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Sony FDR-AX100 vs Sony PXW-Z100

Sony FDR-AX100 vs Sony PXW-Z100

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Sony FDR-AX100
Sony PXW-Z100

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Reasons For

6 Reasons For
5.4MP higher effective megapixels (movie) Edit
The Sony FDR-AX100 has an effective megapixels (movie) of 14.2MP, however the Sony PXW-Z100 is only an 8.8MP (movie mode) camcorder (5.4MP lower).
Three times lower minimum aperture number Edit
The Sony FDR-AX100 is a 2.8 minimum aperture camcorder, whereas the Sony PXW-Z100 is an 11 minimum aperture camcorder (8.2 higher).
Significantly higher maximum aperture number Edit
The Sony FDR-AX100 is a 4.5 maximum aperture value camcorder, whereas the Sony PXW-Z100 is only a 1.6 maximum aperture value camcorder (2.9 lower).
Hugely lighter Edit
The Sony FDR-AX100 is a 790g weight camcorder. That's 1.7kg lighter than the Sony PXW-Z100 (2.5kg). Read more

Weight of the camcorder including battery.

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

£3,960 cheaper
The Sony FDR-AX100 costs £1,259.99, whereas the Sony PXW-Z100 is £5,220.00.
Available from 6 shops
The more retailers stock this camcorder, the greater competition amongst retailers to keep prices low.
3 Reasons For
Bigger total megapixels Edit
Sony PXW-Z100 is 18.9MP sensor. That's 4.7MP bigger than the Sony FDR-AX100 (18.9MP). 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.

40% bigger optical zoom Edit
The Sony PXW-Z100 is a 20x (optical) camcorder. That's 8x bigger than the Sony FDR-AX100 (20x). 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.

One more USB 2.0 port Edit
The Sony PXW-Z100 is a two USB 2.0 port camcorder, whereas the Sony FDR-AX100 only has one USB 2.0 port.

Reasons Against

3 Reasons Against
4.7MP smaller total megapixels Edit
The Sony FDR-AX100 has a total megapixels of 14.2MP, however the Sony PXW-Z100 is an 18.9MP sensor camcorder (4.7MP 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.

Hugely smaller optical zoom Edit
Sony FDR-AX100 is only 12x (optical), but the Sony PXW-Z100 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.

Only one USB 2.0 port Edit
The number of USB 2.0 ports on the Sony FDR-AX100 is one, but the Sony PXW-Z100 only has two USB 2.0 ports.
7 Reasons Against
Lower effective megapixels (movie) Edit
Sony PXW-Z100 is only 8.8MP (movie mode). That's 5.4MP lower than the Sony FDR-AX100 (8.8MP).
75% higher minimum aperture number Edit
The Sony PXW-Z100 has a minimum aperture number of 11. That's 8.2 higher than the Sony FDR-AX100 (11).
Two times lower maximum aperture number Edit
The Sony PXW-Z100 has a maximum aperture number of 1.6. That's 2.9 lower than the Sony FDR-AX100 (1.6).
Significantly heavier Edit
The Sony PXW-Z100 has a weight of 2.5kg, whereas the Sony FDR-AX100 is a 790g weight camcorder (1.7kg lighter). Read more

Weight of the camcorder including battery.

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

More expensive by £3,960
The Sony PXW-Z100 is £3,960.01 more expensive than the Sony FDR-AX100.
Fewer sellers
The Sony PXW-Z100 is only stocked by 3 shops, but the Sony FDR-AX100 is stocked by 9 stores. Read more
The fewer the number of shops that stock the product, the lower the competition amongst shops to keep prices low.
Older by over one year
The Sony PXW-Z100 is 13 months older than the Sony FDR-AX100.

Awards

7 Awards
Digital Versus: 5 Star
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Image Sensor

Total Megapixels
14.2MP 18.9MP
BEST
Optical Sensor Size
 1/2
 1/2
BEST
Sensor Type
 CMOS
 CMOS
Effective Megapixels (image)
14.2MP Unknown - Click to provide data
Effective Megapixels (movie)
14.2MP
BEST
8.8MP

Lens System

Optical Zoom
12x 20x
BEST
Digital Zoom
160x Unknown - Click to provide data
Image Stabilizer
 Image stabilizer
 Image stabilizer
Image Stabilizer Type
 Optical
BEST
 Optical
Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
348mm Unknown - Click to provide data
Minimum Aperture Number
2.8
BEST
11
Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
29mm Unknown - Click to provide data
Maximum Aperture Number
4.5
BEST
1.6
Filter Size
62mm 72mm
Focal Length (35mm Film Equivalent)
29 - 348 30 - 600
Focal Length Range (f-F)
9.3 - 111.6 4.1 - 82
Wide Angle Lens System
 Wide angle lens system
Unknown - Click to provide data

Storage

Compatible Memory Cards
 SDXC
 SDHC
 SD
 MS PRO
 MS PRO Duo
 MS Pro-HG
 MS Pro-HG Duo
 MSXC
 MS XC-HG Duo
 MS Duo
 SDXC
 SDHC
 SD
 MS PRO
 MS PRO Duo
 MS Pro-HG
 MS Pro-HG Duo
 MSXC
 MS XC-HG Duo
 MS Duo
Camcorder Media Type
 Memory card
 Memory card

Focusing

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

Light Exposure

Scene Modes
 Beach
 Snow
 Fireworks
 Landscape
 Night
 Portrait
 Sunset
 Spotlight
 Sunrise
 Beach
 Snow
 Fireworks
 Landscape
 Night
 Portrait
 Sunset
 Spotlight
 Sunrise
Light Exposure Modes
 Auto
 Auto

White Balance

Outdoor White Balance
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Outdoor white balance
White Balance
 Auto
 Outdoor
 Auto
 Outdoor

Flash

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

Shutter

Camera Shutter Speed
1/60 1/3 - 1/9000

Display

Display Diagonal
3.5" 3.5"
Built-In Display
 Built-in display
 Built-in display
Touchscreen
 Touchscreen
Unknown - Click to provide data
Display Resolution (numeric)
921,000 pixels Unknown - Click to provide data
Display
 LCD
 LCD

Viewfinder

Viewfinder Screen Size
Unknown - Click to provide data 0.45"

Camera

Camcorder Type
 handheld
 Shouldercam
 Shoulder camcorder
BEST
 handheld
 Shouldercam
 Shoulder camcorder
Image Processor
 BIONZ X
BEST
 BIONZ X
Minimum Illumination
3lx 3lx
GPS (satellite)
 GPS (satellite)
Unknown - Click to provide data

Design

Colour
 Black
 Black

Video

Full HD
 Full HD
 Full HD
HD Type
 Full HD
 Full HD
Video Formats Supported
 H.264
 AVC
 XAVC-I
 H.264
 AVC
 XAVC-I
Video Resolutions
 3840 x 2160
 1920 x 1080
 1440 x 1080
 1280 x 720
BEST
 3840 x 2160
 1920 x 1080
 1440 x 1080
 1280 x 720
Maximum Video Resolution
 4096 x 2160
 4096 x 2160
BEST
HD-Ready
 HD-Ready
Unknown - Click to provide data
Maximum Frame Rate
Unknown - Click to provide data 59.94fps

Still Image

Image Formats Supported
 JPG
BEST
 JPG
Maximum Image Resolution
 5968 x 3352
BEST
 5968 x 3352

Audio

Audio Formats Supported
 LPCM
 PCM
 LPCM
 PCM
BEST
Built-In Speaker(s)
 Built-in speaker(s)
Unknown - Click to provide data
Built-In Microphone
 Built-in microphone
 Built-in microphone
Audio System
 Dolby Digital 2.0
 Dolby Digital 2.0
BEST

Ports & Interfaces

HDMI
 HDMI
 HDMI
DC-In Jack
Unknown - Click to provide data
 DC-in jack
Composite Video Out
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Composite video out
USB 2.0 Port
1 2
BEST
Headphone Outputs
 Headphone outputs
 Headphone outputs
S-Video Out
 S-Video out
 S-Video out
XLR in
Unknown - Click to provide data
 XLR in
Micro-USB 2.0 Ports Quantity
1 Unknown - Click to provide data

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 Life (max)
Unknown - Click to provide data 2.75h
Battery Type
NP-FV50 NP-F970
Battery Voltage
Unknown - Click to provide data 7.2V
Battery Supported
1 Unknown - Click to provide data

Operational Conditions

Operating Temperature (T-T)
Unknown - Click to provide data 0 - 40
Storage Temperature (T-T)
Unknown - Click to provide data -20 - 60

Weight & Dimensions

Weight
790g
BEST
2.5kg
Height
83.5mm 193mm
Depth
196.5mm 362mm
Width
81mm 189mm

Packaging Content

Batteries Included
 Batteries included
Unknown - Click to provide data
Quick Start Guide
 Quick start guide
Unknown - Click to provide data
Cables Included
 USB
 HDMI
 AV
 USB
 HDMI
 AV
Handheld Remote Control
 Handheld remote control
Unknown - Click to provide data
Warranty Card
 Warranty card
 Warranty card
Lens Hood
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Lens hood

Other Features

Waterproof
 Waterproof
Unknown - Click to provide data
Shock Proof
 Shock proof
Unknown - Click to provide data

Technical Details

Freeze-Resistant
 Freeze-resistant
Unknown - Click to provide data
Dustproof
 Dustproof
Unknown - Click to provide data
USB Charging
 USB charging
Unknown - Click to provide data
Freezeproof
 Freezeproof
Unknown - Click to provide data
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