Panasonic HX-WA3 vs Sony HDR-PJ810

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Panasonic HX-WA3
Sony HDR-PJ810

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Reasons For

1 Reason For
Significantly lighter Edit
The Panasonic HX-WA3 has a weight of 278g, whereas the Sony HDR-PJ810 is a 460g weight camcorder (182g heavier). Read more

Weight of the camcorder including battery.

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

8 Reasons For
42% bigger total megapixels Edit
The Sony HDR-PJ810 is a 24.5MP sensor camcorder. That's 10.1MP bigger than the Panasonic HX-WA3 (24.5MP). 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.

Bigger optical zoom Edit
The Sony HDR-PJ810 has an optical zoom of 12x. That's 7x bigger than the Panasonic HX-WA3 (12x). 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
Sony HDR-PJ810 is 160x (digital), but the Panasonic HX-WA3 is only a 120x (digital) camcorder (40x 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.

Interchangeable lens Edit
The Sony HDR-PJ810 has an interchangeable lens, but the Panasonic HX-WA3 does not have an interchangeable lens. Read more

The lens in the device can be swapped round.

An interchangeable lens system allows the user to use alternative lenses which might be better suited for a shoot than a standard lens.

14% larger display diagonal Edit
The Sony HDR-PJ810 has a display diagonal of 3". That's 0.4" larger than the Panasonic HX-WA3 (3"). 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.

75% higher display resolution (numeric) Edit
Sony HDR-PJ810 is 921,000 pixels display resolution. That's 690,600 pixels higher than the Panasonic HX-WA3 (921,000 pixels). Read more

Total number of pixels that display has.

2x smaller minimum illumination Edit
The Sony HDR-PJ810 is a 3lx minimum illumination camcorder. That's 6lx smaller than the Panasonic HX-WA3 (3lx).
Microphone in Edit
The Sony HDR-PJ810 has a microphone in, but the Panasonic HX-WA3 does not have a microphone in.

Reasons Against

10 Reasons Against
Smaller total megapixels Edit
Panasonic HX-WA3 is only 14.4MP sensor. That's 10.1MP smaller than the Sony HDR-PJ810 (24.5MP). 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.

2x smaller optical zoom Edit
The Panasonic HX-WA3 is a 5x (optical) camcorder. That's 7x smaller than the Sony HDR-PJ810 (12x). 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.

40x smaller digital zoom Edit
The Panasonic HX-WA3 has a digital zoom of 120x, however the Sony HDR-PJ810 is a 160x (digital) camcorder (40x 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.

Does not have an interchangeable lens Edit
The Panasonic HX-WA3 does not have an interchangeable lens, but the Sony HDR-PJ810 has an interchangeable lens. Read more

The lens in the device can be swapped round.

An interchangeable lens system allows the user to use alternative lenses which might be better suited for a shoot than a standard lens.

0.4" smaller display diagonal Edit
The Panasonic HX-WA3 is a 2.6" screen size camcorder. That's 0.4" smaller than the Sony HDR-PJ810 (3"). 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.

3x lower display resolution (numeric) Edit
The Panasonic HX-WA3 has a display resolution (numeric) of 230,400 pixels. That's 690,600 pixels lower than the Sony HDR-PJ810 (921,000 pixels). Read more

Total number of pixels that display has.

Bigger minimum illumination Edit
The Panasonic HX-WA3 is a 9lx minimum illumination camcorder. That's 6lx bigger than the Sony HDR-PJ810 (3lx).
Does not have a microphone in Edit
The Panasonic HX-WA3 does not have a microphone in, but the Sony HDR-PJ810 has a microphone in.
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Older by ten months
The Panasonic HX-WA3 is ten months older than the Sony HDR-PJ810.
1 Reason Against
182g heavier Edit
The Sony HDR-PJ810 has a weight of 460g, however the Panasonic HX-WA3 is a 278g weight camcorder (182g 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
14.4MP 24.5MP
BEST
Optical Sensor Size
 1/2
BEST
 1/2
Sensor Type
 MOS
 MOS
Effective Megapixels (image)
11.9MP Unknown - Click to provide data
Effective Megapixels (movie)
11.9MP Unknown - Click to provide data

Lens System

Optical Zoom
5x 12x
BEST
Digital Zoom
120x 160x
BEST
Image Stabilizer
 Image stabilizer
 Image stabilizer
Interchangeable Lens
 Interchangeable lens
 Interchangeable lens
BEST
Image Stabilizer Type
 Optical
 Optical
BEST
Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
Unknown - Click to provide data 34.8mm
Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
Unknown - Click to provide data 2.9mm
Focal Length (35mm Film Equivalent)
Unknown - Click to provide data 2.9 - 34.8
Focal Length Range (f-F)
6.8 - 34 2.9 - 34.8
Wide Angle Lens System
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Wide angle lens system

Storage

Internal Storage Capacity
0.07GB Unknown - Click to provide data
Memory Slots
1 Unknown - Click to provide data
Compatible Memory Cards
 SDXC
 SDHC
 SD
 Eye-Fi
BEST
 SDXC
 SDHC
 SD
 Eye-Fi
Camcorder Media Type
 Memory card
 Memory card
Camera File System
 Exif 2.2
 DCF
 Exif
 Exif 2.2
 DCF
 Exif

Focusing

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

Light Exposure

Scene Modes
 Beach
 Snow
 Fireworks
 Landscape
 Portrait
 Spotlight
 Beach
 Snow
 Fireworks
 Landscape
 Portrait
 Spotlight

White Balance

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

Flash

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

Shutter

Shutter Speed (video)
1/30 - 1/10000 Unknown - Click to provide data
Shutter Speed (photo)
1/2 - 1/1500 Unknown - Click to provide data
Camera Shutter Speed
Unknown - Click to provide data 1/10000

Display

Display Diagonal
2.6" 3"
BEST
Built-In Display
 Built-in display
 Built-in display
Touchscreen
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Touchscreen
Display Resolution (numeric)
230,400 pixels 921,000 pixels
BEST
Display
 LCD
 LCD

Viewfinder

Viewfinder Type
 Not available
 Not available

Camera

Camcorder Type
 handheld
 handheld
3D
Unknown - Click to provide data
 3D
Image Processor
 BIONZ
 BIONZ
BEST
Minimum Illumination
9lx 3lx
BEST
Remotely Operated
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Remotely operated

Design

Colour of Product
 Blue
 White
 Black
 Blue
 White
 Black
Protection Features
 Dust resistant
 Freeze resistant
 Dust resistant
 Freeze resistant
International Protection (IP) Code
 IPX8
 IPX8

Video

Full HD
 Full HD
 Full HD
HD Type
 Full HD
 Full HD
Supported Video Modes
 1080i
 1080p
 720p
 540p
 480p
BEST
 1080i
 1080p
 720p
 540p
 480p
Video Formats Supported
 MP4
 MPEG
 MPEG4
 H.264
 AVCHD
 AVC
 MP4
 MPEG
 MPEG4
 H.264
 AVCHD
 AVC
Video Resolutions
 1920 x 1080
 1440 x 1080
 1280 x 720
 1920 x 1080
 1440 x 1080
 1280 x 720
BEST
Maximum Video Resolution
 1920 x 1080
 1920 x 1080

Still Image

Image Formats Supported
 JPG
 JPG
Still Image Resolution(s)
 4608 x 3456
 4352 x 3264
 4352 x 2448
 3072 x 2304
 2560 x 1440
 2048 x 1536
 640 x 480
BEST
 4608 x 3456
 4352 x 3264
 4352 x 2448
 3072 x 2304
 2560 x 1440
 2048 x 1536
 640 x 480
Maximum Image Resolution
 4608 x 3456
 6592 x 3712
 4608 x 3456
 6592 x 3712
BEST

Audio

Audio Formats Supported
 AAC++
 AAC++
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 5.1
 Dolby Digital 5.1
BEST

Ports & Interfaces

HDMI
 HDMI
 HDMI
Composite Video Out
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Composite video out
USB 2.0 Ports Quantity
1 1
Microphone in
 Microphone in
 Microphone in
BEST
Headphone Outputs
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Headphone outputs
S-Video Out
Unknown - Click to provide data
 S-Video out
PictBridge
Unknown - Click to provide data
 PictBridge

Networking

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

Battery

Battery Type
Unknown - Click to provide data NP-FV50
Battery Voltage
3.7V Unknown - Click to provide data
Battery Capacity
880mAh Unknown - Click to provide data
Battery Technology
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
BEST
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)

Weight & Dimensions

Weight
278g
BEST
460g
Height
127.2mm 72.5mm
Depth
46.2mm 134mm
Width
96.6mm 67.5mm

Packaging Content

Batteries Included
 Batteries included
 Batteries included
Quick Start Guide
 Quick start guide
 Quick start guide
Bundled Software
HD Writer VE 3.0 PlayMemories Home
Cables Included
 USB
 AV
 HDMI
 USB
 AV
 HDMI
AC Adapter Included
 AC adapter included
 AC adapter included
Handheld Remote Control
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Handheld remote control

Other Features

Photo Mode
 Photo mode
Unknown - Click to provide data
Windows Operating Systems Supported
 Windows operating systems supported
Unknown - Click to provide data
Waterproof
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Waterproof
Shock Proof
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Shock proof

Projector

Built-In Projector
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Built-in projector
Projector Brightness
Unknown - Click to provide data 50 ANSI lumens
Minimum Projection Distance
Unknown - Click to provide data 0.5m

Technical Details

Dustproof
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Dustproof
USB Charging
Unknown - Click to provide data
 USB charging
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