Panasonic HC-VX870 reviews: camcorder

35 customer reviews

+ This camcorder scores high on image quality. - It scores poorly on battery life.

£529 – £617 at 3 retailers out of 423 retailers checked

8.6 out of 10 based on 35 reviews.
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Christopher, Rotherham Professional videographer

Score 10.0/10
Good points:
Picture and sounds are fantastic

manual settings are good

lens hood is a nice touch.
Bad points:
Not very good in low light
Overall rating 10.0
Ease of use 9.0
Image quality 10.0
Features 9.0
Sound quality 10.0
Battery life 10.0
Weight 8.0
Value for money 10.0
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Confirmed purchase: 30 Apr 2016

Justin, Oxford Experienced amateur

Score 10.0/10
Good points:
Great images and so easy to use. It's light and with the 4K capability it gives the best images I have had from a camcorder
Bad points:
The sound is quite low so you need headphones if you play it back through the camera. Battery life is ok but I decided that an additional battery was the best solution for me.
Overall rating 10.0
Ease of use 10.0
Image quality 10.0
Features 10.0
Sound quality 9.0
Battery life 9.0
Weight 10.0
Value for money 10.0
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Confirmed purchase: 29 Aug 2016

Mark, Chester Keen amateur

Score 10.0/10
Good points:
It does exactly what it says on the tin.
Bad points:
High price but I expect that will drop as 4K becomes more popular as happened with Blu-ray.
Overall rating 10.0
Ease of use 10.0
Image quality 10.0
Features 9.0
Sound quality 10.0
Battery life 5.0
Weight 10.0
Value for money 8.0
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2 of 2 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 29 Apr 2015

David, Stafford Keen amateur

Score 2.0/10
Good points:
Very intuitive to work. Menu laid out well.
Bad points:
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 happened. Took the camera back.
Overall rating 2.0
Ease of use 8.0
Image quality 6.0
Features 6.0
Sound quality 4.0
Battery life 2.0
Weight 7.0
Value for money 3.0
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2 of 3 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 26 Aug 2015

Derek, London Experienced amateur

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
Design looks quite nice, and the 4k video is very, very good.
Bad points:
I don't like the lens cap. One little knock and it falls off. It is way too flimzy for my liking. Poor sound recording, you have to have an external mic to match up with the picture quality. When you do attach a mic, it now interfers with the zoom control.
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 9.0
Image quality 9.0
Features 7.0
Sound quality 6.0
Battery life 7.0
Weight 9.0
Value for money 8.0
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Confirmed purchase: 10 Sep 2016

Robin, Leicester Keen amateur

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
Slow motion and 4k modes. Touch screen for auto-focus tracking. Time-lapse options. Night modes include IR option. Dedicated still photo button. Brilliant OIS to steady the shots at full magnification. Charges from 5v usb.
Bad points:
Mix of modes, menus, buttons and touch-screen items takes a lot of getting used to. Thumb wheel is quite tricky compared to a proper lens ring control. No rear viewfinder.
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 6.0
Image quality 10.0
Features 9.0
Sound quality 9.0
Weight 9.0
Value for money 8.0
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Confirmed purchase: 02 May 2016

Product Features

Resolution (Pixels) 18.9
Digital zoom ratio 60
Weight (g) 353
Screen size (Inches) 3

Also known as: HC-VX870, Panasonic HC-VX870EB-K

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Manufacturer's Description

With the Panasonic HC-VX870 Camcorder you can elevate your creativity and capture your vision by shooting with 4k video. Enjoy greater detail, HDR exposure and improved camera control with Level Shot Function and 5-Axis HYBRID O.I.S+.

Get the detail in 4K video.
The VX870 is made to film in 4K. With four times the resolution than Full HD, video is captured in crisp detail. When footage is down-converted to Full HD, the data will have even better definition and clarity than those filmed in Full-HD.

Creative editing
Recording in 4K resolution gives you greater flexibility when it comes to editing your video. Draw focus to specific actions and shape your stories with creative use of scale, pan and crops.

Capture the perfect moment
The 4K Photo function lets you capture those ‘perfect’ moments by extracting individual frames as 8 MP images.

Leica lens: made for 4K
A specially developed Leica Dicomar lens, with 20x optical zoom (in 4K), will help you find your perfect shot. For those who shoot from the hip, the VX870 has a superior focus speed.

Leica lens: no distortion
The Leica Dicomar lens is designed to alleviate distortion and minimise ghosting and flare. It provides excellent resolution even when footage is enlarged, so your shots are always crisp and clear.

HDR video: perfect exposure
When filming in high contrast environments, such as indoors or in bright sunshine, footage can be underexposed in some areas and over in others. Backgrounds look bleached and subjects in the foreground appear in shadow. The VX870 captures footage in HDR, blending different exposures together to create completely balanced video.

Smoother more stable shots
A number of features are built into the VX870 to counteract unwanted movement. Level Shot Function detects tilt and automatically corrects footage. But sometimes you might want a ‘handheld’ effect so there are three settings: strong, normal and off. The 5-Axis HYBRID O.I.S.+ feature also stabilises your footage, automatically compensating blur from camera zooms and walking.

Stream video from a separate device
Place a point of view right in the heart of the action and stream footage back to the VX870 from your tablet or smartphone as a picture in picture. This flexible option allows you to push your creativity by combining different angles together to create unique footage.


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