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Panasonic HC-V510
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Panasonic HCV510EBK Camcorder

2.51MP 1/5.8 225g Feb 2013
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19 Reasons For

Good Brand

Panasonic is one of the better rated camcorder manufacturers according to average user and expert reviews, 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 comparable spec camcorders that were released more than two years ago.

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Fairly Big Optical Zoom

The optical zooms of camcorders of a comparable age and spec to the HC-V510 range from 10x to 78x, and the average optical zoom is 31x. The HC-V510 has one of the bigger optical zooms (62 times zoom factor) amongst video cameras of this age.

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Has an HDMI Port

has an HDMI port

The HC-V510 has an HDMI port, as do most of the other small sensor size camcorders that have been available for around the same time as the HC-V510.

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 Vixia HF M40, and the Legria HF R406 both from Canon or the Sony HVR-Z7 is also worth considering.

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Full HD

Full HD

The Panasonic HC-V510 is Full HD. Most of the other camcorders of this age and spec also are Full HD.

Other Full HD camcorders currently available that you might want to consider include because of it's better review score, the Canon Vixia HF M40.

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Has an Image Stabiliser

The HC-V510 has an image stabiliser, as do most of the other video cameras of a similar spec and age to the HC-V510.

Alternative camcorders with an image stabiliser currently available that you might want to look at include the Canon Vixia HF M40 which has better reviews.

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SDXC Memory Card

SDXC memory card

The HC-V510 supports an SDXC memory card which is better than the SD memory card supported by most similar spec video cameras that are a comparable age to it. This Panasonic camcorder 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).

An SDXC memory card is actually the best supported memory card type across all camcorders that were released more than two years ago.

A MicroSD (Transflash) memory card is the worst supported memory card type across comparable types of camcorder.

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

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Lithium Battery

This camcorder has a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion) battery, which is typical of many video cameras of a comparable spec and age to it.

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Fairly Long Maximum Focal Length

The maximum focal lengths of similar spec video cameras that have been available for a comparable time to the HC-V510 range from 22mm to 2,700mm, and the average maximum focal length is 1,100mm. With a maximum focal length of 1,748 millimeter, the HC-V510 has one of the longer maximum focal lengths amongst video cameras of this age.

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Has a Built-In Display

Like most of the other comparable spec video cameras that came out around the same time as the HC-V510, the Panasonic HC-V510 has a built-in display.

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Has Three White Balance Modes

The number of white balance modes found on the HC-V510 is more than most camcorders of this age and spec. This video camera has an Auto white balance mode, which is the most commonly found white balance mode found on camcorders that have been available for a similar time to the HC-V510. The white balance modes "Cloudy" and "Sunny" are also found on this camcorder.

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Fairly High Display Resolution

Across all the video cameras of this type and age the display resolutions range from 23,000 pixels to 1,300,000 pixels. With a display resolution of 460,800 pixels, the Panasonic HC-V510 has one of the higher display resolutions amongst similar spec video cameras of this age.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

This camcorder supports a video resolution of 960 x 540|1920 x 1080 pixels, which is the most frequently supported video resolution on similar spec camcorders that have been around for around the same time as it.

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4224 X 2376 Still Image Resolution

The HC-V510 supports a maximum still image resolution of 4224 x 2376. That's over four times the still image resolution of a 1920 x 1080 video camera, which is the most frequently found still image resolution supported by video cameras of this age and type. 1920 x 1080 is also supported by this video camera.

This video camera's still image resolution (4224 x 2376) is actually the best supported still image resolution amongst all video cameras that were released more than two years ago.

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

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Quite High Movie Megapixel Count

The movie megapixel counts of camcorders of this age and type range from 0.41MP to 3MP, and the average movie megapixel count is 1.9MP. With a movie megapixel count of 2.25 megapixels, the Panasonic HC-V510 has a fairly high movie megapixel count compared to most of the other small sensor size camcorders that are a similar age to the HC-V510.

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4224 X 2376 Pixels Maximum Image Resolution

The HC-V510 has a maximum maximum image resolution of 4224 x 2376 pixels. That's over four times the maximum image resolution of a 1920 x 1080 pixels camcorder, which is the most common maximum image resolution.

This video camera's maximum image resolution (4224 x 2376 pixels) is in fact the best maximum image resolution across all video cameras of a comparable type and age to the HC-V510.

A 640 x 480 pixels maximum image resolution is the worst maximum image resolution amongst similar types of video camera.

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Quite High Megapixel Count

The average megapixel count of small sensor size camcorders that have been on the market for a similar time to the HC-V510 is 2.5MP. With a megapixel count of 2.25 megapixels, the Panasonic HC-V510 has one of the higher megapixel counts amongst video cameras of this age.

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JPG Image Format

This video camera has a JPG image format, which is typical of many small sensor size camcorders that have been around for a similar time to it.

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Quite Short Minimum Focal Length

With a minimum focal length of only 28 millimeters, the HC-V510 has a fairly short minimum focal length compared to most of the other camcorders of a similar age and type to the HC-V510. The average minimum focal length of video cameras that have been around for around the same time as the HC-V510 is 33mm, and the minimum focal lengths range from 10mm to 44mm.

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7 Reasons Against

Does Not Have an Interchangeable Lens

The Panasonic HC-V510 does not have an interchangeable lens. Most of the other video cameras that are a similar age to the HC-V510 also do not have an interchangeable lens.

There are a number of other video cameras which also have an interchangeable lens which you might also want to consider including the Sony HVR-Z7 which also has a higher rating.

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Very Small Digital Zoom

With a digital zoom of only 150 times zoom factor, the HC-V510 has one of the smaller digital zooms amongst small sensor size camcorders of this age. Across all the camcorders of this age and spec the digital zooms range from 1.5x to 3,500x, and the average digital zoom is 800x.

If you want a video camera with a bigger digital zoom then you might want to look at the Canon Legria HF R406 (1,060x and higher rated).

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Does Not Have a Night Mode

Like most of the other similar spec video cameras that have been around for around the same time as the HC-V510, the HC-V510 does not have a night mode.

We compared all the other video cameras which also have a night mode to this camcorder and we think the Canon Legria HF M52 is also worth considering.

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Not 3D Compatible

The HC-V510 is not 3D compatible, although it is worth noting that most of the other camcorders that were launched around the same time as the HC-V510 are also not 3D compatible.

If you are looking for a camcorder that is 3D compatible then you might want to look at the Canon XF105 (£1,799.00).

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Does Not Have a Built-In Projector

The Panasonic HC-V510 does not have a built-in projector. Most of the other small sensor size camcorders that have been on the market for around the same time as the HC-V510 also do not have a built-in projector.

We compared this camcorder to all the other video cameras with a built-in projector and we think the Sony HDR-PJ320 (£329.99) is also worth considering.

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Not Waterproof

The HC-V510 is not waterproof. Most of the other camcorders of a similar age and spec to the HC-V510 are also not waterproof.

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Only Hybrid Image Stabiliser

The Panasonic HC-V510 has a better image stabiliser type than most small sensor size camcorders that have been around for a comparable time to it. This Panasonic camcorder has a Hybrid image stabiliser, whereas most comparable spec camcorders that were launched around the same time as it have an Optical image stabiliser. Hybrid image stabilisation combines optical and digital image stabilisation. Across all small sensor size camcorders that were released around the same time as the HC-V510 the worst image stabiliser type is Digital and the best is Optical.

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4 Other reasons to consider the Panasonic HC-V510

Released Over Three Years Ago

This camcorder has been on the market for over three years.

Average Screen Size

At 3 inches, the HC-V510 has a pretty standard screen size compared to most of the other video cameras of this type and age.

We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative 3" screen size video cameras currently available including because of it's better review score, the Vixia HF M40, or the Legria HF R38 both from Canon.

If you want a camcorder with a larger screen size then you might also want to look at the Canon XF105 (£1,799.00) (3.5" and higher rated).

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Average Weight

The HC-V510 has a fairly average weight (225 grams) compared to most of the other small sensor size camcorders that have been available for around the same time as the HC-V510.

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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 commonly found optical sensor size on camcorders of a comparable age and type 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
Interchangeable Lens
Image Stabiliser
Maximum Focal Length
Minimum Aperture
Minimum Focal Length
Maximum Aperture Value
Focal Length Range
Storage
Memory Card Slot
Memory Card
Storage Media Type
Focusing
Focus Adjustment
White Balance
White Balance Mode
Shutter
Video Shutter Speed
Photo Shutter Speed
Display
Screen Size
Built-In Display
Display Resolution
Display
Camera
Camcorder Type
Minimum Illumination
On Screen Display Language
Design
Colour
Video
Full HD
HD Type
Video Format
Video Resolution
Maximum Video Resolution
Still Image
Image Format
Still Image Resolution
Maximum Image Resolution
Audio
Built-In Speaker
Built-In Microphone
Audio System
Ports & Interfaces
HDMI Port
USB 2.0 Port
Mini HDMI Port
Networking
WiFi
Near Field Communication
Battery
Battery Voltage
Battery Capacity
Battery
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Packaging Content
Included Battery
Quick Start Guide
Bundled Software
Cable Included
AC Adapter Included
Warranty Card
Other Features
Photo Mode
The Windows Operating System
AV Output

Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers hcv510egk, hcv510ebr, panasonic hcv510, panasonic hcv510e, panasonic hcv510eb, panasonic hcv510ebr, panasonic hcv510ebk
Barcodes 05025232723027, 05025232723034, 05025232723072, 05025232723102

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