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4.0 out of 5 stars Great Video Quality... harder to edit.., 28 May 2012
This review is from: Panasonic V500 Full HD 1920 x 1080p (50p) 3D Ready Camcorder - Black (1MOS Sensor, 50x Intelligent Zoom, SD Card Recording, 2D/3D Conversion with Face Recognition) 3.0 inch LCD (Electronics)
First off, this is an amazing camera.. considering I'm off to America for 4 months it will help me capture my travels in full 1080/50p - just what I need.. This camera will also record in 720p (Iframe) standard, which uses even less space on your cameras card.

Where this camera falls a little is not down to the camera but the decoding/playing ability of modern day computers - including both Apple Mac and PC. The 1080p formats save .MTS files which can't be opened on Mac at all for playback without a video playback program, such as VLC. Windows Media Player can just about open the file. Playback on your TV via cable is not affected.

Thankfully I found a Mac program which will convert the MTS files into ones that both iMovie and Final Cut Pro X will understand, .mov. If you are using Iframe video recording then this saves as .mp4 by default which both Windows and Mac can open and work with. The program I used is called ClipWrap and cost about 35 but was a worthy addition to my new camera.

To summaries:

GOOD:
* Amazing Quality
* Quick Save (requires a grade 4 or higher SD card.. I recommend the SanDisk Extreme Ranges... specifically 16GB or higher SDHC or SDXC cards for the most record time).
* Easy to Use

CONS:
* Short Battery Life (3.5 hours in most occasions, quickly dimishes.. consider buying an additional battery)
* .MTS file format not natively supported on Mac. Use Clipwrap to overcome this though!

GREAT BUY
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Initial post: 28 May 2012 14:50:16 BDT
R. Love says:
Just one question. Is there any sockets for an external mic and headphones? Because for me that is one key aspect I am looking at for purchasing a camcorder.

In reply to an earlier post on 28 May 2012 15:28:03 BDT
G. Botley says:
Hello,

The only ports are USB, Power, Mini HDMI and one another... AV Out from memory.

Maybe try the next few models up as the picture really is great!

George.

In reply to an earlier post on 28 May 2012 16:45:37 BDT
Last edited by the author on 28 May 2012 16:46:03 BDT
R. Love says:
Thanks, really appreciated. Do you know what that would be?

In reply to an earlier post on 28 May 2012 16:56:37 BDT
G. Botley says:
Sure, the one you would want would be the V700, which has a line-in 3.5mm jack for a microphone.

Not overly that more expensive, when you consider the V500 is around 330 in stores...

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

In reply to an earlier post on 28 May 2012 17:00:31 BDT
R. Love says:
Thank you again

In reply to an earlier post on 28 May 2012 17:01:12 BDT
G. Botley says:
No problem.

In reply to an earlier post on 27 Aug 2012 19:31:40 BDT
John Warren says:
Hey

Just thought I'd add in my twopenniesworth regarding the need for a converter. If you're considering this camcorder remember it can also record in 1080/50i, negating the need for extra software, so if you're happy to record in interlaced rather than progressive mode then don't let this issue put you off.

Who knows, maybe the next version of iMovie will support both...

In reply to an earlier post on 28 Aug 2012 15:35:24 BDT
G. Botley says:
That still doesn't work as the camera saves all video other than 720 in MTS format, which is what I meant you needed to converted to MOV to edit with on Apple systems.

Posted on 14 Jan 2013 12:12:04 GMT
Mr. Ml Smith says:
Is this able to record in Standard Definition also?

Thank you

Posted on 27 Apr 2013 12:26:16 BDT
Dp Quinton says:
RE converting AVCHD mts files for use with imovie... just search "convert mts mac" or similar

Some one says they can use Handbrake, another says ffmpeg... I don't ever use a mac so that's all I can say.
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