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Panasonic HC-V500

alaTest has collected and analyzed 264 reviews of Panasonic HC-V500. The average rating for this product is 4.5/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. Reviewers really like the zoom and image quality. The price and portability are also appreciated, whereas some have doubts about the reliability and finish.

usability, portability, price, image quality, zoom

battery, durability, memory, finish, reliability

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Panasonic HC-V500 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 88/100 = Very good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 53 user reviews of Panasonic HC-V500 from The average user rating for this product is 4.5/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders on Views about the zoom and image quality are overall positive. The price and portability also get good feedback, but some have doubts about the reliability.

usability, portability, price, image quality, zoom


96% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Panasonic V500 Full HD 1920 x 1080p (50p) 3D Ready Camcorder - Silver (1MOS Sensor, 50x Intelligent Zoom, SD Card Recording, 2D/3D Conversion with FacPanasonic V500 Full HD 1920 x 1080p (50p) 3D Ready Camcorder - Silver (1MOS Sensor, 50x Intelligent Zoom, SD Card Recording, 2D/3D Conversion with Fac

Sep, 2018

Expert review by : Faisal Hashmi (

Panasonic HC-V500 Review


A decent offering for the price, but lacks in image detail.

Light form factor; Loaded with helpful features; Impressive audio recording; Ease of use; Price

Weak image quality; Lack of detail in footage; Bad auto-focus

But for the price, it’s really up to the end user to decide what he really wants out of the camera. It’s loaded with some neat features that make shooting easy and accessible for all kind of users but the sacrifice is in the image quality for what...

May, 2012

Expert review by : Trusted Reviews (

Panasonic HC-V500


Panasonic's HC-V500 brings proper optical image stabilisation to the budget camcorder.

Sophisticated optical image stabilisation, Lots of manual features, Decent image quality

No accessory shoe or audio minijacks, Not quite budget pricing

Jun, 2012

Expert review by : Andrew Unsworth (

Panasonic HC-V500 review


A step up from last year's HDC-SD80, especially in low light, but overall image quality from the small sensor isn't spectacular

Feb, 2012

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Works Great


Works great. Good quality picture and good zoom. You get what you pay for.. it's nothing fancy, but still a good value for the money.


Nov, 2013

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Great Deal


DO your research! i did days of research on cameras before i decided on this one. I knew of the cameras short comings before i bought it. However most of the video examples online were shot by joe somebody and dont really show off what the camera is...

Cheap! Great features that are normally found on much more expensive cameras. the Image stabilization is amazing! lightweight and easy to use. very versatile. built in sound recording is pretty good.

picture quality, while the resolution of the video is 1920 x 1080 the image is actually up-converted to meet that. this is especially noticeable when zoomed in near 50X. The battery life is pretty weak when recording. The manual controls are very...

Mar, 2013

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it is a great small camcorder. take my words

I bought between december to jan, I use them my church, the are excellent, great picture, resolution. i might buy another one.

low light

Feb, 2013

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As Advertised!


I got pretty much everything that I needed in this package! A deal that was better new, than it's competitors that were charging more for refurbished and open boxed! Add to that a nice carrying case that protects the camcorder and stores all my...

Full HD 1920x1080 (60p)! Full featured for it's price range. Good video quality. The zoom is more powerful than most in it's class and keeps good resolution throughout. Compact and light making sustained hand held recording easy! LCD is a good size...

None so far.

Feb, 2013

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Great Camera


Great Quality

Huge files for uploading. need big sd card

Jan, 2013

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Just what I wanted, big optical zoom. 1080p 60fps recording. Stabilization is the best I ever used. Small and light.

Don't install the junk software included, no need. Drag and drop video to computer through USB or SDCard reader. Format is proprietary, but can be view with VLC, I like to convert it to MP4 for PS3 viewing.

Jan, 2013

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Excellent Product


Works perfectly.I had no problems with it at all.

No Con's.

Jan, 2013

Product Specifications


Audio formats supported:AAC
Audio system:Dolby Digital 2.0
Built-in Microphone: Yes
Built-in speaker(s):Y
Built-in speakers: Yes


Battery Technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery voltage:3.6


3D compatibility: No
Camcorder Type:Handheld camcorder
Camera playback:Movie, Single image
Minimum illumination:1
On Screen Display (OSD): Yes
Supported aspect ratios:3:2, 4:3, 16:9


Color of product:Black / Black, Grey / Grey, Red / Red / Silver
LED Indicators: Yes


Built-in display: Yes
Display Diagonal:3
Display resolution (numeric):230400


Built-in flash:No / Yes
Built-in light: Yes


Focus adjustment:Auto/Manual

Image Sensor

Effective megapixels (image):1.3 / 3000000
Effective megapixels (movie):1.3 / 1300000
Optical sensor size:1 / 5.8
Sensor Type:MOS
Total megapixels:1.5

Lens System

35 mm camera lens equivalent:1.28 - 53
Digital Zoom:100 / 2500
Focal length (35mm film equivalent):1.28 - 53
Focal length range (f-f):0.0925 - 3.52
Image Stabilizer: Yes
Image stabilizer type:Optical
Interchangeable Lens: No
Maximum aperture number:4.2
Minimum aperture number:1.8
Optical Zoom:38


Wi-Fi: No

Other Features

AV output:1
Lens system:Panasonic
Night mode: Yes
Photo mode: Yes
Power consumption (typical):7.7
Wireless connection:N
Wireless connections: No

Packaging Content

AC adapter bundled: Yes
AC adapter included:Y
Batteries included: Yes
Bundled software:HD Writer AE 4.0
Cables included:AC, AV, USB
Quick start guide: Yes

Ports & interfaces

DC-in jack: Yes
PictBridge: No
S-Video out: No
USB 2.0 ports quantity:1


Camera shutter speed:1/25 - 1/8000
Shutter speed (photo):1/2 - 1/2000
Shutter speed (video):1/25 - 1/8000 / 1/50 - 1/8000

Still Image

Image formats supported:EXIF, JPG / JPG
Maximum image resolution:2304 x 1296
Still image resolution(s):640 x 480,1856 x 1392,1920 x 1080,2064 x 1376 / 640 x 480,1856 x 1392,1920 x 1080,2064 x 1376,2304 x 1296


Camcorder media type:Memory Card
Camcorder tape type: No
Camera file system:DCF 2.0, Exif 2.2
Compatible memory cards:SD, SDHC, SDXC
Disc types supported: No
Memory slots:1


Bitrate at maximum video resolution:28
HD type:Full HD
Maximum video resolution:1920 x 1080
Supported video modes:1080i, 1080p / 1080i, 1080p, 540p
Video compression format:AVCHD, H.264, MP4, MPEG4 / AVCHD, MP4
Video formats supported:AVCHD,H.264,MP4,MPEG4 / AVCHD,MP4
Video Resolutions:960 x 540,1920 x 1080


Camera viewfinder: No
Viewfinder type:Not available

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:2.56 / 4.69
Height:2.07 / 2.56
Width:2.07 / 4.69

White Balance

Indoor white balance: Yes
White Balance:Auto, Cloudy, Sunny