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Rating 4.5 out of 5 stars with 199 reviews

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  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Definite best value in a budget 4K camcorder

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    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
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Panasonic 4k with wi-fi

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    Owned for 3 weeks when reviewed.

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    This camcorder is easy to use. It has sharp crisp colors, with some unique features that stands out. Like NFC for easy phone connections, Wi-Fi screen in screen and more. Absolutely love it and recommend it.

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    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    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
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Great for 4K TV

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    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
  • Rating 4 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Good quality camcorder

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    Value
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    Ease of Use
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    Pros mentioned:
    4k, Picture quality, Price
    Cons mentioned:
    Battery

    I got this back in camcorder to replace a sony that couldn't keep a clear picture. I have two kids that play lots of soccer. This is my workhorse i use to record all their games with. It's great because i can stream a video feed to a phone or tablet using image app. So i have this on a pole and stream it to a samsung tablet that i use to ensure I have the action in view. It has worked great for the almost 3 years i have had it. It works well. It has its quirks, though. It's almost impossible to find any firmware updates if there are any. Ustream through the Lumix club has not worked since IBM bought them years ago. So if your wanting to stream, expect to purchase an elgato capture card. As of right now though, the image quality is still exceptional after probably recording somewhere around 125 games and every christmas and it functions well still. One thing i did have to do was to purchase an oversized battery for it on amazon. The stock battery will not record an entire hour and 10 minute game. This is a great 4k camera though. It has way outlasted my last sony. I paid $699 in Nov 2017 and I feel like I have gotten my money's worth easily out of this camera. I can atest though, if your using this to record sports, this camera is great. I have never had it lose focus during filming. Good value, great picture. It has gotten lots of highlights.

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    I would recommend this to a friend
    • Brand response from Panasonic Team
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      Thank you for sharing your experience and kind words with Panasonic. Enjoy! Panasonic

  • Rating 4 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Great for live-streaming.

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    Owned for 1 week when reviewed.

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    4 out of 5
     
     
     
     
     
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    Ease of Use
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    We bought this camcorder to improve the quality of our Church livestream. So far it has performed quite well. Image quality is very good, even in a somewhat poorly lit auditorium, and the optical zoom is tremendous. We’re excited to try out more of the built in features as time goes on. The only complaint I have is that we had to search YouTube to remove the date from the HDMI output, which can be done but isn’t exactly transparent through the menu system.

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    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Great household video recorder at this price point

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    Owned for 1 month when reviewed.

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    5 out of 5
     
     
     
     
     
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    Ease of Use
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    Fantastic video camcorder. I bought this for my wedding and I ended up using it for a ton of events leading up to the wedding as well as on my special day. It works really well, the quality is amazing for a household video recorder. I bought this with a Manfrotto tripod. Would recommend.

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    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    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
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Panasonic - HC-VX870K 4K Ultra HD Camcorder

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    Owned for 3 weeks when reviewed.

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    Ease of Use
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    This camcorder is powerful. It has exceeded all my expectations. I am pleased with its size and weight, making it easy to handle both on and off the tripod.

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    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Excellent Camera

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    Owned for 1 month when reviewed.

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    Ease of Use
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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

  • Rating 4 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    It works well for our use

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    We purchased this camera to function as a second camera for an online livestream. We are not using the vast majority of it's capabilities, but for what we *are* using it for, it is doing very well. As a matter of fact, my initial statement was "I'm impressed with this little guy!" I would like to get the image matched better to our camera 1 (a professional unit) and that is going to require me to dig deeper into the manual settings; something I haven't had time to do. So... as a livestream camera simply providing an image - it's great!

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    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Recording my every mode for safety

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    Owned for less than 1 week when reviewed.

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    This is an awesome camera! It's everything I needed and more. The clarity is great! It's very easy to operate.

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    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Great Product

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    Owned for 1 month when reviewed.

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    Great product I use it to record and take pictures at sporting events.

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    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    My camera rocks

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    Owned for 5 months when reviewed.

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    5 out of 5
     
     
     
     
     
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    Ease of Use
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    Who said recording cameras are for old people! I got my daughters baptism 4k! Priceless

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    I would recommend this to a friend
    • Brand response from Panasonic Team
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      Thank you for your 5-star rating! We are happy to hear you are pleased with the product. Panasonic

  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Love it

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    Owned for 1 month when reviewed.

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    I use this camera every week for youth group. It works great

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    I would recommend this to a friend
    • Brand response from Panasonic Team
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      Thank you for the wonderful review and for taking the time to share your feedback with us. Our priority is customer service and we are ecstatic that we met that mark! Panasonic

  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Great camcorder!

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    Owned for 3 weeks when reviewed.

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    Great item and quality. Love this camcorder! Would highly recommend this to others.

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    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Grat Camcorder

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    Owned for 7 months when reviewed.

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    Starting to like Panasonic EZ to use Can charge via USB

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    I would recommend this to a friend
    • Brand response from Panasonic Team
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      Thank you for your 5-star rating! We are happy to hear you are pleased with the product. Panasonic

  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Best Camcorder I’ve owned so far

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    Owned for more than 2 years when reviewed.

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    5 out of 5
     
     
     
     
     
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    5 out of 5
     
     
     
     
     
    Ease of Use
    5 out of 5
     
     
     
     
     

    This camcorder really delivers for the value spent. While other cams are out there they either lack some features or are too expensive. Best thing with this camcorder was the manufacturer’s included 3yr warranty 100% free included with the purchase. Panasonic really came through with this camera.

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    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 4 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Beautiful camera!

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    Owned for 1 month when reviewed.

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    5 out of 5
     
     
     
     
     
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    Ease of Use
    4 out of 5
     
     
     
     
     

    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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    4 out of 5
     
     
     
     
     
    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    M both from different locations

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    Owned for 9 months when reviewed.

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    5 out of 5
     
     
     
     
     
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    5 out of 5
     
     
     
     
     
    Ease of Use
    5 out of 5
     
     
     
     
     

    This camcorder is so great that I purchased 2 of them so I can control the

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    I would recommend this to a friend
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