Canon XC10 vs Panasonic HC-VX870
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Canon XC10vsPanasonic HC-VX870

Canon XC10

78

Overall Score

78

Overall Score

Canon XC10

£1,470.00
£129.00
Our Verdict:
An award winning and giant optical sensor size 10x optical zoom 3840 x 2160 pixels resolution video camera, with great features but representing only moderate value for money
89
Reviews
7 Reviews + 1 Award
57
Value for Money
Average
89
Features
Fully-Featured
74
Age
2 Years Old
78
Overall Score
Very Good
10x 3840 X 2160 (4K) Pixels 13.36MP 1" Apr 2015
Optical Zoom Max Video Resolution Total Megapixels Optical Sensor Size Release Date
Optical Zoom 10x
Max Video Resolution 3840 X 2160 (4K) Pixels
Total Megapixels 13.36MP
Optical Sensor Size 1"
Release Date Apr 2015
Panasonic HC-VX870

84

Overall Score

84

Overall Score
Our Verdict:
A top of the range and high image quality 20x optical zoom 3840 x 2160 pixels resolution video camera, with an industry award but representing only middle of the road value for money
91
Reviews
18 Reviews + 1 Award
68
Value for Money
Good
96
Features
Fully-Featured
76
Age
2 Years Old
84
Overall Score
Excellent
20x 3840 X 2160 (4K) Pixels 18.91MP 1" Sep 2015
Optical Zoom Max Video Resolution Total Megapixels Optical Sensor Size Release Date
Optical Zoom 20x
Max Video Resolution 3840 X 2160 (4K) Pixels
Total Megapixels 18.91MP
Optical Sensor Size 1"
Release Date Sep 2015
Canon XC10

78

Overall Score

78

Overall Score

Canon XC10

£1,470.00
£129.00
Our Verdict:
An award winning and giant optical sensor size 10x optical zoom 3840 x 2160 pixels resolution video camera, with great features but representing only moderate value for money
89
Reviews
7 Reviews + 1 Award
57
Value for Money
Average
89
Features
Fully-Featured
74
Age
2 Years Old
78
Overall Score
Very Good
10x 3840 X 2160 (4K) Pixels 13.36MP 1" Apr 2015
Optical Zoom Max Video Resolution Total Megapixels Optical Sensor Size Release Date
Optical Zoom 10x
Max Video Resolution 3840 X 2160 (4K) Pixels
Total Megapixels 13.36MP
Optical Sensor Size 1"
Release Date Apr 2015
Panasonic HC-VX870

84

Overall Score

84

Overall Score
Our Verdict:
A top of the range and high image quality 20x optical zoom 3840 x 2160 pixels resolution video camera, with an industry award but representing only middle of the road value for money
91
Reviews
18 Reviews + 1 Award
68
Value for Money
Good
96
Features
Fully-Featured
76
Age
2 Years Old
84
Overall Score
Excellent
20x 3840 X 2160 (4K) Pixels 18.91MP 1" Sep 2015
Optical Zoom Max Video Resolution Total Megapixels Optical Sensor Size Release Date
Optical Zoom 20x
Max Video Resolution 3840 X 2160 (4K) Pixels
Total Megapixels 18.91MP
Optical Sensor Size 1"
Release Date Sep 2015

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Reasons For

Canon XC10 Panasonic HC-VX870
3 Reasons For
5MP Higher Effective Megapixels (image)
The Canon XC10 has an effective megapixels (image) of 12MP, but the Panasonic HC-VX870 is only a 7MP camcorder (5MP lower).

The resolution of the images a camcorder produces is measured in megapixels (MP). One megapixel is equal to 1 million pixels and is a result of the pixel width multiplied by the pixel height of the image. While a higher image resolution generally results in sharper images, only a relatively low megapixel count is required when printing the image at a small size or to display it on a computer screen.

A sensor with more megapixels will be able to capture more detailed photos and the image will appear sharper. Images with more megapixels can also be printed at a larger size.

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Slightly Better Expert Reviews
Based on 11 expert reviews, the Canon XC10 has an average review score of 85%, but the Panasonic HC-VX870 has an average rating of 83% (based on 7 reviews).
Better Brand
Canon camcorders have an average rating of 84%, however Panasonic has an average rating of 73.2%.
5 Reasons For
A Lot Bigger Optical Zoom
The Panasonic HC-VX870 has an optical zoom of 20x, whereas the Canon XC10 is only a 10x optical zoom camcorder (10x smaller).

An optical zoom lets you enlarge the subject without having to move closer to it.

An optical zoom lets you zoom without loosing image quality. Digital zooms will simply enlarge the pixels and make the image look blurry.

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5.55MP Bigger Total Megapixels
The Panasonic HC-VX870 has a total megapixels of 18.91MP, but the Canon XC10 is only a 13.36MP camcorder (5.55MP smaller).

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.

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Significantly Lighter
The Panasonic HC-VX870 is a 353g camcorder. That's 577g lighter than the Canon XC10 (930g).

This denotes the weight of the camcorder, including battery.

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

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£992 Cheaper
The Panasonic HC-VX870 is £992.01 cheaper than the Canon XC10.
User Reviews Are Appreciably Better
Based on 14 reviews, the average user review score of the Panasonic HC-VX870 is 83%, whereas the average rating of the Canon XC10 is 67% (based on 3 reviews).

Reviews & Awards

Awards

The Canon XC10 and the Panasonic HC-VX870 both have 1 award. Compare all award winning camcorders.
Canon XC10 Panasonic HC-VX870
1 Award
Trusted Reviews: Recommended
1 Award
Trusted Reviews: Recommended

Average Expert Rating

The Canon XC10 has better expert reviews than the Panasonic HC-VX870. The average expert reviews score for the Canon XC10 is 85% based on 11 reviews, where as the average score for the Panasonic HC-VX870 is 83% based on 7 reviews.
Canon XC10 Panasonic HC-VX870
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3 reviews
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1 review
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Average User Rating

The Panasonic HC-VX870 has better user reviews than the Canon XC10. The average user reviews score for the Panasonic HC-VX870 is 83% based on 14 reviews, where as the average score for the Canon XC10 is 67% based on 3 reviews.
Canon XC10 Panasonic HC-VX870
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Best
5 stars
8 reviews
4 stars
2 reviews
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2 reviews
2 stars
2 reviews
1 star
0 reviews

Average Brand Rating

Canon has a better average brand rating than Panasonic. The average brand rating for Canon is 84.01% based on 2,530 reviews, where as the average brand rating for Panasonic is 73.15% based on 592 reviews.
Canon XC10 Panasonic HC-VX870
Canon

84

84

Based on 2,530 reviews
Panasonic

73

73

Based on 592 reviews

Trusted Reviews Review Score

Canon XC10 Panasonic HC-VX870
Trusted Reviews logo
What is the Canon XC10? The XC10 is Canon's entry-level Cinema EOS camera. However, it's a rather different beast compared to other members of the Cinema EOS range, such as the C100 . For a start, it's price of a little over £1,500 puts it much clos...
Recommended
Brilliant 4K image quality
Built-in lens offers 10x zoom
Better 12-megapixel stills than most camcorders
Non-interchangeable lens
4K only recorded to expensive CFast 2.0 cards
No XLR audio inputs
The Canon XC10 isn't quite the DSLR-camcorder hybrid it promises to be, but it shoots great 4K footage......
Dec 2015
Trusted Reviews logo
What is the Panasonic HC-VX870? The HC-VX870 is the second model down in Panasonic's new 4K camcorder range after the HC-WX970 that we reviewed recently . It's a very similar specification, but misses one key feature ? a second 'selfie' camera. This ...
Recommended
4K camcorder shooting for under 700
Comprehensive manual settings with control dial
WiFi connectivity
No lens ring, just a lens dial
Small sensor compared to a DSLR
The Panasonic HC-VX870 brings mainstream camcorder 4K shooting to a new affordable sub-£700 level......
May 2015

Videomaker.com Review Score

Canon XC10 Panasonic HC-VX870
Videomaker.com logo
When it comes to professional videography, 4K is quickly becoming standard. If you're in the market for a compact, portable and lightweight professional video camera that shoots 4K internally, and offers 12 Megapixel digital still photography, then t...
Internal 4K
Great image quality
AllinOne design
Function menu for camera controls
Lacks XLR audio
Not enough assignable buttons
...
Dec 2015
Videomaker.com logo
The HC-WX970 sounds like just another camera, but it's not, it is the top of this line of cameras and full of features. Panasonic seems to quietly make their noise about cameras, and they have plenty of new ones during this year's CES. The features P...
...
Jan 2015

Date Released

Canon XC10 Panasonic HC-VX870
34 months old 29 months old Best

Key Features

Optical Zoom

An optical zoom lets you enlarge the subject without having to move closer to it.

An optical zoom lets you zoom without loosing image quality. Digital zooms will simply enlarge the pixels and make the image look blurry.

Total Megapixels

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.

Optical Sensor Size

Optical sensor size is one of the most important factors affecting the image quality produced by a camcorder. The sensor is what processes the light from the lens and transfers it into a digital image.

A larger optical sensor produces better quality results, because more light can be brought into the lens at once, This leads to larger, more highly-detailed videos and photos.

Weight

This denotes the weight of the camcorder, including battery.

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

Specification

 
 
 
Lens System Canon XC10 Panasonic HC-VX870
Optical Zoom 10x 20x
BEST
Digital Zoom Unknown - Click to provide data 60x
Minimum Aperture Number 2.8 Unknown - Click to provide data
Maximum Aperture Number 5.6 Unknown - Click to provide data
Image Stabilizer Type
Optical
 Optical
Optical
 Optical
Filter Size 58mm 49mm
Focal Length (35mm Film Equivalent)
Focal Length Range (f-F)
 
 
 
Video Canon XC10 Panasonic HC-VX870
Max Video Resolution
3840 x 2160 (4K)
 3840 x 2160 (4K)
3840 x 2160 (4K)
 3840 x 2160 (4K)
Maximum Frame Rate 60fps Unknown - Click to provide data
HD Type
Full HD HD
HD
 Full HD
 HD
 HD
Full HD HD
HD
 Full HD
 HD
 HD
Supported Video Modes
2160p 1080p
720p 60p
 2160p
 1080p
 720p
 60p
2160p 1080p
720p 60p
 2160p
 1080p
 720p
 60p
 
 
 
Image Sensor Canon XC10 Panasonic HC-VX870
Total Megapixels 13.36MP 18.91MP
BEST
Optical Sensor Size 1" 1"
Sensor Type
CMOS
 CMOS
CMOS
 CMOS
Effective Megapixels (image) 12MP 7MP
BEST
Effective Megapixels (movie) 8.29MP 8.29MP
 
 
 
Storage Canon XC10 Panasonic HC-VX870
Internal Storage Capacity 128GB Unknown - Click to provide data
Memory Slots 2
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1
Compatible Memory Cards
SDXC SDHC
CFast CF+
SD/SDHC SD/SDHC/SDXC
 SDXC
 SDHC
 CFast
 CF+
 SD/SDHC
 SD/SDHC/SDXC
SDXC SDHC
CFast CF+
SD/SDHC SD/SDHC/SDXC
 SDXC
 SDHC
 CFast
 CF+
 SD/SDHC
 SD/SDHC/SDXC
Camcorder Media Type
Memory card
 Memory card
Memory card
 Memory card
 
 
 
Focusing Canon XC10 Panasonic HC-VX870
Closest Focusing Distance 0.5m Unknown - Click to provide data
Focus Adjustment
Auto Manual
 Auto
 Manual
Auto Manual
 Auto
 Manual
 
 
 
White Balance Canon XC10 Panasonic HC-VX870
White Balance
Fluorescent H Auto
Tungsten Fluorescent
Cloudy Daylight
Shade Sunny
Indoor
 Fluorescent H
 Auto
 Tungsten
 Fluorescent
 Cloudy
 Daylight
 Shade
 Sunny
 Indoor
Fluorescent H Auto
Tungsten Fluorescent
Cloudy Daylight
Shade Sunny
Indoor
 Fluorescent H
 Auto
 Tungsten
 Fluorescent
 Cloudy
 Daylight
 Shade
 Sunny
 Indoor
 
 
 
Shutter Canon XC10 Panasonic HC-VX870
Camera Shutter Speed
 
 
 
Display Canon XC10 Panasonic HC-VX870
Display Diagonal 3" 3"
Display Resolution (numeric) 1,030,000 Pixels 460,800 Pixels
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Display
LCD
 LCD
LCD
 LCD
 
 
 
Viewfinder Canon XC10 Panasonic HC-VX870
Viewfinder Type
Optical
 Optical
Optical
 Optical
Magnification 10x Unknown - Click to provide data
 
 
 
Camera Canon XC10 Panasonic HC-VX870
Minimum Illumination 0.05lx
BEST
2lx
 
 
 
Still Image Canon XC10 Panasonic HC-VX870
Image Formats Supported
JPG
 JPG
JPG
 JPG
Maximum Image Resolution
4000 x 3000
 4000 x 3000
4000 x 3000
 4000 x 3000
 
 
 
Audio Canon XC10 Panasonic HC-VX870
Audio System
Dolby Digital 2.0/5.1
 Dolby Digital 2.0/5.1
Dolby Digital 2.0/5.1
 Dolby Digital 2.0/5.1
 
 
 
Ports & Interfaces Canon XC10 Panasonic HC-VX870
USB 2.0 Port 1 1
Mini USB Port 1 Unknown - Click to provide data
 
 
 
Battery Canon XC10 Panasonic HC-VX870
Battery Type Unknown - Click to provide data
Battery Voltage 7.2V 3.6V
Battery Capacity 1,865mAh 1,940mAh
BEST
Battery Technology
Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
 
 
 
Operational Conditions Canon XC10 Panasonic HC-VX870
Operating Temperature (T-T) Unknown - Click to provide data
Storage Temperature (T-T) Unknown - Click to provide data
 
 
 
Weight & Dimensions Canon XC10 Panasonic HC-VX870
Weight 930g 353g
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Height 122mm 73mm
Depth 102mm 139mm
Width 125mm 65mm
 
 
 
Packaging Content Canon XC10 Panasonic HC-VX870
Cables Included
USB HDMI
 USB
 HDMI
USB HDMI
 USB
 HDMI
Included Memory Card Size 128GB 16GB
BEST
 
 
 
Technical Details Canon XC10 Panasonic HC-VX870
Number of Diaphragm Blades 8 Unknown - Click to provide data

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