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Panasonic HC-V720

Panasonic HC-V720 3D Ready 1MOS HD Digital Camcorder


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Panasonic HC-V720
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Drift Innovation HD Ghost
JVC GZ-EX515
JVC Everio GZ-VX815
Panasonic HC-V720 3D Ready 1MOS HD Digital Camcorder
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JVC GZ-EX515BUS- HD Everio Camcorder
JVC Everio GZ-VX815BUS HD Camcorder
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Release Date
Feb 2013
Oct 2012
Dec 2012
Mar 2013
Feb 2013
HDD Size
32.0 GB
0.256 GB
Optical Zoom
21.0 x
38.0 x
10.0 x
Recording Format
Flash Media, High Definition
Flash Media, High Definition
High Definition
High Definition
High Definition
Recording System
NTSC, PAL
NTSC, PAL
NTSC, PAL
NTSC
NTSC
Camcorder Type
Digital
Digital
Digital
Digital
Digital
Memory Still Resolution
4.14 MegaPixels
12.0 MegaPixels
11.0 MegaPixels
8.3 MegaPixels
12.0 MegaPixels
Recordable Media
High Definition, AVCHD, MPEG-4
Flash Media, High Definition, AVCHD
Internal Flash Memory 256MB, microSD Up To 32GB
SD/SDHC/SDXC Memory Card
SD/SDHC/SDXC Memory Card
Use
Video
Video
Video
Video, Photo Viewing
Video, Photo Viewing

  • It's hard to get excited about a camcorder that offers so few performance improvements, but bear with us, because the Panasonic HC-V720â?? like its predecessorâ?? is a great deal.

    Minus a few slight changes, both for better and worse, the V720's image quality is quite similar to the V700's. But let's not forget how strong performance was to begin with. This camcorder's color accuracy and noise reduction are both solid, and sharpness is outstanding, surpassing competitors like Canon's HF M52.


  • The Panasonic HC-V720 may only have minor improvements in central areas, particularly image quality, but it does have enough additional features and enhancements to make it a worthy upgrade nevertheless. The additional image stabilisation options, 5.1 surround sound, and comprehensive WiFi features are all very welcome. With great performance and loads of features, this is a great mid-range camcorder.


  • The important thing when considering whether to get the Panasonic HC-V720, then, isn't whether it'll give you vastly improved image quality in your video over what some cameras or the best smartphones will do. Sadly, it often won't.
    But what it does is enable you to smoothly record footage that you couldn't get any other way: close-ups in sporting events; perfectly smooth tracking of a bird taking off; video from a boat that doesn't make people too seasick.


  • The GoPro Hero3 Silver and White editions are strong contenders in the sports camera market, but the faster, more powerful Black Edition is head and shoulders the best sports camera on the market today.


  • If you're looking to upgrade from your HD Hero2, the Hero3: Black Edition should give you plenty to be excited about. The enhanced video performance means your videos will be sharper, have more detail in low light, and moving subjects will look smoother than anything you shot with the Hero2. In addition to being both smaller and lighter than its predecessor, the Hero3's built-in WiFi functions make it an easier camcorder to us, especially if you have a smartphone.


  • The GoPro Hero3 Black Edition delivers outstanding video quality and features like 4K that you won't find anywhere else.


  • With Wi-Fi, an LCD, and a waterproof body, as well as some nice accessories, the Drift HD Ghost uses its features to beat back the action cam competition.


  • The Drift Innovation HD Ghost is a unique action camera with a rotating lens, but while video quality is good you can get better in this price range.


  • The HD Ghost is an excellent quality 1080p HD POV camcorder - with a handy remote control, to boot. It also also shoots high-quality JPEGs. The free iPhone application is also a nice bonus that's actually useful. Different types of mounts are included to make the HD Ghost package very complete, without the need to buy more accessories.

    If you can get over the tricky user interface - eventually you will - the HD Ghost delivers consistent, high-quality HD video and stills.


  • The JVC GZ-EX515BEK offers an impressive feature set at a surprisingly low price. Image quality is good, however it's the breadth of features that mark the GZ-EX515BEK out. It incorporates the latest version of JVC's Wi-Fi connectivity, a host of creative options, and even an accessory shoe and microphone input. The only missing features are independent shutter and iris control. Overall though, for less than £300 it's a capable and well-rounded camcorder.


  • If JVC stepped up its construction quality and particularly its user interface it might really have something with this mid-range Everio line, but as things stand the VX815 is a hard camcorder to recommend.


  • The JVC GZ-VX815 packs a hefty set of features - high-definition video capture, 12-megapixel photo capture, and just plain "fun" features - all in a small profile that will fit quite comfortably in your pants or shirt pocket. Think of it as the better way to capture video and still images than on your smartphone (if you got one of those, you can pair it to the camcorder for remote operation).


  • The VX815 is a worthwhile step up from a compact camera or smartphone, but its video quality is beaten by the Panasonic HC-V720 and even the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V compact camera.