Panasonic HC-VX870 vs Sony FDR-AX33

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Panasonic HC-VX870
Sony FDR-AX33

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Reasons For

6 Reasons For
10x bigger optical zoom Edit
The Panasonic HC-VX870 is a 20xx (optical) camcorder, whereas the Sony FDR-AX33 is only a 10xx (optical) camcorder (10x smaller). Read more

An optical zoom lets you enlarge the subject without having to move closer to it.

An optical zoom lets you zoom without loosing image quality. Digital zooms will simply enlarge the pixels and make the image look blurry.

99% lighter Edit
The Panasonic HC-VX870 is a 353gg weight camcorder. That's 347g lighter than the Sony FDR-AX33 (700gg). Read more

Weight of the camcorder including battery.

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

5.5mm smaller Edit
Panasonic HC-VX870 is 73mmmm high, but the Sony FDR-AX33 is a 78.5mmmm high camcorder (5.5mm bigger).
16mm smaller Edit
The Panasonic HC-VX870 is a 139mmmm deep camcorder, whereas the Sony FDR-AX33 is a 155mmmm deep camcorder (16mm bigger).
A little smaller Edit
The Panasonic HC-VX870 is a 65mmmm wide camcorder, whereas the Sony FDR-AX33 is a 71mmmm wide camcorder (6mm bigger).
User reviews are slightly better
The Panasonic HC-VX870 has an average user review score of 82% based on 12 reviews, whereas the Sony FDR-AX33 has an average rating of 79% (based on 47 reviews).
1 Reason For
51% higher display resolution Edit
The Sony FDR-AX33 is a 921,600 pixels pixels display resolution camcorder. That's 461 pixels higher than the Panasonic HC-VX870 (921,600 pixels pixels). Read more

Total number of pixels that display has.

Reasons Against

3 Reasons Against
461 pixels lower display resolution Edit
The Panasonic HC-VX870 has a display resolution of 460,800 pixels pixels, however the Sony FDR-AX33 is a 921,600 pixels pixels display resolution camcorder (461 pixels higher). Read more

Total number of pixels that display has.

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Three months older
The Panasonic HC-VX870 is older than the Sony FDR-AX33 by three months.
6 Reasons Against
10x smaller optical zoom Edit
The Sony FDR-AX33 is a 10xx (optical) camcorder. That's 10x smaller than the Panasonic HC-VX870 (10xx). 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.

347g heavier Edit
The Sony FDR-AX33 has a weight of 700gg, whereas the Panasonic HC-VX870 is a 353gg weight camcorder (347g lighter). Read more

Weight of the camcorder including battery.

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

Bigger Edit
Sony FDR-AX33 is 78.5mmmm high. That's 5.5mm bigger than the Panasonic HC-VX870 (78.5mmmm).
16mm bigger Edit
The Sony FDR-AX33 is a 155mmmm deep camcorder. That's 16mm bigger than the Panasonic HC-VX870 (155mmmm).
9% bigger Edit
The Sony FDR-AX33 is a 71mmmm wide camcorder. That's 6mm bigger than the Panasonic HC-VX870 (71mmmm).
User review Rating is a little Worse
The average user rating of the Sony FDR-AX33 is only 79%, whereas the average user rating of the Panasonic HC-VX870 is 82% (based on 12 reviews).

Awards

No awards found 1 Award
Digital Versus: 5 Star

Average Expert Rating

Average User Rating

Date Released

23 months Ago 20 months Ago

Image Sensor

Sensor Size
18.91MP Unknown - Click to provide data
Optical Sensor Size
 1/2
 1/2
Sensor Type
 MOS
 MOS
Megapixel Count
7MP
BEST
10.3MP
Movie Megapixel Count
8.29MP 8.29MP

Lens System

Optical Zoom
20x
BEST
10x
Digital Zoom
60x
BEST
120x
Image Stabiliser
 Hybrid
BEST
 Hybrid
Maximum Focal Length
Unknown - Click to provide data 298mm
Minimum Focal Length
Unknown - Click to provide data 26.8mm
Filter Size
49mm Unknown - Click to provide data
Focal Length
30.8 - 626 Unknown - Click to provide data
Focal Length Range
4.08 - 81.6 3.8 - 38

Storage

Memory Card Slot
1 Unknown - Click to provide data
Memory Card
 SDXC
 SDHC
 SD
 MS PRO
 MS PRO Duo
 MS Pro-HG
 MS Pro-HG Duo
 MSXC
 MS XC-HG Duo
 SDXC
 SDHC
 SD
 MS PRO
 MS PRO Duo
 MS Pro-HG
 MS Pro-HG Duo
 MSXC
 MS XC-HG Duo
Storage Media Type
 Memory card
 Memory card

Focusing

Focus Adjustment
 Auto
 Manual
 Auto
 Manual

Light Exposure

Scene Mode
 Beach
 Snow
 Fireworks
 Landscape
 Portrait
 Spotlight
 Beach
 Snow
 Fireworks
 Landscape
 Portrait
 Spotlight
Exposure Mode
 Auto
 Auto

White Balance

White Balance Mode
 Auto
 Cloudy
 Daylight
 Sunny
 Indoor
 Outdoor
 Auto
 Cloudy
 Daylight
 Sunny
 Indoor
 Outdoor

Shutter

Shutter Speed
0.000125 - 0.04 1/6 - 1/10000

Display

Screen Size
3" 3"
Display Resolution
460,800 pixels 921,600 pixels
BEST
Display
 LCD
 LCD

Viewfinder

Viewfinder Screen Size
Unknown - Click to provide data 0.24"
Viewfinder Resolution
Unknown - Click to provide data 1,555,200 pixels

Camera

Camcorder Type
 handheld
 handheld
Image Processor
 BIONZ X
 BIONZ X
BEST
Minimum Illumination
2lx Unknown - Click to provide data
Self-Timer
Unknown - Click to provide data 10

Design

Colour
 Black
 Black

Video

HD Type
 Full HD
 Full HD
Video Capturing Speed
Unknown - Click to provide data 50fps
Video Format
 MP4
 MPEG
 MPEG4
 H.264
 AVCHD
 AVC
 MP4
 MPEG
 MPEG4
 H.264
 AVCHD
 AVC
Video Resolution
 3840 x 2160
 1920 x 1080
 1440 x 1080
 1280 x 720
 3840 x 2160
 1920 x 1080
 1440 x 1080
 1280 x 720
BEST
Maximum Video Resolution
 3840 x 2160
 3840 x 2160
Maximum Frame Rate
Unknown - Click to provide data 50fps

Still Image

Still Image Resolution
 5472 x 3648
 3984 x 2656
 1920 x 1080
 1728 x 1152
 640 x 480
BEST
 5472 x 3648
 3984 x 2656
 1920 x 1080
 1728 x 1152
 640 x 480
Maximum Image Resolution
 6048 x 3400
 6048 x 3400
BEST

Audio

Audio Format
 AAC++
 AAC++
Audio System
 Dolby Digital 2.0/5.1
BEST
 Dolby Digital 2.0/5.1

Ports & Interfaces

USB 2.0 Port
1 Unknown - Click to provide data

Battery

Battery Type
Unknown - Click to provide data NP-FV70
Battery Voltage
3.6V Unknown - Click to provide data
Battery Capacity
1,940mAh Unknown - Click to provide data
Battery
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)

Weight & Dimensions

Weight
353g
BEST
700g
Height
73mm
BEST
78.5mm
Depth
139mm
BEST
155mm
Width
65mm
BEST
71mm

Packaging Content

Cable Included
 USB
 HDMI
 USB
 HDMI
BEST

Technical Details

Flash Exposure Compensation
Unknown - Click to provide data 1
Number of Diaphragm Blade
Unknown - Click to provide data 6
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