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Panasonic HC-V100
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Panasonic HC-V100 Camcorder

1.5MP 1/5.8 181g MOS May 2013
Total Megapixels Optical Sensor Size Weight Sensor Type Release Date
Een Uitstekende Prijs-kwaliteitsverhouding In Een Compact Formaat. De HC-V100 is een ideale camera om op (dag)tochten mee te nemen. Met zijn gewicht van slechts 183 gram is de HC-V100 het... More
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21 Reasons For

Expert Reviews Are Good

This video camera received an expert rating of 80 out of 100 from Trusted Reviews. Experts are not sure about this Panasonic video camera.

Reasonably Priced

One customer mentioned in their reviews that the product was cheap. Five years ago Trustedreviews.com gave it a rating of 80 out of 100 and mentioned in their review on Trusted Reviews “Where JVC has put up a good fight at the budget end of the market, conversely Panasonic has tended to dominate the higher end more, with models like the HC-X900.”.

One customer who reviewed this camcorder concluded that it was good value for money. Trustedreviews.com said on Trusted Reviews “It can still put together a keenly priced, decently specified budget model, which is wh”.

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Panasonic Has Good Reviews for Its Video Cameras

We calculated the average reviews for all Panasonic camcorders and also specifically for Panasonic small total megapixels video cameras and found that in both cases Panasonic had good reviews compared to other manufacturers.

Good Product Quality

One Panasonic HC-V100 owner wrote in their reviews that this camcorder was good quality. Trusted Reviews wrote “Good image quality for the price” in their Panasonic HC-V100 review.

Good Quality Lens

One customer who bought it thought it had a good image stabiliser. Trusted Reviews mentioned in their review of the Panasonic HC-V100 “Capable optical image stabilisation” and gave the product a score of 4 stars.

Full HD HD Type

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

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Fairly Big Digital Zoom

The digital zooms of comparable spec camcorders that have been available for around the same time as the HC-V100 range from 1.5x to 3,500x. At 2,000 times zoom factor, the Panasonic HC-V100 has a quite big digital zoom compared to most of the other camcorders of this age and type.

There are a number of other 2,000x (digital) camcorders currently available that you might want to consider including the Panasonic HDC-HS80[plb_155514_price], or the Canon Legria FS406[plb_334116_price] which has better reviews.

If you are looking for a bigger digital zoom then you might also want to consider the HC-V130[pl_2224109_price] (2,500x and higher rated), or the HC-V550[pl_2224111_price] (3,000x and higher rated) both from Sharp or the Panasonic HC-V160[plb_2749040_price] (2,500x and higher rated).

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Has an HDMI

has an HDMI

Like most of the other video cameras of a comparable spec and age to the HC-V100, the HC-V100 has an HDMI.

Alternative video cameras with an HDMI currently available which you might want to look at include the Vixia HF M40[pl_61546_price], or the Vixia HF R400[pl_1580899_price] both from Canon which has better reviews.

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Has an Image Stabilizer

The HC-V100 has an image stabilizer, as do most of the other similar spec camcorders that are a comparable age to the HC-V100.

We compared all the other camcorders with an image stabilizer to this video camera and we think because of it's better review score, the Vixia HF M40[pl_61546_price], and the Legria HF R46[pl_1542433_price] both from Canon is also worth considering.

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SDXC Compatible Memory Cards

SDXC compatible memory cards

The Panasonic HC-V100 supports a better memory card type than most small total megapixels video cameras that were launched more than two years ago. This camcorder supports an SDXC compatible memory cards, whereas most camcorders of a comparable age and type to it support an SD compatible memory cards. In addition, this video camera supports an SDHC compatible memory cards. 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 across all camcorders of a similar age and type to the HC-V100.

The worst supported memory card type amongst similar types of video camera is MicroSD (Transflash).

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

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Optical Image Stabilizer Type

This camcorder has an optical image stabilizer type, which is the most frequently found image stabilizer type on video cameras of this type and age. Optical image stabilisation is hardware based. Digital cameras with optical IS typically have a built-in gyro sensor and microprocessor that detects camera shake as it occurs. The stabiliser compensates for any camera movement.

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Very Light

At only 181 grams, the Panasonic HC-V100 is quite light compared to most of the other small total megapixels video cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the HC-V100. The lightest camcorder of this age and type is 57g weight and the heaviest is 3.9kg.

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Lithium Battery Technology

This video camera has a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion) battery technology, which is typical of many small total megapixels video cameras that were launched more than two years ago.

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1080i Supported Video Modes

1920 pixels × 1080 lines (2.1 megapixels), and a temporal resolution of 50 or 60 interlaced fields per second. Across all camcorders of a similar type and age to the HC-V100 the worst video mode is 576i and the best is 1080p.

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Not Available Viewfinder Type

This camcorder has a Not available viewfinder type, which is typical of many video cameras of a comparable type and age to it.

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Has a Built-In Display

The HC-V100 has a built-in display. Most of the other comparable spec camcorders that are a similar age to the HC-V100 also have a built-in display.

We compared all the other video cameras with a built-in display to this video camera and we think the Vivitar DVR426[plb_2058978_price], and the Sony HDR-PJ320E[plb_1582785_price] which has better reviews is also worth considering.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolutions

This camcorder supports a video resolutions of 960 x 540|1920 x 1080 pixels, which is typical of many small total megapixels video cameras that were released around the same time as it.

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Fairly High Display Resolution (numeric)

Across all the camcorders of a similar age and type to the HC-V100 the display resolution (numeric)s range from 1.2 pixels to 1,300,000 pixels. At 230,400 pixels, the Panasonic HC-V100 has a quite high display resolution (numeric) compared to most of the other small total megapixels video cameras that have been available for around the same time as the HC-V100.

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JPG Image Formats Supported

This camcorder has a JPG image formats supported, which is the most commonly found image formats supported on camcorders of a comparable spec and age to it.

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Has Three White Balances

The Panasonic HC-V100 has a greater number of white balance modes than most small total megapixels video cameras that have been on the market for more than two years. This camcorder has an Auto white balance, which is the most frequently found white balance found on video cameras that came out around the same time as the HC-V100. The white balances "Cloudy" and "Sunny" are also found on this Panasonic video camera.

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1920 X 1080 Still Image Resolution(s)

This video camera supports a still image resolution(s) of 1920 x 1080, which is the most commonly supported still image resolution(s) on small total megapixels video cameras that were launched around the same time as it.

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10 Reasons Against

Not Full HD

The Panasonic HC-V100 is not Full HD. Most of the other video cameras that were launched around the same time as the HC-V100 are also not Full HD.

Camcorders which are Full HD that might be worth considering include the HDR-CX190EB[pl_363186_price], or the HDR-PJ620[pl_2697194_price] both from Sony or the Canon Vixia HF R400[plb_1580899_price] which also has a higher rating.

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Does Not Have an Interchangeable Lens

Most video cameras that were released around the same time as the HC-V100 do not have an interchangeable lens. The HC-V100 is no exception to this as it too does not have an interchangeable lens.

Other camcorders which also have an interchangeable lens that you might want to look at include the Sony HVR-Z7[plb_1728777_price] which also has a higher rating.

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Quite Small Display Diagonal

With a display diagonal of only 2.7 inches, the HC-V100 has one of the smaller display diagonals amongst similar spec camcorders of this age. The smallest display diagonal of camcorders of this spec and age is 1.4", the largest is 4.3", and the average display diagonal is 2.9".

We compared this video camera to all the other 2.7" screen size camcorders and we think because of it's better review score, the Sony DCR-SR21[plb_1023010_price], and the Panasonic HDC-HS80[plb_155514_price] is also worth considering.

If you are looking for a video camera with a larger display diagonal then you might also want to look at the Legria HF R38[pl_1311736_price] (3"), the Vixia HF M500[pl_1447302_price] (3"), or the Legria HF R66[pl_2848576_price] (3") all from Canon which is also higher rated.

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Very Low Effective Megapixels (image)

The HC-V100 has a quite low effective megapixels (image) (only 1.3 megapixels) compared to most of the other similar spec camcorders that were released around the same time as the HC-V100. The average effective megapixels (image) of small total megapixels video cameras that have been available for a similar time to the HC-V100 is 2.4MP.

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Very Low Effective Megapixels (movie)

The lowest effective megapixels (movie) of camcorders of this type and age is 0.41MP and the highest is 1,300,000MP. With an effective megapixels (movie) of only 1.3 megapixels, the HC-V100 has a fairly low effective megapixels (movie) compared to most of the other camcorders that are a comparable age to the HC-V100.

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Only Supports One Audio Formats Supported

The number of audio formats supported by the HC-V100 is more than most similar spec camcorders that were launched around the same time as it. The most commonly supported audio formats supported is AAC++, but this audio formats supported is not supported by this video camera. The audio formats supporteds AAC are also supported by this Panasonic camcorder.

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Does Not Have a Night Mode

The HC-V100 does not have a night mode. Most of the other camcorders of this age and type also do not have a night mode.

Alternative video cameras which also have a night mode that you might also want to look at include the Legria FS406[pl_334116_price], or the Legria HF R36[pl_369699_price] both from Canon or the JVC GZ-HM30[plb_361770_price] which is also higher rated.

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Not 3D

The Panasonic HC-V100 is not 3D. Most of the other small total megapixels video cameras that were launched more than two years ago are also not 3D.

If you would prefer a video camera that is 3D then you might want to look at the Panasonic HC-X909[plb_1760656_price], or the Canon XF105[plb_2074823_price].

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Not Waterproof

The HC-V100 is not waterproof, although it is worth noting that most of the other video cameras of a comparable spec and age to the HC-V100 are also not waterproof.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Projector

Most small total megapixels video cameras that are a similar age to the HC-V100 do not have a built-in projector. The HC-V100 is no exception to this as it too does not have a built-in projector.

We think you might also be interested in other video cameras which also have a built-in projector including the HDR-PJ220[pl_1537009_price], or the HDR-PJ320E[pl_1582785_price] both from Sony.

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4 Other reasons to consider the Panasonic HC-V100

Released Over Three Years Ago

It was over three years ago when Panasonic released the HC-V100.

Average Optical Zoom

At 34 times zoom factor, the HC-V100 has a fairly standard optical zoom compared to most of the other small total megapixels video cameras that were launched around the same time as the HC-V100.

Alternative 34x (optical) video cameras currently available that you might also want to look at include because of it's better review score, the Panasonic HDC-HS80[plb_155514_price].

If this Panasonic camcorder optical zoom is too small for you then you might want to consider the Canon 800[plb_2494042_price] (35x and higher rated), or the Panasonic HC-V110[plb_1939467_price] (38x and higher rated).

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Average Battery Life (max)

At 2.45 hours, the Panasonic HC-V100 has a relatively average battery life (max) compared to most of the other camcorders that were launched around the same time as the HC-V100.

If this Panasonic camcorder battery life (max) is not long enough for you then you might also want to look at the Zoom Q4[plb_3124541_price] (3h), the Canon Legria HF G30[plb_1564050_price] (3.1h), or the Sony HDR-PJ320E[plb_1582785_price] (3.16h) which also has a higher rating.

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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 video cameras of this age and type.

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Specification

Image Sensor
Total Megapixels
Optical Sensor Size
Sensor Type
Effective Megapixels (image)
Effective Megapixels (movie)
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Digital Zoom
Image Stabilizer
Interchangeable Lens
Image Stabilizer Type
Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
Minimum Aperture Number
Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
Maximum Aperture Number
Focal Length (35mm Film Equivalent)
Focal Length Range (f-F)
Storage
Compatible Memory Cards
Camcorder Media Type
Camera File System
Focusing
Focus Adjustment
White Balance
Indoor White Balance
White Balance
Flash
Built-In Flash
Built-In Light
Shutter
Shutter Speed (video)
Shutter Speed (photo)
Camera Shutter Speed
Display
Display Diagonal
Built-In Display
Display Resolution (numeric)
Display
Viewfinder
Viewfinder Type
Camera
Camcorder Type
3D
On Screen Display (OSD)
Back Light Compensation
Minimum Illumination
Supported Aspect Ratios
On Screen Display (OSD) Languages
Design
Colour of Product
Video
HD Type
Supported Video Modes
Video Formats Supported
Video Resolutions
Maximum Video Resolution
Pre-Record
Still Image
Image Formats Supported
Still Image Resolution(s)
Maximum Image Resolution
Audio
Audio Formats Supported
Built-In Speaker(s)
Built-In Microphone
Audio System
Ports & Interfaces
HDMI
DC-In Jack
USB 2.0 Ports Quantity
S-Video Out
PictBridge
Mini HDMI Ports Quantity
Battery
Battery Life (max)
Battery Voltage
Battery Technology
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Packaging Content
Batteries Included
Quick Start Guide
Bundled Software
Cables Included
AC Adapter Included
Other Features
I/O Ports
Compatible Operating Systems
Power Consumption (typical)
Photo Mode
Lens System
AV Output

Expert Reviews

(1)
5 December 2012

If you're on a tight budget, Panasonic's HC-V100 is a very tempting proposition, with a street price of around £170. Although the JVC GZ-E15's £150 price wins out for sheer cost-conscious value,...

Good image quality for the price
Capable optical image stabilisation
Lots of manual settings
No accessory shoe
No microphone or headphones minijacks

User Reviews

(2)
Reviewed 19 October 2013 by Carlos
(Verified Purchase)

The quality of the sound can be great, it comes with quite a few handy features, but the list of cons are too important for a 150 pounds headphones: - Lack of high volume - Apt-X only works with... Read more…

Reviewed 28 May 2013 by Mac
(Verified Purchase)

Just used on Holiday to Cuba,and it did exactly what was required, pity I am not better at using, but, time will tell...

+- Manufacturer's Description

Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers hcv100, hcv100e, hcv100eg, hcv100egw, 5025232661992, panasonic v100, panasonic v100m, panasonic hcv100, panasonic hcv100m
Barcodes 00885170070387, 05025232661923, 05025232661930, 05025232661947, 05025232661961, 05025232661985, 05025232661992, 05025232662005

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