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Panasonic HC-V100
Panasonic HC-V100
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Panasonic HC-V100 Camcorder

1.5MP 1/5 181g May 2013
Total Megapixels Optical Sensor Size Full HD Weight Release Date
Good expert reviews
Good technical features
Good image quality for the price

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Reviews

Good Expert Reviews

This Panasonic camcorder received an expert rating of 80 out of 100 from Trusted Reviews.

Panasonic Camcorders Have Excellent Reviews

Based on 339 expert and user reviews, Panasonic has excellent ratings for its camcorders. Panasonic also has excellent ratings specifically for its small total megapixels camcorders compared to other manufacturers. 78% of those that bought a Panasonic camcorder would recommend the product that they bought to other buyers.


White Balance

Features Indoor White Balance

The HC-V100 features indoor white balance, as do most of the other small total megapixels camcorders that are a comparable age to this camcorder.

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Flash

Does Not Have a Built-In Light

The HC-V100 does not have a built-in light. Most of the other comparable spec video cameras that were launched around the same time as this video camera also do not have a built-in light.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Flash

The Panasonic HC-V100 does not have a built-in flash. Most of the other camcorders of this age and type also do not have a built-in flash.

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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 camcorders of a comparable age and type to it.

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Very Low Effective Megapixels (image)

With an effective megapixels (image) of only 1.3 megapixels, the HC-V100 has one of the lower effective megapixels (image) amongst video cameras of this age. The average effective megapixels (image) of video cameras of a comparable type and age to this video camera is 2.4MP.

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Quite Low Effective Megapixels (movie)

The lowest effective megapixels (movie) of small total megapixels camcorders that are a similar age to this video camera is 0.41MP, the highest is 4.5MP, and the average effective megapixels (movie) is 2MP. With an effective megapixels (movie) of only 1.3 megapixels, the HC-V100 has one of the lower effective megapixels (movie) amongst video cameras of this age.

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Still Image

1920 X 1080 Still Image Resolution

This camcorder supports a still image resolution(s) of 1920 x 1080, which is the most frequently supported still image resolution(s) on camcorders that were released more than two years ago.

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Display

Quite High Display Resolution (numeric)

The Panasonic HC-V100 has a quite high display resolution (numeric) (230,400 pixels) compared to most of the other small total megapixels camcorders that have been on the market for a similar time to this camcorder. Camcorders that came out around the same time as this camcorder have display resolutions (numeric) of between 23,000 pixels and 1,300,000 pixels.

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Quite Small Display Diagonal

The HC-V100 has a fairly small display diagonal (only 2.7 inches) compared to most of the other similar spec camcorders that are a comparable age to this video camera. The smallest display diagonal of video cameras of this age and type is 1.4" and the largest is 4.3".

There are a number of other 2.7" screen size video cameras currently available which you might also want to look at including the HC-V10, or the HDC-HS80K both from Panasonic or the Sony DCR-SR21 which has better reviews.

If this video camera display diagonal is not large enough for you then you might want to consider the ION DashCam (2.7165369" and higher rated), the JVC GZ-VX715SEU (3" and higher rated), or the Sony HDR-PJ620 (3" and higher rated).

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Packaging Content

Has an AC Adapter Included

The HC-V100 has an AC adapter included, as do most of the other video cameras of a similar spec and age to this video camera.

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Has a Batteries Included

The HC-V100 has a batteries included. Most of the other small total megapixels camcorders that came out around the same time as this video camera also have a batteries included.

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Audio

Has a Built-In Speaker(s)

The HC-V100 has a built-in speaker(s), as do most of the other video cameras of this age and spec.

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Has a Built-In Microphone

The HC-V100 has a built-in microphone. Most of the other comparable spec video cameras that were released around the same time as this camcorder also have a built-in microphone.

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Other Features

Features Photo Mode

The Panasonic HC-V100 features photo mode, as do most of the other camcorders of this age and type.

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Camera

Features Back Light Compensation

The HC-V100 features back light compensation. Most of the other video cameras of a comparable spec and age to this video camera also feature back light compensation.

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Supports On Screen Display (OSD)

The HC-V100 supports On Screen Display (OSD). Most of the other video cameras that were released more than two years ago also support On Screen Display (OSD).

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Features

Good Technical Features

One person who reviewed the product thought it had good features. Carlos mentioned on Amazon.co.uk “It comes with quite a few handy features.” in his Panasonic HC-V100 review.


Weight & Dimensions

Very Light

The HC-V100 is quite light (only 181 grams) compared to most of the other comparable spec video cameras that have been available for a similar time to this camcorder. The weights of small total megapixels camcorders that came out around the same time as this camcorder range from 57g to 3.9kg.

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Lens System

Has an Image Stabilizer

The HC-V100 has an image stabilizer, as do most of the other small total megapixels camcorders that are a comparable age to this camcorder.

We compared all the other camcorders with an image stabilizer to this video camera and we think because of it's better review score, the Vixia HF M40, and the Vixia HF R40 both from Canon or the Panasonic HC-V250 ($480.99) is also worth considering.

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Very Small Digital Zoom

At only 90 times zoom factor, the HC-V100 has a fairly small digital zoom compared to most of the other small total megapixels camcorders that were launched around the same time as this video camera. The average digital zoom of camcorders that were released more than two years ago is 720x, and the digital zooms range from 1.5x to 3,500x.

If you would prefer a bigger digital zoom then you might want to consider the HC-V10 (100x), or the HC-V110 ($220.39) (100x) both from Panasonic or the JVC GZ-R310 (100x) which also has a higher rating.

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Average Optical Zoom

With an optical zoom of 34 times zoom factor, the HC-V100 has a pretty average optical zoom compared to most of the other video cameras of a comparable age and type to this video camera.

We compared this video camera to all the other 34x (optical) camcorders and we think the HDC-HS80K, and the HDC-TM80 both from Panasonic which has better reviews is also worth considering.

If you are looking for a camcorder with a bigger optical zoom then you might want to consider the Canon 800 (35x), or the Panasonic HC-V110 ($220.39) (38x) which is also higher rated.

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Ports & Interfaces

Supports HDMI

supports HDMI

The HC-V100 supports HDMI, as do most of the other video cameras that came out around the same time as this camcorder.

It may also be worth also looking at one of the other video cameras which support HDMI currently available including because of it's better review score, the Canon Vixia HF M40, the Panasonic HC-V250 ($480.99), or the Sony HVR-Z7 ($3,999.99).

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Has a DC-In Jack

The HC-V100 has a DC-in jack, as do most of the other small total megapixels camcorders that have been around for more than two years.

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Does Not Support PictBridge

Like most of the other small total megapixels camcorders that have been available for a similar time to this video camera, the Panasonic HC-V100 does not support PictBridge.

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Video

Full HD

Full HD

The HC-V100 is Full HD. Most of the other video cameras that have been on the market for more than two years also are 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 Vixia HF M40, or the Vixia HF R500 ($179.99) both from Canon or the Panasonic HC-V110 ($220.39).

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Features Pre-Record Function

The Panasonic HC-V100 features pre-record function. Most of the other video cameras that are a comparable age to this video camera also feature pre-record function.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

This video camera supports a video resolutions of 960 x 540|1920 x 1080 pixels, which is the most frequently supported video resolutions on small total megapixels camcorders that were released around the same time as it.

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Capable Optical Image Stabilisation

One person wrote that the Panasonic HC-V100 had a good image stabiliser. Trusted Reviews mentioned “Capable optical image stabilisation” in their review of this camcorder however they gave it a score of 18.8 out of 100.


Design

Good Product Quality

One customer who bought it said that it was good quality.

Lots of Manual Settings

One owner who bought it mentioned that it was easy to use the menus. Trusted Reviews wrote “Lots of manual settings”.


Support

Good Technical Guidance

One customer said in their reviews that the Panasonic HC-V100 had good technical guidance.


Other

Released Over Four Years Ago

This video camera was released in April 2017.


Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers panasonic hcv100m, panasonic v100m, 5025232661992, hcv100egw
Barcodes 00885170070387, 05025232661923, 05025232661930, 05025232661947, 05025232661961, 05025232661985, 05025232661992, 05025232662005
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