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Panasonic HC-W850 Review
|40 Reviews + 4 Awards|
|3 Years Old|
Why Has it Scored 62?
It is over 2 years old and it is likely that newer camcorders with better features are available. However this Panasonic camcorder has good reviews so it may still be worth considering. View the latest video cameras 2017.
Customers report product quality, it is fairly priced and good quality lens.
The HC-W850 has some great features:
Fairly big total megapixels
Has an image stabilizer
Fairly big digital zoom
5472 x 3648 still image resolution
Panasonic HC-W850 In-Depth Analysis
Four Industry Awards
This camcorder is one of the most awarded by expert review sites of all the camcorders.
Three expert review sites all endorsed this video camera. This Panasonic camcorder received a "Best Buy" award from review site Expert Reviews and it received an "Editor's Choice" award from review site Trusted Reviews. This video camera also received a M3.idg.se "Recommended" award.
This camcorder received a "Design Award" from website Ixbt.com who said that this Panasonic video camera was well designed.
Expert Reviews Are Good
Excellent User Reviews
On average, based on 31 user reviews the average user rating of this video camera is 90%. 16 reviewers (92% of all reviewers) gave this video camera either 4 or 5 stars and 100% of those asked said they would recommend buying it to others.
Customers Report Good Product Quality
Nine people who reviewed the product considered that it was good quality.
Great image quality.
Image quality is good and there's a…
It is good high quality camera for the price…
Great video quality…
The quality to detail is superb…
The zoom also works well and doesn't degrade in quality when using optical zoom…
The extremely high quality of both video…
The video quality is very good although the saturation is a bit low…
The picture quality is superb, even in low light…
Panasonic Has Excellent Camcorder Reviews
Based on 386 expert and owner reviews (including 97 verified purchases), Panasonic has excellent ratings for its video cameras. 88% of those that bought a Panasonic camcorder would recommend the product that they bought to other buyers.
Customers Report That it is Fairly Priced
Three customers who bought it thought it was good value for money.
It is good high quality camera for the price…
Using an assortment of cheap and expensive external microphones…
Overall, this is a great camcorder, can't really fault it for the price…
Users Report a Good Quality Lens
Four owners who bought the Panasonic HC-W850 concluded that it had a good zoom and two customers who purchased the product said that it had a good lens.
The stabilisation function is first class, even in low light…
Powerful zoom function that doesn't zoom too fast, nice…
And the extended zoom of 50 is not in any way less than others boasting much more…
They don't have the range of features seen here, such as full manual controls (there is no manual focus ring…
The zoom also works well…
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…
The stabiliser at full zoom does a fantastic job…
The intelligent zoom also works very very well…
The only problem was that the second lens can only swivel side to side, so it was impossible to film the kids looking at a giraffe because the lens could not go up…
Users Report That it is Easy to Use
Two people mentioned in their reviews that it was easy to use.
The low light settings is not in the general shooting mood, so when it is set to it's utmost low light setting; you cannot hand held the camera or allow it to move or sway, or the image blurs…
Really great, easy to use…
Only negative is that some of the buttons are a bit awkward to use whilst holding it in the strap…
Very easy to use and results are great…
Fairly Big Total Megapixels
The average total megapixels of all camcorders is 8.2MP, with the smallest being 0.3MP and the biggest being 210MP. The HC-W850's total megapixels of 12.8MP is quite big compared to most other camcorders. It is in the biggest 20% of all camcorders when ordered by this feature.
Average Optical Sensor Size
The optical sensor size of the HC-W850 of 0.435" is relatively standard compared to most other video cameras. It is in the largest 72% of all camcorders when sorted by this feature.
The weight of the HC-W850 of 360g is relatively average compared to most other video cameras. It is in the heaviest 72% of all camcorders when sorted by this feature.
Average Optical Zoom
The HC-W850's optical zoom of 20x is relatively typical compared to most other camcorders. It is in the biggest 36% of all camcorders when ranked by this feature.
Average Maximum Video Resolution
The maximum video resolution of the HC-W850 of 1,920 pixels is fairly average compared to most other camcorders. It is in the highest 72% of all camcorders when ordered by this feature.
Has an Image Stabilizer
The HC-W850 has an image stabilizer, as do 66% of camcorders.
Fairly Big Digital Zoom
The Panasonic HC-W850's digital zoom of 1,500x is fairly big compared to most other video cameras. It is in the biggest 8% of all camcorders when sorted by this feature. The average digital zoom of all camcorders is 430x, with the smallest being 1.5x and the biggest being 3,500x.
5472 X 3648 Still Image Resolution
The HC-W850 supports a maximum still image resolution of 5472 x 3648. That's over two times the resolution of a 3200 x 2400 video camera, which is the most common resolution supported by camcorders. This Panasonic video camera also supports still image resolution of 4896 x 3672, 3984 x 2656, 1920 x 1080 plus 2 more values. Across all video cameras the worst resolution is 640 x 360 and the best is 6016 x 4016.
Average Display Diagonal
The HC-W850's display diagonal of 3" is fairly typical compared to most other camcorders. It is in the largest 40% of all camcorders when sorted by this feature.
The Panasonic HC-W850 supports HDMI, as do 67% of camcorders.
Supports Near Field Communication (NFC)
The Panasonic HC-W850 supports Near Field Communication (NFC), which is unusual. 88% of camcorders do not support Near Field Communication (NFC).
Has a Built-In Microphone
The HC-W850 has a built-in microphone. 52% of camcorders also have a built-in microphone.
Has a Microphone in
The Panasonic HC-W850 has a microphone in, unlike 77% of camcorders which do not have a microphone in.
Quite Low Maximum Aperture Number
The maximum aperture number of the HC-W850 of only 1.8 is in the lowest 4% of all camcorders when ordered by this feature. The lowest maximum aperture number of camcorders is 1.6, the highest is 38, and the average maximum aperture number is 5.
Has a Built-In Flash
The HC-W850 has a built-in flash, unlike 86% of video cameras which do not have a built-in flash.
Quite Low Minimum Aperture Number
The lowest minimum aperture number of camcorders is 1.1, the highest is 22, and the average minimum aperture number is 2.2. The minimum aperture number of the HC-W850 of only 1.8 is quite low compared to most other camcorders. It is in the lowest 19% of all video cameras when sorted by this feature.
Has a Shoe Mounting Point
The HC-W850 has a shoe mounting point, which is unusual. 95% of camcorders do not have a shoe mounting point.
The HC-W850 features wi-Fi, which is unusual. 77% of video cameras do not feature wi-Fi.
Supports Remote Operation
The HC-W850 supports remote operation, which is unusual. 95% of camcorders do not support remote operation.
The HC-W850 is Full HD. 74% of camcorders also are Full HD.
Has a Wind Filter
The HC-W850 has a wind filter, unlike 94% of camcorders which do not have a wind filter.
Does Not Support PictBridge
The HC-W850 does not support PictBridge. 97% of camcorders also do not support PictBridge.
Released Over Three Years Ago
Panasonic released the HC-W850 in March 2014.
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