Panasonic HX-DC2 vs Sony FDR-AX1

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Panasonic HX-DC2
Sony FDR-AX1

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Reasons For

4 Reasons For
31% higher effective megapixels (movie) Edit
Panasonic HX-DC2 is 11.9MP (movie mode). That's 3.6MP higher than the Sony FDR-AX1 (8.3MP).
Higher maximum aperture number Edit
The Panasonic HX-DC2 has a maximum aperture number of 3.7. That's 2.1 higher than the Sony FDR-AX1 (1.6).
Built-in flash Edit
The Panasonic HX-DC2 has a built-in flash, whereas the Sony FDR-AX1 does not have a built-in flash.
2.3kg lighter Edit
The Panasonic HX-DC2 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.

7 Reasons For
4.5MP bigger total megapixels Edit
The Sony FDR-AX1 is an 18.9MP sensor camcorder, whereas the Panasonic HX-DC2 is only a 14.4MP sensor camcorder (4.5MP 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.

15x bigger optical zoom Edit
The Sony FDR-AX1 has an optical zoom of 20x, however the Panasonic HX-DC2 is only a 5x (optical) camcorder (15x smaller). 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.

Longer maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) Edit
The Sony FDR-AX1 is a 590mm maximum focal length camcorder. That's 390.5mm longer than the Panasonic HX-DC2 (590mm).
0.1 lower minimum aperture number Edit
Sony FDR-AX1 is 3.4 minimum aperture, but the Panasonic HX-DC2 is a 3.5 minimum aperture camcorder (0.1 higher).
10.4mm shorter minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) Edit
The Sony FDR-AX1 is a 29.5mm minimum focal length camcorder, whereas the Panasonic HX-DC2 is a 39.9mm minimum focal length camcorder (10.4mm longer).
15% larger display diagonal Edit
The Sony FDR-AX1 has a display diagonal of 3.5", however the Panasonic HX-DC2 is only a 3" screen size camcorder (0.5" smaller). 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 higher display resolution (numeric) Edit
Sony FDR-AX1 is 1,229,000 pixels display resolution, but the Panasonic HX-DC2 is only a 230,400 pixels display resolution camcorder (998,600 pixels lower). Read more

Total number of pixels that display has.

Reasons Against

9 Reasons Against
32% smaller total megapixels Edit
Panasonic HX-DC2 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.

Smaller optical zoom Edit
The Panasonic HX-DC2 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.

Shorter maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) Edit
Panasonic HX-DC2 is only 199.5mm maximum focal length, but the Sony FDR-AX1 is a 590mm maximum focal length camcorder (390.5mm longer).
Higher minimum aperture number Edit
The Panasonic HX-DC2 has a minimum aperture number of 3.5. That's 0.1 higher than the Sony FDR-AX1 (3.4).
Longer minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) Edit
Panasonic HX-DC2 is 39.9mm minimum focal length. That's 10.4mm longer than the Sony FDR-AX1 (29.5mm).
0.5" smaller display diagonal Edit
The Panasonic HX-DC2 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.

Lower display resolution (numeric) Edit
The Panasonic HX-DC2 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.

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The Panasonic HX-DC2 is 20 months older than the Sony FDR-AX1.
4 Reasons Against
A lot lower effective megapixels (movie) Edit
The Sony FDR-AX1 is an 8.3MP (movie mode) camcorder, whereas the Panasonic HX-DC2 is an 11.9MP (movie mode) camcorder (3.6MP higher).
Lower maximum aperture number Edit
Sony FDR-AX1 is only 1.6 maximum aperture value, but the Panasonic HX-DC2 is a 3.7 maximum aperture value camcorder (2.1 higher).
Does not have a built-in flash Edit
The Sony FDR-AX1 does not have a built-in flash, but the Panasonic HX-DC2 has a built-in flash.
93% heavier Edit
The Sony FDR-AX1 is a 2.4kg weight camcorder. That's 2.3kg heavier than the Panasonic HX-DC2 (2.4kg). 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
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)
199.5mm 590mm
BEST
Minimum Aperture Number
3.5 3.4
BEST
Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
39.9mm 29.5mm
BEST
Maximum Aperture Number
3.7
BEST
1.6
Focal Length (35mm Film Equivalent)
40 - 240 Unknown - Click to provide data
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

Memory Slots
Unknown - Click to provide data 2
Compatible Memory Cards
 SDXC
 SDHC
 SD
 XQD
BEST
 SDXC
 SDHC
 SD
 XQD
Camcorder Media Type
 Memory card
 Memory card
Camera File System
 DCF 2.0
 Exif 2.2
 DCF
 Exif
 DCF 2.0
 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
 Built-in flash
BEST
 Built-in flash

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
Camera Shutter Speed
1/2 - 1/10000 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
 3D
 3D
Back Light Compensation
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Back light compensation
Minimum Illumination
4lx 4lx
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
GPS (satellite)
Unknown - Click to provide data
 GPS (satellite)
Geotagging
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Geotagging

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
 2160p
 1080i
 720p
 480p
 2160p
BEST
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
BEST
 1920 x 1080
 1280 x 720
 960 x 540
 640 x 480
Maximum Video Resolution
 3840 x 2160
 3840 x 2160
BEST
Analog Signal Format System
 PAL
BEST
 PAL

Still Image

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

Audio

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

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

Battery

Battery Type
Unknown - Click to provide data NP-F970
Battery Voltage
3.7V 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 VE2.0 PlayMemories Home
Cables Included
 USB
 HDMI
 AV
 USB
 HDMI
 AV
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

Power Consumption (typical)
4W Unknown - Click to provide data
Windows Operating Systems Supported
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Windows operating systems supported
AV Output
 AV output
Unknown - Click to provide data
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