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Panasonic HC-V720 vs Sony FDR-AX1

Panasonic HC-V720 vs Sony FDR-AX1

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Panasonic HC-V720
Sony FDR-AX1

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Reasons For

4 Reasons For
5% bigger optical zoom Edit
The Panasonic HC-V720 has an optical zoom of 21x. That's 1x bigger than the Sony FDR-AX1 (20x). 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.

Built-in flash Edit
The Panasonic HC-V720 has a built-in flash, however the Sony FDR-AX1 does not have a built-in flash.
Smaller minimum illumination Edit
The Panasonic HC-V720 is a 1lx minimum illumination camcorder. That's 3lx smaller than the Sony FDR-AX1 (4lx).
Eight times lighter Edit
The Panasonic HC-V720 has a weight of 277g, however the Sony FDR-AX1 is a 2.4kg weight camcorder (2.2kg heavier). Read more

Weight of the camcorder including battery.

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

7 Reasons For
8% bigger total megapixels Edit
The Sony FDR-AX1 has a total megapixels of 18.9MP. That's 1.38MP bigger than the Panasonic HC-V720 (18.9MP). 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.

51% higher effective megapixels (movie) Edit
The Sony FDR-AX1 has an effective megapixels (movie) of 8.3MP. That's 4.16MP higher than the Panasonic HC-V720 (8.3MP).
Two memory slots Edit
The Sony FDR-AX1 has two memory slots, however the Panasonic HC-V720 only has one memory slots.
Larger display diagonal Edit
Sony FDR-AX1 is 3.5" screen size. That's 0.5" larger than the Panasonic HC-V720 (3.5"). 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.

63% higher display resolution (numeric) Edit
The Sony FDR-AX1 is a 1,229,000 pixels display resolution camcorder. That's 768,200 pixels higher than the Panasonic HC-V720 (1,229,000 pixels). Read more

Total number of pixels that display has.

HDMI Edit
The Sony FDR-AX1 supports HDMI, but the Panasonic HC-V720 does not support HDMI.
4 shops are selling it
The more sellers stock the product, the greater competition amongst sellers to keep prices low.

Reasons Against

8 Reasons Against
Smaller total megapixels Edit
The Panasonic HC-V720 is a 17.52MP sensor camcorder. That's 1.38MP smaller than the Sony FDR-AX1 (18.9MP). 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.

Two times lower effective megapixels (movie) Edit
The Panasonic HC-V720 is a 4.14MP (movie mode) camcorder. That's 4.16MP lower than the Sony FDR-AX1 (8.3MP).
Only one memory slots Edit
The Panasonic HC-V720 is a one memory slots camcorder, whereas the Sony FDR-AX1 only has two memory slots.
17% smaller display diagonal Edit
The Panasonic HC-V720 has a display diagonal of 3". That's 0.5" smaller than the Sony FDR-AX1 (3.5"). 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.

2x lower display resolution (numeric) Edit
Panasonic HC-V720 is only 460,800 pixels display resolution. That's 768,200 pixels lower than the Sony FDR-AX1 (1,229,000 pixels). Read more

Total number of pixels that display has.

Does not support HDMI Edit
The Panasonic HC-V720 does not support HDMI, but the Sony FDR-AX1 supports HDMI.
Less retailers
The Panasonic HC-V720 is only stocked by 1 seller, whereas the Sony FDR-AX1 is stocked by 5 sellers. Read more
Fewer numbers of shops reduces the price competition amongst retailers for the product and also reduces the chances of this camcorder remaining in stock.
Older by four months
The Panasonic HC-V720 is four months older than the Sony FDR-AX1.
4 Reasons Against
Smaller optical zoom Edit
Sony FDR-AX1 is only 20x (optical). That's 1x smaller than the Panasonic HC-V720 (20x). 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.

Does not have a built-in flash Edit
The Sony FDR-AX1 does not have a built-in flash, whereas the Panasonic HC-V720 has a built-in flash.
75% bigger minimum illumination Edit
The Sony FDR-AX1 is a 4lx minimum illumination camcorder. That's 3lx bigger than the Panasonic HC-V720 (4lx).
2.2kg heavier Edit
The Sony FDR-AX1 has a weight of 2.4kg, but the Panasonic HC-V720 is a 277g weight camcorder (2.2kg lighter). Read more

Weight of the camcorder including battery.

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

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Image Sensor

Total Megapixels
17.52MP 18.9MP
BEST
Optical Sensor Size
 1/2
 1/2
Sensor Type
 MOS
 MOS
Effective Megapixels (image)
4.14MP Unknown - Click to provide data
Effective Megapixels (movie)
4.14MP 8.3MP
BEST

Lens System

Optical Zoom
21x
BEST
20x
Digital Zoom
60x Unknown - Click to provide data
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)
Unknown - Click to provide data 590mm
Minimum Aperture Number
Unknown - Click to provide data 3.4
Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
Unknown - Click to provide data 29.5mm
Maximum Aperture Number
Unknown - Click to provide data 1.6
Filter Size
46mm Unknown - Click to provide data
Focal Length (35mm Film Equivalent)
28 - 729.6 Unknown - Click to provide data
Focal Length Range (f-F)
2.82 - 59.2 4.1 - 82
Wide Angle Lens System
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Wide angle lens system

Storage

Memory Slots
1 2
BEST
Compatible Memory Cards
 SDXC
 SDHC
 SD
 XQD
BEST
 SDXC
 SDHC
 SD
 XQD
Camcorder Media Type
 Memory card
 Memory card

Focusing

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

White Balance

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

Flash

Built-In Flash
 Built-in flash
BEST
 Built-in flash
Built-In Light
 Built-in light
Unknown - Click to provide data

Shutter

Shutter Speed (video)
1/25 - 1/8000 Unknown - Click to provide data
Camera Shutter Speed
1/2 - 1/2000 Unknown - Click to provide data

Display

Display Diagonal
3" 3.5"
BEST
Built-In Display
 Built-in display
 Built-in display
Touchscreen
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Touchscreen
Display Resolution (numeric)
460,800 pixels 1,229,000 pixels
BEST
Display
 LCD
 LCD

Viewfinder

Viewfinder Type
 electrical
 electrical
BEST

Camera

Camcorder Type
 handheld
 Shouldercam
 Shoulder camcorder
BEST
 handheld
 Shouldercam
 Shoulder camcorder
3D
Unknown - Click to provide data
 3D
On Screen Display (OSD)
 On Screen Display (OSD)
Unknown - Click to provide data
Back Light Compensation
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Back light compensation
Minimum Illumination
1lx
BEST
4lx
On Screen Display (OSD) Languages
 CZE
 CZE
GPS (satellite)
Unknown - Click to provide data
 GPS (satellite)
Geotagging
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Geotagging

Design

Colour
 Brown
 Black
 Brown
 Black

Video

Full HD
 Full HD
 Full HD
HD Type
 Full HD
 Full HD
Supported Video Modes
 2160p
 2160p
BEST
Video Formats Supported
 MPEG
 MPEG4
 H.264
 AVCHD
 AVC
 MPEG
 MPEG4
 H.264
 AVCHD
 AVC
Video Resolutions
 1920 x 1080
 960 x 540
BEST
 1920 x 1080
 960 x 540
Maximum Video Resolution
 3840 x 2160
 3840 x 2160
BEST

Still Image

Image Formats Supported
 JPG
BEST
 JPG
Still Image Resolution(s)
 4752 x 3168
 3456 x 2304
 1920 x 1080
 1728 x 1152
 640 x 480
BEST
 4752 x 3168
 3456 x 2304
 1920 x 1080
 1728 x 1152
 640 x 480
Maximum Image Resolution
 6016 x 3384
BEST
 6016 x 3384

Audio

Audio Formats Supported
 LPCM
 PCM
 LPCM
 PCM
BEST
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
BEST
 Dolby Digital 2.0/5.1

Ports & Interfaces

HDMI
 HDMI
 HDMI
BEST
USB 2.0 Port
1 Unknown - Click to provide data
Microphone in
 Microphone in
Unknown - Click to provide data
S-Video Out
 S-Video out
Unknown - Click to provide data
PictBridge
 PictBridge
Unknown - Click to provide data
Mini HDMI Port
1 Unknown - Click to provide data
XLR in
Unknown - Click to provide data
 XLR in
Micro-USB 2.0 Ports Quantity
Unknown - Click to provide data 2

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
Unknown - Click to provide data NP-F970
Battery Capacity
1,940mAh Unknown - Click to provide data

Weight & Dimensions

Weight
277g
BEST
2.4kg
Height
69.3mm 193mm
Depth
124.4mm 362mm
Width
60.1mm 189mm

Packaging Content

Batteries Included
 Batteries included
Unknown - Click to provide data
Quick Start Guide
 Quick start guide
 Quick start guide
Bundled Software
HD Writer AE 5.0 PlayMemories Home
Cables Included
 USB
 HDMI
 AV
 USB
 HDMI
 AV
AC Adapter Included
 AC adapter included
 AC adapter included
Warranty Card
 Warranty card
 Warranty card
Lens Hood
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Lens hood

Other Features

Operating Systems Supported (windows)
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Operating systems supported (windows)
AV Output
 AV output
Unknown - Click to provide data

Technical Details

Number of Diaphragm Blades
Unknown - Click to provide data 6
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