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Panasonic - HC-VX870K 4K Ultra HD Flash Memory Camcorder - Black

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Preserve important moments with this Panasonic HC-VX870K camcorder, which features a BSI MOS sensor that captures stunning footage with up to 4K Ultra HD (3840 x 2160) resolution and clear stereo sound. Hybrid image stabilization ensures smooth videos.

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    What's Included


    • 3.6V battery (1940 mAh)
    • AC adapter, DC cable, micro HDMI cable, USB cable
    • HC-VX870K 4K Ultra HD Flash Memory Camcorder
    • HD Writer AE 5.2 software download
    • Owner's manual
    • Shoe adapter, lens hood

    Ratings & Reviews


    Overall Customer Rating:
    97% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (51 out of 53)

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    Features


    20x optical/60x digital zoom

    Plus up to 25x Intelligent Zoom for 4K Ultra HD resolution and up to 40x Intelligent Zoom for Full HD resolution brings distant objects and subjects into clear view.

    4K Ultra HD recording

    With a 30p frame rate offers lifelike detail and breathtaking images.

    3" LCD touch screen

    With 460,800 dots resolution enables simple navigation of features and provides crisp visuals.

    1/2.3" BSI MOS sensor

    With 18.91 total megapixels and 8.29 effective megapixels captures stunning videos in up to 4K Ultra HD (3840 x 2160) and 1080p high-definition (1920 x 1080) resolutions.

    4.08-81.6mm Leica Dicomar lens

    Enables you to capture high-quality videos and images.

    Hybrid O.I.S. (optical image stabilization)

    With active mode, O.I.S. lock and level shot function minimizes the effects of camera shake and vibration to produce crisp, smooth footage.

    Low-light and night-vision recording

    Delivers sharp picture quality in dim lighting. Full high-definition slow-motion recording, allows you to capture smooth video with a brilliant picture.

    Digital still photo mode

    Captures stunning 4K images with up to 6784 x 3816 pixels resolution. HDR capability enables you to shoot gorgeous photos with breathtaking contrast and definition.

    Stereo microphone

    Records clear 2.0- or 5.1-channel Dolby Digital surround sound and features zoom and focus options to accommodate your needs. Dynamic speaker produces quality audio.

    Memory card slot

    Lets you store videos and photos on an SD, SDHC or SDXC card (not included).

    Rechargeable battery pack

    Provides up to 55 minutes of recording time on a full charge.

    USB 2.0 interface

    For easy image transfer. Micro HDMI output lets you view movie clips and photos on a compatible HDTV.

    Wireless twin camera

    Allows flexible shooting options.


    Customer rating

    Rating 4.6 out of 5 stars with 53 reviews

    96%
    would recommend to a friend

    Expert rating

    Rating 4.5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Definite best value in a budget 4K camcorder

      Posted
      nctritech
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

      I am a photographer and videographer with a lot of cameras in my collection. I have a Panasonic G7 (larger sensor, 4K capable, but not a camcorder) which I can directly compare this to. Despite the video produced by the G7 being objectively better, this camcorder has become my go-to video device for some purposes. A video-capable DSLR is generally better in a controlled environment because it has a bigger sensor and a higher video bitrate, but a DSLR will never be a camcorder. When you walk out your front door and want to record something spontaneously, your DSLR's automatic performance will be worse and the way you hold it for video and use the zoom capability will be quite uncomfortable. If you're choosing between a 4K DSLR and this camcorder for video production, you can't go wrong with this camcorder. There are benefits to a smaller sensor and this capitalizes on those, particularly the longer zoom ranges. I have shot "close" videos of helicopters flying over me that I could never do with the best DSLR and telephoto lens (480mm @ 35mm equivalent) I own. Auto-focus is very fast. There is no visible purple fringing even at maximum zoom. The manual mode requires that you choose shutter speed before you choose iris and gain, however this is in stark contrast to even the double-price Sony FDR-AX100 I was desperate to buy a few months ago, a camcorder which has a bigger sensor yet only allows ONE THING to be manual at a time; if you set Sony 4K camcorders to manual shutter and then set a manual ANYTHING ELSE, they'll kick the iris back to automatic! Contrast this to the Panasonic which allows full manual settings and the Sony camcorders look crippled by comparison. Image quality in daylight is equal to my G7; in darker settings the limitations of a 1/2.3" BSI sensor become apparent and noise reduction smoothing kicks in hard, but it is still reasonable. With adequate lighting most of the NR smoothing goes away and the image looks great. Highlight roll-off is superior to Sony camcorders which have banding problems. 120fps slow-motion support is GREAT to have around. Overall, this camcorder is a great purchase. Despite having Canon and Panasonic DSLRs with nice lenses that cost a lot more, this camcorder is competitive with them and sometimes makes me wonder why I blew all that money on the other systems. I know that my other cameras have better low-light performance due to larger sensors and huge-aperture prime lenses, but when you need any sort of image automation they start to look sub-par in comparison to any camcorder...especially this one. If you are going to do a lot of video with automatic settings (not in a fully controlled environment) and you have little interest in still photography, I'd recommend this over the G7 w/14-42mm kit lens. If you're looking for maximum image quality and good low-light performance and vastly superior fully manual controls, the G7 is a clear winner. Each has its purpose and this fills its purpose well. The only con I can think of is that the "photo" button is poorly located and when I go for the zoom control I sometimes hit the photo button. One final note: the photos attached are still frames from 4K videos taken with this camera. The "photo" mode is pretty terrible though; don't expect that the photo button will produce anything good at all. This is not a photo camera.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Great for 4K TV

      Posted
      Keith100
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      I hadn't used a camcorder for several years as I've been using my iPhone. However, I missed having a decent zoom lens and wanted better quality to capture vacations and family events. I recently bought a 4K TV and decided it was time to buy a suitable camcorder. I looked online for awhile at different makes but kept coming back to this model from Panasonic. I bought it and have been using it for about two weeks and so far I really like it. The playback on the 4K TV looks awesome! Super sharp and great colors. There are lots of features with the unit for 1080 video but many of these are not available when 4K recoding is selected. This doesn't bother me as I really wanted a simple camcorder that my wife could use too. Keeping the unit in standby is great since as soon as you open the viewing screen the camera is ready to use. The zoom lens is very good and with the automatic stability feature you don't get a shaky image when at 25x optical magnification. I also like that playback is organized by the scene so you can quickly review what you just taped or completely delete a scene later (something you couldn't do with older tape units). It is also convenient that my TV's remote control will operate the camera in playback since a separate remote is not included. It has the ability to use your cellphone as a secondary camera and superimpose that video in the corner of the main video image (i.e., focus on someone's facial expressions while capturing the event they are watching). A shoulder strap is not included so I plan on getting one as I don't want to lug around a big camera bag or hold the unit in my hand all the time. The unit is very light, so I could carry it, and it fits well in my hand but again I'll buy a simple strap. I have a 64 GB card in it now and will eventually transfer the video to my external hard drive but haven't tried that yet. One minor item to note is the paper manual it comes with is truncated and only gives the basic information so you have to go online to get the full manual. Again, not a big issue for me as I downloaded it to my cellphone and can now refer to it anytime. So far the battery life is good (90 min on 4K) even when using the zoom lens. The camera does take still pictures at different resolutions with one at over 25 MB per image but I haven't done much with that yet. To date, I am very satisfied with the unit and look forward to exploring and using some of the other features it offers.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Much better than entry level camcorders

      Posted
      Andrew2

      I checked out a couple entry level camcorders before purchasing the Panasonic HC-VX870K and was not impressed. I was using a borrowed Panasonic HDC-TM90 that I was somewhat satisfied with and then initially bought the Panasonic HC-V270. Everything about the HC-V270 sucked. It was too small for my hand, had a manual lens cover, and video quality was terrible. The entry level camcorders on the market today are just plain cheap and stripped of most features, making a cell phone a better choice. I still wanted a traditional camcorder to capture some family videos and am very happy with the features of the HC-VX870K. I especially like the fact that the colors are much more vibrant than other camcorders I tested and there is a light that automatically comes on in low light conditions. I wish I did not have to spend so much money to get a decent camcorder, but the quality is worth the extra money to get better video than the $199 camcorders. I just hope I get enough use out of it in the next 5 years to justify the purchase. If you buy this camcorder, just be aware that the video sizes are very large when you shoot in higher quality. Even if you use a lower quality setting, the video is still better than the cheaper camcorders.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      DOPE CAMERA, A GREAT BUY

      Posted
      UrbanTechReviews

      I ABSOLUTELY LOVE THIS CAMERA, I AM EXTREMELY HAPPY THAT I BOUGHT THIS PRODUCT. I AM A YOUTUBE TECH REVIEWER, SO I DO TECH REVIEWS OF PRODUCTS LIKE THIS QUITE FREQUENTLY. THE ONLY THING THAT I AM NOT 100% SOLD ON WITH THIS CAMCORDER IS THE REMOVABLE HOT SHOE MOUNT OR COLD SHOE MOUNT DEPENDING ON WHO YOU ARE TALKING TO. IT'S A NICE FEATURE BUT I AM JUST NOT SOLD ON IT. THE TOUCH SCREEN CAN BE A LITTLE TRICKY TOO, YOU HAVE TO GIVE IT A NICE FIRM TOUCH MOST TIMES IN ORDER FOR IT TO REGISTER YOUR TOUCH. THE BUILD QUALITY IS GREAT, THE SOUND QUALITY IS EXCELLENT ALSO. THE VIDEO QUALITY IS RIDICULOUS, 4K LOOKS LIKE MOVIE THEATRE QUALITY. I USE THIS CAMCORDER TO RECORD ALL OF MY YOUTUBE REVIEWS AND IT JUST DOES NOT DISAPPOINT. NIGHT VISION MODE IS AWESOME AS WELL, I DON'T USE THAT MODE TO OFTEN BUT I DID TRY IT OUT AND IT LOOKS STUNNING. MANY RECORDING OPTIONS & LITTLE FEATURES IN THIS CAMCORDER JUST MAKE THIS CAM STICK OUT. THE LIGHT THAT YOU CAN USE DURING RECORDING ISN'T THAT GREAT, IT'S NOT GONNA BRIGHTEN UP ACROSS THE ROOM BUT YOU COULD GET 2 TO 3 FT. IN FRONT OF YOU. THE MENU IS EASY TO NAVIGATE THROUGH MINUS THE TOUCH SCREEN NOT BEING SENSITIVE ENOUGH. IT WOULD HAVE BEEN BETTER TO HAVE AN OPTION TO INCREASE & DECREASE THE SCREEN SENSITIVITY.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Very Satisfied Purchase Panasonic HC-VX870K

      Posted
      susie
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      I bought this camcorder especially for my Granddaughter's wedding, and it performed well. I am also a real estate agent, and this will be a good addition to my work cameras, as it takes very good still pictures as well as video. It is light weight and easy to hold. Unlike my other cameras and note 4 phone, I have no problem seeing the screen in daylight. This was a big issue with me when taking outdoor pictures of homes with my other devices, because I could not see the screen and had to guess. I first thought the speaker didn't work well, but when I connected to computer and tv, the sound was fine. Nice additions would be a view finder and louder on board speaker. But these would cost more, and I got a very good deal ordering open box on Best Buy. Shipment was fast, and I received lower price match when they lowered the open box price. 12 months interest free. Thank you Best Buy.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Great Camera for a beginner

      Posted
      Doctor
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      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      This camera does everything well. Movies and stills both produce very good pictures. The camera also lets you take still pics while recording video. Its size makes it convenient to use but battery life is average. A second battery is highly recommended. A separate battery charger is not part of the package. The camera doubles as the charger when not in use. This might become inconvenient. For the price point, this is a very satisfying unit. The software and apps that support it are downloaded from the Internet, and perform as advertised.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Very good camcorder

      Posted
      AsianOcean
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

      I wanted to use a camcorder with remote control app so that I can control the exposure and the Panasonic HC-VX870 does the job. I previously tried the Sony AX53 and it defaults to full auto while in remote mode and messes up the video including the white balance switching to auto. The VX870 retains all my settings. Very useful. I had ignored Panasonic since a few bad experiences decades ago and has been a Sony user ever since. Now I am discovering Panny again :)

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Underrated camcorder!

      Posted
      Moviebluedog
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

      I tried the Sony a6300 for 4K video. I tried a Canon HD "prosumer" camera for the heck of it. Luckily I stumbled across this little wonder. The Panasonic has stunning 4K video quality. I read a professional review of the camera and they were lukewarm. I find the Panasonic has nearly identical video quality to my old GH-4. This camcorder has far less "jello" effect when panning. Except for lowlight situations, the Panasonic really excels. A winner!

      I would recommend this to a friend

    What experts are saying

    Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

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    The analysis of all aggregated expert reviews shows that the reviewers are positive about connectivity, color, reliability and image quality. Editors are less positive about viewfinder and size. Using an algorithm based on product age, reviewers ratings history, popularity, product category expertise and other factors, this product gets an alaTest Expert Rating of 88/100 = Very good quality.
    • Trusted Reviews (UK)Rating, 4.5 out of 5James Morris on May 6, 2015
      Panasonic HC-VX870
      The HC-VX870 is the second model down in Panasonic's new 4K camcorder range after the HC-WX970 that we reviewed recently. It's a very similar specification, but misses one key feature – a second 'selfie' camera. This brings the price down by £250,Full Review



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