comparison with similar Panasonic SDR-26 digital camera, this one, is better than Sony. I explain: better wide angle (37.8 mm) and telephoto (2643 mm), compared to Sony (wide angle 39 mm) and (telephoto 2340 mm) in 16:9. Better recording resolution for Panasonic, with 10 Mbps (704x576/50 i) in XP mode, while Sony does it at 9 Mbps (720x480/60 i) in some mode (XP i.e. HQ).
Panasonic SDR-26 has an effective 70x zoom, while Sony has 60x zoom, with 10x more extended zoom.
Panasonic battery has much more extended recording time (3,6 wh - 940 mAh), than Sony (3,6 Wh - 500 mAh).
It does for more or less continously time recording about 1h, 15m, (Panasonic battery) and about 40 minutes in start /end /pause recording mode, while in Sony battery it does for more or less half recording time (40 minutes continuously recording time) and about 20 minutes by start/ end/ pause mode.