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Panasonic HC-W850

alaTest has collected and analyzed 60 reviews of Panasonic HC-W850. The average rating for this product is 4.6/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. Reviewers are impressed by the size and zoom. The image quality and portability are also mentioned favorably, whereas there are some critical opinions about the color and viewfinder. There are mixed comments on the memory and price.

usability, portability, image quality, zoom, size

battery, durability, viewfinder, color

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Panasonic HC-W850 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 90/100 = Excellent quality.

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Consumer review ( review summary for Panasonic HC-W850


alaTest has collected and analyzed 23 user reviews of Panasonic HC-W850 from The average user rating for this product is 4.6/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders on People really like the price and size. The image quality and portability also get good feedback. Many are negative about the memory and viewfinder.

usability, portability, image quality, size, price

durability, viewfinder, memory

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

This summary is based on the products: Panasonic HC-W850EB-K Full HD Camcorder with Twin Camera - Black (24MP, 50x Intelligent Zoom, Wi-Fi, NFC) (New for 2014)Panasonic HC-W850EB-K Full HD Camcorder with Twin Camera - Black (24MP, 50x Intelligent Zoom, Wi-Fi, NFC) (New for 2014)

Mar, 2019

Consumer review ( review summary for Panasonic HC-W850


alaTest has collected and analyzed 18 user reviews of Panasonic HC-W850 from The average user rating for this product is 4.6/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on Comments about the memory and image quality are on the whole positive. The zoom and usability also get good views. The color and battery get critical reviews.

portability, usability, zoom, image quality, memory

battery, color

100% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Panasonic HC-W850K Digital HD Camcorder (Black)Panasonic HC-W850K Digital HD Camcorder (Black)

Mar, 2019

Expert review by : Mark Peters (

Panasonic HC-W850 camcorder


Panasonic HC-W850 Full HD camcorder : The Panasonic W850 twin camcorder include a rotatable sub camera on the side of the LCD screen. You can shoot using this sub camera while also shooting with the main camera at the same time. The video recorded by...

The Panasonic HC-W850 features an Full HD Slow Motion video recording function for added excitement of super-slow shooting at Full-HD resolution. The new Crystal Engine Pro+ engine provides high-speed processing that enables slow motion video shooting...

Nov, 2014

Recommended by TR

Expert review by : James Morris (

Panasonic HC-W850


Panasonic's HC-W850 introduces a novel Twin Camera feature

Unique second lens lets you record yourself whilst shooting ; Comprehensive manual settings with control dial ; Excellent image quality

Relatively pricey ; Second lens picture-in-picture lacks customisation options

Aside from the second-lens gimmick, this is a decidedly high-end camcorder. While it only has a single CMOS on the main lens, it's relatively large, and there are plenty of manual settings available. The HC-W850 doesn't have the lens ring of...

Feb, 2014

Expert review by : Andrew Unsworth (

Panasonic HC-W850 review


Great image quality, but the secondary camera sensor may be of little interest to many

Mar, 2014

Consumer review (

video great, audio poor


Great video quality. I confirm the excellent features and picture quality from other reviews, but using an assortment of cheap and expensive external microphones, the audio sounds as though someone is talking through a vibrating tissue paper membrane....

Feb, 2015

Consumer review (

Great Product


This Camcorder Is The Best

Jan, 2015

Consumer review (

Great Camera, but.....


Real nice camera but if you use it in HD mode be prepared to make use of that video. The files are huge, and you must have a newer computer with a fast multicore processor to work with them or even play them. Fortunately it has multiple record modes...

Jan, 2015

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Astonishing resolution


I usually buy a number of small camcorders trying them out for varied aspects. I usually stick with the consumer level because even though professional ones beat them in resolution, everyone has their reason I prefer more Zoom.This one has a dual...

Sep, 2014

Consumer review (

Great Dual-Shot Camera


{{{Powerful zoom function that doesn't zoom too fast, nice and smooth. I have found the jumpiness of the zoom on previous camcorders to be terrible, if you don't have just the right touch, you end up zooming way too quickly. The wind shield function is...

May, 2014

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Awesome camcorders


Really great, easy to use. slow-motion and night vision just rocks!

Apr, 2014

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Panasonic HC-W850


Great indoors and low light filming. Manual settings and lots of automatic settings to play with. Time-lapse, slow motion, night vision mode, can even do stop motion animation, plus a second camera for PiP filming, and lots more effects so you can be...

none so far, other than the potential cost of a second battery will be costly.

Feb, 2015

Product Specifications


Audio formats supported:AAC, MP4
Audio system:Dolby Digital / Dolby Digital 2.0/5.1
Built-in Microphone: Yes
Built-in speaker(s):Y
Built-in speakers: Yes
Wind filter: Yes


Battery Capacity:1940
Battery performance:1940
Battery voltage:3.6
Charging source:DC, USB


3D compatibility: No
Camcorder Type:Handheld camcorder
Direct printing: No
Geotagging: No
GPS (satellite):N
Minimum illumination:1
On Screen Display (OSD): Yes
On Screen Display (OSD) languages:CZE, DEU, DUT, ENG, ESP, FRE, ITA, POL, SWE, TUR
Progressive Scan: Yes
Remote controlled: Yes
Remotely operated:Y
Smartphone remote support: Yes
Supported aspect ratios:3:2, 4:3, 16:9


Color of product:Black
LED Indicators: Yes


Built-in display: Yes
Display aspect ratio:16:9
Display Diagonal:3
Display resolution (numeric):460800


Built-in flash: Yes
Built-in light: Yes
Shoe mounting point:Y
Shoe mounting point type:Cold


Focus adjustment:Auto/Manual

Image Sensor

Effective megapixels (image):5.21
Effective megapixels (movie):6.03
Optical sensor size:1 / 2.3
Sensor Type:BSI / MOS
Total megapixels:12.76

Lens System

35 mm camera lens equivalent:1.16 - 24.1
Digital Zoom:1500 / 60
Filter size:1.93
Focal length (35mm film equivalent):1.16 - 24.1
Focal length range (f-f):0.161 - 3.21
Image Stabilizer: Yes
Image stabilizer type:Hybrid
Interchangeable Lens: No
Maximum aperture number:1.8 / 3.6
Minimum aperture number:1.8 / 3.6
Optical Zoom:20


Ethernet LAN:N
Ethernet LAN connection: No
Near Field Communication (NFC): Yes
Wi-Fi: Yes
Wi-Fi standards:802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n

Other Features

AV output: Yes
Night mode: Yes
Power consumption (typical):7.7
Video compression formats:H.264, MPEG4

Packaging Content

AC adapter bundled: Yes
AC adapter included:Y
Batteries included: Yes
Bundled software:HD Writer AE 5.1
Cables included:DC, HDMI, USB / HDMI, USB
Lens hood: No
Quick start guide: No
Stylus pen: No
Warranty card: Yes

Ports & interfaces

Composite video out:1
Headphone outputs:1
Microphone in: Yes
Mini HDMI ports quantity:1
PictBridge: No
S-Video out: No
USB 2.0 ports quantity:1


Built-in Projector: No


Camera shutter speed:0.000125 - 0.04
Shutter speed (photo):0.0005 - 0.5 / 1/2 - 1/2000
Shutter speed (video):0.000125 - 0.04 / 1/50 - 1/8000

Still Image

Image formats supported:EXIF, JPG / JPG
Maximum image resolution:6528 x 3672
Still image resolution(s):6528x3672, 4736x2664, 1920x1080, 5472x3648, 3984x2656, 1728x1152, 4896x3672, 3624x2448, 640x480 / [16:9] 24MP (6528 x 3672), 12.6MP (4736 x 2664), 2.1MP (1920 x 1080)\n\n[3:2] 20MP (5472 x3648), 10.6MP (3984 x 2656, 2.0MP (1728 x 1152)\n\n[4:3] 18MP (4896 x 3672), 8MP (3264 x 2448), 0.3MP (640 x 480)


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
ExpressCard slot: No


Analog signal format system:NTSC, PAL
Dual shot (video & photo): Yes
HD type:Full HD
Maximum frame rate:120
Maximum video resolution:1920 x 1080
Supported video modes:1080p, 720p
Video compression format:AVC, AVCHD, H.264, MP4, MPEG4 / AVCHD, MP4
Video formats supported:AVC,AVCHD,H.264,MP4,MPEG4 / AVCHD,MP4
Video Resolutions:960 x 540,1280 x 720,1920 x 1080


Camera viewfinder: No
Viewfinder type:Not available

Weight & Dimensions


White Balance

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