Panasonic HC-VX870 vs Sony FDR-AXP33

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Panasonic HC-VX870
Sony FDR-AXP33

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Reasons For

7 Reasons For
A lot bigger optical zoom Edit
The Panasonic HC-VX870 is a 20x (optical) camcorder, whereas the Sony FDR-AXP33 is only a 10x (optical) camcorder (10x 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.

Significantly lighter Edit
The Panasonic HC-VX870 is a 353g weight camcorder. That's 372g lighter than the Sony FDR-AXP33 (725g). Read more

Weight of the camcorder including battery.

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

A little smaller Edit
Panasonic HC-VX870 is 73mm high, but the Sony FDR-AXP33 is a 78.5mm high camcorder (5.5mm bigger).
16mm smaller Edit
The Panasonic HC-VX870 is a 139mm deep camcorder, whereas the Sony FDR-AXP33 is a 155mm deep camcorder (16mm bigger).
10mm smaller Edit
The Panasonic HC-VX870 is a 65mm wide camcorder, whereas the Sony FDR-AXP33 is a 75mm wide camcorder (10mm bigger).
£149 cheaper
The Panasonic HC-VX870 is £149.10 cheaper than the Sony FDR-AXP33.
More popular
The Panasonic HC-VX870 is a more popular choice amongst buyers. It ranks No. 20433 by sales volume in our camcorders, whereas the Sony FDR-AXP33 ranks No. 71154.
5 Reasons For
9% bigger sensor size Edit
Sony FDR-AXP33 is 20.6MP sensor. That's 1.69MP bigger than the Panasonic HC-VX870 (20.6MP). 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 higher megapixel count Edit
The Sony FDR-AXP33 has a megapixel count of 10.3MP, whereas the Panasonic HC-VX870 is only a 7MP camcorder (3.3MP lower).
A lot bigger digital zoom Edit
The Sony FDR-AXP33 has a digital zoom of 120x, however the Panasonic HC-VX870 is only a 60x (digital) camcorder (60x 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.

50% higher display resolution Edit
The Sony FDR-AXP33 is a 921,600 pixels display resolution camcorder. That's 460,800 pixels higher than the Panasonic HC-VX870 (921,600 pixels). Read more

Total number of pixels that display has.

Much better user reviews
Based on 24 reviews, the average user review score of the Sony FDR-AXP33 is 94%, whereas the average rating of the Panasonic HC-VX870 is 82% (based on 12 reviews).

Reasons Against

5 Reasons Against
1.69MP smaller sensor size Edit
Panasonic HC-VX870 is only 18.91MP sensor, but the Sony FDR-AXP33 is a 20.6MP sensor camcorder (1.69MP 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.

48% lower megapixel count Edit
The Panasonic HC-VX870 is a 7MP camcorder. That's 3.3MP lower than the Sony FDR-AXP33 (10.3MP).
Vastly smaller digital zoom Edit
The Panasonic HC-VX870 has a digital zoom of 60x. That's 60x smaller than the Sony FDR-AXP33 (120x). 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.

Vastly lower display resolution Edit
The Panasonic HC-VX870 has a display resolution of 460,800 pixels, however the Sony FDR-AXP33 is a 921,600 pixels display resolution camcorder (460,800 pixels higher). Read more

Total number of pixels that display has.

Appreciably Lower user review Score
The average user rating of the Panasonic HC-VX870 is 82%, whereas the average user rating of the Sony FDR-AXP33 is 94% (based on 24 reviews).
8 Reasons Against
10x smaller optical zoom Edit
The Sony FDR-AXP33 is a 10x (optical) camcorder. That's 10x smaller than the Panasonic HC-VX870 (10x). 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.

372g heavier Edit
The Sony FDR-AXP33 has a weight of 725g, whereas the Panasonic HC-VX870 is a 353g weight camcorder (372g lighter). Read more

Weight of the camcorder including battery.

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

Bigger Edit
Sony FDR-AXP33 is 78.5mm high. That's 5.5mm bigger than the Panasonic HC-VX870 (78.5mm).
16mm bigger Edit
The Sony FDR-AXP33 is a 155mm deep camcorder. That's 16mm bigger than the Panasonic HC-VX870 (155mm).
10mm bigger Edit
The Sony FDR-AXP33 is a 75mm wide camcorder. That's 10mm bigger than the Panasonic HC-VX870 (75mm).
More expensive by £149
The Sony FDR-AXP33 is £149.10 more expensive than the Panasonic HC-VX870.
Older by one month
The Sony FDR-AXP33 is one month older than the Panasonic HC-VX870.
Less popular
The Sony FDR-AXP33 is a less popular choice amongst buyers. It ranks No. 71154 by number of sales in our camcorders, whereas the Panasonic HC-VX870 ranks No. 20433.

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Image Sensor

Sensor Size
18.91MP 20.6MP
BEST
Optical Sensor Size
 1/2
 1/2
Sensor Type
 MOS
 MOS
Megapixel Count
7MP 10.3MP
BEST
Movie Megapixel Count
8.29MP 8.29MP

Lens System

Optical Zoom
20x
BEST
10x
Digital Zoom
60x 120x
BEST
Image Stabiliser
 Image stabiliser
 Image stabiliser
Image Stabiliser
 Optical
 Optical
BEST
Minimum Aperture
Unknown - Click to provide data 1.8
Maximum Aperture Value
Unknown - Click to provide data 3.4
Filter Size
49mm 52mm
Focal Length
30.8 - 626 29.8 - 298
Focal Length Range
4.08 - 81.6 3.8 - 38

Storage

Memory Card Slot
1 Unknown - Click to provide data
Memory Card
 SDXC
 SDHC
 SD
 MS PRO
 MS PRO Duo
 MS Pro-HG
 MS Pro-HG Duo
 MSXC
 MS XC-HG Duo
 SDXC
 SDHC
 SD
 MS PRO
 MS PRO Duo
 MS Pro-HG
 MS Pro-HG Duo
 MSXC
 MS XC-HG Duo
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

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
 Night
 Portrait
 Sunset
 Spotlight
 Sunrise
 Beach
 Snow
 Fireworks
 Landscape
 Night
 Portrait
 Sunset
 Spotlight
 Sunrise
Exposure Mode
 Auto
 Manual
 Auto
 Manual

White Balance

White Balance Mode
 Auto
 Cloudy
 Daylight
 Sunny
 Indoor
 Outdoor
 Auto
 Cloudy
 Daylight
 Sunny
 Indoor
 Outdoor

Flash

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

Shutter

Shutter Speed
0.000125 - 0.04 Unknown - Click to provide data

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
460,800 pixels 921,600 pixels
BEST
Display
 LCD
 LCD

Viewfinder

Viewfinder Screen Size
Unknown - Click to provide data 0.24"

Camera

Camcorder Type
 handheld
 handheld
3D Compatible
Unknown - Click to provide data
 3D compatible
Image Processor
 BIONZ X
 BIONZ X
BEST
Minimum Illumination
2lx Unknown - Click to provide data
Self-Timer
Unknown - Click to provide data 10

Design

Tripod Mountable
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Tripod mountable
Colour
 Black
 Black

Video

Full HD
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Full HD
HD Type
 Full HD
 Full HD
Video Format
 MP4
 MPEG
 MPEG4
 H.264
 AVCHD
 AVC
 MP4
 MPEG
 MPEG4
 H.264
 AVCHD
 AVC
Video Resolution
 3840 x 2160
 1920 x 1080
 1440 x 1080
 1280 x 720
 3840 x 2160
 1920 x 1080
 1440 x 1080
 1280 x 720
BEST
Maximum Video Resolution
 3840 x 2160
 3840 x 2160

Still Image

Still Image Resolution
 5472 x 3648
 3984 x 2656
 1920 x 1080
 1728 x 1152
 640 x 480
BEST
 5472 x 3648
 3984 x 2656
 1920 x 1080
 1728 x 1152
 640 x 480
Maximum Image Resolution
 6048 x 3400
 6048 x 3400
BEST

Audio

Audio Format
 AAC++
 AAC++
Wind Filter
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Wind filter
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 2.0/5.1
BEST
 Dolby Digital 2.0/5.1

Ports & Interfaces

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

Networking

WiFi
 WiFi
 WiFi
Near Field Communication
 Near field communication
 Near field communication

Battery

Battery Type
Unknown - Click to provide data NP-FV70
Battery Voltage
3.6V Unknown - Click to provide data
Battery Capacity
1,940mAh Unknown - Click to provide data
Battery
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)

Weight & Dimensions

Weight
353g
BEST
725g
Height
73mm
BEST
78.5mm
Depth
139mm
BEST
155mm
Width
65mm
BEST
75mm

Packaging Content

Included Battery
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Included battery
Cable Included
 USB
 HDMI
 AC
 USB
 HDMI
 AC
BEST
AC Adapter Included
Unknown - Click to provide data
 AC adapter included
Warranty Card
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Warranty card
Lens Hood Included
 Lens hood included
Unknown - Click to provide data

Other Features

Night Mode
 Night mode
Unknown - Click to provide data

Projector

Built-In Projector
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Built-in projector
Projector Brightness
Unknown - Click to provide data 50 ANSI lumens
Minimum Projection Distance
Unknown - Click to provide data 0.5m

Technical Details

Flash Exposure Compensation
Unknown - Click to provide data 1
Self-Timer
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Self-timer
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