Panasonic 2015 4K and Full HD Compact Camcorders


Now available at B&H is Panasonic’s 2015 line of compact consumer camcorders, first announced at CES in January. Most notable are the HC-VX870 and HC-WX970 models, which feature 1/2.3" back side illuminated MOS sensors and bring Ultra HD 4K (3840 x 2160) video capture at 30 fps to Panasonic's consumer market. Both cameras, along with the Full HD HC-V770, can record Full HD 1080p video at up to 120 fps and are equipped with 20x zoom lenses. The HC-WX970, along with the Full HD HC-W570, feature a unique sub-camera attached to the flip-out LCD, which allows you to capture a second angle and superimpose it over the main image. Additionally, you can use the camera on your Wi-Fi-enabled smartphone to supply the second camera angle. This phone-camera-tethering feature is also found on the HC-VX870and HC-V770 models.

The HC-W570 and HC-V270 both feature 1/5.8" back side illuminated MOS sensors, record up to 1080p60, and give you the most zoom range with an impressive 50x optical zoom. They are also Wi-Fi and NFC enabled for easy one-touch pairing to your mobile devices. At the entry level is the HC-V160, which also has a 1/5.8" MOS sensor, but only records HD video at 1080/60i, has a 38x optical zoom range, and lacks built-in Wi-Fi. All of the camcorders, except the HC-V160, feature the latest in Panasonic's ever-evolving image stabilization technology, O.I.S.+ with 5-axis correction and Level Shot function.


Is it true what Richad said ?

Has anyone else had the same problems ?

Do a search on youtube video sample...The WX970 andthe VX870 are the same camera, differ only cause of the extra small camera on the side, check this videos out, take a good look on the hi-lights:

This cameras (HC-VX870HC-WX970) fails big time, a lot of noise in 4K and chromatic aberration with purple fringing on the video in high-lights, beside the video footage is sharp on the center but the edge is very soft... do not spend your money on this cameras, save money and go for the Sony AX100 if is 4K footage you are looking for, bigger sensor, less noise, sharper in the entire video...

does this unit have timelapse capability? thanks in advance.

possible re-entrapment into video

I love the features and look forward to more information on these items.

Please let me know when available and the pricing as well.

Pricing and order information can be found by clicking the links in the "items discussed in this article" section above.