Panasonic HX-A100 vs Sony HVR-Z7

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Panasonic HX-A100
Sony HVR-Z7

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Reasons For

3 Reasons For
2.2MP bigger sensor size Edit
Panasonic HX-A100 is 3.32MPMP sensor, but the Sony HVR-Z7 is only a 1.12MPMP sensor camcorder (2.2MP 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.

1.76MP higher movie megapixel count Edit
Panasonic HX-A100 is 2.8MPMP (movie mode), but the Sony HVR-Z7 is only a 1.04MPMP (movie mode) camcorder (1.76MP lower).
$5,486 cheaper
The Panasonic HX-A100 is $5,486.04 cheaper than the Sony HVR-Z7.
3 Reasons For
1mAh higher battery capacity Edit
The Sony HVR-Z7 is a 2,200mAhmAh battery camcorder, whereas the Panasonic HX-A100 is only a 1,450mAhmAh battery camcorder (1mAh lower).
1 shops are selling it
The more shops stock the product, the greater competition amongst shops to keep prices low.
Hugely better user reviews
The average user review score of the Sony HVR-Z7 is 100%, but the average rating of the Panasonic HX-A100 is 74% (based on 28 reviews).

Reasons Against

4 Reasons Against
Vastly lower battery capacity Edit
The Panasonic HX-A100 has a battery capacity of 1,450mAhmAh. That's 1mAh lower than the Sony HVR-Z7 (2,200mAhmAh).
Fewer sellers
Only 1 shop sell the Panasonic HX-A100, but 2 retailers sell the Sony HVR-Z7. Read more
The smaller the number of retailers that stock this camcorder, the lower the competition amongst retailers to keep prices low.
Five months older
The Panasonic HX-A100 is older than the Sony HVR-Z7 by five months.
Significantly Lower user review Score
The average user rating of the Panasonic HX-A100 is only 74%, whereas the average user rating of the Sony HVR-Z7 is 100% (based on 2 reviews).
3 Reasons Against
Two times smaller sensor size Edit
The Sony HVR-Z7 has a sensor size of 1.12MPMP. That's 2.2MP smaller than the Panasonic HX-A100 (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.

1.76MP lower movie megapixel count Edit
The Sony HVR-Z7 has a movie megapixel count of 1.04MPMP. That's 1.76MP lower than the Panasonic HX-A100 (1.04MPMP).
More expensive by $5,486
The Sony HVR-Z7 is $5,486.04 more expensive than the Panasonic HX-A100.

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Date Released

47 months Ago 42 months Ago

Image Sensor

Sensor Size
3.32MP
BEST
1.12MP
Optical Sensor Size
 1/3
 1/3
BEST
Sensor Type
 MOS
 MOS
Megapixel Count
2.8MP Unknown - Click to provide data
Movie Megapixel Count
2.8MP
BEST
1.04MP

Lens System

Optical Zoom
Unknown - Click to provide data 12x
Minimum Aperture
2.5 Unknown - Click to provide data
Maximum Aperture Value
2.5 Unknown - Click to provide data
Filter Size
Unknown - Click to provide data 72mm
Focal Length Range
Unknown - Click to provide data 4.4 - 474

Storage

Memory Card Slot
1 Unknown - Click to provide data
Storage
 HDV
 HDV
BEST
Memory Card
 SDHC
 MicroSD (Transflash)
 MicroSDHC
 CF+
BEST
 SDHC
 MicroSD (Transflash)
 MicroSDHC
 CF+
Storage Media Type
 Memory card
 Memory card
File System
 Exif 2.2
 DCF
 Exif
 Exif 2.2
 DCF
 Exif

Focusing

Closest Focusing Distance
0.3m Unknown - Click to provide data
Focus Adjustment
 Auto
 Manual
 Auto
 Manual

White Balance

White Balance Mode
 Auto
 Cloudy
 Sunny
 Manual
 Auto
 Cloudy
 Sunny
 Manual

Shutter

Shutter Speed
1/25-1/12000 1/3 - 1/10000

Display

Screen Size
Unknown - Click to provide data 3.2"
Display
 LCD
 LCD
BEST

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
Minimum Illumination
1lx 1.5lx
BEST

Design

Colour
 Black
 Black
Protection Feature
 Water resistant
 Dust resistant
 Water resistant
 Dust resistant
International Protection Code
 IPX8
 IPX8

Video

HD Type
 Full HD
BEST
 Full HD
Video Capturing Speed
50fps Unknown - Click to provide data
Video Mode
 1080p
 720p
 1080i
 576i
 1080p
 720p
 1080i
 576i
Video Format
 MP4
BEST
 MP4
Video Resolution
 1920 x 1080
 1280 x 720
BEST
 1920 x 1080
 1280 x 720
Maximum Video Resolution
 1920 x 1080
BEST
 1920 x 1080
Maximum Frame Rate
50fps Unknown - Click to provide data

Still Image

Image Format
 JPG
BEST
 JPG
Still Image Resolution
 3072 x 1728
 2304 x 1296
BEST
 3072 x 1728
 2304 x 1296
Maximum Image Resolution
 3072 x 1728
BEST
 3072 x 1728

Audio

Audio Format
 AAC++
 AAC++

Ports & Interfaces

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

Battery Type
Unknown - Click to provide data NP-F570
Battery Voltage
3.7V 7.2V
Battery Capacity
1,450mAh 2,200mAh
BEST
Battery
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
BEST
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
167g
BEST
2.4kg
Height
94mm Unknown - Click to provide data
Depth
25mm Unknown - Click to provide data
Width
59.5mm Unknown - Click to provide data

Packaging Content

Bundled Software
HD Writer WE1.0 Unknown - Click to provide data
Cable Included
 USB
 AV
 Component
 USB
 AV
 Component

Other Features

AC Adapter Output
Unknown - Click to provide data 8.4V
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