Just ordered the new Panasonic HC-W850. I have the Panasonic V720 and have been happy with it for the most part (way better than the 700). It has decent low-light and good telephoto. Its Nearfield WIFI is incredible but a little cumbersome to initiate when time is of the essence. The new W850 (from it’s specs) has slightly more telephoto, requires a third less light (WOW), has IR nightshot and has a fast Nearfield initiation. The main reason for the upgrade is that I was having some difficulties focusing in very dark situations with my Panasonic V720. I almost forgot…..the 850 has a proper focusing wheel instead of that terrible menu thing. The wheel can also control the iris/shutter speed so gone are the days of having to go all-or-nothing into the color night mode and having to endure blurry footage.
I’ll post a review and comparison when it arrives.
This came from Philip Lenger of TMS Investigations in Orlando.
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Goes to show that the much larger and more light sensitive sensor of the Panasonic V720 out performs in low light.
Looking forward to seeing the Panasonic 850 in action this April.
This looks exciting. It was just recently announced.
I’ve used the 700 which had great video quality but lacked in low light ability.
I currently use the V720 and loooooooove the Nearfield Wifi to Cell phone capability and I also like the improved low light but I still find myself wanting even better low light.
This Panasonic 850 (a few more features than the 750) may have (but not sure) lower light ability, does have IR nightshot and has a small extra camera on the LCD screen.
It’s only 20x optical but starts a little more telephoto on the wide end making it about the same as the 720′s 21X in the long distance department.
I’ll definitely give this a review when it comes out in the stores.
This may be an interesting indoor camera. 12x Zoom and brags about low light performance.
12x Optical Zoom helps ensure outstanding optical performance and versatility.
Built-in Wi-Fi® allows wireless transferring of images and video to compatible mobile devices, select social networking sites and your Wi-Fi® enabled computer, and lets you remotely shoot using your smartphone or tablet.
16.0 Megapixel High-Sensitivity CMOS sensor with the DIGIC 4+ Image Processor creates the Canon HS SYSTEM, which helps provide excellent low-light performance.
Creative Shot mode uses composition, color and lighting from your original image to create unique images with an artistic flair.
Smart AUTO intelligently selects the proper camera settings based on 32 predefined shooting situations.