The Panasonic HC-V201 HD Camcorder features a 1/5.8" BSI MOS sensor for recording Full HD 1080/60p video. The lens has a maximum aperture of f/1.8 for excellent low light capabilities, and the 38x optical zoom is supplemented by a 72x Intelligent Zoom with Power O.I.S. for increased sharpness. In addition to HD video, the HC-V201 can capture 10MP still photographs while simultaneously shooting video. Other features include a 2.7" LCD monitor, intelligent Auto (IA) mode, Highlight Playback function and an SD/SDHC/SDXC memory card slot.
The 1/5.8" MOS sensor incorporates Back Side Illumination (BSI) technology for improved sensitivity that enables the sensor to record easy-to-see, clear images even in dimly lit situations.
Intelligent 72x Zoom
The HC-V201 features an ultra-telephoto Intelligent 72x zoom. This powerful zoom brings faraway subjects right up close to capture dynamic images that fill the entire frame.
Power O.I.S. Image Stabilization
The Power O.I.S. Image Stabilizer corrects slight hand-shake. Even high-power zoom shots, which are highly susceptible to hand-shake, now come out sharp and clear, maintaining image quality from wide-angle to telephoto.
iA and Scene Modes
iA (Intelligent Auto) senses the shooting conditions and automatically adjusts settings for optimal results. iA makes the bothersome settings for you and makes it easy to capture beautiful, well-focused images. Scene modes include Sports, Portrait, Low Light (motion image only), Spot Light, Snow, Beach, Sunset, Fireworks, Scenery, Night Scenery, Night Portrait (still image only), and Soft Skin Mode.
This function shows which subjects are in-focus by displaying their outlines in blue. You can easily check the focus on the LCD monitor when manually focusing, to ensure sharp images.
This smart function records three seconds of video even before you actually begin shooting. Before recording begins, the images are held in temporary, internal memory. This helps ensure that you won't miss the start of a moment you want to record, such as when an event begins all of a sudden.
Color Night Rec / Color Night View
Color Night Rec captures images with color even in dim lighting (1 lux). Shooting with Color Night Rec with Color Night View enabled improves color saturation for a more pleasing image.
Auto Ground-Directional Standby
The Auto Ground-Directional Standby (AGS) system works in conjunction with the O.I.S. linear motor system, which can detect when the camera is in an unusual shooting position and automatically stops recording, saving both battery power and media storage space.
Advanced Highlight Playback Mode
The camera detects zooming, panning, scene changes, faces, etc., in recorded images as "highlights" by using the I.I.S. (Intelligent Index System). This allows you to play back the footage you've just shot and have the camera playback images with transitions for you based on preferences you select.
HD Writer software, included with the camcorder, makes it easy to play or edit videos on your PC and have more fun when the shooting is done. The Short Movie Story function makes it possible to transform still images and videos into dramatic short videos. Once the still images / videos, a theme, and background music are selected, the software takes over to automatically produce the movie. It's easy to add titles, rearrange scenes, provide transition effects, and edit images in single frame units.
The HC-V201 is compatible with Eye-Fi memory cards (sold separately), which allow you to wirelessly transfer recorded content to a PC or upload it to social networking sites. You can also directly transport the data to your smartphone, tablet or other compatible devices without connecting another access point.