Panasonic HC-V500M Camcorder Review
The Panasonic HC-V500M has a lot of features, both of the manual and advanced variety. It's an impressive set for a budget camcorder, and the suite of controls is eerily similar to Panasonic's flagship HC-X900M. One of the strongest new features is the inclusion of a 1080/60p record mode—a feature that was previously limited to Panasonic's top-line models. The camcorder also has aperture, shutter speed, white balance, and manual focus control, just like its big-brother HC-X900M. The main difference, however, is that the V500M doesn't have a great way to set all these controls. You have to use the touchscreen interface instead of a dial or ring like you get on flagship models.