Panasonic HC-VX870 vs Panasonic HC-X920 vs Sony HDR-PJ810
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Panasonic HC-VX870

72

Overall Score

72

Overall Score
Our Verdict:
A good spec and cheap 20x optical zoom 3840 x 2160 pixels resolution camcorder
70
Value for Money
Good
78
Features
Good Features
72
Overall Score
Very Good
20x 3840 X 2160 (4K) Pixels 18.91MP 1" Sep 2015
Optical Zoom Max Video Resolution Total Megapixels Optical Sensor Size Release Date
Optical Zoom 20x
Max Video Resolution 3840 X 2160 (4K) Pixels
Total Megapixels 18.91MP
Optical Sensor Size 1"
Release Date Sep 2015
Panasonic HC-X920

81

Overall Score

81

Overall Score

Panasonic HC-X920

$670.91
$142.36
Our Verdict:
A multi award winning and fully featured 12x optical zoom 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution video camera, with a low price and one of the highest image qualities on the market
97
Reviews
167 Reviews + 7 Awards
76
Value for Money
Very Good
81
Features
Fully-Featured
81
Overall Score
Excellent
12x 1920 X 1080 (Full HD) Pixels 38.28MP 1" Jul 2013
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 38.28MP
Optical Sensor Size 1"
Release Date Jul 2013
Sony HDR-PJ810

75

Overall Score

75

Overall Score
Our Verdict:
An award winning and high image quality 12x optical zoom 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution camcorder, with good features
97
Reviews
30 Reviews + 1 Award
79
Features
Good Features
75
Overall Score
Very Good
12x 1920 X 1080 (Full HD) Pixels 24.5MP 1" Jan 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 24.5MP
Optical Sensor Size 1"
Release Date Jan 2014
Panasonic HC-VX870

72

Overall Score

72

Overall Score
Our Verdict:
A good spec and cheap 20x optical zoom 3840 x 2160 pixels resolution camcorder
70
Value for Money
Good
78
Features
Good Features
72
Overall Score
Very Good
20x 3840 X 2160 (4K) Pixels 18.91MP 1" Sep 2015
Optical Zoom Max Video Resolution Total Megapixels Optical Sensor Size Release Date
Optical Zoom 20x
Max Video Resolution 3840 X 2160 (4K) Pixels
Total Megapixels 18.91MP
Optical Sensor Size 1"
Release Date Sep 2015
Panasonic HC-X920

81

Overall Score

81

Overall Score

Panasonic HC-X920

$670.91
$142.36
Our Verdict:
A multi award winning and fully featured 12x optical zoom 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution video camera, with a low price and one of the highest image qualities on the market
97
Reviews
167 Reviews + 7 Awards
76
Value for Money
Very Good
81
Features
Fully-Featured
81
Overall Score
Excellent
12x 1920 X 1080 (Full HD) Pixels 38.28MP 1" Jul 2013
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 38.28MP
Optical Sensor Size 1"
Release Date Jul 2013
Sony HDR-PJ810

75

Overall Score

75

Overall Score
Our Verdict:
An award winning and high image quality 12x optical zoom 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution camcorder, with good features
97
Reviews
30 Reviews + 1 Award
79
Features
Good Features
75
Overall Score
Very Good
12x 1920 X 1080 (Full HD) Pixels 24.5MP 1" Jan 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 24.5MP
Optical Sensor Size 1"
Release Date Jan 2014

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$813.27
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Panasonic HC-X920 3MOS Ultrafine Full HD Camcorder
$999.99
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$1,026.03
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Panasonic HC-X920K Ultrafine Full HD Camcorder
$1,342.95
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$1,347.95
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Reasons For

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2 Reasons For
A Lot Bigger Optical Zoom
The Panasonic HC-VX870 has an optical zoom of 20x, whereas the Panasonic HC-X920 and the Sony HDR-PJ810 are both only 12x optical zoom camcorders (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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Lighter
The Panasonic HC-VX870 is a 353g camcorder. That's 64g lighter than the Panasonic HC-X920 (417g) and 107g lighter than the Sony HDR-PJ810 (460g).

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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12 Reasons For
19.37MP Bigger Total Megapixels
The Panasonic HC-X920 has a total megapixels of 38.28MP, but the Panasonic HC-VX870 is only a 18.91MP camcorder (19.37MP smaller) and the Sony HDR-PJ810 is only a 24.5MP camcorder (13.78MP 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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1.49MP Higher Effective Megapixels (image)
The Panasonic HC-X920 is an 8.49MP camcorder. That's 1.49MP higher than the Panasonic HC-VX870 (7MP).

The resolution of the images a camcorder produces is measured in megapixels (MP). One megapixel is equal to 1 million pixels and is a result of the pixel width multiplied by the pixel height of the image. While a higher image resolution generally results in sharper images, only a relatively low megapixel count is required when printing the image at a small size or to display it on a computer screen.

A sensor with more megapixels will be able to capture more detailed photos and the image will appear sharper. Images with more megapixels can also be printed at a larger size.

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0.2MP Higher Effective Megapixels (movie)
Panasonic HC-X920 is 8.49MP (movie mode), but the Panasonic HC-VX870 is only an 8.29MP (movie mode) camcorder (0.2MP lower).

The resolution of the videos a camcorder produces is measured in megapixels (MP). One megapixel is equal to 1 million pixels and is a result of the pixel width multiplied by the pixel height of the image.

A sensor with more megapixels will be able to capture more detailed frames and the videos will appear sharper.

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Built-In Flash
The Panasonic HC-X920 has a built-in flash, whereas the Sony HDR-PJ810 does not.

This denotes whether the camcorder has a flash unit built into it, or whether you have to rely on natural lighting or external flash units.

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0.5" Larger Display Diagonal
The Panasonic HC-X920 is a 3.5" screen size camcorder, whereas the Panasonic HC-VX870 and the Sony HDR-PJ810 are both only 3" screen size camcorders (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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3D
The Panasonic HC-X920 is 3D, whereas the Sony HDR-PJ810 is not.

This denotes whether the camcorder is capable of recording video in 3D or not.

3D videos have the ability to be far more immersive and captivating than standard 2D videos. However be aware that displaying them requires a monitor or TV that is capable of displaying 3D videos, and a set of glasses to allow you to view them properly.

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$129 Cheaper
The Panasonic HC-X920 is $129.08 cheaper than the Panasonic HC-VX870.
More Shops Are Selling it
A greater number of retailers increases the price competition amongst retailers for this camcorder and also increases the chances of the product remaining in stock.
Six More Awards
The Panasonic HC-X920 has 7 awards, but the Panasonic HC-VX870 has 1 award and the Sony HDR-PJ810 has 1 award.
Expert Reviews Are Better
Based on 16 expert reviews, the average review score of the Panasonic HC-X920 is 90%, whereas the average rating of the Panasonic HC-VX870 is 83% (based on 7 reviews).
Better Digital Versus Review Score
Digital Versus's Panasonic HC-X920 review gave it a score of 100%, but the Panasonic HC-VX870's rating was only 80% from the same site.
Better Les Numeriques.com Review Score
Les Numeriques.com's Panasonic HC-X920 review gave it a score of 100%, but the Panasonic HC-VX870 only has a rating of 80% from the same site.
5 Reasons For
Bigger Digital Zoom
The Sony HDR-PJ810 is a 160x (digital) camcorder. That's 100x bigger than the Panasonic HC-VX870 (60x) and 120x bigger than the Panasonic HC-X920 (40x).

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.

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Interchangeable Lens
The Sony HDR-PJ810 has an interchangeable lens, whereas the Panasonic HC-X920 does not have an interchangeable lens.

The lens in the device can be swapped round.

An interchangeable lens system allows the user to use alternative lenses which might be better suited for a shoot than a standard lens.

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Expert Reviews Are Better
The average expert review score of the Sony HDR-PJ810 is 90% based on 2 reviews, but the average rating of the Panasonic HC-VX870 is 83% (based on 7 reviews).
User Reviews Are Better
The average user review score of the Sony HDR-PJ810 is 97% based on 29 reviews, but the average rating of the Panasonic HC-VX870 is 83% (based on 14 reviews) and the average rating of the Panasonic HC-X920 is 90% (based on 127 reviews).
Better Brand
Sony camcorders have an average rating of 86.3%, however Panasonic has an average rating of 72.8%.

Reasons Against

Panasonic HC-VX870 Panasonic HC-X920 Sony HDR-PJ810
13 Reasons Against
2x Smaller Digital Zoom
The Panasonic HC-VX870 has a digital zoom of 60x. That's 20x bigger than the Panasonic HC-X920 (40x) and 100x smaller than the Sony HDR-PJ810 (160x).

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.

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19.37MP Smaller Total Megapixels
The Panasonic HC-VX870 has a total megapixels of 18.91MP, but the Panasonic HC-X920 is a 38.28MP camcorder (19.37MP bigger) and the Sony HDR-PJ810 is a 24.5MP camcorder (5.59MP bigger).

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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1.49MP Lower Effective Megapixels (image)
The Panasonic HC-VX870 is a 7MP camcorder. That's 1.49MP lower than the Panasonic HC-X920 (8.49MP).

The resolution of the images a camcorder produces is measured in megapixels (MP). One megapixel is equal to 1 million pixels and is a result of the pixel width multiplied by the pixel height of the image. While a higher image resolution generally results in sharper images, only a relatively low megapixel count is required when printing the image at a small size or to display it on a computer screen.

A sensor with more megapixels will be able to capture more detailed photos and the image will appear sharper. Images with more megapixels can also be printed at a larger size.

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0.2MP Lower Effective Megapixels (movie)
Panasonic HC-VX870 is only 8.29MP (movie mode), but the Panasonic HC-X920 is an 8.49MP (movie mode) camcorder (0.2MP higher).

The resolution of the videos a camcorder produces is measured in megapixels (MP). One megapixel is equal to 1 million pixels and is a result of the pixel width multiplied by the pixel height of the image.

A sensor with more megapixels will be able to capture more detailed frames and the videos will appear sharper.

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0.5" Smaller Display Diagonal
The Panasonic HC-VX870 is a 3" screen size camcorder (as does the Sony HDR-PJ810), whereas the Panasonic HC-X920 is a 3.5" screen size camcorder (0.5" larger).

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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$129 More Expensive
The Panasonic HC-VX870 is more expensive than the Panasonic HC-X920 by $129.
Fewer Sellers
Only 2 shops sells the Panasonic HC-VX870, but 5 retailers sell the Panasonic HC-X920.
The smaller the number of retailers that stock this camcorder, the lower the competition amongst retailers to keep prices low.
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Fewer Awards
Whilst the Panasonic HC-VX870 has received 1 award, the Panasonic HC-X920 has received 7 awards.
Lower Expert Review Score
The average expert rating of the Panasonic HC-VX870 is 83%, whereas the average expert rating of the Panasonic HC-X920 is 90% (based on 16 reviews) and the Sony HDR-PJ810 is 90% (based on 2 reviews).
Appreciably Lower User Review Score
The average user rating of the Panasonic HC-VX870 is 83%, whereas the average user rating of the Panasonic HC-X920 is 90% (based on 127 reviews) and the Sony HDR-PJ810 is 97% (based on 29 reviews).
Worse Brand
Panasonic camcorders have an average rating of only 72.8%, but Sony has an average rating of 86.3%.
Worse Digital Versus Review Score
Digital Versus's review score for the Panasonic HC-VX870 was only 80%, but the Panasonic HC-X920's rating was 100%.
Worse Les Numeriques.com Review Score
Whilst the Panasonic HC-VX870 has received a Les Numeriques.com review score of 80%, the Panasonic HC-X920 has a score of 100%.
6 Reasons Against
Significantly Smaller Optical Zoom
The Panasonic HC-X920 has an optical zoom of 12x (as does the Sony HDR-PJ810), whereas the Panasonic HC-VX870 is a 20x optical zoom camcorder (8x bigger).

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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Smaller Digital Zoom
The Panasonic HC-X920 has a digital zoom of 40x. That's 20x smaller than the Panasonic HC-VX870 (60x) and 120x smaller than the Sony HDR-PJ810 (160x).

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.

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64g Heavier
The Panasonic HC-X920 is a 417g camcorder. That's 64g heavier than the Panasonic HC-VX870 (353g) and 43g lighter than the Sony HDR-PJ810 (460g).

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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Over Two Years Older
The Panasonic HC-X920 is older than the Panasonic HC-VX870 by two years and older than the Sony HDR-PJ810 by six months.
Lower User Review Score
The average user rating of the Panasonic HC-X920 is 90%, whereas the average user rating of the Sony HDR-PJ810 is 97% (based on 29 reviews).
Worse Brand
Panasonic camcorders have an average rating of only 72.8%, but Sony has an average rating of 86.3%.
8 Reasons Against
8x Smaller Optical Zoom
The Sony HDR-PJ810 has an optical zoom of 12x (as does the Panasonic HC-X920), but the Panasonic HC-VX870 is a 20x optical zoom camcorder (8x bigger).

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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Vastly Smaller Total Megapixels
The Sony HDR-PJ810 has a total megapixels of 24.5MP, however the Panasonic HC-VX870 is a 18.91MP camcorder (5.59MP smaller) and the Panasonic HC-X920 is a 38.28MP camcorder (13.78MP bigger).

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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Does Not Have a Built-In Flash
The Sony HDR-PJ810 does not have a built-in flash, whereas the Panasonic HC-X920 has a built-in flash.

This denotes whether the camcorder has a flash unit built into it, or whether you have to rely on natural lighting or external flash units.

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Smaller Display Diagonal
Sony HDR-PJ810 is only 3" screen size (as does the Panasonic HC-VX870), but the Panasonic HC-X920 is a 3.5" screen size camcorder (0.5" larger).

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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Heavier
The Sony HDR-PJ810 is a 460g camcorder. That's 107g heavier than the Panasonic HC-VX870 (353g) and 43g heavier than the Panasonic HC-X920 (417g).

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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Over One Year Older
The Sony HDR-PJ810 is older than the Panasonic HC-VX870 by 21 months.
Fewer Awards
Whilst the Sony HDR-PJ810 has received 1 award, the Panasonic HC-X920 has received 7 awards.

Reviews & Awards

Awards

The Panasonic HC-X920 has the most awards out of the three camcorders with 7 awards. The Panasonic HC-VX870 and Sony HDR-PJ810 have the second most awards with 1 award each. Compare all award winning camcorders.
Panasonic HC-VX870 Panasonic HC-X920 Sony HDR-PJ810
1 Award
Trusted Reviews: Recommended
7 Awards Best
camcorderinfo.com: Editor's Choice Digital Versus: 5 Star Expert Reviews: Best Buy Les Numeriques.com: 5 Star plusxaward.de: Innovation and Ease of Use Pocket Lint: Recommended reviewed.com: Editor's Choice
1 Award
altomdata.dk: Recommended

Average Expert Rating

The Sony HDR-PJ810 and Panasonic HC-X920 have the best expert reviews out of the three camcorders each with an average review score of 90%. The Panasonic HC-VX870 has the second best expert reviews with an average review score of 83% based on 7 reviews.
Panasonic HC-VX870 Panasonic HC-X920 Sony HDR-PJ810
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1 review
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0 reviews
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0 reviews
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5 stars
6 reviews
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Average User Rating

The Sony HDR-PJ810 has the best user reviews out of the three camcorders with an average review score of 97% based on 29 reviews. The Panasonic HC-X920 has the second best user reviews with an average review score of 90% based on 127 reviews. The Panasonic HC-VX870 has the third best user reviews with an average review score of 83% based on 14 reviews.
Panasonic HC-VX870 Panasonic HC-X920 Sony HDR-PJ810
5 stars
8 reviews
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85 reviews
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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-VX870 Panasonic HC-X920 Sony HDR-PJ810
Panasonic

73

73

Based on 568 reviews
Panasonic

73

73

Based on 568 reviews
Sony

86

86

Based on 9,856 reviews

Proportion of Users That Recommend It

The Panasonic HC-VX870 has the greatest proportion of users recommending it. Out of 21 reviews, 28.6% recommend the Panasonic HC-VX870. 22.4% recommend the Panasonic HC-X920 and 0% recommend the Sony HDR-PJ810.

Date Released

Panasonic HC-VX870 Panasonic HC-X920 Sony HDR-PJ810
29 months old Best 56 months old 50 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.

Digital Zoom

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.

Interchangeable Lens

The lens in the device can be swapped round.

An interchangeable lens system allows the user to use alternative lenses which might be better suited for a shoot than a standard lens.

Panasonic HC-VX870 Panasonic HC-X920 Sony HDR-PJ810
unknown
Best
No
Yes

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.

3D

This denotes whether the camcorder is capable of recording video in 3D or not.

3D videos have the ability to be far more immersive and captivating than standard 2D videos. However be aware that displaying them requires a monitor or TV that is capable of displaying 3D videos, and a set of glasses to allow you to view them properly.

Panasonic HC-VX870 Panasonic HC-X920 Sony HDR-PJ810
unknown
Best
Yes
No

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-VX870 Panasonic HC-X920 Sony HDR-PJ810
Optical Zoom 20x
BEST
12x 12x
Digital Zoom 60x
BEST
40x 160x
Image Stabilizer Type
Optical
 Optical
Optical
 Optical
Optical
 Optical
Filter Size 49mm 49mm Unknown - Click to provide data
Focal Length (35mm Film Equivalent)
Focal Length Range (f-F)
 
 
 
Video Panasonic HC-VX870 Panasonic HC-X920 Sony HDR-PJ810
Max Video Resolution
3840 x 2160 (4K)
 3840 x 2160 (4K)
3840 x 2160 (4K)
 3840 x 2160 (4K)
3840 x 2160 (4K)
 3840 x 2160 (4K)
HD Type
Full HD HD
HD
 Full HD
 HD
 HD
Full HD HD
HD
 Full HD
 HD
 HD
Full HD HD
HD
 Full HD
 HD
 HD
Supported Video Modes
1080p
 1080p
1080p
 1080p
1080p
 1080p
Video Resolutions
1920 x 1080 (Full HD) 1920 x 1080
960 x 540 1440 x 1080
1280 x 720
 1920 x 1080 (Full HD)
 1920 x 1080
 960 x 540
 1440 x 1080
 1280 x 720
1920 x 1080 (Full HD) 1920 x 1080
960 x 540 1440 x 1080
1280 x 720
 1920 x 1080 (Full HD)
 1920 x 1080
 960 x 540
 1440 x 1080
 1280 x 720
1920 x 1080 (Full HD) 1920 x 1080
960 x 540 1440 x 1080
1280 x 720
 1920 x 1080 (Full HD)
 1920 x 1080
 960 x 540
 1440 x 1080
 1280 x 720
 
 
 
Image Sensor Panasonic HC-VX870 Panasonic HC-X920 Sony HDR-PJ810
Total Megapixels 18.91MP 38.28MP
BEST
24.5MP
Optical Sensor Size 1" 1" 1"
Sensor Type
MOS
 MOS
MOS
 MOS
MOS
 MOS
Effective Megapixels (image) 7MP 8.49MP
BEST
Unknown - Click to provide data
Effective Megapixels (movie) 8.29MP 8.49MP
BEST
Unknown - Click to provide data
 
 
 
Storage Panasonic HC-VX870 Panasonic HC-X920 Sony HDR-PJ810
Memory Slots 1 1 Unknown - Click to provide data
Compatible Memory Cards
SDXC SDHC
SD/SDHC SD/SDHC/SDXC
 SDXC
 SDHC
 SD/SDHC
 SD/SDHC/SDXC
SDXC SDHC
SD/SDHC SD/SDHC/SDXC
 SDXC
 SDHC
 SD/SDHC
 SD/SDHC/SDXC
SDXC SDHC
SD/SDHC SD/SDHC/SDXC
 SDXC
 SDHC
 SD/SDHC
 SD/SDHC/SDXC
Camcorder Media Type
Memory card
 Memory card
Memory card
 Memory card
Memory card
 Memory card
 
 
 
Focusing Panasonic HC-VX870 Panasonic HC-X920 Sony HDR-PJ810
Focus Adjustment
Auto Manual
 Auto
 Manual
Auto Manual
 Auto
 Manual
Auto Manual
 Auto
 Manual
 
 
 
White Balance Panasonic HC-VX870 Panasonic HC-X920 Sony HDR-PJ810
White Balance
Auto Cloudy
Daylight Sunny
Indoor Custom
Outdoor
 Auto
 Cloudy
 Daylight
 Sunny
 Indoor
 Custom
 Outdoor
Auto Cloudy
Daylight Sunny
Indoor Custom
Outdoor
 Auto
 Cloudy
 Daylight
 Sunny
 Indoor
 Custom
 Outdoor
Auto Cloudy
Daylight Sunny
Indoor Custom
Outdoor
 Auto
 Cloudy
 Daylight
 Sunny
 Indoor
 Custom
 Outdoor
 
 
 
Shutter Panasonic HC-VX870 Panasonic HC-X920 Sony HDR-PJ810
Shutter Speed (video) Unknown - Click to provide data Unknown - Click to provide data
Shutter Speed (photo) Unknown - Click to provide data Unknown - Click to provide data
Camera Shutter Speed Unknown - Click to provide data
 
 
 
Display Panasonic HC-VX870 Panasonic HC-X920 Sony HDR-PJ810
Display Diagonal 3" 3.5"
BEST
3"
Display Resolution (numeric) 460,800 Pixels 1,152,000 Pixels 921,000 Pixels
BEST
Display
LCD
 LCD
LCD
 LCD
LCD
 LCD
 
 
 
Viewfinder Panasonic HC-VX870 Panasonic HC-X920 Sony HDR-PJ810
Viewfinder Type
Electronic
 Electronic
Electronic
 Electronic
Electronic
 Electronic
 
 
 
Camera Panasonic HC-VX870 Panasonic HC-X920 Sony HDR-PJ810
Shooting Modes
Manual
 Manual
Manual
 Manual
Manual
 Manual
Minimum Illumination 2lx 1lx
BEST
3lx
 
 
 
Still Image Panasonic HC-VX870 Panasonic HC-X920 Sony HDR-PJ810
Still Image Resolution
640 x 480
 640 x 480
640 x 480
 640 x 480
640 x 480
 640 x 480
Image Formats Supported
JPG
 JPG
JPG
 JPG
JPG
 JPG
Maximum Image Resolution
6592 x 3712
 6592 x 3712
6592 x 3712
 6592 x 3712
6592 x 3712
 6592 x 3712
 
 
 
Audio Panasonic HC-VX870 Panasonic HC-X920 Sony HDR-PJ810
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
Dolby Digital 2.0/5.1
 Dolby Digital 2.0/5.1
 
 
 
Ports & Interfaces Panasonic HC-VX870 Panasonic HC-X920 Sony HDR-PJ810
USB 2.0 Port 1 1 1
Mini HDMI Port Unknown - Click to provide data 1 Unknown - Click to provide data
 
 
 
Battery Panasonic HC-VX870 Panasonic HC-X920 Sony HDR-PJ810
Battery Type Unknown - Click to provide data Unknown - Click to provide data
Battery Voltage 3.6V 7.2V Unknown - Click to provide data
Battery Capacity 1,940mAh
BEST
1,250mAh Unknown - Click to provide data
Battery Technology
Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
 
 
 
Weight & Dimensions Panasonic HC-VX870 Panasonic HC-X920 Sony HDR-PJ810
Weight 353g
BEST
417g 460g
Height 73mm 72mm 72.5mm
Depth 139mm 150mm 134mm
Width 65mm 67mm 67.5mm
 
 
 
Packaging Content Panasonic HC-VX870 Panasonic HC-X920 Sony HDR-PJ810
Bundled Software Unknown - Click to provide data
Cables Included
USB HDMI
AV
 USB
 HDMI
 AV
USB HDMI
AV
 USB
 HDMI
 AV
USB HDMI
AV
 USB
 HDMI
 AV
Included Memory Card Size 16GB Unknown - Click to provide data Unknown - Click to provide data
 
 
 
Projector Panasonic HC-VX870 Panasonic HC-X920 Sony HDR-PJ810
Projector Brightness Unknown - Click to provide data Unknown - Click to provide data 50 ANSI Lumens
Minimum Projection Distance Unknown - Click to provide data Unknown - Click to provide data 0.5m

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