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Sony FDR-AX1 vs Sony NEX-VG30

Sony FDR-AX1 vs Sony NEX-VG30

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Sony FDR-AX1
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Reasons For

11 Reasons For
Bigger total megapixels Edit
Sony FDR-AX1 is 18.9MP sensor, but the Sony NEX-VG30 is only a 16.7MP sensor camcorder (2.2MP 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.

A lot bigger optical zoom Edit
The Sony FDR-AX1 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.

Image stabilizer Edit
The Sony FDR-AX1 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.

46% longer maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) Edit
Sony FDR-AX1 is 590mm maximum focal length. That's 268mm longer than the Sony NEX-VG30 (322mm).
Moderately lower minimum aperture number Edit
The Sony FDR-AX1 has a minimum aperture number of 3.4, however the Sony NEX-VG30 is a 3.5 minimum aperture camcorder (0.1 higher).
Wide angle lens system Edit
The Sony FDR-AX1 supports wide angle lens system, whereas the Sony NEX-VG30 does not support wide angle lens system.
One more memory slots Edit
The number of memory slots on the Sony FDR-AX1 is two, but the Sony NEX-VG30 only has one memory slots.
0.5" larger display diagonal Edit
The Sony FDR-AX1 is a 3.5" screen size camcorder, whereas the Sony NEX-VG30 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.

307,400 pixels higher display resolution (numeric) Edit
The Sony FDR-AX1 has a display resolution (numeric) of 1,229,000 pixels, however the Sony NEX-VG30 is only a 921,600 pixels display resolution camcorder (307,400 pixels lower). Read more

Total number of pixels that display has.

5lx smaller minimum illumination Edit
The Sony FDR-AX1 has a minimum illumination of 4lx, whereas the Sony NEX-VG30 is a 9lx minimum illumination camcorder (5lx bigger).
User reviews are appreciably better
Based on 3 user reviews, the Sony FDR-AX1 has an average review score of 93%, whereas the Sony NEX-VG30 has an average rating of 80% (based on 2 reviews).
6 Reasons For
A lot higher effective megapixels (movie) Edit
Sony NEX-VG30 is 16.1MP (movie mode), but the Sony FDR-AX1 is only an 8.3MP (movie mode) camcorder (7.8MP lower).
0.5mm shorter minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) Edit
Sony NEX-VG30 is 29mm minimum focal length, but the Sony FDR-AX1 is a 29.5mm minimum focal length camcorder (0.5mm longer).
4.7 higher maximum aperture number Edit
The Sony NEX-VG30 has a maximum aperture number of 6.3, however the Sony FDR-AX1 is only a 1.6 maximum aperture value camcorder (4.7 lower).
Face detection Edit
The Sony NEX-VG30 has a face detection, whereas the Sony FDR-AX1 does not have a face detection.
Touchscreen Edit
The Sony NEX-VG30 has a touchscreen, but the Sony FDR-AX1 does not.
72% lighter Edit
The Sony NEX-VG30 is a 1.4kg weight camcorder. That's 1kg lighter than the Sony FDR-AX1 (1.4kg). Read more

Weight of the camcorder including battery.

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

Reasons Against

5 Reasons Against
7.8MP lower effective megapixels (movie) Edit
Sony FDR-AX1 is only 8.3MP (movie mode), but the Sony NEX-VG30 is a 16.1MP (movie mode) camcorder (7.8MP higher).
A little longer minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) Edit
Sony FDR-AX1 is 29.5mm minimum focal length, but the Sony NEX-VG30 is a 29mm minimum focal length camcorder (0.5mm shorter).
Vastly lower maximum aperture number Edit
The Sony FDR-AX1 has a maximum aperture number of 1.6, however the Sony NEX-VG30 is a 6.3 maximum aperture value camcorder (4.7 higher).
Does not have a touchscreen Edit
The Sony FDR-AX1 does not have a touchscreen, whereas the Sony NEX-VG30 has a touchscreen.
Heavier Edit
The Sony FDR-AX1 is a 2.4kg weight camcorder. That's 1kg heavier than the Sony NEX-VG30 (1.4kg). Read more

Weight of the camcorder including battery.

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

10 Reasons Against
Smaller total megapixels Edit
Sony NEX-VG30 is only 16.7MP sensor, but the Sony FDR-AX1 is an 18.9MP sensor camcorder (2.2MP 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.

8.9x smaller optical zoom Edit
The Sony NEX-VG30 is an 11.1x (optical) camcorder, whereas the Sony FDR-AX1 is a 20x (optical) camcorder (8.9x 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.

Shorter maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) Edit
Sony NEX-VG30 is only 322mm maximum focal length. That's 268mm shorter than the Sony FDR-AX1 (322mm).
0.1 higher minimum aperture number Edit
The Sony NEX-VG30 has a minimum aperture number of 3.5, however the Sony FDR-AX1 is a 3.4 minimum aperture camcorder (0.1 lower).
One less memory slots Edit
The number of memory slots on the Sony NEX-VG30 is one, but the Sony FDR-AX1 only has two memory slots.
0.5" smaller display diagonal Edit
The Sony NEX-VG30 is a 3" screen size camcorder, whereas the Sony FDR-AX1 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.

A lot lower display resolution (numeric) Edit
The Sony NEX-VG30 has a display resolution (numeric) of 921,600 pixels, however the Sony FDR-AX1 is a 1,229,000 pixels display resolution camcorder (307,400 pixels higher). Read more

Total number of pixels that display has.

Significantly bigger minimum illumination Edit
The Sony NEX-VG30 has a minimum illumination of 9lx, whereas the Sony FDR-AX1 is a 4lx minimum illumination camcorder (5lx smaller).
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A lot Lower user review Score
The average user rating of the Sony NEX-VG30 is 80%, whereas the average user rating of the Sony FDR-AX1 is 93% (based on 3 reviews).

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Image Sensor

Total Megapixels
18.9MP
BEST
16.7MP
Optical Sensor Size
 1/2
BEST
 1/2
Sensor Type
 CMOS
 CMOS
Effective Megapixels (movie)
8.3MP 16.1MP
BEST

Lens System

Optical Zoom
20x
BEST
11.1x
Digital Zoom
Unknown - Click to provide data 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)
590mm
BEST
322mm
Minimum Aperture Number
3.4
BEST
3.5
Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
29.5mm 29mm
BEST
Maximum Aperture Number
1.6 6.3
BEST
Filter Size
Unknown - Click to provide data 67mm
Focal Length (35mm Film Equivalent)
Unknown - Click to provide data 29 - 322
Focal Length Range (f-F)
4.1 - 82 18 - 200
Wide Angle Lens System
 Wide angle lens system
BEST
 Wide angle lens system

Storage

Memory Slots
2
BEST
1
Compatible Memory Cards
 XQD
 SDXC
 SDHC
 SD
 MS PRO
 MS PRO Duo
 MS PRO Duo Mark 2
 MS Pro-HG
 MS Pro-HG Duo
 XQD
 SDXC
 SDHC
 SD
 MS PRO
 MS PRO Duo
 MS PRO Duo Mark 2
 MS Pro-HG
 MS Pro-HG Duo
BEST
Camcorder Media Type
 Memory card
 Memory card
Camera File System
 RAW
 RAW

Focusing

Face Detection
 Face detection
 Face detection
BEST
Focus Adjustment
 Manual
 Auto
 Manual
 Auto
Smile Detection
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Smile detection

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
 Indoor
 Auto
 Indoor

Flash

Built-In Flash
 Built-in flash
 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

Display

Display Diagonal
3.5"
BEST
3"
Built-In Display
 Built-in display
 Built-in display
Touchscreen
 Touchscreen
 Touchscreen
BEST
Display Resolution (numeric)
1,229,000 pixels
BEST
921,600 pixels
Display
 LCD
 LCD

Viewfinder

Viewfinder Screen Size
Unknown - Click to provide data 0.5"
Viewfinder Type
 electrical
 electrical

Camera

Camcorder Type
 Shouldercam
 Shoulder camcorder
 handheld
 Shouldercam
 Shoulder camcorder
 handheld
BEST
3D
 3D
 3D
Image Processor
 BIONZ
 BIONZ
BEST
Back Light Compensation
 Back light compensation
 Back light compensation
Minimum Illumination
4lx
BEST
9lx
GPS (satellite)
 GPS (satellite)
Unknown - Click to provide data
Geotagging
 Geotagging
 Geotagging
Progressive Scan
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Progressive scan

Design

Colour
 Black
 Black

Video

Full HD
 Full HD
 Full HD
HD Type
 Full HD
 Full HD
Supported Video Modes
 2160p
BEST
 2160p
Video Formats Supported
 MPEG
 MPEG4
 H.264
 AVCHD
 AVC
 MPEG
 MPEG4
 H.264
 AVCHD
 AVC
Video Resolutions
 1920 x 1080
 1920 x 1080
BEST
Maximum Video Resolution
 3840 x 2160
BEST
 3840 x 2160
Maximum Frame Rate
Unknown - Click to provide data 50fps

Still Image

Image Formats Supported
 RAW
 RAW
BEST
Still Image Resolution(s)
 4912 x 3264
 4912 x 2760
 4912 x 3264
 4912 x 2760
BEST
Maximum Image Resolution
 4912 x 3264
 4912 x 3264
BEST

Audio

Audio Formats Supported
 LPCM
 PCM
BEST
 LPCM
 PCM
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
BEST
Audio Dubbing
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Audio dubbing

Ports & Interfaces

HDMI
 HDMI
 HDMI
USB 2.0 Port
Unknown - Click to provide data 1
Microphone in
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Microphone in
Headphone Outputs
Unknown - Click to provide data
 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
XLR in
 XLR in
Unknown - Click to provide data
Micro-USB 2.0 Ports Quantity
2 Unknown - Click to provide data

Battery

Battery Type
NP-F970 NP-FV70
Battery Voltage
Unknown - Click to provide data 6.8V

Weight & Dimensions

Weight
2.4kg 1.4kg
BEST
Height
193mm Unknown - Click to provide data
Depth
362mm Unknown - Click to provide data
Width
189mm 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
Bundled Software
PlayMemories Home Unknown - Click to provide data
Cables Included
 USB
 HDMI
 AV
 USB
 HDMI
 AV
AC Adapter Included
 AC adapter included
 AC adapter included
Warranty Card
 Warranty card
Unknown - Click to provide data
Lens Hood
 Lens hood
 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
Operating Systems Supported (windows)
 Operating systems supported (windows)
Unknown - Click to provide data
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

Number of Diaphragm Blades
6 Unknown - Click to provide data
Full HD
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Full HD
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