Panasonic HC-V250 vs Sony HDR-CX405

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Panasonic HC-V250
Sony HDR-CX405

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Reasons For

6 Reasons For
9% bigger sensor size Edit
Panasonic HC-V250 is 2.51MP sensor. That's 0.22MP bigger than the Sony HDR-CX405 (2.29MP). 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.

Bigger optical zoom Edit
The Panasonic HC-V250 is a 50x (optical) camcorder. That's 20x bigger than the Sony HDR-CX405 (30x). 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.

Two times smaller minimum illumination Edit
The Panasonic HC-V250 is a 1lx minimum illumination camcorder. That's 2lx smaller than the Sony HDR-CX405 (3lx).
Ten times smaller Edit
Panasonic HC-V250 is 59mm high. That's 536mm smaller than the Sony HDR-CX405 (595mm).
12mm smaller Edit
The Panasonic HC-V250 is a 116mm deep camcorder. That's 12mm smaller than the Sony HDR-CX405 (128mm).
2% smaller Edit
The Panasonic HC-V250 is a 53mm wide camcorder. That's 1mm smaller than the Sony HDR-CX405 (54mm).
5 Reasons For
0.09MP higher megapixel count Edit
The Sony HDR-CX405 has a megapixel count of 2.29MP, whereas the Panasonic HC-V250 is only a 2.2MP camcorder (0.09MP lower).
Higher movie megapixel count Edit
Sony HDR-CX405 is 2.29MP (movie mode). That's 0.09MP higher than the Panasonic HC-V250 (2.29MP).
200x bigger digital zoom Edit
The Sony HDR-CX405 has a digital zoom of 350x, however the Panasonic HC-V250 is only a 150x (digital) camcorder (200x 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.

A little lighter Edit
The Sony HDR-CX405 has a weight of 215g, whereas the Panasonic HC-V250 is a 216g weight camcorder (1g heavier). Read more

Weight of the camcorder including battery.

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

18 shops are selling it
A greater number of shops increases the price competition amongst retailers for the product and also increases the chances of this camcorder remaining in stock.

Reasons Against

6 Reasons Against
Slightly lower megapixel count Edit
The Panasonic HC-V250 has a megapixel count of 2.2MP, whereas the Sony HDR-CX405 is a 2.29MP camcorder (0.09MP higher).
5% lower movie megapixel count Edit
Panasonic HC-V250 is only 2.2MP (movie mode). That's 0.09MP lower than the Sony HDR-CX405 (2.29MP).
Vastly smaller digital zoom Edit
The Panasonic HC-V250 has a digital zoom of 150x, however the Sony HDR-CX405 is a 350x (digital) camcorder (200x bigger). 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.

1g heavier Edit
The Panasonic HC-V250 has a weight of 216g, whereas the Sony HDR-CX405 is a 215g weight camcorder (1g lighter). Read more

Weight of the camcorder including battery.

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

Fewer sellers
The Panasonic HC-V250 is only stocked by 1 store, but the Sony HDR-CX405 is stocked by 19 stores. Read more
The fewer the number of sellers that stock the product, the lower the competition amongst sellers to keep prices low.
Older by two months
The Panasonic HC-V250 is two months older than the Sony HDR-CX405.
6 Reasons Against
Smaller sensor size Edit
Sony HDR-CX405 is only 2.29MP sensor. That's 0.22MP smaller than the Panasonic HC-V250 (2.29MP). 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.

67% smaller optical zoom Edit
The Sony HDR-CX405 is a 30x (optical) camcorder. That's 20x smaller than the Panasonic HC-V250 (30x). 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 minimum illumination Edit
The Sony HDR-CX405 is a 3lx minimum illumination camcorder. That's 2lx bigger than the Panasonic HC-V250 (3lx).
91% bigger Edit
Sony HDR-CX405 is 595mm high. That's 536mm bigger than the Panasonic HC-V250 (595mm).
Bigger Edit
The Sony HDR-CX405 is a 128mm deep camcorder. That's 12mm bigger than the Panasonic HC-V250 (128mm).
Bigger Edit
The Sony HDR-CX405 is a 54mm wide camcorder. That's 1mm bigger than the Panasonic HC-V250 (54mm).

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Image Sensor

Sensor Size
2.51MP
BEST
2.29MP
Optical Sensor Size
 1/5
 1/5
Sensor Type
 BSI
 BSI
Megapixel Count
2.2MP 2.29MP
BEST
Movie Megapixel Count
2.2MP 2.29MP
BEST

Lens System

Optical Zoom
50x
BEST
30x
Digital Zoom
150x 350x
BEST
Image Stabiliser
 Image stabiliser
 Image stabiliser
Interchangeable Lens
 Interchangeable lens
Unknown - Click to provide data
Image Stabiliser
 Hybrid
 Hybrid
Maximum Focal Length
1,740mm Unknown - Click to provide data
Minimum Aperture
1.8 1.8
Minimum Focal Length
28mm Unknown - Click to provide data
Maximum Aperture Value
4.2 Unknown - Click to provide data
Focal Length
28 - 1740 26.8 - 804
Focal Length Range
2.06 - 103 1.9 - 57

Storage

Memory Card
 SDXC
 SDHC
 SD
 MicroSD (Transflash)
 MicroSDHC
 MicroSDXC
 SDXC
 SDHC
 SD
 MicroSD (Transflash)
 MicroSDHC
 MicroSDXC
Storage Media Type
 Memory card
 Memory card

Focusing

Face Detection
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Face detection
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

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

Flash

Built-In Flash
 Built-in flash
 Built-in flash
Built-In Light
 Built-in light
 Built-in light

Shutter

Video Shutter Speed
1/25 - 1/8000 Unknown - Click to provide data
Photo Shutter Speed
1/2 - 1/2000 Unknown - Click to provide data
Shutter Speed
Unknown - Click to provide data 1/25 - 1/10000

Display

Screen Size
2.7" 2.7"
Built-In Display
 Built-in display
 Built-in display
Display Resolution
230,400 pixels 230,400 pixels
Display
 LCD
 LCD

Camera

Camcorder Type
 handheld
 handheld
3D Compatible
Unknown - Click to provide data
 3D compatible
On Screen Display
 On screen display
Unknown - Click to provide data
Shooting Mode
 Auto
 Scene
 Movie
 Auto
 Scene
 Movie
Image Processor
 BIONZ X
 BIONZ X
BEST
Minimum Illumination
1lx
BEST
3lx
Self-Timer
Unknown - Click to provide data 10
On Screen Display Language
 ENG
 FRE
 DEU
 ITA
 POL
 ESP
 TUR
 DUT
 CZE
 ENG
 FRE
 DEU
 ITA
 POL
 ESP
 TUR
 DUT
 CZE

Design

Colour
 Black
 Black

Video

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

Still Image

Image Format
 EXIF
 JPS
 EXIF
 JPS
Still Image Resolution
 4224 x 2376
 3408 x 2272
 1920 x 1080
 1728 x 1152
 640 x 480
BEST
 4224 x 2376
 3408 x 2272
 1920 x 1080
 1728 x 1152
 640 x 480
Maximum Image Resolution
 4224 x 2376
 4032 x 2272
BEST
 4224 x 2376
 4032 x 2272

Audio

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

Ports & Interfaces

HDMI Port
 HDMI port
 HDMI port
Composite Video Out Port
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Composite video out port
USB 2.0 Port
1 1
S-Video Out Port
 S-Video out port
 S-Video out port
Mini HDMI 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 Type
Unknown - Click to provide data NP-BX1
Battery Capacity
1,940mAh Unknown - Click to provide data
Battery
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
BEST
Charging Source
 AC
 USB
 AC
 USB

Weight & Dimensions

Weight
216g 215g
BEST
Height
59mm
BEST
595mm
Depth
116mm
BEST
128mm
Width
53mm
BEST
54mm

Packaging Content

Cable Included
 USB
 HDMI
BEST
 USB
 HDMI

Projector

Built-In Projector
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Built-in projector

Technical Details

USB Charging
Unknown - Click to provide data
 USB charging
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