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Panasonic HC-VX989
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Panasonic HC-VX989 Camcorder

18.9MP 1/2.3 351g MOS BSI Jan 2016
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11 Reasons For

Panasonic Has Good Video Camera Reviews

We calculated the average ratings for all Panasonic camcorders and also specifically for Panasonic big total megapixels camcorders and found that in both cases Panasonic had good ratings.

4K Ultra HD HD Type

The Panasonic HC-VX989 has a better HD type than most big total megapixels camcorders that came out more than a year ago. This Panasonic video camera has a 4K Ultra HD HD type, whereas most comparable spec camcorders that were released one year ago have a Full HD HD type.

A 4K Ultra HD HD type is actually the best HD type across all big total megapixels camcorders that have been available for around the same time as the HC-VX989.

The worst HD type across similar types of video camera is Full HD.

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Has an Image Stabilizer

The Panasonic HC-VX989 has an image stabilizer. Most of the other big total megapixels camcorders that have been available for a comparable time to the HC-VX989 also have an image stabilizer.

There are a number of other camcorders with an image stabilizer currently available which you might also want to consider including because of it's better review score, the Panasonic HC-WX970.

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Has an HDMI

has an HDMI

The HC-VX989 has an HDMI. Most of the other camcorders of this age and spec also have an HDMI.

Other camcorders with an HDMI currently available that you might also want to consider include because of it's better review score, the Panasonic HC-WX970, or the Ricoh Theta S (£266.62).

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Very Light

The Panasonic HC-VX989 is quite light (only 351 grams) compared to most of the other video cameras of a similar type and age to the HC-VX989. Across all the big total megapixels camcorders that have been around for around the same time as the HC-VX989 the weights range from 120g to 1.8kg.

Alternative 351g weight video cameras currently available that you might want to consider include the Panasonic HC-VX980 (£547.50) which has better reviews.

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MOS Sensor Type

This video camera has a MOS BSI sensor type, which is typical of many camcorders of a comparable spec and age to it.

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SDXC Compatible Memory Cards

SDXC compatible memory cards

The Panasonic HC-VX989 supports an SDXC compatible memory cards which is better than the SDHC compatible memory cards supported by most camcorders that were released more than a year ago. In addition, this camcorder 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).

An SDXC compatible memory cards is actually the best supported memory card type across all big total megapixels camcorders that have been around for around the same time as the HC-VX989.

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

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

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2160p Supported Video Modes

The Panasonic HC-VX989 has a 2160p supported video modes which is better than the 1080p supported video modes found on most video cameras that have been on the market for more than a year. This video camera also has a 1080i supported video modes.

A 2160p supported video modes is in fact the best video mode across all comparable spec video cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to the HC-VX989.

Across comparable types of video camera the worst video mode is 720p.

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Has a Built-In Display

Like most of the other big total megapixels camcorders that were released more than a year ago, the HC-VX989 has a built-in display.

We think you might also be interested in some of the other video cameras with a built-in display currently available including because of it's better review score, the Panasonic HC-WX970.

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3840 X 2160 Pixels Video Resolutions

The Panasonic HC-VX989 supports a higher video resolution than most video cameras that were launched more than a year ago. This camcorder supports a 3840 x 2160 pixels video resolutions, whereas most video cameras that are a similar age to it support a 1920 x 1080 pixels video resolutions.

This video camera's video resolution (3840 x 2160 pixels) is in fact the best supported video resolution across all video cameras of a similar type and age to the HC-VX989.

Across similar types of video camera the worst supported video resolution is 1280 x 720 pixels.

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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 camcorders of this age and type.

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10 Reasons Against

Not Full HD

The Panasonic HC-VX989 is not Full HD, although this is within the context that most of the other video cameras of this type and age are also not Full HD.

Video cameras which are Full HD that might also be worth looking at include the JVC GY-HM170 (£1,194.00), or the Canon XC10 (£1,496.13) which is also higher rated.

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Does Not Have an Interchangeable Lens

Most video cameras of this age and type do not have an interchangeable lens. The HC-VX989 is no exception to this as it too does not have an interchangeable lens.

Alternative camcorders which also have an interchangeable lens that you might want to look at include the Panasonic HC-VXF990 (£629.99).

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Very Small Display Diagonal

At only 2.95 inches, the HC-VX989 has a quite small display diagonal compared to most of the other big total megapixels camcorders that have been on the market for more than a year. Big total megapixels camcorders that were launched around the same time as the HC-VX989 have display diagonals of between 2.9" and 3.5".

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Very Low Display Resolution (numeric)

The HC-VX989 has one of the lower display resolution (numeric)s (only 460 pixels) amongst big total megapixels camcorders of this age. 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 640,000 pixels.

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Not 3D

Most camcorders that were launched around the same time as the HC-VX989 are not 3D. The HC-VX989 is no exception to this as it too is not 3D.

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Does Not Have a Night Mode

Most camcorders that came out more than a year ago do not have a night mode. The HC-VX989 is no exception to this as it too does not have a night mode.

It is worth considering alternative camcorders which also have a night mode including the Panasonic HC-VX870 (£519.00) which also has a higher rating.

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Not Waterproof

The HC-VX989 is not waterproof, although this is within the context that most of the other video cameras of this age and spec are also 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-VX989 do not have a built-in projector. The HC-VX989 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 the most commonly found video formats supported on similar spec video cameras that have been available for around the same time as it.

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Only Supports Two Audio Formats Supporteds

The number of audio formats supported by the HC-VX989 is more than most similar spec camcorders that are a comparable age to it. This video camera supports an MP4 audio formats supported, which is the most frequently supported audio formats supported supported by camcorders of this type and age. The audio formats supported "AAC" is also supported by this Panasonic video camera.

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4 Other reasons to consider the Panasonic HC-VX989

Released Over a Year Ago

This Panasonic camcorder has been on the market for over a year.

Average Digital Zoom

At 250 times zoom factor, the Panasonic HC-VX989 has a fairly average digital zoom compared to most of the other camcorders that were released more than a year ago.

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Average Optical Zoom

The Panasonic HC-VX989 has a pretty average optical zoom (20 times zoom factor) compared to most of the other video cameras that have been around for around the same time as the HC-VX989.

Other 20x (optical) video cameras currently available which you might want to consider include because of it's better review score, the HC-VX870 (£519.00), or the HC-WX970 both from Panasonic.

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2/3" Optical Sensor Size

This video camera has a 1/2.3" optical sensor size, which is typical of many big total megapixels camcorders that have been available for a comparable time to it.

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Specification

Image Sensor
Total Megapixels
Optical Sensor Size
Sensor Type
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Digital Zoom
Image Stabilizer
Image Stabilizer Type
Filter Size
Focal Length (35mm Film Equivalent)
Focal Length Range (f-F)
Wide Angle Lens System
Storage
Compatible Memory Cards
Camcorder Media Type
Focusing
Focus Adjustment
Light Exposure
Scene Modes
White Balance
White Balance
Flash
Built-In Light
Shutter
Shutter Speed (video)
Shutter Speed (photo)
Display
Display Diagonal
Built-In Display
Touchscreen
Display Resolution (numeric)
Display
Camera
Camcorder Type
Supported Aspect Ratios
Design
Colour of Product
Video
HD Type
Bitrate At Maximum Video Resolution
Supported Video Modes
Video Formats Supported
Video Resolutions
Maximum Video Resolution
Still Image
Image Formats Supported
Still Image Resolution(s)
Maximum Image Resolution
Audio
Audio Formats Supported
Built-In Speaker(s)
Built-In Microphone
Audio System
Ports & Interfaces
HDMI
USB 2.0 Ports Quantity
Microphone in
Headphone Outputs
Networking
Wi-Fi
Wi-Fi Standards
Battery
Video Recording Time
Battery Voltage
Battery Capacity
Charging Source
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Packaging Content
Batteries Included
Cables Included
Lens Hood
Technical Details
Lens Cover Included
USB Charging

Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers panasonic hcvx989, panasonic hcvx989e, panasonic hcvx989eg, panasonic hcvx989egk
Barcodes 05025232837182

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