Panasonic 4K Ultra HD Video Camera Camcorder HC-VX981K 20X Optical Zoom 1/2.3-Inch BSI Sensor HDR Capture Wi-Fi Smartphone Multi Scene Video Capture Reviews
Get in Close and Detail: 18.91 Megapixel MOS sensor plus 20x Zoom LEICA Decomar Lens (4.08-81.6mm), plus 5-axis Hybrid O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer) 1/2.3-Inch BSI Sensor: The Back Side Illumination Sensor has a large effective area with 8.29M effective pixels, suppressing noise even when shooting in dimly lit conditions 4K Recording and In-Camera Editing: Ultra-sharp 4K Ultra HD recording, plus in-camera editing for 1080p displays; Total Pixels 18.91 megapixels, still image 7.00 megapixels [3:2], 8.29 megapixels [16:9], 6.22 megapixels [4:3] HDR Movie Feature: Exclusive high-dynamic range feature suppresses blown highlights and blocked shadows for crisper and clearer videos Wireless Twin Camera: Wirelessly connect your smartphone’s video camera as a sub-camera for a picture-in-picture video effect.Recording Format:JPEG (DCF/Exif2.2)
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We first used it for our wedding and reception and it blew away my expectations for what a home movie camera could look and sound like.This camera is used weekly to record church services.I have a go pro and a dslr which takes video, but this is my first camcorder style camera.The last video camera I bought was a miniDV 15 years ago.Once I found the full manual online I was able to get consistently great slow motion video.Specifically check out LinusTechTips "4K is it worth it" and you’ll learn that unless you want to do extreme cropping in post-production editing, shooting in 4K has basically zero benefit even if when you upload in 4K.There is a proper 4K video of the same footage on YT.I did get really great sound, but not at higher amplifier volume levels.I actually LOVED this camcorder minus the screen in screen thing sometimes popping on.Even in FAIR lighting.PLEASE TURN UNIT OFF, THEN TURN ON AGAIN.I have a chronic illness that keeps me indoors some weeks but as a lover of the outdoors wanted to be able to "visit" some of my favorite places.We bought two of them and they, like most consumer cameras, are a little clunky out of the box.I hardly notice any improvement from a 5+ year-old Canon camcorder I normally use, and some definite worries as well.Captured nearly 2 hours of footage , many from ~15X-to-20X optical zoom.Two areas that affect the rating of which one was has to to do with the camera itself.At first, I was a little annoyed that you have to pay so much for a camera that lets you set manual iris/focus/sound etc.I averaged 12.We have done this with half a dozen other cameras over the years.
It was a replacement for an earlier Panasonic that could not be repaired.Warranty is good for 12 months, not 15 months.The image stabilization does not appear to be working or just is not that good.Battery life is pathetic, I keep a 20Ah external battery in my camera bag at all times, there are larger batteries for sale and I’d highly advise that you consider that when buying.No not the audio.Since my video will wind up on YouTube and lots of people watch video on phones, laptops or tablets, 1080 is just fine.After 3 months, problems arose:1.I was considering getting the GoPro Hero 4 Black which is 4K UHD, but after comparing some sample video I settled on the Panasonic HC-V770.I did a lot of research before buying and this one had the best reviews for this price range.I love my DSLR but I’m a video camera guy.Please, go back to your pay-as-you- phone footage.However you need to set settings for low light: Shutter 1/30 .While that was good, this was even better.Recording activated, but timed out after less than a minute with a malfunction error, asking for a power down and restart.Based on the reviews, i did go for a additional battery as the battery with this gives about 90 mins of recording depending on the resolution and zooming.The software upload instructions are not very clear.When you turn it on, it takes about five minutes for it capture an image and start working properly.My only negative is the finish on the body, I prefer a glossier look, a minor item for sure.Others can not see or notice as badly what I do.They have been absolutely perfect for what I needed them to do.
The 1080p quality on that camcorder is still great, but I’ve been wanting to get into 4k video.Overall picture quality and digital effect abilities are all way off the charts of any camcorder or phone I’ve used before.This camera boasted streaming, however you cannot remove icons during live streaming from HDMI cable.Picture quality is excellent.This one does the trick.Filmed graduations with this and took on my recent trip to Italy.I prefer video camcorders to regular cameras.I also like the ability to do manual exposure settings for tricky situations like recording my kids’ performances in a dark auditorium with stage lighting.For about 3 years I’ve used a pair of Canon HD cameras, the SX 710 HS and the SX 60 HS Powershot Bridge camera .Still images are comparable to a lower level camera.After countless hours of research we decided on this one.Battery life is just OK, enough for a couple of games, which works out as long as you remember to recharge it overnight.They came out really well; a big improvement in quality over my cell phone .Where is the audio display to see levels while shooting? Not sure if this camera has a defect or they are all like this.It was not clear to me that this could only live stream through a proprietary system.just big enough to fit in one’s hand.The intelligent Auto settings are great for novices, as it figures out the exposure and everything for you.Great that I don’t have to get new backup batteries and accessories.I got tired of the Video function of my Canon EOS 6d and decided to spent the money on a camcorder.