JVC GY-HM200 vs Sony FDR-AX53

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JVC GY-HM200
Sony FDR-AX53

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Reasons For

2 Reasons For
A lot bigger total megapixels Edit
The JVC GY-HM200 has a total megapixels of 12.4MP, however the Sony FDR-AX53 is only an 8.29MP sensor camcorder (4.11MP 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.

Larger display diagonal Edit
JVC GY-HM200 is 3.5" screen size, but the Sony FDR-AX53 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.

8 Reasons For
A lot bigger optical zoom Edit
The Sony FDR-AX53 is a 20x (optical) camcorder, whereas the JVC GY-HM200 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.

96% bigger digital zoom Edit
The Sony FDR-AX53 has a digital zoom of 250x. That's 238x bigger than the JVC GY-HM200 (250x). 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.

47% longer maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) Edit
Sony FDR-AX53 is 656mm maximum focal length. That's 302mm longer than the JVC GY-HM200 (656mm).
Shorter minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) Edit
Sony FDR-AX53 is 26.8mm minimum focal length, but the JVC GY-HM200 is a 29.5mm minimum focal length camcorder (2.7mm longer).
1,600 pixels higher display resolution (numeric) Edit
The Sony FDR-AX53 has a display resolution (numeric) of 921,600 pixels, however the JVC GY-HM200 is only a 920,000 pixels display resolution camcorder (1,600 pixels lower). Read more

Total number of pixels that display has.

915g lighter Edit
The Sony FDR-AX53 is a 635g weight camcorder. That's 915g lighter than the JVC GY-HM200 (635g). Read more

Weight of the camcorder including battery.

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

£1,185 cheaper
The Sony FDR-AX53 is £1,185 cheaper than the JVC GY-HM200.
Available from 6 shops
A greater number of retailers increases the price competition amongst retailers for this camcorder and also increases the chances of the product remaining in stock.

Reasons Against

9 Reasons Against
8x smaller optical zoom Edit
JVC GY-HM200 is only 12x (optical), but the Sony FDR-AX53 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.

Significantly smaller digital zoom Edit
The JVC GY-HM200 is a 12x (digital) camcorder. That's 238x smaller than the Sony FDR-AX53 (250x). 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 maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) Edit
The JVC GY-HM200 has a maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) of 354mm. That's 302mm shorter than the Sony FDR-AX53 (656mm).
2.7mm longer minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) Edit
The JVC GY-HM200 has a minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) of 29.5mm, however the Sony FDR-AX53 is a 26.8mm minimum focal length camcorder (2.7mm shorter).
Slightly lower display resolution (numeric) Edit
The JVC GY-HM200 is a 920,000 pixels display resolution camcorder, whereas the Sony FDR-AX53 is a 921,600 pixels display resolution camcorder (1,600 pixels higher). Read more

Total number of pixels that display has.

60% heavier Edit
The JVC GY-HM200 is a 1.6kg weight camcorder. That's 915g heavier than the Sony FDR-AX53 (635g). Read more

Weight of the camcorder including battery.

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

£1,185 more expensive
The JVC GY-HM200 is more expensive than the Sony FDR-AX53 by £1,185.
Not as many stockists
Only 1 retailer sell the JVC GY-HM200, however 7 sellers sell the Sony FDR-AX53. Read more
Smaller numbers of stores reduces the chances of this camcorder remaining in stock and also reduces the price competition amongst retailers for the product.
Seven months older
The JVC GY-HM200 is older than the Sony FDR-AX53 by seven months.
2 Reasons Against
4.11MP smaller total megapixels Edit
Sony FDR-AX53 is only 8.29MP sensor, but the JVC GY-HM200 is a 12.4MP sensor camcorder (4.11MP 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.

0.5" smaller display diagonal Edit
The Sony FDR-AX53 is a 3" screen size camcorder, whereas the JVC GY-HM200 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.

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Date Released

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Image Sensor

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

Lens System

Optical Zoom
12x 20x
BEST
Digital Zoom
12x 250x
BEST
Image Stabilizer
 Image stabilizer
 Image stabilizer
Interchangeable Lens
 Interchangeable lens
Unknown - Click to provide data
Image Stabilizer Type
 Optical
 Optical
BEST
Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
354mm 656mm
BEST
Minimum Aperture Number
Unknown - Click to provide data 2
Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
29.5mm 26.8mm
BEST
Maximum Aperture Number
Unknown - Click to provide data 3.8
Filter Size
62mm 55mm
Focal Length (35mm Film Equivalent)
Unknown - Click to provide data 26.8 - 536
Focal Length Range (f-F)
4.67 - 56.04 26.8 - 536
Wide Angle Lens System
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Wide angle lens system

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
Camera File System
 DCF 2.0
 Exif 2.3
 DCF
 MPF
 Exif
 DCF 2.0
 Exif 2.3
 DCF
 MPF
 Exif

Focusing

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

Light Exposure

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

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
 Auto
 Outdoor
 Indoor
 Auto
 Outdoor
 Indoor

Shutter

Camera Shutter Speed
Unknown - Click to provide data 1/6 - 1/10000

Display

Display Diagonal
3.5"
BEST
3"
Built-In Display
 Built-in display
 Built-in display
Touchscreen
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Touchscreen
Display Resolution (numeric)
920,000 pixels 921,600 pixels
BEST
Display
 LCD
 LCD
BEST
Vari-Angle LCD Display
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Vari-angle LCD display

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
Unknown - Click to provide data
Shooting Modes
 Auto
 Manual
 Auto
 Manual
Back Light Compensation
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Back light compensation
Minimum Illumination
Unknown - Click to provide data 1.2lx
Self-Timer Delay
Unknown - Click to provide data 10
Smartphone Remote Support
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Smartphone remote support
Remotely Operated
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Remotely operated
Camera Playback
 Highlights
 Slide show
 Highlights
 Slide show
Image Quality Adjustment
 Brightness
 Brightness

Design

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

Video

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

Still Image

Still Image Resolution(s)
 3840 x 2160
 2880 x 2160
 1920 x 1080
 640 x 480
 3840 x 2160
 2880 x 2160
 1920 x 1080
 640 x 480
BEST
Maximum Image Resolution
 5440 x 3056
 5440 x 3056
BEST

Audio

Audio Formats Supported
 LPCM
 AC3
 PCM
 LC-AAC
 MP4
 LPCM
 AC3
 PCM
 LC-AAC
 MP4
Wind Filter
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Wind filter
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 2.0/5.1
 Dolby Digital 2.0/5.1
BEST

Ports & Interfaces

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

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
SSL-JVC50 NP-FV70
Battery Voltage
7.4V 6.8V
Battery Technology
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
BEST
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity (Watt Hours)
Unknown - Click to provide data 13Wh
Number of Batteries Supported
Unknown - Click to provide data 1

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
1.6kg 635g
BEST
Height
190mm 80.5mm
Depth
263mm 166.5mm
Width
135mm 73mm

Packaging Content

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

Other Features

USB Connectivity
 USB connectivity
Unknown - Click to provide data

Technical Details

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