Panasonic HC-W580 vs Sony HDR-CX625B

Panasonic HC-W580
Sony HDR-CX625B

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Reasons For

10 Reasons For
A bit bigger sensor size Edit
The Panasonic HC-W580 is a 2.51MP sensor camcorder, whereas the Sony HDR-CX625B is only a 2.29MP sensor camcorder (0.22MP 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.

20x bigger optical zoom Edit
The Panasonic HC-W580 has an optical zoom of 50x, however the Sony HDR-CX625B is only a 30x (optical) camcorder (20x 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-W580 is 3,000x (digital). That's 2,650x bigger than the Sony HDR-CX625B (350x). 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.

2x smaller minimum illumination Edit
The Panasonic HC-W580 has a minimum illumination of 1lx, however the Sony HDR-CX625B is a 3lx minimum illumination camcorder (2lx bigger).
37% lighter Edit
The Panasonic HC-W580 is a 264g weight camcorder. That's 96g lighter than the Sony HDR-CX625B (360g). Read more

Weight of the camcorder including battery.

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

4mm smaller Edit
The Panasonic HC-W580 is a 62mm high camcorder, whereas the Sony HDR-CX625B is a 66mm high camcorder (4mm bigger).
Marginally smaller Edit
The Panasonic HC-W580 has a depth of 129mm, however the Sony HDR-CX625B is a 130.5mm deep camcorder (1.5mm bigger).
£161 cheaper
The Panasonic HC-W580 costs £161 less than the Sony HDR-CX625B.
Available from 25 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.
More popular
The Panasonic HC-W580 is a more popular choice amongst buyers. It ranks No. 5103 by sales volume in our camcorders, however the Sony HDR-CX625B ranks No. 17255.
5 Reasons For
28% higher megapixel count Edit
The Sony HDR-CX625B is a 2.29MP camcorder. That's 0.62MP higher than the Panasonic HC-W580 (2.29MP).
0.09MP higher movie megapixel count Edit
The Sony HDR-CX625B is a 2.29MP (movie mode) camcorder, whereas the Panasonic HC-W580 is only a 2.2MP (movie mode) camcorder (0.09MP lower).
90% longer maximum focal length Edit
The Sony HDR-CX625B is a 984mm maximum focal length camcorder. That's 881mm longer than the Panasonic HC-W580 (984mm).
Marginally shorter minimum focal length Edit
The Sony HDR-CX625B has a minimum focal length of 26.8mm, whereas the Panasonic HC-W580 is a 28mm minimum focal length camcorder (1.2mm longer).
2.5mm smaller Edit
The Sony HDR-CX625B has a width of 57.5mm, however the Panasonic HC-W580 is a 60mm wide camcorder (2.5mm bigger).

Reasons Against

5 Reasons Against
Lower megapixel count Edit
The Panasonic HC-W580 is a 1.67MP camcorder. That's 0.62MP lower than the Sony HDR-CX625B (2.29MP).
Slightly lower movie megapixel count Edit
The Panasonic HC-W580 is a 2.2MP (movie mode) camcorder, whereas the Sony HDR-CX625B is a 2.29MP (movie mode) camcorder (0.09MP higher).
Significantly shorter maximum focal length Edit
The Panasonic HC-W580 is a 103mm maximum focal length camcorder. That's 881mm shorter than the Sony HDR-CX625B (984mm).
1.2mm longer minimum focal length Edit
The Panasonic HC-W580 has a minimum focal length of 28mm, whereas the Sony HDR-CX625B is a 26.8mm minimum focal length camcorder (1.2mm shorter).
Marginally bigger Edit
The Panasonic HC-W580 has a width of 60mm, however the Sony HDR-CX625B is a 57.5mm wide camcorder (2.5mm smaller).
10 Reasons Against
0.22MP smaller sensor size Edit
The Sony HDR-CX625B is a 2.29MP sensor camcorder, whereas the Panasonic HC-W580 is a 2.51MP sensor camcorder (0.22MP 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.

Vastly smaller optical zoom Edit
The Sony HDR-CX625B has an optical zoom of 30x, however the Panasonic HC-W580 is a 50x (optical) camcorder (20x 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
Sony HDR-CX625B is only 350x (digital). That's 2,650x smaller than the Panasonic HC-W580 (350x). 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.

2lx bigger minimum illumination Edit
The Sony HDR-CX625B has a minimum illumination of 3lx, however the Panasonic HC-W580 is a 1lx minimum illumination camcorder (2lx smaller).
Heavier Edit
The Sony HDR-CX625B is a 360g weight camcorder. That's 96g heavier than the Panasonic HC-W580 (360g). Read more

Weight of the camcorder including battery.

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

Marginally bigger Edit
The Sony HDR-CX625B is a 66mm high camcorder, whereas the Panasonic HC-W580 is a 62mm high camcorder (4mm smaller).
1.5mm bigger Edit
The Sony HDR-CX625B has a depth of 130.5mm, however the Panasonic HC-W580 is a 129mm deep camcorder (1.5mm smaller).
£161 more expensive
The Sony HDR-CX625B is more expensive than the Panasonic HC-W580 by £161.
Less retailers
Only 4 sellers sells the Sony HDR-CX625B, whereas 29 stores sell the Panasonic HC-W580. Read more
Smaller numbers of retailers reduces the price competition amongst retailers for this camcorder and also reduces the chances of the product remaining in stock.
Worse selling
The Sony HDR-CX625B ranks No. 17255 by sales volume, however the Panasonic HC-W580 ranks No. 5103.

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Image Sensor

Sensor Size
2.51MP
BEST
2.29MP
Optical Sensor Size
 1/5
 1/5
Sensor Type
 MOS
 MOS
Megapixel Count
1.67MP 2.29MP
BEST
Movie Megapixel Count
2.2MP 2.29MP
BEST

Lens System

Optical Zoom
50x
BEST
30x
Digital Zoom
3,000x
BEST
350x
Image Stabiliser
 Image stabiliser
 Image stabiliser
Image Stabiliser
 Optical
 Optical
BEST
Maximum Focal Length
103mm 984mm
BEST
Minimum Aperture
Unknown - Click to provide data 1.8
Minimum Focal Length
28mm 26.8mm
BEST
Maximum Aperture Value
Unknown - Click to provide data 4
Filter Size
Unknown - Click to provide data 46mm
Focal Length
28 - 1740 26.8 - 804
Focal Length Range
2.06 - 103 26.8 - 804

Storage

Memory Card
 SDXC
 SDHC
 SD
 MS Micro (M2)
 MicroSD (Transflash)
 MicroSDHC
 MicroSDXC
 SDXC
 SDHC
 SD
 MS Micro (M2)
 MicroSD (Transflash)
 MicroSDHC
 MicroSDXC
Storage Media Type
 Memory card
 Memory card
File System
 DCF 2.0
 Exif 2.3
 DCF
 MPF
 Exif
 DCF 2.0
 Exif 2.3
 DCF
 MPF
 Exif

Focusing

Closest Focusing Distance
Unknown - Click to provide data 0.01m
Face Detection
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Face detection
Focus Adjustment
 Auto
 Manual
 Auto
 Manual
Smile Detection
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Smile detection
Auto Focus Lock
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Auto focus lock

Light Exposure

Exposure Mode
 Auto
 Manual
 Auto
 Manual
Light Metering Type
 Spot
 Spot
BEST

White Balance

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

Shutter

Shutter Speed
Unknown - Click to provide data 1/6 - 1/10000

Display

Screen Size
3" 3"
Built-In Display
 Built-in display
 Built-in display
Touch Sensitive Screen
 Touch sensitive screen
 Touch sensitive screen
Display Resolution
Unknown - Click to provide data 460,800 pixels
Display
 LCD
 LCD
Vari-Angle LCD Display
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Vari-angle LCD display

Camera

Camcorder Type
 handheld
 handheld
Shooting Mode
 Auto
 Manual
 Auto
 Manual
Image Processor
 BIONZ X
 BIONZ X
BEST
Back Light Compensation
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Back light compensation
Minimum Illumination
1lx
BEST
3lx
Self-Timer
Unknown - Click to provide data 10
Smartphone Remote Control
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Smartphone remote control
Remote Control
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Remote control
Playback
 Highlights
 Slide show
 Highlights
 Slide show
Image Quality Adjustment
 Brightness
 Brightness

Design

Colour
 Black
 Black

Video

HD Type
 Full HD
 Full HD
Bitrate At Maximum Video Resolution
Unknown - Click to provide data 50 Mbit/s
Capture Mode
 FH
 FH
Video Mode
 1080p
 720p
 1080p
 720p
BEST
Video Format
 MP4
 AVCHD
 AVC
 MPEG
 MPEG4
 H.264
 MP4
 AVCHD
 AVC
 MPEG
 MPEG4
 H.264
Video Resolution
 1920 x 1080
 1280 x 720
 1440 x 1080
 1920 x 1080
 1280 x 720
 1440 x 1080
Maximum Video Resolution
 1920 x 1080
 1920 x 1080
Maximum Frame Rate
Unknown - Click to provide data 60fps
Analog Signal Format System
 PAL
 NTSC
 PAL
 NTSC
BEST

Still Image

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
 MP4
 LC-AAC
 AAC++
 MP4
 LC-AAC
 AAC++
BEST
Wind Filter
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Wind filter
Built-In Speaker
Unknown - Click to provide data
 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
BEST

Ports & Interfaces

HDMI Port
 HDMI port
 HDMI port
DC-In Jack
Unknown - Click to provide data
 DC-in jack
USB 2.0 Port
1 Unknown - Click to provide data
Headphone Out Port
 Headphone out port
 Headphone out port
Mini HDMI Port
1 Unknown - Click to provide data
Micro-USB 2.0 Port
Unknown - Click to provide data 1

Networking

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

Battery

Battery Type
Unknown - Click to provide data NP-FV50
Battery Voltage
Unknown - Click to provide data 6.8V
Battery Capacity
Unknown - Click to provide data 980mAh
Battery
 Lithium
 Lithium
BEST

Weight & Dimensions

Weight
264g
BEST
360g
Height
62mm
BEST
66mm
Depth
129mm
BEST
130.5mm
Width
60mm 57.5mm
BEST

Packaging Content

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

Technical Details

Flash Mode
 Auto
 Flash on
 Flash off
 Pre-flash
 Auto
 Flash on
 Flash off
 Pre-flash
BEST
Flash Exposure Compensation
Unknown - Click to provide data 1
USB Charging
 USB charging
Unknown - Click to provide data
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