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Panasonic HCX920M Camcorder

£679.99
38.28MP 1/2 189g Jul 2014
Total Megapixels Optical Sensor Size Full HD Weight Release Date
Eight industry awards
Excellent picture quality
Limited battery life
142 Reviews + 7 Awards
reviewed.com Editor's Choice Digital Versus 5 Star Pocket Lint Recommended Expert Reviews Best Buy
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Reviews

Eight Industry Awards

Experts really like this Panasonic camcorder and have given it eight awards.

The writers at three expert review sites all wrote that this video camera was exceptional and gave it their highest award. Trusted Reviews, Camcorderinfo.com and Reviewed.com all gave this Panasonic video camera an "Editor's Choice" award.

Another three expert review sites all thought that this big total megapixels video camera was good. The expert at website Expert Reviews concluded that this video camera would make a great purchase and gave it a "Best Buy" award and it received a "Recommended" award from website Pocket Lint. Furthermore, the author at website Plusxaward.de gave this camcorder an "Innovation and Ease of Use" award and said it was pioneering.

Digital Versus and Les Numeriques.com both gave this Panasonic camcorder a "5 Star" award.

Excellent Expert Reviews

The average expert rating of this Panasonic camcorder is 91 out of 100 based on ten expert reviews from sites including Trusted Reviews, Expert Reviews, Pocket Lint and Digital Versus. If all the big total megapixels video cameras that have been available for more than two years are ranked by average expert review score then this big total megapixels video camera is in the top 11%.

Excellent Owner Reviews

The average owner rating of this camcorder is 90 out of 100 based on 158 owner reviews. Over 91% of reviewers gave this video camera either 4 or 5 stars and 92% of those asked said they would recommend buying it to others.

Panasonic Video Cameras Have Excellent Reviews

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

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Power

Limited Battery Life

Eleven owners wrote in their reviews that the product did not have a good battery life. Digital Versus wrote in their review of this camcorder “Could have longer battery life”. Pc Mag mentioned “Limited battery life” nonetheless they gave it a score of 80 out of 100. Website Bhphotovideo.com said “People complain a lot about the battery life.” in their review of the Panasonic HC-X920 but despite that they still scored it the highest possible rating of 5 stars.


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Good Value for Money

Sixteen owners who reviewed the Panasonic HC-X920 considered that it was good value for money. Website Bhphotovideo.com scored this camcorder the highest possible rating of 5 stars and said “Size, feel, battery, screen, touch, customizability, price”. They also mentioned “Smart phone at a very Cheap price” in their review. Expert review site Trustedreviews.com mentioned “The HC-X920 is priced £50 above the RRP of the HC-X900.” in their review of this camcorder.

Five owners thought this camcorder was expensive. Pcmag.com said on expert website PC Mag “The Panasonic HC-X920 ($999.99 list)%displayPrice% at %seller% is the most expensive consumer camcorder in the company's lineup” in their review of this camcorder. Expert website Itreviews.com gave it a rating of 4 stars out of 5 and wrote “The Panasonic HC-X920 ($999.99 list) is the most expensive consumer camcorder in the company’s lineup” in their review of this camcorder. Easystreet rated the product 5 stars out of 5 and mentioned on expert website Bhphotovideo.com “Although a little expensive, discounts are available.”.

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Design

Excellent Picture Quality

Fourty-five owners wrote in their reviews that this camcorder was good quality. Digital Versus mentioned “Excellent picture quality” in their review of the Panasonic HC-X920 and scored the product the highest possible rating of 5 stars. Four years ago Pocket Lint gave it a score of 5 stars out of 5 and said “Fantastic picture quality, compact” in their review of this camcorder. Trusted Reviews mentioned “Good image quality in decent light” in their review of this camcorder.

Well Made

Seven owners who bought it thought it was well made. Website Newegg.com gave it a score of 80 out of 100 and wrote “The stand is rock solid and can adjust pretty high”. Mike555 scored it 80 out of 100 and said “The camera is solidly built and has excellent inbuilt facilities” in their Panasonic HC-X920 review. Radioflyer wrote on expert review site Bhphotovideo.com “Well built and plan to get years of use out of it! Takes a bit to learn the wifi setup” in their review of this camcorder.

Four owners considered that it was reliable. Pit wrote on expert website Bhphotovideo.com “It's much more reliable”. Radiosutch gave the product a score of 5 stars out of 5 and mentioned in their review of this camcorder on expert website Amazon.co.uk two years ago “Time will tell if it's reliable”. Ernie said in his review of this camcorder “Even in low light the auto focus is for me much more reliable, faster and effective” and gave it a score of 5 stars out of 5.

Two owners who reviewed it concluded that it was strong and durable. Steve Putman wrote on expert review site Amazon.co.uk “Absolutely gorgeous tough waterproof camera with GPS data embedding if needed” and gave it the highest possible rating of 5 stars out of 5. Video Maker said on expert website Amazon.co.uk “Rugged, good-looking, practical, very high-quality performance.”.

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Good Looking

Fifteen customers mentioned in their reviews that the product was good looking. Website Amazon.co.uk said “Pretty good video quality” in their review of this camcorder. Mg wrote on expert review site Bhphotovideo.com “I've been able to create stunning videos (razor sharp clarity, beautiful, accurate colors) under challenging conditions (dim fluorescent lighting, fast action, long distances to the subject” and gave it a score of 80 out of 100. Damien the Marketer said on expert review site Bhphotovideo.com three years ago “It handled both low light and transitioned to a beautiful bright sunny day with no problem”.

Five customers said that it was smooth. Website Bhphotovideo.com said four years ago “After 1 min to learn the 2 gestures, everything is smooth” . In the same month Dr. Ray mentioned “Very sharp and clean video with life like colors, very smooth zooming, however when zooming past 12X” and gave it the highest possible rating of 5 stars out of 5. Three years ago New Vision said in their review of this camcorder “I had hoped that Panasonic would fix this compared to my old PV-GS120 DV camera which was smooth in iris change” and scored the product 80 out of 100.

Two people thought this camcorder was well designed. Website Bhphotovideo.com gave the product a rating of 5 stars out of 5 and mentioned “Sleek Design”. Expert review site Camcorderinfo.com wrote four years ago “Instead of offering radically improved performance and design” and gave the product a rating of 5 stars out of 5.

Two owners who bought it wrote that it was neat. Easystreet mentioned “Image stability great, neat features like a horizontal level indicator”.

Two owners who bought this camcorder mentioned that it was rough. Globetrekker said “To tested the image stabilization by placing it on the dash of my car and drove several rough country lanes”. Tecep mentioned on expert review site Johnlewis.com “Anti-shake works well if you don't have to alter your angle of view mid-shot, then it becomes like you're on a rough sea and is a nightmare”.

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Easy to Use

Twenty-nine customers who reviewed the Panasonic HC-X920 considered that it was easy to use. Website Bhphotovideo.com said two years ago “Easy to Use” and gave this camcorder a rating of 4 stars out of 5. They also wrote “Gesture bar is super intuitive” in their review. Globetrekker said “I am very impressed by the ease of use; the reviews on this camcorder do not do it justice”.

Nine customers wrote in their reviews that it was easy to use the menus. Website Newegg.com wrote “Straight out of box settings seem to be great for me, minus the sunlight brightness.” in their review of this camcorder. Martin Beecroft said on expert website Amazon.co.uk four years ago “The menu system is readily accessible” and gave the product a score of 5 stars out of 5. Mr. G. Williams mentioned three years ago “The Steady shot works really well and the manual settings provide an easy way to focus, set the white balance, exposure” in their review of this camcorder.

Two people thought the product had a good interface. Website Bhphotovideo.com mentioned “Nice interface with HP Touchpad”. They also wrote “Relatively quick interface” in their review.

Two customers said in their reviews that it was easy to setup. Easystreet said on expert website Bhphotovideo.com “Easy to set up and use in any of the "auto" modes.” and scored it the highest possible rating of 5 stars. Tony of South Jersey wrote in his review of this camcorder “I found the wireless function easy to setup and use for remote control use via my iPhone”.

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Other

Released Over Two Years Ago

This Panasonic video camera has been on the market since July 2014.


Audio

Acceptable Noise Level

Three people who reviewed the Panasonic HC-X920 concluded that it was noisy. Digital Versus said “Low image noise in low lighting” in their review of this camcorder. Trusted Reviews scored it the highest possible rating of 5 stars and wrote in their review of this camcorder “Digital noise handled well, good sensitivity”. Alan said two years ago “The lens has soft focus and the video is noisy to the naked eye when viewed on a 46-inch monitor” and scored the product 4 stars out of 5.

Three people who purchased this camcorder reckoned that it was quiet. Jja said “When I use my helmet with a face shield its nice and quiet no wind sound”. Tony mentioned “An overall darker look Panasonic calls Silent Movie plus a more useful”.

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Low Image Noise in Low Lighting

Three people who reviewed the Panasonic HC-X920 concluded that it was noisy. Digital Versus said “Low image noise in low lighting” in their review of this camcorder. Trusted Reviews scored it the highest possible rating of 5 stars and wrote in their review of this camcorder “Digital noise handled well, good sensitivity”.

Alan said two years ago “The lens has soft focus and the video is noisy to the naked eye when viewed on a 46-inch monitor” and scored the product 4 stars out of 5.

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Has a Built-In Speaker(s)

The HC-X920 has a built-in speaker(s). Most of the other camcorders that came out around the same time as this video camera also have a built-in speaker(s).

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Has a Built-In Microphone

The HC-X920 has a built-in microphone. Most of the other video cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as this camcorder also have a built-in microphone.

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Weight & Dimensions

Fantastic Picture Quality, Compact

Five customers who bought this camcorder reckoned that it was compact. Four years ago website Bhphotovideo.com said in their review of this camcorder “Light, responsive touch screen and keyboard, compact, easy to grip, webOS is very nice” and rated it 5 stars out of 5. Tumbleweed wrote on expert review site Johnlewis.com “Even the price is fantastic when you weigh up the features and abilities of this very compact and capable camcorder”. Steven J Edwards said in his Panasonic HC-X920 review two years ago “Very small, compact and light camcorder”.

Two people who reviewed it thought it was lightweight. Chermie said “The camcorder is perfect for a home video - it's lightweight, its automatic modes are very accurate” and gave it a rating of 4 stars out of 5.

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Average Weight

At 189 grams, the HC-X920 has a relatively standard weight compared to most of the other camcorders that have been around for a similar time to this camcorder.

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Display

Quite Large Display Diagonal

At 3.5 inches, the Panasonic HC-X920 has a quite large display diagonal compared to most of the other camcorders that are a comparable age to this video camera. Across all the video cameras of this spec and age the display diagonals range from 2" to 7.6", and the average display diagonal is 3.1".

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Quite High Display Resolution (numeric)

The display resolutions (numeric) of video cameras of this age and type range from 230,000 pixels to 1,300,000 pixels. At 1,152,000 pixel, the HC-X920 has a fairly high display resolution (numeric) compared to most of the other big total megapixels video cameras that came out around the same time as this camcorder.

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Lens System

Has an Image Stabilizer

The Panasonic HC-X920 has an image stabilizer. Most of the other big total megapixels video cameras that were launched around the same time as this camcorder also have an image stabilizer.

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Average Digital Zoom

With a digital zoom of 40 times zoom factor, the Panasonic HC-X920 has a pretty average digital zoom compared to most of the other big total megapixels video cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as this camcorder.

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Average Optical Zoom

The HC-X920 has a relatively typical optical zoom (12 times zoom factor) compared to most of the other big total megapixels video cameras that have been available for around the same time as this video camera.

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Ports & Interfaces

Supports HDMI

supports HDMI

The HC-X920 supports HDMI. Most of the other video cameras of a similar age and type to this video camera also support HDMI.

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Has a Headphone Outputs

The HC-X920 has a headphone outputs. Most of the other video cameras of a comparable age and spec to this video camera also have a headphone outputs.

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Has a Microphone in

The HC-X920 has a microphone in, as do most of the other comparable spec camcorders that are a similar age to this video camera.

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Video

Full HD

Full HD

The HC-X920 is Full HD, as are most of the other comparable spec camcorders that came out more than two years ago.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

This camcorder supports a video resolutions of 1920 x 1080 pixels, which is the most frequently supported video resolutions on camcorders of a similar age and type to it.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Maximum Video Resolution

This video camera has a maximum video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, which is typical of many camcorders that have been available for a similar time to it.

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Flash

Has a Built-In Light

The HC-X920 has a built-in light. Most of the other video cameras of this type and age also have a built-in light.

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Has a Built-In Flash

The HC-X920 has a built-in flash, as do most of the other camcorders of a similar age and type to this camcorder.

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White Balance

Features Indoor White Balance

The Panasonic HC-X920 features indoor white balance, as do most of the other camcorders of a similar age and spec to this video camera.

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Packaging Content

Has an AC Adapter Included

The HC-X920 has an AC adapter included, as do most of the other comparable spec video cameras that were released more than two years ago.

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Has a Batteries Included

The HC-X920 has a batteries included. Most of the other video cameras that have been around for more than two years also have a batteries included.

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Still Image

6016 X 3384 Pixels Image Resolution

This video camera has a maximum image resolution of 6016 x 3384 pixels, which is the most frequently found maximum image resolution on big total megapixels video cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as it.

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Camera

Supports On Screen Display (OSD)

The HC-X920 supports On Screen Display (OSD), as do most of the other comparable spec video cameras that have been available for around the same time as this camcorder.

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Fairly Big Minimum Illumination

At 12 lux, the HC-X920 has a fairly big minimum illumination compared to most of the other camcorders that have been available for a comparable time to this camcorder. Camcorders that were released more than two years ago have minimum illuminations of between 1lx and 17lx, and the average minimum illumination is 4.7lx.

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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 video cameras of a similar type and age to it.

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38.28 Megapixels Total Megapixels

This is a 38.28 megapixels sensor camcorder.

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Features

Manual Mode Has Lots of Features

Nine customers who reviewed the product agreed that it had good features. Four years ago Digital Versus wrote “Manual mode has lots of features”. Expert review site Reviewed.com mentioned “With brand-new image sensors and a couple of new features (say hello to built-in WiFI) the HC-X920 delivers all the controls” in their review of this camcorder. Expert website Camcorderinfo.com said in their review of this camcorder “The WiFi features are a good start.”.


Has a Viewfinder

Ten people agreed that it had a good screen. Easystreet said on expert website Bhphotovideo.com “Very good LCD monitor, touch screen works well”. Mark, the Flower Guy mentioned on expert website Bhphotovideo.com “Can get almost 3 hrs of battery life with occasional zooms and the LCD display active” in their review of this camcorder and gave the Panasonic HC-X920 a score of 80 out of 100. Voezel wrote “Easy in use and touch screen is responsive and quick to navigate” and gave the product a score of 80 out of 100.

Nine customers wrote in their reviews that it had a good viewfinder. Four years ago Digital Versus mentioned “Has a viewfinder” in their review of this camcorder and scored it the highest possible rating of 5 stars. Also four years ago Easystreet wrote on expert review site Bhphotovideo.com “Optical viewfinder, great in the sun when the monitor washes out”. Dan R mentioned on expert website Bhphotovideo.com “The touch screen has a great picture and the extendable viewfinder is nice with a great picture as well”.

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Wide Aperture Lens

Ten owners said in their reviews that it had a good lens. Pc Mag wrote “Wide aperture lens” and rated the product 4 stars out of 5. Four years ago Trusted Reviews mentioned “Manual controls including lens focus ring”. Tony of South Jersey said on expert review site Bhphotovideo.com three years ago “A wide angle lens (Digital King DSW Pro 0.7x AF Wide Angle Conversion Lens”.

Nine people said in their reviews that it had a good zoom. Website Bhphotovideo.com said “Zoom rangeperformance”. Tony of South Jersey rated it 5 stars out of 5 and he wrote in his review of this camcorder three years ago “I'm fine with the zoom capabilities of my X920 none the less”. J. F. James said in their review of this camcorder on expert website Amazon.co.uk “Sharper) pictures and has a greater zoom ratio with clearer pictures at either end”.

Eight owners reckoned that the product had a good autofocus. Pc Mag wrote “Manual focus ring” . Website Bhphotovideo.com said “Good Focus During Zooming”. Three years ago Tecep mentioned “On the plus side; the focus is very quick, only getting fooled now & again on long (25x or more zoom”.

Six customers concluded that it had a good image stabiliser. Pc Mag scored it 4 stars out of 5 and said “Excellent image stabilization” in their review of this camcorder. Trusted Reviews wrote “Excellent stabilisation system” in their review of this camcorder. Chermie mentioned on expert review site Amazon.co.uk “The stabilisation) works like magic” in their review of this camcorder.

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Product Identifiers

Barcodes 03700666506706, 05025232721290, 05025232721320, 05025232721337, 05054230000427, 05054230766330, 05054230837603

Panasonic HC-X920 Review Sources

To prepare this Panasonic HC-X920 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 139,263 product attributes, 23,823 camcorder reviews and 1,763,100 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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