Panasonic HC-V201K

Full HD 38x Optical Zoom Camcorder  9/10


Panasonic HC-V201K HD Camcorder
Panasonic’s stoud mid-level HD camcorder is impressive and won’t put a dent in your wallet. The HC-V201K is a loaded camera in a tiny package that is capable of competing with some of the big names out there. The 72x intelligent digital zoom and HYBRID Optical Image Stabilization technology will get you closer to the action than ever before and keep it stable. They make recording while zooming look smooth and clear. Sports events are going to see the biggest impact from these features. No more need to worry about missing moments at the beach or a baseball game. This camcorder has a 35mm film camera focal length equivalent of 32.3mm. That’s fairly wide and is very handy when shooting indoors. This camcorder from Panasonic is available online for around $250.

Quick Specs

  • Full HD video recording (1080p)
  • 38x optical zoom and 72x digital intelligent zoom
  • 2.7-inch Wide LCD display

Intelligent digital zoom and Power Optical Image Stabilization are useful features to get the most out of situations that need a good deal of zoom

Able to capture 10 megapixel still images from video during recording and playback

LED light for videos and flash for photos

135 minute continuous video recording

11 scene modes with intelligent auto to get the best exposure

HDMI(mini) port makes it easy to view on HDTVs

USB battery charge compatible


Optical and digital zoom not as powerful as other cameras in this class

The optical sensor lack the megapixel power that some other camers in this price range feature at 2.2 MP


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