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Panasonic HC-VX870 vs Sony FDR-AX33

Panasonic HC-VX870 vs Sony FDR-AX33

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Panasonic HC-VX870
Sony FDR-AX33

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Reasons For

3 Reasons For
10x bigger optical zoom Edit
The Panasonic HC-VX870 is a 20x (optical) camcorder, whereas the Sony FDR-AX33 is only a 10x (optical) camcorder (10x smaller). 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.

99% lighter Edit
The Panasonic HC-VX870 is a 353g weight camcorder. That's 347g lighter than the Sony FDR-AX33 (700g). Read more

Weight of the camcorder including battery.

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

User reviews are slightly better
The Panasonic HC-VX870 has an average user review score of 83% based on 14 reviews, whereas the Sony FDR-AX33 has an average rating of 79% (based on 47 reviews).
7 Reasons For
9% bigger total megapixels Edit
Sony FDR-AX33 is 20.6MP sensor. That's 1.69MP bigger than the Panasonic HC-VX870 (20.6MP). 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 higher effective megapixels (image) Edit
The Sony FDR-AX33 has an effective megapixels (image) of 10.3MP, whereas the Panasonic HC-VX870 is only a 7MP camcorder (3.3MP lower).
A lot bigger digital zoom Edit
The Sony FDR-AX33 has a digital zoom of 120x, however the Panasonic HC-VX870 is only a 60x (digital) camcorder (60x smaller). Read more

A digital zoom enlarges the pixels in a digital image to make the subject appear closer. Using digital zoom can result in images becoming blurry as the underlying image remains the same.

A digital zoom allows you to enlarge a subject without having to move closer. Digital zoom can be used as an alternative to an optical zoom, although it will result in a loss of image quality.

50% higher display resolution (numeric) Edit
The Sony FDR-AX33 has a display resolution (numeric) of 921,600 pixels. That's 460,800 pixels higher than the Panasonic HC-VX870 (921,600 pixels). Read more

Total number of pixels that display has.

Cheaper by $330
The Sony FDR-AX33 is $329.96 cheaper than the Panasonic HC-VX870.
5 shops are selling it
A greater number of sellers increases the price competition amongst retailers for the product and also increases the chances of this camcorder remaining in stock.
Much better expert reviews
Based on 2 reviews, the average expert review score of the Sony FDR-AX33 is 100%, whereas the average rating of the Panasonic HC-VX870 is 83% (based on 6 reviews).

Reasons Against

7 Reasons Against
Marginally smaller total megapixels Edit
Panasonic HC-VX870 is only 18.91MP sensor, but the Sony FDR-AX33 is a 20.6MP sensor camcorder (1.69MP 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.

Lower effective megapixels (image) Edit
The Panasonic HC-VX870 is a 7MP camcorder. That's 3.3MP lower than the Sony FDR-AX33 (10.3MP).
Vastly smaller digital zoom Edit
The Panasonic HC-VX870 has a digital zoom of 60x. That's 60x smaller than the Sony FDR-AX33 (120x). Read more

A digital zoom enlarges the pixels in a digital image to make the subject appear closer. Using digital zoom can result in images becoming blurry as the underlying image remains the same.

A digital zoom allows you to enlarge a subject without having to move closer. Digital zoom can be used as an alternative to an optical zoom, although it will result in a loss of image quality.

Vastly lower display resolution (numeric) Edit
The Panasonic HC-VX870 has a display resolution (numeric) of 460,800 pixels, however the Sony FDR-AX33 is a 921,600 pixels display resolution camcorder (460,800 pixels higher). Read more

Total number of pixels that display has.

$330 more expensive
The Panasonic HC-VX870 is more expensive than the Sony FDR-AX33 by $329.96.
Fewer sellers
Only 2 stores sells the Panasonic HC-VX870, but 7 shops sell the Sony FDR-AX33. Read more
The smaller the number of stores that stock this camcorder, the lower the competition amongst stores to keep prices low.
A lot Lower expert review Score
The average expert rating of the Panasonic HC-VX870 is 83%, whereas the average expert rating of the Sony FDR-AX33 is 100% (based on 2 reviews).
4 Reasons Against
10x smaller optical zoom Edit
The Sony FDR-AX33 is a 10x (optical) camcorder. That's 10x smaller than the Panasonic HC-VX870 (10x). 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.

347g heavier Edit
The Sony FDR-AX33 has a weight of 700g, whereas the Panasonic HC-VX870 is a 353g weight camcorder (347g lighter). Read more

Weight of the camcorder including battery.

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

Older by four months
The Sony FDR-AX33 is four months older than the Panasonic HC-VX870.
User review Rating is a little Worse
The average user rating of the Sony FDR-AX33 is only 79%, whereas the average user rating of the Panasonic HC-VX870 is 83% (based on 14 reviews).

Awards

1 Award
Trusted Reviews: Recommended
1 Award
Digital Versus: 5 Star

Average Expert Rating

Average User Rating

Date Released

20 months Ago 24 months Ago

Image Sensor

Total Megapixels
18.91MP 20.6MP
BEST
Optical Sensor Size
 1/2
 1/2
Sensor Type
 MOS
 MOS
Effective Megapixels (image)
7MP 10.3MP
BEST
Effective Megapixels (movie)
8.29MP 8.29MP

Lens System

Optical Zoom
20x
BEST
10x
Digital Zoom
60x 120x
BEST
Image Stabilizer
 Image stabilizer
 Image stabilizer
Interchangeable Lens
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Interchangeable lens
Image Stabilizer Type
 Hybrid
BEST
 Hybrid
Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
Unknown - Click to provide data 298mm
Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
Unknown - Click to provide data 26.8mm
Filter Size
49mm Unknown - Click to provide data
Focal Length (35mm Film Equivalent)
30.8 - 626 Unknown - Click to provide data
Focal Length Range (f-F)
4.08 - 81.6 3.8 - 38

Storage

Memory Slots
1 Unknown - Click to provide data
Compatible Memory Cards
 SDXC
 SDHC
 SD
 MS PRO
 MS PRO Duo
 MS Pro-HG
 MS Pro-HG Duo
 MSXC
 MS XC-HG Duo
 SDXC
 SDHC
 SD
 MS PRO
 MS PRO Duo
 MS Pro-HG
 MS Pro-HG Duo
 MSXC
 MS XC-HG Duo
Camcorder Media Type
 Memory card
 Memory card

Focusing

Focus Adjustment
 Auto
 Manual
 Auto
 Manual

Light Exposure

Scene Modes
 Beach
 Snow
 Fireworks
 Landscape
 Portrait
 Spotlight
 Beach
 Snow
 Fireworks
 Landscape
 Portrait
 Spotlight
Light Exposure Modes
 Auto
 Auto

White Balance

White Balance
 Auto
 Cloudy
 Daylight
 Sunny
 Indoor
 Outdoor
 Auto
 Cloudy
 Daylight
 Sunny
 Indoor
 Outdoor

Flash

Built-In Flash
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Built-in flash
Built-In Light
 Built-in light
Unknown - Click to provide data

Shutter

Camera Shutter Speed
0.000125 - 0.04 1/6 - 1/10000

Display

Display Diagonal
3" 3"
Built-In Display
 Built-in display
 Built-in display
Touchscreen
 Touchscreen
Unknown - Click to provide data
Display Resolution (numeric)
460,800 pixels 921,600 pixels
BEST
Display
 LCD
 LCD

Viewfinder

Viewfinder Screen Size
Unknown - Click to provide data 0.24"
Viewfinder
Unknown - Click to provide data 1,555,200 pixels

Camera

Camcorder Type
 handheld
 handheld
3D
Unknown - Click to provide data
 3D
Image Processor
 BIONZ X
 BIONZ X
BEST
Minimum Illumination
2lx Unknown - Click to provide data
Self-Timer Delay
Unknown - Click to provide data 10

Design

Colour
 Black
 Black

Video

Full HD
 Full HD
 Full HD
HD Type
 Full HD
 Full HD
Video Formats Supported
 MP4
 MPEG
 MPEG4
 H.264
 AVCHD
 AVC
 MP4
 MPEG
 MPEG4
 H.264
 AVCHD
 AVC
Video Resolutions
 3840 x 2160
 1920 x 1080
 1440 x 1080
 1280 x 720
 3840 x 2160
 1920 x 1080
 1440 x 1080
 1280 x 720
BEST
Maximum Video Resolution
 3840 x 2160
 3840 x 2160
Maximum Frame Rate
Unknown - Click to provide data 50fps

Still Image

Still Image Resolution(s)
 5472 x 3648
 3984 x 2656
 1920 x 1080
 1728 x 1152
 640 x 480
BEST
 5472 x 3648
 3984 x 2656
 1920 x 1080
 1728 x 1152
 640 x 480
Maximum Image Resolution
 6048 x 3400
 6048 x 3400
BEST

Audio

Built-In Speaker(s)
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Built-in speaker(s)
Built-In Microphone
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Built-in microphone
Audio System
 Dolby Digital 2.0/5.1
BEST
 Dolby Digital 2.0/5.1

Ports & Interfaces

HDMI
 HDMI
 HDMI
DC-In Jack
Unknown - Click to provide data
 DC-in jack
Composite Video Out
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Composite video out
USB 2.0 Port
1 Unknown - Click to provide data
Microphone in
 Microphone in
Unknown - Click to provide data
Headphone Outputs
 Headphone outputs
 Headphone outputs
S-Video Out
Unknown - Click to provide data
 S-Video out
PictBridge
Unknown - Click to provide data
 PictBridge

Networking

Wi-Fi
 Wi-Fi
 Wi-Fi
Near Field Communication (NFC)
 Near Field Communication (NFC)
 Near Field Communication (NFC)

Battery

Battery Type
Unknown - Click to provide data NP-FV70
Battery Voltage
3.6V Unknown - Click to provide data
Battery Capacity
1,940mAh Unknown - Click to provide data
Battery Technology
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)

Weight & Dimensions

Weight
353g
BEST
700g
Height
73mm 78.5mm
Depth
139mm 155mm
Width
65mm 71mm

Packaging Content

Batteries Included
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Batteries included
Quick Start Guide
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Quick start guide
Cables Included
 USB
 HDMI
 USB
 HDMI
BEST
AC Adapter Included
 AC adapter included
 AC adapter included
Lens Hood
 Lens hood
Unknown - Click to provide data

Other Features

Night Mode
 Night mode
Unknown - Click to provide data
USB Connectivity
Unknown - Click to provide data
 USB connectivity

Technical Details

Flash Exposure Compensation
Unknown - Click to provide data 1
Number of Diaphragm Blades
Unknown - Click to provide data 6
USB Charging
Unknown - Click to provide data
 USB charging
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