HC-V720 http://www.stuff.tv/panasonic/hc-v720/all en-GB Panasonic HC-V720 http://www.stuff.tv/panasonic-hc-v720/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Top marks for footage, zoom and stabilisation, but bring a spare battery </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Panasonic-V720-Main_New2.jpg?1372731576" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="567" height="425" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Panasonic-HCV720-PR-2-580-90-firstimage-2.jpg?1372731576" /> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1000" height="568" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Panasonic-V720-2.jpg?1372731576" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1000" height="458" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Panasonic-V720-3_0.jpg?1372731576" /> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1000" height="574" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Panasonic-V720-5_0.jpg?1372731576" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1000" height="634" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Panasonic-V720-6.jpg?1372731576" /> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> £550.00 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">8 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-pros"> <div class="field-label">Pros:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Wi-Fi controlled via apps </div> <div class="field-item even"> Arty effects and time-lapse mode </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Great zoom, even when hand-held </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-cons"> <div class="field-label">Cons:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Short-lived kit battery </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Panasonic HC-V720 review </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Don’t let the 720 in the name fool you: this Panasonic goes the whole hi-def hog, trumping the <a title="JVC Everio GZ-VX815 review" href="/review/jvc-everio-gz-vx815" target="_blank">JVC GZ-VX815</a> with 1080p recording at 50fps. Arty video effects and a time-lapse mode are backed up with a lens that goes wider than the <a title="JVC Everio GZ-VX815 review" href="/review/jvc-everio-gz-vx815" target="_blank">JVC</a> and zooms a whole lot further too. There are Wi-Fi remote control skills too, via Android and iPhone apps.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Panasonic-HCV720-PR-2-580-90-firstimage-2.jpg?1372731576" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 1500x zoom </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>A 50x optical zoom gives the Panasonic an incredibly long range. The sensor in the V720 has a far greater resolution than the 1920x1080 resolution of HD video, and it uses this to extend that 50x further still with a very usable digital zoom that can produce the goods even when handheld at 200x (it will go up to 1500x, but that's just a mess of pixels).</p> <p>Such is the power, that subjects too distant for the naked eye to spot can be made to fill the frame. It's quite a feat for a camcorder at this level, but it wouldn't be practical without the superb image stabilisation that nullifies your hand wobbles.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="697" height="425" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Panasonic-V720-hands-2New.jpg?1372731576" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="500" height="337" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Panasonic-V720-hands-3.jpg?1372731576" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Video quality </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The zoom motor itself is swift but smooth, as is the autofocus. It all contributes to footage that's comfortably up to scratch for semi-pro work. Colours are well controlled, not easily pushed into over-exposure or saturation, and edges are pretty sharp, especially at wider angles.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Panasonic-V720-hands-4New2.jpg?1372731576" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Battery life </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Monitoring and controlling the camera via a phone over Wi-Fi is easy enough and could be a very useful feature for more specialist shoots. So why isn't this a five-star review? It's the Panasonic's 55-minute battery life that holds it back. That's not a deal-breaker – you can always pack a few spares or fork out for a bigger battery – but we'd like it to have more stamina straight out of the box. Otherwise the HC-V720 is a superb performer</p> <p>Review by <a href="https://plus.google.com/106422809643177538618#106422809643177538618/posts">Tony Horgan</a>.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-review-rating"><legend>Review Rating</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> video </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 9 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> build </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 8 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> features </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 8 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Top marks for footage, zoom and stabilisation, but bring a spare battery</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-legacy-url"> <div class="field-label">Legacy URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> /review/panasonic-hc-v720 </div> </div> </div> http://www.stuff.tv/panasonic-hc-v720/review#comments Camcorders HC-V720 Panasonic Wed, 06 Mar 2013 12:40:39 +0000 Tony Horgan 424397 at http://www.stuff.tv