Panasonic HC-V720K vs Panasonic HX-DC2

Panasonic HC-V720K
Panasonic HX-DC2

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Reasons For

3 Reasons For
3.12MP bigger total megapixels Edit
The Panasonic HC-V720K is a 17.52MP sensor camcorder. That's 3.12MP bigger than the Panasonic HX-DC2 (14.4MP). 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
The Panasonic HC-V720K has an optical zoom of 21x. That's 16x bigger than the Panasonic HX-DC2 (5x). 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.

34% smaller minimum illumination Edit
The Panasonic HC-V720K is a 3lx minimum illumination camcorder. That's 1lx smaller than the Panasonic HX-DC2 (4lx).
1 Reason For
Lighter Edit
The Panasonic HX-DC2 is a 180g weight camcorder. That's 97g lighter than the Panasonic HC-V720K (180g). Read more

Weight of the camcorder including battery.

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

Reasons Against

1 Reason Against
97g heavier Edit
The Panasonic HC-V720K has a weight of 277g, however the Panasonic HX-DC2 is a 180g weight camcorder (97g lighter). Read more

Weight of the camcorder including battery.

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

4 Reasons Against
22% smaller total megapixels Edit
The Panasonic HX-DC2 has a total megapixels of 14.4MP, however the Panasonic HC-V720K is a 17.52MP sensor camcorder (3.12MP 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.

Hugely smaller optical zoom Edit
Panasonic HX-DC2 is only 5x (optical), but the Panasonic HC-V720K is a 21x (optical) camcorder (16x 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.

Bigger minimum illumination Edit
The Panasonic HX-DC2 has a minimum illumination of 4lx, but the Panasonic HC-V720K is a 3lx minimum illumination camcorder (1lx smaller).
Over one year older
The Panasonic HX-DC2 is older than the Panasonic HC-V720K by 14 months.

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Date Released

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Image Sensor

Total Megapixels
17.52MP
BEST
14.4MP
Optical Sensor Size
 1/2
 1/2
Sensor Type
 CMOS
 CMOS
Effective Megapixels (image)
Unknown - Click to provide data 11.9MP
Effective Megapixels (movie)
Unknown - Click to provide data 11.9MP

Lens System

Optical Zoom
21x
BEST
5x
Digital Zoom
Unknown - Click to provide data 120x
Image Stabilizer
 Image stabilizer
 Image stabilizer
Interchangeable Lens
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Interchangeable lens
Image Stabilizer Type
 Hybrid
BEST
 Hybrid
Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
Unknown - Click to provide data 199.5mm
Minimum Aperture Number
Unknown - Click to provide data 3.5
Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
Unknown - Click to provide data 39.9mm
Maximum Aperture Number
Unknown - Click to provide data 3.7
Focal Length (35mm Film Equivalent)
Unknown - Click to provide data 40 - 240
Focal Length Range (f-F)
2.82 - 59.2 6.8 - 34

Storage

Compatible Memory Cards
 SDHC
 SD
 SDXC
 SDHC
 SD
 SDXC
BEST
Camcorder Media Type
 Memory card
 Memory card
Camera File System
 Exif 2.2
 DCF
 Exif
 DCF 2.0
 Exif 2.2
 DCF
 Exif
 DCF 2.0

Focusing

Focus Adjustment
 Auto
 Manual
 Auto
 Manual

White Balance

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

Flash

Built-In Flash
 Built-in flash
 Built-in flash
Shoe Mounting Point
 Shoe mounting point
Unknown - Click to provide data

Shutter

Shutter Speed (video)
Unknown - Click to provide data 1/30 - 1/10000
Shutter Speed (photo)
Unknown - Click to provide data 1/2 - 1/1500
Camera Shutter Speed
Unknown - Click to provide data 1/2 - 1/10000

Display

Display Diagonal
3" 3"
Built-In Display
 Built-in display
 Built-in display
Display Resolution (numeric)
Unknown - Click to provide data 230,400 pixels
Display
 LCD
 LCD
Vari-Angle LCD Display
 Vari-angle LCD display
Unknown - Click to provide data

Viewfinder

Viewfinder Type
 Not available
 Not available

Camera

Camcorder Type
 handheld
 handheld
3D
 3D
 3D
On Screen Display (OSD)
 On Screen Display (OSD)
Unknown - Click to provide data
Minimum Illumination
3lx
BEST
4lx
On Screen Display (OSD) Languages
 ENG
 FRE
 ESP
 DEU
 ITA
 POL
 SWE
 TUR
 DUT
 CZE
 ENG
 FRE
 ESP
 DEU
 ITA
 POL
 SWE
 TUR
 DUT
 CZE

Design

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

Video

Full HD
 Full HD
Unknown - Click to provide data
HD Type
 Full HD
 Full HD
Supported Video Modes
 1080i
 720p
 480p
 1080i
 720p
 480p
BEST
Video Formats Supported
 MP4
 MPEG
 MPEG4
 H.264
 AVCHD
 AVC
 MP4
 MPEG
 MPEG4
 H.264
 AVCHD
 AVC
Video Resolutions
 1920 x 1080
 960 x 540
 1280 x 720
 640 x 480
 1920 x 1080
 960 x 540
 1280 x 720
 640 x 480
Maximum Video Resolution
 1920 x 1080
 1920 x 1080
BEST
Analog Signal Format System
 PAL
 PAL
BEST

Still Image

Image Formats Supported
 JPEG XR
 JPG
 JPEG XR
 JPG
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
 4352 x 3264
 4352 x 2448
 2560 x 1920
 2560 x 1440
 2048 x 1536
 1920 x 1080
 640 x 480
BEST
Maximum Image Resolution
 4352 x 3264
 4352 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
BEST
 Dolby Digital

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
Unknown - Click to provide data 1
S-Video Out
Unknown - Click to provide data
 S-Video out
PictBridge
Unknown - Click to provide data
 PictBridge

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 Voltage
Unknown - Click to provide data 3.7V
Battery Capacity
1,940mAh Unknown - Click to provide data
Battery Technology
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
BEST
Number of Batteries Supported
1 Unknown - Click to provide data
Charging Source
 AC
 USB
 AC
 USB

Weight & Dimensions

Weight
277g 180g
BEST
Height
69.3mm 120.8mm
Depth
124.4mm 38.1mm
Width
60.1mm 86.2mm

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 AE 5.0 HD Writer VE2.0
Cables Included
 USB
 HDMI
 AC
 DC
 USB
 HDMI
 AC
 DC
AC Adapter Included
Unknown - Click to provide data
 AC adapter included
Stylus Pen
 Stylus pen
Unknown - Click to provide data
Lens Hood
 Lens hood
Unknown - Click to provide data

Other Features

Power Consumption (typical)
Unknown - Click to provide data 4W
Photo Mode
 Photo mode
Unknown - Click to provide data
AV Output
Unknown - Click to provide data
 AV output
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