Panasonic HDC-TM41 vs Sony DCR-PJ5

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Panasonic HDC-TM41
Sony DCR-PJ5

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Reasons For

2 Reasons For
Vastly bigger sensor size Edit
The Panasonic HDC-TM41 has a sensor size of 1.5MPMP, however the Sony DCR-PJ5 is only a 0.34MPMP sensor camcorder (1.16MP 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.

8% lighter Edit
The Panasonic HDC-TM41 is a 213gg weight camcorder. That's 17g lighter than the Sony DCR-PJ5 (230gg). Read more

Weight of the camcorder including battery.

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

4 Reasons For
Bigger optical zoom Edit
The Sony DCR-PJ5 is a 57xx (optical) camcorder. That's 40.2x bigger than the Panasonic HDC-TM41 (57xx). 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.

Smaller minimum illumination Edit
The Sony DCR-PJ5 is a 3lxlx minimum illumination camcorder. That's 4lx smaller than the Panasonic HDC-TM41 (3lxlx).
49% longer video recording time Edit
The Sony DCR-PJ5 is a 2.91hh video recording time camcorder. That's 1.41h longer than the Panasonic HDC-TM41 (2.91hh).
Cheaper by $4
The Sony DCR-PJ5 is $4.14 cheaper than the Panasonic HDC-TM41.

Reasons Against

6 Reasons Against
Smaller optical zoom Edit
Panasonic HDC-TM41 is only 16.8xx (optical), but the Sony DCR-PJ5 is a 57xx (optical) camcorder (40.2x 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.

Hugely bigger minimum illumination Edit
The Panasonic HDC-TM41 has a minimum illumination of 7lxlx, but the Sony DCR-PJ5 is a 3lxlx minimum illumination camcorder (4lx smaller).
Significantly shorter video recording time Edit
The Panasonic HDC-TM41 has a video recording time of 1.5hh, however the Sony DCR-PJ5 is a 2.91hh video recording time camcorder (1.41h longer).
$4 more expensive
The Panasonic HDC-TM41 is more expensive than the Sony DCR-PJ5 by $4.14.
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One month older
The Panasonic HDC-TM41 is older than the Sony DCR-PJ5 by one month.
2 Reasons Against
Smaller sensor size Edit
Sony DCR-PJ5 is only 0.34MPMP sensor. That's 1.16MP smaller than the Panasonic HDC-TM41 (0.34MPMP). 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.

17g heavier Edit
The Sony DCR-PJ5 has a weight of 230gg, whereas the Panasonic HDC-TM41 is a 213gg weight camcorder (17g 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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Image Sensor

Sensor Size
1.5MP
BEST
0.34MP
Optical Sensor Size
 1/5
BEST
 1/5
Sensor Type
 MOS
 MOS

Lens System

Optical Zoom
16.8x 57x
BEST
Digital Zoom
1,500x 1,800x
BEST
Image Stabiliser
 Optical
BEST
 Optical
Focal Length
42.9 - 721 Unknown - Click to provide data
Focal Length Range
2.9 - 387 1.8 - 102.6

Storage

Internal Storage Capacity
Unknown - Click to provide data
Maximum Fash Memory Capacity
16GB Unknown - Click to provide data
Memory Card Slot
1 1
Memory Card
 SDXC
 SDHC
 SD
 MS Duo
BEST
 SDXC
 SDHC
 SD
 MS Duo
Storage Media Type
 Memory card
 Memory card

Focusing

Focus Adjustment
 Manual
 Manual

White Balance

White Balance Mode
 Auto
 Cloudy
 Sunny
 Auto
 Cloudy
 Sunny

Shutter

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

Display

Screen Size
2.7" 2.7"
Display Resolution
Unknown - Click to provide data 230,000 pixels
Display
 LCD
 LCD
Aspect Ratio
 16:9
 16:9

Camera

Camcorder Type
 handheld
 handheld
BEST
Minimum Illumination
7lx 3lx
BEST
On Screen Display Language
 ENG
 FRE
 ESP
 ENG
 FRE
 ESP
Playback
 Movie
 Single image
 Slide show
 Movie
 Single image
 Slide show

Design

Colour
 Grey
 Black
 Grey
 Black

Video

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

Image Format
 JPG
 JPG
BEST
Still Image Resolution
 1920 x 1080
BEST
 1920 x 1080
Maximum Image Resolution
 1920 x 1080
 640 x 480
BEST
 1920 x 1080
 640 x 480

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 1
Component Video Out Port
Unknown - Click to provide data

Battery

Video Recording Time
1.5h 2.91h
BEST
Battery Voltage
3.6V Unknown - Click to provide data
Battery Capacity
1,790mAh Unknown - Click to provide data
Battery
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
BEST
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)

Weight & Dimensions

Weight
213g
BEST
230g
Height
57.4mm 58.5mm
Depth
108.46mm 113.5mm
Width
51.56mm 55.5mm

Packaging Content

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

Other Features

Interface
Unknown - Click to provide data USB 2.0
Power Requirement
DC 3.6V / 5.0V Unknown - Click to provide data
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