Panasonic AG-AC90 vs Sony NEX-VG30

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Panasonic AG-AC90
Sony NEX-VG30

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Reasons For

6 Reasons For
8% bigger optical zoom Edit
Panasonic AG-AC90 is 12xx (optical). That's 0.9x bigger than the Sony NEX-VG30 (11.1xx). 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.

17% longer maximum focal length Edit
The Panasonic AG-AC90 has a maximum focal length of 383.7mmmm, however the Sony NEX-VG30 is only a 322mmmm maximum focal length camcorder (61.7mm shorter).
Significantly lower minimum aperture Edit
The Panasonic AG-AC90 is a 1.5 minimum aperture camcorder. That's 2 lower than the Sony NEX-VG30 (3.5).
Two memory card slots Edit
The Panasonic AG-AC90 has two memory card slots, however the Sony NEX-VG30 only has one memory card slot.
Larger screen size Edit
The Panasonic AG-AC90 is a 3.5"" screen size camcorder. That's 0.5" larger than the Sony NEX-VG30 (3""). 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.

2x smaller minimum illumination Edit
The Panasonic AG-AC90 is a 3lxlx minimum illumination camcorder. That's 6lx smaller than the Sony NEX-VG30 (9lxlx).
3 Reasons For
Higher maximum aperture value Edit
The Sony NEX-VG30 is a 6.3 maximum aperture value camcorder. That's 3.5 higher than the Panasonic AG-AC90 (6.3).
Higher display resolution Edit
The Sony NEX-VG30 is a 921,600 pixels pixels display resolution camcorder. That's 920 pixels higher than the Panasonic AG-AC90 (921,600 pixels pixels). Read more

Total number of pixels that display has.

Vastly larger viewfinder screen size Edit
The Sony NEX-VG30 has a viewfinder screen size of 0.5"", however the Panasonic AG-AC90 is only a 0.24"" viewfinder screen size camcorder (0.26" smaller).

Reasons Against

4 Reasons Against
Lower maximum aperture value Edit
The Panasonic AG-AC90 is a 2.8 maximum aperture value camcorder. That's 3.5 lower than the Sony NEX-VG30 (6.3).
Significantly lower display resolution Edit
The Panasonic AG-AC90 is a 1,152,000 pixels pixels display resolution camcorder. That's 920 pixels lower than the Sony NEX-VG30 (921,600 pixels pixels). Read more

Total number of pixels that display has.

Hugely smaller viewfinder screen size Edit
The Panasonic AG-AC90 has a viewfinder screen size of 0.24"", but the Sony NEX-VG30 is a 0.5"" viewfinder screen size camcorder (0.26" larger).
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7 Reasons Against
Smaller optical zoom Edit
The Sony NEX-VG30 has an optical zoom of 11.1xx. That's 0.9x smaller than the Panasonic AG-AC90 (11.1xx). 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.

61.7mm shorter maximum focal length Edit
The Sony NEX-VG30 has a maximum focal length of 322mmmm, whereas the Panasonic AG-AC90 is a 383.7mmmm maximum focal length camcorder (61.7mm longer).
Higher minimum aperture Edit
The Sony NEX-VG30 is a 3.5 minimum aperture camcorder. That's 2 higher than the Panasonic AG-AC90 (3.5).
Only one memory card slot Edit
The Sony NEX-VG30 is a one memory card slot camcorder, whereas the Panasonic AG-AC90 only has two memory card slots.
17% smaller screen size Edit
The Sony NEX-VG30 is a 3"" screen size camcorder. That's 0.5" smaller than the Panasonic AG-AC90 (3""). 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.

67% bigger minimum illumination Edit
The Sony NEX-VG30 is a 9lxlx minimum illumination camcorder. That's 6lx bigger than the Panasonic AG-AC90 (9lxlx).
Older by two months
The Sony NEX-VG30 is two months older than the Panasonic AG-AC90.

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Image Sensor

Sensor Size
8.04MP
BEST
16.7MP
Optical Sensor Size
 1/4
BEST
 1/4
Sensor Type
 MOS
 MOS
Movie Megapixel Count
Unknown - Click to provide data 16.1MP

Lens System

Optical Zoom
12x
BEST
11.1x
Digital Zoom
10x 2x
BEST
Image Stabiliser
 Optical
BEST
 Optical
Maximum Focal Length
383.7mm
BEST
322mm
Minimum Aperture
1.5
BEST
3.5
Minimum Focal Length
29.8mm
BEST
29mm
Maximum Aperture Value
2.8 6.3
BEST
Filter Size
49mm 67mm
Focal Length
Unknown - Click to provide data 29 - 322
Focal Length Range
2.84 - 34.1 18 - 200

Storage

Maximum Memory Card Size
64GB Unknown - Click to provide data
Memory Card Slot
2
BEST
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
 RAW
 RAW

Focusing

Focus Adjustment
 Auto
 Manual
 Auto
 Manual

White Balance

White Balance Mode
 Auto
 Auto

Shutter

Video Shutter Speed
Unknown - Click to provide data 1/3-1/10000, 1/48-1/10000, 1/50-1/10000
Photo Shutter Speed
Unknown - Click to provide data 30 - 1/4000
Shutter Speed
1/25 - 1/2000 Unknown - Click to provide data

Display

Screen Size
3.5"
BEST
3"
Display Resolution
1,152,000 pixels 921,600 pixels
BEST
Display
 LCD
 LCD

Viewfinder

Viewfinder Screen Size
0.24" 0.5"
BEST
Viewfinder Resolution
263,000 pixels Unknown - Click to provide data
Viewfinder
 electrical
 electrical

Camera

Camcorder Type
 Shouldercam
 handheld
 Shouldercam
 handheld
BEST
Image Processor
 BIONZ
 BIONZ
BEST
Minimum Illumination
3lx
BEST
9lx

Design

Colour
 Black
 Black

Video

HD Type
 Full HD
 Full HD
Video Capturing Speed
Unknown - Click to provide data 50fps
Video Mode
 1080p
BEST
 1080p
Video Format
 MPEG
 MPEG4
 H.264
 AVCHD
 AVC
 MPEG
 MPEG4
 H.264
 AVCHD
 AVC
Video Resolution
 1920 x 1080
 1920 x 1080
BEST
Maximum Video Resolution
 1920 x 1080
 1920 x 1080
Maximum Frame Rate
Unknown - Click to provide data 50fps

Still Image

Image Format
 JPG
 RAW
 JPG
 RAW
Still Image Resolution
 4912 x 3264
 4912 x 2760
 4912 x 3264
 4912 x 2760
BEST
Maximum Image Resolution
 4912 x 3264
 4912 x 3264
BEST

Audio

Audio System
 Dolby Digital 2.0/5.1
 Dolby Digital 2.0/5.1
BEST

Ports & Interfaces

USB 2.0 Port
1 1
Component Video Out Port
1 1
USB Connector Type
 USB B
 Mini-USB
 Mini-USB B
 USB B
 Mini-USB
 Mini-USB B

Battery

Battery Life
6h Unknown - Click to provide data
Battery Type
Unknown - Click to provide data NP-FV70
Battery Voltage
7.2V 6.8V

Operational Conditions

Operating Temperature Range
0 - 40 Unknown - Click to provide data
Operating Relative Humidity Range
10 - 80 Unknown - Click to provide data

Weight & Dimensions

Weight
1.8kg Unknown - Click to provide data
Height
195mm Unknown - Click to provide data
Depth
350mm Unknown - Click to provide data
Width
160mm Unknown - Click to provide data

Packaging Content

Cable Included
 USB
 AC
 AV
 USB
 AC
 AV

Other Features

Typical Power Consumption
12.9W Unknown - Click to provide data
Aperture Range
Unknown - Click to provide data 3.5 - 6.3
Extra/Smart Zoom
25x Unknown - Click to provide data
Recording Format
AVCHD 2.0 Unknown - Click to provide data
AC Adapter Output
12V Unknown - Click to provide data
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