JVC GZ-R315 vs Sony HDR-CX330 vs Sony HDR-CX405

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JVC GZ-R315
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Reasons For

3 Reasons For
Bigger optical zoom Edit
JVC GZ-R315 is 40x (optical). That's 10x bigger than the Sony HDR-CX330 and 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.

Higher maximum aperture value Edit
The JVC GZ-R315 is a 6.3 maximum aperture value camcorder. That's 2.3 higher than the Sony HDR-CX330 ().
Larger screen size Edit
The JVC GZ-R315 is a 3" screen size camcorder. That's 0.3" larger than the Sony HDR-CX330 and the Sony HDR-CX405 (2.7"). 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.

6 Reasons For
6.91MP bigger sensor size Edit
Sony HDR-CX330 is 9.2MP sensor, but the JVC GZ-R315 is only a 2.5MP sensor camcorder (6.7MP smaller) and the Sony HDR-CX405 is only a 2.29MP sensor camcorder (6.91MP 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.

76% higher megapixel count Edit
The Sony HDR-CX330 is a 9.2MP camcorder. That's 6.91MP higher than the Sony HDR-CX405 (2.29MP).
43% bigger digital zoom Edit
The Sony HDR-CX330 has a digital zoom of 350x, and so does the Sony HDR-CX405. That's 150x bigger than the JVC GZ-R315 (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.

Bigger bitrate at maximum video resolution Edit
Sony HDR-CX330 is 28 Mbit/s maximum video resolution bitrate, but the JVC GZ-R315 is only a 24 Mbit/s maximum video resolution bitrate camcorder (4 Mbit/s smaller).
Lighter Edit
The Sony HDR-CX330 is a 190g weight camcorder. That's 98g lighter than the JVC GZ-R315 (215g) and 25g lighter than the Sony HDR-CX405 (215g). Read more

Weight of the camcorder including battery.

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

User reviews are better
Based on 959 user reviews, the Sony HDR-CX330 has an average review score of 89%, whereas the JVC GZ-R315 has an average rating of 80% (based on 6 reviews) and the Sony HDR-CX405 has an average rating of 83% (based on 192 reviews).
5 Reasons For
A lot bigger digital zoom Edit
Sony HDR-CX405 is 350x (digital) (as does the Sony HDR-CX330), but the JVC GZ-R315 is only a 200x (digital) camcorder (150x 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.

1% higher display resolution Edit
The Sony HDR-CX405 is a 230,400 pixels display resolution camcorder. That's 400 pixels higher than the JVC GZ-R315 and the Sony HDR-CX330 (230,400 pixels). Read more

Total number of pixels that display has.

Cheaper by £50
The Sony HDR-CX405 costs £50.01 less than the Sony HDR-CX330.
16 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 HDR-CX405 ranks No. 1479 by number of sales, however the Sony HDR-CX330 ranks No. 68173.

Reasons Against

7 Reasons Against
6.7MP smaller sensor size Edit
The JVC GZ-R315 has a sensor size of 2.5MP. That's 6.7MP smaller than the Sony HDR-CX330 (2.29MP) and 0.21MP 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.

Significantly smaller digital zoom Edit
The JVC GZ-R315 is a 200x (digital) camcorder, whereas the Sony HDR-CX330 and the Sony HDR-CX405 are both 350x (digital) camcorders (150x 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.

1% lower display resolution Edit
The JVC GZ-R315 is a 230,000 pixels display resolution camcorder, and so does the Sony HDR-CX330. That's 400 pixels lower than the Sony HDR-CX405 (230,400 pixels). Read more

Total number of pixels that display has.

17% smaller bitrate at maximum video resolution Edit
The JVC GZ-R315 has a bitrate at maximum video resolution of 24 Mbit/s. That's 4 Mbit/s smaller than the Sony HDR-CX330 ().
98g heavier Edit
The JVC GZ-R315 has a weight of 288g, but the Sony HDR-CX330 is a 190g weight camcorder (98g lighter) and the Sony HDR-CX405 is a 215g weight camcorder (73g lighter). Read more

Weight of the camcorder including battery.

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

Not as many stockists
The JVC GZ-R315 is only stocked by 6 retailers, however the Sony HDR-CX405 is stocked by 18 shops. Read more
Fewer numbers of sellers reduces the chances of the product remaining in stock and also reduces the price competition amongst retailers for this camcorder.
User review Rating is Worse
The JVC GZ-R315 has an average user score of 80%, but the Sony HDR-CX330 has an average user rating of 89% (based on 959 reviews) and the Sony HDR-CX405 has an average user rating of 83% (based on 192 reviews).
8 Reasons Against
A lot smaller optical zoom Edit
The Sony HDR-CX330 is a 30x (optical) camcorder (as does the Sony HDR-CX405), whereas the JVC GZ-R315 is a 40x (optical) camcorder (10x 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.

Vastly lower maximum aperture value Edit
The Sony HDR-CX330 has a maximum aperture value of 4, however the JVC GZ-R315 is a 6.3 maximum aperture value camcorder (2.3 higher).
0.3" smaller screen size Edit
The Sony HDR-CX330 has a screen size of 2.7" (as does the Sony HDR-CX405), whereas the JVC GZ-R315 is a 3" screen size camcorder (0.3" 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.

400 pixels lower display resolution Edit
The Sony HDR-CX330 has a display resolution of 230,000 pixels (as does the JVC GZ-R315), however the Sony HDR-CX405 is a 230,400 pixels display resolution camcorder (400 pixels higher). Read more

Total number of pixels that display has.

£50 more expensive
The Sony HDR-CX330 is more expensive than the Sony HDR-CX405 by £50.01.
Fewer sellers
Only 2 retailers sells the Sony HDR-CX330, but 6 retailers sell the JVC GZ-R315 and 18 sellers sell the Sony HDR-CX405. Read more
The smaller the number of retailers that stock this camcorder, the lower the competition amongst retailers to keep prices low.
One year older
The Sony HDR-CX330 is older than the JVC GZ-R315 by one year and older than the Sony HDR-CX405 by ten months.
Worse selling
The Sony HDR-CX330 ranks No. 68173 by sales volume, whereas the Sony HDR-CX405 ranks No. 1479.
7 Reasons Against
Smaller sensor size Edit
The Sony HDR-CX405 is a 2.29MP sensor camcorder. That's 0.21MP smaller than the JVC GZ-R315 (2.29MP) and 6.91MP smaller than the Sony HDR-CX330 (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.

4x lower megapixel count Edit
The Sony HDR-CX405 has a megapixel count of 2.29MP, however the Sony HDR-CX330 is a 9.2MP camcorder (6.91MP higher).
Smaller optical zoom Edit
The Sony HDR-CX405 has an optical zoom of 30x, and so does the Sony HDR-CX330. That's 10x smaller than the JVC GZ-R315 (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.

12% smaller screen size Edit
The Sony HDR-CX405 is a 2.7" screen size camcorder, and so does the Sony HDR-CX330. That's 0.3" smaller than the JVC GZ-R315 (2.7"). 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.

12% heavier Edit
The Sony HDR-CX405 has a weight of 215g, however the JVC GZ-R315 is a 288g weight camcorder (73g heavier) and the Sony HDR-CX330 is a 190g weight camcorder (25g lighter). Read more

Weight of the camcorder including battery.

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

Older by two months
The Sony HDR-CX405 is two months older than the JVC GZ-R315.
User review Rating is Worse
The Sony HDR-CX405's average user score is 83%, however the Sony HDR-CX330's is 89% (based on 959 reviews).

Average Expert Rating

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Average User Rating

Date Released

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Image Sensor

Sensor Size
2.5MP 9.2MP
BEST
2.29MP
Optical Sensor Size
 1/5
 1/5
 1/5
Sensor Type
 CMOS
 CMOS
 CMOS
Megapixel Count
Unknown - Click to provide data 9.2MP
BEST
2.29MP
Movie Megapixel Count
Unknown - Click to provide data 2.29MP 2.29MP

Lens System

Optical Zoom
40x
BEST
30x 30x
Digital Zoom
200x 350x
BEST
350x
BEST
Image Stabiliser
 Image stabiliser
 Image stabiliser
 Image stabiliser
Interchangeable Lens
 Interchangeable lens
 Interchangeable lens
Unknown - Click to provide data
Image Stabiliser
 Optical
 Optical
BEST
 Optical
Maximum Focal Length
Unknown - Click to provide data 984mm Unknown - Click to provide data
Minimum Aperture
1.8 1.8 1.8
Minimum Focal Length
Unknown - Click to provide data 26.8mm Unknown - Click to provide data
Maximum Aperture Value
6.3
BEST
4 Unknown - Click to provide data
Focal Length
40.5 - 1620 26.8 - 804 26.8 - 804
Focal Length Range
2.9 - 116 1.9 - 57 1.9 - 57

Storage

Maximum Memory Card Size
128GB Unknown - Click to provide data Unknown - Click to provide data
Internal Storage Capacity
8GB Unknown - Click to provide data Unknown - Click to provide data
Memory Card Slot
1 Unknown - Click to provide data Unknown - Click to provide data
Memory Card
 SDXC
 SDHC
 SD
 MS Micro (M2)
 MicroSD (Transflash)
 MicroSDHC
 MicroSDXC
 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
 Memory card

Focusing

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

Light Exposure

Scene Mode
 Beach
 Snow
 Fireworks
 Landscape
 Portrait
 Spotlight
 Beach
 Snow
 Fireworks
 Landscape
 Portrait
 Spotlight
 Beach
 Snow
 Fireworks
 Landscape
 Portrait
 Spotlight
Exposure Mode
 Auto
 Manual
 Auto
 Manual
 Auto
 Manual

White Balance

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

Flash

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

Shutter

Shutter Speed
Unknown - Click to provide data 1/8 - 1/100000 1/25 - 1/10000

Display

Screen Size
3"
BEST
2.7" 2.7"
Built-In Display
 Built-in display
 Built-in display
 Built-in display
Touch Sensitive Screen
 Touch sensitive screen
Unknown - Click to provide data Unknown - Click to provide data
Display Resolution
230,000 pixels 230,000 pixels 230,400 pixels
BEST
Display
 LCD
 LCD
 LCD
Vari-Angle LCD Display
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Vari-angle LCD display
Unknown - Click to provide data

Camera

Camcorder Type
 handheld
 handheld
 handheld
3D Compatible
 3D compatible
Unknown - Click to provide data
 3D compatible
On Screen Display
 On screen display
 On screen display
Unknown - Click to provide data
Shooting Mode
 Auto
 Scene
 Movie
 Auto
 Scene
 Movie
 Auto
 Scene
 Movie
Image Processor
 BIONZ X
 BIONZ X
BEST
 BIONZ X
BEST
Minimum Illumination
Unknown - Click to provide data 3lx 3lx
Self-Timer
2,10 10 10
On Screen Display Language
 UKR
 RUS
 ENG
 FRE
 DEU
 ITA
 POL
 POR
 ESP
 SWE
 TUR
 HUN
 DUT
 CZE
 UKR
 RUS
 ENG
 FRE
 DEU
 ITA
 POL
 POR
 ESP
 SWE
 TUR
 HUN
 DUT
 CZE
 UKR
 RUS
 ENG
 FRE
 DEU
 ITA
 POL
 POR
 ESP
 SWE
 TUR
 HUN
 DUT
 CZE
Playback
 Highlights
 Movie
 Single image
 Slide show
 Highlights
 Movie
 Single image
 Slide show
 Highlights
 Movie
 Single image
 Slide show

Design

Colour
 Black
 Black
 Black
Shock Proof Height
1.5m Unknown - Click to provide data Unknown - Click to provide data
Waterproof Depth
5m Unknown - Click to provide data Unknown - Click to provide data
Protection Feature
 Water resistant
 Dust resistant
 Shock resistant
 Freeze resistant
 Water resistant
 Dust resistant
 Shock resistant
 Freeze resistant
 Water resistant
 Dust resistant
 Shock resistant
 Freeze resistant
International Protection Code
 IPX8
 IPX8
 IPX8

Video

Full HD
 Full HD
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Full HD
HD Type
 Full HD
 Full HD
 Full HD
Bitrate At Maximum Video Resolution
24 Mbit/s 28 Mbit/s
BEST
Unknown - Click to provide data
Capture Mode
 EP
 UXP
 XP+
 FH
 HQ
 LP
 EP
 UXP
 XP+
 FH
 HQ
 LP
 EP
 UXP
 XP+
 FH
 HQ
 LP
Video Mode
 1080p
 720p
 1080i
 1080p
 720p
 1080i
 1080p
 720p
 1080i
Video Format
 MPEG
 MPEG4
 H.264
 AVCHD
 AVC
 MPEG2
 MP4
 MPEG
 MPEG4
 H.264
 AVCHD
 AVC
 MPEG2
 MP4
 MPEG
 MPEG4
 H.264
 AVCHD
 AVC
 MPEG2
 MP4
Video Resolution
 1920 x 1080
 1440 x 1080
 1280 x 720
 1920 x 1080
 1440 x 1080
 1280 x 720
BEST
 1920 x 1080
 1440 x 1080
 1280 x 720
BEST
Maximum Video Resolution
 1920 x 1080
 1920 x 1080
 1920 x 1080
HD-Ready
 HD-Ready
Unknown - Click to provide data Unknown - Click to provide data
Maximum Frame Rate
50fps 50fps Unknown - Click to provide data
Analog Signal Format System
 NTSC
 NTSC
BEST
 NTSC
Video & Photo Dual Shot
 Video & photo dual shot
Unknown - Click to provide data Unknown - Click to provide data

Still Image

Image Format
 JPG
 EXIF
 JPG
 EXIF
 JPG
 EXIF
Still Image Resolution
 1920 x 1080
 1440 x 1080
 640 x 480
 1920 x 1080
 1440 x 1080
 640 x 480
 1920 x 1080
 1440 x 1080
 640 x 480
Maximum Image Resolution
 3680 x 2760
 4032 x 2272
BEST
 3680 x 2760
 4032 x 2272
 3680 x 2760
 4032 x 2272

Audio

Audio Format
 MP4
 LC-AAC
 AAC++
 PCM
 MP4
 LC-AAC
 AAC++
 PCM
BEST
 MP4
 LC-AAC
 AAC++
 PCM
BEST
Wind Filter
 Wind filter
Unknown - Click to provide data Unknown - Click to provide data
Built-In Speaker
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Built-in speaker
 Built-in speaker
Built-In Microphone
 Built-in microphone
 Built-in microphone
 Built-in microphone
Audio System
 Dolby Digital 2.0
 Dolby Digital 2.0
 Dolby Digital 2.0

Ports & Interfaces

HDMI Port
 HDMI port
 HDMI port
 HDMI port
DC-In Jack
Unknown - Click to provide data
 DC-in jack
Unknown - Click to provide data
Composite Video Out Port
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Composite video out port
 Composite video out port
USB 2.0 Port
1 1 1
Component Video Out Port
1 Unknown - Click to provide data Unknown - Click to provide data
S-Video Out Port
 S-Video out port
 S-Video out port
 S-Video out port
PictBridge
 PictBridge
Unknown - Click to provide data Unknown - Click to provide data
Mini HDMI Port
1 Unknown - Click to provide data Unknown - Click to provide data

Networking

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

Battery

Battery Life
5h Unknown - Click to provide data Unknown - Click to provide data
Video Recording Time
11.5h Unknown - Click to provide data Unknown - Click to provide data
Battery Type
Built-in Unknown - Click to provide data NP-BX1
Battery Voltage
5V 3.6V Unknown - Click to provide data
Battery Capacity
5,200mAh Unknown - Click to provide data Unknown - Click to provide data
Battery
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
BEST
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
BEST
Battery Slot
Unknown - Click to provide data 1 Unknown - Click to provide data
Charging Source
 USB
 AC
 USB
 AC
 USB
 AC

Weight & Dimensions

Weight
288g 190g
BEST
215g
Height
122mm 59.5mm 595mm
Depth
59.5mm 119mm 128mm
Width
60mm 57mm 54mm

Packaging Content

Included Battery
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Included battery
Unknown - Click to provide data
Bundled Software
Pixela Everio MediaBrowser 4 (Win) Unknown - Click to provide data Unknown - Click to provide data
Cable Included
 USB
 AV
BEST
 USB
 AV
 USB
 AV
AC Adapter Included
 AC adapter included
 AC adapter included
Unknown - Click to provide data

Other Features

USB Connectivity
 USB connectivity
Unknown - Click to provide data Unknown - Click to provide data

Projector

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

Technical Details

Freeze-Resistant
 Freeze-resistant
Unknown - Click to provide data Unknown - Click to provide data
Power Consumption
2.2 W Unknown - Click to provide data Unknown - Click to provide data
Lens Cover Included
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Lens cover included
Unknown - Click to provide data
Dust-Resistant
 Dust-resistant
Unknown - Click to provide data Unknown - Click to provide data
Self-Timer
 Self-timer
 Self-timer
Unknown - Click to provide data
USB Charging
 USB charging
Unknown - Click to provide data
 USB charging
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