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Panasonic HC-V10 High Definition Camcorder (Black)

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Product Highlights
  • Record 1280 x 720p HD Video at 60 fps
  • 2.7" LCD Display
  • 63x Optical Zoom Lens
  • 31.6mm (Equivalent) Wide-Angle
  • Ultra-Long Telephoto
  • Power Optical Image Stabilization
  • Easy-to-Use iA Recording Mode
  • 2D Editing Feature Makes Editing Easy
  • Simple Sharing on Facebook, YouTube, etc
  • SD/SDHC/SDXC Memory Card Slot

High definition 720p video, an awesomely long telephoto zoom range of 63x (70x enhanced optical zoom!), and user-friendly shooting controls make this HD camcorder hard to resist. The HC-V10 High Definition Camcorder (Black) from Panasonic is a great way to break into HD recording; just charge the battery and pop in an SD/SDHC or SDXC memory card and you're ready to start shooting. The 31.6mm (equivalent in 35mm format) wide-angle lens is ideal for recording indoors or in tight spaces, especially when fitting both the subject and surrounding area into the frame. The wide-angle also produces beautiful images of wide landscapes and allows you to fit large groups of people into the frame.

The HC-V10 offers up a plethora of user-friendly shooting controls. Panasonic's Intelligent Auto takes the guesswork out of shooting just about any setting. iA automatically sets the camera for the situation--you can focus on the moment without fussing with camera controls. Other features like Intelligent Scene Selector, Face Detection, and Pre-Rec help you to record great video, without going to film school.

High definition video gives you vivid, life-like, detailed images. It's also a format that will be compatible with computer systems for years to come. And, the high definition video recorded with the HC-V10 will look great on your HDTV, where every minute detail shows. When you're done shooting and ready to edit, share, and archive, the included HD Writer HE 1.0 software is compatible with YouTube and Facebook, so anybody can easily post video clips to the web.  Image data can also be transferred to a Mac computer for editing in applications such as iMovie.

63x Optical Zoom and Power O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer)
The HC-V10 features a 63x optical zoom with an Enhanced Optical 70x zoom function. You can zoom from the wide-angle 31.6mm (equivalent in 35mm format) to catch dynamic shots of distant objects with the very long telephoto end of the zoom range. And because the zoom is optical, there's limited image degradation. Also, Power O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer) helps prevent blurring - typically a big concern when shooting with a telephoto lens. This combination of optical zoom and Power O.I.S. gives you the ability to take fantastic zoom shots even in less than ideal lighting conditions.
31.6mm Wide-Angle
The 31.6mm wide-angle end of the zoom range is especially convenient for recording indoors or in tight spaces, making it possible to shoot at a close distance from the subject while fitting both the subject and surrounding area into the frame. The wide-angle setting also captures beautiful images of wide landscapes and allows large groups of people to fit into the frame, making it highly versatile for use in all kinds of situations.
iA (Intelligent Auto)
This powerful function consists of four functions that automatically select the most suitable shooting mode with the press of a button. Power O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer) suppresses handshake without degrading image quality, resulting in clear, blur-free images even with dynamic zooming. The O.I.S. also features an Active mode to assure clear, beautiful images across the entire range from wide-angle to telephoto. Intelligent Contrast Control prevents blown highlights and blocked shadows, allowing video to retain natural toned images with proper contrast. Intelligent Scene Selector automatically selects the best Scene Mode to record in based on detected light and objects. Finally, Face Detection senses ambient lighting to adjust exposure and capture faces beautifully even in dim or backlit scenes.
Pre-Rec Function
This smart function records three seconds of images even before you actually begin shooting. The images are held temporarily in the camcorder's internal memory, before recording begins. This helps ensure that you won't miss the start of a moment you want to record, such as when an event begins all of a sudden. For example, if you're waiting to snap a shot of a jumping dolphin, you can press the REC button after you've made sure that the dolphin has cleared the surface of the water. The camcorder will record the entire scene, from the instant of the dolphin's jump until it disappears again into the sea
2D Editing
Along with full editing functions of previous software versions, the new HD Writer software features a Timeline mode which allows for a timeline to be displayed with a storyboard for highly accurate editing while fine-tuning the timing of video images. The playback timing of background music can also be finely adjusted to enable precise insertion.
Smart Wizard
When a user connects the HC-V10 camcorder to the USB port of a PC, Smart Wizard mode automatically starts up. Following the on-screen guidance lets users easily copy video clips to a PC or BD/DVD disc without getting lost in the process.
Copy/Archive/Playback
A user can specify which video files to transfer onto their PC with the Copy/Archive/Playback software function. Additionally, the software remembers which files were previously copied onto a PC, so users don't have to re-copy the same file again later. This is especially convenient when users have recorded large amounts of data on an SDXC/SDHC/SD memory card and copy it over several sessions.
Editing, Archiving, and YouTube Uploading
The HD Writer HE 1.0 software is compatible with YouTube and Facebook allowing even the most inexperienced users to easily post video clips to the web. Image data can also be transferred to a Mac computer for editing in applications such as iMovie.
Camera
Sensor 1x 1.5 Megapixel 1/5.8"  CMOS Sensor
Optics
Lens 1.5 - 94.5 mm
f/1.9 - 5.7
Zoom Optical: 63x
Recording
System NTSC
Recording Media SD/SDHC/SDXC  
Video Format High Definition
MPEG AVC/H.264
1280 x 720p / 60 fps
640 x 480p / 30 fps
960 x 540p / 30 fps
Still Image Resolution JPEG: .9 Megapixel
Channels 2.0-Channel Stereo
Audio Format AAC
Display
Display Type LCD
Touchscreen No
Screen Size 2.7"
Features
Image Stabilization Optical
Lux 1400 (Standard Illumination)
4 (1/30, Low Light, Scene Mode)
1 (Color Night View)
Shutter Speed 1/25-1/8000sec
Built-in Mic Yes
Built-in Speaker Yes
Built-in Light/Flash Light - No
Flash - No
Input/Output Connectors
Outputs 1x HDMI C (Mini)
1x USB 2.0
1x A/V
General
Battery Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery Pack, 3.6VDC, 895mAh
Charging Method AC Adapter
Power Consumption Operating: 2.7 W
Dimensions (WxHxD) 2.2 x 2.5 x 4.3" / 5.5 x 6.4 x 11.0 cm
Weight 7.48 oz / 212 g
Panasonic HC-V10 High Definition Camcorder (Black)
  • AC Adapter
  • Rechargeable Battery Pack (895 mAh)
  • AV Multi Cable
  • USB Cable
  • HD Writer HE 1.0 Software
  • 90-Days Labor & 1-Year Parts Limited Warranty
  • REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

    by PowerReviews
    PanasonicHC-V10 High Definition Camcorder (Silver)
     
    3.5

    (based on 15 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (3)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (4)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (6)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (1)

    67%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Zoom range/performance (17)
    • Easy to use (14)
    • Image stabilization (11)
    • Great picture quality (6)
    • Large clear LCD (5)

    Cons

    • Poor image quality (5)
    • Poor still image (5)
    • Poor in low light (4)

    Best Uses

    • Home movies (8)
    • Travel (6)
    • Low light (4)
    • Movies/short films (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Casual user (6), Enthusiast (4), Pro videographer (4)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (11), Yes (4)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Nice Camcorder

    We purchased this camcorder for a trip we are taking around the country. We gave it a try around the house and it gives decent video and still photos. After reading the manual it...Read complete review

    We purchased this camcorder for a trip we are taking around the country. We gave it a try around the house and it gives decent video and still photos. After reading the manual it is easy to use. Not a lot of "frill" extras but we did not want all the extra "Stuff". We just want to document our trip for the memories.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    pretty good for the price

    we use our camera to capture our experiences while camping, hiking and canoeing, mostly.
    The digital aspect and easiness of the settings make it nice.
    the picture in low light is...Read complete review

    we use our camera to capture our experiences while camping, hiking and canoeing, mostly.
    The digital aspect and easiness of the settings make it nice.
    the picture in low light is grainy; somewhat out of focus even with manual focus.
    the zoom is fine. our old camcorder seemed to have a better picture quality. a little disappointed, trying to decide whether or to keep it. trying to work with the focusing and low light problems- wish it had better picture quality but i realize it isn't extremely expensive but neither was our old one that we like better- also a Panasonic.

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    3.0

    Video not up to expectations

    By Bob

    from McKinney, TX

    About Me Casual User

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy to Use
    • Good Image Stabilization
    • Great Zoom

    Cons

    • Poor Image Quality

    Best Uses

      Comments about HC-V10 High Definition Camcorder (Silver):

      I bought this camera for filming my daughters soccer games. I selected it because a) It was high Def (720p) and b) The optical zoom capability.

      The quality of the camera and ease of use is pretty good. Nothing fancy or complicated. Everything seemed straight forward. The image stabilization was good and the zoom was phenominal.

      The video produced however left me disapointed. The first images I captured were in the house with the shutters open on a bright sunny day. I zoomed in on our dog Buddy and zoomed out. On the playback on the cameras dispaly everything looked ok.

      However, when I downloaded to the computer I discovered two things. First: the video was only marginally better than the standard definition video camera we had. The picture could best be descibed as looking like there was protective film on the lense. Second: (ANd I take fault for not noticing this in the specs) It only records in one format: MPEG4.

      The second shot was outdoors on the same day a short time later. I zoomed in to a single small branch about the size of my hand on a tree about a hundred feet away. Then I zoomed out. Once downoaded to the computer, the graininess was not as prevelant but the picture quality was still not up to what I was expecting.

      I compared the two videos to videos posted on YouTube that were recorded at 720p. There was a noticable differnece.

      Overall, not a bad camera for the price but just did not produce the quality of video I was after.

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      • No

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      3.0

      Nice compact size you can take anywhere.

      By Dr. Ray

      from Ford City

      About Me Pro Videographer

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Easy to Use
      • Good Image Stabilization
      • Great Zoom

      Cons

      • Not Enough Pixels
      • Poor Still Image

      Best Uses

      • Anything Not Important

      Comments about HC-V10 High Definition Camcorder (Silver):

      Very good image stabilization, great long range zoom, but image quality is not good enough to view full screen, viewing at half screen is the best it can do, still Photo's can only be viewed about wallet size!

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      • No

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      1.0

      Buggy

      By Michigan PI

      from Detroit, MI

      About Me Pro Videographer

      Pros

      • Easy to Use
      • Good Image Stabilization
      • Great Zoom
      • Zoom range/performance

      Cons

      • Buggy Firmware
      • Warranty Service

      Best Uses

        Comments about HC-V10 High Definition Camcorder (Black):

        The only reason it even got 1 star is because it powers up (and there is no option for ZERO)I purchased this mid-December, used it twice and it has been in service since the 2nd week of January. Panasonic's warranty service is beyond horrible by the way ( whole different story) The camera would repeatedly lock up when plugged in to power and operated requiring a "re-boot" by pulling the battery and charging cable. It frequently experiences a lag when ending the recording, sometimes lagging several seconds. The time/date will display the correct time on-screen while recording but display something totally different on playback. I have a colleague that has the same camera and experiences the exact same issues mine does which leads me to believe that it is an issue with the firmware. This model needs to be recalled and replaced with something operational or a credit toward a different model. I would have sent it back but my 3yo son destroyed the warrantee card. DISCLOSURE: I have been a long time fan of Panasonic video cameras and own many different models. This is the WORST camcorder ever

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        2.0

        Easy to use, but poor quality

        By tbvideos

        from Lincoln, NE

        About Me Semi-pro Videographer

        Pros

        • Easy to Use
        • Good Image Stabilization
        • Great Sound
        • Large Clear LCD

        Cons

        • Limited Zoom
        • No External Mic Input
        • Poor Image Quality
        • Poor In Low Light
        • Poor Still Image

        Best Uses

          Comments about HC-V10 High Definition Camcorder (Black):

          This camera is very light weight and easy to use. However, the quality is poor. While recording, the picture looks great on the LCD display, but when I hooked it up to my Macbook or HD tv, the quality was very grainy and only the center object was in focus. I went through all the settings, but couldn't improve the image quality. I make sporting videos and weddings, and need better quality than this. Not sure if the HD conversion is causing issues, but I've found that nothing compares to my MiniDV camcorder.

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          • No

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          3.0

          mixed bag

          By jim the runner

          from Sydney, AU

          About Me Casual User

          Pros

          • Great Zoom
          • Zoom range/performance

          Cons

          • Poor Image Quality
          • Poor Still Image

          Best Uses

          • Travel

          Comments about HC-V10 High Definition Camcorder (Black):

          + very good zoom range.
          + automatically turns on when LCD is opened
          + small and light

          - mediocre video and photo quality, lots of noise
          - 'photo' button hard to press, causing camera movement at high zoom when pressed, image gets blurred due to this

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          • No

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          4.0

          Great Quality, Great Value!

          By TW Showgal

          from Minneapolis, MN

          About Me Pro Videographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy to Use
          • Good Image Stabilization
          • Good in Low Light
          • Great Picture Quality
          • Great Sound
          • Great Zoom
          • Large Clear LCD
          • Zoom range/performance

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Home Movies
            • Indoors/Low Light
            • Travel

            Comments about HC-V10 High Definition Camcorder (Black):

            I purchased this camera for my parents to use videotaping the grandkids. They aren't real tech-savvy, but this camera has great quality and does a great job without messing with 30 settings before being able to record something. They've used it for Christmas and some video mostly at home so far, and they love it. I have a Handycam myself, and I wish I had purchased this Panasonic for myself instead. I'm in the video editing industry, and I can say this is a nice little camera if you're looking for a personal camera for vacations and every day family kind of stuff.
            Only downfall is that it is not a touch screen, and it does not come with a carrying case. Otherwise, no complaints!

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            • Yes

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            4.0

            I would buy this product again and again

            By ED

            from Lithonia,GA.

            About Me Casual User

            See all my reviews

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy to Use
            • Good Image Stabilization
            • Good in Low Light
            • Great Picture Quality
            • Great Zoom

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Home Movies
              • Indoors/Low Light
              • Movies/Short Films

              Comments about HC-V10 High Definition Camcorder (Black):

              The camcorder was given as a Christmas gift. But before given it, I checked it out. It is everything as discribed and more. My grand daughter loves it.

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              • Yes

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              5.0

              Camcorder

              By Nesh

              from Charlotte, NC

              About Me Video Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy to Use
              • Good Image Stabilization
              • Great Picture Quality

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Home Movies
                • Indoors/Low Light
                • Movies/Short Films

                Comments about HC-V10 High Definition Camcorder (Black):

                This was a gift,... it was very well received and liked,..

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                • Yes

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                5.0

                EARLY DAYS YET

                By Marty

                from Perth Australia

                About Me Casual User

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy to Use
                • Good Image Stabilization
                • Great Picture Quality
                • Great Zoom
                • Large Clear LCD
                • Zoom range/performance

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about HC-V10 High Definition Camcorder (Black):

                    very early days yet arrived very promtly after being ordered adequately packaged unmarked and in tact as were the other items ordered at the same time.having consulted Customer Service I was able to order other items - Memory Disk and spare batteries All seem to be working well

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                    • No

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                    4.0

                    very good

                    By maria

                    from los ángeles CA

                    About Me Video Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy to Use
                    • Great Picture Quality
                    • Great Zoom
                    • Zoom range/performance

                    Cons

                    • No External Mic Input

                    Best Uses

                    • Home Movies
                    • Travel

                    Comments about HC-V10 High Definition Camcorder (Black):

                    The zoom is amazing but the color night vision is very unstable

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                    • Yes

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                    4.0

                    Well worth the money

                    By Tim from Georgia

                    from Dublin, GA

                    About Me Video Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy to Use
                    • Good Image Stabilization
                    • Great Picture Quality
                    • Great Zoom
                    • Large Clear LCD
                    • Zoom range/performance

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Documentaries
                      • HD Shooting
                      • Home Movies
                      • Indoors/Low Light
                      • Movies/Short Films
                      • Travel
                      • Weddings/Events

                      Comments about HC-V10 High Definition Camcorder (Black):

                      I use cameras on a daily basis at work and this is a great product for the price. Being very small and light makes it easily transportable. The HD features make it relevant to the times. The ease of transfer of the video from the camera to a laptop make it practical.

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                      • No

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                      3.0

                      Get what you pay for

                      By HonestJT

                      from Warner Robins, GA

                      About Me Video Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy to Use
                      • Zoom range/performance

                      Cons

                      • Poor In Low Light

                      Best Uses

                      • Home Movies

                      Comments about HC-V10 High Definition Camcorder (Black):

                      It is extremely light weight and has excellent zoom. It is a simple camcorder without all the bells and whistles. Buttons are a little hard to maneuver.

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                      3.0

                      pretty good for the price

                      By gwen

                      from rochester, new york

                      About Me Casual User

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy to Use

                      Cons

                      • Poor Image Quality
                      • Poor In Low Light
                      • Poor Still Image

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about HC-V10 High Definition Camcorder (Black):

                        we use our camera to capture our experiences while camping, hiking and canoeing, mostly.
                        The digital aspect and easiness of the settings make it nice.
                        the picture in low light is grainy; somewhat out of focus even with manual focus.
                        the zoom is fine. our old camcorder seemed to have a better picture quality. a little disappointed, trying to decide whether or to keep it. trying to work with the focusing and low light problems- wish it had better picture quality but i realize it isn't extremely expensive but neither was our old one that we like better- also a Panasonic.

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                        • No

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                        (0 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        3.0

                        small and great for travel but with a de

                        By tves2001

                        from Veracruz, Ver Mexico

                        About Me Pro Videographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy to Use
                        • Good Image Stabilization
                        • Great Zoom

                        Cons

                        • Poor Image Quality
                        • Poor In Low Light
                        • Poor Still Image

                        Best Uses

                        • Home Movies
                        • Travel

                        Comments about HC-V10 High Definition Camcorder (Black):

                        This camera is versatile and is the exact weight, not tiring to use and may stabilize, but I noticed a flicker in the image of the upper right side which I do not understand it is due, it appears that the f is wrong with the easy recognition in scenes with artificial light and more if the side

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                        5.0

                        Nice Camcorder

                        By superwalt

                        from Windsor, Virginia

                        About Me Casual User

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy to Use
                        • Good Image Stabilization
                        • Large Clear LCD

                        Cons

                        • None That bother me

                        Best Uses

                        • Home Movies
                        • Travel

                        Comments about HC-V10 High Definition Camcorder (Black):

                        We purchased this camcorder for a trip we are taking around the country. We gave it a try around the house and it gives decent video and still photos. After reading the manual it is easy to use. Not a lot of "frill" extras but we did not want all the extra "Stuff". We just want to document our trip for the memories.

                        • Was this a gift?:
                        • No

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