Best new camcorders for Live Broadcasting via Ustream

Panasonic HC-W850K Digital HD Camcorder

Panasonic's latest WiFi-enabled camcorders once again score top marks for their direct to Ustream live broadcasting support. They're all able to directly stream to Ustream over WiFi or a mobile WiFi hotspot without any need for a PC. Each model is capable of high quality full-HD video and there's a model sure to fit everyone's needs and budget.

Panasonic HC-V250K Full HD Wi-Fi Enabled 50X CamcorderThe Panasonic HC-V250K Full HD Wi-Fi Enabled 50X Camcorder (B&H Photo) is really affordable and sports a powerful 50x optical zoom and 90x Intelligent (digital) Zoom in a compact body. It also features Power Optical Image Stabilizer for stable video images even when zooming or walking.

Panasonic HC-V550K Full HD Wi-Fi Enabled 50X Stable Zoom Camcorder with 3-Inch LCDThe Panasonic HC-V550 Full HD Wi-Fi Enabled 50X Stable Zoom Camcorder with 3-Inch LCD (B&H Photo) also features a 50x optical zoom and 90x Intelligent(digital) Zoom for bringing faraway subjects up close but also includes the Advanced Level Shot Function and "5-Axis Hybrid O.I.S.+" (Optical Image Stabilizer) for minimizing the effects of hand movement and tilting.

A high-sensitivity gyro sensor that detects hand movement with a precision of approximately 4000 times per second and linear motors are used to drive the lens to apply correction. This minimizes the effects of hand movement when shooting during high-magnification zoom or while walking.

Panasonic HC-V750K Enhanced Sound Full HD Wi-Fi Enabled 20X Camcorder with 3-Inch LCDThe Panasonic HC-V750 Enhanced Sound Full HD Wi-Fi Enabled 20X Camcorder with 3-Inch LCD (B&H Photo) is all about a super premium picture. It has an all-new lens, sensor and engine for powerful zooming and high sensitivity. The engine is capable of processing at about 1.5 times faster than previous models.

Like the V550K it also has the Advanced Level Shot Function and "5-Axis Hybrid O.I.S.+" (Optical Image Stabilizer) for minimizing the effects of hand movement and tilting and also adds Full HD Slow Motion Video for added excitement.

Panasonic HC-W850K Digital HD CamcorderThe Panasonic HC-W850 Digital HD Camcorder (B&H Photo) offers something very unique with its new Twin Camera function. It enables shooting picture-in-picture video with a sub-camera located on the side of the LCD screen. The Twin Camera even captures two scenes at once. So you can record a close-up shot and a landscape shot in the same direction, front and side shots, or shots of the subject and person filming for even greater creative freedom and excitement while shooting. It also features an all-new lens, sensor and engine for powerful zooming and high sensitivity.

Like the V550 and the V750, the W850 also has the Advanced Level Shot Function and "5-Axis Hybrid O.I.S.+" (Optical Image Stabilizer) for minimizing the effects of hand movement and tilting and also adds Full HD Slow Motion Video for added excitement.

The W850, V750, V550, and V250 camcorders include a new Baby Monitor feature which enables you to monitor a sleeping baby in another room through your smartphone when you are otherwise occupied. You can even speak to the baby using your smartphone or have a notification sent to your smartphone when your baby's crying voice is detected.

All these camcorders include built-in Wi-Fi and one-touch connection by NFC (Near Field Communication). NFC enables you to quickly and easily connect to your smartphone without any complicated initial setup and allows remote control using your smartphone. For any smartphone without NFC function, there is also an easy connection feature using a QR code.

The W850 and V750 camcorders feature all-new lenses, sensors, and engines for significantly improving the image quality. The world's first 4-drive lens system uses a 4-group lens system controlled by individual motors for enabling high-resolution and high-magnification zoom operation within a compact body size.

The new Advanced Level Shot Function and 5-Axis Hybrid O.I.S.+ (Optical Image Stabilizer) minimizes the effects of hand movement and tilting on the HC-W850/V750/V550. Its tilting correction range has been doubled for enhanced corrective performance. The setting can be adjusted to one of three levels (Off, Normal, Strong) based on the shooting conditions.

When shooting in situations where tilting tends to occur or for users who are unaccustomed to shooting, the Strong setting applies a wider correction range and stronger correction for recording a video that can be comfortably and easily viewed. The correction algorithm has been improved for better trackability and provides better tracking even when tilted quickly. Together with the 5-Axis Hybrid O.I.S+ optical image stabilizer, this provides powerful correction for camera movement and tilting.

The Full HD Slow Motion Video on the HC-W850/V750 allows slow motion video shooting in Full-HD with add smooth playback at 240fps with Intelligent Frame Creation. A simple touch operation is used during regular shooting to switch to slow motion recording and the actual recording is limited to 120fps.