Panasonic HC-V700 review

In a world of advanced smartphones, is there a reason to buy a £500 camcorder?

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The Panasonic HC-V700 has some really stand out features to remind you that smartphones and small Sony Bloggie-style cameras can't do everything a bigger unit can.

With its wide-angle lens, massive zoom and image stabilisation, it's easy to see the technological advantages of the HC-V700.

Unfortunately, it proved to be only competent at actual image quality, and at £450, that inevitably knocks it down from being an essential purchase.

We liked

The zoom and image stabilisation are both massively impressive, but even more so in combination with each other. Under normal circumstances, it'll mean it's difficult to miss getting a great shot from distance.

The iA system also works really well, and you'll rarely have to put in any effort to get the white balance or focus correct.

And most of all, motion is handled just brilliantly. Video is totally smooth, and the high bitrates mean there's little artefacting, even in fast pans. And it's always nice to be able to have some slow motion without impacting image quality.

We disliked

The sad fact is that the image quality isn't quite up to where we'd expect it to be for the price. Colours aren't as vibrant as we'd like, detail can be hit and miss, and there's often digital noise in solid colours.

That it suffered from overexposing whites didn't help, and we should note that the built-in microphone isn't up to much either (though the removable shoe means you can fix this).

The price probably wouldn't be a sticking point if the image quality was killer, but it isn't, so it's not an easy sell at almost £500 RRP.


The Panasonic HC-V700 isn't a bad camera by any means, but we were a little disappointed by its image quality in the long run – we just wanted a bit more from it.

But that doesn't detract from what it offers that cheaper units don't. Excellent quality in capturing motion, brilliant image stabilisation and a positively decadent zoom level mean this unit absolutely deserves consideration, but only if the price sits well with you.

Tech Specs

Product TypeDigital Camcorder
Maximum Video Resolution1920 x 1080
Number of Image Sensors1
Effective Image Resolution3.6 Megapixel
Effective Video Resolution3.6 Megapixel
3D Type3D Ready
Recording MediaMemory Card
Image StabilizationOptical
Optical Zoom21x
Digital Zoom1500x
Brand NamePanasonic
Screen Size7.6 cm (3")
Video FormatsH.264/MPEG-4 AVC
Recording FormatsFull HD
Built-in DevicesMicrophone, Speaker, Video Light, Flashlight
Green CompliantYes
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityREACH
Display Screen TypeLCD
Image Sensor TypeMOS
Memory Card SupportedSecure Digital (SD) Card, Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC), Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) Card
Height69 mm
Width55 mm
Depth119.5 mm
Product ModelHC-V700
Product NameHC-V700 High Definition Digital Camcorder
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberHC-V700EB-K
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

Panasonic's newly developed High Sensitivity Sensor portrays brightly lit scenes beautifully, and also captures dimly lit scenes with crisp, bright images and minimal noise. It produces stunning images in all kinds of situations, such as shooting indoors and at night. Because the pixels of this sensor are densely aligned, Intelligent Resolution Technology can be used when the Intelligent 46x Zoom exceeds the optical 21x zoom level, while maintaining the HD pixel count for high-powered zoom shots with incredible beauty.

Package Contents
  • HC-V700 High Definition Digital Camcorder
  • AC Adaptor
  • AC Cable
  • DC Cable
  • Rechargeable Battery Pack
  • AV Multi Cable
  • Shoe Adaptor
  • USB Cable
  • HD Writer AE 4.0 Software Media
Limited Warranty1 Year
Weight (Approximate)270 g