Panasonic HX-DC3 vs Sony FDR-AX1

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Panasonic HX-DC3
Sony FDR-AX1

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Reasons For

2 Reasons For
Vastly higher display resolution Edit
The Panasonic HX-DC3 is a 230,400 pixels display resolution camcorder. That's 230,399 pixels higher than the Sony FDR-AX1 (1,229,000 pixels pixels). Read more

Total number of pixels that display has.

Cheaper by $4,385
The Panasonic HX-DC3 is $4,385.04 cheaper than the Sony FDR-AX1.
4 Reasons For
4.5MP bigger sensor size Edit
The Sony FDR-AX1 is an 18.9MPMP sensor camcorder. That's 4.5MP bigger than the Panasonic HX-DC3 (18.9MPMP). 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.

Two memory card slots Edit
The Sony FDR-AX1 is a two memory card slot camcorder, whereas the Panasonic HX-DC3 only has one memory card slot.
15% larger screen size Edit
The Sony FDR-AX1 is a 3.5"" screen size camcorder. That's 0.5" larger than the Panasonic HX-DC3 (3.5""). 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.

2 shops are selling it
A greater number of shops increases the chances of the product remaining in stock and also increases the price competition amongst retailers for this camcorder.

Reasons Against

5 Reasons Against
32% smaller sensor size Edit
Panasonic HX-DC3 is only 14.4MP sensor. That's 4.5MP smaller than the Sony FDR-AX1 (18.9MPMP). 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.

Only one memory card slot Edit
The number of memory card slots on the Panasonic HX-DC3 is one, but the Sony FDR-AX1 only has two memory card slots.
0.5" smaller screen size Edit
The Panasonic HX-DC3 is a 3" screen size camcorder. That's 0.5" smaller than the Sony FDR-AX1 (3.5""). 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.

Fewer sellers
The Panasonic HX-DC3 is only stocked by 1 retailer, but the Sony FDR-AX1 is stocked by 3 shops. Read more
The fewer the number of sellers that stock the product, the lower the competition amongst sellers to keep prices low.
Older by eight months
The Panasonic HX-DC3 is eight months older than the Sony FDR-AX1.
2 Reasons Against
230,399 pixels lower display resolution Edit
The Sony FDR-AX1 is a 1,229,000 pixels pixels display resolution camcorder. That's 230,399 pixels lower than the Panasonic HX-DC3 (1,229,000 pixels pixels). Read more

Total number of pixels that display has.

More expensive by $4,385
The Sony FDR-AX1 is $4,385.04 more expensive than the Panasonic HX-DC3.

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Image Sensor

Sensor Size
14.4MP 18.9MP
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Optical Sensor Size
 1/2
 1/2
Sensor Type
 MOS
 MOS
Megapixel Count
11.9MP Unknown - Click to provide data
Movie Megapixel Count
11.9MP 8.3MP
BEST

Lens System

Optical Zoom
5x
BEST
20x
Digital Zoom
120x Unknown - Click to provide data
Image Stabiliser
 Optical
 Optical
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Maximum Focal Length
Unknown - Click to provide data 590mm
Minimum Aperture
Unknown - Click to provide data 3.4
Minimum Focal Length
Unknown - Click to provide data 29.5mm
Maximum Aperture Value
Unknown - Click to provide data 1.6
Focal Length Range
6.8 - 34 4.1 - 82

Storage

Internal Storage Capacity
0.07GB Unknown - Click to provide data
Memory Card Slot
1 2
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Memory Card
 SDXC
 SDHC
 SD
 XQD
BEST
 SDXC
 SDHC
 SD
 XQD
Storage Media Type
 Memory card
 Memory card
File System
 Exif 2.2
 DCF
 Exif
 Exif 2.2
 DCF
 Exif

Focusing

Focus Adjustment
 Auto
 Manual
 Auto
 Manual

White Balance

White Balance Mode
 Auto
 Cloudy
 Sunny
 Indoor
 Auto
 Cloudy
 Sunny
 Indoor

Shutter

Video Shutter Speed
1/30 - 1/10000 Unknown - Click to provide data
Photo Shutter Speed
1/2 - 1/1500 Unknown - Click to provide data

Display

Screen Size
3" 3.5"
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Display Resolution
230,400 pixels
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1,229,000 pixels
Display
 LCD
 LCD

Viewfinder

Viewfinder
 electrical
 electrical
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Camera

Camcorder Type
 handheld
 Shouldercam
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 handheld
 Shouldercam
Minimum Illumination
12lx
BEST
4lx

Design

Colour
 White
 Black
 White
 Black

Video

HD Type
 Full HD
 Full HD
Video Mode
 1080i
 1080p
 720p
 480p
 2160p
 1080i
 1080p
 720p
 480p
 2160p
BEST
Video Format
 MP4
 MPEG
 MPEG4
 H.264
 AVCHD
 AVC
 MP4
 MPEG
 MPEG4
 H.264
 AVCHD
 AVC
Maximum Video Resolution
 3840 x 2160
 3840 x 2160
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Still Image

Image Format
 JPG
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 JPG
Still Image Resolution
 4608 x 3456
 4352 x 3264
 4352 x 2448
 3744 x 2106
 3072 x 2304
 2560 x 1440
 2048 x 1536
 1920 x 1080
 640 x 480
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 4608 x 3456
 4352 x 3264
 4352 x 2448
 3744 x 2106
 3072 x 2304
 2560 x 1440
 2048 x 1536
 1920 x 1080
 640 x 480
Maximum Image Resolution
 4608 x 3456
BEST
 4608 x 3456

Audio

Audio Format
 LPCM
 PCM
 LPCM
 PCM
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Audio System
 Stereo
 Stereo

Ports & Interfaces

USB 2.0 Port
1 Unknown - Click to provide data
Micro-USB 2.0 Port
Unknown - Click to provide data 2

Battery

Battery Type
Unknown - Click to provide data NP-F970
Battery Voltage
3.7V Unknown - Click to provide data
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
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2.4kg
Height
120.8mm 193mm
Depth
38.1mm 362mm
Width
86.2mm 189mm

Packaging Content

Bundled Software
HD Writer VE 3.0 PlayMemories Home
Cable Included
 USB
 AV
 HDMI
 USB
 AV
 HDMI

Other Features

Aperture Range
Unknown - Click to provide data 1.6 - 3.4

Technical Details

Number of Diaphragm Blade
Unknown - Click to provide data 6
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