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Panasonic HC-WX970 vs Panasonic HC-X920

Panasonic HC-WX970 vs Panasonic HC-X920

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Panasonic HC-WX970
Panasonic HC-X920

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Reasons For

3 Reasons For
8x bigger optical zoom Edit
The Panasonic HC-WX970 has an optical zoom of 20x, however the Panasonic HC-X920 is only a 12x (optical) camcorder (8x 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.

Bigger digital zoom Edit
Panasonic HC-WX970 is 60x (digital). That's 20x bigger than the Panasonic HC-X920 (40x). 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.

User reviews are a lot better
The Panasonic HC-WX970 has an average user review score of 100% based on 1 review, however the Panasonic HC-X920 has an average rating of 90% (based on 126 reviews).
8 Reasons For
Significantly bigger total megapixels Edit
The Panasonic HC-X920 is a 38.28MP sensor camcorder, whereas the Panasonic HC-WX970 is only an 18.91MP sensor camcorder (19.37MP 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.

Higher effective megapixels (image) Edit
The Panasonic HC-X920 is an 8.49MP camcorder. That's 0.2MP higher than the Panasonic HC-WX970 (8.49MP).
Slightly higher effective megapixels (movie) Edit
The Panasonic HC-X920 is an 8.49MP (movie mode) camcorder, whereas the Panasonic HC-WX970 is only an 8.29MP (movie mode) camcorder (0.2MP lower).
15% larger display diagonal Edit
The Panasonic HC-X920 has a display diagonal of 3.5", however the Panasonic HC-WX970 is only a 3" screen size camcorder (0.5" smaller). 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.

Hugely higher display resolution (numeric) Edit
Panasonic HC-X920 is 1,152,000 pixels display resolution, but the Panasonic HC-WX970 is only a 460,800 pixels display resolution camcorder (691,200 pixels lower). Read more

Total number of pixels that display has.

91% lighter Edit
The Panasonic HC-X920 is a 189g weight camcorder. That's 171g lighter than the Panasonic HC-WX970 (189g). Read more

Weight of the camcorder including battery.

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

Available from 4 shops
A greater number of stores increases the chances of this camcorder remaining in stock and also increases the price competition amongst retailers for the product.
Expert reviews are a lot better
The Panasonic HC-X920 has an average expert review score of 90% based on 16 reviews, however the Panasonic HC-WX970 has an average rating of 79% (based on 1 review).

Reasons Against

8 Reasons Against
Smaller total megapixels Edit
The Panasonic HC-WX970 is an 18.91MP sensor camcorder, whereas the Panasonic HC-X920 is a 38.28MP sensor camcorder (19.37MP 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.

Lower effective megapixels (image) Edit
The Panasonic HC-WX970 is an 8.29MP camcorder. That's 0.2MP lower than the Panasonic HC-X920 (8.49MP).
Moderately lower effective megapixels (movie) Edit
The Panasonic HC-WX970 is an 8.29MP (movie mode) camcorder, whereas the Panasonic HC-X920 is an 8.49MP (movie mode) camcorder (0.2MP higher).
17% smaller display diagonal Edit
The Panasonic HC-WX970 has a display diagonal of 3", however the Panasonic HC-X920 is a 3.5" screen size camcorder (0.5" 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.

2x lower display resolution (numeric) Edit
Panasonic HC-WX970 is only 460,800 pixels display resolution, but the Panasonic HC-X920 is a 1,152,000 pixels display resolution camcorder (691,200 pixels higher). Read more

Total number of pixels that display has.

48% heavier Edit
The Panasonic HC-WX970 is a 360g weight camcorder. That's 171g heavier than the Panasonic HC-X920 (189g). Read more

Weight of the camcorder including battery.

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

Less retailers
Only 3 sellers sells the Panasonic HC-WX970, whereas 7 shops sell the Panasonic HC-X920. 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.
A lot Lower expert review Score
The Panasonic HC-WX970's average expert rating is only 79%, however the Panasonic HC-X920's is 90% (based on 16 reviews).
4 Reasons Against
8x smaller optical zoom Edit
The Panasonic HC-X920 has an optical zoom of 12x, however the Panasonic HC-WX970 is a 20x (optical) camcorder (8x 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
Panasonic HC-X920 is only 40x (digital). That's 20x smaller than the Panasonic HC-WX970 (40x). 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.

Over one year older
The Panasonic HC-X920 is older than the Panasonic HC-WX970 by 14 months.
A lot Lower user review Score
The Panasonic HC-X920's average user rating is 90%, however the Panasonic HC-WX970's is 100% (based on 1 review).

Awards

No awards found 7 Awards
camcorderinfo.com: Editor's Choice
Digital Versus: 5 Star
Expert Reviews: Best Buy
Les Numeriques.com: 5 Star
plusxaward.de: Innovation and Ease of Use
Pocket Lint: Recommended
reviewed.com: Editor's Choice

Average Expert Rating

Average User Rating

Date Released

20 months Ago 34 months Ago

Image Sensor

Total Megapixels
18.91MP 38.28MP
BEST
Optical Sensor Size
 1/2
 1/2
Sensor Type
 MOS
 MOS
Effective Megapixels (image)
8.29MP 8.49MP
BEST
Effective Megapixels (movie)
8.29MP 8.49MP
BEST

Lens System

Optical Zoom
20x
BEST
12x
Digital Zoom
60x
BEST
40x
Image Stabilizer
 Image stabilizer
 Image stabilizer
Interchangeable Lens
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Interchangeable lens
Filter Size
49mm 49mm
Focal Length (35mm Film Equivalent)
30.8 - 626 29.8 - 399.2
Focal Length Range (f-F)
4.08 - 81.6 2.84 - 34.1
Lens Mount Interface
 Leica M
 Leica M

Storage

Memory Slots
Unknown - Click to provide data 1
Compatible Memory Cards
 SDXC
 SDHC
 SD
 SDXC
 SDHC
 SD
Camcorder Media Type
 Memory card
 Memory card

Focusing

Focus Adjustment
 Auto
 Manual
 Auto
 Manual

White Balance

Indoor White Balance
 Indoor white balance
 Indoor white balance
White Balance
 Auto
 Cloudy
 Sunny
 Indoor
 Auto
 Cloudy
 Sunny
 Indoor

Flash

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

Shutter

Shutter Speed (video)
Unknown - Click to provide data 1/25 - 1/8000
Shutter Speed (photo)
0.0005 - 0.5 1/2 - 1/2000
Camera Shutter Speed
0.000125 - 0.04 Unknown - Click to provide data

Display

Display Diagonal
3" 3.5"
BEST
Built-In Display
 Built-in display
 Built-in display
Touchscreen
 Touchscreen
Unknown - Click to provide data
Display Resolution (numeric)
460,800 pixels 1,152,000 pixels
BEST
Display
 LCD
 LCD

Viewfinder

Viewfinder Type
 Not available
 Not available

Camera

Camcorder Type
 handheld
 handheld
3D
Unknown - Click to provide data
 3D
On Screen Display (OSD)
 On Screen Display (OSD)
 On Screen Display (OSD)
Minimum Illumination
Unknown - Click to provide data 12lx
On Screen Display (OSD) Languages
 DUT
 CZE
 ENG
 FRE
 ITA
 POL
 ESP
 SWE
 TUR
 HUN
 DUT
 CZE
 ENG
 FRE
 ITA
 POL
 ESP
 SWE
 TUR
 HUN

Design

Colour
 Black
 Black

Video

Full HD
 Full HD
 Full HD
HD Type
 Full HD
 Full HD
Supported Video Modes
 2160p
 1080i
 1080p
 720p
 540p
BEST
 2160p
 1080i
 1080p
 720p
 540p
Video Formats Supported
 MP4
 MPEG
 MPEG4
 H.264
 AVCHD
 AVC
 MP4
 MPEG
 MPEG4
 H.264
 AVCHD
 AVC
Video Resolutions
 3840 x 2160
 1920 x 1080
 1280 x 720
 960 x 540
BEST
 3840 x 2160
 1920 x 1080
 1280 x 720
 960 x 540
Maximum Video Resolution
 1920 x 1080
 1920 x 1080
Maximum Frame Rate
50fps Unknown - Click to provide data

Still Image

Image Formats Supported
 JPG
 MPO
 JPG
 MPO
Still Image Resolution(s)
 5472 x 3648
 3984 x 2656
 1920 x 1080
 1728 x 1152
 640 x 480
 4096 x 2304
BEST
 5472 x 3648
 3984 x 2656
 1920 x 1080
 1728 x 1152
 640 x 480
 4096 x 2304
Maximum Image Resolution
 6016 x 3384
 6016 x 3384
BEST

Audio

Built-In Speaker(s)
 Built-in speaker(s)
 Built-in speaker(s)
Built-In Microphone
 Built-in microphone
 Built-in microphone
Audio System
 Dolby Digital 2.0/5.1
 Dolby Digital 2.0/5.1

Ports & Interfaces

HDMI
 HDMI
 HDMI
USB 2.0 Port
1 1
Microphone in
 Microphone in
 Microphone in
Headphone Outputs
 Headphone outputs
 Headphone outputs
S-Video Out
 S-Video out
 S-Video out
Mini HDMI Port
Unknown - Click to provide data 1

Networking

Wi-Fi
 Wi-Fi
Unknown - Click to provide data
Near Field Communication (NFC)
 Near Field Communication (NFC)
Unknown - Click to provide data

Battery

Battery Voltage
3.6V 7.2V
Battery Capacity
1,940mAh
BEST
1,250mAh
Battery Technology
 Lithium
BEST
 Lithium

Weight & Dimensions

Weight
360g 189g
BEST
Height
73mm 59mm
Depth
139mm 82mm
Width
65mm 73mm

Packaging Content

Batteries Included
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Batteries included
Quick Start Guide
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Quick start guide
Bundled Software
Unknown - Click to provide data HD Writer AE 5.0
Cables Included
 USB
 HDMI
 AV
 USB
 HDMI
 AV
BEST
AC Adapter Included
 AC adapter included
 AC adapter included
Warranty Card
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Warranty card
Lens Hood
 Lens hood
Unknown - Click to provide data

Other Features

AV Output
Unknown - Click to provide data
 AV output
Feedback