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Panasonic HC-WX970

alaTest has collected and analyzed 74 reviews of Panasonic HC-WX970. The average rating for this product is 4.3/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. Reviewers really like the connectivity and image quality. The price and portability are also mentioned favorably. Many are critical about the battery and viewfinder.

usability, portability, price, image quality, connectivity

size, durability, zoom, viewfinder, battery

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Panasonic HC-WX970 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 92/100 = Excellent quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 1 user review of Panasonic HC-WX970 from The average user rating for this product is 5.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders on Reviewers are impressed by the usability and portability.

portability, usability

100% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

Apr, 2019

Consumer review ( review summary for Panasonic HC-WX970


alaTest has collected and analyzed 39 user reviews of Panasonic HC-WX970 from The average user rating for this product is 4.4/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on People really like the price. The portability also gets good feedback, whereas there are some negative opinions about the usability.

image quality, portability, price


97% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

Apr, 2019

Expert review by : Lori Grunin (

Panasonic's first prosumer 4K camcorders introduced at CES 2015


The highlight of Panasonic's camcorder announcements are a couple of feature-packed 4K/UHD models.

Jan, 2015

Expert review by : Stephen (

Panasonic HC-WX970 4k Ultra HD Camcorder Review (HC-VX870, HC-WX970, WX970, VX870)


With the Panasonic HC-WX970 4k Camcorder we definitely have on our hands a compact, economically priced consumer market 4K video recording device worth seriously taking a look at. This little recorder is in some ways very similar to Sony's AX33 4K...

Excellent 4K UHD video quality ; Great connectivity and WiFi controls ; Easy to use physical controls ; twin camera function for documentary style shooting ; Highly affordable ; compact

lacks more robust lens controls ; HDR mode doesn’t work on 4K video ; Weak battery ; Chunky video transfer bitrate

The bottom line for the Panasonic HC-WX970 is that it is an absolutely excellent choice for consumer and some prosumer 4K video recording buffs. A mix of excellent photo and video quality combines with highly flexible usability to create on fine little...

Oct, 2015

Expert review by : Elias Plastiras (

Panasonic HC-WX970M camcorder


Use this as a dedicated 4K shooter to make videos for your 4K TV

Shoots 4K video ; HDR mode in Full HD

Twin camera feature seems tacky ; Poor motion handling in 4K

Jul, 2015

Expert review by : James Morris (

Panasonic HC-WX970


Leica Dicomar lens, 20x optical zoom and Panasonic's 5-Axis Hybrid O.I.S.+ optical image stabilisation as well as other functions including HDR movie mode and the rather odd Twin Camera.

True 4K camcorder shooting for under £1,000 ; Second lens lets you record yourself whilst shooting ; Comprehensive manual settings with control dial

No lens ring, just a lens dial ; Not the big-chip stills camera 4K crossover we're waiting for ; Panasonic's HC-VX870 offers almost as many features for £250 less

The Panasonic HC-WX970 is a great high-end option for 'prosumer' 4K early adopters, with comprehensive features and great image quality.

Apr, 2015

Expert review by : Richard Easton (

Panasonic HC-WX970 review


The HC-WX970's fantastic 4K image quality and HDR mode makes for wonderfully well-exposed scenes

Overall the Panasonic HC-WX970 is a feature-packed camcorder that’s light and comfortable to use. 4K video is still tricky to edit and not everyone has a display that can do the footage justice, but in the meantime 4K photo capture definitely makes it...

Jul, 2015

EISA AWARD - Best Product 2015-2016

Expert review by : EISA (

Panasonic HC-WX970


EUROPEAN CAMCORDER 2015-2016 - Panasonic HC-WX970: Movie-makers looking for a 4K camcorder are rewarded by Panasonic's HC-WX970 – an affordable model that packs welcome features into its compact body, including an innovative twin recording function. In...

Aug, 2015

Expert review by : Elias Plastiras (

Panasonic HC-WX970M camcorder


For those of you with a 4K TV who want to get the best out of it sooner rather than later, one of the ways to do so is to shoot your own 4K videos. It's possible to shoot such video with many new digital still cameras, and if you already own a capable...

Shoots 4K video ; HDR mode in Full HD

Twin camera feature seems tacky ; Poor motion handling in 4K

Jul, 2015

Consumer review (

I like this video camera


It is smaller than I thought, but I have very small hands, so it is perfect for me. Still getting used to the many features - will take me awhile, but so far everything works as it should.

Jan, 2016

Consumer review (

HC-WX970K 4K Ultra-HD Camcorder


Work great! exactly as describe. BH Photo very helpful over the tel before online purchase. The camcorder is easy to use. Wish it had a view finder. Does a excellent job in low light.

Jan, 2016

Consumer review (

The best 4k Camcorder with twin camera


It's an excelent camcorder that has the best HD 4K in recording your favorite moments and profesional weddings even at low light and has a twin camera for a aditional recording and you could record in 4K, MP4, AVCHD and also has for you to take...

Nov, 2015

Product Specifications


Audio system:Dolby Digital 2.0/5.1
Built-in Microphone: Yes
Built-in speaker(s):Y
Built-in speakers: Yes


Battery Capacity:1940
Battery performance:1940
Battery Technology:Nickel-Manganese-Сobalt
Battery voltage:3.6


Camcorder Type:Handheld camcorder
On Screen Display (OSD): Yes


Color of product:Black
Product color:Black


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

Image Sensor

Effective megapixels (image):8.29
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
Optical Zoom:20


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

Headphone outputs:1
Microphone in: Yes
S-Video out: No
USB 2.0 ports quantity:1


Camera shutter speed:0.000125 - 0.04
Shutter speed (photo):0.0005 - 0.5

Still Image

Image formats supported:JPG
Still image resolution(s):[16:9] 25.9 MP (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)


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


HD type:Full HD
Maximum frame rate:50
Maximum video resolution:1920 x 1080
Supported video modes:1080i, 1080p, 2160p, 540p, 720p / 540p, 1080i, 1080p, 2160p, 720p
Video compression format:AVCHD, H.264, MP4, MPEG4 / H.264, MPEG4, AVCHD, MP4
Video formats supported:AVCHD,H.264,MP4,MPEG4 / H.264,MPEG4,AVCHD,MP4
Video Resolutions:1920 x 1080,960 x 540,1280 x 720,3840 x 2160 / 960 x 540,1280 x 720,1920 x 1080,3840 x 2160

Weight & Dimensions


White Balance

Indoor white balance: Yes
White Balance:Auto, Cloudy, Indoor, Sunny / Auto, Indoor, Cloudy, Sunny