Panasonic HC-V770 vs Sony PXW-X70
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Panasonic HC-V770

86

Overall Score

86

Overall Score

Panasonic HC-V770

$499.99
$158.04
Our Verdict:
An award winning and impressive value for money 20x optical zoom 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution camcorder, with great features
96
Reviews
15 Reviews + 1 Award
90
Value for Money
Excellent
83
Features
Fully-Featured
86
Overall Score
Excellent
20x 1920 X 1080 (Full HD) Pixels 12.76MP 1" Jan 2015
Optical Zoom Max Video Resolution Total Megapixels Optical Sensor Size Release Date
Optical Zoom 20x
Max Video Resolution 1920 X 1080 (Full HD) Pixels
Total Megapixels 12.76MP
Optical Sensor Size 1"
Release Date Jan 2015
Sony PXW-X70

70

Overall Score

70

Overall Score

Sony PXW-X70

$1,769.00
Our Verdict:
A good spec and giant optical sensor size 12x optical zoom 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution video camera, but representing only moderate value for money
61
Value for Money
Good
78
Features
Good Features
70
Overall Score
Very Good
12x 1920 X 1080 (Full HD) Pixels 14.2MP 1" Aug 2014
Optical Zoom Max Video Resolution Total Megapixels Optical Sensor Size Release Date
Optical Zoom 12x
Max Video Resolution 1920 X 1080 (Full HD) Pixels
Total Megapixels 14.2MP
Optical Sensor Size 1"
Release Date Aug 2014
Panasonic HC-V770

86

Overall Score

86

Overall Score

Panasonic HC-V770

$499.99
$158.04
Our Verdict:
An award winning and impressive value for money 20x optical zoom 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution camcorder, with great features
96
Reviews
15 Reviews + 1 Award
90
Value for Money
Excellent
83
Features
Fully-Featured
86
Overall Score
Excellent
20x 1920 X 1080 (Full HD) Pixels 12.76MP 1" Jan 2015
Optical Zoom Max Video Resolution Total Megapixels Optical Sensor Size Release Date
Optical Zoom 20x
Max Video Resolution 1920 X 1080 (Full HD) Pixels
Total Megapixels 12.76MP
Optical Sensor Size 1"
Release Date Jan 2015
Sony PXW-X70

70

Overall Score

70

Overall Score

Sony PXW-X70

$1,769.00
Our Verdict:
A good spec and giant optical sensor size 12x optical zoom 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution video camera, but representing only moderate value for money
61
Value for Money
Good
78
Features
Good Features
70
Overall Score
Very Good
12x 1920 X 1080 (Full HD) Pixels 14.2MP 1" Aug 2014
Optical Zoom Max Video Resolution Total Megapixels Optical Sensor Size Release Date
Optical Zoom 12x
Max Video Resolution 1920 X 1080 (Full HD) Pixels
Total Megapixels 14.2MP
Optical Sensor Size 1"
Release Date Aug 2014

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Reasons For

Panasonic HC-V770 Sony PXW-X70
5 Reasons For
8x Bigger Optical Zoom
The Panasonic HC-V770 has an optical zoom of 20x, however the Sony PXW-X70 is only a 12x optical zoom camcorder (8x smaller).

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.

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1 Lower Minimum Aperture Number
Panasonic HC-V770 is 1.8 minimum aperture, but the Sony PXW-X70 is a 2.8 minimum aperture camcorder (1 higher).

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.

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Vastly Lighter
The Panasonic HC-V770 is a 353g camcorder. That's 547g lighter than the Sony PXW-X70 (900g).

This denotes the weight of the camcorder, including battery.

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

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$1,269 Cheaper
The Panasonic HC-V770 costs $1,269.01 less than the Sony PXW-X70.
User Reviews Are Better
The average user review score of the Panasonic HC-V770 is 89%, however the average rating of the Sony PXW-X70 is 80% (based on 2 reviews).
7 Reasons For
0.9 Higher Maximum Aperture Number
The Sony PXW-X70 is a 4.5 maximum aperture value camcorder, whereas the Panasonic HC-V770 is only a 3.6 maximum aperture value camcorder (0.9 lower).

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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17% Faster Maximum Frame Rate
The Sony PXW-X70 is a 59.94fps camcorder. That's 9.94fps faster than the Panasonic HC-V770 (50fps).

This denotes how many frames per second (fps) are captured and displayed when recording video.

A higher fps means that the camcorder is recording far more frames for every second of footage, leading to a far smoother and more fluid video - the action will be less jerky and look of a higher quality.

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11% Bigger Total Megapixels
The Sony PXW-X70 has a total megapixels of 14.2MP, however the Panasonic HC-V770 is only a 12.76MP camcorder (1.44MP smaller).

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.

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Larger Display Diagonal
Sony PXW-X70 is 3.5" screen size, but the Panasonic HC-V770 is only a 3" screen size camcorder (0.5" smaller).

Display diagonal of the camcorder's build in display.

A larger display diagonal makes it easier to record and review video and images.

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More Shops Are Selling it
The more retailers stock this camcorder, the greater competition amongst retailers to keep prices low.
More Popular
The Sony PXW-X70 is a more popular choice amongst buyers.
Better Brand
Sony camcorders have an average rating of 86.3%, however Panasonic has an average rating of 72.8%.

Reviews & Awards

Awards

Panasonic HC-V770 Sony PXW-X70
1 Award
Trusted Reviews: Recommended
No awards found

Average Expert Rating

Panasonic HC-V770 Sony PXW-X70
Best
5 stars
1 review
4 stars
0 reviews
3 stars
0 reviews
2 stars
0 reviews
1 star
0 reviews
No reviews found

Average User Rating

The Panasonic HC-V770 has better user reviews than the Sony PXW-X70. The average user reviews score for the Panasonic HC-V770 is 89% based on 14 reviews, where as the average score for the Sony PXW-X70 is 80% based on 2 reviews.
Panasonic HC-V770 Sony PXW-X70
Best
5 stars
9 reviews
4 stars
3 reviews
3 stars
1 review
2 stars
1 review
1 star
0 reviews
5 stars
1 review
4 stars
0 reviews
3 stars
1 review
2 stars
0 reviews
1 star
0 reviews

Average Brand Rating

Sony has a better average brand rating than Panasonic. The average brand rating for Sony is 86.25% based on 9,856 reviews, where as the average brand rating for Panasonic is 72.76% based on 568 reviews.
Panasonic HC-V770 Sony PXW-X70
Panasonic

73

73

Based on 568 reviews
Sony

86

86

Based on 9,856 reviews

Date Released

Panasonic HC-V770 Sony PXW-X70
37 months old Best 42 months old

Key Features

Optical Zoom

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.

Total Megapixels

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.

Optical Sensor Size

Optical sensor size is one of the most important factors affecting the image quality produced by a camcorder. The sensor is what processes the light from the lens and transfers it into a digital image.

A larger optical sensor produces better quality results, because more light can be brought into the lens at once, This leads to larger, more highly-detailed videos and photos.

Display Diagonal

Display diagonal of the camcorder's build in display.

A larger display diagonal makes it easier to record and review video and images.

Weight

This denotes the weight of the camcorder, including battery.

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

Specification

 
 
 
Lens System Panasonic HC-V770 Sony PXW-X70
Optical Zoom 20x
BEST
12x
Digital Zoom 1,500x Unknown - Click to provide data
Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv) 752mm Unknown - Click to provide data
Minimum Aperture Number 1.8
BEST
2.8
Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv) 29.5mm Unknown - Click to provide data
Maximum Aperture Number 3.6 4.5
BEST
Image Stabilizer Type
Hybrid
 Hybrid
Hybrid
 Hybrid
Filter Size 49mm 62mm
Focal Length (35mm Film Equivalent) Unknown - Click to provide data
Focal Length Range (f-F)
 
 
 
Video Panasonic HC-V770 Sony PXW-X70
Max Video Resolution
1920 x 1080 (Full HD)
 1920 x 1080 (Full HD)
1920 x 1080 (Full HD)
 1920 x 1080 (Full HD)
Maximum Frame Rate 50fps 59.94fps
BEST
HD Type
Full HD HD
HD
 Full HD
 HD
 HD
Full HD HD
HD
 Full HD
 HD
 HD
Bitrate At Maximum Video Resolution 72 Mbit/s Unknown - Click to provide data
Supported Video Modes
1080p 720p
540p
 1080p
 720p
 540p
1080p 720p
540p
 1080p
 720p
 540p
Video Resolutions
1920 x 1080 (Full HD) 1920 x 1080
1280 x 720 960 x 540
720 x 576 720 x 480
 1920 x 1080 (Full HD)
 1920 x 1080
 1280 x 720
 960 x 540
 720 x 576
 720 x 480
1920 x 1080 (Full HD) 1920 x 1080
1280 x 720 960 x 540
720 x 576 720 x 480
 1920 x 1080 (Full HD)
 1920 x 1080
 1280 x 720
 960 x 540
 720 x 576
 720 x 480
 
 
 
Image Sensor Panasonic HC-V770 Sony PXW-X70
Total Megapixels 12.76MP 14.2MP
BEST
Optical Sensor Size 1" 1"
Sensor Type
MOS
 MOS
MOS
 MOS
Effective Megapixels (image) 6.03MP Unknown - Click to provide data
Effective Megapixels (movie) 6.03MP Unknown - Click to provide data
 
 
 
Storage Panasonic HC-V770 Sony PXW-X70
Memory Slots Unknown - Click to provide data 2
Compatible Memory Cards
SDXC SDHC
SD/SDHC SD/SDHC/SDXC
MS PRO MS PRO Duo
 SDXC
 SDHC
 SD/SDHC
 SD/SDHC/SDXC
 MS PRO
 MS PRO Duo
SDXC SDHC
SD/SDHC SD/SDHC/SDXC
MS PRO MS PRO Duo
 SDXC
 SDHC
 SD/SDHC
 SD/SDHC/SDXC
 MS PRO
 MS PRO Duo
Camcorder Media Type
Memory card
 Memory card
Memory card
 Memory card
 
 
 
Focusing Panasonic HC-V770 Sony PXW-X70
Focus Adjustment
Auto Manual
 Auto
 Manual
Auto Manual
 Auto
 Manual
 
 
 
White Balance Panasonic HC-V770 Sony PXW-X70
White Balance
Auto Cloudy
Sunny Indoor
 Auto
 Cloudy
 Sunny
 Indoor
Auto Cloudy
Sunny Indoor
 Auto
 Cloudy
 Sunny
 Indoor
 
 
 
Shutter Panasonic HC-V770 Sony PXW-X70
Shutter Speed (video) Unknown - Click to provide data
Shutter Speed (photo) Unknown - Click to provide data
Camera Shutter Speed
 
 
 
Display Panasonic HC-V770 Sony PXW-X70
Display Diagonal 3" 3.5"
BEST
Display Resolution (numeric) 460,800 Pixels Unknown - Click to provide data
Display
LCD
 LCD
LCD
 LCD
 
 
 
Viewfinder Panasonic HC-V770 Sony PXW-X70
Viewfinder Screen Size Unknown - Click to provide data 0.39"
Viewfinder Type
Electronic
 Electronic
Electronic
 Electronic
 
 
 
Camera Panasonic HC-V770 Sony PXW-X70
Minimum Illumination 1lx 1.7lx
BEST
 
 
 
Still Image Panasonic HC-V770 Sony PXW-X70
Image Formats Supported
JPG
 JPG
JPG
 JPG
Maximum Image Resolution
6528 x 3672
 6528 x 3672
6528 x 3672
 6528 x 3672
 
 
 
Audio Panasonic HC-V770 Sony PXW-X70
Audio System
Dolby Digital 2.0/5.1
 Dolby Digital 2.0/5.1
Dolby Digital 2.0/5.1
 Dolby Digital 2.0/5.1
 
 
 
Ports & Interfaces Panasonic HC-V770 Sony PXW-X70
USB 2.0 Port 1 Unknown - Click to provide data
Component Video (YPbPr/YCbCr) Out 1 Unknown - Click to provide data
Micro-USB 2.0 Ports Quantity 1 Unknown - Click to provide data
 
 
 
Battery Panasonic HC-V770 Sony PXW-X70
Maximum Battery Life 1h Unknown - Click to provide data
Video Recording Time 1h Unknown - Click to provide data
Battery Type Unknown - Click to provide data
Battery Voltage 3.6V Unknown - Click to provide data
Battery Capacity 1,940mAh Unknown - Click to provide data
Battery Technology
Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Supported Unknown - Click to provide data 1
 
 
 
Operational Conditions Panasonic HC-V770 Sony PXW-X70
Operating Temperature (T-T) Unknown - Click to provide data
Storage Temperature (T-T) Unknown - Click to provide data
 
 
 
Weight & Dimensions Panasonic HC-V770 Sony PXW-X70
Weight 353g
BEST
900g
Height 73mm 103.5mm
Depth 139mm 274.3mm
Width 65mm 120.7mm
 
 
 
Packaging Content Panasonic HC-V770 Sony PXW-X70
Bundled Software Unknown - Click to provide data
Cables Included
USB HDMI
DC
 USB
 HDMI
 DC
USB HDMI
DC
 USB
 HDMI
 DC

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