Panasonic HC-V130 vs Sony HDR-CX240

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Panasonic HC-V130
Sony HDR-CX240

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Reasons For

7 Reasons For
Bigger optical zoom Edit
Panasonic HC-V130 is 38x (optical). That's 11x bigger than the Sony HDR-CX240 (27x). 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 longer maximum focal length Edit
The Panasonic HC-V130 has a maximum focal length of 1,646mm, however the Sony HDR-CX240 is only a 4mm maximum focal length camcorder (1,642mm shorter).
1% higher display resolution Edit
The Panasonic HC-V130 is a 230,400 pixels display resolution camcorder. That's 400 pixels higher than the Sony HDR-CX240 (230,000 pixels). Read more

Total number of pixels that display has.

5x smaller minimum illumination Edit
The Panasonic HC-V130 is a 1lx minimum illumination camcorder. That's 5lx smaller than the Sony HDR-CX240 (6lx).
9g lighter Edit
The Panasonic HC-V130 has a weight of 181g, but the Sony HDR-CX240 is a 190g weight camcorder (9g heavier). Read more

Weight of the camcorder including battery.

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

Smaller Edit
Panasonic HC-V130 is 114mm deep. That's 14mm smaller than the Sony HDR-CX240 (128mm).
2% smaller Edit
Panasonic HC-V130 is 53mm wide. That's 1mm smaller than the Sony HDR-CX240 (54mm).
10 Reasons For
73% bigger sensor size Edit
Sony HDR-CX240 is 9.2MP sensor. That's 6.69MP bigger than the Panasonic HC-V130 (9.2MP). 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.

Vastly bigger digital zoom Edit
The Sony HDR-CX240 has a digital zoom of 320x, however the Panasonic HC-V130 is only a 100x (digital) camcorder (220x 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.

Shorter minimum focal length Edit
The Sony HDR-CX240 is a 1.9mm minimum focal length camcorder. That's 31mm shorter than the Panasonic HC-V130 (1.9mm).
Bigger maximum fash memory capacity Edit
The Sony HDR-CX240 is an 8GB maximum fash memory capacity camcorder. That's 8GB bigger than the Panasonic HC-V130 (8GB).
230,000 pixels higher viewfinder resolution Edit
The Sony HDR-CX240 has a viewfinder resolution of 230,000 pixels, whereas the Panasonic HC-V130 is only a unknown pixels viewfinder resolution camcorder (230,000 pixels lower).
Smaller Edit
Sony HDR-CX240 is 59.5mm high. That's 0.5mm smaller than the Panasonic HC-V130 (59.5mm).
Vastly bigger included memory card size Edit
The Sony HDR-CX240 has an included memory card size of 8GB, however the Panasonic HC-V130 is only a unknownGB included memory card size camcorder (8GB smaller).
Cheaper by £20
The Sony HDR-CX240 is £20 cheaper than the Panasonic HC-V130.
8 shops are selling it
A greater number of sellers increases the price competition amongst retailers for the product and also increases the chances of this camcorder remaining in stock.
Better selling
The Sony HDR-CX240 ranks No. 8398 by number of sales, whereas the Panasonic HC-V130 ranks No. 34094.

Reasons Against

8 Reasons Against
3x smaller sensor size Edit
The Panasonic HC-V130 has a sensor size of 2.51MP. That's 6.69MP smaller than the Sony HDR-CX240 (9.2MP). 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.

Three times smaller digital zoom Edit
The Panasonic HC-V130 is a 100x (digital) camcorder, whereas the Sony HDR-CX240 is a 320x (digital) camcorder (220x 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.

Longer minimum focal length Edit
The Panasonic HC-V130 is a 32.9mm minimum focal length camcorder. That's 31mm longer than the Sony HDR-CX240 (1.9mm).
Bigger Edit
The Panasonic HC-V130 has a height of 60mm. That's 0.5mm bigger than the Sony HDR-CX240 (59.5mm).
More expensive by £20
The Panasonic HC-V130 is £20 more expensive than the Sony HDR-CX240.
Not as many stockists
The Panasonic HC-V130 is only stocked by 2 shops, however the Sony HDR-CX240 is stocked by 10 stores. 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.
Older by two months
The Panasonic HC-V130 is two months older than the Sony HDR-CX240.
Less popular
The Panasonic HC-V130 is a less popular choice amongst buyers. It ranks No. 34094 by number of sales in our camcorders, but the Sony HDR-CX240 ranks No. 8398.
7 Reasons Against
Smaller optical zoom Edit
The Sony HDR-CX240 is a 27x (optical) camcorder. That's 11x smaller than the Panasonic HC-V130 (27x). 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.

411x shorter maximum focal length Edit
The Sony HDR-CX240 has a maximum focal length of 4mm, but the Panasonic HC-V130 is a 1,646mm maximum focal length camcorder (1,642mm longer).
1% lower display resolution Edit
The Sony HDR-CX240 is a 230,000 pixels display resolution camcorder. That's 400 pixels lower than the Panasonic HC-V130 (230,000 pixels). Read more

Total number of pixels that display has.

84% bigger minimum illumination Edit
The Sony HDR-CX240 is a 6lx minimum illumination camcorder. That's 5lx bigger than the Panasonic HC-V130 (6lx).
9g heavier Edit
The Sony HDR-CX240 has a weight of 190g, whereas the Panasonic HC-V130 is a 181g weight camcorder (9g lighter). Read more

Weight of the camcorder including battery.

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

14mm bigger Edit
The Sony HDR-CX240 is a 128mm deep camcorder. That's 14mm bigger than the Panasonic HC-V130 (128mm).
2% bigger Edit
The Sony HDR-CX240 is a 54mm wide camcorder. That's 1mm bigger than the Panasonic HC-V130 (54mm).

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Image Sensor

Sensor Size
2.51MP 9.2MP
BEST
Optical Sensor Size
 1/5
 1/5
BEST
Sensor Type
 MOS
 MOS
Megapixel Count
2.12MP Unknown - Click to provide data
Movie Megapixel Count
2.12MP Unknown - Click to provide data

Lens System

Optical Zoom
38x
BEST
27x
Digital Zoom
100x 320x
BEST
Image Stabiliser
 Image stabiliser
 Image stabiliser
Maximum Focal Length
1,646mm
BEST
4mm
Minimum Aperture
1.8 Unknown - Click to provide data
Minimum Focal Length
32.9mm 1.9mm
BEST
Maximum Aperture Value
4.2 Unknown - Click to provide data
Focal Length
32.9 - 1646 29.8 - 804
Focal Length Range
2.35 - 89.3 2.1 - 57
Wide Angle Lens System
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Wide angle lens system

Storage

Maximum Fash Memory Capacity
Unknown - Click to provide data 8GB
Memory Card
 SDXC
 SDHC
 SD
 MS Micro (M2)
 MicroSD (Transflash)
BEST
 SDXC
 SDHC
 SD
 MS Micro (M2)
 MicroSD (Transflash)
Storage Media Type
 Memory card
 Memory card

Focusing

Face Detection
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Face detection
Focus Adjustment
 Manual
 Manual
Smile Detection
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Smile detection

Light Exposure

Scene Mode
 Beach
 Snow
 Fireworks
 Landscape
 Night
 Night landscape
 Portrait
 Sunset
 Spotlight
 Sunrise
 Beach
 Snow
 Fireworks
 Landscape
 Night
 Night landscape
 Portrait
 Sunset
 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

Built-In Flash
 Built-in flash
Unknown - Click to provide data
Built-In Light
 Built-in light
Unknown - Click to provide data
Shoe Mounting Point
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Shoe mounting point

Display

Screen Size
2.7" 2.7"
Built-In Display
 Built-in display
 Built-in display
Display Resolution
230,400 pixels
BEST
230,000 pixels
Display
 LCD
 LCD

Viewfinder

Viewfinder Resolution
Unknown - Click to provide data 230,000 pixels
Viewfinder
 Electronic
 Electronic

Camera

Camcorder Type
 handheld
 handheld
On Screen Display
 On screen display
Unknown - Click to provide data
Image Processor
 BIONZ
 BIONZ
BEST
Back Light Compensation
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Back light compensation
Minimum Illumination
1lx
BEST
6lx
On Screen Display Language
 DUT
 CZE
 ENG
 FRE
 DEU
 ITA
 POL
 ESP
 SWE
 TUR
 DUT
 CZE
 ENG
 FRE
 DEU
 ITA
 POL
 ESP
 SWE
 TUR

Design

Colour
 Black
 Black

Video

HD Type
 Full HD
 Full HD
Video Mode
 1080p
 1080i
 720p
 1080p
 1080i
 720p
Video Format
 MPEG
 MPEG4
 H.264
 AVCHD
 AVC
 MPEG
 MPEG4
 H.264
 AVCHD
 AVC
Video Resolution
 1920 x 1080
 960 x 540
 640 x 360
 1440 x 1080
 1280 x 720
 1920 x 1080
 960 x 540
 640 x 360
 1440 x 1080
 1280 x 720
Maximum Video Resolution
 1920 x 1080
 1920 x 1080

Still Image

Image Format
 JPG
 JPG
Still Image Resolution
 3968 x 2232
 1920 x 1080
BEST
 3968 x 2232
 1920 x 1080
Maximum Image Resolution
 3968 x 2232
 4032 x 2272
 3968 x 2232
 4032 x 2272
BEST

Audio

Audio Format
 MP4
 AAC++
BEST
 MP4
 AAC++
Built-In Speaker
 Built-in speaker
 Built-in speaker
Built-In Microphone
 Built-in microphone
 Built-in microphone
Audio System
 Dolby Digital 2.0
 Dolby Digital 2.0
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
S-Video Out Port
 S-Video out port
Unknown - Click to provide data

Battery

Battery Type
Unknown - Click to provide data NP-FV50
Battery Voltage
3.6V Unknown - Click to provide data
Battery Capacity
970mAh Unknown - Click to provide data

Weight & Dimensions

Weight
181g
BEST
190g
Height
60mm 59.5mm
BEST
Depth
114mm
BEST
128mm
Width
53mm
BEST
54mm

Packaging Content

Included Battery
 Included battery
 Included battery
Quick Start Guide
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Quick start guide
Bundled Software
Écriture HD LE 2.1 PlayMemories Home
Hand Strap
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Hand strap
Cable Included
 USB
 HDMI
 USB
 HDMI
BEST
AC Adapter Included
 AC adapter included
 AC adapter included
Included Memory Card Size
Unknown - Click to provide data 8GB
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