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Panasonic HC-VX870

alaTest has collected and analyzed 83 reviews of Panasonic HC-VX870. The average rating for this product is 4.1/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. People really like the zoom and image quality. The portability and price also get good comments, but there are some critical reviews about the design and viewfinder.

usability, price, portability, image quality, zoom

size, viewfinder, design

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Panasonic HC-VX870 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 93/100 = Excellent quality.

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Consumer review by: (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for Panasonic HC-VX870

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 20 user reviews of Panasonic HC-VX870 from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 4.5/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.co.uk. Reviews about the battery and zoom are overall positive. The image quality and portability are also appreciated, whereas many are negative about the size. Opinions are divided on the usability.

price, portability, image quality, zoom, battery

size

95% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Panasonic HC-VX870EB-K 4K 30p/25p Camcorder with Wireless Twin CameraPanasonic HC-VX870EB-K 4K 30p/25p Camcorder with Wireless Twin Camera

Sep, 2016

Consumer review by: (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Panasonic HC-VX870

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 27 user reviews of Panasonic HC-VX870 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 3.7/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.com. People really like the zoom and image quality. The portability and usability are also appreciated, but the viewfinder and size get less positive opinions.

price, usability, portability, image quality, zoom

size, viewfinder

67% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Panasonic HC-VX870 4K Ultra HD Camcorder with Wireless Smartphone Twin Video CapturePanasonic HC-VX870 4K Ultra HD Camcorder with Wireless Smartphone Twin Video Capture

Sep, 2016

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Expert review by: James Morris (trustedreviews.com)

Panasonic HC-VX870

 

The HC-VX870 is the second model down in Panasonic's new 4K camcorder range after the HC-WX970 that we reviewed recently. It's a very similar specification, but misses one key feature – a second 'selfie' camera. This brings the price down by £250,...

4K camcorder shooting for under £700 ; Comprehensive manual settings with control dial ; WiFi connectivity

No lens ring, just a lens dial ; Small sensor compared to a DSLR

The Panasonic HC-VX870 brings mainstream camcorder 4K shooting to a new affordable sub-£700 level.

May, 2015

Expert review by: Rahul Sethi (techmagnifier.com)

Panasonic HC-VX870 4K Camcorder Review – Clear and Casual

 

Panasonic HC – VX870 is a light 4k camcorder, sporting 20X optical zoom and 1500x digital zoom; quite respectable AF speed for size…but manual focus is tough

Affordable 4K ; Responsive focus ; Lightweight ; Wireless pairing with smartphones/cameras

Focus dial difficult to use ; Unfriendly Power button placement

Panasonic HC – VX870 is a light and portable 4k camcorder. It is able to record videos with great clarity in the 4K resolution, particularly performing well in the low light conditions. The hybrid O.I.S compensates for small hand movements when...

Jul, 2015

Consumer review by: David (currys.co.uk)

PANASONIC HC-VX870EB-K 4k Ultra HD Camcorder - Black

 

Very intuitive to work. Menu laid out well

When in automatic, as it changes from a light scene to a darker scene, there is a juddering effect. People look like they've gone into slow motion. I bought another card in case the Sandisk Extreme Pro I'd bought was a fake, but the same thing...

Sep, 2015

Consumer review by: David (reevoo.com)

Panasonic HC-VX870

 

Very intuitive to work. Menu laid out well

When in automatic, as it changes from a light scene to a darker scene, there is a juddering effect. People look like they've gone into slow motion. I bought another card in case the Sandisk Extreme Pro I'd bought was a fake, but the same thing...

Aug, 2015

Consumer review by: P (currys.co.uk)

PANASONIC HC-VX870EB-K 4k Ultra HD Camcorder - Black

 

Good quality video, light, quick startup

External microphone socket prevents flip out screen being reversed and closed

Jul, 2015

Consumer review by: P (reevoo.com)

Panasonic HC-VX870

 

Good quality video, light, quick startup

External microphone socket prevents flip out screen being reversed and closed ; Some menus could be easier to get at

Jun, 2015

Consumer review by: Stuart (currys.co.uk)

PANASONIC HC-VX870EB-K 4k Ultra HD Camcorder - Black

 

There Is NO VIEWFINDER

May, 2015

Consumer review by: Mark (currys.co.uk)

PANASONIC HC-VX870EB-K 4k Ultra HD Camcorder - Black

 

It does exactly what it says on the tin

High price but I expect that will drop as 4K becomes more popular as happened with Blu-ray

May, 2015

Consumer review by: Kevin (currys.co.uk)

PANASONIC HC-VX870EB-K 4k Ultra HD Camcorder - Black

 

Great quality images

Sound a little quiet with a group of people

May, 2015

Consumer review by: Stuart (reevoo.com)

Panasonic HC-VX870

 

There Is NO VIEWFINDER

Apr, 2015

Product Specifications

Audio

Audio formats supported:AAC
Audio system:Dolby Digital 2.0/5.1

Battery

Battery Capacity:1940
Battery technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery voltage:3.6

Camera

Camcorder type:Handheld camcorder
Minimum illumination:2

Design

Colour of product:Black

Display

Built-in Display: Yes
Display:LCD
Display diagonal:7.62
Display resolution (numeric):460800
Touchscreen: Yes

Focusing

Focus adjustment:Auto/Manual

Image sensor

Effective megapixels (image):7 / 7.00
Effective megapixels (movie):8.29
Optical sensor size:25.4 / 2.3
Sensor Type:MOS BSI
Total MegaPixels:18.91

Lens System

Digital Zoom:60
Filter Size:4.9
Focal length (35mm film equivalent):30.8 - 626
Focal length range (f-f):4.08 - 81.6
Image stabilizer: Yes
Image stabilizer type:HYBRID
Optical Zoom:20

Networking

Near Field Communication (NFC): Yes
Wi-Fi: Yes
Wi-Fi standards:802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n / 802.11g, 802.11b, 802.11n

Packaging Content

AC adapter included: Yes
Lens hood: Yes

Ports & interfaces

HDMI: Yes
Headphone outputs:1
Microphone in: Yes
USB 2.0 ports quantity:1

Shutter

Camera shutter speed:0.000125 - 0.04

Still image

Still image resolution(s):[16:9] 25.9MP (6784 x 3816), 14 MP (4992 x 2808), 2.1 MP (1920 x 1080)/[3:2] 20 MP (5472 x 3648), 10.6 MP (3984 x 2656), 2.0 MP (1728 x 1152)/[4:3] 20.4 MP (5216 x 3912), 10.9 MP (3808 x 2856), 0.3 MP (640 x 480)

Storage

Camcorder media type:Memory Card
Camcorder tape type: No
Compatible memory cards:SD, SDHC, SDXC
Disc types supported: No
Memory slots:1

Video

HD type:Full HD
Maximum Video Resolution:1920 x 1080
Video formats supported:AVC, AVCHD, H.264, MP4, MPEG4 / H.264, MPEG4, AVC, AVCHD, MP4

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:13.9
Height :7.3
Weight:353
Width:6.5

White balance

White Balance:Auto, Cloudy, Daylight, Indoor, Sunny / Auto, Indoor, Cloudy, Sunny, Daylight