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Panasonic HC-W850 Camcorder

12.76MP 1/2.3 360g Mar 2014
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16 Reasons For

Expert Reviews Are Good

This video camera received a score of 85% from camcorder expert review website webnews.it.

Owner Reviews Are Excellent

The average owner rating of this video camera is 90% based on 6 owner reviews.

Panasonic Has Good Camcorder Reviews

Big sensor size video cameras produced by Panasonic have good ratings on average compared to other brands. We also checked the reviews for all video cameras (not just big sensor size video cameras) and found that Panasonic also has good ratings across its entire range.

Very Big Digital Zoom

Similar spec video cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to the HC-W850 have digital zooms of between 2x and 1,500x. When compared to other big sensor size video cameras that have been available for around the same time as the HC-W850, the digital zoom of the HC-W850 of 1,500 times zoom factor is one of the biggest.

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Has an Image Stabiliser

Like most of the other big sensor size video cameras that have been available for around the same time as the HC-W850, the Panasonic HC-W850 has an image stabiliser.

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Full HD

Full HD

Like most of the other video cameras of a similar type and age to the HC-W850, the HC-W850 is Full HD.

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Has an HDMI Port

has an HDMI port

Like most of the other similar spec camcorders that came out around the same time as the HC-W850, the Panasonic HC-W850 has an HDMI port.

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BSI Sensor Type

This video camera has a BSI sensor type, which is the most commonly found sensor type on comparable spec video cameras that are a similar age to it.

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SDXC Memory Card

SDXC memory card

The HC-W850 supports an SDXC memory card which is better than most big sensor size video cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to it. Most video cameras that were released around the same time as it support an SDHC memory card. In addition, this Panasonic camcorder 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).

An SDXC memory card is in fact the best supported memory card type amongst all big sensor size video cameras that came out around the same time as the HC-W850.

Amongst similar types of video camera 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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5472 X 3648 Still Image Resolution

The highest still image resolution supported by the HC-W850 is 5472 x 3648. That's over two times the still image resolution of the most frequently found still image resolution of 3840 x 2160. In addition, this video camera support still image resolutions of 6528x3672, 4736x2664, 1920x1080, 5472x3648, 3984x2656, 1728x1152, 4896x3672 and 3624x2448 and 640x480. Video cameras of this type and age still image resolutions range from 640 x 360 (worst) to 6016 x 4016 (best).

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6528 X 3672 Pixels Maximum Image Resolution

The highest maximum image resolution of the HC-W850 is 6528 x 3672 pixels. That's over twelve times the maximum image resolution of the most frequently found maximum image resolution of 1600 x 1200 pixels. Across all video cameras of this spec and age the best maximum image resolution is 6592 x 3712 pixels and the worst is 640 x 480 pixels.

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Has a Built-In Display

The HC-W850 has a built-in display. Most of the other similar spec video cameras that are a comparable age to the HC-W850 also have a built-in display.

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Quite High Battery Capacity

The Panasonic HC-W850 has a quite high battery capacity (1,940 milliampere * hour) compared to most of the other big sensor size video cameras that are a similar age to the HC-W850. The battery capacities of comparable spec video cameras that came out around the same time as the HC-W850 range from 700mAh to 5,800mAh, and the average battery capacity is 1,600mAh.

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Has Four White Balance Modes

The Panasonic HC-W850 has a greater number of white balance modes than most camcorders of a similar type and age to it. This Panasonic camcorder has an Auto white balance mode, which is the most frequently found white balance mode found on similar spec video cameras that have been available for more than two years. The white balance modes "Cloudy", "Indoor" 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 big sensor size video cameras that were released more than two years ago.

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Very Small Minimum Illumination

At only 1 lux, the HC-W850 has a fairly small minimum illumination compared to most of the other camcorders of a comparable type and age to the HC-W850. The average minimum illumination of video cameras of a similar age and spec to the HC-W850 is 5.2lx.

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8 Reasons Against

Does Not Have an Interchangeable Lens

The Panasonic HC-W850 does not have an interchangeable lens. Most of the other big sensor size video cameras that were launched more than two years ago also do not have an interchangeable lens.

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Very Low Maximum Aperture Value

The Panasonic HC-W850 has one of the lower maximum aperture values (only 1.8) amongst big sensor size video cameras of this age. The maximum aperture values of video cameras of this type and age range from 1.6 to 10.

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Not 3D Compatible

The Panasonic HC-W850 is not 3D compatible. Most of the other video cameras of a similar spec and age to the HC-W850 are also not 3D compatible.

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Does Not Have a Night Mode

The HC-W850 does not have a night mode. Most of the other video cameras that came out around the same time as the HC-W850 also do not have a night mode.

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Not Waterproof

The Panasonic HC-W850 is not waterproof, although keep in mind that most of the other big sensor size video cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the HC-W850 are also not waterproof.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Projector

The HC-W850 does not have a built-in projector. Most of the other big sensor size video cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to the HC-W850 also do not have a built-in projector.

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Only Has Two Cables Included

The Panasonic HC-W850 has a greater number of included cables than most big sensor size video cameras that were launched around the same time as it. This video camera has a USB cable included, which is the most commonly found cable included found on comparable spec camcorders that have been on the market for a similar time to the HC-W850. The cable included "HDMI" is also found on this Panasonic video camera.

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Very Low Megapixel Count

The lowest megapixel count of video cameras of a comparable age and spec to the HC-W850 is 2MP and the highest is 17MP. The HC-W850 has a quite low megapixel count (only 5.21 megapixels) compared to most of the other big sensor size video cameras that have been available for around the same time as the HC-W850.

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6 Other reasons to consider the Panasonic HC-W850

Full HD HD Type

The HD type of this video camera is Full HD, which is the most frequently found HD type on camcorders of this type and age.

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Released Over Two Years Ago

It was over two years ago when Panasonic released the HC-W850.

Average Screen Size

At 3 inches, the HC-W850 has a pretty typical screen size compared to most of the other big sensor size video cameras that came out more than two years ago.

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Average Weight

At 360 grams, the HC-W850 has a fairly standard weight compared to most of the other big sensor size video cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the HC-W850.

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Average Optical Zoom

At 20 times zoom factor, the HC-W850 has a relatively typical optical zoom compared to most of the other big sensor size video cameras that have been available for around the same time as the HC-W850.

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2/3" Optical Sensor Size

This video camera has a 1/2.3" optical sensor size, which is typical of many similar spec camcorders that have been around for a comparable 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
Interchangeable Lens
Image Stabiliser
Minimum Aperture
Maximum Aperture Value
Filter Size
Focal Length
Focal Length Range
Storage
Storage
Memory Card
Storage Media Type
Disc Type
File System
Focusing
Focus Adjustment
White Balance
White Balance Mode
Flash
Shoe Mounting Point Type
Shutter
Video Shutter Speed
Photo Shutter Speed
Shutter Speed
Display
Screen Size
Display Resolution
Display
Display Aspect Ratio
Viewfinder
Viewfinder
Camera
Camcorder Type
3D Compatible
Minimum Illumination
Aspect Ratio
On Screen Display Language
Design
Colour
Video
HD Type
Video Format
Video Resolution
Maximum Video Resolution
Analog Signal Format System
Still Image
Image Format
Still Image Resolution
Maximum Image Resolution
Audio
Audio Format
Audio System
Ports & Interfaces
USB 2.0 Port
S-Video Out Port
PictBridge
Mini HDMI Port
Networking
WiFi Type
Battery
Battery Voltage
Battery Capacity
Charging Source
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Packaging Content
Quick Start Guide
Bundled Software
Cable Included

Expert Reviews

(1)
5 August 2014
Good image quality in decent light
Digital noise handled well, good sensitivity
Onboard WiFi
Mic and headphones sockets
Slowmotion mode can switched on and off while filming
LCD resolution could be higher and touchcontrols aren't sensitive enough
No builtin viewfinder
Battery life isn't amazing, battery charges incamera (no standalone charger)
Removable accessories shoe isn't particularly practical
Photo mode isn't great

User Reviews

(6)
Reviewed 13 May 2014 by Mr. Adam
Mr. Adam would recommend the Panasonic HC-W850

{{{Powerful zoom function that doesn't zoom too fast, nice and smooth. I have found the jumpiness of the zoom on previous camcorders to be terrible, if you don't have just the right touch, you end... Read more…

240 Megapixel Dig Stills
Dual Filming Lens
Good Image Stabilization
Great Zoom
Wifi Smart P App Control
Reviewed 22 February 2015 by Chris

Great video quality. I confirm the excellent features and picture quality from other reviews, but using an assortment of cheap and expensive external microphones, the audio sounds as though... Read more…

Easy to Use
Good Image Stabilization
Good in Low Light
Great Picture Quality
Great Sound
Reviewed 27 April 2014 by Dave
Dave would recommend the Panasonic HC-W850 (Verified Purchase)

Really great, easy to use. slow-motion and night vision just rocks!

Easy to Use
Good Image Stabilization
Good in Low Light
Great Picture Quality
Great Sound
Hd Files Too Big
Poor Sound
Reviewed 28 January 2015 by David40
David40 would recommend the Panasonic HC-W850 (Verified Purchase)

Real nice camera but if you use it in HD mode be prepared to make use of that video. The files are huge, and you must have a newer computer with a fast multicore processor to work with them or... Read more…

Easy to Use
Good Image Stabilization
Good in Low Light
Great Picture Quality
Great Zoom
Hd Files Too Big
Poor Sound
Reviewed 28 January 2015 by KVUSMC
KVUSMC would recommend the Panasonic HC-W850 (Verified Purchase)

This Camcorder Is The Best...

Easy to Use
Good Image Stabilization
Good in Low Light
Great Picture Quality
Great Sound
Poor In Low Light
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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers hcw850, hcw850e, hcw850ep, hcw850efk, hcw850epk
Barcodes 05025232775019, 05025232775040, 05025232775064

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