Panasonic HC-W570 vs Sony HDR-PJ620

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Panasonic HC-W570
Sony HDR-PJ620

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Reasons For

4 Reasons For
Bigger total megapixels Edit
Panasonic HC-W570 is 2.51MP sensor. That's 0.22MP bigger than the Sony HDR-PJ620 (2.29MP). 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.

40% bigger optical zoom Edit
The Panasonic HC-W570 is a 50x (optical) camcorder. That's 20x bigger than the Sony HDR-PJ620 (30x). 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.

5% higher maximum aperture number Edit
The Panasonic HC-W570 has a maximum aperture number of 4.2. That's 0.2 higher than the Sony HDR-PJ620 (4).
42g lighter Edit
The Panasonic HC-W570 has a weight of 266g, whereas the Sony HDR-PJ620 is a 308g weight camcorder (42g heavier). Read more

Weight of the camcorder including battery.

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

5 Reasons For
Slightly higher effective megapixels (image) Edit
The Sony HDR-PJ620 has an effective megapixels (image) of 2.29MP, whereas the Panasonic HC-W570 is only a 2.2MP camcorder (0.09MP lower).
4% higher effective megapixels (movie) Edit
Sony HDR-PJ620 is 2.29MP (movie mode). That's 0.09MP higher than the Panasonic HC-W570 (2.29MP).
Vastly bigger digital zoom Edit
The Sony HDR-PJ620 has a digital zoom of 350x, however the Panasonic HC-W570 is only a 150x (digital) camcorder (200x smaller). 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.

Bigger bitrate at maximum video resolution Edit
Sony HDR-PJ620 is 50 Mbit/s maximum video resolution bitrate. That's 22 Mbit/s bigger than the Panasonic HC-W570 (50 Mbit/s).
Much better user reviews
Based on 36 reviews, the average user review score of the Sony HDR-PJ620 is 92%, whereas the average rating of the Panasonic HC-W570 is 80% (based on 1 review).

Reasons Against

5 Reasons Against
0.09MP lower effective megapixels (image) Edit
The Panasonic HC-W570 has an effective megapixels (image) of 2.2MP, whereas the Sony HDR-PJ620 is a 2.29MP camcorder (0.09MP higher).
Lower effective megapixels (movie) Edit
Panasonic HC-W570 is only 2.2MP (movie mode). That's 0.09MP lower than the Sony HDR-PJ620 (2.29MP).
Vastly smaller digital zoom Edit
The Panasonic HC-W570 has a digital zoom of 150x, however the Sony HDR-PJ620 is a 350x (digital) camcorder (200x 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.

79% smaller bitrate at maximum video resolution Edit
Panasonic HC-W570 is only 28 Mbit/s maximum video resolution bitrate. That's 22 Mbit/s smaller than the Sony HDR-PJ620 (50 Mbit/s).
User review Rating is considerably Worse
The average user rating of the Panasonic HC-W570 is 80%, whereas the average user rating of the Sony HDR-PJ620 is 92% (based on 36 reviews).
6 Reasons Against
10% smaller total megapixels Edit
Sony HDR-PJ620 is only 2.29MP sensor. That's 0.22MP smaller than the Panasonic HC-W570 (2.29MP). 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.

Smaller optical zoom Edit
The Sony HDR-PJ620 is a 30x (optical) camcorder. That's 20x smaller than the Panasonic HC-W570 (30x). 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.

Lower maximum aperture number Edit
The Sony HDR-PJ620 has a maximum aperture number of 4. That's 0.2 lower than the Panasonic HC-W570 (4).
42g heavier Edit
The Sony HDR-PJ620 has a weight of 308g, whereas the Panasonic HC-W570 is a 266g weight camcorder (42g lighter). Read more

Weight of the camcorder including battery.

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

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Older by four months
The Sony HDR-PJ620 is four months older than the Panasonic HC-W570.

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Image Sensor

Total Megapixels
2.51MP
BEST
2.29MP
Optical Sensor Size
 1/5
 1/5
Sensor Type
 MOS
 MOS
Effective Megapixels (image)
2.2MP 2.29MP
BEST
Effective Megapixels (movie)
2.2MP 2.29MP
BEST

Lens System

Optical Zoom
50x
BEST
30x
Digital Zoom
150x 350x
BEST
Image Stabilizer
 Image stabilizer
 Image stabilizer
Interchangeable Lens
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Interchangeable lens
Image Stabilizer Type
 Optical
 Optical
BEST
Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
Unknown - Click to provide data 984mm
Minimum Aperture Number
1.8 1.8
Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
Unknown - Click to provide data 26.8mm
Maximum Aperture Number
4.2
BEST
4
Filter Size
Unknown - Click to provide data 46mm
Focal Length (35mm Film Equivalent)
28 - 1740 Unknown - Click to provide data
Focal Length Range (f-F)
2.06 - 103 1.9 - 57

Storage

Compatible Memory Cards
 SDXC
 SDHC
 SD
 MS Micro (M2)
 MicroSD (Transflash)
 MicroSDHC
 MicroSDXC
 SDXC
 SDHC
 SD
 MS Micro (M2)
 MicroSD (Transflash)
 MicroSDHC
 MicroSDXC
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

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

Light Exposure

Scene Modes
 Beach
 Snow
 Fireworks
 Landscape
 Portrait
 Spotlight
 Beach
 Snow
 Fireworks
 Landscape
 Portrait
 Spotlight
Light Exposure Modes
 Auto
 Auto

White Balance

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

Flash

Built-In Flash
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Built-in flash

Shutter

Shutter Speed (photo)
0.5 - 0.0005 Unknown - Click to provide data
Camera Shutter Speed
0.04 - 0.000125 1/10000 - 1/6

Display

Display Diagonal
3" 3"
Built-In Display
 Built-in display
 Built-in display
Touchscreen
 Touchscreen
 Touchscreen
Display Resolution (numeric)
460,800 pixels 460,800 pixels
Display
 LCD
 LCD

Camera

Camcorder Type
 handheld
 handheld
3D
Unknown - Click to provide data
 3D
Minimum Illumination
4lx Unknown - Click to provide data
Self-Timer Delay
Unknown - Click to provide data 10

Design

Colour of Product
 White
 Black
 White
 Black

Video

Full HD
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Full HD
HD Type
 Full HD
 Full HD
Bitrate At Maximum Video Resolution
28 Mbit/s 50 Mbit/s
BEST
Video Capturing Speed
Unknown - Click to provide data 50fps
Video Formats Supported
 MPEG
 MPEG4
 H.264
 AVCHD
 AVC
 MP4
 MPEG
 MPEG4
 H.264
 AVCHD
 AVC
 MP4
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
BEST
 JPG
Still Image Resolution(s)
 4224 x 2376
 3408 x 2272
 1920 x 1080
 1728 x 1152
 640 x 480
BEST
 4224 x 2376
 3408 x 2272
 1920 x 1080
 1728 x 1152
 640 x 480
Maximum Image Resolution
 4224 x 2376
 4032 x 2272
BEST
 4224 x 2376
 4032 x 2272

Audio

Audio Formats Supported
 LPCM
 PCM
 AAC++
 LPCM
 PCM
 AAC++
BEST
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 5.1
 Dolby Digital 5.1
BEST

Ports & Interfaces

HDMI
 HDMI
 HDMI
USB 2.0 Ports Quantity
1 1
S-Video Out
 S-Video out
Unknown - Click to provide data
Mini HDMI Ports Quantity
1 Unknown - Click to provide data

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-FV50
Battery Capacity
1,940mAh Unknown - Click to provide data
Battery Technology
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
BEST
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Continuous Video Playback Time
1,940h Unknown - Click to provide data

Weight & Dimensions

Weight
266g
BEST
308g
Height
62mm 66.5mm
Depth
129mm 130.5mm
Width
60mm 61.5mm

Packaging Content

Batteries Included
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Batteries included
Quick Start Guide
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Quick start guide
Cables Included
 USB
 HDMI
 USB
 HDMI
BEST
Warranty Card
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Warranty card

Projector

Built-In Projector
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Built-in projector
Screen Size Compatibility
Unknown - Click to provide data 10 - 100
Projector Brightness
Unknown - Click to provide data 25 ANSI lumens
Minimum Projection Distance
Unknown - Click to provide data 0.5m

Technical Details

USB Charging
Unknown - Click to provide data
 USB charging
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