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Should You Buy a Panasonic Camcorder?

Updated 24 July 2019 by Matthew
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should you buy a Panasonic Camcorder?

Panasonic is well known for it's digital cameras, bread makers, TVs and microwaves.

We've collated all the key information on Panasonic camcorders in this handy guide. We've analysed over 28,000 user and expert reviews and 180+ 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 $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 $3,695 for the AG-CX350 which has an optical zoom of 20x, a sensor size of 15MP and is a camcorder that has a resolution of 3840 x 2160 (4K). The average price of a new Panasonic camcorder is $1,351.

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. 3 best camcorder brand.

Our detailed analysis taking into account all of the above factors found that Panasonic is the 3rd best camcorder brand out there.

#1
Japan
95%
95%
1,910 reviews
#2
Japan
94%
94%
5,713 reviews
#3
Japan
87%
87%
165 reviews
#4
GoPro
87%
87%
2,314 reviews
#5
Zoom
82%
82%
117 reviews
#6
Ricoh
81%
81%
453 reviews
#7
Vivitar
79%
79%
80 reviews
#8
JVC
Japan
77%
77%
31 reviews
#9
Nikon
Japan
76%
76%
43 reviews
#10
Polaroid
74%
74%
414 reviews
#11
Garmin
74%
74%
7 reviews
#12
Kodak
73%
73%
75 reviews
#13
Toshiba
Japan
73%
73%
321 reviews
#14
Blackmagic Design
73%
73%
51 reviews
#15
ACTIVEON
71%
71%
6 reviews
#16
Veho
71%
71%
413 reviews
#17
South Korea
70%
70%
93 reviews
#18
Transcend
69%
69%
384 reviews
#19
DJI
68%
68%
438 reviews
#20
ION
68%
68%
74 reviews
#21
Midland
67%
67%
2 reviews
#22
Xiaomi
66%
66%
98 reviews
#23
HTC
65%
65%
159 reviews
#24
DRIFT
64%
64%
0 reviews
#25
HP
United States
62%
62%
6 reviews
#26
VTech
59%
59%
0 reviews
#27
Naxa
58%
58%
0 reviews
#28
Memorex
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 United States.

However Panasonic camcorders tend to be more expensive than most other camcorder brands making them a less popular choice with consumers. Panasonic also have worse reviews than the typical camcorder brand, with the average rating of a Panasonic camcorder being 68%.

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
$900
$0 $500 $1,000 $1,500 $2,000 $2,500 $3,000 $3,500 $4,000 $4,500 $9,499
Price Distribution of All Camcorders
No. Of Camcorders
Average Price
$1,351
$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
38
4 stars
14
3 stars
6
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 camcorder brands.

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

Looking at just the expert reviews, 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
85%
6 reviews
80%
6 reviews
73%
5 reviews
81%
4 reviews
Lydogbilde.no logo
69%
14 reviews
83%
2 reviews
100%
7 reviews
50%
3 reviews
parentesis.com logo
71%
14 reviews
68%
10 reviews
70%
1 review
Les Numeriques.com logo
85%
8 reviews
68%
5 reviews
93%
3 reviews
67%
3 reviews
85%
4 reviews
Trusted Reviews logo
83%
4 reviews
84%
9 reviews
70%
1 review
60%
1 review
85%
6 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%
2 reviews
60%
2 reviews
70%
2 reviews
80%
2 reviews
Digital Versus logo
85%
8 reviews
70%
4 reviews
90%
2 reviews
stuff.tv logo
100%
4 reviews
100%
3 reviews
100%
3 reviews
80%
1 review
80%
1 review
macworld.co.uk logo
80%
4 reviews
80%
3 reviews
80%
1 review
70%
2 reviews
Techradar logo
85%
2 reviews
70%
1 review
90%
2 reviews
60%
2 reviews
80%
2 reviews
Digitaltrends.com logo
73%
2 reviews
78%
2 reviews
70%
1 review
75%
1 review
70%
2 reviews
camcorderinfo.com logo
95%
1 review
87%
5 reviews
90%
2 reviews
reviewed.com logo
77%
2 reviews
88%
2 reviews
86%
1 review
93%
3 reviews
M3.idg.se logo
60%
1 review
80%
1 review
75%
2 reviews
40%
1 review
75%
2 reviews
80%
1 review
Pocket Lint logo
90%
1 review
80%
1 review
90%
2 reviews
70%
2 reviews
90%
1 review
Chip.de logo
85%
2 reviews
86%
2 reviews
85%
2 reviews
53%
1 review
webnews.it logo
86%
4 reviews
74%
1 review
83%
2 reviews
altomdata.dk logo
83%
4 reviews
90%
1 review
60%
1 review
80%
1 review
Other Expert Sites
71%
90 reviews
69%
60 reviews
81%
55 reviews
73%
54 reviews
77%
42 reviews
67%
13 reviews
Average
80%
197 reviews
79%
147 reviews
85%
88 reviews
68%
74 reviews
69%
61 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 given to 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
Lydogbilde.no logo
3
2
6
Trusted Reviews logo
2
5
4
reviewed.com logo
2
4
1
2
Expert Reviews logo
3
2
1
3
camcorderinfo.com logo
1
6
1
Digitaltrends.com logo
2
1
2
Digital Versus logo
4
1
M3.idg.se logo
1
1
1
1
Les Numeriques.com logo
3
1
gadgetgear.nl logo
1
2
Pocket Lint logo
1
1
1
PC Mag logo
2
1
Techradar logo
1
2
altomdata.dk logo
2
1
pcactual.com logo
1
1
1
agdlab.pl logo
2
macworld.co.uk logo
1
1
stuff.tv logo
1
1
gagadget.com logo
1
1
CNET.com logo
2
Other Expert Sites
13
6
8
6
3
1
Total
40
34
23
7
8
19

How Reliable Are Panasonic Camcorders?

We checked over 28,000 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
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 HCV180K ($198), the Panasonic HCW580K ($348) and the Panasonic HCVX1K ($698).

What is the Best Mid-Range Panasonic Camcorder?

Panasonic HCVX1K

$697.99
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Panasonic HCVX1K
8.57MP
24x
OPTICAL ZOOM
428g
4K
RESOLUTION
1"
OPTICAL
0.75h
BATTERY LIFE
3"
SCREEN SIZE
70x
(DIGITAL)
128GB
MAXIMUM
1.05h
VIDEO

A great mid range choice, priced at $697.99 is the Panasonic HCVX1K, which has a Kagoo Score of 75.

Features We Love:
Time Lapse
Big optical zoom (24x)
Large optical sensor size (1/2.5")
Has an image stabilizer
Has a night mode

An affordable and fully featured 24x optical zoom, 428g video camera. It has an image stabilizer and a night mode, supports HDMI and is Full HD.

80
Features
Fully-Featured
71
Popularity
Quite Popular
70
Value for Money
Good
75
Kagoo Score
Very Good

The cheapest price that we found for the HCVX1K in the United States is $697.99 and in total we found 3 prices for it.

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What is the Ultimate Panasonic Camcorder?

Panasonic AGUX90

$1,499.95
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Panasonic AGUX90
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Panasonic AGUX90
18MP
15x
OPTICAL ZOOM
1"
OPTICAL
4K
RESOLUTION
4.2kg
4h
BATTERY LIFE
10x
(DIGITAL)
3.5"
SCREEN SIZE
128GB
MAXIMUM

For those with an unlimited budget then the Panasonic AGUX90 is the best Panasonic camcorder out there. At $1,499.95 it's not cheap, but is excellent quality and we gave it Kagoo Score of 74.

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

A fully featured and high image quality 15x optical zoom, 4.2kg video camera. It has an image stabilizer and a built-in display, supports HDMI and is Full HD.

80
Features
Fully-Featured
73
Popularity
Quite Popular
66
Value for Money
Good
74
Kagoo Score
Very Good

The cheapest price that we found for the AGUX90 in the United States is $1,499.95 and in total we found 4 prices for it.

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What is the Best Budget Choice Panasonic Camcorder?

Panasonic HCW580K

$347.99
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Panasonic HCW580K
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Panasonic HCW580K
2.51MP
50x
OPTICAL ZOOM
1"
OPTICAL
FULL
HD
RESOLU-
TION
264g
1.5h
BATTERY LIFE
3,000x
(DIGITAL)
3"
SCREEN SIZE

At only $347.99 and with a Kagoo Score of 77 the Panasonic HCW580K makes a great budget choice.

Features We Love:
Time Lapse
Huge optical zoom (50x)
Has an image stabilizer
Supports HDMI
Huge digital zoom (3,000x)

A good value for money and fully featured 264g, 2.51MP video camera. It has an image stabilizer and a built-in display, supports HDMI and is Full HD.

81
Features
Fully-Featured
72
Popularity
Quite Popular
77
Value for Money
Very Good
77
Kagoo Score
Very Good
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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 Mid-Range Panasonic Camcorder?
What is the Ultimate Panasonic Camcorder?
What is the Best Budget Choice Panasonic Camcorder?

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