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Panasonic HC-V250 Camcorder

2.51MP 1/5.8 216g Dec 2014
Total Megapixels Optical Sensor Size Full HD Weight Release Date
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34 Reasons For

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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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 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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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.

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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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.

Good Support

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 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”.

Panasonic Has Good Video Camera Reviews

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

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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.

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.

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”.

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.

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”.

Full HD HD Type

The HD type of this video camera is Full HD, which is the most frequently found HD type on similar spec camcorders that have been on the market for a comparable time to it.

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Quite Big Optical Zoom

Camcorders that are a comparable age to the HC-V250 have optical zooms of between 10x and 78x. At 50 times zoom factor, the HC-V250 has a quite big optical zoom 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-V250.

We compared all the other 50x (optical) video cameras to this camcorder and we think because of it's better review score, the Panasonic HC-V550[plb_2197140_price] is also worth considering.

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Full HD

Full HD

The Panasonic HC-V250 is Full HD. Most of the other camcorders of a similar age and type to the HC-V250 are not Full HD.

We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative Full HD video cameras currently available including because of it's better review score, the Canon Legria HF M52[plb_389042_price], the Panasonic HDC-TM900[plb_1824860_price], or the Sony HDR-PJ620[plb_2697194_price].

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BSI Sensor Type

This camcorder has a BSI sensor type, which is typical of many comparable spec camcorders that are a similar age to it.

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Has an HDMI

has an HDMI

Like most of the other video cameras that have been on the market for more than two years, the HC-V250 has an HDMI.

There are a number of other video cameras with an HDMI currently available that you might want to consider including the Vixia HF M40[pl_61546_price], the Legria HF R406[pl_2071911_price], or the Vixia HF R40[pl_1633221_price] all from Canon which has better reviews.

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Has an Image Stabilizer

Like most of the other small total megapixels video cameras that were released more than two years ago, the HC-V250 has an image stabilizer.

Alternative video cameras with an image stabilizer currently available which you might want to look at include because of it's better review score, the Vixia HF M40[pl_61546_price], or the Legria HF R56[pl_2114213_price] both from Canon.

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SDXC Compatible Memory Cards

SDXC compatible memory cards

The HC-V250 supports a better memory card type than most small total megapixels video cameras that were launched around the same time as it. This video camera supports an SDXC compatible memory cards, whereas most small total megapixels video cameras that are a similar age to it support an SD compatible memory cards. This Panasonic video camera also 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).

An SDXC compatible memory cards is in fact the best supported memory card type across all camcorders of a similar age and spec to the HC-V250.

A MicroSD (Transflash) compatible memory cards is the worst supported memory card type across similar types of video camera.

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

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Has a Night Mode

The HC-V250 has a night mode, which is unusual. Most of the other camcorders of a comparable spec and age to the HC-V250 do not have a night mode.

Alternative video cameras with a night mode currently available which you might also want to look at include the Canon Legria HF M52[plb_389042_price] which has better reviews.

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Quite Long Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

The maximum focal length (35mm film equiv)s of video cameras of this type and age range from 22mm to 2,700mm, and the average maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) is 1,200mm. With a maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) of 1,740 millimeter, the HC-V250 has a fairly long maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) compared to most of the other small total megapixels video cameras that have been around for around the same time as the HC-V250.

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Quite High Battery Capacity

The HC-V250 has one of the higher battery capacitys (1,940 milliampere * hour) amongst similar spec video cameras of this age. Camcorders of a similar spec and age to the HC-V250 have battery capacitys of between 440mAh and 2,200mAh, and the average battery capacity is 1,400mAh.

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Not Available Viewfinder Type

This video camera has a Not available viewfinder type, which is typical of many small total megapixels video cameras that have been on the market for more than two years.

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Has a Built-In Display

The HC-V250 has a built-in display. Most of the other video cameras of a comparable age and type to the HC-V250 also have a built-in display.

We think you might also be interested in some of the other camcorders with a built-in display currently available including because of it's better review score, the Canon Legria HF R406[plb_2071911_price], or the Sony HVR-Z7[plb_1728777_price].

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1080p Supported Video Modes

This video camera has a 1080p supported video modes, which is typical of many camcorders that were released around the same time as it.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolutions

This camcorder supports a video resolutions of 960 x 540|1280 x 720|1920 x 1080 pixels, which is typical of many camcorders of this type and age.

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4224 X 2376 Still Image Resolution(s)

The highest still image resolution supported by the HC-V250 is 4224 x 2376. That's over four times the still image resolution of a 1920 x 1080 camcorder, which is the most common still image resolution supported by video cameras of this type and age. In addition, this Panasonic video camera support still image resolution(s)s of 4224x2376, 3408x2272, 3136x2352, 1920x1080 and 1728x1152 and 640x480.

A 4224 x 2376 still image resolution(s) is actually the best supported still image resolution amongst all small total megapixels video cameras that were released more than two years ago.

The worst supported still image resolution amongst similar types of camcorder is 640 x 360.

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Fairly High Effective Megapixels (movie)

With an effective megapixels (movie) of 2.2 megapixels, the Panasonic HC-V250 has a quite high effective megapixels (movie) compared to most of the other small total megapixels video cameras that are a comparable age to the HC-V250. Small total megapixels video cameras that were released around the same time as the HC-V250 have effective megapixels (movie)s of between 0.41MP and 1,300,000MP, and the average effective megapixels (movie) is 19,000MP.

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4224 X 2376 Pixels Maximum Image Resolution

The highest maximum image resolution of the Panasonic HC-V250 is 4224 x 2376 pixels. That's over four times the maximum image resolution of a 1920 x 1080 pixels camcorder, which is the most common maximum image resolution.

This video camera's maximum image resolution (4224 x 2376 pixels) is actually the best maximum image resolution amongst all video cameras of a comparable spec and age to the HC-V250.

Amongst comparable types of video camera the worst maximum image resolution is 640 x 480 pixels.

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Fairly High Effective Megapixels (image)

With an effective megapixels (image) of 2.2 megapixels, the HC-V250 has one of the higher effective megapixels (image)s amongst small total megapixels video cameras of this age. The lowest effective megapixels (image) of camcorders of this spec and age is 1.1MP, the highest is 10MP, and the average effective megapixels (image) is 2.4MP.

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Quite Short Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

Across all the camcorders that were released around the same time as the HC-V250 the minimum focal length (35mm film equiv)s range from 10mm to 44mm. The Panasonic HC-V250 has a fairly short minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) (only 28 millimeters) compared to most of the other video cameras of a comparable type and age to the HC-V250.

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Has Three White Balances

The HC-V250 has a greater number of white balance modes than most small total megapixels video cameras that came out more than two years ago. This Panasonic camcorder has an Auto white balance, which is the most frequently found white balance found on video cameras of a comparable age and type to the HC-V250. The white balances "Cloudy" and "Sunny" are also found on this Panasonic video camera.

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6 Reasons Against

Does Not Have an Interchangeable Lens

Most video cameras of this spec and age do not have an interchangeable lens. The HC-V250 is no exception to this as it too does not have an interchangeable lens.

Alternative video cameras which also have an interchangeable lens that you might also want to consider include the Sony HVR-Z7[plb_1728777_price].

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Quite Small Display Diagonal

Camcorders that are a comparable age to the HC-V250 have display diagonals of between 1.4" and 4.3", and the average display diagonal is 2.9". At only 2.7 inches, the HC-V250 has a fairly small display diagonal compared to most of the other small total megapixels video cameras that have been available for around the same time as the HC-V250.

If you are looking for a camcorder with a larger display diagonal then you might want to look at the Panasonic HC-V550[plb_2197140_price] (3") which also has a higher rating.

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Very Small Digital Zoom

The smallest digital zoom of comparable spec video cameras that have been around for a similar time to the HC-V250 is 1.5x, the biggest is 3,500x, and the average digital zoom is 800x. At only 150 times zoom factor, the Panasonic HC-V250 has a fairly small digital zoom compared to most of the other camcorders of a comparable spec and age to the HC-V250.

We compared all the other 150x (digital) video cameras to this camcorder and we think the Panasonic HC-V550[plb_2197140_price] which has better reviews is also worth considering.

If this video camera digital zoom is too small for you then you might want to consider the Sony HDR-PJ410[plb_2697188_price] (350x) which is also higher rated.

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Not 3D

Most camcorders that were released around the same time as the HC-V250 are not 3D. The Panasonic HC-V250 is no exception to this as it too is not 3D.

If you are looking for a video camera that is 3D then you might want to consider the Canon XF105[plb_2074823_price] which is also higher rated.

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Not Waterproof

Most camcorders that have been on the market for more than two years are not waterproof. The HC-V250 is no exception to this as it too is not waterproof.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Projector

Like most of the other camcorders of a comparable age and type to the HC-V250, the HC-V250 does not have a built-in projector.

There are a number of other video cameras which also have a built-in projector that you might also want to look at including the Sony HDR-PJ620[plb_2697194_price] which is also higher rated.

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3 Other reasons to consider the Panasonic HC-V250

Released Over Two Years Ago

It was over two years ago when Panasonic released the HC-V250.

Average Weight

With a weight of 216 grams, the HC-V250 has a relatively typical weight compared to most of the other camcorders of a similar spec and age to the HC-V250.

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1/5.8" Optical Sensor Size

This video camera has a 1/5.8" optical sensor size, which is typical of many small total megapixels video cameras that were released more than two years ago.

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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
Focusing
Focus Adjustment
White Balance
Indoor White Balance
White Balance
Flash
Built-In Flash
Built-In Light
Shutter
Shutter Speed (video)
Shutter Speed (photo)
Display
Display Diagonal
Built-In Display
Display Resolution (numeric)
Display
Display Aspect Ratio
Viewfinder
Viewfinder Type
Camera
Camcorder Type
On Screen Display (OSD)
Minimum Illumination
On Screen Display (OSD) Languages
Design
Colour of Product
Video
Full HD
HD Type
Supported Video Modes
Video Formats Supported
Video Resolutions
Maximum Video Resolution
Still Image
Image Formats Supported
Still Image Resolution(s)
Maximum Image Resolution
Audio
Built-In Speaker(s)
Built-In Microphone
Audio System
Ports & Interfaces
HDMI
USB 2.0 Ports Quantity
S-Video Out
Mini HDMI Ports Quantity
Networking
Wi-Fi
Near Field Communication (NFC)
Wi-Fi Standards
Battery
Battery Voltage
Battery Capacity
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Packaging Content
Quick Start Guide
Bundled Software
Cables Included
AC Adapter Included
Warranty Card
Other Features
Night Mode

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Product Identifiers

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