The Panasonic HC-V100 is a basic but effective digital camcorder . It's light and compact, but has everything you need to shoot still and moving images. Save content on SD, SDHC or SDXC memory cards . Its body is compact and it is available with the casing finished in black or silver. The LCD monitor-screen can be rotated and has a landscape format. It is 2.7 inches and offers a resolution of 230,400 pixels. It consumes little power, which gives a lot of peace of mind when shooting outdoors.
Its intelligent automatic mode offers many facilities so that even less experienced users do not miss any details. Just press a button to activate it, and the camera takes care of choosing the most suitable shooting method. An intelligent scene selector takes care of identifying the situation. It can also detect faces , so those people who matter most always turn out well in every shot. Backlit shots aren't going to be too much of a problem either, thanks to the smart contrast control .
If the user has forgotten to take the tripod on that weekend trip or wants to record while walking in the city or in the countryside, the shots will not be too shaky. The Optical Image Stabilizer has an active mode that compensates for hand shake. On the other hand, the focus can be automatic or manual through the screen-monitor. This camera has a Panasonic lens with a 34x optical zoom, which is equivalent to 32.5-1205.7mm in 35mm. On the other hand, the digital zoom reaches 90x.
Records video in AVCHD at 1080 / 50i and MP4 at 540 / 25p . It integrates a small dynamic speaker, as well as a stereo microphone . Actually, this camera can record two-channel Dolby Digital sound when recording high-quality video in AVCHD format . In the case of the lower quality mode in MP4 format , the sound is AAC. The white balance can be set to automatic for greater convenience, or you can select from two options to record indoors, in the sun or on a cloudy day. You can take photos in JPEG format during video recording sessions in 16: 9 and with a resolution of 2.1 megapixels.
It incorporates a USB 2.0 port and an HDMI output with a mini connector so that you can take digital video and watch it in full screen on a Full HD television. The battery has a capacity of 1,790 milliamps and can be recharged via USB, but also using the power adapter that comes standard. It provides an autonomy that is quite good for a home camcorder: 165 minutes of recording. It weighs 181 grams , including the battery and memory card. It measures 51.5 by 59.5 and by 112.5 millimeters. Inside the package is HD Writer LE 1.1 software . It is possible to find the Panasonic HC-V100 in storesat a retail price of 300 euros .