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Panasonic HC-V270
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Panasonic HCV270K Camcorder

2.51MP 1/5.8 216g Jan 2015
Sensor Size Optical Sensor Size Full HD Weight Release Date
The Intelligent 90x Zoom brings distant subjects right up close. And the Level Shot function and 5-axis hand-shake detection maintain image beauty. The Wi-Fi function enables easy connection,... More
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19 Reasons For

Good Quality Lens

A few Panasonic HC-V270 owners mentioned in their reviews that it had a good zoom. D K wrote on Amazon “Great camera, good zoom, got here in great time, very happy”. Drew S. rated it as very good and he said in his review of the Panasonic HC-V270 on Amazon “Does the job perfectly, zoom is excellent”. In November this year Fife Shopper said in their review of the Panasonic HC-V270 on Amazon “Extraordinary zoom”.

One Panasonic HC-V270 owner who reviewed the Panasonic HC-V270 reckoned that it had a good autofocus. This year Rich mentioned on Amazon “I have never had any focusing problems so far”.

One Panasonic HC-V270 owner who bought the product wrote that it had a good lens. Desmond P. said in his review of this camcorder this year “The front lens protector is a brilliant idea that works really well” and rated this camcorder as excellent.

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Good Product Quality

A few Panasonic HC-V270 reviewers who purchased this camcorder wrote that it was good quality. A few weeks ago Desmond P. said in his review “The HD picture quality is absolutely superb”. Desmond P. also said “In the 90x intelligent mode the picture quality is so incredibly sharp”. Joe Walshe mentioned “Superb quality” in his Panasonic HC-V270 review and rated this camcorder 5 stars.

Easy to Use

Seven Panasonic HC-V270 owners mentioned in their reviews that it was easy to use. This year Fife Shopper said in their review on Amazon “Easy enough to use”. Janwoo mentioned “This camcorder is brilliant, really easy to use, easy to download the videos”. Rich said in his review of this camcorder on Amazon “Camcorder easy to use” and scored this camcorder very highly.

One Panasonic HC-V270 owner who bought it considered that it was easy to use the menus. Widget mentioned “I have an earlier model and was thinking to ask if the menu had been improved” however they only gave it a rating of 60 out of 100.

One customer who bought it thought it was easy to handle. Htk Member mentioned “The AVCHD is very smooth - Panasonic & Sony developed this together and it handles 1080p beautifully” in their review of the Panasonic HC-V270. One Panasonic HC-V270 reviewer said in their reviews that this camcorder was easy to setup. George Arthur said “Great little camera and so easy to set up and use” and rated the Panasonic HC-V270 5 stars.

One Panasonic HC-V270 owner mentioned in their reviews that it was comfortable and easy to hold. Desmond P. wrote “It's impossible to hold steady at anything over 150 x bug the picture is still watchable up to around 700 x”.

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Nice Design

Two customers said in their reviews that it was good looking. Htk Member wrote on Amazon “However it is generally pretty basic for recordings that may be edited later”. A few Panasonic HC-V270 reviewers agreed that it was smooth. Htk Member wrote on Amazon “Foto) Smooth picture & sound - no interference Works brilliantly on even a desktop tripod” in their review.

Good Connectivity

One Panasonic HC-V270 reviewer mentioned in their reviews that the Panasonic HC-V270 was good in terms of HDMI connections. Last year Robbo rated it 5 stars and said “Have down loaded another player that does, works fine on HDMI TV”.

One person concluded that it was good in terms of USB connections. This month Htk Member gave the Panasonic HC-V270 a rating of 80 out of 100 and wrote “Runs full-time on USB if wanted Dynamic range poorer than the Sony Stills are nothing special (says 10mp” in their review of the Panasonic HC-V270.

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Panasonic Has Good Video Camera Reviews

Panasonic small sensor size camcorders have good reviews on average and across all camcorders Panasonic is one of the better rated brands.

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Good Size

One customer who bought this camcorder said that it was a good depth.

Robust

One customer considered that the product was well made. Htk Member wrote in their review of this camcorder in November this year “In full-sun it struggles For a company that has built the utterly outstanding GH4 (micro four-thirds) camera with, essentially, professional quality video, I was expecting budget performance.” and scored it 4 stars.

Good Support

One Panasonic HC-V270 owner who reviewed it mentioned that it had good technical guidance. A few weeks ago Ms. L. J. Sargent mentioned in their Panasonic HC-V270 review on Amazon “The Panasonic is manual shutter opener too, so you are left with keeping the lense closed or open to the elements for that quick shot.” but despite that they gave this camcorder a rating of 3 stars.

Very Big Digital Zoom

Small sensor size camcorders that were launched around the same time as the HC-V270 have digital zooms of between 6x and 3,000x, and the average digital zoom is 770x. With a digital zoom of 3,000 times zoom factor, the HC-V270 has one of the biggest digital zooms amongst camcorders of this age.

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Full HD

Full HD

Like most of the other similar spec video cameras that were launched around the same time as the HC-V270, the HC-V270 is Full HD.

It may also be worth also looking at one of the alternative Full HD video cameras currently available including cheaper camcorders such as the JVC GZ-R310, the Sony HDR-PJ410, or the Canon Legria HF R66 ($369.99).

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Has an HDMI Port

has an HDMI port

Like most of the other video cameras of this age and spec, the HC-V270 has an HDMI port.

We compared this camcorder to all the other camcorders with an HDMI port and we think the JVC GZ-R310, the Sony HDR-PJ410, and the Canon Legria HF R66 ($369.99) which is cheaper is also worth considering.

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Very Big Optical Zoom

Across all the small sensor size camcorders that are a similar age to the HC-V270 the optical zooms range from 10x to 50x. At 50 times zoom factor, the HC-V270 has a very big optical zoom compared to most of the other similar spec video cameras that were launched around the same time as the HC-V270.

We compared this camcorder to all the other 50x (optical) camcorders and we think cheaper video cameras such as the Panasonic HC-W570 ($318.99) is also worth considering.

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Very Light

The HC-V270 is one of the lighter camcorders of this age and spec (only 216 grams) amongst small sensor size camcorders of this age. The weights of small sensor size camcorders that have been around for around the same time as the HC-V270 range from 180g to 1.6kg.

If you would consider a camcorder with a heavier weight then you might want to look at the Panasonic HC-W570 ($318.99) (266g and cheaper), the Sony HDR-PJ410 (235g and cheaper), or the Canon Legria HF R66 ($369.99) (235g and cheaper).

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SDXC Memory Card

SDXC memory card

The Panasonic HC-V270 supports an SDXC memory card which is better than most camcorders that have been on the market for around the same time as it. Most small sensor size camcorders that were released one year ago support an SD memory card. In addition, this camcorder 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).

This camcorder's memory card type (SDXC) is actually the best supported memory card type across all small sensor size camcorders that are a comparable age to the HC-V270.

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-V270 has a built-in display. Most of the other small sensor size camcorders that have been on the market for around the same time as the HC-V270 also have a built-in display.

We compared all the other camcorders with a built-in display to this video camera and we think the JVC GZ-R310, the Sony HDR-PJ410, and the Canon Legria HF R66 ($369.99) which is cheaper is also worth considering.

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Has Four White Balance Modes

The Panasonic HC-V270 has a greater number of white balance modes than most camcorders of this spec and age. This video camera has an Auto white balance mode, which is the most commonly found white balance mode found on small sensor size camcorders that came out around the same time as the HC-V270. The white balance modes "Cloudy", "Indoor" and "Sunny" are also found on this Panasonic camcorder.

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Has Two Cables Included

The number of included cables found on the HC-V270 is more than most camcorders of this spec and age. This video camera has a USB cable included, which is the most frequently found cable included found on video cameras of a similar age and spec to the HC-V270. The cable included "HDMI" is also found on this camcorder.

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1920 X 1080 Still Image Resolution

This camcorder supports a still image resolution of 1920 x 1080| 3408 x 2272| 1728 x 1152| 3136 x 2352| 640 x 480, which is the most commonly supported still image resolution on camcorders of this age and spec.

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9 Reasons Against

Poor Battery Life

Two Panasonic HC-V270 reviewers who reviewed the Panasonic HC-V270 thought it did not have a good battery life. Djgreenuk wrote “That's it poor battery live -” and rated this camcorder 3 stars. In November this year Htk Member wrote “It will still be muffled, even indoors Feels a bit too light & small to last very long Battery life is poor” but in spite of that they still scored the Panasonic HC-V270 80 out of 100.

Does Not Have an Interchangeable Lens

The HC-V270 does not have an interchangeable lens, although this is within the context that most of the other small sensor size camcorders that were released around the same time as the HC-V270 also do not have an interchangeable lens.

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Very Small Screen Size

The Panasonic HC-V270 has a quite small screen size (only 2.7 inches) compared to most of the other similar spec video cameras that have been available for more than a year. Across all the small sensor size camcorders that are a comparable age to the HC-V270 the screen sizes range from 2.7" to 3.5", and the average screen size is 3".

We think you might also be interested in some of the other 2.7" screen size camcorders currently available including cheaper camcorders such as the Sony HDR-PJ410.

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Not 3D Compatible

The HC-V270 is not 3D compatible, although it is worth noting that most of the other small sensor size camcorders that came out more than a year ago are also not 3D compatible.

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Does Not Have a Night Mode

The Panasonic HC-V270 does not have a night mode, although it is worth noting that most of the other similar spec camcorders that were launched more than a year ago also do not have a night mode.

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Not Waterproof

The HC-V270 is not waterproof. Most of the other camcorders that were launched more than a year ago are also not waterproof.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Projector

Like most of the other similar spec video cameras that are a comparable age to the HC-V270, the Panasonic HC-V270 does not have a built-in projector.

We think you might also be interested in other camcorders which also have a built-in projector including the Sony HDR-PJ410.

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Only AVC Video Format

This camcorder has an AVC|H.264|MPEG4 video format, which is the most frequently found video format on video cameras of this age and type.

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Very Big

When compared to other video cameras of a similar type and age to the HC-V270, the width of the HC-V270 of 530 millimeters is one of the biggest. The widths of small sensor size camcorders that have been on the market for a similar time to the HC-V270 range from 53mm to 530mm, and the average width is 90mm.

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3 Other reasons to consider the Panasonic HC-V270

Full HD HD Type

The HD type of this video camera is Full HD, which is typical of many small sensor size camcorders that have been available for more than a year.

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Released Over a Year Ago

It was over a year ago when this camcorder was released.

1/5.8" Optical Sensor Size

This camcorder has a 1/5.8" optical sensor size, which is the most commonly found optical sensor size on video cameras of a comparable type and age to 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
Interchangeable Lens
Image Stabiliser
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
Shutter
Video Shutter Speed
Photo Shutter Speed
Display
Screen Size
Display Resolution
Display
Camera
Camcorder Type
3D Compatible
Minimum Illumination
Aspect Ratio
Design
Colour
Video
HD Type
Video Format
Maximum Video Resolution
Still Image
Image Format
Still Image Resolution
Maximum Image Resolution
Audio
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
Cable Included
Other Features
Technical Details

Expert Reviews

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User Reviews

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Reviewed 24 March 2015 by Amauch
Amauch would recommend the Panasonic HC-V270

This camera is our first digital video camera that we have ever had . Our original VHS camera was extremely outdated and needed to be replaced, this camera was great for features included and our... Read more…

Great Picture Quality
Great Zoom
Easy to Use
Good Image Stabilization
Good in Low Light
Poor In Low Light
Poor Still Image
No External Mic Input
Poor Sound
Power Button Is Tiny

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers hcv270, hcv270e, hcv270eb, hcv270ebk, panasonic hcv270, panasonic hcv270e, panasonic pan1575, panasonic hcv270eb, panasonic hcv270ef, panasonic hcv270ebk, panasonic promotion, panasonic hcv270efk
Barcodes 05025232807680, 05025232807710, 05025232807741

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