Panasonic HC-W570 vs Sony HDR-PJ620

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Panasonic HC-W570
Sony HDR-PJ620

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Reasons For

4 Reasons For
Bigger sensor size Edit
Panasonic HC-W570 is 2.51MPMP sensor. That's 0.22MP bigger than the Sony HDR-PJ620 (2.29MPMP). 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.

40% bigger optical zoom Edit
The Panasonic HC-W570 is a 50xx (optical) camcorder. That's 20x bigger than the Sony HDR-PJ620 (30xx). 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.

5% higher maximum aperture value Edit
The Panasonic HC-W570 is a 4.2 maximum aperture value camcorder. That's 0.2 higher than the Sony HDR-PJ620 (4).
42g lighter Edit
The Panasonic HC-W570 has a weight of 266gg, whereas the Sony HDR-PJ620 is a 308gg weight camcorder (42g heavier). Read more

Weight of the camcorder including battery.

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

3 Reasons For
Vastly bigger digital zoom Edit
The Sony HDR-PJ620 has a digital zoom of 350xx, however the Panasonic HC-W570 is only a 150xx (digital) camcorder (200x 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.

Bigger bitrate at maximum video resolution Edit
Sony HDR-PJ620 is 50 Mbit/s Mbit/s maximum video resolution bitrate. That's 22 Mbit/s bigger than the Panasonic HC-W570 (50 Mbit/s Mbit/s).
Much better user reviews
Based on 36 reviews, the average user review score of the Sony HDR-PJ620 is 92%, whereas the average rating of the Panasonic HC-W570 is 80% (based on 1 review).

Reasons Against

3 Reasons Against
Vastly smaller digital zoom Edit
The Panasonic HC-W570 has a digital zoom of 150xx, however the Sony HDR-PJ620 is a 350xx (digital) camcorder (200x 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.

79% smaller bitrate at maximum video resolution Edit
Panasonic HC-W570 is only 28 Mbit/s Mbit/s maximum video resolution bitrate. That's 22 Mbit/s smaller than the Sony HDR-PJ620 (50 Mbit/s Mbit/s).
User review Rating is considerably Worse
The average user rating of the Panasonic HC-W570 is 80%, whereas the average user rating of the Sony HDR-PJ620 is 92% (based on 36 reviews).
6 Reasons Against
10% smaller sensor size Edit
Sony HDR-PJ620 is only 2.29MPMP sensor. That's 0.22MP smaller than the Panasonic HC-W570 (2.29MPMP). 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.

Smaller optical zoom Edit
The Sony HDR-PJ620 is a 30xx (optical) camcorder. That's 20x smaller than the Panasonic HC-W570 (30xx). 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.

Lower maximum aperture value Edit
The Sony HDR-PJ620 is a 4 maximum aperture value camcorder. That's 0.2 lower than the Panasonic HC-W570 (4).
42g heavier Edit
The Sony HDR-PJ620 has a weight of 308gg, whereas the Panasonic HC-W570 is a 266gg weight camcorder (42g 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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Older by four months
The Sony HDR-PJ620 is four months older than the Panasonic HC-W570.

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Image Sensor

Sensor Size
2.51MP
BEST
2.29MP
Optical Sensor Size
 1/5
 1/5
Sensor Type
 MOS
 MOS
Megapixel Count
2.2MP
BEST
2.29MP
Movie Megapixel Count
2.2MP
BEST
2.29MP

Lens System

Optical Zoom
50x
BEST
30x
Digital Zoom
150x 350x
BEST
Image Stabiliser
 Optical
 Optical
BEST
Maximum Focal Length
Unknown - Click to provide data 984mm
Minimum Aperture
1.8 1.8
Minimum Focal Length
Unknown - Click to provide data 26.8mm
Maximum Aperture Value
4.2
BEST
4
Filter Size
Unknown - Click to provide data 46mm
Focal Length
28 - 1740 Unknown - Click to provide data
Focal Length Range
2.06 - 103 1.9 - 57

Storage

Memory Card
 SDXC
 SDHC
 SD
 MS Micro (M2)
 MicroSD (Transflash)
 MicroSDHC
 MicroSDXC
 SDXC
 SDHC
 SD
 MS Micro (M2)
 MicroSD (Transflash)
 MicroSDHC
 MicroSDXC
Storage Media Type
 Memory card
 Memory card
File System
 DCF 2.0
 Exif 2.3
 DCF
 MPF
 Exif
 DCF 2.0
 Exif 2.3
 DCF
 MPF
 Exif

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
 Sunny
 Indoor
 Outdoor
 Auto
 Cloudy
 Sunny
 Indoor
 Outdoor

Shutter

Photo Shutter Speed
0.5 - 0.0005 Unknown - Click to provide data
Shutter Speed
0.04 - 0.000125 1/10000 - 1/6

Display

Screen Size
3" 3"
Display Resolution
460,800 pixels 460,800 pixels
Display
 LCD
 LCD

Camera

Camcorder Type
 handheld
 handheld
Minimum Illumination
4lx Unknown - Click to provide data
Self-Timer
Unknown - Click to provide data 10

Design

Colour
 White
 Black
 White
 Black

Video

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

Still Image

Image Format
 JPG
BEST
 JPG
Still Image Resolution
 4224 x 2376
 3408 x 2272
 1920 x 1080
 1728 x 1152
 640 x 480
BEST
 4224 x 2376
 3408 x 2272
 1920 x 1080
 1728 x 1152
 640 x 480
Maximum Image Resolution
 4224 x 2376
 4032 x 2272
BEST
 4224 x 2376
 4032 x 2272

Audio

Audio Format
 LPCM
 PCM
 AAC++
 LPCM
 PCM
 AAC++
BEST
Audio System
 Dolby Digital 5.1
 Dolby Digital 5.1
BEST

Ports & Interfaces

USB 2.0 Port
1 1
Mini HDMI Port
1 Unknown - Click to provide data

Battery

Battery Type
Unknown - Click to provide data NP-FV50
Battery Capacity
1,940mAh Unknown - Click to provide data
Battery
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
BEST
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Continuous Video Playback Time
1,940h Unknown - Click to provide data

Weight & Dimensions

Weight
266g
BEST
308g
Height
62mm 66.5mm
Depth
129mm 130.5mm
Width
60mm 61.5mm

Packaging Content

Cable Included
 USB
 HDMI
 USB
 HDMI
BEST

Projector

Projected Screen Size
Unknown - Click to provide data 10 - 100
Projector Brightness
Unknown - Click to provide data 25 ANSI lumens
Minimum Projection Distance
Unknown - Click to provide data 0.5m
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