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Panasonic HC-V770 vs Sony FDR-AX33

Panasonic HC-V770 vs Sony FDR-AX33

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Panasonic HC-V770
Sony FDR-AX33

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Reasons For

5 Reasons For
10x bigger optical zoom Edit
The Panasonic HC-V770 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.

Bigger digital zoom Edit
The Panasonic HC-V770 has a digital zoom of 1,500x. That's 1,380x bigger 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.

99% lighter Edit
The Panasonic HC-V770 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.

$172 cheaper
The Panasonic HC-V770 is $172 cheaper than the Sony FDR-AX33.
User reviews are a lot better
The Panasonic HC-V770 has an average user review score of 89%, whereas the Sony FDR-AX33 has an average rating of 79% (based on 47 reviews).
7 Reasons For
A lot bigger total megapixels Edit
The Sony FDR-AX33 has a total megapixels of 20.6MP, however the Panasonic HC-V770 is only a 12.76MP sensor camcorder (7.84MP 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.

Higher effective megapixels (image) Edit
The Sony FDR-AX33 is a 10.3MP camcorder. That's 4.27MP higher than the Panasonic HC-V770 (10.3MP).
A lot higher effective megapixels (movie) Edit
The Sony FDR-AX33 has an effective megapixels (movie) of 8.29MP, however the Panasonic HC-V770 is only a 6.03MP (movie mode) camcorder (2.26MP lower).
Built-in flash Edit
The Sony FDR-AX33 has a built-in flash, but the Panasonic HC-V770 does not have a built-in flash.
A lot higher display resolution (numeric) Edit
The Sony FDR-AX33 is a 921,600 pixels display resolution camcorder, whereas the Panasonic HC-V770 is only a 460,800 pixels display resolution camcorder (460,800 pixels lower). Read more

Total number of pixels that display has.

Available from 2 shops
The more stores stock this camcorder, the greater competition amongst stores to keep prices low.
Expert reviews are a lot better
The Sony FDR-AX33 has an average expert review score of 100%, but the Panasonic HC-V770 has an average rating of 90% (based on 1 review).

Reasons Against

8 Reasons Against
Hugely smaller total megapixels Edit
Panasonic HC-V770 is only 12.76MP sensor, but the Sony FDR-AX33 is a 20.6MP sensor camcorder (7.84MP 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-V770 is a 6.03MP camcorder. That's 4.27MP lower than the Sony FDR-AX33 (10.3MP).
A lot lower effective megapixels (movie) Edit
Panasonic HC-V770 is only 6.03MP (movie mode), but the Sony FDR-AX33 is an 8.29MP (movie mode) camcorder (2.26MP higher).
Does not have a built-in flash Edit
The Panasonic HC-V770 does not have a built-in flash, however the Sony FDR-AX33 has a built-in flash.
Vastly lower display resolution (numeric) Edit
The Panasonic HC-V770 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.

Fewer sellers
Only 5 sellers sells the Panasonic HC-V770, but 7 stores 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.
Two months older
The Panasonic HC-V770 is older than the Sony FDR-AX33 by two months.
A lot Lower expert review Score
The average expert rating of the Panasonic HC-V770 is 90%, whereas the average expert rating of the Sony FDR-AX33 is 100% (based on 2 reviews).
5 Reasons Against
Smaller optical zoom Edit
Sony FDR-AX33 is only 10x (optical), but the Panasonic HC-V770 is a 20x (optical) camcorder (10x 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.

1,380x smaller digital zoom Edit
The Sony FDR-AX33 is a 120x (digital) camcorder. That's 1,380x smaller than the Panasonic HC-V770 (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.

50% heavier Edit
The Sony FDR-AX33 is a 700g weight camcorder. That's 347g heavier than the Panasonic HC-V770 (700g). Read more

Weight of the camcorder including battery.

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

$172 more expensive
The Sony FDR-AX33 is more expensive than the Panasonic HC-V770 by $172.
A lot Lower user review Score
The Sony FDR-AX33 only has an average user rating of 79%, but the Panasonic HC-V770 has an average user rating of 89% (based on 14 reviews).

Awards

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

Average Expert Rating

Average User Rating

Date Released

26 months Ago 24 months Ago

Image Sensor

Total Megapixels
12.76MP 20.6MP
BEST
Optical Sensor Size
 1/2
 1/2
Sensor Type
 MOS
 MOS
Effective Megapixels (image)
6.03MP 10.3MP
BEST
Effective Megapixels (movie)
6.03MP 8.29MP
BEST

Lens System

Optical Zoom
20x
BEST
10x
Digital Zoom
1,500x
BEST
120x
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 Aperture Number
1.8 Unknown - Click to provide data
Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
Unknown - Click to provide data 26.8mm
Maximum Aperture Number
3.6 Unknown - Click to provide data
Filter Size
49mm Unknown - Click to provide data
Focal Length (35mm Film Equivalent)
29.5 - 612 Unknown - Click to provide data
Focal Length Range (f-F)
4.08 - 81.6 3.8 - 38

Storage

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
 Exif 2.2
 DCF
 Exif
 Exif 2.2
 DCF
 Exif

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
 Sunny
 Indoor
 Outdoor
 Auto
 Cloudy
 Sunny
 Indoor
 Outdoor

Flash

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

Shutter

Shutter Speed (video)
1/25 - 1/8000 Unknown - Click to provide data
Shutter Speed (photo)
1/2 - 1/2000 Unknown - Click to provide data
Camera Shutter Speed
1/2 - 1/8000 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
 3D
 3D
On Screen Display (OSD)
 On Screen Display (OSD)
Unknown - Click to provide data
Image Processor
 BIONZ X
 BIONZ X
BEST
Minimum Illumination
1lx Unknown - Click to provide data
Self-Timer Delay
Unknown - Click to provide data 10
On Screen Display (OSD) Languages
 DUT
 ARA
 CZE
 THA
 ENG
 FRE
 DEU
 ITA
 POL
 ESP
 SWE
 TUR
 CHI (TR)
 CHI (SIMPL)
 PER
 DUT
 ARA
 CZE
 THA
 ENG
 FRE
 DEU
 ITA
 POL
 ESP
 SWE
 TUR
 CHI (TR)
 CHI (SIMPL)
 PER

Design

Colour
 Black
 Black

Video

Full HD
 Full HD
 Full HD
HD Type
 Full HD
 Full HD
Bitrate At Maximum Video Resolution
72 Mbit/s Unknown - Click to provide data
Supported Video Modes
 1080p
 720p
 540p
BEST
 1080p
 720p
 540p
Video Formats Supported
 MP4
 H.264
 AVCHD
 AVC
 MPEG
 MPEG4
 MP4
 H.264
 AVCHD
 AVC
 MPEG
 MPEG4
Video Resolutions
 1920 x 1080
 1280 x 720
 960 x 540
 3840 x 2160
 1440 x 1080
 1920 x 1080
 1280 x 720
 960 x 540
 3840 x 2160
 1440 x 1080
BEST
Maximum Video Resolution
 3840 x 2160
 3840 x 2160
BEST
Maximum Frame Rate
50fps 50fps

Still Image

Image Formats Supported
 JPG
BEST
 JPG
Still Image Resolution(s)
 5472 x 3648
 4896 x 3672
 3984 x 2656
 3264 x 2448
 1920 x 1080
 1728 x 1152
 640 x 480
BEST
 5472 x 3648
 4896 x 3672
 3984 x 2656
 3264 x 2448
 1920 x 1080
 1728 x 1152
 640 x 480
Maximum Image Resolution
 6528 x 3672
 6048 x 3400
BEST
 6528 x 3672
 6048 x 3400

Audio

Built-In Speaker(s)
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Built-in speaker(s)
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
 DC-in jack
 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
Component Video (YPbPr/YCbCr) Out
1 Unknown - Click to provide data
S-Video Out
 S-Video out
 S-Video out
PictBridge
Unknown - Click to provide data
 PictBridge

Networking

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

Battery

Battery Life (max)
1h Unknown - Click to provide data
Video Recording Time
1h Unknown - Click to provide data
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

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
Bundled Software
HD Writer AE 5.2 Unknown - Click to provide data
Cables Included
 USB
 HDMI
 DC
 USB
 HDMI
 DC
AC Adapter Included
 AC adapter included
 AC adapter included

Other Features

USB Connectivity
Unknown - Click to provide data
 USB connectivity

Projector

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

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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