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Panasonic AG-AC90 vs Sony NEX-VG30

Panasonic AG-AC90 vs Sony NEX-VG30

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Panasonic AG-AC90
Sony NEX-VG30

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Reasons For

10 Reasons For
8% bigger optical zoom Edit
Panasonic AG-AC90 is 12x (optical). That's 0.9x bigger than the Sony NEX-VG30 (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.

8x bigger digital zoom Edit
The Panasonic AG-AC90 is a 10x (digital) camcorder, whereas the Sony NEX-VG30 is only a 2x (digital) camcorder (8x 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.

Image stabilizer Edit
The Panasonic AG-AC90 has an image stabilizer, whereas the Sony NEX-VG30 does not have an image stabilizer. 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.

17% longer maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) Edit
The Panasonic AG-AC90 has a maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) of 383.7mm, however the Sony NEX-VG30 is only a 322mm maximum focal length camcorder (61.7mm shorter).
Significantly lower minimum aperture number Edit
The Panasonic AG-AC90 is a 1.5 minimum aperture camcorder. That's 2 lower than the Sony NEX-VG30 (3.5).
Two memory slots Edit
The Panasonic AG-AC90 has two memory slots, however the Sony NEX-VG30 only has one memory slots.
Larger display diagonal Edit
Panasonic AG-AC90 is 3.5" screen size. That's 0.5" larger than the Sony NEX-VG30 (3"). 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.

230,400 pixels higher display resolution (numeric) Edit
The Panasonic AG-AC90 is a 1,152,000 pixels display resolution camcorder. That's 230,400 pixels higher than the Sony NEX-VG30 (921,600 pixels). Read more

Total number of pixels that display has.

2x smaller minimum illumination Edit
The Panasonic AG-AC90 is a 3lx minimum illumination camcorder. That's 6lx smaller than the Sony NEX-VG30 (9lx).
One more USB 2.0 port Edit
The number of USB 2.0 ports on the Panasonic AG-AC90 is two, but the Sony NEX-VG30 only has one USB 2.0 port.
5 Reasons For
52% bigger total megapixels Edit
The Sony NEX-VG30 is a 16.7MP sensor camcorder. That's 8.66MP bigger than the Panasonic AG-AC90 (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.

Shorter minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) Edit
The Sony NEX-VG30 is a 29mm minimum focal length camcorder. That's 0.8mm shorter than the Panasonic AG-AC90 (29mm).
Higher maximum aperture number Edit
Sony NEX-VG30 is 6.3 maximum aperture value. That's 3.5 higher than the Panasonic AG-AC90 (6.3).
Vastly larger viewfinder screen size Edit
The Sony NEX-VG30 has a viewfinder screen size of 0.5", however the Panasonic AG-AC90 is only a 0.24" viewfinder screen size camcorder (0.26" smaller).
360g lighter Edit
The Sony NEX-VG30 has a weight of 1.4kg, however the Panasonic AG-AC90 is a 1.8kg weight camcorder (360g heavier). Read more

Weight of the camcorder including battery.

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

Reasons Against

5 Reasons Against
2x smaller total megapixels Edit
The Panasonic AG-AC90 has a total megapixels of 8.04MP. That's 8.66MP smaller than the Sony NEX-VG30 (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.

3% longer minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) Edit
The Panasonic AG-AC90 has a minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) of 29.8mm. That's 0.8mm longer than the Sony NEX-VG30 (29mm).
Lower maximum aperture number Edit
The Panasonic AG-AC90 is a 2.8 maximum aperture value camcorder. That's 3.5 lower than the Sony NEX-VG30 (6.3).
Hugely smaller viewfinder screen size Edit
The Panasonic AG-AC90 has a viewfinder screen size of 0.24", but the Sony NEX-VG30 is a 0.5" viewfinder screen size camcorder (0.26" larger).
Heavier Edit
The Panasonic AG-AC90 has a weight of 1.8kg, but the Sony NEX-VG30 is a 1.4kg weight camcorder (360g lighter). Read more

Weight of the camcorder including battery.

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

11 Reasons Against
Smaller optical zoom Edit
The Sony NEX-VG30 has an optical zoom of 11.1x. That's 0.9x smaller than the Panasonic AG-AC90 (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.

Smaller digital zoom Edit
Sony NEX-VG30 is only 2x (digital), but the Panasonic AG-AC90 is a 10x (digital) camcorder (8x 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.

61.7mm shorter maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) Edit
The Sony NEX-VG30 is a 322mm maximum focal length camcorder, whereas the Panasonic AG-AC90 is a 383.7mm maximum focal length camcorder (61.7mm longer).
Higher minimum aperture number Edit
Sony NEX-VG30 is 3.5 minimum aperture. That's 2 higher than the Panasonic AG-AC90 (3.5).
Only one memory slots Edit
The Sony NEX-VG30 is a one memory slots camcorder, whereas the Panasonic AG-AC90 only has two memory slots.
17% smaller display diagonal Edit
The Sony NEX-VG30 has a display diagonal of 3". That's 0.5" smaller than the Panasonic AG-AC90 (3"). 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
Sony NEX-VG30 is only 921,600 pixels display resolution. That's 230,400 pixels lower than the Panasonic AG-AC90 (921,600 pixels). Read more

Total number of pixels that display has.

67% bigger minimum illumination Edit
The Sony NEX-VG30 is a 9lx minimum illumination camcorder. That's 6lx bigger than the Panasonic AG-AC90 (9lx).
One less USB 2.0 port Edit
The Sony NEX-VG30 has one USB 2.0 port, however the Panasonic AG-AC90 only has two USB 2.0 ports.
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Older by over one year
The Sony NEX-VG30 is 14 months older than the Panasonic AG-AC90.

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Image Sensor

Total Megapixels
8.04MP 16.7MP
BEST
Optical Sensor Size
 1/4
BEST
 1/4
Sensor Type
 MOS
 MOS
Effective Megapixels (movie)
Unknown - Click to provide data 16.1MP

Lens System

Optical Zoom
12x
BEST
11.1x
Digital Zoom
10x
BEST
2x
Image Stabilizer
 Image stabilizer
BEST
 Image stabilizer
Interchangeable Lens
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Interchangeable lens
Image Stabilizer Type
 Hybrid
BEST
 Hybrid
Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
383.7mm
BEST
322mm
Minimum Aperture Number
1.5
BEST
3.5
Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
29.8mm 29mm
BEST
Maximum Aperture Number
2.8 6.3
BEST
Filter Size
49mm 67mm
Focal Length (35mm Film Equivalent)
Unknown - Click to provide data 29 - 322
Focal Length Range (f-F)
2.84 - 34.1 18 - 200
Wide Angle Lens System
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Wide angle lens system

Storage

Maximum Memory Card Size
64GB Unknown - Click to provide data
Memory Slots
2
BEST
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
 RAW
 RAW

Focusing

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

White Balance

White Balance
 Auto
 Auto

Flash

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

Shutter

Shutter Speed (video)
Unknown - Click to provide data 1/3-1/10000, 1/48-1/10000, 1/50-1/10000
Shutter Speed (photo)
Unknown - Click to provide data 30 - 1/4000
Camera Shutter Speed
1/2000 - 1/25 Unknown - Click to provide data

Display

Display Diagonal
3.5"
BEST
3"
Built-In Display
 Built-in display
 Built-in display
Touchscreen
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Touchscreen
Display Resolution (numeric)
1,152,000 pixels
BEST
921,600 pixels
Display
 LCD
 LCD

Viewfinder

Viewfinder Screen Size
0.24" 0.5"
BEST
Viewfinder
263,000 pixels Unknown - Click to provide data
Viewfinder Type
 electrical
 electrical
BEST

Camera

Camcorder Type
 Shouldercam
 Shoulder camcorder
 handheld
 Shouldercam
 Shoulder camcorder
 handheld
BEST
3D
Unknown - Click to provide data
 3D
Image Processor
 BIONZ
 BIONZ
BEST
Back Light Compensation
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Back light compensation
Minimum Illumination
3lx
BEST
9lx
Geotagging
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Geotagging
Progressive Scan
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Progressive scan

Design

Colour
 Black
 Black

Video

Full HD
 Full HD
 Full HD
HD Type
 Full HD
 Full HD
Supported Video Modes
 1080p
BEST
 1080p
Video Formats Supported
 MPEG
 MPEG4
 H.264
 AVCHD
 AVC
 MPEG
 MPEG4
 H.264
 AVCHD
 AVC
Video Resolutions
 1920 x 1080
 1920 x 1080
BEST
Maximum Video Resolution
 1920 x 1080
 1920 x 1080
Maximum Frame Rate
Unknown - Click to provide data 50fps

Still Image

Image Formats Supported
 JPG
 RAW
 JPG
 RAW
Still Image Resolution(s)
 4912 x 3264
 4912 x 2760
 4912 x 3264
 4912 x 2760
BEST
Maximum Image Resolution
 4912 x 3264
 4912 x 3264
BEST

Audio

Built-In Speaker(s)
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Built-in speaker(s)
Built-In Microphone
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Built-in microphone
Audio System
 Dolby Digital 2.0/5.1
 Dolby Digital 2.0/5.1
Audio Dubbing
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Audio dubbing

Ports & Interfaces

HDMI
 HDMI
 HDMI
USB 2.0 Port
2
BEST
1
Microphone in
 Microphone in
 Microphone in
DV Port
 DV port
Unknown - Click to provide data
Headphone Outputs
 Headphone outputs
 Headphone outputs
Component Video (YPbPr/YCbCr) Out
1 1
S-Video Out
 S-Video out
 S-Video out
PictBridge
Unknown - Click to provide data
 PictBridge
S-Video in
Unknown - Click to provide data
 S-Video in
XLR in
 XLR in
Unknown - Click to provide data
USB Connector Type
 USB B
 Mini-USB
 Mini-USB B
 USB B
 Mini-USB
 Mini-USB B

Battery

Battery Life (max)
6h Unknown - Click to provide data
Battery Type
Unknown - Click to provide data NP-FV70
Battery Voltage
7.2V 6.8V

Operational Conditions

Operating Temperature (T-T)
0 - 40 Unknown - Click to provide data
Operating Relative Humidity (H-H)
10 - 80 Unknown - Click to provide data

Weight & Dimensions

Weight
1.8kg 1.4kg
BEST
Height
195mm Unknown - Click to provide data
Depth
350mm Unknown - Click to provide data
Width
160mm Unknown - Click to provide data

Packaging Content

Batteries Included
 Batteries included
 Batteries included
Quick Start Guide
 Quick start guide
Unknown - Click to provide data
Cables Included
 USB
 AC
 AV
 USB
 AC
 AV
AC Adapter Included
 AC adapter included
 AC adapter included
Warranty Card
 Warranty card
Unknown - Click to provide data
Lens Hood
 Lens hood
 Lens hood
Wrist Strap Included
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Wrist strap included

Other Features

Night Mode
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Night mode
Power Consumption (typical)
12.9W Unknown - Click to provide data
Auto Focus
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Auto focus
Noise Reduction
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Noise reduction
Spotlight
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Spotlight
Aperture Range (F-F)
Unknown - Click to provide data 3.5 - 6.3
USB Connectivity
 USB connectivity
Unknown - Click to provide data
Auto Exposure
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Auto exposure
Lens Cap Included
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Lens cap included
Backlight
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Backlight
Extra/Smart Zoom
25x Unknown - Click to provide data
Recording Format
AVCHD 2.0 Unknown - Click to provide data
AV Output
 AV output
Unknown - Click to provide data
Electrical Viewfinder
 Electrical viewfinder
 Electrical viewfinder
AC Adapter Output Voltage
12V Unknown - Click to provide data
X.v.Color Support
Unknown - Click to provide data
 X.v.Color support

Technical Details

Full HD
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Full HD
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