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Panasonic HC-VX878 Camcorder

18.91MP 1/2 353g Feb 2015
Total Megapixels Optical Sensor Size Full HD Weight Release Date
Panasonic camcorders have excellent reviews
Has an image stabilizer
Supports HDMI

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Panasonic Camcorders Have Excellent Reviews

We checked 338 user and expert reviews (including 86 verified purchases) for Panasonic camcorders and found that on average Panasonic has excellent ratings. We also found that Panasonic has excellent ratings specifically within its big total megapixels video cameras range. 89% of those that bought a Panasonic camcorder would recommend the product that they bought to other buyers.


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Released Over Two Years Ago

It was February 2015 when Panasonic released the HC-VX878.


Weight & Dimensions

Average Weight

With a weight of 353 grams, the HC-VX878 has a relatively typical weight compared to most of the other video cameras that came out around the same time as this camcorder.

There are a number of other 353g weight video cameras currently available which you might want to look at including because of its better review score, the Panasonic HC-V770 (£331.18).

If you are not bothered about having a heavier weight then you might want to look at the Panasonic HC-V777 (£423.90) (354g).

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Display

Average Display Diagonal

With a display diagonal of 3 inches, the HC-VX878 has a pretty typical display diagonal compared to most of the other similar spec camcorders that were launched more than two years ago.

Other 3" screen size camcorders currently available that you might want to consider include the Panasonic HC-V770 (£331.18), or the JVC GC-PX100 (£884.59) which both of have better reviews.

If you want a video camera with a larger display diagonal then you might want to consider the JVC GY-LS300 (£2,730.92) (3.5"), or the Sony PXW-X70 (£1,978.80) (3.5").

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Has a Touchscreen

The Panasonic HC-VX878 has a touchscreen, as do most of the other video cameras of this age and type.

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Lens System

Has an Image Stabilizer

The Panasonic HC-VX878 has an image stabilizer. Most of the other big total megapixels video cameras that are a similar age to this video camera also have an image stabilizer.

We think you might also be interested in some of the other camcorders with an image stabilizer currently available including because of its better review score, the Panasonic HX-WA30.

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Average Optical Zoom

The HC-VX878 has a pretty average optical zoom (20 times zoom factor) compared to most of the other video cameras of a similar spec and age to this video camera.

Other 20x (optical) camcorders currently available which you might want to look at include because of their better review scores, the Sony FDR-AX1 (£3,449), or the Panasonic HC-V770 (£331.18).

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Average Digital Zoom

With a digital zoom of 60 times zoom factor, the HC-VX878 has a pretty standard digital zoom compared to most of the other video cameras of this spec and age.

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Very Low Minimum Aperture Number

At only 1.8, the Panasonic HC-VX878 has a fairly low minimum aperture number compared to most of the other big total megapixels video cameras that have been available for around the same time as this video camera. The lowest minimum aperture number of video cameras that were released more than two years ago is 1.1, the highest is 11, and the average minimum aperture number is 2.6.

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Ports & Interfaces

Supports HDMI

supports HDMI

The HC-VX878 supports HDMI, as do most of the other camcorders of this age and type.

We compared all the other camcorders which support HDMI to this video camera and we think the Panasonic HX-DC3 which has better reviews is also worth considering.

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Has a Microphone in

The HC-VX878 has a microphone in, as do most of the other camcorders that are a similar age to this video camera.

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Has a Headphone Outputs

The HC-VX878 has a headphone outputs, as do most of the other comparable spec camcorders that have been on the market for around the same time as this video camera.

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Video

Full HD

Full HD

The HC-VX878 is Full HD. Most of the other big total megapixels video cameras that were released around the same time as this camcorder also are Full HD.

There are a number of alternative Full HD camcorders currently available which you might want to consider including because of its better review score, the Sony HDR-CX730E.

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Features Dual Shot (video & Photo)

The Panasonic HC-VX878 features dual shot (video & photo). Most of the other video cameras of a comparable type and age to this camcorder also feature dual shot (video & photo).

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3840 X 2160 Pixels Video Resolution

The HC-VX878 supports a higher video resolution than most video cameras of a comparable spec and age to it. This Panasonic camcorder supports a 3840 x 2160 pixels video resolutions, whereas most camcorders that were released more than two years ago support a 1920 x 1080 pixels video resolutions. This Panasonic video camera also support a video resolutions of 960 x 540 pixels and 1280 x 720 pixels.

This video camera's video resolution (3840 x 2160 pixels) is in fact the best supported video resolution across all big total megapixels video cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as this camcorder.

The worst supported video resolution amongst comparable types of video camera is 640 x 480 pixels.

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Very Big Bitrate At Maximum Video Resolution

When compared to other camcorders that have been available for around the same time as this video camera that we have checked the bitrate at maximum video resolution of, the Panasonic HC-VX878's bitrate at maximum video resolution of 72 megabits per second is one of the biggest. Across all the big total megapixels video cameras that came out around the same time as this camcorder the bitrate at maximum video resolutions range from 15 Mbit/s to 72 Mbit/s.

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3840 X 2160 Pixels Maximum Video Resolution

The Panasonic HC-VX878 has a 3840 x 2160 pixels maximum video resolution which is higher than most video cameras of a comparable age and type to it. Most big total megapixels video cameras that have been around for around the same time as it have a 1920 x 1080 pixels maximum video resolution.

A 3840 x 2160 pixels maximum video resolution is in fact the best maximum video resolution across all camcorders of this spec and age.

A 1920 x 1080 pixels maximum video resolution is the worst maximum video resolution amongst comparable types of camcorder.

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Still Image

6784 X 3816 Pixels Image Resolution

The highest maximum image resolution of the HC-VX878 is 6784 x 3816 pixels. That's over thirteen times the maximum image resolution of the most common maximum image resolution of 1600 x 1200 pixels.

This video camera's maximum image resolution (6784 x 3816 pixels) is actually the best maximum image resolution across all video cameras of a comparable age and spec to this camcorder.

The worst maximum image resolution amongst similar types of video camera is 640 x 480 pixels.

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5472 X 3648 Still Image Resolution

The HC-VX878 supports a maximum still image resolution of 5472 x 3648. That's over three times the still image resolution of a 2592 x 1944 video camera, which is the most frequently found still image resolution supported by comparable spec camcorders that have been around for a similar time to this camcorder. This Panasonic video camera also support still image resolution(s)s of [16:9] 6784 x 3816, 4992 x 2808, 1920 x 1080, [3:2] 5472 x 3648, 3984 x 2656, 1728 x 1152, [4:3] 5216 x 3912 and 3808 x 2856 and 640 x 480. Similar spec video cameras that were released more than two years ago still image resolution(s)s range from 640 x 360 to 6016 x 4016.

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Camera

Supports On Screen Display (OSD)

The Panasonic HC-VX878 supports On Screen Display (OSD), as do most of the other camcorders of a comparable spec and age to this video camera.

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Networking

Supports Near Field Communication (NFC)

The HC-VX878 supports near Field Communication (NFC). Most of the other camcorders of a similar spec and age to this video camera also support near Field Communication (NFC).

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Does Not Support Bluetooth

The HC-VX878 does not support bluetooth, although keep in mind that most of the other big total megapixels video cameras that came out more than two years ago also do not support bluetooth.

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Features Wi-Fi

The Panasonic HC-VX878 features wi-Fi. Most of the other similar spec camcorders that have been around for around the same time as this camcorder also feature wi-Fi.

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Packaging Content

Has an AC Adapter Included

The HC-VX878 has an AC adapter included. Most of the other similar spec camcorders that were launched more than two years ago also have an AC adapter included.

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Audio

Has a Built-In Speaker(s)

The Panasonic HC-VX878 has a built-in speaker(s). Most of the other big total megapixels video cameras that were released more than two years ago also have a built-in speaker(s).

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Has a Built-In Microphone

The HC-VX878 has a built-in microphone, as do most of the other video cameras of a comparable spec and age to this camcorder.

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Image Sensor

1" Optical Sensor Size

This video camera has a 1/2.3" optical sensor size, which is typical of many comparable spec video cameras that have been available for around the same time as it.

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18.91 Megapixels Total Megapixels

This is an 18.91 megapixels sensor video camera.

We compared all the other 18.91MP sensor camcorders to this video camera and we think because of its better review score, the Panasonic HC-X1000 (£1,729) is also worth considering.

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers panasonic hcvx878egk, panasonic vx878eg, hcvx878ek
Barcodes 05025232808212

Panasonic HC-VX878 Review Sources

To prepare this Panasonic HC-VX878 review we compared this camcorder to 576 other models. For each camcorder that we compared, we collated thousands of pieces of information including technical specs, reviews, and prices. In total we analysed 138,553 product attributes, 23,579 camcorder reviews and 1,695,800 historical camcorder prices from 164 camcorder retailers. We then picked out the standout features of this camcorder compared to the other models as well as any areas where this camcorder is lacking.

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