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Panasonic HC-W850K Full HD WiFi Camcorder Review

March 3, 2014 by  
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Panasonic HC-W850K Flash Memory HD WiFi Camcorder

Panasonic HC-W850K Flash Memory HD WiFi Camcorder (Features Twin Camera and NightVision)

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*New for 2014. Panasonic’s midrange HC-W850K Flash Memory WiFi Camcorder replaces the extremely popular HC-V720K series. It records to SD/SDHC/SDXC memory cards in Full HD video. (This camcorder features High-density, ultra-smooth video at 1080/60p Recording (Full-HD 1920 x 1080, 60 Progressive frames Recording). It also includes a fast F1.8-F3.6 lens that was created for the HC-W850K to help in low light situations. Panasonic has added a Second Twin Camera, for picture in a picture effect. The wide angle 29.5mm lens can fit more people and more of the background into the frame than a conventional lens. The new back illuminated imaging sensor is a large 1/2.33″ High Sensitivity MOS Sensor which can provide up to 1,920 x 1,080 of HD resolution, and improve video in low light. Takes 24.0 megapixel still pictures. The HC-W850K has a twin camera, so you can record picture in a picture. It also has nightvision to record in darkness. Included are advanced features such as the new Hybrid optical/digital image stabilization with HYBRID O.I.S. which uses five-axis correction to suppress blurring, 20x optical zoom (Intelligent Zoom function can go up to 50x), accessory shoe, and an external microphone jack. At full HD resolution the camcorder records to MPEG-4 H.264 at a higher 50mbps bit rate. All other video is recorded with AVCHD. At maximum quality , you can record over 2 hours and 40 minutes of video using a 32GB memory card.

Panasonic W850K Multi Manual Dial

Panasonic HC-W850K Manual control with the Multi-Manual Dial (Click for Larger Image)

Panasonic HC-W850K Features: The Panasonic HC-W850K in addition to being fully automatic, can also allow you to manually change settings with the Multi Manual Dial. For best quality video, this camcorder has an HDMI Mini Connector (output) to hook up to an HDTV. An accessory shoe allows you to add an external light or microphone. Built-in Video Light and Flash. Features a 3.0″ LCD with (460,800 pixels). A New Microphone is shielded from wind noise (great for outdoor shooting). It is a 5.1ch Surround, Zoom, Focus Stereo Microphone. Sound is recorded in Dolby Digital 2 channel, or Dolby Digital 5.1. Includes an External Microphone Jack. Card slot can take SDHC and SDXC cards. Wind Noise Canceller detects and reduces wind noise. Crystal Engine PRO+ processor. Built-in WiFi.

HC-W850K Dimensions: 2.6″ x 2.9″ x 5.5″ (12.45 ounces).
Camcorder HD Recording Modes: 1080p @ 60fps, 120fps (slow motion) 50Mbps recording.
Lens 35mm equivalent range: 29.5 – 612mm (f1.8-3.6) (49mm filter) Shutter Speed: 1/2 to 1/2,000

Smart-Review Commentary: The new HC-W850K is the successor to last year’s highly rated HC-720V. The HC-W850K gets a new lens, imager, and a new Crystal Engine Pro+ processor. As with last year’s model, this model has a large 1/2.33″ high sensitivity imaging sensor and a fast f1.8 lens perform better in low light situations. Its 5-Axis HYBRID O.I.S.+ optical image stabilization will keep your video from blurring, even in low light. A new feature is built-in WIFI (802.11b/g/n) and NFC, which allows you to wirelessly transmit your video from your camcorder to the internet. You can also control your camcorder from your smartphone, tablet, or laptop. New WiFi features include Home Monitoring. The 60 frames/second recording mode will give you smoother and more lifelike HD video, especially for fast moving action like sports. A rarity on inexpensive camcorders is an external microphone jack, which will provide you with many options to get better audio to go with the exceptional video of this camcorder. The 3.0-inch LCD screen (468,000 dots) makes it easier to compose your video. This model even has a Multi Manual Dial (to adjust focus, white balance, iris, etc.), usually only seen on higher priced camcorders. Panasonic has redesigned the 5.1 Channel Surround Sound Microphone, so that it reduces or eliminates wind noise. 120fps slow motion mode in full HD option has been added. This model is identical to the HC-V750K except for the Second Twin Camera, and Nightvision features. As with last year’s model, this is an excellent low priced and feature packed HD camcorder. We previewed this model at CES 2014 (see video below). The Panasonic W850K is a Smart-Review top pick for 2014.

Panasonic HC-W850K
    Camcorder Features

  • *New 2014 Model
  • 1080p Full HD Recording
  • Built-in WIFI & NFC
  • Second Twin Camera
  • 20x Optical Zoom
  • Wide Angle Lens
  • Video Light/Flash
  • 60p Progressive Mode
  • 120fps Slow Motion Mode
  • HDMI for HDTV
  • Uses SDHC/SDXC Memory Cards
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • Crystal Engine Pro+
  • Infrared NightVision
  • 1/2.33-inch imager
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