Panasonic HC-V500 Review

By on May 1, 2012
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A decent offering for the price, but lacks in image detail.

Good: Light form factor; Loaded with helpful features; Impressive audio recording; Ease of use; Price.
Bad: Weak image quality; Lack of detail in footage; Bad auto-focus.
Price: AED 1,800
* The price is the Suggested Retail Price at the time of review. Please call a retailer to confirm the latest price for this product.

HC-V500 / HC-V500M
NTSC PAL
GENERAL
Power Supply 3.6 V (Battery) / 5.0 V (AC Adaptor) 3.6 V (Battery) / 5.0 V (AC Adaptor)
Power Consumption Max. 5.7 W (Recording) / Max. 7.7 W (Charging) Max. 5.7 W (Recording) / Max. 7.7 W (Charging)
Weight (w/o Battery) [HC-V500] Approx. 227 g (0.50 lb)
[HC-V500M] Approx. 228 g (0.50 lb)
[HC-V500] Approx. 227 g (0.50 lb)
[HC-V500M] Approx. 228 g (0.50 lb)
Dimensions (W x H x D) Approx. 52.5 x 65 x 119.5 [mm] (2.07 x 2.56 x 4.71 [inch]) Approx. 52.5 x 65 x 119.5 [mm] (2.07 x 2.56 x 4.71 [inch])
Media [HC-V500] SD/SDHC/SDXC Memory Card
[HC-V500M] Built-in Memory (16 GB), SD/SDHC/SDXC Memory Card
[HC-V500] SD/SDHC/SDXC Memory Card
[HC-V500M] Built-in Memory (16 GB), SD/SDHC/SDXC Memory Card
OSD Language Language Menu Language Menu
LENS SECTION
Image Sensor 1/5.8” High Sensitivity MOS Sensor
Total Pixels : 1.5 megapixels
Effective Pixels :
<Motion Image>
1.30 – 1.12 megapixels [16:9]
<Still Image>
1.09 megapixels [3:2]
1.30 – 1.12 megapixels [16:9]
0.97 megapixels [4:3]
1/5.8-type High Sensitivity MOS Sensor (For Europe)
1/5.8” High Sensitivity MOS Sensor (For Asia)
Total Pixels :
1.5 megapixels
Effective Pixels :
<Motion Image>
1.30 – 1.12 megapixels [16:9]
<Still Image>
1.09 megapixels [3:2]
1.30 – 1.12 megapixels [16:9]
0.97 megapixels [4:3]
F Value F1.8 (WIDE) / 4.2 (TELE) F1.8 (WIDE) / 4.2 (TELE)
Optical Zoom 38 x 38 x
Focal Length 2.35 – 89.3 mm 2.35 – 89.3 mm
35 mm Film Camera Equivalent <Motion Image>
32.4 – 1345 mm [16:9]
<Still Image>
37.3 – 1419 mm [3:2]
32.4 – 1345mm [16:9]
40.7 – 1547 mm [4:3]
<Motion Image>
32.4 – 1345 mm [16:9]
<Still Image>
37.3 – 1419 mm [3:2]
32.4 – 1345mm [16:9]
40.7 – 1547 mm [4:3]
Filter Diameter - -
Lens Brand Panasonic Lens Panasonic Lens
CAMERA SECTION
Standard Illumination 1400 lx 1400 lx
Minimum Illumination 4 lx (1/30, Low Light, Scene Mode)
1 lx (Color Night Rec.)
4 lx (1/25, Low Light, Scene Mode)
1 lx (Colour Night View)
Image Stabilizer HYBRID O.I.S.+ with O.I.S. lock HYBRID O.I.S.+ with O.I.S. lock
Focus Auto / Manual Auto / Manual
Zoom Intelligent Zoom OFF / ON 42x / 50x 42x / 50x
Digital Zoom 100 x / 2500 x (The maximum value of zoom magnification) 100 x / 2500 x (The maximum value of zoom magnification)
White Balance Auto / Indoor1 / Indoor2 / Sunny / Cloudy / White set Auto / Indoor1 / Indoor2 / Sunny / Cloudy / White set
Shutter Speed <Motion Image>
[60i / 60p] Auto Slow Shutter
ON : 1/30-1/8000
OFF : 1/60-1/8000
<Still Image>
1/2 – 1/2000
<Motion Image>
[50i / 50p] Auto Slow Shutter
ON : 1/25-1/8000
OFF : 1/50-1/8000
<Still Image>
1/2 – 1/2000
Iris Auto / Manual Auto / Manual
Backlight Compensation Yes Yes
Quick Start 0.6 sec 0.6 sec
MONITOR
LCD 3.0″ Wide LCD monitor (230,400 dots) 7.6 cm (3.0″) Wide LCD monitor (230,400 dots) (For Europe)
3.0″ Wide LCD monitor (230,400 dots) (For Asia)
STILL IMAGE SECTION
Recording Format JPEG (DCF/Exif2.2) JPEG (DCF/Exif2.2)
Recording Image Size <Still Image>
[3:2]
2.8 megapixels (2064 x 1376)
[16:9]
3 megapixels (2304 x 1296)
2.1 megapixels (1920 x 1080)
[4:3]
2.6 megapixels (1856 x 1392)
0.3 megapixels (640 x 480)

<Simultaneous Recording>
[16:9]
3 megapixels (2304 x 1296)
2.1 megapixels (1920 x 1080)

<Still Image>
[3:2]
2.8 megapixels (2064 x 1376)
[16:9]
3 megapixels (2304 x 1296)
2.1 megapixels (1920 x 1080)
[4:3]
2.6 megapixels (1856 x 1392)
0.3 megapixels (640 x 480)

<Simultaneous Recording>
[16:9]
3 megapixels (2304 x 1296)
2.1 megapixels (1920 x 1080)

Flash Yes (Photo Light) Yes (Photo Light)
RECORDING SECTION
Recording Format [AVCHD] MPEG-4 AVC / H.264
[iFrame] MPEG-4 AVC / H.264
[AVCHD] MPEG-4 AVC / H.264
[iFrame] MPEG-4 AVC / H.264
Recording / Playback Mode 1080/60p (28 Mbps / VBR), (1920 x 1080/60p)
HA (17 Mbps / VBR), (1920 x 1080/60i)
HG (13 Mbps / VBR), (1920 x 1080/60i)
HX (9 Mbps / VBR), (1920 x 1080/60i)
HE (5 Mbps / VBR), (1920 x 1080/60i)
iFrame (28 Mbps / VBR), (960 x 540/30p)
1080/50p (28 Mbps / VBR), (1920 x 1080/50p)
HA (17 Mbps / VBR), (1920 x 1080/50i)
HG (13 Mbps / VBR), (1920 x 1080/50i)
HX (9 Mbps / VBR), (1920 x 1080/50i)
HE (5 Mbps / VBR), (1920 x 1080/50i)
iFrame (28 Mbps / VBR), (960 x 540/25p)
Audio Recording System 1080/60p / HA / HG / HX / HE / 3D SbS :
Dolby Digital (2ch)
iFrame: AAC (2ch)
MP4: AAC (2ch)
1080/50p / HA / HG / HX / HE / 3D SbS :
Dolby Digital (2ch)
iFrame: AAC (2ch)
MP4: AAC (2ch)
Microphone 2 ch Stereo (with Zoom Microphone) 2 ch Stereo (with Zoom Microphone)
Speaker Dynamic type Dynamic type
Media Remaining Indication Yes Yes
INTERFACES
HDMI Yes (Mini) Yes (Mini)
USB 2.0 Hi-Speed 2.0 Hi-Speed
AV Multi Yes Yes
OTHERS
LED Video Light Yes Yes
STANDARD ACCESSORIES
AC Adaptor Yes Yes
AC Cable Yes Yes
DC Cable Included AC Adaptor Included AC Adaptor
Rechargeable Battery Pack Yes (Min. 1790 mAh) Yes (Min. 1790 mAh)
AV Multi Cable Yes Yes
USB Cable Yes Yes
CD-ROM HD Writer AE 4.0 HD Writer AE 4.0

 

SDXC/SDHC/SD Memory Card Compatibility for Motion Picture Recording
Capacity Gold Pro Gold Silver
SDXC Memory Card*1 64 GB*3 - RP-SDU64G
(Class 10, up to
23 MB/sec *5*6)
- -
SDHC Memory Card*2 32 GB*3 RP-SDA32G *4
(Class 10, up to
23 MB/sec *5*6)
RP-SDU32G
(Class 10, up to
23 MB/sec *5*6)
RP-SDQ32G *7
(Class 6, up to
20 MB/sec *5*6)
-
16 GB*3 RP-SDA16G *4
(Class 10, up to
23 MB/sec *5*6)
RP-SDU16G
(Class 10, up to
23 MB/sec *5*6)
RP-SDQ16G *7
(Class 6, up to
20 MB/sec *5*6)
RP-SDL16G *8
(Class 4, up to
20 MB/sec *5*6)
8 GB*3 RP-SDA08G *4
(Class 10, up to
23 MB/sec *5*6)
RP-SDU08G
(Class 10, up to
23 MB/sec *5*6)
RP-SDQ08G *7
(Class 6, up to
20 MB/sec *5*6)
RP-SDL08G *8
(Class 4, up to
20 MB/sec *5*6)
4 GB*3 - RP-SDU04G
(Class 10, up to
23 MB/sec *5*6)
RP-SDQ04G *4
(Class 6, up to
20 MB/sec *5*6)
RP-SDL04G *9
(Class 4, up to
20 MB/sec *5*6)

As of January 10, 201

HC-V500 / HC-V500M
NTSC PAL
GENERAL
Power Supply 3.6 V (Battery) / 5.0 V (AC Adaptor) 3.6 V (Battery) / 5.0 V (AC Adaptor)
Power Consumption Max. 5.7 W (Recording) / Max. 7.7 W (Charging) Max. 5.7 W (Recording) / Max. 7.7 W (Charging)
Weight (w/o Battery) [HC-V500] Approx. 227 g (0.50 lb)
[HC-V500M] Approx. 228 g (0.50 lb)
[HC-V500] Approx. 227 g (0.50 lb)
[HC-V500M] Approx. 228 g (0.50 lb)
Dimensions (W x H x D) Approx. 52.5 x 65 x 119.5 [mm] (2.07 x 2.56 x 4.71 [inch]) Approx. 52.5 x 65 x 119.5 [mm] (2.07 x 2.56 x 4.71 [inch])
Media [HC-V500] SD/SDHC/SDXC Memory Card
[HC-V500M] Built-in Memory (16 GB), SD/SDHC/SDXC Memory Card
[HC-V500] SD/SDHC/SDXC Memory Card
[HC-V500M] Built-in Memory (16 GB), SD/SDHC/SDXC Memory Card
OSD Language Language Menu Language Menu
LENS SECTION
Image Sensor 1/5.8” High Sensitivity MOS Sensor
Total Pixels : 1.5 megapixels
Effective Pixels :
<Motion Image>
1.30 – 1.12 megapixels [16:9]
<Still Image>
1.09 megapixels [3:2]
1.30 – 1.12 megapixels [16:9]
0.97 megapixels [4:3]
1/5.8-type High Sensitivity MOS Sensor (For Europe)
1/5.8” High Sensitivity MOS Sensor (For Asia)
Total Pixels :
1.5 megapixels
Effective Pixels :
<Motion Image>
1.30 – 1.12 megapixels [16:9]
<Still Image>
1.09 megapixels [3:2]
1.30 – 1.12 megapixels [16:9]
0.97 megapixels [4:3]
F Value F1.8 (WIDE) / 4.2 (TELE) F1.8 (WIDE) / 4.2 (TELE)
Optical Zoom 38 x 38 x
Focal Length 2.35 – 89.3 mm 2.35 – 89.3 mm
35 mm Film Camera Equivalent <Motion Image>
32.4 – 1345 mm [16:9]
<Still Image>
37.3 – 1419 mm [3:2]
32.4 – 1345mm [16:9]
40.7 – 1547 mm [4:3]
<Motion Image>
32.4 – 1345 mm [16:9]
<Still Image>
37.3 – 1419 mm [3:2]
32.4 – 1345mm [16:9]
40.7 – 1547 mm [4:3]
Filter Diameter - -
Lens Brand Panasonic Lens Panasonic Lens
CAMERA SECTION
Standard Illumination 1400 lx 1400 lx
Minimum Illumination 4 lx (1/30, Low Light, Scene Mode)
1 lx (Color Night Rec.)
4 lx (1/25, Low Light, Scene Mode)
1 lx (Colour Night View)
Image Stabilizer HYBRID O.I.S.+ with O.I.S. lock HYBRID O.I.S.+ with O.I.S. lock
Focus Auto / Manual Auto / Manual
Zoom Intelligent Zoom OFF / ON 42x / 50x 42x / 50x
Digital Zoom 100 x / 2500 x (The maximum value of zoom magnification) 100 x / 2500 x (The maximum value of zoom magnification)
White Balance Auto / Indoor1 / Indoor2 / Sunny / Cloudy / White set Auto / Indoor1 / Indoor2 / Sunny / Cloudy / White set
Shutter Speed <Motion Image>
[60i / 60p] Auto Slow Shutter
ON : 1/30-1/8000
OFF : 1/60-1/8000
<Still Image>
1/2 – 1/2000
<Motion Image>
[50i / 50p] Auto Slow Shutter
ON : 1/25-1/8000
OFF : 1/50-1/8000
<Still Image>
1/2 – 1/2000
Iris Auto / Manual Auto / Manual
Backlight Compensation Yes Yes
Quick Start 0.6 sec 0.6 sec
MONITOR
LCD 3.0″ Wide LCD monitor (230,400 dots) 7.6 cm (3.0″) Wide LCD monitor (230,400 dots) (For Europe)
3.0″ Wide LCD monitor (230,400 dots) (For Asia)
STILL IMAGE SECTION
Recording Format JPEG (DCF/Exif2.2) JPEG (DCF/Exif2.2)
Recording Image Size <Still Image>
[3:2]
2.8 megapixels (2064 x 1376)
[16:9]
3 megapixels (2304 x 1296)
2.1 megapixels (1920 x 1080)
[4:3]
2.6 megapixels (1856 x 1392)
0.3 megapixels (640 x 480)

<Simultaneous Recording>
[16:9]
3 megapixels (2304 x 1296)
2.1 megapixels (1920 x 1080)

<Still Image>
[3:2]
2.8 megapixels (2064 x 1376)
[16:9]
3 megapixels (2304 x 1296)
2.1 megapixels (1920 x 1080)
[4:3]
2.6 megapixels (1856 x 1392)
0.3 megapixels (640 x 480)

<Simultaneous Recording>
[16:9]
3 megapixels (2304 x 1296)
2.1 megapixels (1920 x 1080)

Flash Yes (Photo Light) Yes (Photo Light)
RECORDING SECTION
Recording Format [AVCHD] MPEG-4 AVC / H.264
[iFrame] MPEG-4 AVC / H.264
[AVCHD] MPEG-4 AVC / H.264
[iFrame] MPEG-4 AVC / H.264
Recording / Playback Mode 1080/60p (28 Mbps / VBR), (1920 x 1080/60p)
HA (17 Mbps / VBR), (1920 x 1080/60i)
HG (13 Mbps / VBR), (1920 x 1080/60i)
HX (9 Mbps / VBR), (1920 x 1080/60i)
HE (5 Mbps / VBR), (1920 x 1080/60i)
iFrame (28 Mbps / VBR), (960 x 540/30p)
1080/50p (28 Mbps / VBR), (1920 x 1080/50p)
HA (17 Mbps / VBR), (1920 x 1080/50i)
HG (13 Mbps / VBR), (1920 x 1080/50i)
HX (9 Mbps / VBR), (1920 x 1080/50i)
HE (5 Mbps / VBR), (1920 x 1080/50i)
iFrame (28 Mbps / VBR), (960 x 540/25p)
Audio Recording System 1080/60p / HA / HG / HX / HE / 3D SbS :
Dolby Digital (2ch)
iFrame: AAC (2ch)
MP4: AAC (2ch)
1080/50p / HA / HG / HX / HE / 3D SbS :
Dolby Digital (2ch)
iFrame: AAC (2ch)
MP4: AAC (2ch)
Microphone 2 ch Stereo (with Zoom Microphone) 2 ch Stereo (with Zoom Microphone)
Speaker Dynamic type Dynamic type
Media Remaining Indication Yes Yes
INTERFACES
HDMI Yes (Mini) Yes (Mini)
USB 2.0 Hi-Speed 2.0 Hi-Speed
AV Multi Yes Yes
OTHERS
LED Video Light Yes Yes
STANDARD ACCESSORIES
AC Adaptor Yes Yes
AC Cable Yes Yes
DC Cable Included AC Adaptor Included AC Adaptor
Rechargeable Battery Pack Yes (Min. 1790 mAh) Yes (Min. 1790 mAh)
AV Multi Cable Yes Yes
USB Cable Yes Yes
CD-ROM HD Writer AE 4.0 HD Writer AE 4.0
SDXC/SDHC/SD Memory Card Compatibility for Motion Picture Recording
Capacity Gold Pro Gold Silver
SDXC Memory Card*1 64 GB*3 - RP-SDU64G
(Class 10, up to
23 MB/sec *5*6)
- -
SDHC Memory Card*2 32 GB*3 RP-SDA32G *4
(Class 10, up to
23 MB/sec *5*6)
RP-SDU32G
(Class 10, up to
23 MB/sec *5*6)
RP-SDQ32G *7
(Class 6, up to
20 MB/sec *5*6)
-
16 GB*3 RP-SDA16G *4
(Class 10, up to
23 MB/sec *5*6)
RP-SDU16G
(Class 10, up to
23 MB/sec *5*6)
RP-SDQ16G *7
(Class 6, up to
20 MB/sec *5*6)
RP-SDL16G *8
(Class 4, up to
20 MB/sec *5*6)
8 GB*3 RP-SDA08G *4
(Class 10, up to
23 MB/sec *5*6)
RP-SDU08G
(Class 10, up to
23 MB/sec *5*6)
RP-SDQ08G *7
(Class 6, up to
20 MB/sec *5*6)
RP-SDL08G *8
(Class 4, up to
20 MB/sec *5*6)
4 GB*3 - RP-SDU04G
(Class 10, up to
23 MB/sec *5*6)
RP-SDQ04G *4
(Class 6, up to
20 MB/sec *5*6)
RP-SDL04G *9
(Class 4, up to
20 MB/sec *5*6)

As of January 10, 201

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