Sony FDR-AX1 vs Sony NEX-VG30

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Sony FDR-AX1
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Reasons For

10 Reasons For
Bigger sensor size Edit
Sony FDR-AX1 is 18.9MP sensor, but the Sony NEX-VG30 is only a 16.7MP sensor camcorder (2.2MP 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.

A lot bigger optical zoom Edit
The Sony FDR-AX1 is a 20x (optical) camcorder, whereas the Sony NEX-VG30 is only an 11.1x (optical) camcorder (8.9x 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.

46% longer maximum focal length Edit
The Sony FDR-AX1 is a 590mm maximum focal length camcorder. That's 268mm longer than the Sony NEX-VG30 (322mm).
Moderately lower minimum aperture Edit
The Sony FDR-AX1 has a minimum aperture of 3.4, however the Sony NEX-VG30 is a 3.5 minimum aperture camcorder (0.1 higher).
One more memory card slot Edit
The number of memory card slots on the Sony FDR-AX1 is two, but the Sony NEX-VG30 only has one memory card slot.
0.5" larger screen size Edit
The Sony FDR-AX1 has a screen size of 3.5", whereas the Sony NEX-VG30 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.

307,400 pixels higher display resolution Edit
The Sony FDR-AX1 has a display resolution of 1,229,000 pixels, however the Sony NEX-VG30 is only a 921,600 pixels display resolution camcorder (307,400 pixels lower). Read more

Total number of pixels that display has.

5lx smaller minimum illumination Edit
The Sony FDR-AX1 has a minimum illumination of 4lx, whereas the Sony NEX-VG30 is a 9lx minimum illumination camcorder (5lx bigger).
Available from 9 shops
A greater number of retailers increases the price competition amongst retailers for this camcorder and also increases the chances of the product remaining in stock.
User reviews are appreciably better
Based on 3 user reviews, the Sony FDR-AX1 has an average review score of 93%, whereas the Sony NEX-VG30 has an average rating of 80% (based on 2 reviews).
6 Reasons For
A lot higher movie megapixel count Edit
Sony NEX-VG30 is 16.1MP (movie mode), but the Sony FDR-AX1 is only an 8.3MP (movie mode) camcorder (7.8MP lower).
0.5mm shorter minimum focal length Edit
The Sony NEX-VG30 has a minimum focal length of 29mm, but the Sony FDR-AX1 is a 29.5mm minimum focal length camcorder (0.5mm longer).
4.7 higher maximum aperture value Edit
The Sony NEX-VG30 has a maximum aperture value of 6.3, however the Sony FDR-AX1 is only a 1.6 maximum aperture value camcorder (4.7 lower).
Face detection Edit
The Sony NEX-VG30 has a face detection, whereas the Sony FDR-AX1 does not have a face detection.
Touch sensitive screen Edit
The Sony NEX-VG30 has a touch sensitive screen, but the Sony FDR-AX1 does not.
£1,098 cheaper
The Sony NEX-VG30 is £1,098.02 cheaper than the Sony FDR-AX1.

Reasons Against

6 Reasons Against
7.8MP lower movie megapixel count Edit
Sony FDR-AX1 is only 8.3MP (movie mode), but the Sony NEX-VG30 is a 16.1MP (movie mode) camcorder (7.8MP higher).
A little longer minimum focal length Edit
The Sony FDR-AX1 has a minimum focal length of 29.5mm, but the Sony NEX-VG30 is a 29mm minimum focal length camcorder (0.5mm shorter).
Vastly lower maximum aperture value Edit
The Sony FDR-AX1 has a maximum aperture value of 1.6, however the Sony NEX-VG30 is a 6.3 maximum aperture value camcorder (4.7 higher).
Does not have a face detection Edit
The Sony FDR-AX1 does not have a face detection, however the Sony NEX-VG30 has a face detection.
Does not have a touch sensitive screen Edit
The Sony FDR-AX1 does not have a touch sensitive screen, whereas the Sony NEX-VG30 has a touch sensitive screen.
£1,098 more expensive
The Sony FDR-AX1 is more expensive than the Sony NEX-VG30 by £1,098.02.
11 Reasons Against
Smaller sensor size Edit
Sony NEX-VG30 is only 16.7MP sensor, but the Sony FDR-AX1 is an 18.9MP sensor camcorder (2.2MP 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.

8.9x smaller optical zoom Edit
The Sony NEX-VG30 is an 11.1x (optical) camcorder, whereas the Sony FDR-AX1 is a 20x (optical) camcorder (8.9x 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.

Shorter maximum focal length Edit
The Sony NEX-VG30 is a 322mm maximum focal length camcorder. That's 268mm shorter than the Sony FDR-AX1 (322mm).
0.1 higher minimum aperture Edit
The Sony NEX-VG30 has a minimum aperture of 3.5, however the Sony FDR-AX1 is a 3.4 minimum aperture camcorder (0.1 lower).
One less memory card slot Edit
The number of memory card slots on the Sony NEX-VG30 is one, but the Sony FDR-AX1 only has two memory card slots.
0.5" smaller screen size Edit
The Sony NEX-VG30 has a screen size of 3", whereas the Sony FDR-AX1 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.

A lot lower display resolution Edit
The Sony NEX-VG30 has a display resolution of 921,600 pixels, however the Sony FDR-AX1 is a 1,229,000 pixels display resolution camcorder (307,400 pixels higher). Read more

Total number of pixels that display has.

Significantly bigger minimum illumination Edit
The Sony NEX-VG30 has a minimum illumination of 9lx, whereas the Sony FDR-AX1 is a 4lx minimum illumination camcorder (5lx smaller).
Fewer sellers
Only 2 shops sells the Sony NEX-VG30, but 11 sellers sell the Sony FDR-AX1. Read more
The smaller the number of stores that stock this camcorder, the lower the competition amongst stores to keep prices low.
One year older
The Sony NEX-VG30 is older than the Sony FDR-AX1 by one year.
A lot Lower user review Score
The average user rating of the Sony NEX-VG30 is 80%, whereas the average user rating of the Sony FDR-AX1 is 93% (based on 3 reviews).

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Image Sensor

Sensor Size
18.9MP
BEST
16.7MP
Optical Sensor Size
 1/2
BEST
 1/2
Sensor Type
 CMOS
 CMOS
Movie Megapixel Count
8.3MP 16.1MP
BEST

Lens System

Optical Zoom
20x
BEST
11.1x
Digital Zoom
Unknown - Click to provide data 2x
Image Stabiliser
 Image stabiliser
Unknown - Click to provide data
Interchangeable Lens
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Interchangeable lens
Image Stabiliser
 Optical
BEST
 Optical
Maximum Focal Length
590mm
BEST
322mm
Minimum Aperture
3.4
BEST
3.5
Minimum Focal Length
29.5mm 29mm
BEST
Maximum Aperture Value
1.6 6.3
BEST
Filter Size
Unknown - Click to provide data 67mm
Focal Length
Unknown - Click to provide data 29 - 322
Focal Length Range
4.1 - 82 18 - 200
Wide Angle Lens System
 Wide angle lens system
Unknown - Click to provide data

Storage

Memory Card Slot
2
BEST
1
Memory Card
 XQD
 SDXC
 SDHC
 SD
 MS PRO
 MS PRO Duo
 MS PRO Duo Mark 2
 MS Pro-HG
 MS Pro-HG Duo
 XQD
 SDXC
 SDHC
 SD
 MS PRO
 MS PRO Duo
 MS PRO Duo Mark 2
 MS Pro-HG
 MS Pro-HG Duo
BEST
Storage Media Type
 Memory card
 Memory card
File System
 RAW
 RAW

Focusing

Face Detection
 Face detection
 Face detection
BEST
Focus Adjustment
 Manual
 Auto
 Manual
 Auto

White Balance

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

Flash

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

Shutter

Video Shutter Speed
Unknown - Click to provide data 1/3-1/10000, 1/48-1/10000, 1/50-1/10000
Photo Shutter Speed
Unknown - Click to provide data 30 - 1/4000

Display

Screen Size
3.5"
BEST
3"
Built-In Display
 Built-in display
 Built-in display
Touch Sensitive Screen
 Touch sensitive screen
 Touch sensitive screen
BEST
Display Resolution
1,229,000 pixels
BEST
921,600 pixels
Display
 LCD
 LCD

Viewfinder

Viewfinder Screen Size
Unknown - Click to provide data 0.5"
Viewfinder
 electrical
 electrical

Camera

Camcorder Type
 Shouldercam
 handheld
 Shouldercam
 handheld
BEST
3D Compatible
 3D compatible
 3D compatible
Image Processor
 BIONZ
 BIONZ
BEST
Back Light Compensation
 Back light compensation
 Back light compensation
Minimum Illumination
4lx
BEST
9lx
GPS Function
 GPS function
Unknown - Click to provide data
Geotagging
 Geotagging
 Geotagging
Progressive Scan
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Progressive scan

Design

Colour
 Black
 Black

Video

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

Still Image

Image Format
 JPG
 RAW
 JPG
 RAW
BEST
Still Image Resolution
 4912 x 3264
 4912 x 2760
 4912 x 3264
 4912 x 2760
BEST
Maximum Image Resolution
 4912 x 3264
 4912 x 3264
BEST

Audio

Audio Format
 LPCM
 PCM
BEST
 LPCM
 PCM
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
BEST

Ports & Interfaces

HDMI Port
 HDMI port
 HDMI port
USB 2.0 Port
Unknown - Click to provide data 1
Microphone in Port
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Microphone in port
Headphone Out Port
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Headphone out port
Component Video Out Port
Unknown - Click to provide data 1
S-Video Out Port
Unknown - Click to provide data
 S-Video out port
PictBridge
Unknown - Click to provide data
 PictBridge
S-Video in Port
Unknown - Click to provide data
 S-Video in port
XLR in Port
 XLR in port
Unknown - Click to provide data
Micro-USB 2.0 Port
2 Unknown - Click to provide data

Battery

Battery Type
NP-F970 NP-FV70
Battery Voltage
Unknown - Click to provide data 6.8V

Weight & Dimensions

Weight
2.4kg Unknown - Click to provide data
Height
193mm Unknown - Click to provide data
Depth
362mm Unknown - Click to provide data
Width
189mm Unknown - Click to provide data

Packaging Content

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

Other Features

Auto Focus
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Auto focus
Noise Reduction
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Noise reduction
The Windows Operating System
 The Windows operating system
Unknown - Click to provide data
Auto Exposure
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Auto exposure
Electrical Viewfinder
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Electrical viewfinder
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