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3.0 out of 5 stars Crisp image, but a little washed out., 21 May 2012
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This review is from: Panasonic V700 Full HD 1920 x 1080p (50p) 3D Ready Camcorder - Black (1MOS Sensor, 46x Intelligent Zoom, SD Card Recording, 28mm Wide Angle with Face Recognition) 3.0 inch LCD (discontinued by manufacturer) (Electronics)
A really easy to use 'point and shoot' camcorder with some nice extra features should you wish to get more involved with your filming (adjusting white balance, manual focus, iris settings etc). Light, and small enough to carry in a coat pocket. Battery life around 90 mins. Zoom is very good, assisted by good image stabilisation. The still image quality is very good too - as sharp as a reasonable camera.

On the minus side, I found the colours just weren't as vibrant as I would have liked, which compromised the HD sharpness. I also found that light surfaces lost most of their detail in moderate brightness. There's a fair review on Techradar which describes the issues I encountered. The V700 is by no means a poor camera, but by way of comparison, I returned this and bought a Panasonic X800 (bargain price on an auction site). The difference having 3 sensors on the X800 is quite marked when compared with the V700 - colours are far more vibrant, and I'm very pleased.

Don't get me wrong, having upgraded from a DV tape camcorder, the V700 was like having getting cataracts removed. But if you're in any doubt over this and the higher spec'd Panasonics, go for the latter if you can justify the premium. (Or better still see if you find last year's SD800 for a good price).
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Initial post: 13 Feb 2013 12:26:17 GMT
Try enabling DCC (Digital Cinema Colour) from the menu.

Posted on 25 May 2013 21:53:52 BDT
Dr Thumb says:
J. Hyde - Great review. I concur fully with everything you say. The camcorder excels in so many areas and I really want to love it but just cant given the terribly poor, washed-out colours.

You mentioned the X800 having an improvement. I have seen the TechRadar review showing a comparison between an iPhone and the V700. Are the colours from the X800 as vibrant as the iPhone? Better than the iPhone?

Really disappointed with the colours on v700 but if the x800 is only a slight improvement im not sure ill go through the hassle of selling mine to then try and find a x800. Your thoughts to confirm would be MOST appreciated.

Thank you.

In reply to an earlier post on 26 May 2013 22:18:47 BDT
J. Hyde says:
Hi CSBLUE, haven't used an IPhone, so couldn't comment. Colours on my Galaxy SII fairly good in comparison with X800 (not as good), but X800 image is much sharper, better in low light and the stabilisation means (for me) home video far better on the camcorder than on the phone. That said, stabilisation performance of v700 and x800 was similar.
X800 colour performance was markedly better than v700. Like you I was disappointed wit the v700, but very happy with the x800. There is a significant difference in colour performance - believe this is the benefit of having 3 MOS sensors rather than a single sensor on the v700. I was fortunate in that I sent the v700 back to amazon within the first week, so didn't really lose out.

Posted on 26 May 2013 22:32:22 BDT
Dr Thumb says:
Many thanks for your reply. No element of filming should be superior on a phone over a 300+ HD camcorder! Just cant believe the dull colours the V700 produces. I have managed to find an x800 for a decent price, hoping to be impressed. Everything else about the v700 was outstanding so hope there are not many other differences.

Thanks again.
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