HC-V700 HD Camcorder

  • 21x Optical Zoom (46x i.Zoom) and 28mm Wide Lens
  • Fine Image Quality (Full HD)
  • 2D to 3D Conversion & 3D Conversion Lens


Imaging Technology

Produces stunning images in all kinds of situations.

New High Sensitivity Sensor

Newly developed High Sensitivity Sensor portrays brightly lit scenes beautifully, and also captures dimly lit scenes with crisp, bright images and minimal noise. It produces stunning images in all kinds of situations, such as shooting indoors and at night. Because the pixels of this sensor are densely aligned, Intelligent Resolution Technology can be used when the Intelligent 46x Zoom exceeds the optical 21x zoom level, while maintaining the HD pixel count for high-powered zoom shots with incredible beauty.

Conventional Sensor

New High Sensitivity Sensor

Insufficient light makes the image noisy.

Even dark scenes have beautiful color and no noise.

Intricate details from Intelligent Resolution Technology.

Crystal Engine PRO

The Crystal Engine PRO instantly processes the huge amount of data that goes into Full-HD images, and further enhances Full-HD quality. It produces smooth, high-resolution zoom shots even when the range exceeds the limit for optical zooming. Crystal Engine PRO clearly delineates even the tiniest details of your subject, with extremely natural beauty. In addition, its Noise Reduction (NR) technology has been completely redesigned. The low-frequency noise that occurs when recording in dim lighting has been further minimized. Compared to previous Panasonic models, noise has been reduced by approximately 40%.* And Intelligent Resolution Technology ensures sharp and crisp pictures, resulting in bright and beautifully colored motion images.

* Compared with the conventional engine for HDC-SD90 and HDC-HM90

Sharpens details and enhances smooth areas.

Intelligent Resolution Technology

The Intelligent Resolution Technology incorporated in the Crystal Engine PRO uses edge detection technology to confirm the edges of objects within the image, then emphasizes the edges for optimal clarity. For example, it brings crisp definition to patterns and the outlines of objects like flowers. Conversely, it reduces noise and enhances the natural smoothness of parts without edges, like the sky. The increased sharpness is especially effective for images with delicate details. This highly advanced technology maximizes the beauty of Full-HD images.

* Intelligent Resolution Technology works only for digital zoom shots.

Easily save important scenes in 3D.

3D Image Recording

Simply mounting the optional 3D Conversion Lens to the V700 enables easy 3D shooting.* The 3D Conversion Lens is smaller than the one for last year's models, and its brightness has also been increased from F3.3 to F2.4.

* The optional set of VW-CLT2 3D Conversion Lens and Step-up Ring is required for shooting 3D images.

How do humans perceive 3-dimensional images?

Because the left and right eyes are located at different positions on the face, the left and right eyes perceive slightly different images. The difference between the two images is called "visual disparity." The brain processes these two images with visual disparity to reconstruct spatial conditions, enabling us to see things with three-dimensional depth.

Crisp, clear images even for fast-moving subjects

AVCHD Progressive Compliant 1080/60p Recording

1080/60p recording (Full-HD, 1,920 x 1,080, 60 progressive recording) conveys about twice the information of 1080i (interlace) recording. Fast-moving subjects, such as in sports scenes, are smoothly recorded. The progressive recording of the V700 fully complies with the AVCHD Progressive standard.

Interlaced Scanning (1080/60i) Only half of the image data is reproduced in each picture. Fabric patterns run together, and moiré patterns appear.

Progressive Scanning (1080/60p) Reproduces all of image data in a single picture. Patterns in fabric are crisp and clear with no color bleeding.

Shooting Performances

Captures large groups, even when shooting from up close.

28mm Wide-Angle*

The 28mm wide-angle* on the V700 fits more people and more of the background into the frame. This is especially handy when you want to take a group photo in a small room. It fits your subjects in even when you shoot from up close, and makes it possible to pick up even small sounds with the mic. It also gives you entirely new ways to enjoy your camcorder, like taking self portraits or capturing sweeping landscapes without losing the sense of scale.

* 35mm camera equivalent

Beautiful zoom shots of distant subjects.

Intelligent 46x Zoom

The V700 feature an Intelligent Zoom function that goes all the way up to 46x. When using Intelligent Zoom, Intelligent Resolution technology lets you shoot at high zoom rates while preserving the image resolution. You get sharp images of highly detailed objects – without the blurry edges.

Powerful hand-shake compensation over the entire zoom range.


HYBRID O.I.S. + uses five-axis correction to thoroughly suppress blurring all the way from wide-angle shots to powerful zoom shots. It also achieves superb effects when shooting while walking. This lets you capture crisp, clear images, without blurring, in almost every shooting situation.

Even more powerful hand-shake compensation.

O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer) Lock

The image-stabilizing effect is increased by pressing and holding the O.I.S. Lock indication on the LCD screen, which maximizes the blur detection sensitivity. This is great for when you want to zoom at a fixed angle, like for bird watching.

Stunning still images, even when enlarged.

Still Picture Recording

Still Picture Recording at 6.1 Megapixels Still Picture Recording mode lets you shoot with a maximum resolution of 6.1 megapixels.* You can also simultaneously record still images and video at 5.8 megapixels.**

* For images recorded with a 3:2 and 4:3 aspect ratio.
** For images recorded with a 16:9 aspect ratio.

60 Frames/Sec High-Speed Burst Shooting* This function lets the camcorder snap up to 60 consecutive 2.1-megapixel still images* per second for a total of 180 continuous images in about 3 seconds. You can use it to analyze a golf swing, tennis stroke or other motion.

* In PAL areas, consecutive 2.1-megapixel still images per second.

iA Mode for Still Images The iA function is active even when the camera is in still-image mode. When the Intelligent Scene Selector detects the shooting situation, it automatically switches to one of the five Scene modes for still-image shooting, and optimizes the settings for the still image.

• Sports • Portrait • Spot Light • Snow • Beach
• Sunset • Fireworks • Scenery • Night Scenery
• Night Portrait • Macro

Smile Shot (Still Image) The Smile Shot function automatically detects subject smiles, and captures the best possible smile while you're shooting movies. It lets you easily catch those fleeting, easy-to-miss stills of a smiling subject. It will also optimize the focus and exposure for your subject's smiling face.

Capture the smiles of only certain
subjects - Face Recognition Linked

Capture the smiles of an entire group
- Face Detection Linked

Capture the smiling face of a moving
subject - AF/AE Tracking Linked

Clearly catch target subject sounds.

New Zoom Mic and Wind Noise Canceller

Zoom Mic The Zoom Mic function links the microphones to the lens action. When you zoom in on a subject, the microphones focus on the sound in that same direction. By suppressing the noise on both side of the camera, its performance improves 3 dB.*

* Compared with HDC-TM90/SD90

Wind Noise Canceller The Wind Noise Canceller automatically detects and suppresses only wind noise. It lets you capture natural sounds with lifelike ambience even when shooting in windy conditions outdoors or by the sea.

Sharp focusing even up close.


You can shoot macro close-ups while maintaining a distance of 60cm from your subject. In addition, using the zoom at full magnification makes it much easier to capture extreme close-ups without your body or camera casting a shadow on the subject and while keeping the background in soft focus.

Easy Operation & Usability

Intuitive shooting, easy viewing

3.0" Wide LCD with Intuitive Touch Operation

The easy-to-view 7.5 cm/3.0" wide LCD screen allows intuitive fingertip touch-operation. When shooting, you can use Touch Zoom to instantly zoom in and out by simply touching your fingertips, and Touch Shutter to automatically focus when shooting still images by simply touching the subject on the screen. For playback, you can also change thumbnail pages by sliding a fingertip across the screen. You get smooth, intuitive operation and don't have to take your eyes off of the LCD screen.

Touch Operation

Touch Zooming

Touch Shutter

Touch for Playback

You can easily zoom in and zoom out by simply touching the LCD with your fingertips

You can touch the subject on the LCD screen to instantly focus on it and takes a still picture.

You can flip through thumbnail pages, display one of the thumbnail scenes, and more, with fingertip operation.

Auto Power LCD

The LCD brightness can be adjusted manually to suit the surroundings. In Auto Mode, the LCD brightness is adjusted automatically in 16 smooth steps depending on the surroundings.

Wide Viewing Angle LCD

The LCD has a viewing angle of 170°, both vertically and horizontally. Images are clear and bright even when viewed from an angle, so everyone can gather around the LCD to enjoy on-the-spot recordings.

Expressive performance with detailed

Handy Functions and Interfaces

You can enjoy more professional shooting with handy functions.


Accessory Shoe

There is a mic input terminal on the side of the camcorder. Plug in an external mic (optional) if desired.

Optional accessories can be attached here to increase shooting versatility.

Makes optimal settings automatically - for both motion and still images.

iA (Intelligent Auto)

This powerful function senses the shooting conditions and automatically makes the settings and activates functions that will deliver optimal results. With both motion and still images, iA does the bothersome settings for you and makes it easy to capture beautiful, well-focused images.

* The functions included in iA may not be applied when conditions do not call for them.

Learn more about iA function, click here.

Great for sudden photo opportunities! Saves energy too!

Approx. 1-sec Quick Power-On

This powerful function senses the shooting conditions and automatically makes the settings and activates functions that will deliver optimal results. With both motion and still images, iA does the bothersome settings for you and makes it easy to capture beautiful, well-focused images.

* The functions included in iA may not be applied when conditions do not call for them.

0.6-sec Quick Start

Using Quick Start mode, you simply flip open the LCD and you're ready to shoot in just 0.6 seconds.* When Eco mode is also used, the power turns off whenever the camcorder has not been operated for 5 minutes. This reduces wasted power consumption, and enables a longer battery life.

* Depending on the recording conditions, start time may be longer than 0.6 seconds.

Ideal for Mac and PC users.

iFrame Mode

The V700 lets you record videos in the iFrame. With iFrame, the video in your camera is the same format you'll edit, so it's fast to import and edit with compatible video editing software. iFrame is based on standards, so it works with a number of applications – such as iMovie.

Adjusts the focus easily.

Focus Assist

This function shows which subjects are in-focus by displaying their outlines in blue. You can easily check the focus on LCD when manually focusing, to ensure consistently clear, sharp images.

Supports your best composition.

Composition Guide Lines

With wide LCD monitors, it's hard to keep images perfectly level. The V700 solves this by displaying horizontal and vertical Composition Guide Lines that make it easy to keep the subject straight and level.

Automatically lights up when darkness is detected.

LED Video Light

When the camera determines that the ambient lighting is insufficient, it automatically switches the light on. This illuminates your subject for shooting. The LED (light emitting diode) has low power consumption, a long service life, and the safety of a low operating temperature.

No more lost lens caps.

Auto Lens Cover

When the power is turned on, the lens cover automatically opens.
When the power goes off, the lens cover closes. You don't have to keep removing and replacing a lens cap - or worry about losing it.

Easy time setting - Both on the destination and at home.

World Time

Setting the time is as easy as selecting a city from the displayed map. The World Time function lets you set the time for two cities, home and destination. You don't have to figure out the time difference at your destination, and it's easy when you get home.

The displayed map lets you easily set the time for the location you want.

Other Functions

Pre-Rec Function
Relay Recording
AGS (Auto Ground-Directional Standby)
Color Night Rec/Colour Night View
Scene Mode

Playback / Networking: 2D Images

Play a compilation of the most exciting scenes.

Advanced Highlight Playback

Select the days of the recordings you want to see, and this innovative function automatically selects the most exciting scenes, arranges them, plays them with music, and save them, or ones that the user has personally selected, according to a set time interval. It decides how exciting a scene is, based on zooming, panning, and scene changes, and whether there are faces. The V700 has both advanced with the addition of playback effects that include slow motion, still image fading, and flash playback. Four image effect modes – natural, pop, dynamic and classical – have also been added. Set different effects based on the mood of your images, and enjoy memorable scenes just the way you remember them when shooting. The Face Highlight Playback mode places priority on selecting the faces of subjects who are registered in the Face Recognition function, for quick playback of the scenes where they are clearly recorded, together with music.

Playback image effect mode

Enjoy more impressive highlight playback with natural switching effects.

View highlight playback of the images you've taken, together with a variety of fun effects.

Enjoy highlight playback with speedy, dynamic effects.

Enjoy highlight playback with dramatic effects applied mainly to your subject's faces.

Variety of index for easy selection of particular scenes.

Face Highlight, Highlight and Time Frame Index

The index function has been enhanced with the addition of a feature that divides each recorded scene into a number of smaller scenes, and displays thumbnails for each. This makes it much easier to find a particular part of a scene without having to fast-forward.

Face Highlight Index

Highlight Index

Time Frame Index

The Face Highlight Index selects scenes
that have faces in them and displays them
in an index format. This handy function lets you quickly find and view scenes that have
people in them.

The camera automatically selects and displays the most exciting scenes. It determines the level of importance of
each scene based on zooming and panning, and whether there are faces.
This gives you an easy, convenient way to view all the highlights together.

This mode divides each recorded clip into 3-second, 6-second, 12-second, 1-minute and 5-minute intervals, and displays them. This is convenient when you want to find a specific scene within a long clip.

Easily watching with connect a cable - or just use the memory card.

Easy Connecting, Easy Viewing

Just connect your HD camcorder to an HDTV and get ready for an incredible high-definition video show. If your TV is HDMI* compatible, a single HDMI mini cable is all you need. When using a video component cable, you need a separate audio cable.

* HDMI, the HDMI logo and High-Definition Multimedia Interface are trademarks or registered trademarks of HDMI Licensing LLC.


Connect your HD camcorder to a VIERA* or compatible Blu-ray Disc™ Player* via an HDMI mini cable, and you can control both units in synchronized operation with a single remote control. This kind of simple, easy operation makes it enjoyable to view your recordings.

* Availability of models may differ depending on the country.
* With VIERA Link, a control signal sent through the HDMI cable allows linked operation of a VIERA TV, compatible DIGA DVD recorder, and the HD camcorder. Please note that this function applies only to equipment that is compatible with VIERA Link, and that VIERA Link does not let you control every function of all connected equipment.

Playback with SD Card

Just slip the SD card from your camcorder into the SD card slot on your VIERA TV* or Blu-ray Disc™ Player,* and you're ready to view Full-HD moving images recorded.

* Availability of models may differ depending on the country.
The models availability varies depending on countries and regions. format still images can be viewed with other SD Memory Card Slot-equipped models.

Copy in Full-HD 1080/60p, Full-HD 1080/60i, or MPEG-2 Format

Archiving and Playback

The HD camcorders have a USB Host function that lets you connect directly to a DVD burner via a USB cable. Then just press a button and you can copy the moving images you recorded from the SD card or Built-in Memory to a DVD disc.*

* Except for 1080/60p () recording format.

Easy AVCHD to MPEG-2 Conversion

You can make a copy either in the original high-definition AVCHD format,* or in the standard-definition DVD-Video (MPEG-2) format. Choose the one that matches your playback equipment.

** AVCHD compatible models.

Archiving 1080/60p Data with a PC or Blu-ray Disc™ Recorder***

You can save 1080/60p video data onto a Blu-ray Disc™ by using a PC or Blu-ray Disc™ Recorder.***

*** Available only for Spring 2012 or newer models.

Playback with a DVD burner

To view the disc you just burned, simply connect the HD camcorder to an HDTV via an HDMI mini cable.

• The 12-cm DVD discs that you create with a DVD burner can be played on a Blu-ray Disc™ Player.

Use your PC and included software HD Writer AE 4.0

Editing, Archiving and YouTube™ or Facebook™ Uploading

HD Writer AE 4.0 software, included with the camcorder, makes it easy to play or edit videos on your PC and have more fun when the shooting's done. Also, the ordinarily time-consuming task of converting and archiving data from 60p* to AVCHD or MPEG-2 format can be easily done at high speed by connecting the camcorder to a PC with a USB cable and using the camcorder's Conversion Assist function.

* for PAL area.

Also Enjoyable When the Shooting's Done

Importing Data

When the camcorder is connected to a PC, the software automatically starts up. Importing data takes only a few clicks of the mouse.

Easy YouTube™ and Facebook™ Uploading

The videos you've recorded are easily uploaded to YouTube™ or Facebook™ in their original high quality. HD Writer AE 4.0 lets you share your videos worldwide.


Along with the full editing functions such as adding titles, rearrangement scenes, transition effects, and editing images, a Timeline mode has also been added. This allows a timeline to be displayed with a storyboard, for highly accurate editing while fine-tuning the timing of video images. The playback timing of background music can also be finely adjusted to enable precise insertion.

Short Movie Story

The newly added Short Movie Story function makes it possible to transform still images and videos into dramatic short videos. Once the still images/videos, a theme, and background music are selected, the software takes over to automatically produce the movie. When completed, you can save the video onto a disc in HD image quality, or easily upload it to YouTube™ or Facebook™.

Video Retouch

Video Retouch is a new function that lets you decorate images with text, graphic painting or stamp pens. By using a game-like approach to add an extra editing touch to finished images, they become even more attractive and enjoyable.


Make a copy either in the original high-definition AVCHD format, or in the standard-definition DVD-Video (MPEG-2) format.

3D Images

Enjoy 3D images the easy way.

2D to 3D Conversion

Images that were shot in 2D without using the 3D Conversion Lens can be easily transformed into 3D images with the 2D to 3D Conversion function. Simply connect the camcorder to a 3D-compatible TV with an HDMI cable. The 2D to 3D Conversion function then uses the image processing capability of the engine to convert 2D images into 3D. This is an easy, casual way to enjoy the excitement of 3D.

Easy Connecting for 3D Video Playback and Archiving

Connection for 3D Video Playback

To play back 3D videos, simply insert an SD Memory Card in the slot of a Panasonic VIERA 3DTV.* Or you can use an HDMI mini cable to connect the camcorder to a VIERA 3DTV or another 3D TV that is compatible with the side-by-side method. Playback is also possible through an AVCHD-compatible player/recorder.**

* Some models of VIERA 3DTV may require a firmware update to play 3D images from an SD card. For details, please visit
** If the player/recorder is not 3D compatible, you need to set the 3D mode on the TV manually.
*** To play the content with a recorder, the data must be copied to an HDD.

Connection for 3D Video Archiving

Recorded 3D data can be saved onto a DVD by simply connecting the V700 to an optional DVD burner with a USB cable and pressing a button. You can also use an AVCHD-compatible recorder to save data onto a Blu-ray Disc™ or DVD.

* To burn the content onto a BD/DVD, the data must be copied to an HDD.
** The models availability varies depending on countries and regions.

Easy Editing (HD Writer AE 4.0)

HD Writer AE 4.0 offers a wide variety of 3D editing functions. 3D switching allows various effects to be added to scene transitions. Titles can be inserted in front of the images, and special effects can be positioned with the titles, with a lever for adjusting the visual disparity. This makes editing 3D images as easy as editing ordinary 2D images. If the user's system supports NVIDIA 3D Vision, the 3D images can be checked as editing proceeds.

• About HD Writer AE 4.0:
Even if the system requirements mentioned in these operating instructions are fulfilled, some personal computers cannot be used.
This software is not compatible with Microsoft Windows 3.1, Windows 95, Windows 98/98SE, Windows Me, Windows 2000 and Windows NT.
Supplied CD-ROM is available for Windows only.
Operation on an upgraded OS is not guaranteed.
When 2 or more USB devices are connected to a PC, or when devices are connected though USB hubs or by using extension cables, proper operation is not guaranteed.
Operation on an OS other than the one pre-installed is not guaranteed.
This software does not support the multi-boot environments.
This software doen not support the multi-monitor environments.
Operation is not guaranteed on Windows XP Media Center Edition, Tablet PC Edition, Windows Vista Enterprise or Windows 7 Enterprise.
Available with administrator account in Windows XP.
Available with administrator account or standard account in Windows Vista/Windows 7 (Installation and uninstallation of the software requires an administrator account.)

• Microsoft®, Windows® and Windows Vista® are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Microsoft Corporation in the United States and/or other countries.
• YouTube™ and the YouTube Logo are trademarks of Google Inc.
• Facebook and the Facebook logo are registered trademarks or trademarks of Facebook, Inc.
• iMovie and Mac are trademarks of Apple Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries.
• IBM and PC/AT are registered trademarks of International Business Machines Corporation of the U.S.
• Intel, Pentium, Celeron and Intel Core are trademarks of Intel Corporation in the U.S. and/or other countries.
• Other names of systems and products mentioned in these instructions are usually the registered trademarks or trademarks of the manufacturers’ who developed the system or product concerned.
• NVIDIA and 3D VISION are either registered trademarks or trademarks of NVIDIA Corporation in the United States and/or other countries.
• All other company and product names are trademarks of their respective corporations.

SpecificationsExpand All

    • Image Sensor
    • Total Pixels
    • Effective Pixles
    • Motion Image
    • Still Image
    • F Value
    • Optical Zoom
    • Focal Length
    • 35 mm Film Camera Equivalent
    • Motion Image
    • Still Image
    • Filter Diameter
    • Lens Brand
    • Standard Illumination
    • Minimum Illumination
    • Focus
    • Zoom
    • Intelligent Zoom OFF
    • Intelligent Zoom ON
    • Digital Zoom
    • White Balance
    • Shutter Speed
    • Motion Image
    • Still Image
    • Iris
    • Image Stabilizer
    • Recording Media
    • Recording Format
    • Compression Method
    • Signal System
    • Recording/ Playback Mode
    • Thumbnail Display
    • Audio Recording System
    • Microphone
    • Speaker
    • Recording Format
    • Recirding Image Size
    • Still Image
    • Simultaneous Recording
    • Flash
    • Power Supply
    • Power Consumption
    • Dimensions (W x H x D)
    • Weight (w/o battery and SD card)
    • LCD Monitor
    • Interface
    • HDMI
    • Microphones (stereo mini)
    • USB
    • USB Charge
    • AV Multi
    • LED Video Light
    • Accessory Shoe
    • On-Screen Display Language
    • AC Adaptor
    • AC Cable
    • DC Cable
    • Rechargeable Battery Pack
    • AV Multi Cable
    • Shoe adaptor
    • USB Cable
    • Bandled Software
    • UPC




HC-V700K is rated 4.0 out of 5 by 2.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A great successor to TM90 I recently bought this camera after my TM90 was stolen. The new V700 sports larger sensor (which results in lower image noise and higher dynamic range), external image stabilizer and mode selection controls, 6.1 megapixels for still images (15.3 megapixels total). There are video samples on YouTube, but keep in mind that when you upload a video clip, YouTube compresses it. HD Writer AE software doesn't upload video clips on Facebook in HD while uploading them in HD on YouTube. I wish I could select the video quality to make sure I'm uploading the highest quality possible without any compression. Another confusion is in tech specs. It says the camcorder has 21x optical zoom while my camcorder shows 26x. In a lens section of specs the focal length is 2.82-59.2mm which is almost 21x, a little further it says 35mm camera equivalent 28.0-717.4mm which makes 26x zoom. There is no need for USB 3.0 since the SD card Class 10 provides only 10MB/s. Another thing I wish in this camcorder is the "shutter speed" lower than 1/30 to capture the night sky (or I just didn't find it yet). Other than that the camcorder is just a great purchase.
Date published: 2012-05-25
Rated 3 out of 5 by from
Date published: 2012-04-14
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  • How am I able to convert the AVCHD to an MOV file format so it will play on the thumb drive on my TV?
    Unfortunately, the Panasonic software doesn't convert videos to MOV format. To do this you would be required to use a third party software with such capabilities.
  • How am I able to continue recording after pausing without starting a new recording?
    Unfortunately, it is not possible to record where you paused in the video. The images recorded between pressing the start and stop button to start recording and pressing it again to pause the recording button. The new recording will be a new scene.
  • How am I able to adjust the volume during playback?
    In order to, adjust the volume during playback, you are required to use the zoom lever. Turn to use the zoom level right to increase the volume or to the left to increase the volume.
  • Does this product support 720p format recording?
    No, the product does not support 720p format recording.
  • Does this model have a car charger available?
    There is no car charger available for the Panasonic camcorder.
  • Does this camcorder have an Mic jack?
    Yes, this camcorder has a mic jack .
  • Does this camcorder have a microphone input?
    Only HDC-TM900 and HDC-HS900 camcorders have an external microphone input.
  • Does the camera use a proprietary wiring that prevents standard HDMI cables from working when playing back video?
    It is recommended that you used the supplied Panasonic HDMI mini cables(RP-CDHM15, RP-CDHM30) for connecting the camcorder to your TV. Also you can connect the camcorder to another TV to make sure that the problem is not with the TV.
  • Does the camcorder have infra-red or Night vision mode?
    No. The camcorders have a special low light mode called "Night mode".
  • Does the camcorder have an upgrade conversion kit or a trade in value?
    There are no upgrades kits or trade in values for the camcorder. We apologize for the inconvenience.
  • Does software come with this camcorder?
    HD Writer VE 2.0 You can copy the motion/still picture data to the HDD of PCs or write to media such as Blu-ray discs, DVD discs or SD cards using HD Writer VE 2.0, which is the software installed in the supplied CD-ROM. Refer to the operating instructions of HD Writer VE 2.0 (PDF file) for details on how to use it.
  • Does my camcorder have HDMI output?
    Only HDC-HS900, HDC -TM900, HDC-SD800, HDC-TM90, HDC-SD90, HDC-H100,HDC-TM40, HDC-SD40,HDC-HS 80,HDC-SD80 and HDC-TM80 models have HDMI output on the unit.
  • Do I have to adjust the 3D lens every time when I connect to the camcorder?
    Yes, it is always recommended to adjust the 3D lens every time when connected to the unit.
  • Can this camera be connected to a PC?
    Yes, to any PC capable of recognizing a mass storage device. Windows 7/Windows Vista/Windows XP/Windows 2000/Windows Me. Mac, OS X v10.1 ~ v10.7.
  • Can the time and date be displayed when files are transferred to a PC?
    Unfortunately, the date and time is not transferred when the videos are imported to the PC.
  • Can the camera's menu be shown in any other language?
    Cameras sold for the US market generally support English and Spanish. Portugese is also now supported in some 2012 models.
  • Can the camcorders Date/Time stamp shows the date and time when it is transferred to a PC?
    The date and time are transferred when videos are imported to the PC. When using the provided editing software you can go in the porperties of the video thumbnail (right click on the video clip), which displays the video clip spec.
  • Can the camcorder record in 24P mode?
  • Can I view my pictures on my TV screen?
    You can view pictures on a TV screen by connecting your camera to your TV with the AVcable.
  • Can I use this camcorder as a webcam?
    No, you cannot use this unit as Webcam.
  • Can I use the latest SDXC memory cards?
    Yes. All 2010 and later Panasonic camcorders are compatible with the new SDXC memory cards up to 64GB.
  • Can I transfer videos without connecting the camcorder to the PC?
    The videos will need to be recorded on an SD card a placed into a SD Card reader to import the videos to the computer.
  • Can I take a still picture snapshot while I am recording a video?
    Yes, you can take a still picture while recording a video except for the HDC-TM40 and HDC-SD40.
  • Can I replace the hard drive of the camcorder?
    No. The hard drive of the camcorders are non user-replaceable.
  • Can I record in PAL?
    No, NTSC only.
  • Can I playback videos recorded on SD card in 1080/60p directly to TV or Blu-ray Player?
    Yes. Refer to your TV and/or Blu-ray player Owner's manual to confirm playability of 1080/60p videos.
  • Can I mount a Video DC light on my camcorder?
    You can only mount a Video DC light on the HDC-HS900 and HDC-TM900 ( Using provided adapter for HDC-TM900).
  • Can I leave the battery attached when I store the camera?
    Storing the unit with the battery attached may result in a discharged battery. This may result in you not being able to use the battery the next time you want to use the camcorder.
  • Can I increase the time that the camcorder pre-records up from 3 seconds?
    No. currently the pre-record feature is set to 3 seconds before you press the [record] button.
  • Can I go back and time stamp my photos after I have copied them to my PC?
    If the photo was not modified in any way (including renaming it) you should be able to copy it back to the original location on the SD card and use any feature the camera would offer. Once the photo was modified or altered, this would not be possible.
  • Can I get the time and date to show on my video when I import it to my computer?
    Yes, the date and time is displayed under every thumbnail title. The date and time is not displayed on the video playback.
  • Can I attach the 3D lens to my camcorder?
    The 3D lens can only be attached to the HDC-SD90, HDC-TM90, HDC-SD800, HDC-TM900 and HDC-HS900 (3D lens are optional and not included with the unit).
  • Can additional languages be added to the camera?
    The camera is unable to add additional languages.
  • Am I able to use the Panasonic software with a different brand camcorder?
    The Panasonic software was meant to be only used with videos recorded by supporting Panasonic camcorders.
  • Am I able to use the camcorder output video when using the Wi-Fi mode?
    Unfortunately, the camcorder is not capable of outputting video in Wi-Fi mode.
  • Am I able to transfer videos to the computer using the USB cable?
    Unfortunately, it is not possible to transfer videos to your computer using a USB cable. A video clip can be transferred directly to your PC (Personal Computer) via a DV Interface Cable (i.LINK) using products and software from a number of video editing software companies such as Windows Movie Maker. In order to transfer videos, your PC is required to have a DV terminal.
  • Am I able to record with this camcorder for a continuous 3 hours? Also, am I able to record with a LCD screen closed using a smartphone or tablet to operate?
    Yes, the camcorder is capable of continuous recording for 3hrs if the camcorder is connected to an AC adapter and there is sufficent recordable space available on the memory.
  • Am I able to download updated editing software compatible with Windows 8?
    The CD-ROM HD Writer AE 4.0 is compatible with Windows 8 OS. When the software is installed, a message "This OS is not supported." will be displayed. However, continue with the installation. An application error message ngen.exe might also appear in the installation process, to resolve this click OK to allow the install to complete. After startup, a message may also appear prompting to turn off the Aero theme. Click OK to proceed.
  • Am I able to connect an external microphone to this camcorder? (HC-V700)
    Yes. A compatible plug-in powered microphone can be used as an external microphone. Audio will turn into stereo (2 ch) with the external microphone input.
  • Am I able to add languages other than the default languages on this model camera?
    Unfortunately, it is not possible to add languages on this model.
  • Is there any software for the Max that will work with the camcorder?
    Yes, you would be able to use iMovie for videos and iPhotos for pictures.
  • Is there a way to change the recording video format on the camcorder from AVCHD to something else, like MP4?
    No. The AVCHD format offers High definition image quality while keeping video file sizes at a minimum.
  • Is there a car charger available for this model camcorder?
    Unfortunately, there is no car charger available for your Panasonic model camcorder. You may refer to the product's owner manual to see a listing of the camcorder's supported accessories.
  • Is there a camcorder that records video that does not split into multiple videos when the file size exceeds 4GB?
    All of the Panasonic camcorders maximum file size is 4GB.
  • Is there a camcorder that is compatible with a 128GB SDXC SD Card?
    There are no camcorders compatible with a 128GB SDXC SD Card.
  • Is there a camcorder that does not divide the files when the file size exceeds 4GB?
    All of our camcorders have a limitation of recording 4GB when recording video.
  • Is the rattling noise when the camera is shaken a stabilization or a defect?
    This is not a defect. This is the sound of the Optical Image Stabilizer. The sound will not be heard any longer when the camera is in use.
  • Is the new editing software compatible with Windows 8?
    The HD Writer AE 4.0 software, is compatible with a Windows 8 OS. When installing the software, the message "This OS is not supported" will be displayed. However please continue the installation through the message is displayed. An application error might appear during the installation process and click [OK] to allow the install to complete . After startup, a message related to turning off the Aero theme may appear. Click [OK] to proceed.
  • Is the camcorder compatible with Mac OSX?
    The camcorder is compatible with Mac OSX. To import the videos use iMovie software.
    Note: Videos recorded in 1080/60p is incompatible with iMovie.
  • Is rattling noise that sounds like something is rolling inside a part of the stabilization or is it a defect?
    The sound that is heard is that of the Optical Image Stabilizer. It is moving and it is not a defect. The sound will no longer be heard when the unit is turned on and the mode is set to record
  • If I turn the camcorder upside down , I hear rattling noise is this normal?
    This rattling noise is the Optical image stabilization sensor which assists with reduces any handshake while recording. This is normal.
  • I saw a notice on Panasonic's web site that a firmware update was available for my camera. What is a "firmware update" and is it important that I install it?
    Panasonic may occasionally add a new feature to the camera, or if we discover a minor problem after the camera started selling Panasonic may issue new firmware to make the necessary changes. Any new firmware release includes a description of the changes it makes. If you are having the problem it corrects, or if you want to add the new feature, follow the instructions and install the update. You should always begin the firmware update usong a fully charged battery.
  • I have used the wrong charger cable, now my camcorder doesn’t turn on. How can I fix this?
    You will be required to send it to our Service Center to have the camcorder repaired. Click the below link and submit a new repair request.
  • How do I view the recordings from my camcorder onto my TV?
    You can connect the camcorder to the TV using a mini HDMI cable or AV cable.
  • How do I resolve the "Check card" error message when I insert the SD card in the camcorder?
    This card is not compatible or it cannot be recognized by the model camcorder. If the message appears even though motion pictures and still pictures are recorded on the SD card, the card may be unstable. Reinsert the SD card and if the issue persists then you would need to use a different SD card. If this continues to happen on all SD cards inserted in the camcorder then unfortunately the camcorder would need servicing. Please click the link below and submit a new repair request. Click Here
  • How do I resolve a "Lens Err" error message?
    There appears to be something wrong with the internal components of the unit. Try resetting the camcorder. To reset the camcorder, go to the Menu screen and select "Setup". Next select "Initial Set". If the issue persists, the camcorder needs to be serviced. Click the link below and submit a new repair request:

  • How do I fix my LCD screen when it is freely swinging in and out while in use?
    You will be required to send it to our Service Center to have the camcorder repaired. Click the below link and submit a new repair request. Click Here
  • How do I erase files so I can record new scenes, when I am getting a message that the built in memory is full?
    You are able to delete/erase scenes to make more space by pressing "Menu" and selecting [EDIT SCENE], [DELETE], [ALL SCENES], [MULTI] or [SINGLE]
  • How do I convert the AVCHD to MOV format to playback on TV using USB drive?
    The Panasonic software doesn't convert videos to MOV format.
  • How do I combine two scenes, because when I pause the video when recording it creates a different scene?
    You are able to combine both of the scenes into one by using the HD Writer software that is provided with the camcorder. To use the software however, you will require an Operating System no earlier than Windows XP
  • How do I clean my camcorder?
    Before cleaning, detach the battery or pull out the AC adaptor from the AC outlet, and then wipe the product with a dry soft cloth.
  • How do I adjust the volume during playback?
    To adjust the volume during playback, you would be required to use the zoom lever. Turn the zoom lever to the right to increase the volume or to the left to decrease the volume
  • How can you delete the data from the built-in memory?
    Select [MENU] --> [EDIT SCENE] --> [DELETE] then select either [ALL SCENES], [MULTI] or [SINGLE].
  • How can videos and pictures be transferred to my PC without using the supplied software?
    Connect the camcorder to the PC via USB cable. After camcorder and PC are connected, drag and drop the files to the specified folder.
    Note: The files that are drag and drop cannot be edited, burn or playback using the supplied software.
    It is recommended to use the supplied software to transfer the pictures and videos to the PC.
  • How can the error message "Check card" be resolved when inserting SD card.
    Confirm the SD card is not in "LOCK" position.
    Check if the SD works in the PC. If yes, format the SD card using the PC and reinsert the SD card.
    If the issue persists try to use a different SD card. If the issue remains on all of the SD cards the camcorder needs servicing. Click the link below and submit a new repair request:
  • How can I remove the "mnl" icon when using the HCV700 camcorder to send out a composite video signal to a TV?
    On the camcorder, go to the "Menu" screen then select "Setup", then select "Ext. Display" and set it to "Off".
  • How can I playback my original videos recorded in 1080/60p on TV and/or Blu-ray Player?
    1080/60P videos recorded on SD card can be played back on your TV and/or Blu-ray Player by inserting the SD card in your TV and/or Blu-ray Player. You can also connect the camcorder via HDMI connection directly to your TV. Note: Please refer to your TV and/or Blu-ray Player Owner's manual to confirm that your TV and/or Blu-ray player has SD card slot and it is capable of playing 1080/60p video.
  • How can I maximize my SD Card?
    The maximum amount of space will be achieved when all previous photos have been deleted. The actual number of photos your card can hold will vary depending on the size, resolution and content of the photos.
  • How can I get my HD writer to install .NET framework v4.0.30319 if it is already set up on my PC?
    Visit the microsoft download center and search for .NET framework v4.0.30319 download
  • How can I fix the camcorder when it beeps twice and powers off even when fully charged?
    There appears to be a problem with the internal components of the unit. The camcorder needs to be serviced. Click the link below and submit a new repair request.

  • How can I fix LCD screen picture loss and vertical lines?
    There appears to be a problem with the internal components of the unit. The camcorder needs to be serviced. Click the link below and submit a new repair request.

  • How can I fix a loose LCD screen?
    The LCD screen is required to be serviced. The service center is where the camcorder needs to be sent. Click the link below and submit a new repair request.

  • How can I compare the features of the new camcorders?
    Go to the Shop site, select Cameras & Camcorders from the dropdown menu.Select Camcorders from the list. Place a check mark in the box above the camcorders you wish to compare (you can compare up to 4 items at once) Click on "Compare" at the top of the page.

    Click Here.

  • How am I able to turn off the time and date display on my camcorder?
    In order to turn off the Date/Time display on your model's camcorder, go to the "Menu" then select "Setup" then Date/Time and select "Off".
  • How am I able to transfer the videos and pictures to the PC without using the software?
    You are able to connect the camcorder to the PC via a USB cable to drag and drop the files to your laptop.
  • How am I able to resolve the message "Card full" on the LCD when there is nothing on the card?
    In order to, resolve the "Card full" message, you would be required to format the SD card. To format the SD card, select Menu > Format Media > SD card.
  • How am I able to remove icons from the display screen so they don’t show up when shooting or streaming output?
    You have two options. The information is displayed on the screen for only 5 seconds after starting either [Motion Picture Recording Mode] or [Still Picture Recording Mode], or starting playback or touching the screen. Also, you may choose to have the information set to display always. In order to set the desired setting, go to the Menu and select [SETUP] > [DISPLAY] then select the desired setting.
  • How am I able to correct the error message that my laptop does not find the new equipment whenever I connect my Camcorder to the laptop?
    Make sure that you are using the supplied USB that comes with the Camcorder. Then, attempt to connect the camcorder to a different USB port. Also, you may try to connect to a different PC to determine whether the issue is with the PC or camcorder.
  • Why is the playback on my video's laptop not smooth?
    To play back video in HD/1080p smoothly on your laptop, your laptop should meet the following requirements:

    • Intel Pentium 4 2.8 GHz or higher (including compatible CPU)
    • Intel Core 2 Duo 2.16 GHz or higher or AMD Athlon 64 X2 Dual-Core 5200+ or higher is recommended when using playback function or MPEG2 output function.
    • Intel Core 2 Quad 2.6 GHz or higher is recommended when using the editing function.
    • Intel Core i7 2.8 GHz or higher is recommended when playing back or using the editing function for 1080/60p
    • 1GB or more
    • High color (16 bit) or more (32 bit or more recommended) Desktop resolution of 1024x768 pixels or more (1920 X 1080 pixels or more recommended)
    • DirectX 9.0c compatible video card (DirectX 10 recommended)
    • Video memory of 256 MB or more recommended.
  • Why is my computer unable to detect the camcorder?
    Follow the steps below to correct the problem 1. After re-inserting the SD card into this unit, reconnect the supplied USB cable. 2. Select another USB terminal on the PC. 3. Connect the supplied USB cable again after restarting the PC and turning the unit on.
  • Why does the video divide after continuous recording for a long time?
    Video files greater than 4GB are automatically divided.
  • Why does the product not turn on after using the wrong charger?
    The Camcorder needs to be sent to the Service Center to be repaired. Click the link below and submit a new repair request:

    Note: Panasonic is not responsible for 3rd party failure

  • Why does the color or brightness of the image change?
    The color or brightness of the unit can change if the scene lighting changes, when the camera is in the Intelligent Auto Mode.
  • Why does the battery life run out so quickly?
    Over time and with usage, it is normal for the battery capacity to decrease. If this condition occurs the battery must be replaced.
  • Why does my unit stop recording at times?
    The speed and capacity of the SD card can cause this condition. Panasonic recommends Class 6 or higher for video recording. Make sure that there is adequate space on the SD card.
  • Why does a long recording split the video into 2 different folders?
    Video files that are higher than 4GB are automatically divided.
  • Why am I unable to zoom in or out when taking a 3D video?
    When the 3D lens is attached, the zoom position is fixed and the function is disabled.
  • Why am I unable to read the PDF operating instructions for HD Writer AE 4.1?
    You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader 5.0 or later, or Adobe Reader 7.0 or later installed on your PC.
  • What type of lenses do Panasonic camcorders use?
    Panasonic camcorders use Leica lenses which are made out of high quality glass.
  • What size SD Card can I use in my Camera?
    Cameras with a manufacturing date of 2006 or before can use Standard Sd Cards ( 2GB Max ) only. Models manufactured from 2007 thru 2009 can use Standard SD Cards and SDHC Cards ( Max 32GB ) Cameras Manufactured 2010 and later can use all SD Cards up to and including SDXC cards (64GBMax ).There is no firmware update that willincrease the maximum size of the SD Card for allowable usage.
  • What size and type memory card can I use in my camcorder?
    Panasonic camcorders use a SD (Secure Digital) card. There is the Standard SD, and also the SDHC (Secure Digital High Capacity), and SDXC (Secure Digital eXtended Capacity) Card Formats that can be used.
    • In 2007, camcorders can use up to a maximum of 4GB SDHC Card.
    • In 2008, camcorders can use up to a maximum of 8GB SDHC Card.
    • In 2009, camcorders can use up to a maximum of 32GB SDHC Card.
    • In 2010 to current, camcorders use up to a maximum of 64GB SDXC Card.

    Depending on the specific model of your camcorder. Refer to the owner's manual for the type of card to be used. Recording video also requires a fast memory card and so Class 6 cards up to the newer Class 10 cards are recomended.

  • What should I do when I am trying to install the HD Writer software and am getting the message "This operating system does not support this software"?
    You will get a prompt asking if you would like to continue, select yes to continue.
  • What should I do if my camera won't turn on?
    First, ensure that the batter is fully charged, keeping in mind that the charge indicator light turns off after charging is complete (approximately 90 minutes). A depleted battery will usually cause the camera to power on, and then quickly off. If your battery is more than a year old, it may need to be replaced.
  • What is the the difference between "Maximum continuously recordable time" and "Actual recordable time"?
    The actual recordable time refers to the time that is recorded when repeatedly starting/stopping recording, turning the unit on/off, moving the zoom lever etc. The maximum continiously recordable time refers to the recordable time when recording without pause, powering on/off etc.
  • What is the meaning of the symbols P,PC, and PU on the manual?
    The symbol P on the camcorder model number is designated for US sales. The symbol PC is designated for Canadian sales and PU is for South American sales.
  • What is the iA mode?
    iA (Intelligent Auto) mode automatically adjusts the color balance and focusing. Depending on the brightness of the subject etc, the aperture and shutter speed are automatically adjusted for an optimum brightness.
  • What is O.I.S?
    O.I.S (Optical Image Stabilizer) helps to reduce the effects of shake during the recording while walking, or holding the unit and recording the subject while using zoom.
  • What is AVCHD?
    AVCHD stands for Advanced Video Coding High Definition. AVCHD is the format for recording and playback of High Definition Videos.
  • What does the 1080/60P button on the camcorder do? (Only for 3MOS High definition camcorders HDC-HS900, HDC-TM900 and HDC-SD800, HDC-TM90 and HDC-SD90).
    Using this function you can switch between normal recording mode (AVCHD) and 1080/60p (1920×1080/60p Progressive ) recording mode which is the highest quality of recording for this unit.
  • What do the symbols P, PC, and PU in the manual mean?
    Any Panasonic camcorder with the suffix PU at the end of the model number is a camera designed to be sold in South America. US cameras will contain the suffix P.Any model with PC at the end of the model number is a Canadian unit.
  • What can I do to resolve freezing when transferring videos to Windows XP?
    Confirm that your camcorder meets the spec of your PC when transferring the video. Refer to the operating manual for the specification.
  • What can I do to be able to to transfer the videos taken on my SD card to my computer?
    It is recommended that you used the supplied Panasonic HD Writer software to transfer and view the videos.
  • What are the recommended Mini HDMI cable that are compatible with the product?
    The following specified Panasonic HEMI mini cables are recommended for connecting the camcorder to your TV: RP-CDHM15 and RP-CDHM30. Also ,try connecting the camcorder to another TV to ensure that it is not the TV.

  • There are vertical/horizontal lines in my LCD screen. What do I do?
    We suggest you remove the battery and after a short wait, replace it. If this does correct the issue the camera will need to be sent in for service. Please click here for assistance.Click Here.
  • The SD card is not recognized when inserted in this product.
    If the SD card was formatted on a PC, it may not be recognized by this product. Use this product to format SD cards.
  • The LCD screen on my camera is blank. What do I do?
    We suggest you remove the battery and after a short wait, replace it. If this does correct the issue the camera will need to be sent in for service. Please click here for assistance.Click Here.
  • My lens cover won't open or close. What do I do?
    We suggest you remove the battery and after a short wait, replace it. If this does correct the issue the camera will need to be sent in for service. Please click here for assistance.Click Here.
  • My camera won't power on. What can I do?
    If you have a second battery, try it to see if you can power on the camera. If you don't have an extra battery and you're sure the battery you have is fully charged then the camera may need to be serviced. Click Here.
  • Is this model camcorder compatible with Mac OS X?
    Yes, the camcorder is compatible with the Mac OS. You will be required to use iMovie11 in order to import the videos, however any videos recorded in 1080/60p is not compatible with iMovie.
  • Is there any way to place a protective film on the touch screen?
    Yes, a protective film can be placed on the touch screen.
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