Hey! You should know that Panasonic has released a newer version of this product: the Panasonic HC-V380.
Priced at under $300, the Panasonic V270 offers a substantial amount of zoom for a budget cam.
The 50x optical zoom is paired with optical image stabilization, a step up over the electronic type on the cheaper Panasonic V160. The video is captured on a 1/5.8" sensor, the size we expect to see at this price point. The bit rate is a good 28 Mbps, higher than the V160 though not as excellent as the Sony CX440. Wi-fi and NFC are nice extras for a budget cam.
The Panasonic V270 offers quite a bit of features for the price. The Sony CX440 offers a better bit rate and built-in memory, but not as much zoom.
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