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Panasonic HC-V500M Camcorder Review

Panasonic delivers a compact, lightweight, affordable camcorder.



The Panasonic HC-V500M is a small, lightweight, budget camcorder that offers a lot for its $499 MSRP. For an entry-level camcorder, the V500M has a wide range of manual controls, as well as the ability to record Full HD video using a 60p (or 60i frame rate). The HC-V500M comes with 16GB of internal memory (that's what the "M" stands for at the end of the model name) and it includes an SD-type memory card slot.

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  1. Introduction
  2. Design
  3. Product Tour
  4. Performance
  5. Color Performance
  6. Low Light Performance
  7. Motion Performance
  8. Sharpness Performance
  9. Usability
  10. Ease of Use
  11. Handling
  12. Controls
  13. Features
  14. Recording Options
  15. Hardware
  16. Other Features
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  20. Conclusion
  21. Photo Gallery