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