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Panasonic HCV380K Camcorder

2.51MP 1/5.8 252g Jan 2016
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12 Reasons For

Panasonic Has Good Video Camera Reviews

On average Panasonic small sensor size camcorders have good ratings compared to other manufacturers as do all video cameras built by Panasonic.

Full HD

Full HD

The HC-V380 is Full HD, which is unusual. Most of the other latest camcorders are not Full HD.

We think you might also be interested in some of the other Full HD camcorders currently available including because of it's better review score, the Sony HDR-CX450[plb_3226938_price].

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Quite Big Digital Zoom

The HC-V380 has a quite big digital zoom (3,000 times zoom factor) compared to most of the other camcorders that have been available for around the same time as the HC-V380. The smallest digital zoom of latest small sensor size camcorders is 1.5x and the biggest is 3,000x.

Other 3,000x (digital) video cameras currently available which you might want to look at include because of it's better review score, the Panasonic HC-W580[plb_3189444_price].

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Has an Image Stabiliser

The Panasonic HC-V380 has an image stabiliser. Most of the other camcorders that have been available for a comparable time to the HC-V380 also have an image stabiliser.

There are a number of other video cameras with an image stabiliser currently available which you might also want to consider including a cheaper video camera such as the Canon Legria HF R76[plb_3192649_price] or you might consider a better rated video camera such as the Panasonic HC-W580[plb_3189444_price].

It is worth considering alternative video cameras which also have an image stabiliser including the Canon Legria HF R78[plb_3192650_price].

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Has an HDMI Port

has an HDMI port

The Panasonic HC-V380 has an HDMI port. Most of the other recently released small sensor size camcorders also have an HDMI port.

We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative video cameras with an HDMI port currently available including the Canon Legria HF R76[plb_3192649_price] which is cheaper; or the Panasonic HC-W580[plb_3189444_price] which has better reviews.

Other camcorders which also have an HDMI port that you might also want to consider include the Canon Legria HF R78[plb_3192650_price].

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Fairly Big Optical Zoom

With an optical zoom of 50 times zoom factor, the HC-V380 has a fairly big optical zoom compared to most of the other camcorders that came out around the same time as the HC-V380. The optical zooms of similar spec video cameras that have been available for a comparable time to the HC-V380 range from 20x to 50x, and the average optical zoom is 32x.

We think you might also be interested in some of the other 50x (optical) camcorders currently available including the Panasonic HC-W580[plb_3189444_price] which has better reviews; or the Panasonic HC-V180[plb_3191135_price] which is cheaper.

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SDXC Memory Card

SDXC memory card

The HC-V380 supports an SDXC memory card which is better than the SDHC memory card supported by most camcorders that were released around the same time as it. This Panasonic video camera also supports an SD 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 in fact the best supported memory card type amongst all comparable spec video cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to the HC-V380.

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

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

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Has a Built-In Display

Like most of the other small sensor size camcorders that were released in the last year, the HC-V380 has a built-in display.

It may also be worth also looking at one of the alternative camcorders with a built-in display currently available including the Canon Legria HF R76[plb_3192649_price] which is cheaper; or the Panasonic HC-W580[plb_3189444_price] which has better reviews.

Alternative camcorders which also have a built-in display that you might also want to consider include the Canon Legria HF R78[plb_3192650_price].

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1080p Video Mode

The HC-V380 has a 1080p video mode which is better than most small sensor size camcorders that have been available for a comparable time to it. Most small sensor size camcorders that have been around for around the same time as it have a 720p video mode. This video camera also has a 480p video mode.

A 1080p video mode is actually the best video mode across all comparable spec video cameras that came out in the last 12 months.

Across similar types of video camera the worst video mode is 720p.

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Has Four White Balance Modes

The number of white balance modes found on the HC-V380 is more than most similar spec video cameras that have been around for the last year. This Panasonic video camera has an Auto white balance mode, which is the most frequently found white balance mode found on recently released camcorders. The white balance modes "Cloudy", "Indoor" and "Sunny" are also found on this video camera.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

The HC-V380 supports a 1920 x 1080 pixels video resolution which is higher than the 1280 x 720 pixels video resolution supported by most latest camcorders. This Panasonic camcorder also supports a video resolution of 640 x 480 pixels.

A 1920 x 1080 pixels video resolution is in fact the best supported video resolution across all small sensor size camcorders that were launched in the last year.

A 1280 x 720 pixels video resolution is the worst supported video resolution amongst similar types of video camera.

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1920 X 1080 Still Image Resolution

The HC-V380 supports a maximum still image resolution of 1920 x 1080. That's over six times the still image resolution of a 640 x 480 camcorder, which is the most common still image resolution supported by new small sensor size camcorders. 640 x 480 is also supported by this camcorder. In addition, this video camera support still image resolutions of 4224 x 2376, 3408 x 2272 and 1728 x 1152 and 3136 x 2352.

A 1920 x 1080 still image resolution is actually the best supported still image resolution across all newly released video cameras.

Across similar types of camcorder the worst supported still image resolution is 640 x 480.

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9 Reasons Against

Does Not Have an Interchangeable Lens

Like most of the other new camcorders, the HC-V380 does not have an interchangeable lens.

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Very Short Battery Life

With a battery life of only 1.25 hours, the HC-V380 has a fairly short battery life compared to most of the other comparable spec video cameras that have been around for a similar time to the HC-V380. The battery lifes of small sensor size camcorders that have been around for a similar time to the HC-V380 range from 1.2h to 7.2h, and the average battery life is 3.3h.

We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative 1.25h battery life camcorders currently available including cheaper camcorders such as the Panasonic HC-V180[plb_3191135_price].

If this video camera battery life is too short for you then you might want to look at the Legria HF R76[pl_3192649_price] (2.9h), or the Legria HF R706[pl_3903750_price] (2.9h) both from Canon which is also cheaper.

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Not 3D Compatible

Like most of the other comparable spec video cameras that were released around the same time as the HC-V380, the HC-V380 is not 3D compatible.

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Does Not Have a Night Mode

The HC-V380 does not have a night mode, although keep in mind that most of the other recently released video cameras also do not have a night mode.

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

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Not Waterproof

The HC-V380 is not waterproof, although it is worth noting that most of the other small sensor size camcorders that were launched in the last year are also not waterproof.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Projector

The Panasonic HC-V380 does not have a built-in projector, although this is within the context that most of the other similar spec video cameras that are a comparable age to the HC-V380 also do not have a built-in projector.

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Very Low Megapixel Count

With a megapixel count of only 1.67 megapixels, the HC-V380 has one of the lower megapixel counts amongst similar spec video cameras of this age. The megapixel counts of small sensor size camcorders that have been available for around the same time as the HC-V380 range from 1.6MP to 3MP.

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Only One Memory Card Slot

The HC-V380 is a one memory card slot camcorder.

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Fairly Big Minimum Illumination

Comparable spec video cameras that were released in the last year have minimum illumination of between 0.1lx and 4lx. The Panasonic HC-V380 has one of the bigger minimum illumination (4 lux) amongst video cameras of this age.

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5 Other reasons to consider the Panasonic HC-V380

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 the most frequently found HD type on recently released small sensor size camcorders.

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Average Screen Size

The HC-V380 has a fairly typical screen size (3 inches) compared to most of the other recently released small sensor size camcorders.

We compared this video camera to all the other 3" screen size camcorders and we think the Panasonic HC-W580[plb_3189444_price] which has better reviews; or the Canon Legria HF R76[plb_3192649_price] which is cheaper are also worth considering.

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Average Weight

At 252 grams, the HC-V380 has a pretty typical weight compared to most of the other comparable spec camcorders that came out in the last year.

If you would consider a camcorder with a heavier weight then you might want to look at the Panasonic HC-W580[plb_3189444_price] (264g and higher rated).

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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 small sensor size camcorders that have been on the market for a similar time 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
Maximum Focal Length
Minimum Focal Length
Focal Length
Focal Length Range
Storage
Memory Card Slot
Memory Card
Storage Media Type
File System
Focusing
Focus Adjustment
White Balance
White Balance Mode
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
Networking
WiFi Type
Battery
Battery Life
Battery Voltage
Battery Capacity
Charging Source
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Packaging Content
Cable Included
Other Features
Technical Details

Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers summer hcv380, summer hcv380e, summer hcv380eb, panasonic hcv380, summer hcv380ebk, panasonic n158164, panasonic hcv380k, panasonic hcv380e, panasonic n158164w, panasonic hcv380eb, panasonic hcv380ebk
Barcodes 05025232836826, 05025232836857

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Legria HF R76 vs HC-V380

Canon Legria HF R76 vs Panasonic HC-V380
Canon Legria HF R76 Panasonic HC-V380
$ 432.00 $297.99
Nine Times Smaller Minimum Illumination
Longer Battery Life
24% Bigger Sensor Size
Higher Megapixel Count
Significantly Smaller Digital Zoom
Hugely Smaller Optical Zoom

Legria HF R706 vs HC-V380

Canon Legria HF R706 vs Panasonic HC-V380
Canon Legria HF R706 Panasonic HC-V380
$ $297.99
3.6lx Smaller Minimum Illumination
Hugely Longer Battery Life
0.77MP Bigger Sensor Size
20% Higher Megapixel Count
2x Smaller Digital Zoom
57% Smaller Optical Zoom

Legria HF R72 vs HC-V380

Canon Legria HF R72 vs Panasonic HC-V380
Canon Legria HF R72 Panasonic HC-V380
$ 312.82 $297.99
Nine Times Smaller Minimum Illumination
Newer by Ten Months
A Lot Higher Battery Capacity
0.77MP Bigger Sensor Size
Hugely Smaller Digital Zoom
Smaller Optical Zoom
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