Sony FDR-AX53 vs Sony NEX-VG30

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Sony FDR-AX53
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Reasons For

11 Reasons For
A lot bigger optical zoom Edit
The Sony FDR-AX53 is a 20x (optical) camcorder, whereas the Sony NEX-VG30 is only an 11.1x (optical) camcorder (8.9x 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.

Vastly bigger digital zoom Edit
The Sony FDR-AX53 has a digital zoom of 250x. That's 248x bigger than the Sony NEX-VG30 (2x). 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.

Image stabilizer Edit
The Sony FDR-AX53 has an image stabilizer, however the Sony NEX-VG30 does not have an image stabilizer. Read more

Image stabiliser is a system, either software (not good) or hardware (good) driven that smooths out the movement of the camera when used in a handheld mode. The Z7 has a hardware image stabiliser.

51% longer maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) Edit
Sony FDR-AX53 is 656mm maximum focal length. That's 334mm longer than the Sony NEX-VG30 (322mm).
Vastly lower minimum aperture number Edit
The Sony FDR-AX53 has a minimum aperture number of 2, however the Sony NEX-VG30 is a 3.5 minimum aperture camcorder (1.5 higher).
Marginally shorter minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) Edit
Sony FDR-AX53 is 26.8mm minimum focal length, but the Sony NEX-VG30 is a 29mm minimum focal length camcorder (2.2mm longer).
Wide angle lens system Edit
The Sony FDR-AX53 supports wide angle lens system, whereas the Sony NEX-VG30 does not support wide angle lens system.
Smile detection Edit
The Sony FDR-AX53 features smile detection, whereas the Sony NEX-VG30 does not feature smile detection.
Significantly smaller minimum illumination Edit
The Sony FDR-AX53 has a minimum illumination of 1.2lx, whereas the Sony NEX-VG30 is a 9lx minimum illumination camcorder (7.8lx bigger).
59% faster maximum frame rate Edit
The Sony FDR-AX53 is a 120fps camcorder. That's 70fps faster than the Sony NEX-VG30 (50fps).
User reviews are slightly better
Based on 18 user reviews, the Sony FDR-AX53 has an average review score of 84%, whereas the Sony NEX-VG30 has an average rating of 80% (based on 2 reviews).
4 Reasons For
Bigger total megapixels Edit
The Sony NEX-VG30 is a 16.7MP sensor camcorder. That's 8.41MP bigger than the Sony FDR-AX53 (16.7MP). 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 (movie) Edit
The Sony NEX-VG30 is a 16.1MP (movie mode) camcorder. That's 7.81MP higher than the Sony FDR-AX53 (16.1MP).
40% higher maximum aperture number Edit
Sony NEX-VG30 is 6.3 maximum aperture value. That's 2.5 higher than the Sony FDR-AX53 (6.3).
0.26" larger viewfinder screen size Edit
The Sony NEX-VG30 has a viewfinder screen size of 0.5", however the Sony FDR-AX53 is only a 0.24" viewfinder screen size camcorder (0.26" smaller).

Reasons Against

4 Reasons Against
Hugely smaller total megapixels Edit
Sony FDR-AX53 is only 8.29MP sensor, but the Sony NEX-VG30 is a 16.7MP sensor camcorder (8.41MP 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.

7.81MP lower effective megapixels (movie) Edit
Sony FDR-AX53 is only 8.29MP (movie mode), but the Sony NEX-VG30 is a 16.1MP (movie mode) camcorder (7.81MP higher).
Vastly lower maximum aperture number Edit
The Sony FDR-AX53 has a maximum aperture number of 3.8, however the Sony NEX-VG30 is a 6.3 maximum aperture value camcorder (2.5 higher).
0.26" smaller viewfinder screen size Edit
The Sony FDR-AX53 is a 0.24" viewfinder screen size camcorder. That's 0.26" smaller than the Sony NEX-VG30 (0.5").
13 Reasons Against
81% smaller optical zoom Edit
The Sony NEX-VG30 has an optical zoom of 11.1x. That's 8.9x smaller than the Sony FDR-AX53 (11.1x). 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
Sony NEX-VG30 is only 2x (digital), but the Sony FDR-AX53 is a 250x (digital) camcorder (248x 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.

Does not have an image stabilizer Edit
The Sony NEX-VG30 does not have an image stabilizer, whereas the Sony FDR-AX53 has an image stabilizer. Read more

Image stabiliser is a system, either software (not good) or hardware (good) driven that smooths out the movement of the camera when used in a handheld mode. The Z7 has a hardware image stabiliser.

334mm shorter maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) Edit
The Sony NEX-VG30 is a 322mm maximum focal length camcorder, whereas the Sony FDR-AX53 is a 656mm maximum focal length camcorder (334mm longer).
43% higher minimum aperture number Edit
Sony NEX-VG30 is 3.5 minimum aperture. That's 1.5 higher than the Sony FDR-AX53 (3.5).
8% longer minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) Edit
The Sony NEX-VG30 is a 29mm minimum focal length camcorder. That's 2.2mm longer than the Sony FDR-AX53 (29mm).
Does not support wide angle lens system Edit
The Sony NEX-VG30 does not support wide angle lens system, but the Sony FDR-AX53 supports wide angle lens system.
Does not feature smile detection Edit
The Sony NEX-VG30 does not feature smile detection, but the Sony FDR-AX53 features smile detection.
Bigger minimum illumination Edit
The Sony NEX-VG30 is a 9lx minimum illumination camcorder. That's 7.8lx bigger than the Sony FDR-AX53 (9lx).
Significantly slower maximum frame rate Edit
The Sony NEX-VG30 has a maximum frame rate of 50fps, whereas the Sony FDR-AX53 is a 120fps camcorder (70fps faster).
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Older by over two years
The Sony NEX-VG30 is two years older than the Sony FDR-AX53.
User review Rating is slightly Worse
The Sony NEX-VG30's average user score is 80%, however the Sony FDR-AX53's is 84% (based on 18 reviews).

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Image Sensor

Total Megapixels
8.29MP 16.7MP
BEST
Optical Sensor Size
 1/2
BEST
 1/2
Sensor Type
 CMOS
 CMOS
Effective Megapixels (image)
8.29MP Unknown - Click to provide data
Effective Megapixels (movie)
8.29MP 16.1MP
BEST

Lens System

Optical Zoom
20x
BEST
11.1x
Digital Zoom
250x
BEST
2x
Image Stabilizer
 Image stabilizer
BEST
 Image stabilizer
Interchangeable Lens
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Interchangeable lens
Image Stabilizer Type
 Optical
BEST
 Optical
Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
656mm
BEST
322mm
Minimum Aperture Number
2
BEST
3.5
Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
26.8mm
BEST
29mm
Maximum Aperture Number
3.8 6.3
BEST
Filter Size
55mm 67mm
Focal Length (35mm Film Equivalent)
26.8 - 536 29 - 322
Focal Length Range (f-F)
26.8 - 536 18 - 200
Wide Angle Lens System
 Wide angle lens system
BEST
 Wide angle lens system

Storage

Memory Slots
Unknown - Click to provide data 1
Compatible Memory Cards
 SDXC
 SDHC
 SD
 MS PRO
 MS PRO Duo
 MS Pro-HG
 MS Pro-HG Duo
 MSXC
 MS XC-HG Duo
 MS PRO Duo Mark 2
 SDXC
 SDHC
 SD
 MS PRO
 MS PRO Duo
 MS Pro-HG
 MS Pro-HG Duo
 MSXC
 MS XC-HG Duo
 MS PRO Duo Mark 2
Camcorder Media Type
 Memory card
 Memory card
Camera File System
 DCF 2.0
 Exif 2.3
 DCF
 MPF
 Exif
 RAW
 DCF 2.0
 Exif 2.3
 DCF
 MPF
 Exif
 RAW

Focusing

Closest Focusing Distance
0.01m Unknown - Click to provide data
Face Detection
 Face detection
 Face detection
Focus Adjustment
 Auto
 Manual
 Auto
 Manual
Smile Detection
 Smile detection
BEST
 Smile detection
Auto Focus (AF) Lock
 Auto Focus (AF) lock
Unknown - Click to provide data

Light Exposure

Light Exposure Modes
 Auto
 Manual
 Auto
 Manual
Light Metering
 Spot
BEST
 Spot

White Balance

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

Flash

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

Shutter

Shutter Speed (video)
Unknown - Click to provide data 1/3-1/10000, 1/48-1/10000, 1/50-1/10000
Shutter Speed (photo)
Unknown - Click to provide data 30 - 1/4000
Camera Shutter Speed
1/6 - 1/10000 Unknown - Click to provide data

Display

Display Diagonal
3" 3"
Built-In Display
 Built-in display
 Built-in display
Touchscreen
 Touchscreen
 Touchscreen
Display Resolution (numeric)
921,600 pixels 921,600 pixels
Display
 LCD
 LCD
Vari-Angle LCD Display
 Vari-angle LCD display
Unknown - Click to provide data

Viewfinder

Viewfinder Screen Size
0.24" 0.5"
BEST
Viewfinder
1,555,200 pixels Unknown - Click to provide data
Viewfinder Type
 electrical
 electrical
BEST

Camera

Camcorder Type
 handheld
 handheld
3D
Unknown - Click to provide data
 3D
Shooting Modes
 Auto
 Manual
 Auto
 Manual
Image Processor
 BIONZ
 BIONZ
BEST
Back Light Compensation
 Back light compensation
 Back light compensation
Minimum Illumination
1.2lx
BEST
9lx
Self-Timer Delay
10 Unknown - Click to provide data
Smartphone Remote Support
 Smartphone remote support
Unknown - Click to provide data
Remotely Operated
 Remotely operated
Unknown - Click to provide data
Camera Playback
 Highlights
 Slide show
 Highlights
 Slide show
Image Quality Adjustment
 Brightness
 Brightness
Geotagging
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Geotagging
Progressive Scan
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Progressive scan

Design

LED Indicators
 LED indicators
Unknown - Click to provide data
Colour of Product
 Black
 Black

Video

HD Type
 4K Ultra HD
 Full HD
BEST
 4K Ultra HD
 Full HD
Bitrate At Maximum Video Resolution
100 Mbit/s Unknown - Click to provide data
Supported Video Modes
 2160p
 1440p
 1080p
 720p
BEST
 2160p
 1440p
 1080p
 720p
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
 1440 x 1080
 1280 x 720
BEST
 3840 x 2160
 1920 x 1080
 1440 x 1080
 1280 x 720
Maximum Video Resolution
 3840 x 2160
BEST
 3840 x 2160
Maximum Frame Rate
120fps
BEST
50fps
Analog Signal Format System
 PAL
 NTSC
BEST
 PAL
 NTSC

Still Image

Image Formats Supported
 RAW
 RAW
BEST
Still Image Resolution(s)
 3840 x 2160
 2880 x 2160
 1920 x 1080
 640 x 480
 4912 x 3264
 4912 x 2760
 3840 x 2160
 2880 x 2160
 1920 x 1080
 640 x 480
 4912 x 3264
 4912 x 2760
BEST
Maximum Image Resolution
 5440 x 3056
 4912 x 3264
BEST
 5440 x 3056
 4912 x 3264

Audio

Audio Formats Supported
 LC-AAC
 MP4
 PCM
 AAC++
BEST
 LC-AAC
 MP4
 PCM
 AAC++
Wind Filter
 Wind filter
Unknown - Click to provide data
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
Audio Dubbing
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Audio dubbing

Ports & Interfaces

HDMI
 HDMI
 HDMI
DC-In Jack
 DC-in jack
Unknown - Click to provide data
USB 2.0 Ports Quantity
Unknown - Click to provide data 1
Microphone in
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Microphone in
Headphone Outputs
 Headphone outputs
 Headphone outputs
Component Video (YPbPr/YCbCr) Out
Unknown - Click to provide data 1
S-Video Out
Unknown - Click to provide data
 S-Video out
PictBridge
Unknown - Click to provide data
 PictBridge
S-Video in
Unknown - Click to provide data
 S-Video 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 Type
NP-FV70 NP-FV70
Battery Voltage
6.8V 6.8V
Battery Technology
 Lithium
BEST
 Lithium
Battery Capacity (Watt Hours)
13Wh Unknown - Click to provide data
Number of Batteries Supported
1 Unknown - Click to provide data

Weight & Dimensions

Weight
635g Unknown - Click to provide data
Height
80.5mm Unknown - Click to provide data
Depth
166.5mm Unknown - Click to provide data
Width
73mm Unknown - Click to provide data

Packaging Content

Batteries Included
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Batteries included
Quick Start Guide
 Quick start guide
Unknown - Click to provide data
Cables Included
 USB
 HDMI
 AC
 Micro-USB
 AV
 USB
 HDMI
 AC
 Micro-USB
 AV
AC Adapter Included
 AC adapter included
 AC adapter included
Lens Hood
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Lens hood
Wrist Strap Included
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Wrist strap included

Other Features

Night Mode
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Night mode
Auto Focus
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Auto focus
Noise Reduction
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Noise reduction
Spotlight
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Spotlight
Aperture Range (F-F)
Unknown - Click to provide data 3.5 - 6.3
Auto Exposure
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Auto exposure
Lens Cap Included
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Lens cap included
Backlight
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Backlight
Electrical Viewfinder
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Electrical viewfinder
X.v.Color Support
Unknown - Click to provide data
 X.v.Color support

Technical Details

Flash Modes
 Auto
 Flash on
 Flash off
 Pre-flash
BEST
 Auto
 Flash on
 Flash off
 Pre-flash
Flash Exposure Compensation
1 Unknown - Click to provide data
Self-Timer
 Self-timer
Unknown - Click to provide data
Full HD
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Full HD
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