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Panasonic HC-W580 Camcorder

2.51MP 1/5.8 264g MOS BSI Jan 2016
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11 Reasons For

Panasonic Camcorders Have Good Reviews

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

Very Big Digital Zoom

Across all the video cameras of a similar spec and age to the HC-W580 the digital zooms range from 4x to 3,000x, and the average digital zoom is 840x. The Panasonic HC-W580 has one of the bigger digital zooms (3,000 times zoom factor) amongst small total megapixels video cameras of this age.

Other 3,000x (digital) camcorders currently available which you might want to consider include the Panasonic HC-V270[plb_2960127_price] which has better reviews; or the Panasonic HC-V380[plb_3189445_price] which is cheaper.

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Has an Image Stabilizer

The Panasonic HC-W580 has an image stabilizer. Most of the other camcorders that are a comparable age to the HC-W580 also have an image stabilizer.

There are a number of other video cameras with an image stabilizer currently available that you might also want to look at including the Panasonic HC-V380[plb_3189445_price], or the Canon Legria HF R78[plb_3192650_price] which is cheaper; or the Sony HDR-CX450[plb_3226938_price] which has better reviews.

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Has an HDMI

has an HDMI

Like most of the other small total megapixels video cameras that are a comparable age to the HC-W580, the HC-W580 has an HDMI.

We compared this video camera to all the other video cameras with an HDMI and we think the Panasonic HC-V380[plb_3189445_price], and the Canon Legria HF R78[plb_3192650_price] which is cheaper is also worth considering.

We think you might also be interested in other camcorders which also have an HDMI including the JVC GZ-R310[plb_2860334_price].

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Fairly Big Optical Zoom

At 50 times zoom factor, the Panasonic HC-W580 has a quite big optical zoom compared to most of the other video cameras of this type and age. The average optical zoom of small total megapixels video cameras that have been around for a comparable time to the HC-W580 is 33x.

We compared this camcorder to all the other 50x (optical) video cameras and we think a cheaper video camera such as the Panasonic HC-V380[plb_3189445_price] or you might consider a higher rated video camera such as the Panasonic HC-V270[plb_2960127_price] are also worth considering.

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SDXC Compatible Memory Cards

SDXC compatible memory cards

The HC-W580 supports an SDXC compatible memory cards which is better than most camcorders of a similar spec and age to it. Most similar spec video cameras that have been available for around the same time as it support an SD compatible memory cards. In addition, this Panasonic video camera 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).

This video camera's memory card type (SDXC) is in fact the best supported memory card type amongst all camcorders that were launched more than a year ago.

The worst supported memory card type across comparable types of video camera is SD.

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

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Has a Built-In Display

Like most of the other comparable spec camcorders that have been available for around the same time as the HC-W580, the Panasonic HC-W580 has a built-in display.

Alternative video cameras with a built-in display currently available which you might want to look at include the Panasonic HC-V380[plb_3189445_price], or the Canon Legria HF R78[plb_3192650_price] which is cheaper.

We think you might also be interested in alternative video cameras which also have a built-in display including the JVC GZ-R310[plb_2860334_price].

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolutions

This video camera supports a video resolutions of 1280 x 720|1920 x 1080 pixels, which is typical of many small total megapixels video cameras that were launched around the same time as it.

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4224 X 2376 Pixels Maximum Image Resolution

The highest maximum image resolution of the HC-W580 is 4224 x 2376 pixels. That's over four times the maximum image resolution of the most common maximum image resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. The maximum image resolution of all small total megapixels video cameras that have been available for more than a year ranges from 1920 x 1080 pixels to 3680 x 2760 pixels.

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LCD Display

This camcorder has an LCD display, which is the most frequently found display on camcorders that came out more than a year ago.

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3408 X 2272 Still Image Resolution(s)

The highest still image resolution supported by the HC-W580 is 3408 x 2272. That's over twenty-five times the still image resolution of a 640 x 480 video camera, which is the most frequently found still image resolution supported by small total megapixels video cameras that have been on the market for more than a year. 640 x 480 is also supported by this video camera. In addition, this Panasonic video camera support still image resolution(s)s of 4224 x 2376, 1920 x 1080 and 1728 x 1152 and 3136 x 2352.

A 3408 x 2272 still image resolution(s) is in fact the best supported still image resolution amongst all camcorders of a similar age and type to the HC-W580.

A 640 x 480 still image resolution(s) is the worst supported still image resolution across comparable types of camcorder.

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9 Reasons Against

£20.99 Price Increase

In the last month the HC-W580 has increased in price by £20.99.

Not Full HD

Most small total megapixels video cameras that were launched more than a year ago are not Full HD. The HC-W580 is no exception to this as it too is not Full HD.

If you want a video camera that is Full HD then you might also want to consider the Sony HDR-CX450[plb_3226938_price] or the Panasonic HC-V380[plb_3189445_price].

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Does Not Have an Interchangeable Lens

Like most of the other camcorders of a similar type and age to the HC-W580, the Panasonic HC-W580 does not have an interchangeable lens.

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Not 3D

The HC-W580 is not 3D. Most of the other video cameras of this type and age are also not 3D.

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Does Not Have a Night Mode

The Panasonic HC-W580 does not have a night mode. Most of the other video cameras of this age and type also do not have a night mode.

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Not Waterproof

Most comparable spec camcorders that have been on the market for a similar time to the HC-W580 are not waterproof. The Panasonic HC-W580 is no exception to this as it too is not waterproof.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Projector

Most camcorders that have been around for around the same time as the HC-W580 do not have a built-in projector. The Panasonic HC-W580 is no exception to this as it too does not have a built-in projector.

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Very Low Effective Megapixels (image)

The average effective megapixels (image) of camcorders of this spec and age is 2.1MP. The Panasonic HC-W580 has a quite low effective megapixels (image) (only 1.67 megapixels) compared to most of the other small total megapixels video cameras that have been around for a comparable time to the HC-W580.

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Very Short Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

The shortest maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) of camcorders that are a similar age to the HC-W580 is 35mm and the longest is 1,900mm. With a maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) of only 103 millimeters, the HC-W580 has a fairly short maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) compared to most of the other video cameras that are a similar age to the HC-W580.

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5 Other reasons to consider the Panasonic HC-W580

Released Over a Year Ago

It was over a year ago when Panasonic released the HC-W580.

Full HD HD Type

The HD type of this camcorder is Full HD, which is typical of many video cameras of a comparable age and type to it.

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Average Display Diagonal

At 3 inches, the HC-W580 has a relatively average display diagonal compared to most of the other video cameras of this spec and age.

Other 3" screen size video cameras currently available which you might also want to look at include cheaper video cameras such as the Canon Legria HF R67[plb_2882031_price].

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Average Weight

With a weight of 264 grams, the HC-W580 has a fairly typical weight compared to most of the other video cameras of this spec and age.

Other camcorders with a heavier weight that you might want to look at include the Canon Legria HF R67[plb_2882031_price] (240g) which is also cheaper.

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1/5.8" Optical Sensor Size

This video camera has a 1/5.8" optical sensor size, which is the most frequently found optical sensor size on small total megapixels video cameras that were released around the same time as it.

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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
Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
Focal Length (35mm Film Equivalent)
Focal Length Range (f-F)
Storage
Compatible Memory Cards
Camcorder Media Type
Focusing
Focus Adjustment
Display
Display Diagonal
Built-In Display
Touchscreen
Display
Camera
Camcorder Type
Minimum Illumination
Design
Colour of Product
Video
HD Type
Video Formats Supported
Video Resolutions
Maximum Video Resolution
Still Image
Still Image Resolution(s)
Maximum Image Resolution
Audio
Built-In Microphone
Audio System
Ports & Interfaces
HDMI
USB 2.0 Ports Quantity
Headphone Outputs
Mini HDMI Ports Quantity
Networking
Wi-Fi
Wi-Fi Standards
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Packaging Content
Batteries Included
Quick Start Guide
AC Adapter Included
Warranty Card
Technical Details
USB Charging

Product Identifiers

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