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18.91MP 1/2.3 353g MOS BSI Feb 2015
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14 Reasons For

Good Owner Reviews

HC-VX870 owners on average rated this video camera 86 out of 100.

Panasonic Has Good Camcorder Reviews

Panasonic has good average reviews for its big sensor size video cameras as well as across its entire camcorder range compared to other brands.

Full HD

Full HD

Like most of the other big sensor size video cameras that have been around for more than a year, the Panasonic HC-VX870 is Full HD.

There are a number of alternative Full HD camcorders currently available that you might also want to consider including the Panasonic HC-V777[plb_2775907_price] which is cheaper; or the Sony FDR-AXP33[plb_2697198_price] which has better reviews.

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Has an Image Stabiliser

The Panasonic HC-VX870 has an image stabiliser, as do most of the other big sensor size video cameras that are a similar age to the HC-VX870.

We compared all the other camcorders with an image stabiliser to this camcorder and we think a cheaper video camera such as the Panasonic HC-V777[plb_2775907_price] or you might consider a higher rated video camera such as the Sony FDR-AXP33[plb_2697198_price] are also worth considering.

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Has an HDMI Port

has an HDMI port

The Panasonic HC-VX870 has an HDMI port. Most of the other video cameras of this spec and age also have an HDMI port.

It may also be worth also looking at one of the alternative camcorders with an HDMI port currently available including the Sony FDR-AXP33[plb_2697198_price] which has better reviews.

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Very Light

With a weight of only 353 grams, the HC-VX870 is one of the lighter camcorders of this type and age amongst camcorders of this age. Camcorders that were released one year ago have weights of between 120g and 1.8kg.

Other video cameras with a heavier weight that you might want to look at include the Sony FDR-AXP33[plb_2697198_price] (725g) which also has a higher rating.

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SDXC Memory Card

SDXC memory card

The HC-VX870 supports an SDXC memory card which is better than the SDHC memory card supported by most video cameras of a comparable age and spec to it. In addition, this Panasonic video camera supports an SD memory card. SDXC cards are SD cards but with a much higher capacity and faster processing speeds. They have a maximum capacity of 2TB (Terabytes).

This video camera's memory card type (SDXC) is actually the best supported memory card type amongst all camcorders of a comparable age and spec to the HC-VX870.

Amongst similar types of video camera the worst supported memory card type is SD.

SDHC cards are DS cards with a higher capacity of up to 32GB.

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Has a Night Mode

Unlike most of the other video cameras of this age and spec which do not have a night mode, the Panasonic HC-VX870 has a night mode.

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Has a Built-In Display

The HC-VX870 has a built-in display, as do most of the other big sensor size video cameras that came out around the same time as the HC-VX870.

It may also be worth considering one of the other video cameras with a built-in display currently available including the Sony FDR-AXP33[plb_2697198_price] which has better reviews; or the Panasonic HC-V777[plb_2775907_price] which is cheaper.

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3840 X 2160 Pixels Maximum Video Resolution

This video camera has a maximum video resolution of 3840 x 2160 pixels, which is the most frequently found maximum video resolution on big sensor size video cameras that have been around for more than a year.

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Small

With a depth of only 139 millimeters, the HC-VX870 is one of the smaller big sensor size video cameras that came out more than a year ago amongst big sensor size video cameras of this age. Across all the big sensor size video cameras that have been available for a comparable time to the HC-VX870 the depths range from 22mm to 380mm, and the average depth is 180mm.

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Has Five White Balance Modes

The number of white balance modes found on the Panasonic HC-VX870 is more than most video cameras of this spec and age. This camcorder has an Auto white balance mode, which is the most commonly found white balance mode found on camcorders that were released around the same time as the HC-VX870. The white balance modes "Cloudy", "Daylight", "Indoor" and "Sunny" are also found on this video camera.

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Very Small

Similar spec video cameras that are a comparable age to the HC-VX870 have heights of between 65mm and 190mm, and the average height is 110mm. With a height of only 73 millimeters, the HC-VX870 is one of the smaller big sensor size video cameras that were released one year ago amongst camcorders of this age.

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Very Small

The average width of video cameras of a similar spec and age to the HC-VX870 is 96mm. The Panasonic HC-VX870 is one of the smaller big sensor size video cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to the HC-VX870 (only 65 millimeters) amongst big sensor size video cameras of this age.

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8 Reasons Against

Does Not Have an Interchangeable Lens

Like most of the other video cameras of this spec and age, the HC-VX870 does not have an interchangeable lens.

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Not 3D Compatible

The HC-VX870 is not 3D compatible. Most of the other similar spec camcorders that have been around for around the same time as the HC-VX870 are also not 3D compatible.

If you want a video camera that is 3D compatible then you might want to look at the Panasonic HC-V777[plb_2775907_price] which is also cheaper.

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Not Waterproof

The HC-VX870 is not waterproof, although keep in mind that most of the other video cameras of a similar type and age to the HC-VX870 are also not waterproof.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Projector

Most camcorders that are a similar age to the HC-VX870 do not have a built-in projector. The HC-VX870 is no exception to this as it too does not have a built-in projector.

We think you might also be interested in alternative camcorders which also have a built-in projector including the Sony FDR-AXP33[plb_2697198_price].

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Very Low Megapixel Count

With a megapixel count of only 7 megapixels, the HC-VX870 has a quite low megapixel count compared to most of the other video cameras of a similar type and age to the HC-VX870. The average megapixel count of big sensor size video cameras that were released one year ago is 11MP, and the megapixel counts range from 6MP to 24MP.

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Very Low Display Resolution

At only 460,800 pixels, the Panasonic HC-VX870 has a fairly low display resolution compared to most of the other video cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the HC-VX870. Across all the big sensor size video cameras that were released around the same time as the HC-VX870 the display resolutions range from 460,000 pixels to 1,600,000 pixels.

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Only One Memory Card Slot

Most big sensor size video cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the HC-VX870 have one memory card slot, including the HC-VX870 which has one memory card slot.

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Very Small Screen Size

The average screen size of comparable spec camcorders that were launched around the same time as the HC-VX870 is 3.2". At only 3 inches, the HC-VX870 has a fairly small screen size compared to most of the other big sensor size video cameras that are a comparable age to the HC-VX870.

It may also be worth also looking at one of the other 3" screen size video cameras currently available including the Panasonic HC-V777[plb_2775907_price] which is cheaper; or the Sony FDR-AXP33[plb_2697198_price] which has better reviews.

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5 Other reasons to consider the Panasonic HC-VX870

Full HD HD Type

The HD type of this camcorder is Full HD, which is the most commonly found HD type on big sensor size video cameras that are a similar age to it.

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Released Over a Year Ago

This big sensor size camcorder has been on the market for over a year.

Average Optical Zoom

At 20 times zoom factor, the HC-VX870 has a pretty standard optical zoom compared to most of the other big sensor size video cameras that are a similar age to the HC-VX870.

Alternative 20x (optical) camcorders currently available that you might also want to consider include cheaper video cameras such as the Panasonic HC-V777[plb_2775907_price].

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Average Digital Zoom

At 60 times zoom factor, the HC-VX870 has a fairly standard digital zoom compared to most of the other camcorders that were launched more than a year ago.

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2/3" Optical Sensor Size

This video camera has a 1/2.3" optical sensor size, which is typical of many similar spec video cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as it.

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Specification

User Ratings
Image Sensor
Sensor Size
Optical Sensor Size
Sensor Type
Megapixel Count
Movie Megapixel Count
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Digital Zoom
Image Stabiliser
Image Stabiliser
Filter Size
Focal Length
Focal Length Range
Storage
Memory Card Slot
Memory Card
Storage Media Type
Focusing
Focus Adjustment
Light Exposure
White Balance
White Balance Mode
Flash
Built-In Light
Shutter
Shutter Speed
Display
Screen Size
Built-In Display
Touch Sensitive Screen
Display Resolution
Display
Viewfinder
Camera
Camcorder Type
Minimum Illumination
Design
Colour
Video
HD Type
Video Format
Maximum Video Resolution
Still Image
Still Image Resolution
Audio
Audio Format
Audio System
Ports & Interfaces
HDMI Port
USB 2.0 Port
Microphone in Port
Headphone Out Port
Networking
WiFi
Near Field Communication
WiFi Type
Battery
Battery Voltage
Battery Capacity
Battery
Operational Conditions
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Packaging Content
Lens Hood Included
Other Features
Night Mode
Projector
Technical Details
Technical Details

Expert Reviews

25 August 2015

Czy kompaktowe kamery s? w stanie spe?ni? nawet nieco mocniejsze oczekiwania? Wygl?da na to, ?e tak, ale by dowiedzie? si? co wart jest model Panasonic HC-VX870 wypada?oby obejrze? dok?adnie nasz... Read more…

Reviews
Affordable 4K
Responsive focus
Lightweight
Wireless pairing with smartphonescameras
Affordable 4K
Responsive focus
Lightweight
Wireless pairing with smartphonescameras
Focus dial difficult to use

User Reviews

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Reviewed 12 March 2015 by Alex I

Since 2006 I purchased top consumer HD camcorders every year from B&H and this one is by far the best one yet first of all it has countless settings night vision recording and let me tell you the... Read more…

Reviewed 17 May 2015 by Aph0ticzone

I bought this camera because it had great reviews, fast autofocus and good low light performance. However, I returned it after a few days. I think it's important to share my experiences because... Read more…

Easy to Use
Good Image Stabilization
Good in Low Light
Great Picture Quality
Great Sound
Reviewed 3 April 2015 by Mr. Styles

My needs are for run/gun video and slow motion in a well lit studio environment. First of all I have been using a Panasonic HDC-TM900 for nearly 4 years and would give that camera 5 stars. I was... Read more…

Large Clear LCD
Complicated Slow Motion
Focus Blur
Mic Jack Location
No Sound In Slow Motion
Sd Card Location
Reviewed 18 May 2015 by Flyingcam
Flyingcam would recommend the Panasonic HC-VX870

- Tried two weeks (compared with Sony ax33) - Image quality is great - Very light and compact - Image stabilization works well - Amazing zoom range - Low light performance is a little bit worse... Read more…

Easy to Use
Good Image Stabilization
Good in Low Light
Great Picture Quality
Zoom rangeperformance
Reviewed 23 August 2015 by Augmented aesthetic
Augmented aesthetic would recommend the Panasonic HC-VX870 (Verified Purchase)

I went back and forth on choosing a camera and I am very happy with this camera. Pros: Sharp image, great zoom, and very good on board sound. I purchased this video camera to record a wedding. I... Read more…

Easy to Use
Good Image Stabilization
Good in Low Light
Great Picture Quality
Great Sound
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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers leica hcvx870, leica hcvx870e, leica hcvx870eb, panasonic 30p25, panasonic 30p25p, leica hcvx870ebk, panasonic n129455, panasonic p636745, panasonic hcvx870, panasonic hcvx870e, panasonic p636745k, panasonic hcvx870k, panasonic n129455w, panasonic hcvx870eb, panasonic hcvx870ebk
Barcodes 00635131601118, 00885170229464, 05025232808205, 05025232808229, 05025232808243

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