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Panasonic HC-WX979
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Panasonic HC-WX979 Camcorder

BSI 20x Feb 2015
Sensor Type Optical Zoom Image Stabiliser Built-In Display Release Date
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Panasonic Video Cameras Have Good Reviews

We checked the reviews from users and experts of hundreds of camcorders to determine an average rating for each video camera manufacturer. On average camcorders from Panasonic have good ratings from experts and owners.

Has an Image Stabiliser

The Panasonic HC-WX979 has an image stabiliser, as do most of the other camcorders of a similar age and spec to the HC-WX979.

There are a number of other camcorders with an image stabiliser currently available that you might also want to look at including the Sony FDR-AX33 (£599.99) which has better reviews.

It is worth considering alternative video cameras which also have an image stabiliser including the Sony PXW-FS5 (£4,999.00).

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SDXC Memory Card

SDXC 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 camcorder's memory card type (SDXC) is actually the best supported memory card type across all video cameras that were released around the same time as the HC-WX979.

A MicroSDXC memory card is the worst supported memory card type across similar types of camcorder.

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

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Has a Built-In Display

The Panasonic HC-WX979 has a built-in display, as do most of the other video cameras that have been around for a comparable time to the HC-WX979.

We think you might also be interested in some of the other video cameras with a built-in display currently available including because of it's better review score, the Sony FDR-AX33 (£599.99).

We compared this camcorder to all the other video cameras with a built-in display and we think the Sony PXW-FS5 (£4,999.00) is also worth considering.

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Auto Focus Adjustment

This video camera has an Auto/Manual focus adjustment, which is the most frequently found focus adjustment on similar spec video cameras that are a comparable age to it.

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7 Reasons Against

Not Full HD

The HC-WX979 is not Full HD. Most of the other video cameras of this spec and age are also not Full HD.

Video cameras which are Full HD that might be worth considering include the Sony FDR-AX33 (£599.99) which also has a higher rating.

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Not 3D Compatible

Like most of the other video cameras that have been around for around the same time as the HC-WX979, the Panasonic HC-WX979 is not 3D compatible.

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Does Not Have a Night Mode

Most video cameras that were released around the same time as the HC-WX979 do not have a night mode. The Panasonic HC-WX979 is no exception to this as it too does not have a night mode.

We think you might also be interested in alternative camcorders which also have a night mode including the Sony FDR-AX33 (£599.99) which also has a higher rating.

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Not Waterproof

Like most of the other video cameras that came out around the same time as the HC-WX979, the HC-WX979 is not waterproof.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Projector

Most camcorders of this age and type do not have a built-in projector. The HC-WX979 is no exception to this as it too does not have a built-in projector.

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Only 3840 X 2160 Pixels Maximum Image Resolution

The highest maximum image resolution of the Panasonic HC-WX979 is 3840 x 2160 pixels. That's 9% less maximum image resolution than the most common maximum image resolution of 4032 x 2272 pixels.

A 3840 x 2160 pixels maximum image resolution is in fact the worst maximum image resolution amongst all comparable spec video cameras that came out more than a year ago.

The best maximum image resolution amongst similar types of video camera is 6784 x 3816 pixels.

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Very Big Minimum Illumination

The smallest minimum illumination of video cameras of this age and spec is 0.16lx, the biggest is 1,400lx, and the average minimum illumination is 230lx. When compared to other video cameras that have been available for a comparable time to the HC-WX979 that we have assessed, the minimum illumination of the HC-WX979 of 1,400 lux is one of the biggest.

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2 Other reasons to consider the Panasonic HC-WX979

Released Over a Year Ago

This Panasonic camcorder was released over a year ago.

Average Optical Zoom

At 20 times zoom factor, the Panasonic HC-WX979 has a relatively standard optical zoom compared to most of the other camcorders of this age and spec.

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Specification

Image Sensor
Sensor Type
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Image Stabiliser
Storage
Memory Card
Storage Media Type
Focusing
Focus Adjustment
Display
Built-In Display
Camera
Camcorder Type
On Screen Display
Minimum Illumination
On Screen Display Language
Design
Colour
Video
Full HD
Video Format
Video Resolution
Maximum Video Resolution
Still Image
Image Format
Maximum Image Resolution
Audio
Built-In Speaker
Built-In Microphone
Ports & Interfaces
HDMI Port
DC-In Jack
USB 2.0 Port
Microphone in Port
Headphone Out Port
S-Video Out Port
Networking
WiFi
Near Field Communication
WiFi Type
Battery
Battery Voltage
Battery Capacity
Packaging Content
AC Adapter Included
Other Features
USB Connectivity
Technical Details
USB Charging

Expert Reviews

2 March 2015

Standbilder aus 4K Videoszenen, die bei Tageslicht aufgenommen wurden, sind erstaunlich detailreich, wenn auch durch die Videodatenreduzierung etwas weichgezeichnet. Panasonic hat in seinem ersten...

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