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Panasonic HCV180K Camcorder

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2.51MP 1/5.8 211g MOS BSI Jan 2016
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13 Reasons For

Easy to Use

Several customers who reviewed it reckoned that it was easy to use. Malcolm S. said in his review of this camcorders “Excellent resolution, easy to use”. One person considered that it was easy to use the menus. Amazon Customer and mentioned in their review this month “It has a couple of fun settings for filming and the zoom button is a great sliding one”.

One person who reviewed it thought it was easy to setup. Amazon Customer wrote “Is very easy to set up”.

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Nice Design

One customer mentioned in their reviews that it was good looking. Amazon Customer said in August “All round, pretty good quality for its price- sound could be better” in their Panasonic HC-V180 review.

Good Product Quality

One person said in their reviews that it was good quality. Amazon Customer said on Amazon “All round, pretty good quality for its price- sound could be better” in their review of this camcorders and rated the product 4 stars.

Panasonic Camcorders Have Good Reviews

We checked 125 expert and user reviews for Panasonic video cameras and found that on average Panasonic has good reviews compared to other manufacturers. We also found that Panasonic has good reviews specifically for its small sensor size camcorders.

Good Quality Lens

One person said in their reviews that this camcorders had a good zoom. Amazon Customer said in their review of the Panasonic HC-V180 on Amazon this year “It has a couple of fun settings for filming and the zoom button is a great sliding one”.

Has an Image Stabiliser

The HC-V180 has an image stabiliser. Most of the other small sensor size camcorders that were released in the last year also have an image stabiliser.

There are a number of alternative camcorders with an image stabiliser currently available that you might also want to look at including the Legria HF R706[pl_3903750_price], or the HF R706[pl_3935505_price] both from Canon which is cheaper; or the Sony HDR-CX450[plb_3226938_price] which has better reviews.

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Has an HDMI Port

has an HDMI port

The Panasonic HC-V180 has an HDMI port, as do most of the other latest similar spec video cameras.

There are a number of alternative camcorders with an HDMI port currently available which you might want to consider including the Canon Legria HF R706[plb_3903750_price] which is cheaper; or the Sony HDR-CX450[plb_3226938_price] which has better reviews.

We compared this camcorder to all the other video cameras with an HDMI port and we think the Zoom Q4n[plb_3677236_price] is also worth considering.

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Fairly Big Optical Zoom

The Panasonic HC-V180 has a quite big optical zoom (50 times zoom factor) compared to most of the other small sensor size camcorders that have been on the market for the last year. Video cameras that came out around the same time as the HC-V180 have optical zooms of between 20x and 50x.

Alternative 50x (optical) camcorders currently available which you might also want to look at include the Panasonic HC-W580[plb_3189444_price] which has better reviews.

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Very Light

Across all the small sensor size camcorders that have been around for around the same time as the HC-V180 the weights range from 170g to 4kg. At only 211 grams, the HC-V180 is quite light compared to most of the other new small sensor size camcorders.

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SDXC Memory Card

SDXC memory card

The Panasonic HC-V180 supports a better memory card type than most new small sensor size camcorders. This Panasonic video camera supports an SDXC memory card, whereas most recently released small sensor size camcorders support an SDHC memory card. SDXC cards are SD cards but with a much higher capacity and faster processing speeds. They have a maximum capacity of 2TB (Terabytes).

An SDXC memory card is actually the best supported memory card type across all recently released video cameras.

Across similar types of camcorder the worst supported memory card type is SD.

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

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Has a Built-In Display

The HC-V180 has a built-in display. Most of the other small sensor size camcorders that have been around for around the same time as the HC-V180 also have a built-in display.

We compared all the other video cameras with a built-in display to this camcorder and we think cheaper camcorders such as the Legria HF R706[pl_3903750_price], and the HF R706[pl_3935505_price] both from Canon is also worth considering.

We compared all the other video cameras which also have a built-in display to this video camera and we think the Zoom Q4n[plb_3677236_price] is also worth considering.

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1080p Video Mode

The HC-V180 has a 1080p video mode which is better than most small sensor size camcorders that were released in the last 12 months. Most similar spec camcorders that have been available for a comparable time to it have a 720p video mode.

This video camera's video mode (1080p) is actually the best video mode amongst all camcorders that are a similar age to the HC-V180.

A 720p video mode is the worst video mode across comparable types of video camera.

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Has Four White Balance Modes

The HC-V180 has a greater number of white balance modes than most similar spec camcorders that were released in the last 12 months. This video camera has an Auto white balance mode, which is the most commonly found white balance mode found on comparable spec video cameras that are a similar age to the HC-V180. The white balance modes "Cloudy", "Indoor" and "Sunny" are also found on this camcorder.

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11 Reasons Against

Not Full HD

Most camcorders that have been around for a comparable time to the HC-V180 are not Full HD. The Panasonic HC-V180 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].

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Does Not Have an Interchangeable Lens

The HC-V180 does not have an interchangeable lens, although it is worth noting that most of the other latest comparable spec video cameras also do not have an interchangeable lens.

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Very Short Battery Life

The shortest battery life of video cameras that were released in the last 12 months is 1.2h, the longest is 7.2h, and the average battery life is 3.3h. At only 1.25 hours, the HC-V180 has a fairly short battery life compared to most of the other newly released similar spec camcorders.

If this small sensor size camcorder battery life is too short for you then you might also want to look at the HF R706[pl_3935505_price] (2.55h and cheaper), or the Legria HF R706[pl_3903750_price] (2.9h and cheaper) both from Canon.

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Quite Small Screen Size

The Panasonic HC-V180 has one of the smaller screen sizes (only 2.7 inches) amongst comparable spec camcorders of this age. Across all the camcorders that have been on the market for the last year the screen sizes range from 2" to 8.8".

If you are looking for a video camera with a larger screen size then you might also want to look at the Canon Legria HF R706[plb_3903750_price] (3" and cheaper) or the Sony HDR-CX450[plb_3226938_price] (3" and higher rated).

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Only 640 X 480 Still Image Resolution

The HC-V180 supports a maximum still image resolution of 640 x 480. That's 80% less still image resolution than a 1440 x 1080 video camera, which is the most frequently found still image resolution supported by comparable spec video cameras that have been around for around the same time as the HC-V180. Across all latest camcorders the still image resolution ranges from 640 x 360 to 4224 x 2376.

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Not 3D Compatible

The Panasonic HC-V180 is not 3D compatible. Most of the other new small sensor size camcorders are also not 3D compatible.

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Does Not Have a Night Mode

The HC-V180 does not have a night mode, although this is within the context that most of the other comparable spec video cameras that came out in the last 12 months also do not have a night mode.

There are a number of alternative camcorders which also have a night mode that you might want to look at including the Canon Legria HF R76[plb_3192649_price].

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Not Waterproof

The HC-V180 is not waterproof. Most of the other small sensor size camcorders that have been available for the last year are also not waterproof.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Projector

Most small sensor size camcorders that were launched in the last year do not have a built-in projector. The HC-V180 is no exception to this as it too does not have a built-in projector.

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Very Low Megapixel Count

The HC-V180 has a fairly low megapixel count (only 1.67 megapixels) compared to most of the other comparable spec video cameras that have been available for around the same time as the HC-V180. New comparable spec camcorders have megapixel counts of between 1.6MP and 3MP.

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Only 640 X 480 Pixels Video Resolution

The HC-V180 supports a 640 x 480 pixels video resolution which is higher than most similar spec camcorders that have been on the market for a comparable time to it. Most newly released video cameras support a 1440 x 1080 pixels video resolution. The worst video resolution of all video cameras that have been around for around the same time as the HC-V180 is 640 x 360 pixels and the best is 4096 x 2160 pixels.

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4 Other reasons to consider the Panasonic HC-V180

Released Eleven Months Ago

This small sensor size camcorder has been on the market for eleven months.

Full HD HD Type

The HD type of this camcorder is Full HD, which is typical of many small sensor size camcorders that have been around for the last year.

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Average Digital Zoom

At 500 times zoom factor, the Panasonic HC-V180 has a pretty standard digital zoom compared to most of the other video cameras that have been available for the last year.

If you would prefer a bigger digital zoom then you might want to consider the Legria HF R706[pl_3903750_price] (1,140x and cheaper), or the HF R706[pl_3935505_price] (1,140x and cheaper) both from Canon.

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1/5.8" Optical Sensor Size

This camcorder has a 1/5.8" optical sensor size, which is typical of many video cameras that have been around for around the same time as it.

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Specification

Image Sensor
Sensor Size
Optical Sensor Size
Sensor Type
Megapixel Count
Movie Megapixel Count
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Digital Zoom
Maximum Focal Length
Minimum Focal Length
Focal Length
Focal Length Range
Storage
Memory Card
Storage Media Type
File System
Focusing
Focus Adjustment
White Balance
White Balance Mode
Shutter
Photo Shutter Speed
Shutter Speed
Display
Screen Size
Display
Camera
Camcorder Type
Minimum Illumination
On Screen Display Language
Design
Colour
Video
HD Type
Video Mode
Video Format
Video Resolution
Maximum Video Resolution
Still Image
Image Format
Still Image Resolution
Maximum Image Resolution
Audio
Audio System
Ports & Interfaces
USB 2.0 Port
Mini HDMI Port
Battery
Battery Life
Battery Voltage
Battery Capacity
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Packaging Content
Cable Included
Other Features
Technical Details

Product Identifiers

Barcodes 05025232836789

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