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Panasonic HC-X920

79

Overall Score

79

Overall Score
Our Verdict:
The highest scoring 3D camcorder around, with an Editor's Choice award from two expert review websites and 5 further awards from other expert sites
96
Reviews
167 Reviews + 7 Awards
60
Value for Money
Good
92
Features
Fully-Featured
60
Age
4 Years Old
79
Overall Score
Very Good
12x 1920 X 1080 (Full HD) Pixels 38.28MP 1" Jul 2013
Optical Zoom Max Video Resolution Total Megapixels Optical Sensor Size Release Date
Optical Zoom 12x
Max Video Resolution 1920 X 1080 (Full HD) Pixels
Total Megapixels 38.28MP
Optical Sensor Size 1"
Release Date Jul 2013
Sony FDR-AX100

81

Overall Score

81

Overall Score

Sony FDR-AX100

£649.99
Our Verdict:
A top-quality and multi award winning 12x optical zoom 3840 x 2160 pixels resolution camcorder, with an enormous 1" optical sensor size but representing only moderate value for money
95
Reviews
715 Reviews + 7 Awards
64
Value for Money
Good
93
Features
Fully-Featured
64
Age
4 Years Old
81
Overall Score
Excellent
12x 3840 X 2160 (4K) Pixels 14.2MP 1" Jan 2014
Optical Zoom Max Video Resolution Total Megapixels Optical Sensor Size Release Date
Optical Zoom 12x
Max Video Resolution 3840 X 2160 (4K) Pixels
Total Megapixels 14.2MP
Optical Sensor Size 1"
Release Date Jan 2014
Sony FDR-AX33

82

Overall Score

82

Overall Score

Sony FDR-AX33

£549.97
Our Verdict:
A very popular and high image quality 10x optical zoom 3840 x 2160 pixels resolution video camera, with an industry award and fantastic features
94
Reviews
841 Reviews + 1 Award
65
Value for Money
Good
91
Features
Fully-Featured
74
Age
2 Years Old
82
Overall Score
Excellent
10x 3840 X 2160 (4K) Pixels 20.6MP 1" May 2015
Optical Zoom Max Video Resolution Total Megapixels Optical Sensor Size Release Date
Optical Zoom 10x
Max Video Resolution 3840 X 2160 (4K) Pixels
Total Megapixels 20.6MP
Optical Sensor Size 1"
Release Date May 2015
Panasonic HC-X920

79

Overall Score

79

Overall Score
Our Verdict:
The highest scoring 3D camcorder around, with an Editor's Choice award from two expert review websites and 5 further awards from other expert sites
96
Reviews
167 Reviews + 7 Awards
60
Value for Money
Good
92
Features
Fully-Featured
60
Age
4 Years Old
79
Overall Score
Very Good
12x 1920 X 1080 (Full HD) Pixels 38.28MP 1" Jul 2013
Optical Zoom Max Video Resolution Total Megapixels Optical Sensor Size Release Date
Optical Zoom 12x
Max Video Resolution 1920 X 1080 (Full HD) Pixels
Total Megapixels 38.28MP
Optical Sensor Size 1"
Release Date Jul 2013
Sony FDR-AX100

81

Overall Score

81

Overall Score

Sony FDR-AX100

£649.99
Our Verdict:
A top-quality and multi award winning 12x optical zoom 3840 x 2160 pixels resolution camcorder, with an enormous 1" optical sensor size but representing only moderate value for money
95
Reviews
715 Reviews + 7 Awards
64
Value for Money
Good
93
Features
Fully-Featured
64
Age
4 Years Old
81
Overall Score
Excellent
12x 3840 X 2160 (4K) Pixels 14.2MP 1" Jan 2014
Optical Zoom Max Video Resolution Total Megapixels Optical Sensor Size Release Date
Optical Zoom 12x
Max Video Resolution 3840 X 2160 (4K) Pixels
Total Megapixels 14.2MP
Optical Sensor Size 1"
Release Date Jan 2014
Sony FDR-AX33

82

Overall Score

82

Overall Score

Sony FDR-AX33

£549.97
Our Verdict:
A very popular and high image quality 10x optical zoom 3840 x 2160 pixels resolution video camera, with an industry award and fantastic features
94
Reviews
841 Reviews + 1 Award
65
Value for Money
Good
91
Features
Fully-Featured
74
Age
2 Years Old
82
Overall Score
Excellent
10x 3840 X 2160 (4K) Pixels 20.6MP 1" May 2015
Optical Zoom Max Video Resolution Total Megapixels Optical Sensor Size Release Date
Optical Zoom 10x
Max Video Resolution 3840 X 2160 (4K) Pixels
Total Megapixels 20.6MP
Optical Sensor Size 1"
Release Date May 2015

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Panasonic HC-X920 Sony FDR-AX100 Sony FDR-AX33
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£757.19
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£1,199.00
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£1,398.00
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£10,980.00
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£549.97
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£569.00
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£569.00
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£576.95
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£577.00
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Sony FDR-AX33 4K Camcorder
£579.00
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Sony Handycam FDR-AX33 Wi-Fi 4K Ultra HD Video Camera Camcorder
£748.00
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£770.00
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Sony Fdr-Ax33Bdi Ultra Hd 4K Compact Camcorder
£879.99
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Reasons For

Panasonic HC-X920 Sony FDR-AX100 Sony FDR-AX33
8 Reasons For
17% Bigger Optical Zoom
The Panasonic HC-X920 has an optical zoom of 12x (as does the Sony FDR-AX100), however the Sony FDR-AX33 is only a 10x optical zoom camcorder (2x smaller).

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.

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24.08MP Bigger Total Megapixels
The Panasonic HC-X920 has a total megapixels of 38.28MP, whereas the Sony FDR-AX100 is only a 14.2MP camcorder (24.08MP smaller) and the Sony FDR-AX33 is only a 20.6MP camcorder (17.68MP smaller).

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.

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15% Larger Display Diagonal
The Panasonic HC-X920 has a display diagonal of 3.5" (as does the Sony FDR-AX100), however the Sony FDR-AX33 is only a 3" screen size camcorder (0.5" smaller).

Display diagonal of the camcorder's build in display.

A larger display diagonal makes it easier to record and review video and images.

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3D
The Panasonic HC-X920 is 3D, however the Sony FDR-AX33 is not.

This denotes whether the camcorder is capable of recording video in 3D or not.

3D videos have the ability to be far more immersive and captivating than standard 2D videos. However be aware that displaying them requires a monitor or TV that is capable of displaying 3D videos, and a set of glasses to allow you to view them properly.

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Lighter
The Panasonic HC-X920 is a 417g camcorder. That's 373g lighter than the Sony FDR-AX100 (790g) and 283g lighter than the Sony FDR-AX33 (700g).

This denotes the weight of the camcorder, including battery.

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

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Six More Awards
The Panasonic HC-X920 has 7 awards, whereas the Sony FDR-AX33 has 1 award.
User Reviews Are Slightly Better
Based on 127 user reviews, the average review score of the Panasonic HC-X920 is 90%, however the average rating of the Sony FDR-AX100 is 89% (based on 614 reviews) and the average rating of the Sony FDR-AX33 is 83% (based on 753 reviews).
Better Pocket Lint Review Score
The Panasonic HC-X920 has a Pocket Lint review score of 90%, whereas the Sony FDR-AX100 only has a rating of 0% from the same site.
10 Reasons For
2x Bigger Optical Zoom
The Sony FDR-AX100 has an optical zoom of 12x (as does the Panasonic HC-X920), whereas the Sony FDR-AX33 is only a 10x optical zoom camcorder (2x smaller).

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.

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75% Bigger Digital Zoom
The Sony FDR-AX100 has a digital zoom of 160x. That's 120x bigger than the Panasonic HC-X920 (40x) and 40x bigger than the Sony FDR-AX33 (120x).

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.

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Longer Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
Sony FDR-AX100 is 348mm maximum focal length. That's 50mm longer than the Sony FDR-AX33 (298mm).

'Focal length' is described as the distance between the lens and the image sensor - this distance is what determined how 'zoomed in' a shot is when compared to the original view from your eye. Therefore greater focal lengths mean that the camcorder has the ability to zoom in closer to a subject.

A longer maximum focal length means that the camcorder is capable of zooming in a much greater distance, allowing you to clearly photograph subjects further away.

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58% Higher Effective Megapixels (image)
The Sony FDR-AX100 is a 20MP camcorder. That's 11.51MP higher than the Panasonic HC-X920 (8.49MP) and 9.7MP higher than the Sony FDR-AX33 (10.3MP).

The resolution of the images a camcorder produces is measured in megapixels (MP). One megapixel is equal to 1 million pixels and is a result of the pixel width multiplied by the pixel height of the image. While a higher image resolution generally results in sharper images, only a relatively low megapixel count is required when printing the image at a small size or to display it on a computer screen.

A sensor with more megapixels will be able to capture more detailed photos and the image will appear sharper. Images with more megapixels can also be printed at a larger size.

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5.91MP Higher Effective Megapixels (movie)
Sony FDR-AX100 is 14.2MP (movie mode), but the Panasonic HC-X920 is only an 8.49MP (movie mode) camcorder (5.71MP lower) and the Sony FDR-AX33 is only an 8.29MP (movie mode) camcorder (5.91MP lower).

The resolution of the videos a camcorder produces is measured in megapixels (MP). One megapixel is equal to 1 million pixels and is a result of the pixel width multiplied by the pixel height of the image.

A sensor with more megapixels will be able to capture more detailed frames and the videos will appear sharper.

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0.5" Larger Display Diagonal
The Sony FDR-AX100 is a 3.5" screen size camcorder (as does the Panasonic HC-X920), whereas the Sony FDR-AX33 is only a 3" screen size camcorder (0.5" smaller).

Display diagonal of the camcorder's build in display.

A larger display diagonal makes it easier to record and review video and images.

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Six More Awards
The Sony FDR-AX100 has 7 awards, but the Sony FDR-AX33 has 1 award.
Better Brand
Sony camcorders have an average rating of 86.3%, but Panasonic has an average rating of 73.2%.
Better Techwalls.com Review Score
Techwalls.com gave the Sony FDR-AX100 a review score of 93%, but the rating of the Sony FDR-AX33 was only 90% from the same site.
Better Reviewed.com Review Score
The Sony FDR-AX100 has a review score of 100% from Reviewed.com, but the Panasonic HC-X920 only has a rating of 90% from the same site.
6 Reasons For
9% Shorter Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
The Sony FDR-AX33 is a 26.8mm minimum focal length camcorder. That's 2.2mm shorter than the Sony FDR-AX100 (29mm).

'Focal length' is described as the distance between the lens and the image sensor - this distance is what determined how 'zoomed in' a shot is when compared to the original view from your eye. Therefore smaller focal lengths mean that the camcorder has the ability to zoom out further to take in more of the scene at once.

A smaller minimum focal length means that the camcorder can take in more of the scene at once, allowing for wide landscape shots.

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Cheaper by £100
The Sony FDR-AX33 costs £207.22 less than the Panasonic HC-X920 and costs £100.02 less than the Sony FDR-AX100.
More Shops Are Selling it
A greater number of shops increases the chances of the product remaining in stock and also increases the price competition amongst retailers for this camcorder.
More Popular
The Sony FDR-AX33 is a more popular choice amongst buyers.
Moderately Better Expert Reviews
Based on 4 reviews, the Sony FDR-AX33 has an average expert review score of 92%, however the Panasonic HC-X920 has an average rating of 90% (based on 16 reviews) and the Sony FDR-AX100 has an average rating of 87% (based on 29 reviews).
Better Brand
Sony camcorders have an average rating of 86.3%, whereas Panasonic has an average rating of 73.2%.

Reasons Against

Panasonic HC-X920 Sony FDR-AX100 Sony FDR-AX33
9 Reasons Against
Smaller Digital Zoom
Panasonic HC-X920 is only 40x (digital). That's 120x smaller than the Sony FDR-AX100 (160x) and 80x smaller than the Sony FDR-AX33 (120x).

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.

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11.51MP Lower Effective Megapixels (image)
The Panasonic HC-X920 is an 8.49MP camcorder. That's 11.51MP lower than the Sony FDR-AX100 (20MP) and 1.81MP lower than the Sony FDR-AX33 (10.3MP).

The resolution of the images a camcorder produces is measured in megapixels (MP). One megapixel is equal to 1 million pixels and is a result of the pixel width multiplied by the pixel height of the image. While a higher image resolution generally results in sharper images, only a relatively low megapixel count is required when printing the image at a small size or to display it on a computer screen.

A sensor with more megapixels will be able to capture more detailed photos and the image will appear sharper. Images with more megapixels can also be printed at a larger size.

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5.71MP Lower Effective Megapixels (movie)
The Panasonic HC-X920 is an 8.49MP (movie mode) camcorder, whereas the Sony FDR-AX100 is a 14.2MP (movie mode) camcorder (5.71MP higher) and the Sony FDR-AX33 is an 8.29MP (movie mode) camcorder (0.2MP lower).

The resolution of the videos a camcorder produces is measured in megapixels (MP). One megapixel is equal to 1 million pixels and is a result of the pixel width multiplied by the pixel height of the image.

A sensor with more megapixels will be able to capture more detailed frames and the videos will appear sharper.

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£207 More Expensive
The Panasonic HC-X920 is more expensive than the Sony FDR-AX100 by £107 and more expensive than the Sony FDR-AX33 by £207.
Less Retailers
Only 1 shop sell the Panasonic HC-X920, whereas 6 retailers sell the Sony FDR-AX100 and 9 shops sell the Sony FDR-AX33.
Smaller numbers of retailers reduces the price competition amongst retailers for this camcorder and also reduces the chances of the product remaining in stock.
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Over One Year Older
The Panasonic HC-X920 is older than the Sony FDR-AX100 by six months and older than the Sony FDR-AX33 by 23 months.
Slightly Lower Expert Review Score
The Panasonic HC-X920's average expert rating is 90%, however the Sony FDR-AX33's is 92% (based on 4 reviews).
Worse Brand
Panasonic camcorders have an average rating of only 73.2%, whereas Sony has an average rating of 86.3%.
Worse Reviewed.com Review Score
The Panasonic HC-X920 has only received a Reviewed.com review score of 90% , whereas the rating of the Sony FDR-AX100 was 100%.
9 Reasons Against
Slightly Longer Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
Sony FDR-AX100 is 29mm minimum focal length, but the Sony FDR-AX33 is a 26.8mm minimum focal length camcorder (2.2mm shorter).

'Focal length' is described as the distance between the lens and the image sensor - this distance is what determined how 'zoomed in' a shot is when compared to the original view from your eye. Therefore smaller focal lengths mean that the camcorder has the ability to zoom out further to take in more of the scene at once.

A smaller minimum focal length means that the camcorder can take in more of the scene at once, allowing for wide landscape shots.

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Smaller Total Megapixels
The Sony FDR-AX100 has a total megapixels of 14.2MP, but the Panasonic HC-X920 is a 38.28MP camcorder (24.08MP bigger) and the Sony FDR-AX33 is a 20.6MP camcorder (6.4MP bigger).

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.

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Heavier
The Sony FDR-AX100 is a 790g camcorder. That's 373g heavier than the Panasonic HC-X920 (417g) and 90g heavier than the Sony FDR-AX33 (700g).

This denotes the weight of the camcorder, including battery.

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

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£100 More Expensive
The Sony FDR-AX100 is more expensive than the Sony FDR-AX33 by £100.
Fewer Sellers
Only 6 retailers sells the Sony FDR-AX100, but 9 retailers sell the Sony FDR-AX33.
The smaller the number of retailers that stock this camcorder, the lower the competition amongst retailers to keep prices low.
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Over One Year Older
The Sony FDR-AX100 is older than the Sony FDR-AX33 by 17 months.
Less Popular
The Sony FDR-AX100 is a less popular choice amongst buyers.
Lower Expert Review Score
The average expert rating of the Sony FDR-AX100 is 87%, whereas the average expert rating of the Panasonic HC-X920 is 90% (based on 16 reviews) and the Sony FDR-AX33 is 92% (based on 4 reviews).
A Little Lower User Review Score
The average user rating of the Sony FDR-AX100 is 89%, whereas the average user rating of the Panasonic HC-X920 is 90% (based on 127 reviews).
11 Reasons Against
20% Smaller Optical Zoom
The Sony FDR-AX33 is a 10x optical zoom camcorder. That's 2x smaller than the Panasonic HC-X920 and the Sony FDR-AX100 (12x).

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.

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40x Smaller Digital Zoom
Sony FDR-AX33 is only 120x (digital), but the Panasonic HC-X920 is a 40x (digital) camcorder (80x smaller) and the Sony FDR-AX100 is a 160x (digital) camcorder (40x bigger).

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.

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50mm Shorter Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
The Sony FDR-AX33 is a 298mm maximum focal length camcorder, whereas the Sony FDR-AX100 is a 348mm maximum focal length camcorder (50mm longer).

'Focal length' is described as the distance between the lens and the image sensor - this distance is what determined how 'zoomed in' a shot is when compared to the original view from your eye. Therefore greater focal lengths mean that the camcorder has the ability to zoom in closer to a subject.

A longer maximum focal length means that the camcorder is capable of zooming in a much greater distance, allowing you to clearly photograph subjects further away.

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Smaller Total Megapixels
The Sony FDR-AX33 is a 20.6MP camcorder. That's 17.68MP smaller than the Panasonic HC-X920 (38.28MP) and 6.4MP bigger than the Sony FDR-AX100 (14.2MP).

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.

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9.7MP Lower Effective Megapixels (image)
The Sony FDR-AX33 has an effective megapixels (image) of 10.3MP, however the Panasonic HC-X920 is an 8.49MP camcorder (1.81MP lower) and the Sony FDR-AX100 is a 20MP camcorder (9.7MP higher).

The resolution of the images a camcorder produces is measured in megapixels (MP). One megapixel is equal to 1 million pixels and is a result of the pixel width multiplied by the pixel height of the image. While a higher image resolution generally results in sharper images, only a relatively low megapixel count is required when printing the image at a small size or to display it on a computer screen.

A sensor with more megapixels will be able to capture more detailed photos and the image will appear sharper. Images with more megapixels can also be printed at a larger size.

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Lower Effective Megapixels (movie)
The Sony FDR-AX33 is an 8.29MP (movie mode) camcorder. That's 0.2MP lower than the Panasonic HC-X920 (8.49MP) and 5.91MP lower than the Sony FDR-AX100 (14.2MP).

The resolution of the videos a camcorder produces is measured in megapixels (MP). One megapixel is equal to 1 million pixels and is a result of the pixel width multiplied by the pixel height of the image.

A sensor with more megapixels will be able to capture more detailed frames and the videos will appear sharper.

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17% Smaller Display Diagonal
The Sony FDR-AX33 has a display diagonal of 3". That's 0.5" smaller than the Panasonic HC-X920 and the Sony FDR-AX100 (3.5").

Display diagonal of the camcorder's build in display.

A larger display diagonal makes it easier to record and review video and images.

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A Lot Heavier
The Sony FDR-AX33 has a weight of 700g, however the Panasonic HC-X920 is a 417g camcorder (283g lighter) and the Sony FDR-AX100 is a 790g camcorder (90g heavier).

This denotes the weight of the camcorder, including battery.

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

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Six Less Awards
The Sony FDR-AX33 has only received 1 award, whereas the Panasonic HC-X920 has received 7 awards and the Sony FDR-AX100 has received 7 awards.
User Review Rating is Worse
The Sony FDR-AX33's average user score is 83%, however the Panasonic HC-X920's is 90% (based on 127 reviews) and the Sony FDR-AX100's is 89% (based on 614 reviews).
Worse Techwalls.com Review Score
Techwalls.com's review score for the Sony FDR-AX33 was only 90%, whereas the Sony FDR-AX100's rating was 93%.

Reviews & Awards

Awards

The Panasonic HC-X920 and Sony FDR-AX100 have the most awards out of the three camcorders with 7 awards each. The Sony FDR-AX33 has the second most awards with 1 award. Compare all award winning camcorders.
Panasonic HC-X920 Sony FDR-AX100 Sony FDR-AX33
7 Awards Best
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7 Awards Best
Digital Versus: 5 Star Digitaltrends.com: Recommended Product Les Numeriques.com: 5 Star ljudochbild.se: Especially Recommended Lydogbilde.no: Especially Recommended lydogbillede.dk: Especially Recommended 5 Star reviewed.com: Editor's Choice
1 Award
Digital Versus: 5 Star

Average Expert Rating

The Sony FDR-AX33 has the best expert reviews out of the three camcorders with an average review score of 92% based on 4 reviews. The Panasonic HC-X920 has the second best expert reviews with an average review score of 90% based on 16 reviews. The Sony FDR-AX100 has the third best expert reviews with an average review score of 87% based on 29 reviews.
Panasonic HC-X920 Sony FDR-AX100 Sony FDR-AX33
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Average User Rating

The Panasonic HC-X920 has the best user reviews out of the three camcorders with an average review score of 90% based on 127 reviews. The Sony FDR-AX100 has the second best user reviews with an average review score of 89% based on 614 reviews. The Sony FDR-AX33 has the third best user reviews with an average review score of 83% based on 753 reviews.
Panasonic HC-X920 Sony FDR-AX100 Sony FDR-AX33
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42 reviews

Average Brand Rating

Sony has a better average brand rating than Panasonic. The average brand rating for Sony is 86.34% based on 10,009 reviews, where as the average brand rating for Panasonic is 73.15% based on 592 reviews.
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Panasonic

73

73

Based on 592 reviews
Sony

86

86

Based on 10,009 reviews
Sony

86

86

Based on 10,009 reviews

Proportion of Users That Recommend It

The Sony FDR-AX33 has the greatest proportion of users recommending it. Out of 808 reviews, 66.5% recommend the Sony FDR-AX33. 58.8% recommend the Sony FDR-AX100 and 22.4% recommend the Panasonic HC-X920.

Digital Versus Review Score

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The Panasonic HC-X920 is the successor to the highly recommendable HC-X900, which we reviewed last year. The HC-X920 is the latest evolution of Panasonic's high-end camcorder with Wi-Fi functionality and......
5 Star
Excellent picture quality
Low image noise in low lighting
WiFi features (live online streaming, remote control via smartphone
)
Audio inout
Manual mode has lots of features
Has a viewfinder
No slow mo
Viewfinder is small and doesn't tilt
Could have longer battery life
Awkward location for the hot shoe
Extrapolated photo mode
Terrible quality
The HC-X920 is a great next step for Panasonic's prosumer camcorder line. The bigger, newer sensors make for great images and are excellent in low lighting......
Mar 2013
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The 1" sensor that we've seen in its cameras (RX100, RX100 Mark II and III) for some time has at last made it into Sony's camcorders (HDR-XC900 and FDR-AX100), although it has lost a few pixels in the process. The FDR-AX100 is also the first "mass ma...
5 Star
Sony's FDR-AX100 is a good-quality expert camcorder and a great way into the world of 4K recording. Fully-featured, it has a good design, a vast array of different functions and offers great picture quality......
Aug 2014
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The Sony AX33 is a handheld 4K video recorder that's easy to use and boasts a touchscreen and viewfinderMeasuring 6" (15 cm) long and weighing 1 lb 5 oz (725 g) with battery included, the FDR-AX33 is definitely one of the heavier camcorders on the ma...
5 Star
The Sony FDR-AX33/AXP33 is an almost flawless camcorder?but you'd only say "almost" if you consider the lack of memory to be a flaw. It records 4K/UHD videos with fantastic picture quality, aided by highly effective image stabilization and a wide-ang...
Jun 2015

Techwalls.com Review Score

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Best
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There is no doubt that Sony is the leader in the camcorder market. Not long ago, I reviewed the Sony FDR-AX33 and concluded that is the only camcorder you should buy.So how about the Sony FDR-AX100, the camcorder released 1 year earlier? Is it worth ...
Big sensor delivering videos with less noises
Beautiful 4K footage
Manual mode is easy to use
12x optical zoom
A little bulky
Unresponsive touch screen
...
Apr 2016
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The period of time that camcorders dominated the consumer market for video recording devices has long gone. Now if you go to any tourist attraction all over the world, you can see that they are using iPhones, Samsung Galaxy phones and even tablets to...
Affordable 4K video recorder
Compact and lightweight
Easy to use
Amazing image stabilization
Can produce stunning videos
Average performance in low light environments
...
Feb 2016

4k.com Review Score

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Sony's FDR-AX100/B 4K video camcorder is one versatile little piece of technology and certainly one of Sony's more interesting consumer market 4K ultra HD video recorder devices. While not a marvel of miniaturization like some models, the AX100 certa...
Excellent video quality
Pro-level photo processing
Versatile for photos and video
EXMOR sensor mostly a powerful performer
Great remote control features
Not the best low light performer
Clumsy touchscreen controls
Slightly imprecise control rings
A bit heavy
No waterproofing
All things considered, we highly recommend the Sony FDR-AX100 as a great prosumer camera that's also very useful for field shooting in a professional setting. It has a few flaws but they're more than made up for by its better characteristics.Check th...
Sep 2015
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After releasing last year's FDR-AX100 4K camcorder, which was one absolutely superb piece of 4K video recording technology for the prosumer level, Sony has taken the idea of a budget-friendly 4K mini-camcorder to an even higher level with their lates...
Excellent price
Absolutely superb BOSS image stabilization
Zoom during 4K playback
Tiltable OLED viewfinder
Excellent color rendering
Great price
Easy to use
No internal memory
Weak CMOS sensor
Very slight oversaturation of some colors in video
We absolutely recommend the Sony FDR-AX33. This camcorder is built with the average-joe user in mind and with a price to match but it comes with a package of features and specs that even professional videographers could appreciate under certain filmi...
Sep 2015

Date Released

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Key Features

Optical Zoom

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.

Digital Zoom

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.

Total Megapixels

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.

Optical Sensor Size

Optical sensor size is one of the most important factors affecting the image quality produced by a camcorder. The sensor is what processes the light from the lens and transfers it into a digital image.

A larger optical sensor produces better quality results, because more light can be brought into the lens at once, This leads to larger, more highly-detailed videos and photos.

Display Diagonal

Display diagonal of the camcorder's build in display.

A larger display diagonal makes it easier to record and review video and images.

3D

This denotes whether the camcorder is capable of recording video in 3D or not.

3D videos have the ability to be far more immersive and captivating than standard 2D videos. However be aware that displaying them requires a monitor or TV that is capable of displaying 3D videos, and a set of glasses to allow you to view them properly.

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Best
Yes
unknown
No

Weight

This denotes the weight of the camcorder, including battery.

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

Review Analysis

Product Quality

Reviewers of the Panasonic HC-X920 thought the product quality was excellent. Reviewers thought the product quality of the Sony FDR-AX33 and Sony FDR-AX100 was very good.
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  • They too are very high quality…
    Easystreet - October 2013
  • The video quality is exceptional, not a better consumer camera to be had…
    Easystreet - October 2013
  • Low light, excellent quality and clarity…
    Roy - December 2013
  • Image quality is fantastic in daylight…
    Swimmer - January 2014
  • Indoor image quality is also good…
    Swimmer - January 2014
  • The video quality was good…
    VideoGeek - July 2013
  • The video images produced by the camera are excellent and it has the facility to take still photos, again of excellent quality…
    Mike555 - May 2015
  • Brilliant image quality, easy to use…
    Tumbleweed - July 2013
  • Quality is otherwise fine…
    Alex - October 2013
  • The video quality is the jewel in the crown for this camera.
    Andy Marshall - December 2013
  • A vast array of different functions and offers great picture quality…
    Digitalversus.com - August 2014
  • If you want full control over the quality of your export, there are some key settings you need to know about…
    Videomaker.com - October 2014
  • Love the picture quality and the stabilization…
    VideoMaster04 - February 2016
  • Simply superb, as is sound quality…
    Youtubeflagold - January 2016
  • Image quality is amazingly good…
    Donna - May 2014
  • The lens quality is amazing…
    SheriC - October 2016
  • Very nice product, good quality for the affordable price…
    Sunsar - January 2017
  • This video camera has excellent image quality with a wide array of manual functions to fine tune your images…
    Fargorj - September 2017
  • It makes a great quality video…
    DShAZ - June 2016
  • Used it at a gig and the quality is pretty good both audio…
    Carolyn - November 2017
  • So far works awesome and quality is beautiful…
    Member57 - May 2017
  • The picture quality is terrific…
    Mtyetti - July 2016
  • Camcorder has good zoom and great picture quality…
    Boozefamily - September 2016
  • If high quality is important…
    LeagueofLegends - January 2017
  • We record surgical procedures for lectures in big venues with superb quality on very large screens…
    Robert - June 2017
  • High quality camera…
    Robby - June 2017
  • So far the quality is good…
    Robby - June 2017
  • The product was of really good quality…
    Sean111 - January 2017
  • Still Images - they shoot with very good quality when not shooting stills at the same time as video…
    AshTray900 - February 2017
  • It works great without sacrificing image quality…
    AshTray900 - February 2017
  • Size and Weight

    Reviewers of the Panasonic HC-X920 and Sony FDR-AX100 thought the size and weight was excellent. Reviews of the Sony FDR-AX33 mention that the size and weight was very good.
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  • The camera itself is very light and easy to handle…
    Bill M - August 2013
  • Even the price is fantastic when you weigh up the features and abilities of this very compact and capable camcorder…
    Tumbleweed - July 2013
  • The camcorder is perfect for a home video - it's lightweight, its automatic modes are very accurate…
    Chermie - July 2014
  • Very small, compact and light camcorder…
    Steven J Edwards - January 2015
  • This is a great lightweight camera that takes stunning video…
    Watermonkey - January 2015
  • It's a grab and go for me, compact and inconspicuous in low key situations such as theatre performances or chamber music performances…
    SuspendedMoments - September 2014
  • Most camera shoe brackets defeat the purpose of having a compact camera…
    Dsaffer - April 2015
  • This combo is saving my back for sure, very lightweight cameras…
    Homerc67 - March 2015
  • This camcorder is heavier and slightly larger than some current "family friendly" models on the market…
    Skyeye - April 2016
  • Powerful features in a compact Camera…
    Muni - April 2016
  • Its extremely easy to hold and is not too bulky…
    Thake - February 2017
  • If you need a second camera or lightweight camera for travel this one is for you…
    Homey - May 2016
  • Very lightweight, excellent for travel…
    Joriley - January 2010
  • It is very small and compact, easy to pack…
    Mary Kingsley - May 2017
  • Small, compact and super easy to use…
    Lionsfan - June 2017
  • The camera is compact and easy to use…
    Letta - January 2017
  • Sleek, compact…
    BestBuyBuyer - October 2016
  • This is much heavier than the old one.
    Rick - August 2017
  • This camera has a good size screen and is very easy to use…
    Sigma - March 2017
  • It is heavy…
    Deaners - May 2017
  • The camera is heavy and bulky, not a pocket cam…
    Jake Fantom - December 2015
  • Heavy, bulky and awkward to hold…
    Gerihatrick - March 2017
  • Nice light compact camcorder…
    Evie1 - December 2013
  • Features user friendly, great battery, small and compact…
    Jasper - June 2014
  • Ease of Use

    Reviewers of the Panasonic HC-X920 and Sony FDR-AX33 thought the ease of use was excellent. Reviews of the Sony FDR-AX100 mention that the ease of use was very good.
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  • Easy to set up and use in any of the "auto" modes.
    Easystreet - October 2013
  • The zoom control is awkward to use, moving slowly at first…
    Mike555 - May 2015
  • The camera menus are not very intuitive…
    Mike555 - May 2015
  • Brilliant image quality, easy to use and incredibly light makes this one of the finest semi-pro cams currently available…
    Tumbleweed - July 2013
  • The touch screen takes some getting used to and the menus are quite extensive, having said that this camera is designed around semi pro…
    Andy Marshall - December 2013
  • It is easy to use, records beautifully…
    Todd - July 2015
  • Anyhow, this is an easy camcorder to use…
    Thediyking - September 2013
  • The viewfinder is handy in bright outdoor light…
    Ickie - October 2013
  • It is a easy to use camcorder, you won't go wrong with this model…
    Mr. anonymous - September 2013
  • Fantastic love it to bits, so easy to use…
    Mr D L Elvidge - December 2014
  • If you want full control over the quality of your export, there are some key settings you need to know about…
    Videomaker.com - October 2014
  • Can use it for many different activities and easy to set up and use…
    Wploew - January 2016
  • A lot of the menu isn't straightforward…
    Youtubeflagold - January 2016
  • Seems to be easy to use and light to carry around…
    VideoMaster04 - February 2016
  • Counts steps, records sleeps, & very easy to use…
    Valerie - July 2015
  • Easy menu set up…
    Jazu - November 2014
  • However, once you buy this interface, there is no way to attach it directly to the camera…
    Dsaffer - April 2015
  • Camera had great image stabilization, if you understand how to use it properly…
    Boris - August 2014
  • The touch screen is amazing with the menus easy to operate…
    Billiardboss - April 2014
  • Menus are pretty straight-forward and the handy buttons to go from auto to manual for each function is really simple - once you understand it (Iris, Shutter, Gain, Focus…
    Sonyman - November 2017
  • Easy to use and understand…
    Aubs - April 2016
  • Easy to use and takes great videos…
    Mtyetti - July 2016
  • My only gripe is that it's difficult to use left handed…
    Monkwho - March 2017
  • Awesome camera! Easy to use…
    Babyhuey - February 2017
  • Easy to use, love the flip out view! Also great for taking a still shot in the middle of a great moment!
    LoveMakingMovies - October 2016
  • Easy to use features and top of the line…
    Locomotive47 - December 2016
  • Small, compact and super easy to use…
    Lionsfan - June 2017
  • The camera is compact and easy to use…
    Letta - January 2017
  • Excellent camcorder, easy to use, easy to learn how to improve recording technique…
    Belcose - October 2017
  • Takes great still shots, very easy to use…
    BestBuyBuyer - October 2016
  • Viewfinder / Screen

    Reviewers thought the viewfinder / screen of all 3 products was excellent.
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  • Optical viewfinder, great in the sun when the monitor washes out…
    Easystreet - October 2013
  • Easy in use and touch screen is responsive and quick to navigate…
    Voezel - January 2014
  • The viewfinder is handy in bright outdoor light…
    Ickie - October 2013
  • Colors are true, audio is excellent, love the larger 3.5" screen…
    Radioflyer - January 2014
  • Love the screen and all of the different settings!
    Vane1 - January 2016
  • The flip out viewfinder is crisp as well…
    RickBennette - July 2014
  • The viewfinder is adequate for focus…
    Dsaffer - April 2015
  • The touch screen is amazing with the menus easy to operate…
    Billiardboss - April 2014
  • Very clear using the color viewfinder…
    Mandcdad - September 2016
  • Needed a camcorder with a great viewfinder due to lots of outdoor shooting in strong sunlight…
    Mandcdad - September 2016
  • It does NOT have a mini display port (actually none of these series have mini port…
    Amir38 - April 2016
  • Viewfinder is good Ergonomics…
    Andrew - February 2017
  • The only minor criticism is the screen has to be opened (as opposed to the eye piece) to be able to plug in the head phones…
    Rowdy - August 2014
  • Very bad Pop Up Display (The picture you see are far away from reality) 2…
    K2k2 - September 2014
  • An eyepiece because difficult to see screen in the sun…
    Mtyetti - July 2016
  • This camera has a good size screen and is very easy to use…
    Sigma - March 2017
  • Some difficulty in screen view in cold weather…
    Dtody - May 2017
  • Actually viewing the video in slow motion is marred by the icons and functions remaining on the screen so can't see much of the video despite watching via a 60" screen…
    Frosty357 - June 2016
  • Long battery life and easy to use touch screen menu…
    JRbb1 - December 2016
  • The screen is also very good…
    Boota - January 2016
  • Worked straight out of the box and gives me huge screen landscape…
    Anonymous - June 2016
  • The screen colors are crisp…
    Ldybug - February 2016
  • You can zoom in and out with buttons on the flip out screen which is really helpful when holding the screen to balance the camera in your hand…
    Richcovephoto - April 2015
  • Very good user functionality, touch screen makes use very easy…
    Dexterwms - August 2015
  • Robustness

    Reviewers of the Sony FDR-AX100 thought the robustness was excellent. Reviewers of the Panasonic HC-X920 and Sony FDR-AX33 thought the robustness was good.
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  • The camera is solidly built and has excellent inbuilt facilities…
    Mike555 - May 2015
  • It's much more reliable…
    Pit - April 2015
  • Time will tell if it's reliable…
    Radiosutch - January 2015
  • Even in low light the auto focus is for me much more reliable, faster and effective…
    Ernie - January 2015
  • It is water resistant and easy to clean…
    Umps - April 2016
  • The zoom is a bit of a tight fit and the accessory pockets aren't quite built for the little flash.
    RMCX - January 2012
  • Solid build, natural feel in hand…
    SuspendedMoments - September 2014
  • The built in audio recording is above average…
    Cableguy - June 2016
  • Solid build, love the optic automatic cut on…
    SuspendedMoments - September 2014
  • Its pretty decent in low light situations, its well put together…
    Desvideo - May 2014
  • With the built in neutral density filters obtaining shallow depth of field in a sunlit situation is available…
    Skyeye - April 2016
  • Is light weight, yet very sturdy…
    Lilp - March 2009
  • Build quality is great…
    Anonymous - June 2015
  • The built in monitor is good bit dark for bright days…
    Georgel - August 2017
  • The camera was pretty solid…
    Scotty - June 2017
  • The unit does NOT have a built in flash or video light so depending on intended use you may want to figure to add the accessory light…
    Jimrobie - October 2017
  • They really are solid and can probably take some abuse…
    Jimrobie - October 2017
  • Great image quality, great low light capability, rock solid build…
    Jimrobie - October 2017
  • The zoom button is well made…
    Noiseman35 - April 2016
  • It unfortunately broke one month out of warranty…
    James - September 2016
  • The build quality is good, BOSS system is one of its kind on the market…
    Claire's Daddy - June 2015
  • Very solid construction…
    Dogius - March 2015
  • This is worth the extra, good quality feels solid, great features already used the phone control on it for taking family snaps.
    Steve B - July 2015
  • Unlike all the other port openings, which are sturdy and cleverly designed…
    Antoine - August 2015
  • Features

    Reviewers thought the features of the Sony FDR-AX100 and Sony FDR-AX33 were excellent. Reviewers thought the features of the Panasonic HC-X920 were very good.
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  • Image stability great, neat features like a horizontal level indicator…
    Easystreet - October 2013
  • The camera is solidly built and has excellent inbuilt facilities…
    Mike555 - May 2015
  • The camera has a number of what are in my opinion pretty useless features, for example the ability to playback via a mobile phone…
    Mike555 - May 2015
  • This is a great camera for a novice who wants a point and shoot camcorder that takes great video with enough features for more advanced shooters…
    Watermonkey - January 2015
  • He likes the added features, especially the phone notifications…
    Trod - February 2016
  • Powerful features in a compact Camera…
    Muni - April 2016
  • Reviews indicated that certain features were lost over time…
    OleCharlieBrown - October 2016
  • This is the only camera that has all these features, with a caveat…
    Paulotex - October 2015
  • All in all a very good laptop with excellent features, let down by the awful sound…
    MA131 - May 2016
  • It has some nice features you wouldn't expect to find on a typical consumer video camera…
    Larry W. West - July 2015
  • They seem to over look battery life! No one wants to recharge a watch every night! This fitness smart watch has amazing battery life and still as a ton of great features! Is it the best smart watch? No…
    Dhenke1690 - May 2015
  • Everyone is worried about the most features or the best looking screen…
    Dhenke1690 - May 2015
  • Those are $450+ and this has most of those features…
    Gadgetman01 - April 2015
  • Love the wireless linking features and the manual focus…
    Musicdoode - August 2016
  • Easy to use features and top of the line…
    Locomotive47 - December 2016
  • It has enough features and ability to justify the cost…
    Megacyber11 - June 2016
  • This is one of its best features…
    AshTray900 - February 2017
  • This camera has all the features that the bigger professional units have except it isn't as expensive…
    PnJT - June 2017
  • Very powerful features and good optics…
    Derek - February 2017
  • The features are good.
    Eric - August 2016
  • Great camera, full of features for a reasonable price…
    Cman - March 2017
  • Great features!
    JohnLia - August 2017
  • User friendly, great picture, good sound, lots of adjustable features for the advanced user…
    Jgl1898 - December 2016
  • Price

    Reviewers of all 3 products thought the price was excellent.
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  • Even the price is fantastic when you weigh up the features…
    Tumbleweed - July 2013
  • Not cheap…
    T. H. Ledgeway - June 2014
  • For the price it should be capable of variable formats, such as 30…
    Cinemadrew - May 2014
  • However, its most interesting new trick can be accomplished by less expensive, more flexible devices…
    Reviewed.com - June 2014
  • It was a good deal…
    Vandalet - January 2016
  • Manual controls and full frame sensor are the BIG deal with this little camera…
    SuspendedMoments - September 2014
  • A much better value in this line of carrying cases…
    Vernon - August 2011
  • It has awesome lens and can take inexpensive auxiliary lenses too…
    Boris - August 2014
  • It was expensive…
    Tnpir4002 - April 2016
  • Very nice product, good quality for the affordable price…
    Sunsar - January 2017
  • This is a reasonably cheap alternative to a go pro so is worth considering…
    Anonymous - February 2016
  • It has bitten me twice now and has cost me a couple hundred dollars to recover the footage…
    Dave - September 2017
  • Perfect for the price, great image…
    Clark - March 2017
  • Got open box, great value…
    Mmmm - August 2017
  • This camera has all the features that the bigger professional units have except it isn't as expensive…
    PnJT - June 2017
  • It is good for the price…
    Doncoin - July 2016
  • It has a great value of steady shots…
    Dredog8 - August 2016
  • For well under $1000 it seemed like the best value for the newest technology…
    Doc09 - June 2016
  • The real value is the boss system…
    DjDuctape - May 2016
  • Best price fro the produce that can deliver professional quality video!
    Evgi - October 2016
  • Good price for the image…
    Cpet007 - May 2016
  • Great camera, full of features for a reasonable price…
    Cman - March 2017
  • It was the right time at the right place for good deal…
    Leaf34son - August 2017
  • Battery

    Reviewers of the Sony FDR-AX100 and Panasonic HC-X920 thought the battery was excellent. Reviews of the Sony FDR-AX33 mention that the battery was very good.
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  • Battery life is quite good…
    Voezel - January 2014
  • It still has in camera battery charging and whilst the power cable is awkward it is much better placed than on the Canon…
    Ernie - January 2015
  • Battery life is not very good so an additional is battery is a must…
    Ernie - January 2015
  • Battery life is reasonable…
    Andrew - May 2014
  • Long battery life and easy to recharge…
    Trod - February 2016
  • Battery life is decent…
  • Travel charger and battery has similar issues with fit in other side pocket…
    Bofus - June 2014
  • The tripod connection is OK for my current tripod, enabling battery changes without removing - useful…
    Argee - February 2015
  • It saves battery…
    Paulotex - October 2015
  • The quality of a sound is perfect! Long battery life and many other good functions…
    MarkMovieMaker - December 2014
  • For me the down side is that to charge or access the files you need to take it out of the waterproof housing…
  • They seem to over look battery life! No one wants to recharge a watch every night! This fitness smart watch has amazing battery life…
    Dhenke1690 - May 2015
  • The battery life has been impressive…
    Captmrose - August 2015
  • He likes battery life and accuracy…
    CSB22 - January 2016
  • The only bad thing about the camera is the battery it just last about 1 hour…
    Riri - April 2017
  • Battery life is not brilliant…
    Donna - August 2014
  • Features user friendly, great battery, small and compact…
    Jasper - June 2014
  • Battery life is excellent…
    JDM - March 2015
  • Battery life is passable, especially with the standby mode once you magnet the buds together while not listening…
    Jbrash - June 2015
  • Battery life is good…
    FalloutBoy - November 2014
  • Never fall out and a good 6 hr battery life…
    Jason - March 2015
  • The battery life has been good…
    Hawk52ver - March 2015
  • Battery life is roughly 6 hrs which is respectable for the size of the product - it's not sound isolating…
    BBConsumer - September 2015
  • Battery life is adequate…
    SoccerDad - June 2015
  • Design

    Reviewers thought the design of the Sony FDR-AX100 was excellent. Reviews of the Sony FDR-AX33 and Panasonic HC-X920 mention that the design was very good.
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  • Image stability great, neat features like a horizontal level indicator…
    Easystreet - October 2013
  • It handled both low light and transitioned to a beautiful bright sunny day with no problem…
    Damien the Marketer - February 2014
  • The camera has a number of what are in my opinion pretty useless features, for example the ability to playback via a mobile phone…
    Mike555 - May 2015
  • It worked for a few times (quality of the video seemed pretty good).
    Pit - April 2015
  • The ergonomics are not great…
    MG - February 2016
  • It is easy to use, records beautifully…
    Todd - July 2015
  • It pretty bright also…
    Berta S. - August 2015
  • It's also pretty tall when fully extended…
    Berta S. - August 2015
  • Makes my desktop look beautiful…
    David M. - October 2014
  • Some pretty impressive technology like memorizing specific faces are nice conversation pieces…
    Chappyware - July 2013
  • It has a good design…
    Digitalversus.com - August 2014
  • The video it's been recording for me is absolutely beautiful…
    Tjernagel - August 2014
  • Clear pictures, beautiful video's…
    Billiardboss - April 2014
  • Its pretty decent in low light situations, its well put together…
    Desvideo - May 2014
  • To compensate in low light is pretty ease, turn your gain only half way up, then slow down your shutter speed…
  • Menus are pretty straight-forward and the handy buttons to go from auto to manual for each function is really simple - once you understand it (Iris, Shutter, Gain, Focus…
    Sonyman - November 2017
  • Used it at a gig and the quality is pretty good both audio…
    Carolyn - November 2017
  • The videos and the sound are pretty darn nice…
    Benjammn - September 2016
  • It creates the most beautiful home videos!
    Motherofmany - August 2017
  • Heat is pretty decent haven't had any problems yet…
    Jasugi - April 2016
  • Night vision is also pretty cool…
    Mmmm - August 2017
  • So far works awesome and quality is beautiful…
    Member57 - May 2017
  • Even that is pretty easy…
    Monkwho - March 2017
  • The camera was pretty solid…
    Scotty - June 2017
  • Auto focus is pretty good…
    ScottAGinn - October 2016
  • Smooth zooming action…
    Frosty357 - June 2016
  • The audio on it is 2 channel and pretty good.
    CesB - October 2017
  • The image stabilizer is pretty dang strong too…
    Indymo33 - September 2017
  • Boy, does this thing shoot beautifully…
    TheTechBob - January 2015
  • Ergonomics awful…
    Gerihatrick - March 2017
  • Lens System

    Reviewers of the Sony FDR-AX100 thought the lens system was excellent. Reviewers thought the lens system of the Panasonic HC-X920 and Sony FDR-AX33 was very good.
    Panasonic HC-X920 Sony FDR-AX100 Sony FDR-AX33
  • The zoom control is awkward to use, moving slowly at first…
    Mike555 - May 2015
  • 9 lens hood is a good start…
    Chermie - July 2014
  • The stabilisation) works like magic…
    Chermie - July 2014
  • There is a dedicated shutter release for still photos on top, right next to and easily confused with the zoom rocker…
    MG - February 2016
  • The zoom capability isn't as long as other camcorders.
    Tony of South Jersey - January 2014
  • Prefer to zoom via turning the manual ring clockwise rather than anti-clockwise? Fine…
    Tony - May 2013
  • The lens is bitingly sharp…
    Mr G D Thompson - November 2013
  • Sharper) pictures and has a greater zoom ratio with clearer pictures at either end…
    J. F. James - April 2014
  • The Steady shot works really well and the manual settings provide an easy way to focus, set the white balance, exposure…
    Mr. G. WILLIAMS - September 2014
  • The zoom feature is smooth…
    Bruce - July 2015
  • Razor sharp focus…
    SuspendedMoments - September 2014
  • The lens is super sharp…
    SuspendedMoments - September 2014
  • It falls short on mediocre stabilization, slow focus when zooming…
    Gene - April 2014
  • The active mode image stabilization jumps around a lot at first…
    HorseMoney - March 2014
  • The viewfinder is adequate for focus…
    Dsaffer - April 2015
  • Camera had great image stabilization, if you understand how to use it properly…
    Boris - August 2014
  • The stabilization is ok…
    Casserole - June 2014
  • It has awesome lens and can take inexpensive auxiliary lenses too…
    Boris - August 2014
  • After using it twice now on real jobs it is true to color, focus and sound…
    Sonyman - November 2017
  • The lens quality is amazing…
    SheriC - October 2016
  • The image stabilization is very good…
    Megamanx1985 - October 2016
  • Camcorder has good zoom and great picture quality…
    Boozefamily - September 2016
  • It is light and focus comes quickly…
    Sigma - March 2017
  • Auto focus is pretty good…
    ScottAGinn - October 2016
  • Crystal clear pictures and the zoom worked well…
    Doc09 - June 2016
  • Love the stabilization feature…
    Cevans - July 2017
  • The stabilization works really really good if needed…
    Deaners - May 2017
  • The steady shot image stabilization is incredible…
    Jenn - August 2017
  • It takes a few seconds to completely focus, before then the images seems blurred…
    Kendod - April 2016
  • People may find operation of zoom switch difficult with hand in strap…
    JRbb1 - December 2016
  • Noise Level

    Reviews for the Sony FDR-AX33 mention that noise level was very good, and reviews for the Sony FDR-AX100 mention that noise level was good.
    Panasonic HC-X920 Sony FDR-AX100 Sony FDR-AX33
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  • It's noticeable in headphones & quiet rooms…
    Geogodley - June 2014
  • Resolution is amazing and low light, relatively noise free recording, is impressive as well…
    Anonymous - June 2015
  • The camera is excellent with smooth focusing and is really quiet in operation…
    Vagabondo - November 2015
  • There is compression noise and such, also the extreme sharpening can be too much when cropping in too far…
    Mizamook - May 2014
  • The noise became ok…
    Claire's Daddy - June 2015
  • While my workplace is super quiet, my job is anything…
    ExperimentalMommy - November 2014
  • Not quite loud enough…
    Cttr - September 2015
  • The volume level isn't overly loud, perfect for headphones…
    MAYO5011 - September 2015
  • Overall these are louder and last longer (like over a day longer…
    Pxpioneer - August 2015
  • Specification

     
     
     
    Lens System Panasonic HC-X920 Sony FDR-AX100 Sony FDR-AX33
    Optical Zoom 12x
    BEST
    12x
    BEST
    10x
    Digital Zoom 40x
    BEST
    160x 120x
    Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv) Unknown - Click to provide data 348mm
    BEST
    298mm
    Minimum Aperture Number Unknown - Click to provide data 2.8 Unknown - Click to provide data
    Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv) Unknown - Click to provide data 29mm 26.8mm
    BEST
    Maximum Aperture Number Unknown - Click to provide data 4.5 Unknown - Click to provide data
    Image Stabilizer Type
    Optical
     Optical
    Optical
     Optical
    Optical
     Optical
    Filter Size 49mm 62mm Unknown - Click to provide data
    Focal Length (35mm Film Equivalent) Unknown - Click to provide data
    Focal Length Range (f-F)
     
     
     
    Video Panasonic HC-X920 Sony FDR-AX100 Sony FDR-AX33
    Max Video Resolution
    3840 x 2160 (4K)
     3840 x 2160 (4K)
    3840 x 2160 (4K)
     3840 x 2160 (4K)
    3840 x 2160 (4K)
     3840 x 2160 (4K)
    Maximum Frame Rate Unknown - Click to provide data Unknown - Click to provide data 50fps
    HD Type
    Full HD HD
    HD
     Full HD
     HD
     HD
    Full HD HD
    HD
     Full HD
     HD
     HD
    Full HD HD
    HD
     Full HD
     HD
     HD
    Supported Video Modes
    1080p
     1080p
    1080p
     1080p
    1080p
     1080p
    Video Resolutions
    1920 x 1080 (Full HD) 1920 x 1080
    960 x 540 3840 x 2160 (4K)
    3840 x 2160 1440 x 1080
    1280 x 720
     1920 x 1080 (Full HD)
     1920 x 1080
     960 x 540
     3840 x 2160 (4K)
     3840 x 2160
     1440 x 1080
     1280 x 720
    1920 x 1080 (Full HD) 1920 x 1080
    960 x 540 3840 x 2160 (4K)
    3840 x 2160 1440 x 1080
    1280 x 720
     1920 x 1080 (Full HD)
     1920 x 1080
     960 x 540
     3840 x 2160 (4K)
     3840 x 2160
     1440 x 1080
     1280 x 720
    1920 x 1080 (Full HD) 1920 x 1080
    960 x 540 3840 x 2160 (4K)
    3840 x 2160 1440 x 1080
    1280 x 720
     1920 x 1080 (Full HD)
     1920 x 1080
     960 x 540
     3840 x 2160 (4K)
     3840 x 2160
     1440 x 1080
     1280 x 720
     
     
     
    Image Sensor Panasonic HC-X920 Sony FDR-AX100 Sony FDR-AX33
    Total Megapixels 38.28MP
    BEST
    14.2MP 20.6MP
    Optical Sensor Size 1" 1" 1"
    Sensor Type
    MOS
     MOS
    MOS
     MOS
    MOS
     MOS
    Effective Megapixels (image) 8.49MP
    BEST
    20MP 10.3MP
    Effective Megapixels (movie) 8.49MP
    BEST
    14.2MP 8.29MP
     
     
     
    Storage Panasonic HC-X920 Sony FDR-AX100 Sony FDR-AX33
    Memory Slots 1 Unknown - Click to provide data Unknown - Click to provide data
    Compatible Memory Cards
    SDXC SDHC
    SD/SDHC SD/SDHC/SDXC
    MS PRO MS PRO Duo
    MS Pro-HG MS Pro-HG Duo
    MSXC MS XC-HG Duo
     SDXC
     SDHC
     SD/SDHC
     SD/SDHC/SDXC
     MS PRO
     MS PRO Duo
     MS Pro-HG
     MS Pro-HG Duo
     MSXC
     MS XC-HG Duo
    SDXC SDHC
    SD/SDHC SD/SDHC/SDXC
    MS PRO MS PRO Duo
    MS Pro-HG MS Pro-HG Duo
    MSXC MS XC-HG Duo
     SDXC
     SDHC
     SD/SDHC
     SD/SDHC/SDXC
     MS PRO
     MS PRO Duo
     MS Pro-HG
     MS Pro-HG Duo
     MSXC