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Panasonic HC-VX980 Camcorder

18.91MP 1/2 351g Jan 2016
Total Megapixels Optical Sensor Size Full HD Weight Release Date
Panasonic has excellent camcorder reviews
Good product quality
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Panasonic Has Excellent Camcorder Reviews

We checked 339 owner and expert reviews (including 85 verified purchases) for Panasonic video cameras and found that on average Panasonic has excellent ratings. We also found that Panasonic has excellent ratings 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.


Design

Good Product Quality

One person said in their reviews that this camcorder was good quality. Jay Bee rated this camcorder as very good and he wrote on Amazon “Uk/dp/B01AAGIR8A/ref=cm_cr_ryp_prd_ttl_sol_0 offers amazing quality” in his review of this camcorder.


Lens System

Has an Image Stabilizer

The Panasonic HC-VX980 has an image stabilizer. Most of the other comparable spec video cameras that have been available for a similar time to this camcorder also have an image stabilizer.

It may also be worth considering one of the alternative video cameras with an image stabilizer currently available including the Sony FDR-AX33 ($669.99), or the Panasonic HC-VX870 ($999.95) which has better reviews.

Alternative camcorders which also have an image stabilizer that you might want to look at include the Panasonic HC-VXF990.

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Very Big Digital Zoom

The digital zooms of big total megapixels video cameras that have been around for more than a year range from 4x to 1,500x. The digital zoom of the HC-VX980 of 1,500 times zoom factor is one of the biggest amongst comparable spec camcorders that were released around the same time as this camcorder.

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Quite Big Optical Zoom

Across all the big total megapixels video cameras that came out around the same time as this camcorder the optical zooms range from 10x to 20x, and the average optical zoom is 16x. With an optical zoom of 20 times zoom factor, the HC-VX980 has a quite big optical zoom compared to most of the other big total megapixels video cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to this video camera.

There are a number of alternative 20x (optical) camcorders currently available that you might also want to look at including the Panasonic HC-VX870 ($999.95) which has better reviews.

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Very Long Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

The maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) of the Panasonic HC-VX980 of 752.8 millimeters is one of the longest amongst camcorders that have been around for more than a year. The maximum focal lengths (35mm film equiv) of big total megapixels video cameras that are a comparable age to this video camera range from 290mm to 760mm.

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Very Long Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

The HC-VX980 has one of the longest minimum focal lengths (35mm film equiv) (30.8 millimeters) amongst big total megapixels video cameras of this age. The shortest minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) of video cameras of a similar spec and age to this camcorder is 26mm and the longest is 31mm.

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Ports & Interfaces

Supports HDMI

supports HDMI

The Panasonic HC-VX980 supports HDMI. Most of the other big total megapixels video cameras that have been available for around the same time as this camcorder also support HDMI.

We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative camcorders which support HDMI currently available including because of it's better review score, the FDR-AX33 ($669.99), or the FDR-AX100 ($1,594.99) both from Sony or the Panasonic HC-VX870 ($999.95).

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Has a Headphone Outputs

The HC-VX980 has a headphone outputs. Most of the other comparable spec video cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to this video camera also have a headphone outputs.

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Video

Full HD

Full HD

The HC-VX980 is Full HD. Most of the other video cameras of a similar type and age to this video camera also are Full HD.

We compared all the other Full HD camcorders to this video camera and we think because of it's better review score, the Sony FDR-AX33 ($669.99), and the Panasonic HC-VX870 ($999.95) is also worth considering.

Video cameras which are Full HD that might also be worth considering include the Panasonic HC-VXF990.

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3840 X 2160 Pixels Video Resolution

The HC-VX980 supports a 3840 x 2160 pixels video resolutions which is higher than most video cameras of a similar age and type to it. Most big total megapixels video cameras that are a similar age to it support a 1280 x 720 pixels video resolutions. This video camera also support a video resolutions of 640 x 480 pixels and 1920 x 1080 pixels.

A 3840 x 2160 pixels video resolutions is actually the best supported video resolution amongst all camcorders that have been on the market for more than a year.

Amongst similar types of video camera the worst supported video resolution is 640 x 480 pixels.

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3840 X 2160 Pixels Maximum Video Resolution

The HC-VX980 has a 3840 x 2160 pixels maximum video resolution which is higher than the 1920 x 1080 pixels maximum video resolution found on most video cameras that have been on the market for more than a year.

A 3840 x 2160 pixels maximum video resolution is actually the best maximum video resolution amongst all big total megapixels video cameras that were released around the same time as this camcorder.

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

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Flash

Has a Built-In Flash

The HC-VX980 has a built-in flash. Most of the other camcorders of a similar age and type to this video camera do not have a built-in flash.

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Audio

Has a Built-In Microphone

The HC-VX980 has a built-in microphone. Most of the other camcorders of this age and type also have a built-in microphone.

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Networking

Features Wi-Fi

The Panasonic HC-VX980 features wi-Fi, as do most of the other big total megapixels video cameras that were released more than a year ago.

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Display

Has a Touchscreen

The Panasonic HC-VX980 has a touchscreen. Most of the other camcorders that were released around the same time as this video camera also have a touchscreen.

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Average Display Diagonal

The Panasonic HC-VX980 has a relatively standard display diagonal (3 inches) compared to most of the other similar spec video cameras that are a comparable age to this camcorder.

We think you might also be interested in some of the other 3" screen size camcorders currently available including the Panasonic HC-VX870 ($999.95), or the Sony FDR-AX33 ($669.99) which has better reviews.

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Other Features

Features USB Connectivity

The Panasonic HC-VX980 features USB connectivity. Most of the other camcorders of this age and spec also feature USB connectivity.

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Camera

Fairly Big Minimum Illumination

The minimum illuminations of video cameras of a comparable spec and age to this video camera range from 0.05lx to 3lx. The Panasonic HC-VX980 has a quite big minimum illumination (2 lux) compared to most of the other big total megapixels video cameras that are a comparable age to this video camera.

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Image Sensor

Very Low Effective Megapixels (image)

With an effective megapixels (image) of only 7 megapixels, the Panasonic HC-VX980 has a quite low effective megapixels (image) compared to most of the other big total megapixels video cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to this video camera. Big total megapixels video cameras that have been available for around the same time as this video camera have effective megapixels (image) of between 7MP and 26MP.

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1" Optical Sensor Size

This camcorder has a 1/2.3" optical sensor size, which is typical of many camcorders that were released around the same time as it.

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Other

Released Over a Year Ago

It was April 2017 when Panasonic released the HC-VX980.


Weight & Dimensions

Average Weight

With a weight of 351 grams, the Panasonic HC-VX980 has a fairly average weight compared to most of the other camcorders that have been available for more than a year.

Video cameras with a heavier weight that might also be worth looking at include the Sony FDR-AX33 ($669.99) (700g), or the Panasonic HC-VX870 ($999.95) (353g) which also has a higher rating.

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Product Identifiers

Barcodes 05025232837175

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