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

81

Overall Score

81

Overall Score
Our Verdict:
An award winning and high-quality 20x optical zoom 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution video camera, but representing only average value for money
95
Reviews
15 Reviews + 1 Award
62
Value for Money
Good
92
Features
Fully-Featured
72
Age
3 Years Old
81
Overall Score
Excellent
20x 1920 X 1080 (Full HD) Pixels 12.76MP 1" Jan 2015
Optical Zoom Max Video Resolution Total Megapixels Optical Sensor Size Release Date
Optical Zoom 20x
Max Video Resolution 1920 X 1080 (Full HD) Pixels
Total Megapixels 12.76MP
Optical Sensor Size 1"
Release Date Jan 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
Panasonic HC-V770

81

Overall Score

81

Overall Score
Our Verdict:
An award winning and high-quality 20x optical zoom 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution video camera, but representing only average value for money
95
Reviews
15 Reviews + 1 Award
62
Value for Money
Good
92
Features
Fully-Featured
72
Age
3 Years Old
81
Overall Score
Excellent
20x 1920 X 1080 (Full HD) Pixels 12.76MP 1" Jan 2015
Optical Zoom Max Video Resolution Total Megapixels Optical Sensor Size Release Date
Optical Zoom 20x
Max Video Resolution 1920 X 1080 (Full HD) Pixels
Total Megapixels 12.76MP
Optical Sensor Size 1"
Release Date Jan 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

Top Prices

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£399.00
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£412.35
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Reasons For

Panasonic HC-V770 Panasonic HC-VX870
4 Reasons For
Bigger Digital Zoom
The Panasonic HC-V770 has a digital zoom of 1,500x. That's 1,440x bigger than the Panasonic HC-VX870 (60x).

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.

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£79 Cheaper
The Panasonic HC-V770 is £78.99 cheaper than the Panasonic HC-VX870.
Expert Reviews Are Better
The average expert review score of the Panasonic HC-V770 is 90%, whereas the average rating of the Panasonic HC-VX870 is 83% (based on 7 reviews).
User Reviews Are Better
The average user review score of the Panasonic HC-V770 is 89%, whereas the average rating of the Panasonic HC-VX870 is 83% (based on 14 reviews).
4 Reasons For
Bigger Total Megapixels
The Panasonic HC-VX870 is a 18.91MP camcorder. That's 6.15MP bigger than the Panasonic HC-V770 (12.76MP).

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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Higher Effective Megapixels (image)
The Panasonic HC-VX870 has an effective megapixels (image) of 7MP, but the Panasonic HC-V770 is only a 6.03MP camcorder (0.97MP 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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Higher Effective Megapixels (movie)
The Panasonic HC-VX870 has an effective megapixels (movie) of 8.29MP. That's 2.26MP higher than the Panasonic HC-V770 (6.03MP).

The resolution of the videos 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.

A sensor with more megapixels will be able to capture more detailed frames and the videos will appear sharper.

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More Shops Are Selling it
The more shops stock the product, the greater competition amongst shops to keep prices low.

Reviews & Awards

Awards

The Panasonic HC-V770 and the Panasonic HC-VX870 both have 1 award. Compare all award winning camcorders.
Panasonic HC-V770 Panasonic HC-VX870
1 Award
Trusted Reviews: Recommended
1 Award
Trusted Reviews: Recommended

Average Expert Rating

The Panasonic HC-V770 has better expert reviews than the Panasonic HC-VX870. The average expert reviews score for the Panasonic HC-V770 is 90% based on 1 review, where as the average score for the Panasonic HC-VX870 is 83% based on 7 reviews.
Panasonic HC-V770 Panasonic HC-VX870
Best
5 stars
1 review
4 stars
0 reviews
3 stars
0 reviews
2 stars
0 reviews
1 star
0 reviews
5 stars
1 review
4 stars
3 reviews
3 stars
0 reviews
2 stars
0 reviews
1 star
0 reviews

Average User Rating

The Panasonic HC-V770 has better user reviews than the Panasonic HC-VX870. The average user reviews score for the Panasonic HC-V770 is 89% based on 14 reviews, where as the average score for the Panasonic HC-VX870 is 83% based on 14 reviews.
Panasonic HC-V770 Panasonic HC-VX870
Best
5 stars
9 reviews
4 stars
3 reviews
3 stars
1 review
2 stars
1 review
1 star
0 reviews
5 stars
8 reviews
4 stars
2 reviews
3 stars
2 reviews
2 stars
2 reviews
1 star
0 reviews

Proportion of Users That Recommend It

For both the Panasonic HC-V770 than the Panasonic HC-VX870 the same percentage of owners recommend the product. In both cases 66.7% recommend the product, based on a total of 15 reviews for the Panasonic HC-V770 and 15 reviews for the Panasonic HC-V770.

Trusted Reviews Review Score

Panasonic HC-V770 Panasonic HC-VX870
Trusted Reviews logo
What is the Panasonic HC-V770? The HC-V770 is Panasonic's top HD-only camcorder. Its flagship models, the HC-VX870 and HC-WX970 , have moved up to 4K. If you don't foresee your shooting shifting to the higher resolution anytime soon, however, the HC-...
Recommended
Good value
Comprehensive manual settings with control dial
WiFi connectivity
No lens ring
Small sensor compared to a DSLR
No 4K shooting
If your budget doesn't stretch to 4K, the Panasonic HC-V770 provides feature-rich and high-quality Full HD video that's sure to impress......
Aug 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

Date Released

Panasonic HC-V770 Panasonic HC-VX870
37 months old 29 months old Best

Key Features

Digital Zoom

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.

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.

Specification

 
 
 
Lens System Panasonic HC-V770 Panasonic HC-VX870
Optical Zoom 20x 20x
Digital Zoom 1,500x 60x
BEST
Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv) 752mm Unknown - Click to provide data
Minimum Aperture Number 1.8 Unknown - Click to provide data
Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv) 29.5mm Unknown - Click to provide data
Maximum Aperture Number 3.6 Unknown - Click to provide data
Image Stabilizer Type
Optical
 Optical
Optical
 Optical
Filter Size 49mm 49mm
Focal Length (35mm Film Equivalent)
Focal Length Range (f-F)
 
 
 
Video Panasonic HC-V770 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 50fps Unknown - Click to provide data
HD Type
Full HD HD
HD
 Full HD
 HD
 HD
Full HD HD
HD
 Full HD
 HD
 HD
Bitrate At Maximum Video Resolution 72 Mbit/s Unknown - Click to provide data
Supported Video Modes
1080p 720p
540p
 1080p
 720p
 540p
1080p 720p
540p
 1080p
 720p
 540p
Video Resolutions
1920 x 1080 (Full HD) 1920 x 1080
1280 x 720 960 x 540
 1920 x 1080 (Full HD)
 1920 x 1080
 1280 x 720
 960 x 540
1920 x 1080 (Full HD) 1920 x 1080
1280 x 720 960 x 540
 1920 x 1080 (Full HD)
 1920 x 1080
 1280 x 720
 960 x 540
 
 
 
Image Sensor Panasonic HC-V770 Panasonic HC-VX870
Total Megapixels 12.76MP 18.91MP
BEST
Optical Sensor Size 1" 1"
Sensor Type
MOS
 MOS
MOS
 MOS
Effective Megapixels (image) 6.03MP 7MP
BEST
Effective Megapixels (movie) 6.03MP 8.29MP
BEST
 
 
 
Storage Panasonic HC-V770 Panasonic HC-VX870
Memory Slots Unknown - Click to provide data 1
Compatible Memory Cards
SDXC SDHC
SD/SDHC SD/SDHC/SDXC
 SDXC
 SDHC
 SD/SDHC
 SD/SDHC/SDXC
SDXC SDHC
SD/SDHC SD/SDHC/SDXC
 SDXC
 SDHC
 SD/SDHC
 SD/SDHC/SDXC
Camcorder Media Type
Memory card
 Memory card
Memory card
 Memory card
 
 
 
Focusing Panasonic HC-V770 Panasonic HC-VX870
Focus Adjustment
Auto Manual
 Auto
 Manual
Auto Manual
 Auto
 Manual
 
 
 
White Balance Panasonic HC-V770 Panasonic HC-VX870
White Balance
Auto Cloudy
Sunny Indoor
Daylight
 Auto
 Cloudy
 Sunny
 Indoor
 Daylight
Auto Cloudy
Sunny Indoor
Daylight
 Auto
 Cloudy
 Sunny
 Indoor
 Daylight
 
 
 
Shutter Panasonic HC-V770 Panasonic HC-VX870
Shutter Speed (video) Unknown - Click to provide data
Shutter Speed (photo) Unknown - Click to provide data
Camera Shutter Speed
 
 
 
Display Panasonic HC-V770 Panasonic HC-VX870
Display Diagonal 3" 3"
Display Resolution (numeric) 460,800 Pixels 460,800 Pixels
Display
LCD
 LCD
LCD
 LCD
 
 
 
Camera Panasonic HC-V770 Panasonic HC-VX870
Minimum Illumination 1lx
BEST
2lx
 
 
 
Still Image Panasonic HC-V770 Panasonic HC-VX870
Image Formats Supported
JPG
 JPG
JPG
 JPG
Maximum Image Resolution
6528 x 3672
 6528 x 3672
6528 x 3672
 6528 x 3672
 
 
 
Audio Panasonic HC-V770 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 Panasonic HC-V770 Panasonic HC-VX870
USB 2.0 Port 1 1
Component Video (YPbPr/YCbCr) Out 1 Unknown - Click to provide data
Micro-USB 2.0 Ports Quantity 1 Unknown - Click to provide data
 
 
 
Battery Panasonic HC-V770 Panasonic HC-VX870
Maximum Battery Life 1h Unknown - Click to provide data
Video Recording Time 1h Unknown - Click to provide data
Battery Voltage 3.6V 3.6V
Battery Capacity 1,940mAh 1,940mAh
Battery Technology
Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
 
 
 
Weight & Dimensions Panasonic HC-V770 Panasonic HC-VX870
Weight 353g 353g
Height 73mm 73mm
Depth 139mm 139mm
Width 65mm 65mm
 
 
 
Packaging Content Panasonic HC-V770 Panasonic HC-VX870
Bundled Software Unknown - Click to provide data
Cables Included
USB HDMI
DC
 USB
 HDMI
 DC
USB HDMI
DC
 USB
 HDMI
 DC
Included Memory Card Size Unknown - Click to provide data 16GB

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