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Panasonic HC-V250 Camcorder

2.51MP 1/5 216g Mar 2014
Total Megapixels Optical Sensor Size Full HD Weight Release Date
Good product quality
Reasonably priced
Good size
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Price

Reasonably Priced

Six people who reviewed this camcorders wrote that it was a bargain for the price. D Deacon wrote “Good cheap camcorder” in their review. D Deacon also wrote “There are lots of good cheap ones”. This month Fj and wrote in their review of the Panasonic HC-V250 “So, I hunted for a cheap HD camcorder with image stabilisation”.

Some Panasonic HC-V250 reviewers mentioned in their reviews that this camcorders was cheap. R. Patel wrote in their review of the Panasonic HC-V250 “The HC-V250EB is a good budget camcorder” and rated this camcorders 4 stars. Reviewser said on Amazon two years ago “Very good budget video camcorder”. Reviewser also said “This is a budget camcorder so I'm not totally surprised to be honest”.

Four customers reckoned that the Panasonic HC-V250 was good value for money. Last year Doctor Medo wrote in their review of the Panasonic HC-V250 “Best camcorder in that price range with all what you want for that price” and gave the Panasonic HC-V250 a score of 5 stars. Michael B. mentioned in August this year “Good value item at this knock down price” and gave it a rating of 4 stars. R. Patel wrote two years ago “As certain camcorders have good IS at this price level”.

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Ports & Interfaces

Supports HDMI

supports HDMI

The HC-V250 supports HDMI, as do most of the other video cameras of this age and type.

It may also be worth also looking at one of the alternative camcorders which support HDMI currently available including the Canon Vixia HF M40, or the Sony HVR-Z7 which has better reviews.

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Flash

Does Not Have a Built-In Light

Like most of the other video cameras of this spec and age, the HC-V250 does not have a built-in light.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Flash

The Panasonic HC-V250 does not have a built-in flash, although keep in mind that most of the other video cameras that were launched more than two years ago also do not have a built-in flash.

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Display

Quite Small Display Diagonal

Across all the camcorders of this age and type the display diagonals range from 1.4" to 4.3". At only 2.7 inches, the HC-V250 has a quite small display diagonal compared to most of the other video cameras that are a comparable age to this video camera.

If this video camera display diagonal is not large enough for you then you might want to consider the Panasonic HC-V550 (£299.99) (3") which is also higher rated.

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Image Sensor

Fairly High Effective Megapixels (movie)

With an effective megapixels (movie) of 2.2 megapixels, the HC-V250 has a quite high effective megapixels (movie) compared to most of the other camcorders of this spec and age. The lowest effective megapixels (movie) of similar spec video cameras that are a comparable age to this camcorder is 0.41MP, the highest is 4.5MP, and the average effective megapixels (movie) is 2MP.

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Fairly High Effective Megapixels (image)

Camcorders of this age and type have effective megapixels (image) of between 1.1MP and 10MP. With an effective megapixels (image) of 2.2 megapixels, the HC-V250 has one of the higher effective megapixels (image) amongst video cameras of this age.

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Only 1" Optical Sensor Size

This video camera has a 1/5.8" optical sensor size, which is the most commonly found optical sensor size on video cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as it.

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Still Image

4224 X 2376 Still Image Resolution

The HC-V250 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 camcorders of this type and age. This video camera also support still image resolution(s)s of 4224x2376, 3408x2272, 3136x2352, 1920x1080 and 1728x1152 and 640x480.

A 4224 x 2376 still image resolution(s) is in fact the best supported still image resolution across all camcorders that are a similar age to this video camera.

A 640 x 360 still image resolution(s) is the worst supported still image resolution across similar types of video camera.

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4224 X 2376 Pixels Image Resolution

The HC-V250 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 video camera, which is the most common maximum image resolution.

A 4224 x 2376 pixels maximum image resolution is actually the best maximum image resolution across all comparable spec video cameras that have been available for a similar time to this camcorder.

The worst maximum image resolution across comparable types of camcorder is 640 x 480 pixels.

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Packaging Content

Has an AC Adapter Included

The HC-V250 has an AC adapter included. Most of the other small total megapixels camcorders that were released more than two years ago also have an AC adapter included.

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Camera

Supports On Screen Display (OSD)

The Panasonic HC-V250 supports On Screen Display (OSD), as do most of the other video cameras of a comparable spec and age to this video camera.

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White Balance

Features Indoor White Balance

The Panasonic HC-V250 features indoor white balance, as do most of the other comparable spec video cameras that have been available for more than two years.

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Networking

Supports Near Field Communication (NFC)

The HC-V250 supports near Field Communication (NFC). Most of the other camcorders of this age and type also support near Field Communication (NFC).

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Features Wi-Fi

The HC-V250 features wi-Fi. Most of the other video cameras that were released more than two years ago also feature wi-Fi.

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Video

Full HD

Full HD

The Panasonic HC-V250 is Full HD. Most of the other camcorders of a similar type and age to this video camera also are Full HD.

Alternative Full HD video cameras currently available that you might want to look at include the Canon Vixia HF M40 which has better reviews.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

This video camera supports a video resolutions of 960 x 540|1280 x 720|1920 x 1080 pixels, which is the most commonly supported video resolutions on camcorders of this age and spec.

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Design

Easy to Use

Nine people mentioned in their reviews that the product was easy to use. In August this year Amazon Customer said “A good easy to use camcorder”. D Deacon wrote on Amazon two years ago “Easy and fun to use” in their review of the Panasonic HC-V250. Eve said in her Panasonic HC-V250 review “He finds it easy to use for basic recording functions”.

A few customers who bought the Panasonic HC-V250 thought it had a touch sensitive screen. D Deacon wrote in their review “The LCD is a touch sensitive one and seems a little less cluttered”. Dolphin said “The LCD monitor is touch-sensitive, enabling easy access to menu settings” in their Panasonic HC-V250 review.

One person thought it had a good interface. Reviewser said on Amazon “The thing is, if you're buying this kind of camcorder you aren't expecting the best screen, or the best interface, what you want is good video at a budget”. One customer said that the Panasonic HC-V250 was easy to setup. Davec2003 said “The Wi-Fi mode is extremely easy to set up”.

One Panasonic HC-V250 reviewer concluded that it was easy to use the menus. Two years ago R. Patel scored it 4 stars and mentioned on Amazon “The touch screen is responsive and the menus and adjustments are all well laid out”.

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Good Product Quality

Several Panasonic HC-V250 owners concluded that the product was good quality. Andrew Ross mentioned in his Panasonic HC-V250 review on Amazon “Picture quality fantastic”. Fj said on Amazon this year “The camera copes with the sports action without any issue whatsoever, with consistently great image quality” in their review of this camcorders and gave it a rating of 5 stars. Kindle Customer said on Amazon “Superb little camcorder with a high quality video definition” in their review of this camcorders.

Robust

Five Panasonic HC-V250 reviewers who reviewed the Panasonic HC-V250 thought it was well made. Davec2003 said “It will take some time to know all the settings and learning something new about it everyday like the built in lens cover” in their review. Mr Allan a Mccorquodale wrote on Amazon “Well made” in his review. Persepolis wrote on Amazon “Nice build quality despite being all plastic” in their review of this camcorders.

Nice Design

Several Panasonic HC-V250 owners thought it was good looking. Two years ago Jenny wrote on Amazon “I must say that the lightings in that court were pretty good though”. Reviewser said “With 60x optical zoom and a further 30x digital zoom the camera is actually pretty capable” in their Panasonic HC-V250 review and gave it a rating of 80 out of 100.


Lens System

Quite Big Optical Zoom

The smallest optical zoom of small total megapixels camcorders that have been on the market for a similar time to this video camera is 10x, the biggest is 78x, and the average optical zoom is 30x. At 50 times zoom factor, the Panasonic HC-V250 has a quite big optical zoom compared to most of the other camcorders that have been on the market for around the same time as this video camera.

We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative 50x (optical) video cameras currently available including because of it's better review score, the Panasonic HC-V550 (£299.99).

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Has an Image Stabilizer

The HC-V250 has an image stabilizer. Most of the other small total megapixels camcorders that were launched more than two years ago also have an image stabilizer.

Other video cameras with an image stabilizer currently available that you might also want to look at include the Vixia HF M40, or the Vixia HF R40 both from Canon which has better reviews.

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Fairly Long Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

Camcorders that have been available for more than two years have maximum focal lengths (35mm film equiv) of between 0.5mm and 2,700mm. The HC-V250 has a fairly long maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) (1,740 millimeter) compared to most of the other small total megapixels camcorders that were released more than two years ago.

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Quite Short Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

The minimum focal lengths (35mm film equiv) of camcorders of this age and spec range from 2.3mm to 44mm, and the average minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) is 30mm. The Panasonic HC-V250 has one of the shorter minimum focal lengths (35mm film equiv) (only 28 millimeters) amongst camcorders of this age.

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Very Small Digital Zoom

The digital zooms of small total megapixels camcorders that have been on the market for around the same time as this video camera range from 1.5x to 3,500x. With a digital zoom of only 150 times zoom factor, the HC-V250 has a fairly small digital zoom compared to most of the other video cameras that have been around for a comparable time to this video camera.

There are a number of alternative 150x (digital) camcorders currently available that you might want to consider including because of it's better review score, the Panasonic HC-V550 (£299.99).

If you would prefer a camcorder with a bigger digital zoom then you might also want to consider the Sony HDR-PJ620 (350x and higher rated).

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Audio

Acceptable Noise Level

One Panasonic HC-V250 reviewer who purchased this camcorders considered that it was noisy. Persepolis said in their review of the Panasonic HC-V250 on Amazon “Even in low lighting there is minimal noise”.

Has a Built-In Speaker(s)

The HC-V250 has a built-in speaker(s). Most of the other video cameras of this age and type also have a built-in speaker(s).

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Has a Built-In Microphone

The HC-V250 has a built-in microphone, as do most of the other camcorders that came out more than two years ago.

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Smart TV

Good Connectivity

One person who bought the product wrote that it was wifi compatible. Davec2003 wrote in their review of the Panasonic HC-V250 on Amazon “The Wi-Fi mode is extremely easy to set up”.


Features

Good Technical Features

One customer who reviewed it considered that it had good features. Kindle Customer wrote last year “Love the way it is really compact, extremely light and has some nice features such as in built lens cover, touch screen, smart app remote control” in their Panasonic HC-V250 review.


Power

Good Battery Life

A number of customers said in their reviews that it had a good battery life. Two years ago Persepolis wrote in their review of the Panasonic HC-V250 “Battery life is decent”. Phil mentioned in his review of the Panasonic HC-V250 on Amazon “The battery provided gives adequate recording time which is something I was looking for when I decided to replace my old camera” and gave the product a score of 5 stars.


Support

Good Technical Guidance

Several customers who bought the product considered that it had good technical guidance. Dolphin wrote on Amazon “Reference to the full manual will help you to get the most out of the item”. Dolphin also wrote “The basic printed operating instructions were sufficient initially whilst getting used to the camera”.


Good Quality Lens

A number of Panasonic HC-V250 reviewers who bought it reckoned that it had a good lens. D Deacon mentioned on Amazon “And a good lens it is too” in their review of the Panasonic HC-V250. Davec2003 wrote two years ago “Learning something new about it everyday like the built in lens cover” in their review.

A few people who reviewed the Panasonic HC-V250 concluded that it had a good zoom. Two years ago D Deacon wrote on Amazon “It has a 50x optical zoom and a 90x digital” in their review of the Panasonic HC-V250 and scored the Panasonic HC-V250 4 stars. Michael B. wrote on Amazon a few weeks ago “Takes good videos and has a great zoom” and gave the Panasonic HC-V250 a rating of 80 out of 100.

One Panasonic HC-V250 reviewer who reviewed the product said that it had a good autofocus. Persepolis and wrote on Amazon “Colour reproduction is alright, auto focus works well when zooming in/out (although will sometimes focus on something you don't want it to” in their review.

One customer said in their reviews that this camcorders had a good image stabiliser. Fj mentioned on Amazon a few weeks ago “So, I hunted for a cheap HD camcorder with image stabilisation and good reviews” in their review.

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Good Screen / Viewfinder

Some people considered that it had a good screen. Mr. A. C. Beale wrote in their review of this camcorders on Amazon “There are more substantial functions within the menu system (via the LCD screen), which is fairly easy to access”. Persepolis said in their review of this camcorders two years ago “The screen adequate” and rated the product 4 stars. R. Patel and said in their review of this camcorders “You have easy access via the screen, I took it out in the garden”.


Reviews

Panasonic Has Excellent Reviews for Its Video Cameras

We checked 339 expert and owner reviews for Panasonic camcorders and found that on average Panasonic has excellent ratings. We also found that Panasonic has excellent ratings specifically for its small total megapixels camcorders. 78% of those that bought a Panasonic video camera would recommend the product that they bought to other buyers.


Weight & Dimensions

Good Size

A few customers who reviewed it wrote that it was compact. Kindle Customer said on Amazon “Love the way it is really compact, extremely light”. Mr. A. C. Beale mentioned on Amazon “If you want a light and compact high quality point” in their review. Persepolis said “Very compact” and gave it a rating of 80 out of 100.

One person said in their reviews that the product was a good size. R. Patel mentioned on Amazon “I like it very much, good size and quality” in their Panasonic HC-V250 review.

One Panasonic HC-V250 owner who reviewed the Panasonic HC-V250 thought it was a good body shape. In August last year Mr. A. C. Beale rated it 4 stars and mentioned in their Panasonic HC-V250 review “It is very easy to operate and has just a few function buttons on the body, making it simple to use”.

One customer who purchased it concluded that it was a good depth. R. Patel wrote on Amazon two years ago “It has nice clarity and depth in the surroundings”.

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Average Weight

At 216 grams, the Panasonic HC-V250 has a relatively typical weight compared to most of the other camcorders of this age and type.

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Other

Released Over Three Years Ago

Panasonic released the HC-V250 in April 2017.

Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers panasonic hcv250kbdl, panasonic hcv250eps, panasonic 141mp, TX-L47ET50B, hcv250ebk
Barcodes 00616348050562, 00885170178007, 05025232670246, 05025232726189, 05025232771271, 05025232771301, 05025232771318, 05025232771325, 05025232771349, 05054230893586

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