This is a great value camcorder at sub £400 and you'll struggle to get anything better at this price. It has the largest sensor at this level which makes it great for poor light situations. I've had one since 2016, filmed in all weathers (for the job) and also used it as a static rig that featured on a BBC piece. I "upgraded" to the 4K V990 a couple of years ago and found that the image quality of the V770 (at HD only) was actually superior.
It can take an external mike and will also take aftermarket lenses (49mm thread) which really opens up the applications you can use it for. USB charging and the wifi remote control are great extra features that work well.
There are 2 downsides for me:
1. It lacks a viewfinder but sadly, there are few camcorders around at this price that have them nowadays anyway.
2. The build quality of the Panasonic range isn't as good as Sony IMO, but then they're generally cheaper for an equivalent spec. So you do get what you pay for.
Feb 26, 2020
I needed a camera for my Youtube channel and this one is perfect. Records in HD and has the input for the external microphone, which was essential to me since the embedded mics are usually awful.0 Comment
Sep 22, 2019
I needed a back up for my main camera - the most important thing being a socket for an external lavalier mic. This Panasonic has it, and after a couple of assignments, I can report that it's perfect for what I do.0 Comment
Mar 21, 2019
This is an excellent camcorder. Easy to use with a good range of settings to suit individual preferences. Zoom is good although some other brands do provide more; but I haven't been disappointed so far.
Transfer of the files to my MacBook Pro was straightforward. I shot in 1080p and had no difficultly. Image quality is very good and the mic picks up the intended sound very well.
Aug 29, 2018
Great camcorder. Light and easy to hold. All controls intuitive. Image quality very good.0 Comment
Aug 26, 2018
good cameras with quality recording. very complicated menu system and the manual stuff is good but hard to figure out. good starter camera and excellent value at this price.0 Comment
May 06, 2018
Great for slo motion of birds. Excellent for price. Bought a lens hood for it as it has a filter thread. Very simple to use.0 Comment
May 03, 2018
Lovely Camcorder, great picture quality looking forward to using it more. Quick dispatch, very happy with my purchase0 Comment
Oct 05, 2017
Great camcorder. Used it for wedding. Recommend buying extra battery.0 Comment
Oct 04, 2017
Great video quality. I originally wanted the 4K version, but this is good enough for my purposes and works quite well in low-ish light. The feature I need is a 3.5 mm connection for an external microphone and this has it. I haven't had a chance to use it much yet, but so far I'm impressed.
Its not cheap, but these days I think you need to pay at this sort of level to get better features and quality than possible with the latest smart-phones. The latest versions of these higher end consumer camcorders are getting closer to the performance of professional products of a few years ago with a smaller, more portable form factor.
May 24, 2017