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Should You Buy a Panasonic Camcorder?

Updated 28 August 2019 by Matthew
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should you buy a Panasonic Camcorder?

Panasonic is well known for it's digital cameras, bread makers, TVs and microwaves.

If you are wondering how Panasonic camcorders compare to other brands, our guide below collates all the key info in a single place. We've compared 790+ camcorders by objectively and impartially analysing over 28,000 user and expert reviews and 180+ awards from hundreds of different review sites.

Panasonic are recognised for their wide selection of premium and award winning camcorders. Their camcorders start at £149 for the HC-V180 which has an optical zoom of 50x, a sensor size of 2.51MP and is a camcorder that has a resolution of 1920 x 1080 (Full HD) and go up to £4,779 for the PAN-AJPX270EJ which has an optical zoom of 22x, a sensor size of §MP and is a camcorder that has a resolution of 1920 x 1080 (Full HD). The average price of a new Panasonic camcorder is £784.

Panasonic are recognised for their wide selection of premium and award winning camcorders.

Is Panasonic the Best Camcorder Brand?

So are Panasonic camcorders any good? We give every camcorder a Kagoo Score by analysing its specs, reviews and prices and comparing this to its competitors. By aggregating this data across all camcorders we are able to impartially rank all the camcorder brands.

Panasonic is ranked the No. 3 best camcorder brand.

Our detailed analysis taking into account all of the above factors found that Panasonic is the 3rd best camcorder brand out there.

#1
Japan
95%
95%
1,908 reviews
#2
Japan
93%
93%
5,689 reviews
#3
Japan
90%
90%
166 reviews
#4
GoPro
88%
88%
2,227 reviews
#5
Ricoh
87%
87%
453 reviews
#6
Veho
82%
82%
407 reviews
#7
KitVision
79%
79%
93 reviews
#8
JVC
Japan
79%
79%
31 reviews
#9
Zoom
77%
77%
117 reviews
#10
ION
74%
74%
74 reviews
#11
Blackmagic Design
72%
72%
52 reviews
#12
Nikon
Japan
72%
72%
43 reviews
#13
DJI
71%
71%
438 reviews
#14
Vivitar
71%
71%
80 reviews
#15
Transcend
71%
71%
642 reviews
#16
Bushnell
71%
71%
146 reviews
#17
Garmin
70%
70%
7 reviews
#18
Polaroid
70%
70%
414 reviews
#19
ACTIVEON
70%
70%
6 reviews
#20
South Korea
68%
68%
93 reviews
#21
EZVIZ
67%
67%
0 reviews
#22
HTC
65%
65%
159 reviews
#23
Kaiser Baas
64%
64%
13 reviews
#24
Kodak
64%
64%
75 reviews
#25
360fly
63%
63%
7 reviews
#26
Midland
61%
61%
2 reviews
#27
Lexibook
60%
60%
1 review
#28
Motorola
60%
60%
0 reviews
#29
HP
United States
60%
60%
6 reviews
#30
isaw
60%
60%
0 reviews
#31
Rollei
60%
60%
2 reviews
#32
VTech
59%
59%
0 reviews
#33
Tactus
57%
57%
0 reviews
#34
Coby
55%
55%
1 review

Let's look at how Panasonic camcorders compare to the other camcorder brands across each of the key facets that make up the Kagoo Score.

Reviews Value for Money Features Popularity Selection
All camcorder Brands
Panasonic Camcorders

There's a wide selection of Panasonic camcorders available compared to other camcorder brands, with 20 Panasonic camcorders currently on the market in the UK. Panasonic also have better reviews than the typical camcorder brand, with the average rating of a Panasonic camcorder being 68%.

Panasonic have a number of great features including Time Lapse which sets them apart from the competition.

Panasonic camcorders tend to be cheaper than most other camcorder brands however they are still a less popular choice with consumers.

No. Of Camcorders
Average Price
£1,216
£0 £500 £1,000 £1,500 £2,000 £2,500 £3,000 £3,500 £4,000 £4,500 £11,499
Price Distribution of All Camcorders
No. Of Camcorders
Average Price
£784
£0 £500 £1,000 £1,500 £2,000 £2,500 £3,000 £3,500 £4,000 £4,500 £11,499
Price Distribution of Panasonic Camcorders

What Do the Panasonic Camcorder Reviews Say?

We've added up all the reviews for every Panasonic camcorder to work out the average distribution of reviews for Panasonic and then compared this to the other camcorder brands.

Panasonic logo

Expert Reviews

5 stars
20
4 stars
28
3 stars
5
2 stars
0
1 star
0
Panasonic logo

User Reviews

5 stars
38
4 stars
14
3 stars
6
2 stars
2
1 star
2
Panasonic has a higher proportion of 4 and 5 star expert reviews for its camcorders than most other camcorder brands. However the proportion of 4 and 5 star user reviews are actually lower.

Over 91% of expert reviews and 84% of user reviews for Panasonic camcorders are 4 stars or higher. This compares to 85% and 85% respectively across all Camcorder brands.

Looking at just the expert reviews, in the table below we compare the average review score given to Panasonic camcorders by some of the most popular technology review sites against their reviews for other camcorder brands. The best review score from each review source is highlighted in green.

Average Review Score Sony Canon GoPro Cisco Ricoh Panasonic
CNET.com logo
77%
19 reviews
73%
12 reviews
88%
5 reviews
80%
6 reviews
73%
5 reviews
81%
4 reviews
parentesis.com logo
71%
14 reviews
68%
10 reviews
70%
1 review
Lydogbilde.no logo
69%
14 reviews
83%
2 reviews
100%
4 reviews
50%
3 reviews
Les Numeriques.com logo
85%
8 reviews
68%
5 reviews
87%
3 reviews
67%
3 reviews
85%
4 reviews
Trusted Reviews logo
83%
4 reviews
84%
9 reviews
75%
2 reviews
60%
1 review
85%
6 reviews
tecnozoom.it logo
80%
3 reviews
76%
16 reviews
80%
2 reviews
Expert Reviews logo
88%
5 reviews
84%
5 reviews
90%
2 reviews
80%
1 review
95%
4 reviews
PC Mag logo
58%
5 reviews
77%
3 reviews
80%
2 reviews
60%
2 reviews
70%
2 reviews
80%
2 reviews
Digital Versus logo
85%
8 reviews
70%
4 reviews
90%
2 reviews
stuff.tv logo
100%
4 reviews
100%
3 reviews
95%
4 reviews
80%
1 review
80%
1 review
macworld.co.uk logo
80%
4 reviews
80%
3 reviews
80%
1 review
70%
2 reviews
Techradar logo
85%
2 reviews
70%
1 review
87%
3 reviews
60%
2 reviews
80%
2 reviews
Digitaltrends.com logo
73%
2 reviews
78%
2 reviews
70%
2 reviews
75%
1 review
70%
2 reviews
M3.idg.se logo
60%
1 review
80%
1 review
75%
2 reviews
40%
1 review
75%
2 reviews
80%
1 review
reviewed.com logo
77%
2 reviews
88%
2 reviews
86%
1 review
93%
3 reviews
camcorderinfo.com logo
95%
1 review
87%
5 reviews
90%
2 reviews
digitalfoto.dk logo
85%
2 reviews
86%
4 reviews
85%
2 reviews
Pocket Lint logo
90%
1 review
80%
1 review
87%
3 reviews
70%
2 reviews
90%
1 review
altomdata.dk logo
83%
4 reviews
90%
1 review
60%
1 review
80%
1 review
Chip.de logo
85%
2 reviews
86%
2 reviews
85%
2 reviews
53%
1 review
Other Expert Sites
71%
95 reviews
69%
59 reviews
79%
56 reviews
73%
54 reviews
77%
40 reviews
69%
15 reviews
Average
80%
198 reviews
79%
147 reviews
85%
94 reviews
68%
74 reviews
71%
61 reviews
82%
53 reviews

How Many Industry Awards Have Panasonic Camcorders Received?

After checking thousands of expert review websites we found 19 industry awards for Panasonic camcorders. The table below compares the number of awards given to Panasonic to other popular camcorder brands. The largest number of awards provided by each review source is highlighted in green.

Panasonic has won 19 awards for its camcorders.

Compare all award winning camcorders

Number of Awards Sony Canon GoPro Cisco Ricoh Panasonic
Trusted Reviews logo
2
5
4
reviewed.com logo
2
4
1
2
Expert Reviews logo
3
2
1
3
camcorderinfo.com logo
1
6
1
Lydogbilde.no logo
3
2
3
Digitaltrends.com logo
2
2
2
Digital Versus logo
4
1
Les Numeriques.com logo
3
1
M3.idg.se logo
1
1
1
1
Pocket Lint logo
1
1
1
altomdata.dk logo
2
1
gadgetgear.nl logo
1
2
pcactual.com logo
1
1
1
Techradar logo
1
2
PC Mag logo
2
1
macworld.co.uk logo
1
1
chip.com.my logo
2
CNET.com logo
2
gagadget.com logo
1
1
agdlab.pl logo
2
Other Expert Sites
12
7
9
6
3
1
Total
40
34
22
7
8
19

How Reliable Are Panasonic Camcorders?

We checked over 28,000 reviews to find comments about the reliability of Panasonic camcorders. 100% of reviews that mention reliability were positive. Therefore the vast majority of Panasonic camcorder owners and reviewers thought the product was reliable.

100% of reviewers think Panasonic camcorders are reliable.

So, most people think that Panasonic camcorders are good quality. Now let's take a look at some of the reviews for Panasonic camcorders that mention reliability:

RELIABLE

it can still put together a keenly priced
Trusted Reviews
although the camera is sturdy
Digital Versus
so you either risk destroying the camcorder by not replacing the seals
amazon.co.uk
I think its a lot better than most built in mics
Bhphotovideo.com
Panasonic have produced a very nice product here - robust
Amazon

Features to Look Out For On Panasonic Camcorders

There's a number of great features to look out for on the latest range of Panasonic camcorders that set them apart from the competition. These include Time Lapse.

Panasonic Time Lapse

Panasonic camcorders that feature Time Lapse include the Panasonic HC-VX870 (£449), the Panasonic HCW580 (£241) and the Panasonic HCVX1EBK (£449).

What is the Best Mid-Range Panasonic Camcorder?

Panasonic HCVX1EBK

£448.99
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Panasonic HCVX1EBK
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8.57MP
24x
OPTICAL ZOOM
428g
4K
RESOLUTION
1"
OPTICAL
0.75h
BATTERY LIFE
3"
SCREEN SIZE
70x
(DIGITAL)
128GB
MAXIMUM
1.05h
VIDEO

A great mid range choice, priced at £448.99 is the Panasonic HCVX1EBK, which has a Kagoo Score of 83.

Features We Love:
Time Lapse
Big optical zoom (24x)
Large optical sensor size (1/2.5")
Image stabilizer
Night mode

A high-quality and relatively new 24x optical zoom, 428g video camera, with a low price. It has an image stabilizer and a night mode, supports HDMI and is Full HD.

92
Features
Fully-Featured
79
Popularity
Widely Available
72
Value for Money
Good
89
Age
17 Months Old
83
Kagoo Score
Excellent

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What is the Best High End Panasonic Camcorder?

Panasonic AGUX90

£1,884.98
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Panasonic AGUX90
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Panasonic AGUX90
18MP
15x
OPTICAL ZOOM
1"
OPTICAL
4K
RESOLUTION
4.2kg
4h
BATTERY LIFE
10x
(DIGITAL)
3.5"
SCREEN SIZE
128GB
MAXIMUM

If you're looking for a high end Panasonic camcorder then the Panasonic AGUX90 takes some beating. It has a Kagoo Score of 79, but is a bit more expensive at £1,884.98.

Features We Love:
Big total megapixels (18MP)
Large optical sensor size (1")
Image stabilizer
Long maximum battery life (4h)
Supports HDMI

A top-quality but 2 year old 15x optical zoom, 4.2kg video camera. It has an image stabilizer and a built-in display, supports HDMI and is Full HD.

91
Features
Fully-Featured
70
Popularity
Quite Popular
64
Value for Money
Good
81
Age
2 Years Old
79
Kagoo Score
Very Good

The cheapest price that we could find for the AGUX90 in the UK is £1,884.98 but in total we found only 2 prices for it.

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What is the Ultimate Panasonic Camcorder?

Panasonic AGDVX200

£3,810.00
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Panasonic AGDVX200
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Panasonic AGDVX200
15.49MP
13x
OPTICAL ZOOM
2.7kg
4096 X 2160
PIXELS
RESOLUTION
1.33"
OPTICAL
10x
(DIGITAL)
4.3"
SCREEN SIZE

For those with an unlimited budget then the Panasonic AGDVX200 is the best Panasonic camcorder out there. At £3,810 it's not cheap, but is excellent quality and as such we gave it Kagoo Score of 75.

Features We Love:
Big total megapixels (15.49MP)
4096 x 2160 pixels resolution
Huge optical sensor size (1.33")
Image stabilizer
Large display diagonal (4.3")

A top of the range but 3 year old 13x optical zoom, 2.7kg video camera, with ok reviews. It has an image stabilizer and a built-in display, supports HDMI and is Full HD.

90
Features
Fully-Featured
61
Value for Money
Good
75
Age
3 Years Old
75
Kagoo Score
Very Good

The cheapest price that we could find for the AGDVX200 in the UK is £3,810.00 but in total we found only 1 price for it.

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What is the Best Budget Choice Panasonic Camcorder?

Panasonic HC-VX870

£448.99
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Panasonic HC-VX870
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18.91MP
20x
OPTICAL ZOOM
353g
4K
RESOLUTION
1"
OPTICAL
0.92h
BATTERY LIFE
4992 X 2808
STILL IMAGE
RESOLUTION
3"
SCREEN SIZE
60x
(DIGITAL)
64GB
MAXIMUM

At only £448.99 and with a Kagoo Score of 87 the Panasonic HC-VX870 makes a great budget choice.

Features We Love:
Time Lapse
Big total megapixels (18.91MP)
Large optical sensor size (1/2.3")
Image stabilizer
Night mode

A total megapixels and best selling 20x optical zoom, 353g video camera, with an outstanding spec and a reasonable price. It has an image stabilizer and a night mode, supports HDMI and is Full HD. Multiple reviews mentioned that it has a good zoom, great picture quality and good video quality.

94
Reviews
7 Reviews + 1 Award
94
Features
Fully-Featured
88
Popularity
Amazon Bestseller
76
Value for Money
Very Good
79
Age
3 Years Old
87
Kagoo Score
Excellent

Multiple reviews mentioned that Panasonic HC-VX870 has very good expert reviews and good user reviews with an average overall rating of 83%. Panasonic HC-VX870 has received a "Recommended" award from Trusted Reviews.

Trusted Reviews Recommended

The cheapest price that we could find for the HC-VX870 in the UK is £448.99 but in total we found only 2 prices for it.

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In This Guide
Should You Buy a Panasonic Camcorder?
Is Panasonic the Best Camcorder Brand?
What Do the Panasonic Camcorder Reviews Say?
How Many Industry Awards Have Panasonic Camcorders Received?
How Reliable Are Panasonic Camcorders?
Features to Look Out For On Panasonic Camcorders
Panasonic Time Lapse
What is the Best Mid-Range Panasonic Camcorder?
What is the Best High End Panasonic Camcorder?
What is the Ultimate Panasonic Camcorder?
What is the Best Budget Choice Panasonic Camcorder?

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