HC-WX970 Camcorder Review

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The HC-WX970 is the top of the line 4K compact consumer-grade camcorder. The main benefit of recording in 4K is the ability to derive 8MP still images from your video footage. This allows for wider video editing possibilities like cropping closer into a specific scene and still have the resolution to produce a full HD picture.

Much like the company’s former flagship, the HC-W850, the design of the frame, weight, and dimension are the same. It has a 3-inch wide touchscreen LCD monitor with 460,800 dot resolution for clear preview. The main camera uses a 1/2.3 inch BSI MOS with 18.91 megapixels while its sub camera uses a 1/4 type MOS 5.27MP image sensor that can be rotated to capture two different angles of a given scene or it can face the person taking the shot to record both the subject and the videographer. This will create a picture-in-picture effect placing the footage of the secondary camera in a small box on the main footage. With the use of a the Twin camera system, a tablet or smartphone can be paired via Wi-Fi and take another angle of the scene currently captured by the camcorder. While connected to the internet, the camcorder can record and stream the footage live to a Ustream account.

The Leica Dicomar lens has a 20x optical zoom and coupled with its Crystal Engine 4K chipset, videos are captured with resolutions reaching to 3840×2160 at 30fps. When turned on, Intelligent Zoom will extend the maximum zoom to 25x while on 4K setting and when in 1080p, the 40x Intelligent zoom can be maximized. The 5-Axis Hybrid O.I.S+ ensures stable capture even when moving. The HDR function allows better capture of scenes where there would be a need to tweak the shadow and highlights.

Advantages

  • You can record in slow-motion up to 120 fps in Full HD
  • Sub camera allows the user to capture another angle of the current scene or another subject entirely
  • The 5 axis HYBRID Optical Image Stabilizations ensures steady footage even when walking
  • There is more creative space for editing with its 4K recording capability

Disadvantages

  • It has no lens ring included
  • HDR mode does not work on 4K video

Features

  • Optical Zoom: The camera has a 20x optical zoom, boosted to 25x with Intelligent Zoom in 4K recording and 40x when in HD
  • Digital Zoom: The camera has a 60x/1500x digital zoom
  • Image Sensor and Resolution  It has a 1/2.3” BSI MOS Sensor with 18.91 MP
  • Video Capture Resolution It has 8.29 megapixels in 4K
  • Still Capture Resolution It has 8.29 megapixels (16×9)
  • Image Stabilizer: The image stabilizer technology used is HYBRID O.I.S.
  •  Media Format Digital Video The item can store in a SD, SDHC, or SDXC cards
  • Video Capture Format HD: The camcorder captures and stores the video files in MP4 and AVCHD format
  • Color: The item comes Black color

Accessories

  1. Transcend 64GB SecureDigital SDXC 300x UHS-1 Class 10 Memory Card
  2. Professional Heavy Duty Hard Case with Custom Foam (Small)
  3. Precision Design Digital Camera / Camcorder LED Video Light with Bracket
  4. Vidpro Mini Condenser Microphone for DSLRs, Camcorders & Video Cameras
  5. PD 2.5x Telephoto & .45x Wide-Angle Digital Lenses (49mm/52mm/55mm/58mm)
  6. PD 50″ PD-50PVTR Compact Travel Tripod
  7. Vivitar 3-Piece Multi-Coated HD Filter Set (49mm UV/CPL/ND8)
  8. PD 8 SD / 2 MicroSD Memory Card Case
  9. PD SD/SDHC & MicroSD HC Card Reader
  10. PD LCD Screen Protectors
  11. PD 5-Piece Cleaning Kit

The Panasonic HC-WX970 Action Cam Price

The Price of the Panasonic HC-WX970 is not available during the writing of this article

What customers have to say about the camcorder:

The customers rated this product a perfect 5 stars.

“ Amazing camera, very easy to use, here are some of the things I love about this panasonic 4k:
– Video is amazing, even at just 720p, at 4k is awesome, at this resolution is possible to do lot of digital zoom when editing.
– I has headphone output, this is awesome when you record with external mics and want to listen the audio and environment noise.
– The optical stabilisation is very good”

 

“This is a great kit. Includes everything to get started (and then some!). The video camera is an exceptional value for a 4k video camera.”

“It is the best!!!!”

 

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