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Panasonic HC-VX989
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Panasonic HC-VX989 Camcorder

18.9MP 1/2.3 351g MOS BSI Jan 2016
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9 Reasons For

Good Brand

Panasonic has good average ratings for its big sensor size video cameras as well as across its entire video camera range compared to other manufacturers.

Has an Image Stabiliser

The Panasonic HC-VX989 has an image stabiliser, as do most of the other video cameras that are a similar age to the HC-VX989.

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Has an HDMI Port

has an HDMI port

Like most of the other big sensor size video cameras that are a comparable age to the HC-VX989, the HC-VX989 has an HDMI port.

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SDXC Memory Card

SDXC memory card

This video camera supports an SD|SDHC|SDXC memory card, which is the most commonly supported memory card on big sensor size video cameras that are a similar age to 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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2160p Video Mode

The HC-VX989 has a better video mode than most recently released big sensor size video cameras. This Panasonic video camera has a 2160p video mode, whereas most recently released similar spec camcorders have a 1080p video mode. In addition, this video camera has a 1080i video mode.

A 2160p video mode is in fact the best video mode amongst all video cameras that have been available for around the same time as the HC-VX989.

Amongst comparable types of video camera the worst video mode is 1080p.

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Has a Built-In Display

Like most of the other recently released big sensor size video cameras, the HC-VX989 has a built-in display.

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3840 X 2160 Pixels Video Resolution

The HC-VX989 supports a 3840 x 2160 pixels video resolution which is higher than most big sensor size video cameras that were launched in the last 12 months. Most new big sensor size video cameras support a 1920 x 1080 pixels video resolution.

This video camera's video resolution (3840 x 2160 pixels) is in fact the best supported video resolution across all comparable spec camcorders that came out in the last 12 months.

A 1280 x 720 pixels video resolution is the worst supported video resolution across comparable types of video camera.

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Very Small

The Panasonic HC-VX989 is fairly small (only 65 millimeters) compared to most of the other big sensor size video cameras that have been around for around the same time as the HC-VX989. New big sensor size video cameras have widths of between 45mm and 220mm, and the average width is 110mm.

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Has Two Cables Included

The number of included cables found on the HC-VX989 is more than most big sensor size video cameras that have been available for a similar time to it. This camcorder has a USB cable included, which is the most frequently found cable included found on latest similar spec camcorders. The cable included "HDMI" is also found on this Panasonic video camera.

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11 Reasons Against

Does Not Have an Interchangeable Lens

The HC-VX989 does not have an interchangeable lens. Most of the other latest big sensor size video cameras also do not have an interchangeable lens.

There are a number of other camcorders which also have an interchangeable lens that you might want to consider including the Panasonic HC-VXF990 (£589.00).

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Not Full HD

The HC-VX989 is not Full HD, although it is worth keeping in mind that most of the other big sensor size video cameras that are a comparable age to the HC-VX989 are also not Full HD.

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Very Small Screen Size

At only 2.95 inches, the HC-VX989 has a quite small screen size compared to most of the other big sensor size video cameras that are a comparable age to the HC-VX989. The screen sizes of big sensor size video cameras that have been around for around the same time as the HC-VX989 range from 2.9" to 4.3", and the average screen size is 3.2".

If you are looking for a video camera with a larger screen size then you might also want to look at the Panasonic AG-DVX200 (£3,810.00) (4.3").

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Very Low Display Resolution

With a display resolution of only 460 pixels, the Panasonic HC-VX989 has a quite low display resolution compared to most of the other recently released similar spec video cameras. Across all the latest similar spec video cameras the display resolutions range from 460 pixels to 470,000 pixels, and the average display resolution is 180,000 pixels.

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Not 3D Compatible

Like most of the other video cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to the HC-VX989, the Panasonic HC-VX989 is not 3D compatible.

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Does Not Have a Night Mode

Like most of the other recently released video cameras, the HC-VX989 does not have a night mode.

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Not Waterproof

The HC-VX989 is not waterproof, although this is within the context that most of the other new big sensor size video cameras are also not waterproof.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Projector

The HC-VX989 does not have a built-in projector, although keep in mind that most of the other big sensor size video cameras that came out in the last 12 months also do not have a built-in projector.

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Only Supports Two Audio Formats

The Panasonic HC-VX989 has a greater number of audio formats than most latest comparable spec camcorders. The most frequently supported audio format is AAC++, but this audio format is not supported by this video camera. The audio formats AAC and MP4 are also supported by this Panasonic video camera.

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Only AVC Video Format

This camcorder has an AVC|AVCHD|H.264|MP4|MPEG4 video format, which is typical of many new camcorders.

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Very Short Video Recording Time

At only 1 hour, the Panasonic HC-VX989 has a quite short video recording time compared to most of the other video cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the HC-VX989. The shortest video recording time of big sensor size video cameras that have been available for a similar time to the HC-VX989 is 1h and the longest is 61h.

Video cameras with a longer video recording time that might also be worth looking at include the Ricoh Theta SC (£249.00) (2.9h).

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6 Other reasons to consider the Panasonic HC-VX989

4K Ultra HD HD Type

The HD type of this camcorder is 4K Ultra HD, which is the most frequently found HD type on new big sensor size video cameras.

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Released Eleven Months Ago

It was eleven months ago when Panasonic released the HC-VX989.

Average Weight

At 351 grams, the HC-VX989 has a fairly standard weight compared to most of the other big sensor size video cameras that were released in the last year.

We compared all the other 351g weight camcorders to this video camera and we think the Panasonic HC-VX980 (£499.99) which has better reviews is also worth considering.

If you would consider a camcorder with a heavier weight then you might want to look at the Sony PXW-Z150 (£2,755.00) (2.3kg), or the Panasonic HC-VXF990 (£589.00) (396g).

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Average Digital Zoom

With a digital zoom of 250 times zoom factor, the Panasonic HC-VX989 has a relatively typical digital zoom compared to most of the other big sensor size video cameras that were launched around the same time as the HC-VX989.

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Average Optical Zoom

The HC-VX989 has a pretty standard optical zoom (20 times zoom factor) compared to most of the other comparable spec camcorders that have been on the market for around the same time as the HC-VX989.

We compared this video camera to all the other 20x (optical) video cameras and we think because of it's better review score, the Panasonic HC-VX980 (£499.99) is also worth considering.

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2/3" Optical Sensor Size

This camcorder has a 1/2.3" optical sensor size, which is typical of many big sensor size video cameras that came out around the same time as it.

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Specification

Image Sensor
Sensor Size
Optical Sensor Size
Sensor Type
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Digital Zoom
Image Stabiliser
Image Stabiliser
Filter Size
Focal Length
Focal Length Range
Wide Angle Lens System
Storage
Memory Card
Storage Media Type
Focusing
Focus Adjustment
Light Exposure
Scene Mode
White Balance
White Balance Mode
Flash
Built-In Light
Shutter
Video Shutter Speed
Photo Shutter Speed
Display
Screen Size
Built-In Display
Touch Sensitive Screen
Display Resolution
Display
Camera
Camcorder Type
Aspect Ratio
Design
Colour
Video
HD Type
Bitrate At Maximum Video Resolution
Video Mode
Video Format
Video Resolution
Maximum Video Resolution
Still Image
Image Format
Still Image Resolution
Maximum Image Resolution
Audio
Audio Format
Built-In Speaker
Built-In Microphone
Audio System
Ports & Interfaces
HDMI Port
USB 2.0 Port
Microphone in Port
Headphone Out Port
Networking
WiFi
WiFi Type
Battery
Video Recording Time
Battery Voltage
Battery Capacity
Charging Source
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Packaging Content
Included Battery
Cable Included
Lens Hood Included
Technical Details
Lens Cover Included
USB Charging

Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers panasonic hcvx989, panasonic hcvx989e, panasonic hcvx989eg, panasonic hcvx989egk
Barcodes 05025232837182

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