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Panasonic 16GB V500M Full HD Camcorder

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Product Highlights
  • Shoots Full HD 1920 x 1080/60p Video
  • Capture Up to 3.0 Megapixel Still Images
  • High-Sensitivity 1.5MP 1/5.8" MOS Sensor
  • Built-In 16GB Memory & SD Card Slot
  • Wide-Angle 32.4mm Panasonic Lens
  • Wide 3.0" Touch Screen LCD Display
  • Intelligent 50x Zoom & 38x Optical Zoom
  • Hybrid Optical Image Stabilization
  • LED Video Light, Camera Flash & HDMI Out
  • Color Night Low-Light Recording Feature

The Panasonic V500M Full HD Camcorder is capable of shooting 1920 x 1080/60p high-definition video using the MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 format. It's also capable of shooting digital still JPEG images in a range of resolutions and megapixels. You can record your footage to the camcorder's 16GB built-in Flash memory or its SD/SDHC/SDXC memory card slot, which can support up to 64GB memory cards. The V500M features a convenient 3.0" LCD touch screen display with intuitive touch control features for recording and playback. It also features a mini HDMI output for playing back footage in Full HD on your compatible HDTV.

The V500M has a high sensitivity MOS image sensor, progressive recording ability and a lengthy list of shot-enhancing and flexibility-furthering features. This list includes Hybrid Optical Image Stabilization, the Crystal Engine PRO with Intelligent Resolution technology, an Intelligent 50x Zoom and 32.4mm wide-angle Panasonic lens. It's also equipped with O.I.S. Lock, still picture recording at 3.0 megapixels, a zoom mic with Wind Noise Canceller, Tele-Macro focusing and iA (Intelligent Auto). With recording features like this, you'll be able to produce beautiful HD images/videos with incredible color, detail and the flowing beauty only progressive recordings can deliver.

Progressive recording, as opposed to interlaced, reproduce the entirety of an image both across, up and down. This yields vibrant, true-to-life colors and authentic reproduction of each frame. Plus, when you watch your videos on an HDTV, you'll see each shot as it was intended to be seen - in Full HD 1920 x 1080p at 60 frames per second. You may even forget you're watching a home movie. Other highlights include 2D to 3D Conversion, Face Detection, Scene Modes, Advanced Highlight Playback, camera flash, LED video light, auto lens cover, composition guide lines and a variety of indexing functions.

When you're done shooting and ready to edit, the V500M comes with the HD Writer AE 4.0 (Windows only) software for editing, archiving and sharing your footage. It offers help for uploading to social media sites like YouTube and Facebook. Plus, when you're ready, the mini-HDMI port provides an uncompressed, Full HD video and audio link to your HDTV. Using the HDMI interface also ensures that the cameras two-channel AAC or Dolby Digital audio is transferred to your home theater surround sound, giving you high-definition audio to match your HD video. You can even burn your footage to DVD or Blu-ray by purchasing the proper DVD or Blu-ray Disc writer.

32.4mm Wide Angle Lens
The 32.4mm wide-angle setting fits more people and more of the background into the frame than conventional models. This is especially handy when you want to take a group photo in a small room. It fits your subjects in even when you shoot from up close, and makes it possible to pick up even small sounds with the mic
Intelligent 50x Zoom
The V500M feature an Intelligent Zoom function that goes all the way up to 50x. When using Intelligent Zoom, Intelligent Resolution technology lets you shoot at high zoom rates while preserving the image resolution. You get sharp images of highly detailed objects - without the blurry edges
Hybrid O.I.S.+
HYBRID O.I.S.+ uses five-axis correction to thoroughly suppress blurring all the way from wide-angle shots to powerful zoom shots. It also achieves superb effects when shooting while walking. This lets you capture crisp and clear images without blurring, in almost every shooting situation
Optical Image Stabilizer (O.I.S.) Lock
The image-stabilizing effect is increased by pressing and holding the O.I.S. Lock indication on the LCD screen, which maximizes the blur detection sensitivity. This is great for when you want to zoom at a fixed angle, like for bird watching
Still Picture Recording
Still Picture Recording mode lets you shoot with a maximum resolution of 3.0 megapixels. You can also simultaneously record video and still images at 3.0 megapixels
Crystal Engine PRO
The Crystal Engine PRO instantly processes the huge amount of data that goes into Full-HD images, and further enhances Full-HD quality. It produces smooth, high-resolution zoom shots even when the range exceeds the limit for optical zooming. Crystal Engine PRO clearly delineates even the tiniest details of your subject, with extremely natural beauty. In addition, its Noise Reduction (NR) technology has been completely redesigned. The low-frequency noise that occurs when recording in dim lighting has been further minimized. Plus, Intelligent Resolution Technology ensures sharp and crisp pictures, resulting in bright and beautifully colored motion images
Intelligent Resolution Technology
The Intelligent Resolution Technology incorporated in the Crystal Engine PRO uses edge detection technology to confirm the edges of objects within the image, then emphasizes the edges for optimal clarity. For example, it brings crisp definition to patterns and the outlines of objects like flowers. Conversely, it reduces noise and enhances the natural smoothness of parts without edges, like the sky. The increased sharpness is especially effective for images with delicate details. This highly advanced technology maximizes the beauty of Full-HD images
High-Sensitivity Sensor
The High-Sensitivity Sensor on the V500M has a higher level of sensitivity than conventional sensors, which makes dark scenes brighter and more beautiful. It's ideal for shooting indoors, at parties and in similar situations, which greatly increases your shooting opportunities
AVCHD Progressive Compliant 1080/60p Recording
Full-HD 1920 x 1080/60p (progressive) recording conveys about twice the information of 1080i (interlace) recording. Fast-moving subjects, such as in sports scenes, are smoothly recorded. The progressive recording of the V500M fully complies with the AVCHD Progressive standard
Zoom Mic
The Zoom Mic function that links with the camera's zoom action has evolved even further. The noise-reducing performance is improved from previous models to -13dB. It lets you clearly record the sound of your target subject
Wind Noise Canceller
The Wind Noise Canceller automatically detects and suppresses only wind noise. It lets you capture natural sounds with lifelike ambiance even when shooting in windy conditions outdoors or by the sea
Tele-Macro
You can shoot macro close-ups while maintaining a distance of 50 cm from your subject. In addition, using the zoom at full magnification makes it much easier to capture extreme close-ups without your body or camera casting a shadow on the subject and while keeping the background in soft focus
3.0" Wide LCD with Intuitive Touch Operation
The easy-to-view, wide 3.0" (7.6 cm) LCD touch screen display allows intuitive fingertip touch-operation. When shooting, you can use Touch Zoom to instantly zoom in and out and Touch Shutter to automatically focus when shooting still images. For playback, you can change thumbnail pages by sliding a fingertip across the screen. Plus, when shooting movies, you can touch the subject on the screen to instantly focus on it or easily switch to still-image shooting
Auto Power LCD
The LCD brightness can be adjusted manually to suit the surroundings. In Auto Mode, the LCD brightness is adjusted automatically in 16 smooth steps depending on the surroundings
Wide Viewing Angle LCD
The LCD has a viewing angle of 170° vertically and 170° horizontally. Images are clear and bright even when viewed from an angle, so everyone can gather around the LCD to enjoy on-the-spot recordings
iA (Intelligent AUTO)
This powerful function senses the shooting conditions and automatically makes the settings and activates functions that will deliver optimal results. iA does the bothersome settings for you and makes it easy to capture beautiful, well-focused images
Scene Mode
Automatically selects the most suitable shutter speed and aperture for the shooting location and situation. Choose from scene modes like Sports, Portrait, Low Light (motion image only), Spot Light, Snow, Beach, Sunset, Fireworks, Scenery, Night Scenery and Night Portrait (still image only)
Color Night Rec/Color Night View
Color Night Rec and Color Night View deliver images with color, even in dim lighting (1 lx)
Approx. 1-Second Quick Power-On
Switch the power on and the HD camcorders are in standby mode in about one second, ready to shoot when you are. When the LCD is closed, the power automatically switches off. This fast start-up and automatic shutdown also help reduce battery consumption
0.6-Second Quick Start
Using Quick Start mode, you simply flip open the LCD and you're ready to shoot in just 0.6 seconds. When Eco mode is also used, the power turns off whenever the camcorder has not been operated for 5 minutes. This reduces wasted power consumption, and enables a longer battery life
iFrame Mode
The V500M lets you record videos in the iFrame. With iFrame, the video in your camera is the same format you'll edit, so it's fast to import and edit with compatible video editing software. iFrame is based on standards, so it works with a number of applications - such as iMovie
iFrame Shooting, Transferring, Editing, Uploading & Sharing
You can shoot in iFrame mode and quickly transfer your data to a PC with no need for data conversion. Plus, data transferred from the camcorder can be directly edited with iMovie (sold separately). You can also easily upload and copy video content, as well as share your movies on YouTube and Facebook
Focus Assist
This function shows which subjects are in-focus by displaying their outlines in blue. You can easily check the focus on LCD when manually focusing, to ensure consistently clear, sharp images
Relay Recording
The Relay Recording mode automatically switches from the built-in flash memory (once it's full) to the SDXC/SDHC/SD Memory Card and continues recording. You don't have to worry about missing an important shot while switching media
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
AGS (Auto Ground-Directional Standby)
The O.I.S. linear motor system can detect when the camera is in an unusual shooting position - such as when you've inadvertently left it on in recording mode. In these cases, the camera automatically stops recording, saving both battery power and media storage space
Composition Guide Lines
With wide LCD monitors, it's hard to keep images perfectly level. The HD 40 Series solves this by displaying horizontal and vertical Composition Guide Lines that make it easy to keep the subject straight and level
LED Video Light
When the camera determines that the ambient lighting is insufficient, it automatically switches the light on. This illuminates your subject for shooting. The LED (light emitting diode) has low power consumption, a long service life, and the safety of a low operating temperature
Auto Lens Cover
When the power is turned on, the lens cover automatically opens. When the power goes off, the lens cover closes. You don't have to keep removing and replacing a lens cap - or worry about losing it
World Time
Setting the time is as easy as selecting a city from the displayed map. The World Time function lets you set the time for two cities; home and destination. You don't have to figure out the time difference at your destination, and it's easy when you get home
2D to 3D Conversion
2D images can be easily transformed into 3D images with the 2D to 3D Conversion function. Simply connect the camcorder to a 3D-compatible TV with an HDMI cable. The 2D to 3D Conversion function then uses the image processing capability of the engine to convert 2D images into 3D. This is an easy and casual way to enjoy the excitement of 3D without using a 3D camcorder
Advanced Highlight Playback
Select the days of the recordings you want to see, and this innovative function automatically selects the most exciting scenes, arranges them and even plays them with music. The V500M features playback effects that include slow motion, still image fading and flash playback. Plus, four image effect modes - natural, pop, dynamic and classical - have also been added. You can set different effects based on the mood of your images and enjoy memorable scenes just the way you remember them when shooting
Face Highlight, Highlight & Time Frame Index
The index function has been enhanced with the addition of a feature that divides each recorded scene into a number of smaller scenes, and displays thumbnails for each. This makes it much easier to find a particular part of a scene without having to fast-forward
HDMI Interface
You can quickly connect your HD camcorder to an HDTV using the HDMI interface. It allows you to use a single cable to playback your videos in high-definition
VIERA Link
Connect your HD camcorder to a VIERA or compatible Blu-ray Disc player via an HDMI mini cable and you can control both units in synchronized operation with a single remote control. This kind of simple, easy operation makes it enjoyable to view your recordings
Playback with SD Card
Just slip the SD card from your camcorder into the SD card slot on your VIERA TV or Blu-ray Disc player and you're ready to view your Full-HD moving images
Archiving and Playback
With a USB Host function, you can connect the camcorder directly to a DVD burner via a USB cable. Then just press a button and you can copy the moving images you recorded from the SD card or built-in memory to a DVD disc
Easy AVCHD to MPEG-2 Conversion
You can make a copy either in the original high-definition AVCHD format or in the standard-definition DVD-Video (MPEG-2) format. Choose the one that matches your playback equipment
Importing Data
When the camcorder is connected to a PC, the software automatically starts up. Importing data takes only a few clicks of the mouse
Easy YouTube & Facebook Uploading
The videos you've recorded are easily uploaded to YouTube or Facebook in their original high quality format. Plus, HD Writer AE 4.0 lets you share your videos worldwide
Editing
Along with the full editing functions such as adding titles, rearrangement scenes, transition effects, and editing images, a Timeline mode has also been added. This allows 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
Short Movie Story
The Short Movie Story function makes it possible to transform still images and videos into dramatic short videos. Once the still images or videos are selected and you choose a theme and background music, the software takes over to automatically produce the movie. When completed, you can save the video onto a disc in HD image quality, or easily upload it to YouTube or Facebook
Video Retouch
Video Retouch lets you decorate images with text, graphic painting or stamp pens. By using a game-like approach to add an extra editing touch to finished images, they become even more attractive and enjoyable
Camera
Sensor 1.5 Megapixel 1/5.8" 1
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High-Sensitivity MOS Sensor

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Optics
Lens 2.35 - 89.3 mm
f/1.8 - 4.2 2
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Panasonic Lens

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Zoom Optical: 38x
Intelligent (Optical): 50x
Recording
System NTSC
Recording Media Internal Flash Memory 16GB Video/Image
SD/SDHC/SDXC Up To 64GB Video/Image
Recording Time Internal Flash Memory GB
16GB 1080/60p: 80 minutes
16GB HA Mode: 120 minutes
16GB HG Mode: 160 minutes
16GB HE Mode: 400 minutes
16GB iFrame Mode: 80 minutes
Video Format High Definition
MPEG AVC/H.264
1920 x 1080p / 60 fps
1920 x 1080i / 60 fps
High Definition
iFrame
960 x 540p / 30 fps
Still Image Resolution JPEG: 2.8 Megapixel, 2064 x 1376
JPEG: 3.0 Megapixel, 2304 x 1296
JPEG: 2.1 Megapixel, 1920 x 1080
JPEG: 2.6 Megapixel, 1856 x 1392
JPEG: .3 Megapixel, 640 x 480
Channels 2.0-Channel Stereo
Display
Display Type LCD 3
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(230,400 dots)

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Touchscreen Yes
Screen Size 3.0" 4
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(7.6cm)

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2nd Display
Projector
Features
Image Stabilization Optical 5
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Hybrid O.I.S.+ with O.I.S. Lock

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Lux 1400 (Standard Illumination)
4 (1/30, Low Light, Scene Mode)
1 (Color Night Recording)
Built-in Mic Yes 6
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Zoom Microphone

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Built-in Speaker Yes 7
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Dynamic Type

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Built-in Light/Flash Light - Yes
Flash - Yes
Tripod Mount 1/4"
Input/Output Connectors
Outputs 1x HDMI C (Mini)
1x A/V Multi
1x USB 2.0 Hi-Speed
Microphone Input No
Headphone Jack No
General
Languages English
Spanish
French
German
Dutch
Italian
Polish
Turkish
Czech
System Requirements Windows
  • XP (SP3)
    Vista (SP2)
    7
  • Pentium 4 2.8GHz Processor or greater
8
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HD Writer AE 4.0 Software (Windows Only)

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Battery Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery Pack, 3.6-5.0VDC, 1790mAh
Power Adapter Not Specified By Manufacturer
Dimensions (WxHxD) 2.1 x 2.6 x 4.7" / 5.2 x 6.5 x 12.0 cm
Weight 8.04 oz / 228 g Without Battery
Note: Power Consumption: Maximum 5.7W (Recording)
Panasonic 16GB V500M Full HD Camcorder
  • Rechargeable Battery Pack
  • HD Writer AE 4.0 CD-ROM
  • AC Adapter
  • AC Cable
  • USB Cable
  • AV Multi Cable
  • 90-Days Labor & 1-Year Parts Limited Warranty
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    Panasonic16GB V500M Full HD Camcorder
     
    4.7

    (based on 38 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (25)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (13)

    • 3 Stars

       

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    • 2 Stars

       

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    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Zoom range/performance (49)
    • Easy to use (34)
    • Great picture quality (28)
    • Image stabilization (27)
    • Large clear LCD (26)

    Cons

    • No external mic input (10)
    • Poor in low light (5)
    • Poor sound (3)

    Best Uses

    • Home movies (25)
    • Travel (24)
    • HD shooting (19)
    • Weddings (13)
    • Low light (12)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Casual user (30), Enthusiast (5), Semi-pro (3)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (31), Yes (6)

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    5.0

    So small and quality is so great

    By Connie

    from Seattle, WA

    About Me Casual User

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

    • No External Mic Input

    Best Uses

    • HD Shooting
    • Home Movies
    • Travel

    Comments about Panasonic 16GB V500M Full HD Camcorder:

    A great video camera, the size is so small and light weight. I am using it for safaris and took great video footage. The camera feature is also very good but I would still prefer to use my D7000 camera.

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    • No

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    5.0

    Great little camcorder

    By The Pooh

    from Tacoma, WA.

    About Me Casual User

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Panasonic 16GB V500M Full HD Camcorder:

          I do not have a lot of hours on this, but what I do have, I am not at all unhappy with my purchase. My only complaint is the strap is a bit snug on my hand. I bought this from B&H, and as always it arrived on time and in great shape. You can't go wrong with B&H!

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          5.0

          easy to use, nice quality videos

          By Dianne, dog agility enthusiast

          from Oklahoma

          About Me Casual User

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • SportsAction

            Comments about Panasonic 16GB V500M Full HD Camcorder:

            I am a first time camcorder buyer and I am finding this one very easy to use. The quality of the video images are good, I have not shot any stills to date. The camera is very light weight making which is a plus for toting around to sporting events. My one attempt at shooting outdoors in low light was not very successful.

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            • No

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            4.0

            Good things come in small packages!

            By Best Travel Club

            from St. Louis, MO

            About Me Semi-pro Videographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy to Use
            • Great Picture Quality

            Cons

            • No External Mic Input

            Best Uses

            • HD Shooting
            • Home Movies
            • Travel
            • Weddings/Events

            Comments about Panasonic 16GB V500M Full HD Camcorder:

            I like the ease of use and have always wanted one of these with the internal memory. The price was right and the weight is light, which is what I like.

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            • No

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            5.0

            Just the Right Size and Features!!

            By SLR Enthusiast

            from Walnut, CA

            About Me Video Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • HD Shooting
              • Home Movies
              • Movies/Short Films
              • Travel
              • Weddings/Events

              Comments about Panasonic 16GB V500M Full HD Camcorder:

              Been on the market for a replacement for a DV camcorder. This V500M hit the right spot! The compact size makes it ideal to take along, being able to swap out SD cards is a plus! Great image quality, compact, expandable memory, all great features!

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              4.0

              Very nice

              By Big D

              from northern California

              About Me Casual User

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Home Movies

                Comments about Panasonic 16GB V500M Full HD Camcorder:

                I have just received the unit. I thought The best way of giving it a try out was at a basketball game, so off to the UC Davis game. I took quite a few 4 minute clips and I thought they came out great. The edit CD is very user friendly also. Make sure and buy a pouch for it in that it is not a rugged camera.

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                4.0

                I would buy this product again.

                By Don

                from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

                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

                • Low Light Is Ok
                • Sound could be better

                Best Uses

                • HD Shooting
                • Home Movies
                • Movies/Short Films
                • Travel
                • Weddings/Events

                Comments about Panasonic 16GB V500M Full HD Camcorder:

                This camera is everything I hoped it would be. It takes great video and the stills are good too. The sound could be better, both on the video and playback on the camera.

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                5.0

                Great value

                By common joe

                from NE

                About Me Casual User

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy to Use
                • Good Image Stabilization

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Home Movies
                  • Travel

                  Comments about Panasonic 16GB V500M Full HD Camcorder:

                  Love this camera. It was just what I wanted for the money. The picture, screen and audio quality are all great. Not great in low light, but nothing for this price will be.

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                  5.0

                  Great camcorder at a great price

                  By Steve ski

                  from Parker , CO

                  About Me Casual User

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                  • Bright Light

                  Best Uses

                  • Home Movies
                  • Travel
                  • Weddings/Events

                  Comments about Panasonic 16GB V500M Full HD Camcorder:

                  Easy to use touch screen display. The light is a bit bright so you will have to play with it and maybe manually turn it off so you don't blind your subjects. In all this is a great camera for the price.

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                  • Yes

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                  4.0

                  Good Entry Level Camera

                  By Best Boy Grip

                  from Springfield, MO

                  About Me Casual User

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy to Use
                  • Good in Low Light
                  • Large Clear LCD

                  Cons

                  • Cannot Determine Yet

                  Best Uses

                  • Home Movies
                  • Travel

                  Comments about Panasonic 16GB V500M Full HD Camcorder:

                  Received this as a gift for Christmas to shoot the all the activities around the house. Very easy to use right out of the box--lightweight and small enough that I could maneuver easily. Haven't had a great deal of time to play with it since, but it's definitely made a great first impression.

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                  • Yes

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                  5.0

                  Great Purchase

                  By Anonymous

                  from Chino Hills, CA

                  About Me Casual User

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                  • Poor Image Quality

                  Best Uses

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

                  Comments about Panasonic 16GB V500M Full HD Camcorder:

                  I bought this camera to film my son's high school basketball games, and it is a great camera with this price range. We just got it on Christmas Eve and we've been playing around with its various features. The zoom, battery life, and the built-in memory are all incredible. However, the only inconvenience is that you must purchase a separate battery charger in order to charge the battery. The alternative way to charge the camera is to plug in the entire video camera, itself, into an outlet which we do not mind at all. I greatly enjoy this video camera.

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                  • No

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                  5.0

                  16GB V500M Full HD Camcorder by Panasoni

                  By GJH73

                  from St. Paul, MN

                  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

                    • Home Movies
                    • Indoors/Low Light
                    • Weddings/Events

                    Comments about Panasonic 16GB V500M Full HD Camcorder:

                    Great camera at a great price. Price from B&H Photo was better than anywhere else. I wouldn't hesitate to buy from them again.

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                    • No

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                    5.0

                    this product beats the competition

                    By vcrock

                    from orlando, 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
                      • Indoors/Low Light
                      • Travel

                      Comments about Panasonic 16GB V500M Full HD Camcorder:

                      this was a gift to me and honestly it is the best cam i have ever seen, the zoom is awesome, and so easy to use. The stability option is great! I love everything about it

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                      • Yes

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                      4.0

                      Great camcorder

                      By RJK-Knoxville

                      from Chicago IL

                      About Me Casual User

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy to Use
                      • Great Picture Quality
                      • Great Sound
                      • Great Zoom

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Documentaries
                        • HD Shooting
                        • Home Movies
                        • Indoors/Low Light

                        Comments about Panasonic 16GB V500M Full HD Camcorder:

                        Overall easy to use. Like the touchscreen panel for quick viewing and ability to control the settings.

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                        • Yes

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                        5.0

                        Great Value

                        By King

                        from Austin TX

                        About Me Casual User

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

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

                        Cons

                        • Out Of Focus When Panning

                        Best Uses

                        • Home Movies
                        • Indoors/Low Light
                        • Travel
                        • Weddings/Events

                        Comments about Panasonic 16GB V500M Full HD Camcorder:

                        - Great picture quality. I upgraded from a mini DV camcorder and the picture quality surprised me how much better it is.
                        - Easy to use. I don't like to study manuals and believe items like this should be intuitive, and it is. I read a couple of things, but mostly i'm just pointing and shooting and putting on to DVD. There a lot of advanced options which i'll get to.
                        - built-in memory card is a fairly decent size
                        - battery life isn't bad. I might consider buying a bigger battery, but i don't think i'll need it.

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                        5.0

                        I would buy this product again

                        By robin

                        from Santo Domingo

                        About Me Video Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

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

                        Cons

                        • Poor In Low Light

                        Best Uses

                        • Home Movies
                        • Weddings/Events

                        Comments about Panasonic 16GB V500M Full HD Camcorder:

                        Excellent product

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                        • No

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                        4.0

                        V500M Camcorder

                        By Bracy

                        from Hampton Rds. Va.

                        About Me Casual User

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

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

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                            Comments about Panasonic 16GB V500M Full HD Camcorder:

                            Like the features, will do all I want in recording. Images are very clear, will take some practice to get use to.
                            Biggest con I have is the instructions on setup and use, that to will come with use I suppose!

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                            4.0

                            great camcorder for the price

                            By camcorder

                            from new jersey

                            About Me Casual User

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

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

                            Cons

                            • Poor In Low Light
                            • Poor Sound

                            Best Uses

                            • Travel

                            Comments about Panasonic 16GB V500M Full HD Camcorder:

                            very easy to use. good video quality and ample falsh memory of 16 gb

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                            • Yes

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                            5.0

                            worth the money

                            By jxs

                            from nj

                            About Me Casual User

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

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

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Home Movies

                              Comments about Panasonic 16GB V500M Full HD Camcorder:

                              Easy to use and good quality

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                              • No

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                              4.0

                              Awesome Full HD Camcorder for the price

                              By Vinnie de Tiger

                              from Santa Ana

                              About Me Casual User

                              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

                              • HD Shooting
                              • Travel

                              Comments about Panasonic 16GB V500M Full HD Camcorder:

                              I upgraded to this camcorder to take advantage of true Full HD 1080p, built-in 16Gb and long lasting battery, wide-angle lens and powerful optical zoom. Everything works great, hifi with noice filtered except for the shooting in low light conditions, I also wish it has wifi capability like other rival brands like Samsung, JVC to make it perfect camcorder. I mainly use the camcorder for family garthering events and traveling trip and this camcorder has served well for that purposes

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