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Panasonic HC-V250 Camcorder

2.51MP 1/5.8 216g Mar 2014
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Intelligent 90x Zoom / Optical 50x ZoomEquipped with Intelligent 90x Zoom/Optical 50x Zoom. This model lets you easily shoot distant subjects that are too far away to capture clearly with... More
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35 Reasons For

Easy to Use

Nine people mentioned in their reviews that the product was easy to use. In August this year Amazon Customer said “A good easy to use camcorder”. D Deacon wrote on Amazon two years ago “Easy and fun to use” in their review of the Panasonic HC-V250. Eve said in her Panasonic HC-V250 review “He finds it easy to use for basic recording functions”.

A few customers who bought the Panasonic HC-V250 thought it had a touch sensitive screen. D Deacon wrote in their review “The LCD is a touch sensitive one and seems a little less cluttered”. Dolphin said “The LCD monitor is touch-sensitive, enabling easy access to menu settings” in their Panasonic HC-V250 review.

One person thought it had a good interface. Reviewser said on Amazon “The thing is, if you're buying this kind of camcorder you aren't expecting the best screen, or the best interface, what you want is good video at a budget”. One customer said that the Panasonic HC-V250 was easy to setup. Davec2003 said “The Wi-Fi mode is extremely easy to set up”.

One Panasonic HC-V250 reviewer concluded that it was easy to use the menus. Two years ago R. Patel scored it 4 stars and mentioned on Amazon “The touch screen is responsive and the menus and adjustments are all well laid out”.

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Good Size

A few customers who reviewed it wrote that it was compact. Kindle Customer said on Amazon “Love the way it is really compact, extremely light”. Mr. A. C. Beale mentioned on Amazon “If you want a light and compact high quality point” in their review. Persepolis said “Very compact” and gave it a rating of 80 out of 100.

One person said in their reviews that the product was a good size. R. Patel mentioned on Amazon “I like it very much, good size and quality” in their Panasonic HC-V250 review.

One Panasonic HC-V250 owner who reviewed the Panasonic HC-V250 thought it was a good body shape. In August last year Mr. A. C. Beale rated it 4 stars and mentioned in their Panasonic HC-V250 review “It is very easy to operate and has just a few function buttons on the body, making it simple to use”.

One customer who purchased it concluded that it was a good depth. R. Patel wrote on Amazon two years ago “It has nice clarity and depth in the surroundings”.

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Good Product Quality

Several Panasonic HC-V250 owners concluded that the product was good quality. Andrew Ross mentioned in his Panasonic HC-V250 review on Amazon “Picture quality fantastic”. Fj said on Amazon this year “The camera copes with the sports action without any issue whatsoever, with consistently great image quality” in their review of this camcorders and gave it a rating of 5 stars. Kindle Customer said on Amazon “Superb little camcorder with a high quality video definition” in their review of this camcorders.

Good Quality Lens

A number of Panasonic HC-V250 reviewers who bought it reckoned that it had a good lens. D Deacon mentioned on Amazon “And a good lens it is too” in their review of the Panasonic HC-V250. Davec2003 wrote two years ago “Learning something new about it everyday like the built in lens cover” in their review.

A few people who reviewed the Panasonic HC-V250 concluded that it had a good zoom. Two years ago D Deacon wrote on Amazon “It has a 50x optical zoom and a 90x digital” in their review of the Panasonic HC-V250 and scored the Panasonic HC-V250 4 stars. Michael B. wrote on Amazon a few weeks ago “Takes good videos and has a great zoom” and gave the Panasonic HC-V250 a rating of 80 out of 100.

One Panasonic HC-V250 reviewer who reviewed the product said that it had a good autofocus. Persepolis and wrote on Amazon “Colour reproduction is alright, auto focus works well when zooming in/out (although will sometimes focus on something you don't want it to” in their review.

One customer said in their reviews that this camcorders had a good image stabiliser. Fj mentioned on Amazon a few weeks ago “So, I hunted for a cheap HD camcorder with image stabilisation and good reviews” in their review.

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Robust

Five Panasonic HC-V250 reviewers who reviewed the Panasonic HC-V250 thought it was well made. Davec2003 said “It will take some time to know all the settings and learning something new about it everyday like the built in lens cover” in their review. Mr Allan a Mccorquodale wrote on Amazon “Well made” in his review. Persepolis wrote on Amazon “Nice build quality despite being all plastic” in their review of this camcorders.

Good Support

Several customers who bought the product considered that it had good technical guidance. Dolphin wrote on Amazon “Reference to the full manual will help you to get the most out of the item”. Dolphin also wrote “The basic printed operating instructions were sufficient initially whilst getting used to the camera”.

Good Screen / Viewfinder

Some people considered that it had a good screen. Mr. A. C. Beale wrote in their review of this camcorders on Amazon “There are more substantial functions within the menu system (via the LCD screen), which is fairly easy to access”. Persepolis said in their review of this camcorders two years ago “The screen adequate” and rated the product 4 stars. R. Patel and said in their review of this camcorders “You have easy access via the screen, I took it out in the garden”.

Good Battery Life

A number of customers said in their reviews that it had a good battery life. Two years ago Persepolis wrote in their review of the Panasonic HC-V250 “Battery life is decent”. Phil mentioned in his review of the Panasonic HC-V250 on Amazon “The battery provided gives adequate recording time which is something I was looking for when I decided to replace my old camera” and gave the product a score of 5 stars.

Nice Design

Several Panasonic HC-V250 owners thought it was good looking. Two years ago Jenny wrote on Amazon “I must say that the lightings in that court were pretty good though”. Reviewser said “With 60x optical zoom and a further 30x digital zoom the camera is actually pretty capable” in their Panasonic HC-V250 review and gave it a rating of 80 out of 100.

Good Connectivity

One person who bought the product wrote that it was wifi compatible. Davec2003 wrote in their review of the Panasonic HC-V250 on Amazon “The Wi-Fi mode is extremely easy to set up”.

Good Technical Features

One customer who reviewed it considered that it had good features. Kindle Customer wrote last year “Love the way it is really compact, extremely light and has some nice features such as in built lens cover, touch screen, smart app remote control” in their Panasonic HC-V250 review.

Good Brand

Based on 125 owner and expert reviews, Panasonic has good ratings for its video cameras. Panasonic also has good ratings specifically within its small sensor size camcorders range.

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Acceptable Noise Level

One Panasonic HC-V250 reviewer who purchased this camcorders considered that it was noisy. Persepolis said in their review of the Panasonic HC-V250 on Amazon “Even in low lighting there is minimal noise”.

Full HD HD Type

The HD type of this video camera is Full HD, which is the most commonly found HD type on comparable spec camcorders that were released more than two years ago.

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Fairly Big Optical Zoom

Across all the camcorders of a comparable spec and age to the HC-V250 the optical zooms range from 10x to 78x, and the average optical zoom is 31x. At 50 times zoom factor, the Panasonic HC-V250 has a fairly big optical zoom compared to most of the other small sensor size camcorders that have been available for around the same time as the HC-V250.

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Has an HDMI Port

has an HDMI port

The HC-V250 has an HDMI port. Most of the other comparable spec camcorders that were launched more than two years ago also have an HDMI port.

We compared this video camera to all the other video cameras with an HDMI port and we think because of it's better review score, the Canon Vixia HF M40[plb_61546_price] is also worth considering.

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Full HD

Full HD

The HC-V250 is Full HD, as are most of the other small sensor size camcorders that have been available for around the same time as the HC-V250.

We compared this camcorder to all the other Full HD video cameras and we think the Canon Vixia HF M40[plb_61546_price] which has better reviews is also worth considering.

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BSI Sensor Type

This video camera has a BSI sensor type, which is typical of many video cameras of a comparable type and age to it.

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Has an Image Stabiliser

The HC-V250 has an image stabiliser, as do most of the other small sensor size camcorders that were released more than two years ago.

There are a number of other camcorders with an image stabiliser currently available that you might also want to look at including the Canon Vixia HF M40[plb_61546_price] which has better reviews.

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SDXC Memory Card

SDXC memory card

The Panasonic HC-V250 supports an SDXC memory card which is better than most camcorders that came out around the same time as it. Most small sensor size camcorders that are a similar age to it support an SD memory card. In addition, this video camera supports 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 in fact the best supported memory card type amongst all camcorders of this type and age.

Amongst similar types of camcorder the worst supported memory card type is MicroSD (Transflash).

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

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Has a Night Mode

Unlike most of the other similar spec video cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the HC-V250 which do not have a night mode, the HC-V250 has a night mode.

It may also be worth also looking at one of the other camcorders with a night mode currently available including the Canon Legria HF M52[plb_389042_price] which has better reviews.

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Fairly Long Maximum Focal Length

The shortest maximum focal length of video cameras of this age and type is 22mm and the longest is 2,700mm. With a maximum focal length of 1,740 millimeter, the Panasonic HC-V250 has a fairly long maximum focal length compared to most of the other small sensor size camcorders that are a similar age to the HC-V250.

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Fairly High Battery Capacity

With a battery capacity of 1,940 milliampere * hour, the Panasonic HC-V250 has a quite high battery capacity compared to most of the other video cameras of a comparable age and spec to the HC-V250. The battery capacities of small sensor size camcorders that have been available for around the same time as the HC-V250 range from 440mAh to 3,000mAh.

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Has a Built-In Display

Like most of the other comparable spec video cameras that have been around for more than two years, the HC-V250 has a built-in display.

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1080p Video Mode

This camcorder has a 1080p video mode, which is the most frequently found video mode on comparable spec video cameras that have been available for a similar time to it.

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Has Three White Balance Modes

The number of white balance modes found on the Panasonic HC-V250 is more than most camcorders of a comparable type and age to it. This video camera has an Auto white balance mode, which is the most commonly found white balance mode found on video cameras that have been available for more than two years. The white balance modes "Cloudy" and "Sunny" are also found on this Panasonic video camera.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

This camcorder supports a video resolution of 960 x 540|1280 x 720|1920 x 1080 pixels, which is the most frequently supported video resolution on camcorders of this spec and age.

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4224 X 2376 Still Image Resolution

The HC-V250 supports a maximum still image resolution of 4224 x 2376. That's over four times the still image resolution of the most frequently found still image resolution of 1920 x 1080. This camcorder also support still image resolutions of 4224x2376, 3408x2272, 1728x1152, 3136x2352 and 640x480 and 1920x1080.

A 4224 x 2376 still image resolution is actually the best supported still image resolution across all video cameras of a similar type and age to the HC-V250.

The worst supported still image resolution across similar types of video camera is 640 x 480.

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Quite High Movie Megapixel Count

The lowest movie megapixel count of video cameras of a comparable spec and age to the HC-V250 is 0.41MP, the highest is 3MP, and the average movie megapixel count is 1.9MP. The HC-V250 has one of the higher movie megapixel counts (2.2 megapixels) amongst small sensor size camcorders of this age.

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Quite High Display Resolution

The display resolutions of comparable spec video cameras that have been around for a similar time to the HC-V250 range from 1.2 pixels to 1,300,000 pixels, and the average display resolution is 360,000 pixels. The HC-V250 has a fairly high display resolution (230,400 pixels) compared to most of the other small sensor size camcorders that are a similar age to the HC-V250.

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4224 X 2376 Pixels Maximum Image Resolution

The highest maximum image resolution of the HC-V250 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.

A 4224 x 2376 pixels maximum image resolution is actually the best maximum image resolution amongst all comparable spec camcorders that have been available for around the same time as the HC-V250.

Amongst comparable types of video camera the worst maximum image resolution is 640 x 480 pixels.

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Fairly High Megapixel Count

The HC-V250 has one of the higher megapixel counts (2.2 megapixels) amongst comparable spec video cameras of this age. The average megapixel count of video cameras of a similar type and age to the HC-V250 is 2.4MP.

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JPG Image Format

This camcorder has an EXIF|JPG image format, which is typical of many camcorders that came out around the same time as it.

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Quite Short Minimum Focal Length

The average minimum focal length of small sensor size camcorders that were launched more than two years ago is 33mm, and the minimum focal lengths range from 10mm to 44mm. With a minimum focal length of only 28 millimeters, the HC-V250 has a quite short minimum focal length compared to most of the other camcorders of this age and type.

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Small

The average width of small sensor size camcorders that have been around for a similar time to the HC-V250 is 74mm, and the widths range from 30mm to 570mm. The HC-V250 is quite small (only 53 millimeters) compared to most of the other comparable spec video cameras that came out around the same time as the HC-V250.

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6 Reasons Against

Does Not Have an Interchangeable Lens

The Panasonic HC-V250 does not have an interchangeable lens. Most of the other camcorders of a similar age and spec to the HC-V250 also do not have an interchangeable lens.

We compared this camcorder to all the other video cameras with an interchangeable lens and we think the Sony HVR-Z7[plb_1728777_price] which also has a higher rating is also worth considering.

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Quite Small Screen Size

With a screen size of only 2.7 inches, the HC-V250 has one of the smaller screen sizes amongst similar spec video cameras of this age. Across all the camcorders that came out around the same time as the HC-V250 the screen sizes range from 1.4" to 4.3".

If this video camera screen size is not large enough for you then you might want to consider the Panasonic HC-V550[plb_2197140_price] (3").

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Very Small Digital Zoom

At only 150 times zoom factor, the HC-V250 has a fairly small digital zoom compared to most of the other small sensor size camcorders that have been on the market for more than two years. The digital zooms of video cameras that have been available for a comparable time to the HC-V250 range from 1.5x to 3,500x, and the average digital zoom is 770x.

Video cameras with a bigger digital zoom that might also be worth looking at include the JVC GZ-RX110[plb_2635661_price] (200x).

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Not 3D Compatible

The HC-V250 is not 3D compatible. Most of the other camcorders that are a comparable age to the HC-V250 are also not 3D compatible.

Camcorders which are 3D compatible that might also be worth considering include the Canon XF105[plb_2074823_price] which is also higher rated.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Projector

Most camcorders of this age and spec do not have a built-in projector. The HC-V250 is no exception to this as it too does not have a built-in projector.

We compared this video camera to all the other camcorders with a built-in projector and we think the Sony HDR-PJ320[plb_1582785_price] is also worth considering.

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Not Waterproof

Like most of the other small sensor size camcorders that are a similar age to the HC-V250, the HC-V250 is not waterproof.

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3 Other reasons to consider the Panasonic HC-V250

Released Over Two Years Ago

This Panasonic camcorder was released over two years ago.

Average Weight

At 216 grams, the HC-V250 has a relatively typical weight compared to most of the other video cameras that were launched more than two years ago.

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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 of this type and age.

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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
Interchangeable Lens
Image Stabiliser
Maximum Focal Length
Minimum Aperture
Minimum Focal Length
Maximum Aperture Value
Focal Length
Focal Length Range
Storage
Storage
Memory Card
Storage Media Type
Disc Type
Focusing
Focus Adjustment
White Balance
White Balance Mode
Flash
Built-In Flash
Built-In Light
Shutter
Video Shutter Speed
Photo Shutter Speed
Display
Screen Size
Display Resolution
Display
Display Aspect Ratio
Viewfinder
Viewfinder
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
S-Video Out Port
Mini HDMI Port
Networking
WiFi Type
Battery
Battery Voltage
Battery Capacity
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Packaging Content
Bundled Software
Cable Included
Other Features

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers hcv250, hcv250e, hcv250ep, hcv250eb, hcv250eps, hcv250ebk, TX-L47ET50B, panasonic 141, panasonic 141m, panasonic 141mp, panasonic hcv250, panasonic hcv250e, panasonic hcv250ep, panasonic hcv250kb, panasonic hcv250kbd, panasonic hcv250eps, panasonic hcv250kbdl
Barcodes 00616348050562, 05025232670246, 05025232726189, 05025232771271, 05025232771301, 05025232771318, 05025232771325, 05025232771349

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