Panasonic HC-VX1 Brief Review



  • Body Style : Compact, with manual lens ring
  • Weather Sealing : None
  • Image Stabilization : Optical, including 5-axis Hybrid OIS Plus, Ball OIS and Adaptive OIS
  • Memory : -
  • Connectivity : Wi-Fi
  • Battery : Info not yet available
  • Weight : Info not yet available
  • Sensor : 1/2.5" BSI CMOS Sensor
  • Aperture : f/1.8-4.0
  • Zoom : 24x optical
  • Resolution and Frame Rate : 4K
  • Release Date: 2018-04-10
  • Final Grade: 91 4.55 Star Rating: Recommended

The Panasonic HC-VX1 Packs 4K into $800 consumer camera
With 4K, a 24x zoom and a slew of stabilization features, there's a lot to like about the Panasonic HC-VX1.
By Admin, Last updated on: 5/2/2018

The Panasonic HC-VX1 boasts both big zoom and big resolution.

Sporting a 1/2.5 inch sensor, the HC-VX1 records in 4K resolution. If you don't need those details, the camera can use the extra resolution to add effects while cropping down to standard HD, including mimicking a dolly zoom and other cinematic looks.

That sensor is paired with a 24x optical zoom that offers a flexible range from a wide 25mm to 600mm equivalent. The f/1.8-4 aperture follows the same bright characteristics of the backlit sensor, with a design made with low light in mind.

Rather than including a single optical stabilization system, Panasonic is integrating three with a five-axis hybrid OIS, Ball OIS and Adaptive OIS, each designed for different types of camera motion. An active contrast mode helps improve picture quality in bright scenes, along with the HDR modes included on the company's previous camcorders.

Designed with a bit more than the standard consumer camcorder, the compact video camera has a manual ring at the front that can be used for manual focus when the autofocus options aren't suited to the scene. Despite the more advanced features, the VX1 still uses a compact body style and flip out screen.

The Panasonic HC-VX1 retails for $799, $200 more than the similar but HD-only V800. That's a pretty fair price point for 4K, compared to models like the Sony AX53 and older 15 fps Panasonic VX981.

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