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Should You Buy a Panasonic Camcorder?

Updated 04 January 2020 by Matthew
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should you buy a Panasonic Camcorder?

Panasonic is well known for its 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 $144 for the HC-W570 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 $3,999 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 $1,159.

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%
1,684 reviews
#2
Japan
95%
95%
5,705 reviews
#3
GoPro
91%
91%
2,471 reviews
#4
Japan
87%
87%
165 reviews
#5
Zoom
83%
83%
117 reviews
#6
Ricoh
82%
82%
439 reviews
#7
Vivitar
78%
78%
80 reviews
#8
JVC
Japan
77%
77%
31 reviews
#9
Nikon
Japan
76%
76%
43 reviews
#10
Blackmagic Design
76%
76%
51 reviews
#11
Garmin
75%
75%
7 reviews
#12
DJI
75%
75%
438 reviews
#13
Polaroid
74%
74%
414 reviews
#14
Kodak
73%
73%
75 reviews
#15
Veho
73%
73%
430 reviews
#16
Toshiba
Japan
72%
72%
321 reviews
#17
South Korea
70%
70%
93 reviews
#18
Cisco
69%
69%
141 reviews
#19
Midland
69%
69%
2 reviews
#20
ION
68%
68%
14 reviews
#21
Xiaomi
66%
66%
98 reviews
#22
360fly
66%
66%
67 reviews
#23
ACTIVEON
66%
66%
6 reviews
#24
HTC
65%
65%
159 reviews
#25
Naxa
62%
62%
0 reviews
#26
HP
United States
61%
61%
6 reviews
#27
VTech
59%
59%
0 reviews
#28
Memorex
54%
54%
0 reviews
#29
Motorola
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.

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
$830
$0 $500 $1,000 $1,500 $2,000 $2,500 $3,000 $3,500 $4,000 $4,500 $6,999
Price Distribution of All Camcorders
No. Of Camcorders
Average Price
$1,159
$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
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 camcorder brands.

Over 91% of expert reviews and 88% of user reviews for Panasonic camcorders are 4 stars or higher. This compares to 84% and 84% 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
80%
6 reviews
73%
5 reviews
81%
4 reviews
Lydogbilde.no logo
69%
14 reviews
83%
2 reviews
100%
6 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
87%
3 reviews
67%
3 reviews
85%
4 reviews
Trusted Reviews logo
83%
4 reviews
84%
9 reviews
80%
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
Digital Versus logo
85%
8 reviews
70%
4 reviews
80%
1 review
90%
2 reviews
PC Mag logo
58%
5 reviews
77%
3 reviews
80%
1 review
60%
2 reviews
70%
2 reviews
80%
2 reviews
stuff.tv logo
100%
4 reviews
100%
3 reviews
95%
4 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
reviewed.com logo
77%
2 reviews
90%
3 reviews
86%
1 review
93%
3 reviews
Pocket Lint logo
90%
1 review
80%
1 review
88%
4 reviews
70%
2 reviews
90%
1 review
camcorderinfo.com logo
95%
1 review
84%
4 reviews
90%
2 reviews
M3.idg.se logo
60%
1 review
80%
1 review
75%
2 reviews
40%
1 review
70%
1 review
80%
1 review
altomdata.dk logo
83%
4 reviews
90%
1 review
60%
1 review
80%
1 review
Chip.de logo
85%
2 reviews
86%
2 reviews
85%
2 reviews
53%
1 review
digitalfoto.dk logo
85%
2 reviews
85%
3 reviews
85%
2 reviews
Other Expert Sites
71%
93 reviews
69%
61 reviews
79%
58 reviews
73%
54 reviews
77%
37 reviews
69%
15 reviews
Average
80%
196 reviews
79%
149 reviews
85%
96 reviews
68%
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 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
Trusted Reviews logo
2
5
4
reviewed.com logo
2
5
1
2
Lydogbilde.no logo
3
2
5
Expert Reviews logo
3
2
1
3
Digitaltrends.com logo
2
3
2
camcorderinfo.com logo
1
5
1
Digital Versus logo
4
1
Pocket Lint logo
1
2
1
Les Numeriques.com logo
3
1
gadgetgear.nl logo
1
2
pcactual.com logo
1
1
1
Techradar logo
1
2
M3.idg.se logo
1
1
1
altomdata.dk logo
2
1
PC Mag logo
2
1
agdlab.pl logo
2
macworld.co.uk logo
1
1
stuff.tv logo
1
1
gagadget.com logo
1
1
vido.com.ua logo
1
1
Other Expert Sites
12
5
11
6
3
1
Total
40
34
26
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
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 ($179), the Panasonic HCW580K ($249) and the Panasonic HCVX870K ($848).

What is the Best High End Panasonic Camcorder?

Panasonic HCX1000

$1,949.48
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Panasonic HCX1000
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Panasonic HCX1000
18.91MP
20x
OPTICAL ZOOM
FULL
HD
RESOLU-
TION
1"
OPTICAL
1.6kg
10x
(DIGITAL)
3.5"
SCREEN SIZE
HD
128GB
MAXIMUM

If you're looking for a high end Panasonic camcorder then the Panasonic HCX1000 takes some beating. It has a Kagoo Score of 75, but is a bit more expensive at $1,949.48.

Features We Love:
Big total megapixels (18.91MP)
Large optical sensor size (1/2.3")
Image stabilizer
Supports HDMI
Large display diagonal (3.5")

An award winning and fully featured 20x optical zoom, 1.6kg video camera. It has an image stabilizer and a built-in display, supports HDMI and is Full HD. Purchasers report that this video camera has good controls, it's well designed but it has a bad screen.

88
Reviews
9 Reviews + 2 Awards
80
Features
Fully-Featured
68
Popularity
A Less Popular Choice
65
Value for Money
Good
75
Kagoo Score
Very Good

Multiple reviews mentioned that Panasonic HCX1000 has good expert reviews but below average user reviews with an average overall rating of 73%.

Expert Reviews Recommended
reviewed.com Editor's Choice
Fotograf tester Panasonic HCX1000
Fotograf tester Panasonic HCX1000
Panasonic HCX1000 Long Term Review w/ Sample 4K Footage
Panasonic HCX1000 Long Term Review w/ Sample 4K Footage

The cheapest price that we could find for the HCX1000 in the US is $1,949.48 but in total we found only 2 prices for it.

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What is the Ultimate Panasonic Camcorder?

Panasonic AGDVX200

$2,299.48
Walmart
Panasonic AGDVX200
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Panasonic AGDVX200
15.49MP
13x
OPTICAL ZOOM
2.7kg
4096 X 2160
PIXELS
RESOLUTION
1.33"
OPTICAL
10x
(DIGITAL)
4.3"
SCREEN SIZE

For those with an unlimited budget then the Panasonic AGDVX200 is the best Panasonic camcorder out there. At $2,299.48 it's not cheap, but is excellent quality and as such we gave it Kagoo Score of 73.

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 average 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
67
Popularity
A Less Popular Choice
62
Value for Money
Good
73
Kagoo Score
Very Good
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The cheapest price that we could find for the AGDVX200 in the US is $2,299.48 and in total we found 3 prices for it.

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What is the Best Budget Choice Panasonic Camcorder?

Panasonic HCVX870K

$847.95
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Panasonic HCVX870K
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Panasonic HCVX870K
18.91MP
20x
OPTICAL ZOOM
353g
4K
RESOLUTION
1"
OPTICAL
0.92h
BATTERY LIFE
4992 X 2808
STILL IMAGE
RESOLUTION
3"
SCREEN SIZE
60x
(DIGITAL)
64GB
MAXIMUM

At only $847.95 and with a Kagoo Score of 75 the Panasonic HCVX870K makes a great budget choice.

Features We Love:
Time Lapse
Big total megapixels (18.91MP)
Large optical sensor size (1/2.3")
Image stabilizer
Night mode

An award winning and fully featured 20x optical zoom, 353g video camera. It has an image stabilizer and a night mode, supports HDMI and is Full HD. Owners report that this video camera has a good zoom, great picture quality and good video quality.

92
Reviews
7 Reviews + 1 Award
80
Features
Fully-Featured
64
Value for Money
Good
75
Kagoo Score
Very Good

Our review analysis indicates that Panasonic HCVX870K has great expert reviews and good user reviews with an average overall rating of 83%.

Trusted Reviews Recommended

The cheapest price that we could find for the HCVX870K in the US is $847.95 but in total we found only 1 price for it.

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Find the best Panasonic camcorder for you by checking our complete list of over 189 camcorders
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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