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Panasonic HC-V500
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Panasonic HC-V500 Camcorder

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1.5MP 1/5.8 227g MOS Aug 2014
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Intelligent 50x Zoom The V500/V500M feature an Intelligent Zoom function that goes all the way upTo 50x. When using Intelligent Zoom, Intelligent Resolution technology lets you shootAt high zoom... More
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One Industry Award

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

Good Expert Reviews

Video camera expert review site camcorderinfo.com scored this Panasonic video camera 82%. That puts this video camera in the top 15% of all the camcorders of a comparable age and spec.

Panasonic Camcorders Have Good Reviews

Based on 112 expert and user reviews, Panasonic has good reviews for its video cameras. Panasonic also has good reviews specifically for its small total megapixels video cameras compared to other brands.

Full HD HD Type

The HD type of this video camera is Full HD, which is typical of many video cameras of this spec and age.

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Fairly Big Digital Zoom

The smallest digital zoom of video cameras of this age and type is 1.5x, the biggest is 3,500x, and the average digital zoom is 800x. With a digital zoom of 2,500 times zoom factor, the Panasonic HC-V500 has one of the bigger digital zooms amongst small total megapixels video cameras of this age.

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Has an HDMI

has an HDMI

Like most of the other similar spec video cameras that have been available for more than two years, the Panasonic HC-V500 has an HDMI.

We compared all the other camcorders with an HDMI to this video camera and we think because of it's better review score, the Legria HF M52[pl_389042_price], the Legria HF G10[pl_1059637_price], and the Legria HF M56[pl_1260566_price] all from Canon is also worth considering.

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Has an Image Stabilizer

Like most of the other small total megapixels video cameras that have been around for around the same time as the HC-V500, the HC-V500 has an image stabilizer.

We compared all the other video cameras with an image stabilizer to this camcorder and we think because of it's better review score, the Legria HF M52[pl_389042_price], the Legria HF G10[pl_1059637_price], and the Legria HF M56[pl_1260566_price] all from Canon is also worth considering.

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Very High Effective Megapixels (movie)

With an effective megapixels (movie) of 1,300,000 megapixel, the HC-V500 has a very high effective megapixels (movie) compared to most of the other video cameras of this spec and age. Across all the small total megapixels video cameras that are a comparable age to the HC-V500 the effective megapixels (movie)s range from 0.41MP to 1,300,000MP, and the average effective megapixels (movie) is 19,000MP.

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Optical Image Stabilizer Type

This video camera has an optical image stabilizer type, which is the most commonly found image stabilizer type on similar spec video cameras that came out more than two years ago. Optical image stabilisation is hardware based. Digital cameras with optical IS typically have a built-in gyro sensor and microprocessor that detects camera shake as it occurs. The stabiliser compensates for any camera movement.

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SDXC Compatible Memory Cards

SDXC compatible memory cards

The Panasonic HC-V500 supports a better memory card type than most video cameras of this type and age. This camcorder supports an SDXC compatible memory cards, whereas most camcorders of a comparable spec and age to it support an SD compatible memory cards. This 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 small total megapixels video cameras that have been around for a similar time to the HC-V500.

Across comparable types of video camera the worst supported memory card type is MicroSD (Transflash).

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

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Has a Night Mode

The HC-V500 has a night mode. Most of the other camcorders that have been on the market for more than two years do not have a night mode.

It may also be worth considering one of the other camcorders with a night mode currently available including because of it's better review score, the Legria HF M52[pl_389042_price], or the Legria HF M56[pl_1260566_price] both from Canon.

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Lithium Battery Technology

This video camera has a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion) battery technology, which is the most frequently found battery technology on camcorders that came out around the same time as it.

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1080i Supported Video Modes

1920 pixels × 1080 lines (2.1 megapixels), and a temporal resolution of 50 or 60 interlaced fields per second. Across all video cameras of a similar age and type to the HC-V500 the video mode ranges from 576i to 1080p.

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Not Available Viewfinder Type

This camcorder has a Not available viewfinder type, which is typical of many camcorders of a similar type and age to it.

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Has a Built-In Display

Like most of the other video cameras of a comparable type and age to the HC-V500, the HC-V500 has a built-in display.

Other camcorders with a built-in display currently available which you might want to consider include the Legria HF M52[pl_389042_price], the Legria HF G10[pl_1059637_price], or the Legria HF M56[pl_1260566_price] all from Canon which has better reviews.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolutions

This camcorder supports a video resolutions of 960 x 540|1920 x 1080 pixels, which is typical of many video cameras of a similar spec and age to it.

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Quite Big Bitrate At Maximum Video Resolution

The HC-V500 has one of the bigger bitrate at maximum video resolutions (28 megabits per second) amongst similar spec camcorders of this age. The average bitrate at maximum video resolution of camcorders of a comparable age and spec to the HC-V500 is 25 Mbit/s, and the bitrate at maximum video resolutions range from 2.5 Mbit/s to 50 Mbit/s.

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Fairly High Display Resolution (numeric)

The lowest display resolution (numeric) of camcorders of a similar type and age to the HC-V500 is 1.2 pixels, the highest is 1,300,000 pixels, and the average display resolution (numeric) is 330,000 pixels. The HC-V500 has one of the higher display resolution (numeric)s (230,400 pixels) amongst small total megapixels video cameras of this age.

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JPG Image Formats Supported

This camcorder has an EXIF|JPG image formats supported, which is typical of many small total megapixels video cameras that have been around for more than two years.

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Has Three White Balances

The number of white balance modes found on the HC-V500 is more than most small total megapixels video cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as it. This video camera has an Auto white balance, which is the most commonly found white balance found on small total megapixels video cameras that have been on the market for more than two years. The white balances "Cloudy" and "Sunny" are also found on this Panasonic video camera.

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10 Reasons Against

Not Full HD

Like most of the other camcorders of a similar spec and age to the HC-V500, the HC-V500 is not Full HD.

Video cameras which are Full HD that might be worth looking at include the Legria HF M52[pl_389042_price], the Legria HF G10[pl_1059637_price], or the Legria HF M56[pl_1260566_price] all from Canon which also has a higher rating.

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Does Not Have an Interchangeable Lens

The Panasonic HC-V500 does not have an interchangeable lens. Most of the other video cameras of this age and type also do not have an interchangeable lens.

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Very Low Effective Megapixels (image)

The effective megapixels (image)s of camcorders of a comparable type and age to the HC-V500 range from 1.1MP to 10MP. With an effective megapixels (image) of only 1.3 megapixels, the HC-V500 has one of the lower effective megapixels (image)s amongst video cameras of this age.

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Only Supports One Audio Formats Supported

The HC-V500 has a greater number of audio formats than most camcorders of this age and type. The most frequently supported audio formats supported is AAC++, but this audio formats supported is not supported by this Panasonic video camera. The audio formats supporteds AAC are also supported by this video camera.

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Only 2304 X 1296 Still Image Resolution(s)

The HC-V500 supports a maximum still image resolution of 2304 x 1296. That's over three times the still image resolution of the most common still image resolution(s) of 1280 x 720. In addition, this video camera support still image resolution(s)s of 640 x 480, 1856 x 1392 and 1920 x 1080 and 2064 x 1376. The best still image resolution of all camcorders that came out around the same time as the HC-V500 is 6016 x 4016 and the worst is 640 x 360.

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Not 3D

The HC-V500 is not 3D, although it is worth noting that most of the other small total megapixels video cameras that were launched around the same time as the HC-V500 are also not 3D.

Camcorders which are 3D that might be worth looking at include the Canon XF105[plb_2074823_price] which is also higher rated.

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Not Waterproof

The HC-V500 is not waterproof. Most of the other video cameras of this age and type are also not waterproof.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Projector

Most video cameras of this age and type do not have a built-in projector. The HC-V500 is no exception to this as it too does not have a built-in projector.

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Only AVC Video Formats Supported

This camcorder has an AVCHD|MP4 video formats supported, which is typical of many similar spec video cameras that were launched around the same time as it.

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Fairly High Power Consumption (typical)

The average power consumption (typical) of small total megapixels video cameras that are a comparable age to the HC-V500 is 4W, and the power consumption (typical)s range from 1.8W to 12W. At 7.7 Watts, the Panasonic HC-V500 has a fairly high power consumption (typical) compared to most of the other similar spec video cameras that are a comparable age to the HC-V500.

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5 Other reasons to consider the Panasonic HC-V500

Released Over Two Years Ago

This video camera has been on the market for over two years.

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 video cameras that have been available for a similar time to the HC-V500.

We compared this video camera to all the other 3" screen size video cameras and we think the Canon Legria HF M52[plb_389042_price] which has better reviews is also worth considering.

If this video camera display diagonal is not large enough for you then you might want to consider the Legria HF G10[pl_1059637_price] (3.5"), or the XA10[pl_1476816_price] (3.5") both from Canon which also has a higher rating.

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Average Optical Zoom

At 38 times zoom factor, the Panasonic HC-V500 has a relatively typical optical zoom compared to most of the other camcorders of a similar age and spec to the HC-V500.

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Average Weight

The Panasonic HC-V500 has a relatively standard weight (227 grams) compared to most of the other small total megapixels video cameras that came out around the same time as the HC-V500.

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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 similar spec video cameras that came out 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
Minimum Aperture Number
Maximum Aperture Number
Focal Length (35mm Film Equivalent)
Focal Length Range (f-F)
Storage
Internal Storage Capacity
Memory Slots
Compatible Memory Cards
Camcorder Media Type
Camera File System
Focusing
Focus Adjustment
White Balance
Indoor White Balance
White Balance
Flash
Built-In Flash
Built-In Light
Shutter
Shutter Speed (video)
Shutter Speed (photo)
Camera Shutter Speed
Display
Display Diagonal
Built-In Display
Display Resolution (numeric)
Display
Viewfinder
Viewfinder Type
Camera
Camcorder Type
3D
On Screen Display (OSD)
Minimum Illumination
Supported Aspect Ratios
On Screen Display (OSD) Languages
Camera Playback
Design
LED Indicators
Colour of Product
Video
HD Type
Bitrate At Maximum Video Resolution
Supported Video Modes
Video Formats Supported
Video Resolutions
Maximum Video Resolution
Still Image
Image Formats Supported
Still Image Resolution(s)
Maximum Image Resolution
Audio
Audio Formats Supported
Built-In Speaker(s)
Built-In Microphone
Audio System
Ports & Interfaces
HDMI
DC-In Jack
USB 2.0 Ports Quantity
S-Video Out
PictBridge
Networking
Wi-Fi
Battery
Battery Voltage
Battery Capacity
Battery Technology
Number of Batteries Supported
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Packaging Content
Batteries Included
Quick Start Guide
Bundled Software
Cables Included
AC Adapter Included
Other Features
Night Mode
Power Consumption (typical)
Photo Mode
Lens System
AV Output
Wireless Connection

1 Award

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Expert Reviews

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The Panasonic HC-V500M builds its reputation from its extensive set of controls and features. The Panasonic HC-V500M is a fine entry-level camcorder, and it has plenty of updates over the...

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6 November 2012

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Sophisticated optical image stabilisation
Lots of manual features
Decent image quality
Light form factor
Loaded with helpful features
No accessory shoe or audio minijacks
Not quite budget pricing
Weak image quality
Lack of detail in footage
Bad autofocus

Brochures and Manuals

+- Manufacturer's Description

Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers hcv500, hcv500m, hcv500egr, hcv500epk, hcv500egs, hcv500egk, hcv500eps, hcv500megk, 5025232661824, 5025232661831, panasonic hcv500, panasonic hcv500m
Barcodes 05025232661688, 05025232661718, 05025232661749, 05025232661756, 05025232661763, 05025232661770, 05025232661794, 05025232661824, 05025232661831, 05025232661855, 05025232661862

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