Panasonic HC-WX970 vs Panasonic HC-X920

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Panasonic HC-WX970
Panasonic HC-X920

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Reasons For

7 Reasons For
8x bigger optical zoom Edit
The Panasonic HC-WX970 has an optical zoom of 20x, however the Panasonic HC-X920 is only a 12x (optical) camcorder (8x smaller). Read more

An optical zoom lets you enlarge the subject without having to move closer to it.

An optical zoom lets you zoom without loosing image quality. Digital zooms will simply enlarge the pixels and make the image look blurry.

Bigger digital zoom Edit
Panasonic HC-WX970 is 60x (digital). That's 20x bigger than the Panasonic HC-X920 (40x). Read more

A digital zoom enlarges the pixels in a digital image to make the subject appear closer. Using digital zoom can result in images becoming blurry as the underlying image remains the same.

A digital zoom allows you to enlarge a subject without having to move closer. Digital zoom can be used as an alternative to an optical zoom, although it will result in a loss of image quality.

Higher battery capacity Edit
Panasonic HC-WX970 is 1,940mAh battery. That's 690mAh higher than the Panasonic HC-X920 (1,250mAh).
13% smaller Edit
The Panasonic HC-WX970 has a width of 65mm, however the Panasonic HC-X920 is a 73mm wide camcorder (8mm bigger).
£284 cheaper
The Panasonic HC-WX970 costs £284 less than the Panasonic HC-X920.
More popular
The Panasonic HC-WX970 is a more popular choice amongst buyers. It ranks No. 24478 by sales volume in our camcorders, however the Panasonic HC-X920 ranks No. 33118.
User reviews are vastly better
The Panasonic HC-WX970 has an average user review score of 100% based on 1 review, however the Panasonic HC-X920 has an average rating of 80% (based on 1 review).
9 Reasons For
Significantly bigger sensor size Edit
The Panasonic HC-X920 is a 38.28MP sensor camcorder, whereas the Panasonic HC-WX970 is only an 18.91MP sensor camcorder (19.37MP smaller). Read more

A megapixel (MP or Mpx) is one million pixels, and is a term used not only for the number of pixels in an image, but also to express the number of image sensor elements of digital cameras or the number of display elements of digital displays. For example, a camera that makes a 2048 1536 pixel image typically uses a few extra rows and columns of sensor elements and is commonly said to have "3.2 megapixels" or "3.4 megapixels", depending on whether the number reported is the "effective" or the "total" pixel count (as opposed to the 2048 1536 = 3,145,728 finished image pixels).

A larger number of megapixels increases the sharpness of images and video.

Higher megapixel count Edit
The Panasonic HC-X920 is an 8.49MP camcorder. That's 0.2MP higher than the Panasonic HC-WX970 (8.49MP).
Slightly higher movie megapixel count Edit
The Panasonic HC-X920 is an 8.49MP (movie mode) camcorder, whereas the Panasonic HC-WX970 is only an 8.29MP (movie mode) camcorder (0.2MP lower).
15% larger screen size Edit
The Panasonic HC-X920 has a screen size of 3.5", however the Panasonic HC-WX970 is only a 3" screen size camcorder (0.5" smaller). Read more

Display diagonal of the camcorder's build in display.

A larger display diagonal makes it easier to record and review video and images.

Hugely higher display resolution Edit
The Panasonic HC-X920 has a display resolution of 1,152,000 pixels, but the Panasonic HC-WX970 is only a 460,800 pixels display resolution camcorder (691,200 pixels lower). Read more

Total number of pixels that display has.

91% lighter Edit
The Panasonic HC-X920 is a 189g weight camcorder. That's 171g lighter than the Panasonic HC-WX970 (189g). Read more

Weight of the camcorder including battery.

A lighter camcorder is easier to handle when recording and to carry when travelling.

14mm smaller Edit
The Panasonic HC-X920 is a 59mm high camcorder, whereas the Panasonic HC-WX970 is a 73mm high camcorder (14mm bigger).
Vastly smaller Edit
The Panasonic HC-X920 has a depth of 82mm, however the Panasonic HC-WX970 is a 139mm deep camcorder (57mm bigger).
Available from 8 shops
A greater number of stores increases the chances of this camcorder remaining in stock and also increases the price competition amongst retailers for the product.

Reasons Against

9 Reasons Against
Smaller sensor size Edit
The Panasonic HC-WX970 is an 18.91MP sensor camcorder, whereas the Panasonic HC-X920 is a 38.28MP sensor camcorder (19.37MP bigger). Read more

A megapixel (MP or Mpx) is one million pixels, and is a term used not only for the number of pixels in an image, but also to express the number of image sensor elements of digital cameras or the number of display elements of digital displays. For example, a camera that makes a 2048 1536 pixel image typically uses a few extra rows and columns of sensor elements and is commonly said to have "3.2 megapixels" or "3.4 megapixels", depending on whether the number reported is the "effective" or the "total" pixel count (as opposed to the 2048 1536 = 3,145,728 finished image pixels).

A larger number of megapixels increases the sharpness of images and video.

Lower megapixel count Edit
The Panasonic HC-WX970 is an 8.29MP camcorder. That's 0.2MP lower than the Panasonic HC-X920 (8.49MP).
Moderately lower movie megapixel count Edit
The Panasonic HC-WX970 is an 8.29MP (movie mode) camcorder, whereas the Panasonic HC-X920 is an 8.49MP (movie mode) camcorder (0.2MP higher).
17% smaller screen size Edit
The Panasonic HC-WX970 has a screen size of 3", however the Panasonic HC-X920 is a 3.5" screen size camcorder (0.5" larger). Read more

Display diagonal of the camcorder's build in display.

A larger display diagonal makes it easier to record and review video and images.

2x lower display resolution Edit
The Panasonic HC-WX970 has a display resolution of 460,800 pixels, but the Panasonic HC-X920 is a 1,152,000 pixels display resolution camcorder (691,200 pixels higher). Read more

Total number of pixels that display has.

48% heavier Edit
The Panasonic HC-WX970 is a 360g weight camcorder. That's 171g heavier than the Panasonic HC-X920 (189g). Read more

Weight of the camcorder including battery.

A lighter camcorder is easier to handle when recording and to carry when travelling.

14mm bigger Edit
The Panasonic HC-WX970 is a 73mm high camcorder, whereas the Panasonic HC-X920 is a 59mm high camcorder (14mm smaller).
A lot bigger Edit
The Panasonic HC-WX970 has a depth of 139mm, however the Panasonic HC-X920 is an 82mm deep camcorder (57mm smaller).
Less retailers
Only 6 sellers sells the Panasonic HC-WX970, whereas 14 shops sell the Panasonic HC-X920. Read more
Smaller numbers of stores reduces the price competition amongst retailers for this camcorder and also reduces the chances of the product remaining in stock.
8 Reasons Against
8x smaller optical zoom Edit
The Panasonic HC-X920 has an optical zoom of 12x, however the Panasonic HC-WX970 is a 20x (optical) camcorder (8x bigger). Read more

An optical zoom lets you enlarge the subject without having to move closer to it.

An optical zoom lets you zoom without loosing image quality. Digital zooms will simply enlarge the pixels and make the image look blurry.

Smaller digital zoom Edit
Panasonic HC-X920 is only 40x (digital). That's 20x smaller than the Panasonic HC-WX970 (40x). Read more

A digital zoom enlarges the pixels in a digital image to make the subject appear closer. Using digital zoom can result in images becoming blurry as the underlying image remains the same.

A digital zoom allows you to enlarge a subject without having to move closer. Digital zoom can be used as an alternative to an optical zoom, although it will result in a loss of image quality.

Lower battery capacity Edit
Panasonic HC-X920 is only 1,250mAh battery. That's 690mAh lower than the Panasonic HC-WX970 (1,250mAh).
11% bigger Edit
The Panasonic HC-X920 has a width of 73mm, however the Panasonic HC-WX970 is a 65mm wide camcorder (8mm smaller).
£284 more expensive
The Panasonic HC-X920 is more expensive than the Panasonic HC-WX970 by £284.
Over two years older
The Panasonic HC-X920 is older than the Panasonic HC-WX970 by three years.
Worse selling
The Panasonic HC-X920 ranks No. 33118 by sales volume, however the Panasonic HC-WX970 ranks No. 24478.
Vastly Lower user review Score
The Panasonic HC-X920's average user rating is 80%, however the Panasonic HC-WX970's is 100% (based on 1 review).

Average Expert Rating

Average User Rating

Date Released

16 months Ago 47 months Ago

Image Sensor

Sensor Size
18.91MP 38.28MP
BEST
Optical Sensor Size
 1/2
 1/2
Sensor Type
 MOS
 MOS
Megapixel Count
8.29MP 8.49MP
BEST
Movie Megapixel Count
8.29MP 8.49MP
BEST

Lens System

Optical Zoom
20x
BEST
12x
Digital Zoom
60x
BEST
40x
Image Stabiliser
 Image stabiliser
 Image stabiliser
Filter Size
49mm 49mm
Focal Length
30.8 - 626 29.8 - 399.2
Focal Length Range
4.08 - 81.6 2.84 - 34.1
Lens Mount Interface
 Leica M
 Leica M

Storage

Memory Card
 SDXC
 SDHC
 SD
 SDXC
 SDHC
 SD
Storage Media Type
 Memory card
 Memory card

Focusing

Focus Adjustment
 Auto
 Manual
 Auto
 Manual

White Balance

Indoor White Balance
 Indoor white balance
 Indoor white balance
White Balance Mode
 Auto
 Cloudy
 Sunny
 Indoor
 Auto
 Cloudy
 Sunny
 Indoor

Flash

Built-In Flash
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Built-in flash
Built-In Light
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Built-in light

Shutter

Video Shutter Speed
Unknown - Click to provide data 1/25 - 1/8000
Photo Shutter Speed
0.0005 - 0.5 1/2 - 1/2000
Shutter Speed
0.000125 - 0.04 Unknown - Click to provide data

Display

Screen Size
3" 3.5"
BEST
Built-In Display
 Built-in display
 Built-in display
Touch Sensitive Screen
 Touch sensitive screen
Unknown - Click to provide data
Display Resolution
460,800 pixels 1,152,000 pixels
BEST
Display
 LCD
 LCD

Camera

Camcorder Type
 handheld
 handheld
3D Compatible
Unknown - Click to provide data
 3D compatible
On Screen Display
 On screen display
 On screen display
Minimum Illumination
Unknown - Click to provide data 12lx
On Screen Display Language
 ENG
 FRE
 DEU
 ITA
 POL
 ESP
 SWE
 TUR
 DUT
 CZE
 ENG
 FRE
 DEU
 ITA
 POL
 ESP
 SWE
 TUR
 DUT
 CZE

Design

Colour
 Black
 Black

Video

Full HD
 Full HD
 Full HD
HD Type
 Full HD
 Full HD
Video Mode
 2160p
 1080i
 1080p
 720p
 540p
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 2160p
 1080i
 1080p
 720p
 540p
Video Format
 MP4
 MPEG
 MPEG4
 H.264
 AVCHD
 AVC
 MP4
 MPEG
 MPEG4
 H.264
 AVCHD
 AVC
Video Resolution
 3840 x 2160
 1920 x 1080
 1280 x 720
 960 x 540
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 3840 x 2160
 1920 x 1080
 1280 x 720
 960 x 540
Maximum Video Resolution
 1920 x 1080
 1920 x 1080
Maximum Frame Rate
50fps Unknown - Click to provide data

Still Image

Image Format
 JPG
 JPG
Still Image Resolution
 5472 x 3648
 3984 x 2656
 1920 x 1080
 1728 x 1152
 640 x 480
BEST
 5472 x 3648
 3984 x 2656
 1920 x 1080
 1728 x 1152
 640 x 480
Maximum Image Resolution
 6016 x 3384
 6016 x 3384
BEST

Audio

Audio Format
 AAC++
 AAC++
Built-In Speaker
 Built-in speaker
 Built-in speaker
Built-In Microphone
 Built-in microphone
 Built-in microphone
Audio System
 Dolby Digital 2.0/5.1
 Dolby Digital 2.0/5.1

Ports & Interfaces

HDMI Port
 HDMI port
 HDMI port
USB 2.0 Port
1 1
Microphone in Port
 Microphone in port
 Microphone in port
Headphone Out Port
 Headphone out port
 Headphone out port
Mini HDMI Port
Unknown - Click to provide data 1

Networking

WiFi
 WiFi
Unknown - Click to provide data
Near Field Communication
 Near field communication
Unknown - Click to provide data

Battery

Battery Voltage
3.6V 7.2V
Battery Capacity
1,940mAh
BEST
1,250mAh
Battery
 Nickel-Manganese-Cobalt
 Nickel-Manganese-Cobalt

Weight & Dimensions

Weight
360g 189g
BEST
Height
73mm 59mm
BEST
Depth
139mm 82mm
BEST
Width
65mm
BEST
73mm

Packaging Content

Included Battery
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Included battery
Quick Start Guide
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Quick start guide
Bundled Software
Unknown - Click to provide data HD Writer AE 5.0
Cable Included
 USB
 HDMI
 AV
 USB
 HDMI
 AV
BEST
AC Adapter Included
 AC adapter included
 AC adapter included
Warranty Card
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Warranty card
Lens Hood Included
 Lens hood included
Unknown - Click to provide data

Other Features

AV Output
Unknown - Click to provide data
 AV output
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