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Panasonic V500 – Price & Review

By on May 2, 2012

Apart from Sony, another Company to release three full HD camcorders this January is the Osaka Japan based Panasonic Corporation. The Company’s three new full HD products are – HC-V700, HC-V500, and HC-V100. One feature that is common to all these camcorders is the inclusion of a single CMOS chip (the same design was also seen in last year’s Panasonic products as well). Here, in this article we discuss more about the Panasonic HC V-500 Camcorder.

The Panasonic V500 has been released by the Company to replace last year’s model Panasonic HDC-SD80. The new HC-V700 also replaces last year’s Panasonic HDC-SD90 model. Now, what happens when a built-in flash memory gets added to these two new products? Well, two more new Panasonic camcorder variants are formed – the V700M and V500M. The Panasonic HC-V500M has an extra 16 GB of internal storage along with the usual SDXC card slot, and this feature makes Panasonic to charge £50 more for the V500M than the V500 model.

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Features of Panasonic V500

Product specification of the new Panasonic V500 is given below:


The Panasonic HC-V500 is a light but durable camera with a strong touch screen hinge and few good impressive control features. The product is available in black color.


The HD camcorder weighs approximately 227 grams and has the following external dimension measurements – is 5.25 cm wide, has a height of 6.50 cm and a depth of 11.95 cm.


The HC-V500 sports an average 3 inch LCD touch screen display with support for 230,400 dots


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The HC-V500 has a single 1.5 MP 1/5.8 inch CMOS sensor. On the other hand, the HC-X900 has three ¼ sensors.


The product has a 38x Optical Zoom functionality with Hybrid OIS + (Optimal Image Stabilizer). The optimal zoom feature helps the device to capture dynamic shots of far away objects using the long telephoto end. On the other hand, the Hybrid Optical Image Stabilizer feature prevents the occurrence of any blurs in the images.


The camcorder has a 32.4mm f/1.8 (equivalent in 35mm format) wide-angle Panasonic lens

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Video Mode

The product allows users to capture High Definition video that looks fantastic on a HDTV.

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Apart from the above given features, the Camcorder supports the following additional functionalities – Converts recorded 2D images into 3D images, four special effects modes- Natural, Pop, Dynamic & Classical, Advanced Highlight Playback function that works with the Intelligent Index System, Intelligent Auto Mode with Face Recognition (up to six faces), SD/SDHC/SDXC  recording media support, HD MPEG AVC/H.264 video format, 2-Channel Stereo, built in mic, a dynamic type built in speaker, built in light, USB 2.0, 1x HDMI C (Mini), 1x A/V, 1400 lx standard illumination, Auto and Manual focus, 42x  and 50x Intelligent Zoom, Auto / Indoor1 / Indoor2 / Sunny / Cloudy and white set white balance features, backlight compensation, JPEG (DCF/Exif2.2) still image recording format, LED video light etc.

In the Box

Apart from the Camcorder, users will also get the following – an AC adaptor, one AC cable, a rechargeable battery pack, one AV multi cable, a USB cable and a HD Writer AE 4.0.

Price of Panasonic V500

The new Panasonic V500 is currently priced at £450 and to own the Panasonic V500M model, an extra £50 has to be paid. On the other hand, last year’s Panasonic HDC-SD800 is still available in stores for £400.

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