Panasonic HX-A100 vs Sony HVR-Z7

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Panasonic HX-A100
Sony HVR-Z7

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Reasons For

5 Reasons For
2.2MP bigger total megapixels Edit
Panasonic HX-A100 is 3.32MP sensor, but the Sony HVR-Z7 is only a 1.12MP sensor camcorder (2.2MP 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.

1.76MP higher effective megapixels (movie) Edit
Panasonic HX-A100 is 2.8MP (movie mode), but the Sony HVR-Z7 is only a 1.04MP (movie mode) camcorder (1.76MP lower).
0.5lx smaller minimum illumination Edit
The Panasonic HX-A100 has a minimum illumination of 1lx, whereas the Sony HVR-Z7 is a 1.5lx minimum illumination camcorder (0.5lx bigger).
2.2kg lighter Edit
The Panasonic HX-A100 is a 167g weight camcorder. That's 2.2kg lighter than the Sony HVR-Z7 (2.4kg). Read more

Weight of the camcorder including battery.

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

$230 cheaper
The Panasonic HX-A100 is $230 cheaper than the Sony HVR-Z7.
6 Reasons For
Interchangeable lens Edit
The Sony HVR-Z7 has an interchangeable lens, whereas the Panasonic HX-A100 does not. Read more

The lens in the device can be swapped round.

An interchangeable lens system allows the user to use alternative lenses which might be better suited for a shoot than a standard lens.

Built-in display Edit
The Sony HVR-Z7 has a built-in display, however the Panasonic HX-A100 does not have a built-in display.
HDMI Edit
The Sony HVR-Z7 has an HDMI, but the Panasonic HX-A100 does not have an HDMI.
DV port Edit
The Sony HVR-Z7 has a DV port, however the Panasonic HX-A100 does not have a DV port. Read more

Allows to send digital video from the computer to the camcorder and record back onto tape.

750mAh higher battery capacity Edit
The Sony HVR-Z7 is a 2,200mAh battery camcorder, whereas the Panasonic HX-A100 is only a 1,450mAh battery camcorder (750mAh lower).
Considerably better user reviews
The average user review score of the Sony HVR-Z7 is 100%, but the average rating of the Panasonic HX-A100 is 81% (based on 15 reviews).

Reasons Against

7 Reasons Against
Does not have an interchangeable lens Edit
The Panasonic HX-A100 does not have an interchangeable lens, but the Sony HVR-Z7 has an interchangeable lens. Read more

The lens in the device can be swapped round.

An interchangeable lens system allows the user to use alternative lenses which might be better suited for a shoot than a standard lens.

Does not have a built-in display Edit
The Panasonic HX-A100 does not have a built-in display, whereas the Sony HVR-Z7 has a built-in display.
Does not have an HDMI Edit
The Panasonic HX-A100 does not have an HDMI, however the Sony HVR-Z7 has an HDMI.
Does not have a DV port Edit
The Panasonic HX-A100 does not have a DV port, whereas the Sony HVR-Z7 does. Read more

Allows to send digital video from the computer to the camcorder and record back onto tape.

52% lower battery capacity Edit
The Panasonic HX-A100 has a battery capacity of 1,450mAh. That's 750mAh lower than the Sony HVR-Z7 (2,200mAh).
Four months older
The Panasonic HX-A100 is older than the Sony HVR-Z7 by four months.
Appreciably Lower user review Score
The average user rating of the Panasonic HX-A100 is 81%, whereas the average user rating of the Sony HVR-Z7 is 100% (based on 2 reviews).
5 Reasons Against
Two times smaller total megapixels Edit
The Sony HVR-Z7 has a total megapixels of 1.12MP. That's 2.2MP smaller than the Panasonic HX-A100 (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.

1.76MP lower effective megapixels (movie) Edit
The Sony HVR-Z7 has an effective megapixels (movie) of 1.04MP. That's 1.76MP lower than the Panasonic HX-A100 (1.04MP).
Bigger minimum illumination Edit
The Sony HVR-Z7 is a 1.5lx minimum illumination camcorder. That's 0.5lx bigger than the Panasonic HX-A100 (1.5lx).
Hugely heavier Edit
The Sony HVR-Z7 has a weight of 2.4kg, but the Panasonic HX-A100 is a 167g weight camcorder (2.2kg lighter). Read more

Weight of the camcorder including battery.

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

More expensive by $230
The Sony HVR-Z7 is $230 more expensive than the Panasonic HX-A100.

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Image Sensor

Total Megapixels
3.32MP
BEST
1.12MP
Optical Sensor Size
 1/3
 1/3
BEST
Sensor Type
 MOS
 MOS
Effective Megapixels (image)
2.8MP Unknown - Click to provide data
Effective Megapixels (movie)
2.8MP
BEST
1.04MP

Lens System

Optical Zoom
Unknown - Click to provide data 12x
Image Stabilizer
 Image stabilizer
 Image stabilizer
Interchangeable Lens
 Interchangeable lens
 Interchangeable lens
BEST
Minimum Aperture Number
2.5 Unknown - Click to provide data
Maximum Aperture Number
2.5 Unknown - Click to provide data
Filter Size
Unknown - Click to provide data 72mm
Focal Length Range (f-F)
Unknown - Click to provide data 4.4 - 474

Storage

Memory Slots
1 Unknown - Click to provide data
Camcorder Tape Type
 HDV
 HDV
BEST
Compatible Memory Cards
 SDHC
 MicroSD (Transflash)
 MicroSDHC
 CF+
BEST
 SDHC
 MicroSD (Transflash)
 MicroSDHC
 CF+
Camcorder Media Type
 Memory card
 Memory card
Camera File System
 Exif 2.2
 DCF
 Exif
 Exif 2.2
 DCF
 Exif

Focusing

Closest Focusing Distance
0.3m Unknown - Click to provide data
Focus Adjustment
 Auto
 Manual
 Auto
 Manual

White Balance

Outdoor White Balance
Unknown - Click to provide data
 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

Shutter

Camera Shutter Speed
1/25-1/12000 1/3 - 1/10000

Display

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

Viewfinder

Viewfinder Screen Size
Unknown - Click to provide data 0.45"
Viewfinder
Unknown - Click to provide data 1,226,880 pixels
Viewfinder Type
 Not available
 Not available

Camera

Camcorder Type
 handheld
 handheld
Minimum Illumination
1lx
BEST
1.5lx

Design

Colour of Product
 Orange
 Black
 Orange
 Black
Protection Features
 Water resistant
 Dust resistant
 Water resistant
 Dust resistant
International Protection (IP) Code
 IPX8
 IPX8

Video

Full HD
 Full HD
Unknown - Click to provide data
HD Type
 Full HD
BEST
 Full HD
Video Capturing Speed
50fps Unknown - Click to provide data
Supported Video Modes
 1080p
 720p
 1080i
 576i
 1080p
 720p
 1080i
 576i
Video Formats Supported
 MP4
BEST
 MP4
Video Resolutions
 1920 x 1080
 1280 x 720
BEST
 1920 x 1080
 1280 x 720
Maximum Video Resolution
 1920 x 1080
BEST
 1920 x 1080
Maximum Frame Rate
50fps Unknown - Click to provide data

Still Image

Image Formats Supported
 JPG
BEST
 JPG
Still Image Resolution(s)
 3072 x 1728
 2304 x 1296
BEST
 3072 x 1728
 2304 x 1296
Maximum Image Resolution
 3072 x 1728
BEST
 3072 x 1728

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

Ports & Interfaces

HDMI
 HDMI
 HDMI
BEST
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
 DV port
 DV port
BEST
Headphone Outputs
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Headphone outputs
Component Video (YPbPr/YCbCr) Out
Unknown - Click to provide data 1
S-Video Out
 S-Video out
 S-Video out
PictBridge
 PictBridge
Unknown - Click to provide data
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

Networking

Wi-Fi
 Wi-Fi
Unknown - Click to provide data

Battery

Battery Type
Unknown - Click to provide data NP-F570
Battery Voltage
3.7V 7.2V
Battery Capacity
1,450mAh 2,200mAh
BEST
Battery Technology
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
BEST
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
167g
BEST
2.4kg
Height
94mm Unknown - Click to provide data
Depth
25mm Unknown - Click to provide data
Width
59.5mm Unknown - Click to provide data

Packaging Content

Batteries Included
 Batteries included
 Batteries included
Quick Start Guide
 Quick start guide
 Quick start guide
Bundled Software
HD Writer WE1.0 Unknown - Click to provide data
Cables Included
 USB
 AV
 Component
 USB
 AV
 Component
Handheld Remote Control
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Handheld remote control
Lens Hood
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Lens hood

Other Features

Photo Mode
 Photo mode
Unknown - Click to provide data
Windows Operating Systems Supported
 Windows operating systems supported
Unknown - Click to provide data
AC Adapter Output Voltage
Unknown - Click to provide data 8.4V
Waterproof
 Waterproof
Unknown - Click to provide data
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