Sony FDR-AX100 vs Sony PXW-Z100

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Sony FDR-AX100
Sony PXW-Z100

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Reasons For

9 Reasons For
5.4MP higher movie megapixel count Edit
The Sony FDR-AX100 has a movie megapixel count of 14.2MP, however the Sony PXW-Z100 is only an 8.8MP (movie mode) camcorder (5.4MP lower).
Three times lower minimum aperture Edit
The Sony FDR-AX100 has a minimum aperture of 2.8, whereas the Sony PXW-Z100 is an 11 minimum aperture camcorder (8.2 higher).
Significantly higher maximum aperture value Edit
The Sony FDR-AX100 has a maximum aperture value of 4.5, whereas the Sony PXW-Z100 is only a 1.6 maximum aperture value camcorder (2.9 lower).
Hugely lighter Edit
The Sony FDR-AX100 is a 790g weight camcorder. That's 1.7kg lighter than the Sony PXW-Z100 (2.5kg). Read more

Weight of the camcorder including battery.

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

109.5mm smaller Edit
The Sony FDR-AX100 has a height of 83.5mm, however the Sony PXW-Z100 is a 193mm high camcorder (109.5mm bigger).
165.5mm smaller Edit
Sony FDR-AX100 is 196.5mm deep, but the Sony PXW-Z100 is a 362mm deep camcorder (165.5mm bigger).
Two times smaller Edit
Sony FDR-AX100 is 81mm wide, but the Sony PXW-Z100 is a 189mm wide camcorder (108mm bigger).
£3,324 cheaper
The Sony FDR-AX100 costs £1,199.00, whereas the Sony PXW-Z100 is £4,522.80.
Available from 11 shops
The more retailers stock this camcorder, the greater competition amongst retailers to keep prices low.
3 Reasons For
Bigger sensor size Edit
Sony PXW-Z100 is 18.9MP sensor. That's 4.7MP bigger than the Sony FDR-AX100 (18.9MP). 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.

40% bigger optical zoom Edit
The Sony PXW-Z100 is a 20x (optical) camcorder. That's 8x bigger than the Sony FDR-AX100 (20x). 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.

One more USB 2.0 port Edit
The Sony PXW-Z100 is a two USB 2.0 port camcorder, whereas the Sony FDR-AX100 only has one USB 2.0 port.

Reasons Against

3 Reasons Against
4.7MP smaller sensor size Edit
The Sony FDR-AX100 has a sensor size of 14.2MP, however the Sony PXW-Z100 is an 18.9MP sensor camcorder (4.7MP 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.

Hugely smaller optical zoom Edit
Sony FDR-AX100 is only 12x (optical), but the Sony PXW-Z100 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.

Only one USB 2.0 port Edit
The number of USB 2.0 ports on the Sony FDR-AX100 is one, but the Sony PXW-Z100 only has two USB 2.0 ports.
10 Reasons Against
Lower movie megapixel count Edit
Sony PXW-Z100 is only 8.8MP (movie mode). That's 5.4MP lower than the Sony FDR-AX100 (8.8MP).
75% higher minimum aperture Edit
The Sony PXW-Z100 is an 11 minimum aperture camcorder. That's 8.2 higher than the Sony FDR-AX100 (11).
Two times lower maximum aperture value Edit
The Sony PXW-Z100 is a 1.6 maximum aperture value camcorder. That's 2.9 lower than the Sony FDR-AX100 (1.6).
Significantly heavier Edit
The Sony PXW-Z100 has a weight of 2.5kg, whereas the Sony FDR-AX100 is a 790g weight camcorder (1.7kg lighter). Read more

Weight of the camcorder including battery.

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

57% bigger Edit
Sony PXW-Z100 is 193mm high. That's 109.5mm bigger than the Sony FDR-AX100 (193mm).
Bigger Edit
The Sony PXW-Z100 is a 362mm deep camcorder. That's 165.5mm bigger than the Sony FDR-AX100 (362mm).
Bigger Edit
The Sony PXW-Z100 is a 189mm wide camcorder. That's 108mm bigger than the Sony FDR-AX100 (189mm).
More expensive by £3,324
The Sony PXW-Z100 is £3,323.80 more expensive than the Sony FDR-AX100.
Fewer sellers
The Sony PXW-Z100 is only stocked by 5 retailers, but the Sony FDR-AX100 is stocked by 16 sellers. Read more
The fewer the number of shops that stock the product, the lower the competition amongst shops to keep prices low.
Older by over one year
The Sony PXW-Z100 is 13 months older than the Sony FDR-AX100.

Awards

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Digital Versus: 5 Star
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Image Sensor

Sensor Size
14.2MP 18.9MP
BEST
Optical Sensor Size
 1/2
 1/2
BEST
Sensor Type
 CMOS
 CMOS
Megapixel Count
14.2MP Unknown - Click to provide data
Movie Megapixel Count
14.2MP
BEST
8.8MP

Lens System

Optical Zoom
12x 20x
BEST
Digital Zoom
160x Unknown - Click to provide data
Image Stabiliser
 Image stabiliser
 Image stabiliser
Image Stabiliser
 Optical
BEST
 Optical
Maximum Focal Length
348mm Unknown - Click to provide data
Minimum Aperture
2.8
BEST
11
Minimum Focal Length
29mm Unknown - Click to provide data
Maximum Aperture Value
4.5
BEST
1.6
Filter Size
62mm 72mm
Focal Length
29 - 348 30 - 600
Focal Length Range
9.3 - 111.6 4.1 - 82
Wide Angle Lens System
 Wide angle lens system
Unknown - Click to provide data

Storage

Memory Card
 SDHC
 SD
 SDXC
 MS Duo
 SDHC
 SD
 SDXC
 MS Duo
BEST
Storage Media Type
 Memory card
 Memory card

Focusing

Closest Focusing Distance
0.01m Unknown - Click to provide data
Focus Adjustment
 Auto
 Manual
 Auto
 Manual

Light Exposure

Scene Mode
 Beach
 Snow
 Fireworks
 Landscape
 Portrait
 Spotlight
 Beach
 Snow
 Fireworks
 Landscape
 Portrait
 Spotlight
Exposure Mode
 Auto
 Auto

White Balance

Outdoor White Balance
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Outdoor white balance
White Balance Mode
 Auto
 Outdoor
 Auto
 Outdoor

Flash

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

Shutter

Shutter Speed
1/60 1/3 - 1/9000
Shutter Type
 Electronic
 Electronic

Display

Screen Size
3.5" 3.5"
Built-In Display
 Built-in display
 Built-in display
Touch Sensitive Screen
 Touch sensitive screen
Unknown - Click to provide data
Display Resolution
921,000 pixels Unknown - Click to provide data
Display
 LCD
 LCD

Viewfinder

Viewfinder Screen Size
Unknown - Click to provide data 0.45"

Camera

Camcorder Type
 handheld
 Shouldercam
BEST
 handheld
 Shouldercam
Image Processor
 BIONZ X
BEST
 BIONZ X
Minimum Illumination
3lx 3lx
GPS Function
 GPS function
Unknown - Click to provide data

Design

Colour
 Black
 Black

Video

Full HD
 Full HD
 Full HD
HD Type
 Full HD
 Full HD
Video Format
 H.264
 AVC
 XAVC-I
 H.264
 AVC
 XAVC-I
Video Resolution
 3840 x 2160
 1920 x 1080
 1440 x 1080
 1280 x 720
BEST
 3840 x 2160
 1920 x 1080
 1440 x 1080
 1280 x 720
Maximum Video Resolution
 4096 x 2160
 4096 x 2160
BEST
HD-Ready
 HD-Ready
Unknown - Click to provide data
Maximum Frame Rate
Unknown - Click to provide data 59.94fps

Still Image

Image Format
 JPG
BEST
 JPG
Maximum Image Resolution
 5968 x 3352
BEST
 5968 x 3352

Audio

Audio Format
 LPCM
 PCM
 LPCM
 PCM
BEST
Built-In Speaker
 Built-in speaker
Unknown - Click to provide data
Built-In Microphone
 Built-in microphone
 Built-in microphone
Audio System
 Dolby Digital 2.0
 Dolby Digital 2.0
BEST

Ports & Interfaces

HDMI Port
 HDMI port
 HDMI port
DC-In Jack
 DC-in jack
 DC-in jack
Composite Video Out Port
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Composite video out port
USB 2.0 Port
1 2
BEST
Microphone in Port
 Microphone in port
Unknown - Click to provide data
Headphone Out Port
 Headphone out port
 Headphone out port
S-Video Out Port
 S-Video out port
 S-Video out port
XLR in Port
Unknown - Click to provide data
 XLR in port
Micro-USB 2.0 Port
1 Unknown - Click to provide data

Networking

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

Battery

Battery Life
Unknown - Click to provide data 2.75h
Battery Type
NP-FV50 NP-F970
Battery Voltage
Unknown - Click to provide data 7.2V
Battery
 Lithium
BEST
 Lithium
Battery Slot
1 Unknown - Click to provide data

Operational Conditions

Operating Temperature Range
Unknown - Click to provide data 0 - 40
Storage Temperature Range
Unknown - Click to provide data -20 - 60

Weight & Dimensions

Weight
790g
BEST
2.5kg
Height
83.5mm
BEST
193mm
Depth
196.5mm
BEST
362mm
Width
81mm
BEST
189mm

Packaging Content

Included Battery
 Included battery
Unknown - Click to provide data
Quick Start Guide
 Quick start guide
Unknown - Click to provide data
Cable Included
 USB
 HDMI
 AV
 USB
 HDMI
 AV
Handheld Remote Control
 Handheld remote control
Unknown - Click to provide data
Warranty Card
 Warranty card
 Warranty card
Lens Hood Included
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Lens hood included

Other Features

Waterproof
 Waterproof
Unknown - Click to provide data
Shock Proof
 Shock proof
Unknown - Click to provide data

Technical Details

Freeze-Resistant
 Freeze-resistant
Unknown - Click to provide data
Dust-Resistant
 Dust-resistant
Unknown - Click to provide data
USB Charging
 USB charging
Unknown - Click to provide data
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