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Should You Buy a Panasonic Camcorder?

Updated 08 October 2019 by Matthew
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should you buy a Panasonic Camcorder?

Panasonic is well known for its 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 170+ 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 AJ-PX270 which has an optical zoom of 22x, a sensor size of 2.2MP and is a camcorder that has a resolution of 1920 x 1080 (Full HD). The average price of a new Panasonic camcorder is £1,131.

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%
1,892 reviews
#2
Japan
93%
93%
5,696 reviews
#3
Japan
90%
90%
166 reviews
#4
GoPro
86%
86%
2,367 reviews
#5
JVC
Japan
85%
85%
31 reviews
#6
Ricoh
84%
84%
439 reviews
#7
Veho
81%
81%
413 reviews
#8
KitVision
78%
78%
93 reviews
#9
Transcend
77%
77%
378 reviews
#10
Zoom
77%
77%
117 reviews
#11
Polaroid
75%
75%
414 reviews
#12
Garmin
73%
73%
7 reviews
#13
ION
73%
73%
14 reviews
#14
Nikon
Japan
72%
72%
43 reviews
#15
Blackmagic Design
72%
72%
52 reviews
#16
Vivitar
71%
71%
80 reviews
#17
DJI
71%
71%
438 reviews
#18
ACTIVEON
70%
70%
6 reviews
#19
Bushnell
69%
69%
146 reviews
#20
South Korea
68%
68%
93 reviews
#21
Kaiser Baas
66%
66%
13 reviews
#22
Xiaomi
66%
66%
98 reviews
#23
HTC
65%
65%
159 reviews
#24
Kodak
64%
64%
75 reviews
#25
360fly
62%
62%
67 reviews
#26
Midland
61%
61%
2 reviews
#27
HP
United States
61%
61%
6 reviews
#28
Motorola
60%
60%
0 reviews
#29
Lexibook
60%
60%
1 review
#30
Rollei
60%
60%
2 reviews
#31
EZVIZ
58%
58%
0 reviews
#32
isaw
58%
58%
0 reviews
#33
VTech
58%
58%
0 reviews
#34
Coby
56%
56%
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.

However Panasonic camcorders tend to be more expensive than most other camcorder brands making them a less popular choice with consumers.

No. Of Camcorders
Average Price
£853
£0 £100 £200 £300 £400 £500 £600 £700 £800 £900 £5,599
Price Distribution of All Camcorders
No. Of Camcorders
Average Price
£1,131
£0 £100 £200 £300 £400 £500 £600 £700 £800 £900 £5,599
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
37
4 stars
16
3 stars
6
2 stars
1
1 star
2
Panasonic has a higher proportion of 4 and 5 star expert and user reviews for its camcorders than most other camcorder brands.

Over 91% of expert reviews and 85% 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
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
Techradar logo
85%
2 reviews
70%
1 review
87%
3 reviews
60%
2 reviews
80%
2 reviews
macworld.co.uk logo
80%
4 reviews
80%
3 reviews
80%
1 review
70%
2 reviews
Digitaltrends.com logo
73%
2 reviews
78%
2 reviews
70%
2 reviews
75%
1 review
70%
2 reviews
digitalfoto.dk logo
85%
2 reviews
86%
5 reviews
85%
2 reviews
altomdata.dk logo
83%
4 reviews
85%
2 reviews
60%
1 review
80%
1 review
Pocket Lint logo
90%
1 review
80%
1 review
87%
3 reviews
70%
2 reviews
90%
1 review
reviewed.com logo
77%
2 reviews
88%
2 reviews
86%
1 review
93%
3 reviews
techadvisor.co.uk logo
80%
2 reviews
90%
1 review
83%
3 reviews
60%
1 review
webnews.it logo
86%
4 reviews
74%
1 review
83%
2 reviews
M3.idg.se logo
60%
1 review
80%
1 review
75%
2 reviews
40%
1 review
70%
1 review
80%
1 review
Other Expert Sites
71%
92 reviews
69%
65 reviews
80%
64 reviews
73%
55 reviews
77%
37 reviews
70%
14 reviews
Average
79%
198 reviews
79%
148 reviews
84%
100 reviews
70%
74 reviews
70%
57 reviews
81%
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
Lydogbilde.no logo
3
2
3
camcorderinfo.com logo
1
5
1
Digitaltrends.com logo
2
2
2
Digital Versus logo
4
1
altomdata.dk logo
2
2
Les Numeriques.com logo
3
1
gadgetgear.nl logo
1
2
Pocket Lint logo
1
1
1
pcactual.com logo
1
1
1
Techradar logo
1
2
M3.idg.se logo
1
1
1
PC Mag logo
2
1
agdlab.pl logo
2
stuff.tv logo
1
1
macworld.co.uk logo
1
1
gagadget.com logo
1
1
vido.com.ua logo
1
1
Other Expert Sites
12
5
10
6
3
1
Total
40
33
22
7
7
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

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 HCVX870EBK (£372), the Panasonic HCVX980EBK (£399) and the Panasonic HCVX1EBK (£449).

What is the Best Mid-Range Panasonic Camcorder?

Panasonic HCVX980EBK

£399.00
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18.91MP
20x
OPTICAL ZOOM
1"
OPTICAL
4K
RESOLUTION
351g
1.5h
BATTERY LIFE
1,500x
(DIGITAL)
3"
SCREEN SIZE

A great mid range choice, priced at £399 is the Panasonic HCVX980EBK, which has a Kagoo Score of 83.

Features We Love:
Time Lapse
Big total megapixels (18.91MP)
Large optical sensor size (1/2.3")
Image stabilizer
6784 x 3816 still image resolution (6784x3816|4992x2808|1920x1080|5472x3648|3984x2656|1728x1152|5216x3912|3808x2856|640x480)

A top-quality but 4 year old 20x optical zoom, 351g camcorder, with a cheap price and total megapixels. It has an image stabilizer and a built-in flash, supports HDMI and is Full HD.

96
Features
Fully-Featured
76
Popularity
Quite Popular
76
Value for Money
Very Good
77
Age
3 Years Old
83
Kagoo Score
Excellent

The cheapest price that we could find for the HCVX980EBK in the UK is £399.00 and in total we found 4 prices for it.

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What is the Best High End Panasonic Camcorder?

Panasonic AGUX90

£1,886.99
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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 82, but is a bit more expensive at £1,886.99.

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 3 year old 15x optical zoom, 4.2kg video camera, with a good price and total megapixels. It has an image stabilizer and a built-in display, supports HDMI and is Full HD.

93
Features
Fully-Featured
73
Popularity
Quite Popular
71
Value for Money
Good
83
Age
2 Years Old
82
Kagoo Score
Excellent

The cheapest price that we could find for the AGUX90 in the UK is £1,886.99 and in total we found 3 prices for it.

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What is the Ultimate Panasonic Camcorder?

Panasonic AGDVX200

£3,810.00
Wex Photo Video
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 77.

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-quality but 3 year old 13x optical zoom, 2.7kg camcorder, with average reviews. It has an image stabilizer and a built-in display, supports HDMI and is Full HD.

90
Features
Fully-Featured
67
Value for Money
Good
76
Age
3 Years Old
77
Kagoo Score
Very Good
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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 HCVX870EBK

£371.66
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Panasonic HCVX870EBK
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 £371.66 and with a Kagoo Score of 90 the Panasonic HCVX870EBK 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

The best rated camcorder under £500, with a reasonable price and an extremely good spec. It has an image stabilizer and a night mode, supports HDMI and is Full HD. Purchasers report that it has a good zoom, great picture quality and good video quality.

95
Reviews
7 Reviews + 1 Award
95
Features
Fully-Featured
92
Popularity
Amazon Bestseller
81
Value for Money
Very Good
82
Age
3 Years Old
90
Kagoo Score
Excellent

Multiple reviews mentioned that Panasonic HCVX870EBK has great expert reviews and good user reviews with an average overall rating of 83%. Panasonic HCVX870EBK has received a "Recommended" award from Trusted Reviews.

Trusted Reviews Recommended

The cheapest price that we could find for the HCVX870EBK in the UK is £371.66 and in total we found 3 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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