HD camcorder with 16GB of flash memory
Item #: 133HCV100M
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Item #: 133HCV100M
This item is no longer available.
Original Price: $299.99
If size and weight are a consideration, you'd be well-advised to take a close look at the Panasonic HC-V100M. About the size of a can of soda and lightweight enough to carry for long periods of time, the 'V100M is also a power miser, giving you up to 155 minutes of uninterrupted shooting on one charge (with the supplied battery). Going to a family picnic? The generous wide-angle, intelligent 42X zoom and Power O.I.S. image stabilization will work together to infuse your images with the fun and joy of the day. Maybe you're attending a close friend's wedding? The 'V100M's Intelligent Auto Technology scene selector will be key when you show those great low-light clips at the first anniversary bash.
Shooting scenes while on the move? You'll appreciate the Power O.I.S. optical image stabilization. This camcorder has the ability to smooth out bumps, shakes, and shimmies that are part of walking while capturing images. And it really shines when you're shooting from an awkward position, like holding the camera with shaking hands above your head in a crowd.
The 'V100M has dozens of other features that make it a must-have while on vacation. How about easy uploading to Facebook or YouTube with the included HD Writer AE software? Or beautiful 2.1-megapixel still images? In addition to lifelike images, you can really put your audience in the moment with the on-board zooming microphone. An easy-to-navigate touchscreen interface helps you with dialing in menu settings in an instant. And 16GB of on-board flash memory means you'll always have the means to shoot for hours.
From birthday parties to YouTube antics, camcorders let you capture moments you can share with friends and family, or the world at large. Most newer camcorders save your videos to built-in digital memory or a removable memory card. Some models come with a built-in hard disk drive that gives you much more storage. For maximum portability, check out our smaller cams that fit into a pocket or purse. For high-def videos that look awesome on your HDTV, go for a slightly larger model with a better lens and image sensor.
I absolutely love this camera. I read reviews about how it does not film well without a lot of light... but I have not had any issues outside or inside. I also did not have any problems uploading and organizing on my computer. I do have the new Windows so maybe that is why I don't have the issues, but I plugged it in and it saved automatically in my videos account! Light-weight, easy to use, highly recommend!
Pros: Lightweight, easy to use, great battery life
|LCD Screen Size (inches)||2.7|
|Total Pixel Count||1,500,000|
|Effective Pixel Count for Video||1,300,000|
|Optical Zoom||34 x|
|Digital Zoom||58 x|
|Built-in Video Light||No|
|Built-in Memory||16 GB Flash Memory|
|Max Recording Time w/ Included Battery||155 min|
|Digital Still Camera Features|
|Effective Pixel Count for Stills||1,120,000|
|Built-in Photo Flash||No|
|Still Image Aspect Ratios||16:9|
|Inputs and Outputs|
USB 2.0 High Speed
|Weight With Battery (ounces)||7.94|
|Parts Warranty||1 Year|
|Labor Warranty||90 Days|
|Image Sensor Warranty||1 Year|
Recording Media: The Panasonic HC-V100M allows you to record Full HD video and still images on the 16 GB built-in memory, or on optional SD/SDHC/SDXC cards up to 64 GB. SD cards with a Speed Class Rating of 4 or higher are recommended.
2.7" LCD Screen: The 2.7" (16:9) LCD screen provides excellent viewing clarity. The 230,000-dot LCD screen rotates up to 270 degrees for multiple viewing angles providing sharp and detailed images for monitoring or playback. Mirror mode allows you to view a mirror-image of the subject you are shooting in the LCD screen when the screen is rotated 180 degrees, but the image will be normal when recorded.
Note: The V100M does not include a separate viewfinder.
Recording Formats: This camera captures video in the following formats:
Image Sensor: The V100M uses a 1/5.8" High Sensitivity MOS sensor. The V100M has a total pixel count of 1,500,000, with 1,300,000-1,120,000 effective pixels for recording 16:9 high definition video and still images.
Lens: This camera features a Panasonic F1.8 (W) - F4.0 (T) lens with a 34x optical zoom, Auto Iris, and a focal length of 2.38mm to 81mm. The 35mm equivalent focal length is 32.5mm to 1208mm for motion pictures and still images.
Intelligent Zoom: The camcorder has an Intelligent Zoom (i.Zoom) function that goes up to 42x while maintaining high definition picture quality. Intelligent Resolution technology lets you shoot at high zoom rates while preserving image sharpness.
Digital Zoom: In addition to the 34x optical zoom, the camcorder has a selectable 90x or 2000x (total) digital zoom. Because the picture is processed digitally, the picture quality deteriorates the more you zoom in. The power zoom lever can be moved slightly for a slow zoom, or moved further for a faster zoom.
Intelligent Auto Mode: The Intelligent Auto (iA) mode automatically sets the shooting mode that is appropriate for the condition when you simply point the unit to what you want to record. Intelligent Auto Modes include:
Power O.I.S.: Panasonic's Power O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilization) with Active Mode helps suppress the effects of hand-shake as you shoot movies and still images. Power O.I.S. allows you to record with minimal blurring, even with handheld shooting while moving or in an unstable posture.
Face Framing: When Face Framing is activated, the camcorder will recognize up to 15 human faces, and a "frame" appears around each face in the LCD screen. The camcorder sets the focus and brightness on the faces in the scene. Larger faces and faces nearer to the center of the screen take preference over the others. You can register the faces of particular persons, giving them priority focusing and displaying their names when they are recognized by the camcorder.
Illumination Requirements: The camera records video and photos in normal mode at a standard illumination of 1400 lx. You can record at 1.6 lx in the Low Light mode and approximately 1 lx in the Color Night Record mode.
White Balance Adjustment: You can set the color balance to the brightness of the recording environment using the following methods:
Manual Exposure: When automatic exposure settings fail to give you the images you desire, you can manually set the shutter speed and the iris/gain values. The Shutter Speed can be set between 1/60 and 1/8000 (1/30-1/8000 in Auto Slow Shutter mode). The Iris/Gain value can be set between F16 and F2.0 (0 dB to 18 dB).
Focus Modes: The V100M focuses automatically for most situations. When auto focus doesn't work, you can switch to Manual Focus and use the left/right arrows to manually focus on the subject.
HD Video Recording: The V100M records high definition motion images at a 1920 x 1080 resolution onto the built-in 16 GB memory or an inserted SD/SDHC/SDXC memory card. The camera records audio in Dolby Digital 2-channel audio using the built-in microphone. If the video is going to be uploaded to a Mac, it is recommended that it be recorded in the iFrame format with 2-channel AAC audio (960 x 540 resolution).
Recording Modes: The HC-V100M gives you the choice of four recording modes, three AVCHD modes plus iFrame:
|Recording Mode||Resolution||Bit Rate||Recording Capacity
16 GB Built-in Memory
|HA||1920 x 1080||17 Mbps||2 hours|
|HG||1920 x 1080||13 Mbps||2 hrs 40 min|
|HX||1920 x 1080||9 Mbps||4 hrs 10 min|
|iFrame||960 x 540||28 Mbps||1 hr 20 min|
Quick Start: The camera will go into standby mode if you close the LCD monitor or push in the viewfinder while the unit is powered on. When the LCD monitor is reopened or the viewfinder is extended, the unit resumes recording mode/pause in approximately 0.6 seconds, allowing you to start recording almost immediately.
Pre-Rec: The Pre-Rec mode allows recording of pictures and sound to start approximately 3 seconds before the start/stop button is pressed. This helps prevent you from missing a shot.
Fader: When you start recording, the image and audio will gradually appear, and when you pause or stop recording, the image/audio gradually disappear. You can select a black or white fader, or turn off the fade mode altogether.
Playback Modes: During playback, you can choose the following operations: Play/pause, rewind, fast forward, stop, skip forward, skip backward, slow-motion, and frame-by-frame. Audio will only be heard during normal playback.
Still Image Recording: The V100M can record still images at 1920 x 1080 resolution (16:9). You can choose an image quality of Fine or Normal. The camcorder can record approximately 14,000 Fine images on the built-in 16 GB flash memory. When the quality is set to normal, the number of recordable images is larger. In addition, you can create a still image from a recorded movie. The still picture size depends upon the video recording mode: HA, HG, HX: 1920 x 1080, iFrame: 960 x 540.
Battery: This unit comes with the VW-VBK180 Lithium-Ion rechargeable battery (3.6V/1790 mAh/6.5 Wh). An optional high-capacity battery for this camcorder is the VW-VBK360 (3.6V/3580mAh). The battery can be charged in the camcorder using the supplied VSK0780 AC adapter, or via USB when connected to your computer. The playback and charging times is as follows:
|Battery Model||Charging Time||Recording Mode||Maximum Continuous Recording Time||Actual Recording Time|
|Supplied VW-VBK180||2 hrs 45 min
(5 hrs 45 min via USB)
|HA, HG, HX||2 hrs 35 min||1 hr 20 min|
|iFrame||3 hrs 10 min||1 hr 35 min|
|Optional VW-VBK360||4 hrs 20 min
(10 hrs 40 min via USB)
|HA||5 hrs 5 min||2 hrs 40 min|
|HG, HX||5 hrs 10 min|
|iFrame||6 hrs 15 min||3 hrs 10 min|
A/V Multi Output: This camcorder features a proprietary AV multi connector output for use with the supplied A/V multi cable (component video/composite video/stereo audio) for displaying the camera's contents on your television. You can use either the component video plugs (red, green, blue RCAs) or composite video plug (yellow) along with the stereo audio plugs (red, white RCAs) to connect the camcorder to your TV. High definition images up to 1080i are output using the component video plugs, and 480i standard images are output using the component or composite plugs.
HDMI: You can output high definition video up to 1080i and 2-channel audio through the camcorder's HDMI output. A mini-HDMI to HDMI cable is required to connect the camcorder to your HDTV. When connecting to a Panasonic VIERA Link (HDAVI control) compatible TV via HDMI, you can control the camcorder's playback using the TV's remote control. The camcorder is compatible with VIERA Link Ver.5 or earlier.
USB Port: The camera has a mini-USB version 2.0 jack for connecting to a PC via the supplied USB cable. Connecting the camcorder to a PC via USB allows the computer to access the information on the built-in memory or an inserted SD/SDHC/SDXC card. You will be able to download still images and video files to your computer. You can edit and save your video files onto your computer, then make DVDs of them using the software that is supplied with the camera. The camera can also be used as an external storage device, convenient for archiving, storing and transporting your videos and still images.
Included Software: The camera includes HD Writer AE 1.1, which is compatible with Windows operating system only. With HD Writer AE 1.1, you can:
Computer Requirements: HD Writer AE 1.1 works with the following Operating Systems:
iMovie: The V100M lets you record videos in iFrame format for downloading and editing on a Mac. With iFrame, the video in the camera is in the same format as used by Apple's iMovie application. Once you have transferred and edited the movie, you can upload the movie to the Internet, as well as share it on YouTube and Facebook in its original high quality.
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