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Panasonic HC-W850
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Kodak PixPro SP1 Sony HDR-MV1 Panasonic HC-W850
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Wide-angle setting
Kodak PixPro SP1
Sony HDR-MV1
Panasonic HC-W850
Score
4/5
4/5
4/5
Handling
4/5 4/5 4/5
Video Quality
3/5 3/5 4/5
User Score
Specifications
Specifications
Format AVCHD
Sensor NC 14
Zoom
Focal length in 24x36 16.8
Image stabilization NC
Dimensions 85 x 51 x 40 mm
Weight 0 g
Specifications
Format
Sensor
Zoom NA
Focal length in 24x36
Image stabilization
Dimensions
Weight NC
Specifications
Format AVCHD
Sensor BSI 1/4"
Zoom 20 x
Focal length in 24x36 29.5-612 mm
Image stabilization Yes
Dimensions 65 x 73 x 139 mm
Weight 0 g
Conclusion
That's right, we gave the PixPro SP1 the same rating as the GoPro Hero3+, because even though it offers lesser picture quality, it has other advantages, such as a whole slew of included accessories, a (housing-free) waterproof body and a Kodak screw hole for tripods and mounts. That places it among the best deals currently on the market for action cams.
The Sony HDR-MV1 music video recorder isn't a bad little gadget, offering decent image quality and respectable audio recording in relatively controlled environments (i.e. so long as there isn't too much in the way of interference/unwanted background noise). It's not great for interviews, but it could certainly appeal to musicians looking to record gigs and rehearsals for uploading online, for example. Still, that's a pretty niche market.
With new and original functions such as a second onboard camera, Wi-Fi with live streaming, slow-motion video and an IR night mode, the Panasonic HC-W850 is an interesting camcorder that stands out from its competitors. Image quality is good and there's a decent range of connection ports.
Pros

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Manufacturing quality

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Waterproof (no need for an extra housing)

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Colour LCD display for easier framing

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Over 2 hours of battery life in HDTV 1080

+

Screw hole lets you attach it to a tripod and other accessories

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Decent-quality audio recording

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Records in uncompressed PCM format

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Headphones out for controlling audio level while filming

+

Decent video quality in low light

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Good image quality in decent light

+

Digital noise handled well, good sensitivity

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Onboard Wi-Fi

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Mic and headphones sockets

+

Slow-motion mode can switched on and off while filming

+

IR night mode

+

Excellent stabilisation system

Cons

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No 60/50p mode in HDTV 1080

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Colours look a bit dense

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No optical/digital image stabilisation

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Body is on the heavy side

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No optical zoom

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No sponges or windshields for the mics

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Screen isn't in the most practical place, plus resolution could be sharper

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No photo mode

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Smartphone app doesn't offer many remote control options

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No memory card guide to help you get the card in the right way round, no internal memory

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LCD resolution could be higher and touch-controls aren't sensitive enough

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No built-in viewfinder

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Battery life isn't amazing, battery charges in-camera (no stand-alone charger)

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Removable accessories shoe isn't particularly practical

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Photo mode isn't great

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No 24p or 25p modes in AVCHD