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Panasonic HC-V520

alaTest has collected and analyzed 204 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. Reviewers really like the image quality and price. The portability and zoom also get good feedback. There are some less positive reviews about the memory and viewfinder.

usability, zoom, portability, price, image quality

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 90/100 = Excellent 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 78 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 are also mentioned favorably. The memory and viewfinder get less positive comments.

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 - Red (10MP, 1920 x 1080P, 80x Intelligent Zoom) 3.0 inch LCDPanasonic Camcorder Accessory Kit with Charger/Lithium Ion Battery/Soft Case for HC-V720EB-K/HC-V520EB-K/HC-V520EB-R/HC-V210EB-K

May, 2016

Consumer review by: (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Panasonic HC-V520

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 37 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. Comments about the image quality and zoom are on the whole positive. The price and portability also get good feedback, whereas the durability and reliability get critical comments.

usability, portability, price, zoom, image quality

battery, reliability, durability

86% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

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

May, 2016

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

The Panasonic HC-V520 ($399.99 direct) is an entry-level camcorder with an impressive 50x zoom lens, built-in Wi-Fi, and 1080p60 video capture capability. There's no internal storage, so you'll have to add an SD card to record footage, and stills are...

Dec, 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)

Panasonic HC-V520 review

 

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

If the HC-520 appeals to you, but you don’t think you’ll benefit from the extra Wi-Fi features and longer zoom, it’s worth noting that you can currently get the outgoing HC-V500M for just £350 from shop.panasonic.co.uk . The HC-V500M is the same...

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

Jan, 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

Jan, 2014

Consumer review by: Jason (reevoo.com)

Panasonic HC-V520

 

Amazing zoom, great daylight images and better than expected low light image quality. Ability to control zoom from smartphone ; Can keep recording with view screen closed

AVCHD 1080p - Format not supported on most of the smart TV's I've tried rendering wifi and dnla function useless. AVCHD also not supported natively on mac so lengthy conversion required

Jan, 2014
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Product Specifications

Configuration

3 Chip Technic: No
Chip Type:CMOS
Image Stabiliser:Optical Image Stabiliser
Sensor Size:1/5.8''
Smartphone Remote Control: No

Connectivity

HDMI: Yes
Near Field Communication: No
Type of Memory Stick Interface : No
Type of SD Card Interface :SD/ SDHC/ SDXC Card
USB: Yes
WiFi Connectivity: Yes

General Features

3D: No
Format:Memory Card
Product Type:Camcorder
Resolution:Full HD

Lens

Longest Shutter Speed in s:1/25
Shortest Shutter Speed in s:1/8000

Recording

Face Detection Mode:Face Detection
HD Video Format:AVCHD Progressive
Recording Format:16:9 / 4:3
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