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5 Best Panasonic Camcorders in the US - August 2019

Updated 28 June 2019 by Matthew
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5 best Panasonic camcorders

Which Are the Best Panasonic Camcorders?

Don't have time to read our analysis of the best Panasonic camcorders? No problem, let's cut to the chase, the best Panasonic camcorders are:


What Panasonic Camcorder to Buy in July 2019?

Panasonic is well known for it's digital cameras, bread makers, TVs and microwaves.

Panasonic are recognised for their wide selection of premium and award winning camcorders. Their camcorders start at $198 for the HC-V180 which has an optical zoom of 50x, a sensor size of 2.51MP and is a camcorder that has a resolution of 1920 x 1080 (Full HD) and go up to $3,695 for the AG-CX350 which has an optical zoom of 20x, a sensor size of 15MP and is a camcorder that has a resolution of 3840 x 2160 (4K). The average price of a new Panasonic camcorder is $1,347.

Not sure if a Panasonic camcorder is right for you? Then check out our guide on whether you should buy a Panasonic camcorder.

Below we provide a detailed run through of the top 5 Panasonic camcorders currently for sale in the United States:

Best Buy Great Price
Panasonic HC-W850 Panasonic HCVX870K Panasonic HCV770 Panasonic HCX920 Panasonic HCX1000
Panasonic HC-W850 Panasonic HCVX870K Panasonic HCV770 Panasonic HCX920 Panasonic HCX1000
$878.99 Buy Now
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$697.99 Buy Now
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$447.99 Buy Now
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$813.27 Buy Now
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$1,693.99 Buy Now
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12.76MP
20x
OPTICAL ZOOM
FULL
HD
RESOLU-
TION
1"
OPTICAL
360g
18.91MP
20x
OPTICAL ZOOM
353g
4K
RESOLUTION
1"
OPTICAL
12.76MP
20x
OPTICAL ZOOM
353g
FULL
HD
RESOLU-
TION
1"
OPTICAL
1h
BATTERY LIFE
38.28MP
12x
OPTICAL ZOOM
1"
OPTICAL
FULL
HD
RESOLU-
TION
417g
18.91MP
20x
OPTICAL ZOOM
FULL
HD
RESOLU-
TION
1"
OPTICAL
1.6kg
97
Reviews
17 Reviews + 4 Awards
82
Features
Fully-Featured
71
Value for Money
Good
79
Kagoo Score
Very Good
92
Reviews
7 Reviews + 1 Award
81
Features
Fully-Featured
71
Value for Money
Good
77
Kagoo Score
Very Good
67
Brand Rating
Good Brand
81
Features
Fully-Featured
74
Popularity
Quite Popular
73
Value for Money
Good
77
Kagoo Score
Very Good
96
Reviews
60 Reviews + 7 Awards
81
Features
Fully-Featured
71
Value for Money
Good
78
Kagoo Score
Very Good
88
Reviews
9 Reviews + 2 Awards
80
Features
Fully-Featured
71
Popularity
Quite Popular
67
Value for Money
Good
76
Kagoo Score
Very Good
A multi award winning and fully featured 20x optical zoom, 360g video camera, with a fair price. It has an image stabilizer and a built-in flash, supports HDMI and is Full HD. Multiple reviews mentioned that this video camera it. An award winning and high image quality 20x optical zoom, 353g video camera, with a good price and a very good spec. It has an image stabilizer and a night mode, supports HDMI and is Full HD. Our review analysis indicates that it has a good zoom, great picture quality and good video quality. Our review analysis indicates that this video camera it. It's a cheap and fully featured 20x optical zoom, 353g video camera, with average reviews. It has an image stabilizer and a built-in display, supports HDMI and is Full HD. Owners report that this camcorder it. It's a multi award winning and fully featured 12x optical zoom, 417g camcorder, with one of the highest image qualities around and a fair price. It is 3D and Full HD, has an image stabilizer and supports HDMI. An award winning and fully featured 20x optical zoom, 1.6kg video camera. It has an image stabilizer and a built-in display, supports HDMI and is Full HD. Owners report that it has good controls, it's well designed but it has a bad screen.
8 Reasons For
8x Bigger Optical Zoom
Built-in Flash
Remote Operation
Built-in Microphone
Wi-Fi
Near Field Communication (NFC)
Better Kagoo Score
Better Expert Reviews Review Score
8 Reasons For
29% Bigger Optical Zoom
Vastly Lighter
3840 X 2160 (4K) Pixels Pixels Resolution
7 Times Higher Still Image Resolution
Wi-Fi
Near Field Communication (NFC)
Night Mode
Newer by 16 Months
11 Reasons For
8x Bigger Optical Zoom
78% Lighter
17% Longer Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
0.5mm Shorter Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
1.8 Higher Maximum Aperture Number
Built-in Microphone
Wi-Fi
Near Field Communication (NFC)
$250 Cheaper
More Shops Are Selling it
User Reviews Are Better
9 Reasons For
Bigger Total Megapixels
Built-in Flash
13% Larger Display Diagonal
3D
Built-in Microphone
Seven More Awards
Marginally Better Expert Reviews
Marginally Better Overall Reviews
4 Expert Review Sites Gave It a Higher Review Score
9 Reasons For
8x Bigger Optical Zoom
0.4 Lower Minimum Aperture Number
Higher Effective Megapixels (Image)
25% Higher Effective Megapixels (Movie)
Larger Display Diagonal
Built-in Microphone
Wi-Fi
Near Field Communication (NFC)
Better Reviewed.com Review Score
16 Reasons Against
2% Heavier
Vastly Smaller Total Megapixels
Lower Maximum Video Resolution
0.4 Higher Minimum Aperture Number
1.8 Lower Maximum Aperture Number
Lower Effective Megapixels (Image)
A Lot Lower Effective Megapixels (Movie)
Smaller Display Diagonal
Only 1920 X 1080 (Full HD) Still Image Resolution
$431 More Expensive
Not As Many Stockists
Over Two Years Older
Fewer Awards
Slightly Lower Expert Review Score
Lower User Review Score
3 Expert Review Sites Gave It a Lower Review Score
12 Reasons Against
Smaller Total Megapixels
1,440x Smaller Digital Zoom
21% Lower Effective Megapixels (Image)
Lower Effective Megapixels (Movie)
15% Smaller Display Diagonal
Worse Kagoo Score
More Expensive by $250
Less Retailers
Six Less Awards
Expert Review Rating is Worse
User Review Rating is Vastly Worse
3 Expert Review Sites Gave It a Lower Review Score
11 Reasons Against
Vastly Smaller Total Megapixels
Lower Maximum Video Resolution
0.4 Higher Minimum Aperture Number
Lower Effective Megapixels (Image)
A Lot Lower Effective Megapixels (Movie)
Does Not Have a Built-in Flash
Smaller Display Diagonal
Only 1920 X 1080 (Full HD) Still Image Resolution
Does Not Support Bluetooth
Worse Kagoo Score
Over One Year Older
13 Reasons Against
40% Smaller Optical Zoom
14% Heavier
Only 1920 X 1080 (Full HD) Pixels Pixels Resolution
1,460x Smaller Digital Zoom
0.36MP Lower Effective Megapixels (Image)
Lower Effective Megapixels (Movie)
7 Times Lower Still Image Resolution
Worse Kagoo Score
More Expensive by $365
Less Retailers
Older by Over Two Years
User Review Rating is Considerably Worse
Worse Reviewed.com Review Score
16 Reasons Against
Heavier
Vastly Smaller Total Megapixels
Lower Maximum Video Resolution
1,490x Smaller Digital Zoom
21% Shorter Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
0.5mm Longer Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
1.8 Lower Maximum Aperture Number
Only 1920 X 1080 (Full HD) Still Image Resolution
Worse Kagoo Score
$1,246 More Expensive
Not As Many Stockists
Over One Year Older
Fewer Awards
A Lot Lower Expert Review Score
Hugely Lower User Review Score
2 Expert Review Sites Gave It a Lower Review Score
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Panasonic HC-W850

$878.99
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Panasonic HC-W850

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Panasonic HC-W850
12.76MP
20x
OPTICAL ZOOM
FULL
HD
RESOLU-
TION
1"
OPTICAL
360g
1,500x
(DIGITAL)
3"
SCREEN SIZE

The Panasonic HC-W850 has a Kagoo Score of 79. With a price tag of $878.99 this camcorder is fair value for money. For further details check out our full review of the Panasonic HC-W850 or read our article on whether you should buy a Panasonic camcorder.

Features We Love:
Big total megapixels (12.76MP)
Large optical sensor size (1/2.3")
Has an image stabilizer
6528x3672 still image resolution (6528x3672|4736x2664|1920x1080|5472x3648|3984x2656|1728x1152|4896x3672|3624x2448|640x480)
Supports HDMI

A multi award winning and fully featured 20x optical zoom, 360g video camera, with a fair price. It has an image stabilizer and a built-in flash, supports HDMI and is Full HD. Multiple reviews mentioned that this video camera it.

97
Reviews
17 Reviews + 4 Awards
82
Features
Fully-Featured
71
Value for Money
Good
79
Kagoo Score
Very Good

Our review analysis indicates that Panasonic HC-W850 has very good expert reviews and fantastic user reviews with an average overall rating of 92%, based on 17 reviews.

Trusted Reviews Recommended
Expert Reviews Best Buy
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8 Reasons For for Choosing the Panasonic HC-W850

8x Bigger Optical Zoom

The Panasonic HC-W850 has an optical zoom of 20x (as do the Panasonic HCV770, the Panasonic HCVX870K and the Panasonic HCX1000), but the Panasonic HCX920 is only a 12x optical zoom camcorder (8x smaller). More ...

An optical zoom lets you enlarge the subject without having to move closer to it.

An optical zoom lets you zoom without loosing image quality. Digital zooms will simply enlarge the pixels and make the image look blurry.

Built-in Flash

The Panasonic HC-W850 has a built-in flash, and so does the Panasonic HCX920, but the Panasonic HCV770, the Panasonic HCVX870K and the Panasonic HCX1000 do not. More ...

'Built-in Flash' denotes whether the camcorder has a flash unit built into it, or whether you have to rely on natural lighting or external flash units.

Remote Operation

The Panasonic HC-W850 supports remote operation, however the Panasonic HCV770, the Panasonic HCVX870K, the Panasonic HCX1000 and the Panasonic HCX920 do not support this feature. More ...

'Remote Operation' denotes whether the camcorder can be controlled (start/stop recording) by a separate remote, or whether all control has to happen on the device itself.

A remotely operated camera is helpful because it allows you to mount the camera on a tripod and be in your own movies.

Built-in Microphone

The Panasonic HC-W850 has a built-in microphone (as do the Panasonic HCV770, the Panasonic HCX1000 and the Panasonic HCX920), whereas the Panasonic HCVX870K does not have this feature. More ...

'Built-In Microphone' denotes whether the camcorder has a microphone built into the body of the device, in order to record audio along with the video.

A built-in microphone isn't going to be as high quality as a professional mic, but it's a good alternative if you want to record audio alongside your home videos.

Wi-Fi

The Panasonic HC-W850 features Wi-Fi, and so do the Panasonic HCV770, the Panasonic HCVX870K and the Panasonic HCX1000, but the Panasonic HCX920 does not. More ...

'Wi-Fi' denotes whether the camcorder is capable of connecting to the net via wifi, in order to upload videos and images.

A wireless connection on your camcorder allows you to easily transfer videos to your computer, store them on the cloud or upload them to Facebook, all without having to worry about connecting via a wire.

Near Field Communication (NFC)

The Panasonic HC-W850 supports Near Field Communication (NFC), and so do the Panasonic HCV770, the Panasonic HCVX870K and the Panasonic HCX1000, whereas the Panasonic HCX920 does not. More ...

Near Field Communications (NFC) allows the camcorder to wirelessly communicate with smartphones over very short distances (<1m).

NFC can be used to transfer videos and photos from your camcorder direct to your phone, where you can then share them with friends or upload to Facebook/Twitter/etc.

Better Kagoo Score

The Panasonic HC-W850 has received a Kagoo Score of 79, but the Panasonic HCV770 scored 77, the Panasonic HCVX870K scored 77, the Panasonic HCX1000 scored 76 and the Panasonic HCX920 scored 78.

Better Expert Reviews Review Score

The Panasonic HC-W850 has a review score of 100% from Expert Reviews, however the rating of the Panasonic HCX1000 was only 80% from the same site.

16 Reasons Against for Choosing the Panasonic HC-W850

2% Heavier

The Panasonic HC-W850 is a 360g camcorder. That's 7g heavier than the Panasonic HCV770 and the Panasonic HCVX870K (353g), 1.2kg lighter than the Panasonic HCX1000 (1.6kg) and 57g lighter than the Panasonic HCX920 (417g). More ...

'Weight' denotes the weight of the camcorder, including battery.

A lighter camcorder is easier to handle when recording and to carry when travelling.

Vastly Smaller Total Megapixels

The Panasonic HC-W850 has a total megapixels of 12.76MP (as does the Panasonic HCV770), however the Panasonic HCVX870K and the Panasonic HCX1000 are both 18.91MP camcorders (6.15MP bigger) and the Panasonic HCX920 is a 38.28MP camcorder (25.52MP bigger). More ...

A megapixel (MP or Mpx) is one million pixels, and is a term used not only for the number of pixels in an image, but also to express the number of image sensor elements of digital cameras or the number of display elements of digital displays. For example, a camera that makes a 2048 1536 pixel image typically uses a few extra rows and columns of sensor elements and is commonly said to have "3.2 megapixels" or "3.4 megapixels", depending on whether the number reported is the "effective" or the "total" pixel count (as opposed to the 2048 1536 = 3,145,728 finished image pixels).

A larger number of megapixels increases the sharpness of images and video.

Lower Maximum Video Resolution

The Panasonic HC-W850 has a max video resolution of 1920 x 1080 (Full HD) pixels pixels (as are the Panasonic HCV770, the Panasonic HCX1000 and the Panasonic HCX920), whereas the Panasonic HCVX870K has a max video resolution of 3840 x 2160 (4K) pixels. More ...

Video resolution is the amount of pixels that make up each frame of the recorded video.

A higher video resolution means that each frame will be more detailed and sharper, with less blurring or smudging. This leads to a far higher quality video.

0.4 Higher Minimum Aperture Number

The Panasonic HC-W850 is a 1.8 minimum aperture camcorder (as does the Panasonic HCV770), whereas the Panasonic HCX1000 is a 1.4 minimum aperture camcorder (0.4 lower). More ...

In photography, the aperture number refers to the size of the hole in the front of the lens, through which light is let through. The larger the aperture, the more light can pass through into the camcorder's sensor. Photographers can modify this aperture to control the 'depth of field' for their shot - this is how much of the shot is held in focus, and how much is blurred. Aperture numbers are measured in f/stops: rather confusingly a smaller aperture number translates to a larger hole, therefore a larger amount of light will be let through.

A smaller aperture number means that the camcorder's lens will be able to open wider, letting in more light at once. This is helpful because it allows the device to quickly take in enough light to form a picture, meaning that the shutter speed will be faster, reducing blur from fast moving subjects. It also means that you can take photos in dimmer light without having to rely on the flash, since you will be able to take in more light at once.

1.8 Lower Maximum Aperture Number

The Panasonic HC-W850 is a 1.8 maximum aperture value camcorder (as does the Panasonic HCX1000), whereas the Panasonic HCV770 is a 3.6 maximum aperture value camcorder (1.8 higher). More ...

In photography, the aperture number refers to the size of the hole in the front of the lens, through which light is let through. The larger the aperture, the more light can pass through into the camcorder's sensor. Photographers can modify this aperture to control the 'depth of field' for their shot - this is how much of the shot is held in focus, and how much is blurred. Aperture numbers are measured in f/stops: rather confusingly a larger aperture number translates to a smaller hole, therefore a smaller amount of light will be let through.

A larger aperture number means that the camcorder's lens will be able to close to a very small hole, letting in very little light. This can be used for very tight depths of field shots, allowing on a single part of the photo to be in full focus, leading to some very nice artistic shots.

Lower Effective Megapixels (Image)

The Panasonic HC-W850 is a 5.21MP camcorder. That's 0.82MP lower than the Panasonic HCV770 (6.03MP), 1.79MP lower than the Panasonic HCVX870K (7MP) and 3.28MP lower than the Panasonic HCX1000 and the Panasonic HCX920 (8.49MP). More ...

The resolution of the images a camcorder produces is measured in megapixels (MP). One megapixel is equal to 1 million pixels and is a result of the pixel width multiplied by the pixel height of the image. While a higher image resolution generally results in sharper images, only a relatively low megapixel count is required when printing the image at a small size or to display it on a computer screen.

A sensor with more megapixels will be able to capture more detailed photos and the image will appear sharper. Images with more megapixels can also be printed at a larger size.

A Lot Lower Effective Megapixels (Movie)

The Panasonic HC-W850 has an effective megapixels (movie) of 6.03MP (as does the Panasonic HCV770), however the Panasonic HCVX870K, the Panasonic HCX1000 and the Panasonic HCX920 are all 8.49MP (movie mode) camcorders (2.46MP higher). More ...

The resolution of the videos a camcorder produces is measured in megapixels (MP). One megapixel is equal to 1 million pixels and is a result of the pixel width multiplied by the pixel height of the image.

A sensor with more megapixels will be able to capture more detailed frames and the videos will appear sharper.

Smaller Display Diagonal

Panasonic HC-W850 is only 3" screen size (as do the Panasonic HCV770 and the Panasonic HCVX870K), but the Panasonic HCX1000 and the Panasonic HCX920 are both 3.5" screen size camcorders (0.5" larger). More ...

Display diagonal of the camcorder's build in display.

A larger display diagonal makes it easier to record and review video and images.

Only 1920 X 1080 (Full HD) Still Image Resolution

The Panasonic HC-W850 supports a still image resolution of 1920 x 1080 (Full HD), and so do the Panasonic HCV770, the Panasonic HCX1000 and the Panasonic HCX920, which is 7 times lower still image resolution as the Panasonic HCVX870K (4992 x 2808). More ...

Image resolution is a measurement of how many pixels make up a single image taken with the camcorder.

A higher image resolution means that the photos taken with the camcorder will be more detailed and sharper, and you'll be able to pick out smaller detailed far better. They will also far more suited to being enlarged, and can be blown up to larger sizes without blurring or losing detail.

$431 More Expensive

The Panasonic HC-W850 is more expensive than the Panasonic HCV770 by $431, more expensive than the Panasonic HCVX870K by $181 and more expensive than the Panasonic HCX920 by $66.

Not As Many Stockists

Only 2 sellers sells the Panasonic HC-W850, however 4 sellers sell the Panasonic HCV770 and 3 stores sell the Panasonic HCX1000. More ...

Smaller numbers of stores reduces the chances of this camcorder remaining in stock and also reduces the price competition amongst retailers for the product.
Over Two Years Older

The Panasonic HC-W850 is older than the Panasonic HCV770 by 10 months, older than the Panasonic HCVX870K by two years and older than the Panasonic HCX1000 by five months.

Fewer Awards

Whilst the Panasonic HC-W850 has received 4 awards, the Panasonic HCX920 has received 7 awards.

Slightly Lower Expert Review Score

The Panasonic HC-W850 has an average expert rating of 88%, but the Panasonic HCX920 has an average expert rating of 91% (based on 16 reviews).

Lower User Review Score

The Panasonic HC-W850 has an average user rating of 93%, but the Panasonic HCV770 has an average user rating of 100% (based on 1 review).

3 Expert Review Sites Gave It a Lower Review Score

Reviewed.com, Trusted Reviews and Les Numeriques.com all gave the Panasonic HC-W850 a lower review score. More ...

Reviewed.com: Panasonic HC-W850 = 90% vs Panasonic HCX1000 = 100%

Trusted Reviews: Panasonic HC-W850 = 90% vs Panasonic HCX920 = 100%

Les Numeriques.com: Panasonic HC-W850 = 80% vs Panasonic HCX920 = 100%

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Panasonic HCVX870K

$697.99
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Panasonic HCVX870K

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Panasonic HCVX870K
18.91MP
20x
OPTICAL ZOOM
353g
4K
RESOLUTION
1"
OPTICAL
4992 X 2808
STILL IMAGE
RESOLUTION
3"
SCREEN SIZE
60x
(DIGITAL)

The Panasonic HCVX870K has a Kagoo Score of 77. With a price tag of $697.99 this camcorder is good value for money. For further details check out our full review of the Panasonic HCVX870K or read our article on whether you should buy a Panasonic camcorder.

Features We Love:
Big total megapixels (18.91MP)
Large optical sensor size (1/2.3")
Has an image stabilizer
Has a night mode
Supports HDMI

An award winning and high image quality 20x optical zoom, 353g video camera, with a good price and a very good spec. It has an image stabilizer and a night mode, supports HDMI and is Full HD. Our review analysis indicates that it has a good zoom, great picture quality and good video quality.

92
Reviews
7 Reviews + 1 Award
81
Features
Fully-Featured
71
Value for Money
Good
77
Kagoo Score
Very Good

Multiple reviews mentioned that Panasonic HCVX870K has very good expert reviews and good user reviews with an average overall rating of 83%.

Trusted Reviews Recommended

8 Reasons For for Choosing the Panasonic HCVX870K

29% Bigger Optical Zoom

The Panasonic HCVX870K is a 20x optical zoom camcorder, and so do the Panasonic HC-W850, the Panasonic HCV770 and the Panasonic HCX1000. That's 8x bigger than the Panasonic HCX920 (12x). More ...

An optical zoom lets you enlarge the subject without having to move closer to it.

An optical zoom lets you zoom without loosing image quality. Digital zooms will simply enlarge the pixels and make the image look blurry.

Vastly Lighter

The Panasonic HCVX870K has a weight of 353g (as does the Panasonic HCV770), however the Panasonic HC-W850 is a 360g camcorder (7g heavier), the Panasonic HCX1000 is a 1.6kg camcorder (1.2kg heavier) and the Panasonic HCX920 is a 417g camcorder (64g heavier). More ...

'Weight' denotes the weight of the camcorder, including battery.

A lighter camcorder is easier to handle when recording and to carry when travelling.

3840 X 2160 (4K) Pixels Pixels Resolution

The Panasonic HCVX870K has a max video resolution of 3840 x 2160 (4K) pixels pixels, which is 4 times higher maximum video resolution as the Panasonic HC-W850, the Panasonic HCV770, the Panasonic HCX1000 and the Panasonic HCX920 (1920 x 1080 (Full HD) pixels). More ...

Video resolution is the amount of pixels that make up each frame of the recorded video.

A higher video resolution means that each frame will be more detailed and sharper, with less blurring or smudging. This leads to a far higher quality video.

7 Times Higher Still Image Resolution

The Panasonic HCVX870K supports a still image resolution of 4992 x 2808, however the Panasonic HC-W850, the Panasonic HCV770, the Panasonic HCX1000 and the Panasonic HCX920 support a still image resolution of 1920 x 1080 (Full HD). More ...

Image resolution is a measurement of how many pixels make up a single image taken with the camcorder.

A higher image resolution means that the photos taken with the camcorder will be more detailed and sharper, and you'll be able to pick out smaller detailed far better. They will also far more suited to being enlarged, and can be blown up to larger sizes without blurring or losing detail.

Wi-Fi

The Panasonic HCVX870K features Wi-Fi (as do the Panasonic HC-W850, the Panasonic HCV770 and the Panasonic HCX1000), however the Panasonic HCX920 does not feature this benefit. More ...

'Wi-Fi' denotes whether the camcorder is capable of connecting to the net via wifi, in order to upload videos and images.

A wireless connection on your camcorder allows you to easily transfer videos to your computer, store them on the cloud or upload them to Facebook, all without having to worry about connecting via a wire.

Near Field Communication (NFC)

The Panasonic HCVX870K supports Near Field Communication (NFC) (as do the Panasonic HC-W850, the Panasonic HCV770 and the Panasonic HCX1000), but the Panasonic HCX920 does not support this feature. More ...

Near Field Communications (NFC) allows the camcorder to wirelessly communicate with smartphones over very short distances (<1m).

NFC can be used to transfer videos and photos from your camcorder direct to your phone, where you can then share them with friends or upload to Facebook/Twitter/etc.

Night Mode

The Panasonic HCVX870K has a night mode, whereas the Panasonic HC-W850, the Panasonic HCV770, the Panasonic HCX1000 and the Panasonic HCX920 do not. More ...

'Night Mode' denotes whether the camcorder has a special mode for shooting video at night - it does this by upping the light taken in by the lens of the camcorder, leading to a brighter recorded image.

Camcorders usually struggle to record video in low-light conditions - a specially designed night mode fixes that.

Newer by 16 Months

The Panasonic HCVX870K was released two years after the Panasonic HC-W850, released 16 months after the Panasonic HCV770, released 21 months after the Panasonic HCX1000 and released three years after the Panasonic HCX920

12 Reasons Against for Choosing the Panasonic HCVX870K

Smaller Total Megapixels

The Panasonic HCVX870K is a 18.91MP camcorder, and so does the Panasonic HCX1000. That's 6.15MP bigger than the Panasonic HC-W850 and the Panasonic HCV770 (12.76MP) and 19.37MP smaller than the Panasonic HCX920 (38.28MP). More ...

A megapixel (MP or Mpx) is one million pixels, and is a term used not only for the number of pixels in an image, but also to express the number of image sensor elements of digital cameras or the number of display elements of digital displays. For example, a camera that makes a 2048 1536 pixel image typically uses a few extra rows and columns of sensor elements and is commonly said to have "3.2 megapixels" or "3.4 megapixels", depending on whether the number reported is the "effective" or the "total" pixel count (as opposed to the 2048 1536 = 3,145,728 finished image pixels).

A larger number of megapixels increases the sharpness of images and video.

1,440x Smaller Digital Zoom

Panasonic HCVX870K is only 60x (digital), but the Panasonic HC-W850 and the Panasonic HCV770 are both 1,500x (digital) camcorders (1,440x bigger), the Panasonic HCX1000 is a 10x (digital) camcorder (50x smaller) and the Panasonic HCX920 is a 40x (digital) camcorder (20x smaller). More ...

A digital zoom enlarges the pixels in a digital image to make the subject appear closer. Using digital zoom can result in images becoming blurry as the underlying image remains the same.

A digital zoom allows you to enlarge a subject without having to move closer. Digital zoom can be used as an alternative to an optical zoom, although it will result in a loss of image quality.

21% Lower Effective Megapixels (Image)

The Panasonic HCVX870K has an effective megapixels (image) of 7MP, however the Panasonic HC-W850 is a 5.21MP camcorder (1.79MP lower), the Panasonic HCV770 is a 6.03MP camcorder (0.97MP lower) and the Panasonic HCX1000 and the Panasonic HCX920 are both 8.49MP camcorders (1.49MP higher). More ...

The resolution of the images a camcorder produces is measured in megapixels (MP). One megapixel is equal to 1 million pixels and is a result of the pixel width multiplied by the pixel height of the image. While a higher image resolution generally results in sharper images, only a relatively low megapixel count is required when printing the image at a small size or to display it on a computer screen.

A sensor with more megapixels will be able to capture more detailed photos and the image will appear sharper. Images with more megapixels can also be printed at a larger size.

Lower Effective Megapixels (Movie)

The Panasonic HCVX870K is an 8.29MP (movie mode) camcorder. That's 2.26MP higher than the Panasonic HC-W850 and the Panasonic HCV770 (6.03MP) and 0.2MP lower than the Panasonic HCX1000 and the Panasonic HCX920 (8.49MP). More ...

The resolution of the videos a camcorder produces is measured in megapixels (MP). One megapixel is equal to 1 million pixels and is a result of the pixel width multiplied by the pixel height of the image.

A sensor with more megapixels will be able to capture more detailed frames and the videos will appear sharper.

15% Smaller Display Diagonal

The Panasonic HCVX870K has a display diagonal of 3", and so do the Panasonic HC-W850 and the Panasonic HCV770. That's 0.5" smaller than the Panasonic HCX1000 and the Panasonic HCX920 (3.5"). More ...

Display diagonal of the camcorder's build in display.

A larger display diagonal makes it easier to record and review video and images.

Worse Kagoo Score

The Panasonic HCVX870K has received a Kagoo Score of 77, however the Panasonic HC-W850 scored 79 and the Panasonic HCX920 scored 78.

More Expensive by $250

The Panasonic HCVX870K is $250 more expensive than the Panasonic HCV770.

Less Retailers

The Panasonic HCVX870K is only stocked by 1 store, whereas the Panasonic HC-W850 is stocked by 2 retailers, the Panasonic HCV770 is stocked by 4 retailers and the Panasonic HCX1000 is stocked by 3 shops. More ...

Fewer numbers of shops reduces the price competition amongst retailers for the product and also reduces the chances of this camcorder remaining in stock.
Six Less Awards

The Panasonic HCVX870K has only received 1 award, whereas the Panasonic HC-W850 has received 4 awards, the Panasonic HCX1000 has received 2 awards and the Panasonic HCX920 has received 7 awards.

Expert Review Rating is Worse

The Panasonic HCVX870K's average expert score is 83%, however the Panasonic HC-W850's is 88% (based on 14 reviews) and the Panasonic HCX920's is 91% (based on 16 reviews).

User Review Rating is Vastly Worse

The Panasonic HCVX870K's average user score is 80%, however the Panasonic HC-W850's is 93% (based on 3 reviews), the Panasonic HCV770's is 100% (based on 1 review) and the Panasonic HCX920's is 90% (based on 44 reviews).

3 Expert Review Sites Gave It a Lower Review Score

Digital Versus, Trusted Reviews and Les Numeriques.com all gave the Panasonic HCVX870K a lower review score. More ...

Digital Versus: Panasonic HCVX870K = 80% vs Panasonic HCX920 = 100%

Trusted Reviews: Panasonic HCVX870K = 90% vs Panasonic HCX920 = 100%

Les Numeriques.com: Panasonic HCVX870K = 80% vs Panasonic HCX920 = 100%

The cheapest price that we found for the HCVX870K in the United States is $697.99 but in total we found only 1 price for it.

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Panasonic HCV770

$447.99
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Panasonic HCV770

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Panasonic HCV770
12.76MP
20x
OPTICAL ZOOM
353g
FULL
HD
RESOLU-
TION
1"
OPTICAL
1h
BATTERY LIFE
3"
SCREEN SIZE
1,500x
(DIGITAL)
1h
VIDEO

The Panasonic HCV770 has a Kagoo Score of 77. With a price tag of $447.99 this camcorder is good value for money. For further details check out our full review of the Panasonic HCV770 or read our article on whether you should buy a Panasonic camcorder.

Features We Love:
Big total megapixels (12.76MP)
Large optical sensor size (1/2.3")
Has an image stabilizer
6528x3672 still image resolution (6528x3672|4736x2664|1920x1080|5472x3648|3984x2656|1728x1152|4896x3672|3264x2448|640x480)
Supports HDMI

Our review analysis indicates that this video camera it. It's a cheap and fully featured 20x optical zoom, 353g video camera, with average reviews. It has an image stabilizer and a built-in display, supports HDMI and is Full HD.

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Features
Fully-Featured
74
Popularity
Quite Popular
73
Value for Money
Good
77
Kagoo Score
Very Good

Customers report that Panasonic HCV770 has exceptional user reviews with an average user rating of 100%.

11 Reasons For for Choosing the Panasonic HCV770

8x Bigger Optical Zoom

The Panasonic HCV770 has an optical zoom of 20x (as do the Panasonic HC-W850, the Panasonic HCVX870K and the Panasonic HCX1000), but the Panasonic HCX920 is only a 12x optical zoom camcorder (8x smaller). More ...

An optical zoom lets you enlarge the subject without having to move closer to it.

An optical zoom lets you zoom without loosing image quality. Digital zooms will simply enlarge the pixels and make the image look blurry.

78% Lighter

The Panasonic HCV770 is a 353g camcorder, and so does the Panasonic HCVX870K. That's 7g lighter than the Panasonic HC-W850 (360g), 1.2kg lighter than the Panasonic HCX1000 (1.6kg) and 64g lighter than the Panasonic HCX920 (417g). More ...

'Weight' denotes the weight of the camcorder, including battery.

A lighter camcorder is easier to handle when recording and to carry when travelling.

17% Longer Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

The Panasonic HCV770 has a maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) of 752mm. That's 152mm longer than the Panasonic HCX1000 (600mm). More ...

'Focal length' is described as the distance between the lens and the image sensor - this distance is what determined how 'zoomed in' a shot is when compared to the original view from your eye. Therefore greater focal lengths mean that the camcorder has the ability to zoom in closer to a subject.

A longer maximum focal length means that the camcorder is capable of zooming in a much greater distance, allowing you to clearly photograph subjects further away.

0.5mm Shorter Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

The Panasonic HCV770 has a minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) of 29.5mm, however the Panasonic HCX1000 is a 30mm minimum focal length camcorder (0.5mm longer). More ...

'Focal length' is described as the distance between the lens and the image sensor - this distance is what determined how 'zoomed in' a shot is when compared to the original view from your eye. Therefore smaller focal lengths mean that the camcorder has the ability to zoom out further to take in more of the scene at once.

A smaller minimum focal length means that the camcorder can take in more of the scene at once, allowing for wide landscape shots.

1.8 Higher Maximum Aperture Number

The Panasonic HCV770 is a 3.6 maximum aperture value camcorder, whereas the Panasonic HC-W850 and the Panasonic HCX1000 are both only 1.8 maximum aperture value camcorders (1.8 lower). More ...

In photography, the aperture number refers to the size of the hole in the front of the lens, through which light is let through. The larger the aperture, the more light can pass through into the camcorder's sensor. Photographers can modify this aperture to control the 'depth of field' for their shot - this is how much of the shot is held in focus, and how much is blurred. Aperture numbers are measured in f/stops: rather confusingly a larger aperture number translates to a smaller hole, therefore a smaller amount of light will be let through.

A larger aperture number means that the camcorder's lens will be able to close to a very small hole, letting in very little light. This can be used for very tight depths of field shots, allowing on a single part of the photo to be in full focus, leading to some very nice artistic shots.

Built-in Microphone

The Panasonic HCV770 has a built-in microphone (as do the Panasonic HC-W850, the Panasonic HCX1000 and the Panasonic HCX920), whereas the Panasonic HCVX870K does not have this feature. More ...

'Built-In Microphone' denotes whether the camcorder has a microphone built into the body of the device, in order to record audio along with the video.

A built-in microphone isn't going to be as high quality as a professional mic, but it's a good alternative if you want to record audio alongside your home videos.

Wi-Fi

The Panasonic HCV770 features Wi-Fi, and so do the Panasonic HC-W850, the Panasonic HCVX870K and the Panasonic HCX1000, but the Panasonic HCX920 does not. More ...

'Wi-Fi' denotes whether the camcorder is capable of connecting to the net via wifi, in order to upload videos and images.

A wireless connection on your camcorder allows you to easily transfer videos to your computer, store them on the cloud or upload them to Facebook, all without having to worry about connecting via a wire.

Near Field Communication (NFC)

The Panasonic HCV770 supports Near Field Communication (NFC), and so do the Panasonic HC-W850, the Panasonic HCVX870K and the Panasonic HCX1000, whereas the Panasonic HCX920 does not. More ...

Near Field Communications (NFC) allows the camcorder to wirelessly communicate with smartphones over very short distances (<1m).

NFC can be used to transfer videos and photos from your camcorder direct to your phone, where you can then share them with friends or upload to Facebook/Twitter/etc.

$250 Cheaper

The Panasonic HCV770 costs $447.99, whereas the Panasonic HC-W850 is $878.99, the Panasonic HCVX870K is $697.99, the Panasonic HCX1000 is $1,693.99 and the Panasonic HCX920 is $813.27.

More Shops Are Selling it

A greater number of stores increases the price competition amongst retailers for this camcorder and also increases the chances of the product remaining in stock.

User Reviews Are Better

The average user review score of the Panasonic HCV770 is 100% based on 1 review, but the average rating of the Panasonic HC-W850 is 93% (based on 3 reviews), the average rating of the Panasonic HCVX870K is 80% (based on 1 review), the average rating of the Panasonic HCX1000 is 60% (based on 1 review) and the average rating of the Panasonic HCX920 is 90% (based on 44 reviews).

11 Reasons Against for Choosing the Panasonic HCV770

Vastly Smaller Total Megapixels

The Panasonic HCV770 has a total megapixels of 12.76MP (as does the Panasonic HC-W850), however the Panasonic HCVX870K and the Panasonic HCX1000 are both 18.91MP camcorders (6.15MP bigger) and the Panasonic HCX920 is a 38.28MP camcorder (25.52MP bigger). More ...

A megapixel (MP or Mpx) is one million pixels, and is a term used not only for the number of pixels in an image, but also to express the number of image sensor elements of digital cameras or the number of display elements of digital displays. For example, a camera that makes a 2048 1536 pixel image typically uses a few extra rows and columns of sensor elements and is commonly said to have "3.2 megapixels" or "3.4 megapixels", depending on whether the number reported is the "effective" or the "total" pixel count (as opposed to the 2048 1536 = 3,145,728 finished image pixels).

A larger number of megapixels increases the sharpness of images and video.

Lower Maximum Video Resolution

The Panasonic HCV770 has a max video resolution of 1920 x 1080 (Full HD) pixels pixels (as are the Panasonic HC-W850, the Panasonic HCX1000 and the Panasonic HCX920), whereas the Panasonic HCVX870K has a max video resolution of 3840 x 2160 (4K) pixels. More ...

Video resolution is the amount of pixels that make up each frame of the recorded video.

A higher video resolution means that each frame will be more detailed and sharper, with less blurring or smudging. This leads to a far higher quality video.

0.4 Higher Minimum Aperture Number

The Panasonic HCV770 is a 1.8 minimum aperture camcorder (as does the Panasonic HC-W850), whereas the Panasonic HCX1000 is a 1.4 minimum aperture camcorder (0.4 lower). More ...

In photography, the aperture number refers to the size of the hole in the front of the lens, through which light is let through. The larger the aperture, the more light can pass through into the camcorder's sensor. Photographers can modify this aperture to control the 'depth of field' for their shot - this is how much of the shot is held in focus, and how much is blurred. Aperture numbers are measured in f/stops: rather confusingly a smaller aperture number translates to a larger hole, therefore a larger amount of light will be let through.

A smaller aperture number means that the camcorder's lens will be able to open wider, letting in more light at once. This is helpful because it allows the device to quickly take in enough light to form a picture, meaning that the shutter speed will be faster, reducing blur from fast moving subjects. It also means that you can take photos in dimmer light without having to rely on the flash, since you will be able to take in more light at once.

Lower Effective Megapixels (Image)

The Panasonic HCV770 is a 6.03MP camcorder. That's 0.82MP higher than the Panasonic HC-W850 (5.21MP), 0.97MP lower than the Panasonic HCVX870K (7MP) and 2.46MP lower than the Panasonic HCX1000 and the Panasonic HCX920 (8.49MP). More ...

The resolution of the images a camcorder produces is measured in megapixels (MP). One megapixel is equal to 1 million pixels and is a result of the pixel width multiplied by the pixel height of the image. While a higher image resolution generally results in sharper images, only a relatively low megapixel count is required when printing the image at a small size or to display it on a computer screen.

A sensor with more megapixels will be able to capture more detailed photos and the image will appear sharper. Images with more megapixels can also be printed at a larger size.

A Lot Lower Effective Megapixels (Movie)

The Panasonic HCV770 has an effective megapixels (movie) of 6.03MP (as does the Panasonic HC-W850), however the Panasonic HCVX870K, the Panasonic HCX1000 and the Panasonic HCX920 are all 8.49MP (movie mode) camcorders (2.46MP higher). More ...

The resolution of the videos a camcorder produces is measured in megapixels (MP). One megapixel is equal to 1 million pixels and is a result of the pixel width multiplied by the pixel height of the image.

A sensor with more megapixels will be able to capture more detailed frames and the videos will appear sharper.

Does Not Have a Built-in Flash

The Panasonic HCV770 does not have a built-in flash, whereas the Panasonic HC-W850, the Panasonic HCVX870K, the Panasonic HCX1000 and the Panasonic HCX920 have this feature. More ...

'Built-in Flash' denotes whether the camcorder has a flash unit built into it, or whether you have to rely on natural lighting or external flash units.

Smaller Display Diagonal

Panasonic HCV770 is only 3" screen size (as do the Panasonic HC-W850 and the Panasonic HCVX870K), but the Panasonic HCX1000 and the Panasonic HCX920 are both 3.5" screen size camcorders (0.5" larger). More ...

Display diagonal of the camcorder's build in display.

A larger display diagonal makes it easier to record and review video and images.

Only 1920 X 1080 (Full HD) Still Image Resolution

The Panasonic HCV770 supports a still image resolution of 1920 x 1080 (Full HD), and so do the Panasonic HC-W850, the Panasonic HCX1000 and the Panasonic HCX920, which is 7 times lower still image resolution as the Panasonic HCVX870K (4992 x 2808). More ...

Image resolution is a measurement of how many pixels make up a single image taken with the camcorder.

A higher image resolution means that the photos taken with the camcorder will be more detailed and sharper, and you'll be able to pick out smaller detailed far better. They will also far more suited to being enlarged, and can be blown up to larger sizes without blurring or losing detail.

Does Not Support Bluetooth

The Panasonic HCV770 does not support bluetooth, whereas the Panasonic HC-W850, the Panasonic HCVX870K, the Panasonic HCX1000 and the Panasonic HCX920 do. More ...

'Bluetooth' indicates whether the camcorder supports bluetooth, a communication protocol frequently used with accessories such as wireless flash units.

Worse Kagoo Score

The Panasonic HCV770 has received a Kagoo Score of 77, but the Panasonic HC-W850 scored 79 and the Panasonic HCX920 scored 78.

Over One Year Older

The Panasonic HCV770 is older than the Panasonic HCVX870K by 16 months.

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Panasonic HCX920

$813.27
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Panasonic HCX920

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Panasonic HCX920
38.28MP
12x
OPTICAL ZOOM
1"
OPTICAL
FULL
HD
RESOLU-
TION
417g
3.5"
SCREEN SIZE
40x
(DIGITAL)

The Panasonic HCX920 has a Kagoo Score of 78. With a price tag of $813.27 this camcorder is good value for money. For further details check out our full review of the Panasonic HCX920 or read our article on whether you should buy a Panasonic camcorder.

Features We Love:
Huge total megapixels (38.28MP)
Large optical sensor size (1/2.3")
Has an image stabilizer
Supports HDMI
Large display diagonal (3.5")

Owners report that this camcorder it. It's a multi award winning and fully featured 12x optical zoom, 417g camcorder, with one of the highest image qualities around and a fair price. It is 3D and Full HD, has an image stabilizer and supports HDMI.

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Reviews
60 Reviews + 7 Awards
81
Features
Fully-Featured
71
Value for Money
Good
78
Kagoo Score
Very Good

Customers report that Panasonic HCX920 has brilliant expert reviews and very good user reviews with an average overall rating of 94%, based on 60 reviews.

Trusted Reviews Editor's Choice
Expert Reviews Best Buy
Pocket Lint Recommended
Digital Versus 5 Star
camcorderinfo.com Editor's Choice
reviewed.com Editor's Choice
Les Numeriques.com 5 Star
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9 Reasons For for Choosing the Panasonic HCX920

Bigger Total Megapixels

The Panasonic HCX920 is a 38.28MP camcorder. That's 25.52MP bigger than the Panasonic HC-W850 and the Panasonic HCV770 (12.76MP) and 19.37MP bigger than the Panasonic HCVX870K and the Panasonic HCX1000 (18.91MP). More ...

A megapixel (MP or Mpx) is one million pixels, and is a term used not only for the number of pixels in an image, but also to express the number of image sensor elements of digital cameras or the number of display elements of digital displays. For example, a camera that makes a 2048 1536 pixel image typically uses a few extra rows and columns of sensor elements and is commonly said to have "3.2 megapixels" or "3.4 megapixels", depending on whether the number reported is the "effective" or the "total" pixel count (as opposed to the 2048 1536 = 3,145,728 finished image pixels).

A larger number of megapixels increases the sharpness of images and video.

Built-in Flash

The Panasonic HCX920 has a built-in flash (as does the Panasonic HC-W850), however the Panasonic HCV770, the Panasonic HCVX870K and the Panasonic HCX1000 do not have this feature. More ...

'Built-in Flash' denotes whether the camcorder has a flash unit built into it, or whether you have to rely on natural lighting or external flash units.

13% Larger Display Diagonal

The Panasonic HCX920 has a display diagonal of 3.5", and so does the Panasonic HCX1000. That's 0.5" larger than the Panasonic HC-W850, the Panasonic HCV770 and the Panasonic HCVX870K (3"). More ...

Display diagonal of the camcorder's build in display.

A larger display diagonal makes it easier to record and review video and images.

3D

The Panasonic HCX920 is a 3D camcorder, however the Panasonic HC-W850, the Panasonic HCV770, the Panasonic HCVX870K and the Panasonic HCX1000 are not. More ...

'3D' denotes whether the camcorder is capable of recording video in 3D or not.

3D videos have the ability to be far more immersive and captivating than standard 2D videos. However be aware that displaying them requires a monitor or TV that is capable of displaying 3D videos, and a set of glasses to allow you to view them properly.

Built-in Microphone

The Panasonic HCX920 has a built-in microphone, and so do the Panasonic HC-W850, the Panasonic HCV770 and the Panasonic HCX1000, but the Panasonic HCVX870K does not. More ...

'Built-In Microphone' denotes whether the camcorder has a microphone built into the body of the device, in order to record audio along with the video.

A built-in microphone isn't going to be as high quality as a professional mic, but it's a good alternative if you want to record audio alongside your home videos.

Seven More Awards

The Panasonic HCX920 has received 7 awards from expert review sites, whereas the Panasonic HC-W850 has received 4 awards, the Panasonic HCV770 has received no awards, the Panasonic HCVX870K has received 1 award and the Panasonic HCX1000 has received 2 awards.

Marginally Better Expert Reviews

The Panasonic HCX920 has an average expert review score of 91% based on 16 reviews, however the Panasonic HC-W850 has an average rating of 88% (based on 14 reviews), the Panasonic HCVX870K has an average rating of 83% (based on 6 reviews) and the Panasonic HCX1000 has an average rating of 78% (based on 8 reviews).

Marginally Better Overall Reviews

The Panasonic HCX920 has an average overall review score of 94% based on 60 reviews, however the Panasonic HC-W850 has an average rating of 92% (based on 17 reviews), the Panasonic HCVX870K has an average rating of 83% (based on 7 reviews) and the Panasonic HCX1000 has an average rating of 73% (based on 9 reviews).

4 Expert Review Sites Gave It a Higher Review Score

Expert Reviews, Digital Versus, Trusted Reviews and Les Numeriques.com all gave the Panasonic HCX920 a better review score. More ...

Expert Reviews: Panasonic HCX920 = 100% vs Panasonic HCX1000 = 80%

Digital Versus: Panasonic HCX920 = 100% vs Panasonic HCVX870K = 80%

Trusted Reviews: Panasonic HCX920 = 100% vs Panasonic HCX1000 = 60%

Les Numeriques.com: Panasonic HCX920 = 100% vs Panasonic HCVX870K = 80%

13 Reasons Against for Choosing the Panasonic HCX920

40% Smaller Optical Zoom

The Panasonic HCX920 is a 12x optical zoom camcorder. That's 8x smaller than the Panasonic HC-W850, the Panasonic HCV770, the Panasonic HCVX870K and the Panasonic HCX1000 (20x). More ...

An optical zoom lets you enlarge the subject without having to move closer to it.

An optical zoom lets you zoom without loosing image quality. Digital zooms will simply enlarge the pixels and make the image look blurry.

14% Heavier

The Panasonic HCX920 has a weight of 417g, however the Panasonic HC-W850 is a 360g camcorder (57g lighter), the Panasonic HCV770 and the Panasonic HCVX870K are both 353g camcorders (64g lighter) and the Panasonic HCX1000 is a 1.6kg camcorder (1.1kg heavier). More ...

'Weight' denotes the weight of the camcorder, including battery.

A lighter camcorder is easier to handle when recording and to carry when travelling.

Only 1920 X 1080 (Full HD) Pixels Pixels Resolution

The Panasonic HCX920 has a max video resolution of 1920 x 1080 (Full HD) pixels pixels, and so are the Panasonic HC-W850, the Panasonic HCV770 and the Panasonic HCX1000, which is 4 times lower maximum video resolution as the Panasonic HCVX870K (3840 x 2160 (4K) pixels). More ...

Video resolution is the amount of pixels that make up each frame of the recorded video.

A higher video resolution means that each frame will be more detailed and sharper, with less blurring or smudging. This leads to a far higher quality video.

1,460x Smaller Digital Zoom

Panasonic HCX920 is only 40x (digital), but the Panasonic HC-W850 and the Panasonic HCV770 are both 1,500x (digital) camcorders (1,460x bigger), the Panasonic HCVX870K is a 60x (digital) camcorder (20x bigger) and the Panasonic HCX1000 is a 10x (digital) camcorder (30x smaller). More ...

A digital zoom enlarges the pixels in a digital image to make the subject appear closer. Using digital zoom can result in images becoming blurry as the underlying image remains the same.

A digital zoom allows you to enlarge a subject without having to move closer. Digital zoom can be used as an alternative to an optical zoom, although it will result in a loss of image quality.

0.36MP Lower Effective Megapixels (Image)

The Panasonic HCX920 has an effective megapixels (image) of 8.49MP, however the Panasonic HC-W850 is a 5.21MP camcorder (3.28MP lower), the Panasonic HCV770 is a 6.03MP camcorder (2.46MP lower), the Panasonic HCVX870K is a 7MP camcorder (1.49MP lower) and the Panasonic HCX1000 is an 8.85MP camcorder (0.36MP higher). More ...

The resolution of the images a camcorder produces is measured in megapixels (MP). One megapixel is equal to 1 million pixels and is a result of the pixel width multiplied by the pixel height of the image. While a higher image resolution generally results in sharper images, only a relatively low megapixel count is required when printing the image at a small size or to display it on a computer screen.

A sensor with more megapixels will be able to capture more detailed photos and the image will appear sharper. Images with more megapixels can also be printed at a larger size.

Lower Effective Megapixels (Movie)

The Panasonic HCX920 is an 8.49MP (movie mode) camcorder. That's 2.46MP higher than the Panasonic HC-W850 and the Panasonic HCV770 (6.03MP) and 0.36MP lower than the Panasonic HCVX870K and the Panasonic HCX1000 (8.85MP). More ...

The resolution of the videos a camcorder produces is measured in megapixels (MP). One megapixel is equal to 1 million pixels and is a result of the pixel width multiplied by the pixel height of the image.

A sensor with more megapixels will be able to capture more detailed frames and the videos will appear sharper.

7 Times Lower Still Image Resolution

The Panasonic HCX920 supports a still image resolution of 1920 x 1080 (Full HD) (as do the Panasonic HC-W850, the Panasonic HCV770 and the Panasonic HCX1000), however the Panasonic HCVX870K supports a still image resolution of 4992 x 2808. More ...

Image resolution is a measurement of how many pixels make up a single image taken with the camcorder.

A higher image resolution means that the photos taken with the camcorder will be more detailed and sharper, and you'll be able to pick out smaller detailed far better. They will also far more suited to being enlarged, and can be blown up to larger sizes without blurring or losing detail.

Worse Kagoo Score

The Panasonic HCX920 has received a Kagoo Score of 78, however the Panasonic HC-W850 scored 79.

More Expensive by $365

The Panasonic HCX920 is $365 more expensive than the Panasonic HCV770 and $115 more expensive than the Panasonic HCVX870K.

Less Retailers

The Panasonic HCX920 is only stocked by 1 retailer, whereas the Panasonic HC-W850 is stocked by 2 stores, the Panasonic HCV770 is stocked by 4 retailers and the Panasonic HCX1000 is stocked by 3 sellers. More ...

Fewer numbers of shops reduces the price competition amongst retailers for the product and also reduces the chances of this camcorder remaining in stock.
Older by Over Two Years

The Panasonic HCX920 is nine months older than the Panasonic HC-W850, 19 months older than the Panasonic HCV770, three years older than the Panasonic HCVX870K and 14 months older than the Panasonic HCX1000.

User Review Rating is Considerably Worse

The Panasonic HCX920's average user score is 90%, however the Panasonic HC-W850's is 93% (based on 3 reviews) and the Panasonic HCV770's is 100% (based on 1 review).

Worse Reviewed.com Review Score

Reviewed.com only gave the Panasonic HCX920 a review score of 90%, whereas the rating of the Panasonic HCX1000 was 100%.

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Panasonic HCX1000

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Panasonic HCX1000

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Panasonic HCX1000
18.91MP
20x
OPTICAL ZOOM
FULL
HD
RESOLU-
TION
1"
OPTICAL
1.6kg
10x
(DIGITAL)
3.5"
SCREEN SIZE
HD
128GB
MAXIMUM

The Panasonic HCX1000 has a Kagoo Score of 76. However with a price tag of $1,693.99 this camcorder is very expensive. For further details check out our full review of the Panasonic HCX1000 or read our article on whether you should buy a Panasonic camcorder.

Features We Love:
Big total megapixels (18.91MP)
Large optical sensor size (1/2.3")
Has an image stabilizer
Supports HDMI
Large display diagonal (3.5")

An award winning and fully featured 20x optical zoom, 1.6kg video camera. It has an image stabilizer and a built-in display, supports HDMI and is Full HD. Owners report that it has good controls, it's well designed but it has a bad screen.

88
Reviews
9 Reviews + 2 Awards
80
Features
Fully-Featured
71
Popularity
Quite Popular
67
Value for Money
Good
76
Kagoo Score
Very Good

Owners report that Panasonic HCX1000 has good expert reviews but below average user reviews with an average overall rating of 73%.

Expert Reviews Recommended
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9 Reasons For for Choosing the Panasonic HCX1000

8x Bigger Optical Zoom

The Panasonic HCX1000 has an optical zoom of 20x (as do the Panasonic HC-W850, the Panasonic HCV770 and the Panasonic HCVX870K), but the Panasonic HCX920 is only a 12x optical zoom camcorder (8x smaller). More ...

An optical zoom lets you enlarge the subject without having to move closer to it.

An optical zoom lets you zoom without loosing image quality. Digital zooms will simply enlarge the pixels and make the image look blurry.

0.4 Lower Minimum Aperture Number

The Panasonic HCX1000 is a 1.4 minimum aperture camcorder, whereas the Panasonic HC-W850 and the Panasonic HCV770 are both 1.8 minimum aperture camcorders (0.4 higher). More ...

In photography, the aperture number refers to the size of the hole in the front of the lens, through which light is let through. The larger the aperture, the more light can pass through into the camcorder's sensor. Photographers can modify this aperture to control the 'depth of field' for their shot - this is how much of the shot is held in focus, and how much is blurred. Aperture numbers are measured in f/stops: rather confusingly a smaller aperture number translates to a larger hole, therefore a larger amount of light will be let through.

A smaller aperture number means that the camcorder's lens will be able to open wider, letting in more light at once. This is helpful because it allows the device to quickly take in enough light to form a picture, meaning that the shutter speed will be faster, reducing blur from fast moving subjects. It also means that you can take photos in dimmer light without having to rely on the flash, since you will be able to take in more light at once.

Higher Effective Megapixels (Image)

The Panasonic HCX1000 is an 8.85MP camcorder. That's 3.64MP higher than the Panasonic HC-W850 (5.21MP), 2.82MP higher than the Panasonic HCV770 (6.03MP), 1.85MP higher than the Panasonic HCVX870K (7MP) and 0.36MP higher than the Panasonic HCX920 (8.49MP). More ...

The resolution of the images a camcorder produces is measured in megapixels (MP). One megapixel is equal to 1 million pixels and is a result of the pixel width multiplied by the pixel height of the image. While a higher image resolution generally results in sharper images, only a relatively low megapixel count is required when printing the image at a small size or to display it on a computer screen.

A sensor with more megapixels will be able to capture more detailed photos and the image will appear sharper. Images with more megapixels can also be printed at a larger size.

25% Higher Effective Megapixels (Movie)

The Panasonic HCX1000 has an effective megapixels (movie) of 8.85MP, however the Panasonic HC-W850 and the Panasonic HCV770 are both only 6.03MP (movie mode) camcorders (2.82MP lower) and the Panasonic HCVX870K and the Panasonic HCX920 are both only 8.49MP (movie mode) camcorders (0.36MP lower). More ...

The resolution of the videos a camcorder produces is measured in megapixels (MP). One megapixel is equal to 1 million pixels and is a result of the pixel width multiplied by the pixel height of the image.

A sensor with more megapixels will be able to capture more detailed frames and the videos will appear sharper.

Larger Display Diagonal

Panasonic HCX1000 is 3.5" screen size (as does the Panasonic HCX920), but the Panasonic HC-W850, the Panasonic HCV770 and the Panasonic HCVX870K are all only 3" screen size camcorders (0.5" smaller). More ...

Display diagonal of the camcorder's build in display.

A larger display diagonal makes it easier to record and review video and images.

Built-in Microphone

The Panasonic HCX1000 has a built-in microphone (as do the Panasonic HC-W850, the Panasonic HCV770 and the Panasonic HCX920), whereas the Panasonic HCVX870K does not have this feature. More ...

'Built-In Microphone' denotes whether the camcorder has a microphone built into the body of the device, in order to record audio along with the video.

A built-in microphone isn't going to be as high quality as a professional mic, but it's a good alternative if you want to record audio alongside your home videos.

Wi-Fi

The Panasonic HCX1000 features Wi-Fi, and so do the Panasonic HC-W850, the Panasonic HCV770 and the Panasonic HCVX870K, but the Panasonic HCX920 does not. More ...

'Wi-Fi' denotes whether the camcorder is capable of connecting to the net via wifi, in order to upload videos and images.

A wireless connection on your camcorder allows you to easily transfer videos to your computer, store them on the cloud or upload them to Facebook, all without having to worry about connecting via a wire.

Near Field Communication (NFC)

The Panasonic HCX1000 supports Near Field Communication (NFC), and so do the Panasonic HC-W850, the Panasonic HCV770 and the Panasonic HCVX870K, whereas the Panasonic HCX920 does not. More ...

Near Field Communications (NFC) allows the camcorder to wirelessly communicate with smartphones over very short distances (<1m).

NFC can be used to transfer videos and photos from your camcorder direct to your phone, where you can then share them with friends or upload to Facebook/Twitter/etc.

Better Reviewed.com Review Score

Reviewed.com's Panasonic HCX1000 review gave it a score of 100%, however the Panasonic HC-W850's rating was only 90% and the Panasonic HCX920's rating was only 90% from the same site.

16 Reasons Against for Choosing the Panasonic HCX1000

Heavier

The Panasonic HCX1000 is a 1.6kg camcorder. That's 1.2kg heavier than the Panasonic HC-W850 (360g), 1.2kg heavier than the Panasonic HCV770 and the Panasonic HCVX870K (353g) and 1.1kg heavier than the Panasonic HCX920 (417g). More ...

'Weight' denotes the weight of the camcorder, including battery.

A lighter camcorder is easier to handle when recording and to carry when travelling.

Vastly Smaller Total Megapixels

The Panasonic HCX1000 has a total megapixels of 18.91MP (as does the Panasonic HCVX870K), however the Panasonic HC-W850 and the Panasonic HCV770 are both 12.76MP camcorders (6.15MP smaller) and the Panasonic HCX920 is a 38.28MP camcorder (19.37MP bigger). More ...

A megapixel (MP or Mpx) is one million pixels, and is a term used not only for the number of pixels in an image, but also to express the number of image sensor elements of digital cameras or the number of display elements of digital displays. For example, a camera that makes a 2048 1536 pixel image typically uses a few extra rows and columns of sensor elements and is commonly said to have "3.2 megapixels" or "3.4 megapixels", depending on whether the number reported is the "effective" or the "total" pixel count (as opposed to the 2048 1536 = 3,145,728 finished image pixels).

A larger number of megapixels increases the sharpness of images and video.

Lower Maximum Video Resolution

The Panasonic HCX1000 has a max video resolution of 1920 x 1080 (Full HD) pixels pixels (as are the Panasonic HC-W850, the Panasonic HCV770 and the Panasonic HCX920), whereas the Panasonic HCVX870K has a max video resolution of 3840 x 2160 (4K) pixels. More ...

Video resolution is the amount of pixels that make up each frame of the recorded video.

A higher video resolution means that each frame will be more detailed and sharper, with less blurring or smudging. This leads to a far higher quality video.

1,490x Smaller Digital Zoom

The Panasonic HCX1000 is a 10x (digital) camcorder. That's 1,490x smaller than the Panasonic HC-W850 and the Panasonic HCV770 (1,500x), 50x smaller than the Panasonic HCVX870K (60x) and 30x smaller than the Panasonic HCX920 (40x). More ...

A digital zoom enlarges the pixels in a digital image to make the subject appear closer. Using digital zoom can result in images becoming blurry as the underlying image remains the same.

A digital zoom allows you to enlarge a subject without having to move closer. Digital zoom can be used as an alternative to an optical zoom, although it will result in a loss of image quality.

21% Shorter Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

The Panasonic HCX1000 has a maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) of 600mm. That's 152mm shorter than the Panasonic HCV770 (752mm). More ...

'Focal length' is described as the distance between the lens and the image sensor - this distance is what determined how 'zoomed in' a shot is when compared to the original view from your eye. Therefore greater focal lengths mean that the camcorder has the ability to zoom in closer to a subject.

A longer maximum focal length means that the camcorder is capable of zooming in a much greater distance, allowing you to clearly photograph subjects further away.

0.5mm Longer Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

The Panasonic HCX1000 has a minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) of 30mm, however the Panasonic HCV770 is a 29.5mm minimum focal length camcorder (0.5mm shorter). More ...

'Focal length' is described as the distance between the lens and the image sensor - this distance is what determined how 'zoomed in' a shot is when compared to the original view from your eye. Therefore smaller focal lengths mean that the camcorder has the ability to zoom out further to take in more of the scene at once.

A smaller minimum focal length means that the camcorder can take in more of the scene at once, allowing for wide landscape shots.

1.8 Lower Maximum Aperture Number

The Panasonic HCX1000 is a 1.8 maximum aperture value camcorder (as does the Panasonic HC-W850), whereas the Panasonic HCV770 is a 3.6 maximum aperture value camcorder (1.8 higher). More ...

In photography, the aperture number refers to the size of the hole in the front of the lens, through which light is let through. The larger the aperture, the more light can pass through into the camcorder's sensor. Photographers can modify this aperture to control the 'depth of field' for their shot - this is how much of the shot is held in focus, and how much is blurred. Aperture numbers are measured in f/stops: rather confusingly a larger aperture number translates to a smaller hole, therefore a smaller amount of light will be let through.

A larger aperture number means that the camcorder's lens will be able to close to a very small hole, letting in very little light. This can be used for very tight depths of field shots, allowing on a single part of the photo to be in full focus, leading to some very nice artistic shots.

Only 1920 X 1080 (Full HD) Still Image Resolution

The Panasonic HCX1000 supports a still image resolution of 1920 x 1080 (Full HD), and so do the Panasonic HC-W850, the Panasonic HCV770 and the Panasonic HCX920, which is 7 times lower still image resolution as the Panasonic HCVX870K (4992 x 2808). More ...

Image resolution is a measurement of how many pixels make up a single image taken with the camcorder.

A higher image resolution means that the photos taken with the camcorder will be more detailed and sharper, and you'll be able to pick out smaller detailed far better. They will also far more suited to being enlarged, and can be blown up to larger sizes without blurring or losing detail.

Worse Kagoo Score

The Panasonic HCX1000 has received a Kagoo Score of 76, but the Panasonic HC-W850 scored 79, the Panasonic HCV770 scored 77, the Panasonic HCVX870K scored 77 and the Panasonic HCX920 scored 78.

$1,246 More Expensive

The Panasonic HCX1000 is more expensive than the Panasonic HC-W850 by $815, more expensive than the Panasonic HCV770 by $1,246, more expensive than the Panasonic HCVX870K by $996 and more expensive than the Panasonic HCX920 by $881.

Not As Many Stockists

Only 3 sellers sells the Panasonic HCX1000, however 4 shops sell the Panasonic HCV770. More ...

Smaller numbers of stores reduces the chances of this camcorder remaining in stock and also reduces the price competition amongst retailers for the product.
Over One Year Older

The Panasonic HCX1000 is older than the Panasonic HCV770 by five months and older than the Panasonic HCVX870K by 21 months.

Fewer Awards

Whilst the Panasonic HCX1000 has received 2 awards, the Panasonic HC-W850 has received 4 awards and the Panasonic HCX920 has received 7 awards.

A Lot Lower Expert Review Score

The Panasonic HCX1000 only has an average expert rating of 78%, but the Panasonic HC-W850 has an average expert rating of 88% (based on 14 reviews), the Panasonic HCVX870K has an average expert rating of 83% (based on 6 reviews) and the Panasonic HCX920 has an average expert rating of 91% (based on 16 reviews).

Hugely Lower User Review Score

The Panasonic HCX1000 only has an average user rating of 60%, but the Panasonic HC-W850 has an average user rating of 93% (based on 3 reviews), the Panasonic HCV770 has an average user rating of 100% (based on 1 review), the Panasonic HCVX870K has an average user rating of 80% (based on 1 review) and the Panasonic HCX920 has an average user rating of 90% (based on 44 reviews).

2 Expert Review Sites Gave It a Lower Review Score

Trusted Reviews and Expert Reviews both gave the Panasonic HCX1000 a lower review score. More ...

Trusted Reviews: Panasonic HCX1000 = 60% vs Panasonic HCX920 = 100%

Expert Reviews: Panasonic HCX1000 = 80% vs Panasonic HCX920 = 100%

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