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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

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  • Extra-Wide 32.4mm Lens (F1.8)
  • 50x i.Zoom (38x Optical)
  • Hybrid OIS+ (5-axis)
  • 3.0 inch LCD (230k resolution)
  • 2 Channel Zoom MIC with Wind Noise Cancelling

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Colour Name: V500 - Black
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 11.9 x 5.3 cm ; 227 g
  • Boxed-product Weight: 862 g
  • Batteries 2 Lithium ion batteries required. (included)
  • Item model number: HC-V500EB-K
  • ASIN: B006T9JHZU
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 10 Jan. 2012
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 75,294 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)

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Colour Name:V500 - Black

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Full HD Camcorder HC-V500 featuring Intelligent 50x Zoom with HYBRID O.I.S. + for Taking Blur-Free Shots of Distant Subjects. The HC-V500 enable ultra-telephoto 50x zoom shooting with a compact body. They use an Intelligent Zoom that employs super-high resolution technology, the Image Processing LSI "Crystal Engine PRO ", and offer ultra-telephoto Intelligent Zoom shooting to exceed the magnification range of the ordinary optical zoom. The new models can capture beautiful pictures beyond the ordinary 38x optical zoom and up to a high-powered 50x zoom. This powerful zoom brings faraway subjects right up close to capture dynamic images that fill the entire frame.

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Intermediate HD Camcorder HC-V500 featuring Intelligent 50x Zoom with HYBRID O.I.S. + for Taking Blur-Free Shots of Distant Subjects.

The HC-V500 enable ultra-telephoto 50x zoom shooting with a compact body. They use an Intelligent Zoom that employs super-high resolution technology, the Image Processing LSI "Crystal Engine PRO ", and offer ultra-telephoto Intelligent Zoom shooting to exceed the magnification range of the ordinary optical zoom. The new models can capture beautiful pictures beyond the ordinary 38x optical zoom and up to a high-powered 50x zoom. This powerful zoom brings faraway subjects right up close to capture dynamic images that fill the entire frame.

HYBRID O.I.S. + uses five-axis correction to thoroughly suppress blurring all the way from wide-angle shots to powerful zoom shots. It also achieves superb effects when shooting while walking. This lets the user capture crisp, clear images, without blurring, in almost every shooting situation. This revolutionary five-axis correction function corrects the kind of roll direction hand-shake that often occurs when shooting while walking, in addition to horizontal, vertical, yawing, and pitching four-axis correction.

The 2D to 3D Conversion function makes it easy to enjoy 3D images without even mounting the 3D Conversion Lens. Simply connect the camcorder to a 3D-compatible TV with an HDMI cable. The 2D to 3D Conversion function then uses the image processing capability of the engine to convert 2D images into 3D. This is an easy, casual way to enjoy the excitement of 3D.

1080/50p recording (Full-HD 1920 x 1080, 50 progressive recording) at a 28-Mbps bit rate conveys about twice the information of 1080i (interlace) recording to produce ultimately beautiful image quality. It minimizes afterimages and flickering caused by subject motion, and renders crisp, detailed images with smooth-looking motion even when shooting a fast-moving subject in a sports event. The progressive recording fully complies with the new AVCHD Progressive standard.

The Advanced Highlight Playback function is designed for users who want to view recorded images as quickly as possible. It detects zooming, panning, scene changes, faces, etc., in recorded images as "highlights" by using the I.I.S. (Intelligent Index System). In addition to these automatically selected scenes, the user can add others as desired. Then, it automatically plays back the detected highlight scenes according to a set time interval and save them.

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Colour Name: V500 - Black
I bought the HC-V500 today as an upgrade to my 4 year old Panasonic HD SD5.
The main reason for the upgrade was the wide angle lens. For interior shooting in the average living room not to mention most other indoor situations the lack of wide angle is extremely frustrating.
This camera goes to 32.4mm as opposed to the usual 50mm so you get a lot more in and its great quality.
I had tried a cheap wide angle add on lens (£10 ebay from Hong Kong) as an experiment on my SD5 and it was simply unusable the quality was so bad.

Image stabilization in the V500 is incredible and even better than the SD5.
I bought mine in Comet for £229 after Panasonic gave £50 cashback as part of a 2012 promo (up to Oct 31st so be quick!).
I've ordered a 64gb SDXC class10 card from Amazon for £32 which is also incredible. 64GB is a lot of video.
Selecting 1080 50p mode on this camera gives the best results if you are going to be playing back on a HD tv with the unit. Be wary though because this mode is not supported on older cameras.
I cannot for example swap and change mem cards from one camera to the other if I use 1080p. With 1080i though there are no problems and the quality is still fantastic.
White balance, focus and iris on this new model are all greatly improved. Quick and responsive.
The quality between the two cameras is actually quite surprising. The V500 is so much better.
Its very small and light which would make holding it steady a problem if it were not for the image stabilizer. With it though it has no effect and it fits nicely in the hand.
LCD is touchscreen and fairly easy to use.
the camera is chargeable without having to take the damned battery off. Brilliant.
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I purchased this camera less than 7 days before going on holiday to Canada. It is a testimony to the quality of the instruction manual that I was able to familiarise myself with the set up procedures and usage instructions without any problems.

The camera was very easy to use and manipulate. It is extremely light, the only issue is that it is small and therefore sits within a male hand grip in a manner that makes the use of the controls slightly more ungainly at times.

There are many facets of the camera that I yet to use, but I am already impressed with its potential and ease of use.

The 50x zoom is a particular asset and the picture quality is exceptional. Battery life was better than expected.

I used a class 10 32mb SDHC card, the image quality is excellent.

In summary, I would strongly recomment this camcorder
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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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By Clio88 on 29 Dec. 2012
Colour Name: V500 - Black Verified Purchase
I got this for my husband as a Christmas present and thankfully it went down really well. he managed to use it without spending ages reading the instructions. It has loads of functions but is still quite simple to use this is the first camcorder we have ever bought and I was nervous I would pick the wrong one. it is really clear so we have fantastic footage of a really special Christmas and the pictures it takes are just as good if not better than our normal camera
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Colour Name: V500 - Silver Verified Purchase
ideal for some one who just wants to records events etc, {automatic lens /focus/light level}without having to twiddle with buttons etc before you can use it.bought it for my partner who likes to film places/events etc, good zoom , works well in low light conditions .I would recommend you take out insurance, in event you damage camera!!
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Colour Name: V500M - Black Verified Purchase
I was looking for a camcorder for 2 reasons - to take videos while on holiday and to record videos to explain my services and upload these to YouTube.

Amazon is not really very well geared up to purchase such items as you cannot select features you are looking for and then, get a filtered list.

Anyway, what I was looking for was a HD camcorder where I could use an External Microphone. And unfortunately Panasonic V500M does not have an External Microphone socket.

The next model up - Panasonic V700M - http://www.amazon.co.uk/Panasonic-V700-1080p-Ready-Camcorder/dp/B006T9JHZK/ - has an External Microphone socket and apparently, better video although, I have not seen the quality of V700M's output.

V500M is built well and handles well. It picks up sound within 1.5 meters really well in non-zoom mode. The video quality is good too. It is easy to operate. I would definitely recommend an HDMI cable. Something like this would be ideal - http://www.amazon.co.uk/Nedis-V1-3a-Cable-Plated-Connectors/dp/B002MSU5BM/

By default, V500M comes with VW-VBK180 battery that gives between an hour to two hours of recording time. I ended up also buying VW-VBK360 battery equivalent from Amazon - http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B006YQQKCQ/ - alongwith, an external charger - http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B0042AUVLC/

If I could choose again, I would choose V700M and an external microphone - http://www.amazon.co.uk/Polaroid-Condenser-Shotgun-Microphone-Camcorders/dp/B005S45YX6/

I might go for X900M - http://www.amazon.co.uk/Panasonic-Camcorder-Built-In-Viewfinder-Built-/dp/B006U98G74/ or if budget was a concern, I might go for X800 - http://www.amazon.co.
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