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JVC GZ-R315 vs Sony HDR-CX330 vs Sony HDR-CX405

JVC GZ-R315 vs Sony HDR-CX330 vs Sony HDR-CX405

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Reasons For

3 Reasons For
Bigger optical zoom Edit
JVC GZ-R315 is 40x (optical). That's 10x bigger than the Sony HDR-CX330 and the Sony HDR-CX405 (30x). 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.

Higher maximum aperture number Edit
The JVC GZ-R315 is a 6.3 maximum aperture value camcorder. That's 2.3 higher than the Sony HDR-CX330 ().
Larger display diagonal Edit
JVC GZ-R315 is 3" screen size. That's 0.3" larger than the Sony HDR-CX330 and the Sony HDR-CX405 (2.7"). 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.

6 Reasons For
6.91MP bigger total megapixels Edit
Sony HDR-CX330 is 9.2MP sensor, but the JVC GZ-R315 is only a 2.5MP sensor camcorder (6.7MP smaller) and the Sony HDR-CX405 is only a 2.29MP sensor camcorder (6.91MP 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.

76% higher effective megapixels (image) Edit
The Sony HDR-CX330 is a 9.2MP camcorder. That's 6.91MP higher than the Sony HDR-CX405 (2.29MP).
43% bigger digital zoom Edit
The Sony HDR-CX330 has a digital zoom of 350x, and so does the Sony HDR-CX405. That's 150x bigger than the JVC GZ-R315 (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.

Bigger bitrate at maximum video resolution Edit
Sony HDR-CX330 is 28 Mbit/s maximum video resolution bitrate, but the JVC GZ-R315 is only a 24 Mbit/s maximum video resolution bitrate camcorder (4 Mbit/s smaller).
Lighter Edit
The Sony HDR-CX330 is a 190g weight camcorder. That's 98g lighter than the JVC GZ-R315 (215g) and 25g lighter than the Sony HDR-CX405 (215g). Read more

Weight of the camcorder including battery.

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

User reviews are better
Based on 956 user reviews, the Sony HDR-CX330 has an average review score of 89%, whereas the JVC GZ-R315 has an average rating of 80% (based on 6 reviews) and the Sony HDR-CX405 has an average rating of 84% (based on 205 reviews).
3 Reasons For
A lot bigger digital zoom Edit
Sony HDR-CX405 is 350x (digital) (as does the Sony HDR-CX330), but the JVC GZ-R315 is only a 200x (digital) camcorder (150x 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.

1% higher display resolution (numeric) Edit
Sony HDR-CX405 is 230,400 pixels display resolution. That's 400 pixels higher than the JVC GZ-R315 and the Sony HDR-CX330 (230,400 pixels). Read more

Total number of pixels that display has.

19 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
6.7MP smaller total megapixels Edit
The JVC GZ-R315 has a total megapixels of 2.5MP. That's 6.7MP smaller than the Sony HDR-CX330 (2.29MP) and 0.21MP bigger than the Sony HDR-CX405 (2.29MP). 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.

Significantly smaller digital zoom Edit
The JVC GZ-R315 is a 200x (digital) camcorder, whereas the Sony HDR-CX330 and the Sony HDR-CX405 are both 350x (digital) camcorders (150x 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.

1% lower display resolution (numeric) Edit
The JVC GZ-R315 is a 230,000 pixels display resolution camcorder, and so does the Sony HDR-CX330. That's 400 pixels lower than the Sony HDR-CX405 (230,400 pixels). Read more

Total number of pixels that display has.

17% smaller bitrate at maximum video resolution Edit
The JVC GZ-R315 has a bitrate at maximum video resolution of 24 Mbit/s. That's 4 Mbit/s smaller than the Sony HDR-CX330 ().
98g heavier Edit
The JVC GZ-R315 has a weight of 288g, but the Sony HDR-CX330 is a 190g weight camcorder (98g lighter) and the Sony HDR-CX405 is a 215g weight camcorder (73g lighter). Read more

Weight of the camcorder including battery.

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

Not as many stockists
The JVC GZ-R315 is only stocked by 3 sellers, however the Sony HDR-CX405 is stocked by 22 shops. Read more
Fewer numbers of sellers reduces the chances of the product remaining in stock and also reduces the price competition amongst retailers for this camcorder.
User review Rating is Worse
The JVC GZ-R315 has an average user score of 80%, but the Sony HDR-CX330 has an average user rating of 89% (based on 956 reviews) and the Sony HDR-CX405 has an average user rating of 84% (based on 205 reviews).
6 Reasons Against
A lot smaller optical zoom Edit
The Sony HDR-CX330 is a 30x (optical) camcorder (as does the Sony HDR-CX405), whereas the JVC GZ-R315 is a 40x (optical) camcorder (10x 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.

Vastly lower maximum aperture number Edit
The Sony HDR-CX330 has a maximum aperture number of 4, however the JVC GZ-R315 is a 6.3 maximum aperture value camcorder (2.3 higher).
0.3" smaller display diagonal Edit
The Sony HDR-CX330 is a 2.7" screen size camcorder (as does the Sony HDR-CX405), whereas the JVC GZ-R315 is a 3" screen size camcorder (0.3" 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.

400 pixels lower display resolution (numeric) Edit
The Sony HDR-CX330 has a display resolution (numeric) of 230,000 pixels (as does the JVC GZ-R315), however the Sony HDR-CX405 is a 230,400 pixels display resolution camcorder (400 pixels higher). Read more

Total number of pixels that display has.

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Over two years older
The Sony HDR-CX330 is older than the JVC GZ-R315 by two years and older than the Sony HDR-CX405 by nine months.
7 Reasons Against
Smaller total megapixels Edit
The Sony HDR-CX405 is a 2.29MP sensor camcorder. That's 0.21MP smaller than the JVC GZ-R315 (2.29MP) and 6.91MP smaller than the Sony HDR-CX330 (2.29MP). 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.

4x lower effective megapixels (image) Edit
The Sony HDR-CX405 has an effective megapixels (image) of 2.29MP, however the Sony HDR-CX330 is a 9.2MP camcorder (6.91MP higher).
Smaller optical zoom Edit
The Sony HDR-CX405 has an optical zoom of 30x, and so does the Sony HDR-CX330. That's 10x smaller than the JVC GZ-R315 (30x). 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.

12% smaller display diagonal Edit
The Sony HDR-CX405 has a display diagonal of 2.7", and so does the Sony HDR-CX330. That's 0.3" smaller than the JVC GZ-R315 (2.7"). 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.

12% heavier Edit
The Sony HDR-CX405 has a weight of 215g, however the JVC GZ-R315 is a 288g weight camcorder (73g heavier) and the Sony HDR-CX330 is a 190g weight camcorder (25g lighter). Read more

Weight of the camcorder including battery.

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

Older by over one year
The Sony HDR-CX405 is 17 months older than the JVC GZ-R315.
User review Rating is Worse
The Sony HDR-CX405's average user score is 84%, however the Sony HDR-CX330's is 89% (based on 956 reviews).

Average Expert Rating

No reviews found

Average User Rating

Date Released

12 months Ago 37 months Ago 29 months Ago

Image Sensor

Total Megapixels
2.5MP 9.2MP
BEST
2.29MP
Optical Sensor Size
 1/5
 1/5
 1/5
Sensor Type
 CMOS
 CMOS
 CMOS
Effective Megapixels (image)
Unknown - Click to provide data 9.2MP
BEST
2.29MP
Effective Megapixels (movie)
Unknown - Click to provide data 2.29MP 2.29MP

Lens System

Optical Zoom
40x
BEST
30x 30x
Digital Zoom
200x 350x
BEST
350x
BEST
Image Stabilizer
 Image stabilizer
 Image stabilizer
 Image stabilizer
Interchangeable Lens
 Interchangeable lens
 Interchangeable lens
Unknown - Click to provide data
Image Stabilizer Type
 Optical
 Optical
BEST
 Optical
Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
Unknown - Click to provide data 984mm Unknown - Click to provide data
Minimum Aperture Number
1.8 1.8 1.8
Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
Unknown - Click to provide data 26.8mm Unknown - Click to provide data
Maximum Aperture Number
6.3
BEST
4 Unknown - Click to provide data
Filter Size
Unknown - Click to provide data 37mm Unknown - Click to provide data
Focal Length (35mm Film Equivalent)
40.5 - 1620 26.8 - 804 26.8 - 804
Focal Length Range (f-F)
2.9 - 116 1.9 - 57 1.9 - 57

Storage

Maximum Memory Card Size
128GB Unknown - Click to provide data Unknown - Click to provide data
Internal Storage Capacity
8GB Unknown - Click to provide data Unknown - Click to provide data
Memory Slots
1 Unknown - Click to provide data Unknown - Click to provide data
Compatible Memory Cards
 SDXC
 SDHC
 SD
 MS Micro (M2)
 MicroSD (Transflash)
 MicroSDHC
 MicroSDXC
 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
 Memory card

Focusing

Closest Focusing Distance
Unknown - Click to provide data 0.01m Unknown - Click to provide data
Face Detection
 Face detection
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Face detection
Focus Adjustment
 Auto
 Manual
 Auto
 Manual
 Auto
 Manual

Light Exposure

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

White Balance

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

Flash

Built-In Flash
 Built-in flash
 Built-in flash
 Built-in flash
Built-In Light
 Built-in light
 Built-in light
 Built-in light

Shutter

Camera Shutter Speed
Unknown - Click to provide data 1/10000 - 1/6 1/25 - 1/10000

Display

Display Diagonal
3"
BEST
2.7" 2.7"
Built-In Display
 Built-in display
 Built-in display
 Built-in display
Touchscreen
 Touchscreen
Unknown - Click to provide data Unknown - Click to provide data
Display Resolution (numeric)
230,000 pixels 230,000 pixels 230,400 pixels
BEST
Display
 LCD
 LCD
 LCD
Vari-Angle LCD Display
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Vari-angle LCD display
Unknown - Click to provide data

Viewfinder

Viewfinder Type
 Not available
 Not available
 Not available

Camera

Camcorder Type
 handheld
 handheld
 handheld
3D
 3D
Unknown - Click to provide data
 3D
On Screen Display (OSD)
 On Screen Display (OSD)
 On Screen Display (OSD)
Unknown - Click to provide data
Shooting Modes
 Auto
 Scene
 Movie
 Auto
 Scene
 Movie
 Auto
 Scene
 Movie
Image Processor
 BIONZ X
 BIONZ X
BEST
 BIONZ X
BEST
Minimum Illumination
Unknown - Click to provide data 3lx 3lx
Self-Timer Delay
2,10 10 10
On Screen Display (OSD) Languages
 DUT
 CZE
 UKR
 RUS
 ENG
 FRE
 DEU
 ITA
 POL
 POR
 ESP
 SWE
 TUR
 HUN
 DUT
 CZE
 UKR
 RUS
 ENG
 FRE
 DEU
 ITA
 POL
 POR
 ESP
 SWE
 TUR
 HUN
 DUT
 CZE
 UKR
 RUS
 ENG
 FRE
 DEU
 ITA
 POL
 POR
 ESP
 SWE
 TUR
 HUN
Camera Playback
 Highlights
 Movie
 Single image
 Slide show
 Highlights
 Movie
 Single image
 Slide show
 Highlights
 Movie
 Single image
 Slide show

Design

Colour
 Black
 Red
 White
 Orange
 Black
 Red
 White
 Orange
 Black
 Red
 White
 Orange
Shock Proof Up to
1.5m Unknown - Click to provide data Unknown - Click to provide data
Waterproof Up to
5m Unknown - Click to provide data Unknown - Click to provide data
Protection Features
 Water resistant
 Dust resistant
 Shock resistant
 Freeze resistant
 Water resistant
 Dust resistant
 Shock resistant
 Freeze resistant
 Water resistant
 Dust resistant
 Shock resistant
 Freeze resistant
International Protection (IP) Code
 IPX8
 IPX8
 IPX8

Video

Full HD
 Full HD
 Full HD
 Full HD
HD Type
 Full HD
 Full HD
 Full HD
Bitrate At Maximum Video Resolution
24 Mbit/s 28 Mbit/s
BEST
Unknown - Click to provide data
Capture Modes
 EP
 UXP
 FH
 HQ
 LP
 EP
 UXP
 FH
 HQ
 LP
 EP
 UXP
 FH
 HQ
 LP
Supported Video Modes
 1080p
 720p
 1080i
 1080p
 720p
 1080i
 1080p
 720p
 1080i
Video Formats Supported
 MPEG
 MPEG4
 H.264
 AVCHD
 AVC
 MP4
 MPEG
 MPEG4
 H.264
 AVCHD
 AVC
 MP4
 MPEG
 MPEG4
 H.264
 AVCHD
 AVC
 MP4
Video Resolutions
 1920 x 1080
 1440 x 1080
 1280 x 720
 1920 x 1080
 1440 x 1080
 1280 x 720
BEST
 1920 x 1080
 1440 x 1080
 1280 x 720
BEST
Maximum Video Resolution
 1920 x 1080
 1920 x 1080
 1920 x 1080
HD-Ready
 HD-Ready
Unknown - Click to provide data Unknown - Click to provide data
Maximum Frame Rate
50fps 50fps Unknown - Click to provide data
Analog Signal Format System
 NTSC
 NTSC
BEST
 NTSC
Dual Shot (video & Photo)
 Dual shot (video & photo)
Unknown - Click to provide data Unknown - Click to provide data

Still Image

Image Formats Supported
 JPG
 EXIF
 JPG
 EXIF
 JPG
 EXIF
Still Image Resolution(s)
 1920 x 1080
 1440 x 1080
 640 x 480
 1920 x 1080
 1440 x 1080
 640 x 480
 1920 x 1080
 1440 x 1080
 640 x 480
Maximum Image Resolution
 3680 x 2760
 4032 x 2272
BEST
 3680 x 2760
 4032 x 2272
 3680 x 2760
 4032 x 2272

Audio

Audio Formats Supported
 PCM
 PCM
 PCM
BEST
Wind Filter
 Wind filter
Unknown - Click to provide data Unknown - Click to provide data
Built-In Speaker(s)
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Built-in speaker(s)
 Built-in speaker(s)
Built-In Microphone
 Built-in microphone
 Built-in microphone
 Built-in microphone
Audio System
 Dolby Digital 2.0
 Dolby Digital 2.0
 Dolby Digital 2.0

Ports & Interfaces

HDMI
 HDMI
 HDMI
 HDMI
DC-In Jack
Unknown - Click to provide data
 DC-in jack
Unknown - Click to provide data
Composite Video Out
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Composite video out
 Composite video out
USB 2.0 Port
1 1 1
Component Video (YPbPr/YCbCr) Out
1 Unknown - Click to provide data Unknown - Click to provide data
S-Video Out
 S-Video out
 S-Video out
 S-Video out
PictBridge
 PictBridge
Unknown - Click to provide data Unknown - Click to provide data
Mini HDMI Port
1 Unknown - Click to provide data Unknown - Click to provide data
Micro-USB 2.0 Ports Quantity
Unknown - Click to provide data 1 Unknown - Click to provide data

Networking

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

Battery

Battery Life (max)
57h Unknown - Click to provide data Unknown - Click to provide data
Video Recording Time
57.8h Unknown - Click to provide data Unknown - Click to provide data
Battery Type
Built-in NP-FV50 NP-BX1
Battery Voltage
5V 3.6V Unknown - Click to provide data
Battery Capacity
5,200mAh
BEST
1,030mAh Unknown - Click to provide data
Battery Technology
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
BEST
Battery Capacity (Watt Hours)
Unknown - Click to provide data 7Wh Unknown - Click to provide data
Battery Supported
Unknown - Click to provide data 1 Unknown - Click to provide data
Charging Source
 USB
 AC
 USB
 AC
 USB
 AC

Weight & Dimensions

Weight
288g 190g
BEST
215g
Height
122mm 59.5mm 595mm
Depth
59.5mm 119mm 128mm
Width
60mm 57mm 54mm

Packaging Content

Batteries Included
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Batteries included
Unknown - Click to provide data
Quick Start Guide
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Quick start guide
Unknown - Click to provide data
Bundled Software
Pixela Everio MediaBrowser 4 (Win) Unknown - Click to provide data Unknown - Click to provide data
Cables Included
 USB
 AC
 AV
 HDMI
BEST
 USB
 AC
 AV
 HDMI
BEST
 USB
 AC
 AV
 HDMI
AC Adapter Included
 AC adapter included
 AC adapter included
Unknown - Click to provide data

Other Features

USB Connectivity
 USB connectivity
 USB connectivity
Unknown - Click to provide data

Projector

Built-In Projector
Unknown - Click to provide data Unknown - Click to provide data
 Built-in projector

Technical Details

Power Consumption
2.2 Unknown - Click to provide data Unknown - Click to provide data
Freeze-Resistant
 Freeze-resistant
Unknown - Click to provide data Unknown - Click to provide data
Power Consumption
2.2 W Unknown - Click to provide data Unknown - Click to provide data
Lens Cover Included
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Lens cover included
Unknown - Click to provide data
Dustproof
 Dustproof
Unknown - Click to provide data Unknown - Click to provide data
Self-Timer
 Self-timer
 Self-timer
Unknown - Click to provide data
USB Charging
 USB charging
Unknown - Click to provide data
 USB charging
Freezeproof
 Freezeproof
Unknown - Click to provide data Unknown - Click to provide data
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