Panasonic HC-V700 Camcorder Review
Like last year's HDC-TM90 and this years HC-X900M, the Panasonic HC-V700 did a very good job in our motion test. The 1080/60p mode captured smooth, sharp video images in which artifacting was kept to a minimum. Some noticeable trails were present in our motion test, but it wasn't anything out of the ordinary. Honestly, our only big complaint about the camcorder in terms of motion is its lack of a 24p frame rate option. The V700 only records 60i or 60p video in HD, and the camcorder has a 30p standard definition option (iFrame recording). But if you're looking for that film-like aesthetic that you get with 24p, then look elsewhere. What bothers us most about this is that Panasonic used to have a 24p mode on its mid-range models in previous years (Digital Cinema Mode), but now it is only offered on the flagship HC-X900. More on how we test motion.
60i Motion Test
60p Dark Motion Test
Resolution & Frame Rates
Most record modes on the V700 capture Full HD video at a 1920 × 1080 resolution. The 1080/60p option is the highest-quality setting on the camcorder (making use of the highest bitrate), but the 60i record modes all make use of a 1920 × 1080 resolution as well. The iFrame mode is the only option that doesn’t record Full HD video. It records at a 960 × 540 resolution and uses a 30p frame rate, but it produces video files that are still quite large due to the mode’s high bitrate.