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Panasonic HCWX970K Camcorder

18.91MP 1/2.3 360g Sep 2015
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LEICA Lens / 8M BSI Sensor / Crystal Engine 4K Picture-in-picture twin camera recording Clear detail in both bright and dark areas More
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10 Reasons For

Average Expert Reviews

Video camera expert review site techzilla.it scored this camcorder 79%.

Panasonic Has Good Camcorder Reviews

Big sensor size video cameras produced by Panasonic have good reviews on average compared to other manufacturers. We also checked the reviews for all camcorders (not just big sensor size video cameras) and found that Panasonic also has good reviews across its entire range.

Full HD

Full HD

Like most of the other comparable spec camcorders that were launched around the same time as the HC-WX970, the HC-WX970 is Full HD.

We compared all the other Full HD video cameras to this camcorder and we think because of it's better review score, the Panasonic HC-V770[plb_2778988_price] is also worth considering.

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Has an Image Stabiliser

The HC-WX970 has an image stabiliser. Most of the other big sensor size video cameras that came out around the same time as the HC-WX970 also have an image stabiliser.

There are a number of other camcorders with an image stabiliser currently available which you might also want to look at including because of it's better review score, the Panasonic HC-V770[plb_2778988_price].

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Has an HDMI Port

has an HDMI port

The Panasonic HC-WX970 has an HDMI port. Most of the other big sensor size video cameras that came out more than a year ago also have an HDMI port.

Alternative camcorders with an HDMI port currently available that you might also want to look at include the Panasonic HC-V770[plb_2778988_price], or the Ricoh Theta S[plb_3123333_price] which has better reviews.

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SDXC Memory Card

SDXC memory card

The Panasonic HC-WX970 supports an SDXC memory card which is better than most big sensor size video cameras that have been available for more than a year. Most camcorders of a comparable age and type to it support an SDHC 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 actually the best supported memory card type amongst all camcorders of this age and type.

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

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

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2160p Video Mode

The HC-WX970 has a 2160p video mode which is better than most big sensor size video cameras that were launched around the same time as it. Most big sensor size video cameras that were released around the same time as it have a 1080p video mode.

This video camera's video mode (2160p) is actually the best video mode across all video cameras of a comparable age and spec to the HC-WX970.

The worst video mode amongst similar types of video camera is 720p.

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Has a Built-In Display

Like most of the other camcorders of this type and age, the HC-WX970 has a built-in display.

We compared this video camera to all the other camcorders with a built-in display and we think the Panasonic HC-V770[plb_2778988_price] which has better reviews is also worth considering.

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Very Small

With a height of only 73 millimeters, the HC-WX970 is fairly small compared to most of the other camcorders of this age and spec. The average height of camcorders that were released one year ago is 110mm.

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Very Small

At only 65 millimeters, the HC-WX970 is fairly small compared to most of the other big sensor size video cameras that have been available for more than a year. Video cameras of this age and spec have widths of between 44mm and 180mm.

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8 Reasons Against

Does Not Have an Interchangeable Lens

Most camcorders of a comparable spec and age to the HC-WX970 do not have an interchangeable lens. The Panasonic HC-WX970 is no exception to this as it too does not have an interchangeable lens.

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Not 3D Compatible

Most big sensor size video cameras that were launched more than a year ago are not 3D compatible. The Panasonic HC-WX970 is no exception to this as it too is not 3D compatible.

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Does Not Have a Night Mode

Like most of the other video cameras that have been available for more than a year, the HC-WX970 does not have a night mode.

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Not Waterproof

The Panasonic HC-WX970 is not waterproof, although keep in mind that most of the other comparable spec video cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the HC-WX970 are also not waterproof.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Projector

The Panasonic HC-WX970 does not have a built-in projector, although it is worth keeping in mind that most of the other comparable spec video cameras that are a similar age to the HC-WX970 also do not have a built-in projector.

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Only AVC Video Format

This camcorder has H.264, MPEG4, AVCHD and MP4 video formats, which is the most commonly found video format on camcorders of a comparable age and type to it.

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Very Low Display Resolution

With a display resolution of only 460,800 pixels, the HC-WX970 has a quite low display resolution compared to most of the other big sensor size video cameras that have been available for more than a year. The average display resolution of similar spec camcorders that have been on the market for a comparable time to the HC-WX970 is 780,000 pixels.

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Very Small Screen Size

The HC-WX970 has one of the smaller screen sizes (only 3 inches) amongst similar spec camcorders of this age. The average screen size of video cameras of a comparable age and type to the HC-WX970 is 3.2", and the screen sizes range from 3" to 3.5".

We compared all the other 3" screen size video cameras to this camcorder and we think because of it's better review score, the Panasonic HC-V770[plb_2778988_price] is also worth considering.

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6 Other reasons to consider the Panasonic HC-WX970

Released Over a Year Ago

Panasonic released the HC-WX970 over a year ago.

Full HD HD Type

The HD type of this video camera is Full HD, which is the most frequently found HD type on comparable spec camcorders that have been on the market for more than a year.

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Average Weight

At 360 grams, the HC-WX970 has a fairly average weight compared to most of the other similar spec video cameras that were released around the same time as the HC-WX970.

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Average Optical Zoom

At 20 times zoom factor, the HC-WX970 has a fairly typical optical zoom compared to most of the other video cameras of this type and age.

It may also be worth also looking at one of the alternative 20x (optical) video cameras currently available including because of it's better review score, the Panasonic HC-V770[plb_2778988_price].

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Average Digital Zoom

At 60 times zoom factor, the HC-WX970 has a relatively typical digital zoom compared to most of the other video cameras of a comparable type and age to the HC-WX970.

If this Panasonic camcorder digital zoom is too small for you then you might also want to consider the Panasonic HC-V770[plb_2778988_price] (1,500x) which is also higher rated.

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2/3" Optical Sensor Size

This video camera has a 1/2.3" optical sensor size, which is typical of many video cameras of a comparable age and type to it.

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Specification

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Sensor Size
Optical Sensor Size
Sensor Type
Megapixel Count
Movie Megapixel Count
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Digital Zoom
Filter Size
Focal Length
Focal Length Range
Storage
Storage
Memory Card
Storage Media Type
Disc Type
White Balance
White Balance Mode
Shutter
Photo Shutter Speed
Shutter Speed
Display
Screen Size
Display Resolution
Display
Camera
Camcorder Type
Design
Colour
Video
HD Type
Video Mode
Video Format
Video Resolution
Maximum Video Resolution
Maximum Frame Rate
Still Image
Image Format
Still Image Resolution
Audio
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

Expert Reviews

(1)
13 May 2015

Panasonic 4K HC-WX970 Panasonic si dimostra ancora una volta pronta al futuro con occhio attento alle tendenze del presente. Le possibilità offerte dalla Twin Camera sono divertenti, semplici e...

True 4K camcorder shooting for under 1 000
Second lens lets you record yourself whilst shooting
Comprehensive manual settings with control dial
No lens ring, just a lens dial
Not the bigchip stills camera 4K crossover we're waiting for
Panasonic's HCV 870 offers almost as many features for 250 less

User Reviews

(1)
Reviewed 30 April 2015 by Dee
Dee would recommend the Panasonic HC-WX970

This product fits our needs and budget. As a small business we made a huge leap coming from basic model GoPro and iPhones. This camera is incredibly easy to work with for us and we are very happy... Read more…

Easy to Use
Zoom rangeperformance
Good Image Stabilization
Great Picture Quality
Great Sound
Poor In Low Light
Falta Correa De Hombro
Complicated To Operate
Only Livecasts To Utream
Wifi Hard To Setup

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Product Identifiers

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Barcodes 00635131601095, 00885170229327, 05025232808144, 05025232808168, 05025232808182

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