Panasonic HC-V380K Full HD Camcorder Camera
Camcorders have evolved to become really small but performing gadgets. Gone are the days when having a big DSLR Video camera with a long shotgun Mic, was a sign of expertise in the video shooting industry. Nowadays, a small camcorder can produce some really good pictures and videos, almost comparable to those taken with a DSLR video camera, yet at just a fraction of the weight in the DSLR camera.
Panasonic has been producing a wide range of cameras and camcorders and has had to battle with other big companies in the industry, like Sony. One of their best entry products in the Camcorders section is the Panasonic HC-V380K. Despite being really small, this camcorder can shoot HD videos at a good 1080 pixels in resolution. Apart from this, it also includes wireless connectivity through an inbuilt Wi-Fi radio, which allows it to pair with other compatible gadgets like smartphones and iPads. Here is a detailed description of some of its best features.
Likable features in the Panasonic HC-V380K: Simple and lightweight design
The whole idea of having a camcorder over a large DSLR camera – is mobility, and Panasonic was very aware of this factor when building this camcorder. The Panasonic HC-V380K is built with a very hard plastic material and its glossy veneer is purely part of the plastic casing. Unlike most of its rivals, it is not spray painted and therefore won’t get scraped with time. The device weighs 9 ounces with the battery attached on it. Its dimensions are 2.4 by 2.4 by 5.1 inches and therefore will fit well in your hand without tiring you, even after several hours of shooting. The expandable LCD screen measures 3 inches. This product comes in one conventional color, Black.
Easy to use
Panasonic also considered making this gadget extremely easy to use. In order to do this, they avoided giving the HC-V380K very many physical buttons that are hectic when pressing and instead included touchscreen capabilities in the 3.0 inch LCD display. Physical buttons not only spoil easily but also tend to lose their engraved labels with time thus making it hard for users to know which button does what, especially when the camcorder is a few years old. In addition, Panasonic made this product compatible with a wide range of Tripod stands and this means that you can always rely on any stand available, for less tedious and accurate shots. You also get a user manual to help guide you with the technical operations while using this camera.
NFC enabled and Wireless connectivity
This is part of what gives the HC-V380K camcorder a personal touch. The camera is NFC enabled which means that you can use it to share videos that you take with it. Through this utility, you can share your videos across social media platforms like Facebook and YouTube. The Wi-Fi chip in this camera also supports virtualization and hence allows it to pair with other compatible devices effectively. Once paired, you can comfortably share the videos you recorded using this camcorder to other smart devices like tablets and smartphones.
In addition, the camcorder has a Wi-Fi mobile device Twin Camera functionality that allows you to combine multi-camera scenes or in other words picture-in-picture recording. Other additional connectivity options in this camcorder are a USB 2.0 High-speed port. Panasonic included an HDMI mini port for those hectic times when you need to project your videos and can’t access a computer soon enough.
Sharp and Full-HD video and imaging outputs
Apart from the Wireless connectivity feature, this camera supports full recording at a super sharp 1080 Pixels resolution. The lens is a 2.20-megapixel Panasonic lens with up to 50 times in optical zoom. In order to maintain some bit of precision while shooting videos on free hands, Panasonic made sure that the HC-V380K has some sort of mechanism for image stabilization. They included a Hybrid OIS lock with a level shot capability.
Even so, this camcorder lacks a flash utility and this means that it can’t take good quality videos in low light conditions. The lens cover is also a manual one so you have to physically move it before you can shoot anything on this camera. This product has a 5.8 inch BSI MOS image sensor which allows you to make accurate shots on objects. You even have the option to choose between Automatic or manual focus depending on the recording type you are doing.
Memory and Battery functionalities
Unfortunately, this camcorder doesn’t come with a built-in memory card and therefore you have to rely on external or removable memory cards. However, this still is an advantage, since you can always fit a flash card of your preferred size on it. A standard 128 GB high-speed SDXC class flash card is the best storage option for this device. The battery is a rechargeable 1940 mAh pack and can run for a few hours without being charged. This camcorder supports USB charging and also comes with an AC adaptor.
Pricing and verdict
The camcorder alone is priced at 22,010 Rupees, but if you want to buy it together with other components like a Flash card and a tripod stand and bag, the price will add up to 26,826 Rupees. If you are looking for a standard non-complicated camcorder, then this is the best camcorder for you. The large display and tons of zooming options will come as an advantage for people who need a camcorder with a lot of zooming capabilities. Moreover, this product is ideal for people who work on YouTube projects since it supports wireless options for uploading videos to YouTube and other social media platforms.
|Optical zoom||50x (times)|
|Image stabilizer||Yes (Hybrid OIS lock )|
|LCD Monitor size||3.0 inches|
|LCD touch supported||Yes|
|Connectivity||Wi-Fi with NFC, USB 2.0 high-speed, Mini HDMI|
|Dimensions||2.4 x 2.4 x 5.1 inches in (WxHxD)|
|Total/Effective pixels||2.51 MP/ 2.20MP respectively|