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Panasonic HC-V10 Camcorder

1.5MP 1/5 212g MOS Mar 2012
Total Megapixels Optical Sensor Size Weight Sensor Type Release Date
Panasonic has excellent reviews for its camcorders
Very big optical zoom
Only 1" optical sensor size

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Panasonic Has Excellent Reviews for Its Camcorders

We checked 249 expert and user reviews for Panasonic camcorders and found that on average Panasonic has excellent ratings. We also found that Panasonic has excellent ratings specifically within its small total megapixels camcorders range.


Lens System

Very Big Optical Zoom

The Panasonic HC-V10 has one of the biggest optical zooms (63 times zoom factor) amongst camcorders of this age. Small total megapixels camcorders that have been around for more than two years have optical zooms of between 10x and 78x, and the average optical zoom is 30x.

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Has an Image Stabilizer

The Panasonic HC-V10 has an image stabilizer, as do most of the other comparable spec video cameras that were launched more than two years ago.

We compared this video camera to all the other camcorders with an image stabilizer and we think because of it's better review score, the Canon Vixia HF M40, and the Sony HVR-Z7 ($3,999.99) is also worth considering.

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Fairly High Maximum Aperture Number

With a maximum aperture number of 5.7, the Panasonic HC-V10 has a quite high maximum aperture number compared to most of the other small total megapixels camcorders that are a similar age to the HC-V10. The average maximum aperture number of comparable spec camcorders that have been available for a similar time to the HC-V10 is 4.6.

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Very Small Digital Zoom

At only 100 times zoom factor, the Panasonic HC-V10 has a quite small digital zoom compared to most of the other small total megapixels camcorders that have been on the market for a comparable time to the HC-V10. Across all the camcorders that have been available for a comparable time to the HC-V10 the digital zooms range from 1.5x to 3,500x, and the average digital zoom is 720x.

Other 100x (digital) video cameras currently available which you might also want to consider include the Canon XM2 which has better reviews.

Video cameras with a bigger digital zoom that might be worth considering include the Panasonic HC-V550 (150x).

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Quite High Minimum Aperture Number

The minimum aperture numbers of similar spec video cameras that have been available for more than two years range from 1.1 to 3.1, and the average minimum aperture number is 1.9. The Panasonic HC-V10 has a quite high minimum aperture number (1.9) compared to most of the other camcorders of a similar age and spec to the HC-V10.

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Ports & Interfaces

Supports HDMI

supports HDMI

The Panasonic HC-V10 supports HDMI, as do most of the other camcorders that were released more than two years ago.

We compared this video camera to all the other video cameras which support HDMI and we think because of it's better review score, the Vixia HF M40, and the XF105 ($8,499) both from Canon is also worth considering.

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Weight & Dimensions

Very Light

Video cameras that are a comparable age to the HC-V10 have weights of between 57g and 3.9kg, and the average weight is 460g. The Panasonic HC-V10 is one of the lighter video cameras of this spec and age (only 212 grams) amongst video cameras of this age.

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Display

Fairly High Display Resolution (numeric)

The average display resolution (numeric) of small total megapixels camcorders that have been on the market for a comparable time to the HC-V10 is 360,000 pixels. The Panasonic HC-V10 has one of the higher display resolutions (numeric) (230,400 pixels) amongst camcorders of this age.

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Quite Small Display Diagonal

The Panasonic HC-V10 has one of the smaller display diagonals (only 2.7 inches) amongst comparable spec video cameras of this age. The smallest display diagonal of video cameras of this age and type is 1.4" and the largest is 4.3".

If you want a larger display diagonal then you might also want to look at the JVC GZ-VX715SEU (3") which also has a higher rating.

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Image Sensor

Only 1" Optical Sensor Size

This video camera has a 1/5.8" optical sensor size, which is typical of many video cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to it.

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Very Low Effective Megapixels (movie)

With an effective megapixels (movie) of only 0.56 megapixels, the Panasonic HC-V10 has one of the lower effective megapixels (movie) amongst small total megapixels camcorders of this age. Across all the small total megapixels camcorders that came out more than two years ago the effective megapixels (movie) range from 0.41MP to 4.5MP, and the average effective megapixels (movie) is 2MP.

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Video

Not Full HD

The Panasonic HC-V10 is not Full HD, unlike most of the other camcorders of this age and type which are Full HD.

If you want a camcorder that is Full HD then you might want to look at the Canon Vixia HF M40 which also has a higher rating.

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Only 1280 X 720 Pixels Maximum Video Resolution

The Panasonic HC-V10 has a 1280 x 720 pixels maximum video resolution which is higher than the 1920 x 1080 pixels maximum video resolution found on most camcorders that have been on the market for a similar time to it. Across all video cameras of this type and age the worst maximum video resolution is 720 x 576 pixels and the best is 1920 x 1080 pixels.

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Only 960 X 540 Pixels Video Resolutions

The Panasonic HC-V10 supports a 960 x 540 pixels video resolutions which is higher than most video cameras of a comparable spec and age to it. Most camcorders that have been on the market for a similar time to it support a 1920 x 1080 pixels video resolutions. In addition, this Panasonic video camera support a video resolutions of 640 x 480 pixels and 1280 x 720 pixels. Across all camcorders of a similar type and age to the HC-V10 the worst video resolution is 640 x 360 pixels and the best is 1920 x 1080 pixels.

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Still Image

Only 1280 X 720 Still Image Resolution(s)

The highest still image resolution supported by the Panasonic HC-V10 is 1280 x 720. That's 82% less still image resolution than the most frequently found still image resolution(s) of 2592 x 1944. This video camera also supports a still image resolution(s) of 640 x 480. The still image resolution of all similar spec video cameras that were launched more than two years ago ranges from 640 x 360 (worst) to 6016 x 4016 (best).

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Only 1280 X 720 Pixels Maximum Image Resolution

The highest maximum image resolution of the Panasonic HC-V10 is 1280 x 720 pixels. That's 91% less maximum image resolution than the most frequently found maximum image resolution of 3680 x 2760 pixels. Across all video cameras of this age and spec the best maximum image resolution is 6784 x 3816 pixels and the worst is 640 x 480 pixels.

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Other Features

Not Waterproof

Most video cameras of a similar age and type to the HC-V10 are not waterproof. The Panasonic HC-V10 is no exception to this as it is also not waterproof.

If you would prefer a video camera that is waterproof then you might also want to look at the Panasonic HX-A100 ($289.95).

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Other

Released Over Five Years Ago

It was over five years ago when Panasonic released the HC-V10.


Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers panasonic hcv10ebr, 5025232662098, hcv10egk
Barcodes 05025232662036, 05025232662043, 05025232662098, 05025232662104, 05025232662111, 05025232668731
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