Panasonic HC-WX970 vs Sony PXW-X70
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Panasonic HC-WX970vsSony PXW-X70

Panasonic HC-WX970

75

Overall Score

75

Overall Score
Our Verdict:
A top-rated and good spec 20x optical zoom 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution camcorder, with a gigantic 18.91MP total megapixels but representing only moderate value for money
87
Reviews
2 Reviews
69
Value for Money
Good
79
Features
Good Features
75
Overall Score
Very Good
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 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-WX970

75

Overall Score

75

Overall Score
Our Verdict:
A top-rated and good spec 20x optical zoom 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution camcorder, with a gigantic 18.91MP total megapixels but representing only moderate value for money
87
Reviews
2 Reviews
69
Value for Money
Good
79
Features
Good Features
75
Overall Score
Very Good
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 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

Top Prices

Panasonic HC-WX970 Sony PXW-X70
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$952.99
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$1,618.99
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Reasons For

Panasonic HC-WX970 Sony PXW-X70
5 Reasons For
Bigger Optical Zoom
The Panasonic HC-WX970 is a 20x optical zoom camcorder. That's 8x bigger than the Sony PXW-X70 (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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Bigger Total Megapixels
The Panasonic HC-WX970 is a 18.91MP camcorder. That's 4.71MP bigger than the Sony PXW-X70 (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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Significantly Lighter
The Panasonic HC-WX970 has a weight of 360g, whereas the Sony PXW-X70 is a 900g camcorder (540g 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 $816
The Panasonic HC-WX970 is $816.01 cheaper than the Sony PXW-X70.
Significantly Better User Reviews
The Panasonic HC-WX970 has an average user review score of 100%, whereas the Sony PXW-X70 has an average rating of 80% (based on 2 reviews).
4 Reasons For
17% Faster Maximum Frame Rate
The Sony PXW-X70 is a 59.94fps camcorder. That's 9.94fps faster than the Panasonic HC-WX970 (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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Larger Display Diagonal
Sony PXW-X70 is 3.5" screen size, but the Panasonic HC-WX970 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 stores stock this camcorder, the greater competition amongst stores to keep prices low.
Better Brand
Sony camcorders have an average rating of 86.3%, however Panasonic has an average rating of 72.8%.

Reviews & Awards

Average Expert Rating

Panasonic HC-WX970 Sony PXW-X70
Best
5 stars
0 reviews
4 stars
1 review
3 stars
0 reviews
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1 star
0 reviews
No reviews found

Average User Rating

The Panasonic HC-WX970 has better user reviews than the Sony PXW-X70. The average user reviews score for the Panasonic HC-WX970 is 100% based on 1 review, where as the average score for the Sony PXW-X70 is 80% based on 2 reviews.
Panasonic HC-WX970 Sony PXW-X70
Best
5 stars
1 review
4 stars
0 reviews
3 stars
0 reviews
2 stars
0 reviews
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-WX970 Sony PXW-X70
Panasonic

73

73

Based on 568 reviews
Sony

86

86

Based on 9,856 reviews

Date Released

Panasonic HC-WX970 Sony PXW-X70
29 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-WX970 Sony PXW-X70
Optical Zoom 20x
BEST
12x
Digital Zoom 60x Unknown - Click to provide data
Minimum Aperture Number Unknown - Click to provide data 2.8
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 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
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
720 x 576 720 x 480
 3840 x 2160 (4K)
 3840 x 2160
 1920 x 1080 (Full HD)
 1920 x 1080
 1280 x 720
 960 x 540
 720 x 576
 720 x 480
3840 x 2160 (4K) 3840 x 2160
1920 x 1080 (Full HD) 1920 x 1080
1280 x 720 960 x 540
720 x 576 720 x 480
 3840 x 2160 (4K)
 3840 x 2160
 1920 x 1080 (Full HD)
 1920 x 1080
 1280 x 720
 960 x 540
 720 x 576
 720 x 480
 
 
 
Image Sensor Panasonic HC-WX970 Sony PXW-X70
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 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
 
 
 
White Balance Panasonic HC-WX970 Sony PXW-X70
White Balance
Auto Cloudy
Sunny Indoor
 Auto
 Cloudy
 Sunny
 Indoor
Auto Cloudy
Sunny Indoor
 Auto
 Cloudy
 Sunny
 Indoor
 
 
 
Shutter Panasonic HC-WX970 Sony PXW-X70
Shutter Speed (photo) Unknown - Click to provide data
Camera Shutter Speed
 
 
 
Display Panasonic HC-WX970 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-WX970 Sony PXW-X70
Viewfinder Screen Size Unknown - Click to provide data 0.39"
Viewfinder Type
Electronic
 Electronic
Electronic
 Electronic
 
 
 
Camera Panasonic HC-WX970 Sony PXW-X70
Minimum Illumination Unknown - Click to provide data 1.7lx
 
 
 
Still Image Panasonic HC-WX970 Sony PXW-X70
Image Formats Supported
JPG
 JPG
JPG
 JPG
 
 
 
Audio Panasonic HC-WX970 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-WX970 Sony PXW-X70
USB 2.0 Port 1 Unknown - Click to provide data
 
 
 
Battery Panasonic HC-WX970 Sony PXW-X70
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-WX970 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-WX970 Sony PXW-X70
Weight 360g
BEST
900g
Height 73mm 103.5mm
Depth 139mm 274.3mm
Width 65mm 120.7mm

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