Panasonic HC-W850 vs Sony PXW-X70

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Panasonic HC-W850
Sony PXW-X70

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Reasons For

5 Reasons For
A lot bigger optical zoom Edit
Panasonic HC-W850 is 20xx (optical), but the Sony PXW-X70 is only a 12xx (optical) camcorder (8x 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.

Significantly lower minimum aperture Edit
The Panasonic HC-W850 has a minimum aperture of 1.8, whereas the Sony PXW-X70 is a 2.8 minimum aperture camcorder (1 higher).
Two times lighter Edit
The Panasonic HC-W850 is a 360gg weight camcorder. That's 540g lighter than the Sony PXW-X70 (900gg). Read more

Weight of the camcorder including battery.

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

$828 cheaper
The Panasonic HC-W850 costs $1,020.99, whereas the Sony PXW-X70 is $1,848.76.
User reviews are appreciably better
Based on 6 user reviews, the Panasonic HC-W850 has an average review score of 90%, but the Sony PXW-X70 has an average rating of 80% (based on 2 reviews).
4 Reasons For
Bigger sensor size Edit
Sony PXW-X70 is 14.2MPMP sensor, but the Panasonic HC-W850 is only a 12.76MPMP sensor camcorder (1.44MP smaller). Read more

A megapixel (MP or Mpx) is one million pixels, and is a term used not only for the number of pixels in an image, but also to express the number of image sensor elements of digital cameras or the number of display elements of digital displays. For example, a camera that makes a 2048 1536 pixel image typically uses a few extra rows and columns of sensor elements and is commonly said to have "3.2 megapixels" or "3.4 megapixels", depending on whether the number reported is the "effective" or the "total" pixel count (as opposed to the 2048 1536 = 3,145,728 finished image pixels).

A larger number of megapixels increases the sharpness of images and video.

2.7 higher maximum aperture value Edit
The Sony PXW-X70 has a maximum aperture value of 4.5, however the Panasonic HC-W850 is only a 1.8 maximum aperture value camcorder (2.7 lower).
0.5" larger screen size Edit
The Sony PXW-X70 has a screen size of 3.5"", whereas the Panasonic HC-W850 is only a 3"" screen size camcorder (0.5" smaller). 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.

Available from 4 shops
A greater number of stores increases the price competition amongst retailers for this camcorder and also increases the chances of the product remaining in stock.

Reasons Against

5 Reasons Against
12% smaller sensor size Edit
The Panasonic HC-W850 has a sensor size of 12.76MPMP, however the Sony PXW-X70 is a 14.2MPMP sensor camcorder (1.44MP bigger). 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 maximum aperture value Edit
The Panasonic HC-W850 has a maximum aperture value of 1.8, whereas the Sony PXW-X70 is a 4.5 maximum aperture value camcorder (2.7 higher).
Smaller screen size Edit
The Panasonic HC-W850 has a screen size of 3"", but the Sony PXW-X70 is a 3.5"" screen size camcorder (0.5" larger). Read more

Display diagonal of the camcorder's build in display.

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

Not as many stockists
Only 1 retailer sell the Panasonic HC-W850, however 5 shops sell the Sony PXW-X70. Read more
Smaller numbers of retailers reduces the chances of this camcorder remaining in stock and also reduces the price competition amongst retailers for the product.
Five months older
The Panasonic HC-W850 is older than the Sony PXW-X70 by five months.
5 Reasons Against
8x smaller optical zoom Edit
The Sony PXW-X70 is a 12xx (optical) camcorder, whereas the Panasonic HC-W850 is a 20xx (optical) camcorder (8x bigger). Read more

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

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

1 higher minimum aperture Edit
The Sony PXW-X70 has a minimum aperture of 2.8, however the Panasonic HC-W850 is a 1.8 minimum aperture camcorder (1 lower).
60% heavier Edit
The Sony PXW-X70 is a 900gg weight camcorder. That's 540g heavier than the Panasonic HC-W850 (900gg). Read more

Weight of the camcorder including battery.

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

$828 more expensive
The Sony PXW-X70 is more expensive than the Panasonic HC-W850 by $827.77.
A lot Lower user review Score
The average user rating of the Sony PXW-X70 is 80%, whereas the average user rating of the Panasonic HC-W850 is 90% (based on 6 reviews).

Average Expert Rating

No reviews found

Average User Rating

Date Released

34 months Ago 29 months Ago

Image Sensor

Sensor Size
12.76MP 14.2MP
BEST
Optical Sensor Size
 1/2
BEST
 1/2
Sensor Type
 BSI
 BSI
Megapixel Count
5.21MP Unknown - Click to provide data
Movie Megapixel Count
6.03MP Unknown - Click to provide data

Lens System

Optical Zoom
20x
BEST
12x
Digital Zoom
1,500x Unknown - Click to provide data
Image Stabiliser
 Hybrid
BEST
 Hybrid
Minimum Aperture
1.8
BEST
2.8
Maximum Aperture Value
1.8 4.5
BEST
Filter Size
49mm 62mm
Focal Length
29.5 - 612 Unknown - Click to provide data
Focal Length Range
4.08 - 81.6 9.3 - 111.6

Storage

Memory Card
 SDXC
 SDHC
 SD
 MS PRO
 MS PRO Duo
 SDXC
 SDHC
 SD
 MS PRO
 MS PRO Duo
Storage Media Type
 Memory card
 Memory card
File System
 Exif 2.2
 DCF
 Exif
 Exif 2.2
 DCF
 Exif

Focusing

Focus Adjustment
 Auto
 Manual
 Auto
 Manual

White Balance

White Balance Mode
 Auto
 Cloudy
 Sunny
 Indoor
 Auto
 Cloudy
 Sunny
 Indoor

Flash

Shoe Mounting Point Type
 Cold
 Cold

Shutter

Video Shutter Speed
0.000125 - 0.04 Unknown - Click to provide data
Photo Shutter Speed
0.0005 - 0.5 Unknown - Click to provide data
Shutter Speed
0.000125 - 0.04 1/8 - 1/10000

Display

Screen Size
3" 3.5"
BEST
Display Resolution
460,800 pixels Unknown - Click to provide data
Display
 LCD
 LCD

Viewfinder

Viewfinder Screen Size
Unknown - Click to provide data 0.39"
Viewfinder
 Electronic
 Electronic

Camera

Camcorder Type
 handheld
 handheld
Minimum Illumination
1lx 1.7lx
BEST
On Screen Display Language
 ENG
 FRE
 DEU
 ITA
 POL
 ESP
 SWE
 TUR
 DUT
 CZE
 ENG
 FRE
 DEU
 ITA
 POL
 ESP
 SWE
 TUR
 DUT
 CZE

Design

Colour
 Black
 Black

Video

HD Type
 Full HD
 Full HD
Video Format
 MP4
 AVCHD
 AVC
 MP4
 AVCHD
 AVC
Video Resolution
 1920 x 1080
 1280 x 720
 960 x 540
 720 x 576
 720 x 480
 1920 x 1080
 1280 x 720
 960 x 540
 720 x 576
 720 x 480
Maximum Video Resolution
 1920 x 1080
 1920 x 1080
Maximum Frame Rate
Unknown - Click to provide data 59.94fps
Analog Signal Format System
 PAL
 NTSC
BEST
 PAL
 NTSC

Still Image

Image Format
 JPG
BEST
 JPG
Still Image Resolution
 5472 x 3648
 4896 x 3672
 3984 x 2656
 1920 x 1080
 1728 x 1152
 640 x 480
BEST
 5472 x 3648
 4896 x 3672
 3984 x 2656
 1920 x 1080
 1728 x 1152
 640 x 480
Maximum Image Resolution
 6528 x 3672
BEST
 6528 x 3672

Audio

Audio Format
 MP4
 AAC++
 LPCM
 PCM
 MP4
 AAC++
 LPCM
 PCM
Audio System
 Dolby Digital
 Dolby Digital

Ports & Interfaces

USB 2.0 Port
1 Unknown - Click to provide data
Mini HDMI 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)
BEST
Battery Slot
Unknown - Click to provide data 1
Charging Source
 USB
 DC
 USB
 DC

Operational Conditions

Operating Temperature Range
Unknown - Click to provide data 0 - 40
Storage Temperature Range
Unknown - Click to provide data -20 - 60

Weight & Dimensions

Weight
360g
BEST
900g
Height
73mm 103.5mm
Depth
139mm 274.3mm
Width
65mm 120.7mm

Packaging Content

Bundled Software
HD Writer AE 5.1 Unknown - Click to provide data
Cable Included
 USB
 HDMI
BEST
 USB
 HDMI
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