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Panasonic HCVX870K Camcorder

$999.95
18.91MP 1/2 353g Sep 2015
Total Megapixels Optical Sensor Size Full HD Weight Release Date
One industry award
Acceptable noise level
Slightly cheap plastic casing given the price
20 Reviews + 1 Award
Trusted Reviews Recommended
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Reviews

One Industry Award

The expert at one expert review site concluded that they would recommend this video camera. This camcorder received a "Recommended" award from Trusted Reviews.

Good Expert Reviews

On average, based on four expert reviews from sites including Trusted Reviews, Digital Versus, techmagnifier.com and Les Numeriques.com the average expert rating of this camcorder is 83 out of 100.

User Reviews Are Good

People who bought this video camera rated this camcorder 83% on average. 8 reviewers (71% of all reviewers) gave this camcorder either 4 or 5 stars and 60% of those asked said they would recommend buying it to others.

Panasonic Video Cameras Have Excellent Reviews

Based on 339 user and expert reviews (including 85 verified purchases), Panasonic has excellent reviews for its camcorders. Panasonic also has excellent reviews specifically within its big total megapixels video cameras range. 89% of those that bought a Panasonic camcorder would recommend the product that they bought to other buyers.

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Networking

Supports Near Field Communication (NFC)

The HC-VX870 supports near Field Communication (NFC), as do most of the other video cameras of a comparable spec and age to this video camera.

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Features Wi-Fi

The HC-VX870 features wi-Fi, as do most of the other video cameras that were launched more than a year ago.

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Storage

Only One Memory Slots

Most video cameras of a comparable age and spec to this video camera have one memory slots, including the Panasonic HC-VX870 which has one memory slots.

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Image Sensor

Very Low Effective Megapixels (image)

The HC-VX870 has one of the lower effective megapixels (image) (only 7 megapixels) amongst big total megapixels video cameras of this age. Across all the big total megapixels video cameras that have been on the market for more than a year the effective megapixels (image) range from 7MP to 26MP.

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1" Optical Sensor Size

This camcorder has a 1/2.3" optical sensor size, which is the most commonly found optical sensor size on big total megapixels video cameras that have been on the market for more than a year.

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Display

Has a Touchscreen

The Panasonic HC-VX870 has a touchscreen. Most of the other video cameras of a similar type and age to this video camera also have a touchscreen.

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Quite Low Display Resolution (numeric)

Across all the camcorders of a similar age and type to this camcorder the display resolutions (numeric) range from 460 pixels to 1,600,000 pixels. With a display resolution (numeric) of only 460,800 pixels, the HC-VX870 has one of the lower display resolutions (numeric) amongst big total megapixels video cameras of this age.

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Average Display Diagonal

With a display diagonal of 3 inches, the HC-VX870 has a pretty standard display diagonal compared to most of the other big total megapixels video cameras that have been on the market for more than a year.

There are a number of other 3" screen size camcorders currently available that you might also want to look at including because of it's better review score, the Sony FDR-AX33 ($727).

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Packaging Content

Has an AC Adapter Included

The HC-VX870 has an AC adapter included. Most of the other camcorders of a similar age and type to this camcorder also have an AC adapter included.

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Other Features

Has a Night Mode

The HC-VX870 has a night mode, unlike most of the other comparable spec video cameras that came out around the same time as this camcorder which do not have a night mode.

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Flash

Has a Built-In Light

The HC-VX870 has a built-in light, as do most of the other similar spec video cameras that have been on the market for more than a year.

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Video

Full HD

Full HD

The HC-VX870 is Full HD, as are most of the other similar spec camcorders that are a comparable age to this video camera.

We compared all the other Full HD video cameras to this video camera and we think the FDR-AX33 ($727), and the FDR-AX100 ($1,594.99) both from Sony which has better reviews is also worth considering.

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3840 X 2160 Pixels Maximum Video Resolution

The Panasonic HC-VX870 has a higher maximum video resolution than most similar spec video cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to it. This Panasonic video camera has a 3840 x 2160 pixels maximum video resolution, whereas most camcorders of a similar age and type to it have a 1920 x 1080 pixels maximum video resolution.

This camcorder's maximum video resolution (3840 x 2160 pixels) is actually the best maximum video resolution amongst all comparable spec video cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as this video camera.

A 1920 x 1080 pixels maximum video resolution is the worst maximum video resolution across similar types of camcorder.

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Design

Good Quality

Eight people who purchased the Panasonic HC-VX870 reckoned that it was good quality. Bestbuy.com wrote in their review of this camcorder “Great Picture Quality”. Jk wrote on Bhphotovideo.com two years ago “Fantastic picture quality, easy to use” in their Panasonic HC-VX870 review. Flyingcam wrote on Bhphotovideo.com “Tried two weeks (compared with Sony ax33) - Image quality is great - Very light” in their review of this camcorder.

Robust

Two people reckoned that it was well made. Mr. Styles mentioned two years ago “The old TM-900 feels much more solid than this camera” in their review of this camcorder.

One owner who reviewed it mentioned that it was strong and durable. Expert review site Digitalversus.com mentioned in their review of the Panasonic HC-VX870 “It's covered in slightly cheap-looking plastic, although the camera is sturdy and lightweight (12.5 oz / 353 g”.

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Comprehensive Manual Settings With Control Dial

Three people concluded that it was easy to use. Bigausietaz said on Bestbuy.com “Easy to use, excellent video quality for outdoor”.

Two owners said in their reviews that the product was easy to use the menus. Trusted Reviews wrote in their review of the Panasonic HC-VX870 “Comprehensive manual settings with control dial” however despite that they only gave it a rating of 19.4 out of 100.

One owner thought it was comfortable and easy to hold. Expert review site Digitalversus.com gave the product a rating of 7 stars and wrote “It's a shame viewing is not more comfortable (no viewfinder”.

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Slightly Cheap Plastic Casing Given the Price

One person who bought it thought it did not have a good case. Digital Versus said two years ago “Slightly cheap plastic casing given the price” in their review of this camcorder. One customer mentioned in their reviews that it was not well designed.


Ports & Interfaces

Supports HDMI

supports HDMI

The HC-VX870 supports HDMI, as do most of the other big total megapixels video cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to this camcorder.

It may also be worth considering one of the other video cameras which support HDMI currently available including the FDR-AX33 ($727), or the FDR-AX100 ($1,594.99) both from Sony which has better reviews.

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Has a Headphone Outputs

The HC-VX870 has a headphone outputs. Most of the other video cameras that were released more than a year ago also have a headphone outputs.

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Has a Microphone in

The Panasonic HC-VX870 has a microphone in. Most of the other camcorders of this type and age also have a microphone in.

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Lens System

Has an Image Stabilizer

The HC-VX870 has an image stabilizer. Most of the other video cameras of a comparable age and spec to this video camera also have an image stabilizer.

There are a number of other video cameras with an image stabilizer currently available which you might want to consider including the FDR-AX33 ($727), or the FDR-AX100 ($1,594.99) both from Sony which has better reviews.

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Average Optical Zoom

With an optical zoom of 20 times zoom factor, the HC-VX870 has a pretty standard optical zoom compared to most of the other comparable spec camcorders that have been available for around the same time as this camcorder.

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Average Digital Zoom

With a digital zoom of 60 times zoom factor, the HC-VX870 has a relatively standard digital zoom compared to most of the other big total megapixels video cameras that were released more than a year ago.

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Features

Good Technical Features

Two customers who reviewed it concluded that it had good features. Expert website Videomaker.com gave the product a score of 5 stars and mentioned “It is the top of this line of cameras and full of features”. Marko said on Bhphotovideo.com “There are lot of features and I am satisfied with the camera in general” in their review of this camcorder.


Good Screen / Viewfinder

One customer who purchased the product considered that it had a good screen. Digitalversus.com mentioned on Digital Versus “There are a few function buttons on the side that are hidden by the screen”. One customer thought this camcorder had a good viewfinder.

Powerful 20x Optical Zoom

Nine owners wrote in their reviews that the Panasonic HC-VX870 had a good zoom. Two years ago Digital Versus said “Powerful 20x optical zoom” although they only gave it a rating of 18.8 out of 100. Bhphotovideo.com wrote “Zoom rangeperformance” however they rated it 16.4 out of 100. Digitalversus.com mentioned in their Panasonic HC-VX870 review on expert website Digital Versus also two years ago “However, its powerful zoom is undermined by there being no wide-angle”.

Four customers mentioned in their reviews that it had a good autofocus. Techmagnifier.com wrote “Responsive focus”. Mr. Styles wrote “I've also noted a good deal of focus drift in many of the segments when the camera is physically walked in close to a persons face” in their Panasonic HC-VX870 review. Aph0ticzone said “I bought this camera because it had great reviews, fast autofocus and good low light performance”.

Two people thought the product had a good image stabiliser. Bestbuy.com mentioned “Good Image Stabilization” in their review of the Panasonic HC-VX870 however they only gave it a rating of 20 out of 100. Chief6103 said on Bhphotovideo.com “The image stabilization is really helpful”.

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Weight & Dimensions

Good Size

One customer who reviewed it said that it was lightweight. One person who reviewed the product concluded that it was compact.

Average Weight

The Panasonic HC-VX870 has a relatively standard weight (353 grams) compared to most of the other camcorders of this age and type.

Other camcorders with a heavier weight that you might want to look at include the FDR-AX100 ($1,594.99) (790g), or the FDR-AX33 ($727) (700g) both from Sony which also has a higher rating.

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Smart TV

WiFi Connectivity

One customer said in their reviews that the product was good in terms of connectivity. Trusted Reviews said “WiFi connectivity”.


Support

Good Technical Guidance

Three customers wrote in their reviews that the product had good technical guidance. Two years ago Mr. Styles mentioned on Bhphotovideo.com “I like to shoot in manual and set my own white balance, so for my purposes I am getting too many out of focused closeups”. Augmented Aesthetic mentioned on Bhphotovideo.com in the same month “Sure some of them are there to help user know what to push.”.


Audio

Acceptable Noise Level

One person who reviewed it concluded that it was quiet. Two years ago expert review site Videomaker.com wrote “Panasonic seems to quietly make their noise about cameras” in their review of this camcorder.


Other

Released Over a Year Ago

This Panasonic video camera was released in April 2017.


Product Identifiers

Barcodes 05025232808205, 05025232808229

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