Panasonic HC-V720 full review

Stereo sound courtesy of a large front microphone and wider overall proportions have allowed for more features than certain camcorders in its class

Of a similar rounded design to its Canon and JVC rivals, Panasonic own latest and greatest camcorder is chunkier, making it more of a squeeze to fit in the palm, or at least more comfortable for the large handed to grip. But what you do get in return is a more solid and less plastic-y feeling unit with prominent quality stereo microphone and a more serious-looking matt finish. The body by and large incorporates the battery pack within its design, rather than leaving it jutting out exposed at the back. For a little more money, the V720’s features are more comprehensive too.

Like most of the others here Wi-Fi for real-time live streaming and Full HD video capture is provided. But here we also get the option of 20.4 megapixel stills via a 1/2.3-inch CMOS sensor, with a straightforward top plate slider switch for alternating between photo, video and play modes, footage committed to optional SD card. A shutter release button sits just behind the lever zoom lever, while the video record button rests under the thumb of the right hand at the back. In addition, flip open the LCD screen to the left and the unit powers up automatically, its protective lens cover opening in tandem, allowing us to get up and shooting straight away, which is always helpful.

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