Sony HDR-PJ810 vs Sony NEX-VG30

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Sony HDR-PJ810
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Reasons For

8 Reasons For
7.8MP bigger total megapixels Edit
The Sony HDR-PJ810 is a 24.5MP sensor camcorder, whereas the Sony NEX-VG30 is only a 16.7MP sensor camcorder (7.8MP 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.

Marginally bigger optical zoom Edit
The Sony HDR-PJ810 has an optical zoom of 12x, however the Sony NEX-VG30 is only an 11.1x (optical) camcorder (0.9x 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% bigger digital zoom Edit
Sony HDR-PJ810 is 160x (digital). That's 158x bigger than the Sony NEX-VG30 (2x). 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.

Image stabilizer Edit
The Sony HDR-PJ810 has an image stabilizer, but the Sony NEX-VG30 does not have an image stabilizer. Read more

Image stabiliser is a system, either software (not good) or hardware (good) driven that smooths out the movement of the camera when used in a handheld mode. The Z7 has a hardware image stabiliser.

9x shorter minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) Edit
The Sony HDR-PJ810 is a 2.9mm minimum focal length camcorder, whereas the Sony NEX-VG30 is a 29mm minimum focal length camcorder (26.1mm longer).
Built-in light Edit
The Sony HDR-PJ810 has a built-in light, but the Sony NEX-VG30 does not have a built-in light.
2x smaller minimum illumination Edit
The Sony HDR-PJ810 has a minimum illumination of 3lx, however the Sony NEX-VG30 is a 9lx minimum illumination camcorder (6lx bigger).
User reviews are appreciably better
Based on 29 user reviews, the Sony HDR-PJ810 has an average review score of 97%, however the Sony NEX-VG30 has an average rating of 80% (based on 2 reviews).
2 Reasons For
90% longer maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) Edit
The Sony NEX-VG30 has a maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) of 322mm. That's 287.2mm longer than the Sony HDR-PJ810 (322mm).
600 pixels higher display resolution (numeric) Edit
The Sony NEX-VG30 is a 921,600 pixels display resolution camcorder, whereas the Sony HDR-PJ810 is only a 921,000 pixels display resolution camcorder (600 pixels lower). Read more

Total number of pixels that display has.

Reasons Against

2 Reasons Against
Significantly shorter maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) Edit
The Sony HDR-PJ810 is a 34.8mm maximum focal length camcorder. That's 287.2mm shorter than the Sony NEX-VG30 (322mm).
600 pixels lower display resolution (numeric) Edit
Sony HDR-PJ810 is only 921,000 pixels display resolution, but the Sony NEX-VG30 is a 921,600 pixels display resolution camcorder (600 pixels higher). Read more

Total number of pixels that display has.

10 Reasons Against
7.8MP smaller total megapixels Edit
The Sony NEX-VG30 has a total megapixels of 16.7MP, however the Sony HDR-PJ810 is a 24.5MP sensor camcorder (7.8MP 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.

A bit smaller optical zoom Edit
Sony NEX-VG30 is only 11.1x (optical), but the Sony HDR-PJ810 is a 12x (optical) camcorder (0.9x 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.

158x smaller digital zoom Edit
The Sony NEX-VG30 is a 2x (digital) camcorder. That's 158x smaller than the Sony HDR-PJ810 (2x). 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.

Does not have an image stabilizer Edit
The Sony NEX-VG30 does not have an image stabilizer, however the Sony HDR-PJ810 has an image stabilizer. Read more

Image stabiliser is a system, either software (not good) or hardware (good) driven that smooths out the movement of the camera when used in a handheld mode. The Z7 has a hardware image stabiliser.

Vastly longer minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) Edit
The Sony NEX-VG30 has a minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) of 29mm, however the Sony HDR-PJ810 is a 2.9mm minimum focal length camcorder (26.1mm shorter).
Does not have a built-in light Edit
The Sony NEX-VG30 does not have a built-in light, however the Sony HDR-PJ810 does.
6lx bigger minimum illumination Edit
The Sony NEX-VG30 has a minimum illumination of 9lx, but the Sony HDR-PJ810 is a 3lx minimum illumination camcorder (6lx smaller).
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Over one year older
The Sony NEX-VG30 is older than the Sony HDR-PJ810 by 15 months.
Appreciably Lower user review Score
The Sony NEX-VG30 has an average user rating of 80%, but the Sony HDR-PJ810 has an average user rating of 97% (based on 29 reviews).

Awards

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Image Sensor

Total Megapixels
24.5MP
BEST
16.7MP
Optical Sensor Size
 1/3
BEST
 1/3
Sensor Type
 CMOS
 CMOS
Effective Megapixels (movie)
Unknown - Click to provide data 16.1MP

Lens System

Optical Zoom
12x
BEST
11.1x
Digital Zoom
160x
BEST
2x
Image Stabilizer
 Image stabilizer
BEST
 Image stabilizer
Interchangeable Lens
 Interchangeable lens
 Interchangeable lens
Image Stabilizer Type
 Optical
BEST
 Optical
Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
34.8mm 322mm
BEST
Minimum Aperture Number
Unknown - Click to provide data 3.5
Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
2.9mm
BEST
29mm
Maximum Aperture Number
Unknown - Click to provide data 6.3
Filter Size
Unknown - Click to provide data 67mm
Focal Length (35mm Film Equivalent)
2.9 - 34.8 29 - 322
Focal Length Range (f-F)
2.9 - 34.8 18 - 200
Wide Angle Lens System
 Wide angle lens system
Unknown - Click to provide data

Storage

Memory Slots
Unknown - Click to provide data 1
Compatible Memory Cards
 SDHC
 SD
 SDXC
 MS PRO
 MS PRO Duo
 MS PRO Duo Mark 2
 MS Pro-HG
 MS Pro-HG Duo
 SDHC
 SD
 SDXC
 MS PRO
 MS PRO Duo
 MS PRO Duo Mark 2
 MS Pro-HG
 MS Pro-HG Duo
BEST
Camcorder Media Type
 Memory card
 Memory card
Camera File System
 RAW
 RAW

Focusing

Face Detection
 Face detection
 Face detection
Focus Adjustment
 Manual
 Auto
 Manual
 Auto
Smile Detection
 Smile detection
Unknown - Click to provide data

Light Exposure

Scene Modes
 Beach
 Snow
 Fireworks
 Landscape
 Portrait
 Spotlight
 Beach
 Snow
 Fireworks
 Landscape
 Portrait
 Spotlight

White Balance

Outdoor White Balance
 Outdoor white balance
Unknown - Click to provide data
Indoor White Balance
 Indoor white balance
Unknown - Click to provide data
Onepush White Balance
 Onepush white balance
Unknown - Click to provide data
White Balance
 Auto
 Outdoor
 Indoor
 Auto
 Outdoor
 Indoor

Flash

Built-In Flash
 Built-in flash
 Built-in flash
Built-In Light
 Built-in light
BEST
 Built-in light

Shutter

Shutter Speed (video)
Unknown - Click to provide data 1/3-1/10000, 1/48-1/10000, 1/50-1/10000
Shutter Speed (photo)
Unknown - Click to provide data 30 - 1/4000
Camera Shutter Speed
1/10000 Unknown - Click to provide data

Display

Display Diagonal
3" 3"
Built-In Display
 Built-in display
 Built-in display
Touchscreen
 Touchscreen
 Touchscreen
Display Resolution (numeric)
921,000 pixels 921,600 pixels
BEST
Display
 LCD
 LCD

Viewfinder

Viewfinder Screen Size
Unknown - Click to provide data 0.5"
Viewfinder Type
 electrical
 electrical
BEST

Camera

Camcorder Type
 handheld
 handheld
3D
 3D
 3D
Image Processor
 BIONZ
 BIONZ
Back Light Compensation
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Back light compensation
Minimum Illumination
3lx
BEST
9lx
Remotely Operated
 Remotely operated
Unknown - Click to provide data
Geotagging
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Geotagging
Progressive Scan
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Progressive scan

Design

Colour of Product
 Black
 Black

Video

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
 1440 x 1080
 1280 x 720
 1920 x 1080
 1440 x 1080
 1280 x 720
Maximum Video Resolution
 1920 x 1080
 1920 x 1080
Maximum Frame Rate
Unknown - Click to provide data 50fps

Still Image

Image Formats Supported
 JPG
 RAW
 JPG
 RAW
Still Image Resolution(s)
 4912 x 3264
 4912 x 2760
 4912 x 3264
 4912 x 2760
BEST
Maximum Image Resolution
 6592 x 3712
 4912 x 3264
BEST
 6592 x 3712
 4912 x 3264

Audio

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 2.0/5.1
 Dolby Digital 2.0/5.1
BEST

Ports & Interfaces

HDMI
 HDMI
 HDMI
Composite Video Out
 Composite video out
Unknown - Click to provide data
USB 2.0 Ports Quantity
1 1
Microphone in
 Microphone in
 Microphone in
Headphone Outputs
 Headphone outputs
 Headphone outputs
Component Video (YPbPr/YCbCr) Out
Unknown - Click to provide data 1
S-Video Out
 S-Video out
 S-Video out
PictBridge
 PictBridge
 PictBridge
S-Video in
Unknown - Click to provide data
 S-Video in

Networking

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

Battery

Battery Type
NP-FV50 NP-FV70
Battery Voltage
Unknown - Click to provide data 6.8V

Weight & Dimensions

Weight
460g Unknown - Click to provide data
Height
72.5mm Unknown - Click to provide data
Depth
134mm Unknown - Click to provide data
Width
67.5mm Unknown - Click to provide data

Packaging Content

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

Other Features

Auto Focus
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Auto focus
Noise Reduction
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Noise reduction
Auto Exposure
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Auto exposure
Electrical Viewfinder
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Electrical viewfinder
Waterproof
 Waterproof
Unknown - Click to provide data
Shock Proof
 Shock proof
Unknown - Click to provide data

Projector

Built-In Projector
 Built-in projector
Unknown - Click to provide data
Projector Brightness
50 ANSI lumens Unknown - Click to provide data
Minimum Projection Distance
0.5m Unknown - Click to provide data

Technical Details

Dustproof
 Dustproof
Unknown - Click to provide data
USB Charging
 USB charging
Unknown - Click to provide data
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