Panasonic HX-DC3 vs Sony FDR-AX1

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Panasonic HX-DC3
Sony FDR-AX1

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Reasons For

3 Reasons For
31% higher effective megapixels (movie) Edit
Panasonic HX-DC3 is 11.9MP (movie mode). That's 3.6MP higher than the Sony FDR-AX1 (8.3MP).
Significantly lighter Edit
The Panasonic HX-DC3 has a weight of 180g, whereas the Sony FDR-AX1 is a 2.4kg weight camcorder (2.3kg 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 $4,319
The Panasonic HX-DC3 is $4,319 cheaper than the Sony FDR-AX1.
7 Reasons For
4.5MP bigger total megapixels Edit
The Sony FDR-AX1 is an 18.9MP sensor camcorder. That's 4.5MP bigger than the Panasonic HX-DC3 (18.9MP). 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.

75% bigger optical zoom Edit
The Sony FDR-AX1 has an optical zoom of 20x. That's 15x bigger than the Panasonic HX-DC3 (20x). 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.

Two memory slotss Edit
The Sony FDR-AX1 is a two memory slots camcorder, whereas the Panasonic HX-DC3 only has one memory slots.
15% larger display diagonal Edit
The Sony FDR-AX1 has a display diagonal of 3.5". That's 0.5" larger than the Panasonic HX-DC3 (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
Sony FDR-AX1 is 1,229,000 pixels display resolution. That's 998,600 pixels higher than the Panasonic HX-DC3 (1,229,000 pixels). Read more

Total number of pixels that display has.

Vastly smaller minimum illumination Edit
The Sony FDR-AX1 is a 4lx minimum illumination camcorder. That's 8lx smaller than the Panasonic HX-DC3 (4lx).
2 shops are selling it
A greater number of shops increases the chances of the product remaining in stock and also increases the price competition amongst retailers for this camcorder.

Reasons Against

8 Reasons Against
32% smaller total megapixels Edit
Panasonic HX-DC3 is only 14.4MP sensor. That's 4.5MP smaller than the Sony FDR-AX1 (18.9MP). 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.

Three times smaller optical zoom Edit
The Panasonic HX-DC3 is a 5x (optical) camcorder. That's 15x smaller than the Sony FDR-AX1 (20x). 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.

Only one memory slots Edit
The number of memory slotss on the Panasonic HX-DC3 is one, but the Sony FDR-AX1 only has two memory slotss.
0.5" smaller display diagonal Edit
The Panasonic HX-DC3 is a 3" screen size camcorder. That's 0.5" smaller than the Sony FDR-AX1 (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.

Five times lower display resolution (numeric) Edit
The Panasonic HX-DC3 has a display resolution (numeric) of 230,400 pixels. That's 998,600 pixels lower than the Sony FDR-AX1 (1,229,000 pixels). Read more

Total number of pixels that display has.

67% bigger minimum illumination Edit
The Panasonic HX-DC3 is a 12lx minimum illumination camcorder. That's 8lx bigger than the Sony FDR-AX1 (4lx).
Fewer sellers
The Panasonic HX-DC3 is only stocked by 1 retailer, but the Sony FDR-AX1 is stocked by 3 shops. Read more
The fewer the number of sellers that stock the product, the lower the competition amongst sellers to keep prices low.
Older by eight months
The Panasonic HX-DC3 is eight months older than the Sony FDR-AX1.
3 Reasons Against
Lower effective megapixels (movie) Edit
The Sony FDR-AX1 is an 8.3MP (movie mode) camcorder. That's 3.6MP lower than the Panasonic HX-DC3 (8.3MP).
Vastly heavier Edit
The Sony FDR-AX1 has a weight of 2.4kg, however the Panasonic HX-DC3 is a 180g weight camcorder (2.3kg 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 $4,319
The Sony FDR-AX1 is $4,319 more expensive than the Panasonic HX-DC3.

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Image Sensor

Total Megapixels
14.4MP 18.9MP
BEST
Optical Sensor Size
 1/2
 1/2
Sensor Type
 MOS
 MOS
Effective Megapixels (image)
11.9MP Unknown - Click to provide data
Effective Megapixels (movie)
11.9MP
BEST
8.3MP

Lens System

Optical Zoom
5x 20x
BEST
Digital Zoom
120x Unknown - Click to provide data
Image Stabilizer
 Image stabilizer
 Image stabilizer
Interchangeable Lens
 Interchangeable lens
Unknown - Click to provide data
Image Stabilizer Type
 Optical
 Optical
BEST
Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
Unknown - Click to provide data 590mm
Minimum Aperture Number
Unknown - Click to provide data 3.4
Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
Unknown - Click to provide data 29.5mm
Maximum Aperture Number
Unknown - Click to provide data 1.6
Focal Length Range (f-F)
6.8 - 34 4.1 - 82
Wide Angle Lens System
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Wide angle lens system

Storage

Internal Storage Capacity
0.07GB Unknown - Click to provide data
Memory Slots
1 2
BEST
Compatible Memory Cards
 SDXC
 SDHC
 SD
 XQD
BEST
 SDXC
 SDHC
 SD
 XQD
Camcorder Media Type
 Memory card
 Memory card
Camera File System
 Exif 2.2
 DCF
 Exif
 Exif 2.2
 DCF
 Exif

Focusing

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

White Balance

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

Flash

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

Shutter

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

Display

Display Diagonal
3" 3.5"
BEST
Built-In Display
 Built-in display
 Built-in display
Touchscreen
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Touchscreen
Display Resolution (numeric)
230,400 pixels 1,229,000 pixels
BEST
Display
 LCD
 LCD

Viewfinder

Viewfinder Type
 electrical
 electrical
BEST

Camera

Camcorder Type
 handheld
 Shouldercam
BEST
 handheld
 Shouldercam
3D
Unknown - Click to provide data
 3D
Back Light Compensation
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Back light compensation
Minimum Illumination
12lx 4lx
BEST
GPS (satellite)
Unknown - Click to provide data
 GPS (satellite)
Geotagging
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Geotagging

Design

Colour of Product
 White
 Black
 White
 Black

Video

Full HD
 Full HD
Unknown - Click to provide data
HD Type
 Full HD
 Full HD
Supported Video Modes
 1080i
 1080p
 720p
 480p
 2160p
 1080i
 1080p
 720p
 480p
 2160p
BEST
Video Formats Supported
 MP4
 MPEG
 MPEG4
 H.264
 AVCHD
 AVC
 MP4
 MPEG
 MPEG4
 H.264
 AVCHD
 AVC
Maximum Video Resolution
 3840 x 2160
 3840 x 2160
BEST

Still Image

Image Formats Supported
 JPG
BEST
 JPG
Still Image Resolution(s)
 4608 x 3456
 4352 x 3264
 4352 x 2448
 3744 x 2106
 3072 x 2304
 2560 x 1440
 2048 x 1536
 1920 x 1080
 640 x 480
BEST
 4608 x 3456
 4352 x 3264
 4352 x 2448
 3744 x 2106
 3072 x 2304
 2560 x 1440
 2048 x 1536
 1920 x 1080
 640 x 480
Maximum Image Resolution
 4608 x 3456
BEST
 4608 x 3456

Audio

Audio Formats Supported
 LPCM
 PCM
 LPCM
 PCM
BEST
Built-In Speaker(s)
 Built-in speaker(s)
 Built-in speaker(s)
Built-In Microphone
 Built-in microphone
 Built-in microphone
Audio System
 Stereo
 Stereo

Ports & Interfaces

HDMI
 HDMI
 HDMI
USB 2.0 Ports Quantity
1 Unknown - Click to provide data
Microphone in
 Microphone in
Unknown - Click to provide data
PictBridge
 PictBridge
Unknown - Click to provide data
XLR in
Unknown - Click to provide data
 XLR in
Micro-USB 2.0 Ports Quantity
Unknown - Click to provide data 2

Networking

Wi-Fi
 Wi-Fi
Unknown - Click to provide data

Battery

Battery Type
Unknown - Click to provide data NP-F970
Battery Voltage
3.7V Unknown - Click to provide data
Battery Capacity
700mAh Unknown - Click to provide data
Battery Technology
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
BEST
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)

Weight & Dimensions

Weight
180g
BEST
2.4kg
Height
120.8mm 193mm
Depth
38.1mm 362mm
Width
86.2mm 189mm

Packaging Content

Batteries Included
 Batteries included
Unknown - Click to provide data
Quick Start Guide
 Quick start guide
 Quick start guide
Bundled Software
HD Writer VE 3.0 PlayMemories Home
Cables Included
 USB
 AV
 HDMI
 USB
 AV
 HDMI
AC Adapter Included
 AC adapter included
 AC adapter included
Warranty Card
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Warranty card
Lens Hood
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Lens hood

Other Features

Photo Mode
 Photo mode
Unknown - Click to provide data
Windows Operating Systems Supported
 Windows operating systems supported
 Windows operating systems supported
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