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Panasonic 16GB HC-V700M Full HD Camcorder

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Product Highlights
  • Full High Definition 1920x1080 Video
  • 3.0" LCD Display (460K)
  • 21x Optical Zoom Lens
  • 16GB Built-In Memory
  • 28mm (Equivalent) Wide-Angle
  • Super Long Telephoto
  • Low-Light High Sensitivity Sensor
  • Hybrid Optical Image Stabilization
  • 6.1M Still Picture
  • Convert 2D Images to 3D Images

Full high definition video, long telephoto 21x zoom range, 28mm (equivalent) wide-angle lens, and a High Sensitivity Sensor for greatly improved low-light images make this the compact camcorder you've been looking for. The HC-V700M High Definition Camcorder (Black) from Panasonic gets you out and recording HD video right now: just charge the battery and start shooting with the 16GB built-in memory, or pop in an SD, SDHC or SDXC memory card.

Hybrid O.I.S. + is a high-quality optical hand-shake compensation function that thoroughly suppresses blurring across the entire zoom range, so every scene is captured in crisp, beautiful images even when the user shoots while walking or takes handheld zoom shots with high magnification. Because it's an optical system, there's no image degradation--original image quality captured by the lens remains intact, all the way from wide-angle to the longest telephoto zoom.

The powerful High Sensitivity Sensor makes it possible to capture stunning indoor and nighttime shots, regardless of dark lighting conditions--you can record crisp, bright images with minimal noise whether you're shooting in good light or in poor light.

The 28mm (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-V700M can convert 2D images recorded by the user into 3D images and it can also record 3D images using an optional 3D conversion lens.

The HC-V700M also features the Advanced Highlight Playback function, which allows you to view recorded images as quickly as possible. This feature uses the I.I.S. (Intelligent Index System) to detect zooming, panning, scene changes, and faces in recorded images as "highlights." It then automatically plays back the detected highlight scenes, or ones that the user has personally selected. It also offers playback effects such as Slow, Fading Still Image, and Flash Playback.

Also included is iA (Intelligent Auto) Mode with Face Recognition, which selects the most suitable shooting mode with the press of a button. Face Recognition finds the faces of registered people (up to six faces) and optimizes the focus and exposure for them. The camcorder continues to track this subject as the person moves anywhere within the frame.

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-V700 will look great on your HDTV, where every minute detail shows. 

21x Optical Zoom and Hybrid O.I.S. + (Optical Image Stabilizer)
The HC-V700M features a 21x optical zoom to catch dynamic shots of distant objects with the long telephoto end of the zoom range. And because the zoom is optical, there's limited image degradation. Also, Hybrid 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 Hybrid O.I.S. gives you the ability to take fantastic zoom shots even in less than ideal lighting conditions. Intelligent Zoom can capture beautiful pictures beyond the ordinary 38x optical zoom and up to a high-powered 46x zoom.
28mm Wide-Angle Lens
The 28mm wide-angle lens 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 High Sensitivity Sensor, coupled with O.I.S., makes it possible to record beautiful images in very dim light. 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)
iA (Intelligent Auto) Mode with Face Recognition selects the most suitable shooting mode with the press of a button. Face Recognition finds the faces of registered people (up to six faces) and optimizes the focus and exposure for them. The camcorder continues to track this subject as the person moves anywhere within the frame.
From 2D to 3D
The HC-V700M can convert 2D images recorded by the user into 3D images for stunning effects. It can also record 3D images using an optional 3D lens.
Advanced Highlight Playback Function
The Advanced Highlight Playback Function is designed for users who want to view recorded images as quickly as possible. This feature uses the I.I.S. (Intelligent Index System) to detect zooming, panning, scene changes, and faces in recorded images as "highlights." It then automatically plays back the detected highlight scenes, or ones that the user has personally selected. It also offers playback effects such as Slow, Fading Still Image, and Flash Playback.
Eco-Mode
Automatically turns off the power when the camcorder is not operated for five minutes, reducing wasteful energy use and saving battery power
Intuitive Touch-Screen Operation with a Wide 3.0" LCD
Features advanced new touch-operation functions that allow for extremely smooth shooting and playback, including: Touch Zoom--Swiftly zoom in or out with the touch or swipe of the finger; and Touch Shutter--Focus and take a digital photo by touching the subject on the screen.
Camera
Sensor 1x 15.3 Megapixel 1/2.33"  CMOS Sensor
Pixel Gross 15,300,000
Optics
Lens 2.82 - 59.2 mm
f/1.8 - 3.5
Zoom Optical: 21x
Filter Size 46 mm
Recording
System NTSC
Recording Media Internal Flash Memory 16GB Video/Image
SD/SDHC/SDXC  
Video Format High Definition
MPEG AVC/H.264
1920 x 1080p / 60 fps
1920 x 1080i / 60 fps
960 x 540p / 30 fps
Still Image Resolution JPEG: 5.8 Megapixel, 3200 x 1800
JPEG: 6.1 Megapixel, 3024 x 2016
JPEG: 6.1 Megapixel, 2848 x 2136
JPEG: 2.1 Megapixel, 1920 x 1080
JPEG: 2.3 Megapixel, 1872 x 1248
JPEG: 2.3 Megapixel, 1760 x 1320
JPEG: .3 Megapixel, 640 x 480
Channels 2.0-Channel Stereo
Audio Format AAC
Display
Display Type LCD
Touchscreen Yes
Screen Size 3.0"
2nd Display
Features
Image Stabilization Optical
Lux 1400 (Standard Illumination)
4 (1/300, Low Light, Scene Mode)
1 (Color NIght View)
Built-in Mic Yes
Built-in Speaker Yes
Built-in Light/Flash Light - Yes
Flash - Yes
Accessory Shoe Cold
Input/Output Connectors
Inputs 1x 1/8" (3.5mm) Stereo Mini
Outputs 1x USB 2.0
1x HDMI C (Mini)
1x A/V
Microphone Input Yes
Headphone Jack No
General
Charging Method AC Adapter
Power Consumption Operating: 6.7 W
Dimensions (WxHxD) 2.2 x 2.7 x 4.7" / 5.5 x 6.9 x 12.0 cm
Weight 9.56 oz / 271 g Without battery and memory card
Panasonic 16GB HC-V700M Full HD Camcorder
  • VW-VBK180 Lithium-Ion Battery Pack (3.6V, 1700mAh)
  • AC Adapter (P/PC - VSK0780) (PU - VSK0781)
  • AC Cable (K2CA2CA00025)
  • AV Multi-Cable (K1HY12YY0016)
  • USB Cable (K2KYYYY00201)
  • Shoe Adapter (VYC1055)
  • HD Writer AE 4.0 Software CD-ROM
  • 90-Days Labor & 1-Year Parts Limited Warranty
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    Panasonic16GB HC-V700M Full HD Camcorder
     
    4.5

    (based on 45 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (24)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (20)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (1)

    98%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Zoom range/performance (54)
    • Easy to use (36)
    • Great picture quality (36)
    • Image stabilization (32)
    • Large clear LCD (27)

    Cons

    • Poor in low light (5)
    • Complicated to operate (3)

    Best Uses

    • Home movies (27)
    • HD shooting (22)
    • Travel (22)
    • Low light (14)
    • Weddings (8)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Casual user (29), Enthusiast (11), Semi-pro (3)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (43)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Top quality for the price! BUT....

    I purchased this camcorder after seeing raw videos loaded directly to youtube from this camera and seeing the quality of the video. The first one I got had a problem with the automatic lens...Read complete review

    I purchased this camcorder after seeing raw videos loaded directly to youtube from this camera and seeing the quality of the video. The first one I got had a problem with the automatic lens cover, it was stuck in the open position. So I called B&H and set up an exchange and after I talked to a couple people they agreed to email me a UPS Next-Day Air label so speed up the exchange process because I had a very important event. Though there was still an issue with the "3-5 day processing once the defective one was received until the new one would ship", I sent an email to be forwarded to a supervisor and he approved that a new one would be shipped out FedEx Priority Overnight as soon as they saw confirmation that the defective one was dropped off at my local UPS Customer Center via the UPS Tracking, and they did! So the lesson on that story is that even though defective products are out of B&H's control, they will still take care of their customers like a company should. Companies like B&H are a dying breed in this country and it's really nice to see one still around. Now back to the camera, once I received the new one I did some test footage and was pretty amazed at what I saw. Nice, sharp, properly colored, quick focusing video (when the autofocus came into play). Did not hear any fan, zoom, or autofocus sound at all, even when recording in a dead quiet room. I was a bit worried about the progressive scan being very noticeable because on some youtube videos I noticed that it was prominent and the video appeared somewhat choppy when showing moving objects across the field of view or panning a crossed landscape or objects, but I found nothing of the sort, at least using the methods I did, as I have a Mac ; When I connect the camera to my Mac, I open the cameras on-board memory or inserted SD card, and then select the AVCHD/Video folder that contains the videos. This will in turn bring up a scrolling window in quicktime that will let me preview each clip and select one to play. On a Mac you can't directly copy the video from the camera to your Mac unless you copy the whole AVCHD folder to bring up the preview window. Instead you will double click on the video you want to watch, which will open the movie in it's full format, 100% 1080/60p HD, or whichever you have selected, in quicktime so you can view the movie. Now, I hear people saying "You have to use transcoding software or a rewrapping software to save or work with the files on your Mac", and this is simply not true. While the video window is open once you've selected one to watch from the AVCHD folder, at the top of the screen (not the window) where it says "Quicktime" while you have the movie playing, click "File", once you click "File" in the drop-down menu you will see "Export" and "Export To". Click "Export", and this will bring up a window to allow you to save and export the movie in .mov format to anywhere you would like on your Mac. You don't need "ClipWrap" or such. It will export a copy of the movie (to let's say, your desktop) in it's full 1080/60p, so long as when you are saving it and select "Movie" as your format you want to save it as, it will keep it all the same. NOW, WHAT I DID NOTICE, when playing back the exported copy of the movie and playing the movie opened directly from the folder at the same time, I noticed that the exported movie did ever so SLIGHTLY degrade in quality from being exported/converted to a new format. Though it was largely unnoticeable, you could tell SOMETIMES, let's say for example if you were watching the two side by side and there was chain-link fencing or tall thinner grass in the video, the chain-link fence and grass wouldn't be AS visible/crisp as the original format, but it wasn't really bad at all. Especially since I didn't have to purchase or download a separate application to convert the movie, I was able to do so with what came on my Mac (running OS X 10.8.2 Mountain Lion). ALSO, you can work with your newly exported video in iMovie (I'm running iMovie 11' that came with the Mac), even at the recorder 1080/60p format. To do this, after you finalize your project, click on "Share" in your iMovie menus at the top and in the drop down window select either "Export" or "Export using Quicktime". If you select "Export" you can simply select to export the video in the original 1920x1080 size and quickly export it. But, if you want better quality, select "Export using Quicktime, and you can then go into the various settings to select you video resolution (1920x1080p), you can select your framerate (60 FPS), even go into your audio and select properties with that. It's a really good way to export your 1080/60p videos from iMovie and have them at the best possible quality they can be in.Back to the camera part. Now that I've created a novel on the integration of this camera with Mac's. Haha.The camera build quality is good. It's not AS good as some of the more expensive cameras out there, but for the price it is solidly built. The hot-shoe adapter that comes with it fits in it's slot no problem, THOUGH when inserted it IS a little bit wobbly and not stable, enough so to where you must hold the object you have mounted to the adapter, such as an LED video light. As for external microphones or smaller items, I'm not sure, they might be OK as is. There is a good solution to this though. You can use something as material between the camera and the adapter to make it more solid, such as wrapping a rubber band around the part that slides in so be a buffer between the camera and adapter, or something like an o-ring. That will make a little more stable. OR, if you don't mind having it permanently attached, simply use any sort of strong glue or such to create a type or "tack weld" between the adapter and camera to prevent movement. Though this might be an issue when storing the camera.Also, one of my larger issues with the camera was it's manual controls. They aren't as intuitive as let's say the Sony HDR-CX760V or Canon G10. The main issue I was having with the manual controls was the focus. Yes, you are able to manually focus the camera, BUT, everything is done via touchscreen. So as you are recording video, and you want to pull focus on something, you must tap the screen over and over again, which will shake your image, even when on a tripod. Panasonic could have avoided this by adding a rotary knob or rotary ring around the lens like the Sony's and Canon's. The other manual controls are ok and you have some good adjustability, though I found that unless you set the setting in order (from top to bottom), once you set something above a selection you just set, it will reset the selection below it to default for the scene. So you might have to fiddle with it a few times. *ALSO* I will mention in this section, that this camera has a bad focusing problem when trying to record something zoomed all the way in on something, either at far distance or closer to get macro. This is when using the camera with the 46x iZoom enabled. So you can't get decent focus at all if you are zoomed all the way in on a plane or something in the sky. If you rush and hurry and switch to manual mode, and then access the focus menu and then focus all the way to the negative (-), then it will improve ever so slightly but still not in focus.Another issue I was having with the camera was low light autofocus. Like let's say for example if I were doing a night time landscape video or trying to record objects in the night sky such as the moon or planes or even... UFOs.... It would never focus, and at night you absolutely MUST use the camera in manual mode as lights will be drastically overexposed, especially if you were to record the moon. You must manually increase the shutter speed or close the aperture or "IRIS", but these in turn with black out everything else. So you can't have both, you either record the landscape, possibly landscape with not so bright lights, OR you record just the bright objects like the moon, there is no recording the landscape with the moon in the shot as the moon like look like a huge flared star about to crash into Earth.Panasonic's O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilization) is OK. Better some a lot of the cheaper cameras out there, but it's not really as good as I think it should be. It does a decent job and reducing vibrations and camera shake, but there is always excessive lens movement/image movement that will at times put your center of image totally off. if you are familiar with most image stabilizations you will know what I'm talking about. if you are using this camera on a tripod especially on a tripod recording at high zoom, you MUST, I repeat MUST turn off the O.I.S. Though Panasonic's O.I.S. is good, it's no where near as good as the new technology that Sony has introduced with their higher end cameras where the entire optical array movies and floats behind the outer lens, the sensor and ALL move to compensate, not just the lenses and such. Though, like I said that is on their HIGHER end models. Though it does need to be mentioned that even Panasonic's higher/highest end models don't have this tech, and at that point Sony's price points are far off at all.Another issue I see is that yes, the camera does feature a microphone input, and manual recording level adjustment, but there is NO way to monitor the output. No headphone output. The only way you can monitor it and make sure you're either not too quiet or not BLAZING loud is to watch the tiny little graphic EQ at the bottom, which isn't very accurate. The built in stereo microphone can be a bit boomy sometimes, and like with all uncovered microphones, you will get wind noise. It might not be SO bad on the HC-V700 because they are mounted up top facing up, so wind rushing by blows across them and not into them if they are mounted on the front or side, but like I said with any exposed mic's you're going to have wind noise.Other than what I listed above, this camera is a great camera. I didn't let those problems effect the star rating because in proper lighting and with the proper settings I was still able to get absolutely beautiful, amazing video. If you are looking for a camcorder, want quality, and absolutely can not spend $1000, and want to stay under $500, you must check this camera out. You won't be disappointed. If I had to do it again, personally I would have just waited and saved a little bit more money and bought a higher end Sony, but that's my personal opinion. If you are dead set on having a budget camcorder, this is the best one out there in my opinion. I would also pick up an extra battery or two, possibly even the Panasonic VW-VBK360 extended battery, as a single VW-VBK180 (the one that comes with it from the factory) will only give you about 35-45 minutes of record time depending on your settings and such. It would also be beneficial to purchase an external charger, so if you need to charge your batteries you don't have to insert it into the camera, and then plug the camera in, and then have to wait, cameraless while it charges.

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    poor low light performence

    1)poor low light focus.
    2)zoom to a target, cannot get right focus.

    1)poor low light focus.
    2)zoom to a target, cannot get right focus.

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    4.0

    I would recommend this camcorder

    By Liz

    from Manchester, Oh

    About Me Casual User

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Great Picture Quality
    • Large Clear LCD
    • Zoom range/performance

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Indoors/Low Light
      • Travel

      Comments about Panasonic 16GB HC-V700M Full HD Camcorder:

      I haven't had the camcorder very long and haven't actually used it yet. The instructions are easy to understand. The picture on the screen is so clear.

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      4.0

      Almost great

      By JV Soocer Dad

      from Emmaus, PA

      About Me Casual User

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

      • Complicated Editing

      Best Uses

      • Home Movies
      • Travel

      Comments about Panasonic 16GB HC-V700M Full HD Camcorder:

      Great picture quality, features, and technology packed into an afforable package. I gave 1 star short of 5 because video editing is a bit complicated and not very flexible for the user.

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      5.0

      I would buy from this company anytime

      By carolyn, USA Mom

      from Boone NC

      Verified Buyer

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        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Panasonic 16GB HC-V700M Full HD Camcorder:

            This item was on a gift list I chose from. I anticipate this camcorder being the same great quality as other products I have ordered from this company.

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            • Yes

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            4.0

            Pleased with purchase

            By Jim@justvideo

            from Frankfort, KY

            About Me Video Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Home Movies
              • Indoors/Low Light
              • Travel

              Comments about Panasonic 16GB HC-V700M Full HD Camcorder:

              After leaving the event video scene (weddings etc) I just needed a camera to capture my grandson's activities. I settled on the Panasonic for it's dual recording capabilaties and wide angel lense. So far it has lived up to my expectations. A lot easier than dragging my Canon GL2 around.

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              5.0

              Amazing

              By Cec

              from Plymouth meeting pa

              About Me Video Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

              • Poor In Low Light

              Best Uses

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

              Comments about Panasonic 16GB HC-V700M Full HD Camcorder:

              This websit was amazing first and fore most i recieved my products the next day. Also everything i needed for this product was listed when i clicked on the product PERFECT! This camcorder is one of the best quality cameras i used in awhile well worth the price. Quality is perfect always have the light on inside i found that the picture is not as good in low light settings.

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              1.0

              poor low light performence

              By Larry

              from LA, CA

              About Me Casual User

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                Cons

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                    Comments about Panasonic 16GB HC-V700M Full HD Camcorder:

                    1)poor low light focus.
                    2)zoom to a target, cannot get right focus.

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                    5.0

                    Nice Camcorder

                    By Ameteur

                    from Buffalo NY

                    About Me Casual User

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about Panasonic 16GB HC-V700M Full HD Camcorder:

                        Not an expert by any means, but I love this camcorder. I returned the HC X900m due to poor low light performance and yellowing of white colors. Not this little guy. Whites are white, and seems better inside in low light. Easy to use, and in my opinion, has the nicest picture for a comcorder around this price. Zoom is fabulous for outside scenery.

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                        5.0

                        Easy to use, great video

                        By Jamie

                        from Ohio

                        About Me Casual User

                        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 Panasonic 16GB HC-V700M Full HD Camcorder:

                        Picked up out of the box and was filming in no time, very user friendly was great video and picture taking capabilities. I would recommend this camera for anybody looking to shoot home videos

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                        4.0

                        Good but not good low light performance

                        By Murali

                        from Santa Clara

                        About Me Casual User

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

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

                        Cons

                        • Poor Image Quality
                        • Poor In Low Light

                        Best Uses

                        • Travel
                        • Weddings/Events

                        Comments about Panasonic 16GB HC-V700M Full HD Camcorder:

                        Nice wide angle.
                        An average low light performance.

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                        4.0

                        Excellent Value

                        By Globetrotter

                        from Burlington,Canada

                        About Me Video Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

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

                        Cons

                        • No earphone jack
                        • The Manual Is Not Great

                        Best Uses

                        • Documentaries
                        • HD Shooting
                        • Movies/Short Films
                        • Travel

                        Comments about Panasonic 16GB HC-V700M Full HD Camcorder:

                        I have not used the camcorder extensively yet but all the features work as expected. A few will not be useful and could have been eliminated: touch zooming (clumsy), the video light (weak).
                        At this price it would be unrealistic to expect a viewfinder, but how about an earphone jack?
                        The bottom line? An amazing little device for for the price!

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                        4.0

                        4.5 stars

                        By Tony

                        from Ashland, MA

                        About Me Casual User

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

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

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                            Comments about Panasonic 16GB HC-V700M Full HD Camcorder:

                            I was concerned that the mts files it produces woudl not integrate with my FCP X editing system on an iMac, but found that with ClipWrap, the files were easily converted. It does a great job visually and I found that the audio was as good as more expensive camcorders. It has automatically creates a video segment if kept shooting for around 20-30 minutes. Not a big problem, but it does create a small gliche when editing after having converted files from mts to mov. Definitely worth the $. In fact, it may do so much that reading the manual because daunting.

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                            5.0

                            Great Camcorder

                            By E

                            from Florida

                            About Me Casual User

                            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

                              • HD Shooting
                              • Home Movies

                              Comments about Panasonic 16GB HC-V700M Full HD Camcorder:

                              I have just used the camcorder for a few weeks but I am totally impressed with how good a video it takes even at night. I was at Disney World and took videos of all the night lights and shows. They are fantastic. I also purchased a panasonic 220 3D DVD player and can play the SD card directly to the TV even in 1080/60p.

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                              5.0

                              Excellent Value

                              By mtymouse

                              from Naperville, IL

                              About Me Casual User

                              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

                                • Indoors/Low Light
                                • SportsAction

                                Comments about Panasonic 16GB HC-V700M Full HD Camcorder:

                                I have only used this camcorder a couple of times at my sons dive meets. It does a fantastic job of recording them from the stands in low light settings. Picture is very clear and the software that came with the camcorder is easy to use with my PC. Can't go wrong in this price range. Much better than the Samsung Flashcam that I have been using for the last three years.

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                                5.0

                                'No Brainer' -- Best of its Class!

                                By James I.

                                from Mooresville, NC

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                                Pros

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

                                Cons

                                • Poor Still Image

                                Best Uses

                                • Home Movies

                                Comments about Panasonic 16GB HC-V700M Full HD Camcorder:

                                We bought this camera to capture mostly home video of our 1yr old little girl. I have an iPhone 4S, and I originally thought it would satisfy all my 'HD' video needs. The camera on the 4S is really amazing....for a phone camera. Low light shooting is really where you benefit by a great HD camcorder. The low light quality has been more than adequate on this Panasonic. Obviously its not professional grade, and there are some grainy moments.

                                The auto-scene setting is quite good, and I've had more and more success lately as I'm getting accustomed to it. The navigation through the menus are easy and intuitive.
                                The image stabilization is excellent - I personally have a very steady hand, but my poor wife doesn't, so this was a main feature I relied heavily on. After several days of her shooting, I've been happy with the stabilization software.
                                The optical zoom on this camera is unbelievable. If I were to state the main noticeable filming difference between my iPhone and this camera, the optical zoom and fluidity thereof are just beautiful. I feel confident when making a normal/otherwise boring moment something special with a really smooth push/pull.
                                I really liked the 'quick on' feature, just open the viewfinder, and you're ready to shoot. This was great for the first day, then I realized that with this setting elected, the lens cover doesn't close for a LONG time. I didn't love having the lens wide open, especially when I put it down for a bit. I've since turned off this setting, and I'm really not missing out on anything. I open the viewfinder, and I'm ready to shoot in 2 seconds. Once I close the viewfinder, the lens cover shuts. Much better this way, I think anyway.
                                The only thing I wish someone had warned me about was; this camera outputs it's files in .MTS format. This is useless. On my MacBook Pro, there was no native programs I could use to access/edit them. I ended up having to pay $40 to download a video converter offline. Now that I was able to find a conversion software that doesn't lose video quality, I'm very happy.
                                **quick note though, do not expect to get any decent quality still images from this camcorder. They have a feature when you can snap them during filming, but they are always grainy, and the lighting is all messed up. Just be forewarned you'll want a point and shoot on hand if this is something you're banking on.
                                I would recommend Panasonic as a great electronics brand (this is my 3rd device), and the size/weight of this camera makes it so easy to keep on hand all the time! I was afraid I wouldn't get as much use out of it as my iPhone, but the promise of a higher quality video clip is all the incentive I need to keep it out and ready to use.
                                For this price point, this is a solid choice, and I'd recommend it highly.

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                                5.0

                                Great Camcorder poor editing software

                                By Texan

                                from Fort Worth, TX

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                                Pros

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

                                Cons

                                • Complicated To Operate
                                • Software

                                Best Uses

                                • Indoors/Low Light
                                • Movies/Short Films

                                Comments about Panasonic 16GB HC-V700M Full HD Camcorder:

                                I purchased this camcorder to video deer and duck hunting. Camcorder works great especially with the 46x zoom for deer hunting. Works very well in low light conditions.

                                The Panasonic 4.0 editing software is absolutely horrible and even worse instructions for use.

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                                5.0

                                Extensive features

                                By Finekettle

                                from Detroit, I

                                About Me Casual User

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                                Pros

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • HD Shooting

                                    Comments about Panasonic 16GB HC-V700M Full HD Camcorder:

                                    This device has more features than peacocks have feathers. They're amazing, but I can't remember they're all there to use them. However, I know that there's a port to attach an external microphone which makes the audio very crisp. Otherwise, it just works.
                                    If you buy one of these things, plan to spend some time reading the manual. 164 tightly packed pages. Whew!

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                                    4.0

                                    "Great buy for hobbyists"

                                    By Absolute Heero

                                    from Montreal

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                                    Pros

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

                                    Cons

                                    • Poor In Low Light

                                    Best Uses

                                    • HD Shooting
                                    • Home Movies
                                    • Travel

                                    Comments about Panasonic 16GB HC-V700M Full HD Camcorder:

                                    The HC-V700M is a great camera for outdoor shooting or when the lighting is adequate. Although The camera performs well in dark locations, Panasonic did not focus on this particular feature. I was happy to find this camera for less than $ because at first I was looking for an older camera with high quality visuals, but when I found this camera at this price, brand new, I did not hesitate to buy it because it has nothing less to offer than older models that are more expensive. I'm not a professional but I saw some footage on Youtube and when you take time to edit your videos the results are amazing. I really recommend this camera.

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                                    4.0

                                    Happy...!

                                    By rockr

                                    from Renton, WA

                                    About Me Casual User

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                                    Pros

                                    • Good in Low Light
                                    • Great Picture Quality
                                    • Great Sound
                                    • Great Zoom

                                    Cons

                                    • Complicated To Operate

                                    Best Uses

                                    • HD Shooting
                                    • Home Movies
                                    • Travel

                                    Comments about Panasonic 16GB HC-V700M Full HD Camcorder:

                                    I bought this camcorder to record my recent trip to Austin/San Antonio(F1 race).
                                    I must say that am really happy with the quality it delivers and the battery life between charges(I bought extra battery though).
                                    The only short comings I noticed was that, touch screen menus are not that intuitive.

                                    Overall I recommend this camcorder for casual Home/Travel recordings.

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                                    5.0

                                    So far so good...

                                    By New Mama

                                    from Crawford, TX

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                                    Pros

                                    • Easy to Use
                                    • Great Picture Quality
                                    • Great Sound
                                    • Large Clear LCD

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                        Comments about Panasonic 16GB HC-V700M Full HD Camcorder:

                                        I bought this as a Christmas gift for my husband and it's still November so it hasn't had much use yet. However, I wanted a nice, small HD video camera to have on hand as we have just had our first child, and from what I have seen breifly playing with this, it will be perfect. The image is clear and I love how small it is. I can't wait to really get to use this come Christmas!!

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                                        4.0

                                        Top quality for the price! BUT....

                                        By Captain Knobblesworth

                                        from Melbourne, FL

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                                        Pros

                                        • Easy to Use
                                        • Great Picture Quality
                                        • Great Zoom

                                        Cons

                                        • Poor In Low Light

                                        Best Uses

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

                                        Comments about Panasonic 16GB HC-V700M Full HD Camcorder:

                                        I purchased this camcorder after seeing raw videos loaded directly to youtube from this camera and seeing the quality of the video. The first one I got had a problem with the automatic lens cover, it was stuck in the open position. So I called B&H and set up an exchange and after I talked to a couple people they agreed to email me a UPS Next-Day Air label so speed up the exchange process because I had a very important event. Though there was still an issue with the "3-5 day processing once the defective one was received until the new one would ship", I sent an email to be forwarded to a supervisor and he approved that a new one would be shipped out FedEx Priority Overnight as soon as they saw confirmation that the defective one was dropped off at my local UPS Customer Center via the UPS Tracking, and they did! So the lesson on that story is that even though defective products are out of B&H's control, they will still take care of their customers like a company should. Companies like B&H are a dying breed in this country and it's really nice to see one still around. Now back to the camera, once I received the new one I did some test footage and was pretty amazed at what I saw. Nice, sharp, properly colored, quick focusing video (when the autofocus came into play). Did not hear any fan, zoom, or autofocus sound at all, even when recording in a dead quiet room. I was a bit worried about the progressive scan being very noticeable because on some youtube videos I noticed that it was prominent and the video appeared somewhat choppy when showing moving objects across the field of view or panning a crossed landscape or objects, but I found nothing of the sort, at least using the methods I did, as I have a Mac ; When I connect the camera to my Mac, I open the cameras on-board memory or inserted SD card, and then select the AVCHD/Video folder that contains the videos. This will in turn bring up a scrolling window in quicktime that will let me preview each clip and select one to play. On a Mac you can't directly copy the video from the camera to your Mac unless you copy the whole AVCHD folder to bring up the preview window. Instead you will double click on the video you want to watch, which will open the movie in it's full format, 100% 1080/60p HD, or whichever you have selected, in quicktime so you can view the movie. Now, I hear people saying "You have to use transcoding software or a rewrapping software to save or work with the files on your Mac", and this is simply not true. While the video window is open once you've selected one to watch from the AVCHD folder, at the top of the screen (not the window) where it says "Quicktime" while you have the movie playing, click "File", once you click "File" in the drop-down menu you will see "Export" and "Export To". Click "Export", and this will bring up a window to allow you to save and export the movie in .mov format to anywhere you would like on your Mac. You don't need "ClipWrap" or such. It will export a copy of the movie (to let's say, your desktop) in it's full 1080/60p, so long as when you are saving it and select "Movie" as your format you want to save it as, it will keep it all the same. NOW, WHAT I DID NOTICE, when playing back the exported copy of the movie and playing the movie opened directly from the folder at the same time, I noticed that the exported movie did ever so SLIGHTLY degrade in quality from being exported/converted to a new format. Though it was largely unnoticeable, you could tell SOMETIMES, let's say for example if you were watching the two side by side and there was chain-link fencing or tall thinner grass in the video, the chain-link fence and grass wouldn't be AS visible/crisp as the original format, but it wasn't really bad at all. Especially since I didn't have to purchase or download a separate application to convert the movie, I was able to do so with what came on my Mac (running OS X 10.8.2 Mountain Lion). ALSO, you can work with your newly exported video in iMovie (I'm running iMovie 11' that came with the Mac), even at the recorder 1080/60p format. To do this, after you finalize your project, click on "Share" in your iMovie menus at the top and in the drop down window select either "Export" or "Export using Quicktime". If you select "Export" you can simply select to export the video in the original 1920x1080 size and quickly export it. But, if you want better quality, select "Export using Quicktime, and you can then go into the various settings to select you video resolution (1920x1080p), you can select your framerate (60 FPS), even go into your audio and select properties with that. It's a really good way to export your 1080/60p videos from iMovie and have them at the best possible quality they can be in.Back to the camera part. Now that I've created a novel on the integration of this camera with Mac's. Haha.The camera build quality is good. It's not AS good as some of the more expensive cameras out there, but for the price it is solidly built. The hot-shoe adapter that comes with it fits in it's slot no problem, THOUGH when inserted it IS a little bit wobbly and not stable, enough so to where you must hold the object you have mounted to the adapter, such as an LED video light. As for external microphones or smaller items, I'm not sure, they might be OK as is. There is a good solution to this though. You can use something as material between the camera and the adapter to make it more solid, such as wrapping a rubber band around the part that slides in so be a buffer between the camera and adapter, or something like an o-ring. That will make a little more stable. OR, if you don't mind having it permanently attached, simply use any sort of strong glue or such to create a type or "tack weld" between the adapter and camera to prevent movement. Though this might be an issue when storing the camera.Also, one of my larger issues with the camera was it's manual controls. They aren't as intuitive as let's say the Sony HDR-CX760V or Canon G10. The main issue I was having with the manual controls was the focus. Yes, you are able to manually focus the camera, BUT, everything is done via touchscreen. So as you are recording video, and you want to pull focus on something, you must tap the screen over and over again, which will shake your image, even when on a tripod. Panasonic could have avoided this by adding a rotary knob or rotary ring around the lens like the Sony's and Canon's. The other manual controls are ok and you have some good adjustability, though I found that unless you set the setting in order (from top to bottom), once you set something above a selection you just set, it will reset the selection below it to default for the scene. So you might have to fiddle with it a few times. *ALSO* I will mention in this section, that this camera has a bad focusing problem when trying to record something zoomed all the way in on something, either at far distance or closer to get macro. This is when using the camera with the 46x iZoom enabled. So you can't get decent focus at all if you are zoomed all the way in on a plane or something in the sky. If you rush and hurry and switch to manual mode, and then access the focus menu and then focus all the way to the negative (-), then it will improve ever so slightly but still not in focus.Another issue I was having with the camera was low light autofocus. Like let's say for example if I were doing a night time landscape video or trying to record objects in the night sky such as the moon or planes or even... UFOs.... It would never focus, and at night you absolutely MUST use the camera in manual mode as lights will be drastically overexposed, especially if you were to record the moon. You must manually increase the shutter speed or close the aperture or "IRIS", but these in turn with black out everything else. So you can't have both, you either record the landscape, possibly landscape with not so bright lights, OR you record just the bright objects like the moon, there is no recording the landscape with the moon in the shot as the moon like look like a huge flared star about to crash into Earth.Panasonic's O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilization) is OK. Better some a lot of the cheaper cameras out there, but it's not really as good as I think it should be. It does a decent job and reducing vibrations and camera shake, but there is always excessive lens movement/image movement that will at times put your center of image totally off. if you are familiar with most image stabilizations you will know what I'm talking about. if you are using this camera on a tripod especially on a tripod recording at high zoom, you MUST, I repeat MUST turn off the O.I.S. Though Panasonic's O.I.S. is good, it's no where near as good as the new technology that Sony has introduced with their higher end cameras where the entire optical array movies and floats behind the outer lens, the sensor and ALL move to compensate, not just the lenses and such. Though, like I said that is on their HIGHER end models. Though it does need to be mentioned that even Panasonic's higher/highest end models don't have this tech, and at that point Sony's price points are far off at all.Another issue I see is that yes, the camera does feature a microphone input, and manual recording level adjustment, but there is NO way to monitor the output. No headphone output. The only way you can monitor it and make sure you're either not too quiet or not BLAZING loud is to watch the tiny little graphic EQ at the bottom, which isn't very accurate. The built in stereo microphone can be a bit boomy sometimes, and like with all uncovered microphones, you will get wind noise. It might not be SO bad on the HC-V700 because they are mounted up top facing up, so wind rushing by blows across them and not into them if they are mounted on the front or side, but like I said with any exposed mic's you're going to have wind noise.Other than what I listed above, this camera is a great camera. I didn't let those problems effect the star rating because in proper lighting and with the proper settings I was still able to get absolutely beautiful, amazing video. If you are looking for a camcorder, want quality, and absolutely can not spend $1000, and want to stay under $500, you must check this camera out. You won't be disappointed. If I had to do it again, personally I would have just waited and saved a little bit more money and bought a higher end Sony, but that's my personal opinion. If you are dead set on having a budget camcorder, this is the best one out there in my opinion. I would also pick up an extra battery or two, possibly even the Panasonic VW-VBK360 extended battery, as a single VW-VBK180 (the one that comes with it from the factory) will only give you about 35-45 minutes of record time depending on your settings and such. It would also be beneficial to purchase an external charger, so if you need to charge your batteries you don't have to insert it into the camera, and then plug the camera in, and then have to wait, cameraless while it charges.

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