Panasonic HX-A1ME vs Sony HDR-CX730

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Panasonic HX-A1ME
Sony HDR-CX730

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Reasons For

3 Reasons For
Nine times shorter minimum focal length Edit
The Panasonic HX-A1ME is a 2.6mm minimum focal length camcorder. That's 23.4mm shorter than the Sony HDR-CX730 (26mm).
Cheaper by £487
The Panasonic HX-A1ME costs £487.01 less than the Sony HDR-CX730.
2 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.
5 Reasons For
Image stabiliser Edit
The Sony HDR-CX730 has an image stabiliser, but the Panasonic HX-A1ME does not. Read more

Image stabiliser is a system, either software (not good) or hardware (good) driven that smooths out the movement of the camera when used in a handheld mode. The Z7 has a hardware image stabiliser.

315.4mm longer maximum focal length Edit
The Sony HDR-CX730 is a 318mm maximum focal length camcorder. That's 315.4mm longer than the Panasonic HX-A1ME (318mm).
1 lower minimum aperture Edit
The Sony HDR-CX730 has a minimum aperture of 1.8, but the Panasonic HX-A1ME is a 2.8 minimum aperture camcorder (1 higher).
Higher maximum aperture value Edit
The Sony HDR-CX730 has a maximum aperture value of 3.4, but the Panasonic HX-A1ME is only a 2.8 maximum aperture value camcorder (0.6 lower).
Vastly smaller minimum illumination Edit
The Sony HDR-CX730 has a minimum illumination of 3lx, however the Panasonic HX-A1ME is a 6lx minimum illumination camcorder (3lx bigger).

Reasons Against

6 Reasons Against
Does not have an image stabiliser Edit
The Panasonic HX-A1ME does not have an image stabiliser, whereas the Sony HDR-CX730 does. Read more

Image stabiliser is a system, either software (not good) or hardware (good) driven that smooths out the movement of the camera when used in a handheld mode. The Z7 has a hardware image stabiliser.

Shorter maximum focal length Edit
The Panasonic HX-A1ME has a maximum focal length of 2.6mm, whereas the Sony HDR-CX730 is a 318mm maximum focal length camcorder (315.4mm longer).
Higher minimum aperture Edit
The Panasonic HX-A1ME is a 2.8 minimum aperture camcorder. That's 1 higher than the Sony HDR-CX730 (1.8).
Lower maximum aperture value Edit
The Panasonic HX-A1ME is a 2.8 maximum aperture value camcorder. That's 0.6 lower than the Sony HDR-CX730 (3.4).
50% bigger minimum illumination Edit
The Panasonic HX-A1ME is a 6lx minimum illumination camcorder. That's 3lx bigger than the Sony HDR-CX730 (3lx).
Older by two months
The Panasonic HX-A1ME is two months older than the Sony HDR-CX730.
3 Reasons Against
23.4mm longer minimum focal length Edit
The Sony HDR-CX730 has a minimum focal length of 26mm, whereas the Panasonic HX-A1ME is a 2.6mm minimum focal length camcorder (23.4mm shorter).
£487 more expensive
The Sony HDR-CX730 is more expensive than the Panasonic HX-A1ME by £487.01.
Less retailers
Only 1 shop sell the Sony HDR-CX730, whereas 3 retailers sell the Panasonic HX-A1ME. 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.

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Date Released

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Manufacturer's Warranty

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Image Sensor

Optical Sensor Size
 1/2
 1/2
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Sensor Type
 CMOS
 CMOS
Megapixel Count
Unknown - Click to provide data 24.1MP

Lens System

Optical Zoom
Unknown - Click to provide data 10x
Digital Zoom
Unknown - Click to provide data 120x
Image Stabiliser
 Image stabiliser
 Image stabiliser
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Interchangeable Lens
 Interchangeable lens
Unknown - Click to provide data
Image Stabiliser
 Digital
 Digital
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Maximum Focal Length
2.6mm 318mm
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Minimum Aperture
2.8 1.8
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Minimum Focal Length
2.6mm
BEST
26mm
Maximum Aperture Value
2.8 3.4
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Filter Size
Unknown - Click to provide data 52mm
Focal Length
2.6 26 - 260
Focal Length Range
2.6 3.8 - 38
Wide Angle Lens System
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Wide angle lens system

Storage

Memory Card Slot
1 1
Memory Card
 SDXC
 SDHC
 SD
 MicroSD (Transflash)
 MicroSDHC
 MicroSDXC
 MS PRO
 MS PRO Duo
 MS PRO Duo Mark 2
 MS Pro-HG
 MS Pro-HG Duo
 SDXC
 SDHC
 SD
 MicroSD (Transflash)
 MicroSDHC
 MicroSDXC
 MS PRO
 MS PRO Duo
 MS PRO Duo Mark 2
 MS Pro-HG
 MS Pro-HG Duo
Storage Media Type
 Memory card
 Memory card

Focusing

Closest Focusing Distance
0.3m Unknown - Click to provide data
Face Detection
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Face detection
Focus Adjustment
 Auto
 Manual
 Auto
 Manual
Smile Detection
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Smile detection

Light Exposure

Scene Mode
 Beach
 Snow
 Fireworks
 Landscape
 Portrait
 Sunset
 Twilight
 Spotlight
 Sunrise
 Beach
 Snow
 Fireworks
 Landscape
 Portrait
 Sunset
 Twilight
 Spotlight
 Sunrise

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
 Cloudy
 Sunny
 Indoor
 Outdoor
 Auto
 Cloudy
 Sunny
 Indoor
 Outdoor

Flash

Shoe Mounting Point
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Shoe mounting point

Shutter

Video Shutter Speed
1/30 - 1,1/12000 Unknown - Click to provide data
Shutter Speed
1/30 - 1,1/12000 0.0001 - 0.125

Display

Screen Size
Unknown - Click to provide data 3"
Built-In Display
 Built-in display
 Built-in display
Touch Sensitive Screen
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Touch sensitive screen
Display Resolution
Unknown - Click to provide data 921,000 pixels
Display
 LCD
 LCD
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Camera

Camcorder Type
 action cam
 handheld
 action cam
 handheld
3D Compatible
 3D compatible
Unknown - Click to provide data
Image Processor
 BIONZ
 BIONZ
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Minimum Illumination
6lx 3lx
BEST
Use As a Webcam
 Use as a webcam
Unknown - Click to provide data
Geotagging
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Geotagging

Design

Colour
 Black
 Black
Shock Proof Height
1.5m Unknown - Click to provide data
Waterproof Depth
1.5m Unknown - Click to provide data

Video

Full HD
 Full HD
 Full HD
HD Type
 Full HD
 Full HD
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Bitrate At Maximum Video Resolution
Unknown - Click to provide data 28 Mbit/s
Video Capturing Speed
Unknown - Click to provide data 50fps
Video Format
 MP4
 RM
 MPEG
 MPEG4
 AVC
 MPEG2
 H.264
 AVCHD
 MP4
 RM
 MPEG
 MPEG4
 AVC
 MPEG2
 H.264
 AVCHD
Video Resolution
 1920 x 1080
 1440 x 1080
 720 x 576
 1920 x 1080
 1440 x 1080
 720 x 576
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Maximum Video Resolution
 1920 x 1080
 1920 x 1080
Maximum Frame Rate
Unknown - Click to provide data 50fps

Still Image

Image Format
 JPG
 JPG
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Still Image Resolution
 4912 x 3680
 4912 x 3680
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Maximum Image Resolution
 6544 x 3680
 6544 x 3680
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Audio

Audio Format
 AAC++
 AAC++
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 5.1
 Dolby Digital 5.1
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Ports & Interfaces

HDMI Port
Unknown - Click to provide data
 HDMI port
Composite Video Out Port
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Composite video out port
USB 2.0 Port
1 1
Microphone in Port
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Microphone in port
Headphone Out Port
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Headphone out port
S-Video Out Port
Unknown - Click to provide data
 S-Video out port
S-Video in Port
Unknown - Click to provide data
 S-Video in port

Networking

WiFi
 WiFi
Unknown - Click to provide data

Battery

Battery Life
0.75h Unknown - Click to provide data
Battery Type
720 mAh NP-FV50
Battery Slot
Unknown - Click to provide data 1
Charging Source
 AC
 AC

Weight & Dimensions

Weight
Unknown - Click to provide data 545g
Height
26mm 73.5mm
Depth
83.1mm 137.5mm
Width
26mm 67.5mm

Packaging Content

Included Battery
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Included battery
Cable Included
 USB
 HDMI
 AV
 USB
 HDMI
 AV
AC Adapter Included
Unknown - Click to provide data
 AC adapter included
Handheld Remote Control
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Handheld remote control

Other Features

Night Mode
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Night mode
Operating System
Windows & Mac Unknown - Click to provide data
Lens Focal Range
2.6 Unknown - Click to provide data
Auto Focus
 Auto focus
Unknown - Click to provide data
Manual Focus
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Manual focus
Photo Mode
 Photo mode
Unknown - Click to provide data
Internal Memory Size
100MB Unknown - Click to provide data
Interface
USB 2.0 Unknown - Click to provide data
Cable
USB connection Unknown - Click to provide data
Aperture Range
2.8 1.8 - 3.4
The Windows Operating System
 The Windows operating system
Unknown - Click to provide data
USB Connectivity
 USB connectivity
Unknown - Click to provide data
Audio Recording Format
 AAC+
 AAC+
Mac Operating Systems
 Mac operating systems
Unknown - Click to provide data
Smooth Slow Record
 Smooth slow record
Unknown - Click to provide data
Backlight
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Backlight
USB Port
 USB port
Unknown - Click to provide data
Extra/Smart Zoom
Unknown - Click to provide data 17x
Dimensions
26 x 26 x 83.1 Unknown - Click to provide data
USB 2.0 Connector
1 Unknown - Click to provide data
Integrated USB Cable
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Integrated USB cable
Electrical Viewfinder
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Electrical viewfinder
Power Cord Included
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Power cord included
Waterproof
 Waterproof
Unknown - Click to provide data
Shock Proof
 Shock proof
Unknown - Click to provide data
Video Compression Format
 AVC
 MP4
 RM
 MPEG
 MPEG4
 AVC
 MP4
 RM
 MPEG
 MPEG4
Wireless Connection
 Wireless connection
Unknown - Click to provide data

Projector

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

Technical Details

Dimensions (WxHxD)
26 x 26 x 83.1 Unknown - Click to provide data
Shutter Speed
1/30 - 1,1/12000 Unknown - Click to provide data
Built-In WiFi
 Built-in WiFi
Unknown - Click to provide data
Dust-Resistant
 Dust-resistant
Unknown - Click to provide data
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