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Panasonic HC-WX979
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Panasonic HC-WX979 Camcorder

BSI 20x Feb 2015
Sensor Type Optical Zoom Image Stabilizer Built-In Display Release Date
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Panasonic Camcorders Have Good Reviews

Video cameras manufactured by Panasonic are some of the better video cameras according to average reviews from users and experts.

Has an Image Stabilizer

Like most of the other video cameras that were released around the same time as the HC-WX979, the HC-WX979 has an image stabilizer.

We think you might also be interested in other camcorders which also have an image stabilizer including the Sony PXW-FS5[plb_3152647_price].

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SDXC Compatible Memory Cards

SDXC compatible memory cards

The HC-WX979 supports an SDXC compatible memory cards which is better than most video cameras of a comparable type and age to it. Most video cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as it support an SD compatible memory cards. In addition, this Panasonic camcorder supports an SDHC 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 amongst all camcorders of this age and spec.

A CFast compatible memory cards is the worst supported memory card type across similar types of video camera.

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

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Has a Built-In Display

The HC-WX979 has a built-in display, as do most of the other video cameras of this spec and age.

It is worth also looking at alternative video cameras which also have a built-in display including the Sony PXW-FS5[plb_3152647_price].

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3840 X 2160 Pixels Video Resolutions

The Panasonic HC-WX979 supports a 3840 x 2160 pixels video resolutions which is higher than most camcorders of a comparable age and spec to it. Most video cameras that are a similar age to it support a 1280 x 720 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 spec and age to the HC-WX979.

A 640 x 360 pixels video resolutions is the worst supported video resolution across comparable types of video camera.

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JPEG XR Image Formats Supported

This camcorder has a JPEG XR image formats supported, which is the most commonly found image formats supported on video cameras of a comparable age and type to it.

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8 Reasons Against

Not Full HD

The HC-WX979 is not Full HD, although it is worth noting that most of the other camcorders that came out more than a year ago are also not Full HD.

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Very Small Optical Zoom

The average optical zoom of camcorders of a similar type and age to the HC-WX979 is 28x. At only 20 times zoom factor, the Panasonic HC-WX979 has a quite small optical zoom compared to most of the other comparable spec camcorders that have been on the market for around the same time as the HC-WX979.

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Not 3D

Most video cameras that have been available for a similar time to the HC-WX979 are not 3D. The Panasonic HC-WX979 is no exception to this as it too is not 3D.

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Does Not Have a Night Mode

The Panasonic HC-WX979 does not have a night mode, although keep in mind that most of the other video cameras that have been on the market for more than a year also do not have a night mode.

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Not Waterproof

The HC-WX979 is not waterproof. Most of the other video cameras of a similar spec and age to the HC-WX979 are also not waterproof.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Projector

Most camcorders that were released around the same time as the HC-WX979 do not have a built-in projector. The HC-WX979 is no exception to this as it too does not have a built-in projector.

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Only 3840 X 2160 Pixels Maximum Image Resolution

The highest maximum image resolution of the HC-WX979 is 3840 x 2160 pixels. That's 9% less maximum image resolution than the most common maximum image resolution of 4032 x 2272 pixels.

A 3840 x 2160 pixels maximum image resolution is actually the worst maximum image resolution amongst all camcorders of a comparable age and spec to the HC-WX979.

A 6528 x 3672 pixels maximum image resolution is the best maximum image resolution across similar types of camcorder.

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Very Big Minimum Illumination

The minimum illuminations of camcorders of this age and spec range from 0.16lx to 1,400lx, and the average minimum illumination is 230lx. When compared to other video cameras that have been available for around the same time as the HC-WX979 that we have assessed, the Panasonic HC-WX979's minimum illumination of 1,400 lux is one of the biggest.

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1 Other reason to consider the Panasonic HC-WX979

Released Over Two Years Ago

This video camera has been on the market for over two years.

Specification

Image Sensor
Sensor Type
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Image Stabilizer
Storage
Compatible Memory Cards
Camcorder Media Type
Focusing
Focus Adjustment
Display
Built-In Display
Camera
Camcorder Type
On Screen Display (OSD)
Minimum Illumination
On Screen Display (OSD) Languages
Design
Colour of Product
Video
Full HD
Video Formats Supported
Video Resolutions
Maximum Video Resolution
Still Image
Image Formats Supported
Maximum Image Resolution
Audio
Built-In Speaker(s)
Built-In Microphone
Ports & Interfaces
HDMI
DC-In Jack
USB 2.0 Ports Quantity
Microphone in
Headphone Outputs
S-Video Out
Networking
Wi-Fi
Near Field Communication (NFC)
Wi-Fi Standards
Battery
Battery Voltage
Battery Capacity
Packaging Content
AC Adapter Included
Other Features
USB Connectivity
Technical Details
USB Charging

Expert Reviews

2 March 2015

Standbilder aus 4K Videoszenen, die bei Tageslicht aufgenommen wurden, sind erstaunlich detailreich, wenn auch durch die Videodatenreduzierung etwas weichgezeichnet. Panasonic hat in seinem ersten...

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