If you are looking for a great video camera for the family - why not take a look at the Panasonic HC W570 - a great choice for us!

A few months ago, I have the honour of becoming one of the Channel Mum vloggers, and as part of this I was very kindly given a Panasonic Video Camera for taking my vlogs with. It is actually an HC W570 camcorder, but that probably means a little to you as it does to me. What YOU need to know is whether of not is actually works properly, it is easy to use with the kids around, and whether or not it’ll drive you nuts with its technology-type stuff – right?

Well – I have done a video for Channel Mum, so you can see for yourself…

I have put together FIVE of the key reasons why I think that this video camera is great as a family camcorder. Yes, I was given it for free, BUT I love it. We have had a camcorder before, and I was scared to use it. In fact, my husband tended to take the video footage in this family – not great for an aspiring vlogger really, eh?

Therefore, I was a little terrified of a) becoming a vlogger and b) using a video camera for myself without him telling me which buttons to press.

Yes, I know that is all “damsel in distress” silly, and yes its even more ridiculous for someone that is actually running a website and supposed to be rather tech savvy, but it is how it actually was; so you’ll have to forgive me, won’t you?

I needn’t have been too concerned. I am totally anti-instruction booklet. I would rather watch the complete series of The Only Way is Essex back to back than read instructions for anything. I feel the need to be able to do technology IMMEDIATELY. Why bother reading something first, such a waste of time.

Thankfully, this camera is great out of the box – so why not take a look at my Panasonic review to find out why we like it for videoing the kids. I don’t think you will be disappointed.

We were provided the video camera for free as part of my vlogging journey with Channel Mum. Why not check out the Channel Mum videos, and my KiddyCharts channel to see what else we have all been doing with the cameras? This post also contains affiliate links.


Helen is a mum to two, and social media consultant and website editor. Since giving up being a business analyst when juggling travel, work and kids proved too complicated, she founded KiddyCharts so she could be with her kids, and use those grey cells at the same time. KiddyCharts now works with big family brands (including travel) to help them promote their services, as well as offering free resources to parents of kids under 10. Helen also works part-time as a digital marketing analyst with Channel Mum as well. She can often be found hanging about on social media, and trying to avoid stepping on the Lego her kids keep leaving lying around.