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2.51MP 1/5.8 264g MOS BSI Jan 2016
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11 Reasons For

Popular Choice

Across all video cameras, the HC-W580 is one the top selling products currently on sale according to Amazon sales data.

Panasonic Has Good Reviews for Its Video Cameras

Small sensor size camcorders produced by Panasonic have good ratings on average. We also checked the reviews for all camcorders (not just small sensor size camcorders) and found that Panasonic also has good ratings across its entire range.

£25.99 Price Drop

In the last month the HC-W580 has dropped in price by £25.99.

Very Big Digital Zoom

The average digital zoom of small sensor size camcorders that have been on the market for a similar time to the HC-W580 is 760x. With a digital zoom of 3,000 times zoom factor, the Panasonic HC-W580 has one of the biggest digital zooms amongst small sensor size camcorders of this age.

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Has an Image Stabiliser

Like most of the other video cameras that have been available for around the same time as the HC-W580, the HC-W580 has an image stabiliser.

We compared this video camera to all the other video cameras with an image stabiliser and we think because of it's better review score, the Sony HDR-CX450[plb_3226938_price] is also worth considering.

Alternative camcorders which also have an image stabiliser that you might want to consider include the Canon Legria HF R76[plb_3192649_price], or the Panasonic HC-V380[plb_3189445_price].

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Has an HDMI Port

has an HDMI port

The Panasonic HC-W580 has an HDMI port. Most of the other comparable spec video cameras that are a similar age to the HC-W580 also have an HDMI port.

There are a number of alternative camcorders with an HDMI port currently available which you might also want to look at including the Sony HDR-CX450[plb_3226938_price] which has better reviews.

It is worth considering other video cameras which also have an HDMI port including the Canon Legria HF R76[plb_3192649_price], or the Panasonic HC-V380[plb_3189445_price].

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Very Big Optical Zoom

At 50 times zoom factor, the HC-W580 has a very big optical zoom compared to most of the other small sensor size camcorders that were released in the last year. The optical zooms of latest camcorders range from 20x to 50x.

We think you might also be interested in some of the other 50x (optical) video cameras currently available including the Panasonic HC-V180[plb_3191135_price] which is cheaper.

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SDXC Memory Card

SDXC memory card

The HC-W580 supports a better memory card type than most latest small sensor size camcorders. This Panasonic camcorder supports an SDXC memory card, whereas most newly released similar spec camcorders support an SDHC memory card. This video camera also 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).

This video camera's memory card type (SDXC) is actually the best supported memory card type amongst all comparable spec camcorders that are a similar age to the HC-W580.

Amongst comparable types of video camera the worst supported memory card type is SD.

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

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Has a Built-In Display

The HC-W580 has a built-in display. Most of the other small sensor size camcorders that came out in the last 12 months also have a built-in display.

Other camcorders with a built-in display currently available which you might want to look at include because of it's better review score, the Sony HDR-CX450[plb_3226938_price].

There are a number of other camcorders which also have a built-in display that you might also want to consider including the Canon Legria HF R76[plb_3192649_price], or the Panasonic HC-V380[plb_3189445_price].

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

The HC-W580 supports a higher video resolution than most similar spec video cameras that came out around the same time as it. This video camera supports a 1920 x 1080 pixels video resolution, whereas most new small sensor size camcorders support a 1280 x 720 pixels video resolution.

A 1920 x 1080 pixels video resolution is in fact the best supported video resolution across all comparable spec video cameras that are a similar age to the HC-W580.

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

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1920 X 1080 Still Image Resolution

The highest still image resolution supported by the Panasonic HC-W580 is 1920 x 1080. That's over six times the still image resolution of the most frequently found still image resolution of 640 x 480 (which is also supported by this video camera). This camcorder also support still image resolutions of 4224 x 2376, 3408 x 2272 and 1728 x 1152 and 3136 x 2352.

A 1920 x 1080 still image resolution is in fact the best supported still image resolution amongst all recently released small sensor size camcorders.

The worst supported still image resolution amongst similar types of camcorder is 640 x 480.

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8 Reasons Against

Not Full HD

The HC-W580 is not Full HD. Most of the other small sensor size camcorders that were released in the last year are also not Full HD.

If you would prefer a camcorder that is Full HD then you might also want to consider the Sony HDR-CX450[plb_3226938_price] which is also higher rated.

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Does Not Have an Interchangeable Lens

Like most of the other small sensor size camcorders that have been on the market for a comparable time to the HC-W580, the HC-W580 does not have an interchangeable lens.

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Not 3D Compatible

The Panasonic HC-W580 is not 3D compatible. Most of the other latest small sensor size camcorders are also not 3D compatible.

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Does Not Have a Night Mode

The HC-W580 does not have a night mode. Most of the other new video cameras also do not have a night mode.

It is worth also looking at alternative camcorders which also have a night mode including the Canon Legria HF R76[plb_3192649_price].

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Not Waterproof

The HC-W580 is not waterproof. Most of the other comparable spec video cameras that have been on the market for the last year are also not waterproof.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Projector

The HC-W580 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-W580 also do not have a built-in projector.

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Very Low Megapixel Count

The HC-W580 has one of the lower megapixel counts (only 1.67 megapixels) amongst similar spec camcorders of this age. Across all the latest small sensor size camcorders the megapixel counts range from 1.6MP to 3MP.

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Very Short Maximum Focal Length

Across all the small sensor size camcorders that have been around for around the same time as the HC-W580 the maximum focal lengths range from 16mm to 1,900mm, and the average maximum focal length is 1,200mm. At only 103 millimeters, the Panasonic HC-W580 has a quite short maximum focal length compared to most of the other small sensor size camcorders that have been on the market for around the same time as the HC-W580.

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5 Other reasons to consider the Panasonic HC-W580

Released Eleven Months Ago

This small sensor size camcorder has been on the market for eleven months.

Full HD HD Type

The HD type of this camcorder is Full HD, which is the most frequently found HD type on camcorders that have been available for a comparable time to it.

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Average Screen Size

With a screen size of 3 inches, the Panasonic HC-W580 has a fairly typical screen size compared to most of the other latest small sensor size camcorders.

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Average Weight

At 264 grams, the Panasonic HC-W580 has a relatively typical weight compared to most of the other recently released camcorders.

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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 recently released comparable spec camcorders.

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Specification

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Sensor Size
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Megapixel Count
Movie Megapixel Count
Lens System
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Digital Zoom
Image Stabiliser
Maximum Focal Length
Minimum Focal Length
Focal Length
Focal Length Range
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Memory Card
Storage Media Type
Focusing
Focus Adjustment
Display
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Built-In Display
Touch Sensitive Screen
Display
Camera
Camcorder Type
Minimum Illumination
Design
Colour
Video
HD Type
Video Format
Video Resolution
Maximum Video Resolution
Still Image
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
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Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Packaging Content
Included Battery
Quick Start Guide
AC Adapter Included
Warranty Card
Technical Details
USB Charging

Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers panasonic hcw580, panasonic hcw580k, focus camera hcw580, focus camera hcw580k, focus camera hcw580k1, focus camera hcw580k2, focus camera apanhcw580k1
Barcodes 00008.8517E+11, 00636156027730, 00636156027747, 00885170266094, 05025232836871

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