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Panasonic HC-V270EB

Panasonic HC-V270EB Camcorder

216g CMOS 50x Jul 2013
Full HD Weight Sensor Type Optical Zoom Release Date
The Panasonic HC-V270EB-K Traditional Camcorder offers exceptional zoom, advanced image stabilisation and high quality recording for both videos and still photos. Close-up shooting Thanks to... More
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21 Reasons For

Good Quality Lens

A number of people mentioned that this camcorders had a good zoom. Drew S. mentioned in his Panasonic HC-V270EB review “Does the job perfectly, zoom is excellent”. A few weeks ago Htk Member wrote on Amazon “Means hand-held is fine Excellent Optical Zoom Excellent optics - this is a good lens Really tiny & light - plenty of cases will fit this in! Charges via USB.”. Ms. L. J. Sargent said on Amazon “The zoom is so much better.” but gave the product a score of 60 out of 100.

Nice Design

Two Panasonic HC-V270EB owners mentioned in their reviews that the Panasonic HC-V270EB was good looking. Htk Member scored the Panasonic HC-V270EB 4 stars and mentioned “However it is generally pretty basic for recordings that may be edited later”.

A number of Panasonic HC-V270EB owners considered that the Panasonic HC-V270EB was smooth. A few weeks ago Htk Member mentioned in their review of the Panasonic HC-V270EB “Foto) Smooth picture & sound - no interference Works brilliantly on even a desktop tripod”. Htk Member also mentioned “The AVCHD is very smooth - Panasonic & Sony developed this together”.

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Good Product Quality

A number of customers who purchased it thought it was good quality. This year Rusty Pumper wrote in his review of this camcorders on Amazon “Fantastic zoom, great picture quality and Image stabiliser, excellent value for money”. Rusty Pumper also wrote “Fantastic zoom and picture quality, image stabiliser is very good when filming whilst walking, really small, truly is a palmcorder”. T. W. Munns mentioned in their review on Amazon “Great camcorder, quality unit, easy to use”.

Reasonably Priced

A few Panasonic HC-V270EB reviewers who reviewed it concluded that it was good value for money. A few weeks ago Rusty Pumper mentioned in his review “Fantastic zoom, great picture quality and Image stabiliser, excellent value for money” and rated the product 99 out of 100.

One Panasonic HC-V270EB owner who bought it thought it was cheap.

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Panasonic Has Good Reviews for Its Video Cameras

Camcorders from Panasonic have an average rating of 79%, which is in the top 42% of all video camera manufacturers that we have looked at.

Good Size

One Panasonic HC-V270EB reviewer who reviewed the product reckoned that it was a good depth.

Robust

One customer thought the Panasonic HC-V270EB was well made. Htk Member mentioned on Amazon “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.” in their review of this camcorders.

Good Support

One person considered that the product had good technical guidance. Ms. L. J. Sargent mentioned in their Panasonic HC-V270EB review “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.” yet only rated this camcorders 3 stars.

Good Connectivity

One Panasonic HC-V270EB reviewer who bought the product considered that it was good in terms of USB connections. In August this year Htk Member said “Runs full-time on USB if wanted Dynamic range poorer than the Sony Stills are nothing special (says 10mp” and scored the product 80 out of 100.

Very Big Digital Zoom

At 3,000 times zoom factor, the HC-V270EB has a very big digital zoom compared to most of the other video cameras of a similar age and type to the HC-V270EB. The average digital zoom of video cameras that were released more than two years ago is 390x, and the digital zooms range from 2x to 3,000x.

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Very Big Optical Zoom

At 50 times zoom factor, the HC-V270EB has a fairly big optical zoom compared to most of the other camcorders of a similar type and age to the HC-V270EB. The optical zooms of video cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the HC-V270EB range from 1x to 65x, and the average optical zoom is 23x.

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Has an HDMI Port

has an HDMI port

Unlike most of the other video cameras that came out around the same time as the HC-V270EB which do not have an HDMI port, the Panasonic HC-V270EB has an HDMI port.

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Has an Image Stabiliser

Unlike most of the other video cameras that have been around for a similar time to the HC-V270EB which do not have an image stabiliser, the HC-V270EB has an image stabiliser.

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Full HD

Full HD

The Panasonic HC-V270EB is Full HD. Most of the other video cameras that have been available for around the same time as the HC-V270EB are not Full HD.

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SDXC Memory Card

SDXC memory card

The Panasonic HC-V270EB supports an SDXC memory card which is better than most camcorders that were released more than two years ago. Most similar spec camcorders that are a comparable age to it support an SD memory card. This Panasonic video camera also support sd and sdhc and sdxc memory cards. SDXC cards are SD cards but with a much higher capacity and faster processing speeds. They have a maximum capacity of 2TB (Terabytes).

This video camera's memory card type (SDXC) is in fact the best supported memory card type amongst all camcorders of a comparable spec and age to the HC-V270EB.

The worst supported memory card type across comparable types of video camera is MicroSDXC.

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

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Lithium Battery

This video camera has a Lithium-Ion battery, which is typical of many video cameras that have been around for around the same time as it.

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Quite Large Viewfinder Screen Size

With a viewfinder screen size of 2.6377967 inches, the HC-V270EB has one of the larger viewfinder screen sizes amongst video cameras of this age. The average viewfinder screen size of camcorders of a comparable spec and age to the HC-V270EB is 1.6".

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Has a Built-In Display

The Panasonic HC-V270EB has a built-in display, as do most of the other video cameras that have been around for more than two years.

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Has Six White Balance Modes

The number of white balance modes found on the Panasonic HC-V270EB is more than most video cameras that have been around for a comparable time to it. This video camera has an Auto white balance mode, which is the most commonly found white balance mode found on camcorders of this spec and age. The white balance modes "cloudy", "sunny", "White set", "Indoor1" and "Indoor2 (TTL system)" are also found on this Panasonic video camera.

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Quite Low Minimum Aperture

The HC-V270EB has one of the lower minimum apertures (only 1.8) amongst video cameras of this age. Across all the video cameras that have been around for around the same time as the HC-V270EB the minimum apertures range from 1.1 to 4, and the average minimum aperture is 2.3.

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CMOS Sensor Type

This video camera has a cmos sensor type, which is typical of many video cameras of this age and type.

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13 Reasons Against

Poor Battery Life

A number of Panasonic HC-V270EB reviewers said in their reviews that the product did not have a good battery life. In August last year Djgreenuk wrote in their review on Amazon “That's it poor battery live -”. This month Htk Member wrote “It will still be muffled, even indoors Feels a bit too light & small to last very long Battery life is poor” in their Panasonic HC-V270EB review.

Difficult to Use

A number of Panasonic HC-V270EB owners concluded that it was not easy to use the menus. Djgreenuk and wrote “My only complaint (hence the 3 stars) is that the menus are woeful to navigate” in their review of the Panasonic HC-V270EB. In August Widget wrote on Amazon “Woeful menus” in their review of this camcorders and scored it 60 out of 100. Widget also said “The menu is so annoying, I'll go elsewhere”.

Very Short Battery Life

The shortest battery life of video cameras that were released more than two years ago is 0.083h, the longest is 5h, and the average battery life is 1.9h. With a battery life of only 0.16666666666667 hours, the HC-V270EB has one of the shorter battery lifes amongst video cameras of this age.

We compared this camcorder to all the other 0.16666666666667h battery life camcorders and we think because of it's better review score, the HP F-500 is also worth considering.

If you would prefer a video camera with a longer battery life then you might also want to consider the HDR-AZ1 (£259.99) (2h), or the HDR-AS200 (£229.99) (2h) both from Sony which also has a higher rating.

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Does Not Have an Interchangeable Lens

Most similar spec video cameras that have been available for around the same time as the HC-V270EB do not have an interchangeable lens. The Panasonic HC-V270EB is no exception to this as it too does not have an interchangeable lens.

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Very Short Maximum Focal Length

The HC-V270EB has a fairly short maximum focal length (only 2 millimeters) compared to most of the other video cameras of this spec and age. Across all the video cameras of a comparable age and type to the HC-V270EB the maximum focal lengths range from 0.5mm to 900mm.

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Quite Low Maximum Aperture Value

When compared to other camcorders of this type and age that we have checked the maximum aperture value of, the HC-V270EB's maximum aperture value of only 1.8 is one of the lowest. Across all the camcorders that have been on the market for around the same time as the HC-V270EB the maximum aperture values range from 1.8 to 22, and the average maximum aperture value is 5.2.

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Only Supports One Audio Format

The HC-V270EB has a greater number of audio formats than most video cameras that are a comparable age to it. The most frequently supported audio format is AAC++, but this audio format is not supported by this video camera. The audio formats aac are also supported by this Panasonic video camera.

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Not Waterproof

The Panasonic HC-V270EB is not waterproof. Most of the other video cameras that were released around the same time as the HC-V270EB are also not waterproof.

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Does Not Have a Night Mode

Like most of the other similar spec video cameras that are a comparable age to the HC-V270EB, the HC-V270EB does not have a night mode.

We compared all the other video cameras which also have a night mode to this video camera and we think the Transcend DrivePro 200 (£77.86), or the HP F-500 is also worth considering.

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Not 3D Compatible

Most comparable spec video cameras that have been around for around the same time as the HC-V270EB are not 3D compatible. The HC-V270EB is no exception to this as it too is not 3D compatible.

If you would prefer a video camera that is 3D compatible then you might also want to look at the Sony HDR-TD20VE (£999.00) which is also higher rated.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Projector

Most video cameras of this age and spec do not have a built-in projector. The HC-V270EB is no exception to this as it too does not have a built-in projector.

It is worth considering alternative video cameras which also have a built-in projector including the Sony HDR-PJ420 (£499.99).

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Very Long Minimum Focal Length

The HC-V270EB has a very long minimum focal length (103 millimeters) compared to most of the other video cameras that have been on the market for more than two years. The average minimum focal length of video cameras that were released more than two years ago is 23mm, and the minimum focal lengths range from 1.8mm to 110mm.

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Very Big Minimum Illumination

When compared to other similar spec camcorders that have been around for a comparable time to the HC-V270EB that we have checked the minimum illumination of, the Panasonic HC-V270EB's minimum illumination of 1,400 lux is one of the biggest. Across all the video cameras that are a comparable age to the HC-V270EB the minimum illumination range from 0.02lx to 1,400lx.

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3 Other reasons to consider the Panasonic HC-V270EB

Released Over Three Years Ago

Panasonic released the HC-V270EB over three years ago.

Average Weight

The Panasonic HC-V270EB has a fairly standard weight (216 grams) compared to most of the other comparable spec video cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to the HC-V270EB.

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Average Screen Size

At 2.6377967 inches, the HC-V270EB has a pretty average screen size compared to most of the other video cameras that were released more than two years ago.

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Specification

Image Sensor
Sensor Type
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Digital Zoom
Image Stabiliser
Interchangeable Lens
Image Stabiliser
Maximum Focal Length
Minimum Aperture
Minimum Focal Length
Maximum Aperture Value
Focal Length
Focal Length Range
Storage
Memory Card
Focusing
Focus Adjustment
Light Exposure
Scene Mode
White Balance
White Balance Mode
Flash
Built-In Flash
Built-In Light
Shutter
Video Shutter Speed
Shutter Speed
Display
Screen Size
Built-In Display
Touch Sensitive Screen
Viewfinder
Viewfinder Screen Size
Viewfinder
Camera
3D Compatible
Minimum Illumination
Design
Colour
Video
Full HD
Video Format
Video Resolution
Maximum Video Resolution
Still Image
Still Image Resolution
Audio
Audio Format
Audio System
Ports & Interfaces
HDMI Port
HDMI Port
USB 2.0 Port
USB Connector Type
Networking
WiFi
Near Field Communication
Battery
Battery Life
Battery Type
Battery
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Packaging Content
Cable Included
Other Features
Operating System
Lens Focal Range
Auto Focus
Manual Focus
Photo Mode
Spotlight
Interface
Cable
Aperture Range
The Windows Operating System
USB Connectivity
Audio Recording Format
Mac Operating Systems
Focal Length (35mm Film Equivalent)
USB Port
HDMI Out Port
Dimensions
USB Cable Included
USB 2.0 Connector
Waterproof
Video Compression Format
Display Diagonal
Wireless Connection
Projector
Built-In Projector
Technical Details
Touch Panel
Dimensions (WxHxD)
Shutter Speed
Built-In WiFi

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers hcv270, hcv270e, hcv270eb, hcv270ebk, panasonic hcv270, panasonic hcv270e, panasonic hcv270eb, panasonic hcv270ebk
Barcodes 05025232807741

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