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Panasonic HCV270EFK Camcorder

2.51MP 1/5.8 216g MOS BSI Feb 2015
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The Intelligent 90x Zoom brings distant subjects right up close. And the Level Shot function and 5-axis hand-shake detection maintain image beauty. The Wi-Fi function enables easy connection,... More
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20 Reasons For

Good Quality Lens

A few Panasonic HC-V270 owners mentioned in their reviews that it had a good zoom. D K wrote on Amazon “Great camera, good zoom, got here in great time, very happy”. Drew S. rated it as very good and he said in his review of the Panasonic HC-V270 on Amazon “Does the job perfectly, zoom is excellent”. In November this year Fife Shopper said in their review of the Panasonic HC-V270 on Amazon “Extraordinary zoom”.

One Panasonic HC-V270 owner who reviewed the Panasonic HC-V270 reckoned that it had a good autofocus. This year Rich mentioned on Amazon “I have never had any focusing problems so far”.

One Panasonic HC-V270 owner who bought the product wrote that it had a good lens. Desmond P. said in his review of this camcorder this year “The front lens protector is a brilliant idea that works really well” and rated this camcorder as excellent.

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Good Product Quality

A few Panasonic HC-V270 reviewers who purchased this camcorder wrote that it was good quality. A few weeks ago Desmond P. said in his review “The HD picture quality is absolutely superb”. Desmond P. also said “In the 90x intelligent mode the picture quality is so incredibly sharp”. Joe Walshe mentioned “Superb quality” in his Panasonic HC-V270 review and rated this camcorder 5 stars.

Easy to Use

Seven Panasonic HC-V270 owners mentioned in their reviews that it was easy to use. This year Fife Shopper said in their review on Amazon “Easy enough to use”. Janwoo mentioned “This camcorder is brilliant, really easy to use, easy to download the videos”. Rich said in his review of this camcorder on Amazon “Camcorder easy to use” and scored this camcorder very highly.

One Panasonic HC-V270 owner who bought it considered that it was easy to use the menus. Widget mentioned “I have an earlier model and was thinking to ask if the menu had been improved” however they only gave it a rating of 60 out of 100.

One customer who bought it thought it was easy to handle. Htk Member mentioned “The AVCHD is very smooth - Panasonic & Sony developed this together and it handles 1080p beautifully” in their review of the Panasonic HC-V270. One Panasonic HC-V270 reviewer said in their reviews that this camcorder was easy to setup. George Arthur said “Great little camera and so easy to set up and use” and rated the Panasonic HC-V270 5 stars.

One Panasonic HC-V270 owner mentioned in their reviews that it was comfortable and easy to hold. Desmond P. wrote “It's impossible to hold steady at anything over 150 x bug the picture is still watchable up to around 700 x”.

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Nice Design

Two customers said in their reviews that it was good looking. Htk Member wrote on Amazon “However it is generally pretty basic for recordings that may be edited later”. A few Panasonic HC-V270 reviewers agreed that it was smooth. Htk Member wrote on Amazon “Foto) Smooth picture & sound - no interference Works brilliantly on even a desktop tripod” in their review.

Reasonably Priced

A few people who reviewed the product said that it was good value for money. This year Janwoo said in their Panasonic HC-V270 review “Very good value for money”. Rusty Pumper mentioned on Amazon this month “Fantastic zoom, great picture quality and Image stabiliser, excellent value for money” in his review of this camcorder and gave it a very good review.

One person wrote in their reviews that the product was cheap.

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Good Connectivity

One Panasonic HC-V270 reviewer mentioned in their reviews that the Panasonic HC-V270 was good in terms of HDMI connections. Last year Robbo rated it 5 stars and said “Have down loaded another player that does, works fine on HDMI TV”.

One person concluded that it was good in terms of USB connections. This month Htk Member gave the Panasonic HC-V270 a rating of 80 out of 100 and wrote “Runs full-time on USB if wanted Dynamic range poorer than the Sony Stills are nothing special (says 10mp” in their review of the Panasonic HC-V270.

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Panasonic Camcorders Have Good Reviews

On average Panasonic small sensor size camcorders have good ratings as do all camcorders produced by Panasonic.

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Good Size

One customer who bought this camcorder said that it was a good depth.

Robust

One customer considered that the product was well made. Htk Member wrote in their review of this camcorder in November this year “In full-sun it struggles For a company that has built the utterly outstanding GH4 (micro four-thirds) camera with, essentially, professional quality video, I was expecting budget performance.” and scored it 4 stars.

Good Support

One Panasonic HC-V270 owner who reviewed it mentioned that it had good technical guidance. A few weeks ago Ms. L. J. Sargent mentioned in their Panasonic HC-V270 review on Amazon “The Panasonic is manual shutter opener too, so you are left with keeping the lense closed or open to the elements for that quick shot.” but despite that they gave this camcorder a rating of 3 stars.

Very Big Digital Zoom

When compared to other camcorders of this age and type, the digital zoom of the Panasonic HC-V270 of 3,000 times zoom factor is one of the biggest. Video cameras of this type and age have digital zooms of between 6x and 3,000x, and the average digital zoom is 770x.

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Full HD

The Panasonic HC-V270 is Full HD. Most of the other comparable spec video cameras that have been available for around the same time as the HC-V270 also are Full HD.

There are a number of alternative Full HD video cameras currently available that you might also want to consider including cheaper camcorders such as the JVC GZ-R310[plb_2860334_price], the Panasonic HC-W570[plb_2749244_price], or the Sony HDR-PJ410[plb_2697188_price].

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Has an HDMI Port

has an HDMI port

Like most of the other camcorders of this age and type, the Panasonic HC-V270 has an HDMI port.

We compared all the other camcorders with an HDMI port to this video camera and we think cheaper camcorders such as the JVC GZ-R310[plb_2860334_price], the Panasonic HC-W570[plb_2749244_price], and the Sony HDR-PJ410[plb_2697188_price] is also worth considering.

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Very Big Optical Zoom

With an optical zoom of 50 times zoom factor, the HC-V270 has a very big optical zoom compared to most of the other video cameras of a comparable type and age to the HC-V270. The smallest optical zoom of camcorders that were released one year ago is 10x, the biggest is 50x, and the average optical zoom is 33x.

It may also be worth also looking at one of the alternative 50x (optical) camcorders currently available including the Panasonic HC-W570[plb_2749244_price] which is cheaper.

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Very Light

The lightest video camera of this age and type is 180g weight and the heaviest is 1.6kg. At only 216 grams, the HC-V270 is quite light compared to most of the other camcorders of this spec and age.

If you would consider a camcorder with a heavier weight then you might want to look at the JVC GZ-R315[plb_2791886_price] (288g and cheaper), the Panasonic HC-W570[plb_2749244_price] (266g and cheaper), or the Sony HDR-PJ410[plb_2697188_price] (235g and cheaper).

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SDXC Memory Card

SDXC memory card

The Panasonic HC-V270 supports a better memory card type than most camcorders of this type and age. This camcorder supports an SDXC memory card, whereas most small sensor size camcorders that came out around the same time as it support an SD memory card. In addition, this video camera supports an SDHC 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).

This camcorder's memory card type (SDXC) is actually the best supported memory card type across all similar spec video cameras that have been available for a comparable time to the HC-V270.

An SD memory card is the worst supported memory card type amongst similar types of camcorder.

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

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Has a Built-In Display

Like most of the other small sensor size camcorders that were released around the same time as the HC-V270, the Panasonic HC-V270 has a built-in display.

It may also be worth also looking at one of the other camcorders with a built-in display currently available including cheaper video cameras such as the JVC GZ-R310[plb_2860334_price], the Panasonic HC-W570[plb_2749244_price], or the Sony HDR-PJ410[plb_2697188_price].

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Has Four White Balance Modes

The number of white balance modes found on the HC-V270 is more than most small sensor size camcorders that were launched around the same time as it. This video camera has an Auto white balance mode, which is the most frequently found white balance mode found on video cameras of this age and type. The white balance modes "Cloudy", "Indoor" and "Sunny" are also found on this Panasonic video camera.

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Has Two Cables Included

The HC-V270 has a greater number of included cables than most video cameras of a comparable age and type to it. This Panasonic video camera has a USB cable included, which is the most commonly found cable included found on small sensor size camcorders that are a similar age to the HC-V270. The cable included "HDMI" is also found on this Panasonic camcorder.

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1920 X 1080 Still Image Resolution

This video camera supports a still image resolution of 1920 x 1080| 3408 x 2272| 1728 x 1152| 3136 x 2352| 640 x 480, which is the most commonly supported still image resolution on small sensor size camcorders that have been on the market for more than a year.

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10 Reasons Against

Poor Battery Life

Two Panasonic HC-V270 reviewers who reviewed the Panasonic HC-V270 thought it did not have a good battery life. Djgreenuk wrote “That's it poor battery live -” and rated this camcorder 3 stars. In November this year Htk Member wrote “It will still be muffled, even indoors Feels a bit too light & small to last very long Battery life is poor” but in spite of that they still scored the Panasonic HC-V270 80 out of 100.

Price Has Increased by £20.00

The HC-V270 has increased in price by £20.00 in the last 49 days.

Does Not Have an Interchangeable Lens

Like most of the other video cameras of a similar age and type to the HC-V270, the HC-V270 does not have an interchangeable lens.

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Very Small Screen Size

Video cameras that have been around for a similar time to the HC-V270 have screen sizes of between 2.7" and 3.5". At only 2.7 inches, the HC-V270 has a fairly small screen size compared to most of the other video cameras that have been available for a comparable time to the HC-V270.

We compared all the other 2.7" screen size video cameras to this camcorder and we think the Sony HDR-PJ410[plb_2697188_price] which is cheaper is also worth considering.

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Not 3D Compatible

Like most of the other similar spec camcorders that have been available for a comparable time to the HC-V270, the HC-V270 is not 3D compatible.

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Does Not Have a Night Mode

Like most of the other camcorders of this age and spec, the HC-V270 does not have a night mode.

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Not Waterproof

Most small sensor size camcorders that were released around the same time as the HC-V270 are not waterproof. The HC-V270 is no exception to this as it too is not waterproof.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Projector

The HC-V270 does not have a built-in projector. Most of the other small sensor size camcorders that have been on the market for a comparable time to the HC-V270 also do not have a built-in projector.

We compared all the other video cameras which also have a built-in projector to this camcorder and we think the Sony HDR-PJ410[plb_2697188_price] which is also cheaper is also worth considering.

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Only AVC Video Format

This camcorder has an AVC|H.264|MPEG4 video format, which is typical of many camcorders that have been around for around the same time as it.

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Very Big

Across all the small sensor size camcorders that have been available for more than a year the widths range from 53mm to 530mm. The Panasonic HC-V270 is one of the biggest comparable spec camcorders that are a similar age to the HC-V270 (530 millimeters) amongst camcorders of this age.

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3 Other reasons to consider the Panasonic HC-V270

Full HD HD Type

The HD type of this video camera is Full HD, which is the most frequently found HD type on video cameras of this spec and age.

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Released Over a Year Ago

It was over a year ago when this video camera was released.

1/5.8" Optical Sensor Size

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

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Specification

User Ratings
Image Sensor
Sensor Size
Optical Sensor Size
Sensor Type
Megapixel Count
Movie Megapixel Count
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Interchangeable Lens
Focal Length
Focal Length Range
Storage
Memory Card
Storage Media Type
Focusing
Light Exposure
White Balance
Flash
Built-In Flash
Shutter
Display
Screen Size
Built-In Display
Display
Viewfinder
Camera
Camcorder Type
3D Compatible
Design
Colour
Video
HD Type
Maximum Video Resolution
Still Image
Still Image Resolution
Maximum Image Resolution
Audio
Ports & Interfaces
HDMI Port
USB 2.0 Port
S-Video Out Port
Mini HDMI Port
Networking
WiFi
Near Field Communication
WiFi Type
Battery
Battery Voltage
Battery Capacity
Operational Conditions
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Packaging Content
Cable Included
Other Features
Projector
Technical Details
Technical Details

Expert Reviews

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User Reviews

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Reviewed 24 March 2015 by Amauch
Amauch would recommend the Panasonic HC-V270

This camera is our first digital video camera that we have ever had . Our original VHS camera was extremely outdated and needed to be replaced, this camera was great for features included and our... Read more…

Great Picture Quality
Great Zoom
Easy to Use
Good Image Stabilization
Good in Low Light
Poor In Low Light
Poor Still Image
No External Mic Input
Poor Sound
Power Button Is Tiny

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Product Identifiers

Barcodes 05025232807680, 05025232807741

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