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Panasonic HC-VX870
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Panasonic HCVX870K Camcorder

18.91MP 1/2.3 353g Feb 2015
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4K Video Recording with 4K Photo ModeLEICA Lens / 8M BSI Sensor / Crystal Engine 4K HDR (High Dynamic Range) MovieClear detail in both bright and dark areas Wireless Twin CameraAdd sub camera... More
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13 Reasons For

User Reviews Are Good

Based on 12 user reviews this Panasonic video camera has an average user rating of 86%.

Panasonic Camcorders Have Good Reviews

On average Panasonic big sensor size video cameras have good reviews compared to other brands as do all camcorders produced by Panasonic.

Full HD

Full HD

The HC-VX870 is Full HD, as are most of the other video cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to the HC-VX870.

We compared this camcorder to all the other Full HD camcorders and we think a cheaper camcorder such as the Panasonic HC-V777[plb_2775907_price] or you might consider a higher rated camcorder such as the Sony FDR-AXP33[plb_2697198_price] are also worth considering.

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Has an Image Stabiliser

The HC-VX870 has an image stabiliser, as do most of the other camcorders of this type and age.

It may also be worth considering one of the other camcorders with an image stabiliser currently available including a cheaper camcorder such as the Panasonic HC-V777[plb_2775907_price] or you might consider a better rated camcorder such as the Sony FDR-AXP33[plb_2697198_price].

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Has an HDMI Port

has an HDMI port

Like most of the other camcorders of this age and spec, the HC-VX870 has an HDMI port.

There are a number of other video cameras with an HDMI port currently available which you might want to consider including because of it's better review score, the Sony FDR-AXP33[plb_2697198_price].

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Very Light

With a weight of only 353 grams, the Panasonic HC-VX870 is quite light compared to most of the other camcorders of a similar age and spec to the HC-VX870. Across all the big sensor size video cameras that were released around the same time as the HC-VX870 the weights range from 120g to 1.8kg.

Alternative video cameras with a heavier weight that you might want to look at include the Sony FDR-AXP33[plb_2697198_price] (725g and higher rated).

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SDXC Memory Card

SDXC memory card

The HC-VX870 supports an SDXC memory card which is better than the SDHC memory card supported by most big sensor size video cameras that have been around for around the same time as it. In addition, this Panasonic camcorder supports an SD memory card. SDXC cards are SD cards but with a much higher capacity and faster processing speeds. They have a maximum capacity of 2TB (Terabytes).

An SDXC memory card is in fact the best supported memory card type across all video cameras of a comparable age and type to the HC-VX870.

An SD memory card is the worst supported memory card type amongst similar types of video camera.

SDHC cards are DS cards with a higher capacity of up to 32GB.

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Has a Night Mode

The HC-VX870 has a night mode, unlike most of the other big sensor size video cameras that are a comparable age to the HC-VX870 which do not have a night mode.

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Has a Built-In Display

The HC-VX870 has a built-in display, as do most of the other camcorders of this age and type.

We compared all the other video cameras with a built-in display to this camcorder and we think a cheaper video camera such as the Panasonic HC-V777[plb_2775907_price] or you might consider a higher scoring video camera such as the Sony FDR-AXP33[plb_2697198_price] are also worth considering.

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3840 X 2160 Pixels Maximum Video Resolution

This camcorder has a maximum video resolution of 3840 x 2160 pixels, which is the most frequently found maximum video resolution on video cameras that were released around the same time as it.

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Small

The average depth of video cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the HC-VX870 is 180mm. At only 139 millimeters, the Panasonic HC-VX870 is quite small compared to most of the other big sensor size video cameras that have been available for a comparable time to the HC-VX870.

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Very Small

The heights of similar spec camcorders that are a comparable age to the HC-VX870 range from 65mm to 190mm, and the average height is 110mm. At only 73 millimeters, the HC-VX870 is fairly small compared to most of the other camcorders of this age and type.

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Very Small

At only 65 millimeters, the HC-VX870 is quite small compared to most of the other video cameras of a similar age and type to the HC-VX870. The smallest video camera that was released around the same time as the HC-VX870 is 44mm wide, the biggest is 180mm, and the average width is 98mm.

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9 Reasons Against

Does Not Have an Interchangeable Lens

The Panasonic HC-VX870 does not have an interchangeable lens. Most of the other comparable spec video cameras that have been available for more than a year also do not have an interchangeable lens.

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Not 3D Compatible

Like most of the other camcorders of a similar age and spec to the HC-VX870, the HC-VX870 is not 3D compatible.

Video cameras which are 3D compatible that might also be worth considering include the Panasonic HC-V777[plb_2775907_price] which is also cheaper.

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Not Waterproof

The HC-VX870 is not waterproof. Most of the other camcorders of this spec and age are also not waterproof.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Projector

The HC-VX870 does not have a built-in projector. Most of the other video cameras of a similar type and age to the HC-VX870 also do not have a built-in projector.

We compared this video camera to all the other video cameras with a built-in projector and we think the Sony FDR-AXP33[plb_2697198_price] is also worth considering.

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Only AVC Video Format

This camcorder has an AVC|AVCHD|H.264|MP4|MPEG4 video format, which is typical of many camcorders of a comparable age and type to it.

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Very Low Megapixel Count

With a megapixel count of only 7 megapixels, the HC-VX870 has one of the lower megapixel counts amongst camcorders of this age. The megapixel counts of big sensor size video cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the HC-VX870 range from 6MP to 24MP.

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Very Low Display Resolution

The HC-VX870 has a quite low display resolution (only 460,800 pixels) compared to most of the other comparable spec camcorders that have been around for around the same time as the HC-VX870. The average display resolution of similar spec camcorders that have been on the market for around the same time as the HC-VX870 is 780,000 pixels, and the display resolutions range from 460,000 pixels to 1,600,000 pixels.

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Only One Memory Card Slot

Most big sensor size video cameras that have been around for more than a year have one memory card slot, including the Panasonic HC-VX870 which has one memory card slot.

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Very Small Screen Size

At only 3 inches, the HC-VX870 has a quite small screen size compared to most of the other camcorders of this age and spec. Across all the comparable spec video cameras that have been available for a similar time to the HC-VX870 the screen sizes range from 3" to 3.5", and the average screen size is 3.2".

We compared this camcorder to all the other 3" screen size camcorders and we think the Panasonic HC-V777[plb_2775907_price] which is cheaper; or the Sony FDR-AXP33[plb_2697198_price] which has better reviews are also worth considering.

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5 Other reasons to consider the Panasonic HC-VX870

Full HD HD Type

The HD type of this video camera is Full HD, which is the most frequently found HD type on video cameras of this spec and age.

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Released Over a Year Ago

It was over a year ago when Panasonic released the HC-VX870.

Average Optical Zoom

The HC-VX870 has a relatively standard optical zoom (20 times zoom factor) compared to most of the other big sensor size video cameras that came out around the same time as the HC-VX870.

We think you might also be interested in some of the other 20x (optical) camcorders currently available including cheaper camcorders such as the Panasonic HC-V777[plb_2775907_price].

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Average Digital Zoom

With a digital zoom of 60 times zoom factor, the HC-VX870 has a relatively average digital zoom compared to most of the other big sensor size video cameras that have been around for around the same time as the HC-VX870.

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2/3" Optical Sensor Size

This video camera has a 1/2.3" optical sensor size, which is the most commonly found optical sensor size on video cameras of a comparable spec and age to it.

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Specification

Image Sensor
Sensor Size
Optical Sensor Size
Sensor Type
Megapixel Count
Movie Megapixel Count
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Digital Zoom
Image Stabiliser
Filter Size
Focal Length
Focal Length Range
Storage
Memory Card Slot
Storage
Memory Card
Storage Media Type
Disc Type
Focusing
Focus Adjustment
White Balance
White Balance Mode
Flash
Shutter
Shutter Speed
Display
Screen Size
Display Resolution
Display
Camera
Camcorder Type
Minimum Illumination
Design
Colour
Video
HD Type
Video Format
Maximum Video Resolution
Still Image
Still Image Resolution
Audio
Audio Format
Audio System
Ports & Interfaces
USB 2.0 Port
S-Video Out Port
Networking
WiFi Type
Battery
Battery Voltage
Battery Capacity
Battery
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Packaging Content
Other Features

Expert Reviews

25 August 2015

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Reviews
Affordable 4K
Responsive focus
Lightweight
Wireless pairing with smartphonescameras
Affordable 4K
Responsive focus
Lightweight
Wireless pairing with smartphonescameras
Focus dial difficult to use

User Reviews

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Reviewed 12 March 2015 by Alex I

Since 2006 I purchased top consumer HD camcorders every year from B&H and this one is by far the best one yet first of all it has countless settings night vision recording and let me tell you the... Read more…

Reviewed 17 May 2015 by Aph0ticzone

I bought this camera because it had great reviews, fast autofocus and good low light performance. However, I returned it after a few days. I think it's important to share my experiences because... Read more…

Easy to Use
Good Image Stabilization
Good in Low Light
Great Picture Quality
Great Sound
Reviewed 3 April 2015 by Mr. Styles

My needs are for run/gun video and slow motion in a well lit studio environment. First of all I have been using a Panasonic HDC-TM900 for nearly 4 years and would give that camera 5 stars. I was... Read more…

Large Clear LCD
Complicated Slow Motion
Focus Blur
Mic Jack Location
No Sound In Slow Motion
Sd Card Location
Reviewed 18 May 2015 by Flyingcam
Flyingcam would recommend the Panasonic HC-VX870

- Tried two weeks (compared with Sony ax33) - Image quality is great - Very light and compact - Image stabilization works well - Amazing zoom range - Low light performance is a little bit worse... Read more…

Easy to Use
Good Image Stabilization
Good in Low Light
Great Picture Quality
Zoom rangeperformance
Reviewed 23 August 2015 by Augmented aesthetic
Augmented aesthetic would recommend the Panasonic HC-VX870 (Verified Purchase)

I went back and forth on choosing a camera and I am very happy with this camera. Pros: Sharp image, great zoom, and very good on board sound. I purchased this video camera to record a wedding. I... Read more…

Easy to Use
Good Image Stabilization
Good in Low Light
Great Picture Quality
Great Sound
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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers leica hcvx870, leica hcvx870e, panasonic 30p25, leica hcvx870eb, panasonic 30p25p, leica hcvx870ebk, panasonic n129455, panasonic p636745, panasonic hcvx870, panasonic hcvx870e, panasonic n129455w, panasonic p636745k, panasonic promotion, panasonic hcvx870eb, panasonic hcvx870eg, panasonic hcvx870ebk, panasonic hcvx870egk
Barcodes 00635131601118, 05025232808205, 05025232808229, 05025232808243

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