Panasonic HC-W580 vs Sony HDR-CX625B

Panasonic HC-W580
Sony HDR-CX625B

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Reasons For

7 Reasons For
A bit bigger total megapixels Edit
The Panasonic HC-W580 is a 2.51MP sensor camcorder, whereas the Sony HDR-CX625B is only a 2.29MP sensor camcorder (0.22MP 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.

20x bigger optical zoom Edit
The Panasonic HC-W580 has an optical zoom of 50x, however the Sony HDR-CX625B is only a 30x (optical) camcorder (20x 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-W580 is 3,000x (digital). That's 2,650x bigger than the Sony HDR-CX625B (350x). 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.

2x smaller minimum illumination Edit
The Panasonic HC-W580 has a minimum illumination of 1lx, however the Sony HDR-CX625B is a 3lx minimum illumination camcorder (2lx bigger).
37% lighter Edit
The Panasonic HC-W580 is a 264g weight camcorder. That's 96g lighter than the Sony HDR-CX625B (360g). Read more

Weight of the camcorder including battery.

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

£99 cheaper
The Panasonic HC-W580 costs £99.01 less than the Sony HDR-CX625B.
Available from 23 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.
5 Reasons For
28% higher effective megapixels (image) Edit
The Sony HDR-CX625B is a 2.29MP camcorder. That's 0.62MP higher than the Panasonic HC-W580 (2.29MP).
0.09MP higher effective megapixels (movie) Edit
The Sony HDR-CX625B is a 2.29MP (movie mode) camcorder, whereas the Panasonic HC-W580 is only a 2.2MP (movie mode) camcorder (0.09MP lower).
90% longer maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) Edit
The Sony HDR-CX625B is a 984mm maximum focal length camcorder. That's 881mm longer than the Panasonic HC-W580 (984mm).
Marginally shorter minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) Edit
The Sony HDR-CX625B is a 26.8mm minimum focal length camcorder, whereas the Panasonic HC-W580 is a 28mm minimum focal length camcorder (1.2mm longer).
More popular
The Sony HDR-CX625B is a more popular choice amongst buyers. It ranks No. 22198 by sales volume in our camcorders, however the Panasonic HC-W580 ranks No. 34401.

Reasons Against

5 Reasons Against
Lower effective megapixels (image) Edit
The Panasonic HC-W580 is a 1.67MP camcorder. That's 0.62MP lower than the Sony HDR-CX625B (2.29MP).
Slightly lower effective megapixels (movie) Edit
The Panasonic HC-W580 is a 2.2MP (movie mode) camcorder, whereas the Sony HDR-CX625B is a 2.29MP (movie mode) camcorder (0.09MP higher).
Significantly shorter maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) Edit
The Panasonic HC-W580 is a 103mm maximum focal length camcorder. That's 881mm shorter than the Sony HDR-CX625B (984mm).
1.2mm longer minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) Edit
The Panasonic HC-W580 is a 28mm minimum focal length camcorder, whereas the Sony HDR-CX625B is a 26.8mm minimum focal length camcorder (1.2mm shorter).
Worse selling
The Panasonic HC-W580 ranks No. 34401 by sales volume, however the Sony HDR-CX625B ranks No. 22198.
7 Reasons Against
0.22MP smaller total megapixels Edit
The Sony HDR-CX625B is a 2.29MP sensor camcorder, whereas the Panasonic HC-W580 is a 2.51MP sensor camcorder (0.22MP 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.

Vastly smaller optical zoom Edit
The Sony HDR-CX625B has an optical zoom of 30x, however the Panasonic HC-W580 is a 50x (optical) camcorder (20x 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
Sony HDR-CX625B is only 350x (digital). That's 2,650x smaller than the Panasonic HC-W580 (350x). 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.

2lx bigger minimum illumination Edit
The Sony HDR-CX625B has a minimum illumination of 3lx, however the Panasonic HC-W580 is a 1lx minimum illumination camcorder (2lx smaller).
Heavier Edit
The Sony HDR-CX625B is a 360g weight camcorder. That's 96g heavier than the Panasonic HC-W580 (360g). Read more

Weight of the camcorder including battery.

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

£99 more expensive
The Sony HDR-CX625B is more expensive than the Panasonic HC-W580 by £99.01.
Less retailers
Only 2 stores sells the Sony HDR-CX625B, whereas 25 stores sell the Panasonic HC-W580. Read more
Smaller numbers of retailers reduces the price competition amongst retailers for this camcorder and also reduces the chances of the product remaining in stock.

Date Released

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Image Sensor

Total Megapixels
2.51MP
BEST
2.29MP
Optical Sensor Size
 1/5
 1/5
Sensor Type
 MOS
 MOS
Effective Megapixels (image)
1.67MP 2.29MP
BEST
Effective Megapixels (movie)
2.2MP 2.29MP
BEST

Lens System

Optical Zoom
50x
BEST
30x
Digital Zoom
3,000x
BEST
350x
Image Stabilizer
 Image stabilizer
 Image stabilizer
Image Stabilizer Type
 Optical
 Optical
BEST
Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
103mm 984mm
BEST
Minimum Aperture Number
Unknown - Click to provide data 1.8
Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
28mm 26.8mm
BEST
Maximum Aperture Number
Unknown - Click to provide data 4
Filter Size
Unknown - Click to provide data 46mm
Focal Length (35mm Film Equivalent)
28 - 1740 26.8 - 804
Focal Length Range (f-F)
2.06 - 103 26.8 - 804

Storage

Compatible Memory Cards
 SDXC
 SDHC
 SD
 MS Micro (M2)
 MicroSD (Transflash)
 MicroSDHC
 MicroSDXC
 SDXC
 SDHC
 SD
 MS Micro (M2)
 MicroSD (Transflash)
 MicroSDHC
 MicroSDXC
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" 3"
Built-In Display
 Built-in display
 Built-in display
Touchscreen
 Touchscreen
 Touchscreen
Display Resolution (numeric)
Unknown - Click to provide data 460,800 pixels
Display
 LCD
 LCD
Vari-Angle LCD Display
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Vari-angle LCD display

Camera

Camcorder Type
 handheld
 handheld
Shooting Modes
 Auto
 Manual
 Auto
 Manual
Image Processor
 BIONZ X
 BIONZ X
BEST
Back Light Compensation
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Back light compensation
Minimum Illumination
1lx
BEST
3lx
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

Colour of Product
 Black
 Black

Video

HD Type
 Full HD
 Full HD
Bitrate At Maximum Video Resolution
Unknown - Click to provide data 50 Mbit/s
Capture Modes
 FH
 FH
Supported Video Modes
 1080p
 720p
 1080p
 720p
BEST
Video Formats Supported
 MP4
 AVCHD
 AVC
 MPEG
 MPEG4
 H.264
 MP4
 AVCHD
 AVC
 MPEG
 MPEG4
 H.264
Video Resolutions
 1920 x 1080
 1280 x 720
 1440 x 1080
 1920 x 1080
 1280 x 720
 1440 x 1080
Maximum Video Resolution
 1920 x 1080
 1920 x 1080
Maximum Frame Rate
Unknown - Click to provide data 60fps
Analog Signal Format System
 PAL
 NTSC
 PAL
 NTSC
BEST

Still Image

Still Image Resolution(s)
 4224 x 2376
 3408 x 2272
 1920 x 1080
 1728 x 1152
 640 x 480
BEST
 4224 x 2376
 3408 x 2272
 1920 x 1080
 1728 x 1152
 640 x 480
Maximum Image Resolution
 4224 x 2376
 4032 x 2272
BEST
 4224 x 2376
 4032 x 2272

Audio

Audio Formats Supported
 LC-AAC
 MP4
 LC-AAC
 MP4
BEST
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
 Built-in microphone
 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
1 Unknown - Click to provide data
Headphone Outputs
 Headphone outputs
 Headphone outputs
Mini HDMI Ports Quantity
1 Unknown - Click to provide data
Micro-USB 2.0 Ports Quantity
Unknown - Click to provide data 1

Networking

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

Battery

Battery Type
Unknown - Click to provide data NP-FV50
Battery Voltage
Unknown - Click to provide data 6.8V
Battery Capacity
Unknown - Click to provide data 980mAh
Battery Technology
 Lithium
 Lithium
BEST

Weight & Dimensions

Weight
264g
BEST
360g
Height
62mm 66mm
Depth
129mm 130.5mm
Width
60mm 57.5mm

Packaging Content

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