Panasonic HX-DC2 vs Sony FDR-AX1

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Panasonic HX-DC2
Sony FDR-AX1

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Reasons For

3 Reasons For
Higher maximum aperture value Edit
The Panasonic HX-DC2 is a 3.7 maximum aperture value camcorder. That's 2.1 higher than the Sony FDR-AX1 (1.6).
Vastly higher display resolution Edit
The Panasonic HX-DC2 is a 230,400 pixels pixels display resolution camcorder. That's 229 pixels higher than the Sony FDR-AX1 (1,229,000 pixels pixels). Read more

Total number of pixels that display has.

Smaller Edit
Panasonic HX-DC2 is 120.8mmmm high. That's 72.2mm smaller than the Sony FDR-AX1 (193mmmm).
5 Reasons For
4.5MP bigger sensor size Edit
The Sony FDR-AX1 is an 18.9MPMP sensor camcorder, whereas the Panasonic HX-DC2 is only a 14.4MPMP sensor camcorder (4.5MP 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.

Longer maximum focal length Edit
The Sony FDR-AX1 is a 590mmmm maximum focal length camcorder. That's 390.5mm longer than the Panasonic HX-DC2 (590mmmm).
0.1 lower minimum aperture Edit
The Sony FDR-AX1 has a minimum aperture of 3.4, but the Panasonic HX-DC2 is a 3.5 minimum aperture camcorder (0.1 higher).
10.4mm shorter minimum focal length Edit
The Sony FDR-AX1 has a minimum focal length of 29.5mmmm, whereas the Panasonic HX-DC2 is a 39.9mmmm minimum focal length camcorder (10.4mm longer).
15% larger screen size Edit
The Sony FDR-AX1 has a screen size of 3.5"", however the Panasonic HX-DC2 is only a 3"" 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.

Reasons Against

7 Reasons Against
32% smaller sensor size Edit
Panasonic HX-DC2 is only 14.4MPMP 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.

Shorter maximum focal length Edit
The Panasonic HX-DC2 has a maximum focal length of 199.5mmmm, but the Sony FDR-AX1 is a 590mmmm maximum focal length camcorder (390.5mm longer).
Higher minimum aperture Edit
The Panasonic HX-DC2 is a 3.5 minimum aperture camcorder. That's 0.1 higher than the Sony FDR-AX1 (3.4).
Longer minimum focal length Edit
The Panasonic HX-DC2 is a 39.9mmmm minimum focal length camcorder. That's 10.4mm longer than the Sony FDR-AX1 (29.5mmmm).
0.5" smaller screen size Edit
The Panasonic HX-DC2 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.

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Older by over one year
The Panasonic HX-DC2 is 16 months older than the Sony FDR-AX1.
3 Reasons Against
Lower maximum aperture value Edit
The Sony FDR-AX1 has a maximum aperture value of 1.6, but the Panasonic HX-DC2 is a 3.7 maximum aperture value camcorder (2.1 higher).
Hugely lower display resolution Edit
The Sony FDR-AX1 has a display resolution of 1,229,000 pixels pixels, but the Panasonic HX-DC2 is a 230,400 pixels pixels display resolution camcorder (229 pixels higher). Read more

Total number of pixels that display has.

72.2mm bigger Edit
The Sony FDR-AX1 is a 193mmmm high camcorder, whereas the Panasonic HX-DC2 is a 120.8mmmm high camcorder (72.2mm smaller).

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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
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Lens System

Optical Zoom
5x
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20x
Digital Zoom
120x Unknown - Click to provide data
Image Stabiliser
 Optical
 Optical
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Maximum Focal Length
199.5mm 590mm
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Minimum Aperture
3.5 3.4
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Minimum Focal Length
39.9mm 29.5mm
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Maximum Aperture Value
3.7
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1.6
Focal Length
40 - 240 Unknown - Click to provide data
Focal Length Range
6.8 - 34 4.1 - 82

Storage

Memory Card Slot
Unknown - Click to provide data 2
Memory Card
 SDXC
 SDHC
 SD
 XQD
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 SDXC
 SDHC
 SD
 XQD
Storage Media Type
 Memory card
 Memory card
File System
 DCF 2.0
 Exif 2.2
 DCF
 Exif
 DCF 2.0
 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
Shutter Speed
1/2 - 1/10000 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
4lx 4lx
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 Mode
 1080i
 720p
 480p
 2160p
 1080i
 720p
 480p
 2160p
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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
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 1920 x 1080
 1280 x 720
 960 x 540
 640 x 480
Maximum Video Resolution
 3840 x 2160
 3840 x 2160
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Analog Signal Format System
 PAL
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 PAL

Still Image

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

Audio

Audio Format
 AAC++
 LPCM
 PCM
 AAC++
 LPCM
 PCM
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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
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
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193mm
Depth
38.1mm 362mm
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Width
86.2mm 189mm
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Packaging Content

Bundled Software
HD Writer VE2.0 PlayMemories Home
Cable Included
 USB
 HDMI
 AV
 USB
 HDMI
 AV

Other Features

Typical Power Consumption
4W Unknown - Click to provide data
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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