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Should You Buy a Panasonic Camcorder?

Matthew
Updated 11 September 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 35,000 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 $230 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 $1,690.

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%
7,882 reviews
#2
GoPro
93%
93%
4,307 reviews
#3
Japan
93%
93%
3,379 reviews
#4
Japan
85%
85%
159 reviews
#5
Ricoh
84%
84%
689 reviews
#6
Blackmagic Design
77%
77%
102 reviews
#7
Zoom
76%
76%
124 reviews
#8
Transcend
75%
75%
650 reviews
#9
Vivitar
75%
75%
70 reviews
#10
Nikon
Japan
74%
74%
48 reviews
#11
JVC
Japan
73%
73%
20 reviews
#12
Kodak
72%
72%
90 reviews
#13
Veho
72%
72%
452 reviews
#14
ION
71%
71%
11 reviews
#15
Polaroid
70%
70%
633 reviews
#16
DJI
69%
69%
783 reviews
#17
Narrative
69%
69%
96 reviews
#18
South Korea
68%
68%
103 reviews
#19
Bushnell
67%
67%
146 reviews
#20
Garmin
67%
67%
92 reviews
#21
HTC
65%
65%
323 reviews
#22
Midland
65%
65%
15 reviews
#23
HP
United States
65%
65%
3 reviews
#24
Xiaomi
65%
65%
106 reviews
#25
360fly
64%
64%
73 reviews
#26
Toshiba
Japan
64%
64%
389 reviews
#27
VTech
60%
60%
0 reviews
#28
Cobra
58%
58%
0 reviews
#29
DataVideo
56%
56%
0 reviews
#30
Coby
56%
56%
1 review
#31
Memorex
54%
54%
0 reviews
#32
Motorola
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

Panasonic have better reviews than the typical camcorder brand, with the average rating of a Panasonic camcorder being 70%.

There's a smaller selection of Panasonic camcorders available compared to other camcorder brands, with only 16 Panasonic camcorders currently on the market in the US. Panasonic camcorders also 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 $10,999
Price Distribution of All Camcorders
No. Of Camcorders
Average Price
$1,690
$0 $500 $1,000 $1,500 $2,000 $2,500 $3,000 $3,500 $4,000 $4,500 $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 86% 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
76%
21 reviews
73%
9 reviews
73%
12 reviews
80%
6 reviews
73%
5 reviews
81%
4 reviews
parentesis.com logo
71%
13 reviews
68%
10 reviews
70%
1 review
Trusted Reviews logo
85%
4 reviews
77%
3 reviews
84%
8 reviews
60%
1 review
40%
1 review
85%
6 reviews
Lydogbilde.no logo
74%
11 reviews
78%
7 reviews
83%
2 reviews
50%
3 reviews
tecnozoom.it logo
78%
4 reviews
76%
16 reviews
80%
2 reviews
Les Numeriques.com logo
83%
7 reviews
90%
2 reviews
68%
5 reviews
67%
3 reviews
85%
4 reviews
Expert Reviews logo
87%
6 reviews
100%
1 review
84%
5 reviews
90%
2 reviews
80%
1 review
95%
4 reviews
PC Mag logo
58%
5 reviews
78%
4 reviews
77%
3 reviews
60%
2 reviews
70%
3 reviews
80%
2 reviews
Digital Versus logo
80%
9 reviews
80%
3 reviews
70%
4 reviews
90%
2 reviews
Techradar logo
100%
2 reviews
84%
8 reviews
70%
1 review
60%
2 reviews
80%
2 reviews
stuff.tv logo
100%
4 reviews
96%
5 reviews
100%
3 reviews
80%
1 review
80%
1 review
Digitaltrends.com logo
73%
2 reviews
75%
6 reviews
78%
2 reviews
75%
1 review
70%
2 reviews
macworld.co.uk logo
80%
4 reviews
80%
3 reviews
80%
1 review
70%
2 reviews
reviewed.com logo
72%
3 reviews
72%
2 reviews
88%
2 reviews
93%
3 reviews
computerbild.de logo
78%
2 reviews
81%
6 reviews
64%
1 review
T3.com logo
80%
1 review
84%
5 reviews
80%
2 reviews
80%
1 review
Pocket Lint logo
90%
1 review
83%
3 reviews
80%
1 review
70%
2 reviews
90%
1 review
IT Reviews.com logo
53%
3 reviews
80%
2 reviews
80%
1 review
80%
2 reviews
Chip.de logo
85%
2 reviews
81%
3 reviews
86%
2 reviews
53%
1 review
techadvisor.co.uk logo
80%
2 reviews
83%
4 reviews
90%
1 review
60%
1 review
Other Expert Sites
71%
97 reviews
79%
84 reviews
70%
63 reviews
74%
54 reviews
78%
49 reviews
71%
16 reviews
Average
79%
203 reviews
82%
157 reviews
79%
146 reviews
66%
74 reviews
66%
68 reviews
81%
53 reviews

How Many Industry Awards Have Panasonic Camcorders Received?

After checking thousands of expert review websites we found 20 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 20 awards for its camcorders.

Compare all award winning camcorders

Number of Awards Sony GoPro Canon Cisco Ricoh Panasonic
Trusted Reviews logo
3
1
4
4
reviewed.com logo
3
2
4
2
Expert Reviews logo
3
1
2
1
3
Lydogbilde.no logo
3
3
2
Digitaltrends.com logo
2
4
2
camcorderinfo.com logo
1
5
1
M3.idg.se logo
1
1
1
1
Digital Versus logo
3
1
Les Numeriques.com logo
2
2
PC Mag logo
2
1
pcactual.com logo
1
1
1
Pocket Lint logo
1
1
1
ixbt.com logo
2
1
stuff.tv logo
1
1
PhotographyBlog.com logo
1
1
pctidningen.se logo
2
T3.com logo
2
Techradar logo
2
agdlab.pl logo
2
toptenreviews.com logo
2
Other Expert Sites
16
9
7
6
5
Total
40
31
31
7
8
20

How Reliable Are Panasonic Camcorders?

We checked over 35,000 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 ($230).

What is the Best High End Panasonic Camcorder?

Panasonic AGDVX200

$4,088.99
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Panasonic AGDVX200
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Panasonic AGDVX200
15.49MP
13x
OPTICAL ZOOM
4096 X 2160
PIXELS
RESOLUTION
1.33"
OPTICAL
2.7kg
10x
(DIGITAL)
4.3"
SCREEN SIZE
8.8MP STILL
IMAGE
RESOLUTION
SECURE
DIGITAL (SD
SDXC)
SDHC
MICRO
SD (SD

If you're looking for a high end Panasonic camcorder then the Panasonic AGDVX200 takes some beating. It has a Kagoo Score of 72, but is a bit more expensive at $4,088.99.

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.

80
Features
Fully-Featured
61
Value for Money
Good
72
Kagoo Score
Very Good
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Hitchmount panasonic agdvx200 test 91619

The cheapest price that we could find for the AGDVX200 in the US is $4,088.99 but in total we found only 1 price for it.

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What is the Ultimate Panasonic Camcorder?

Panasonic AJPX270PJ

$3,664.95
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Panasonic AJPX270PJ
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Panasonic AJPX270PJ
2.2MP
22x
OPTICAL ZOOM
2.6kg
FULL
HD
RESOLU-
TION
1"
OPTICAL
10x
(DIGITAL)

For those with an unlimited budget then the Panasonic AJPX270PJ is the best Panasonic camcorder out there. At $3,664.95 it's not cheap, but is excellent quality and as such we gave it Kagoo Score of 71.

Features We Love:
Big optical zoom (22x)
Image stabilizer
Interchangeable lens
Full HD
Built-in microphone

A good spec but only ok value for money 22x optical zoom, 2.6kg camcorder. It has an image stabilizer, an interchangeable lens and a built-in microphone and is Full HD.

79
Features
Good Features
60
Value for Money
Good
71
Kagoo Score
Very Good

The cheapest price that we could find for the AJPX270PJ in the US is $3,664.95 but in total we found only 1 price for it.

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What is the Best Budget Choice Panasonic Camcorder?

Panasonic HCV180K

$229.99
Adorama
Panasonic HCV180K
Buy Now
Panasonic HCV180K
2.51MP
50x
OPTICAL ZOOM
211g
1"
OPTICAL
FULL
HD
RESOLU-
TION
1.5h
BATTERY LIFE
500x
(DIGITAL)
4224 X 2376
STILL IMAGE
RESOLUTION
2.7"
SCREEN SIZE
640 X 480
STILL IMAGE
RESOLUTION
1.25h
VIDEO

At only $229.99 and with a Kagoo Score of 76 the Panasonic HCV180K makes a great budget choice.

Features We Love:
Huge optical zoom (50x)
Image stabilizer
Supports HDMI
Big digital zoom (500x)
3D

A fully featured and optical zoom 211g, 2.51MP video camera, with a low price. It has an image stabilizer and a GPS, supports HDMI and is 3D.

81
Features
Fully-Featured
77
Value for Money
Very Good
76
Kagoo Score
Very Good
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The cheapest price that we could find for the HCV180K in the US is $229.99 but in total we found only 1 price 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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