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Panasonic HCV380K Camcorder

$327.99
2.51MP 1/5 252g Jan 2016
Total Megapixels Optical Sensor Size Full HD Weight Release Date
Panasonic video cameras have excellent reviews
Quite big digital zoom
Full HD
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Reviews

Panasonic Video Cameras Have Excellent Reviews

Based on 339 user and expert 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 video camera would recommend the product that they bought to other buyers.


Audio

Has a Built-In Microphone

The Panasonic HC-V380 has a built-in microphone. Most of the other camcorders of this type and age also have a built-in microphone.

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Other

Released Over a Year Ago

Panasonic released the HC-V380 in April 2017.


Image Sensor

Very Low Effective Megapixels (image)

The HC-V380 has one of the lower effective megapixels (image) (only 1.67 megapixels) amongst comparable spec camcorders of this age. Camcorders of a similar age and spec to this video camera have effective megapixels (image) of between 1.6MP and 3MP, and the average effective megapixels (image) is 2.1MP.

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1" Optical Sensor Size

This camcorder has a 1/5.8" optical sensor size, which is the most frequently found optical sensor size on video cameras of this age and type.

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Flash

Does Not Have a Built-In Light

The HC-V380 does not have a built-in light. Most of the other small total megapixels camcorders that were launched around the same time as this camcorder also do not have a built-in light.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Flash

The HC-V380 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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Battery

Very Short Battery Life (max)

The battery life (max) of similar spec video cameras that were released more than a year ago range from 1.2h to 5h. With a battery life (max) of only 1.25 hours, the HC-V380 has a fairly short battery life (max) compared to most of the other video cameras of this age and spec.

If you would prefer a longer battery life (max) then you might also want to consider the Canon Legria HFR706 (2.9h), or the Zoom Q4n ($249.99) (3h) which is also cheaper.

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Still Image

4224 X 2376 Still Image Resolution

The HC-V380 supports a maximum still image resolution of 4224 x 2376. That's over thirty-two times the still image resolution of a 640 x 480 camcorder, which is the most common still image resolution supported by camcorders of this type and age. 640 x 480 is also supported by this Panasonic video camera. This Panasonic camcorder also support still image resolution(s)s of 1920 x 1080, 3408 x 2272 and 1728 x 1152 and 3136 x 2352.

A 4224 x 2376 still image resolution(s) is in fact the best supported still image resolution across all comparable spec camcorders that are a similar age to this video camera.

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

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4224 X 2376 Pixels Image Resolution

The HC-V380 has a maximum maximum image resolution of 4224 x 2376 pixels. That's over four times the maximum image resolution of a 1920 x 1080 pixels camcorder, which is the most common maximum image resolution.

This camcorder's maximum image resolution (4224 x 2376 pixels) is actually the best maximum image resolution amongst all camcorders of this age and spec.

Amongst comparable types of camcorder the worst maximum image resolution is 1920 x 1080 pixels.

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Display

Has a Touchscreen

The HC-V380 has a touchscreen, as do most of the other camcorders of this age and spec.

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Average Display Diagonal

With a display diagonal of 3 inches, the HC-V380 has a fairly standard display diagonal compared to most of the other small total megapixels camcorders that are a similar age to this video camera.

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Lens System

Quite Big Digital Zoom

At 3,000 times zoom factor, the Panasonic HC-V380 has a quite big digital zoom compared to most of the other small total megapixels camcorders that have been available for more than a year. The smallest digital zoom of small total megapixels camcorders that have been available for around the same time as this video camera is 1.5x and the biggest is 3,000x.

Other 3,000x (digital) camcorders currently available that you might also want to look at include a cheaper video camera such as the Panasonic HC-V380EB-K or you might consider a higher scoring video camera such as the Panasonic HC-V270 ($405.41).

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Has an Image Stabilizer

The Panasonic HC-V380 has an image stabilizer. Most of the other small total megapixels camcorders that were launched around the same time as this camcorder also have an image stabilizer.

We compared this camcorder to all the other camcorders with an image stabilizer and we think the Sony HDR-PJ410 which has better reviews; or the Panasonic HC-V380EB-K which is cheaper are also worth considering.

There are a number of other video cameras which also have an image stabilizer that you might want to consider including the Panasonic HC-W580 ($397.99).

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Average Optical Zoom

The Panasonic HC-V380 has a fairly average optical zoom (50 times zoom factor) compared to most of the other camcorders of a similar age and type to this camcorder.

It may also be worth considering one of the alternative 50x (optical) camcorders currently available including the Panasonic HC-V180EB-K which is cheaper; or the Panasonic HC-V270 ($405.41) which has better reviews.

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Other Features

Features USB Connectivity

The Panasonic HC-V380 features USB connectivity. Most of the other small total megapixels camcorders that were launched more than a year ago also feature USB connectivity.

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Packaging Content

Has a Batteries Included

The HC-V380 has a batteries included, as do most of the other camcorders of this type and age.

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Has an AC Adapter Included

The HC-V380 has an AC adapter included. Most of the other video cameras that have been available for more than a year also have an AC adapter included.

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Networking

Features Wi-Fi

The Panasonic HC-V380 features wi-Fi, as do most of the other camcorders of a comparable spec and age to this video camera.

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Camera

Supports On Screen Display (OSD)

The HC-V380 supports On Screen Display (OSD), as do most of the other camcorders that were released around the same time as this video camera.

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Very Big Minimum Illumination

The smallest minimum illumination of camcorders of a similar type and age to this camcorder is 0.1lx and the biggest is 4lx. With a minimum illumination of 4 lux, the HC-V380 has one of the biggest minimum illuminations amongst comparable spec camcorders of this age.

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Ports & Interfaces

Supports HDMI

supports HDMI

The Panasonic HC-V380 supports HDMI. Most of the other small total megapixels camcorders that were released more than a year ago also support HDMI.

Alternative camcorders which support HDMI currently available which you might want to look at include the Sony HDR-PJ410 which has better reviews; or the Zoom Q4n ($249.99), or the Panasonic HC-V380EB-K which is cheaper.

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Has a Headphone Outputs

The Panasonic HC-V380 has a headphone outputs. Most of the other comparable spec video cameras that were launched around the same time as this camcorder also have a headphone outputs.

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Video

Full HD

Full HD

The Panasonic HC-V380 is Full HD, as are most of the other video cameras of a comparable age and type to this camcorder.

We compared this camcorder to all the other Full HD video cameras and we think cheaper camcorders such as the Bushnell BN119740, the Zoom Q4n ($249.99), and the Panasonic HC-V380EB-K is also worth considering.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

This camcorder supports a video resolutions of 640 x 480|1280 x 720|1920 x 1080 pixels, which is the most commonly supported video resolutions on video cameras of a comparable spec and age to it.

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Weight & Dimensions

Average Weight

At 252 grams, the HC-V380 has a pretty standard weight compared to most of the other camcorders that have been around for more than a year.

Camcorders with a heavier weight that might be worth considering include the Panasonic HC-W580 ($397.99) (264g).

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers panasonic hcv380ebk, panasonic movie10mp, panasonic n158164w, panasonic hcv380k, summer hcv380ebk, panasonic 77c4c
Barcodes 05025232836826, 05025232836857

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$ 1,599.99 $327.99
Hugely Smaller Minimum Illumination
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Higher Effective Megapixels (image)
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Zoom Q4n vs Panasonic HC-V380

Zoom Q4n vs Panasonic HC-V380
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$ 249.99 $327.99
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Smaller Digital Zoom
1,723.4mm Shorter Maximum Focal Length
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