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Panasonic HC-V770 vs Panasonic HC-VX870 vs Panasonic HC-W850

Panasonic HC-V770 vs Panasonic HC-VX870 vs Panasonic HC-W850

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Panasonic HC-V770
Panasonic HC-VX870
Panasonic HC-W850

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Reasons For

7 Reasons For
Bigger digital zoom Edit
The Panasonic HC-V770 is a 1,500x (digital) camcorder, and so does the Panasonic HC-W850. That's 1,440x bigger than the Panasonic HC-VX870 (1,500x). Read more

A digital zoom enlarges the pixels in a digital image to make the subject appear closer. Using digital zoom can result in images becoming blurry as the underlying image remains the same.

A digital zoom allows you to enlarge a subject without having to move closer. Digital zoom can be used as an alternative to an optical zoom, although it will result in a loss of image quality.

1.8 higher maximum aperture number Edit
The Panasonic HC-V770 is a 3.6 maximum aperture value camcorder, whereas the Panasonic HC-W850 is only a 1.8 maximum aperture value camcorder (1.8 lower).
Smaller minimum illumination Edit
The Panasonic HC-V770 has a minimum illumination of 1lx (as does the Panasonic HC-W850), but the Panasonic HC-VX870 is a 2lx minimum illumination camcorder (1lx bigger).
2% lighter Edit
The Panasonic HC-V770 is a 353g weight camcorder, and so does the Panasonic HC-VX870. That's 7g lighter than the Panasonic HC-W850 (360g). Read more

Weight of the camcorder including battery.

A lighter camcorder is easier to handle when recording and to carry when travelling.

£118 cheaper
The Panasonic HC-V770 costs £331.18, whereas the Panasonic HC-VX870 is £448.99.
Available from 17 shops
The more stores stock this camcorder, the greater competition amongst stores to keep prices low.
Expert reviews are slightly better
The Panasonic HC-V770 has an average expert review score of 90% based on 1 review, but the Panasonic HC-VX870 has an average rating of 83% (based on 6 reviews) and the Panasonic HC-W850 has an average rating of 86% (based on 16 reviews).
4 Reasons For
Bigger total megapixels Edit
The Panasonic HC-VX870 is an 18.91MP sensor camcorder. That's 6.15MP bigger than the Panasonic HC-V770 and the Panasonic HC-W850 (12.76MP). Read more

A megapixel (MP or Mpx) is one million pixels, and is a term used not only for the number of pixels in an image, but also to express the number of image sensor elements of digital cameras or the number of display elements of digital displays. For example, a camera that makes a 2048 1536 pixel image typically uses a few extra rows and columns of sensor elements and is commonly said to have "3.2 megapixels" or "3.4 megapixels", depending on whether the number reported is the "effective" or the "total" pixel count (as opposed to the 2048 1536 = 3,145,728 finished image pixels).

A larger number of megapixels increases the sharpness of images and video.

1.79MP higher effective megapixels (image) Edit
The Panasonic HC-VX870 has an effective megapixels (image) of 7MP, however the Panasonic HC-V770 is only a 6.03MP camcorder (0.97MP lower) and the Panasonic HC-W850 is only a 5.21MP camcorder (1.79MP lower).
Higher effective megapixels (movie) Edit
The Panasonic HC-VX870 is an 8.29MP (movie mode) camcorder. That's 2.26MP higher than the Panasonic HC-V770 and the Panasonic HC-W850 (6.03MP).
Slightly lighter Edit
The Panasonic HC-VX870 has a weight of 353g (as does the Panasonic HC-V770), however the Panasonic HC-W850 is a 360g weight camcorder (7g heavier). Read more

Weight of the camcorder including battery.

A lighter camcorder is easier to handle when recording and to carry when travelling.

5 Reasons For
Bigger digital zoom Edit
The Panasonic HC-W850 is a 1,500x (digital) camcorder, and so does the Panasonic HC-V770. That's 1,440x bigger than the Panasonic HC-VX870 (1,500x). Read more

A digital zoom enlarges the pixels in a digital image to make the subject appear closer. Using digital zoom can result in images becoming blurry as the underlying image remains the same.

A digital zoom allows you to enlarge a subject without having to move closer. Digital zoom can be used as an alternative to an optical zoom, although it will result in a loss of image quality.

Built-in flash Edit
The Panasonic HC-W850 has a built-in flash, but the Panasonic HC-V770 does not have a built-in flash.
Smaller minimum illumination Edit
The Panasonic HC-W850 has a minimum illumination of 1lx (as does the Panasonic HC-V770), but the Panasonic HC-VX870 is a 2lx minimum illumination camcorder (1lx bigger).
Three more awards
The Panasonic HC-W850 has 4 awards, however the Panasonic HC-V770 has 1 award and the Panasonic HC-VX870 has 1 award.
User reviews are a bit better
The Panasonic HC-W850 has an average user review score of 90% based on 26 reviews, but the Panasonic HC-V770 has an average rating of 89% (based on 14 reviews) and the Panasonic HC-VX870 has an average rating of 83% (based on 14 reviews).

Reasons Against

7 Reasons Against
A lot smaller total megapixels Edit
The Panasonic HC-V770 has a total megapixels of 12.76MP (as does the Panasonic HC-W850), however the Panasonic HC-VX870 is an 18.91MP sensor camcorder (6.15MP bigger). Read more

A megapixel (MP or Mpx) is one million pixels, and is a term used not only for the number of pixels in an image, but also to express the number of image sensor elements of digital cameras or the number of display elements of digital displays. For example, a camera that makes a 2048 1536 pixel image typically uses a few extra rows and columns of sensor elements and is commonly said to have "3.2 megapixels" or "3.4 megapixels", depending on whether the number reported is the "effective" or the "total" pixel count (as opposed to the 2048 1536 = 3,145,728 finished image pixels).

A larger number of megapixels increases the sharpness of images and video.

Lower effective megapixels (image) Edit
The Panasonic HC-V770 is a 6.03MP camcorder. That's 0.97MP lower than the Panasonic HC-VX870 (5.21MP) and 0.82MP higher than the Panasonic HC-W850 (5.21MP).
A lot lower effective megapixels (movie) Edit
The Panasonic HC-V770 has an effective megapixels (movie) of 6.03MP (as does the Panasonic HC-W850), however the Panasonic HC-VX870 is an 8.29MP (movie mode) camcorder (2.26MP higher).
Does not have a built-in flash Edit
The Panasonic HC-V770 does not have a built-in flash, whereas the Panasonic HC-W850 has a built-in flash.
Six months older
The Panasonic HC-V770 is older than the Panasonic HC-VX870 by six months.
Fewer awards
Whilst the Panasonic HC-V770 has received 1 award, the Panasonic HC-W850 has received 4 awards.
Slightly Lower user review Score
The Panasonic HC-V770 has an average user rating of 89%, but the Panasonic HC-W850 has an average user rating of 90% (based on 26 reviews).
7 Reasons Against
Twenty-four times smaller digital zoom Edit
Panasonic HC-VX870 is only 60x (digital), but the Panasonic HC-V770 and the Panasonic HC-W850 are both 1,500x (digital) camcorders (1,440x bigger). Read more

A digital zoom enlarges the pixels in a digital image to make the subject appear closer. Using digital zoom can result in images becoming blurry as the underlying image remains the same.

A digital zoom allows you to enlarge a subject without having to move closer. Digital zoom can be used as an alternative to an optical zoom, although it will result in a loss of image quality.

Bigger minimum illumination Edit
The Panasonic HC-VX870 is a 2lx minimum illumination camcorder. That's 1lx bigger than the Panasonic HC-V770 and the Panasonic HC-W850 (1lx).
More expensive by £118
The Panasonic HC-VX870 is £117.81 more expensive than the Panasonic HC-V770.
Less retailers
The Panasonic HC-VX870 is only stocked by 2 sellers, whereas the Panasonic HC-V770 is stocked by 19 retailers. Read more
Fewer numbers of shops reduces the price competition amongst retailers for the product and also reduces the chances of this camcorder remaining in stock.
Three less awards
The Panasonic HC-VX870 has only received 1 award, whereas the Panasonic HC-W850 has received 4 awards.
Expert review Rating is Worse
The Panasonic HC-VX870's average expert score is 83%, however the Panasonic HC-V770's is 90% (based on 1 review) and the Panasonic HC-W850's is 86% (based on 16 reviews).
User review Rating is Worse
The Panasonic HC-VX870's average user score is 83%, however the Panasonic HC-V770's is 89% (based on 14 reviews) and the Panasonic HC-W850's is 90% (based on 26 reviews).
8 Reasons Against
A lot smaller total megapixels Edit
The Panasonic HC-W850 has a total megapixels of 12.76MP (as does the Panasonic HC-V770), however the Panasonic HC-VX870 is an 18.91MP sensor camcorder (6.15MP bigger). Read more

A megapixel (MP or Mpx) is one million pixels, and is a term used not only for the number of pixels in an image, but also to express the number of image sensor elements of digital cameras or the number of display elements of digital displays. For example, a camera that makes a 2048 1536 pixel image typically uses a few extra rows and columns of sensor elements and is commonly said to have "3.2 megapixels" or "3.4 megapixels", depending on whether the number reported is the "effective" or the "total" pixel count (as opposed to the 2048 1536 = 3,145,728 finished image pixels).

A larger number of megapixels increases the sharpness of images and video.

Lower effective megapixels (image) Edit
The Panasonic HC-W850 is a 5.21MP camcorder. That's 0.82MP lower than the Panasonic HC-V770 (5.21MP) and 1.79MP lower than the Panasonic HC-VX870 (5.21MP).
A lot lower effective megapixels (movie) Edit
The Panasonic HC-W850 has an effective megapixels (movie) of 6.03MP (as does the Panasonic HC-V770), however the Panasonic HC-VX870 is an 8.29MP (movie mode) camcorder (2.26MP higher).
1.8 lower maximum aperture number Edit
The Panasonic HC-W850 is a 1.8 maximum aperture value camcorder, whereas the Panasonic HC-V770 is a 3.6 maximum aperture value camcorder (1.8 higher).
2% heavier Edit
The Panasonic HC-W850 is a 360g weight camcorder. That's 7g heavier than the Panasonic HC-V770 and the Panasonic HC-VX870 (360g). Read more

Weight of the camcorder including battery.

A lighter camcorder is easier to handle when recording and to carry when travelling.

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Over one year older
The Panasonic HC-W850 is older than the Panasonic HC-V770 by one year and older than the Panasonic HC-VX870 by 18 months.
A bit Lower expert review Score
The Panasonic HC-W850 has an average expert rating of 86%, but the Panasonic HC-V770 has an average expert rating of 90% (based on 1 review).

Awards

1 Award
Trusted Reviews: Recommended
1 Award
Trusted Reviews: Recommended
4 Awards
Expert Reviews: Best Buy
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Trusted Reviews: Recommended

Average Expert Rating

Average User Rating

Date Released

26 months Ago 20 months Ago 38 months Ago

Image Sensor

Total Megapixels
12.76MP 18.91MP
BEST
12.76MP
Optical Sensor Size
 1/2
 1/2
 1/2
Sensor Type
 MOS
 MOS
 MOS
Effective Megapixels (image)
6.03MP 7MP
BEST
5.21MP
Effective Megapixels (movie)
6.03MP 8.29MP
BEST
6.03MP

Lens System

Optical Zoom
20x 20x 20x
Digital Zoom
1,500x
BEST
60x 1,500x
BEST
Image Stabilizer
 Image stabilizer
 Image stabilizer
 Image stabilizer
Interchangeable Lens
Unknown - Click to provide data Unknown - Click to provide data
 Interchangeable lens
Image Stabilizer Type
 Hybrid
 Hybrid
 Hybrid
Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
752mm Unknown - Click to provide data Unknown - Click to provide data
Minimum Aperture Number
1.8 Unknown - Click to provide data 1.8
Maximum Aperture Number
3.6
BEST
Unknown - Click to provide data 1.8
Filter Size
49mm 49mm 49mm
Focal Length (35mm Film Equivalent)
29.5 - 612 30.8 - 626 29.5 - 612
Focal Length Range (f-F)
4.08 - 81.6 4.08 - 81.6 4.08 - 81.6

Storage

Memory Slots
Unknown - Click to provide data 1 Unknown - Click to provide data
Compatible Memory Cards
 SDXC
 SDHC
 SD
 SDXC
 SDHC
 SD
 SDXC
 SDHC
 SD
Camcorder Media Type
 Memory card
 Memory card
 Memory card
Camera File System
 Exif 2.2
 DCF
 Exif
 Exif 2.2
 DCF
 Exif
 Exif 2.2
 DCF
 Exif

Focusing

Focus Adjustment
 Auto
 Manual
 Auto
 Manual
 Auto
 Manual

White Balance

Indoor White Balance
 Indoor white balance
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Indoor white balance
White Balance
 Auto
 Cloudy
 Sunny
 Indoor
 Daylight
 Auto
 Cloudy
 Sunny
 Indoor
 Daylight
 Auto
 Cloudy
 Sunny
 Indoor
 Daylight

Flash

Built-In Flash
 Built-in flash
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Built-in flash
BEST
Built-In Light
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Built-in light
 Built-in light
Shoe Mounting Point
 Shoe mounting point
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Shoe mounting point
Shoe Mounting Point Type
 Cold
 Cold
 Cold

Shutter

Shutter Speed (video)
1/25 - 1/8000 Unknown - Click to provide data 0.000125 - 0.04
Shutter Speed (photo)
1/2 - 1/2000 Unknown - Click to provide data 0.0005 - 0.5
Camera Shutter Speed
1/2 - 1/8000 0.000125 - 0.04 0.000125 - 0.04

Display

Display Diagonal
3" 3" 3"
Built-In Display
 Built-in display
 Built-in display
 Built-in display
Touchscreen
 Touchscreen
 Touchscreen
Unknown - Click to provide data
Display Resolution (numeric)
460,800 pixels 460,800 pixels 460,800 pixels
Display
 LCD
 LCD
 LCD
Vari-Angle LCD Display
 Vari-angle LCD display
Unknown - Click to provide data Unknown - Click to provide data

Viewfinder

Viewfinder Type
 Not available
 Not available
 Not available

Camera

Camcorder Type
 handheld
 handheld
 handheld
3D
 3D
Unknown - Click to provide data
 3D
On Screen Display (OSD)
 On Screen Display (OSD)
Unknown - Click to provide data
 On Screen Display (OSD)
Minimum Illumination
1lx
BEST
2lx 1lx
BEST
On Screen Display (OSD) Languages
 DUT
 ARA
 CZE
 THA
 ENG
 FRE
 DEU
 ITA
 POL
 ESP
 SWE
 TUR
 CHI (TR)
 CHI (SIMPL)
 PER
 DUT
 ARA
 CZE
 THA
 ENG
 FRE
 DEU
 ITA
 POL
 ESP
 SWE
 TUR
 CHI (TR)
 CHI (SIMPL)
 PER
 DUT
 ARA
 CZE
 THA
 ENG
 FRE
 DEU
 ITA
 POL
 ESP
 SWE
 TUR
 CHI (TR)
 CHI (SIMPL)
 PER
Smartphone Remote Support
Unknown - Click to provide data Unknown - Click to provide data
 Smartphone remote support
Remotely Operated
Unknown - Click to provide data Unknown - Click to provide data
 Remotely operated
Progressive Scan
Unknown - Click to provide data Unknown - Click to provide data
 Progressive scan

Design

LED Indicators
Unknown - Click to provide data Unknown - Click to provide data
 LED indicators
Colour
 Black
 Black
 Black

Video

Full HD
 Full HD
 Full HD
 Full HD
HD Type
 Full HD
 Full HD
 Full HD
Bitrate At Maximum Video Resolution
72 Mbit/s Unknown - Click to provide data Unknown - Click to provide data
Supported Video Modes
 1080p
 720p
 540p
BEST
 1080p
 720p
 540p
 1080p
 720p
 540p
Video Formats Supported
 MP4
 H.264
 AVCHD
 AVC
 MPEG
 MPEG4
 MP4
 H.264
 AVCHD
 AVC
 MPEG
 MPEG4
 MP4
 H.264
 AVCHD
 AVC
 MPEG
 MPEG4
Video Resolutions
 1920 x 1080
 1280 x 720
 960 x 540
BEST
 1920 x 1080
 1280 x 720
 960 x 540
 1920 x 1080
 1280 x 720
 960 x 540
BEST
Maximum Video Resolution
 3840 x 2160
 3840 x 2160
BEST
 3840 x 2160
Maximum Frame Rate
50fps Unknown - Click to provide data Unknown - Click to provide data
Analog Signal Format System
 PAL
 NTSC
 PAL
 NTSC
 PAL
 NTSC
BEST
Dual Shot (video & Photo)
Unknown - Click to provide data Unknown - Click to provide data
 Dual shot (video & photo)

Still Image

Image Formats Supported
 JPG
BEST
 JPG
 JPG
BEST
Still Image Resolution(s)
 5472 x 3648
 4896 x 3672
 3984 x 2656
 3264 x 2448
 1920 x 1080
 1728 x 1152
 640 x 480
 5472 x 3648
 4896 x 3672
 3984 x 2656
 3264 x 2448
 1920 x 1080
 1728 x 1152
 640 x 480
 5472 x 3648
 4896 x 3672
 3984 x 2656
 3264 x 2448
 1920 x 1080
 1728 x 1152
 640 x 480
Maximum Image Resolution
 6528 x 3672
BEST
 6528 x 3672
 6528 x 3672
BEST

Audio

Audio Formats Supported
 MP4
BEST
 MP4
 MP4
BEST
Wind Filter
Unknown - Click to provide data Unknown - Click to provide data
 Wind filter
Built-In Speaker(s)
 Built-in speaker(s)
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Built-in speaker(s)
Built-In Microphone
 Built-in microphone
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Built-in microphone
Audio System
 Dolby Digital 2.0/5.1
BEST
 Dolby Digital 2.0/5.1
BEST
 Dolby Digital 2.0/5.1

Ports & Interfaces

HDMI
 HDMI
 HDMI
 HDMI
DC-In Jack
 DC-in jack
Unknown - Click to provide data Unknown - Click to provide data
Composite Video Out
Unknown - Click to provide data Unknown - Click to provide data
 Composite video out
USB 2.0 Port
1 1 1
Microphone in
 Microphone in
 Microphone in
 Microphone in
Headphone Outputs
 Headphone outputs
 Headphone outputs
 Headphone outputs
Component Video (YPbPr/YCbCr) Out
1 Unknown - Click to provide data Unknown - Click to provide data
S-Video Out
 S-Video out
Unknown - Click to provide data
 S-Video out
PictBridge
Unknown - Click to provide data Unknown - Click to provide data
 PictBridge
Mini HDMI Port
Unknown - Click to provide data Unknown - Click to provide data 1
Micro-USB 2.0 Ports Quantity
1 Unknown - Click to provide data Unknown - Click to provide data

Networking

Wi-Fi
 Wi-Fi
 Wi-Fi
 Wi-Fi
Ethernet LAN
 Ethernet LAN
Unknown - Click to provide data Unknown - Click to provide data
Near Field Communication (NFC)
 Near Field Communication (NFC)
 Near Field Communication (NFC)
 Near Field Communication (NFC)
Bluetooth
 Bluetooth
Unknown - Click to provide data Unknown - Click to provide data

Battery

Battery Life (max)
1h Unknown - Click to provide data Unknown - Click to provide data
Video Recording Time
1h Unknown - Click to provide data Unknown - Click to provide data
Battery Voltage
3.6V 3.6V 3.6V
Battery Capacity
1,940mAh 1,940mAh 1,940mAh
Battery Technology
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
BEST
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Charging Source
 USB
 DC
 USB
 DC
 USB
 DC

Weight & Dimensions

Weight
353g
BEST
353g
BEST
360g
Height
73mm 73mm 73mm
Depth
139mm 139mm 139mm
Width
65mm 65mm 65mm

Packaging Content

Batteries Included
 Batteries included
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Batteries included
Quick Start Guide
Unknown - Click to provide data Unknown - Click to provide data
 Quick start guide
Bundled Software
HD Writer AE 5.2 Unknown - Click to provide data HD Writer AE 5.1
Cables Included
 USB
 HDMI
 DC
BEST
 USB
 HDMI
 DC
 USB
 HDMI
 DC
BEST
AC Adapter Included
 AC adapter included
 AC adapter included
 AC adapter included
Warranty Card
Unknown - Click to provide data Unknown - Click to provide data
 Warranty card
Lens Hood
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Lens hood
Unknown - Click to provide data

Other Features

Night Mode
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Night mode
Unknown - Click to provide data

Projector

Built-In Projector
 Built-in projector
Unknown - Click to provide data Unknown - Click to provide data

Technical Details

USB Charging
 USB charging
Unknown - Click to provide data Unknown - Click to provide data
Audio Output Channels
5.1channels Unknown - Click to provide data Unknown - Click to provide data
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