Panasonic HX-DC3 vs Sony HDR-PJ810

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Panasonic HX-DC3
Sony HDR-PJ810

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Reasons For

2 Reasons For
2x lighter Edit
The Panasonic HX-DC3 is a 180g weight camcorder. That's 280g lighter than the Sony HDR-PJ810 (460g). Read more

Weight of the camcorder including battery.

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

95.9mm smaller Edit
Panasonic HX-DC3 is 38.1mm deep, but the Sony HDR-PJ810 is a 134mm deep camcorder (95.9mm bigger).
11 Reasons For
A lot bigger sensor size Edit
The Sony HDR-PJ810 has a sensor size of 24.5MP, however the Panasonic HX-DC3 is only a 14.4MP sensor camcorder (10.1MP 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.

7x bigger optical zoom Edit
Sony HDR-PJ810 is 12x (optical), but the Panasonic HX-DC3 is only a 5x (optical) camcorder (7x 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.

40x bigger digital zoom Edit
The Sony HDR-PJ810 is a 160x (digital) camcorder. That's 40x bigger than the Panasonic HX-DC3 (160x). 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.

Interchangeable lens Edit
The Sony HDR-PJ810 has an interchangeable lens, whereas the Panasonic HX-DC3 does not have an interchangeable lens. Read more

The lens in the device can be swapped round.

An interchangeable lens system allows the user to use alternative lenses which might be better suited for a shoot than a standard lens.

Built-in light Edit
The Sony HDR-PJ810 has a built-in light, whereas the Panasonic HX-DC3 does not have a built-in light.
Significantly higher display resolution Edit
The Sony HDR-PJ810 has a display resolution of 921,000 pixels, whereas the Panasonic HX-DC3 is only a 230,400 pixels display resolution camcorder (690,600 pixels lower). Read more

Total number of pixels that display has.

9lx smaller minimum illumination Edit
The Sony HDR-PJ810 has a minimum illumination of 3lx, but the Panasonic HX-DC3 is a 12lx minimum illumination camcorder (9lx bigger).
Microphone in port Edit
The Sony HDR-PJ810 has a microphone in port, whereas the Panasonic HX-DC3 does not have a microphone in port.
WiFi Edit
The Sony HDR-PJ810 features WiFi, but the Panasonic HX-DC3 does not feature WiFi.
48.3mm smaller Edit
The Sony HDR-PJ810 has a height of 72.5mm, however the Panasonic HX-DC3 is a 120.8mm high camcorder (48.3mm bigger).
A lot smaller Edit
Sony HDR-PJ810 is 67.5mm wide, but the Panasonic HX-DC3 is an 86.2mm wide camcorder (18.7mm bigger).

Reasons Against

12 Reasons Against
Vastly smaller sensor size Edit
The Panasonic HX-DC3 has a sensor size of 14.4MP, however the Sony HDR-PJ810 is a 24.5MP sensor camcorder (10.1MP 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.

7x smaller optical zoom Edit
Panasonic HX-DC3 is only 5x (optical), but the Sony HDR-PJ810 is a 12x (optical) camcorder (7x 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
The Panasonic HX-DC3 is a 120x (digital) camcorder. That's 40x smaller than the Sony HDR-PJ810 (160x). 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.

Does not have an interchangeable lens Edit
The Panasonic HX-DC3 does not have an interchangeable lens, however the Sony HDR-PJ810 does. Read more

The lens in the device can be swapped round.

An interchangeable lens system allows the user to use alternative lenses which might be better suited for a shoot than a standard lens.

Does not have a built-in light Edit
The Panasonic HX-DC3 does not have a built-in light, however the Sony HDR-PJ810 has a built-in light.
690,600 pixels lower display resolution Edit
The Panasonic HX-DC3 has a display resolution of 230,400 pixels, whereas the Sony HDR-PJ810 is a 921,000 pixels display resolution camcorder (690,600 pixels higher). Read more

Total number of pixels that display has.

Hugely bigger minimum illumination Edit
The Panasonic HX-DC3 has a minimum illumination of 12lx, but the Sony HDR-PJ810 is a 3lx minimum illumination camcorder (9lx smaller).
Does not have a microphone in port Edit
The Panasonic HX-DC3 does not have a microphone in port, however the Sony HDR-PJ810 does.
Does not feature WiFi Edit
The Panasonic HX-DC3 does not feature WiFi, whereas the Sony HDR-PJ810 features WiFi.
48.3mm bigger Edit
The Panasonic HX-DC3 has a height of 120.8mm, however the Sony HDR-PJ810 is a 72.5mm high camcorder (48.3mm smaller).
Bigger Edit
Panasonic HX-DC3 is 86.2mm wide, but the Sony HDR-PJ810 is a 67.5mm wide camcorder (18.7mm smaller).
Eleven months older
The Panasonic HX-DC3 is older than the Sony HDR-PJ810 by eleven months.
3 Reasons Against
61% heavier Edit
The Sony HDR-PJ810 is a 460g weight camcorder. That's 280g heavier than the Panasonic HX-DC3 (460g). Read more

Weight of the camcorder including battery.

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

Hugely bigger Edit
Sony HDR-PJ810 is 134mm deep, but the Panasonic HX-DC3 is a 38.1mm deep camcorder (95.9mm smaller).
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Image Sensor

Sensor Size
14.4MP 24.5MP
BEST
Optical Sensor Size
 1/2
BEST
 1/2
Sensor Type
 MOS
 MOS
Megapixel Count
11.9MP Unknown - Click to provide data
Movie Megapixel Count
11.9MP Unknown - Click to provide data

Lens System

Optical Zoom
5x 12x
BEST
Digital Zoom
120x 160x
BEST
Image Stabiliser
 Image stabiliser
 Image stabiliser
Interchangeable Lens
 Interchangeable lens
 Interchangeable lens
BEST
Image Stabiliser
 Optical
 Optical
BEST
Maximum Focal Length
Unknown - Click to provide data 34.8mm
Minimum Focal Length
Unknown - Click to provide data 2.9mm
Focal Length
Unknown - Click to provide data 2.9 - 34.8
Focal Length Range
6.8 - 34 1.8 - 3.4
Wide Angle Lens System
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Wide angle lens system

Storage

Internal Storage Capacity
0.07GB Unknown - Click to provide data
Memory Card Slot
1 Unknown - Click to provide data
Memory Card
 SDXC
 SDHC
 SD
 MS PRO
 MS PRO Duo
 MS Pro-HG
 MSXC
 SDXC
 SDHC
 SD
 MS PRO
 MS PRO Duo
 MS Pro-HG
 MSXC
Storage Media Type
 Memory card
 Memory card
File System
 Exif 2.2
 DCF
 Exif
 Exif 2.2
 DCF
 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

White Balance

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

Flash

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

Shutter

Video Shutter Speed
1/30 - 1/10000 Unknown - Click to provide data
Photo Shutter Speed
1/2 - 1/1500 Unknown - Click to provide data
Shutter Speed
Unknown - Click to provide data 1/10000

Display

Screen Size
3" 3"
Built-In Display
 Built-in display
 Built-in display
Touch Sensitive Screen
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Touch sensitive screen
Display Resolution
230,400 pixels 921,000 pixels
BEST
Display
 LCD
 LCD

Camera

Camcorder Type
 handheld
 handheld
3D Compatible
Unknown - Click to provide data
 3D compatible
Image Processor
 BIONZ
 BIONZ
BEST
Minimum Illumination
12lx 3lx
BEST
Remote Control
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Remote control

Design

Colour
 White
 Black
 White
 Black

Video

Full HD
 Full HD
Unknown - Click to provide data
HD Type
 Full HD
 Full HD
Video Mode
 1080i
 1080p
 720p
 480p
BEST
 1080i
 1080p
 720p
 480p
Video Format
 MP4
 MPEG
 MPEG4
 H.264
 AVCHD
 AVC
 MP4
 MPEG
 MPEG4
 H.264
 AVCHD
 AVC
Video Resolution
 1920 x 1080
 1440 x 1080
 1280 x 720
 1920 x 1080
 1440 x 1080
 1280 x 720
BEST
Maximum Video Resolution
 1920 x 1080
 1920 x 1080

Still Image

Image Format
 JPG
 JPG
Still Image Resolution
 4608 x 3456
 4352 x 3264
 4352 x 2448
 3744 x 2106
 3072 x 2304
 2560 x 1440
 2048 x 1536
 1920 x 1080
 640 x 480
BEST
 4608 x 3456
 4352 x 3264
 4352 x 2448
 3744 x 2106
 3072 x 2304
 2560 x 1440
 2048 x 1536
 1920 x 1080
 640 x 480
Maximum Image Resolution
 4608 x 3456
 6592 x 3712
 4608 x 3456
 6592 x 3712
BEST

Audio

Built-In Speaker
 Built-in speaker
 Built-in speaker
Built-In Microphone
 Built-in microphone
 Built-in microphone
Audio System
 Dolby Digital 5.1
 Dolby Digital 5.1
BEST

Ports & Interfaces

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

Networking

WiFi
 WiFi
 WiFi
BEST
Ethernet LAN Connection
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Ethernet LAN connection
Near Field Communication
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Near field communication
Bluetooth
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Bluetooth

Battery

Battery Type
Unknown - Click to provide data NP-FV50
Battery Voltage
3.7V Unknown - Click to provide data
Battery Capacity
700mAh Unknown - Click to provide data
Battery
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
BEST
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)

Weight & Dimensions

Weight
180g
BEST
460g
Height
120.8mm 72.5mm
BEST
Depth
38.1mm
BEST
134mm
Width
86.2mm 67.5mm
BEST

Packaging Content

Included Battery
 Included battery
 Included battery
Quick Start Guide
 Quick start guide
 Quick start guide
Bundled Software
HD Writer VE 3.0 PlayMemories Home
Cable Included
 USB
 AV
 HDMI
 USB
 AV
 HDMI
AC Adapter Included
 AC adapter included
 AC adapter included
Handheld Remote Control
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Handheld remote control

Other Features

Photo Mode
 Photo mode
Unknown - Click to provide data
The Windows Operating System
 The Windows operating system
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
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