Panasonic HDC-TM41 vs Sony DCR-PJ5

Panasonic HDC-TM41
Sony DCR-PJ5

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Reasons For

4 Reasons For
Vastly bigger total megapixels Edit
The Panasonic HDC-TM41 has a total megapixels of 1.5MP, however the Sony DCR-PJ5 is only a 0.34MP sensor camcorder (1.16MP 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.

Built-in flash Edit
The Panasonic HDC-TM41 has a built-in flash, but the Sony DCR-PJ5 does not have a built-in flash.
HDMI Edit
The Panasonic HDC-TM41 has an HDMI, but the Sony DCR-PJ5 does not.
8% lighter Edit
The Panasonic HDC-TM41 is a 213g weight camcorder. That's 17g lighter than the Sony DCR-PJ5 (230g). Read more

Weight of the camcorder including battery.

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

4 Reasons For
Bigger optical zoom Edit
The Sony DCR-PJ5 is a 57x (optical) camcorder. That's 40.2x bigger than the Panasonic HDC-TM41 (57x). 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.

17% bigger digital zoom Edit
The Sony DCR-PJ5 has a digital zoom of 1,800x, however the Panasonic HDC-TM41 is only a 1,500x (digital) camcorder (300x 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.

Smaller minimum illumination Edit
The Sony DCR-PJ5 is a 3lx minimum illumination camcorder. That's 4lx smaller than the Panasonic HDC-TM41 (3lx).
49% longer video recording time Edit
The Sony DCR-PJ5 is a 2.91h video recording time camcorder. That's 1.41h longer than the Panasonic HDC-TM41 (2.91h).

Reasons Against

4 Reasons Against
Smaller optical zoom Edit
Panasonic HDC-TM41 is only 16.8x (optical), but the Sony DCR-PJ5 is a 57x (optical) camcorder (40.2x 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.

300x smaller digital zoom Edit
The Panasonic HDC-TM41 is a 1,500x (digital) camcorder. That's 300x smaller than the Sony DCR-PJ5 (1,800x). 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.

Hugely bigger minimum illumination Edit
The Panasonic HDC-TM41 has a minimum illumination of 7lx, but the Sony DCR-PJ5 is a 3lx minimum illumination camcorder (4lx smaller).
Significantly shorter video recording time Edit
The Panasonic HDC-TM41 has a video recording time of 1.5h, however the Sony DCR-PJ5 is a 2.91h video recording time camcorder (1.41h longer).
4 Reasons Against
Smaller total megapixels Edit
Sony DCR-PJ5 is only 0.34MP sensor. That's 1.16MP smaller than the Panasonic HDC-TM41 (0.34MP). 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.

Does not have a built-in flash Edit
The Sony DCR-PJ5 does not have a built-in flash, however the Panasonic HDC-TM41 has a built-in flash.
Does not have an HDMI Edit
The Sony DCR-PJ5 does not have an HDMI, however the Panasonic HDC-TM41 does.
17g heavier Edit
The Sony DCR-PJ5 has a weight of 230g, whereas the Panasonic HDC-TM41 is a 213g weight camcorder (17g lighter). Read more

Weight of the camcorder including battery.

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

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Image Sensor

Total Megapixels
1.5MP
BEST
0.34MP
Optical Sensor Size
 1/5
BEST
 1/5
Sensor Type
 MOS
 MOS

Lens System

Optical Zoom
16.8x 57x
BEST
Digital Zoom
1,500x 1,800x
BEST
Image Stabilizer
 Image stabilizer
 Image stabilizer
Interchangeable Lens
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Interchangeable lens
Image Stabilizer Type
 Optical
BEST
 Optical
Focal Length (35mm Film Equivalent)
42.9 - 721 Unknown - Click to provide data
Focal Length Range (f-F)
2.9 - 387 1.8 - 102.6

Storage

Flash Memory
16GB Unknown - Click to provide data
Memory Slots
1 1
Compatible Memory Cards
 SDXC
 SDHC
 SD
 MS Duo
BEST
 SDXC
 SDHC
 SD
 MS Duo
Camcorder Media Type
 Memory card
 Memory card

Focusing

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

White Balance

Outdoor White Balance
 Outdoor white balance
Unknown - Click to provide data
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)
1/30-1/8000 Unknown - Click to provide data

Display

Display Diagonal
2.7" 2.7"
Built-In Display
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Built-in display
Display Resolution (numeric)
Unknown - Click to provide data 230,000 pixels
Display
 LCD
 LCD

Viewfinder

Viewfinder Type
 Not available
 Not available

Camera

Camcorder Type
 handheld
 handheld
BEST
3D
 3D
 3D
On Screen Display (OSD)
 On Screen Display (OSD)
Unknown - Click to provide data
Back Light Compensation
 Back light compensation
Unknown - Click to provide data
Minimum Illumination
7lx 3lx
BEST
On Screen Display (OSD) Languages
 ENG
 FRE
 ESP
 ENG
 FRE
 ESP
Camera Playback
 Movie
 Single image
 Slide show
 Movie
 Single image
 Slide show

Design

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

Video

Video Formats Supported
 MPEG
 MPEG4
 H.264
 AVCHD
 AVC
BEST
 MPEG
 MPEG4
 H.264
 AVCHD
 AVC
Video Resolutions
 1920 x 1080
 960 x 540
BEST
 1920 x 1080
 960 x 540
Maximum Video Resolution
 1920 x 1080
BEST
 1920 x 1080

Still Image

Image Formats Supported
 JPG
 JPG
BEST
Still Image Resolution(s)
 1920 x 1080
BEST
 1920 x 1080
Maximum Image Resolution
 1920 x 1080
 640 x 480
BEST
 1920 x 1080
 640 x 480

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
BEST
 Dolby Digital 2.0

Ports & Interfaces

HDMI
 HDMI
BEST
 HDMI
DC-In Jack
 DC-in jack
 DC-in jack
USB 2.0 Ports Quantity
1 1
S-Video Out
Unknown - Click to provide data
 S-Video out
PictBridge
Unknown - Click to provide data
 PictBridge

Battery

Video Recording Time
1.5h 2.91h
BEST
Battery Voltage
3.6V Unknown - Click to provide data
Battery Technology
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
BEST
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)

Weight & Dimensions

Weight
213g
BEST
230g
Height
57.4mm 58.5mm
Depth
108.46mm 113.5mm
Width
51.56mm 55.5mm

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 LE 1.0 Unknown - Click to provide data
Cables Included
 USB
 AC
 AV
 USB
 AC
 AV
AC Adapter Included
 AC adapter included
 AC adapter included

Other Features

Auto Focus
 Auto focus
Unknown - Click to provide data
Manual Focus
 Manual focus
Unknown - Click to provide data
Photo Mode
 Photo mode
Unknown - Click to provide data
Interface
Unknown - Click to provide data USB 2.0
Power Requirements
DC 3.6V / 5.0V Unknown - Click to provide data
AV Output
Unknown - Click to provide data
 AV output

Projector

Built-In Projector
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Built-in projector
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