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Panasonic HC-W850
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Panasonic HCW850EBK Camcorder

12.76MP 1/2.3 360g BSI Mar 2014
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15 Reasons For

Good Expert Reviews

This video camera received an expert rating of 85% from webnews.it.

Excellent User Reviews

On average, based on 6 user reviews the average user rating of this Panasonic camcorder is 90 out of 100.

Good Brand

We checked 123 expert and user reviews for Panasonic camcorders and found that on average Panasonic has good reviews compared to other brands. We also found that Panasonic has good reviews specifically for its big sensor size video cameras.

Very Big Digital Zoom

With a digital zoom of 1,500 times zoom factor, the HC-W850 has a very big digital zoom compared to most of the other camcorders of a similar type and age to the HC-W850. The smallest digital zoom of big sensor size video cameras that are a similar age to the HC-W850 is 2x, the biggest is 1,500x, and the average digital zoom is 160x.

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Has an Image Stabiliser

The HC-W850 has an image stabiliser. Most of the other big sensor size video cameras that are a similar age to the HC-W850 also have an image stabiliser.

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Full HD

Full HD

The HC-W850 is Full HD, as are most of the other camcorders of this age and type.

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Has an HDMI Port

has an HDMI port

The Panasonic HC-W850 has an HDMI port. Most of the other similar spec camcorders that were launched around the same time as the HC-W850 also have an HDMI port.

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SDXC Memory Card

SDXC memory card

The HC-W850 supports an SDXC memory card which is better than the SDHC memory card supported by most similar spec video cameras that were released around the same time as it. In addition, this video camera 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 camcorder's memory card type (SDXC) is actually the best supported memory card type amongst all camcorders of this spec and age.

Amongst comparable types of camcorder the worst supported memory card type is MS Pro-HG.

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

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5472 X 3648 Still Image Resolution

The HC-W850 supports a maximum still image resolution of 5472 x 3648. That's over two times the still image resolution of a 3840 x 2160 video camera, which is the most common still image resolution supported by video cameras that have been available for more than two years. This video camera also support still image resolutions of 6528x3672, 4736x2664, 1920x1080, 5472x3648, 3984x2656, 1728x1152, 4896x3672 and 3624x2448 and 640x480. Across all camcorders that were released more than two years ago the still image resolution ranges from 640 x 360 (worst) to 6016 x 4016 (best).

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6528 X 3672 Pixels Maximum Image Resolution

The HC-W850 has a maximum maximum image resolution of 6528 x 3672 pixels. That's over twelve times the maximum image resolution of the most frequently found maximum image resolution of 1600 x 1200 pixels. The maximum image resolution of all video cameras of a comparable spec and age to the HC-W850 ranges from 640 x 480 pixels (worst) to 6592 x 3712 pixels (best).

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Has a Built-In Display

The HC-W850 has a built-in display. Most of the other comparable spec camcorders that came out more than two years ago also have a built-in display.

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Has Four White Balance Modes

The number of white balance modes found on the HC-W850 is more than most big sensor size video cameras that have been around for more than two years. This video camera has an Auto white balance mode, which is the most commonly found white balance mode found on video cameras that are a similar age to the HC-W850. The white balance modes "Cloudy", "Indoor" 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|1280 x 720|1920 x 1080 pixels, which is the most frequently supported video resolution on video cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to it.

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Quite Small Minimum Illumination

The average minimum illumination of camcorders that are a comparable age to the HC-W850 is 5.2lx. The minimum illumination of the Panasonic HC-W850 of only 1 lux is one of the smallest amongst big sensor size video cameras that were released more than two years ago.

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2/3" Optical Sensor Size

This camcorder has a 1/2.3" optical sensor size, which is typical of many big sensor size video cameras that were released around the same time as it.

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8 Reasons Against

Does Not Have an Interchangeable Lens

Like most of the other camcorders of a comparable age and type to the HC-W850, the HC-W850 does not have an interchangeable lens.

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Very Low Maximum Aperture Value

The lowest maximum aperture value of comparable spec camcorders that were released more than two years ago is 1.6, the highest is 10, and the average maximum aperture value is 4. At only 1.8, the HC-W850 has a fairly low maximum aperture value compared to most of the other comparable spec camcorders that were released more than two years ago.

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Not 3D Compatible

The Panasonic HC-W850 is not 3D compatible. Most of the other video cameras that have been around for around the same time as the HC-W850 are also not 3D compatible.

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Does Not Have a Night Mode

The HC-W850 does not have a night mode. Most of the other video cameras that came out more than two years ago also do not have a night mode.

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Not Waterproof

The HC-W850 is not waterproof. Most of the other big sensor size video cameras that were launched more than two years ago are also not waterproof.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Projector

The HC-W850 does not have a built-in projector. Most of the other video cameras of this spec and age also do not have a built-in projector.

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Only Has Two Cables Included

The number of included cables found on the HC-W850 is more than most big sensor size video cameras that have been around for a similar time to it. This video camera has a USB cable included, which is the most frequently found cable included found on camcorders of this age and type. The cable included "HDMI" is also found on this Panasonic video camera.

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Very Low Megapixel Count

The HC-W850 has one of the lower megapixel counts (only 5.21 megapixels) amongst big sensor size video cameras of this age. The lowest megapixel count of comparable spec camcorders that came out more than two years ago is 2MP and the highest is 17MP.

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5 Other reasons to consider the Panasonic HC-W850

Full HD HD Type

The HD type of this video camera is Full HD, which is typical of many camcorders of this age and type.

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Released Over Two Years Ago

It was over two years ago when Panasonic released the HC-W850.

Average Screen Size

At 3 inches, the HC-W850 has a pretty typical screen size compared to most of the other video cameras of this spec and age.

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Average Weight

At 360 grams, the Panasonic HC-W850 has a pretty average weight compared to most of the other video cameras that have been around for around the same time as the HC-W850.

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Average Optical Zoom

With an optical zoom of 20 times zoom factor, the Panasonic HC-W850 has a fairly typical optical zoom compared to most of the other camcorders of this type and age.

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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
Image Stabiliser
Minimum Aperture
Filter Size
Focal Length Range
Storage
Memory Card
Storage Media Type
File System
Focusing
Focus Adjustment
Light Exposure
White Balance
White Balance Mode
Flash
Built-In Flash
Built-In Light
Shoe Mounting Point
Shoe Mounting Point Type
Shutter
Video Shutter Speed
Photo Shutter Speed
Shutter Speed
Display
Screen Size
Built-In Display
Display Resolution
Display
Viewfinder
Camera
Camcorder Type
3D Compatible
On Screen Display
Aspect Ratio
Progressive Scan
Design
LED Indicator
Colour
Video
HD Type
Video Format
Video Resolution
Maximum Video Resolution
Analog Signal Format System
Still Image
Image Format
Maximum Image Resolution
Audio
Audio Format
Built-In Speaker
Built-In Microphone
Audio System
Ports & Interfaces
HDMI Port
Composite Video Out Port
USB 2.0 Port
Microphone in Port
Headphone Out Port
S-Video Out Port
PictBridge
Networking
WiFi
Near Field Communication
WiFi Type
Battery
Battery Voltage
Battery Capacity
Operational Conditions
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Packaging Content
Included Battery
Bundled Software
Cable Included
AC Adapter Included
Other Features
Projector
Technical Details
Technical Details

Expert Reviews

(1)
5 August 2014
Good image quality in decent light
Digital noise handled well, good sensitivity
Onboard WiFi
Mic and headphones sockets
Slowmotion mode can switched on and off while filming
LCD resolution could be higher and touchcontrols aren't sensitive enough
No builtin viewfinder
Battery life isn't amazing, battery charges incamera (no standalone charger)
Removable accessories shoe isn't particularly practical
Photo mode isn't great

User Reviews

(6)
Reviewed 13 May 2014 by Mr. Adam
Mr. Adam would recommend the Panasonic HC-W850

{{{Powerful zoom function that doesn't zoom too fast, nice and smooth. I have found the jumpiness of the zoom on previous camcorders to be terrible, if you don't have just the right touch, you end... Read more…

240 Megapixel Dig Stills
Dual Filming Lens
Good Image Stabilization
Great Zoom
Wifi Smart P App Control
Reviewed 22 February 2015 by Chris

Great video quality. I confirm the excellent features and picture quality from other reviews, but using an assortment of cheap and expensive external microphones, the audio sounds as though... Read more…

Easy to Use
Good Image Stabilization
Good in Low Light
Great Picture Quality
Great Sound
Reviewed 27 April 2014 by Dave
Dave would recommend the Panasonic HC-W850 (Verified Purchase)

Really great, easy to use. slow-motion and night vision just rocks!

Easy to Use
Good Image Stabilization
Good in Low Light
Great Picture Quality
Great Sound
Hd Files Too Big
Poor Sound
Reviewed 28 January 2015 by David40
David40 would recommend the Panasonic HC-W850 (Verified Purchase)

Real nice camera but if you use it in HD mode be prepared to make use of that video. The files are huge, and you must have a newer computer with a fast multicore processor to work with them or... Read more…

Easy to Use
Good Image Stabilization
Good in Low Light
Great Picture Quality
Great Zoom
Hd Files Too Big
Poor Sound
Reviewed 28 January 2015 by KVUSMC
KVUSMC would recommend the Panasonic HC-W850 (Verified Purchase)

This Camcorder Is The Best...

Easy to Use
Good Image Stabilization
Good in Low Light
Great Picture Quality
Great Sound
Poor In Low Light
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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers panasonic hcw850, panasonic hcw850k, panasonic hcw850e, panasonic hcw850kb, panasonic hcw850kbd, panasonic hcw850kbdl
Barcodes 00616348050555, 00840014120468, 00885170180635, 05025232775019, 05025232775040, 05025232775064

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