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Panasonic HC-V130

alaTest has collected and analyzed 113 reviews of Panasonic HC-V130. The average rating for this product is 4.1/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. Opinions about the size and image quality are on the whole positive. The portability and price also get good feedback. Many are critical about the color and reliability, and there are some mixed opinions about the durability.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Panasonic HC-V130 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 88/100 = Very good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 57 user reviews of Panasonic HC-V130 from The average user rating for this product is 4.4/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders on People really like the portability and zoom. The image quality and price also get good feedback, whereas some have doubts about the reliability and size. Reviews are divided on the durability.

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95% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

Apr, 2019

Consumer review ( review summary for Panasonic HC-V130


alaTest has collected and analyzed 16 user reviews of Panasonic HC-V130 from The average user rating for this product is 3.7/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on Comments about the portability and image quality are overall positive. The battery and price also get good comments. Many are negative about the color, and comments about the durability and zoom are different.

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75% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

Apr, 2019

Expert review by : Philippa Clark (

Panasonic HC-V130 camcorder


with full high-definition recording and 75x Intelligent Zoom, £230. Also in black

Oct, 2014

Consumer review (

The camcorder is so compact.


I bought the camcorder for our daughter and son in law as they were expecting a baby in May 2015. We couldn't have known that he would be born 6 weeks early and by c-section. The camera has been used extensively due to its very compact size and...

Apr, 2015

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Panasonic HC-V130


Weui8wI cant.understand how you believe that we marked it down when all our scores rated it 8or9.I have tried to do a photo but being a novice with computers I was unable to do so.


Apr, 2015

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Panasonic HC-V130


small light enough to put in pocket to be able to use in a flash.

when bought wasn't told I would need a memory card there isn't one with the camcorder so got it home and wasn't able to use after charging battery

Mar, 2015

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Panasonic HC-V130


Nice and light Great zoom

Clunky interface makes it a pain to operate. Really cheap buttons (feels like a non brand budget camera) Outdated software (doesn't like windows 8)

Feb, 2015

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Panasonic HC-V130


For an amateur the camera is a bit complicated and The fact that every scene shot is a seperate video is a real pain, To have a good length video to show you have to use editing to stitch the different scenes together. Wouldnt have bought it if I had...

Feb, 2015

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Panasonic HC-V130


Perfect size for daughters hand. Bought it for my 10 yr old as she loves making videos. Excellent little camcorder.

Haven't come across any yet.

Feb, 2015

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Panasonic HC-V130


The image quality is the best i have found,and i have bought a few similar priced camcorders over the past few years. There is no blurred images as the camera attempts to focus,and the image stabiliser is a feature i wouldn't be without.It makes all...

Not sure about the open battery at the back-but perhaps that gives you the option of buying a bigger battery with longer life? Also not sure about the lack of a lens cover,but i have had no issues regarding lack of this feature as i keep the camcorder...

Jan, 2015

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Panasonic HC-V130


Play back of videos on the screen, compact,

It didn't come with a memory card so couldn't use it straight away

Jan, 2015

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Panasonic HC-V130


Very Lightweigh and small design bought for my young daughter so easy for her to handle.

Design appears unfinished as there isn't any cover for the battery pack or SD card.

Jan, 2015

Product Specifications


Audio formats supported:AAC, MP4
Audio system:Dolby Digital / Dolby Digital 2.0
Built-In Microphone: Yes
Built-in speaker(s): Yes


Battery Capacity:970
Battery voltage:3.6
Charging source:AC, USB


3D: No
Camcorder type:Handheld camcorder
Geotagging: No
GPS (satellite): No
Minimum illumination:1
On Screen Display (OSD): Yes
Supported aspect ratios:16:9


Ceiling mountable: Yes
Ceiling mounting supported:Y
Colour of product:Black / Red / White
Form factor:Desktop
LED indicators: Yes
Product colour:White
Product Type:Desktop projector


Built-in Display: Yes
Display aspect ratio:16:9
Display diagonal:6.86
Display resolution (numeric):230400


Air filter:Y
Noise Level:37
Noise level (economic mode):29


Built-in Flash: No
Built-in light: No
Shoe mounting point: No


Focus adjustment:Auto/Manual

Image sensor

Effective megapixels (image):2.12 / 8.9
Effective megapixels (movie):2.12
Optical sensor size:25.4 / 5.8
Sensor Type:BSI / MOS / MOS BSI
Total MegaPixels:2.51


Bulb power:400
Lamp Type:UHM

Lens System

Aperture range (F-F):1.7 - 2.3
Digital Zoom:100 / 2500
Focal length (35mm film equivalent):32.9 - 1646
Focal length range (f-f):2.35 - 89.3 / 26.9 - 45.4
Image stabilizer: Yes
Interchangeable lens: No
Maximum aperture number:4.2
Maximum focal length (35mm film equiv):164.6
Minimum aperture number:1.8
Minimum focal length (35mm film equiv):3.29
Optical Zoom:38
Throw ratio:1.7 - 2.8:1


Built-in speaker(s): Yes
Number of built-in speakers:1
RMS rated power:10


Bluetooth: No
Ethernet LAN:No / Yes
Ethernet LAN data rates:10,100
Near Field Communication (NFC): No
Wi-Fi: No

Operational conditions

Operating relative humidity (H-H):10 - 80
Operating temperature (T-T):0 - 45

Other features

AV output: Yes
Intelligent mode:iA
Power consumption (typical):3.5
Video compression formats:H.264, MPEG4

Packaging Content

AC adapter included:No / Yes
Batteries included: Yes
Bundled software:Écriture HD LE 2.1 / HD Writer LE 2.1
Cables included:AC, AV, USB / AV, USB
Handheld remote control: Yes
Lens hood: No
Quick start guide: Yes
Remote control type:iR
Stylus pen: No
Warranty card: Yes


Air filter: Yes
Horizontal scan range:15 - 91
Noise Level:37
Noise level (economic mode):29

Ports & interfaces

AC (power) in: Yes
Audio (L,R) in:1
BNC input ports:5
CardBus PCMCIA slot type: No
Composite Video In:1
Composite Video Out:1
DC-in jack: Yes
DisplayPorts quantity:1
DVI port: Yes
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports:1
HDMI ports quantity:1
Headphone outputs:1
Microphone in: No
Mini HDMI ports quantity:1
PictBridge: No
RS-232 ports:2
S-Video Out: No
USB 2.0 ports quantity:1
VGA (D-Sub) ports quantity:2


AC adapter frequency:50/60
AC adapter input voltage:100 - 240
AC input frequency:50 - 60
AC input voltage:100 - 240
Power Consumption (Standby):10
Power consumption (typical):575
Power Source:AC


Built-in projector: No
Contrast ratio (typical):5000:1
Horizontal scan range:15 - 91
Keystone correction, horizontal:-30 - 30
Keystone correction, vertical:-40 - 40
Matrix size:2.01
Native Aspect Ratio:4:3
Projection distance:1.02 - 10.2
Projection Technology:LCD
Projector brightness:7500
Projector native resolution:XGA (1024x768)
Screen size compatibility:1016 - 10160
Supported aspect ratios:4:3


Camera shutter speed:0.000125 - 0.04 / 0.02 - 0.000125 / 1/25 - 1/8000
Shutter speed (video):0.000125 - 0.04

Still image

Image formats supported:EXIF, JPG / JPG
Maximum image resolution:3968 x 2232
Still image resolution(s):1920 x 1080 / 1920 x 1080, 3968 x 2232 / 3968 x 2232\n1920 x 1080


Camcorder media type:Memory Card
Camcorder tape type: No
Camera file system:DCF, Exif 2.2
Card reader integrated: No
Compatible memory cards:SD, SDHC, SDXC
Disc types supported: No
Memory slots:1
Optical disc player type:Not included


3D: No
Analog signal format system:NTSC, NTSC 4.43, PAL, PAL 60, PAL M, PAL N, SECAM
Full HD: No
HD type:Full HD
Maximum Video Resolution:1920 x 1080
Supported graphics resolutions:720 x 480, 720 x 576, 832 x 624, 1152 x 870, 1024 x 768 (XGA), 1152 x 864 (XGA+), 1280 x 1024 (SXGA), 1280 x 720 (HD 720), 1280 x 768 (WXGA), 1280 x 800 (WXGA), 1366 х 768, 1400 x 1050 (SXGA+), 1440 x 900 (WXGA+), 1600 x 1200 (UXGA), 1680 x 1050 (WSXGA+), 1920 x 1080 (HD 1080), 1920 x 1200 (WUXGA), 640 x 480 (VGA), 800 x 600 (SVGA)
Supported video modes:1080i, 1080p, 480i, 480p, 576i, 576p, 720p / 1080p
Video formats supported:AVC, AVCHD, H.264, MPEG4 / AVCHD, H.264, MP4 / AVCHD, MP4
Video Resolutions:640 x 360,960 x 540,1920 x 1080


Viewfinder Type: No

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:11.4 / 44.5
Height :17.7 / 6
Weight:10.6 / 181
Width:5.3 / 53

White balance

Indoor white balance: Yes
White Balance:Auto, Cloudy, Indoor, Sunny / Auto, Cloudy, Sunny