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Should You Buy a Panasonic Camcorder?

Matthew
Updated 12 September 2020
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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 digital cameras, TVs and microwaves.

We've collated all the key information on Panasonic camcorders in this handy guide. We've analysed over 27,000 user and expert reviews and 170+ 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 $225 for the HC-X920 which has an optical zoom of 12x, a sensor size of 38.28MP and is a camcorder that has a resolution of 1920 x 1080 (Full HD) and go up to $5,750 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 $1,577.

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%
5,688 reviews
#2
Japan
94%
94%
1,693 reviews
#3
GoPro
93%
93%
2,370 reviews
#4
Japan
89%
89%
163 reviews
#5
Ricoh
82%
82%
441 reviews
#6
Vivitar
79%
79%
80 reviews
#7
Blackmagic Design
77%
77%
52 reviews
#8
Zoom
77%
77%
118 reviews
#9
JVC
Japan
77%
77%
31 reviews
#10
ION
76%
76%
14 reviews
#11
Nikon
Japan
74%
74%
43 reviews
#12
Polaroid
74%
74%
421 reviews
#13
Kodak
73%
73%
75 reviews
#14
KitVision
72%
72%
93 reviews
#15
Veho
72%
72%
413 reviews
#16
GE
United States
70%
70%
108 reviews
#17
Toshiba
Japan
69%
69%
318 reviews
#18
DJI
69%
69%
438 reviews
#19
HP
United States
68%
68%
5 reviews
#20
Garmin
68%
68%
76 reviews
#21
TomTom
67%
67%
49 reviews
#22
ACTIVEON
67%
67%
6 reviews
#23
South Korea
67%
67%
75 reviews
#24
Xiaomi
66%
66%
98 reviews
#25
Narrative
66%
66%
48 reviews
#26
360fly
65%
65%
67 reviews
#27
Midland
62%
62%
2 reviews
#28
Cobra
60%
60%
0 reviews
#29
Motorola
58%
58%
0 reviews
#30
VTech
58%
58%
0 reviews
#31
Naxa
57%
57%
0 reviews
#32
DataVideo
57%
57%
0 reviews
#33
Coby
57%
57%
1 review
#34
Memorex
55%
55%
0 reviews
#35
Praktica
54%
54%
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 $7,999
Price Distribution of All Camcorders
No. Of Camcorders
Average Price
$1,577
$0 $500 $1,000 $1,500 $2,000 $2,500 $3,000 $3,500 $4,000 $4,500 $6,999
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
39
4 stars
15
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 89% of user reviews for Panasonic camcorders are 4 stars or higher. This compares to 85% and 84% 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 Canon GoPro Cisco Ricoh Panasonic
CNET.com logo
77%
19 reviews
73%
12 reviews
80%
6 reviews
73%
5 reviews
81%
4 reviews
parentesis.com logo
71%
14 reviews
68%
10 reviews
70%
1 review
Lydogbilde.no logo
69%
14 reviews
83%
2 reviews
100%
4 reviews
50%
3 reviews
Trusted Reviews logo
83%
4 reviews
84%
9 reviews
80%
3 reviews
60%
1 review
85%
6 reviews
Les Numeriques.com logo
85%
8 reviews
68%
5 reviews
90%
2 reviews
67%
3 reviews
85%
4 reviews
tecnozoom.it logo
80%
3 reviews
76%
16 reviews
80%
2 reviews
Expert Reviews logo
88%
5 reviews
84%
5 reviews
90%
2 reviews
80%
1 review
95%
4 reviews
PC Mag logo
58%
5 reviews
77%
3 reviews
80%
1 review
60%
2 reviews
70%
2 reviews
80%
2 reviews
Digital Versus logo
85%
8 reviews
70%
4 reviews
80%
1 review
90%
2 reviews
stuff.tv logo
100%
4 reviews
100%
3 reviews
93%
3 reviews
80%
1 review
80%
1 review
macworld.co.uk logo
80%
4 reviews
80%
3 reviews
80%
1 review
70%
2 reviews
Digitaltrends.com logo
73%
2 reviews
78%
2 reviews
70%
2 reviews
75%
1 review
70%
2 reviews
Techradar logo
85%
2 reviews
70%
1 review
85%
2 reviews
60%
2 reviews
80%
2 reviews
reviewed.com logo
77%
2 reviews
90%
3 reviews
93%
3 reviews
Pocket Lint logo
90%
1 review
80%
1 review
83%
3 reviews
70%
2 reviews
90%
1 review
digitalfoto.dk logo
85%
2 reviews
86%
4 reviews
85%
2 reviews
techadvisor.co.uk logo
80%
2 reviews
90%
1 review
83%
3 reviews
60%
1 review
webnews.it logo
86%
4 reviews
74%
1 review
83%
2 reviews
digitalfotoforalla.se logo
86%
1 review
84%
3 reviews
85%
1 review
89%
2 reviews
M3.idg.se logo
60%
1 review
80%
1 review
75%
2 reviews
40%
1 review
70%
1 review
80%
1 review
Other Expert Sites
71%
94 reviews
69%
62 reviews
81%
55 reviews
73%
55 reviews
76%
37 reviews
71%
15 reviews
Average
79%
197 reviews
79%
149 reviews
84%
86 reviews
70%
74 reviews
73%
58 reviews
81%
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 Canon GoPro Cisco Ricoh Panasonic
Trusted Reviews logo
2
5
4
reviewed.com logo
2
5
2
Expert Reviews logo
3
2
1
3
Lydogbilde.no logo
3
2
3
camcorderinfo.com logo
1
5
1
Digitaltrends.com logo
2
2
2
Digital Versus logo
4
1
Les Numeriques.com logo
3
1
Pocket Lint logo
1
1
1
pcactual.com logo
1
1
1
PC Mag logo
2
1
M3.idg.se logo
1
1
1
altomdata.dk logo
2
1
gadgetgear.nl logo
1
2
agdlab.pl logo
2
macworld.co.uk logo
1
1
stuff.tv logo
1
1
gagadget.com logo
1
1
Techradar logo
2
chip.com.my logo
2
Other Expert Sites
11
6
10
6
3
1
Total
40
34
19
7
7
19

How Reliable Are Panasonic Camcorders?

We checked over 27,000 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
The product is well made
Amazon
so you either risk destroying the camcorder by not replacing the seals
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 HCW580K ($500), the Panasonic HCV180K ($250) and the Panasonic HCVX1 ($0).

What is the Best High End Panasonic Camcorder?

Panasonic AGUX90

$2,144.95
Walmart
Panasonic AGUX90
Buy Now
Panasonic AGUX90
18MP
15x
OPTICAL ZOOM
1"
OPTICAL
4K
RESOLUTION
4.2kg
4h
BATTERY LIFE
10x
(DIGITAL)
3.5"
SCREEN SIZE
128GB
MAXIMUM

If you're looking for a high end Panasonic camcorder then the Panasonic AGUX90 takes some beating. It has a Kagoo Score of 73, but is a bit more expensive at $2,144.95.

Features We Love:
Big total megapixels (18MP)
Large optical sensor size (1")
Image stabilizer
Long maximum battery life (4h)
Supports HDMI

A good spec but only ok value for money 15x optical zoom, 4.2kg camcorder. It has an image stabilizer and a built-in display, supports HDMI and is Full HD.

79
Features
Good Features
68
Popularity
A Less Popular Choice
65
Value for Money
Good
73
Kagoo Score
Very Good

The cheapest price that we could find for the AGUX90 in the US is $2,144.95 but in total we found only 2 prices for it.

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What is the Ultimate Panasonic Camcorder?

Panasonic AGDVX200

$2,749.99
Walmart
Panasonic AGDVX200
Buy Now
Panasonic AGDVX200
15.49MP
13x
OPTICAL ZOOM
2.7kg
4096 X 2160
PIXELS
RESOLUTION
1.33"
OPTICAL
10x
(DIGITAL)
4.3"
SCREEN SIZE
1080P STILL
IMAGE
RESOLUTION

For those with an unlimited budget then the Panasonic AGDVX200 is the best Panasonic camcorder out there. At $2,749.99 it's not cheap, but is excellent quality and as such we gave it Kagoo Score of 74.

Features We Love:
Big total megapixels (15.49MP)
4096 x 2160 pixels resolution
Huge optical sensor size (1.33")
Image stabilizer
Large display diagonal (4.3")

A fully featured but only moderate value for money 13x optical zoom, 2.7kg camcorder, with ok reviews. It has an image stabilizer and a built-in display, supports HDMI and is Full HD.

81
Features
Fully-Featured
73
Popularity
Quite Popular
63
Value for Money
Good
74
Kagoo Score
Very Good

The cheapest price that we could find for the AGDVX200 in the US is $2,749.99 and in total we found 3 prices for it.

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What is the Best Budget Choice Panasonic Camcorder?

Panasonic HCV770

$549.95
Factory Outlet Store
Panasonic HCV770
Buy Now
Panasonic HCV770
12.76MP
20x
OPTICAL ZOOM
353g
FULL
HD
RESOLU-
TION
1"
OPTICAL
1h
BATTERY LIFE
1080P STILL
IMAGE
RESOLUTION
3"
SCREEN SIZE
1,500x
(DIGITAL)
1h
VIDEO

At only $549.95 and with a Kagoo Score of 76 the Panasonic HCV770 makes a great budget choice.

Features We Love:
Big total megapixels (12.76MP)
Large optical sensor size (1/2.3")
Image stabilizer
Supports HDMI
6528x3672 still image resolution (6528x3672|4736x2664|1920x1080|5472x3648|3984x2656|1728x1152|4896x3672|3264x2448|640x480)

A fully featured and bargain price 20x optical zoom, 353g video camera, with ok reviews. It has an image stabilizer and a built-in display, supports HDMI and is Full HD. Multiple reviews mentioned that it has a very great picture quality and it's easy to use.

80
Features
Fully-Featured
73
Popularity
Quite Popular
70
Value for Money
Good
76
Kagoo Score
Very Good

Our review analysis indicates that Panasonic HCV770 has terrific user reviews with an average user rating of 100%.

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The cheapest price that we could find for the HCV770 in the US is $549.95 and in total we found 4 prices for it.

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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
What is the Best High End Panasonic Camcorder?
What is the Ultimate Panasonic Camcorder?
What is the Best Budget Choice Panasonic Camcorder?

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