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Panasonic HC-V100
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Panasonic HC-V100 Camcorder

1.5MP 1/5.8 181g MOS May 2013
Total Megapixels Optical Sensor Size Weight Sensor Type Release Date
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18 Reasons For

Expert Reviews Are Good

This video camera received a rating of 80 out of 100 from video camera expert review site Trusted Reviews. This puts this small sensor size camcorder in the bottom 81% of all the camcorders of this type and age when ranked by average expert review score.

Good Product Quality

One Panasonic HC-V100 owner who reviewed it considered that it was good quality. Four years ago Trusted Reviews said “Good image quality for the price” and gave this camcorder a score of 4 stars.

Panasonic Has Good Camcorder Reviews

We calculated the average reviews for all Panasonic video cameras and also specifically for Panasonic small sensor size camcorders and found that in both cases Panasonic had good reviews compared to other manufacturers.

Good Quality Lens

One person said in their reviews that this camcorder had a good image stabiliser. Trusted Reviews wrote “Capable optical image stabilisation” in their review and scored this camcorder 80 out of 100.

Full HD HD Type

The HD type of this camcorder is Full HD, which is typical of many camcorders of a similar age and spec to it.

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Has an HDMI Port

has an HDMI port

The HC-V100 has an HDMI port, as do most of the other small sensor size camcorders that have been around for a similar time to the HC-V100.

We compared all the other video cameras with an HDMI port to this camcorder and we think because of it's better review score, the Vixia HF M40, and the Vixia HF R40 ($127.99) both from Canon or the Panasonic HC-V110 ($220.39) is also worth considering.

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Full HD

Like most of the other camcorders that have been around for a comparable time to the HC-V100, the Panasonic HC-V100 is Full HD.

Other Full HD camcorders currently available which you might want to look at include the Canon Vixia HF M40, or the Panasonic HC-V110 ($220.39) which has better reviews.

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Has an Image Stabiliser

The HC-V100 has an image stabiliser, as do most of the other video cameras of this age and spec.

Other camcorders with an image stabiliser currently available that you might also want to look at include because of it's better review score, the Vixia HF M40, or the Vixia HF R40 ($127.99) both from Canon or the Samsung VP-X300.

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SDXC Memory Card

SDXC memory card

The Panasonic HC-V100 supports an SDXC memory card which is better than most video cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to it. Most small sensor size camcorders that have been on the market for a comparable time to it support an SD memory card. This camcorder also 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 across all small sensor size camcorders that came out around the same time as the HC-V100.

The worst supported memory card type across similar types of camcorder is MicroSD (Transflash).

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

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Lithium Battery

This video camera has a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion) battery, which is the most commonly found battery on small sensor size camcorders that have been around for a similar time to it.

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Very Light

Video cameras of a similar age and type to the HC-V100 have weights of between 57g and 3.9kg, and the average weight is 500g. The HC-V100 is one of the lighter small sensor size camcorders that were released around the same time as the HC-V100 (only 181 grams) amongst small sensor size camcorders of this age.

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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. The video mode of all small sensor size camcorders that are a similar age to the HC-V100 ranges from 540p (worst) to 1080p (best).

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Has a Built-In Display

The HC-V100 has a built-in display. Most of the other camcorders of a comparable age and spec to the HC-V100 also have a built-in display.

It may also be worth also looking at one of the other camcorders with a built-in display currently available including because of it's better review score, the Sony DCR-PJ5, or the Vivitar DVR426 ($32.22).

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Has Three White Balance Modes

The HC-V100 has a greater number of white balance modes than most small sensor size camcorders that were launched 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 camcorders of this type and age. The white balance modes "Cloudy" and "Sunny" are also found on this Panasonic video camera.

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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 that are a similar age to it.

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JPG Image Format

This video camera has a JPG image format, which is the most commonly found image format on video cameras of a similar age and spec to it.

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Very Small

The widths of small sensor size camcorders that were launched more than two years ago range from 30mm to 570mm, and the average width is 75mm. The HC-V100 is fairly small (only 51.5 millimeters) compared to most of the other small sensor size camcorders that came out around the same time as the HC-V100.

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1920 X 1080 Still Image Resolution

This video camera supports a still image resolution of 1920 x 1080, which is the most frequently supported still image resolution on camcorders of this age and type.

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9 Reasons Against

Does Not Have an Interchangeable Lens

Most camcorders of a comparable age and type to the HC-V100 do not have an interchangeable lens. The HC-V100 is no exception to this as it too does not have an interchangeable lens.

We compared this camcorder to all the other video cameras with an interchangeable lens and we think the Sony HVR-Z7 ($5,200.00) which also has a higher rating is also worth considering.

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Very Small Digital Zoom

Across all the small sensor size camcorders that have been around for around the same time as the HC-V100 the digital zooms range from 1.5x to 3,500x. With a digital zoom of only 90 times zoom factor, the Panasonic HC-V100 has one of the smaller digital zooms amongst comparable spec camcorders of this age.

If this small sensor size camcorder digital zoom is not big enough for you then you might want to look at the HC-V110 ($220.39) (100x), or the AG-HCK10 (120x) both from Panasonic or the Samsung VP-X300 (100x) which is also higher rated.

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Quite Small Screen Size

Small sensor size camcorders that have been around for more than two years have screen sizes of between 1.4" and 4.3". At only 2.7 inches, the HC-V100 has a quite small screen size compared to most of the other small sensor size camcorders that are a similar age to the HC-V100.

We compared all the other 2.7" screen size video cameras to this camcorder and we think because of it's better review score, the HDC-HS80, and the HDC-SD40 both from Panasonic is also worth considering.

Camcorders with a larger screen size that might be worth looking at include the Legria HF R38 (3" and higher rated), or the Vixia HF R40 ($127.99) (3" and higher rated) both from Canon or the JVC GZ-RX110 (3" and higher rated).

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Very Low Megapixel Count

With a megapixel count of only 1.3 megapixels, the HC-V100 has a quite low megapixel count compared to most of the other small sensor size camcorders that are a similar age to the HC-V100. Camcorders of this age and spec have megapixel counts of between 1.1MP and 10MP.

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Quite Low Movie Megapixel Count

The average movie megapixel count of small sensor size camcorders that have been around for around the same time as the HC-V100 is 1.9MP. At only 1.3 megapixels, the HC-V100 has a quite low movie megapixel count compared to most of the other small sensor size camcorders that have been around for around the same time as the HC-V100.

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Does Not Have a Night Mode

The HC-V100 does not have a night mode. Most of the other small sensor size camcorders that are a comparable age to the HC-V100 also do not have a night mode.

Other video cameras which also have a night mode that you might also want to consider include the Legria FS406, or the Legria HF R36 both from Canon or the JVC GZ-HM30 which also has a higher rating.

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Not 3D Compatible

Most small sensor size camcorders that were launched more than two years ago are not 3D compatible. The HC-V100 is no exception to this as it too is not 3D compatible.

If you are looking for a video camera that is 3D compatible then you might want to consider the Panasonic HC-X909, or the Canon XF105 ($2,269.00) which also has a higher rating.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Projector

The Panasonic HC-V100 does not have a built-in projector. Most of the other similar spec video cameras that are a comparable age to the HC-V100 also do not have a built-in projector.

It is worth considering other video cameras which also have a built-in projector including the DCR-PJ5, the HDR-PJ220, or the HDR-PJ230/B all from Sony which also has a higher rating.

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Not Waterproof

Most video cameras of this age and type are not waterproof. The HC-V100 is no exception to this as it too is not waterproof.

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4 Other reasons to consider the Panasonic HC-V100

Released Over Four Years Ago

This small sensor size camcorder was released over four years ago.

Average Optical Zoom

At 34 times zoom factor, the Panasonic HC-V100 has a pretty typical optical zoom compared to most of the other small sensor size camcorders that have been on the market for more than two years.

Other 34x (optical) video cameras currently available that you might want to look at include the Panasonic HDC-HS80 which has better reviews.

If you would prefer a video camera with a bigger optical zoom then you might want to look at the HC-V110 ($220.39) (38x), or the HC-V130 (38x) both from Panasonic or the JVC GZ-EX515 ($158.00) (38x) which is also higher rated.

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Average Battery Life

At 2.45 hours, the HC-V100 has a fairly average battery life compared to most of the other video cameras of a comparable type and age to the HC-V100.

If this camcorder battery life is not long enough for you then you might also want to consider the Zoom Q4 ($129.99) (3h), the Canon Legria HF G30 ($1,189.00) (3.1h), or the Sony HDR-PJ230/B (3.16h) which is also higher rated.

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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 small sensor size camcorders that have been on the market for a similar time to it.

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Specification

Image Sensor
Total Megapixels
Optical Sensor Size
Sensor Type
Effective Megapixels (image)
Effective Megapixels (movie)
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Digital Zoom
Image Stabilizer
Interchangeable Lens
Image Stabilizer Type
Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
Minimum Aperture Number
Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
Maximum Aperture Number
Focal Length (35mm Film Equivalent)
Focal Length Range (f-F)
Storage
Compatible Memory Cards
Camcorder Media Type
Camera File System
Focusing
Focus Adjustment
White Balance
Indoor White Balance
White Balance
Flash
Built-In Flash
Built-In Light
Shutter
Shutter Speed (video)
Shutter Speed (photo)
Camera Shutter Speed
Display
Display Diagonal
Built-In Display
Display Resolution (numeric)
Display
Viewfinder
Viewfinder Type
Camera
Camcorder Type
3D
On Screen Display (OSD)
Back Light Compensation
Minimum Illumination
Supported Aspect Ratios
On Screen Display (OSD) Languages
Design
Colour of Product
Video
HD Type
Supported Video Modes
Video Formats Supported
Video Resolutions
Maximum Video Resolution
Pre-Record
Still Image
Image Formats Supported
Still Image Resolution(s)
Maximum Image Resolution
Audio
Audio Formats Supported
Built-In Speaker(s)
Built-In Microphone
Audio System
Ports & Interfaces
HDMI
DC-In Jack
USB 2.0 Ports Quantity
S-Video Out
PictBridge
Mini HDMI Ports Quantity
Battery
Battery Life (max)
Battery Voltage
Battery Technology
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Packaging Content
Batteries Included
Quick Start Guide
Bundled Software
Cables Included
AC Adapter Included
Other Features
I/O Ports
Compatible Operating Systems
Power Consumption (typical)
Photo Mode
Lens System
AV Output

Expert Reviews

(1)
5 December 2012

If you're on a tight budget, Panasonic's HC-V100 is a very tempting proposition, with a street price of around £170. Although the JVC GZ-E15's £150 price wins out for sheer cost-conscious value,...

Good image quality for the price
Capable optical image stabilisation
Lots of manual settings
No accessory shoe
No microphone or headphones minijacks

User Reviews

(1)
Reviewed 19 October 2013 by Carlos
(Verified Purchase)

The quality of the sound can be great, it comes with quite a few handy features, but the list of cons are too important for a 150 pounds headphones: - Lack of high volume - Apt-X only works with... Read more…

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers hcv100, hcv100e, hcv100eg, hcv100egw, 5025232661992, panasonic v100, panasonic v100m, panasonic hcv100, panasonic hcv100m
Barcodes 00885170070387, 05025232661923, 05025232661930, 05025232661947, 05025232661961, 05025232661985, 05025232661992, 05025232662005
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