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arcpy.AsShape() Concerns with .getArea() and .area

Question asked by jamesfreddyc on Jan 6, 2016
Latest reply on Jan 6, 2016 by jamesfreddyc

In an attempt to acquire the area of a polygon feature, I'm seeing some discrepancies between two methods and need some input.  In the code below, I'm acquiring what I think is the area in 2 distinctive ways (parea1 and parea2):


prjpolygon = polygon.projectAs(outSr)
parea1 = prjpolygon.getArea()
parea2 = prjpolygon.area


The result:


parea1 Sqfeet : 21767057.9882

parea2 Sqfeet : 26642367.0


Why do these return different values?  Which one do I use?