Panasonic HX-DC2 vs Sony NEX-VG30

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Panasonic HX-DC2
Sony NEX-VG30

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Reasons For

4 Reasons For
Bigger digital zoom Edit
The Panasonic HX-DC2 has a digital zoom of 120x. That's 118x bigger than the Sony NEX-VG30 (2x). 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-DC2 has an image stabilizer, however the Sony NEX-VG30 does not. 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.

Built-in flash Edit
The Panasonic HX-DC2 has a built-in flash, whereas the Sony NEX-VG30 does not have a built-in flash.
Smaller minimum illumination Edit
The Panasonic HX-DC2 has a minimum illumination of 4lx, whereas the Sony NEX-VG30 is a 9lx minimum illumination camcorder (5lx bigger).
8 Reasons For
2.3MP bigger total megapixels Edit
The Sony NEX-VG30 is a 16.7MP sensor camcorder. That's 2.3MP bigger than the Panasonic HX-DC2 (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.

27% higher effective megapixels (movie) Edit
The Sony NEX-VG30 is a 16.1MP (movie mode) camcorder. That's 4.2MP higher than the Panasonic HX-DC2 (16.1MP).
Bigger optical zoom Edit
The Sony NEX-VG30 has an optical zoom of 11.1x. That's 6.1x bigger than the Panasonic HX-DC2 (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.

Interchangeable lens Edit
The Sony NEX-VG30 has an interchangeable lens, but the Panasonic HX-DC2 does not have 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.

A lot longer maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) Edit
The Sony NEX-VG30 is a 322mm maximum focal length camcorder, whereas the Panasonic HX-DC2 is only a 199.5mm maximum focal length camcorder (122.5mm shorter).
Shorter minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) Edit
The Sony NEX-VG30 is a 29mm minimum focal length camcorder. That's 10.9mm shorter than the Panasonic HX-DC2 (29mm).
Higher maximum aperture number Edit
Sony NEX-VG30 is 6.3 maximum aperture value. That's 2.6 higher than the Panasonic HX-DC2 (6.3).
75% higher display resolution (numeric) Edit
Sony NEX-VG30 is 921,600 pixels display resolution. That's 691,200 pixels higher than the Panasonic HX-DC2 (921,600 pixels). Read more

Total number of pixels that display has.

Reasons Against

9 Reasons Against
Smaller total megapixels Edit
Panasonic HX-DC2 is only 14.4MP sensor, but the Sony NEX-VG30 is a 16.7MP sensor camcorder (2.3MP 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.

A lot lower effective megapixels (movie) Edit
Panasonic HX-DC2 is only 11.9MP (movie mode), but the Sony NEX-VG30 is a 16.1MP (movie mode) camcorder (4.2MP higher).
2x smaller optical zoom Edit
The Panasonic HX-DC2 is a 5x (optical) camcorder, whereas the Sony NEX-VG30 is an 11.1x (optical) camcorder (6.1x 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.

Does not have an interchangeable lens Edit
The Panasonic HX-DC2 does not have an interchangeable lens, but the Sony NEX-VG30 does. 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.

Shorter maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) Edit
Panasonic HX-DC2 is only 199.5mm maximum focal length. That's 122.5mm shorter than the Sony NEX-VG30 (322mm).
10.9mm longer minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) Edit
Panasonic HX-DC2 is 39.9mm minimum focal length, but the Sony NEX-VG30 is a 29mm minimum focal length camcorder (10.9mm shorter).
2.6 lower maximum aperture number Edit
The Panasonic HX-DC2 has a maximum aperture number of 3.7, however the Sony NEX-VG30 is a 6.3 maximum aperture value camcorder (2.6 higher).
3x lower display resolution (numeric) Edit
The Panasonic HX-DC2 has a display resolution (numeric) of 230,400 pixels, however the Sony NEX-VG30 is a 921,600 pixels display resolution camcorder (691,200 pixels higher). Read more

Total number of pixels that display has.

Eight months older
The Panasonic HX-DC2 is older than the Sony NEX-VG30 by eight months.
4 Reasons Against
59x smaller digital zoom Edit
Sony NEX-VG30 is only 2x (digital), but the Panasonic HX-DC2 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, whereas the Panasonic HX-DC2 does. 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.

Does not have a built-in flash Edit
The Sony NEX-VG30 does not have a built-in flash, but the Panasonic HX-DC2 has a built-in flash.
56% bigger minimum illumination Edit
The Sony NEX-VG30 is a 9lx minimum illumination camcorder. That's 5lx bigger than the Panasonic HX-DC2 (9lx).

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Image Sensor

Total Megapixels
14.4MP 16.7MP
BEST
Optical Sensor Size
 1/2
BEST
 1/2
Sensor Type
 MOS
 MOS
Effective Megapixels (image)
11.9MP Unknown - Click to provide data
Effective Megapixels (movie)
11.9MP 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
 Interchangeable lens
 Interchangeable lens
BEST
Image Stabilizer Type
 Digital
BEST
 Digital
Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
199.5mm 322mm
BEST
Minimum Aperture Number
3.5 3.5
Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
39.9mm 29mm
BEST
Maximum Aperture Number
3.7 6.3
BEST
Filter Size
Unknown - Click to provide data 67mm
Focal Length (35mm Film Equivalent)
40 - 240 29 - 322
Focal Length Range (f-F)
6.8 - 34 18 - 200

Storage

Memory Slots
Unknown - Click to provide data 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
 DCF 2.0
 Exif 2.2
 DCF
 Exif
 RAW
 DCF 2.0
 Exif 2.2
 DCF
 Exif
 RAW

Focusing

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

White Balance

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

Flash

Built-In Flash
 Built-in flash
BEST
 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 - 1/1500 30 - 1/4000
Camera Shutter Speed
1/2 - 1/10000 Unknown - Click to provide data

Display

Display Diagonal
3" 3"
Built-In Display
 Built-in display
 Built-in display
Touchscreen
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Touchscreen
Display Resolution (numeric)
230,400 pixels 921,600 pixels
BEST
Display
 LCD
 LCD

Viewfinder

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

Camera

Camcorder Type
 handheld
 handheld
3D
 3D
 3D
Image Processor
 BIONZ
 BIONZ
BEST
Back Light Compensation
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Back light compensation
Minimum Illumination
4lx
BEST
9lx
On Screen Display (OSD) Languages
 ENG
 FRE
 DEU
 ITA
 POL
 ESP
 SWE
 TUR
 DUT
 CZE
 ENG
 FRE
 DEU
 ITA
 POL
 ESP
 SWE
 TUR
 DUT
 CZE
Geotagging
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Geotagging
Progressive Scan
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Progressive scan

Design

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

Video

HD Type
 Full HD
 Full HD
Supported Video Modes
 1080i
 720p
 480p
BEST
 1080i
 720p
 480p
Video Formats Supported
 MPEG
 MPEG4
 H.264
 AVCHD
 AVC
 MPEG
 MPEG4
 H.264
 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
Analog Signal Format System
 PAL
BEST
 PAL

Still Image

Image Formats Supported
 JPG
 RAW
 JPG
 RAW
Still Image Resolution(s)
 4352 x 3264
 4352 x 2448
 2560 x 1920
 2560 x 1440
 2048 x 1536
 1920 x 1080
 640 x 480
 4912 x 3264
 4912 x 2760
 4352 x 3264
 4352 x 2448
 2560 x 1920
 2560 x 1440
 2048 x 1536
 1920 x 1080
 640 x 480
 4912 x 3264
 4912 x 2760
BEST
Maximum Image Resolution
 4352 x 3264
 4912 x 3264
 4352 x 3264
 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
Composite Video Out
 Composite video out
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

Weight
180g Unknown - Click to provide data
Height
120.8mm Unknown - Click to provide data
Depth
38.1mm Unknown - Click to provide data
Width
86.2mm Unknown - Click to provide data

Packaging Content

Batteries Included
 Batteries included
 Batteries included
Quick Start Guide
 Quick start guide
Unknown - Click to provide data
Bundled Software
HD Writer VE2.0 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

Power Consumption (typical)
4W Unknown - Click to provide data
Auto Focus
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Auto focus
Noise Reduction
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Noise reduction
Auto Exposure
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Auto exposure
AV Output
 AV output
Unknown - Click to provide data
Electrical Viewfinder
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Electrical viewfinder
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