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Sharp HC-W850

Sharp HC-W850 Camcorder

12.76MP 1/2.3 360g Feb 2014
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15 Reasons For

Very Fast Maximum Frame Rate

When compared to other big sensor size video cameras that were released more than two years ago, the Sharp HC-W850's maximum frame rate of 120 frames per second is one of the fastest. The slowest maximum frame rate of camcorders that have been available for around the same time as the HC-W850 is 25fps, the fastest is 120fps, and the average maximum frame rate is 55fps.

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Very Big Digital Zoom

The average digital zoom of big sensor size video cameras that are a similar age to the HC-W850 is 160x. The HC-W850 has one of the biggest digital zooms (1,500 times zoom factor) amongst video cameras of this age.

There are a number of alternative 1,500x (digital) camcorders currently available which you might want to look at including the Panasonic HC-W850 which has better reviews.

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Has an Image Stabiliser

The Sharp HC-W850 has an image stabiliser, as do most of the other video cameras of a comparable spec and age to the HC-W850.

Alternative camcorders with an image stabiliser currently available that you might also want to look at include the Panasonic HX-WA30, or the JVC GZ-R15 which has better reviews.

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Full HD

Full HD

The HC-W850 is Full HD, as are most of the other video cameras of a comparable type and age to the HC-W850.

It may also be worth also looking at one of the other Full HD camcorders currently available including because of it's better review score, the Panasonic HX-WA30.

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Has an HDMI Port

has an HDMI port

Like most of the other video cameras that came out around the same time as the HC-W850, the HC-W850 has an HDMI port.

It may also be worth considering one of the alternative camcorders with an HDMI port currently available including because of it's better review score, the Panasonic HX-WA30.

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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 camcorders of this age and spec. This Sharp 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).

An SDXC memory card is actually the best supported memory card type amongst all big sensor size video cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the HC-W850.

The worst supported memory card type amongst comparable types of camcorder is MS Pro-HG.

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

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Very High Video Capturing Speed

Across all the camcorders of this age and type the video capturing speeds range from 25fps to 120fps. The Sharp HC-W850 has a very high video capturing speed (120 frames per second) compared to most of the other video cameras that have been available for around the same time as the HC-W850.

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Has a Night Mode

The HC-W850 has a night mode. Most of the other big sensor size video cameras that have been available for around the same time as the HC-W850 do not have a night mode.

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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 the most common still image resolution of 3840 x 2160. In addition, this video camera support still image resolutions of [16:9] 24MP (6528 x 3672), 12.6MP (4736 x 2664), 2.1MP (1920 x 1080), [3:2] 20MP (5472 x3648), 10.6MP (3984 x 2656, 2.0MP (1728 x 1152), [4:3] 18MP (4896 x 3672) and 8MP (3264 x 2448) and 0.3MP (640 x 480). Across all camcorders of this age and type the still image resolution ranges from 640 x 360 to 6016 x 4016.

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6528 X 3672 Pixels Maximum Image Resolution

The highest maximum image resolution of the HC-W850 is 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. Similar spec video cameras that have been available for a comparable time to the HC-W850 maximum image resolutions range from 640 x 480 pixels (worst) to 6592 x 3712 pixels (best).

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Has a Built-In Display

The Sharp HC-W850 has a built-in display, as do most of the other comparable spec video cameras that are a similar age to the HC-W850.

We compared this camcorder to all the other video cameras with a built-in display and we think the Sony HDR-PJ650 which has better reviews is also worth considering.

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1080p Video Mode

This camcorder has a 1080p|720p video mode, which is the most frequently found video mode on big sensor size video cameras that were released around the same time as it.

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Has Four White Balance Modes

The number of white balance modes found on the Sharp HC-W850 is more than most big sensor size video cameras that are a comparable age to it. This video camera has an Auto white balance mode, which is the most frequently found white balance mode found on camcorders of a comparable age and spec to the HC-W850. The white balance modes "Cloudy", "Indoor" and "Sunny" are also found on this camcorder.

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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 commonly supported video resolution on big sensor size video cameras that are a comparable age to it.

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2/3" Optical Sensor Size

This video camera has a 1/2.3" optical sensor size, which is typical of many video cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to it.

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7 Reasons Against

Does Not Have an Interchangeable Lens

The HC-W850 does not have an interchangeable lens. Most of the other big sensor size video cameras that are a similar age to the HC-W850 also do not have an interchangeable lens.

We compared all the other video cameras which also have an interchangeable lens to this video camera and we think the NEX-VG20, or the HDR-PJ810 both from Sony which is also higher rated is also worth considering.

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Not 3D Compatible

The HC-W850 is not 3D compatible, although this is within the context that most of the other camcorders that have been around for a similar time to the HC-W850 are also not 3D compatible.

If you would prefer a video camera that is 3D compatible then you might want to consider the HC-V707, or the HC-X920 (£419.00) both from Panasonic which is also higher rated.

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Not Waterproof

Like most of the other video cameras that have been on the market for more than two years, the Sharp HC-W850 is not waterproof.

Camcorders which are waterproof that might also be worth considering include the Panasonic HX-WA30, or the JVC GZ-R15 which also has a higher rating.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Projector

Most big sensor size video cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to the HC-W850 do not have a built-in projector. The HC-W850 is no exception to this as it too does 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 HDR-PJ580, the HDR-PJ650, or the HDR-PJ810 all from Sony is also worth considering.

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Only Has Two Cables Included

The Sharp HC-W850 has a greater number of included cables than most camcorders of this type and age. This Sharp camcorder has a USB cable included, which is the most frequently found cable included found on camcorders that are a comparable age to the HC-W850. The cable included "HDMI" is also found on this video camera.

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Very Low Megapixel Count

The lowest megapixel count of camcorders that came out more than two years ago is 2MP, the highest is 17MP, and the average megapixel count is 9.9MP. The Sharp HC-W850 has one of the lower megapixel counts (only 5.21 megapixels) amongst similar spec camcorders of this age.

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Very High Typical Power Consumption

The Sharp HC-W850 has one of the highest typical power consumption (7.7 Watts) amongst big sensor size video cameras of this age. The typical power consumption of camcorders of this age and spec range from 3.2W to 7.7W, and the average typical power consumption is 4.5W.

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5 Other reasons to consider the Sharp 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

This big sensor size camcorder was released over two years ago.

Average Screen Size

The HC-W850 has a relatively typical screen size (3 inches) compared to most of the other camcorders of a similar age and type to the HC-W850.

We compared this camcorder to all the other 3" screen size video cameras and we think because of it's better review score, the Panasonic HC-W850, and the Sony NEX-VG30 (£1,599.98) is also worth considering.

Video cameras with a larger screen size that might be worth considering include the Panasonic HC-X1000 (£1,699.00) (3.5") which is also higher rated.

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Average Weight

With a weight of 360 grams, the HC-W850 has a fairly typical weight compared to most of the other camcorders of this spec and age.

Other 360g weight camcorders currently available that you might also want to look at include because of it's better review score, the Panasonic HC-W850.

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Average Optical Zoom

The HC-W850 has a pretty typical optical zoom (20 times zoom factor) compared to most of the other big sensor size video cameras that have been around for a comparable time to the HC-W850.

Other 20x (optical) camcorders currently available which you might also want to look at include the Panasonic HC-W850, or the Sony FDR-AX1 (£2,519.00) which has better reviews.

If you want a video camera with a bigger optical zoom then you might also want to look at the GZ-R15 (40x), or the GZ-R10 (£227.09) (40x) both from JVC which also has a higher rating.

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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
Image Stabiliser
Minimum Aperture
Maximum Aperture Value
Filter Size
Focal Length Range
Storage
Memory Card
Storage Media Type
File System
ExpressCard Slot
Focusing
Focus Adjustment
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
On Screen Display
Aspect Ratio
On Screen Display Language
Smartphone Remote Control
GPS Function
Direct Printing
Geotagging
Progressive Scan
Design
LED Indicator
Colour
Video
Full HD
HD Type
Video Capturing Speed
Video Mode
Video Format
Video Resolution
Maximum Video Resolution
Maximum Frame Rate
Analog Signal Format System
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
Composite Video Out Port
USB 2.0 Port
Microphone in Port
Headphone Out Port
S-Video Out Port
PictBridge
Mini HDMI Port
Networking
WiFi
Ethernet LAN Connection
Near Field Communication
WiFi Type
Battery
Battery Voltage
Battery Capacity
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Packaging Content
Included Battery
Bundled Software
Cable Included
AC Adapter Included
Warranty Card
Stylus Pen
Lens Hood Included
Other Features
Night Mode
Typical Power Consumption
AV Output
Video Compression Format
Projector
Built-In Projector

+- Manufacturer's Description

Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers hcw850, hcw850e, hcw850eb, hcw850ebk, panasonic hcw850, panasonic hcw850e, panasonic hcw850eb, panasonic hcw850ebk
Barcodes 05025232775071

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