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Panasonic HC-V500
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Panasonic HC-V500 Camcorder

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1.5MP 1/5.8 227g Mar 2012
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Intelligent 50x Zoom The V500/V500M feature an Intelligent Zoom function that goes all the way upTo 50x. When using Intelligent Zoom, Intelligent Resolution technology lets you shootAt high zoom... More
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One Industry Award

One expert review site wrote that this camcorder was good. Camcorderinfo.com gave this Panasonic video camera a "Best of Year" award.

Expert Reviews Are Good

This small sensor size camcorder received a rating of 82 out of 100 from expert review website camcorderinfo.com. That puts this Panasonic camcorder in the top 15% of all the comparable spec camcorders that have been around for more than two years.

Panasonic Has Good Reviews for Its Video Cameras

Panasonic is one of the better rated video camera manufacturers according to average expert and user reviews, and Panasonic also has good ratings for its small sensor size camcorders.

Full HD HD Type

The HD type of this camcorder is Full HD, which is the most commonly found HD type on video cameras of a similar age and type to it.

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Fairly Big Digital Zoom

Small sensor size camcorders that are a comparable age to the HC-V500 have digital zooms of between 1.5x and 3,500x. With a digital zoom of 2,500 times zoom factor, the Panasonic HC-V500 has one of the bigger digital zooms amongst small sensor size camcorders of this age.

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Has an HDMI Port

has an HDMI port

The HC-V500 has an HDMI port, as do most of the other similar spec camcorders that came out around the same time as the HC-V500.

We compared all the other video cameras with an HDMI port to this camcorder and we think the Legria HF M52[pl_389042_price], the Legria HF G10[pl_1059637_price], and the Legria HF M56[pl_1260566_price] all from Canon which has better reviews is also worth considering.

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Full HD

Full HD

The HC-V500 is Full HD, as are most of the other video cameras of this age and type.

We compared all the other Full HD video cameras to this camcorder and we think because of it's better review score, the Legria HF M52[pl_389042_price], the Legria HF G10[pl_1059637_price], and the Legria HF M56[pl_1260566_price] all from Canon is also worth considering.

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Has an Image Stabiliser

The Panasonic HC-V500 has an image stabiliser. Most of the other similar spec camcorders that came out around the same time as the HC-V500 also have an image stabiliser.

We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative video cameras with an image stabiliser currently available including because of it's better review score, the Legria HF M52[pl_389042_price], the Legria HF G10[pl_1059637_price], or the Legria HF M56[pl_1260566_price] all from Canon.

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SDXC Memory Card

SDXC memory card

The HC-V500 supports an SDXC memory card which is better than most video cameras of a similar age and type to it. Most video cameras of this type and age 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).

This camcorder's memory card type (SDXC) is actually the best supported memory card type amongst all small sensor size camcorders that have been available for more than two years.

The worst supported memory card type amongst comparable types of camcorder is MicroSD (Transflash).

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

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Has a Night Mode

The Panasonic HC-V500 has a night mode, unlike most of the other similar spec video cameras that have been available for more than two years which do not have a night mode.

We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative video cameras with a night mode currently available including the Legria HF M52[pl_389042_price], or the Legria HF M56[pl_1260566_price] both from Canon which has better reviews.

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Lithium Battery

This video camera has a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion) battery, which is the most frequently found battery on video cameras of a similar age and spec to it.

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1080i Video Mode

1920 pixels × 1080 lines (2.1 megapixels), and a temporal resolution of 50 or 60 interlaced fields per second. Across all camcorders of a comparable age and type to the HC-V500 the best video mode is 1080p and the worst is 540p.

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Has a Built-In Display

The HC-V500 has a built-in display. Most of the other camcorders that were launched more than two years ago also have a built-in display.

We compared this camcorder to all the other camcorders with a built-in display and we think the Legria HF M52[pl_389042_price], the Legria HF G10[pl_1059637_price], and the Legria HF M56[pl_1260566_price] all from Canon which has better reviews is also worth considering.

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Has Three White Balance Modes

The Panasonic HC-V500 has a greater number of white balance modes than most similar spec camcorders that have been on the market for around the same time as 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 around the same time as the HC-V500. The white balance modes "Cloudy" and "Sunny" are also found on this camcorder.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

This video camera supports a video resolution of 960 x 540|1920 x 1080 pixels, which is the most commonly supported video resolution on video cameras of this age and spec.

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Quite Big Bitrate At Maximum Video Resolution

Small sensor size camcorders that were released around the same time as the HC-V500 have bitrates at maximum video resolution of between 2.5 Mbit/s and 200 Mbit/s, and the average bitrate at maximum video resolution is 30 Mbit/s. At 28 megabits per second, the Panasonic HC-V500 has a quite big bitrate at maximum video resolution compared to most of the other similar spec camcorders that are a comparable age to the HC-V500.

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JPG Image Format

This video camera has a JPG image format, which is the most frequently found image format on small sensor size camcorders that are a comparable age to it.

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2304 X 1296 Pixels Maximum Image Resolution

The Panasonic HC-V500 has a maximum maximum image resolution of 2304 x 1296 pixels. That's 44% more maximum image resolution than a 1920 x 1080 pixels camcorder, which is the most common maximum image resolution. Across all camcorders that came out around the same time as the HC-V500 the worst maximum image resolution is 640 x 480 pixels and the best is 4224 x 2376 pixels.

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Very Small

The Panasonic HC-V500 is one of the smaller camcorders of a similar age and spec to the HC-V500 (only 65 millimeters) amongst similar spec video cameras of this age. Across all the camcorders of a similar age and type to the HC-V500 the depths range from 27mm to 1,200mm.

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Small

The heights of video cameras of a similar age and type to the HC-V500 range from 19mm to 920mm, and the average height is 82mm. At only 52.5 millimeters, the HC-V500 is fairly small compared to most of the other small sensor size camcorders that are a comparable age to the HC-V500.

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8 Reasons Against

Does Not Have an Interchangeable Lens

The HC-V500 does not have an interchangeable lens, although this is within the context that most of the other small sensor size camcorders that have been on the market for more than two years also do not have an interchangeable lens.

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Very Low Megapixel Count

Across all the small sensor size camcorders that are a comparable age to the HC-V500 the megapixel counts range from 1.1MP to 10MP. With a megapixel count of only 1.3 megapixels, the Panasonic HC-V500 has a quite low megapixel count compared to most of the other similar spec camcorders that have been around for a comparable time to the HC-V500.

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Quite Low Movie Megapixel Count

With a movie megapixel count of only 1.3 megapixels, the HC-V500 has a quite low movie megapixel count compared to most of the other small sensor size camcorders that have been available for around the same time as the HC-V500. The lowest movie megapixel count of video cameras that were released more than two years ago is 0.41MP, the highest is 3MP, and the average movie megapixel count is 1.9MP.

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Only 2064 X 1376 Still Image Resolution

The Panasonic HC-V500 supports a maximum still image resolution of 2064 x 1376. That's 66% less still image resolution than a 3840 x 2160 camcorder, which is the most common still image resolution supported by camcorders of a similar age and spec to the HC-V500. This Panasonic video camera also support still image resolutions of 640 x 480 and 1856 x 1392 and 1920 x 1080. Across all similar spec video cameras that were released more than two years ago the still image resolution ranges from 640 x 360 (worst) to 6016 x 4016 (best).

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Not 3D Compatible

The Panasonic HC-V500 is not 3D compatible, although it is worth noting that most of the other camcorders of this spec and age are also not 3D compatible.

Video cameras which are 3D compatible that might be worth considering include the Canon XF105[plb_2074823_price] which also has a higher rating.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Projector

Like most of the other comparable spec video cameras that are a similar age to the HC-V500, the HC-V500 does not have a built-in projector.

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Not Waterproof

Most video cameras of this type and age are not waterproof. The HC-V500 is no exception to this as it too is not waterproof.

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Fairly High Typical Power Consumption

The Panasonic HC-V500 has one of the higher typical power consumption (7.7 Watts) amongst video cameras of this age. The typical power consumption of small sensor size camcorders that were launched more than two years ago range from 1.8W to 12W, and the average typical power consumption is 3.7W.

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5 Other reasons to consider the Panasonic HC-V500

Released Over Four Years Ago

Panasonic released the HC-V500 over four years ago.

Average Screen Size

At 3 inches, the HC-V500 has a pretty average screen size compared to most of the other small sensor size camcorders that were released more than two years ago.

We compared all the other 3" screen size camcorders to this video camera and we think the Canon Legria HF M52[plb_389042_price] which has better reviews is also worth considering.

If you want a larger screen size then you might also want to consider the Legria HF G10[pl_1059637_price] (3.5"), or the XA10[pl_1476816_price] (3.5") both from Canon which also has a higher rating.

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Average Optical Zoom

At 38 times zoom factor, the HC-V500 has a fairly typical optical zoom compared to most of the other comparable spec camcorders that are a similar age to the HC-V500.

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Average Weight

At 227 grams, the HC-V500 has a fairly typical weight compared to most of the other video cameras of this spec and age.

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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 are a comparable 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
Minimum Aperture
Maximum Aperture Value
Focal Length
Focal Length Range
Storage
Memory Card Slot
Storage
Memory Card
Storage Media Type
Disc Type
File System
Focusing
Focus Adjustment
White Balance
White Balance Mode
Flash
Shutter
Video Shutter Speed
Photo Shutter Speed
Shutter Speed
Display
Screen Size
Display Resolution
Display
Aspect Ratio
Viewfinder
Viewfinder
Camera
Camcorder Type
3D Compatible
Minimum Illumination
Aspect Ratio
On Screen Display Language
Playback
Design
Colour
Video
HD Type
Bitrate At Maximum Video Resolution
Video Mode
Video Format
Video Resolution
Maximum Video Resolution
Still Image
Image Format
Still Image Resolution
Maximum Image Resolution
Audio
Audio Format
Audio System
Ports & Interfaces
HDMI Port
USB 2.0 Port
Headphone Out Port
S-Video Out Port
S-Video Out Port
PictBridge
USB 3.0 Port
Networking
WiFi
Battery
Battery Voltage
Battery Capacity
Battery
Battery Slot
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Packaging Content
Bundled Software
Cable Included
Other Features
Typical Power Consumption
Lens System
Wireless Connection

1 Award

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Expert Reviews

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The Panasonic HC-V500M builds its reputation from its extensive set of controls and features. The Panasonic HC-V500M is a fine entry-level camcorder, and it has plenty of updates over the...

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6 November 2012

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Sophisticated optical image stabilisation
Lots of manual features
Decent image quality
Light form factor
Loaded with helpful features
No accessory shoe or audio minijacks
Not quite budget pricing
Weak image quality
Lack of detail in footage
Bad autofocus

Brochures and Manuals

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers hcv500, hcv500m, hcv500egr, hcv500egs, hcv500eps, hcv500egk, hcv500megk, 5025232661831, panasonic hcv500, panasonic hcv500m
Barcodes 05025232661688, 05025232661718, 05025232661749, 05025232661756, 05025232661763, 05025232661770, 05025232661794, 05025232661824, 05025232661831, 05025232661855, 05025232661862
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