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4K Panasonic VX870 £499.00 (£439 with cashback) @ currys

£499.00 @ Currys
£499 normally, but there's a '£30 cashback' in the promotions link below which will apparently pay double if bought before the 6th of September. http://promotions.panasonic.co.uk/promotions/promoti… Read More
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10m, 3w agoFound 10 months, 3 weeks ago
£499 normally, but there's a '£30 cashback' in the promotions link below which will apparently pay double if bought before the 6th of September.

http://promotions.panasonic.co.uk/promotions/promotions/termsandconditions
'From 25th August 2016 - 5th September 2016, participants are eligible for double the cashback value when purchased from a participating retailer in the UK and Northern Ireland on Qualifying Products.'
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#1
Good deal but still too expensive to justify the 4K feature
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Bought this camera refurbished so I'm probably not eligible for the deal, though if it helps anybody then my research won't have been for nothing!

Way it seems to work, Panasonic has 3 different grades of consumer camcorders:

100/200/500 series uses a small 1/5.8" sensor but has a powerful optical zoom, records at full HD but quality nowhere near that.
700 series uses a better 1/2.3" sensor and records at full HD.
800/900 series still uses 1/2.3" but records at full HD OR 4K, but 4K only at 25 FPS in Europe.

I've done a couple of tests since I received the VX870, first I compared it with my older budget V520: https://youtu.be/gdbVKyxShEw
I also tested HD VS 4K to see what difference in quality there was. I was surprised to see that not only did it record at a far superior quality (Even forgetting the increased resolution) but 4K also records a wider FOV: https://youtu.be/TO2HCEdr13Y

Obviously it's not worth it for the 4K cos 8K is already becoming the standard

Edited By: 3kliksphilip on Aug 29, 2016 12:31: More detail
#3
I bought the v510 a while ago,picture quality was poor,sold straight away and went back to my compact Sony hx10v.
#4
Improving phones and digital cameras with video capabilities are rendering the low-end camcorders increasingly obsolete but a dedicated camcorder still gives you better stabilization and zoom.

v510 uses the same sized sensor as my old v520, the VX870 is vastly superior to that, hoping to get some sunny comparisons done today which I'll also upload.
#5
thank you, I loved your videos. I will wait for the 50fps
#6
3kliksphilip

I've done a couple of tests since I received the VX870, first I compared it with my older budget V520: https://youtu.be/gdbVKyxShEw
Made me giggle at your backups quip, well presented and your commentary made it interesting. Thanks for sharing!
#7
sony Ax33 all day.
#8
Nice! Where can I get that for £440?

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