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Panasonic HC-W850

alaTest has collected and analyzed 61 reviews of Panasonic HC-W850. The average rating for this product is 4.6/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. Comments about the size and zoom are on the whole positive. The image quality and portability are also appreciated, whereas there are mixed opinions on the memory and price. Many are critical about the color and viewfinder.

usability, portability, image quality, zoom, size

battery, durability, viewfinder, color

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Panasonic HC-W850 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 90/100 = Excellent quality.

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Consumer review ( review summary for Panasonic HC-W850


alaTest has collected and analyzed 23 user reviews of Panasonic HC-W850 from The average user rating for this product is 4.6/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders on Views about the price and size are generally positive. The image quality and portability also get good comments. Some have doubts about the memory and viewfinder.

usability, portability, image quality, size, price

durability, viewfinder, memory

96% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Panasonic HC-W850EB-K Full HD Camcorder with Twin Camera - Black (24MP, 50x Intelligent Zoom, Wi-Fi, NFC) (New for 2014)Panasonic HC-W850EB-K Full HD Camcorder with Twin Camera - Black (24MP, 50x Intelligent Zoom, Wi-Fi, NFC) (New for 2014)


Consumer review ( review summary for Panasonic HC-W850


alaTest has collected and analyzed 18 user reviews of Panasonic HC-W850 from The average user rating for this product is 4.6/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on Reviewers are impressed by the memory and image quality. The zoom and usability are also mentioned favorably, but some have doubts about the color and battery.

portability, usability, zoom, image quality, memory

battery, color

100% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Panasonic HC-W850K Digital HD Camcorder (Black)Panasonic HC-W850K Digital HD Camcorder (Black)


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Expert review by : James Morris (

Panasonic HC-W850


Panasonic's HC-W850 introduces a novel Twin Camera feature

Unique second lens lets you record yourself whilst shooting ; Comprehensive manual settings with control dial ; Excellent image quality

Relatively pricey ; Second lens picture-in-picture lacks customisation options

Aside from the second-lens gimmick, this is a decidedly high-end camcorder. While it only has a single CMOS on the main lens, it's relatively large, and there are plenty of manual settings available. The HC-W850 doesn't have the lens ring of...


Expert review by : Mark Peters (

Panasonic HC-W850 camcorder


Panasonic HC-W850 Full HD camcorder : The Panasonic W850 twin camcorder include a rotatable sub camera on the side of the LCD screen. You can shoot using this sub camera while also shooting with the main camera at the same time. The video recorded by...

The Panasonic HC-W850 features an Full HD Slow Motion video recording function for added excitement of super-slow shooting at Full-HD resolution. The new Crystal Engine Pro+ engine provides high-speed processing that enables slow motion video shooting...


Expert review by : Andrew Unsworth (

Panasonic HC-W850 review


Great image quality, but the secondary camera sensor may be of little interest to many


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Expert review by : Jonathan Knoder (toptenreviews.com_old)

Panasonic HC-W850 Review


The Panasonic HC-W850 has most of the features we look for in a full HD camcorder. It offers excellent picture quality and great tools, but it also has some oddities. Its zoom controls are oddly placed, and its second lens is mostly a gimmick. However,...

The Panasonic HC-W850 has a dial for manual focus.

The second lens on the viewfinder is a gimmick with low functionality.

The Panasonic HC-W850 films in full HD and offers image stabilization, but its extra lens feels like a gimmick.

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video great, audio poor


Great video quality. I confirm the excellent features and picture quality from other reviews, but using an assortment of cheap and expensive external microphones, the audio sounds as though someone is talking through a vibrating tissue paper membrane....


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Panasonic HC-W850


Great indoors and low light filming. Manual settings and lots of automatic settings to play with. Time-lapse, slow motion, night vision mode, can even do stop motion animation, plus a second camera for PiP filming, and lots more effects so you can be...

none so far, other than the potential cost of a second battery will be costly.


Consumer review (

Great Product


This Camcorder Is The Best


Consumer review (

Great Camera, but.....


Real nice camera but if you use it in HD mode be prepared to make use of that video. The files are huge, and you must have a newer computer with a fast multicore processor to work with them or even play them. Fortunately it has multiple record modes...


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Panasonic HC-W850


slo-mo is ace

battery life is quite short


Consumer review (

Panasonic HC-W850


ease of use

can only record high definition once


Product Specifications


Audio formats supported:AAC, MP4
Audio system:Dolby Digital / Dolby Digital 2.0/5.1
Built-In Microphone: Yes
Built-in speaker(s): Yes
Wind filter: Yes


Battery Capacity:1940
Battery voltage:3.6
Charging source:DC, USB


3D: No
Camcorder type:Handheld camcorder
Direct printing: No
Geotagging: No
GPS (satellite): No
Minimum illumination:1
On Screen Display (OSD): Yes
On Screen Display (OSD) languages:CZE, DEU, DUT, ENG, ESP, FRE, ITA, POL, SWE, TUR
Progressive Scan: Yes
Remotely operated: Yes
Smartphone remote support: Yes
Supported aspect ratios:3:2, 4:3, 16:9


Colour of product:Black
LED indicators: Yes


Built-in Display: Yes
Display aspect ratio:16:9
Display diagonal:7.62
Display resolution (numeric):460800


Built-in Flash: Yes
Built-in light: Yes
Shoe mounting point: Yes
Shoe mounting point type:Cold


Focus adjustment:Auto/Manual

Image sensor

Effective megapixels (image):5.21
Effective megapixels (movie):6.03
Optical sensor size:25.4 / 2.3
Sensor Type:BSI / MOS
Total MegaPixels:12.76

Lens System

Digital Zoom:1500 / 60
Filter Size:4.9
Focal length (35mm film equivalent):29.5 - 612
Focal length range (f-f):4.08 - 81.6
Image stabilizer: Yes
Image stabilizer type:HYBRID
Interchangeable lens: No
Maximum aperture number:1.8 / 3.6
Minimum aperture number:1.8 / 3.6
Optical Zoom:20


Ethernet LAN: No
Near Field Communication (NFC): Yes
Wi-Fi: Yes
Wi-Fi standards:802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n

Other features

AV output: Yes
Night mode: Yes
Power consumption (typical):7.7
Video compression formats:H.264, MPEG4

Packaging Content

AC adapter included: Yes
Batteries included: Yes
Bundled software:HD Writer AE 5.1
Cables included:DC, HDMI, USB / HDMI, USB
Lens hood: No
Quick start guide: No
Stylus pen: No
Warranty card: Yes

Ports & interfaces

Composite Video Out:1
Headphone outputs:1
Microphone in: Yes
Mini HDMI ports quantity:1
PictBridge: No
S-Video Out: No
USB 2.0 ports quantity:1


Built-in projector: No


Camera shutter speed:0.000125 - 0.04
Shutter speed (photo):0.0005 - 0.5 / 1/2 - 1/2000
Shutter speed (video):0.000125 - 0.04 / 1/50 - 1/8000

Still image

Image formats supported:EXIF, JPG / JPG
Maximum image resolution:6528 x 3672
Still image resolution(s):6528x3672, 4736x2664, 1920x1080, 5472x3648, 3984x2656, 1728x1152, 4896x3672, 3624x2448, 640x480 / [16:9] 24MP (6528 x 3672), 12.6MP (4736 x 2664), 2.1MP (1920 x 1080)\n\n[3:2] 20MP (5472 x3648), 10.6MP (3984 x 2656, 2.0MP (1728 x 1152)\n\n[4:3] 18MP (4896 x 3672), 8MP (3264 x 2448), 0.3MP (640 x 480)


Camcorder media type:Memory Card
Camcorder tape type: No
Camera file system:DCF, Exif 2.2
Compatible memory cards:SD, SDHC, SDXC
Disc types supported: No
ExpressCard slot: No


Analog signal format system:NTSC, PAL
Dual shot (video & photo): Yes
HD type:Full HD
Maximum frame rate:120
Maximum Video Resolution:1920 x 1080
Supported video modes:1080p, 720p
Video formats supported:AVC, AVCHD, H.264, MP4, MPEG4 / AVCHD, MP4
Video Resolutions:960 x 540,1280 x 720,1920 x 1080


Viewfinder Type: No

Weight & Dimensions

Height :7.3

White balance

Indoor white balance: Yes
White Balance:Auto, Cloudy, Indoor, Sunny / Auto, Cloudy, Sunny