Panasonic HX-WA10 vs Sony NEX-VG30

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Panasonic HX-WA10
Sony NEX-VG30

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Reasons For

3 Reasons For
Bigger total megapixels Edit
The Panasonic HX-WA10 is a 16.8MP sensor camcorder. That's 0.1MP bigger than the Sony NEX-VG30 (16.7MP). 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.

118x bigger digital zoom Edit
Panasonic HX-WA10 is 120x (digital), but the Sony NEX-VG30 is only a 2x (digital) camcorder (118x 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.

Image stabilizer Edit
The Panasonic HX-WA10 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.

4 Reasons For
Higher effective megapixels (movie) Edit
The Sony NEX-VG30 has an effective megapixels (movie) of 16.1MP. That's 14.91MP higher than the Panasonic HX-WA10 (16.1MP).
55% bigger optical zoom Edit
Sony NEX-VG30 is 11.1x (optical). That's 6.1x bigger than the Panasonic HX-WA10 (11.1x). 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.

Larger display diagonal Edit
Sony NEX-VG30 is 3" screen size. That's 0.4" larger than the Panasonic HX-WA10 (3"). 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.

Hugely better expert reviews
The average expert review score of the Sony NEX-VG30 is 90% based on 5 reviews, but the average rating of the Panasonic HX-WA10 is 70% (based on 1 review).

Reasons Against

5 Reasons Against
14.91MP lower effective megapixels (movie) Edit
The Panasonic HX-WA10 is a 1.19MP (movie mode) camcorder. That's 14.91MP lower than the Sony NEX-VG30 (16.1MP).
Smaller optical zoom Edit
The Panasonic HX-WA10 has an optical zoom of 5x. That's 6.1x smaller than the Sony NEX-VG30 (11.1x). 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.

16% smaller display diagonal Edit
The Panasonic HX-WA10 has a display diagonal of 2.6". That's 0.4" smaller than the Sony NEX-VG30 (3"). 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.

Older by over one year
The Panasonic HX-WA10 is 14 months older than the Sony NEX-VG30.
Expert review Rating is vastly Worse
The Panasonic HX-WA10's average expert score is only 70%, however the Sony NEX-VG30's is 90% (based on 5 reviews).
3 Reasons Against
Smaller total megapixels Edit
The Sony NEX-VG30 has a total megapixels of 16.7MP. That's 0.1MP smaller than the Panasonic HX-WA10 (16.7MP). 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 digital zoom Edit
The Sony NEX-VG30 is a 2x (digital) camcorder, whereas the Panasonic HX-WA10 is a 120x (digital) camcorder (118x 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.

Does not have an image stabilizer Edit
The Sony NEX-VG30 does not have an image stabilizer, however the Panasonic HX-WA10 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.

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Image Sensor

Total Megapixels
16.8MP
BEST
16.7MP
Optical Sensor Size
 1/2
BEST
 1/2
Sensor Type
 CMOS
 CMOS
Effective Megapixels (image)
11.9MP Unknown - Click to provide data
Effective Megapixels (movie)
1.19MP 16.1MP
BEST

Lens System

Optical Zoom
5x 11.1x
BEST
Digital Zoom
120x
BEST
2x
Image Stabilizer
 Image stabilizer
BEST
 Image stabilizer
Interchangeable Lens
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Interchangeable lens
Image Stabilizer Type
 Digital
BEST
 Digital
Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
Unknown - Click to provide data 322mm
Minimum Aperture Number
Unknown - Click to provide data 3.5
Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
Unknown - Click to provide data 29mm
Maximum Aperture Number
Unknown - Click to provide data 6.3
Filter Size
Unknown - Click to provide data 67mm
Focal Length (35mm Film Equivalent)
41.5 - 498 29 - 322
Focal Length Range (f-F)
6.8 - 34 18 - 200

Storage

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

Focusing

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

White Balance

White Balance
 Auto
 Manual
 Cloudy
 Daylight
 Incandescent
 Auto
 Manual
 Cloudy
 Daylight
 Incandescent

Flash

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

Shutter

Shutter Speed (video)
1/30 - 1/10000 1/3-1/10000, 1/48-1/10000, 1/50-1/10000
Shutter Speed (photo)
1/2-1/1000 30 - 1/4000

Display

Display Diagonal
2.6" 3"
BEST
Built-In Display
 Built-in display
 Built-in display
Touchscreen
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Touchscreen
Display Resolution (numeric)
Unknown - Click to provide data 921,600 pixels
Display
 LCD
 LCD

Viewfinder

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

Camera

Camcorder Type
 action cam
 handheld
 action cam
 handheld
3D
 3D
 3D
Image Processor
 BIONZ
 BIONZ
BEST
Back Light Compensation
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Back light compensation
Minimum Illumination
9lx 9lx
On Screen Display (OSD) Languages
 ENG
 FRE
 DEU
 ITA
 POL
 ESP
 SWE
 CZE
 ENG
 FRE
 DEU
 ITA
 POL
 ESP
 SWE
 CZE
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
Supported Video Modes
 1080i
 1080p
 720p
 480p
BEST
 1080i
 1080p
 720p
 480p
Video Formats Supported
 MPEG
 MPEG4
 AVCHD
 AVC
 MPEG
 MPEG4
 AVCHD
 AVC
Video Resolutions
 1920 x 1080
 1280 x 720
 960 x 540
 640 x 480
 1920 x 1080
 1280 x 720
 960 x 540
 640 x 480
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)
 4608 x 3456
 1920 x 1080
 1280 x 720
 4912 x 3264
 4912 x 2760
 4608 x 3456
 1920 x 1080
 1280 x 720
 4912 x 3264
 4912 x 2760
BEST
Maximum Image Resolution
 4608 x 3456
 4912 x 3264
 4608 x 3456
 4912 x 3264
BEST

Audio

Audio Formats Supported
 AAC++
 AAC++
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
DC-In Jack
 DC-in jack
Unknown - Click to provide data
USB 2.0 Ports Quantity
1 1
Microphone in
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Microphone in
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
 PictBridge
S-Video in
Unknown - Click to provide data
 S-Video in

Battery

Battery Type
Unknown - Click to provide data NP-FV70
Battery Voltage
3.7V 6.8V
Battery Technology
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
BEST
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)

Weight & Dimensions

Height
123.7mm Unknown - Click to provide data
Depth
92mm Unknown - Click to provide data
Width
41.2mm Unknown - Click to provide data

Packaging Content

Batteries Included
 Batteries included
 Batteries included
Bundled Software
HD Writer VE1.0 Unknown - Click to provide data
Cables Included
 USB
 AV
 USB
 AV
AC Adapter Included
 AC adapter included
 AC adapter included
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
Aperture Range (F-F)
3.5 - 3.7 Unknown - Click to provide data
Auto Exposure
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Auto exposure
Power Requirements
DC 3.6V / 5.0V Unknown - Click to provide data
Electrical Viewfinder
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Electrical viewfinder
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