Panasonic HX-DC2 vs Sony NEX-VG30

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Panasonic HX-DC2
Sony NEX-VG30

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Reasons For

1 Reason For
Smaller minimum illumination Edit
The Panasonic HX-DC2 has a minimum illumination of 4lxlx, whereas the Sony NEX-VG30 is a 9lxlx minimum illumination camcorder (5lx bigger).
6 Reasons For
2.3MP bigger sensor size Edit
The Sony NEX-VG30 is a 16.7MPMP sensor camcorder. That's 2.3MP bigger than the Panasonic HX-DC2 (16.7MPMP). 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.

27% higher movie megapixel count Edit
The Sony NEX-VG30 is a 16.1MPMP (movie mode) camcorder. That's 4.2MP higher than the Panasonic HX-DC2 (16.1MPMP).
A lot longer maximum focal length Edit
The Sony NEX-VG30 has a maximum focal length of 322mmmm, whereas the Panasonic HX-DC2 is only a 199.5mmmm maximum focal length camcorder (122.5mm shorter).
Shorter minimum focal length Edit
The Sony NEX-VG30 is a 29mmmm minimum focal length camcorder. That's 10.9mm shorter than the Panasonic HX-DC2 (29mmmm).
Higher maximum aperture value Edit
The Sony NEX-VG30 is a 6.3 maximum aperture value camcorder. That's 2.6 higher than the Panasonic HX-DC2 (6.3).
76% higher display resolution Edit
The Sony NEX-VG30 is a 921,600 pixels pixels display resolution camcorder. That's 691 pixels higher than the Panasonic HX-DC2 (921,600 pixels pixels). Read more

Total number of pixels that display has.

Reasons Against

9 Reasons Against
Smaller sensor size Edit
Panasonic HX-DC2 is only 14.4MPMP sensor, but the Sony NEX-VG30 is a 16.7MPMP sensor camcorder (2.3MP 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.

A lot lower movie megapixel count Edit
Panasonic HX-DC2 is only 11.9MPMP (movie mode), but the Sony NEX-VG30 is a 16.1MPMP (movie mode) camcorder (4.2MP higher).
Shorter maximum focal length Edit
The Panasonic HX-DC2 is a 199.5mmmm maximum focal length camcorder. That's 122.5mm shorter than the Sony NEX-VG30 (322mmmm).
10.9mm longer minimum focal length Edit
The Panasonic HX-DC2 has a minimum focal length of 39.9mmmm, but the Sony NEX-VG30 is a 29mmmm minimum focal length camcorder (10.9mm shorter).
2.6 lower maximum aperture value Edit
The Panasonic HX-DC2 has a maximum aperture value of 3.7, however the Sony NEX-VG30 is a 6.3 maximum aperture value camcorder (2.6 higher).
4x lower display resolution Edit
The Panasonic HX-DC2 has a display resolution of 230,400 pixels pixels, however the Sony NEX-VG30 is a 921,600 pixels pixels display resolution camcorder (691 pixels higher). Read more

Total number of pixels that display has.

One less component video out port Edit
The Panasonic HX-DC2 is a component video out port camcorder, whereas the Sony NEX-VG30 only has one component video out port.
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Four months older
The Panasonic HX-DC2 is older than the Sony NEX-VG30 by four months.
1 Reason Against
56% bigger minimum illumination Edit
The Sony NEX-VG30 is a 9lxlx minimum illumination camcorder. That's 5lx bigger than the Panasonic HX-DC2 (9lxlx).

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Image Sensor

Sensor Size
14.4MP 16.7MP
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Optical Sensor Size
 1/2
BEST
 1/2
Sensor Type
 MOS
 MOS
Megapixel Count
11.9MP Unknown - Click to provide data
Movie Megapixel Count
11.9MP 16.1MP
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Lens System

Optical Zoom
5x
BEST
11.1x
Digital Zoom
120x 2x
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Image Stabiliser
 Digital
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 Digital
Maximum Focal Length
199.5mm 322mm
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Minimum Aperture
3.5 3.5
Minimum Focal Length
39.9mm 29mm
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Maximum Aperture Value
3.7 6.3
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Filter Size
Unknown - Click to provide data 67mm
Focal Length
40 - 240 29 - 322
Focal Length Range
6.8 - 34 18 - 200

Storage

Memory Card Slot
Unknown - Click to provide data 1
Memory Card
 SDXC
 SDHC
 SD
 MS PRO
 MS PRO Duo
 MS PRO Duo Mark 2
 MS Pro-HG
 MS Pro-HG Duo
 SDXC
 SDHC
 SD
 MS PRO
 MS PRO Duo
 MS PRO Duo Mark 2
 MS Pro-HG
 MS Pro-HG Duo
Storage Media Type
 Memory card
 Memory card
File System
 DCF 2.0
 Exif 2.2
 DCF
 Exif
 RAW
 DCF 2.0
 Exif 2.2
 DCF
 Exif
 RAW

Focusing

Focus Adjustment
 Auto
 Manual
 Auto
 Manual

White Balance

White Balance Mode
 Auto
 Cloudy
 Sunny
 Auto
 Cloudy
 Sunny

Shutter

Video Shutter Speed
1/30 - 1/10000 1/3-1/10000, 1/48-1/10000, 1/50-1/10000
Photo Shutter Speed
1/2 - 1/1500 30 - 1/4000
Shutter Speed
1/2 - 1/10000 Unknown - Click to provide data

Display

Screen Size
3" 3"
Display Resolution
230,400 pixels 921,600 pixels
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Display
 LCD
 LCD

Viewfinder

Viewfinder Screen Size
Unknown - Click to provide data 0.5"
Viewfinder
 electrical
 electrical
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Camera

Camcorder Type
 handheld
 handheld
Image Processor
 BIONZ
 BIONZ
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Minimum Illumination
4lx
BEST
9lx
On Screen Display Language
 DUT
 CZE
 ENG
 FRE
 DEU
 ITA
 POL
 ESP
 SWE
 TUR
 DUT
 CZE
 ENG
 FRE
 DEU
 ITA
 POL
 ESP
 SWE
 TUR

Design

Colour
 Grey
 Black
 Grey
 Black

Video

HD Type
 Full HD
 Full HD
Video Capturing Speed
Unknown - Click to provide data 50fps
Video Mode
 1080i
 720p
 480p
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 1080i
 720p
 480p
Video Format
 MPEG
 MPEG4
 H.264
 AVCHD
 AVC
 MPEG
 MPEG4
 H.264
 AVCHD
 AVC
Video Resolution
 1920 x 1080
 1280 x 720
 960 x 540
 640 x 480
 1920 x 1080
 1280 x 720
 960 x 540
 640 x 480
Maximum Video Resolution
 1920 x 1080
 1920 x 1080
Maximum Frame Rate
Unknown - Click to provide data 50fps
Analog Signal Format System
 PAL
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 PAL

Still Image

Image Format
 JPG
 RAW
 JPG
 RAW
Still Image Resolution
 4352 x 3264
 4352 x 2448
 2560 x 1920
 2560 x 1440
 2048 x 1536
 1920 x 1080
 640 x 480
 4912 x 3264
 4912 x 2760
 4352 x 3264
 4352 x 2448
 2560 x 1920
 2560 x 1440
 2048 x 1536
 1920 x 1080
 640 x 480
 4912 x 3264
 4912 x 2760
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Maximum Image Resolution
 4352 x 3264
 4912 x 3264
 4352 x 3264
 4912 x 3264
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Audio

Audio Format
 AAC++
 AAC++
Audio System
 Dolby Digital 2.0/5.1
 Dolby Digital 2.0/5.1
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Ports & Interfaces

HDMI Port
1 Unknown - Click to provide data
USB 2.0 Port
1 1
Component Video Out Port
1
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Battery

Battery Type
Unknown - Click to provide data NP-FV70
Battery Voltage
3.7V 6.8V
Battery Capacity
700mAh Unknown - Click to provide data
Battery
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
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 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)

Weight & Dimensions

Weight
180g Unknown - Click to provide data
Height
120.8mm Unknown - Click to provide data
Depth
38.1mm Unknown - Click to provide data
Width
86.2mm Unknown - Click to provide data

Packaging Content

Bundled Software
HD Writer VE2.0 Unknown - Click to provide data
Cable Included
 USB
 AV
 USB
 AV

Other Features

Typical Power Consumption
4W Unknown - Click to provide data
Aperture Range
Unknown - Click to provide data 3.5 - 6.3
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