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Panasonic HCVX980EBK Camcorder

18.91MP 1/2.3 351g MOS BSI Jan 2016
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12 Reasons For

Good Product Quality

One person said in their reviews that this camcorder was good quality. Jay Bee rated this camcorder as very good and he wrote on Amazon “Uk/dp/B01AAGIR8A/ref=cm_cr_ryp_prd_ttl_sol_0 offers amazing quality” in his review of this camcorder.

Reasonably Priced

One person wrote in their reviews that it was good value for money. In October this year Jay Bee wrote “So far, am very pleased though the cost was a definite consideration !” in his review and gave the product a rating of 5 stars.

Panasonic Video Cameras Have Good Reviews

On average Panasonic big sensor size video cameras have good ratings as do all camcorders manufactured by Panasonic.

Has an Image Stabiliser

The Panasonic HC-VX980 has an image stabiliser. Most of the other new big sensor size video cameras also have an image stabiliser.

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Has an HDMI Port

has an HDMI port

The HC-VX980 has an HDMI port, as do most of the other big sensor size video cameras that came out around the same time as the HC-VX980.

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Very Big Digital Zoom

The average digital zoom of big sensor size video cameras that came out in the last 12 months is 370x, and the digital zooms range from 10x to 1,500x. When compared to other newly released comparable spec camcorders that we have checked, the digital zoom of the Panasonic HC-VX980 of 1,500 times zoom factor is one of the biggest.

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SDXC Memory Card

SDXC memory card

This video camera supports an SD|SDHC|SDXC memory card, which is typical of many similar spec camcorders that came out around the same time as it. SDXC cards are SD cards but with a much higher capacity and faster processing speeds. They have a maximum capacity of 2TB (Terabytes).

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

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Has a Built-In Display

Like most of the other comparable spec camcorders that are a similar age to the HC-VX980, the HC-VX980 has a built-in display.

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3840 X 2160 Pixels Video Resolution

The Panasonic HC-VX980 supports a 3840 x 2160 pixels video resolution which is higher than most big sensor size video cameras that have been around for around the same time as it. Most new comparable spec video cameras support a 1920 x 1080 pixels video resolution. In addition, this video camera support a video resolution of 640 x 480 pixels and 1280 x 720 pixels.

A 3840 x 2160 pixels video resolution is actually the best supported video resolution across all big sensor size video cameras that were released in the last year.

Across similar types of video camera the worst supported video resolution is 1280 x 720 pixels.

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Very High Display Resolution

When compared to other latest big sensor size video cameras that we have checked, the display resolution of the Panasonic HC-VX980 of 460,800 pixels is one of the highest. The display resolutions of recently released big sensor size video cameras range from 460 pixels to 470,000 pixels, and the average display resolution is 180,000 pixels.

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Very Long Maximum Focal Length

When compared to other similar spec camcorders that are a comparable age to the HC-VX980, the HC-VX980's maximum focal length of 752.8 millimeters is one of the longest. Big sensor size video cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to the HC-VX980 have maximum focal lengths of between 340mm and 760mm, and the average maximum focal length is 550mm.

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Has One Cable Included

The HC-VX980 has a greater number of included cables than most comparable spec video cameras that were launched in the last 12 months. The most frequently found cable included is USB, but this cable included is not found on this video camera. The cables included HDMI are also found on this camcorder.

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8 Reasons Against

Does Not Have an Interchangeable Lens

Most big sensor size video cameras that are a comparable age to the HC-VX980 do not have an interchangeable lens. The Panasonic HC-VX980 is no exception to this as it too does not have an interchangeable lens.

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Not Full HD

Like most of the other recently released big sensor size video cameras, the HC-VX980 is not Full HD.

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Not 3D Compatible

Like most of the other similar spec video cameras that were launched around the same time as the HC-VX980, the HC-VX980 is not 3D compatible.

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Does Not Have a Night Mode

Like most of the other big sensor size video cameras that were released in the last 12 months, the HC-VX980 does not have a night mode.

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Not Waterproof

Like most of the other big sensor size video cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the HC-VX980, the Panasonic HC-VX980 is not waterproof.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Projector

Like most of the other video cameras that are a similar age to the HC-VX980, the Panasonic HC-VX980 does not have a built-in projector.

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Only AVC Video Format

This video camera has an AVCHD|MP4 video format, which is the most frequently found video format on big sensor size video cameras that came out in the last 12 months.

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Very Long Minimum Focal Length

The shortest minimum focal length of big sensor size video cameras that have been around for a comparable time to the HC-VX980 is 28mm and the longest is 31mm. The Panasonic HC-VX980 has a very long minimum focal length (30.8 millimeters) compared to most of the other similar spec camcorders that have been around for around the same time as the HC-VX980.

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6 Other reasons to consider the Panasonic HC-VX980

4K Ultra HD HD Type

The HD type of this camcorder is 4K Ultra HD, which is typical of many big sensor size video cameras that were launched in the last year.

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Released Eleven Months Ago

It was eleven months ago when Panasonic released the HC-VX980.

Average Screen Size

With a screen size of 3 inches, the HC-VX980 has a pretty standard screen size compared to most of the other big sensor size video cameras that were launched in the last 12 months.

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Average Weight

At 351 grams, the HC-VX980 has a pretty standard weight compared to most of the other big sensor size video cameras that have been available for the last year.

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Average Optical Zoom

At 20 times zoom factor, the HC-VX980 has a fairly typical optical zoom compared to most of the other big sensor size video cameras that have been available for around the same time as the HC-VX980.

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2/3" Optical Sensor Size

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

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Specification

Image Sensor
Sensor Size
Optical Sensor Size
Sensor Type
Megapixel Count
Movie Megapixel Count
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Digital Zoom
Image Stabiliser
Maximum Focal Length
Minimum Focal Length
Filter Size
Focal Length
Focal Length Range
Storage
Memory Card Slot
Memory Card
Storage Media Type
Focusing
Focus Adjustment
Flash
Built-In Flash
Display
Screen Size
Built-In Display
Touch Sensitive Screen
Display Resolution
Display
Camera
Camcorder Type
Minimum Illumination
Design
Colour
Video
HD Type
Video Format
Video Resolution
Maximum Video Resolution
Still Image
Image Format
Still Image Resolution
Maximum Image Resolution
Audio
Built-In Microphone
Audio System
Ports & Interfaces
HDMI Port
USB 2.0 Port
Headphone Out Port
Networking
WiFi
WiFi Type
Battery
Battery Capacity
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Packaging Content
Quick Start Guide
Cable Included
Warranty Card
Other Features
USB Connectivity
Technical Details
USB Charging

User Reviews

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Reviewed 17 May 2016 by Jay Bee | 22 Comments
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This 4K video camera https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B01AAGIR8A/ref=cm_cr_ryp_prd_ttl_sol_0 offers amazing quality. Still getting to grips with its multi functions, but I bought it mainly for the... Read more…

Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers panasonic n158162, panasonic hcvx980, panasonic n158162w, panasonic hcvx980e, panasonic hcvx980eb, panasonic hcvx980ebk
Barcodes 05025232837175

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