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Panasonic HC-V720 Camcorder

17.52MP 1/2 277g May 2013
Total Megapixels Optical Sensor Size Full HD Weight Release Date
Panasonic has excellent reviews for its camcorders
Has an image stabilizer
Does not support HDMI
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Panasonic Has Excellent Reviews for Its Camcorders

Based on 338 expert and owner reviews (including 86 verified purchases), Panasonic has excellent ratings for its camcorders. Panasonic also has excellent ratings specifically within its big total megapixels video cameras range compared to other manufacturers. 89% of those that bought a Panasonic camcorder would recommend the product that they bought to other buyers.


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Released Over Four Years Ago

It was May 2013 when this Panasonic video camera was released.


Display

Average Display Diagonal

At 3 inches, the HC-V720 has a relatively typical display diagonal compared to most of the other big total megapixels video cameras that are a comparable age to this camcorder.

We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative 3" screen size camcorders currently available including the Panasonic HX-DC3, or the Sony HDR-PJ580E which both of have better reviews.

If this Panasonic video camera display diagonal is too small for you then you might want to look at the Panasonic HC-X920 (£679.99) (3.5" and higher rated), or the Sony HDR-CX900 (£907.70) (3.5" and higher rated).

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Weight & Dimensions

Average Weight

At 277 grams, the HC-V720 has a pretty average weight compared to most of the other similar spec camcorders that were released around the same time as this video camera.

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Lens System

Has an Image Stabilizer

The HC-V720 has an image stabilizer, as do most of the other big total megapixels video cameras that were released more than two years ago.

We compared all the other camcorders with an image stabilizer to this camcorder and we think the Panasonic HX-WA30 which has better reviews is also worth considering.

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Very Big Optical Zoom

At 21 times zoom factor, the Panasonic HC-V720 has a fairly big optical zoom compared to most of the other camcorders that were released around the same time as this video camera. Across all the video cameras of a comparable age and spec to this video camera the optical zooms range from 1x to 25x, and the average optical zoom is 13x.

There are a number of other 21x (optical) video cameras currently available that you might want to consider including because of its better review score, the Panasonic HC-V707.

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Average Digital Zoom

At 60 times zoom factor, the HC-V720 has a pretty standard digital zoom compared to most of the other big total megapixels video cameras that were launched around the same time as this camcorder.

If you want a video camera with a bigger digital zoom then you might want to consider the FDR-AXP33 (£949.99) (120x and higher rated), the HDR-PJ810 (160x and higher rated), or the HDR-CX900 (£907.70) (160x and higher rated) all from Sony.

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Ports & Interfaces

Does Not Support HDMI

The HC-V720 does not support HDMI. Most of the other comparable spec camcorders that came out around the same time as this video camera do support HDMI.

We compared this video camera to all the other video cameras with an HDMI and we think the Panasonic HX-WA30 which also has a higher rating is also worth considering.

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Does Not Support PictBridge

The HC-V720 does not support PictBridge, although keep in mind that most of the other big total megapixels video cameras that are a similar age to this video camera also do not support PictBridge.

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Has a Microphone in

The HC-V720 has a microphone in, as do most of the other comparable spec camcorders that have been on the market for around the same time as this camcorder.

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Video

Full HD

Full HD

The Panasonic HC-V720 is Full HD, as are most of the other camcorders of this age and type.

We compared all the other Full HD video cameras to this camcorder and we think the Sony HDR-CX730E which has better reviews is also worth considering.

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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 of a similar age and spec to it.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Maximum Video Resolution

This video camera has a maximum video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, which is typical of many comparable spec video cameras that have been available for around the same time as it.

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White Balance

Features Outdoor White Balance

The HC-V720 features outdoor white balance. Most of the other camcorders that came out around the same time as this camcorder also feature outdoor white balance.

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Features Indoor White Balance

The Panasonic HC-V720 features indoor white balance. Most of the other similar spec video cameras that have been around for more than two years also feature indoor white balance.

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Flash

Has a Built-In Light

The HC-V720 has a built-in light, as do most of the other video cameras of this age and type.

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Has a Built-In Flash

The HC-V720 has a built-in flash, as do most of the other video cameras of a comparable type and age to this camcorder.

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Networking

Supports Near Field Communication (NFC)

The HC-V720 supports near Field Communication (NFC), as do most of the other camcorders of this age and spec.

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Features Wi-Fi

The Panasonic HC-V720 features wi-Fi, as do most of the other similar spec video cameras that came out more than two years ago.

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Packaging Content

Has an AC Adapter Included

The HC-V720 has an AC adapter included, as do most of the other camcorders that have been available for more than two years.

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Has a Batteries Included

The HC-V720 has a batteries included. Most of the other video cameras that have been available for a similar time to this camcorder also have a batteries included.

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Audio

Has a Built-In Speaker(s)

The HC-V720 has a built-in speaker(s), as do most of the other camcorders that have been around for around the same time as this camcorder.

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Has a Built-In Microphone

The HC-V720 has a built-in microphone, as do most of the other camcorders of a similar age and type to this camcorder.

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Still Image

6016 X 3384 Pixels Image Resolution

This video camera has a maximum image resolution of 6016 x 3384 pixels, which is typical of many big total megapixels video cameras that were released more than two years ago.

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Camera

Supports On Screen Display (OSD)

The Panasonic HC-V720 supports On Screen Display (OSD). Most of the other camcorders of a similar spec and age to this video camera also support On Screen Display (OSD).

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Quite Small Minimum Illumination

At only 1 lux, the HC-V720 has a very small minimum illumination compared to most of the other similar spec video cameras that are a comparable age to this video camera. The smallest minimum illumination of camcorders that were released more than two years ago is 1lx, the biggest is 17lx, and the average minimum illumination is 4.7lx.

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Image Sensor

Very Low Effective Megapixels (image)

The lowest effective megapixels (image) of big total megapixels video cameras that have been available for around the same time as this camcorder is 2MP and the highest is 25MP. With an effective megapixels (image) of only 4.14 megapixels, the Panasonic HC-V720 has a fairly low effective megapixels (image) compared to most of the other video cameras of this type and age.

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Very Low Effective Megapixels (movie)

At only 4.14 megapixels, the HC-V720 has a quite low effective megapixels (movie) compared to most of the other big total megapixels video cameras that were released around the same time as this camcorder. The lowest effective megapixels (movie) of camcorders of a comparable type and age to this camcorder is 1.1MP, the highest is 5,100,000MP, and the average effective megapixels (movie) is 140,000MP.

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1" Optical Sensor Size

This video camera has a 1/2.33" optical sensor size, which is typical of many camcorders of this age and type.

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17.52 Megapixels Total Megapixels

This is a 17.52 megapixels sensor video camera.

If you want a bigger total megapixels then you might want to look at the Panasonic HC-X1000 (£1,729) (18.91MP) which is also higher rated.

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers panasonic hcv720k
Barcodes 00025232721429, 05025232721375, 05025232721412, 05025232721429, 05025232721443, 05025232721467, 05025232721474, 05053973017358, 08421152734674, 08594031680307

Panasonic HC-V720 Review Sources

To prepare this Panasonic HC-V720 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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