Each year, Panasonic attempts to keep their camcorder fans satisfied by releasing sets of new consumer camcorders. In 2012, Panasonic focused on speeding the release of their new lineup by making improvements on specs. Low light performance and image quality were better compared to previous models, garnering impressive remarks even from online critics. However, this 2013, it seemed as though Panasonic didn’t feel much of the competition, deciding to leave as is design and spec. Still, with the Panasonic HC-V720M, Panasonic remains one of the top competitors, introducing additional features their 2012 version camcorders didn’t have.[youtube height=”500″ width=”820″]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2LXn8pn2b1M[/youtube]
Design and Interface
There was so much to like about the Panasonic HC-V700. It took on the professional look without being too heavy, although it wasn’t anything compact or sleek. The HC-V720M adopts a similar design and is thus also rendered friendly both to enthusiasts and amateurs.
The downside to Panasonic retaining the design though is that they could have had the chance to make a less complicated interface. It takes time getting used to the 3” LCD display but it still doesn’t overshadow strengths provided by the other features. Although it has great execution on subject focus, it doesn’t understand multi-touch pinching gestures. Zooming level adjustments are still easy to manipulate, nonetheless.
The camcorder also powers quick and has specific buttons for video recording. There’s also the option of putting it on the Eco Mode but can be switched back to its recording mode immediately just by opening the LCD display.
The reason why HC-V720M comes much pricier than its predecessor, the V720, is because Panasonic has now decided to integrate into it a 32GB flash memory. Furthermore, it comes with a memory card slot which accepts SD, SDXC and SDHC cards.
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The HC-V720M has built-in Wi-Fi functionality and can also serve as hotspot. This makes for easier remote controlling and video sharing with tablets and smartphones. Panasonic has prepared an Android and iOS app so tablet and phone users can have it installed and establish direct Wi-Fi connection easily. Another extra feature is that it has integrated NFC chip that allows for connecting to NFC-capable tablets and smartphones.
Once connected, the HC-V720M can stream footages to mobile devices. This means being able to use the camcorder for home monitoring. The USREAM Support also allows recording of live streams via online as long as there is a stable internet connection.
The HC-V720M features a 1MOS full HD system. It has optical zoom up to 21x and an intelligent zoom bumping to 50x. Exceptional sound recording from afar is still possible even when zoomed in with the zoom mic.
The HC-V720M also boasts a 4090x2304px video and image resolution, which allows results to come as fine outputs. It has superb technology for blur reduction with its 5-axis hybrid image stabilization. Another feature it is renowned for is the Level Shot Function which makes for exceptional angle shots.
All these substantial improvements Panasonic has plugged into their HC-V720M camcorder model makes it an investment well worth considering. It may come priced higher than the HC-V720, but the added features makes for the extra spend. Those looking into upgrading into a higher-end camcorder should strongly consider the Panasonic HC-V720M.
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