Panasonic HC-VX870 vs Sony FDR-AX33
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Panasonic HC-VX870vsSony FDR-AX33

Panasonic HC-VX870

86

Overall Score

86

Overall Score
Our Verdict:
A high image quality and award winning 20x optical zoom 3840 x 2160 pixels resolution camcorder, with an affordable price and great features
95
Reviews
18 Reviews + 1 Award
84
Value for Money
Very Good
86
Features
Fully-Featured
86
Overall Score
Excellent
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
Sony FDR-AX33

87

Overall Score

87

Overall Score

Sony FDR-AX33

$719.87
Our Verdict:
A high image quality and award winning 10x optical zoom 3840 x 2160 pixels resolution video camera, with great features and a fair price
97
Reviews
841 Reviews + 1 Award
85
Value for Money
Very Good
87
Features
Fully-Featured
87
Overall Score
Excellent
10x 3840 X 2160 (4K) Pixels 20.6MP 1" May 2015
Optical Zoom Max Video Resolution Total Megapixels Optical Sensor Size Release Date
Optical Zoom 10x
Max Video Resolution 3840 X 2160 (4K) Pixels
Total Megapixels 20.6MP
Optical Sensor Size 1"
Release Date May 2015
Panasonic HC-VX870

86

Overall Score

86

Overall Score
Our Verdict:
A high image quality and award winning 20x optical zoom 3840 x 2160 pixels resolution camcorder, with an affordable price and great features
95
Reviews
18 Reviews + 1 Award
84
Value for Money
Very Good
86
Features
Fully-Featured
86
Overall Score
Excellent
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
Sony FDR-AX33

87

Overall Score

87

Overall Score

Sony FDR-AX33

$719.87
Our Verdict:
A high image quality and award winning 10x optical zoom 3840 x 2160 pixels resolution video camera, with great features and a fair price
97
Reviews
841 Reviews + 1 Award
85
Value for Money
Very Good
87
Features
Fully-Featured
87
Overall Score
Excellent
10x 3840 X 2160 (4K) Pixels 20.6MP 1" May 2015
Optical Zoom Max Video Resolution Total Megapixels Optical Sensor Size Release Date
Optical Zoom 10x
Max Video Resolution 3840 X 2160 (4K) Pixels
Total Megapixels 20.6MP
Optical Sensor Size 1"
Release Date May 2015

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Reasons For

Panasonic HC-VX870 Sony FDR-AX33
2 Reasons For
10x Bigger Optical Zoom
The Panasonic HC-VX870 has an optical zoom of 20x, whereas the Sony FDR-AX33 is only a 10x optical zoom camcorder (10x 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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99% Lighter
The Panasonic HC-VX870 is a 353g camcorder. That's 347g lighter than the Sony FDR-AX33 (700g).

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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A Lot Bigger Digital Zoom
The Sony FDR-AX33 has a digital zoom of 120x, however the Panasonic HC-VX870 is only a 60x (digital) camcorder (60x smaller).

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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9% Bigger Total Megapixels
The Sony FDR-AX33 is a 20.6MP camcorder. That's 1.69MP bigger than the Panasonic HC-VX870 (18.91MP).

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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A Lot Higher Effective Megapixels (image)
The Sony FDR-AX33 has an effective megapixels (image) of 10.3MP, whereas the Panasonic HC-VX870 is only a 7MP camcorder (3.3MP lower).

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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Cheaper by $80
The Sony FDR-AX33 is $80.12 cheaper than the Panasonic HC-VX870.
More Shops Are Selling it
A greater number of sellers increases the price competition amongst retailers for the product and also increases the chances of this camcorder remaining in stock.
Better Expert Reviews
The Sony FDR-AX33 has an average expert review score of 92% based on 4 reviews, whereas the Panasonic HC-VX870 has an average rating of 83% (based on 6 reviews).
Better Brand
Sony camcorders have an average rating of 86.2%, but Panasonic has an average rating of 73.2%.
Better Digital Versus Review Score
The Sony FDR-AX33 has a Digital Versus review score of 100%, but the Panasonic HC-VX870's rating was only 80% from the same site.

Reviews & Awards

Awards

The Panasonic HC-VX870 and the Sony FDR-AX33 both have 1 award. Compare all award winning camcorders.
Panasonic HC-VX870 Sony FDR-AX33
1 Award
Trusted Reviews: Recommended
1 Award
Digital Versus: 5 Star

Average Expert Rating

The Sony FDR-AX33 has better expert reviews than the Panasonic HC-VX870. The average expert reviews score for the Sony FDR-AX33 is 92% based on 4 reviews, where as the average score for the Panasonic HC-VX870 is 83% based on 6 reviews.
Panasonic HC-VX870 Sony FDR-AX33
5 stars
1 review
4 stars
3 reviews
3 stars
0 reviews
2 stars
0 reviews
1 star
0 reviews
Best
5 stars
3 reviews
4 stars
0 reviews
3 stars
0 reviews
2 stars
0 reviews
1 star
0 reviews

Average User Rating

The Panasonic HC-VX870 and the Sony FDR-AX33 have identical average user review scores. For both camcorders the average user review score is 83%.
Panasonic HC-VX870 Sony FDR-AX33
Best
5 stars
8 reviews
4 stars
2 reviews
3 stars
2 reviews
2 stars
2 reviews
1 star
0 reviews
Best
5 stars
394 reviews
4 stars
206 reviews
3 stars
74 reviews
2 stars
38 reviews
1 star
42 reviews

Average Brand Rating

Sony has a better average brand rating than Panasonic. The average brand rating for Sony is 86.21% based on 9,798 reviews, where as the average brand rating for Panasonic is 73.15% based on 595 reviews.
Panasonic HC-VX870 Sony FDR-AX33
Panasonic

73

73

Based on 595 reviews
Sony

86

86

Based on 9,798 reviews

Proportion of Users That Recommend It

For both the Sony FDR-AX33 than the Panasonic HC-VX870 the same percentage of owners recommend the product. In both cases 66.6% recommend the product, based on a total of 806 reviews for the Sony FDR-AX33 and 806 reviews for the Sony FDR-AX33.

Digital Versus Review Score

Panasonic HC-VX870 Sony FDR-AX33
Digital Versus logo
The HC-VX870's body stands out for not standing out. There are a few function buttons on the side that are hidden by the screen, and it's covered in slightly cheap-looking plastic, although the camera is sturdy and lightweight (12.5 oz / 353 g). As e...
Powerful 20x optical zoom
4KUHD shooting
Greatquality video outdoors
Mic inputheadphone output
WiFi smartphone pairing for twin camera setup
Only one SD card slot
Card slot on camera's underside
No wideangle
Slightly cheap plastic casing given the price
The VX870 is a good 4K camcorder in terms of video quality, especially outside. However, its powerful zoom is undermined by there being no wide-angle. It's a shame viewing is not more comfortable (no viewfinder and only so-so screen), and that the pl...
Jul 2015
Best
Digital Versus logo
The Sony AX33 is a handheld 4K video recorder that's easy to use and boasts a touchscreen and viewfinderMeasuring 6" (15 cm) long and weighing 1 lb 5 oz (725 g) with battery included, the FDR-AX33 is definitely one of the heavier camcorders on the ma...
5 Star
The Sony FDR-AX33/AXP33 is an almost flawless camcorder?but you'd only say "almost" if you consider the lack of memory to be a flaw. It records 4K/UHD videos with fantastic picture quality, aided by highly effective image stabilization and a wide-ang...
Jun 2015

Date Released

Panasonic HC-VX870 Sony FDR-AX33
29 months old Best 33 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.

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.

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 Sony FDR-AX33
Optical Zoom 20x
BEST
10x
Digital Zoom 60x
BEST
120x
Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv) Unknown - Click to provide data 298mm
Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv) Unknown - Click to provide data 26.8mm
Image Stabilizer Type
Optical
 Optical
Optical
 Optical
Filter Size 49mm Unknown - Click to provide data
Focal Length (35mm Film Equivalent) Unknown - Click to provide data
Focal Length Range (f-F)
 
 
 
Video Panasonic HC-VX870 Sony FDR-AX33
Max Video Resolution
3840 x 2160 (4K)
 3840 x 2160 (4K)
3840 x 2160 (4K)
 3840 x 2160 (4K)
Maximum Frame Rate Unknown - Click to provide data 50fps
HD Type
Full HD HD
HD
 Full HD
 HD
 HD
Full HD HD
HD
 Full HD
 HD
 HD
Video Resolutions
3840 x 2160 (4K) 3840 x 2160
1920 x 1080 (Full HD) 1920 x 1080
1440 x 1080 1280 x 720
 3840 x 2160 (4K)
 3840 x 2160
 1920 x 1080 (Full HD)
 1920 x 1080
 1440 x 1080
 1280 x 720
3840 x 2160 (4K) 3840 x 2160
1920 x 1080 (Full HD) 1920 x 1080
1440 x 1080 1280 x 720
 3840 x 2160 (4K)
 3840 x 2160
 1920 x 1080 (Full HD)
 1920 x 1080
 1440 x 1080
 1280 x 720
 
 
 
Image Sensor Panasonic HC-VX870 Sony FDR-AX33
Total Megapixels 18.91MP 20.6MP
BEST
Optical Sensor Size 1" 1"
Sensor Type
MOS
 MOS
MOS
 MOS
Effective Megapixels (image) 7MP
BEST
10.3MP
Effective Megapixels (movie) 8.29MP 8.29MP
 
 
 
Storage Panasonic HC-VX870 Sony FDR-AX33
Memory Slots 1 Unknown - Click to provide data
Compatible Memory Cards
SDXC SDHC
SD/SDHC SD/SDHC/SDXC
MS PRO MS PRO Duo
MS Pro-HG MS Pro-HG Duo
MSXC MS XC-HG Duo
 SDXC
 SDHC
 SD/SDHC
 SD/SDHC/SDXC
 MS PRO
 MS PRO Duo
 MS Pro-HG
 MS Pro-HG Duo
 MSXC
 MS XC-HG Duo
SDXC SDHC
SD/SDHC SD/SDHC/SDXC
MS PRO MS PRO Duo
MS Pro-HG MS Pro-HG Duo
MSXC MS XC-HG Duo
 SDXC
 SDHC
 SD/SDHC
 SD/SDHC/SDXC
 MS PRO
 MS PRO Duo
 MS Pro-HG
 MS Pro-HG Duo
 MSXC
 MS XC-HG Duo
Camcorder Media Type
Memory card
 Memory card
Memory card
 Memory card
 
 
 
Focusing Panasonic HC-VX870 Sony FDR-AX33
Focus Adjustment
Auto Manual
 Auto
 Manual
Auto Manual
 Auto
 Manual
 
 
 
Light Exposure Panasonic HC-VX870 Sony FDR-AX33
Light Exposure Modes
Auto
 Auto
Auto
 Auto
 
 
 
White Balance Panasonic HC-VX870 Sony FDR-AX33
White Balance
Auto Cloudy
Daylight Sunny
Indoor Outdoor
 Auto
 Cloudy
 Daylight
 Sunny
 Indoor
 Outdoor
Auto Cloudy
Daylight Sunny
Indoor Outdoor
 Auto
 Cloudy
 Daylight
 Sunny
 Indoor
 Outdoor
 
 
 
Shutter Panasonic HC-VX870 Sony FDR-AX33
Camera Shutter Speed
 
 
 
Display Panasonic HC-VX870 Sony FDR-AX33
Display Diagonal 3" 3"
Display Resolution (numeric) 460,800 Pixels 921,600 Pixels
BEST
Display
LCD
 LCD
LCD
 LCD
 
 
 
Viewfinder Panasonic HC-VX870 Sony FDR-AX33
Viewfinder Screen Size Unknown - Click to provide data 0.24"
Viewfinder Unknown - Click to provide data 1,555,200 Pixels
 
 
 
Camera Panasonic HC-VX870 Sony FDR-AX33
Minimum Illumination 2lx Unknown - Click to provide data
Self-Timer Delay Unknown - Click to provide data
 
 
 
Still Image Panasonic HC-VX870 Sony FDR-AX33
Maximum Image Resolution
6048 x 3400
 6048 x 3400
6048 x 3400
 6048 x 3400
 
 
 
Audio Panasonic HC-VX870 Sony FDR-AX33
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-VX870 Sony FDR-AX33
USB 2.0 Port 1 Unknown - Click to provide data
 
 
 
Battery Panasonic HC-VX870 Sony FDR-AX33
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)
 
 
 
Weight & Dimensions Panasonic HC-VX870 Sony FDR-AX33
Weight 353g
BEST
700g
Height 73mm 78.5mm
Depth 139mm 155mm
Width 65mm 71mm
 
 
 
Packaging Content Panasonic HC-VX870 Sony FDR-AX33
Cables Included
USB HDMI
 USB
 HDMI
USB HDMI
 USB
 HDMI
Included Memory Card Size 16GB Unknown - Click to provide data
 
 
 
Technical Details Panasonic HC-VX870 Sony FDR-AX33
Flash Exposure Compensation Unknown - Click to provide data
Number of Diaphragm Blades Unknown - Click to provide data 6

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