Panasonic HC-V700M Review: Enough Bang For Your Buck?

by Grant Hatchimonji Reads (280)

TG Rating

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6.40

TG Ratings Breakdown

    • Image/Video Quality
    • 7
    • Features
    • 7
    • Design / Ease of Use
    • 5
    • Performance
    • 6
    • Expandability
    • 7
    • Total Score:
    • 6.40
    • Rating 1 to 10, top score 10
  • Pros

    • Good selection of manual controls and shooting options
    • Touchscreen display is responsive and comfortable to use
    • Video quality is sharp, highly detailed, and features little or no noise in low-light situations
  • Cons

    • Lacking features like a hot shoe or cinematic shooting mode
    • Poor battery life
    • Occasional issues with white balance
    • Video has muted colors

Quick Take

Though too flawed to justify its $599.99 price tag, the Panasonic HC-V700M is capable of taking respectable quality video and offers a decent suite of shooting options.


The Panasonic HC-V700M, part of Panasonic’s new line of full-HD camcorders with 1MOS sensors that were announced earlier this year at CES, combines generally respectable video quality with a respectable amount of features and shooting options to create a decent mid-range camcorder option for consumers.

Panasonic HC-V700M Left Side

Overview

With a launch price of $599.99, some users may find the V700M a little on the steep side for what it is; after all, this is far from a perfect device, and it certainly isn’t top-of-the-line. Aside from some flaws like very limited battery life or interface issues, there are a couple of features absent here (including a hot shoe or a cinematic framerate option) that one would hope to find on a camcorder this expensive. But in spite of these shortcomings, the V700M isn’t a complete bust, as certain redeeming aspects make it a respectable device that deserves to be given a chance.


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