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Rating 4.6 out of 5 stars with 115 reviews

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  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Definite best value in a budget 4K camcorder

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    Posted .
    Pros mentioned:
    4k, Picture quality, Video quality
    Cons mentioned:
    Buttons

    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
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    GREAT quality!! 4K

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    Pros: *Great 4K quality *Great in low light conditions *Ext mic input *Light Build in *Acceptable 4K photo quality Cons: *Nothing

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Great for 4K TV

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    Posted .
    Pros mentioned:
    4k, Ease of use

    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
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Great camera for live-streaming in 4k

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    Owned for 1 month when reviewed.

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    Have been using this camera for live-streaming our services. It connects seamlessly with our software. The quality of the images has wonderful detail.

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    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent Camera

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    Owned for 1 month when reviewed.

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    I use this camera in various conditions of weather. The best feature in the audio department; it actually has a great wind guard protection for the outside elements. It does not get rid of all wind noise, but it certainly decreases it dramatically! The video capture is great, especially when leaving a lit area and into a darker area; the automatic light comes on and does an excellent job of capturing images. Great camera for a beginner.

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    I would recommend this to a friend
    • Brand response from Panasonic Team
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      Dear customer, thank you for your kind words. Enjoy the camera and thank you for choosing Panasonic! Panasonic

  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Very good camcorder

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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
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Crisp image quality

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    Owned for 3 weeks when reviewed.

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    We use this for live streaming via the HDMI out to a Elgato capture card. Camera has a great high bitrate output.

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    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent camera

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    Owned for 3 weeks when reviewed.

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    Recent corona virus problems caused me to need one so after great study settled on this model for use and value. Its been great

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    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    Beautiful camera!

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    Owned for 1 month when reviewed.

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    I am using this camera in elementary classrooms, and so far, so good. I would give it 5 stars if the cold shoe was built into the camera. It is an addition that plugs into the camera. But I appreciate that capacity, and the input for an external microphone (I have a Rode mic). Overall, a very nice camcorder.

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    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    Works great

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    Owned for 3 months when reviewed.

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    Works great. A great camera for the money. I would recommend it

    Features

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    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    Great purchase, would recommend.

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    Owned for 1 month when reviewed.

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    Bought this to make an amateur music video. It worked great. Very professional quality. Filmed an action scene and it was very steady. Love it.

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    I would recommend this to a friend
    • Brand response from Panasonic Team
      Posted .

      Thank you for your purchase of the HCVX870K. Panasonic

  • Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    over all good

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    Owned for 3 weeks when reviewed.

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    over all good so far I am so far happy I just said that all my review points so far

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    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Great light camera

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    Owned for 3 months when reviewed.

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    Great quality. Easily hooks to my TV for viewing. We use it to record our kids sports.

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    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    so far great

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    Owned for 3 weeks when reviewed.

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    This is one of the best camcorders if you are a person that film in dark areas. Hopefully this would lead the way for other brands to make at least one of they're cameras with a light assist.

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    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Great camera!

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    We record our church services weekly then broadcast the services on public broadcasting stations. Perfect addition.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 1 out of 5 stars

    Don't waste your money

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    I specialize in photography and was recently asked to cover some equine events that require video entries. So my photographer title temporarily switched to videographer. I had purchased this camera in hopes that it would produce great quality video that would make my clients stand out. Unfortunately the shipping was the biggest issue. The store I ordered the camera from was a mere 30miles away, but it still did not arrive on time. I ended up purchasing the $200 panasonic camcorder to get me through the event since the 4k one had not arrived. I was eventually able to compare the 2 cameras. The picture quality was grainy and absolutely terrible. The cheap version was better quality. Ended up returning it , definitely over paid for worse than cell phone quality video.

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    No, I would not recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 3 out of 5 stars

    This is a OK product.

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    Owned for 3 weeks when reviewed.

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    Missing essential features such as a remote start/stop recording. App which can remotely run the camcorder is outdated.

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    3 out of 5
     
     
     
     
     
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    No, I would not recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Best camera Ive ever used as a private detective

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    Posted .

    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
  • Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    Good camcorder

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    Posted .

    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
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Works Great

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    Posted .
    Owned for 2 weeks when reviewed.

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    5 out of 5
     
     
     
     
     
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    4 out of 5
     
     
     
     
     
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    Use this to film my sons hockey games. Battery last the entire game.

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    I would recommend this to a friend
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