Panasonic HDC-TM41 vs Sony HVR-Z7

Panasonic HDC-TM41
Sony HVR-Z7

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Reasons For

3 Reasons For
26% bigger sensor size Edit
The Panasonic HDC-TM41 has a sensor size of 1.5MPMP. That's 0.38MP bigger than the Sony HVR-Z7 (1.12MPMP). 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
Panasonic HDC-TM41 is 16.8xx (optical). That's 4.8x bigger than the Sony HVR-Z7 (12xx). 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.

Cheaper by $5,392
The Panasonic HDC-TM41 costs $383.99, whereas the Sony HVR-Z7 is $5,775.99.
5 Reasons For
16% larger screen size Edit
The Sony HVR-Z7 has a screen size of 3.2"", however the Panasonic HDC-TM41 is only a 2.7"" 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.

4x smaller minimum illumination Edit
The Sony HVR-Z7 has a minimum illumination of 1.5lxlx, however the Panasonic HDC-TM41 is a 7lxlx minimum illumination camcorder (5.5lx bigger).
Higher battery capacity Edit
Sony HVR-Z7 is 2,200mAhmAh battery. That's 1mAh higher than the Panasonic HDC-TM41 (2,200mAhmAh).
Lighter Edit
The Sony HVR-Z7 is a 2.4kgg weight camcorder. That's 210.6g lighter than the Panasonic HDC-TM41 (2.4kgg). Read more

Weight of the camcorder including battery.

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

Available from 1 shops
A greater number of stores increases the chances of this camcorder remaining in stock and also increases the price competition amongst retailers for the product.

Reasons Against

6 Reasons Against
Smaller screen size Edit
The Panasonic HDC-TM41 is a 2.7"" screen size camcorder. That's 0.5" smaller than the Sony HVR-Z7 (3.2""). 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.

79% bigger minimum illumination Edit
The Panasonic HDC-TM41 is a 7lxlx minimum illumination camcorder. That's 5.5lx bigger than the Sony HVR-Z7 (1.5lxlx).
1mAh lower battery capacity Edit
The Panasonic HDC-TM41 is a 1,790mAhmAh battery camcorder, whereas the Sony HVR-Z7 is a 2,200mAhmAh battery camcorder (1mAh higher).
210.6g heavier Edit
The Panasonic HDC-TM41 has a weight of 213gg, but the Sony HVR-Z7 is a 2.4kgg weight camcorder (210.6g lighter). Read more

Weight of the camcorder including battery.

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

Not as many stockists
The Panasonic HDC-TM41 is only stocked by 1 seller, however the Sony HVR-Z7 is stocked by 2 sellers. Read more
Fewer numbers of sellers reduces the chances of the product remaining in stock and also reduces the price competition amongst retailers for this camcorder.
Older by over one year
The Panasonic HDC-TM41 is 23 months older than the Sony HVR-Z7.
3 Reasons Against
A lot smaller sensor size Edit
The Sony HVR-Z7 is a 1.12MPMP sensor camcorder, whereas the Panasonic HDC-TM41 is a 1.5MPMP sensor camcorder (0.38MP 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.

4.8x smaller optical zoom Edit
The Sony HVR-Z7 has an optical zoom of 12xx, however the Panasonic HDC-TM41 is a 16.8xx (optical) camcorder (4.8x 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.

$5,392 more expensive
The Sony HVR-Z7 is more expensive than the Panasonic HDC-TM41 by $5,392.

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Image Sensor

Sensor Size
1.5MP
BEST
1.12MP
Optical Sensor Size
 1/3
 1/3
BEST
Sensor Type
 MOS
 MOS
Movie Megapixel Count
Unknown - Click to provide data 1.04MP

Lens System

Optical Zoom
16.8x
BEST
12x
Digital Zoom
1,500x Unknown - Click to provide data
Image Stabiliser
 Optical
BEST
 Optical
Filter Size
Unknown - Click to provide data 72mm
Focal Length
42.9 - 721 Unknown - Click to provide data
Focal Length Range
2.9 - 387 4.4 - 474

Storage

Maximum Fash Memory Capacity
16GB Unknown - Click to provide data
Memory Card Slot
1 Unknown - Click to provide data
Storage
 HDV
 HDV
BEST
Memory Card
 SDXC
 SDHC
 SD
 CF+
BEST
 SDXC
 SDHC
 SD
 CF+
Storage Media Type
 Memory card
 Memory card

Focusing

Focus Adjustment
 Auto
 Manual
 Auto
 Manual

White Balance

White Balance Mode
 Auto
 Cloudy
 Sunny
 Manual
 Auto
 Cloudy
 Sunny
 Manual

Shutter

Video Shutter Speed
1/30-1/8000 Unknown - Click to provide data
Shutter Speed
Unknown - Click to provide data 1/3 - 1/10000

Display

Screen Size
2.7" 3.2"
BEST
Display
 LCD
 LCD
Aspect Ratio
 16:9
 16:9

Viewfinder

Viewfinder Screen Size
Unknown - Click to provide data 0.45"
Viewfinder Resolution
Unknown - Click to provide data 1,226,880 pixels

Camera

Camcorder Type
 handheld
 handheld
BEST
Minimum Illumination
7lx 1.5lx
BEST
On Screen Display Language
 ENG
 FRE
 ESP
 ENG
 FRE
 ESP

Design

Colour
 Grey
 Black
 Grey
 Black

Video

Video Mode
 1080i
 576i
 1080i
 576i
BEST
Video Format
 MPEG
 MPEG4
 H.264
 AVCHD
 AVC
BEST
 MPEG
 MPEG4
 H.264
 AVCHD
 AVC
Video Resolution
 1920 x 1080
 960 x 540
BEST
 1920 x 1080
 960 x 540
Maximum Video Resolution
 1920 x 1080
BEST
 1920 x 1080

Still Image

Still Image Resolution
 1920 x 1080
BEST
 1920 x 1080
Maximum Image Resolution
 1920 x 1080
BEST
 1920 x 1080

Audio

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

Ports & Interfaces

HDMI Port
1 Unknown - Click to provide data
USB 2.0 Port
1 Unknown - Click to provide data
Component Video Out Port
Unknown - Click to provide data 1
IEEE 1394/Firewire Port
Unknown - Click to provide data 1
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A Ports Quantity
Unknown - Click to provide data 1

Battery

Video Recording Time
1.5h Unknown - Click to provide data
Battery Type
Unknown - Click to provide data NP-F570
Battery Voltage
3.6V 7.2V
Battery Capacity
1,790mAh 2,200mAh
BEST
Battery
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity
Unknown - Click to provide data 15.8Wh
Battery Slot
Unknown - Click to provide data 1

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
213g 2.4kg
BEST
Height
57.4mm Unknown - Click to provide data
Depth
108.46mm Unknown - Click to provide data
Width
51.56mm Unknown - Click to provide data

Packaging Content

Bundled Software
HD Writer LE 1.0 Unknown - Click to provide data
Cable Included
 USB
 AC
 AV
 Component
 USB
 AC
 AV
 Component

Other Features

Power Requirement
DC 3.6V / 5.0V Unknown - Click to provide data
AC Adapter Output
Unknown - Click to provide data 8.4V
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