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Panasonic Black HD Camcorder - HC-V520K

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Intelligent 80x Zoom With 5-Axis HYBRID O.I.S. +/ Built-In Wi-Fi/ 3.0" Wide Touch Screen LCD Display/ 2D To 3D Conversion/ BSI Sensor/ Crystal Engine Pro/ 10-Megapixel Still Picture Recording/ Plug And Copy To External HDD/ Eye-Fi Compatible/ Black Finish
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Panasonic Black HD Camcorder, Model HCV520K

You need a camcorder that does more than just record images, and the Panasonic HCV520K fits the bill perfectly. Of course, this HD camcorder will fulfill all that you require in a high-powered camcorder, allowing you to shoot video in resolution up to 1080, take still shots and zoom up to 80x using Intelligent Zoom Technology. All of the advanced features you've come to expect in such a device are present, including manual or automatic focus, an image stabilizer, various effect settings and different options for white balance, but the HCV520K comes with so many more features, many of which are not currently standard on even high-definition video cameras.

This wonderful Panasonic camera is compatible with Eye-Fi Compatible wireless cards, so you can save files to your computer or upload them to your smartphone without the need for an external connection.

Even if you do not use an Eye-Fi wireless card, the HCV520K has the ability to connect to your wireless home network, giving you the option to playback directly to a smartphone or tablet or to play wirelessly to a smart TV. In addition, unlike most video camers, you can utilize the power of Ustream while recording, so you to broadcast in real time and, if need be, can send an email out to notify people that your broadcast is about to begin.

Further integration with your smartphone gives you the ability to activate and control the camcorder from a distance. This will allow you to use your smartphone as a remote control. And, when away from home, the HD camcorder can act as a home monitoring system, providing a way for you to keep an eye on things via your smartphone or tablet. An app is available for both iOS and Android to allow this expanded camera functionality.

Features:

  • Amazing 80X zoom optically stabilized on 5 axes 28mm Wide-Angle - Intelligent 80x Zoom with 5-Axis HYBRID O.I.S. +
    The wide shooting range of the lens expands your creativity and ability to capture your most precious moments. The 28mm wide-angle to Intelligent 80x zoom, combined with 5-Axis HYBRID O.I.S. +, thoroughly suppresses blurring over the entire shooting range making it possible to capture crisp, clear images with reduced blur in almost every shooting situation
  • Remote WiFi Mobile Device Tether With Ustream Sharing
    The power of sharing and convenience is in your hands with the free Panasonic Image App for iOS/Android smartphones/tablets
  • Real Time Broadcasting
    Built-in WiFi enables Real Time Broadcasting of important events via Ustream, while recording images in Full-HD. You can deliver live images to people with Internet access around the world during recording. There is also a function to send an e-mail to notify the start of broadcasting to preregistered e-mail addresses
  • NFC (Near Field Communication)
    With NFC you can connect a smartphone or tablet to your camcorder in just one touch
  • Remote Shooting
    Use your smartphone or tablet as a live-view remote controller and operate the camcorder from a distance
  • Highlight Playback and Easy Share
    You can enjoy Highlight Playback from a smartphone or tablet right after shooting, and favorite scenes can be shared on SNS with a simple drag and drop operation
  • Home Monitoring
    When you are away from home, you can monitor and record what is going on there with high-quality live video using your smartphone or tablet
  • Wireless TV Playback
    An Access Point at home can be used to transfer data wirelessly to a TV or a tablet in the living room, kitchen or other room in the house where images can be played back on a large-screen TV*
    • * A wireless access point (router) is required
  • Eye-Fi Compatible
    By using the Eye-Fi™ wireless card, you can save your files to your computer or upload them to Social Network Services with a wireless network. You can also directly transport the files to your smartphone or tablet without connecting another access point
    • The functions of the Eye-Fi™ card (including wireless transmission) are not guaranteed to work on this product. In the case of a malfunction of the card, please contact the card manufacturer.
    • Check with Eye-Fi™ manufacturer for terms and conditions of use.
    • Install the software supplied with the Eye-Fi™ card in advance on your computer and configure the Eye-Fi™ settings. (For settings, methods etc., please read the card operating instructions or consult the card manufacturer)
    • The Wi-Fi CERTIFIED Logo is a certification mark of the Wi-Fi Alliance.
    • Android and Google Play are trademarks or registered trademarks of Google Inc.
    • iPhone is a trademark of Apple Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries.
    • DLNA, the DLNA Logo and DLNA CERTIFIED are trademarks, service marks, or certification marks of the Digital Living Network Alliance
    • Facebook is a registered trademark or trademark of Facebook, Inc.
    • Picasa is a registered trademark or trademark of Google Inc.
    • YouTube is a registered trademark or trademark of Google Inc.
    • Flickr is a registered trademark or trademark of Yahoo! Inc.
    • The Twitter name and logos are trademarks of Twitter, Inc.
  • Built-In Creative Control Effects Add Excitement to Your Videos
    The V520 Series features four filter effects — Miniature Effect, 8mm Movie, Silent Movie and Time Lapse Recording — to further enhance your creativity. The filter results can be viewed on the LCD while shooting. Easily create impressive videos that match the look and feel of your shooting location or your mood
    • (top left) Miniature Effect
      This effect defocuses peripheral areas while keeping the focus point sharp and clear making life-size subjects look like a diorama
    • (top right) 8 mm Movie
      You can record motion pictures with a faded retro effect
    • (bottom left) Silent Movie
      You can record motion pictures that are similar to black-and-white silent films by lowering the amount of incoming light
    • (bottom right) Time Lapse Recording
      A scene that moves slowly for a long period of time is recorded frame by frame with an interval, and is recorded as a short time motion picture
  • iA (Intelligent Auto) / iA Plus
    In the iA (Intelligent Auto) Mode, the camera does all the work, leaving you free to compose your shot and capture the moment. This powerful function senses the shooting conditions and automatically adjusts the settings and activates the proper functions to deliver optimal results. In addition, the iA Plus Mode enables you to adjust exposure compensation and white balance by simply touching the button on the LCD
    • iA Plus — Easily Customize Settings Without Releasing iA Mode
    • Brightness Control
      You can adjust the exposure compensation accurately and easily
    • Color Control
      You can adjust the white balance from warm red to cool blue
  • Level Shot Function
    In addition to the 5-Axis HYBRID O.I.S. +, the V520 Series is also equipped with Level Shot Function that automatically detects and corrects tilting in your images. The V520 delivers more stable videos even when recording from the hip or shooting from a higher angle where you can't line up the horizon yourself
    • (Left) Level Shot Function OFF: Images are often tilted without realizing it
    • (Right) Level Shot Function ON: An acceleration sensor detects the tilt and automatically levels the scene
  • 3.0-inch Wide Touch LCD
    The V520 Series features a 3.0" wide LCD that allows intuitive fingertip touch-operation. When shooting, you can use Touch Shutter by simply touching your fingertip on the screen. For playback, you can change thumbnail pages by sliding your fingertip across the screen. The result is smooth, intuitive operation without taking your eyes off the action on LCD screen
  • Intuitive Touch Operation
    • Touch Zooming
      You can easily zoom in and out by simply touching the LCD with your fingertips
    • Touch Shutter
      You can touch the subject on the LCD screen to instantly focus on it and take a still picture
    • Touch for Playback
      You can flip through thumbnail pages and display one of the thumbnail scenes
  • 2D to 3D Conversion
    2D images can be easily transformed into 3D images with the 2D to 3D Conversion function. Simply connect the camcorder to a 3D-compatible TV with an HDMI cable. The 2D to 3D Conversion function uses the image processing capability of the engine to convert 2D images into 3D images. This is an easy way to enjoy the excitement of 3D
  • BSI Sensor
    The BSI Sensor has improved high sensitivity performance to record easy-to-see, clear images even in dimly lit situations
  • Crystal Engine Pro
    The Crystal Engine Pro instantly processes the huge amount of data that goes into Full-HD images, and further enhances Full-HD quality. It produces smooth, high-resolution zoom shots even when the range exceeds the limit for optical zooming. Crystal Engine Pro clearly delineates even the tiniest details of your subject, producing natural looking, beautiful images
  • 10-Megapixel Still Picture Recording
    Still Picture Recording mode lets you shoot with a maximum resolution of 10 megapixels.*
    • * For images recorded with a 16:9 aspect ratio.
  • Plug and Copy to External HDD
    Recorded data can be easily copied to an HDD without using a computer
  • State-Of-The-Art Features And Technologies
    • O.I.S. Lock
    • iA Mode
    • Focus Assist
    • Pre-Rec Function
    • AGS (Auto Ground-Directional Standby)
    • Color Night Rec/Colour Night View
    • Scene Mode
    • Advanced Highlight Playback
    • Face Highlight, Highlight and Time Frame Index
    • HD Writer
    • 2D to 3D Conversion

Specifications:

Sensor

  • Image Sensor: 1/5.8" BSI MOS Sensor
  • Total Pixels: 2.51 megapixels
  • Effective Pixels
    • Motion Image: 2.25 megapixels [16:9] (O.I.S. Standard Mode)
    • Still Image: 2.25 megapixels [16:9] / 1.69 megapixels [3:2] / 1.69 megapixels [4:3]

Lens

  • F Value: F1.8 (WIDE) / F4.2 (TELE)
  • Optical Zoom: 50x
  • Focal Length: 2.06 - 103 mm
  • 35 mm Film Camera Equivalent
    • Motion Image: 28.0 - 1748 mm [16:9] (O.I.S. Standard Mode)
    • Still Image: 28.0 - 1748 mm [16:9] / 33.5 - 1676 mm [3:2] / 34.2 - 1708 mm [4:3]
  • Lens Brand: Panasonic Lens

Camera

  • Standard Illumination: 1400 lx
  • Minimum Illumination: 4 lx (Scene Mode Low Light 1/30), 1 lx (Color Night Rec.)
  • Focus: Auto / Manual
  • Zoom
    • Intelligent Zoom OFF: 62 x
    • Intelligent Zoom ON: 80 x
    • Digital Zoom: 150 x / 3000 x (The maximum value of zoom magnification)
  • White Balance: Auto / Indoor1 / Indoor2 / Sunny / Cloudy / White set
  • Shutter Speed
    • Motion Image: [60p / 60i] / Auto Slow Shutter ON : 1/30 - 1/8000 / Auto Slow Shutter OFF : 1/60 - 1/8000
    • Still Image: 1/2 - 1/2000
  • Iris: Auto / Manual
  • Image Stabilizer: HYBRID O.I.S.+ with Active Mode, O.I.S. Lock, Level Shot Function
  • Creative Control: Miniature Effect, Silent Movie, 8mm Movie, Time Lapse Rec

Recording

  • Recording Media: SD/SDHC/SDXC Memory Card
  • Recording Format: [AVCHD] AVCHD Progressive / [iFrame] MP4
  • Compression Method: MPEG-4 AVC/H.264
  • Recording/ Playback Mode: 1080/60p (28Mbps / VBR), (1920 x 1080) / PH (24Mbps / VBR), (1920 x 1080) / HA (17Mbps / VBR), (1920 x 1080) / HG (13Mbps / VBR), (1920 x 1080) / HE (5Mbps / VBR), (1920 x 1080) / iFrame (28Mbps / VBR), (960 x 540)
  • Thumbnail Display: 20 thumbnails/page, 9 thumbnails/page, 1 thumbnail/page
  • Audio Recording System: 1080/60p, PH, HA, HG, HE: Dolby Digital (2ch) / iFrame: AAC (2ch)
  • Microphone: 2ch Stereo, Zoom Microphone
  • Speaker: Dynamic type

Still Image

  • Recording Format: JPEG (DCF/Exif2.2)
  • Recording Image Size
    • Still Image: [16:9] 10 megapixels (4224 x 2376), 2.1 megapixels (1920 x 1080) / [3:2] 7.7 megapixels (3408 x 2272), 2.0 megapixels (1728 x 1152) / [4:3] 7.4 megapixels (3136 x 2352), 0.3 megapixels (640 x 480)
    • Simultaneous Recording: [16:9] 2.1 megapixels (1920 x 1080)

General

  • Power Supply: 3.6V (Battery) / 5.0V (AC Adaptor)
  • Power Consumption: Max. 5.8W (Recording) / Max. 7.7W (Charging)
  • LCD Monitor: 3.0" Wide LCD monitor (460,800 dots)
  • Interface
    • AV: Yes
    • HDMI: Yes (mini)
    • USB: 2.0 Hi-Speed
    • USB Charge: Yes
  • On-Screen Display: Language English, French, Spanish
  • Wi-Fi
    • Standard: IEEE 802.11b/g/n
    • Frequency: 2.4GHz band
    • NFC: Yes

Standard Accessory

  • AC Adaptor: Yes
  • AC Cable: Yes
  • DC Cable: Included AC adaptor
  • Rechargeable Battery Pack: Yes (1,940 mAh)
  • HDMI Cable: Yes (mini)
  • USB Cable: Yes
  • Bundled Software: HD Writer AE 5.0

Approximate Dimensions:

  • Height: 2.402"
  • Width: 2.087"
  • Depth: 4.567"

Approximate Weight:

  • Unit: 0.5 lbs
  • Shipping: 2 lbs

Warranty Information:

  • Manufacturer Warranty (authorized online retailer): One Year Parts and Labor
  • Extended Service Warranty Available: Click the warranty tab above for details
More reasons to buy the Panasonic HC-V520K from Abt Electronics
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  • The Panasonic HC-V520K is Brand New.
  • The Panasonic HC-V520K Ships in a Factory Sealed Box.
  • Abt ships this product for free!
 
Storage TypeFlash Memory
LCD Screen Size (inches)3
ViewfinderNo
Total Pixel Count2.51 Megapixels
Effective Pixel Count2.25 Megapixels
Manual FocusingYes
Optical Zoom50x
Digital Zoom80x
Night ModeYes
Image StabilizationYes
White BalanceAuto / Indoor1 / Indoor2 / Sunny / Cloudy / White set
Built In Video LightNo
Mic InputYes
Digtial Still CameraYes
Effective Pixel Count for Still10 Megapixels
Still Image FormatsJPEG
Computer ConnectivityUSB
Included Removeable MemoryNo
Weight With Battery (pounds)0.5
Width (inches)2.1
Height (inches)2.4
Depth (inches)4.57
Parts Warranty1 Year
Labor Warranty1 Year
  

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Panasonic Black HD Camcorder
 
4.8

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Pros

  • Compact (4)
  • Convenient (4)
  • Exceeded expectations (4)
  • Easy to use (3)

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      5.0

      Great camera

      By 

      from PA

      Pros

      • Compact
      • Convenient
      • Easy to use
      • Exceeded expectations

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Panasonic Black HD Camcorder:

          Camera has great quality for home movie shooting. Excellent ease of use and simple instructions. Am a novice cameraman and found everything simple and efficient. Two thumbs up!

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          4.0

          Great device every parent should know

          By 

          from Brooklyn, NY, USA

          Pros

          • Compact
          • connect with smart phone using remote app
          • Convenient
          • Easy to use
          • Exceeded expectations
          • Inexpensive
          • use as baby monitor
          • wirelessly transfer pictures and videos to phone

          Cons

          • no sd card comes with it

          Best Uses

            Comments about Panasonic Black HD Camcorder:

            This is a must have product for every family, I am and always will be a photo and video junky. I document everything, with the use of my iPhone or my canon DSLR. I thought I was covered on all sides with those 2 products. Since the smartphones came on the scene, video cameras have really gotten a bad wrap, they were almost made obsolete because people feel that a smart phone will do what you need or you can use your DSLR if you need a little more quality. That is not accurate, since a handheld camcorder is made for one thing to shoot video, the image stabilization the panning and the ZOOOOOOOOOOOOM AMAZING!!! you can not come close with any smartphone or even a pro SLR As I started using it I found out that it can be used as a baby monitor!! You can put it on an tripod or any shelf in the room, download the free panasonic image app and you are ready to go, you will be able to zoom in and out all wirelessly anywhere in the house right from the app and hear audio and hit record at anytime should you chose. That’s awesome! I found the camera easy to use. I take a lot of pictures of everything, but videos I shoot only of my son, either to send to my husband at wok or grandparents, and with this camera with the built in wifi you can shoot straight to the phone or transfer wirelessly via wifi and video already shot. It is easier then shooting straight from a phone, because by the time you take your phone, unlock it, go to the camera app and change it to video â€" you will most likely miss that special moment you were trying to capture. With this camcorder you are recording almost instantly by flicking open the screen. (this is the main reason I completely stopped using the iPhone camera for video) My son is almost 2 years old now, and I think back on so many videos that I missed before I got this camera. All videos have date stamps so I can easily go back and find when was the first time he started to walk and talk. When someone asks me how old he was first time he said mama and first steps and so on I don't remember, like most people, but since I started using the camera I can just go back to any video with its date and time stamps and know it all. The only negative is- I don't like is the interface on the screen, it seems a little dated and simple, I would’ve of preferred to see something more appealing in terms of icons and menu options. Overall this is a must have for every family, its is fairly cheap, it is multi functional and the quality is amazing and the smartphone app is so clever, sometimes I put the camera on my son and watch remotely from the other room as he plays and sings and I can just start to record it, because he is already old enough to understand when I pull out the camera and sometimes gets shy, this is a great little feature.

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            5.0

            Very user friendly camera!

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            from Brooklyn, NY, USA

            Pros

            • Compact
            • Convenient
            • Durable
            • Easy to use
            • Exceeded expectations

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Panasonic Black HD Camcorder:

                The video camera comes with a wow factor that keeps on giving. From the first use of the camera we were elated with the sleekness, ease of use and functionality. Then we were impressed with the stability control and the simplicity of that icon on the touch screen that indicates when the camera is tilled in one direction or another. The camera fits snugly in the hand and the one hand controls are really impressive. The zoom speed, depth, and quality also stand out. The Wi-Fi capability is a great added touch that gives the Panasonic HC-V520 a huge functionality advantage for the tech savvy folks like us. the most important element here is the picture quality and this camera did not disappoint! The only one negative has been the responsiveness, UX, and lack of sensitivity of the touch screen. The UX on the flip screen could be improved on with more up to date icons and smoother transitions. That is by far our biggest complaint. Outside of that the camera is a great. One of the most impressive thing thus far has been that since the initial charge we have not had to charge the camera yet and we have been recording hours and hours of video.

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                5.0

                My time with a Panasonic HC-V520

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                from Brooklyn, NY, USA

                Pros

                • Compact
                • Convenient
                • Durable
                • Exceeded expectations
                • wifi capablity

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Panasonic Black HD Camcorder:

                    When my brand new Panasonic HC-V520 Camcorder arrived I was looking to supplement my current Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS10 Digital Camera. Reason why was that my digital camera did not produce quality video indoors or in poorly lit conditions. Unboxing the HC-V520 was simple. It came with a battery, charging cables and computer hookup cables. Thankfully you do not have to remove the battery to charge the camcorder unlike my digital camera. After a half day charge, I decided to give the camcorder a try. I inserted a Class 10 Panasonic SD card special for HD cameras. The only problem here was finding the on button. After a minute I found it on the inside. On the inside there are 4 buttons so the interface is pretty simple on the camera body. Also after you turn it on once, to turn off simply close the screen and to turn back on just open the screen and immediate boot up. Very fast and smooth. As far as shooting features you are limited to the basics. There are guidelines and a digital stabilizing guide that looks like something you would find on a fighter jet which has a cool factor. While shooting I kept it on the iA setting which automatically adjusts. I actually did only indoor filiming and was amazed with the quality even in dark conditions there were no pixels just nice HD video. The zoom is great. 80x. You can easily control the speed of the zoom and I even zoomed in on a human leg (my own) and was able to see each folicle in perfect HD. Sound quality on the recordings was very good. I was not too impressed with the on screen interface but it was to the point and I was able to find everything. I just think it could have been niocer. The best feature was the WiFi link To Cell. This feature allows you to use your cell phone to control the camcorder aslong as you are on the same network. I had a lot of fun with this one especially controlling the camcorder from another room in the house. The still pictures, indoors came out better than my digital camera. I was shocked especially since the camcorder does not have a flash. Overall the HC-V520 is a great camcorder. The size of the camcorder is not bad and fits in the hand well. The lack of onboard memory does not bother me as SD cards go on sale often and you can change them out easily. The Wifi is a great feature as well as the standard filiming modes. The 5 Axis image stabilazation system did help me through my daughters class play as my hand was tired.

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