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JVC GY-HM170 vs Sony HXR-NX100

JVC GY-HM170 vs Sony HXR-NX100

JVC GY-HM170
Sony HXR-NX100

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Reasons For

2 Reasons For
Hugely lower minimum aperture number Edit
JVC GY-HM170 is 1.2 minimum aperture, but the Sony HXR-NX100 is a 2.8 minimum aperture camcorder (1.6 higher). Read more

In photography, the aperture number refers to the size of the hole in the front of the lens, through which light is let through. The larger the aperture, the more light can pass through into the camcorder's sensor. Photographers can modify this aperture to control the 'depth of field' for their shot - this is how much of the shot is held in focus, and how much is blurred. Aperture numbers are measured in f/stops: rather confusingly a smaller aperture number translates to a larger hole, therefore a larger amount of light will be let through.

A smaller aperture number means that the camcorder's lens will be able to open wider, letting in more light at once. This is helpful because it allows the device to quickly take in enough light to form a picture, meaning that the shutter speed will be faster, reducing blur from fast moving subjects. It also means that you can take photos in dimmer light without having to rely on the flash, since you will be able to take in more light at once.

64% lighter Edit
The JVC GY-HM170 is a 1.1kgg weight camcorder. That's 0.7g lighter than the Sony HXR-NX100 (1.8kgg). Read more

This denotes the weight of the camcorder, including battery.

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

3 Reasons For
1.8MP bigger total megapixels Edit
The Sony HXR-NX100 is a 14.2MPMP sensor camcorder, whereas the JVC GY-HM170 is only a 12.4MPMP sensor camcorder (1.8MP 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.

72mm longer maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) Edit
The Sony HXR-NX100 is a 426mmmm maximum focal length camcorder. That's 72mm longer than the JVC GY-HM170 (426mmmm). Read more

'Focal length' is described as the distance between the lens and the image sensor - this distance is what determined how 'zoomed in' a shot is when compared to the original view from your eye. Therefore greater focal lengths mean that the camcorder has the ability to zoom in closer to a subject.

A longer maximum focal length means that the camcorder is capable of zooming in a much greater distance, allowing you to clearly photograph subjects further away.

Higher maximum aperture number Edit
Sony HXR-NX100 is 4.5 maximum aperture value, but the JVC GY-HM170 is only a 3.5 maximum aperture value camcorder (1 lower). Read more

In photography, the aperture number refers to the size of the hole in the front of the lens, through which light is let through. The larger the aperture, the more light can pass through into the camcorder's sensor. Photographers can modify this aperture to control the 'depth of field' for their shot - this is how much of the shot is held in focus, and how much is blurred. Aperture numbers are measured in f/stops: rather confusingly a larger aperture number translates to a smaller hole, therefore a smaller amount of light will be let through.

A larger aperture number means that the camcorder's lens will be able to close to a very small hole, letting in very little light. This can be used for very tight depths of field shots, allowing on a single part of the photo to be in full focus, leading to some very nice artistic shots.

Reasons Against

5 Reasons Against
1.8MP smaller total megapixels Edit
The JVC GY-HM170 is a 12.4MPMP sensor camcorder, whereas the Sony HXR-NX100 is a 14.2MPMP sensor camcorder (1.8MP 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.

72mm shorter maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) Edit
The JVC GY-HM170 is a 354mmmm maximum focal length camcorder. That's 72mm shorter than the Sony HXR-NX100 (426mmmm). Read more

'Focal length' is described as the distance between the lens and the image sensor - this distance is what determined how 'zoomed in' a shot is when compared to the original view from your eye. Therefore greater focal lengths mean that the camcorder has the ability to zoom in closer to a subject.

A longer maximum focal length means that the camcorder is capable of zooming in a much greater distance, allowing you to clearly photograph subjects further away.

1 lower maximum aperture number Edit
JVC GY-HM170 is only 3.5 maximum aperture value, but the Sony HXR-NX100 is a 4.5 maximum aperture value camcorder (1 higher). Read more

In photography, the aperture number refers to the size of the hole in the front of the lens, through which light is let through. The larger the aperture, the more light can pass through into the camcorder's sensor. Photographers can modify this aperture to control the 'depth of field' for their shot - this is how much of the shot is held in focus, and how much is blurred. Aperture numbers are measured in f/stops: rather confusingly a larger aperture number translates to a smaller hole, therefore a smaller amount of light will be let through.

A larger aperture number means that the camcorder's lens will be able to close to a very small hole, letting in very little light. This can be used for very tight depths of field shots, allowing on a single part of the photo to be in full focus, leading to some very nice artistic shots.

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Three months older
The JVC GY-HM170 is older than the Sony HXR-NX100 by three months.
2 Reasons Against
Hugely higher minimum aperture number Edit
Sony HXR-NX100 is 2.8 minimum aperture, but the JVC GY-HM170 is a 1.2 minimum aperture camcorder (1.6 lower). Read more

In photography, the aperture number refers to the size of the hole in the front of the lens, through which light is let through. The larger the aperture, the more light can pass through into the camcorder's sensor. Photographers can modify this aperture to control the 'depth of field' for their shot - this is how much of the shot is held in focus, and how much is blurred. Aperture numbers are measured in f/stops: rather confusingly a smaller aperture number translates to a larger hole, therefore a larger amount of light will be let through.

A smaller aperture number means that the camcorder's lens will be able to open wider, letting in more light at once. This is helpful because it allows the device to quickly take in enough light to form a picture, meaning that the shutter speed will be faster, reducing blur from fast moving subjects. It also means that you can take photos in dimmer light without having to rely on the flash, since you will be able to take in more light at once.

Heavier Edit
The Sony HXR-NX100 is a 1.8kgg weight camcorder. That's 0.7g heavier than the JVC GY-HM170 (1.8kgg). Read more

This denotes the weight of the camcorder, including battery.

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

Date Released

26 months Ago 23 months Ago

Image Sensor

Total Megapixels
12.4MP 14.2MP
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Optical Sensor Size
 1
 1
Sensor Type
 CMOS
 CMOS

Lens System

Optical Zoom
12x 12x
Digital Zoom
12x Unknown - Click to provide data
Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
354mm 426mm
BEST
Minimum Aperture Number
1.2
BEST
2.8
Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
29.5mm
BEST
29mm
Maximum Aperture Number
3.5 4.5
BEST
Filter Size
62mm 62mm
Focal Length Range (f-F)

Storage

Memory Slots
2 Unknown - Click to provide data
Compatible Memory Cards
 SDXC
 SDHC
 MS PRO
 MS PRO Duo
 SD/SDHC
 SD/SDHC/SDXC
 SDXC
 SDHC
 MS PRO
 MS PRO Duo
 SD/SDHC
 SD/SDHC/SDXC
Camcorder Media Type
 Memory card
 Memory card

Focusing

Normal Focusing Range
Unknown - Click to provide data
Focus Adjustment
 Auto
 Manual
 Auto
 Manual

White Balance

White Balance
 Auto
 Outdoor
 Indoor
 Auto
 Outdoor
 Indoor

Shutter

Camera Shutter Speed

Display

Display Diagonal
3.5" 3.5"
Display Resolution (numeric)
920,000 pixels
BEST
1,560,000 pixels
Display
 LCD
 LCD
BEST

Viewfinder

Viewfinder Screen Size
Unknown - Click to provide data 0.24"
Viewfinder
Unknown - Click to provide data 1,560,000 pixels
Viewfinder Type
 Electronic
 Electronic

Camera

Camcorder Type
 handheld
 Shouldercam
 Shoulder camcorder
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 handheld
 Shouldercam
 Shoulder camcorder
Minimum Illumination
Unknown - Click to provide data 1.7lx

Design

Colour
 Black
 Black

Video

HD Type
 Full HD
 HD
 Full HD
 HD
Bitrate At Maximum Video Resolution
Unknown - Click to provide data 50 Mbit/s
Supported Video Modes
 2160p
 1080p
 720p
BEST
 2160p
 1080p
 720p
Video Formats Supported
 AVC
 MPEG
 MPEG4
 H.264
 AVCHD
 XAVC-I
 AVC
 MPEG
 MPEG4
 H.264
 AVCHD
 XAVC-I
Video Resolutions
 1920 x 1080
 1440 x 1080
 1280 x 720
 1920 x 1080
 1440 x 1080
 1280 x 720
BEST
Maximum Video Resolution
 3840 x 2160
BEST
 3840 x 2160
Maximum Frame Rate
Unknown - Click to provide data 60fps
Analog Signal Format System
 PAL
 PAL N
 NTSC
 NTSC/PAL
 PAL
 PAL N
 NTSC
 NTSC/PAL

Audio

Audio Formats Supported
 LPCM
 AC3
 PCM
 LPCM
 AC3
 PCM

Ports & Interfaces

USB 2.0 Port
1 1
Micro-USB 2.0 Ports Quantity
Unknown - Click to provide data 1

Battery

Battery Life (max)
Unknown - Click to provide data 7.42h
Battery Type
Battery Voltage
7.2V 7.2V
Battery Technology
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
BEST
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Supported
Unknown - Click to provide data 1

Operational Conditions

Operating Temperature (T-T)
Operating Relative Humidity (H-H)
Unknown - Click to provide data
Storage Temperature (T-T)

Weight & Dimensions

Weight
1.1kg
BEST
1.8kg
Height
112mm 187.8mm
Depth
299mm 371.3mm
Width
153mm 171.3mm

Packaging Content

Cables Included
 USB
 USB
BEST

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