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Panasonic HC-V510 Camcorder

2.51MP 1/5 225g May 2013
Total Megapixels Optical Sensor Size Full HD Weight Release Date
Panasonic has excellent reviews for its camcorders
Very big optical zoom
Only 1" optical sensor size

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Panasonic Has Excellent Reviews for Its Camcorders

Based on 339 owner and expert reviews, Panasonic has excellent ratings for its video cameras. Panasonic also has excellent ratings specifically for its small total megapixels camcorders. 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 Four Years Ago

It was April 2017 when Panasonic released the HC-V510.


Video

Full HD

Full HD

The Panasonic HC-V510 is Full HD. Most of the other camcorders that came out more than two years ago also are Full HD.

It may also be worth considering one of the other Full HD camcorders currently available including because of it's better review score, the Canon Vixia HF M40.

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Ports & Interfaces

Supports HDMI

supports HDMI

The Panasonic HC-V510 supports HDMI. Most of the other small total megapixels camcorders that were launched around the same time as this camcorder also support HDMI.

We compared this video camera to all the other camcorders which support HDMI and we think because of it's better review score, the Canon Vixia HF M40, and the Sony HVR-Z7 is also worth considering.

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Display

Average Display Diagonal

At 3 inches, the Panasonic HC-V510 has a pretty standard display diagonal compared to most of the other camcorders of this age and type.

It may also be worth considering one of the alternative 3" screen size camcorders currently available including because of it's better review score, the Vixia HF M40, or the Vixia HF R40 both from Canon.

If this Panasonic camcorder display diagonal is too small for you then you might want to look at the Canon XF105 (£1,999) (3.5" and higher rated).

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Quite High Display Resolution (numeric)

The HC-V510 has one of the higher display resolutions (numeric) (460,800 pixels) amongst video cameras of this age. Across all the camcorders of this type and age the display resolutions (numeric) range from 23,000 pixels to 1,300,000 pixels, and the average display resolution (numeric) is 360,000 pixels.

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Lens System

Very Big Optical Zoom

The optical zoom of the HC-V510 of 62 times zoom factor is one of the biggest amongst video cameras of this age and type. Video cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as this video camera have optical zooms of between 10x and 78x, and the average optical zoom is 30x.

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Has an Image Stabilizer

The HC-V510 has an image stabilizer. Most of the other small total megapixels camcorders that are a comparable age to this video camera also have an image stabilizer.

There are a number of other camcorders with an image stabilizer currently available which you might want to look at including the Vixia HF M40, or the Vixia HF R40 both from Canon which has better reviews.

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Very Small Digital Zoom

With a digital zoom of only 150 times zoom factor, the Panasonic HC-V510 has one of the smaller digital zooms amongst small total megapixels camcorders of this age. The smallest digital zoom of video cameras of this age and spec is 1.5x and the biggest is 3,500x.

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Fairly Long Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

The shortest maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) of video cameras of this spec and age is 0.5mm, the longest is 2,700mm, and the average maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) is 1,000mm. The HC-V510 has a fairly long maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) (1,748 millimeter) compared to most of the other similar spec camcorders that are a comparable age to this video camera.

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Quite Short Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

With a minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) of only 28 millimeters, the Panasonic HC-V510 has one of the shorter minimum focal lengths (35mm film equiv) amongst small total megapixels camcorders of this age. The shortest minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) of camcorders of a similar type and age to this video camera is 2.3mm and the longest is 44mm.

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Weight & Dimensions

Average Weight

The HC-V510 has a relatively average weight (225 grams) compared to most of the other comparable spec video cameras that have been around for more than two years.

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Image Sensor

Only 1" Optical Sensor Size

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

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Quite High Effective Megapixels (movie)

At 2.25 megapixels, the Panasonic HC-V510 has a fairly high effective megapixels (movie) compared to most of the other small total megapixels camcorders that have been available for around the same time as this camcorder. The average effective megapixels (movie) of small total megapixels camcorders that have been available for a comparable time to this camcorder is 2MP.

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Quite High Effective Megapixels (image)

With an effective megapixels (image) of 2.25 megapixels, the HC-V510 has one of the higher effective megapixels (image) amongst small total megapixels camcorders of this age. The effective megapixels (image) of small total megapixels camcorders that have been on the market for around the same time as this camcorder range from 1.1MP to 10MP.

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Other Features

Features Photo Mode

The Panasonic HC-V510 features photo mode. Most of the other small total megapixels camcorders that are a comparable age to this camcorder also feature photo mode.

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Packaging Content

Has an AC Adapter Included

The HC-V510 has an AC adapter included, as do most of the other small total megapixels camcorders that have been around for more than two years.

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Has a Batteries Included

The Panasonic HC-V510 has a batteries included. Most of the other camcorders of a comparable age and spec to this camcorder also have a batteries included.

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Audio

Has a Built-In Speaker(s)

The HC-V510 has a built-in speaker(s). Most of the other small total megapixels camcorders that have been around for more than two years also have a built-in speaker(s).

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Has a Built-In Microphone

The HC-V510 has a built-in microphone, as do most of the other camcorders of a comparable type and age to this camcorder.

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Still Image

4224 X 2376 Still Image Resolution

The highest still image resolution supported by the HC-V510 is 4224 x 2376. That's over four times the still image resolution of a 1920 x 1080 video camera, which is the most common still image resolution supported by similar spec camcorders that came out around the same time as this camcorder. 1920 x 1080 is also supported by this video camera.

A 4224 x 2376 still image resolution(s) is actually the best supported still image resolution amongst all camcorders of a comparable age and spec to this video camera.

A 640 x 360 still image resolution(s) is the worst supported still image resolution amongst similar types of camcorder.

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4224 X 2376 Pixels Image Resolution

The highest maximum image resolution of the Panasonic HC-V510 is 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 actually the best maximum image resolution across all camcorders that have been around for around the same time as this camcorder.

The worst maximum image resolution amongst comparable types of video camera is 640 x 480 pixels.

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers panasonic hcv510ebk, panasonic hcv510ebr, hcv510egk
Barcodes 05025232723027, 05025232723034, 05025232723072, 05025232723102

Panasonic HC-V510 Review Sources

To prepare this Panasonic HC-V510 review we compared this camcorder to 575 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 138,449 product attributes, 23,573 camcorder reviews and 1,484,300 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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