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Panasonic HC-V500
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Panasonic HC-V500 Camcorder

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1.5MP 1/5.8 227g MOS Aug 2014
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Intelligent 50x Zoom The V500/V500M feature an Intelligent Zoom function that goes all the way upTo 50x. When using Intelligent Zoom, Intelligent Resolution technology lets you shootAt high zoom... More
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One Industry Award

Camcorderinfo.com gave this camcorder a "Best of Year" award.

Expert Reviews Are Good

Expert review site camcorderinfo.com scored this small sensor size camcorder 82%. Camcorder experts think this video camera is one of the better video cameras that came out more than two years ago.

Panasonic Video Cameras Have Good Reviews

Panasonic is one of the superior video camera brands according to average reviews from owners and experts, and Panasonic also has good ratings for its small sensor size camcorders.

Full HD HD Type

The HD type of this camcorder is Full HD, which is typical of many small sensor size camcorders that are a similar age to it.

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Fairly Big Digital Zoom

The smallest digital zoom of camcorders of this type and age is 1.5x, the biggest is 3,500x, and the average digital zoom is 800x. At 2,500 times zoom factor, the HC-V500 has a quite big digital zoom compared to most of the other video cameras that have been available for a similar time to the HC-V500.

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Full HD

Full HD

The Panasonic HC-V500 is Full HD. Most of the other camcorders of this type and age also are Full HD.

We compared all the other Full HD camcorders to this camcorder and we think the Legria HF M52[pl_389042_price], the Legria HF G10[pl_1059637_price], and the Legria HF M56[pl_1260566_price] all from Canon which has better reviews is also worth considering.

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Has an HDMI Port

has an HDMI port

The HC-V500 has an HDMI port. Most of the other camcorders of a similar spec and age to the HC-V500 also have an HDMI port.

We compared this camcorder to all the other video cameras with an HDMI port and we think because of it's better review score, the Legria HF M52[pl_389042_price], the Legria HF G10[pl_1059637_price], and the Legria HF M56[pl_1260566_price] all from Canon is also worth considering.

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Has an Image Stabiliser

Like most of the other camcorders of this age and spec, the HC-V500 has an image stabiliser.

We think you might also be interested in some of the other video cameras with an image stabiliser currently available including the Legria HF M52[pl_389042_price], the Legria HF G10[pl_1059637_price], or the Legria HF M56[pl_1260566_price] all from Canon which has better reviews.

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SDXC Memory Card

SDXC memory card

The HC-V500 supports an SDXC memory card which is better than the SD memory card supported by most comparable spec camcorders that have been on the market for a similar time to it. This video camera also 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 in fact the best supported memory card type amongst all small sensor size camcorders that have been around for more than two years.

Amongst similar types of camcorder the worst supported memory card type is MicroSD (Transflash).

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

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Has a Night Mode

Unlike most of the other similar spec video cameras that were launched around the same time as the HC-V500 which do not have a night mode, the HC-V500 has a night mode.

Alternative video cameras with a night mode currently available that you might want to look at include the Legria HF M52[pl_389042_price], or the Legria HF M56[pl_1260566_price] both from Canon which has better reviews.

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Lithium Battery

This camcorder has a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion) battery, which is the most frequently found battery on small sensor size camcorders that have been on the market for around the same time as it.

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1080i Video Mode

1920 pixels × 1080 lines (2.1 megapixels), and a temporal resolution of 50 or 60 interlaced fields per second. Across all camcorders that have been around for a similar time to the HC-V500 the worst video mode is 540p and the best is 1080p.

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Has a Built-In Display

The HC-V500 has a built-in display, as do most of the other comparable spec video cameras that have been on the market for more than two years.

Other video cameras with a built-in display currently available that you might also want to consider include the Legria HF M52[pl_389042_price], the Legria HF G10[pl_1059637_price], or the Legria HF M56[pl_1260566_price] all from Canon which has better reviews.

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Has Three White Balance Modes

The HC-V500 has a greater number of white balance modes than most camcorders of this age and spec. This video camera has an Auto white balance mode, which is the most frequently found white balance mode found on comparable spec video cameras that have been around for around the same time as the HC-V500. The white balance modes "Cloudy" and "Sunny" are also found on this Panasonic video camera.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

This video camera supports a video resolution of 960 x 540|1920 x 1080 pixels, which is the most frequently supported video resolution on small sensor size camcorders that are a similar age to it.

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Fairly Big Bitrate At Maximum Video Resolution

The HC-V500 has a quite big bitrate at maximum video resolution (28 megabits per second) compared to most of the other video cameras of this type and age. Across all the small sensor size camcorders that are a similar age to the HC-V500 the bitrates at maximum video resolution range from 2.5 Mbit/s to 35 Mbit/s.

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JPG Image Format

This camcorder has a JPG image format, which is the most frequently found image format on small sensor size camcorders that have been available for around the same time as it.

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2304 X 1296 Pixels Maximum Image Resolution

The HC-V500 has a maximum maximum image resolution of 2304 x 1296 pixels. That's 44% more maximum image resolution than the most common maximum image resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. The best maximum image resolution of all video cameras of a similar type and age to the HC-V500 is 4224 x 2376 pixels and the worst is 640 x 480 pixels.

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Very Small

The smallest similar spec video camera that came out more than two years ago is 27mm deep, the biggest is 1,200mm, and the average depth is 140mm. The HC-V500 is quite small (only 65 millimeters) compared to most of the other small sensor size camcorders that have been around for a comparable time to the HC-V500.

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Small

The heights of camcorders that are a similar age to the HC-V500 range from 19mm to 920mm, and the average height is 82mm. At only 52.5 millimeters, the HC-V500 is quite small compared to most of the other small sensor size camcorders that are a comparable age to the HC-V500.

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8 Reasons Against

Does Not Have an Interchangeable Lens

The HC-V500 does not have an interchangeable lens. Most of the other small sensor size camcorders that have been around for more than two years also do not have an interchangeable lens.

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Very Low Megapixel Count

With a megapixel count of only 1.3 megapixels, the Panasonic HC-V500 has one of the lower megapixel counts amongst video cameras of this age. The lowest megapixel count of small sensor size camcorders that came out more than two years ago is 1.1MP and the highest is 10MP.

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Quite Low Movie Megapixel Count

The Panasonic HC-V500 has a fairly low movie megapixel count (only 1.3 megapixels) compared to most of the other video cameras of this age and spec. Across all the small sensor size camcorders that were released more than two years ago the movie megapixel counts range from 0.41MP to 3MP, and the average movie megapixel count is 1.9MP.

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Only 2064 X 1376 Still Image Resolution

The highest still image resolution supported by the Panasonic HC-V500 is 2064 x 1376. That's 66% less still image resolution than a 3840 x 2160 video camera, which is the most common still image resolution supported by similar spec camcorders that have been around for more than two years. This camcorder also support still image resolutions of 640 x 480 and 1856 x 1392 and 1920 x 1080. Across all camcorders that were released more than two years ago the worst still image resolution is 640 x 360 and the best is 6016 x 4016.

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Not 3D Compatible

Like most of the other video cameras of this spec and age, the HC-V500 is not 3D compatible.

If you want a camcorder that is 3D compatible then you might also want to consider the Canon XF105[plb_2074823_price] which is also higher rated.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Projector

Most small sensor size camcorders that have been on the market for more than two years do not have a built-in projector. The HC-V500 is no exception to this as it too does not have a built-in projector.

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Not Waterproof

The Panasonic HC-V500 is not waterproof. Most of the other video cameras of a comparable spec and age to the HC-V500 are also not waterproof.

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Fairly High Typical Power Consumption

Similar spec video cameras that have been available for a comparable time to the HC-V500 have typical power consumption of between 1.8W and 12W. At 7.7 Watts, the Panasonic HC-V500 has a quite high typical power consumption compared to most of the other video cameras of a similar age and spec to the HC-V500.

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5 Other reasons to consider the Panasonic HC-V500

Released Over Four Years Ago

This Panasonic camcorder was released over four years ago.

Average Screen Size

At 3 inches, the HC-V500 has a relatively standard screen size compared to most of the other similar spec video cameras that are a comparable age to the HC-V500.

There are a number of alternative 3" screen size video cameras currently available which you might want to consider including the Canon Legria HF M52[plb_389042_price] which has better reviews.

If you want a camcorder with a larger screen size then you might want to look at the Legria HF G10[pl_1059637_price] (3.5"), or the XA10[pl_1476816_price] (3.5") both from Canon which also has a higher rating.

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Average Optical Zoom

At 38 times zoom factor, the HC-V500 has a pretty standard optical zoom compared to most of the other small sensor size camcorders that have been available for around the same time as the HC-V500.

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Average Weight

The HC-V500 has a fairly typical weight (227 grams) compared to most of the other camcorders of a comparable spec and age to the HC-V500.

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1/5.8" Optical Sensor Size

This camcorder has a 1/5.8" optical sensor size, which is typical of many small sensor size camcorders that were launched around the same time as 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
Digital Zoom
Image Stabiliser
Interchangeable Lens
Minimum Aperture
Maximum Aperture Value
Focal Length
Focal Length Range
Storage
Memory Card Slot
Memory Card
Storage Media Type
File System
Focusing
Focus Adjustment
Light Exposure
White Balance
Indoor White Balance
White Balance Mode
Flash
Built-In Flash
Built-In Light
Shutter
Shutter Speed
Display
Screen Size
Built-In Display
Display Resolution
Display
Viewfinder
Camera
Camcorder Type
3D Compatible
On Screen Display
Minimum Illumination
On Screen Display Language
Playback
Design
LED Indicator
Colour
Video
HD Type
Bitrate At Maximum Video Resolution
Video Mode
Video Format
Video Resolution
Maximum Video Resolution
Still Image
Image Format
Still Image Resolution
Maximum Image Resolution
Audio
Audio Format
Built-In Speaker
Built-In Microphone
Audio System
Ports & Interfaces
HDMI Port
DC-In Jack
USB 2.0 Port
S-Video Out Port
PictBridge
Networking
Battery
Battery Voltage
Battery
Operational Conditions
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Packaging Content
Included Battery
Quick Start Guide
Bundled Software
Cable Included
AC Adapter Included
Other Features
AV Output
Projector
Technical Details
Technical Details

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Expert Reviews

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The Panasonic HC-V500M builds its reputation from its extensive set of controls and features. The Panasonic HC-V500M is a fine entry-level camcorder, and it has plenty of updates over the...

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6 November 2012

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Sophisticated optical image stabilisation
Lots of manual features
Decent image quality
Light form factor
Loaded with helpful features
No accessory shoe or audio minijacks
Not quite budget pricing
Weak image quality
Lack of detail in footage
Bad autofocus

Brochures and Manuals

+- Manufacturer's Description

Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers hcv500, hcv500m, hcv500egr, hcv500egs, hcv500eps, hcv500egk, hcv500megk, 5025232661831, panasonic hcv500, panasonic hcv500m
Barcodes 05025232661688, 05025232661718, 05025232661749, 05025232661756, 05025232661763, 05025232661770, 05025232661794, 05025232661824, 05025232661831, 05025232661855, 05025232661862

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