JVC GY-HM170 vs Sony FDR-AX33

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JVC GY-HM170
Sony FDR-AX33

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Reasons For

3 Reasons For
56mm longer maximum focal length Edit
The JVC GY-HM170 is a 354mm maximum focal length camcorder. That's 56mm longer than the Sony FDR-AX33 (298mm).
15% larger screen size Edit
The JVC GY-HM170 has a screen size of 3.5", however the Sony FDR-AX33 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.

User reviews are vastly better
The JVC GY-HM170 has an average user review score of 100%, however the Sony FDR-AX33 has an average rating of 79% (based on 47 reviews).
7 Reasons For
Hugely bigger digital zoom Edit
Sony FDR-AX33 is 120x (digital), but the JVC GY-HM170 is only a 12x (digital) camcorder (108x smaller). 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.

2.7mm shorter minimum focal length Edit
The Sony FDR-AX33 is a 26.8mm minimum focal length camcorder. That's 2.7mm shorter than the JVC GY-HM170 (26.8mm).
1% higher display resolution Edit
The Sony FDR-AX33 is a 921,600 pixels display resolution camcorder. That's 1,600 pixels higher than the JVC GY-HM170 (921,600 pixels). Read more

Total number of pixels that display has.

410g lighter Edit
The Sony FDR-AX33 has a weight of 700g, however the JVC GY-HM170 is a 1.1kg weight camcorder (410g heavier). Read more

Weight of the camcorder including battery.

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

Cheaper by £594
The Sony FDR-AX33 costs £594.01 less than the JVC GY-HM170.
5 shops are selling it
A greater number of sellers increases the chances of the product remaining in stock and also increases the price competition amongst retailers for this camcorder.
Better selling
The Sony FDR-AX33 ranks No. 9919 by number of sales, however the JVC GY-HM170 ranks No. 576993.

Reasons Against

7 Reasons Against
Nine times smaller digital zoom Edit
JVC GY-HM170 is only 12x (digital). That's 108x smaller than the Sony FDR-AX33 (120x). 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.

2.7mm longer minimum focal length Edit
The JVC GY-HM170 has a minimum focal length of 29.5mm, whereas the Sony FDR-AX33 is a 26.8mm minimum focal length camcorder (2.7mm shorter).
Marginally lower display resolution Edit
The JVC GY-HM170 has a display resolution of 920,000 pixels, but the Sony FDR-AX33 is a 921,600 pixels display resolution camcorder (1,600 pixels higher). Read more

Total number of pixels that display has.

37% heavier Edit
The JVC GY-HM170 is a 1.1kg weight camcorder. That's 410g heavier than the Sony FDR-AX33 (700g). Read more

Weight of the camcorder including battery.

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

£594 more expensive
The JVC GY-HM170 is more expensive than the Sony FDR-AX33 by £594.01.
Less retailers
Only 5 sellers sells the JVC GY-HM170, whereas 10 sellers sell the Sony FDR-AX33. 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.
Worse selling
The JVC GY-HM170 ranks No. 576993 by sales volume, however the Sony FDR-AX33 ranks No. 9919.
4 Reasons Against
56mm shorter maximum focal length Edit
The Sony FDR-AX33 has a maximum focal length of 298mm, whereas the JVC GY-HM170 is a 354mm maximum focal length camcorder (56mm longer).
17% smaller screen size Edit
The Sony FDR-AX33 is a 3" screen size camcorder. That's 0.5" smaller than the JVC GY-HM170 (3"). 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.

Older by five months
The Sony FDR-AX33 is five months older than the JVC GY-HM170.
User review Rating is vastly Worse
The Sony FDR-AX33's average user score is only 79%, however the JVC GY-HM170's is 100% (based on 1 review).

Awards

No awards found 1 Award
Digital Versus: 5 Star

Average Expert Rating

No reviews found

Average User Rating

Date Released

19 months Ago 24 months Ago

Image Sensor

Sensor Size
12.4MP Unknown - Click to provide data
Optical Sensor Size
 1/2
 1/2
Sensor Type
 CMOS
 CMOS
Megapixel Count
Unknown - Click to provide data 10.3MP
Movie Megapixel Count
Unknown - Click to provide data 8.29MP

Lens System

Optical Zoom
Unknown - Click to provide data 10x
Digital Zoom
12x 120x
BEST
Image Stabiliser
 Image stabiliser
 Image stabiliser
Interchangeable Lens
 Interchangeable lens
 Interchangeable lens
Maximum Focal Length
354mm
BEST
298mm
Minimum Focal Length
29.5mm 26.8mm
BEST
Filter Size
62mm Unknown - Click to provide data
Focal Length Range
4.67 - 56.04 3.8 - 38

Storage

Memory Card Slot
2 Unknown - Click to provide data
Memory Card
 SDXC
 SDHC
 SD
 MS PRO
 MS PRO Duo
 MS Pro-HG
 MS Pro-HG Duo
 MSXC
 MS XC-HG Duo
 SDXC
 SDHC
 SD
 MS PRO
 MS PRO Duo
 MS Pro-HG
 MS Pro-HG Duo
 MSXC
 MS XC-HG Duo
Storage Media Type
 Memory card
 Memory card

Focusing

Focus Adjustment
 Auto
 Manual
 Auto
 Manual

White Balance

White Balance Mode
 Auto
 Outdoor
 Indoor
 Auto
 Outdoor
 Indoor

Flash

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

Shutter

Shutter Speed
1/4 - 1/10000 1/6 - 1/10000

Display

Screen Size
3.5"
BEST
3"
Built-In Display
 Built-in display
 Built-in display
Display Resolution
920,000 pixels 921,600 pixels
BEST
Display
 LCD
 LCD
BEST

Viewfinder

Viewfinder Screen Size
Unknown - Click to provide data 0.24"
Viewfinder Resolution
Unknown - Click to provide data 1,555,200 pixels
Viewfinder
 Electronic
 Electronic

Camera

Camcorder Type
 handheld
 handheld
3D Compatible
 3D compatible
 3D compatible
Image Processor
 BIONZ X
 BIONZ X
BEST
Self-Timer
Unknown - Click to provide data 10

Design

Colour
 Black
 Black

Video

Full HD
 Full HD
Unknown - Click to provide data
HD Type
 Full HD
 Full HD
Video Mode
 2160p
 1080p
BEST
 2160p
 1080p
Video Format
 MPEG
 MPEG4
 H.264
 AVCHD
 AVC
 MP4
 MPEG
 MPEG4
 H.264
 AVCHD
 AVC
 MP4
Video Resolution
 3840 x 2160
 1920 x 1080
 1440 x 1080
 1280 x 720
 3840 x 2160
 1920 x 1080
 1440 x 1080
 1280 x 720
BEST
Maximum Video Resolution
 3840 x 2160
 3840 x 2160
Maximum Frame Rate
Unknown - Click to provide data 50fps
Analog Signal Format System
 PAL
 NTSC
BEST
 PAL
 NTSC

Still Image

Still Image Resolution
 1920 x 1080
 640 x 480
 1920 x 1080
 640 x 480
BEST
Maximum Image Resolution
 6048 x 3400
 6048 x 3400
BEST

Audio

Audio Format
 LPCM
 AC3
 PCM
BEST
 LPCM
 AC3
 PCM
Built-In Speaker
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Built-in speaker
Built-In Microphone
Unknown - Click to provide data
 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
Unknown - Click to provide data
 DC-in jack
Composite Video Out Port
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Composite video out port
USB 2.0 Port
1 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
PictBridge
 PictBridge
 PictBridge

Networking

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

Battery

Battery Type
BN-VF823 NP-FV70
Battery Voltage
7.2V Unknown - Click to provide data
Battery
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)

Operational Conditions

Operating Temperature Range
0 - 40 Unknown - Click to provide data
Operating Relative Humidity Range
30 - 80 Unknown - Click to provide data
Storage Temperature Range
-20 - 50 Unknown - Click to provide data

Weight & Dimensions

Weight
1.1kg 700g
BEST
Height
112mm 78.5mm
Depth
299mm 155mm
Width
153mm 71mm

Packaging Content

Included Battery
 Included battery
 Included battery
Quick Start Guide
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Quick start guide
Cable Included
 USB
 HDMI
 USB
 HDMI
BEST
AC Adapter Included
 AC adapter included
 AC adapter included

Other Features

USB Connectivity
 USB connectivity
 USB connectivity

Technical Details

Flash Exposure Compensation
Unknown - Click to provide data 1
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