Panasonic HC-WXF1 Brief Review


REVIEW SUMMARY

Specifications

  • Body Style : Handheld prosumer camcorder
  • Weather Sealing : None
  • Image Stabilization : 5-axis OIS, Ball OIS, Adaptive OIS
  • Memory : SD card slot
  • Connectivity : Wi-Fi
  • Battery : Li-ion battery at up to one hour recording time
  • Weight : 1.01 lbs.
  • Autofocus : Auto and manual focus
  • Still Photos : 26 megapixels
  • Ports : microHDMI
  • Sensor : 8.29 megapixel 1/2.5 inch CMOS sensor
  • Aperture : f/1.8-4.0 (sub camera f/2.2)
  • Zoom : 24x optical
  • Resolution and Frame Rate : 4K at 30 fps in MP4, 1080p 60 fps in AVCHD and MP4
  • Release Date: 2018-04-10
  • Final Grade: 92 4.6 Star Rating: Recommended


The Panasonic HC-WXF1 Packs in 4K -- and still fits in a second camera
The Panasonic HC-WXF1 records 4K -- and offers a second camera to record behind the camera, picture-in-picture too.
By Admin, Last updated on: 4/2/2018

The Panasonic HC-WXF1 is a big brother to the HC-VX1 -- the two camcorders sport most of the same specifications. So what’s the difference? The WXF1 uses a secondary camera for picture-in-picture recording, allowing you to capture both what’s in front of the camera and what’s behind, or your own reaction to the action, as well as a viewfinder. Those extra features also drive the price a little higher than the VX1.

The main camera sensor is a 1/2.5 inch CMOS sensor capable of recording in 4K. A versatile 24x optical zoom is paired with that sensor -- and it looks like the sensor-lens combo will make a pretty pair. The sub-camera has a smaller 1/4 inch sensor and fixed f/2.2 lens. That’s not as good as the main camera (just like a selfie camera on a smartphone) but the secondary camera only records a small portion of the footage tucked into a corner, so big specs aren’t exactly necessary.

Panasonic has also built in a pretty heavy-hitting optical stabilization system -- or systems, rather. The Panasonic HC-WXF1 has five-axis stabilization along with ball OIS and adaptive OIS, the last two designed for specific types of motion. Other advanced features include an active contrast mode for bright scenes, a new feature that’s integrated alongside older modes such as HDR.

As a prosumer camcorder, the WXF1 looks much like a typical video camera. There are a few differences though. The front has a ring for controlling manual settings and alongside the flip out screen, the camcorder also has a viewfinder.

The Panasonic WXF1 retails for just under a grand, another $200 more than the VX1 that doesn’t have the secondary camera and viewfinder. Outside of the VX1, finding a 4K camcorder for under $1,000 is tough to do unless you go with a slightly older model like the Sony AX53.


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    Would you buy this unit or the older Sony X53?

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