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Panasonic HC-W858Sony HDR-PJ810Sony HDR-PJ530 
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Manufacturer Panasonic Information about Panasonic

Sony Information on Sony

Sony Information on Sony

Manufacturer
Name HC-W858HDR-PJ810HDR-PJ530 Name
European name ?HC-W858HDR-PJ810EHDR-PJ530EEuropean name ?
US name ?HC-W858HDR-PJ810HDR-PJ530US name ?
lowest US price (799) $ (999) $ (599) $lowest US price
On the market since March 2014 February 2014 February 2014 On the market since
Test preview

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slashCAM rating ?Very good
Very good
Good
slashCAM rating ?
test picture 1200 Lux
test picture 1200 Lux
Test image 12 lux auto-mode
Test image 12 lux auto-mode
Video

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Video formats ? AVCHD
MPEG4/AVC
AVCHD
MPEG4/AVC
AVCHD
MPEG4/AVC
Video formats ?
Recording Medium SD Card
SDHC card
SDXC card
Memory Stick PRO Duo
SD Card
SDHC card
SDXC card
built-in flash memory
Memory Stick PRO Duo
SD Card
SDHC card
SDXC card
Recording Medium
video resolutions EU ?AVCHD 1920 x 1080/50i
AVCHD 1920 x 1080/50p
iFrame 1280 x 720/25p
AVCHD 1440 x 1080/50i
AVCHD 1920 x 1080/24p
AVCHD 1920 x 1080/25p
AVCHD 1920 x 1080/50i
AVCHD 1920 x 1080/50p
SD MPEG2 720 x 576
AVCHD 1920 x 1080/50i
AVCHD 1920 x 1080/50p
video resolutions EU ?
video resolutions US ?AVCHD 1920 x 1080/60i
AVCHD 1920 x 1080/60p
iFrame 1280 x 720/30p
AVCHD 1440 x 1080/60i
AVCHD 1920 x 1080/24p
AVCHD 1920 x 1080/30p
AVCHD 1920 x 1080/60p
SD MPEG2 720 x 480
AVCHD 1920 x 1080/60i
AVCHD 1920 x 1080/60p
video resolutions US ?
Max Bitrate ?50 Mbit/s28 Mbit/s28 Mbit/sMax Bitrate ?
Compression format ? MPEG4
MPEG4
MPEG4
Compression format ?
on-board memory ? 32 GB on-board memory ?
Optics
Optics Manufacturer ?Panasonic
Carl Zeiss
Sony
Optics Manufacturer ?
Optical Zoom ?20 x12 x30 xOptical Zoom ?
Wide Angle 16:9 ?29,5 mm26,8 mm26,8 mmWide Angle 16:9 ?
Filter diameter ?49 mm46 mm46 mmFilter diameter ?
Image Stabilization ?optically and electronically
Full suspension pending
Full suspension pending
Image Stabilization ?
ND Filter ?No
No
No
ND Filter ?
Exchangable optics ?No
No
No
Exchangable optics ?
Image Sensor
Number of sensors ?111Number of sensors ?
Size of image sensor ?1/2, 33 inches
1/3, 91 inches
1/5, 8 inches
Size of image sensor ?
image sensor effective pixel count 16:9 ?6030000 Pixel 6140000 Pixel  image sensor effective pixel count 16:9 ?
Image Sensor Type ? CMOS
CMOS
CMOS
Image Sensor Type ?
Controls
White Balance ?auto
manual
presets
WB-Shift
auto
manual
presets
WB-Shift
auto
manual
presets
White Balance ?
Focus ?auto
manual
auto
manual
auto
manual
Focus ?
Minimum shutter time ?1/8.0001/10.0001/10.000Minimum shutter time ?
Maximum shutter time ?1/251/61/6Maximum shutter time ?
Apperture control ?auto
manual
auto
manual
auto
manual
Apperture control ?
Infrared recording ?Yes
No
No
Infrared recording ?
Expanded Focus ?No
  Expanded Focus ?
Peaking ?Yes
   Peaking ?
Signal Processing
Zebra ?No
70 and 100%
  Zebra ?
Histogram ?No
No
No
Histogram ?
adjustable sharpness ?Yes
No
No
adjustable sharpness ?
Adjustable color ?Yes
No
No
Adjustable color ?
Cinegamma ?No
Yes
 Cinegamma ?
Black Strech ?No
No
No
Black Strech ?
Knee ?No
No
No
Knee ?
Colorbars ?No
No
No
Colorbars ?
Misc.
Shot Transition ?No
No
No
Shot Transition ?
Custom Presets ?No
No
No
Custom Presets ?
Set Time Code ?No
No
No
Set Time Code ?
Configuration

Connections
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FBAS ?
synonymous: RCA, composite
  Out
  FBAS ?
synonymous: RCA, composite
YC ?
synonymous: S-Video
 No
  YC ?
synonymous: S-Video
YUV ?
synonymous: Component Signal
  Out
  YUV ?
synonymous: Component Signal
HDMI ?Out mini
Out micro
Out micro
HDMI ?
DV / HDV (FireWire) ?
synonymous: ILink / IEEE-1394
-- DV / HDV (FireWire) ?
synonymous: ILink / IEEE-1394
USB ?USB 2.0
USB 2.0
USB 2.0
USB ?
Microphone / Audio input ?Mini-jack
Mini-jack
Mini-jack
Microphone / Audio input ?
Headphones ?Mini-jack
Mini-jack
Mini-jack
Headphones ?
Lanc ?No
No
No
Lanc ?
Time-code interface ?No
No
No
Time-code interface ?
Genlock ?No
No
No
Genlock ?
Accessory shoe ? Standard
Multi Interface Shoe
 Accessory shoe ?
HD-SDI ?No
No
No
HD-SDI ?
Misc.
Weight (without battery) 360 g460 g325 gWeight (without battery)
Weight (with battery)    Weight (with battery)
Battery type Panasonic VW-VBT190
Sony NP-FV50
Sony NP-FV50
Battery type
Battery capacity 1940 mAh  Battery capacity
Charger ?internal
internal
internal
Charger ?
Remote control No
Yes
No
Remote control
Size
Height 65 mm72 mm61 mmHeight
Width 73 mm67 mm66 mmWidth
Depth 139 mm134 mm121 mmDepth
Relative Size ?664Relative Size ?
Viewfinder
Viewfinder available ?No
Yes
No
Viewfinder available ?
Color Viewfinder ? Color
- Color Viewfinder ?
Viewfinder format ? 16:9- Viewfinder format ?
Viewfinder pixels ? 201600 Pixel  Viewfinder pixels ?
Display
Display available ?Yes
Yes
Yes
Display available ?
Color display ?Color
Color
Color
Color display ?
Display size 3,0 Inch3,0 Inch3,0 InchDisplay size
Display format ?16:916:916:9Display format ?
Display pixels ?460000 Pixel 921000 Pixel 460000 Pixel Display pixels ?
Touch Screen ?Yes
Yes
Yes
Touch Screen ?
External controls
Manual Zoom ?Rocker
Rocker
Zoom ring multi-assigned
Rocker
Manual Zoom ?
Manual Focus ?Menu
bi-functional focus or aperture wheel
bi-functional focus or aperture wheel
Menu
Manual Focus ?
Manual Aperture ?Menu
bi-functional focus or aperture wheel
Menu
bi-functional focus or aperture wheel
Menu
Manual Aperture ?
Focus switcher ?No
No
No
Focus switcher ?
ND Filter ?No
No
No
ND Filter ?
Exp Lock ?No
No
No
Exp Lock ?
Gain ?No
No
No
Gain ?
White balance ?No
No
No
White balance ?
Push AF ?No
No
No
Push AF ?
Audio Levels ?No
No
No
Audio Levels ?
Custom Keys ?
synonymous: User buttons
No
No
No
Custom Keys ?
synonymous: User buttons
Audio

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Audio Formats ?Dolby AC-3 Digital 2 channel 48 KHz
AC-3 Dolby Digital 5.1 640 kbit max.
AC-3 Dolby Digital 5.1 640 kbit max.
AC-3 Dolby Digital 5.1 640 kbit max.
Audio Formats ?
Microphone ?Mini-jack external
5.1 Internal
5.1 Internal
5.1 Internal
Microphone ?
Audio Control ?auto
manual
auto
manual
auto
manual
Audio Control ?
Audio levels ?Screen
Viewfinder
Screen
Screen
Audio levels ?
Still

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Recording Medium ?SD Card
SDHC card
SDXC card
Memory Stick Duo
SD Card
SDHC card
SDXC card
built-in flash memory
Memory Stick Micro
microSD
microSDHC
Recording Medium ?
Medium included ?No
No
 Medium included ?
Effective pixels ? 6140000 Pixel  Effective pixels ?
Resolutions ?2848 x 2136 - Max
4736 x 2664 - max
6544 3680 - max
6592 x 3712 - max
 Resolutions ?
Standard ?JPEG Exif 2.2
JPEG Exif 2.3
  Standard ?
Flash ?Yes
No
 Flash ?
Misc.

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Specials Full HD Slow Motion 100 FPSInfrarot Nightshot, Wifi,50 Mbit Codec Projector in the lid with micro HDMI InFloating Image Stabilizer Specials
Product Shots

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Test pictures
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luminance resolution
luminance resolution
chrominance resolution
chrominance resolution
lens distortion
lens distortion
test small ISO image
test small ISO image
noise / internal microphone
noise / internal microphone
test picture 1200 Lux
test picture 1200 Lux
Test image 12 lux auto-mode ?
Test image 12 lux auto-mode ?
Test image 12 lux optimized ?
Test image 12 lux optimized ?
Manufacturers URL    Manufacturers URL
slashCAM rating
Lowlight ?GoodVery goodSatisfactoryLowlight ?
Resolution ?GoodVery goodGoodResolution ?
Color performance ?Very goodVery goodGoodColor performance ?
subj.Picture impression ?Very goodVery goodGoodsubj.Picture impression ?
Optical Zoom ?SatisfactorySufficientGoodOptical Zoom ?
Wide Angle ? Excellent Excellent Excellent Wide Angle ?
Configuration / image ?GoodSatisfactorySufficientConfiguration / image ?
Configuration / sound ?SatisfactorySatisfactorySufficientConfiguration / sound ?
Handling ?GoodGoodSatisfactoryHandling ?
Portability ? Excellent Very good Excellent Portability ?
Photo function ?SufficientSatisfactorySatisfactoryPhoto function ?
Optics ?GoodGoodGoodOptics ?
Dynamics ?GoodGoodGoodDynamics ?
Conclusion slashCAM
slashCAM rating ?Very good
Very good
Good
slashCAM rating ?
Total score ?
(maximal 570)
417414366Total score ?
(maximal 570)
Pros + much manual control
+ Slow Motion
+ Image Stabilizer
+ Wide Angle
+ Image stabilizer
Pros
Cons - Lower-resolution Seonsor in 100FPS mode
- Image characteristics can not be changed
- few image control options
- Small (touch) screen
 Cons
Conclusion As an inexpensive camcorder with a wealth of manual setting possibilities the new Panasonic models continue to recommend where they can not reach the image quality all the way to their common predecessor HC-V727.The newly added features are either only for very special cases of interest (IR NightShot, second display camera) or can the high expectations not completely satisfy (Slow-Motion in 1080p).Basically finest camcorder technology reflects the HDR-PJ810 doubt again that enables amazing images from the hand in the automatic mode.Sony would have not one more time the full manual control and the image characteristics of the camera locked, we could in good conscience recommend anyone the camera.With manual control and somewhat noisy freer Mikrofonanschluessen the PJ530 could certainly still in segments other than favorable "Always Here" documentary Cam foothold.But no manual functions, the Sony cams always as high-tech toys act, for how devices work.Here you could easily combine both claims under a hood.Conclusion
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HDR-PJ810 Review
slashCAM Review
external reviews/tests    external reviews/tests
Comparison Panasonic HC-W858 compared to Sony HDR-PJ420
Panasonic HC-W858 compared to Sony HDR-CX570
Panasonic HC-W858 compared to Sony HDR-PJ580
Panasonic HC-W858 compared to Sony HDR-PJ260
Panasonic HC-W858 compared to JVC GC-PX10
Panasonic HC-W858 compared to Sony HDR-XR160
Panasonic HC-W858 compared to JVC GZ-HM845
Panasonic HC-W858 compared to Panasonic HDC-TM900
Panasonic HC-W858 compared to Panasonic HDC-HS900
Panasonic HC-W858 compared to Sony HDR-CX360
Panasonic HC-W858 compared to Canon HF M41
Panasonic HC-W858 compared to Sony HDR-PJ30
Panasonic HC-W858 compared to Panasonic HDC-SDT750
Panasonic HC-W858 compared to Panasonic HDC-SD600
Panasonic HC-W858 compared to Samsung HMX-S10
Panasonic HC-W858 compared to JVC GZ-HM1
Panasonic HC-W858 compared to Canon HF S20
Panasonic HC-W858 compared to Canon HF S200
Sony HDR-PJ810 compared to Panasonic HC-W858
Sony HDR-PJ810 compared to Sony DSC-RX10
Sony HDR-PJ810 compared to JVC GC-PX100
Sony HDR-PJ810 compared to Sony HDR-PJ420
Sony HDR-PJ810 compared to Panasonic HC-X929
Sony HDR-PJ810 compared to Sony HDR-PJ650
Sony HDR-PJ810 compared to Canon HF G25
Sony HDR-PJ810 compared to Sony HDR-CX730
Sony HDR-PJ810 compared to Sony HDR-PJ580
Sony HDR-PJ810 compared to JVC GC-PX10
Sony HDR-PJ810 compared to JVC GZ-HM960
Sony HDR-PJ810 compared to Panasonic HDC-TM900
Sony HDR-PJ810 compared to Panasonic HDC-HS900
Sony HDR-PJ810 compared to Sony HDR-CX690
Sony HDR-PJ810 compared to Sony HDR-CX360
Sony HDR-PJ810 compared to Canon HF M41
Sony HDR-PJ810 compared to Sony HDR-PJ30
Sony HDR-PJ810 compared to Canon HF M32
Sony HDR-PJ530 compared to Sony HDR-CX410
Sony HDR-PJ530 compared to Sony HDR-PJ320
Sony HDR-PJ530 compared to Panasonic HC-V727
Sony HDR-PJ530 compared to Canon Legria HF R38
Sony HDR-PJ530 compared to Panasonic HC-V707
Sony HDR-PJ530 compared to Sony HDR-CX570
Sony HDR-PJ530 compared to Sony HDR-CX260
Sony HDR-PJ530 compared to Sony HDR-PJ260
Sony HDR-PJ530 compared to Sony HDR-XR160
Sony HDR-PJ530 compared to JVC GZ-HM845
Sony HDR-PJ530 compared to Canon HF R28
Sony HDR-PJ530 compared to Samsung HMX-S10
Sony HDR-PJ530 compared to Sony HDR-CX350V
Sony HDR-PJ530 compared to Canon HF M31
Sony HDR-PJ530 compared to Canon HF R18
Sony HDR-PJ530 compared to JVC GZ-HM550
Sony HDR-PJ530 compared to Canon HF R16
Sony HDR-PJ530 compared to Panasonic HDC-HS60
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