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Panasonic HC-V380 Camcorder

2.51MP 1/5.8 252g Jan 2016
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14 Reasons For

Panasonic Has Good Reviews for Its Video Cameras

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

Very Big Digital Zoom

Video cameras of this spec and age have digital zooms of between 4x and 3,000x. The HC-V380 has a very big digital zoom (3,000 times zoom factor) compared to most of the other camcorders that were released one year ago.

We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative 3,000x (digital) video cameras currently available including the Panasonic HC-V270[plb_2960127_price] which has better reviews.

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Full HD

Full HD

The Panasonic HC-V380 is Full HD, unlike most of the other video cameras of this age and spec which are not Full HD.

There are a number of alternative Full HD video cameras currently available which you might also want to consider including because of it's better review score, the Sony HDR-CX450[plb_3226938_price].

Video cameras which are Full HD that might also be worth considering include the JVC GZ-R310[plb_2860334_price].

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Has an Image Stabilizer

Like most of the other similar spec camcorders that have been around for around the same time as the HC-V380, the HC-V380 has an image stabilizer.

We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative video cameras with an image stabilizer currently available including a cheaper camcorder such as the Canon Legria HF R78[plb_3192650_price] or you might consider a better rated camcorder such as the Sony HDR-CX450[plb_3226938_price].

Alternative camcorders which also have an image stabilizer that you might want to look at include the Panasonic HC-W580[plb_3189444_price].

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Has an HDMI

has an HDMI

The HC-V380 has an HDMI, as do most of the other small total megapixels video cameras that were released more than a year ago.

It may also be worth also looking at one of the other camcorders with an HDMI currently available including the Canon Legria HF R78[plb_3192650_price] which is cheaper.

We compared this camcorder to all the other camcorders with an HDMI and we think the Panasonic HC-W580[plb_3189444_price], or the JVC GZ-R310[plb_2860334_price] is also worth considering.

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Fairly Big Optical Zoom

Across all the small total megapixels video cameras that came out around the same time as the HC-V380 the optical zooms range from 10x to 50x, and the average optical zoom is 33x. The Panasonic HC-V380 has one of the bigger optical zooms (50 times zoom factor) amongst camcorders of this age.

It may also be worth considering one of the other 50x (optical) camcorders currently available including because of it's better review score, the Panasonic HC-V270[plb_2960127_price].

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SDXC Compatible Memory Cards

SDXC compatible memory cards

The HC-V380 supports an SDXC compatible memory cards which is better than most similar spec camcorders that came out around the same time as it. Most camcorders of this age and type support an SD compatible memory cards. In addition, this Panasonic 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 comparable age and type to the HC-V380.

Across comparable types of video camera the worst supported memory card type is SD.

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

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Has a Built-In Display

Like most of the other comparable spec camcorders that were launched around the same time as the HC-V380, the Panasonic HC-V380 has a built-in display.

There are a number of other video cameras with a built-in display currently available that you might also want to consider including cheaper camcorders such as the Canon Legria HF R78[plb_3192650_price].

We think you might also be interested in other video cameras which also have a built-in display including the Panasonic HC-W580[plb_3189444_price], or the JVC GZ-R310[plb_2860334_price].

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1080p Supported Video Modes

This video camera has a 480p|720p|1080p supported video modes, which is the most frequently found supported video modes on camcorders of this age and type.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolutions

This camcorder supports a video resolutions of 640 x 480|1280 x 720|1920 x 1080 pixels, which is typical of many similar spec video cameras that came out more than a year ago.

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4224 X 2376 Pixels Maximum Image Resolution

The HC-V380 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 camcorder, which is the most frequently found maximum image resolution. The worst maximum image resolution of all similar spec video cameras that are a comparable age to the HC-V380 is 1920 x 1080 pixels and the best is 3680 x 2760 pixels.

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LCD Display

This video camera has an LCD display, which is typical of many camcorders that have been available for a similar time to it.

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3408 X 2272 Still Image Resolution(s)

The highest still image resolution supported by the HC-V380 is 3408 x 2272. That's over twenty-five times the still image resolution of a 640 x 480 video camera, which is the most common still image resolution supported by camcorders that have been around for around the same time as the HC-V380. 640 x 480 is also supported by this video camera. In addition, this Panasonic video camera support still image resolution(s)s of 4224 x 2376, 1920 x 1080 and 1728 x 1152 and 3136 x 2352.

A 3408 x 2272 still image resolution(s) is actually the best supported still image resolution amongst all video cameras that have been available for around the same time as the HC-V380.

A 640 x 480 still image resolution(s) is the worst supported still image resolution across comparable types of camcorder.

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Has Four White Balances

The number of white balance modes found on the HC-V380 is more than most video cameras of a comparable type and age to it. This video camera has an Auto white balance, which is the most frequently found white balance found on video cameras of a comparable age and spec to the HC-V380. The white balances "Cloudy", "Indoor" and "Sunny" are also found on this camcorder.

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9 Reasons Against

Recent Price Increase of £19.02

In the last week the HC-V380 has increased in price by £19.02.

Does Not Have an Interchangeable Lens

The Panasonic HC-V380 does not have an interchangeable lens, although it is worth noting that most of the other video cameras that have been around for a similar time to the HC-V380 also do not have an interchangeable lens.

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Very Short Battery Life (max)

Video cameras that have been available for around the same time as the HC-V380 have battery life (max)s of between 1.2h and 5h, and the average battery life (max) is 3.3h. The HC-V380 has a quite short battery life (max) (only 1.25 hours) compared to most of the other video cameras of a similar age and type to the HC-V380.

If this Panasonic video camera battery life (max) is not long enough for you then you might also want to consider the Canon Legria HF R78[plb_3192650_price] (2.9h) which is also cheaper.

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Not 3D

The HC-V380 is not 3D, although this is within the context that most of the other small total megapixels video cameras that are a comparable age to the HC-V380 are also not 3D.

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Does Not Have a Night Mode

The HC-V380 does not have a night mode. Most of the other camcorders that have been around for around the same time as the HC-V380 also do not have a night mode.

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Not Waterproof

The Panasonic HC-V380 is not waterproof, although it is worth keeping in mind that most of the other camcorders of this age and spec are also not waterproof.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Projector

Like most of the other small total megapixels video cameras that were launched more than a year ago, the HC-V380 does not have a built-in projector.

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Very Low Effective Megapixels (image)

With an effective megapixels (image) of only 1.67 megapixels, the HC-V380 has one of the lower effective megapixels (image)s amongst video cameras of this age. The average effective megapixels (image) of small total megapixels video cameras that are a similar age to the HC-V380 is 2.1MP, and the effective megapixels (image)s range from 1.6MP to 3MP.

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Fairly Big Minimum Illumination

The minimum illuminations of small total megapixels video cameras that have been available for more than a year range from 0.1lx to 4lx, and the average minimum illumination is 1.7lx. At 4 lux, the HC-V380 has a quite big minimum illumination compared to most of the other similar spec camcorders that were released around the same time as the HC-V380.

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5 Other reasons to consider the Panasonic HC-V380

Released Over a Year Ago

It was over a year ago when this Panasonic video camera was released.

Full HD HD Type

The HD type of this video camera is Full HD, which is the most commonly found HD type on camcorders of this age and spec.

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Average Display Diagonal

At 3 inches, the Panasonic HC-V380 has a pretty average display diagonal compared to most of the other video cameras of a similar type and age to the HC-V380.

We compared all the other 3" screen size camcorders to this camcorder and we think cheaper camcorders such as the Canon Legria HF R67[plb_2882031_price] is also worth considering.

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Average Weight

At 252 grams, the HC-V380 has a pretty typical weight compared to most of the other small total megapixels video cameras that came out around the same time as the HC-V380.

If you don't mind having a heavier weight then you might want to consider the Canon Legria HF R67[plb_2882031_price] (240g) which is also cheaper.

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1/5.8" Optical Sensor Size

This camcorder has a 1/5.8" optical sensor size, which is the most frequently found optical sensor size on video cameras of this type and age.

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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
Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
Focal Length (35mm Film Equivalent)
Focal Length Range (f-F)
Storage
Memory Slots
Compatible Memory Cards
Camcorder Media Type
Camera File System
Focusing
Focus Adjustment
White Balance
White Balance
Display
Display Diagonal
Built-In Display
Touchscreen
Display
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 Microphone
Audio System
Ports & Interfaces
HDMI
USB 2.0 Ports Quantity
Headphone Outputs
Mini HDMI Ports Quantity
Networking
Wi-Fi
Wi-Fi Standards
Battery
Battery Life (max)
Battery Voltage
Battery Capacity
Charging Source
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Packaging Content
Batteries Included
Quick Start Guide
Cables Included
AC Adapter Included
Warranty Card
Other Features
USB Connectivity
Technical Details
USB Charging

Product Identifiers

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