Panasonic HC-W850 vs Sony PXW-X70

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Panasonic HC-W850
Sony PXW-X70

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Reasons For

5 Reasons For
A lot bigger optical zoom Edit
Panasonic HC-W850 is 20x (optical), but the Sony PXW-X70 is only a 12x (optical) camcorder (8x 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.

0.7lx smaller minimum illumination Edit
The Panasonic HC-W850 has a minimum illumination of 1lx, but the Sony PXW-X70 is a 1.7lx minimum illumination camcorder (0.7lx bigger).
Two times lighter Edit
The Panasonic HC-W850 is a 360g weight camcorder. That's 540g lighter than the Sony PXW-X70 (900g). Read more

Weight of the camcorder including battery.

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

$1,229 cheaper
The Panasonic HC-W850 costs $829.99, whereas the Sony PXW-X70 is $2,059.00.
User reviews are appreciably better
Based on 6 user reviews, the Panasonic HC-W850 has an average review score of 90%, but the Sony PXW-X70 has an average rating of 80% (based on 2 reviews).
5 Reasons For
Bigger total megapixels Edit
Sony PXW-X70 is 14.2MP sensor, but the Panasonic HC-W850 is only a 12.76MP sensor camcorder (1.44MP 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.

0.8 lower minimum aperture number Edit
The Sony PXW-X70 has a minimum aperture number of 2.8, however the Panasonic HC-W850 is a 3.6 minimum aperture camcorder (0.8 higher).
2.7 higher maximum aperture number Edit
The Sony PXW-X70 has a maximum aperture number of 4.5, however the Panasonic HC-W850 is only a 1.8 maximum aperture value camcorder (2.7 lower).
0.5" larger display diagonal Edit
The Sony PXW-X70 is a 3.5" screen size camcorder, whereas the Panasonic HC-W850 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.

Available from 1 shops
A greater number of stores increases the price competition amongst retailers for this camcorder and also increases the chances of the product remaining in stock.

Reasons Against

6 Reasons Against
12% smaller total megapixels Edit
The Panasonic HC-W850 has a total megapixels of 12.76MP, however the Sony PXW-X70 is a 14.2MP sensor camcorder (1.44MP 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.

0.8 higher minimum aperture number Edit
The Panasonic HC-W850 is a 3.6 minimum aperture camcorder, whereas the Sony PXW-X70 is a 2.8 minimum aperture camcorder (0.8 lower).
Two times lower maximum aperture number Edit
The Panasonic HC-W850 is a 1.8 maximum aperture value camcorder, whereas the Sony PXW-X70 is a 4.5 maximum aperture value camcorder (2.7 higher).
Smaller display diagonal Edit
Panasonic HC-W850 is only 3" screen size, but the Sony PXW-X70 is a 3.5" screen size camcorder (0.5" larger). 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.

Not as many stockists
Only 2 sellers sells the Panasonic HC-W850, however 3 shops sell the Sony PXW-X70. Read more
Smaller numbers of retailers reduces the chances of this camcorder remaining in stock and also reduces the price competition amongst retailers for the product.
Five months older
The Panasonic HC-W850 is older than the Sony PXW-X70 by five months.
5 Reasons Against
8x smaller optical zoom Edit
The Sony PXW-X70 is a 12x (optical) camcorder, whereas the Panasonic HC-W850 is a 20x (optical) camcorder (8x bigger). 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 bigger minimum illumination Edit
The Sony PXW-X70 has a minimum illumination of 1.7lx, whereas the Panasonic HC-W850 is a 1lx minimum illumination camcorder (0.7lx smaller).
60% heavier Edit
The Sony PXW-X70 is a 900g weight camcorder. That's 540g heavier than the Panasonic HC-W850 (900g). Read more

Weight of the camcorder including battery.

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

$1,229 more expensive
The Sony PXW-X70 is more expensive than the Panasonic HC-W850 by $1,229.01.
A lot Lower user review Score
The average user rating of the Sony PXW-X70 is 80%, whereas the average user rating of the Panasonic HC-W850 is 90% (based on 6 reviews).

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Date Released

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Image Sensor

Total Megapixels
12.76MP 14.2MP
BEST
Optical Sensor Size
 1/2
BEST
 1/2
Sensor Type
 MOS
 MOS
Effective Megapixels (image)
5.21MP Unknown - Click to provide data
Effective Megapixels (movie)
6.03MP Unknown - Click to provide data

Lens System

Optical Zoom
20x
BEST
12x
Digital Zoom
60x Unknown - Click to provide data
Image Stabilizer
 Image stabilizer
 Image stabilizer
Interchangeable Lens
 Interchangeable lens
Unknown - Click to provide data
Image Stabilizer Type
 Hybrid
BEST
 Hybrid
Minimum Aperture Number
3.6 2.8
BEST
Maximum Aperture Number
1.8 4.5
BEST
Filter Size
49mm 62mm
Focal Length (35mm Film Equivalent)
29.5 - 612 Unknown - Click to provide data
Focal Length Range (f-F)
4.08 - 81.6 9.3 - 111.6

Storage

Compatible Memory Cards
 SDXC
 SDHC
 SD
 MS PRO
 MS PRO Duo
 SDXC
 SDHC
 SD
 MS PRO
 MS PRO Duo
Camcorder Media Type
 Memory card
 Memory card
Camera File System
 Exif 2.2
 DCF
 Exif
 Exif 2.2
 DCF
 Exif

Focusing

Focus Adjustment
 Auto
 Manual
 Auto
 Manual

White Balance

Indoor White Balance
 Indoor white balance
Unknown - Click to provide data
White Balance
 Auto
 Cloudy
 Sunny
 Auto
 Cloudy
 Sunny

Flash

Built-In Flash
 Built-in flash
Unknown - Click to provide data
Built-In Light
 Built-in light
Unknown - Click to provide data
Shoe Mounting Point
 Shoe mounting point
Unknown - Click to provide data
Shoe Mounting Point Type
 Cold
 Cold

Shutter

Shutter Speed (video)
1/50 - 1/8000 Unknown - Click to provide data
Shutter Speed (photo)
1/2 - 1/2000 Unknown - Click to provide data
Camera Shutter Speed
0.000125 - 0.04 1/8 - 1/10000

Display

Display Diagonal
3" 3.5"
BEST
Built-In Display
 Built-in display
 Built-in display
Display Resolution (numeric)
460,800 pixels Unknown - Click to provide data
Display
 LCD
 LCD

Viewfinder

Viewfinder Screen Size
Unknown - Click to provide data 0.39"
Viewfinder Type
 Not available
 Not available

Camera

Camcorder Type
 handheld
 handheld
3D
 3D
 3D
On Screen Display (OSD)
 On Screen Display (OSD)
Unknown - Click to provide data
Minimum Illumination
1lx
BEST
1.7lx
On Screen Display (OSD) Languages
 ENG
 FRE
 DEU
 ITA
 POL
 ESP
 SWE
 TUR
 DUT
 CZE
 ENG
 FRE
 DEU
 ITA
 POL
 ESP
 SWE
 TUR
 DUT
 CZE
Smartphone Remote Support
 Smartphone remote support
Unknown - Click to provide data
Remotely Operated
 Remotely operated
Unknown - Click to provide data
Progressive Scan
 Progressive scan
Unknown - Click to provide data

Design

LED Indicators
 LED indicators
Unknown - Click to provide data
Colour of Product
 Black
 Black

Video

Full HD
Unknown - Click to provide data
 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
 1920 x 1080
 1280 x 720
 960 x 540
 720 x 576
 720 x 480
 1920 x 1080
 1280 x 720
 960 x 540
 720 x 576
 720 x 480
Maximum Video Resolution
 1920 x 1080
 1920 x 1080
Maximum Frame Rate
Unknown - Click to provide data 59.94fps
Analog Signal Format System
 PAL
 NTSC
BEST
 PAL
 NTSC
Dual Shot (video & Photo)
 Dual shot (video & photo)
Unknown - Click to provide data

Still Image

Image Formats Supported
 JPG
 EXIF
BEST
 JPG
 EXIF
Still Image Resolution(s)
 5472 x 3648
 4896 x 3672
 3984 x 2656
 1920 x 1080
 1728 x 1152
 640 x 480
BEST
 5472 x 3648
 4896 x 3672
 3984 x 2656
 1920 x 1080
 1728 x 1152
 640 x 480
Maximum Image Resolution
 6528 x 3672
BEST
 6528 x 3672

Audio

Audio Formats Supported
 MP4
 AAC++
 LPCM
 PCM
 MP4
 AAC++
 LPCM
 PCM
Wind Filter
 Wind filter
Unknown - Click to provide data
Built-In Speaker(s)
 Built-in speaker(s)
Unknown - Click to provide data
Built-In Microphone
 Built-in microphone
 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
 Composite video out
 Composite video out
USB 2.0 Ports Quantity
1 Unknown - Click to provide data
Microphone in
 Microphone in
Unknown - Click to provide data
Headphone Outputs
 Headphone outputs
 Headphone outputs
S-Video Out
 S-Video out
 S-Video out
PictBridge
 PictBridge
 PictBridge
Mini HDMI Ports Quantity
1 Unknown - Click to provide data
XLR in
Unknown - Click to provide data
 XLR in

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)
BEST
Number of Batteries Supported
Unknown - Click to provide data 1
Charging Source
 USB
 DC
 USB
 DC

Operational Conditions

Operating Temperature (T-T)
Unknown - Click to provide data 0 - 40
Storage Temperature (T-T)
Unknown - Click to provide data -20 - 60

Weight & Dimensions

Weight
360g
BEST
900g
Height
73mm 103.5mm
Depth
139mm 274.3mm
Width
65mm 120.7mm

Packaging Content

Batteries Included
 Batteries included
Unknown - Click to provide data
Quick Start Guide
 Quick start guide
Unknown - Click to provide data
Bundled Software
HD Writer AE 5.1 Unknown - Click to provide data
Cables Included
 USB
 HDMI
 DC
BEST
 USB
 HDMI
 DC
AC Adapter Included
 AC adapter included
Unknown - Click to provide data
Warranty Card
 Warranty card
Unknown - Click to provide data

Other Features

USB Connectivity
Unknown - Click to provide data
 USB connectivity
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