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Should You Buy a Panasonic Camcorder?

Updated 22 December 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 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 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 £1,243.

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. 4 best camcorder brand.

Our detailed analysis taking into account all of the above factors found that Panasonic is the 4th best camcorder brand out there.

#1
Japan
95%
95%
1,684 reviews
#2
Japan
95%
95%
5,705 reviews
#3
GoPro
92%
92%
2,471 reviews
#4
Japan
90%
90%
165 reviews
#5
Ricoh
86%
86%
439 reviews
#6
JVC
Japan
84%
84%
31 reviews
#7
KitVision
82%
82%
93 reviews
#8
Veho
81%
81%
430 reviews
#9
Transcend
78%
78%
386 reviews
#10
Zoom
78%
78%
117 reviews
#11
ION
75%
75%
14 reviews
#12
Polaroid
74%
74%
414 reviews
#13
Vivitar
74%
74%
80 reviews
#14
ACTIVEON
73%
73%
6 reviews
#15
Blackmagic Design
73%
73%
51 reviews
#16
Nikon
Japan
72%
72%
43 reviews
#17
Bushnell
71%
71%
146 reviews
#18
South Korea
71%
71%
93 reviews
#19
DJI
71%
71%
438 reviews
#20
Garmin
70%
70%
7 reviews
#21
Xiaomi
66%
66%
98 reviews
#22
HTC
65%
65%
159 reviews
#23
Kodak
64%
64%
75 reviews
#24
360fly
63%
63%
67 reviews
#25
Midland
60%
60%
2 reviews
#26
HP
United States
60%
60%
6 reviews
#27
EZVIZ
60%
60%
0 reviews
#28
isaw
60%
60%
0 reviews
#29
Rollei
59%
59%
2 reviews
#30
Motorola
59%
59%
0 reviews
#31
Technaxx
58%
58%
0 reviews
#32
Lexibook
57%
57%
1 review
#33
VTech
57%
57%
0 reviews

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
£1,093
£0 £500 £1,000 £1,500 £2,000 £2,500 £3,000 £3,500 £4,000 £4,500 £6,999
Price Distribution of All Camcorders
No. Of Camcorders
Average Price
£1,243
£0 £500 £1,000 £1,500 £2,000 £2,500 £3,000 £3,500 £4,000 £4,500 £6,999
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
14
3 stars
5
2 stars
0
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 88% 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
Lydogbilde.no logo
69%
14 reviews
83%
2 reviews
100%
6 reviews
50%
3 reviews
parentesis.com logo
71%
14 reviews
68%
10 reviews
70%
1 review
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
80%
3 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
Digital Versus logo
85%
8 reviews
70%
4 reviews
80%
1 review
90%
2 reviews
PC Mag logo
58%
5 reviews
77%
3 reviews
80%
1 review
60%
2 reviews
70%
2 reviews
80%
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
88%
4 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
73%
3 reviews
75%
1 review
70%
2 reviews
reviewed.com logo
77%
2 reviews
90%
3 reviews
86%
1 review
93%
3 reviews
Pocket Lint logo
90%
1 review
80%
1 review
88%
4 reviews
70%
2 reviews
90%
1 review
camcorderinfo.com logo
95%
1 review
84%
4 reviews
90%
2 reviews
M3.idg.se logo
60%
1 review
80%
1 review
75%
2 reviews
40%
1 review
70%
1 review
80%
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
digitalfoto.dk logo
85%
2 reviews
85%
3 reviews
85%
2 reviews
Other Expert Sites
71%
93 reviews
69%
61 reviews
79%
58 reviews
73%
54 reviews
77%
37 reviews
69%
15 reviews
Average
80%
196 reviews
79%
149 reviews
85%
96 reviews
68%
74 reviews
70%
57 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
5
1
2
Lydogbilde.no logo
3
2
5
Expert Reviews logo
3
2
1
3
Digitaltrends.com logo
2
3
2
camcorderinfo.com logo
1
5
1
Digital Versus logo
4
1
Pocket Lint logo
1
2
1
Les Numeriques.com logo
3
1
gadgetgear.nl logo
1
2
pcactual.com logo
1
1
1
Techradar logo
1
2
M3.idg.se logo
1
1
1
altomdata.dk logo
2
1
PC Mag logo
2
1
agdlab.pl logo
2
macworld.co.uk logo
1
1
stuff.tv logo
1
1
gagadget.com logo
1
1
vido.com.ua logo
1
1
Other Expert Sites
12
5
11
6
3
1
Total
40
34
26
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
Time will tell if it's reliable
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 HC-VX870 (£349), the Panasonic HCVX980EBK (£399) and the Panasonic HCV180EBK (£149).

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 very popular and total megapixels 20x optical zoom, 351g camcorder, great for recording high-quality video. It has an image stabilizer and a built-in flash, supports HDMI and is Full HD.

95
Features
Fully-Featured
87
Popularity
Amazon Bestseller
71
Value for Money
Good
74
Age
4 Years Old
83
Kagoo Score
Excellent

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What is the Best High End Panasonic Camcorder?

Panasonic HCX1000E

£1,499.00
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18.91MP
20x
OPTICAL ZOOM
FULL
HD
RESOLU-
TION
1"
OPTICAL
1.6kg
10x
(DIGITAL)
3.5"
SCREEN SIZE
HD
128GB
MAXIMUM

If you're looking for a high end Panasonic camcorder then the Panasonic HCX1000E takes some beating. It has a Kagoo Score of 77, but is a bit more expensive at £1,499.

Features We Love:
Big total megapixels (18.91MP)
Large optical sensor size (1/2.3")
Image stabilizer
Supports HDMI
Large display diagonal (3.5")

Our review analysis indicates that this video camera has good controls, it's well designed but it has a bad screen. It's a fully featured and total megapixels 20x optical zoom, 1.6kg video camera, with an Editor's Choice award from one expert review website and an additional award from another expert site and two industry awards. It has an image stabilizer and a built-in display, supports HDMI and is Full HD.

87
Reviews
9 Reviews + 2 Awards
88
Features
Fully-Featured
73
Popularity
Quite Popular
64
Value for Money
Good
68
Age
5 Years Old
77
Kagoo Score
Very Good

Purchasers report that Panasonic HCX1000E has good expert reviews but below average user reviews with an average overall rating of 73%. Panasonic HCX1000E has received two awards including a "Recommended" from Expert Reviews and an "Editor's Choice" from Reviewed.com.

Expert Reviews Recommended
reviewed.com Editor's Choice
Fotograf tester Panasonic HCX1000
Fotograf tester Panasonic HCX1000
Panasonic HCX1000 Long Term Review w/ Sample 4K Footage
Panasonic HCX1000 Long Term Review w/ Sample 4K Footage

The cheapest price that we could find for the HCX1000E in the UK is £1,499.00 and in total we found 3 prices for it.

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What is the Ultimate Panasonic Camcorder?

Panasonic AGDVX200

£3,810.00
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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 fully featured but 4 year old 13x optical zoom, 2.7kg video camera, with average reviews. It has an image stabilizer and a built-in display, supports HDMI and is Full HD.

89
Features
Fully-Featured
61
Value for Money
Good
73
Age
3 Years Old
75
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 HC-VX870

£349.00
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Panasonic HC-VX870
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 £349 and with a Kagoo Score of 84 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 fully loaded and total megapixels 20x optical zoom, 353g camcorder, with an industry award and a fair 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.

93
Reviews
7 Reviews + 1 Award
93
Features
Fully-Featured
74
Popularity
Quite Popular
74
Value for Money
Good
76
Age
3 Years Old
84
Kagoo Score
Excellent

Purchasers report that Panasonic HC-VX870 has great 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 £349.00 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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