Panasonic HC-WX970 vs Sony HXR-NX100
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Panasonic HC-WX970vsSony HXR-NX100

Panasonic HC-WX970

81

Overall Score

81

Overall Score
Our Verdict:
A fully featured and positively reviewed 20x optical zoom 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution video camera, with a good price and a huge 18.91MP total megapixels
90
Reviews
2 Reviews
78
Value for Money
Very Good
83
Features
Fully-Featured
81
Overall Score
Excellent
20x 1920 X 1080 (Full HD) Pixels 18.91MP 1" Sep 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 18.91MP
Optical Sensor Size 1"
Release Date Sep 2015
Sony HXR-NX100

74

Overall Score

74

Overall Score

Sony HXR-NX100

$1,569.98
Our Verdict:
A fully featured and massive optical sensor size 12x optical zoom 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution video camera, but representing only middle of the road value for money
69
Value for Money
Good
80
Features
Fully-Featured
74
Overall Score
Very Good
12x 1920 X 1080 (Full HD) Pixels 14.2MP 1" Sep 2015
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 Sep 2015
Panasonic HC-WX970

81

Overall Score

81

Overall Score
Our Verdict:
A fully featured and positively reviewed 20x optical zoom 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution video camera, with a good price and a huge 18.91MP total megapixels
90
Reviews
2 Reviews
78
Value for Money
Very Good
83
Features
Fully-Featured
81
Overall Score
Excellent
20x 1920 X 1080 (Full HD) Pixels 18.91MP 1" Sep 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 18.91MP
Optical Sensor Size 1"
Release Date Sep 2015
Sony HXR-NX100

74

Overall Score

74

Overall Score

Sony HXR-NX100

$1,569.98
Our Verdict:
A fully featured and massive optical sensor size 12x optical zoom 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution video camera, but representing only middle of the road value for money
69
Value for Money
Good
80
Features
Fully-Featured
74
Overall Score
Very Good
12x 1920 X 1080 (Full HD) Pixels 14.2MP 1" Sep 2015
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 Sep 2015

Top Prices

Panasonic HC-WX970 Sony HXR-NX100
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$952.99
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$1,618.99
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Reasons For

Panasonic HC-WX970 Sony HXR-NX100
4 Reasons For
Bigger Optical Zoom
The Panasonic HC-WX970 is a 20x optical zoom camcorder. That's 8x bigger than the Sony HXR-NX100 (12x).

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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25% Bigger Total Megapixels
The Panasonic HC-WX970 is a 18.91MP camcorder. That's 4.71MP bigger than the Sony HXR-NX100 (14.2MP).

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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Hugely Lighter
The Panasonic HC-WX970 has a weight of 360g, but the Sony HXR-NX100 is a 1.8kg camcorder (1.4kg heavier).

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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Cheaper by $617
The Panasonic HC-WX970 costs $952.99, whereas the Sony HXR-NX100 is $1,569.98.
4 Reasons For
17% Faster Maximum Frame Rate
The Sony HXR-NX100 has a maximum frame rate of 60fps, however the Panasonic HC-WX970 is only a 50fps camcorder (10fps slower).

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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Larger Display Diagonal
Sony HXR-NX100 is 3.5" screen size. That's 0.5" larger than the Panasonic HC-WX970 (3").

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 shops stock the product, the greater competition amongst shops to keep prices low.
Better Brand
Sony camcorders have an average rating of 86.2%, however Panasonic has an average rating of 73.2%.

Reviews & Awards

Average Expert Rating

Panasonic HC-WX970 Sony HXR-NX100
Best
5 stars
0 reviews
4 stars
1 review
3 stars
0 reviews
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1 star
0 reviews
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Average User Rating

Panasonic HC-WX970 Sony HXR-NX100
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 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-WX970 Sony HXR-NX100
Panasonic

73

73

Based on 595 reviews
Sony

86

86

Based on 9,798 reviews

Date Released

Panasonic HC-WX970 Sony HXR-NX100
29 months old 29 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-WX970 Sony HXR-NX100
Optical Zoom 20x
BEST
12x
Digital Zoom 60x Unknown - Click to provide data
Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv) Unknown - Click to provide data 426mm
Minimum Aperture Number Unknown - Click to provide data 2.8
Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv) Unknown - Click to provide data 29mm
Maximum Aperture Number Unknown - Click to provide data 4.5
Filter Size 49mm 62mm
Focal Length (35mm Film Equivalent) Unknown - Click to provide data
Focal Length Range (f-F)
 
 
 
Video Panasonic HC-WX970 Sony HXR-NX100
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 60fps
BEST
HD Type
Full HD HD
HD
 Full HD
 HD
 HD
Full HD HD
HD
 Full HD
 HD
 HD
Bitrate At Maximum Video Resolution Unknown - Click to provide data 50 Mbit/s
Supported Video Modes
2160p 1080i
1080p 720p
540p 60p
 2160p
 1080i
 1080p
 720p
 540p
 60p
2160p 1080i
1080p 720p
540p 60p
 2160p
 1080i
 1080p
 720p
 540p
 60p
Video Resolutions
3840 x 2160 (4K) 3840 x 2160
1920 x 1080 (Full HD) 1920 x 1080
1280 x 720 960 x 540
1440 x 1080
 3840 x 2160 (4K)
 3840 x 2160
 1920 x 1080 (Full HD)
 1920 x 1080
 1280 x 720
 960 x 540
 1440 x 1080
3840 x 2160 (4K) 3840 x 2160
1920 x 1080 (Full HD) 1920 x 1080
1280 x 720 960 x 540
1440 x 1080
 3840 x 2160 (4K)
 3840 x 2160
 1920 x 1080 (Full HD)
 1920 x 1080
 1280 x 720
 960 x 540
 1440 x 1080
 
 
 
Image Sensor Panasonic HC-WX970 Sony HXR-NX100
Total Megapixels 18.91MP
BEST
14.2MP
Optical Sensor Size 1" 1"
Sensor Type
MOS
 MOS
MOS
 MOS
Effective Megapixels (image) 8.29MP Unknown - Click to provide data
Effective Megapixels (movie) 8.29MP Unknown - Click to provide data
 
 
 
Storage Panasonic HC-WX970 Sony HXR-NX100
Maximum Memory Card Size Unknown - Click to provide data 128GB
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-WX970 Sony HXR-NX100
Normal Focusing Range Unknown - Click to provide data
Focus Adjustment
Auto Manual
 Auto
 Manual
Auto Manual
 Auto
 Manual
 
 
 
White Balance Panasonic HC-WX970 Sony HXR-NX100
White Balance
Auto Cloudy
Sunny Indoor
Outdoor
 Auto
 Cloudy
 Sunny
 Indoor
 Outdoor
Auto Cloudy
Sunny Indoor
Outdoor
 Auto
 Cloudy
 Sunny
 Indoor
 Outdoor
 
 
 
Shutter Panasonic HC-WX970 Sony HXR-NX100
Shutter Speed (photo) Unknown - Click to provide data
Camera Shutter Speed
 
 
 
Display Panasonic HC-WX970 Sony HXR-NX100
Display Diagonal 3" 3.5"
BEST
Display Resolution (numeric) 460,800 Pixels
BEST
1,560,000 Pixels
Display
LCD
 LCD
LCD
 LCD
 
 
 
Viewfinder Panasonic HC-WX970 Sony HXR-NX100
Viewfinder Screen Size Unknown - Click to provide data 0.24"
Viewfinder Unknown - Click to provide data 1,560,000 Pixels
 
 
 
Camera Panasonic HC-WX970 Sony HXR-NX100
Minimum Illumination Unknown - Click to provide data 1.7lx
 
 
 
Still Image Panasonic HC-WX970 Sony HXR-NX100
Image Formats Supported
JPG
 JPG
JPG
 JPG
 
 
 
Audio Panasonic HC-WX970 Sony HXR-NX100
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-WX970 Sony HXR-NX100
USB 2.0 Port 1 1
Micro-USB 2.0 Ports Quantity Unknown - Click to provide data 1
 
 
 
Battery Panasonic HC-WX970 Sony HXR-NX100
Maximum Battery Life Unknown - Click to provide data 7.42h
Battery Type Unknown - Click to provide data
Battery Voltage 3.6V 7.2V
Battery Capacity 1,940mAh Unknown - Click to provide data
Battery Technology
Lithium
 Lithium
Lithium
 Lithium
Battery Supported Unknown - Click to provide data 1
 
 
 
Operational Conditions Panasonic HC-WX970 Sony HXR-NX100
Operating Temperature (T-T) Unknown - Click to provide data
Storage Temperature (T-T) Unknown - Click to provide data
 
 
 
Weight & Dimensions Panasonic HC-WX970 Sony HXR-NX100
Weight 360g 1.8kg
BEST
Height 73mm 187.8mm
Depth 139mm 371.3mm
Width 65mm 171.3mm
 
 
 
Packaging Content Panasonic HC-WX970 Sony HXR-NX100
Cables Included
USB
 USB
USB
 USB

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