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Panasonic HC-VX870

alaTest has collected and analyzed 142 reviews of Panasonic HC-VX870. The average rating for this product is 4.2/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. Reviewers really like the zoom and portability. The image quality and price are also mentioned favorably, but some have doubts about the design and viewfinder.

usability, price, image quality, portability, zoom

battery, size, viewfinder, design

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Panasonic HC-VX870 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 91/100 = Excellent quality.

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Consumer review by: (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for Panasonic HC-VX870

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 20 user reviews of Panasonic HC-VX870 from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 4.5/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.co.uk. Reviews about the battery and zoom are generally positive. The image quality and portability also get good comments, whereas some have doubts about the size. Opinions are divided on the usability.

price, portability, image quality, zoom, battery

size

95% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Panasonic HC-VX870EB-K 4K 30p/25p Camcorder with Wireless Twin CameraPanasonic HC-VX870EB-K 4K 30p/25p Camcorder with Wireless Twin Camera

Nov, 2017

Consumer review by: (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Panasonic HC-VX870

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 27 user reviews of Panasonic HC-VX870 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 3.7/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.com. Views about the zoom and image quality are overall positive. The portability and usability are also mentioned favorably, but some have doubts about the viewfinder and size.

price, usability, portability, image quality, zoom

size, viewfinder

67% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Panasonic HC-VX870 4K Ultra HD Camcorder with Wireless Smartphone Twin Video CapturePanasonic HC-VX870 4K Ultra HD Camcorder with Wireless Smartphone Twin Video Capture

Nov, 2017

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Expert review by: James Morris (trustedreviews.com)

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,...

4K camcorder shooting for under £700 ; Comprehensive manual settings with control dial ; WiFi connectivity

No lens ring, just a lens dial ; Small sensor compared to a DSLR

The Panasonic HC-VX870 brings mainstream camcorder 4K shooting to a new affordable sub-£700 level.

May, 2015

Expert review by: Rahul Sethi (techmagnifier.com)

Panasonic HC-VX870 4K Camcorder Review – Clear and Casual

 

Panasonic HC – VX870 is a light 4k camcorder, sporting 20X optical zoom and 1500x digital zoom; quite respectable AF speed for size…but manual focus is tough

Affordable 4K ; Responsive focus ; Lightweight ; Wireless pairing with smartphones/cameras

Focus dial difficult to use ; Unfriendly Power button placement

Panasonic HC – VX870 is a light and portable 4k camcorder. It is able to record videos with great clarity in the 4K resolution, particularly performing well in the low light conditions. The hybrid O.I.S compensates for small hand movements when...

Jul, 2015

Consumer review by: Andrew2 (bestbuy.com)

Much better than entry level camcorders

 

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...

Jan, 2016

Consumer review by: hainguyen2014 (bestbuy.com)

So far it works ok

 

Buying the battery with a higher capacity seems to be hard to do it? Can you give a suggestion? So far it works ok, however when i records something in the house with fluorescent light the movie seems so bad not good

Jan, 2016

Consumer review by: BigAusieTaz (bestbuy.com)

Excellent cam!

 

Easy to use, excellent video quality for outdoor and indoor shooting.

Nov, 2015

Consumer review by: Waco (bestbuy.com)

Love this video camera so far!

 

I use this video camera to film outdoors, and it has worked great so far...even at night.

Nov, 2015

Consumer review by: Hunter (bestbuy.com)

Bought to film hunt

 

Took a little time figuring out what it would do. As soon as I figured it out WOW love it can't wait to edit the 6 hours I filmed

Oct, 2015

Consumer review by: Steve (bestbuy.com)

4K for real

 

Very good lenses, fast focus and smooth 4k results . Best ever the fact that file is made under MPEG format so export is super easy

Aug, 2015

Consumer review by: Coach (bestbuy.com)

Great for sports

 

I use this camera to record my kids games. Easy to use and great zoom. I like how it organizes the pics and videos separately.

Jul, 2015

Consumer review by: Surfer (bestbuy.com)

Great quality for the price

 

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.

Jul, 2015

Product Specifications

Audio

Audio formats supported:AAC
Audio system:Dolby Digital 2.0/5.1

Battery

Battery Capacity:1940
Battery performance:1940
Battery Technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery voltage:3.6

Camera

Camcorder Type:Handheld camcorder
Minimum illumination:2

Design

Color of product:Black

Display

Built-in display: Yes
Display:LCD
Display Diagonal:3
Display resolution (numeric):460800
Touch screen: Yes
Touchscreen:Y

Focusing

Focus adjustment:Auto/Manual

Image Sensor

Effective megapixels (image):7 / 7.00
Effective megapixels (movie):8.29
Optical sensor size:1 / 2.3
Sensor Type:MOS BSI
Total megapixels:18.91

Lens System

35 mm camera lens equivalent:1.21 - 24.6
Digital Zoom:60
Filter size:1.93
Focal length (35mm film equivalent):1.21 - 24.6
Focal length range (f-f):0.161 - 3.21
Image Stabilizer: Yes
Image stabilizer type:Hybrid
Optical Zoom:20

Networking

Near Field Communication (NFC): Yes
Wi-Fi: Yes
Wi-Fi standards:802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n / 802.11g, 802.11b, 802.11n

Packaging Content

AC adapter bundled: Yes
AC adapter included:Y
Lens hood: Yes

Ports & interfaces

HDMI: Yes
Headphone outputs:1
Microphone in: Yes
USB 2.0 ports quantity:1

Shutter

Camera shutter speed:0.000125 - 0.04

Still Image

Still image resolution(s):[16:9] 25.9MP (6784 x 3816), 14 MP (4992 x 2808), 2.1 MP (1920 x 1080)/[3:2] 20 MP (5472 x 3648), 10.6 MP (3984 x 2656), 2.0 MP (1728 x 1152)/[4:3] 20.4 MP (5216 x 3912), 10.9 MP (3808 x 2856), 0.3 MP (640 x 480)

Storage

Camcorder media type:Memory Card
Camcorder tape type: No
Compatible memory cards:SD, SDHC, SDXC
Disc types supported: No
Memory slots:1

Video

HD type:Full HD
Maximum video resolution:1920 x 1080
Video compression format:AVC, AVCHD, H.264, MP4, MPEG4 / H.264, MPEG4, AVC, AVCHD, MP4
Video formats supported:AVC,AVCHD,H.264,MP4,MPEG4 / H.264,MPEG4,AVC,AVCHD,MP4

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:5.47
Height:2.87
Weight:12.5
Width:2.56

White Balance

White Balance:Auto, Cloudy, Daylight, Indoor, Sunny / Auto, Indoor, Cloudy, Sunny, Daylight