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Should You Buy a Panasonic Camcorder?

Matthew
Updated 21 October 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 TVs, digital cameras 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 $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 $1,577.

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%
5,748 reviews
#2
Japan
94%
94%
1,785 reviews
#3
GoPro
89%
89%
3,272 reviews
#4
Japan
88%
88%
160 reviews
#5
Ricoh
82%
82%
439 reviews
#6
Zoom
79%
79%
118 reviews
#7
Vivitar
78%
78%
80 reviews
#8
Nikon
Japan
76%
76%
43 reviews
#9
JVC
Japan
74%
74%
20 reviews
#10
ION
74%
74%
11 reviews
#11
KitVision
73%
73%
97 reviews
#12
Kodak
71%
71%
75 reviews
#13
Polaroid
70%
70%
205 reviews
#14
Xiaomi
68%
68%
98 reviews
#15
South Korea
67%
67%
103 reviews
#16
Garmin
67%
67%
76 reviews
#17
DJI
67%
67%
438 reviews
#18
Veho
65%
65%
413 reviews
#19
Toshiba
Japan
64%
64%
277 reviews
#20
Blackmagic Design
64%
64%
52 reviews
#21
Midland
63%
63%
2 reviews
#22
360fly
62%
62%
67 reviews
#23
Cobra
62%
62%
0 reviews
#24
HP
United States
61%
61%
3 reviews
#25
VTech
61%
61%
0 reviews
#26
Benq
Taiwan
57%
57%
3 reviews
#27
HTC
56%
56%
159 reviews
#28
DataVideo
56%
56%
0 reviews
#29
Motorola
55%
55%
0 reviews
#30
Memorex
55%
55%
0 reviews
#31
Coby
55%
55%
1 review
#32
Olympus
Japan
54%
54%
0 reviews
#33
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 69%.

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
$1,577
$0 $100 $200 $300 $400 $500 $600 $700 $800 $900 $2,899
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 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
84%
8 reviews
80%
6 reviews
73%
5 reviews
81%
4 reviews
parentesis.com logo
71%
14 reviews
68%
10 reviews
70%
1 review
Les Numeriques.com logo
85%
8 reviews
68%
5 reviews
90%
4 reviews
67%
3 reviews
85%
4 reviews
Lydogbilde.no logo
69%
14 reviews
83%
2 reviews
100%
4 reviews
50%
3 reviews
Trusted Reviews logo
83%
4 reviews
84%
9 reviews
77%
3 reviews
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%
1 review
60%
2 reviews
70%
2 reviews
80%
2 reviews
Digital Versus logo
83%
7 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
Techradar logo
85%
2 reviews
70%
1 review
88%
4 reviews
60%
2 reviews
80%
2 reviews
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
73%
3 reviews
75%
1 review
70%
2 reviews
Pocket Lint logo
90%
1 review
80%
1 review
88%
4 reviews
70%
2 reviews
90%
1 review
altomdata.dk logo
83%
4 reviews
85%
2 reviews
60%
1 review
80%
1 review
reviewed.com logo
77%
2 reviews
90%
3 reviews
93%
3 reviews
Chip.de logo
85%
2 reviews
86%
2 reviews
87%
3 reviews
53%
1 review
camcorderinfo.com logo
95%
1 review
87%
5 reviews
90%
2 reviews
digitalfoto.dk logo
85%
2 reviews
85%
3 reviews
85%
2 reviews
T3.com logo
80%
1 review
80%
2 reviews
80%
3 reviews
80%
1 review
Other Expert Sites
71%
94 reviews
69%
60 reviews
76%
65 reviews
72%
54 reviews
77%
38 reviews
69%
16 reviews
Average
81%
196 reviews
79%
150 reviews
84%
111 reviews
72%
74 reviews
70%
57 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 Canon GoPro Cisco Ricoh Panasonic
Trusted Reviews logo
2
5
1
4
Expert Reviews logo
3
2
1
3
reviewed.com logo
2
5
2
camcorderinfo.com logo
1
6
1
Lydogbilde.no logo
3
2
3
Digitaltrends.com logo
2
3
2
altomdata.dk logo
2
2
Pocket Lint logo
1
2
1
Digital Versus logo
3
1
Techradar logo
2
2
Les Numeriques.com logo
3
1
gadgetgear.nl logo
1
2
pcactual.com logo
1
1
1
PC Mag logo
2
1
PhotographyBlog.com logo
1
1
agdlab.pl logo
2
M3.idg.se logo
1
1
stuff.tv logo
1
1
macworld.co.uk logo
1
1
gagadget.com logo
1
1
Other Expert Sites
12
6
12
6
3
1
Total
39
35
27
7
7
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
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 ($228) and the Panasonic HCW580K ($398).

What is the Best High End Panasonic Camcorder?

Panasonic AGUX180

$2,549.00
Adorama
Panasonic AGUX180
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Panasonic AGUX180
9.46MP
20x
OPTICAL ZOOM
2.4kg
1"
OPTICAL
4096 X 2160
PIXELS
RESOLUTION
30x
(DIGITAL)
3.5"
SCREEN SIZE
256GB
MAXIMUM

If you're looking for a high end Panasonic camcorder then the Panasonic AGUX180 takes some beating. It has a Kagoo Score of 71, but is a bit more expensive at $2,549.

Features We Love:
Big total megapixels (9.46MP)
Large optical sensor size (1")
4096 x 2160 pixels resolution
Image stabilizer
Supports HDMI

A good spec but only moderate value for money 20x optical zoom, 2.4kg camcorder, with ok reviews. It has an image stabilizer and a built-in display, supports HDMI and is Full HD. Our review analysis indicates that it has a good zoom.

79
Features
Good Features
61
Value for Money
Good
71
Kagoo Score
Very Good

The cheapest price that we could find for the AGUX180 in the US is $2,549.00 but in total we found only 1 price for it.

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What is the Ultimate Panasonic Camcorder?

Panasonic AGDVX200

$2,849.95
Walmart
Panasonic AGDVX200
Buy Now
Panasonic AGDVX200
15.49MP
13x
OPTICAL ZOOM
4096 X 2160
PIXELS
RESOLUTION
1.33"
OPTICAL
2.7kg
DCI 4K STILL
IMAGE
RESOLUTION
640 X 480
STILL IMAGE
RESOLUTION
640 X 360
STILL IMAGE
RESOLUTION
4.3"
SCREEN SIZE
10x
(DIGITAL)

For those with an unlimited budget then the Panasonic AGDVX200 is the best Panasonic camcorder out there. At $2,849.95 it's not cheap, but is excellent quality and as such we gave it Kagoo Score of 75.

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

A fully featured but only ok value for money 13x optical zoom, 2.7kg video camera, with average 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
66
Value for Money
Good
75
Kagoo Score
Very Good
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The cheapest price that we could find for the AGDVX200 in the US is $2,849.95 and in total we found 3 prices for it.

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What is the Best Budget Choice Panasonic Camcorder?

Panasonic HCV180K

$227.99
Adorama
Panasonic HCV180K
Buy Now
Panasonic HCV180K
2.51MP
50x
OPTICAL ZOOM
FULL
HD
RESOLU-
TION
1"
OPTICAL
211g
1.25h
BATTERY LIFE
4224 X 2376
STILL IMAGE
RESOLUTION
640 X 480
STILL IMAGE
RESOLUTION
2.7"
SCREEN SIZE
500x
(DIGITAL)
1.25h
VIDEO

At only $227.99 and with a Kagoo Score of 80 the Panasonic HCV180K makes a great budget choice.

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

A fully featured and optical zoom 211g, 2.51MP video camera, with a reasonable price. It has an image stabilizer and a built-in display, supports HDMI and is Full HD.

83
Features
Fully-Featured
72
Popularity
Quite Popular
81
Value for Money
Very Good
80
Kagoo Score
Excellent
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The cheapest price that we could find for the HCV180K in the US is $227.99 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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