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Panasonic HCV380EBK Camcorder

£238.99
2.51MP 1/5 252g Jan 2016
Total Megapixels Optical Sensor Size Full HD Weight Release Date
Panasonic has excellent reviews for its video cameras
Quite big digital zoom
Full HD
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Reviews

Panasonic Has Excellent Reviews for Its Video Cameras

We checked 338 expert and owner reviews for Panasonic camcorders and found that on average Panasonic has excellent reviews. We also found that Panasonic has excellent reviews specifically within its small total megapixels video cameras range. 78% of those that bought a Panasonic camcorder would recommend the product that they bought to other buyers.


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Released Over a Year Ago

This small total megapixels video camera was released in January 2016.


Lens System

Quite Big Digital Zoom

With a digital zoom of 3,000 times zoom factor, the HC-V380 has a quite big digital zoom compared to most of the other camcorders of this age and type. Camcorders that are a similar age to this video camera have digital zooms of between 1.5x and 3,000x, and the average digital zoom is 920x.

We think you might also be interested in some of the other 3,000x (digital) camcorders currently available including because of its better review score, the Panasonic HC-V270 (£179.99).

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Has an Image Stabilizer

The HC-V380 has an image stabilizer. Most of the other camcorders of a comparable spec and age to this video camera also have an image stabilizer.

We think you might also be interested in some of the other camcorders with an image stabilizer currently available including the Sony HDR-CX450 (£219.99) which has better reviews.

We compared this camcorder to all the other video cameras with an image stabilizer and we think the HC-V380EB-K (£238.99), or the HC-W580 (£259) both from Panasonic are also worth considering.

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Very Big Optical Zoom

The HC-V380 has a fairly big optical zoom (50 times zoom factor) compared to most of the other small total megapixels video cameras that have been available for a comparable time to this camcorder. Across all the camcorders of this age and spec the optical zooms range from 10x to 50x.

We think you might also be interested in some of the other 50x (optical) video cameras currently available including the Panasonic HC-V270 (£179.99) which has better reviews; or the Panasonic HC-V180EB-K (£179.99) which is cheaper.

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Battery

Very Short Battery Life (max)

The battery life (max) of camcorders of this spec and age range from 1.2h to 5h, and the average battery life (max) is 2.6h. With a battery life (max) of only 1.25 hours, the HC-V380 has one of the shorter battery life (max) amongst comparable spec video cameras of this age.

If you want a camcorder with a longer battery life (max) then you might want to look at the Zoom Q4n (£220) (3h) which is also cheaper.

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Display

Average Display Diagonal

With a display diagonal of 3 inches, the HC-V380 has a pretty standard display diagonal compared to most of the other video cameras of this age and spec.

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Has a Touchscreen

The Panasonic HC-V380 has a touchscreen, as do most of the other comparable spec camcorders that have been available for a similar time to this camcorder.

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Ports & Interfaces

Supports HDMI

supports HDMI

The HC-V380 supports HDMI, as do most of the other camcorders of this spec and age.

We compared all the other camcorders which support HDMI to this video camera and we think the Zoom Q4n (£220) which is cheaper; or the Sony HDR-CX450 (£219.99) which has better reviews are also worth considering.

We compared this camcorder to all the other video cameras with an HDMI and we think the Panasonic HC-V380EB-K (£238.99) is also worth considering.

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Has a Headphone Outputs

The Panasonic HC-V380 has a headphone outputs, as do most of the other similar spec video cameras that are a comparable age to this video camera.

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Weight & Dimensions

Average Weight

The HC-V380 has a pretty average weight (252 grams) compared to most of the other video cameras that were released more than a year ago.

If you are not worried about having a heavier weight then you might want to consider the Canon XA30 (£195.18) (765g) which is also cheaper.

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Video

Full HD

Full HD

The HC-V380 is Full HD. Most of the other camcorders of this age and type also are Full HD.

There are a number of other Full HD video cameras currently available which you might want to consider including the Bushnell BN119740 (£229.94), or the Zoom Q4n (£220) both of which are cheaper.

If you want a video camera that is Full HD then you might want to consider the Panasonic HC-V380EB-K (£238.99).

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

This video camera supports a video resolutions of 640 x 480|1280 x 720|1920 x 1080 pixels, which is typical of many small total megapixels video cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to it.

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Networking

Features Wi-Fi

The Panasonic HC-V380 features wi-Fi. Most of the other comparable spec camcorders that were released more than a year ago also feature wi-Fi.

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Packaging Content

Has an AC Adapter Included

The Panasonic HC-V380 has an AC adapter included, as do most of the other video cameras of a similar type and age to this video camera.

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Has a Batteries Included

The HC-V380 has a batteries included, as do most of the other camcorders of a similar age and spec to this video camera.

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Flash

Does Not Have a Built-In Light

The Panasonic HC-V380 does not have a built-in light. Most of the other similar spec video cameras that were released more than a year ago also do not have a built-in light.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Flash

Like most of the other small total megapixels video cameras that were launched around the same time as this camcorder, the HC-V380 does not have a built-in flash.

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Other Features

Features USB Connectivity

The HC-V380 features USB connectivity, as do most of the other video cameras of a similar spec and age to this video camera.

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Audio

Has a Built-In Microphone

The HC-V380 has a built-in microphone. Most of the other small total megapixels video cameras that were launched around the same time as this camcorder also have a built-in microphone.

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Still Image

4224 X 2376 Still Image Resolution

The Panasonic HC-V380 supports a maximum still image resolution of 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 small total megapixels video cameras that were released more than a year ago. 1920 x 1080 is also supported by this video camera. In addition, this Panasonic video camera support still image resolution(s)s of 3408 x 2272, 1728 x 1152 and 3136 x 2352 and 640 x 480.

A 4224 x 2376 still image resolution(s) is actually the best supported still image resolution across all small total megapixels video cameras that were released around the same time as this camcorder.

The worst supported still image resolution amongst similar types of camcorder is 640 x 480.

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4224 X 2376 Pixels Image Resolution

The Panasonic HC-V380 has a maximum maximum image resolution of 4224 x 2376 pixels. That's over four times the maximum image resolution of the most frequently found maximum image resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels.

A 4224 x 2376 pixels maximum image resolution is in fact the best maximum image resolution across all video cameras of this age and spec.

The worst maximum image resolution across comparable types of video camera is 1920 x 1080 pixels.

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Camera

Supports On Screen Display (OSD)

The HC-V380 supports On Screen Display (OSD), as do most of the other comparable spec camcorders that are a similar age to this camcorder.

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Quite Big Minimum Illumination

The HC-V380 has one of the bigger minimum illuminations (4 lux) amongst camcorders of this age. Video cameras that were launched more than a year ago have minimum illuminations of between 0.1lx and 4lx.

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Image Sensor

Very Low Effective Megapixels (image)

With an effective megapixels (image) of only 1.67 megapixels, the Panasonic HC-V380 has one of the lower effective megapixels (image) amongst similar spec video cameras of this age. The average effective megapixels (image) of video cameras of this spec and age is 2.1MP.

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1" Optical Sensor Size

This video camera has a 1/5.8" optical sensor size, which is the most frequently found optical sensor size on video cameras that are a similar age to it.

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2.51 Megapixels Total Megapixels

This is a 2.51 megapixels sensor camcorder.

We compared this camcorder to all the other 2.51MP sensor camcorders and we think because of its better review score, the Panasonic HC-V270 (£179.99) is also worth considering.

If this video camera total megapixels is too small for you then you might want to look at the Bushnell BN119740 (£229.94) (3MP and cheaper), or the Zoom Q4n (£220) (3MP and cheaper).

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers panasonic hcv380ebk, panasonic movie10mp, panasonic n158164w, panasonic hcv380k, summer hcv380ebk, panasonic 77c4c
Barcodes 00885170266063, 05025232836826, 05025232836857

Panasonic HC-V380 Review Sources

To prepare this Panasonic HC-V380 review we compared this camcorder to 576 other models. For each camcorder that we compared, we collated thousands of pieces of information including technical specs, reviews, and prices. In total we analysed 139,208 product attributes, 23,752 camcorder reviews and 1,754,400 historical camcorder prices from 164 camcorder retailers. We then picked out the standout features of this camcorder compared to the other models as well as any areas where this camcorder is lacking.

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