Panasonic HC-VX870K vs Sony FDR-AX33
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Panasonic HC-VX870KvsSony FDR-AX33

Panasonic HC-VX870K

78

Overall Score

78

Overall Score
Our Verdict:
A high image quality and award winning 20x optical zoom 3840 x 2160 pixels resolution video camera, with great features and a reasonable price
93
Reviews
13 Reviews + 1 Award
72
Value for Money
Good
80
Features
Fully-Featured
78
Overall Score
Very Good
20x 3840 X 2160 (4K) Pixels 18.9MP 1" Feb 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 18.9MP
Optical Sensor Size 1"
Release Date Feb 2015
Sony FDR-AX33

82

Overall Score

82

Overall Score

Sony FDR-AX33

$539.95
$185.04
Our Verdict:
A best selling and high image quality 10x optical zoom 3840 x 2160 pixels resolution video camera, with a reasonable price and an industry award
96
Reviews
840 Reviews + 1 Award
80
Value for Money
Very Good
81
Features
Fully-Featured
82
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-VX870K

78

Overall Score

78

Overall Score
Our Verdict:
A high image quality and award winning 20x optical zoom 3840 x 2160 pixels resolution video camera, with great features and a reasonable price
93
Reviews
13 Reviews + 1 Award
72
Value for Money
Good
80
Features
Fully-Featured
78
Overall Score
Very Good
20x 3840 X 2160 (4K) Pixels 18.9MP 1" Feb 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 18.9MP
Optical Sensor Size 1"
Release Date Feb 2015
Sony FDR-AX33

82

Overall Score

82

Overall Score

Sony FDR-AX33

$539.95
$185.04
Our Verdict:
A best selling and high image quality 10x optical zoom 3840 x 2160 pixels resolution video camera, with a reasonable price and an industry award
96
Reviews
840 Reviews + 1 Award
80
Value for Money
Very Good
81
Features
Fully-Featured
82
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

Top Prices

Panasonic HC-VX870K Sony FDR-AX33
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$874.99
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Reasons For

Panasonic HC-VX870K Sony FDR-AX33
2 Reasons For
A Lot Bigger Optical Zoom
The Panasonic HC-VX870K 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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Lighter
The Panasonic HC-VX870K 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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4 Reasons For
Moderately Bigger Total Megapixels
The Sony FDR-AX33 has a total megapixels of 20.6MP, but the Panasonic HC-VX870K is only a 18.9MP camcorder (1.7MP 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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$335 Cheaper
The Sony FDR-AX33 is $335.04 cheaper than the Panasonic HC-VX870K.
More Shops Are Selling it
A greater number of stores increases the price competition amongst retailers for this camcorder and also increases the chances of the product remaining in stock.
Better Brand
Sony camcorders have an average rating of 86.3%, but Panasonic has an average rating of 72.8%.

Reviews & Awards

Awards

Panasonic HC-VX870K Sony FDR-AX33
No awards found
1 Award
Digital Versus: 5 Star

Average Expert Rating

Panasonic HC-VX870K Sony FDR-AX33
No reviews found
Best
5 stars
3 reviews
4 stars
0 reviews
3 stars
0 reviews
2 stars
0 reviews
1 star
0 reviews

Average User Rating

Panasonic HC-VX870K Sony FDR-AX33
No reviews found
Best
5 stars
393 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 86.25% based on 9,856 reviews, where as the average brand rating for Panasonic is 72.76% based on 568 reviews.
Panasonic HC-VX870K Sony FDR-AX33
Panasonic

73

73

Based on 568 reviews
Sony

86

86

Based on 9,856 reviews

Date Released

Panasonic HC-VX870K Sony FDR-AX33
36 months old 34 months old Best

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.

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-VX870K Sony FDR-AX33
Optical Zoom 20x
BEST
10x
Digital Zoom Unknown - Click to provide data 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
Focal Length Range (f-F) Unknown - Click to provide data
 
 
 
Video Panasonic HC-VX870K 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-VX870K Sony FDR-AX33
Total Megapixels 18.9MP 20.6MP
BEST
Optical Sensor Size 1" 1"
Sensor Type
CMOS
 CMOS
CMOS
 CMOS
Effective Megapixels (image) Unknown - Click to provide data 10.3MP
Effective Megapixels (movie) Unknown - Click to provide data 8.29MP
 
 
 
Storage Panasonic HC-VX870K Sony FDR-AX33
Compatible Memory Cards
SDXC SDHC
MS PRO MS PRO Duo
MS Pro-HG MS Pro-HG Duo
MSXC MS XC-HG Duo
SD/SDHC SD/SDHC/SDXC
 SDXC
 SDHC
 MS PRO
 MS PRO Duo
 MS Pro-HG
 MS Pro-HG Duo
 MSXC
 MS XC-HG Duo
 SD/SDHC
 SD/SDHC/SDXC
SDXC SDHC
MS PRO MS PRO Duo
MS Pro-HG MS Pro-HG Duo
MSXC MS XC-HG Duo
SD/SDHC SD/SDHC/SDXC
 SDXC
 SDHC
 MS PRO
 MS PRO Duo
 MS Pro-HG
 MS Pro-HG Duo
 MSXC
 MS XC-HG Duo
 SD/SDHC
 SD/SDHC/SDXC
Camcorder Media Type
Memory card
 Memory card
Memory card
 Memory card
 
 
 
Focusing Panasonic HC-VX870K Sony FDR-AX33
Focus Adjustment
Auto Manual
 Auto
 Manual
Auto Manual
 Auto
 Manual
 
 
 
Light Exposure Panasonic HC-VX870K Sony FDR-AX33
Light Exposure Modes
Auto
 Auto
Auto
 Auto
 
 
 
White Balance Panasonic HC-VX870K Sony FDR-AX33
White Balance
Auto Outdoor
Indoor
 Auto
 Outdoor
 Indoor
Auto Outdoor
Indoor
 Auto
 Outdoor
 Indoor
 
 
 
Shutter Panasonic HC-VX870K Sony FDR-AX33
Camera Shutter Speed Unknown - Click to provide data
 
 
 
Display Panasonic HC-VX870K Sony FDR-AX33
Display Diagonal Unknown - Click to provide data 3"
Display Resolution (numeric) Unknown - Click to provide data 921,600 Pixels
Display
LCD
 LCD
LCD
 LCD
 
 
 
Viewfinder Panasonic HC-VX870K 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-VX870K Sony FDR-AX33
Self-Timer Delay Unknown - Click to provide data
 
 
 
Still Image Panasonic HC-VX870K Sony FDR-AX33
Maximum Image Resolution
6048 x 3400
 6048 x 3400
6048 x 3400
 6048 x 3400
 
 
 
Audio Panasonic HC-VX870K Sony FDR-AX33
Audio System
Dolby Digital
 Dolby Digital
Dolby Digital
 Dolby Digital
 
 
 
Battery Panasonic HC-VX870K Sony FDR-AX33
Battery Type 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-VX870K Sony FDR-AX33
Weight 353g
BEST
700g
Height Unknown - Click to provide data 78.5mm
Depth Unknown - Click to provide data 155mm
Width Unknown - Click to provide data 71mm
 
 
 
Packaging Content Panasonic HC-VX870K Sony FDR-AX33
Cables Included
USB HDMI
 USB
 HDMI
USB HDMI
 USB
 HDMI
 
 
 
Technical Details Panasonic HC-VX870K 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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