Panasonic HC-WX970 vs Sony HXR-NX100

Panasonic HC-WX970
Sony HXR-NX100

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Reasons For

4 Reasons For
25% bigger total megapixels Edit
The Panasonic HC-WX970 has a total megapixels of 18.91MP. That's 4.71MP bigger than the Sony HXR-NX100 (14.2MP). 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 HC-WX970 is 20x (optical). That's 8x bigger than the Sony HXR-NX100 (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.

Hugely lighter Edit
The Panasonic HC-WX970 has a weight of 360g, but the Sony HXR-NX100 is a 1.8kg weight camcorder (1.4kg heavier). Read more

Weight of the camcorder including battery.

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

Cheaper by $746
The Panasonic HC-WX970 costs $952.99, whereas the Sony HXR-NX100 is $1,698.99.
3 Reasons For
Larger display diagonal Edit
Sony HXR-NX100 is 3.5" screen size. That's 0.5" larger than the Panasonic HC-WX970 (3.5"). 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.

Higher display resolution (numeric) Edit
The Sony HXR-NX100 is a 1,560,000 pixels display resolution camcorder. That's 1,099,200 pixels higher than the Panasonic HC-WX970 (1,560,000 pixels). Read more

Total number of pixels that display has.

17% faster maximum frame rate Edit
The Sony HXR-NX100 has a maximum frame rate of 60fps, however the Panasonic HC-WX970 is only a 50fps camcorder (10fps slower).

Reasons Against

4 Reasons Against
Smaller display diagonal Edit
Panasonic HC-WX970 is only 3" screen size. That's 0.5" smaller than the Sony HXR-NX100 (3.5"). 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.

Three times lower display resolution (numeric) Edit
The Panasonic HC-WX970 is a 460,800 pixels display resolution camcorder. That's 1,099,200 pixels lower than the Sony HXR-NX100 (1,560,000 pixels). Read more

Total number of pixels that display has.

20% slower maximum frame rate Edit
The Panasonic HC-WX970 has a maximum frame rate of 50fps, however the Sony HXR-NX100 is a 60fps camcorder (10fps faster).
Older by seven months
The Panasonic HC-WX970 is seven months older than the Sony HXR-NX100.
4 Reasons Against
Smaller total megapixels Edit
The Sony HXR-NX100 has a total megapixels of 14.2MP. That's 4.71MP smaller than the Panasonic HC-WX970 (14.2MP). 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.

67% smaller optical zoom Edit
Sony HXR-NX100 is only 12x (optical). That's 8x smaller than the Panasonic HC-WX970 (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.

Hugely heavier Edit
The Sony HXR-NX100 has a weight of 1.8kg, but the Panasonic HC-WX970 is a 360g weight camcorder (1.4kg 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 $746
The Sony HXR-NX100 is $746 more expensive than the Panasonic HC-WX970.

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Image Sensor

Total Megapixels
18.91MP
BEST
14.2MP
Optical Sensor Size
 1/2
BEST
 1/2
Sensor Type
 MOS
 MOS
Effective Megapixels (image)
8.29MP Unknown - Click to provide data
Effective Megapixels (movie)
8.29MP Unknown - Click to provide data

Lens System

Optical Zoom
20x
BEST
12x
Digital Zoom
60x Unknown - Click to provide data
Image Stabilizer
 Image stabilizer
 Image stabilizer
Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
Unknown - Click to provide data 426mm
Minimum Aperture Number
Unknown - Click to provide data 2.8
Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
Unknown - Click to provide data 29mm
Maximum Aperture Number
Unknown - Click to provide data 4.5
Filter Size
49mm 62mm
Focal Length (35mm Film Equivalent)
30.8 - 626 Unknown - Click to provide data
Focal Length Range (f-F)
4.08 - 81.6 9.3 - 111.6

Storage

Compatible Memory Cards
 SDXC
 SDHC
 SD
 MS PRO
 MS PRO Duo
 SDXC
 SDHC
 SD
 MS PRO
 MS PRO Duo
Camcorder Media Type
 Memory card
 Memory card

Focusing

Normal Focusing Range
Unknown - Click to provide data 0.01 - ∞/1 - ∞
Focus Adjustment
 Auto
 Manual
 Auto
 Manual

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

Shutter

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

Display

Display Diagonal
3" 3.5"
BEST
Built-In Display
 Built-in display
 Built-in display
Touchscreen
 Touchscreen
Unknown - Click to provide data
Display Resolution (numeric)
460,800 pixels 1,560,000 pixels
BEST
Display
 LCD
 LCD

Viewfinder

Viewfinder Screen Size
Unknown - Click to provide data 0.24"
Viewfinder
Unknown - Click to provide data 1,560,000 pixels

Camera

Camcorder Type
 handheld
 Shouldercam
BEST
 handheld
 Shouldercam
On Screen Display (OSD)
 On Screen Display (OSD)
Unknown - Click to provide data
Minimum Illumination
Unknown - Click to provide data 1.7lx
Remotely Operated
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Remotely operated

Design

Colour of Product
 Black
 Black

Video

HD Type
 Full HD
 Full HD
Bitrate At Maximum Video Resolution
Unknown - Click to provide data 50 Mbit/s
Supported Video Modes
 2160p
 1080i
 1080p
 720p
 540p
BEST
 2160p
 1080i
 1080p
 720p
 540p
Video Formats Supported
 MP4
 MPEG
 MPEG4
 H.264
 AVCHD
 AVC
 XAVC-I
 MP4
 MPEG
 MPEG4
 H.264
 AVCHD
 AVC
 XAVC-I
Video Resolutions
 3840 x 2160
 1920 x 1080
 1280 x 720
 960 x 540
 1440 x 1080
BEST
 3840 x 2160
 1920 x 1080
 1280 x 720
 960 x 540
 1440 x 1080
Maximum Video Resolution
 1920 x 1080
 1920 x 1080
Maximum Frame Rate
50fps 60fps
BEST
Analog Signal Format System
 PAL
 NTSC
 PAL
 NTSC
BEST

Still Image

Image Formats Supported
 JPG
BEST
 JPG
Still Image Resolution(s)
 5472 x 3648
 3984 x 2656
 1920 x 1080
 1728 x 1152
 640 x 480
BEST
 5472 x 3648
 3984 x 2656
 1920 x 1080
 1728 x 1152
 640 x 480

Audio

Audio Formats Supported
 LPCM
 PCM
 LPCM
 PCM
BEST
Built-In Speaker(s)
 Built-in speaker(s)
Unknown - Click to provide data
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
Unknown - Click to provide data
 DC-in jack
Composite Video Out
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Composite video out
USB 2.0 Ports Quantity
1 1
Microphone in
 Microphone in
Unknown - Click to provide data
Headphone Outputs
 Headphone outputs
 Headphone outputs
XLR in
Unknown - Click to provide data
 XLR in
Micro-USB 2.0 Ports Quantity
Unknown - Click to provide data 1

Networking

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

Battery

Battery Life (max)
Unknown - Click to provide data 7.42h
Battery Type
Unknown - Click to provide data NP-F770
Battery Voltage
3.6V 7.2V
Battery Capacity
1,940mAh Unknown - Click to provide data
Battery Technology
 Lithium
 Lithium
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
360g
BEST
1.8kg
Height
73mm 187.8mm
Depth
139mm 371.3mm
Width
65mm 171.3mm

Packaging Content

Batteries Included
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Batteries included
Cables Included
 USB
 USB
BEST
AC Adapter Included
 AC adapter included
 AC adapter included
Warranty Card
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Warranty card
Lens Hood
 Lens hood
 Lens hood

Other Features

USB Connectivity
Unknown - Click to provide data
 USB connectivity
Lens Cap Included
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Lens cap included

Technical Details

User Guide
Unknown - Click to provide data 1
Battery Charger Included
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Battery charger included
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