Panasonic W570 Brief Review


REVIEW SUMMARY

Specifications

  • 2.5 megapixel 1/5.8” backlit sensor
  • 1080 HD video at 50 fps
  • 28 Mbps maximum bit rate
  • 50x optical zoom
  • Maximum aperture f1.8-4.2
  • Sub-camera with 1/5.8” backlit sensor and f2.8 lens
  • Optical image stabilization
  • 3” touchscreen LCD
  • Wi-fi and NFC
  • Li-ion battery rated at 1 hour and 15 minutes of recording
  • Weighs .585 lb (266g)
  • Release Date: 2015-01-05
  • Final Grade: 87 4.35 Star Rating: Recommended


Panasonic W570 offers big zoom and picture-in-picture recording
Big zoom and a secondary camera makes the Panasonic W570 stand out.
By Hillary Grigonis, Last updated on: 1/29/2017

Hey! You should know that Panasonic has released a newer version of this product: the Panasonic HC-W580 .

The Panasonic W570 uses a secondary camera to capture simultaneous picture-in-picture footage without any editing. While the extra camera is certainly the headlining feature, the W570 also includes a few other perks, like a 50x optical zoom.

The W570 updates the W550. The features dictating video quality remain the same, while the secondary camera seems to be the biggest change. The W570 uses a 1/5.8" sensor, which seems a bit on the small side for the $500 price tag. That sensor will capture 1080 HD video at 50 fps and a 28 Mbps bit rate. The 50x optical zoom is an excellent feature, however.

The secondary camera allows for picture-in-picture recording, though the same effect can be achieved with a smartphone camera as well, opening up a few more possibilities for shots that a camera attached to the primary camera can't achieve. It's a new feature from Panasonic this year, and an interesting one at that.

With all the features though, the price on the W570 seems a little high. The Sony CX440 has the same size sensor and a better bit rate for under $300, though doesn't have the secondary camera or as large of an optical zoom. If the picture-in-picture function suits your shooting style, it's a good option, just be aware of the other affordable HD video cameras first.


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