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Panasonic HC-VX985M: Good 4K camera on a budget

If you're looking for a relatively affordable 4K camera that's small and handy too, you might consider the Panasonic HC-VX985M.

This is the camera I happened to buy when I first started working in 4K some years ago.

Although not inexpensive by any stretch of the imagination, it is aimed at the market of home video professionals, you know who I mean - those people who aren't a big movie studio but they're also not just amateur vloggers.

A few of the features you might find useful or interesting:

This camera does have wi-fi connectivity. Personally I don't ever use it. I just download the clips to computer and edit from there.

It shoots in Ultra HD resolution (3840 x 2160), in other words full consumer 4K resolution, and not just twothousand and something pixels stretched and then just have 4K slapped on the packaging. This is actual 4K resolution.

Gone are the days of needing to buy extra camera batteries. Just buy a big power bank and you can connect it to the camera whenever the camera battery is empty (you'll need the supplied USB cable that comes with the camera).

Shoots in 23.976 frame rate. Yes, why not just 24? Heck knows.

It has some other fancy built-in functions and effects too, but frankly I never use those and just add all the effects and features I want afterward during the editing process. These things I suspect just make the camera more expensive than it needs to be.

All in all, a good product I would say, which somewhat restored my faith in Panasonic products since in my experience Panasonic products never last much longer than two to five years.

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