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JVC GY-HM170 vs Sony FDR-AX33

JVC GY-HM170 vs Sony FDR-AX33

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JVC GY-HM170
Sony FDR-AX33

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Reasons For

2 Reasons For
56mm longer maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) Edit
The JVC GY-HM170 is a 354mm maximum focal length camcorder. That's 56mm longer than the Sony FDR-AX33 (298mm).
15% larger display diagonal Edit
The JVC GY-HM170 has a display diagonal of 3.5", however the Sony FDR-AX33 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.

7 Reasons For
40% bigger total megapixels Edit
The Sony FDR-AX33 is a 20.6MP sensor camcorder. That's 8.2MP bigger than the JVC GY-HM170 (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.

Hugely bigger digital zoom Edit
Sony FDR-AX33 is 120x (digital), but the JVC GY-HM170 is only a 12x (digital) camcorder (108x 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.

2.7mm shorter minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) Edit
The Sony FDR-AX33 is a 26.8mm minimum focal length camcorder. That's 2.7mm shorter than the JVC GY-HM170 (26.8mm).
1% higher display resolution (numeric) Edit
Sony FDR-AX33 is 921,600 pixels display resolution. That's 1,600 pixels higher than the JVC GY-HM170 (921,600 pixels). Read more

Total number of pixels that display has.

410g lighter Edit
The Sony FDR-AX33 has a weight of 700g, however the JVC GY-HM170 is a 1.1kg weight camcorder (410g heavier). Read more

Weight of the camcorder including battery.

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

Cheaper by £665
The Sony FDR-AX33 costs £665 less than the JVC GY-HM170.
5 shops are selling it
A greater number of sellers increases the chances of the product remaining in stock and also increases the price competition amongst retailers for this camcorder.

Reasons Against

7 Reasons Against
Significantly smaller total megapixels Edit
The JVC GY-HM170 is a 12.4MP sensor camcorder, whereas the Sony FDR-AX33 is a 20.6MP sensor camcorder (8.2MP 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.

Nine times smaller digital zoom Edit
JVC GY-HM170 is only 12x (digital). That's 108x smaller than the Sony FDR-AX33 (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.

2.7mm longer minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) Edit
The JVC GY-HM170 is a 29.5mm minimum focal length camcorder, whereas the Sony FDR-AX33 is a 26.8mm minimum focal length camcorder (2.7mm shorter).
Marginally lower display resolution (numeric) Edit
JVC GY-HM170 is only 920,000 pixels display resolution, but the Sony FDR-AX33 is a 921,600 pixels display resolution camcorder (1,600 pixels higher). Read more

Total number of pixels that display has.

37% heavier Edit
The JVC GY-HM170 is a 1.1kg weight camcorder. That's 410g heavier than the Sony FDR-AX33 (700g). Read more

Weight of the camcorder including battery.

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

£665 more expensive
The JVC GY-HM170 is more expensive than the Sony FDR-AX33 by £665.
Less retailers
Only 3 retailers sells the JVC GY-HM170, whereas 8 retailers sell the Sony FDR-AX33. 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.
3 Reasons Against
56mm shorter maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) Edit
The Sony FDR-AX33 is a 298mm maximum focal length camcorder, whereas the JVC GY-HM170 is a 354mm maximum focal length camcorder (56mm longer).
17% smaller display diagonal Edit
The Sony FDR-AX33 has a display diagonal of 3". That's 0.5" smaller than the JVC GY-HM170 (3"). 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.

Older by one month
The Sony FDR-AX33 is one month older than the JVC GY-HM170.

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Date Released

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Image Sensor

Total Megapixels
12.4MP 20.6MP
BEST
Optical Sensor Size
 1/2
 1/2
Sensor Type
 CMOS
 CMOS
Effective Megapixels (image)
Unknown - Click to provide data 10.3MP
Effective Megapixels (movie)
Unknown - Click to provide data 8.29MP

Lens System

Optical Zoom
Unknown - Click to provide data 10x
Digital Zoom
12x 120x
BEST
Image Stabilizer
 Image stabilizer
 Image stabilizer
Interchangeable Lens
 Interchangeable lens
 Interchangeable lens
Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
354mm
BEST
298mm
Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
29.5mm 26.8mm
BEST
Filter Size
62mm Unknown - Click to provide data
Focal Length Range (f-F)
4.67 - 56.04 3.8 - 38

Storage

Memory Slots
2 Unknown - Click to provide data
Compatible Memory Cards
 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
Camcorder Media Type
 Memory card
 Memory card

Focusing

Focus Adjustment
 Auto
 Manual
 Auto
 Manual

Light Exposure

Scene Modes
 Beach
 Snow
 Fireworks
 Landscape
 Portrait
 Spotlight
 Beach
 Snow
 Fireworks
 Landscape
 Portrait
 Spotlight
Light Exposure Modes
 Auto
 Auto

White Balance

White Balance
 Auto
 Outdoor
 Indoor
 Auto
 Outdoor
 Indoor

Flash

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

Shutter

Camera Shutter Speed
1/4 - 1/10000 1/6 - 1/10000

Display

Display Diagonal
3.5"
BEST
3"
Built-In Display
 Built-in display
 Built-in display
Display Resolution (numeric)
920,000 pixels 921,600 pixels
BEST
Display
 LCD
 LCD
BEST

Viewfinder

Viewfinder Screen Size
Unknown - Click to provide data 0.24"
Viewfinder
Unknown - Click to provide data 1,555,200 pixels
Viewfinder Type
 Electronic
 Electronic

Camera

Camcorder Type
 handheld
 handheld
3D
 3D
 3D
Image Processor
 BIONZ X
 BIONZ X
BEST
Self-Timer Delay
Unknown - Click to provide data 10

Design

Colour
 Black
 Black

Video

Full HD
 Full HD
 Full HD
HD Type
 Full HD
 Full HD
Supported Video Modes
 2160p
 1080p
BEST
 2160p
 1080p
Video Formats Supported
 MPEG
 MPEG4
 H.264
 AVCHD
 AVC
 MP4
 MPEG
 MPEG4
 H.264
 AVCHD
 AVC
 MP4
Video Resolutions
 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
Maximum Frame Rate
Unknown - Click to provide data 50fps
Analog Signal Format System
 PAL
 NTSC
BEST
 PAL
 NTSC

Still Image

Still Image Resolution(s)
 1920 x 1080
 640 x 480
 1920 x 1080
 640 x 480
BEST
Maximum Image Resolution
 6048 x 3400
 6048 x 3400
BEST

Audio

Audio Formats Supported
 LPCM
 AC3
 PCM
BEST
 LPCM
 AC3
 PCM
Built-In Speaker(s)
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Built-in speaker(s)
Built-In Microphone
Unknown - Click to provide data
 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 Unknown - Click to provide data
Headphone Outputs
 Headphone outputs
 Headphone outputs
S-Video Out
 S-Video out
 S-Video out
PictBridge
 PictBridge
 PictBridge

Networking

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

Battery

Battery Type
BN-VF823 NP-FV70
Battery Voltage
7.2V Unknown - Click to provide data
Battery Technology
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)

Operational Conditions

Operating Temperature (T-T)
0 - 40 Unknown - Click to provide data
Operating Relative Humidity (H-H)
30 - 80 Unknown - Click to provide data
Storage Temperature (T-T)
-20 - 50 Unknown - Click to provide data

Weight & Dimensions

Weight
1.1kg 700g
BEST
Height
112mm 78.5mm
Depth
299mm 155mm
Width
153mm 71mm

Packaging Content

Batteries Included
 Batteries included
 Batteries included
Quick Start Guide
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Quick start guide
Cables Included
 USB
 HDMI
 USB
 HDMI
BEST
AC Adapter Included
 AC adapter included
 AC adapter included

Other Features

USB Connectivity
 USB connectivity
 USB connectivity

Technical Details

Flash Exposure Compensation
Unknown - Click to provide data 1
Number of Diaphragm Blades
Unknown - Click to provide data 6
USB Charging
Unknown - Click to provide data
 USB charging
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