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Panasonic HC-W850 Camcorder

12.76MP 1/2 360g Mar 2014
Total Megapixels Optical Sensor Size Full HD Weight Release Date
Four industry awards
Excellent image quality
Touch screen not responsive enough
42 Reviews + 4 Awards
ixbt.com Original Design Trusted Reviews Recommended M3.idg.se Recommended Expert Reviews Best Buy

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Reviews

Four Industry Awards

This video camera has received four awards from expert review sites.

This big total megapixels video camera was given a "Recommended" award by both review sites Trusted Reviews and M3.idg.se, both of which wrote that this Panasonic video camera was good.

The editors of two additional expert review sites liked this video camera. The editor of review website Expert Reviews said that this camcorder would make a great purchase and gave it a "Best Buy" award and it received an "Original Design" award from website Ixbt.com.

Good Expert Reviews

Based on nine expert reviews from sites including CNET.com, Trusted Reviews, Expert Reviews and Digital Versus the average expert rating of this video camera is 86 out of 100.

Excellent Owner Reviews

People who bought this video camera rated this camcorder 90 out of 100 on average. Over 92% of reviewers gave this camcorder either 4 or 5 stars and 100% of those asked said they would recommend buying it to others.

Panasonic Video Cameras Have Excellent Reviews

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

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Touch Screen Not Responsive Enough

Three customers who reviewed this camcorder wrote that it did not have a good viewfinder. Amazon Customer mentioned two years ago “If you can look past the lack of electronic viewfinder, which you can because the lcd is nice”. Three years ago Alan Newble wrote on expert review site Amazon.co.uk “The second camera useless (for me) and the screen awful in sunlight and no viewfinder to take over” in his review of the Panasonic HC-W850.

Two people who reviewed it mentioned that it did not have a good screen. Website Cnet.com said “Touch screen not responsive enough” . Mr. P mentioned “One downside is the display is difficult to see in bright daylight” but they still gave the product a score of 5 stars out of 5.

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Unique Second Lens Lets You Record Yourself Whilst Shooting

Ten people who reviewed this camcorder agreed that it had a good zoom. Three years ago expert website Expertreviews.co.uk mentioned “The Panasonic HC-W850 is a medium-sized camcorder with a 1/2.3in, 12.8-megapixel sensor, 20x optical zoom, 50x intelligent zoom, built-in Wi-Fi” in their review of the Panasonic HC-W850. Stephen Davies rated it 4 stars out of 5 and he wrote in his review of this camcorder on expert review site Amazon.co.uk “I use the camera to film bands and it has a good zoom, however you have to be careful with the zoom controls”. Mr. P mentioned on expert review site Amazon.co.uk “The stabiliser at full zoom does a fantastic job”.

Four owners considered that this camcorder had a good lens. Three years ago Trusted Reviews mentioned “Unique second lens lets you record yourself whilst shooting”. Website Bhphotovideo.com wrote “Dual Filming Lens”. Mr. P mentioned in their review of this camcorder on expert website Amazon.co.uk “Also on wide angle you are able to get so close to objects they are almost touching your lens while keeping in focus, so it's great for macro use”.

Four customers who reviewed it agreed that it had a good image stabiliser. Three years ago Digital Versus mentioned “Excellent stabilisation system” and gave it a score of 4 stars out of 5. Two years ago website Bhphotovideo.com said “Good Image Stabilization” and scored it 80 out of 100. Stephen Davies mentioned in his review of this camcorder “The stabilisation function is first class, even in low light” and rated it 4 stars out of 5.

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Features

Broad Manual Feature Set

Five owners wrote in their reviews that it had good features. Website Cnet.com mentioned “Broad manual feature set” and gave the product a score of 77 out of 100. Website Amazon.co.uk wrote “The OCZ features slightly less power consumption” . Chris gave it a rating of 80 out of 100 and he mentioned in his review of the Panasonic HC-W850 on expert website Bhphotovideo.com “I confirm the excellent features and picture quality from other reviews.”.


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Released Over Three Years Ago

It was March 2014 when Panasonic released the HC-W850.


Audio

Acceptable Noise Level

Two people said in their reviews that it was noisy. Digital Versus gave this camcorder a score of 4 stars out of 5 and said “Digital noise handled well, good sensitivity”. Three years ago Stephen Davies mentioned “Sound quality is good in very noisy environments, only a very slight distortion when fliming a very loud rock band” and rated this camcorder 4 stars out of 5.

Digital Noise Handled Well, Good Sensitivity

Two people said in their reviews that it was noisy. Digital Versus gave this camcorder a score of 4 stars out of 5 and said “Digital noise handled well, good sensitivity”.

Three years ago Stephen Davies mentioned “Sound quality is good in very noisy environments, only a very slight distortion when fliming a very loud rock band” and rated this camcorder 4 stars out of 5.

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Has a Wind Filter

The HC-W850 has a wind filter, as do most of the other video cameras of a similar spec and age to this video camera.

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Has a Built-In Speaker(s)

The HC-W850 has a built-in speaker(s), as do most of the other camcorders of a comparable type and age to this camcorder.

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Has a Built-In Microphone

The HC-W850 has a built-in microphone, as do most of the other big total megapixels video cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as this video camera.

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Display

Average Display Diagonal

With a display diagonal of 3 inches, the HC-W850 has a relatively standard display diagonal compared to most of the other video cameras of a comparable type and age to this camcorder.

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Price

Good Value for Money

Five customers who reviewed it thought it was good value for money. Three years ago website Amazon.co.uk wrote in their review of this camcorder “In the 120 128 GB capacity, were they about the same price, I would prefer the OCZ Vector 150 to the Samsung 840 Pro”. Expert review site Cnet.com mentioned “The Panasonic HDC-HS250 is the best deal of its product line.”. Stephen Davies said in his review of this camcorder “It is good high quality camera for the price”.

Two customers wrote in their reviews that this camcorder was expensive. Alan Newble mentioned on expert website Amazon.co.uk “I wasn't happy about there being no viewfinder in such a relatively expensive camera” but he only gave the Panasonic HC-W850 a rating of 40 out of 100.

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Weight & Dimensions

Average Weight

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

Video cameras with a heavier weight that might be worth looking at include the Panasonic HC-X920 (£679.99) (189g).

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Lens System

Very Big Digital Zoom

When compared to other big total megapixels video cameras that were released more than two years ago that we have checked, the HC-W850's digital zoom of 1,500 times zoom factor is one of the biggest. The digital zooms of similar spec video cameras that were released more than two years ago range from 2x to 1,500x, and the average digital zoom is 170x.

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Has an Image Stabilizer

The Panasonic HC-W850 has an image stabilizer. Most of the other big total megapixels video cameras that are a similar age to this video camera also have an image stabilizer.

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Quite Big Optical Zoom

The HC-W850 has a quite big optical zoom (20 times zoom factor) compared to most of the other camcorders that came out more than two years ago. Camcorders that were released more than two years ago have optical zooms of between 1x and 25x.

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Very Low Maximum Aperture Number

The maximum aperture numbers of camcorders that are a comparable age to this camcorder range from 1.6 to 11, and the average maximum aperture number is 4. With a maximum aperture number of only 1.8, the Panasonic HC-W850 has one of the lower maximum aperture numbers amongst comparable spec video cameras of this age.

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Very Low Minimum Aperture Number

The HC-W850 has a quite low minimum aperture number (only 1.8) compared to most of the other video cameras of this type and age. Across all the video cameras that have been around for a similar time to this camcorder the minimum aperture numbers range from 1.1 to 11, and the average minimum aperture number is 2.6.

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Ports & Interfaces

Supports HDMI

supports HDMI

The HC-W850 supports HDMI, as do most of the other camcorders of a comparable type and age to this video camera.

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Has a Composite Video Out

The Panasonic HC-W850 has a composite video out, as do most of the other big total megapixels video cameras that are a similar age to this video camera.

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Does Not Support PictBridge

Like most of the other camcorders of a comparable age and type to this video camera, the Panasonic HC-W850 does not support PictBridge.

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Has a Headphone Outputs

The HC-W850 has a headphone outputs. Most of the other video cameras of a similar age and spec to this camcorder also have a headphone outputs.

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Has a Microphone in

The HC-W850 has a microphone in. Most of the other video cameras of this spec and age also have a microphone in.

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Video

Full HD

Full HD

The Panasonic HC-W850 is Full HD, as are most of the other camcorders that came out around the same time as this video camera.

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Features Dual Shot (video & Photo)

The HC-W850 features dual shot (video & photo), as do most of the other big total megapixels video cameras that have been available for a similar time to this video camera.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

This camcorder supports a video resolutions of 960 x 540|1280 x 720|1920 x 1080 pixels, which is typical of many camcorders of this spec and age.

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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 big total megapixels video cameras that came out more than two years ago.

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Flash

Has a Built-In Light

The HC-W850 has a built-in light, as do most of the other big total megapixels video cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to this video camera.

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Has a Shoe Mounting Point

The Panasonic HC-W850 has a shoe mounting point. Most of the other big total megapixels video cameras that came out more than two years ago also have a shoe mounting point.

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Has a Built-In Flash

The Panasonic HC-W850 has a built-in flash. Most of the other video cameras of this type and age also have a built-in flash.

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Still Image

5472 X 3648 Still Image Resolution

The highest still image resolution supported by the HC-W850 is 5472 x 3648. That's over nine times the still image resolution of the most common still image resolution(s) of 1920 x 1080. In addition, this video camera support still image resolution(s)s of 6528x3672, 4736x2664, 1920x1080, 5472x3648, 3984x2656, 1728x1152, 4896x3672 and 3624x2448 and 640x480.

A 5472 x 3648 still image resolution(s) is in fact the best supported still image resolution across all big total megapixels video cameras that were released around the same time as this camcorder.

Across comparable types of video camera the worst supported still image resolution is 640 x 480.

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6528 X 3672 Pixels Image Resolution

The HC-W850 has a maximum maximum image resolution of 6528 x 3672 pixels. That's 18% more maximum image resolution than the most frequently found maximum image resolution of 6016 x 3384 pixels.

A 6528 x 3672 pixels maximum image resolution is in fact the best maximum image resolution across all camcorders of a comparable spec and age to this camcorder.

Across comparable types of video camera the worst maximum image resolution is 4000 x 3000 pixels.

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White Balance

Features Indoor White Balance

The HC-W850 features indoor white balance. Most of the other big total megapixels video cameras that were launched around the same time as this camcorder also feature indoor white balance.

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Networking

Supports Near Field Communication (NFC)

The Panasonic HC-W850 supports near Field Communication (NFC). Most of the other big total megapixels video cameras that are a similar age to this camcorder also support near Field Communication (NFC).

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Features Wi-Fi

The HC-W850 features wi-Fi, as do most of the other camcorders that were launched more than two years ago.

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Packaging Content

Has an AC Adapter Included

The HC-W850 has an AC adapter included. Most of the other camcorders of this spec and age also have an AC adapter included.

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Has a Batteries Included

The Panasonic HC-W850 has a batteries included. Most of the other camcorders of a similar age and spec to this camcorder also have a batteries included.

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Camera

Has a Remotely Operated

The Panasonic HC-W850 has a remotely operated. Most of the other video cameras that have been available for around the same time as this camcorder also have a remotely operated.

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Features Progressive Scan

The Panasonic HC-W850 features progressive scan, as do most of the other camcorders of this age and spec.

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Supports On Screen Display (OSD)

The HC-W850 supports On Screen Display (OSD). Most of the other big total megapixels video cameras that have been available for around the same time as this video camera also support On Screen Display (OSD).

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Very Small Minimum Illumination

The minimum illuminations of video cameras of a similar type and age to this video camera range from 1lx to 17lx. With a minimum illumination of only 1 lux, the Panasonic HC-W850 has one of the smaller minimum illuminations amongst similar spec camcorders of this age.

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Image Sensor

Very Low Effective Megapixels (image)

The HC-W850 has one of the lower effective megapixels (image) (only 5.21 megapixels) amongst video cameras of this age. Across all the camcorders of a similar spec and age to this video camera the effective megapixels (image) range from 2MP to 25MP, and the average effective megapixels (image) is 11MP.

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Very Low Effective Megapixels (movie)

With an effective megapixels (movie) of only 6.03 megapixels, the HC-W850 has a quite low effective megapixels (movie) compared to most of the other camcorders of this age and type. The average effective megapixels (movie) of big total megapixels video cameras that were released more than two years ago is 140,000MP, and the effective megapixels (movie) range from 1.1MP to 5,100,000MP.

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1" Optical Sensor Size

This camcorder has a 1/2.3" optical sensor size, which is typical of many big total megapixels video cameras that were released more than two years ago.

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12.76 Megapixels Total Megapixels

This is a 12.76 megapixels sensor camcorder.

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Design

Excellent Image Quality

Twenty customers thought it was good quality. Trusted Reviews scored the product 5 stars out of 5 and wrote “Excellent image quality” in their review of this camcorder. Digital Versus said in their review of this camcorder “Good image quality in decent light”. Digitalversus.com mentioned on expert website Digital Versus “Image quality is good and there's a” in their review of the Panasonic HC-W850 and gave it a rating of 4 stars out of 5.

Solid Performance

Three people said in their reviews that this camcorder was well made. Website Cnet.com gave the product a rating of 4 stars out of 5 and mentioned “Solid performance”. Website Amazon.co.uk wrote three years ago “All Solid State drives in this capacity 120 128 GB) suffer to some degree from Write latency (slower Write speeds) when compared to the 240 256 GB” . Alan Moore said “It feels light and solid” in his review of this camcorder and scored it 5 stars out of 5.

Easy to Use

Ten people considered that it was easy to use. Two years ago website Bhphotovideo.com gave it a rating of 4 stars out of 5 and wrote “Easy to Use” in their review of this camcorder. They also mentioned “Wifi Smart P App Control” in their review. Mr. P gave the product a rating of 5 stars out of 5 and wrote “I always prefer to use a tripod.” in their review of this camcorder.

Two people who reviewed the product considered that it was easy to use the menus. Three years ago Trusted Reviews mentioned in their review of this camcorder “Comprehensive manual settings with control dial” and gave the product a score of 5 stars out of 5.

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers panasonic hcw850kbdl
Barcodes 00616348050555, 00885170180635, 05025232775019, 05025232775040, 05025232775064

Panasonic HC-W850 Review Sources

To prepare this Panasonic HC-W850 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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