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Panasonic HC-V520

alaTest has collected and analyzed 219 reviews of Panasonic HC-V520. The average rating for this product is 4.3/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. Comments about the image quality and price are on the whole positive. The portability and zoom also get good feedback, but there are some less positive reviews about the memory and viewfinder.

usability, zoom, portability, price, image quality

battery, reliability, viewfinder, memory

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Panasonic HC-V520 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 89/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review by: (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for Panasonic HC-V520

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 79 user reviews of Panasonic HC-V520 from Amazon.co.uk. 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 Amazon.co.uk. People really like the image quality and price. The portability and zoom also get good reviews, whereas some have doubts about the memory and viewfinder.

usability, zoom, portability, price, image quality

viewfinder, memory

97% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Panasonic V520 Full HD Camcorder - Black (10MP, 1920 x 1080P, 80x Intelligent Zoom) 3.0 inch LCDPanasonic V520 Full HD Camcorder - Black (10MP, 1920 x 1080P, 80x Intelligent Zoom) 3.0 inch LCD

Dec, 2017

Consumer review by: (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Panasonic HC-V520

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 39 user reviews of Panasonic HC-V520 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.com. People really like the image quality and zoom. The price and portability also get good feedback, whereas there are some negative reviews about the durability and reliability.

usability, portability, price, zoom, image quality

battery, reliability, durability

87% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Panasonic HC-V520 HD Digital Camcorder with 80x Zoom and Wi-fi (Black)Panasonic HC-V520 HD Digital Camcorder with 80x Zoom and Wi-fi (Black)

Dec, 2017

Expert review by: Jim Fisher (pcmag.com)

Panasonic HC-V520

 

The Panasonic HC-V520 packs an impressive 50x zoom lens and built-in Wi-Fi.

50x f/1.8-4.2 zoom lens. Impressive optical stabilization. Touch screen. 1080p60 video capture. Inexpensive. Wi-Fi.

Still capture only 10 megapixels. No built-in memory.

Video Quality and Conclusions Video is recorded at up to 1080p60 quality in AVCHD format. The footage is rife with detail, even at the upper limit of the 50x optical zoom. The stabilization system does a good job keeping things steady there, but if you...

Dec, 2013

Expert review by: David Hague (digitalproducer.digitalmedianet.com)

The Panasonic HC-V520M Camcorder

 

If you are into sports video, you know that it almost a given that you need a decent zoom to get the action (and it goes without saying, a tripod as well). In still photography terms, my experiences in motor sport suggest a 200mm is the minimum and...

Built in wi-fi support with "Real Time Broadcasting"

Jun, 2013

Expert review by: Consumer Electronics Net (consumerelectronicsnet.com)

Built in wi-fi support with "Real Time Broadcasting"

 

If you are into sports video, you know that it almost a given that you need a decent zoom to get the action (and it goes without saying, a tripod as well). In still photography terms, my experiences in motor sport suggest a 200mm is the minimum and...

Jun, 2013

Expert review by: Jeremy Stamas (reviewed.com)

Panasonic HC-V520

 

Despite its improved low-light performance, this $400 camcorder isn't quite the bargain it seems.

The V520 is a feature-packed budget camcorder, but it can't keep up with Canon's latest.

May, 2013

Expert review by: Andrew Unsworth (expertreviews.co.uk)

Pansonic HC-V520 review

 

Good image quality and great Wi-Fi features, but few connections

Mar, 2013

Expert review by: Trusted Reviews (trustedreviews.com)

Panasonic HC-V520

 

Pansonic's latest camcorder has improved image quality, a long zoom, WiFi and NFC.

Good image quality, Comprehensive manual controls, WiFi features

No accessory shoe, No microphone minijack, No headphone minijack

Jan, 2013

Consumer review by: Thomas Z. (newegg.com)

Great Camera - Lousy Wifi

 

Really love this just as a camera, but there's a serious issue with their streaming capability. Shouldn't be this hard with today's technology.

Beautiful picture and a great zoom. I like the switch on the back to change your mode from view recordings, record video, and take pictures. Each mode gives you its own menu on the lcd. Like I said at the beginning, the picture quality is awesome in...

I bought this to stream church services through USTREAM, and the feature to automatically do this (even though you have to pass through Panasonic's LUMIX web service) made it exactly what we were looking for; mobile, lightweight quality video and sound...

Aug, 2013

Consumer review by: replay47 (officedepot.com)

Best camcorder for price

 

A great camcorder. The optical image stabilization makes for great long zooms. Zeiss lens is great. Good in low light.

value, Features, Quiet, Easy to Use, Design, Performance

Oct, 2013

Consumer review by: Marnie (reevoo.com)

Panasonic HC-V520

 

Easy enough for a technophobe to use

Feb, 2014

Consumer review by: Sylvia (reevoo.com)

Panasonic HC-V520

 

optical zoom, image quality, weight, ease of use.

battery life could be longer, HD progressive mode not compatible with MAC i Movie editing, etc.

Feb, 2014

Product Specifications

Audio

Audio formats supported:AAC / AAC, MP4
Audio system:Dolby Digital 2.0
Built-in Microphone: Yes
Built-in speaker(s):Y
Built-in speakers: Yes

Battery

Battery Capacity:1940
Battery performance:1940

Camera

3D:N
3D compatibility: No
Camcorder Type:Handheld camcorder
Minimum illumination:1
On Screen Display (OSD): Yes
On Screen Display (OSD) languages:CZE / CZE, DEU, DUT, ENG, ESP, FRE, ITA, POL, SWE, TUR

Design

Color of product:Black / Red / Silver

Display

Built-in display: Yes
Display:LCD
Display Diagonal:3 / 7.5
Display resolution (numeric):460000 / 460800
Touch screen: Yes
Touchscreen:Y

Flash

Built-in flash: No
Built-in light: No

Focusing

Focus adjustment:Auto/Manual

Image Sensor

Effective megapixels (image):10 / 2.25
Effective megapixels (movie):2.1 / 2.25
Optical sensor size:1 / 5.8
Sensor Type:MOS
Total megapixels:2.51

Lens System

35 mm camera lens equivalent:1.1 - 68.8
Digital Zoom:150
Filter size:1.38
Focal length (35mm film equivalent):1.1 - 68.8
Focal length range (f-f):0.0811 - 4.06
Image Stabilizer: Yes
Image stabilizer type:Hybrid
Interchangeable Lens: No
Maximum aperture number:4.2
Maximum focal length (35mm film equiv):68.5 / 68.8
Minimum aperture number:1.8
Minimum focal length (35mm film equiv):1.1
Optical Zoom:50

Networking

Near Field Communication (NFC): Yes
Wi-Fi: Yes
Wi-Fi standards:802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n

Other Features

AV output: Yes

Packaging Content

AC adapter bundled: Yes
AC adapter included:Y
Batteries included: Yes
Bundled software:HD Writer AE 5.0
Cables included:AC, HDMI, USB / HDMI, USB
Quick start guide: Yes
Warranty card: Yes

Ports & interfaces

HDMI:No / Yes
Mini HDMI ports quantity:1
S-Video out: No
USB 2.0 ports quantity:1

Shutter

Shutter speed (photo):0.5 - 0.0005
Shutter speed (video):0.04 - 0.000125 / 1/25 - 1/8000

Still Image

Image formats supported:JPG
Maximum image resolution:4224 x 2376
Still image resolution(s):1728 x 1152,1920 x 1080,3408 x 2272,4224 x 2376 / 640 x 480,1728 x 1152,1920 x 1080,3408 x 2272,4224 x 2376

Storage

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

Video

HD type:Full HD
Maximum video resolution:1920 x 1080
Video compression format:AVCHD, H.264, MP4, MPEG4
Video formats supported:AVCHD,H.264,MP4,MPEG4
Video Resolutions:960 x 540,1920 x 1080

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:4.57 / 6.54
Height:2.4
Weight:8.08
Width:2.09

White Balance

White Balance:Auto, Cloudy, Manual, Sunny / Auto, Cloudy, Sunny / Cloudy, Sunny