Panasonic HC-WX970 vs Sony PXW-X70

Panasonic HC-WX970
Sony PXW-X70

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Reasons For

5 Reasons For
Bigger total megapixels Edit
Panasonic HC-WX970 is 18.91MP sensor. That's 4.71MP bigger than the Sony PXW-X70 (14.2MP). 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.

Bigger optical zoom Edit
The Panasonic HC-WX970 is a 20x (optical) camcorder. That's 8x bigger than the Sony PXW-X70 (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.

Significantly lighter Edit
The Panasonic HC-WX970 has a weight of 360g, whereas the Sony PXW-X70 is a 900g weight camcorder (540g 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 $1,106
The Panasonic HC-WX970 is $1,106.01 cheaper than the Sony PXW-X70.
Significantly better user reviews
Based on 1 user review, the average review score of the Panasonic HC-WX970 is 100%, whereas the average rating of the Sony PXW-X70 is 80% (based on 2 reviews).
2 Reasons For
Larger display diagonal Edit
Sony PXW-X70 is 3.5" screen size, but the Panasonic HC-WX970 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.

17% faster maximum frame rate Edit
The Sony PXW-X70 is a 59.94fps camcorder. That's 9.94fps faster than the Panasonic HC-WX970 (59.94fps).

Reasons Against

2 Reasons Against
0.5" smaller display diagonal Edit
The Panasonic HC-WX970 is a 3" screen size camcorder. That's 0.5" smaller than the Sony PXW-X70 (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.

Slower maximum frame rate Edit
The Panasonic HC-WX970 has a maximum frame rate of 50fps, but the Sony PXW-X70 is a 59.94fps camcorder (9.94fps faster).
6 Reasons Against
A lot smaller total megapixels Edit
The Sony PXW-X70 has a total megapixels of 14.2MP, however the Panasonic HC-WX970 is an 18.91MP sensor camcorder (4.71MP 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.

8x smaller optical zoom Edit
Sony PXW-X70 is only 12x (optical), but the Panasonic HC-WX970 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.

60% heavier Edit
The Sony PXW-X70 is a 900g weight camcorder. That's 540g heavier than the Panasonic HC-WX970 (900g). Read more

Weight of the camcorder including battery.

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

$1,106 more expensive
The Sony PXW-X70 is more expensive than the Panasonic HC-WX970 by $1,106.01.
Six months older
The Sony PXW-X70 is older than the Panasonic HC-WX970 by six months.
Hugely Lower user review Score
The Sony PXW-X70 has an average user rating of 80%, but the Panasonic HC-WX970 has an average user rating of 100% (based on 1 review).

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Image Sensor

Total Megapixels
18.91MP
BEST
14.2MP
Optical Sensor Size
 1/2
BEST
 1/2
Sensor Type
 MOS
 MOS
Effective Megapixels (image)
8.29MP Unknown - Click to provide data
Effective Megapixels (movie)
8.29MP 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
Minimum Aperture Number
Unknown - Click to provide data 2.8
Maximum Aperture Number
Unknown - Click to provide data 4.5
Filter Size
49mm 62mm
Focal Length (35mm Film Equivalent)
30.8 - 626 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

White Balance

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

Shutter

Shutter Speed (photo)
0.0005 - 0.5 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
Touchscreen
 Touchscreen
Unknown - Click to provide data
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
 Electronic
 Electronic

Camera

Camcorder Type
 handheld
 handheld
3D
Unknown - Click to provide data
 3D
On Screen Display (OSD)
 On Screen Display (OSD)
Unknown - Click to provide data
Minimum Illumination
Unknown - Click to provide data 1.7lx

Design

Colour of Product
 Black
 Black

Video

Full HD
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Full HD
HD Type
 Full HD
 Full HD
Supported Video Modes
 2160p
 1080i
 1080p
 720p
 540p
BEST
 2160p
 1080i
 1080p
 720p
 540p
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
 1280 x 720
 960 x 540
 720 x 576
 720 x 480
BEST
 3840 x 2160
 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
50fps 59.94fps
BEST

Still Image

Image Formats Supported
 JPG
BEST
 JPG
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

Audio

Audio Formats Supported
 LPCM
 PCM
 LPCM
 PCM
BEST
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
Unknown - Click to provide data
 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
Unknown - Click to provide data
 S-Video out
PictBridge
Unknown - Click to provide data
 PictBridge
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

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

AC Adapter Included
 AC adapter included
Unknown - Click to provide data
Lens Hood
 Lens hood
Unknown - Click to provide data

Other Features

USB Connectivity
Unknown - Click to provide data
 USB connectivity
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