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

90

Overall Score

90

Overall Score
Our Verdict:
The best rated camcorder under $1,000, with a very good price and great features
98
Reviews
167 Reviews + 7 Awards
90
Value for Money
Excellent
89
Features
Fully-Featured
90
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

79

Overall Score

79

Overall Score
Our Verdict:
An award winning and high image quality 12x optical zoom 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution camcorder, with very good features
97
Reviews
30 Reviews + 1 Award
83
Features
Fully-Featured
79
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-X920

90

Overall Score

90

Overall Score
Our Verdict:
The best rated camcorder under $1,000, with a very good price and great features
98
Reviews
167 Reviews + 7 Awards
90
Value for Money
Excellent
89
Features
Fully-Featured
90
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

79

Overall Score

79

Overall Score
Our Verdict:
An award winning and high image quality 12x optical zoom 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution camcorder, with very good features
97
Reviews
30 Reviews + 1 Award
83
Features
Fully-Featured
79
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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Panasonic HC-X920 Sony HDR-PJ810
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Reasons For

Panasonic HC-X920 Sony HDR-PJ810
6 Reasons For
36% Bigger Total Megapixels
The Panasonic HC-X920 is a 38.28MP camcorder. That's 13.78MP bigger than the Sony HDR-PJ810 (24.5MP).

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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Built-In Flash
The Panasonic HC-X920 has a built-in flash, whereas the Sony HDR-PJ810 does not have 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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0.5" Larger Display Diagonal
The Panasonic HC-X920 is a 3.5" screen size camcorder. That's 0.5" larger than the Sony HDR-PJ810 (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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3D
The Panasonic HC-X920 is a 3D camcorder, whereas the Sony HDR-PJ810 is not 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.

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43g Lighter
The Panasonic HC-X920 has a weight of 417g, whereas the Sony HDR-PJ810 is a 460g camcorder (43g 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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Six More Awards
The Panasonic HC-X920 has 7 awards from expert review sites, but the Sony HDR-PJ810 has 1 award.
4 Reasons For
120x Bigger Digital Zoom
The Sony HDR-PJ810 is a 160x (digital) camcorder, whereas the Panasonic HC-X920 is only a 40x (digital) camcorder (120x 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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Interchangeable Lens
The Sony HDR-PJ810 has an interchangeable lens, whereas the Panasonic HC-X920 does not.

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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Better User Reviews
Based on 29 reviews, the Sony HDR-PJ810 has an average user review score of 97%, but the Panasonic HC-X920 has an average rating of 90% (based on 127 reviews).
Better Brand
Sony camcorders have an average rating of 86.2%, however Panasonic has an average rating of 73.2%.

Reasons Against

Reviews & Awards

Awards

The Panasonic HC-X920 has more awards than the Sony HDR-PJ810. The Panasonic HC-X920 has 7 awards, where as the Sony HDR-PJ810 has 1 award. Compare all award winning camcorders.
Panasonic HC-X920 Sony HDR-PJ810
7 Awards Best
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1 Award
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Average Expert Rating

The Panasonic HC-X920 and the Sony HDR-PJ810 have identical average expert review scores. For both camcorders the average expert review score is 90%.
Panasonic HC-X920 Sony HDR-PJ810
Best
5 stars
6 reviews
4 stars
3 reviews
3 stars
0 reviews
2 stars
0 reviews
1 star
0 reviews
Best
5 stars
1 review
4 stars
0 reviews
3 stars
0 reviews
2 stars
0 reviews
1 star
0 reviews

Average User Rating

The Sony HDR-PJ810 has better user reviews than the Panasonic HC-X920. The average user reviews score for the Sony HDR-PJ810 is 97% based on 29 reviews, where as the average score for the Panasonic HC-X920 is 90% based on 127 reviews.
Panasonic HC-X920 Sony HDR-PJ810
5 stars
85 reviews
4 stars
31 reviews
3 stars
4 reviews
2 stars
3 reviews
1 star
4 reviews
Best
5 stars
25 reviews
4 stars
4 reviews
3 stars
0 reviews
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 86.21% based on 9,798 reviews, where as the average brand rating for Panasonic is 73.15% based on 595 reviews.
Panasonic HC-X920 Sony HDR-PJ810
Panasonic

73

73

Based on 595 reviews
Sony

86

86

Based on 9,798 reviews

Date Released

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

Key Features

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-X920 Sony HDR-PJ810
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-X920 Sony HDR-PJ810
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-X920 Sony HDR-PJ810
Optical Zoom 12x 12x
Digital Zoom 40x
BEST
160x
Image Stabilizer Type
Optical
 Optical
Optical
 Optical
Filter Size 49mm Unknown - Click to provide data
Focal Length (35mm Film Equivalent)
Focal Length Range (f-F)
 
 
 
Video Panasonic HC-X920 Sony HDR-PJ810
Max Video Resolution
1920 x 1080 (Full HD)
 1920 x 1080 (Full HD)
1920 x 1080 (Full HD)
 1920 x 1080 (Full HD)
HD Type
Full HD HD
HD
 Full HD
 HD
 HD
Full HD HD
HD
 Full HD
 HD
 HD
Supported Video Modes
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
 
 
 
Image Sensor Panasonic HC-X920 Sony HDR-PJ810
Total Megapixels 38.28MP
BEST
24.5MP
Optical Sensor Size 1" 1"
Sensor Type
MOS
 MOS
MOS
 MOS
Effective Megapixels (image) 8.49MP Unknown - Click to provide data
Effective Megapixels (movie) 8.49MP Unknown - Click to provide data
 
 
 
Storage Panasonic HC-X920 Sony HDR-PJ810
Memory Slots 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
Camcorder Media Type
Memory card
 Memory card
Memory card
 Memory card
 
 
 
Focusing Panasonic HC-X920 Sony HDR-PJ810
Focus Adjustment
Auto Manual
 Auto
 Manual
Auto Manual
 Auto
 Manual
 
 
 
White Balance Panasonic HC-X920 Sony HDR-PJ810
White Balance
Auto Cloudy
Sunny Custom
Outdoor Indoor
 Auto
 Cloudy
 Sunny
 Custom
 Outdoor
 Indoor
Auto Cloudy
Sunny Custom
Outdoor Indoor
 Auto
 Cloudy
 Sunny
 Custom
 Outdoor
 Indoor
 
 
 
Shutter Panasonic HC-X920 Sony HDR-PJ810
Shutter Speed (video) Unknown - Click to provide data
Shutter Speed (photo) Unknown - Click to provide data
Camera Shutter Speed Unknown - Click to provide data
 
 
 
Display Panasonic HC-X920 Sony HDR-PJ810
Display Diagonal 3.5"
BEST
3"
Display Resolution (numeric) 1,152,000 Pixels 921,000 Pixels
BEST
Display
LCD
 LCD
LCD
 LCD
 
 
 
Viewfinder Panasonic HC-X920 Sony HDR-PJ810
Viewfinder Type
Electronic
 Electronic
Electronic
 Electronic
 
 
 
Camera Panasonic HC-X920 Sony HDR-PJ810
Shooting Modes
Manual
 Manual
Manual
 Manual
Minimum Illumination 1lx
BEST
3lx
 
 
 
Still Image Panasonic HC-X920 Sony HDR-PJ810
Still Image Resolution
640 x 480
 640 x 480
640 x 480
 640 x 480
Image Formats Supported
JPG
 JPG
JPG
 JPG
Maximum Image Resolution
6592 x 3712
 6592 x 3712
6592 x 3712
 6592 x 3712
 
 
 
Audio 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
 
 
 
Ports & Interfaces Panasonic HC-X920 Sony HDR-PJ810
USB 2.0 Port 1 1
Mini HDMI Port 1 Unknown - Click to provide data
 
 
 
Battery Panasonic HC-X920 Sony HDR-PJ810
Battery Type Unknown - Click to provide data
Battery Voltage 7.2V Unknown - Click to provide data
Battery Capacity 1,250mAh Unknown - Click to provide data
 
 
 
Weight & Dimensions Panasonic HC-X920 Sony HDR-PJ810
Weight 417g
BEST
460g
Height 72mm 72.5mm
Depth 150mm 134mm
Width 67mm 67.5mm
 
 
 
Packaging Content Panasonic HC-X920 Sony HDR-PJ810
Bundled Software
Cables Included
USB HDMI
AV
 USB
 HDMI
 AV
USB HDMI
AV
 USB
 HDMI
 AV
 
 
 
Projector Panasonic HC-X920 Sony HDR-PJ810
Projector Brightness Unknown - Click to provide data 50 ANSI Lumens
Minimum Projection Distance Unknown - Click to provide data 0.5m

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