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5 Best Panasonic Camcorders in the US - January 2020

Updated 24 December 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:

  • 1) Panasonic HCX920 - $399.00 Adorama
  • 2) Panasonic HCW850K - $883.91 Walmart
  • 3) Panasonic HC-V720 - $239.00 Adorama
  • 4) Panasonic HCW570 - $144.00 Adorama
  • 5) Panasonic HCV180K - $179.00 Adorama

What Panasonic Camcorder to Buy in January 2020?

Panasonic is well known for its digital cameras, bread makers, TVs and microwaves.

Panasonic are recognised for their wide selection of premium and award winning camcorders. Their camcorders start at $144 for the HC-W570 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 $3,999 for the AJ-PX270 which has an optical zoom of 22x, a sensor size of 2.2MP and is a camcorder that has a resolution of 1920 x 1080 (Full HD). The average price of a new Panasonic camcorder is $1,159.

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

Let's take a look at the top 5 Panasonic camcorders currently for sale in the US, compared side by side:

Best Buy Great Price
Panasonic HCX920 Panasonic HCW850K Panasonic HC-V720 Panasonic HCW570 Panasonic HCV180K
Panasonic HCX920 Panasonic HCW850K Panasonic HC-V720 Panasonic HCW570 Panasonic HCV180K
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$239.00 Buy Now
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38.28MP
12x
OPTICAL ZOOM
1"
OPTICAL
FULL
HD
RESOLU-
TION
417g
12.76MP
20x
OPTICAL ZOOM
FULL
HD
RESOLU-
TION
1"
OPTICAL
360g
17.52MP
21x
OPTICAL ZOOM
FULL
HD
RESOLU-
TION
1"
OPTICAL
277g
2.51MP
50x
OPTICAL ZOOM
FULL
HD
RESOLU-
TION
1"
OPTICAL
266g
2.51MP
50x
OPTICAL ZOOM
FULL
HD
RESOLU-
TION
1"
OPTICAL
211g
98
Reviews
60 Reviews + 7 Awards
86
Features
Fully-Featured
76
Popularity
Quite Popular
83
Value for Money
Very Good
85
Kagoo Score
Excellent
97
Reviews
17 Reviews + 4 Awards
84
Features
Fully-Featured
73
Popularity
Quite Popular
76
Value for Money
Very Good
82
Kagoo Score
Excellent
95
Reviews
18 Reviews + 4 Awards
84
Features
Fully-Featured
82
Value for Money
Very Good
82
Kagoo Score
Excellent
67
Brand Rating
Good Brand
83
Features
Fully-Featured
74
Popularity
Quite Popular
79
Value for Money
Very Good
79
Kagoo Score
Very Good
67
Brand Rating
Good Brand
83
Features
Fully-Featured
72
Popularity
Quite Popular
82
Value for Money
Very Good
80
Kagoo Score
Excellent
Multiple reviews mentioned that this camcorder has a very great picture quality, an excellent video quality and it's very easy to use. It's a fully featured and multi award winning 12x optical zoom, 417g camcorder, with a reasonable price and total megapixels. It is 3D and Full HD, has an image stabilizer and supports HDMI. A fully featured and multi award winning 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 has a very great picture quality, good lens but it's expensive. Our review analysis indicates that this camcorder has a good zoom, great picture quality and good features. It's a fully featured and multi award winning 21x optical zoom, 277g camcorder, with a fair price and total megapixels. It has an image stabilizer, a built-in flash and a built-in display and is Full HD. A cheap and fully featured 266g, 2.51MP video camera. It has an image stabilizer and a built-in display, supports HDMI and is Full HD. An optical zoom and fully featured 211g, 2.51MP camcorder, with a cheap price. It has an image stabilizer and a built-in display, supports HDMI and is Full HD.
13 Reasons For
Bigger Total Megapixels
6.82MP Higher Effective Megapixels (Image)
Higher Effective Megapixels (Movie)
Built-in Flash
0.8" Larger Display Diagonal
3D
HDMI
Better Kagoo Score
Seven More Awards
A Bit Better Expert Reviews
A Bit Better Overall Reviews
3 Expert Review Sites Gave It a Higher Review Score
Better Great Video Quality
7 Reasons For
Built-in Flash
Remote Operation
HDMI
Wi-Fi
Near Field Communication (NFC)
User Reviews Are Moderately Better
Better Webnews.it Review Score
4 Reasons For
Built-in Flash
Wi-Fi
Near Field Communication (NFC)
Has a Better Lens
7 Reasons For
38x Bigger Optical Zoom
2.4 Higher Maximum Aperture Number
HDMI
Wi-Fi
Near Field Communication (NFC)
$35 Cheaper
More Shops Are Selling it
6 Reasons For
Bigger Optical Zoom
206g Lighter
Higher Maximum Aperture Number
HDMI
More Shops Are Selling it
Newer by Nine Months
8 Reasons Against
76% Smaller Optical Zoom
A Lot Heavier
1,460x Smaller Digital Zoom
More Expensive by $255
Fewer Sellers
Older by Over Two Years
User Review Rating is a Bit Worse
Has a Worse Lens
15 Reasons Against
30x Smaller Optical Zoom
30% Heavier
Significantly Smaller Total Megapixels
2.4 Lower Maximum Aperture Number
Lower Effective Megapixels (Image)
A Lot Lower Effective Megapixels (Movie)
15% Smaller Display Diagonal
Worse Kagoo Score
$740 More Expensive
Less Retailers
Over One Year Older
Fewer Awards
Moderately Lower Expert Review Score
Moderately Lower Overall Review Score
2 Expert Review Sites Gave It a Lower Review Score
17 Reasons Against
Smaller Optical Zoom
Heavier
55% Smaller Total Megapixels
Significantly Smaller Digital Zoom
Hugely Lower Effective Megapixels (Image)
52% Lower Effective Megapixels (Movie)
Smaller Display Diagonal
Does Not Support HDMI
Worse Kagoo Score
More Expensive by $95
Not As Many Stockists
Older by Over Two Years
Three Less Awards
Expert Review Rating is Worse
Overall Review Rating is Worse
4 Expert Review Sites Gave It a Lower Review Score
Worse Great Video Quality
8 Reasons Against
Heavier
Vastly Smaller Total Megapixels
Smaller Digital Zoom
Lower Effective Megapixels (Image)
Vastly Lower Effective Megapixels (Movie)
Smaller Display Diagonal
Worse Kagoo Score
Nine Months Older
10 Reasons Against
94% Smaller Total Megapixels
Significantly Smaller Digital Zoom
Hugely Lower Effective Megapixels (Image)
75% Lower Effective Megapixels (Movie)
Does Not Have a Built-in Flash
Smaller Display Diagonal
Does Not Feature Wi-Fi
Does Not Support Bluetooth
Worse Kagoo Score
More Expensive by $35
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Panasonic HCX920

$399.00
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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 85. With a price tag of $399.00 this camcorder is fair 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")
Image stabilizer
Supports HDMI
Large display diagonal (3.5")

Multiple reviews mentioned that this camcorder has a very great picture quality, an excellent video quality and it's very easy to use. It's a fully featured and multi award winning 12x optical zoom, 417g camcorder, with a reasonable price and total megapixels. It is 3D and Full HD, has an image stabilizer and supports HDMI.

98
Reviews
60 Reviews + 7 Awards
86
Features
Fully-Featured
76
Popularity
Quite Popular
83
Value for Money
Very Good
85
Kagoo Score
Excellent

Purchasers report that Panasonic HCX920 has brilliant expert reviews and great 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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13 Reasons For for Choosing the Panasonic HCX920

Bigger Total Megapixels

The Panasonic HCX920 is a 38.28 camcorder. That's 20.76MP bigger than the Panasonic HC-V720 (17.52MP), 35.77MP bigger than the Panasonic HCV180K and the Panasonic HCW570 (2.51MP) and 25.52MP bigger than the Panasonic HCW850K (12.76MP). 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.

6.82MP Higher Effective Megapixels (Image)

The Panasonic HCX920 has an effective megapixels (image) of 8.49, whereas the Panasonic HC-V720 is only a 4.14MP camcorder (4.35MP lower), the Panasonic HCV180K is only a 1.67MP camcorder (6.82MP lower), the Panasonic HCW570 is only a 2.2MP camcorder (6.29MP lower) and the Panasonic HCW850K is only a 5.21MP camcorder (3.28MP lower). 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.

Higher Effective Megapixels (Movie)

Panasonic HCX920 is 8.49 (movie mode). That's 4.35MP higher than the Panasonic HC-V720 (4.14MP), 6.29MP higher than the Panasonic HCV180K and the Panasonic HCW570 (2.2MP) and 2.46MP higher than the Panasonic HCW850K (6.03MP). 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.

Built-in Flash

The Panasonic HCX920 has a built-in flash (as do the Panasonic HC-V720 and the Panasonic HCW850K), whereas the Panasonic HCV180K and the Panasonic HCW570 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.

0.8" Larger Display Diagonal

The Panasonic HCX920 is a 3.5 screen size camcorder. That's 0.5" larger than the Panasonic HC-V720, the Panasonic HCW570 and the Panasonic HCW850K (3") and 0.8" larger than the Panasonic HCV180K (2.7"). 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, whereas the Panasonic HC-V720, the Panasonic HCV180K, the Panasonic HCW570 and the Panasonic HCW850K 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.

HDMI

The Panasonic HCX920 supports HDMI (as do the Panasonic HCV180K, the Panasonic HCW570 and the Panasonic HCW850K), whereas the Panasonic HC-V720 does not support this feature. More ...

'HDMI' denotes whether the camcorder has an HDMI connection, allowing it to connect directly to TVs and monitors.

An HDMI connection allows you to display the videos you take in high definition on your TV or computer monitor, making it easy to stage screenings for family and friends!

Better Kagoo Score

The Panasonic HCX920 has received a Kagoo Score of 85, whereas the Panasonic HC-V720 scored 82, the Panasonic HCV180K scored 80, the Panasonic HCW570 scored 79 and the Panasonic HCW850K scored 82.

Seven More Awards

The Panasonic HCX920 has received 7 awards from expert review sites, but the Panasonic HC-V720 has received 4 awards, the Panasonic HCV180K has received no awards, the Panasonic HCW570 has received no awards and the Panasonic HCW850K has received 4 awards.

A Bit Better Expert Reviews

Based on 16 expert reviews, the Panasonic HCX920 has an average review score of 91%, whereas the Panasonic HC-V720 has an average rating of 83% (based on 18 reviews) and the Panasonic HCW850K has an average rating of 88% (based on 14 reviews).

A Bit Better Overall Reviews

Based on 60 reviews, the Panasonic HCX920 has an average review score of 94%, whereas the Panasonic HC-V720 has an average rating of 85% (based on 18 reviews) and the Panasonic HCW850K has an average rating of 92% (based on 17 reviews).

3 Expert Review Sites Gave It a Higher Review Score

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

Camcorderinfo.com: Panasonic HCX920 = 91% vs Panasonic HC-V720 = 89%

Trusted Reviews: Panasonic HCX920 = 100% vs Panasonic HCW850K = 90%

Les Numeriques.com: Panasonic HCX920 = 100% vs Panasonic HCW850K = 80%
Better Great Video Quality

Comparing the product reviews on average people thought the Panasonic HCX920 was better great video quality. More than 10 people thought that it had a very great picture quality and more than 10 people thought that it also had a brilliant video quality.

8 Reasons Against for Choosing the Panasonic HCX920

76% Smaller Optical Zoom

The Panasonic HCX920 is a 12 optical zoom camcorder. That's 9x smaller than the Panasonic HC-V720 (21x), 38x smaller than the Panasonic HCV180K and the Panasonic HCW570 (50x) and 8x smaller than the Panasonic HCW850K (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.

A Lot Heavier

The Panasonic HCX920 has a weight of 417, whereas the Panasonic HC-V720 is a 277g camcorder (140g lighter), the Panasonic HCV180K is a 211g camcorder (206g lighter), the Panasonic HCW570 is a 266g camcorder (151g lighter) and the Panasonic HCW850K is a 360g camcorder (57g lighter). More ...

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

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

1,460x Smaller Digital Zoom

The Panasonic HCX920 has a digital zoom of 40, however the Panasonic HC-V720 is a 60x (digital) camcorder (20x bigger), the Panasonic HCV180K is a 500x (digital) camcorder (460x bigger), the Panasonic HCW570 is a 150x (digital) camcorder (110x bigger) and the Panasonic HCW850K is a 1,500x (digital) camcorder (1,460x bigger). 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.

More Expensive by $255

The Panasonic HCX920 is $160 more expensive than the Panasonic HC-V720, $220 more expensive than the Panasonic HCV180K and $255 more expensive than the Panasonic HCW570.

Fewer Sellers

The Panasonic HCX920 is only stocked by 2 retailers, but the Panasonic HCV180K is stocked by 3 stores and the Panasonic HCW570 is stocked by 3 stores. More ...

The fewer the number of shops that stock the product, the lower the competition amongst shops to keep prices low.
Older by Over Two Years

The Panasonic HCX920 is three years older than the Panasonic HCV180K, 21 months older than the Panasonic HCW570 and eight months older than the Panasonic HCW850K.

User Review Rating is a Bit Worse

The average user rating of the Panasonic HCX920 is 90%, whereas the average user rating of the Panasonic HCW850K is 93% (based on 3 reviews).

Has a Worse Lens

The Panasonic HCX920 reviewers thought the Panasonic HCX920 has a worse lens.

The cheapest price that we could find for the HCX920 in the US is $399.00 but in total we found only 2 prices for it.

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Panasonic HCW850K

$883.91
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Panasonic HCW850K

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Panasonic HCW850K
12.76MP
20x
OPTICAL ZOOM
FULL
HD
RESOLU-
TION
1"
OPTICAL
360g
1,500x
(DIGITAL)
3"
SCREEN SIZE

The Panasonic HCW850K has a Kagoo Score of 82. However with a price tag of $883.91 this camcorder is a bit expensive. For further details check out our full review of the Panasonic HCW850K 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")
Image stabilizer
6528x3672 still image resolution (6528x3672|4736x2664|1920x1080|5472x3648|3984x2656|1728x1152|4896x3672|3624x2448|640x480)
Supports HDMI

A fully featured and multi award winning 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 has a very great picture quality, good lens but it's expensive.

97
Reviews
17 Reviews + 4 Awards
84
Features
Fully-Featured
73
Popularity
Quite Popular
76
Value for Money
Very Good
82
Kagoo Score
Excellent

Purchasers report that Panasonic HCW850K 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
M3.idg.se Recommended
ixbt.com Original Design

7 Reasons For for Choosing the Panasonic HCW850K

Built-in Flash

The Panasonic HCW850K has a built-in flash, and so do the Panasonic HC-V720 and the Panasonic HCX920, however the Panasonic HCV180K and the Panasonic HCW570 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 HCW850K supports remote operation, whereas the Panasonic HC-V720, the Panasonic HCV180K, the Panasonic HCW570 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.

HDMI

The Panasonic HCW850K supports HDMI, and so do the Panasonic HCV180K, the Panasonic HCW570 and the Panasonic HCX920, however the Panasonic HC-V720 does not. More ...

'HDMI' denotes whether the camcorder has an HDMI connection, allowing it to connect directly to TVs and monitors.

An HDMI connection allows you to display the videos you take in high definition on your TV or computer monitor, making it easy to stage screenings for family and friends!

Wi-Fi

The Panasonic HCW850K features Wi-Fi, and so do the Panasonic HC-V720 and the Panasonic HCW570, however the Panasonic HCV180K and the Panasonic HCX920 do 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 HCW850K supports Near Field Communication (NFC), and so do the Panasonic HC-V720 and the Panasonic HCW570, but the Panasonic HCV180K and the Panasonic HCX920 do 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.

User Reviews Are Moderately Better

Based on 3 user reviews, the average review score of the Panasonic HCW850K is 93%, however the average rating of the Panasonic HCX920 is 90% (based on 44 reviews).

Better Webnews.it Review Score

The Panasonic HCW850K has a review score of 85% from Webnews.it, whereas the Panasonic HC-V720's rating was only 80% from the same site.

15 Reasons Against for Choosing the Panasonic HCW850K

30x Smaller Optical Zoom

The Panasonic HCW850K has an optical zoom of 20, however the Panasonic HC-V720 is a 21x optical zoom camcorder (1x bigger), the Panasonic HCV180K and the Panasonic HCW570 are both 50x optical zoom camcorders (30x bigger) and the Panasonic HCX920 is 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.

30% Heavier

The Panasonic HCW850K is a 360 camcorder. That's 83g heavier than the Panasonic HC-V720 (277g), 149g heavier than the Panasonic HCV180K (211g), 94g heavier than the Panasonic HCW570 (266g) 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.

Significantly Smaller Total Megapixels

The Panasonic HCW850K has a total megapixels of 12.76, whereas the Panasonic HC-V720 is an 17.52MP camcorder (4.76MP bigger), the Panasonic HCV180K and the Panasonic HCW570 are both 2.51MP camcorders (10.25MP smaller) 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.

2.4 Lower Maximum Aperture Number

Panasonic HCW850K is only 1.8 maximum aperture value, but the Panasonic HCV180K and the Panasonic HCW570 are both 4.2 maximum aperture value camcorders (2.4 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 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 HCW850K is a 5.21 camcorder. That's 1.07MP higher than the Panasonic HC-V720 (4.14MP), 3.54MP higher than the Panasonic HCV180K (1.67MP), 3.01MP higher than the Panasonic HCW570 (2.2MP) and 3.28MP lower 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.

A Lot Lower Effective Megapixels (Movie)

The Panasonic HCW850K is a 6.03 (movie mode) camcorder, whereas the Panasonic HC-V720 is a 4.14MP (movie mode) camcorder (1.89MP lower), the Panasonic HCV180K and the Panasonic HCW570 are both 2.2MP (movie mode) camcorders (3.83MP lower) and the Panasonic HCX920 is an 8.49MP (movie mode) camcorder (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.

15% Smaller Display Diagonal

The Panasonic HCW850K has a display diagonal of 3 (as do the Panasonic HC-V720 and the Panasonic HCW570), however the Panasonic HCV180K is a 2.7" screen size camcorder (0.3" smaller) and the Panasonic HCX920 is a 3.5" screen size camcorder (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.

Worse Kagoo Score

The Panasonic HCW850K has received a Kagoo Score of 82, however the Panasonic HCX920 scored 85.

$740 More Expensive

The Panasonic HCW850K is more expensive than the Panasonic HC-V720 by $645, more expensive than the Panasonic HCV180K by $705, more expensive than the Panasonic HCW570 by $740 and more expensive than the Panasonic HCX920 by $485.

Less Retailers

Only 2 retailers sells the Panasonic HCW850K, whereas 3 shops sell the Panasonic HCV180K and 3 sellers sell the Panasonic HCW570. More ...

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

The Panasonic HCW850K is older than the Panasonic HCV180K by 22 months and older than the Panasonic HCW570 by 13 months.

Fewer Awards

Whilst the Panasonic HCW850K has received 4 awards, the Panasonic HCX920 has received 7 awards.

Moderately Lower Expert Review Score

The Panasonic HCW850K's average expert rating is 88%, however the Panasonic HCX920's is 91% (based on 16 reviews).

Moderately Lower Overall Review Score

The Panasonic HCW850K's average overall rating is 92%, however the Panasonic HCX920's is 94% (based on 60 reviews).

2 Expert Review Sites Gave It a Lower Review Score

Trusted Reviews and Les Numeriques.com both gave the Panasonic HCW850K a lower review score. More ...

Trusted Reviews: Panasonic HCW850K = 90% vs Panasonic HCX920 = 100%

Les Numeriques.com: Panasonic HCW850K = 80% vs Panasonic HCX920 = 100%

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Panasonic HC-V720

$239.00
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Panasonic HC-V720

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Panasonic HC-V720
17.52MP
21x
OPTICAL ZOOM
FULL
HD
RESOLU-
TION
1"
OPTICAL
277g
60x
(DIGITAL)
3"
SCREEN SIZE

The Panasonic HC-V720 has a Kagoo Score of 82. With a price tag of $239.00 this camcorder is good value for money. For further details check out our full review of the Panasonic HC-V720 or read our article on whether you should buy a Panasonic camcorder.

Features We Love:
Big total megapixels (17.52MP)
Large optical sensor size (1/2.33")
Image stabilizer
Large display diagonal (3")
Features Wi-Fi

Our review analysis indicates that this camcorder has a good zoom, great picture quality and good features. It's a fully featured and multi award winning 21x optical zoom, 277g camcorder, with a fair price and total megapixels. It has an image stabilizer, a built-in flash and a built-in display and is Full HD.

95
Reviews
18 Reviews + 4 Awards
84
Features
Fully-Featured
82
Value for Money
Very Good
82
Kagoo Score
Excellent

Our review analysis indicates that Panasonic HC-V720 has very good expert reviews with an average expert rating of 83%, based on 18 reviews.

Trusted Reviews Recommended
Techradar Recommended
PC Mag Editor's Choice
techradar.com/au/ Recommended
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4 Reasons For for Choosing the Panasonic HC-V720

Built-in Flash

The Panasonic HC-V720 has a built-in flash (as do the Panasonic HCW850K and the Panasonic HCX920), but the Panasonic HCV180K and the Panasonic HCW570 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.

Wi-Fi

The Panasonic HC-V720 features Wi-Fi (as do the Panasonic HCW570 and the Panasonic HCW850K), but the Panasonic HCV180K and the Panasonic HCX920 do 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 HC-V720 supports Near Field Communication (NFC) (as do the Panasonic HCW570 and the Panasonic HCW850K), whereas the Panasonic HCV180K and the Panasonic HCX920 do 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.

Has a Better Lens

On average reviewers thought the Panasonic HC-V720 has a better lens. More than 10 people thought that it had a good zoom and six people thought that it also had a good image stabiliser.

17 Reasons Against for Choosing the Panasonic HC-V720

Smaller Optical Zoom

The Panasonic HC-V720 is a 21 optical zoom camcorder. That's 29x smaller than the Panasonic HCV180K and the Panasonic HCW570 (50x), 1x bigger than the Panasonic HCW850K (20x) and 9x 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.

Heavier

The Panasonic HC-V720 has a weight of 277, but the Panasonic HCV180K is a 211g camcorder (66g lighter), the Panasonic HCW570 is a 266g camcorder (11g lighter), the Panasonic HCW850K is a 360g camcorder (83g heavier) and the Panasonic HCX920 is a 417g camcorder (140g 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.

55% Smaller Total Megapixels

The Panasonic HC-V720 is an 17.52 camcorder. That's 15.01MP bigger than the Panasonic HCV180K and the Panasonic HCW570 (2.51MP), 4.76MP bigger than the Panasonic HCW850K (12.76MP) and 20.76MP 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.

Significantly Smaller Digital Zoom

The Panasonic HC-V720 is a 60 (digital) camcorder, whereas the Panasonic HCV180K is a 500x (digital) camcorder (440x bigger), the Panasonic HCW570 is a 150x (digital) camcorder (90x bigger), the Panasonic HCW850K is a 1,500x (digital) camcorder (1,440x bigger) 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.

Hugely Lower Effective Megapixels (Image)

The Panasonic HC-V720 has an effective megapixels (image) of 4.14, but the Panasonic HCV180K is a 1.67MP camcorder (2.47MP lower), the Panasonic HCW570 is a 2.2MP camcorder (1.94MP lower), the Panasonic HCW850K is a 5.21MP camcorder (1.07MP higher) and the Panasonic HCX920 is an 8.49MP camcorder (4.35MP 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.

52% Lower Effective Megapixels (Movie)

The Panasonic HC-V720 has an effective megapixels (movie) of 4.14. That's 1.94MP higher than the Panasonic HCV180K and the Panasonic HCW570 (2.2MP), 1.89MP lower than the Panasonic HCW850K (6.03MP) and 4.35MP lower than 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.

Smaller Display Diagonal

Panasonic HC-V720 is only 3 screen size, and so do the Panasonic HCW570 and the Panasonic HCW850K. That's 0.3" larger than the Panasonic HCV180K (2.7") and 0.5" smaller than 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.

Does Not Support HDMI

The Panasonic HC-V720 does not support HDMI, whereas the Panasonic HCV180K, the Panasonic HCW570, the Panasonic HCW850K and the Panasonic HCX920 do. More ...

'HDMI' denotes whether the camcorder has an HDMI connection, allowing it to connect directly to TVs and monitors.

An HDMI connection allows you to display the videos you take in high definition on your TV or computer monitor, making it easy to stage screenings for family and friends!

Worse Kagoo Score

The Panasonic HC-V720 has received a Kagoo Score of 82, but the Panasonic HCX920 scored 85.

More Expensive by $95

The Panasonic HC-V720 is $60 more expensive than the Panasonic HCV180K and $95 more expensive than the Panasonic HCW570.

Not As Many Stockists

The Panasonic HC-V720 is only stocked by 1 seller, however the Panasonic HCV180K is stocked by 3 sellers, the Panasonic HCW570 is stocked by 3 retailers, the Panasonic HCW850K is stocked by 2 shops and the Panasonic HCX920 is stocked by 2 stores. More ...

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

The Panasonic HC-V720 is three years older than the Panasonic HCV180K, 22 months older than the Panasonic HCW570, nine months older than the Panasonic HCW850K and one month older than the Panasonic HCX920.

Three Less Awards

The Panasonic HC-V720 has only received 4 awards, however the Panasonic HCX920 has received 7 awards.

Expert Review Rating is Worse

The Panasonic HC-V720 has an average expert score of 83%, but the Panasonic HCW850K has an average expert rating of 88% (based on 14 reviews) and the Panasonic HCX920 has an average expert rating of 91% (based on 16 reviews).

Overall Review Rating is Worse

The Panasonic HC-V720 has an average overall score of 85%, but the Panasonic HCW850K has an average overall rating of 92% (based on 17 reviews) and the Panasonic HCX920 has an average overall rating of 94% (based on 60 reviews).

4 Expert Review Sites Gave It a Lower Review Score

Camcorderinfo.com, Trusted Reviews, Les Numeriques.com and Webnews.it all gave the Panasonic HC-V720 a lower review score. More ...

Camcorderinfo.com: Panasonic HC-V720 = 89% vs Panasonic HCX920 = 91%

Trusted Reviews: Panasonic HC-V720 = 90% vs Panasonic HCX920 = 100%

Les Numeriques.com: Panasonic HC-V720 = 80% vs Panasonic HCX920 = 100%

Webnews.it: Panasonic HC-V720 = 80% vs Panasonic HCW850K = 85%
Worse Great Video Quality

Our analysis of the Panasonic HC-V720 reviews indicates that more reviewers thought the Panasonic HC-V720 was worse great video quality.

The cheapest price that we could find for the HC-V720 in the US is $239.00 but in total we found only 1 price for it.

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Panasonic HCW570

$144.00
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Panasonic HCW570

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Panasonic HCW570
2.51MP
50x
OPTICAL ZOOM
FULL
HD
RESOLU-
TION
1"
OPTICAL
266g
150x
(DIGITAL)
3"
SCREEN SIZE

The Panasonic HCW570 has a Kagoo Score of 79. With a price tag of $144.00 this camcorder is good value for money. For further details check out our full review of the Panasonic HCW570 or read our article on whether you should buy a Panasonic camcorder.

Features We Love:
Huge optical zoom (50x)
Image stabilizer
Supports HDMI
Features Wi-Fi
Supports Near Field Communication (NFC)

A cheap and fully featured 266g, 2.51MP video camera. It has an image stabilizer and a built-in display, supports HDMI and is Full HD.

83
Features
Fully-Featured
74
Popularity
Quite Popular
79
Value for Money
Very Good
79
Kagoo Score
Very Good

7 Reasons For for Choosing the Panasonic HCW570

38x Bigger Optical Zoom

The Panasonic HCW570 has an optical zoom of 50 (as does the Panasonic HCV180K), but the Panasonic HC-V720 is only a 21x optical zoom camcorder (29x smaller), the Panasonic HCW850K is only a 20x optical zoom camcorder (30x smaller) and the Panasonic HCX920 is only a 12x optical zoom camcorder (38x 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.

2.4 Higher Maximum Aperture Number

The Panasonic HCW570 is a 4.2 maximum aperture value camcorder (as does the Panasonic HCV180K), whereas the Panasonic HCW850K is only a 1.8 maximum aperture value camcorder (2.4 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 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.

HDMI

The Panasonic HCW570 supports HDMI, and so do the Panasonic HCV180K, the Panasonic HCW850K and the Panasonic HCX920, but the Panasonic HC-V720 does not. More ...

'HDMI' denotes whether the camcorder has an HDMI connection, allowing it to connect directly to TVs and monitors.

An HDMI connection allows you to display the videos you take in high definition on your TV or computer monitor, making it easy to stage screenings for family and friends!

Wi-Fi

The Panasonic HCW570 features Wi-Fi, and so do the Panasonic HC-V720 and the Panasonic HCW850K, but the Panasonic HCV180K and the Panasonic HCX920 do 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 HCW570 supports Near Field Communication (NFC), and so do the Panasonic HC-V720 and the Panasonic HCW850K, whereas the Panasonic HCV180K and the Panasonic HCX920 do 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.

$35 Cheaper

The Panasonic HCW570 costs $144.00, whereas the Panasonic HC-V720 is $239.00, the Panasonic HCV180K is $179.00, the Panasonic HCW850K is $883.91 and the Panasonic HCX920 is $399.00.

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.

8 Reasons Against for Choosing the Panasonic HCW570

Heavier

The Panasonic HCW570 is a 266 camcorder. That's 11g lighter than the Panasonic HC-V720 (277g), 55g heavier than the Panasonic HCV180K (211g), 94g lighter than the Panasonic HCW850K (360g) and 151g 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 HCW570 has a total megapixels of 2.51 (as does the Panasonic HCV180K), however the Panasonic HC-V720 is an 17.52MP camcorder (15.01MP bigger), the Panasonic HCW850K is a 12.76MP camcorder (10.25MP bigger) and the Panasonic HCX920 is a 38.28MP camcorder (35.77MP 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.

Smaller Digital Zoom

The Panasonic HCW570 is a 150 (digital) camcorder. That's 90x bigger than the Panasonic HC-V720 (60x), 350x smaller than the Panasonic HCV180K (500x), 1,350x smaller than the Panasonic HCW850K (1,500x) and 110x bigger 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.

Lower Effective Megapixels (Image)

The Panasonic HCW570 is a 2.2 camcorder. That's 1.94MP lower than the Panasonic HC-V720 (4.14MP), 0.53MP higher than the Panasonic HCV180K (1.67MP), 3.01MP lower than the Panasonic HCW850K (5.21MP) and 6.29MP lower 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.

Vastly Lower Effective Megapixels (Movie)

The Panasonic HCW570 has an effective megapixels (movie) of 2.2 (as does the Panasonic HCV180K), however the Panasonic HC-V720 is a 4.14MP (movie mode) camcorder (1.94MP higher), the Panasonic HCW850K is a 6.03MP (movie mode) camcorder (3.83MP higher) and the Panasonic HCX920 is an 8.49MP (movie mode) camcorder (6.29MP 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 HCW570 is only 3 screen size (as do the Panasonic HC-V720 and the Panasonic HCW850K), but the Panasonic HCV180K is a 2.7" screen size camcorder (0.3" smaller) and the Panasonic HCX920 is a 3.5" screen size camcorder (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.

Worse Kagoo Score

The Panasonic HCW570 has received a Kagoo Score of 79, but the Panasonic HC-V720 scored 82, the Panasonic HCV180K scored 80, the Panasonic HCW850K scored 82 and the Panasonic HCX920 scored 85.

Nine Months Older

The Panasonic HCW570 is older than the Panasonic HCV180K by nine months.

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Panasonic HCV180K

$179.00
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Panasonic HCV180K

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Panasonic HCV180K
2.51MP
50x
OPTICAL ZOOM
FULL
HD
RESOLU-
TION
1"
OPTICAL
211g
1.25h
BATTERY LIFE
500x
(DIGITAL)
2.7"
SCREEN SIZE
1.25h
VIDEO

The Panasonic HCV180K has a Kagoo Score of 80. With a price tag of $179.00 this camcorder is good value for money. For further details check out our full review of the Panasonic HCV180K or read our article on whether you should buy a Panasonic camcorder.

Features We Love:
Time Lapse
Huge optical zoom (50x)
Image stabilizer
Supports HDMI
Big digital zoom (500x)

An optical zoom and fully featured 211g, 2.51MP camcorder, with a cheap price. It has an image stabilizer and a built-in display, supports HDMI and is Full HD.

83
Features
Fully-Featured
72
Popularity
Quite Popular
82
Value for Money
Very Good
80
Kagoo Score
Excellent

6 Reasons For for Choosing the Panasonic HCV180K

Bigger Optical Zoom

The Panasonic HCV180K is a 50 optical zoom camcorder, and so does the Panasonic HCW570. That's 29x bigger than the Panasonic HC-V720 (21x), 30x bigger than the Panasonic HCW850K (20x) and 38x 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.

206g Lighter

The Panasonic HCV180K has a weight of 211, but the Panasonic HC-V720 is a 277g camcorder (66g heavier), the Panasonic HCW570 is a 266g camcorder (55g heavier), the Panasonic HCW850K is a 360g camcorder (149g heavier) and the Panasonic HCX920 is a 417g camcorder (206g 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.

Higher Maximum Aperture Number

The Panasonic HCV180K is a 4.2 maximum aperture value camcorder, and so does the Panasonic HCW570. That's 2.4 higher than the Panasonic HCW850K (1.8). 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.

HDMI

The Panasonic HCV180K supports HDMI (as do the Panasonic HCW570, the Panasonic HCW850K and the Panasonic HCX920), but the Panasonic HC-V720 does not support this feature. More ...

'HDMI' denotes whether the camcorder has an HDMI connection, allowing it to connect directly to TVs and monitors.

An HDMI connection allows you to display the videos you take in high definition on your TV or computer monitor, making it easy to stage screenings for family and friends!

More Shops Are Selling it

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

Newer by Nine Months

The Panasonic HCV180K was released four years ago, but the Panasonic HC-V720 was released seven years ago, the Panasonic HCW570 was released five years ago, the Panasonic HCW850K was released six years ago and the Panasonic HCX920 was released seven years ago

10 Reasons Against for Choosing the Panasonic HCV180K

94% Smaller Total Megapixels

The Panasonic HCV180K is a 2.51 camcorder, and so does the Panasonic HCW570. That's 15.01MP smaller than the Panasonic HC-V720 (17.52MP), 10.25MP smaller than the Panasonic HCW850K (12.76MP) and 35.77MP 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.

Significantly Smaller Digital Zoom

The Panasonic HCV180K is a 500 (digital) camcorder, whereas the Panasonic HC-V720 is a 60x (digital) camcorder (440x smaller), the Panasonic HCW570 is a 150x (digital) camcorder (350x smaller), the Panasonic HCW850K is a 1,500x (digital) camcorder (1,000x bigger) and the Panasonic HCX920 is a 40x (digital) camcorder (460x 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.

Hugely Lower Effective Megapixels (Image)

The Panasonic HCV180K has an effective megapixels (image) of 1.67, but the Panasonic HC-V720 is a 4.14MP camcorder (2.47MP higher), the Panasonic HCW570 is a 2.2MP camcorder (0.53MP higher), the Panasonic HCW850K is a 5.21MP camcorder (3.54MP higher) and the Panasonic HCX920 is an 8.49MP camcorder (6.82MP 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.

75% Lower Effective Megapixels (Movie)

The Panasonic HCV180K has an effective megapixels (movie) of 2.2, and so does the Panasonic HCW570. That's 1.94MP lower than the Panasonic HC-V720 (4.14MP), 3.83MP lower than the Panasonic HCW850K (6.03MP) and 6.29MP lower than 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.

Does Not Have a Built-in Flash

The Panasonic HCV180K does not have a built-in flash, whereas the Panasonic HC-V720, the Panasonic HCW570, the Panasonic HCW850K and the Panasonic HCX920 do. 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 HCV180K is only 2.7 screen size. That's 0.8" smaller than the Panasonic HC-V720, the Panasonic HCW570, the Panasonic HCW850K 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.

Does Not Feature Wi-Fi

The Panasonic HCV180K does not feature Wi-Fi, whereas the Panasonic HC-V720, the Panasonic HCW570, the Panasonic HCW850K and the Panasonic HCX920 do. 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.

Does Not Support Bluetooth

The Panasonic HCV180K does not support bluetooth, whereas the Panasonic HC-V720, the Panasonic HCW570, the Panasonic HCW850K and the Panasonic HCX920 support this feature. 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 HCV180K has received a Kagoo Score of 80, but the Panasonic HC-V720 scored 82, the Panasonic HCW850K scored 82 and the Panasonic HCX920 scored 85.

More Expensive by $35

The Panasonic HCV180K is $35 more expensive than the Panasonic HCW570.

The cheapest price that we could find for the HCV180K in the US is $179.00 and in total we found 3 prices for it.

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