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5 Best Panasonic Camcorders in the US - December 2019

Updated 01 November 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 HC-W850 - $878.99 Walmart
  • 2) Panasonic HCV380K - $327.99 Walmart
  • 3) Panasonic HCV180K - $177.99 Walmart
  • 4) Panasonic HCX920 - $813.27 Overstock
  • 5) Panasonic HCVX870K - $847.99 Walmart

What Panasonic Camcorder to Buy in November 2019?

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 $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 $4,940 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 $1,420.

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 HC-W850 Panasonic HCV380K Panasonic HCV180K Panasonic HCX920 Panasonic HCVX870K
Panasonic HC-W850 Panasonic HCV380K Panasonic HCV180K Panasonic HCX920 Panasonic HCVX870K
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$327.99 Buy Now
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$177.99 Buy Now
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$813.27 Buy Now
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$847.99 Buy Now
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12.76MP
20x
OPTICAL ZOOM
FULL
HD
RESOLU-
TION
1"
OPTICAL
360g
2.51MP
50x
OPTICAL ZOOM
FULL
HD
RESOLU-
TION
1"
OPTICAL
252g
2.51MP
50x
OPTICAL ZOOM
FULL
HD
RESOLU-
TION
1"
OPTICAL
211g
38.28MP
12x
OPTICAL ZOOM
1"
OPTICAL
FULL
HD
RESOLU-
TION
417g
18.91MP
20x
OPTICAL ZOOM
353g
4K
RESOLUTION
1"
OPTICAL
0.92h
BATTERY LIFE
97
Reviews
17 Reviews + 4 Awards
84
Features
Fully-Featured
73
Popularity
Quite Popular
76
Value for Money
Very Good
82
Kagoo Score
Excellent
67
Brand Rating
Good Brand
79
Features
Good Features
68
Value for Money
Good
73
Kagoo Score
Very Good
67
Brand Rating
Good Brand
81
Features
Fully-Featured
70
Popularity
Quite Popular
80
Value for Money
Very Good
78
Kagoo Score
Very Good
96
Reviews
60 Reviews + 7 Awards
82
Features
Fully-Featured
73
Value for Money
Good
79
Kagoo Score
Very Good
92
Reviews
7 Reviews + 1 Award
80
Features
Fully-Featured
66
Value for Money
Good
75
Kagoo Score
Very Good
A multi award winning and fully featured 20x optical zoom, 360g camcorder, with a reasonable price. It has an image stabilizer and a built-in flash, supports HDMI and is Full HD. Multiple reviews mentioned that this camcorder has a very great picture quality, good lens but it's expensive. A good spec but only average value for money 252g, 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 fair price. It has an image stabilizer and a built-in display, supports HDMI and is Full HD. A multi award winning and total megapixels 12x optical zoom, 417g camcorder, with a very good spec and an affordable price. It is 3D and Full HD, has an image stabilizer and supports HDMI. Multiple reviews mentioned that this camcorder has a very great picture quality, an excellent video quality and it's very easy to use. An award winning and total megapixels 20x optical zoom, 353g video camera, with a very good spec. It has an image stabilizer and a night mode, supports HDMI and is Full HD. Multiple reviews mentioned that it has a good zoom, great picture quality and good video quality.
7 Reasons For
Built-in Flash
Remote Operation
Built-in Microphone
Wi-Fi
Near Field Communication (NFC)
Better Kagoo Score
User Reviews Are Marginally Better
6 Reasons For
44% Bigger Optical Zoom
37% Higher Maximum Aperture Number
Built-in Microphone
Wi-Fi
0.33h Longer Maximum Battery Life
More Shops Are Selling it
7 Reasons For
Bigger Optical Zoom
206g Lighter
Higher Maximum Aperture Number
Built-in Microphone
21% Longer Maximum Battery Life
Cheaper by $150
More Shops Are Selling it
11 Reasons For
Bigger Total Megapixels
6.82MP Higher Effective Megapixels (Image)
Higher Effective Megapixels (Movie)
Built-in Flash
19% Larger Display Diagonal
3D
Built-in Microphone
Seven More Awards
Moderately Better Expert Reviews
Moderately Better Overall Reviews
3 Expert Review Sites Gave It a Higher Review Score
8 Reasons For
3840 X 2160 (4K) Pixels Pixels Resolution
Built-in Flash
Remote Operation
7 Times Higher Still Image Resolution
Wi-Fi
Near Field Communication (NFC)
Night Mode
Newer by Four Months
17 Reasons Against
30x Smaller Optical Zoom
30% Heavier
Vastly Smaller Total Megapixels
Lower Maximum Video Resolution
1,500x Smaller Digital Zoom
2.4 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
$701 More Expensive
Not As Many Stockists
Over Two Years Older
Fewer Awards
Marginally Lower Expert Review Score
Marginally Lower Overall Review Score
2 Expert Review Sites Gave It a Lower Review Score
11 Reasons Against
Heavier
Smaller Total Megapixels
Lower Maximum Video Resolution
6.29MP Lower Effective Megapixels (Image)
Lower Effective Megapixels (Movie)
Does Not Have a Built-in Flash
Smaller Display Diagonal
Only 1920 X 1080 (Full HD) Still Image Resolution
Worse Kagoo Score
More Expensive by $150
Older by Four Months
12 Reasons Against
94% Smaller Total Megapixels
4 Times Lower Maximum Video Resolution
Vastly Smaller Digital Zoom
Significantly Lower Effective Megapixels (Image)
75% Lower Effective Megapixels (Movie)
Does Not Have a Built-in Flash
0.8" Smaller Display Diagonal
Lower Still Image Resolution
Does Not Feature Wi-Fi
Does Not Support Bluetooth
Worse Kagoo Score
Older by Four Months
10 Reasons Against
76% Smaller Optical Zoom
A Lot Heavier
Only 1920 X 1080 (Full HD) Pixels Pixels Resolution
2,960x Smaller Digital Zoom
7 Times Lower Still Image Resolution
Worse Kagoo Score
More Expensive by $635
Less Retailers
Older by Over Two Years
User Review Rating is Moderately Worse
16 Reasons Against
60% Smaller Optical Zoom
A Lot Heavier
Smaller Total Megapixels
2,940x Smaller Digital Zoom
58% Lower Maximum Aperture Number
18% Lower Effective Megapixels (Image)
Lower Effective Megapixels (Movie)
15% Smaller Display Diagonal
A Lot Shorter Maximum Battery Life
Worse Kagoo Score
More Expensive by $670
Less Retailers
Six Less Awards
Expert Review Rating is Worse
User Review Rating is Considerably Worse
3 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 82. However with a price tag of $878.99 this camcorder is a bit expensive. 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")
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 camcorder, with a reasonable price. It has an image stabilizer and a built-in flash, supports HDMI and is Full HD. Multiple reviews mentioned that this camcorder 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 HC-W850 has very good expert reviews and superb 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 HC-W850

Built-in Flash

The Panasonic HC-W850 has a built-in flash, and so do the Panasonic HCVX870K and the Panasonic HCX920, but the Panasonic HCV180K and the Panasonic HCV380K 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 (as does the Panasonic HCVX870K), however the Panasonic HCV180K, the Panasonic HCV380K 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 HCV180K, the Panasonic HCV380K 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 HCV380K and the Panasonic HCVX870K, 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 HC-W850 supports Near Field Communication (NFC), and so does the Panasonic HCVX870K, whereas the Panasonic HCV180K, the Panasonic HCV380K 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.

Better Kagoo Score

The Panasonic HC-W850 has received a Kagoo Score of 82, but the Panasonic HCV180K scored 78, the Panasonic HCV380K scored 73, the Panasonic HCVX870K scored 75 and the Panasonic HCX920 scored 79.

User Reviews Are Marginally Better

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

17 Reasons Against for Choosing the Panasonic HC-W850

30x Smaller Optical Zoom

The Panasonic HC-W850 has an optical zoom of 20 (as does the Panasonic HCVX870K), but the Panasonic HCV180K and the Panasonic HCV380K 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 HC-W850 is a 360 camcorder. That's 149g heavier than the Panasonic HCV180K (211g), 108g heavier than the Panasonic HCV380K (252g), 7g heavier than the Panasonic HCVX870K (353g) 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 12.76, however the Panasonic HCV180K and the Panasonic HCV380K are both 2.51MP camcorders (10.25MP smaller), the Panasonic HCVX870K is a 18.91MP camcorder (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 HCV180K, the Panasonic HCV380K 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.

1,500x Smaller Digital Zoom

The Panasonic HC-W850 is a 1 (digital) camcorder. That's 1,000x bigger than the Panasonic HCV180K (500x), 1,500x smaller than the Panasonic HCV380K (3,000x), 1,440x bigger than the Panasonic HCVX870K (60x) and 1,460x 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.

2.4 Lower Maximum Aperture Number

The Panasonic HC-W850 is a 1.8 maximum aperture value camcorder (as does the Panasonic HCVX870K), whereas the Panasonic HCV180K and the Panasonic HCV380K 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 HC-W850 is a 5.21 camcorder. That's 3.54MP higher than the Panasonic HCV180K (1.67MP), 3.01MP higher than the Panasonic HCV380K (2.2MP), 1.79MP lower than the Panasonic HCVX870K (7MP) 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 HC-W850 has an effective megapixels (movie) of 6.03, however the Panasonic HCV180K and the Panasonic HCV380K are both 2.2MP (movie mode) camcorders (3.83MP lower) and the Panasonic HCVX870K and the Panasonic HCX920 are both 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 HCV380K and the Panasonic HCVX870K), 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.

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 HCV180K, the Panasonic HCV380K 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.

$701 More Expensive

The Panasonic HC-W850 is more expensive than the Panasonic HCV180K by $701, more expensive than the Panasonic HCV380K by $551, more expensive than the Panasonic HCVX870K by $31 and more expensive than the Panasonic HCX920 by $66.

Not As Many Stockists

Only 2 shops sells the Panasonic HC-W850, however 3 stores sell the Panasonic HCV180K and 3 retailers sell the Panasonic HCV380K. 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 HCV180K by 22 months, older than the Panasonic HCV380K by 22 months and older than the Panasonic HCVX870K by two years.

Fewer Awards

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

Marginally 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).

Marginally Lower Overall Review Score

The Panasonic HC-W850 has an average overall rating of 92%, but the Panasonic HCX920 has an average overall rating of 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 HC-W850 a lower review score. More ...

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 HCV380K

$327.99
Walmart

Panasonic HCV380K

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Panasonic HCV380K
2.51MP
50x
OPTICAL ZOOM
FULL
HD
RESOLU-
TION
1"
OPTICAL
252g
1.25h
BATTERY LIFE
3,000x
(DIGITAL)
3"
SCREEN SIZE
1.25h
VIDEO

The Panasonic HCV380K has a Kagoo Score of 73. With a price tag of $327.99 this camcorder is good value for money. For further details check out our full review of the Panasonic HCV380K or read our article on whether you should buy a Panasonic camcorder.

Features We Love:
Huge optical zoom (50x)
Image stabilizer
Supports HDMI
Huge digital zoom (3,000x)
Features Wi-Fi

A good spec but only average value for money 252g, 2.51MP video camera. It has an image stabilizer and a built-in display, supports HDMI and is Full HD.

79
Features
Good Features
68
Value for Money
Good
73
Kagoo Score
Very Good

6 Reasons For for Choosing the Panasonic HCV380K

44% Bigger Optical Zoom

The Panasonic HCV380K is a 50 optical zoom camcorder, and so does the Panasonic HCV180K. That's 30x bigger than the Panasonic HC-W850 and the Panasonic HCVX870K (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.

37% Higher Maximum Aperture Number

The Panasonic HCV380K is a 4.2 maximum aperture value camcorder, and so does the Panasonic HCV180K. That's 2.4 higher than the Panasonic HC-W850 and the Panasonic HCVX870K (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.

Built-in Microphone

The Panasonic HCV380K has a built-in microphone, and so do the Panasonic HC-W850, the Panasonic HCV180K and the Panasonic HCX920, whereas 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.

Wi-Fi

The Panasonic HCV380K features Wi-Fi (as do the Panasonic HC-W850 and the Panasonic HCVX870K), 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.

0.33h Longer Maximum Battery Life

The Panasonic HCV380K is a 1.25 battery life camcorder (as does the Panasonic HCV180K), whereas the Panasonic HCVX870K is only a 0.92h battery life camcorder (0.33h shorter). More ...

'Maximum Battery Life' indicates how long the camcorder is capable of recording video for, measured in hours.

A longer battery life allows you to record video for longer before recharging the camcorder or changing the battery.

More Shops Are Selling it

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

11 Reasons Against for Choosing the Panasonic HCV380K

Heavier

The Panasonic HCV380K has a weight of 252, but the Panasonic HC-W850 is a 360g camcorder (108g heavier), the Panasonic HCV180K is a 211g camcorder (41g lighter), the Panasonic HCVX870K is a 353g camcorder (101g heavier) and the Panasonic HCX920 is a 417g camcorder (165g 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.

Smaller Total Megapixels

The Panasonic HCV380K is a 2.51 camcorder, and so does the Panasonic HCV180K. That's 10.25MP smaller than the Panasonic HC-W850 (12.76MP), 16.4MP smaller than the Panasonic HCVX870K (18.91MP) 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.

Lower Maximum Video Resolution

The Panasonic HCV380K has a max video resolution of 1920 x 1080 (Full HD) pixels pixels, and so are the Panasonic HC-W850, the Panasonic HCV180K and the Panasonic HCX920, 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.

6.29MP Lower Effective Megapixels (Image)

The Panasonic HCV380K has an effective megapixels (image) of 2.2, but the Panasonic HC-W850 is a 5.21MP camcorder (3.01MP higher), the Panasonic HCV180K is a 1.67MP camcorder (0.53MP lower), the Panasonic HCVX870K is a 7MP camcorder (4.8MP higher) and the Panasonic HCX920 is an 8.49MP camcorder (6.29MP 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 HCV380K has an effective megapixels (movie) of 2.2, and so does the Panasonic HCV180K. That's 3.83MP lower than the Panasonic HC-W850 (6.03MP) and 6.29MP lower than the Panasonic HCVX870K 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.

Does Not Have a Built-in Flash

The Panasonic HCV380K does not have a built-in flash (As does the the Panasonic HCV180K), whereas the Panasonic HC-W850, the Panasonic HCVX870K 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 HCV380K is only 3 screen size, and so do the Panasonic HC-W850 and the Panasonic HCVX870K. 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.

Only 1920 X 1080 (Full HD) Still Image Resolution

The Panasonic HCV380K supports a still image resolution of 1920 x 1080 (Full HD) (as do the Panasonic HC-W850, the Panasonic HCV180K and the Panasonic HCX920), but 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 HCV380K has received a Kagoo Score of 73, but the Panasonic HC-W850 scored 82, the Panasonic HCV180K scored 78, the Panasonic HCVX870K scored 75 and the Panasonic HCX920 scored 79.

More Expensive by $150

The Panasonic HCV380K is $150 more expensive than the Panasonic HCV180K.

Older by Four Months

The Panasonic HCV380K is four months older than the Panasonic HCVX870K. The Panasonic HCV380K is the same age as the Panasonic HCV180K.

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Panasonic HCV180K

$177.99
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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 78. With a price tag of $177.99 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 fair price. It has an image stabilizer and a built-in display, supports HDMI and is Full HD.

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Features
Fully-Featured
70
Popularity
Quite Popular
80
Value for Money
Very Good
78
Kagoo Score
Very Good

7 Reasons For for Choosing the Panasonic HCV180K

Bigger Optical Zoom

The Panasonic HCV180K is a 50 optical zoom camcorder, and so does the Panasonic HCV380K. That's 30x bigger than the Panasonic HC-W850 and the Panasonic HCVX870K (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, whereas the Panasonic HC-W850 is a 360g camcorder (149g heavier), the Panasonic HCV380K is a 252g camcorder (41g heavier), the Panasonic HCVX870K is a 353g camcorder (142g 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 has a maximum aperture number of 4.2, and so does the Panasonic HCV380K. That's 2.4 higher than the Panasonic HC-W850 and the Panasonic HCVX870K (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.

Built-in Microphone

The Panasonic HCV180K has a built-in microphone, and so do the Panasonic HC-W850, the Panasonic HCV380K and the Panasonic HCX920, however 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.

21% Longer Maximum Battery Life

The Panasonic HCV180K has a maximum battery life of 1.25 (as does the Panasonic HCV380K), however the Panasonic HCVX870K is only a 0.92h battery life camcorder (0.33h shorter). More ...

'Maximum Battery Life' indicates how long the camcorder is capable of recording video for, measured in hours.

A longer battery life allows you to record video for longer before recharging the camcorder or changing the battery.

Cheaper by $150

The Panasonic HCV180K is $701 cheaper than the Panasonic HC-W850, $150 cheaper than the Panasonic HCV380K, $670 cheaper than the Panasonic HCVX870K and $635.28 cheaper than the Panasonic HCX920.

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.

12 Reasons Against for Choosing the Panasonic HCV180K

94% Smaller Total Megapixels

The Panasonic HCV180K is a 2.51 camcorder, and so does the Panasonic HCV380K. That's 10.25MP smaller than the Panasonic HC-W850 (12.76MP), 16.4MP smaller than the Panasonic HCVX870K (18.91MP) 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.

4 Times Lower Maximum Video Resolution

The Panasonic HCV180K has a max video resolution of 1920 x 1080 (Full HD) pixels pixels, and so are the Panasonic HC-W850, the Panasonic HCV380K and the Panasonic HCX920, 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.

Vastly Smaller Digital Zoom

The Panasonic HCV180K has a digital zoom of 500, however the Panasonic HC-W850 is a 1,500x (digital) camcorder (1,000x bigger), the Panasonic HCV380K is a 3,000x (digital) camcorder (2,500x bigger), the Panasonic HCVX870K is a 60x (digital) camcorder (440x smaller) 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.

Significantly Lower Effective Megapixels (Image)

The Panasonic HCV180K has an effective megapixels (image) of 1.67, whereas the Panasonic HC-W850 is a 5.21MP camcorder (3.54MP higher), the Panasonic HCV380K is a 2.2MP camcorder (0.53MP higher), the Panasonic HCVX870K is a 7MP camcorder (5.33MP 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)

Panasonic HCV180K is only 2.2 (movie mode), and so does the Panasonic HCV380K. That's 3.83MP lower than the Panasonic HC-W850 (6.03MP) and 6.29MP lower than the Panasonic HCVX870K 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.

Does Not Have a Built-in Flash

The Panasonic HCV180K does not have a built-in flash (As does the the Panasonic HCV380K), however the Panasonic HC-W850, the Panasonic HCVX870K 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.

0.8" Smaller Display Diagonal

The Panasonic HCV180K is a 2.7 screen size camcorder. That's 0.8" smaller than the Panasonic HC-W850, the Panasonic HCV380K, the Panasonic HCVX870K 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.

Lower Still Image Resolution

The Panasonic HCV180K supports a still image resolution of 1920 x 1080 (Full HD) (as do the Panasonic HC-W850, the Panasonic HCV380K and the Panasonic HCX920), whereas 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.

Does Not Feature Wi-Fi

The Panasonic HCV180K does not feature Wi-Fi, however the Panasonic HC-W850, the Panasonic HCV380K, the Panasonic HCVX870K 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, however the Panasonic HC-W850, the Panasonic HCV380K, the Panasonic HCVX870K 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 78, whereas the Panasonic HC-W850 scored 82 and the Panasonic HCX920 scored 79.

Older by Four Months

The Panasonic HCV180K is four months older than the Panasonic HCVX870K. The Panasonic HCV180K is the same age as the Panasonic HCV380K.

The cheapest price that we could find for the HCV180K in the US is $177.99 and in total we found 3 prices for it.

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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 79. However with a price tag of $813.27 this camcorder is a bit expensive. 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")

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

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Reviews
60 Reviews + 7 Awards
82
Features
Fully-Featured
73
Value for Money
Good
79
Kagoo Score
Very Good

Multiple reviews mentioned that Panasonic HCX920 has terrific expert reviews and great user reviews with an average overall rating of 94%, based on 60 reviews.

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Expert Reviews Best Buy
Pocket Lint Recommended
Digital Versus 5 Star
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Les Numeriques.com 5 Star
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11 Reasons For for Choosing the Panasonic HCX920

Bigger Total Megapixels

The Panasonic HCX920 is a 38.28 camcorder. That's 25.52MP bigger than the Panasonic HC-W850 (12.76MP), 35.77MP bigger than the Panasonic HCV180K and the Panasonic HCV380K (2.51MP) and 19.37MP bigger than the Panasonic HCVX870K (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.

6.82MP Higher Effective Megapixels (Image)

The Panasonic HCX920 has an effective megapixels (image) of 8.49, however the Panasonic HC-W850 is only a 5.21MP camcorder (3.28MP lower), the Panasonic HCV180K is only a 1.67MP camcorder (6.82MP lower), the Panasonic HCV380K is only a 2.2MP camcorder (6.29MP lower) and the Panasonic HCVX870K is only a 7MP camcorder (1.49MP 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)

The Panasonic HCX920 is an 8.49 (movie mode) camcorder. That's 2.46MP higher than the Panasonic HC-W850 (6.03MP), 6.29MP higher than the Panasonic HCV180K and the Panasonic HCV380K (2.2MP) and 0.2MP higher than the Panasonic HCVX870K (8.29MP). 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-W850 and the Panasonic HCVX870K), however the Panasonic HCV180K and the Panasonic HCV380K 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.

19% Larger Display Diagonal

The Panasonic HCX920 has a display diagonal of 3.5. That's 0.5" larger than the Panasonic HC-W850, the Panasonic HCV380K and the Panasonic HCVX870K (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, however the Panasonic HC-W850, the Panasonic HCV180K, the Panasonic HCV380K and the Panasonic HCVX870K 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 HCV180K and the Panasonic HCV380K, 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 HCV180K has received no awards, the Panasonic HCV380K has received no awards and the Panasonic HCVX870K has received 1 award.

Moderately 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) and the Panasonic HCVX870K has an average rating of 83% (based on 6 reviews).

Moderately 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) and the Panasonic HCVX870K has an average rating of 83% (based on 7 reviews).

3 Expert Review Sites Gave It a Higher Review Score

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

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

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

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

10 Reasons Against for Choosing the Panasonic HCX920

76% Smaller Optical Zoom

The Panasonic HCX920 is a 12 optical zoom camcorder. That's 8x smaller than the Panasonic HC-W850 and the Panasonic HCVX870K (20x) and 38x smaller than the Panasonic HCV180K and the Panasonic HCV380K (50x). 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, however the Panasonic HC-W850 is a 360g camcorder (57g lighter), the Panasonic HCV180K is a 211g camcorder (206g lighter), the Panasonic HCV380K is a 252g camcorder (165g lighter) and the Panasonic HCVX870K is a 353g camcorder (64g 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.

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 HCV180K and the Panasonic HCV380K, 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.

2,960x Smaller Digital Zoom

Panasonic HCX920 is only 40 (digital), but the Panasonic HC-W850 is a 1,500x (digital) camcorder (1,460x bigger), the Panasonic HCV180K is a 500x (digital) camcorder (460x bigger), the Panasonic HCV380K is a 3,000x (digital) camcorder (2,960x bigger) and the Panasonic HCVX870K is a 60x (digital) camcorder (20x 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.

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 HCV180K and the Panasonic HCV380K), 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 79, however the Panasonic HC-W850 scored 82.

More Expensive by $635

The Panasonic HCX920 is $635 more expensive than the Panasonic HCV180K and $485 more expensive than the Panasonic HCV380K.

Less Retailers

The Panasonic HCX920 is only stocked by 1 seller, whereas the Panasonic HC-W850 is stocked by 2 retailers, the Panasonic HCV180K is stocked by 3 retailers and the Panasonic HCV380K 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, three years older than the Panasonic HCV180K, three years older than the Panasonic HCV380K and three years older than the Panasonic HCVX870K.

User Review Rating is Moderately Worse

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

The cheapest price that we could find for the HCX920 in the US is $813.27 but in total we found only 1 price for it.

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Panasonic HCVX870K

$847.99
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Panasonic HCVX870K

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Panasonic HCVX870K
18.91MP
20x
OPTICAL ZOOM
353g
4K
RESOLUTION
1"
OPTICAL
0.92h
BATTERY LIFE
4992 X 2808
STILL IMAGE
RESOLUTION
3"
SCREEN SIZE
60x
(DIGITAL)
64GB
MAXIMUM

The Panasonic HCVX870K has a Kagoo Score of 75. However with a price tag of $847.99 this camcorder is a bit expensive. 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:
Time Lapse
Big total megapixels (18.91MP)
Large optical sensor size (1/2.3")
Image stabilizer
Night mode

An award winning and total megapixels 20x optical zoom, 353g video camera, with a very good spec. It has an image stabilizer and a night mode, supports HDMI and is Full HD. Multiple reviews mentioned that it has a good zoom, great picture quality and good video quality.

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Reviews
7 Reviews + 1 Award
80
Features
Fully-Featured
66
Value for Money
Good
75
Kagoo Score
Very Good

Customers report that Panasonic HCVX870K has great expert reviews and good user reviews with an average overall rating of 83%.

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8 Reasons For for Choosing the Panasonic HCVX870K

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 HCV180K, the Panasonic HCV380K 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.

Built-in Flash

The Panasonic HCVX870K has a built-in flash (as do the Panasonic HC-W850 and the Panasonic HCX920), however the Panasonic HCV180K and the Panasonic HCV380K 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.

Remote Operation

The Panasonic HCVX870K supports remote operation, and so does the Panasonic HC-W850, whereas the Panasonic HCV180K, the Panasonic HCV380K and the Panasonic HCX920 do not. 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.

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 HCV180K, the Panasonic HCV380K 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 and the Panasonic HCV380K), however 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 HCVX870K supports Near Field Communication (NFC) (as does the Panasonic HC-W850), but the Panasonic HCV180K, the Panasonic HCV380K 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.

Night Mode

The Panasonic HCVX870K has a night mode, whereas the Panasonic HC-W850, the Panasonic HCV180K, the Panasonic HCV380K 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 Four Months

The Panasonic HCVX870K was released two years after the Panasonic HC-W850, released four months after the Panasonic HCV180K, released four months after the Panasonic HCV380K and released three years after the Panasonic HCX920

16 Reasons Against for Choosing the Panasonic HCVX870K

60% Smaller Optical Zoom

The Panasonic HCVX870K is a 20 optical zoom camcorder, and so does the Panasonic HC-W850. That's 30x smaller than the Panasonic HCV180K and the Panasonic HCV380K (50x) and 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.

A Lot Heavier

The Panasonic HCVX870K has a weight of 353, however the Panasonic HC-W850 is a 360g camcorder (7g heavier), the Panasonic HCV180K is a 211g camcorder (142g lighter), the Panasonic HCV380K is a 252g camcorder (101g lighter) 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.

Smaller Total Megapixels

The Panasonic HCVX870K is a 18.91 camcorder. That's 6.15MP bigger than the Panasonic HC-W850 (12.76MP), 16.4MP bigger than the Panasonic HCV180K and the Panasonic HCV380K (2.51MP) 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.

2,940x Smaller Digital Zoom

Panasonic HCVX870K is only 60 (digital), but the Panasonic HC-W850 is a 1,500x (digital) camcorder (1,440x bigger), the Panasonic HCV180K is a 500x (digital) camcorder (440x bigger), the Panasonic HCV380K is a 3,000x (digital) camcorder (2,940x 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.

58% Lower Maximum Aperture Number

Panasonic HCVX870K is only 1.8 maximum aperture value, and so does the Panasonic HC-W850. That's 2.4 lower than the Panasonic HCV180K and the Panasonic HCV380K (4.2). 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.

18% Lower Effective Megapixels (Image)

The Panasonic HCVX870K has an effective megapixels (image) of 7, however the Panasonic HC-W850 is a 5.21MP camcorder (1.79MP lower), the Panasonic HCV180K is a 1.67MP camcorder (5.33MP lower), the Panasonic HCV380K is a 2.2MP camcorder (4.8MP lower) and the Panasonic HCX920 is an 8.49MP camcorder (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 8.29 (movie mode) camcorder. That's 2.26MP higher than the Panasonic HC-W850 (6.03MP), 6.09MP higher than the Panasonic HCV180K and the Panasonic HCV380K (2.2MP) and 0.2MP 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.

15% Smaller Display Diagonal

The Panasonic HCVX870K has a display diagonal of 3, and so do the Panasonic HC-W850 and the Panasonic HCV380K. 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.

A Lot Shorter Maximum Battery Life

Panasonic HCVX870K is only 0.92 battery life, but the Panasonic HCV180K and the Panasonic HCV380K are both 1.25h battery life camcorders (0.33h longer). More ...

'Maximum Battery Life' indicates how long the camcorder is capable of recording video for, measured in hours.

A longer battery life allows you to record video for longer before recharging the camcorder or changing the battery.

Worse Kagoo Score

The Panasonic HCVX870K has received a Kagoo Score of 75, however the Panasonic HC-W850 scored 82, the Panasonic HCV180K scored 78 and the Panasonic HCX920 scored 79.

More Expensive by $670

The Panasonic HCVX870K is $670 more expensive than the Panasonic HCV180K, $520 more expensive than the Panasonic HCV380K and $35 more expensive than the Panasonic HCX920.

Less Retailers

The Panasonic HCVX870K is only stocked by 1 seller, whereas the Panasonic HC-W850 is stocked by 2 shops, the Panasonic HCV180K is stocked by 3 stores and the Panasonic HCV380K 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.
Six Less Awards

The Panasonic HCVX870K has only received 1 award, whereas the Panasonic HC-W850 has received 4 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 Considerably Worse

The Panasonic HCVX870K's average user score is 80%, however the Panasonic HC-W850's is 93% (based on 3 reviews) 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%

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