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Panasonic HC-V500
Panasonic HC-V500
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Panasonic HC-V500 Camcorder

1.5MP 1/5 227g MOS Aug 2014
Total Megapixels Optical Sensor Size Weight Sensor Type Release Date
Excellent brand
Very big digital zoom
Only 1" optical sensor size
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Reviews

Excellent Brand

We calculated the average reviews for all Panasonic camcorders and also specifically for Panasonic small total megapixels camcorders and found that in both cases Panasonic had excellent reviews.


Lens System

Very Big Digital Zoom

Comparable spec video cameras that came out around the same time as the HC-V500 have digital zooms of between 1.5x and 3,500x, and the average digital zoom is 720x. When compared to other video cameras that came out around the same time as the HC-V500, the HC-V500's digital zoom of 2,500 times zoom factor is one of the biggest.

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Has an Image Stabilizer

The HC-V500 has an image stabilizer, as do most of the other video cameras that are a similar age to the HC-V500.

It may also be worth considering one of the alternative video cameras with an image stabilizer currently available including the Canon Vixia HF M40, or the Sony HVR-Z7 ($3,999.99) which has better reviews.

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Average Optical Zoom

At 38 times zoom factor, the HC-V500 has a relatively standard optical zoom compared to most of the other camcorders of this age and spec.

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Ports & Interfaces

Supports HDMI

supports HDMI

The HC-V500 supports HDMI. Most of the other small total megapixels camcorders that have been around for more than two years also support HDMI.

Other camcorders which support HDMI currently available that you might also want to consider include because of it's better review score, the Vixia HF M40, or the XF105 ($8,499) both from Canon.

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Other Features

Has a Night Mode

The Panasonic HC-V500 has a night mode, which is unusual. Most of the other small total megapixels camcorders that were launched around the same time as the HC-V500 do not have a night mode.

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Not Waterproof

Most video cameras of this spec and age are not waterproof. The HC-V500 is no exception to this as it is also not waterproof.

Camcorders which are waterproof that might be worth looking at include the Panasonic HX-A100 ($289.95).

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Video

1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolutions

This camcorder supports a video resolutions of 960 x 540|1920 x 1080 pixels, which is typical of many small total megapixels camcorders that came out more than two years ago.

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Fairly Big Bitrate At Maximum Video Resolution

The smallest bitrate at maximum video resolution of video cameras of a comparable age and spec to the HC-V500 is 2.5 Mbit/s and the biggest is 50 Mbit/s. At 28 megabits per second, the Panasonic HC-V500 has a quite big bitrate at maximum video resolution compared to most of the other camcorders that are a comparable age to the HC-V500.

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Not Full HD

Most of the other small total megapixels camcorders that are a comparable age to the HC-V500 are Full HD, however the HC-V500 is not Full HD.

Video cameras which are Full HD that might be worth considering include the Canon Vixia HF M40 which also has a higher rating.

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Still Image

2304 X 1296 Pixels Maximum Image Resolution

The highest maximum image resolution of the HC-V500 is 2304 x 1296 pixels. That's 44% more maximum image resolution than the most common maximum image resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. The worst maximum image resolution of all small total megapixels camcorders that were launched around the same time as the HC-V500 is 640 x 480 pixels and the best is 4224 x 2376 pixels.

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2064 X 1376 Still Image Resolution(s)

The highest still image resolution supported by the Panasonic HC-V500 is 2064 x 1376. That's 37% more still image resolution than the most frequently found still image resolution(s) of 1920 x 1080 (which is also supported by this camcorder). In addition, this Panasonic video camera support a still image resolution(s) of 640 x 480 and 1856 x 1392. Across all camcorders that have been on the market for more than two years the best still image resolution is 4224 x 2376 and the worst is 640 x 360.

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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 small total megapixels camcorders that have been available for more than two years.

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Very Low Effective Megapixels (image)

With an effective megapixels (image) of only 1.3 megapixels, the HC-V500 has a fairly low effective megapixels (image) compared to most of the other small total megapixels camcorders that were released more than two years ago. The effective megapixels (image) of small total megapixels camcorders that are a comparable age to the HC-V500 range from 1.1MP to 10MP.

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Quite Low Effective Megapixels (movie)

The effective megapixels (movie) of comparable spec video cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to the HC-V500 range from 0.41MP to 4.5MP, and the average effective megapixels (movie) is 2MP. The HC-V500 has a quite low effective megapixels (movie) (only 1.3 megapixels) compared to most of the other small total megapixels camcorders that have been on the market for around the same time as the HC-V500.

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Other

Released Over Two Years Ago

It was over two years ago when Panasonic released the HC-V500.


Display

Average Display Diagonal

At 3 inches, the HC-V500 has a pretty typical display diagonal compared to most of the other camcorders of a similar age and type to the HC-V500.

It may also be worth also looking at one of the alternative 3" screen size camcorders currently available including the Canon Vixia HF M40 which has better reviews.

If you are looking for a larger display diagonal then you might also want to consider the Sony HVR-Z7 ($3,999.99) (3.2" and higher rated).

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Weight & Dimensions

Average Weight

At 227 grams, the HC-V500 has a relatively standard weight compared to most of the other video cameras of a comparable age and spec to the HC-V500.

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers panasonic hcv500m, 5025232661824, 5025232661831, hcv500megk, hcv500egr, hcv500epk, hcv500egs, hcv500egk, hcv500eps
Barcodes 05025232661688, 05025232661718, 05025232661749, 05025232661756, 05025232661763, 05025232661770, 05025232661794, 05025232661824, 05025232661831, 05025232661855, 05025232661862

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