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The HC-V500's sub-£300 price places it firmly in the budget category, but it has features not normally found at this level. In particular, the Hybrid OIS+ optical image stabisation system is much more effective than the electronic systems usually found in budget camcorders. There are comprehensive manual settings, and image quality is good in most conditions. The V500 is not quite rock bottom value, but if you've got a little more than an entry-level budget, there's enough here to be worth the extra money.

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