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2.51MP 1/5.8 252g Jan 2016
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Panasonic Camcorders Have Good Reviews

We checked 123 expert and user reviews for Panasonic camcorders and found that on average Panasonic has good ratings. We also found that Panasonic has good ratings specifically within its small sensor size camcorders range.

Full HD

Full HD

Unlike most of the other video cameras that have been available for a comparable time to the HC-V380 which are not Full HD, the HC-V380 is Full HD.

Other Full HD camcorders currently available that you might want to look at include the Sony HDR-CX450[plb_3226938_price] which has better reviews.

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Fairly Big Digital Zoom

The average digital zoom of comparable spec camcorders that have been around for the last year is 760x. With a digital zoom of 3,000 times zoom factor, the Panasonic HC-V380 has a quite big digital zoom compared to most of the other small sensor size camcorders that are a comparable age to the HC-V380.

It may also be worth considering one of the other 3,000x (digital) camcorders currently available including the Panasonic HC-W580[plb_3189444_price] which is cheaper.

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Has an Image Stabiliser

The HC-V380 has an image stabiliser. Most of the other latest small sensor size camcorders also have an image stabiliser.

We compared this camcorder to all the other camcorders with an image stabiliser and we think the Sony HDR-CX450[plb_3226938_price] which has better reviews; or the Panasonic HC-W580[plb_3189444_price], and the Canon Legria HF R76[plb_3192649_price] which is cheaper are also worth considering.

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Has an HDMI Port

has an HDMI port

The Panasonic HC-V380 has an HDMI port. Most of the other small sensor size camcorders that have been available for around the same time as the HC-V380 also have an HDMI port.

Other camcorders with an HDMI port currently available that you might also want to consider include the Panasonic HC-W580[plb_3189444_price], or the Canon Legria HF R76[plb_3192649_price] which is cheaper; or the Sony HDR-CX450[plb_3226938_price] which has better reviews.

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Quite Big Optical Zoom

With an optical zoom of 50 times zoom factor, the Panasonic HC-V380 has a quite big optical zoom compared to most of the other small sensor size camcorders that have been on the market for around the same time as the HC-V380. Across all the small sensor size camcorders that are a comparable age to the HC-V380 the optical zooms range from 20x to 50x, and the average optical zoom is 32x.

We compared this camcorder to all the other 50x (optical) video cameras and we think the HC-W580[pl_3189444_price], and the HC-V180[pl_3191135_price] both from Panasonic which is cheaper is also worth considering.

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SDXC Memory Card

SDXC memory card

The HC-V380 supports an SDXC memory card which is better than most small sensor size camcorders that were launched in the last year. Most small sensor size camcorders that were launched around the same time as it support an SDHC memory card. In addition, this camcorder 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 actually the best supported memory card type across all recently released small sensor size camcorders.

The worst supported memory card type across 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

Like most of the other comparable spec camcorders that came out around the same time as the HC-V380, the Panasonic HC-V380 has a built-in display.

It may also be worth also looking at one of the alternative camcorders with a built-in display currently available including the Panasonic HC-W580[plb_3189444_price], or the Canon Legria HF R76[plb_3192649_price] which is cheaper; or the Sony HDR-CX450[plb_3226938_price] which has better reviews.

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1080p Video Mode

The HC-V380 has a better video mode than most new small sensor size camcorders. This video camera has a 1080p video mode, whereas most recently released video cameras have a 720p video mode. In addition, this Panasonic video camera has a 480p video mode.

This video camera's video mode (1080p) is in fact the best video mode across all camcorders that are a comparable age to the HC-V380.

A 720p video mode is the worst video mode across comparable types of video camera.

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Has Four White Balance Modes

The HC-V380 has a greater number of white balance modes than most video cameras that have been available for 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 latest comparable spec camcorders. 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-V380 supports a higher video resolution than most video cameras that were launched around the same time as it. This video camera supports a 1920 x 1080 pixels video resolution, whereas most camcorders that have been on the market for a similar time to it support a 1280 x 720 pixels video resolution. This Panasonic camcorder 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 new camcorders.

A 1280 x 720 pixels video resolution is the worst supported video resolution across comparable types of camcorder.

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1920 X 1080 Still Image Resolution

The Panasonic HC-V380 supports a maximum still image resolution of 1920 x 1080. That's over six times the still image resolution of a 640 x 480 video camera, which is the most frequently found still image resolution supported by latest small sensor size camcorders. 640 x 480 is also supported by this video camera. In addition, this Panasonic video camera 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 across all recently released small sensor size camcorders.

Across similar types of video camera the worst supported still image resolution is 640 x 480.

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10 Reasons Against

Price Has Increased by £11.99

In the last 56 days the price of the HC-V380 has increased by £11.99.

Does Not Have an Interchangeable Lens

Like most of the other latest small sensor size camcorders, the Panasonic HC-V380 does not have an interchangeable lens.

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Very Short Battery Life

Across all the small sensor size camcorders that were released around the same time as the HC-V380 the battery lifes range from 1.2h to 7.2h. The HC-V380 has one of the shorter battery lifes (only 1.25 hours) amongst small sensor size camcorders of this age.

We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative 1.25h battery life camcorders currently available including the Panasonic HC-V180[plb_3191135_price] which is cheaper.

If this video camera battery life is not long enough for you then you might want to consider the HF R706[pl_3935505_price] (2.55h), or the Legria HF R76[pl_3192649_price] (2.9h) both from Canon which is also cheaper.

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Not 3D Compatible

The Panasonic HC-V380 is not 3D compatible, although this is within the context that most of the other comparable spec camcorders that were launched around the same time as the HC-V380 are also not 3D compatible.

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Does Not Have a Night Mode

Most video cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to the HC-V380 do not have a night mode. The HC-V380 is no exception to this as it too does not have a night mode.

Other camcorders which also have a night mode that you might want to consider include the Canon Legria HF R76[plb_3192649_price].

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Not Waterproof

Like most of the other new small sensor size camcorders, the Panasonic HC-V380 is not waterproof.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Projector

The HC-V380 does not have a built-in projector. Most of the other comparable spec video cameras that were launched in the last year also do not have a built-in projector.

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Very Low Megapixel Count

With a megapixel count of only 1.67 megapixels, the HC-V380 has a fairly low megapixel count compared to most of the other recently released small sensor size camcorders. Across all the recently released video cameras the megapixel counts range from 1.6MP to 3MP.

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Only One Memory Card Slot

The HC-V380 is a one memory card slot video camera.

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Quite Big Minimum Illumination

The smallest minimum illumination of small sensor size camcorders that came out around the same time as the HC-V380 is 0.1lx and the biggest is 4lx. With a minimum illumination of 4 lux, the HC-V380 has a quite big minimum illumination compared to most of the other new similar spec camcorders.

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5 Other reasons to consider the Panasonic HC-V380

Released Eleven Months Ago

Panasonic released the HC-V380 eleven months ago.

Full HD HD Type

The HD type of this video camera is Full HD, which is typical of many small sensor size camcorders that were released in the last year.

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Average Screen Size

At 3 inches, the HC-V380 has a relatively average screen size compared to most of the other new small sensor size camcorders.

We compared this camcorder to all the other 3" screen size camcorders and we think the Panasonic HC-W580[plb_3189444_price], and the Canon Legria HF R76[plb_3192649_price] which is cheaper is also worth considering.

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Average Weight

With a weight of 252 grams, the HC-V380 has a relatively average weight compared to most of the other small sensor size camcorders that were launched around the same time as the HC-V380.

Other camcorders with a heavier weight that you might want to look at include the Panasonic HC-W580[plb_3189444_price] (264g and cheaper).

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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 similar spec video cameras that came out around the same time as 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 Slot
Memory Card
Storage Media Type
File System
Focusing
Focus Adjustment
White Balance
White Balance Mode
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
Full HD
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
Networking
WiFi
WiFi Type
Battery
Battery Life
Battery Voltage
Battery Capacity
Charging Source
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

Manufacturer Part Numbers panasonic hcv380, panasonic n158164, panasonic hcv380k, panasonic hcv380e, panasonic hcv380eb, panasonic n158164w, panasonic hcv380ebk
Barcodes 00885170266063, 05025232836826

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£ 189.15 £229.98
Nine Times Smaller Minimum Illumination
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24% Bigger Sensor Size
Higher Megapixel Count
Significantly Smaller Digital Zoom
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£ 150.00 £229.98
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Higher Megapixel Count
Smaller Digital Zoom
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£ 83.49 £229.98
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