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Panasonic HCW580K Camcorder

$397.00
$299.00 $98.00 cheaper than 65 days ago
2.51MP 1/5.8 264g MOS BSI Jan 2016
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9 Reasons For

Panasonic Video Cameras Have Good Reviews

We checked 125 expert and owner reviews for Panasonic camcorders and found that on average Panasonic has good ratings compared to other brands. We also found that Panasonic has good ratings specifically for its small sensor size camcorders.

Very Big Digital Zoom

Latest small sensor size camcorders have digital zooms of between 1.5x and 3,000x. The HC-W580 has a very big digital zoom (3,000 times zoom factor) compared to most of the other small sensor size camcorders that are a comparable age to the HC-W580.

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Has an Image Stabiliser

The HC-W580 has an image stabiliser, as do most of the other new video cameras.

We compared this video camera to all the other video cameras with an image stabiliser and we think cheaper video cameras such as the Sony HDR-CX450 is also worth considering.

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Has an HDMI Port

has an HDMI port

The HC-W580 has an HDMI port, as do most of the other recently released video cameras.

There are a number of other video cameras with an HDMI port currently available which you might want to look at including cheaper camcorders such as the Sony HDR-CX450.

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Very Big Optical Zoom

When compared to other comparable spec video cameras that are a similar age to the HC-W580 that we have checked, the HC-W580's optical zoom of 50 times zoom factor is one of the biggest. Latest video cameras have optical zooms of between 20x and 50x.

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SDXC Memory Card

SDXC memory card

The Panasonic HC-W580 supports an SDXC memory card which is better than most small sensor size camcorders that are a similar age to it. Most recently released video cameras support an SDHC memory card. In addition, this video camera 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 actually the best supported memory card type amongst all similar spec camcorders that were launched in the last year.

The worst supported memory card type across comparable types of camcorder 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 Panasonic HC-W580 has a built-in display. Most of the other video cameras that were released in the last year also have a built-in display.

It may also be worth considering one of the alternative video cameras with a built-in display currently available including the Sony HDR-CX450 which is cheaper.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

The HC-W580 supports a 1920 x 1080 pixels video resolution which is higher than the 1280 x 720 pixels video resolution supported by most small sensor size camcorders that were launched in the last 12 months.

A 1920 x 1080 pixels video resolution is actually the best supported video resolution across all similar spec camcorders that have been around for around the same time as the HC-W580.

A 1280 x 720 pixels video resolution is the worst supported video resolution across similar types of camcorder.

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1920 X 1080 Still Image Resolution

The HC-W580 supports a maximum still image resolution of 1920 x 1080. That's over six times the still image resolution of a 640 x 480 video camera, which is the most frequently found still image resolution supported by latest small sensor size camcorders. 640 x 480 is also supported by this video camera. In addition, this Panasonic camcorder 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 in fact the best supported still image resolution amongst all latest small sensor size camcorders.

Amongst comparable types of camcorder the worst supported still image resolution is 640 x 480.

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8 Reasons Against

Not Full HD

The HC-W580 is not Full HD, although this is within the context that most of the other video cameras that have been available for a comparable time to the HC-W580 are also not Full HD.

Video cameras which are Full HD that might also be worth considering include the Sony HDR-CX450.

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Does Not Have an Interchangeable Lens

The Panasonic HC-W580 does not have an interchangeable lens, although this is within the context that most of the other small sensor size camcorders that came out in the last year also do not have an interchangeable lens.

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Not 3D Compatible

Like most of the other latest small sensor size camcorders, the HC-W580 is not 3D compatible.

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Does Not Have a Night Mode

The HC-W580 does not have a night mode. Most of the other video cameras that have been on the market for the last year also do not have a night mode.

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Not Waterproof

The HC-W580 is not waterproof. Most of the other camcorders that have been available for around the same time as the HC-W580 are also not waterproof.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Projector

Like most of the other small sensor size camcorders that have been on the market for around the same time as the HC-W580, the HC-W580 does not have a built-in projector.

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Very Low Megapixel Count

The HC-W580 has a quite low megapixel count (only 1.67 megapixels) compared to most of the other small sensor size camcorders that have been available for around the same time as the HC-W580. Across all the small sensor size camcorders that have been on the market for around the same time as the HC-W580 the megapixel counts range from 1.6MP to 3MP, and the average megapixel count is 2.1MP.

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Very Short Maximum Focal Length

The average maximum focal length of recently released comparable spec camcorders is 1,200mm, and the maximum focal lengths range from 16mm to 1,900mm. At only 103 millimeters, the HC-W580 has a quite short maximum focal length compared to most of the other recently released small sensor size camcorders.

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5 Other reasons to consider the Panasonic HC-W580

Released Eleven Months Ago

It was eleven months ago when this video camera was released.

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 a similar time to it.

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Average Screen Size

The HC-W580 has a pretty average screen size (3 inches) compared to most of the other camcorders that are a comparable age to the HC-W580.

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Average Weight

With a weight of 264 grams, the Panasonic HC-W580 has a relatively standard weight compared to most of the other small sensor size camcorders that have been available for the last year.

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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 latest small sensor size camcorders.

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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
Focusing
Focus Adjustment
Display
Screen Size
Display
Camera
Camcorder Type
Minimum Illumination
Design
Colour
Video
HD Type
Video Format
Video Resolution
Maximum Video Resolution
Still Image
Still Image Resolution
Maximum Image Resolution
Audio
Audio System
Ports & Interfaces
USB 2.0 Port
Mini HDMI Port
Networking
WiFi Type
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Packaging Content
Technical Details

User Reviews

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Reviewed 9 June 2016 by Frank blyth
(Verified Purchase)

Really great picture...

Product Identifiers

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Barcodes 05025232836871, 05025232836901

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