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Should You Buy a Panasonic Camcorder?

Matthew
Updated 04 June 2021
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should you buy a Panasonic Camcorder?

Panasonic is one of the most popular camcorder brands as well as being well known for its TVs, digital cameras and microwaves.

We've collated all the key information on Panasonic camcorders in this handy guide. We've analysed over 34,000 user and expert reviews and 190+ awards from hundreds of different review sites on 790+ camcorders to impartially compare each camcorder brand.

Panasonic are recognised for their wide selection of premium and award winning camcorders. Their camcorders start at $260 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 $4,489 for the AG-AC130A 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 $1,708.

Panasonic are recognised for their wide selection of premium and award winning camcorders.

Is Panasonic the Best Camcorder Brand?

So are Panasonic camcorders any good? We give every camcorder a Kagoo Score by analysing its specs, reviews and prices and comparing this to its competitors. By aggregating this data across all camcorders we are able to impartially rank all the camcorder brands.

Panasonic is ranked the No. 4 best camcorder brand.

Our detailed analysis taking into account all of the above factors found that Panasonic is the 4th best camcorder brand out there.

#1
Japan
95%
95%
6,648 reviews
#2
Japan
93%
93%
2,521 reviews
#3
GoPro
93%
93%
5,580 reviews
#4
Japan
86%
86%
159 reviews
#5
Ricoh
84%
84%
680 reviews
#6
Zoom
78%
78%
187 reviews
#7
Transcend
77%
77%
676 reviews
#8
Blackmagic Design
77%
77%
92 reviews
#9
Vivitar
76%
76%
80 reviews
#10
JVC
Japan
76%
76%
20 reviews
#11
Nikon
Japan
73%
73%
47 reviews
#12
Kodak
72%
72%
90 reviews
#13
Veho
72%
72%
482 reviews
#14
ION
71%
71%
11 reviews
#15
Polaroid
70%
70%
633 reviews
#16
DJI
69%
69%
774 reviews
#17
South Korea
68%
68%
103 reviews
#18
Garmin
68%
68%
92 reviews
#19
Xiaomi
66%
66%
106 reviews
#20
HP
United States
65%
65%
3 reviews
#21
Midland
65%
65%
15 reviews
#22
HTC
65%
65%
322 reviews
#23
Toshiba
Japan
64%
64%
389 reviews
#24
360fly
63%
63%
73 reviews
#25
ACTIVEON
61%
61%
6 reviews
#26
VTech
60%
60%
0 reviews
#27
Cobra
58%
58%
0 reviews
#28
Motorola
58%
58%
0 reviews
#29
DataVideo
56%
56%
0 reviews
#30
Coby
56%
56%
1 review
#31
Ultramax
54%
54%
0 reviews
#32
Memorex
54%
54%
0 reviews
#33
Olympus
Japan
53%
53%
0 reviews

Let's look at how Panasonic camcorders compare to the other camcorder brands across each of the key facets that make up the Kagoo Score.

Reviews Value for Money Features Popularity Selection
All camcorder Brands
Panasonic Camcorders

There's a wide selection of Panasonic camcorders available compared to other camcorder brands, with 20 Panasonic camcorders currently on the market in the US. Panasonic also have better reviews than the typical camcorder brand, with the average rating of a Panasonic camcorder being 70%.

However Panasonic camcorders tend to be more expensive than most other camcorder brands making them a less popular choice with consumers. Whilst Panasonic have a number of interesting features including Time Lapse, overall they tend to be less feature rich than their competitors.

No. Of Camcorders
Average Price
$963
$0 $500 $1,000 $1,500 $2,000 $2,500 $3,000 $3,500 $4,000 $4,500 $7,499
Price Distribution of All Camcorders
No. Of Camcorders
Average Price
$1,708
$0 $100 $200 $300 $400 $500 $600 $700 $800 $900 $6,499
Price Distribution of Panasonic Camcorders

What Do the Panasonic Camcorder Reviews Say?

We've added up all the reviews for every Panasonic camcorder to work out the average distribution of reviews for Panasonic and then compared this to the other camcorder brands.

Panasonic logo

Expert Reviews

5 stars
20
4 stars
28
3 stars
5
2 stars
0
1 star
0
Panasonic logo

User Reviews

5 stars
37
4 stars
14
3 stars
5
2 stars
0
1 star
2
Panasonic has a higher proportion of 4 and 5 star expert and user reviews for its camcorders than most other brands.

Over 91% of expert reviews and 88% of user reviews for Panasonic camcorders are 4 stars or higher. This compares to 87% and 85% respectively across all Camcorder brands.

In the table below we compare the average review score given to Panasonic camcorders by some of the most popular technology review sites against their reviews for other camcorder brands. The best review score from each review source is highlighted in green.

Average Review Score Sony GoPro Canon Cisco Ricoh Panasonic
CNET.com logo
77%
19 reviews
83%
13 reviews
73%
12 reviews
80%
6 reviews
73%
5 reviews
81%
4 reviews
parentesis.com logo
71%
14 reviews
70%
2 reviews
68%
10 reviews
70%
1 review
Trusted Reviews logo
83%
4 reviews
82%
5 reviews
84%
9 reviews
60%
1 review
85%
6 reviews
Lydogbilde.no logo
69%
14 reviews
80%
6 reviews
83%
2 reviews
50%
3 reviews
PC Mag logo
60%
6 reviews
80%
7 reviews
77%
3 reviews
60%
2 reviews
70%
3 reviews
80%
2 reviews
Les Numeriques.com logo
85%
8 reviews
80%
2 reviews
68%
5 reviews
67%
3 reviews
85%
4 reviews
tecnozoom.it logo
80%
4 reviews
76%
16 reviews
80%
2 reviews
Expert Reviews logo
88%
5 reviews
100%
1 review
84%
5 reviews
90%
2 reviews
80%
1 review
95%
4 reviews
Techradar logo
85%
2 reviews
87%
9 reviews
70%
1 review
60%
2 reviews
80%
2 reviews
stuff.tv logo
100%
4 reviews
97%
7 reviews
100%
3 reviews
80%
1 review
80%
1 review
Digitaltrends.com logo
73%
2 reviews
76%
8 reviews
78%
2 reviews
75%
1 review
70%
2 reviews
Digital Versus logo
83%
8 reviews
80%
1 review
70%
4 reviews
90%
2 reviews
macworld.co.uk logo
80%
4 reviews
80%
3 reviews
80%
1 review
70%
2 reviews
digitalfotoforalla.se logo
86%
1 review
87%
4 reviews
84%
3 reviews
91%
1 review
Chip.de logo
85%
2 reviews
83%
4 reviews
86%
2 reviews
53%
1 review
M3.idg.se logo
60%
1 review
127%
3 reviews
80%
1 review
40%
1 review
150%
2 reviews
80%
1 review
digitalfoto.dk logo
87%
5 reviews
85%
2 reviews
85%
2 reviews
Pocket Lint logo
90%
1 review
83%
4 reviews
80%
1 review
70%
2 reviews
90%
1 review
camcorderinfo.com logo
95%
1 review
87%
5 reviews
90%
2 reviews
computerbild.de logo
78%
2 reviews
80%
5 reviews
64%
1 review
Other Expert Sites
72%
105 reviews
78%
100 reviews
70%
63 reviews
73%
54 reviews
75%
43 reviews
71%
19 reviews
Average
80%
207 reviews
86%
186 reviews
79%
152 reviews
68%
74 reviews
80%
66 reviews
82%
53 reviews

How Many Industry Awards Have Panasonic Camcorders Received?

After checking thousands of expert review websites we found 19 industry awards for Panasonic camcorders. The table below compares the number of awards received by Panasonic to other popular camcorder brands. The largest number of awards provided by each review source is highlighted in green.

Panasonic has won 19 awards for its camcorders.

Compare all award winning camcorders

Number of Awards Sony GoPro Canon Cisco Ricoh Panasonic
Trusted Reviews logo
2
3
5
4
Expert Reviews logo
3
1
2
1
3
reviewed.com logo
2
5
2
Digitaltrends.com logo
2
4
2
camcorderinfo.com logo
1
6
1
Lydogbilde.no logo
3
2
2
PC Mag logo
3
2
1
M3.idg.se logo
2
1
1
1
Les Numeriques.com logo
3
1
Digital Versus logo
3
1
Techradar logo
2
2
Pocket Lint logo
1
1
1
pcactual.com logo
1
1
1
ixbt.com logo
2
1
agdlab.pl logo
2
macworld.co.uk logo
1
1
stuff.tv logo
1
1
pcforalla.idg.se logo
2
pctidningen.se logo
2
vido.com.ua logo
1
1
Other Expert Sites
16
11
5
6
5
Total
40
35
34
7
8
19

How Reliable Are Panasonic Camcorders?

We checked over 34,000 reviews to find comments about the reliability of Panasonic camcorders. 100% of reviews that mention reliability were positive. Therefore the vast majority of Panasonic camcorder owners and reviewers thought the product was reliable.

100% of reviewers think Panasonic camcorders are reliable.

So, most people think that Panasonic camcorders are good quality. Now let's take a look at some of the reviews for Panasonic camcorders that mention reliability:

RELIABLE

it can still put together a keenly priced
Trusted Reviews
although the camera is sturdy
Digital Versus
Time will tell if it's reliable
amazon.co.uk
I think its a lot better than most built in mics
Bhphotovideo.com

Features to Look Out For On Panasonic Camcorders

There's a number of great features to look out for on the latest range of Panasonic camcorders that set them apart from the competition. These include Time Lapse.

Panasonic Time Lapse

Panasonic camcorders that feature Time Lapse include the Panasonic HCV180K ($260).

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In This Guide
Should You Buy a Panasonic Camcorder?
Is Panasonic the Best Camcorder Brand?
What Do the Panasonic Camcorder Reviews Say?
How Many Industry Awards Have Panasonic Camcorders Received?
How Reliable Are Panasonic Camcorders?
Features to Look Out For On Panasonic Camcorders
Panasonic Time Lapse

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