In sharp contrast to TM40 Panasonic has eliminated the four-way cross of V500M on the LCD. On the one hand, the good (the keys were anything but easy to use). On the other hand, settings can now be made only on the LCD, which can sometimes be tricky. The case has become something more compact, which makes it much more suitable to the V500M be taken anywhere.
Light sensitivity (1.64) Panasonic HC-V500M
As for the minimum illuminance of Panasonic HC-V500M is really bad, at least when the zoom is set so that you can capture his subject properly. The camcorder has used 40 lux at 50 IRE on our waveform monitor to achieve. That's almost twice as much as the Panasonic HDC-TM40 predecessor, the required 25 lux, and has taken nearly four times as much as the Canon HF R21 (12 lux). Thus, we test the sensitivity to light.
In the broadest aperture (ie without use of the zoom) the V500M has already produced a useful video at 16 lux. In itself very much better, but still not excellent result. Overall, the HC-V500M has here achieved a below average performance, even when compared with camcorders in the same price range.