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Panasonic HC-V180

Panasonic HC-V180

5.0 from 1 review

Easy to operate, very compact and minimal instruction before using

We decided to purchase a Video recorder for our holiday in Africa, hoping to film some exciting experiences in the wilderness and we weren't disappointed with this purchase. After many hours of research for the best model we finally settled on this model, for a couple of reasons, which included buying a product with a trusted brand name.

The battery does need to be charged up before using it for the 1st time and the basic manual provided in the box explains the process. One observation would be that the online manual for this product is definitely more helpful than the basic paper-based copy included in the packaging. There are three cables included in the packaging so I found it helpful to label each of them with tags, ensuring that the correct cable is used for the required purpose i.e. battery charger connection.

Here's a helpful tip, once the camera battery is charged up and ready to use, remember to open the lens cover when you want to start filming, which is operated by a small lever towards the front of the camera.

Starting and stopping filming is really easy and is as simple as either closing the side viewing screen back in place beside the main body of the camera or pressing the stop button. What I really like about this model is that is designed for both a basic user or the tech-savvy operator.

To record your videos, you will need to insert a memory card, but once the videos have been stored, they can be easily uploaded to laptops and tablets by removing the card and inserting them into the chosen unit.

You can chose to opt between video or still shots by a simple press of a button on the side panel of the camera or using the touch screen, but the good news is that you can also capture still shots when reviewing your videos on a lap-top, tablet or PC, which is a great feature.

The only negative I would mention is that the accessories don't come with a carry case or memory card - these need to purchased as separate items, but overall, we have no regrets about purchasing on this model

Basically, this camera is so simple to use I was able to start to capture some very memorable moments in Africa with minimal fuss and instruction.

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Hi Lynne, wow the trip of a lifetime with a great camera to capture those fabulous memories. Thanks for sharing your review and your experience with your camera on your holiday.

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