Panasonic HDC-TM41 vs Sony HVR-Z7

Panasonic HDC-TM41
Sony HVR-Z7

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Reasons For

3 Reasons For
26% bigger total megapixels Edit
The Panasonic HDC-TM41 has a total megapixels of 1.5MP. That's 0.38MP bigger than the Sony HVR-Z7 (1.12MP). 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
Panasonic HDC-TM41 is 16.8x (optical). That's 4.8x bigger than the Sony HVR-Z7 (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.

Eleven times lighter Edit
The Panasonic HDC-TM41 has a weight of 213g, but the Sony HVR-Z7 is a 2.4kg weight camcorder (2.2kg heavier). Read more

Weight of the camcorder including battery.

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

2 Reasons For
16% larger display diagonal Edit
The Sony HVR-Z7 has a display diagonal of 3.2", however the Panasonic HDC-TM41 is only a 2.7" 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.

4x smaller minimum illumination Edit
The Sony HVR-Z7 has a minimum illumination of 1.5lx, however the Panasonic HDC-TM41 is a 7lx minimum illumination camcorder (5.5lx bigger).

Reasons Against

4 Reasons Against
Smaller display diagonal Edit
Panasonic HDC-TM41 is only 2.7" screen size. That's 0.5" smaller than the Sony HVR-Z7 (3.2"). 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.

79% bigger minimum illumination Edit
The Panasonic HDC-TM41 is a 7lx minimum illumination camcorder. That's 5.5lx bigger than the Sony HVR-Z7 (1.5lx).
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Older by over one year
The Panasonic HDC-TM41 is 23 months older than the Sony HVR-Z7.
3 Reasons Against
A lot smaller total megapixels Edit
The Sony HVR-Z7 is a 1.12MP sensor camcorder, whereas the Panasonic HDC-TM41 is a 1.5MP sensor camcorder (0.38MP 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.

4.8x smaller optical zoom Edit
The Sony HVR-Z7 has an optical zoom of 12x, however the Panasonic HDC-TM41 is a 16.8x (optical) camcorder (4.8x 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.

92% heavier Edit
The Sony HVR-Z7 is a 2.4kg weight camcorder. That's 2.2kg heavier than the Panasonic HDC-TM41 (2.4kg). 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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Date Released

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Image Sensor

Total Megapixels
1.5MP
BEST
1.12MP
Optical Sensor Size
 1/3
 1/3
BEST
Sensor Type
 MOS
 MOS
Effective Megapixels (movie)
Unknown - Click to provide data 1.04MP

Lens System

Optical Zoom
16.8x
BEST
12x
Digital Zoom
1,500x Unknown - Click to provide data
Image Stabilizer
 Image stabilizer
 Image stabilizer
Interchangeable Lens
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Interchangeable lens
Image Stabilizer Type
 Optical
BEST
 Optical
Filter Size
Unknown - Click to provide data 72mm
Focal Length (35mm Film Equivalent)
42.9 - 721 Unknown - Click to provide data
Focal Length Range (f-F)
2.9 - 387 4.4 - 474

Storage

Flash Memory
16GB Unknown - Click to provide data
Memory Slots
1 Unknown - Click to provide data
Camcorder Tape Type
 HDV
 HDV
BEST
Compatible Memory Cards
 SDXC
 SDHC
 SD
 CF+
BEST
 SDXC
 SDHC
 SD
 CF+
Camcorder Media Type
 Memory card
 Memory card

Focusing

Focus Adjustment
 Auto
 Manual
 Auto
 Manual

White Balance

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

Flash

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

Shutter

Shutter Speed (video)
1/30-1/8000 Unknown - Click to provide data
Camera Shutter Speed
Unknown - Click to provide data 1/3 - 1/10000

Display

Display Diagonal
2.7" 3.2"
BEST
Built-In Display
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Built-in display
Display
 LCD
 LCD

Viewfinder

Viewfinder Screen Size
Unknown - Click to provide data 0.45"
Viewfinder
Unknown - Click to provide data 1,226,880 pixels

Camera

Camcorder Type
 handheld
 handheld
BEST
3D
 3D
Unknown - Click to provide data
On Screen Display (OSD)
 On Screen Display (OSD)
Unknown - Click to provide data
Back Light Compensation
 Back light compensation
Unknown - Click to provide data
Minimum Illumination
7lx 1.5lx
BEST
On Screen Display (OSD) Languages
 ENG
 FRE
 ESP
 ENG
 FRE
 ESP

Design

Tripod Mountable
 Tripod mountable
Unknown - Click to provide data
LED Indicators
 LED indicators
Unknown - Click to provide data
Colour of Product
 Grey
 Black
 Grey
 Black

Video

Supported Video Modes
 1080i
 576i
 1080i
 576i
BEST
Video Formats Supported
 MPEG
 MPEG4
 H.264
 AVCHD
 AVC
BEST
 MPEG
 MPEG4
 H.264
 AVCHD
 AVC
Video Resolutions
 1920 x 1080
 960 x 540
BEST
 1920 x 1080
 960 x 540
Maximum Video Resolution
 1920 x 1080
BEST
 1920 x 1080

Still Image

Still Image Resolution(s)
 1920 x 1080
BEST
 1920 x 1080
Maximum Image Resolution
 1920 x 1080
BEST
 1920 x 1080

Audio

Audio Formats Supported
 AAC++
 AAC++
Built-In Speaker(s)
 Built-in speaker(s)
Unknown - Click to provide data
Built-In Microphone
 Built-in microphone
Unknown - Click to provide data
Audio System
 Dolby Digital 2.0
BEST
 Dolby Digital 2.0

Ports & Interfaces

HDMI
 HDMI
 HDMI
DC-In Jack
 DC-in jack
Unknown - Click to provide data
Composite Video Out
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Composite video out
USB 2.0 Ports Quantity
1 Unknown - Click to provide data
Microphone in
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Microphone in
DV Port
Unknown - Click to provide data
 DV port
Headphone Outputs
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Headphone outputs
Component Video (YPbPr/YCbCr) Out
Unknown - Click to provide data 1
S-Video Out
Unknown - Click to provide data
 S-Video out
XLR in
Unknown - Click to provide data
 XLR in
Firewire (IEEE 1394) Ports
Unknown - Click to provide data 1
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A Ports Quantity
Unknown - Click to provide data 1

Battery

Video Recording Time
1.5h Unknown - Click to provide data
Battery Type
Unknown - Click to provide data NP-F570
Battery Voltage
3.6V 7.2V
Battery Capacity
Unknown - Click to provide data 2,200mAh
Battery Technology
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity (Watt Hours)
Unknown - Click to provide data 15.8Wh
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
213g
BEST
2.4kg
Height
57.4mm Unknown - Click to provide data
Depth
108.46mm Unknown - Click to provide data
Width
51.56mm Unknown - Click to provide data

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 LE 1.0 Unknown - Click to provide data
Cables Included
 USB
 AC
 AV
 Component
 USB
 AC
 AV
 Component
AC Adapter Included
 AC adapter included
Unknown - Click to provide data
Handheld Remote Control
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Handheld remote control
Lens Hood
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Lens hood

Other Features

Auto Focus
 Auto focus
Unknown - Click to provide data
Manual Focus
 Manual focus
Unknown - Click to provide data
Photo Mode
 Photo mode
Unknown - Click to provide data
Power Requirements
DC 3.6V / 5.0V Unknown - Click to provide data
AC Adapter Output Voltage
Unknown - Click to provide data 8.4V
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