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Panasonic HC-W850 Camcorder

$1,020.99
12.76MP 1/2 360g Mar 2014
Total Megapixels Optical Sensor Size Full HD Weight Release Date
Four industry awards
Excellent image quality
No builtin viewfinder
42 Reviews + 4 Awards
ixbt.com Original Design Trusted Reviews Recommended M3.idg.se Recommended Expert Reviews Best Buy
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Reviews

Four Industry Awards

This big total megapixels camcorder is one of the most awarded of all the camcorders of a similar age and type.

This video camera received a "Recommended" award from both websites Trusted Reviews and M3.idg.se, both of which decided that this big total megapixels camcorder was good.

The editors of two additional expert review sites thought that this big total megapixels camcorder was good. This video camera received a "Best Buy" award from review website Expert Reviews who wrote it was was a sensible purchase and it received an "Original Design" award from website Ixbt.com who decided it was carefully designed.

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Expert Reviews Are Good

On average, based on nine expert reviews from sites including CNET.com, Trusted Reviews, Expert Reviews and Digital Versus the average expert rating of this big total megapixels camcorder is 86%.

Owner Reviews Are Excellent

Based on 30 owner reviews this big total megapixels camcorder has an average owner rating of 90%. Over 92% of reviewers gave this camcorder either 4 or 5 stars and 100% of those asked said they would recommend buying it to others.

Panasonic Video Cameras Have Excellent Reviews

Based on 339 user and expert reviews (including 85 verified purchases), Panasonic has excellent reviews for its camcorders. Panasonic also has excellent reviews specifically within its big total megapixels video cameras range compared to other brands. 89% of those that bought a Panasonic camcorder would recommend the product that they bought to other buyers.

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Networking

Supports Near Field Communication (NFC)

The HC-W850 supports near Field Communication (NFC), as do most of the other video cameras of this age and spec.

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Features Wi-Fi

The HC-W850 features wi-Fi. Most of the other big total megapixels video cameras that have been available for a similar time to this camcorder also feature wi-Fi.

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Other

Released Over Three Years Ago

Panasonic released the HC-W850 in April 2017.


Image Sensor

Very Low Effective Megapixels (image)

The HC-W850 has a quite low effective megapixels (image) (only 5.21 megapixels) compared to most of the other similar spec video cameras that came out more than two years ago. The average effective megapixels (image) of video cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as this video camera is 11MP, and the effective megapixels (image) range from 2MP to 25MP.

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Quite Low Effective Megapixels (movie)

At only 6.03 megapixels, the HC-W850 has a fairly low effective megapixels (movie) compared to most of the other video cameras of a comparable type and age to this video camera. The lowest effective megapixels (movie) of video cameras of a comparable type and age to this camcorder is 1.1MP, the highest is 17MP, and the average effective megapixels (movie) is 9.5MP.

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1" Optical Sensor Size

This video camera has a 1/2.3" optical sensor size, which is the most commonly found optical sensor size on video cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to it.

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Excellent Stabilisation System

Ten people who reviewed this camcorder mentioned that it had a good zoom. Expertreviews.co.uk scored the Panasonic HC-W850 6 stars and wrote in their review of this camcorder on expert review site Expert Reviews “The Panasonic HC-W850 is a medium-sized camcorder with a 1/2.3in, 12.8-megapixel sensor, 20x optical zoom, 50x intelligent zoom, built-in Wi-Fi”. Three years ago Stephen Davies mentioned “I use the camera to film bands and it has a good zoom, however you have to be careful with the zoom controls” in his review of this camcorder. Light in the Dark Studio mentioned “I usually stick with the consumer level because even though professional ones beat them in resolution, everyone has their reason I prefer more Zoom”.

Four customers said in their reviews that it had a good image stabiliser. Digital Versus said in their review of this camcorder “Excellent stabilisation system” yet they only scored the product 18.8 out of 100. Bhphotovideo.com said “Good Image Stabilization” however they only rated it 1 stars. Three years ago Stephen Davies wrote on Amazon.co.uk “The stabilisation function is first class, even in low light” in his review of this camcorder.

Four owners who bought it thought it had a good lens. Three years ago Trusted Reviews mentioned “Unique second lens lets you record yourself whilst shooting” however despite that they gave it a score of 19.4 out of 100. In the same month Bhphotovideo.com said “Dual Filming Lens”. Mr. P wrote in their review of the Panasonic HC-W850 in the same month “Also on wide angle you are able to get so close to objects they are almost touching your lens while keeping in focus, so it's great for macro use” and gave it a rating of 5 stars.

One customer who reviewed it thought it had a good autofocus. Amazon Customer said on Amazon.co.uk “This camcorder is so much better than the dslr! The focus is fast” and rated it 7 stars.

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No Builtin Viewfinder

Four owners said in their reviews that the product did not have a good viewfinder. Digital Versus wrote in their review of the Panasonic HC-W850 three years ago “No builtin viewfinder”. Amazon Customer mentioned on Amazon.co.uk “If you can look past the lack of electronic viewfinder, which you can because the lcd is nice” in their review of the Panasonic HC-W850. Alan Newble wrote “The second camera useless (for me) and the screen awful in sunlight and no viewfinder to take over” in his review of this camcorder.

Two people said in their reviews that it did not have a good screen. Cnet.com mentioned on CNET.com “Touch screen not responsive enough” in their review of this camcorder. Mr. P mentioned in their review of this camcorder on Amazon.co.uk “One downside is the display is difficult to see in bright daylight”.

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Packaging Content

Has an AC Adapter Included

The HC-W850 has an AC adapter included. Most of the other camcorders of this age and spec also have an AC adapter included.

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Has a Batteries Included

The HC-W850 has a batteries included, as do most of the other video cameras of a comparable type and age to this video camera.

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White Balance

Features Indoor White Balance

The HC-W850 features indoor white balance. Most of the other video cameras of this type and age also feature indoor white balance.

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Flash

Has a Built-In Light

The HC-W850 has a built-in light. Most of the other video cameras of a comparable spec and age to this video camera also have a built-in light.

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Has a Shoe Mounting Point

The Panasonic HC-W850 has a shoe mounting point, as do most of the other camcorders of a similar age and type to this video camera.

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Has a Built-In Flash

The Panasonic HC-W850 has a built-in flash, as do most of the other big total megapixels video cameras that were released around the same time as this video camera.

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Still Image

5472 X 3648 Still Image Resolution

The highest still image resolution supported by the Panasonic HC-W850 is 5472 x 3648. That's over nine times the still image resolution of the most frequently found still image resolution(s) of 1920 x 1080. In addition, this camcorder support still image resolution(s)s of 6528x3672, 4736x2664, 1920x1080, 5472x3648, 3984x2656, 1728x1152, 4896x3672 and 3624x2448 and 640x480.

This video camera's still image resolution (5472 x 3648) is actually the best supported still image resolution across all big total megapixels video cameras that are a comparable age to this camcorder.

A 640 x 480 still image resolution(s) is the worst supported still image resolution across comparable types of video camera.

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6528 X 3672 Pixels Image Resolution

The highest maximum image resolution of the HC-W850 is 6528 x 3672 pixels. That's 18% more maximum image resolution than a 6016 x 3384 pixels video camera, which is the most common maximum image resolution.

This video camera's maximum image resolution (6528 x 3672 pixels) is in fact the best maximum image resolution across all video cameras that were released around the same time as this video camera.

The worst maximum image resolution across similar types of video camera is 4000 x 3000 pixels.

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Camera

Has a Remotely Operated

The HC-W850 has a remotely operated, as do most of the other comparable spec camcorders that came out around the same time as this video camera.

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Features Progressive Scan

The HC-W850 features progressive scan, as do most of the other camcorders of a comparable age and type to this camcorder.

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Supports On Screen Display (OSD)

The HC-W850 supports On Screen Display (OSD), as do most of the other big total megapixels video cameras that are a similar age to this camcorder.

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Very Small Minimum Illumination

The Panasonic HC-W850 has one of the smaller minimum illuminations (only 1 lux) amongst comparable spec video cameras of this age. Across all the video cameras of this spec and age the minimum illuminations range from 1lx to 17lx.

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Design

Excellent Image Quality

Twenty people said in their reviews that the product was good quality. Digital Versus wrote “Good image quality in decent light” in their review of this camcorder but even so they scored the product 1 stars. Three years ago Trusted Reviews mentioned “Excellent image quality” but in spite of that they rated it 1 stars. Expert review site Digitalversus.com said “Image quality is good and there's a” in their review of the Panasonic HC-W850.

Nice Design

One person said in their reviews that this camcorder was neat. One owner wrote in their reviews that it was smooth. Mr. Adam wrote on Bhphotovideo.com “Powerful zoom function that doesn't zoom too fast, nice and smooth”.

One owner who bought it concluded that it was good looking. Alan Moore said “On-board audio is pretty similar to my Canon.” and rated this camcorder as very good.

One owner said in their reviews that it was ergonomic. Alan Moore said in his review of this camcorder on Amazon.co.uk “When I do I'm sure it will will be infinitely better than Panasonic's promotional video for it ; -) Ergonomically the camera is well considered” and rated it 7 stars.

One customer who purchased this camcorder reckoned that it was well designed. Duomo2 wrote on Amazon.co.uk “A lot of thought has gone into the design of this camcorder” in their review of the Panasonic HC-W850.

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Solid Performance

Three people who reviewed it thought it was well made. Cnet.com wrote on CNET.com “Solid performance”. Amazon.co.uk said “All Solid State drives in this capacity 120 128 GB) suffer to some degree from Write latency (slower Write speeds) when compared to the 240 256 GB”. Alan Moore wrote “It feels light and solid” in his review of this camcorder.

One person said in their reviews that it was reliable. Amazon.co.uk said “I have purchased several OCZ SSDs (both Vertex 460 and Vector 150 series) since Toshiba purchased the company and have found them to be reliable and excellent performers;”.

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Easy to Use

Ten people wrote in their reviews that it was easy to use. Bhphotovideo.com mentioned “Easy to Use”. Bhphotovideo.com also said “Wifi Smart P App Control” in their review. Three years ago Mr. R. Macfadyen gave this camcorder a rating of 7 stars and wrote in their review of this camcorder on Amazon.co.uk “I can see how it could be handy for reaction shots for those with children at parties, etc”.

Two customers who purchased it wrote that it was easy to use the menus. Trusted Reviews wrote in their review of the Panasonic HC-W850 “Comprehensive manual settings with control dial”.

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Video

Full HD

Full HD

The HC-W850 is Full HD, as are most of the other comparable spec camcorders that are a similar age to this video camera.

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Features Dual Shot (video & Photo)

The HC-W850 features dual shot (video & photo), as do most of the other camcorders of a comparable type and age to this video camera.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

This video camera supports a video resolutions of 960 x 540|1280 x 720|1920 x 1080 pixels, which is typical of many camcorders of this spec and age.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Maximum Video Resolution

This video camera has a maximum video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, which is the most commonly found maximum video resolution on camcorders of this spec and age.

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Ports & Interfaces

Supports HDMI

supports HDMI

The HC-W850 supports HDMI, as do most of the other video cameras of a comparable age and spec to this camcorder.

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Has a Composite Video Out

The HC-W850 has a composite video out. Most of the other similar spec camcorders that have been around for a comparable time to this video camera also have a composite video out.

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Has a Headphone Outputs

The Panasonic HC-W850 has a headphone outputs, as do most of the other big total megapixels video cameras that were launched more than two years ago.

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Has a Microphone in

The HC-W850 has a microphone in, as do most of the other video cameras of this age and type.

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Does Not Support PictBridge

Like most of the other big total megapixels video cameras that were released around the same time as this camcorder, the HC-W850 does not support PictBridge.

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Lens System

Very Big Digital Zoom

The digital zooms of video cameras that came out more than two years ago range from 2x to 1,500x, and the average digital zoom is 170x. The digital zoom of the HC-W850 of 1,500 times zoom factor is one of the biggest amongst video cameras of this age and spec.

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Has an Image Stabilizer

The HC-W850 has an image stabilizer. Most of the other camcorders of a comparable age and type to this video camera also have an image stabilizer.

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Quite Big Optical Zoom

The HC-W850 has a fairly big optical zoom (20 times zoom factor) compared to most of the other similar spec video cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as this video camera. The optical zooms of similar spec camcorders that were released more than two years ago range from 1x to 25x, and the average optical zoom is 13x.

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Very Low Minimum Aperture Number

The HC-W850 has a quite low minimum aperture number (only 1.8) compared to most of the other big total megapixels video cameras that came out more than two years ago. Video cameras of this type and age have minimum aperture numbers of between 1.1 and 11, and the average minimum aperture number is 2.6.

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Very Low Maximum Aperture Number

The HC-W850 has a quite low maximum aperture number (only 1.8) compared to most of the other big total megapixels video cameras that have been around for a similar time to this camcorder. The lowest maximum aperture number of camcorders that have been around for around the same time as this camcorder is 1.6 and the highest is 11.

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Weight & Dimensions

Broad Manual Feature Set

One owner who reviewed it considered that it was thick. Cnet.com said eight years ago “Broad manual feature set” in their Panasonic HC-W850 review.

One person who reviewed the product concluded that it was heavy and bulky. Amazon Customer said on Amazon.co.uk “Filming with Canon and Nikon dslr, compact cameras and camcorderVelbon DF-61 Heavy Duty Aluminium Photo/Video Tripod please click helpful below if this is helpful” in their review of the Panasonic HC-W850.

One owner who reviewed it wrote that it was compact. Alan Moore he mentioned on Amazon.co.uk “There are quite a few useful nuggets in here which bring an added dimension to shooting; slo-mo at full HD, miniature effect and time lapse to name a few” in his review of the Panasonic HC-W850.

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Average Weight

With a weight of 360 grams, the HC-W850 has a pretty standard weight compared to most of the other comparable spec video cameras that have been available for more than two years.

Other video cameras with a heavier weight that you might want to look at include the Panasonic HC-X920 ($699) (189g).

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Support

Good Technical Guidance

Three people who reviewed it reckoned that it had good technical guidance. Mr. R. Macfadyen mentioned “They don't have the range of features seen here, such as full manual controls (there is no manual focus ring” in their review of this camcorder.


Features

Broad Manual Feature Set

Five customers who reviewed this camcorder concluded that it had good features. Amazon.co.uk mentioned “The OCZ features slightly less power consumption” in their review of this camcorder but they only gave it a score of 1 stars. Chris wrote in his review of this camcorder “I confirm the excellent features and picture quality from other reviews.” . Cobra rated it 6 stars and said in their review of this camcorder on Amazon.co.uk three years ago “There are some key features that make the W850 worth every single penny that it's worth”.


Power

Good Battery Life

One owner wrote in their reviews that the Panasonic HC-W850 had a good battery life. Light in the Dark Studio rated it 8 stars and wrote “And Panasonic could do with a more better extended battery for this line of camera” in their review of this camcorder.


Audio

Acceptable Noise Level

Two people who reviewed the Panasonic HC-W850 mentioned that it was noisy. Digital Versus said “Digital noise handled well, good sensitivity” in their review of the Panasonic HC-W850. Stephen Davies rated it 6 stars and he mentioned three years ago “Sound quality is good in very noisy environments, only a very slight distortion when fliming a very loud rock band” in his review of this camcorder.

One person who bought it thought it was quiet. Stephen Davies mentioned in his review of this camcorder on Amazon.co.uk three years ago “It you are fliming in a quiet enviroment you can hear the auto focus buzzing a little, also when you zoom in”.

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Has a Wind Filter

The HC-W850 has a wind filter. Most of the other video cameras of this type and age also have a wind filter.

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Has a Built-In Speaker(s)

The Panasonic HC-W850 has a built-in speaker(s). Most of the other big total megapixels video cameras that came out around the same time as this video camera also have a built-in speaker(s).

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Has a Built-In Microphone

The HC-W850 has a built-in microphone. Most of the other camcorders that are a similar age to this video camera also have a built-in microphone.

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Digital Noise Handled Well, Good Sensitivity

Two people who reviewed the Panasonic HC-W850 mentioned that it was noisy. Digital Versus said “Digital noise handled well, good sensitivity” in their review of the Panasonic HC-W850.

Stephen Davies rated it 6 stars and he mentioned three years ago “Sound quality is good in very noisy environments, only a very slight distortion when fliming a very loud rock band” in his review of this camcorder.

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Display

Average Display Diagonal

The HC-W850 has a pretty standard display diagonal (3 inches) compared to most of the other comparable spec video cameras that have been around for a similar time to this camcorder.

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers panasonic hcw850kbdl
Barcodes 00616348050555, 00885170180635, 05025232775019, 05025232775040, 05025232775064

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