliser

The HC-V180 has an image stabiliser, as do most of the other similar spec video cameras that were released in the last year.

We compared this camcorder to all the other camcorders with an image stabiliser and we think because of it's better review score, the Sony HDR-CX450[plb_3226938_price] is also worth considering.

We compared this video camera to all the other video cameras with an image stabiliser and we think the HF R706[pl_3935505_price], or the Legria HF R706[pl_3903750_price] both from Canon is also worth considering.

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Quite Big Optical Zoom

The smallest optical zoom of recently released small sensor size camcorders is 20x and the biggest is 50x. With an optical zoom of 50 times zoom factor, the HC-V180 has one of the bigger optical zooms amongst similar spec video cameras of this age.

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Very Light

Across all the recently released camcorders the weights range from 170g to 4kg. With a weight of only 211 grams, the HC-V180 is one of the lighter newly released small sensor size camcorders amongst small sensor size camcorders of this age.

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SDXC Memory Card

SDXC memory card

The Panasonic HC-V180 supports an SDXC memory card which is better than most camcorders that were released around the same time as it. Most newly released small sensor size camcorders support an SDHC memory card. This video camera also supports an SD memory card. SDXC cards are SD cards but with a much higher capacity and faster processing speeds. They have a maximum capacity of 2TB (Terabytes).

An SDXC memory card is in fact the best supported memory card type across all small sensor size camcorders that have been available for a similar time to the HC-V180.

The worst supported memory card type amongst comparable types of video camera is SD.

SDHC cards are DS cards with a higher capacity of up to 32GB.

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Has a Built-In Display

The HC-V180 has a built-in display. Most of the other small sensor size camcorders that are a comparable age to the HC-V180 also have a built-in display.

There are a number of alternative camcorders which also have a built-in display which you might want to consider including the HF R706[pl_3935505_price], or the Legria HF R706[pl_3903750_price] both from Canon or the Zoom Q4n[plb_3677236_price].

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1080p Video Mode

The HC-V180 has a 1080p video mode which is better than the 720p video mode found on most similar spec camcorders that have been on the market for a comparable time to it. This camcorder also has a 480p video mode.

A 1080p video mode is in fact the best video mode amongst all new small sensor size camcorders.

A 720p video mode is the worst video mode amongst similar types of camcorder.

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Has Four White Balance Modes

The number of white balance modes found on the HC-V180 is more than most small sensor size camcorders that came out in the last year. This Panasonic camcorder has an Auto white balance mode, which is the most frequently found white balance mode found on small sensor size camcorders that are a similar age to the HC-V180. The white balance modes "Cloudy", "Indoor" and "Sunny" are also found on this camcorder.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

The HC-V180 supports a higher video resolution than most small sensor size camcorders that have been around for a comparable time to it. This Panasonic video camera supports a 1920 x 1080 pixels video resolution, whereas most newly released small sensor size camcorders support a 1280 x 720 pixels video resolution. This video camera also supports a video resolution of 640 x 480 pixels.

A 1920 x 1080 pixels video resolution is in fact the best supported video resolution amongst all camcorders that were released in the last 12 months.

A 1280 x 720 pixels video resolution is the worst supported video resolution across similar types of video camera.

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1920 X 1080 Still Image Resolution

The highest still image resolution supported by the Panasonic HC-V180 is 1920 x 1080. That's over six times the still image resolution of a 640 x 480 video camera, which is the most common still image resolution supported by small sensor size camcorders that have been around for around the same time as the HC-V180. 640 x 480 is also supported by this video camera. This Panasonic video camera also support still image resolutions of 4224 x 2376, 3408 x 2272 and 1728 x 1152 and 3136 x 2352.

This video camera's still image resolution (1920 x 1080) is actually the best supported still image resolution amongst all latest camcorders.

The worst supported still image resolution across comparable types of video camera is 640 x 480.

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9 Reasons Against

Not Full HD

The HC-V180 is not Full HD, although it is worth noting that most of the other small sensor size camcorders that came out around the same time as the HC-V180 are also not Full HD.

If you want a camcorder that is Full HD then you might also want to consider the Sony HDR-CX450[plb_3226938_price] which also has a higher rating.

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Does Not Have an Interchangeable Lens

Like most of the other camcorders that have been available for the last year, the HC-V180 does not have an interchangeable lens.

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Very Short Battery Life

With a battery life of only 1.25 hours, the HC-V180 has a fairly short battery life compared to most of the other comparable spec camcorders that have been on the market for around the same time as the HC-V180. The shortest battery life of latest small sensor size camcorders is 1.2h and the longest is 7.2h.

If you want a longer battery life then you might want to look at the HF R706[pl_3935505_price] (2.55h), or the Legria HF R706[pl_3903750_price] (2.9h) both from Canon or the Zoom Q4n[plb_3677236_price] (3h).

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Quite Small Screen Size

With a screen size of only 2.7 inches, the HC-V180 has a fairly small screen size compared to most of the other small sensor size camcorders that are a comparable age to the HC-V180. Across all the similar spec camcorders that have been around for a comparable time to the HC-V180 the screen sizes range from 2" to 8.8", and the average screen size is 3.3".

If this camcorder screen size is not large enough for you then you might want to consider the Sony HDR-CX450[plb_3226938_price] (3") which also has a higher rating.

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Not 3D Compatible

Like most of the other small sensor size camcorders that were launched around the same time as the HC-V180, the HC-V180 is not 3D compatible.

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Does Not Have a Night Mode

Most comparable spec camcorders that are a similar age to the HC-V180 do not have a night mode. The HC-V180 is no exception to this as it too does not have a night mode.

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Not Waterproof

Like most of the other recently released small sensor size camcorders, the Panasonic HC-V180 is not waterproof.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Projector

Most small sensor size camcorders that are a similar age to the HC-V180 do not have a built-in projector. The Panasonic HC-V180 is no exception to this as it too does not have a built-in projector.

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Very Low Megapixel Count

New camcorders have megapixel counts of between 1.6MP and 3MP. With a megapixel count of only 1.67 megapixels, the HC-V180 has one of the lower megapixel counts amongst small sensor size camcorders of this age.

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4 Other reasons to consider the Panasonic HC-V180

Released Eleven Months Ago

It was eleven months ago when this video camera was released.

Full HD HD Type

The HD type of this video camera is Full HD, which is the most commonly found HD type on new video cameras.

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Average Digital Zoom

With a digital zoom of 500 times zoom factor, the Panasonic HC-V180 has a relatively typical digital zoom compared to most of the other new small sensor size camcorders.

If this video camera digital zoom is not big enough for you then you might also want to look at the Legria HF R706[pl_3903750_price] (1,140x), or the HF R706[pl_3935505_price] (1,140x) both from Canon.

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1/5.8" Optical Sensor Size

This video camera has a 1/5.8" optical sensor size, which is the most frequently found optical sensor size on camcorders that are a comparable age to it.

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Specification

Image Sensor
Sensor Size
Optical Sensor Size
Sensor Type
Megapixel Count
Movie Megapixel Count
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Digital Zoom
Image Stabiliser
Maximum Focal Length
Minimum Focal Length
Focal Length
Focal Length Range
Storage
Memory Card
Storage Media Type
File System
Focusing
Focus Adjustment
White Balance
Indoor White Balance
White Balance Mode
Shutter
Photo Shutter Speed
Shutter Speed
Display
Screen Size
Built-In Display
Touch Sensitive Screen
Display
Camera
Camcorder Type
On Screen Display
Minimum Illumination
On Screen Display Language
Design
Colour
Video
HD Type
Video Mode
Video Format
Video Resolution
Maximum Video Resolution
Still Image
Image Format
Still Image Resolution
Maximum Image Resolution
Audio
Built-In Microphone
Audio System
Ports & Interfaces
HDMI Port
USB 2.0 Port
Headphone Out Port
Mini HDMI Port
Battery
Battery Life
Battery Voltage
Battery Capacity
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Packaging Content
Included Battery
Quick Start Guide
Cable Included
AC Adapter Included
Warranty Card
Other Features
USB Connectivity
Technical Details
USB Charging

Product Identifiers

Barcodes 05025232836772, 05025232836789

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