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Panasonic HCVXF990EBK Camcorder

18.91MP 1/2.3 396g MOS BSI Jan 2016
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11 Reasons For

Good Product Quality

Some Panasonic HC-VXF990 owners who reviewed this camcorder reckoned that it was good quality. Avid Reader said in their review a few weeks ago “The picture quality is superb, resolution needle sharp” and scored the product very highly. Avid Reader also wrote “In short, I agree that this is the best quality camcorder in the price range”.

Easy to Use

One Panasonic HC-VXF990 owner who purchased the Panasonic HC-VXF990 mentioned that it was easy to use. Avid Reader gave it a rating of 5 stars and wrote in their review on Amazon “The controls are well laid out and easy to use”.

Good Screen / Viewfinder

One Panasonic HC-VXF990 reviewer who reviewed the Panasonic HC-VXF990 thought it had a good screen. Avid Reader mentioned this year “It tells you and the viewfinder screen is large and easily adjusted” and gave the product a score of 5 stars.

Panasonic Has Good Reviews for Its Video Cameras

Panasonic big sensor size video cameras have good ratings on average and across all camcorders Panasonic is one of the superior brands.

Has an Interchangeable Lens

The HC-VXF990 has an interchangeable lens, unlike most of the other big sensor size video cameras that were launched around the same time as the HC-VXF990 which do not have an interchangeable lens.

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Has an Image Stabiliser

The HC-VXF990 has an image stabiliser, as do most of the other big sensor size video cameras that are a similar age to the HC-VXF990.

Other camcorders with an image stabiliser currently available which you might also want to look at include the Panasonic HC-VX980[plb_3189443_price] which has better reviews.

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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 big sensor size video cameras that have been around for 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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2160p Video Mode

The HC-VXF990 has a 2160p video mode which is better than most camcorders that were released in the last 12 months. Most video cameras that have been available for around the same time as it have a 1080p video mode. This video camera also has a 720p video mode.

A 2160p video mode is actually the best video mode amongst all similar spec video cameras that came out in the last year.

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

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Has a Built-In Display

Like most of the other similar spec camcorders that are a comparable age to the HC-VXF990, the Panasonic HC-VXF990 has a built-in display.

It may also be worth also looking at one of the alternative video cameras with a built-in display currently available including because of it's better review score, the Panasonic HC-VX980[plb_3189443_price].

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3840 X 2160 Pixels Video Resolution

The HC-VXF990 supports a 3840 x 2160 pixels video resolution which is higher than most camcorders that have been available for a similar time to it. Most newly released big sensor size video cameras support a 1920 x 1080 pixels video resolution.

A 3840 x 2160 pixels video resolution is in fact the best supported video resolution across all big sensor size video cameras that have been on the market for the last year.

A 1280 x 720 pixels video resolution is the worst supported video resolution across similar types of camcorder.

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Has One Cable Included

The number of included cables found on the Panasonic HC-VXF990 is more than most camcorders that came out around the same time as it. 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 Panasonic camcorder.

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9 Reasons Against

A Bit Expensive

One Panasonic HC-VXF990 reviewer said in their reviews that this camcorder was not cheap. Mr Brian Warsap said in his review of the Panasonic HC-VXF990 “Print for such an expensive camcorder” nonetheless he rated it 80 out of 100.

Not Full HD

Most camcorders that have been available for around the same time as the HC-VXF990 are not Full HD. The HC-VXF990 is no exception to this as it too is not Full HD.

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Not 3D Compatible

Most comparable spec camcorders that were released around the same time as the HC-VXF990 are not 3D compatible. The HC-VXF990 is no exception to this as it too is not 3D compatible.

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Does Not Have a Night Mode

Most big sensor size video cameras that were launched in the last 12 months do not have a night mode. The Panasonic HC-VXF990 is no exception to this as it too does not have a night mode.

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Not Waterproof

Most video cameras that were launched in the last 12 months are not waterproof. The Panasonic HC-VXF990 is no exception to this as it too is not waterproof.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Projector

Like most of the other comparable spec camcorders that were released around the same time as the HC-VXF990, the HC-VXF990 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 typical of many similar spec video cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to it.

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Very Low Megapixel Count

The Panasonic HC-VXF990 has a quite low megapixel count (only 7 megapixels) compared to most of the other similar spec camcorders that have been on the market for around the same time as the HC-VXF990. The megapixel counts of recently released similar spec video cameras range from 7MP to 26MP.

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Only One Memory Card Slot

The Panasonic HC-VXF990 is a one memory card slot camcorder.

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7 Other reasons to consider the Panasonic HC-VXF990

4K Ultra HD HD Type

The HD type of this video camera is 4K Ultra HD, which is typical of many recently released similar spec camcorders.

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Released Eleven Months Ago

This camcorder was released eleven months ago.

Average Screen Size

At 3 inches, the Panasonic HC-VXF990 has a pretty typical screen size compared to most of the other camcorders that were released around the same time as the HC-VXF990.

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Average Weight

The Panasonic HC-VXF990 has a pretty average weight (396 grams) compared to most of the other comparable spec camcorders that came out around the same time as the HC-VXF990.

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Average Digital Zoom

The Panasonic HC-VXF990 has a relatively standard digital zoom (250 times zoom factor) compared to most of the other big sensor size video cameras that are a comparable age to the HC-VXF990.

Video cameras with a bigger digital zoom that might also be worth considering include the Panasonic HC-VX980[plb_3189443_price] (1,500x and higher rated).

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Average Optical Zoom

At 20 times zoom factor, the HC-VXF990 has a relatively average optical zoom compared to most of the other similar spec camcorders that have been around for around the same time as the HC-VXF990.

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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 big sensor size video cameras that have been around 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
Interchangeable Lens
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
Built-In Light
Display
Screen Size
Built-In Display
Touch Sensitive Screen
Display
Vari-Angle LCD Display
Camera
Camcorder Type
Minimum Illumination
Self-Timer
Design
Colour
Video
HD Type
Video Mode
Video Format
Video Resolution
Maximum Video Resolution
Still Image
Image Format
Still Image Resolution
Maximum Image Resolution
Audio
Built-In Speaker
Built-In Microphone
Audio System
Ports & Interfaces
USB 2.0 Port
Headphone Out Port
Networking
WiFi
WiFi Type
Battery
Battery Slot
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Packaging Content
Included Battery
Quick Start Guide
Cable Included
Warranty Card
Other Features
USB Connectivity
Technical Details
USB Charging

User Reviews

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Reviewed 27 July 2016 by P M-L of Stafford | 11 Comments

I have written a more detailed review elsewhere on Amazon. This camcorder does not permit 5.1 audio recording when making 4K movies. Only stereo can be used. The 5.1 facility is only possible with... Read more…

Reviewed 2 July 2016 by Avid Reader | 11 Comments
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I needed a semi-pro 4K video camcorder and chose this based on the fact that it received the highest recommendations across a number of review sites. It is truly excellent and I'm very happy with... Read more…

(Verified Purchase)

I have only recently started to use this video camera and my remarks are therefor my early observations. The information booklet with the camera is condensed and lacking in detail. Due to the... Read more…

Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers leica hcvxf990, canon hcvxf990, canon hcvxf990e, leica hcvxf990e, leica hcvxf990eb, canon hcvxf990eb, canon hcvxf990ebk, panasonic n158165, leica hcvxf990ebk, panasonic hcvxf990, panasonic n158165w, panasonic hcvxf990e, panasonic hcvxf990eb, panasonic hcvxf990ebk
Barcodes 00635131601088, 05025232837113, 05025232837151

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