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Panasonic HC-V500 Camcorder

1.5MP 1/5 227g MOS Aug 2014
Total Megapixels Optical Sensor Size Weight Sensor Type Release Date
One industry award
Very big digital zoom
Only 1" optical sensor size
camcorderinfo.com Best of Year

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Reviews

One Industry Award

The editor of one expert review site decided that this Panasonic camcorder was good. This camcorder received a "Best of Year" award from Camcorderinfo.com.

Good Expert Reviews

Video camera expert review site camcorderinfo.com scored this video camera 82%. This means that experts think this Panasonic video camera is one of the better small total megapixels camcorders that have been available for more than two years.

Panasonic Has Excellent Reviews for Its Camcorders

Based on 339 expert and owner reviews, Panasonic has excellent ratings for its camcorders. Panasonic also has excellent ratings specifically within its small total megapixels camcorders range compared to other manufacturers. 78% of those that bought a Panasonic video camera would recommend the product that they bought to other buyers.


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Released Over Two Years Ago

This Panasonic camcorder has been on the market since April 2017.


Display

Average Display Diagonal

With a display diagonal of 3 inches, the HC-V500 has a pretty typical display diagonal compared to most of the other small total megapixels camcorders that are a comparable age to this video camera.

We compared this camcorder to all the other 3" screen size video cameras and we think the Canon Legria HF M52 which has better reviews is also worth considering.

Video cameras with a larger display diagonal that might also be worth considering include the Legria HF G10 (3.5"), or the XA10 (3.5") both from Canon which is also higher rated.

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Lens System

Very Big Digital Zoom

The average digital zoom of camcorders of a comparable spec and age to this video camera is 720x, and the digital zooms range from 1.5x to 3,500x. The digital zoom of the HC-V500 of 2,500 times zoom factor is one of the biggest amongst small total megapixels camcorders that came out around the same time as this camcorder.

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Average Optical Zoom

At 38 times zoom factor, the Panasonic HC-V500 has a pretty standard optical zoom compared to most of the other small total megapixels camcorders that have been around for more than two years.

Camcorders with a bigger optical zoom that might be worth considering include the Panasonic HC-V550 (£299.99) (50x).

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Has an Image Stabilizer

The HC-V500 has an image stabilizer, as do most of the other video cameras of a similar type and age to this camcorder.

We think you might also be interested in some of the other camcorders with an image stabilizer currently available including because of it's better review score, the Legria HF M52, the XM2, or the Legria HF G10 all from Canon.

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Image Sensor

Only 1" Optical Sensor Size

This video camera has a 1/5.8" optical sensor size, which is typical of many comparable spec video cameras that have been around for a similar time to it.

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Very Low Effective Megapixels (image)

The HC-V500 has one of the lower effective megapixels (image) (only 1.3 megapixels) amongst camcorders of this age. The average effective megapixels (image) of video cameras that are a similar age to this video camera is 2.4MP.

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Quite Low Effective Megapixels (movie)

With an effective megapixels (movie) of only 1.3 megapixels, the HC-V500 has a quite low effective megapixels (movie) compared to most of the other small total megapixels camcorders that have been around for a comparable time to this video camera. Across all the small total megapixels camcorders that are a similar age to this video camera the effective megapixels (movie) range from 0.41MP to 4.5MP.

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Weight & Dimensions

Average Weight

With a weight of 227 grams, the Panasonic HC-V500 has a relatively typical weight compared to most of the other comparable spec video cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to this camcorder.

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Ports & Interfaces

Supports HDMI

supports HDMI

The HC-V500 supports HDMI, as do most of the other video cameras that have been around for more than two years.

Other video cameras which support HDMI currently available that you might also want to consider include the Legria HF M52, the Legria HF G10, or the Legria HF M56 all from Canon which has better reviews.

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Has a DC-In Jack

The Panasonic HC-V500 has a DC-in jack, as do most of the other small total megapixels camcorders that came out around the same time as this video camera.

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Does Not Support PictBridge

The Panasonic HC-V500 does not support PictBridge. Most of the other comparable spec video cameras that have been available for around the same time as this camcorder also do not support PictBridge.

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Networking

Does Not Feature Wi-Fi

The HC-V500 does not feature wi-Fi, unlike most of the other video cameras of a similar age and type to this video camera which feature wi-Fi.

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White Balance

Features Indoor White Balance

The HC-V500 features indoor white balance. Most of the other camcorders that are a comparable age to this camcorder also feature indoor white balance.

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Other Features

Has a Night Mode

The Panasonic HC-V500 has a night mode. Most of the other similar spec camcorders that have been on the market for more than two years also have a night mode.

We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative video cameras with a night mode currently available including because of it's better review score, the Transcend DrivePro 200 (£69.99).

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Features Photo Mode

The HC-V500 features photo mode, as do most of the other small total megapixels camcorders that have been available for a comparable time to this camcorder.

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Flash

Has a Built-In Light

The Panasonic HC-V500 has a built-in light, which is unusual. Most of the other small total megapixels camcorders that have been around for around the same time as this video camera do not have a built-in light.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Flash

Like most of the other video cameras that were released around the same time as this camcorder, the HC-V500 does not have a built-in flash.

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Camera

Supports On Screen Display (OSD)

The HC-V500 supports On Screen Display (OSD). Most of the other video cameras of this age and spec also support On Screen Display (OSD).

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Packaging Content

Has an AC Adapter Included

The Panasonic HC-V500 has an AC adapter included. Most of the other video cameras of this age and type also have an AC adapter included.

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Has a Batteries Included

The HC-V500 has a batteries included, as do most of the other small total megapixels camcorders that came out around the same time as this video camera.

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Audio

Has a Built-In Speaker(s)

The HC-V500 has a built-in speaker(s), as do most of the other video cameras that have been around for a similar time to this camcorder.

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Has a Built-In Microphone

The Panasonic HC-V500 has a built-in microphone. Most of the other small total megapixels camcorders that have been around for around the same time as this camcorder also have a built-in microphone.

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Video

1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

This video camera supports a video resolutions of 960 x 540|1920 x 1080 pixels, which is typical of many video cameras that have been on the market for more than two years.

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Fairly Big Bitrate At Maximum Video Resolution

The average bitrate at maximum video resolution of small total megapixels camcorders that have been available for more than two years is 26 Mbit/s, and the bitrate at maximum video resolutions range from 2.5 Mbit/s to 50 Mbit/s. The Panasonic HC-V500 has a quite big bitrate at maximum video resolution (28 megabits per second) compared to most of the other camcorders of a similar age and type to this camcorder.

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Still Image

2304 X 1296 Pixels Image Resolution

The highest maximum image resolution of the Panasonic HC-V500 is 2304 x 1296 pixels. That's 44% more maximum image resolution than the most frequently found maximum image resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. Across all small total megapixels camcorders that have been around for around the same time as this video camera the best maximum image resolution is 4224 x 2376 pixels and the worst is 640 x 480 pixels.

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2064 X 1376 Still Image Resolution

The highest still image resolution supported by the Panasonic HC-V500 is 2064 x 1376. That's 37% more still image resolution than a 1920 x 1080 video camera, which is the most frequently found still image resolution supported by camcorders of this type and age. 1920 x 1080 is also supported by this video camera. In addition, this camcorder support a still image resolution(s) of 640 x 480 and 1856 x 1392. Camcorders of this type and age still image resolution(s)s range from 640 x 360 (worst) to 4224 x 2376 (best).

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers panasonic hcv500m, 5025232661824, 5025232661831, hcv500megk, hcv500egr, hcv500epk, hcv500egs, hcv500egk, hcv500eps
Barcodes 05025232661688, 05025232661718, 05025232661749, 05025232661756, 05025232661763, 05025232661770, 05025232661794, 05025232661824, 05025232661831, 05025232661855, 05025232661862

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