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

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Rating 4.6 out of 5 stars with 68 reviews

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Definite best value in a budget 4K camcorder

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    nctritech
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    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
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    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

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    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
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    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 - Needs Lots of Light

    Posted
    GreggB
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    I bought this camera to do field interviews and like the size and weight quite a bit. The video quality (4k or standard HD) is superb, but not good enough for my purposes. The image is very grainy once you boost the gain beyond 9ev and the dynamic range is fairly low in high constrast situations. I wanted to love and keep this camera - it has an amazing "all auto" mode, easy-to-access manual controls, a high data rate, and images look nice with good light - but the limitations forced me to use my DSLR to shoot any indoor or mixed lighting interviews. In the end, I returned this camera. For the right person in good light it is a stellar and compact performer.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Very good camcorder

    Posted
    AsianOcean
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    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: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great Camera for a beginner

    Posted
    Doctor
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    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

    Underrated camcorder!

    Posted
    Moviebluedog
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    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

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Decent camera

    Posted
    Lawwell
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    I was surprised with the quality, 20x zoom, 4K photo and overall quality but poor design. Zoom button is in a terrible spot, the hot shoe is probably the most inconvenient thing I've ever seen and also there is no outlet or plug in for a remote to control zoom, focus, and record on/off. They can improve but for beginners this would be a good 4K camera. I'm just used to much larger proline cameras

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    My New Favorite Toy

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    TheMusicGuys
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    I have had this camcorder for about three weeks now and am still learning more about it every day. I had no idea that it would take 360 degrees pictures until yesterday. Lightweight and small enough to fit into a purse. Stunning video in 4K. Absolutely love it!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good camcorder

    Posted
    Marge
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    I bought this to replace my Sony DVD camcorder. I couldn’t find any other DVD camcorders which would have been my first choice. However this camcorder can connect to my computer and creating a DVD from the computer works great. I can play the DVDs on my DVD player with no issues.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great camera

    Posted
    spadeano
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    I own an SD Sony VX Triple CCD camera (prosumer) and bought this camera as firewire connections to new MacBook Pro laptops are none to be found and I had an urgent need. The quality of the video is excellent and the camera was super easy to use. I would recommend it to anyone looking for a good quality camera at a reasonable price.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    BEST VALUE 4K CAMCORDER

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    Rockstar
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    Excellent 4K quality, small size, very friendly menu, and all features of the iA (intelligent auto mode) will make you to really setup and start using it in less than a minute. I recommend to purchase an extra battery (higher capacity)

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great quality for the price

    Posted
    Surfer
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    Bought this camera to shoot surfing and skateboarding from a distance and it does the trick. The 4K even at only 30fps looks far better on my 1080p tv than my older 1080p cam at 60fps. Grabbing still frames are less blurry.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Panasonic Camcorder with memory card

    Posted
    nwine
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    Never going back to old camcorder tape system, especially after our Canon camcorder died again. Really liking this model of the Panasonic. It has a clear picture, good sound, and is easy to use. Has many more features still learning how to use!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    INCREDIBLE CAMERA, GREAT PRICE!

    Posted
    okhmylev
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    You can't beat this pricing for a high definition, 4K camera. The ease of use is incredible and the quality of the image and sound can't be beat for this price! This camera could cost $1500 easily! I love how small it is too for traveling purposes.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great picture quality

    Posted
    Jim2020
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    This is my first experience using a UHD video camera and I was very impressed with the quality of the video as well as the sound recording. Needed a camera to tape my daughter's recital and I am very please with how it turned out.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Wedding video

    Posted
    Blob
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    The Panasonic Camcorder was a great Best Buy purchase prior to my Daughter's wedding. It was easy to use and performed beautifully. I then gave it to her so she could film my newborn granddaughter in action.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Best camera Ive ever used as a private detective

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    sfromd
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    Great camera, works in low light and even no light, fast focus, great night shots and low light conditions. Takes still photos while shooting video. SD card easily slips out of camera and into my Mac computer. Shoots in 4K. I have zero complaints.

    I would recommend this to a friend