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Panasonic HC-W850 Camcorder

12.76MP 1/2.3 360g MOS Mar 2014
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Expert Reviews Are Good

This video camera received a score of 85% from expert review site webnews.it.

Excellent Owner Reviews

Based on 6 owner reviews this big total megapixels camcorder has an average owner rating of 90%.

Panasonic Has Good Reviews for Its Camcorders

Panasonic has good average ratings for its big total megapixels camcorders as well as across its entire camcorder range compared to other manufacturers.

Has an Image Stabilizer

The Panasonic HC-W850 has an image stabilizer. Most of the other big total megapixels camcorders that have been around for more than two years also have an image stabilizer.

We think you might also be interested in some of the other video cameras with an image stabilizer currently available including because of it's better review score, the NEX-VG20[pl_1137845_price], the HDR-AS15[pl_1456659_price], or the HDR-PJ650[pl_1610617_price] all from Sony.

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Has an HDMI

has an HDMI

The Panasonic HC-W850 has an HDMI, as do most of the other camcorders of a comparable age and type to the HC-W850.

We think you might also be interested in some of the other camcorders with an HDMI currently available including because of it's better review score, the NEX-VG20[pl_1137845_price], the HDR-AS15[pl_1456659_price], or the NEX-VG30[pl_1543923_price] all from Sony.

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SDXC Compatible Memory Cards

SDXC compatible memory cards

The HC-W850 supports a better memory card type than most big total megapixels camcorders that are a similar age to it. This video camera supports an SDXC compatible memory cards, whereas most big total megapixels camcorders that have been available for a comparable time to it support an SDHC compatible memory cards. In addition, this Panasonic video camera supports an SD 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 camcorder's memory card type (SDXC) is actually the best supported memory card type across all big total megapixels camcorders that have been available for around the same time as the HC-W850.

An MS PRO compatible memory cards is the worst supported memory card type amongst similar types of camcorder.

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

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5472 X 3648 Still Image Resolution(s)

The highest still image resolution supported by the HC-W850 is 5472 x 3648. That's over twenty-one times the still image resolution of the most frequently found still image resolution(s) of 1280 x 720. In addition, this camcorder support still image resolution(s)s of 6528x3672, 4736x2664, 1920x1080, 5472x3648, 3984x2656, 1728x1152, 4896x3672 and 3624x2448 and 640x480.

This camcorder's still image resolution (5472 x 3648) is in fact the best supported still image resolution across all camcorders of a comparable age and type to the HC-W850.

The worst supported still image resolution across similar types of camcorder is 640 x 360.

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6528 X 3672 Pixels Maximum Image Resolution

The highest maximum image resolution of the HC-W850 is 6528 x 3672 pixels. That's 51% more maximum image resolution than a 4608 x 3456 pixels video camera, which is the most common maximum image resolution.

This video camera's maximum image resolution (6528 x 3672 pixels) is actually the best maximum image resolution amongst all camcorders of this spec and age.

Amongst similar types of video camera the worst maximum image resolution is 4000 x 3000 pixels.

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Has a Built-In Display

The Panasonic HC-W850 has a built-in display, as do most of the other camcorders of a comparable age and type to the HC-W850.

Other camcorders with a built-in display currently available that you might also want to consider include the NEX-VG20[pl_1137845_price], the HDR-AS15[pl_1456659_price], or the NEX-VG30[pl_1543923_price] all from Sony which has better reviews.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolutions

This video camera supports a video resolutions of 960 x 540|1280 x 720|1920 x 1080 pixels, which is the most commonly supported video resolutions on big total megapixels camcorders that were launched around the same time as it.

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Very Small Minimum Illumination

The Panasonic HC-W850 has a quite small minimum illumination (only 1 lux) compared to most of the other camcorders of a comparable type and age to the HC-W850. Video cameras that are a similar age to the HC-W850 have minimum illuminations of between 1lx and 17lx.

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Dolby Digital Audio System

This video camera has a Dolby Digital 2.0/5.1 audio system, which is the most frequently found audio system on video cameras of a comparable type and age to it.

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Has Three White Balances

The HC-W850 has a greater number of white balance modes than most similar spec camcorders that came out around the same time as it. This camcorder has an Auto white balance, which is the most commonly found white balance found on camcorders of this age and spec. The white balances "Cloudy" and "Sunny" are also found on this video camera.

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2/3" Optical Sensor Size

This camcorder has a 1/2.3" optical sensor size, which is typical of many camcorders that were released around the same time as it.

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12 Reasons Against

Not Full HD

The HC-W850 is not Full HD, although this is within the context that most of the other comparable spec camcorders that are a similar age to the HC-W850 are also not Full HD.

If you want a camcorder that is Full HD then you might want to consider the NEX-VG20[pl_1137845_price], the HDR-AS15[pl_1456659_price], or the HDR-PJ650[pl_1610617_price] all from Sony which also has a higher rating.

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Does Not Have an Interchangeable Lens

Most camcorders of this type and age do not have an interchangeable lens. The HC-W850 is no exception to this as it too does not have an interchangeable lens.

We compared this camcorder to all the other camcorders with an interchangeable lens and we think the NEX-VG20[pl_1137845_price], the NEX-VG30[pl_1543923_price], or the HDR-PJ810[pl_2109575_price] all from Sony which also has a higher rating is also worth considering.

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Very Low Maximum Aperture Number

Across all the video cameras that came out around the same time as the HC-W850 the maximum aperture numbers range from 1.6 to 10, and the average maximum aperture number is 3.8. The HC-W850 has a fairly low maximum aperture number (only 1.8) compared to most of the other camcorders of this age and type.

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Not 3D

The Panasonic HC-W850 is not 3D. Most of the other camcorders that have been on the market for around the same time as the HC-W850 are also not 3D.

Camcorders which are 3D that might also be worth considering include the Panasonic HC-V707[plb_1350701_price] which also has a higher rating.

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Not Waterproof

The Panasonic HC-W850 is not waterproof. Most of the other camcorders of a comparable age and type to the HC-W850 are also not waterproof.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Projector

The HC-W850 does not have a built-in projector. Most of the other camcorders of this age and spec also do not have a built-in projector.

Alternative video cameras which also have a built-in projector that you might also want to look at include the HDR-PJ650[pl_1610617_price], or the HDR-PJ810[pl_2109575_price] both from Sony which also has a higher rating.

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Does Not Have a Night Mode

Most big total megapixels camcorders that have been on the market for more than two years do not have a night mode. The HC-W850 is no exception to this as it too does not have a night mode.

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Only Has Three Cables Includeds

The number of included cables found on the HC-W850 is more than most camcorders of this age and type. This Panasonic camcorder has a USB cables included, which is the most frequently found cables included found on big total megapixels camcorders that have been on the market for around the same time as the HC-W850. The cables includeds "DC" and "HDMI" are also found on this video camera.

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Only Supports Two Audio Formats Supporteds

The HC-W850 has a greater number of audio formats than most similar spec video cameras that came out more than two years ago. The most commonly supported audio formats supported is LPCM, but this audio formats supported is not supported by this video camera. The audio formats supporteds AAC and MP4 are also supported by this Panasonic video camera.

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Very Low Effective Megapixels (image)

The lowest effective megapixels (image) of camcorders of this age and spec is 2MP and the highest is 17MP. The HC-W850 has a fairly low effective megapixels (image) (only 5.21 megapixels) compared to most of the other big total megapixels camcorders that were released more than two years ago.

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Quite Low Effective Megapixels (movie)

The effective megapixels (movie)s of big total megapixels camcorders that have been available for around the same time as the HC-W850 range from 1.1MP to 17MP. The HC-W850 has a quite low effective megapixels (movie) (only 6.03 megapixels) compared to most of the other similar spec camcorders that have been available for a comparable time to the HC-W850.

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Fairly High Minimum Aperture Number

The average minimum aperture number of camcorders of this type and age is 2.8. With a minimum aperture number of 3.6, the Panasonic HC-W850's minimum aperture number is one of the highest amongst camcorders that were released more than two years ago.

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6 Other reasons to consider the Panasonic HC-W850

Full HD HD Type

The HD type of this video camera is Full HD, which is typical of many big total megapixels camcorders that were released more than two years ago.

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Released Over Two Years Ago

This big total megapixels camcorder has been on the market for over two years.

Average Display Diagonal

At 3 inches, the HC-W850 has a relatively standard display diagonal compared to most of the other similar spec camcorders that were launched around the same time as the HC-W850.

Alternative 3" screen size video cameras currently available which you might also want to consider include because of it's better review score, the NEX-VG20[pl_1137845_price], or the NEX-VG30[pl_1543923_price] both from Sony or the Panasonic HC-V707[plb_1350701_price].

If this big total megapixels camcorder display diagonal is too small for you then you might want to consider the Panasonic HC-X1000[plb_2561788_price] (3.5").

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Average Weight

At 360 grams, the HC-W850 has a fairly average weight compared to most of the other video cameras of a comparable age and type to the HC-W850.

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Average Optical Zoom

At 20 times zoom factor, the HC-W850 has a pretty standard optical zoom compared to most of the other similar spec video cameras that have been around for more than two years.

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Average Digital Zoom

At 60 times zoom factor, the Panasonic HC-W850 has a fairly typical digital zoom compared to most of the other big total megapixels camcorders that were released around the same time as the HC-W850.

Camcorders with a bigger digital zoom that might also be worth looking at include the Panasonic HC-V770[plb_2778988_price] (1,500x and higher rated).

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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
Filter Size
Focal Length (35mm Film Equivalent)
Focal Length Range (f-F)
Storage
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
Shoe Mounting Point
Shoe Mounting Point Type
Shutter
Shutter Speed (video)
Shutter Speed (photo)
Camera Shutter Speed
Display
Display Diagonal
Built-In Display
Display Resolution (numeric)
Display
Display Aspect Ratio
Viewfinder
Viewfinder Type
Camera
Camcorder Type
3D
On Screen Display (OSD)
Minimum Illumination
Supported Aspect Ratios
On Screen Display (OSD) Languages
Smartphone Remote Support
Remotely Operated
Progressive Scan
Design
LED Indicators
Colour of Product
Video
HD Type
Video Formats Supported
Video Resolutions
Maximum Video Resolution
Analog Signal Format System
Dual Shot (video & Photo)
Still Image
Image Formats Supported
Still Image Resolution(s)
Maximum Image Resolution
Audio
Audio Formats Supported
Wind Filter
Built-In Speaker(s)
Built-In Microphone
Audio System
Ports & Interfaces
HDMI
Composite Video Out
USB 2.0 Ports Quantity
Microphone in
Headphone Outputs
S-Video Out
PictBridge
Mini HDMI Ports Quantity
Networking
Wi-Fi
Near Field Communication (NFC)
Wi-Fi Standards
Battery
Battery Voltage
Battery Capacity
Charging Source
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Packaging Content
Batteries Included
Quick Start Guide
Bundled Software
Cables Included
AC Adapter Included
Warranty Card

Expert Reviews

(1)
5 August 2014
Good image quality in decent light
Digital noise handled well, good sensitivity
Onboard WiFi
Mic and headphones sockets
Slowmotion mode can switched on and off while filming
LCD resolution could be higher and touchcontrols aren't sensitive enough
No builtin viewfinder
Battery life isn't amazing, battery charges incamera (no standalone charger)
Removable accessories shoe isn't particularly practical
Photo mode isn't great

User Reviews

(6)
Reviewed 13 May 2014 by Mr. Adam
Mr. Adam would recommend the Panasonic HC-W850

{{{Powerful zoom function that doesn't zoom too fast, nice and smooth. I have found the jumpiness of the zoom on previous camcorders to be terrible, if you don't have just the right touch, you end... Read more…

240 Megapixel Dig Stills
Dual Filming Lens
Good Image Stabilization
Great Zoom
Wifi Smart P App Control
Reviewed 22 February 2015 by Chris

Great video quality. I confirm the excellent features and picture quality from other reviews, but using an assortment of cheap and expensive external microphones, the audio sounds as though... Read more…

Easy to Use
Good Image Stabilization
Good in Low Light
Great Picture Quality
Great Sound
Reviewed 27 April 2014 by Dave
Dave would recommend the Panasonic HC-W850 (Verified Purchase)

Really great, easy to use. slow-motion and night vision just rocks!

Easy to Use
Good Image Stabilization
Good in Low Light
Great Picture Quality
Great Sound
Hd Files Too Big
Poor Sound
Reviewed 28 January 2015 by David40
David40 would recommend the Panasonic HC-W850 (Verified Purchase)

Real nice camera but if you use it in HD mode be prepared to make use of that video. The files are huge, and you must have a newer computer with a fast multicore processor to work with them or... Read more…

Easy to Use
Good Image Stabilization
Good in Low Light
Great Picture Quality
Great Zoom
Hd Files Too Big
Poor Sound
Reviewed 28 January 2015 by KVUSMC
KVUSMC would recommend the Panasonic HC-W850 (Verified Purchase)

This Camcorder Is The Best...

Easy to Use
Good Image Stabilization
Good in Low Light
Great Picture Quality
Great Sound
Poor In Low Light
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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers hcw850e, hcw850eb, hcw850ebk
Barcodes 05025232775019, 05025232775040, 05025232775064

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