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Panasonic HCVX870EBK Camcorder

18.91MP 1/2.3 353g MOS BSI Feb 2015
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4K Video Recording with 4K Photo ModeLEICA Lens / 8M BSI Sensor / Crystal Engine 4K HDR (High Dynamic Range) MovieClear detail in both bright and dark areas Wireless Twin CameraAdd sub camera... More
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10 Reasons For

Owner Reviews Are Good

On average, based on 12 owner reviews the average owner rating of this big total megapixels video camera is 86%.

Panasonic Video Cameras Have Good Reviews

On average Panasonic big total megapixels video cameras have good reviews as do all video cameras produced by Panasonic.

Has an Image Stabilizer

The HC-VX870 has an image stabilizer. Most of the other video cameras of a similar type and age to the HC-VX870 also have an image stabilizer.

It may also be worth also looking at one of the other camcorders with an image stabilizer currently available including the Panasonic HC-VX980[plb_3189443_price] which has better reviews; or the Panasonic HC-V777[plb_2775907_price] which is cheaper.

We compared all the other camcorders which also have an image stabilizer to this camcorder and we think the Panasonic HC-VXF990[plb_3189441_price] is also worth considering.

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Has an HDMI

has an HDMI

Like most of the other camcorders of a comparable spec and age to the HC-VX870, the Panasonic HC-VX870 has an HDMI.

There are a number of alternative video cameras with an HDMI currently available which you might also want to look at including the Panasonic HC-VX980[plb_3189443_price] which has better reviews.

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Very Light

With a weight of only 353 grams, the HC-VX870 is one of the lighter big total megapixels video cameras that were released around the same time as the HC-VX870 amongst big total megapixels video cameras of this age. The lightest camcorder that was released more than a year ago is 120g weight and the heaviest is 1.8kg.

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MOS Sensor Type

This camcorder has a MOS BSI sensor type, which is typical of many similar spec video cameras that have been around for a comparable time to it.

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SDXC Compatible Memory Cards

SDXC compatible memory cards

The HC-VX870 supports an SDXC compatible memory cards which is better than most big total megapixels video cameras that are a similar age to it. Most video cameras of a comparable age and type to it support an SDHC compatible memory cards. This video camera also supports an SD compatible memory cards. SDXC cards are SD cards but with a much higher capacity and faster processing speeds. They have a maximum capacity of 2TB (Terabytes).

This video camera's memory card type (SDXC) is in fact the best supported memory card type amongst all big total megapixels video cameras that have been around for a comparable time to the HC-VX870.

The worst supported memory card type across comparable types of video camera is SD.

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

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Has a Night Mode

Unlike most of the other big total megapixels video cameras that have been available for a similar time to the HC-VX870 which do not have a night mode, the HC-VX870 has a night mode.

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Has a Built-In Display

The HC-VX870 has a built-in display, as do most of the other big total megapixels video cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the HC-VX870.

We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative camcorders with a built-in display currently available including the Panasonic HC-VX980[plb_3189443_price] which has better reviews; or the Panasonic HC-V777[plb_2775907_price] which is cheaper.

We compared this video camera to all the other camcorders with a built-in display and we think the Panasonic HC-VXF990[plb_3189441_price] is also worth considering.

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3840 X 2160 Pixels Maximum Video Resolution

This video camera has a maximum video resolution of 3840 x 2160 pixels, which is the most frequently found maximum video resolution on video cameras that have been around for around the same time as it.

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10 Reasons Against

Not Full HD

Like most of the other camcorders of this age and type, the HC-VX870 is not Full HD.

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Does Not Have an Interchangeable Lens

The Panasonic HC-VX870 does not have an interchangeable lens, although it is worth noting that most of the other big total megapixels video cameras that are a comparable age to the HC-VX870 also do not have an interchangeable lens.

We think you might also be interested in alternative camcorders which also have an interchangeable lens including the Panasonic HC-VXF990[plb_3189441_price].

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Not 3D

Most camcorders that have been available for around the same time as the HC-VX870 are not 3D. The HC-VX870 is no exception to this as it too is not 3D.

If you want a video camera that is 3D then you might want to consider the Panasonic HC-V777[plb_2775907_price] which is also cheaper.

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Not Waterproof

Most big total megapixels video cameras that were released around the same time as the HC-VX870 are not waterproof. The Panasonic HC-VX870 is no exception to this as it too is not waterproof.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Projector

Most similar spec camcorders that are a comparable age to the HC-VX870 do not have a built-in projector. The Panasonic HC-VX870 is no exception to this as it too does not have a built-in projector.

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Only AVC Video Formats Supported

This video camera has an AVC|AVCHD|H.264|MP4|MPEG4 video formats supported, which is typical of many big total megapixels video cameras that were released more than a year ago.

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Very Low Effective Megapixels (image)

With an effective megapixels (image) of only 7 megapixels, the HC-VX870 has a fairly low effective megapixels (image) compared to most of the other big total megapixels video cameras that have been available for around the same time as the HC-VX870. The average effective megapixels (image) of similar spec camcorders that were released one year ago is 12MP, and the effective megapixels (image)s range from 6MP to 26MP.

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Quite Low Display Resolution (numeric)

The lowest display resolution (numeric) of video cameras of this age and type is 460 pixels, the highest is 1,600,000 pixels, and the average display resolution (numeric) is 620,000 pixels. The HC-VX870 has one of the lower display resolution (numeric)s (only 460,800 pixels) amongst big total megapixels video cameras of this age.

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Only One Memory Slots

The HC-VX870 is a one memory slots video camera.

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Very Small Display Diagonal

The smallest display diagonal of big total megapixels video cameras that are a comparable age to the HC-VX870 is 2.9" and the largest is 3.5". At only 3 inches, the HC-VX870 has a fairly small display diagonal compared to most of the other big total megapixels video cameras that are a comparable age to the HC-VX870.

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5 Other reasons to consider the Panasonic HC-VX870

Full HD HD Type

The HD type of this video camera is Full HD, which is the most frequently found HD type on similar spec camcorders that were released more than a year ago.

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Released Over Two Years Ago

It was over two years ago when Panasonic released the HC-VX870.

Average Optical Zoom

With an optical zoom of 20 times zoom factor, the Panasonic HC-VX870 has a pretty typical optical zoom compared to most of the other camcorders of this age and spec.

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Average Digital Zoom

At 60 times zoom factor, the Panasonic HC-VX870 has a relatively standard digital zoom compared to most of the other camcorders of a similar spec and age to the HC-VX870.

If this big total megapixels video camera digital zoom is not big enough for you then you might also want to look at the Panasonic HC-VX980[plb_3189443_price] (1,500x and higher rated).

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2/3" Optical Sensor Size

This camcorder has a 1/2.3" optical sensor size, which is the most frequently found optical sensor size on big total megapixels video cameras that were released around the same time as it.

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Specification

Image Sensor
Total Megapixels
Optical Sensor Size
Sensor Type
Effective Megapixels (image)
Effective Megapixels (movie)
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Digital Zoom
Image Stabilizer
Image Stabilizer Type
Filter Size
Focal Length (35mm Film Equivalent)
Focal Length Range (f-F)
Storage
Memory Slots
Compatible Memory Cards
Camcorder Media Type
Focusing
Focus Adjustment
White Balance
White Balance
Flash
Built-In Light
Shutter
Camera Shutter Speed
Display
Display Diagonal
Built-In Display
Touchscreen
Display Resolution (numeric)
Display
Camera
Camcorder Type
Minimum Illumination
Design
Colour of Product
Video
HD Type
Video Formats Supported
Maximum Video Resolution
Still Image
Still Image Resolution(s)
Audio
Audio Formats Supported
Audio System
Ports & Interfaces
HDMI
USB 2.0 Ports Quantity
Microphone in
Headphone Outputs
Networking
Wi-Fi
Near Field Communication (NFC)
Wi-Fi Standards
Battery
Battery Voltage
Battery Capacity
Battery Technology
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Packaging Content
Lens Hood
Other Features
Night Mode

Expert Reviews

25 August 2015

Czy kompaktowe kamery s? w stanie spe?ni? nawet nieco mocniejsze oczekiwania? Wygl?da na to, ?e tak, ale by dowiedzie? si? co wart jest model Panasonic HC-VX870 wypada?oby obejrze? dok?adnie nasz... Read more…

Reviews
Affordable 4K
Responsive focus
Lightweight
Wireless pairing with smartphonescameras
Affordable 4K
Responsive focus
Lightweight
Wireless pairing with smartphonescameras
Focus dial difficult to use

User Reviews

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Reviewed 12 March 2015 by Alex I

Since 2006 I purchased top consumer HD camcorders every year from B&H and this one is by far the best one yet first of all it has countless settings night vision recording and let me tell you the... Read more…

Reviewed 17 May 2015 by Aph0ticzone

I bought this camera because it had great reviews, fast autofocus and good low light performance. However, I returned it after a few days. I think it's important to share my experiences because... Read more…

Easy to Use
Good Image Stabilization
Good in Low Light
Great Picture Quality
Great Sound
Reviewed 3 April 2015 by Mr. Styles

My needs are for run/gun video and slow motion in a well lit studio environment. First of all I have been using a Panasonic HDC-TM900 for nearly 4 years and would give that camera 5 stars. I was... Read more…

Large Clear LCD
Complicated Slow Motion
Focus Blur
Mic Jack Location
No Sound In Slow Motion
Sd Card Location
Reviewed 18 May 2015 by Flyingcam
Flyingcam would recommend the Panasonic HC-VX870

- Tried two weeks (compared with Sony ax33) - Image quality is great - Very light and compact - Image stabilization works well - Amazing zoom range - Low light performance is a little bit worse... Read more…

Easy to Use
Good Image Stabilization
Good in Low Light
Great Picture Quality
Zoom rangeperformance
Reviewed 23 August 2015 by Augmented aesthetic
Augmented aesthetic would recommend the Panasonic HC-VX870 (Verified Purchase)

I went back and forth on choosing a camera and I am very happy with this camera. Pros: Sharp image, great zoom, and very good on board sound. I purchased this video camera to record a wedding. I... Read more…

Easy to Use
Good Image Stabilization
Good in Low Light
Great Picture Quality
Great Sound
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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers panasonic 30p25, panasonic 30p25p, panasonic n129455, panasonic hcvx870, panasonic p636745, panasonic p636745k, panasonic n129455w, panasonic hcvx870e, panasonic hcvx870eb, panasonic hcvx870ebk
Barcodes 05025232808205, 05025232808229

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