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models compared on this page: Sony HDR-CX700 and Panasonic HDC-SD1

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Model

Sony HDR-CX700Panasonic HDC-SD1
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Manufacturer Sony Information on Sony

Panasonic Information about Panasonic

Name HDR-CX700HDC-SD1
European name ?HDR-CX700VEHDC-SD1EG-S
US name ?HDR-CX700HDC-SD1
lowest US price (1399) $1300 $
On the market since March 2011 March 2007
Test preview

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

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Video formats ? AVCHD
SD MPEG2
AVCHD
Recording Medium SD Card
SDHC card
Memory Stick PRO Duo
built-in flash memory
SDXC card
SD Card
video resolutions EU ?AVCHD 1920 x 1080/50p
AVCHD 1440 x 1080/50i
AVCHD 1920 x 1080/50i
AVCHD 1920 x 1080/25p
SD MPEG2 720 x 576
AVCHD 1440 x 1080/50i
video resolutions US ?AVCHD 1920 x 1080/60i
AVCHD 1920 x 1080/24p
AVCHD 1440 x 1080/60i
SD MPEG2 720 x 480
AVCHD 1920 x 1080/60p
AVCHD 1440 x 1080/60i
Max Bitrate ?28 Mbit/s13 Mbit/s
Compression format ? MPEG2
MPEG4
MPEG4
on-board memory ?96 GB 
Optics
Optics Manufacturer ?Sony
Leica
Optical Zoom ?10 x12 x
Wide Angle 16:9 ?26,3 mm38,5 mm
Filter diameter ?37 mm43 mm
Image Stabilization ?optically and electronically
optical
ND Filter ?No
 
Exchangable optics ?No
No
Image Sensor
Number of sensors ?13
Size of image sensor ?1/2, 9 inches
1/4 inch
image sensor effective pixel count 16:9 ?6140000 Pixel 520000 Pixel
Image Sensor Type ? CMOS
CCD
Controls
White Balance ?auto
manual
presets
WB-Shift
auto
manual
presets
Focus ?auto
manual
auto
manual
Minimum shutter time ?1/10.0001/8.000
Maximum shutter time ?1/61/50
Apperture control ?auto
manual
AE-Shift
 
Infrared recording ?Yes
 
Expanded Focus ?Yes
 
Peaking ?Yes
 
Signal Processing
Zebra ? Off
70%
100%
No
 
Histogram ?No
 
adjustable sharpness ?No
 
Adjustable color ?No
 
Cinegamma ?Yes
 
Black Strech ?No
 
Knee ?No
 
Colorbars ?No
 
Misc.
Shot Transition ?No
 
Custom Presets ?No
 
Set Time Code ?No
 
Configuration

Connections
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FBAS ?
synonymous: RCA, composite
Out
 
YC ?
synonymous: S-Video
About Special Equipment
 
YUV ?
synonymous: Component Signal
Out
 
HDMI ? Out
Out
DV / HDV (FireWire) ?
synonymous: ILink / IEEE-1394
- 
USB ?USB 2.0
USB 2.0
Microphone / Audio input ?Mini-jack
Mini-jack
Headphones ?3.5 mm mini-jack
 
Lanc ?No
 
Time-code interface ?No
 
Genlock ?No
 
Accessory shoe ? AI
 
HD-SDI ?No
No
Misc.
Weight (without battery) 455 g430 g
Weight (with battery) 490 g490 g
Battery type Sony NP-FV50
 
Battery capacity   
Charger ?internal
 
Remote control Yes
 
Size
Height 66 mm74 mm
Width 74 mm69 mm
Depth 143 mm142 mm
Relative Size ?67
Viewfinder
Viewfinder available ?Yes
No
Color Viewfinder ?Color
 
Viewfinder format ?16:9 
Viewfinder pixels ?201600 Pixel  
Display
Display available ?Yes
Yes
Color display ?Color
Color
Display size 3,0 Inch3,0 Inch
Display format ?16:916:9
Display pixels ?921000 Pixel 251000 Pixel
Touch Screen ?Yes
 
External controls
Manual Zoom ?Rocker
Zoom ring multi-assigned
 
Manual Focus ?Menu
bi-functional focus or aperture wheel
 
Manual Aperture ?Menu
bi-functional focus or aperture wheel
 
Focus switcher ?No
 
ND Filter ?No
 
Exp Lock ?No
 
Gain ?No
 
White balance ?No
 
Push AF ?No
 
Audio Levels ?No
 
Custom Keys ?
synonymous: User buttons
No
 
Audio

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

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Recording Medium ?Memory Stick Duo
SD Card
built-in flash memory
SDHC card
SDXC card
SD Card
Medium included ?No
4 GB
Effective pixels ?  
Resolutions ?4672 x 2628 - Max
1920x1080
Standard ?JPEG Exif 2.2
JPEG Exif 2.2
Flash ?Yes
Yes
Misc.

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Specials GPS with geo-tagging functionalityintegrated (?) USB cable 
Product Shots

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Test results

Test pictures
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luminance resolution
chrominance resolution
lens distortion
 
test small ISO image
noise / internal microphone
test picture 1200 Lux
Test image 12 lux auto-mode ?
Test image 12 lux optimized ?
 
Manufacturers URL Website SonyWebsite Panasonic
slashCAM rating
Lowlight ?Very goodGood
Resolution ?Very goodSatisfactory
Color performance ?GoodGood
subj.Picture impression ?Very goodGood
Optical Zoom ?SufficientSufficient
Wide Angle ? Excellent Satisfactory
Configuration / image ?GoodSatisfactory
Configuration / sound ?PoorSufficient
Handling ?GoodSatisfactory
Portability ?Very goodVery good
Photo function ?SatisfactorySufficient
Optics ?GoodGood
Dynamics ?GoodGood
Conclusion slashCAM
slashCAM rating ?Very good
Satisfactory
Total score ?
(maximal 570)
400328
Pros + 50P Recording
+ Big wide angle
+ Good touch functions
+ Very good low light behavior
+ Acceptable wide-angle
+ Good lowlight characteristics
Cons - Image characteristics can not be changed
- few image control options
- Small (touch) screen
- No FullHD
-3CCDs with pixelshif do not result in full sharpness
-fan
Conclusion The hardware configuration is quite interesting considering the price range.The sharp display could be somewhat larger though.The wide-angle with virtually no lens distorsion is unique.The Bildqualiät and the low light performance are also competitive.Those who can do without helpful things like histogram or changeable image characteristics get a nice piece of technology for a reasonable price.For ambitious filmmakers who want more control over their shooting the competition offers more value for the money.In our opinion the SD1 is the best AVCHD Cam by Panansonic, and it remains competitive in 2008 thanks to its wide-angle and lowlight characteristics .
More information

Reviews and Forums
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slashCAM Review
HDR-CX700 Review
HDC-SD1 Review
HDC-SD1 Review
HDC-SD1 Review
external reviews/tests   
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