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Should You Buy a Panasonic Camcorder?

Matthew
Updated 22 April 2020
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should you buy a Panasonic Camcorder?

Panasonic is well known for its digital cameras, TVs, microwaves and bread makers.

We've collated all the key information on Panasonic camcorders in this handy guide. We've analysed over 26,000 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 $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 $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 $1,258.

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%
5,670 reviews
#2
Japan
94%
94%
1,690 reviews
#3
GoPro
92%
92%
2,130 reviews
#4
Japan
89%
89%
164 reviews
#5
Ricoh
79%
79%
439 reviews
#6
Vivitar
79%
79%
80 reviews
#7
Zoom
77%
77%
117 reviews
#8
Blackmagic Design
77%
77%
51 reviews
#9
JVC
Japan
77%
77%
31 reviews
#10
DJI
74%
74%
438 reviews
#11
Nikon
Japan
74%
74%
43 reviews
#12
Polaroid
73%
73%
421 reviews
#13
Kodak
73%
73%
75 reviews
#14
South Korea
70%
70%
93 reviews
#15
GE
United States
69%
69%
108 reviews
#16
Midland
69%
69%
2 reviews
#17
ION
68%
68%
14 reviews
#18
Veho
68%
68%
404 reviews
#19
ACTIVEON
67%
67%
6 reviews
#20
HP
United States
66%
66%
5 reviews
#21
Narrative
66%
66%
48 reviews
#22
HTC
66%
66%
159 reviews
#23
360fly
64%
64%
67 reviews
#24
Xiaomi
63%
63%
98 reviews
#25
Toshiba
Japan
63%
63%
321 reviews
#26
Naxa
59%
59%
0 reviews
#27
VTech
59%
59%
0 reviews
#28
Memorex
55%
55%
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%.

Panasonic have a number of great features including Time Lapse which sets them apart from the competition.

However Panasonic camcorders tend to be more expensive than most other camcorder brands making them a less popular choice with consumers.

No. Of Camcorders
Average Price
$888
$0 $500 $1,000 $1,500 $2,000 $2,500 $3,000 $3,500 $4,000 $4,500 $19,999
Price Distribution of All Camcorders
No. Of Camcorders
Average Price
$1,258
$0 $500 $1,000 $1,500 $2,000 $2,500 $3,000 $3,500 $4,000 $4,500 $5,999
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
1
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 87% of user reviews for Panasonic camcorders are 4 stars or higher. This compares to 83% 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
85%
4 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
97%
5 reviews
50%
3 reviews
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
75%
2 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
85%
8 reviews
70%
4 reviews
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
73%
3 reviews
75%
1 review
70%
2 reviews
Techradar logo
85%
2 reviews
70%
1 review
87%
3 reviews
60%
2 reviews
80%
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
webnews.it logo
86%
4 reviews
74%
1 review
77%
1 review
83%
2 reviews
camcorderinfo.com logo
95%
1 review
84%
4 reviews
90%
2 reviews
Chip.de logo
85%
2 reviews
86%
2 reviews
93%
2 reviews
53%
1 review
digitalfoto.dk logo
85%
2 reviews
85%
3 reviews
85%
2 reviews
Other Expert Sites
71%
88 reviews
69%
61 reviews
80%
58 reviews
72%
55 reviews
77%
38 reviews
68%
14 reviews
Average
81%
194 reviews
79%
149 reviews
85%
94 reviews
71%
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
4
Lydogbilde.no logo
3
2
4
Expert Reviews logo
3
2
1
3
reviewed.com logo
2
5
2
Digitaltrends.com logo
2
3
2
camcorderinfo.com logo
1
5
1
Digital Versus logo
4
1
altomdata.dk logo
2
2
Pocket Lint logo
1
2
1
Les Numeriques.com logo
3
1
gadgetgear.nl logo
1
2
Techradar logo
1
2
pcactual.com logo
1
1
1
PC Mag logo
2
1
stuff.tv logo
1
1
agdlab.pl logo
2
M3.idg.se logo
1
1
macworld.co.uk logo
1
1
gagadget.com logo
1
1
vido.com.ua logo
1
1
Other Expert Sites
12
5
10
6
3
1
Total
40
34
23
7
7
19

How Reliable Are Panasonic Camcorders?

We checked over 26,000 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 HCVX870K ($848) and the Panasonic HC-VX1 ($0).

What is the Best Mid-Range Panasonic Camcorder?

Panasonic HCVX870K

$847.95
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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

A great mid range choice, priced at $847.95 is the Panasonic HCVX870K, which has a Kagoo Score of 76.

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 camcorder. It has an image stabilizer and a night mode, supports HDMI and is Full HD. Multiple reviews mentioned that this camcorder has a good zoom, great picture quality and good video quality.

93
Reviews
7 Reviews + 1 Award
81
Features
Fully-Featured
67
Value for Money
Good
76
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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What is the Best High End Panasonic Camcorder?

Panasonic AGUX90

$1,552.22
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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

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 $1,552.22.

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 moderate 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 $1,552.22 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
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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 $2,749.99 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 ok value for money 13x optical zoom, 2.7kg camcorder, with average reviews. It has an image stabilizer and a built-in display, supports HDMI and is Full HD.

81
Features
Fully-Featured
72
Popularity
Quite Popular
64
Value for Money
Good
74
Kagoo Score
Very Good
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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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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 Best High End Panasonic Camcorder?
What is the Ultimate Panasonic Camcorder?

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