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Sony FDR-AX33 vs Sony HDR-CX900

Sony FDR-AX33 vs Sony HDR-CX900

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Sony FDR-AX33
Sony HDR-CX900

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Reasons For

7 Reasons For
3% bigger total megapixels Edit
The Sony FDR-AX33 has a total megapixels of 20.6MP. That's 0.6MP bigger than the Sony HDR-CX900 (20MP). 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 minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) Edit
The Sony FDR-AX33 has a minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) of 26.8mm. That's 2.2mm shorter than the Sony HDR-CX900 (29mm).
Built-in flash Edit
The Sony FDR-AX33 has a built-in flash, but the Sony HDR-CX900 does not have a built-in flash.
1% higher display resolution (numeric) Edit
The Sony FDR-AX33 is a 921,600 pixels display resolution camcorder. That's 600 pixels higher than the Sony HDR-CX900 (921,000 pixels). Read more

Total number of pixels that display has.

Lighter Edit
The Sony FDR-AX33 has a weight of 700g, but the Sony HDR-CX900 is a 790g weight camcorder (90g heavier). Read more

Weight of the camcorder including battery.

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

Cheaper by $372
The Sony FDR-AX33 costs $727.00, whereas the Sony HDR-CX900 is $1,099.00.
6 shops are selling it
The more sellers stock the product, the greater competition amongst sellers to keep prices low.
6 Reasons For
A lot higher effective megapixels (movie) Edit
The Sony HDR-CX900 has an effective megapixels (movie) of 14.2MP, however the Sony FDR-AX33 is only an 8.29MP (movie mode) camcorder (5.91MP lower).
Bigger optical zoom Edit
Sony HDR-CX900 is 12x (optical), but the Sony FDR-AX33 is only a 10x (optical) camcorder (2x 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.

40x bigger digital zoom Edit
The Sony HDR-CX900 is a 160x (digital) camcorder. That's 40x bigger than the Sony FDR-AX33 (160x). 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.

15% longer maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) Edit
The Sony HDR-CX900 has a maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) of 348mm. That's 50mm longer than the Sony FDR-AX33 (348mm).
Larger display diagonal Edit
Sony HDR-CX900 is 3.5" screen size, but the Sony FDR-AX33 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.

User reviews are a lot better
The Sony HDR-CX900 has an average user review score of 89% based on 175 reviews, but the Sony FDR-AX33 has an average rating of 79% (based on 47 reviews).

Reasons Against

6 Reasons Against
72% lower effective megapixels (movie) Edit
The Sony FDR-AX33 has an effective megapixels (movie) of 8.29MP. That's 5.91MP lower than the Sony HDR-CX900 (14.2MP).
Smaller optical zoom Edit
Sony FDR-AX33 is only 10x (optical). That's 2x smaller than the Sony HDR-CX900 (12x). 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.

A lot smaller digital zoom Edit
The Sony FDR-AX33 is a 120x (digital) camcorder, whereas the Sony HDR-CX900 is a 160x (digital) camcorder (40x bigger). 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.

17% shorter maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) Edit
The Sony FDR-AX33 has a maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) of 298mm, however the Sony HDR-CX900 is a 348mm maximum focal length camcorder (50mm longer).
Smaller display diagonal Edit
Sony FDR-AX33 is only 3" screen size. That's 0.5" smaller than the Sony HDR-CX900 (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.

User review Rating is much Worse
The Sony FDR-AX33 only has an average user score of 79%, but the Sony HDR-CX900 has an average user rating of 89% (based on 175 reviews).
8 Reasons Against
A bit smaller total megapixels Edit
The Sony HDR-CX900 has a total megapixels of 20MP, however the Sony FDR-AX33 is a 20.6MP sensor camcorder (0.6MP 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.

2.2mm longer minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) Edit
The Sony HDR-CX900 has a minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) of 29mm, however the Sony FDR-AX33 is a 26.8mm minimum focal length camcorder (2.2mm shorter).
Does not have a built-in flash Edit
The Sony HDR-CX900 does not have a built-in flash, whereas the Sony FDR-AX33 has a built-in flash.
Marginally lower display resolution (numeric) Edit
The Sony HDR-CX900 is a 921,000 pixels display resolution camcorder, whereas the Sony FDR-AX33 is a 921,600 pixels display resolution camcorder (600 pixels higher). Read more

Total number of pixels that display has.

Heavier Edit
The Sony HDR-CX900 is a 790g weight camcorder. That's 90g heavier than the Sony FDR-AX33 (790g). Read more

Weight of the camcorder including battery.

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

$372 more expensive
The Sony HDR-CX900 is more expensive than the Sony FDR-AX33 by $372.
Not as many stockists
Only 4 retailers sells the Sony HDR-CX900, however 10 stores sell the Sony FDR-AX33. Read more
Smaller numbers of stores reduces the chances of this camcorder remaining in stock and also reduces the price competition amongst retailers for the product.
Over one year older
The Sony HDR-CX900 is older than the Sony FDR-AX33 by 17 months.

Awards

1 Award
Digital Versus: 5 Star
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Average Expert Rating

Average User Rating

Date Released

24 months Ago 41 months Ago

Image Sensor

Total Megapixels
20.6MP
BEST
20MP
Optical Sensor Size
 1/1.3
 1/1.3
BEST
Sensor Type
 CMOS
 CMOS
Effective Megapixels (image)
10.3MP Unknown - Click to provide data
Effective Megapixels (movie)
8.29MP 14.2MP
BEST

Lens System

Optical Zoom
10x 12x
BEST
Digital Zoom
120x 160x
BEST
Image Stabilizer
 Image stabilizer
 Image stabilizer
Interchangeable Lens
 Interchangeable lens
 Interchangeable lens
Image Stabilizer Type
 Optical
 Optical
BEST
Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
298mm 348mm
BEST
Minimum Aperture Number
Unknown - Click to provide data 2.8
Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
26.8mm
BEST
29mm
Maximum Aperture Number
Unknown - Click to provide data 4.5
Focal Length (35mm Film Equivalent)
Unknown - Click to provide data 29 - 348
Focal Length Range (f-F)
3.8 - 38 9.3 - 111.6

Storage

Memory Slots
Unknown - Click to provide data 1
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
Camera File System
 DCF 2.0
 Exif 2.3
 DCF
 MPF
 Exif
 DCF 2.0
 Exif 2.3
 DCF
 MPF
 Exif

Focusing

Closest Focusing Distance
Unknown - Click to provide data 0.01m
Normal Focusing Range
Unknown - Click to provide data 0.01 - 1
Focus Adjustment
 Auto
 Manual
 Auto
 Manual

Light Exposure

Scene Modes
 Beach
 Snow
 Fireworks
 Landscape
 Portrait
 Spotlight
 Dusk
 Dawn
 Night
 Beach
 Snow
 Fireworks
 Landscape
 Portrait
 Spotlight
 Dusk
 Dawn
 Night
Light Exposure Modes
 Auto
 Manual
 Auto
 Manual

White Balance

White Balance
 Auto
 Outdoor
 Indoor
 Push
 Auto
 Outdoor
 Indoor
 Push

Flash

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

Shutter

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

Display

Display Diagonal
3" 3.5"
BEST
Built-In Display
 Built-in display
 Built-in display
Touchscreen
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Touchscreen
Display Resolution (numeric)
921,600 pixels
BEST
921,000 pixels
Display
 LCD
 LCD
Vari-Angle LCD Display
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Vari-angle LCD display

Viewfinder

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

Camera

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

Design

Colour
 Black
 Black

Video

Full HD
 Full HD
 Full HD
HD Type
 Full HD
 Full HD
Bitrate At Maximum Video Resolution
Unknown - Click to provide data 50 Mbit/s
Supported Video Modes
 1080p
 720p
 1080p
 720p
BEST
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
BEST
 3840 x 2160
 1920 x 1080
 1440 x 1080
 1280 x 720
Maximum Video Resolution
 3840 x 2160
BEST
 3840 x 2160
Maximum Frame Rate
50fps Unknown - Click to provide data
Analog Signal Format System
 PAL
 PAL
BEST

Still Image

Image Formats Supported
 JPG
 JPG
BEST
Still Image Resolution(s)
 1920 x 1080
 640 x 480
BEST
 1920 x 1080
 640 x 480
Maximum Image Resolution
 6048 x 3400
 5968 x 3352
BEST
 6048 x 3400
 5968 x 3352

Audio

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

Ports & Interfaces

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

Networking

Wi-Fi
 Wi-Fi
 Wi-Fi
Ethernet LAN
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Ethernet LAN
Near Field Communication (NFC)
 Near Field Communication (NFC)
 Near Field Communication (NFC)
Bluetooth
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Bluetooth

Battery

Battery Type
NP-FV70 NP-FV50
Battery Technology
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
BEST
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Supported
Unknown - Click to provide data 1
Charging Source
 AC
 AC

Weight & Dimensions

Weight
700g
BEST
790g
Height
78.5mm 83.5mm
Depth
155mm 196.5mm
Width
71mm 81mm

Packaging Content

Batteries Included
 Batteries included
 Batteries included
Quick Start Guide
 Quick start guide
 Quick start guide
Bundled Software
Unknown - Click to provide data PlayMemories Home
Cables Included
 USB
 HDMI
 AC
 USB
 HDMI
 AC
AC Adapter Included
 AC adapter included
 AC adapter included
Handheld Remote Control
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Handheld remote control
Lens Hood
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Lens hood

Other Features

USB Connectivity
 USB connectivity
Unknown - Click to provide data
Waterproof
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Waterproof
Shock Proof
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Shock proof

Projector

Built-In Projector
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Built-in projector

Technical Details

Dustproof
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Dustproof
Flash Exposure Compensation
1 Unknown - Click to provide data
Self-Timer
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Self-timer
Number of Diaphragm Blades
6 Unknown - Click to provide data
USB Charging
 USB charging
 USB charging
Freezeproof
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Freezeproof
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