Canon XA10 vs Panasonic AG-AC160

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Canon XA10
Panasonic AG-AC160

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Reasons For

6 Reasons For
8% bigger sensor size Edit
The Canon XA10 has a sensor size of 2.37MP. That's 0.17MP bigger than the Panasonic AG-AC160 (2.2MP). Read more

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.

Larger screen size Edit
The Canon XA10 is a 3.5" screen size camcorder. That's 0.05" larger than the Panasonic AG-AC160 (3.45"). Read more

Display diagonal of the camcorder's build in display.

A larger display diagonal makes it easier to record and review video and images.

1% higher display resolution Edit
The Canon XA10 is a 922,000 pixels display resolution camcorder. That's 1,000 pixels higher than the Panasonic AG-AC160 (921,000 pixels). Read more

Total number of pixels that display has.

Three times lighter Edit
The Canon XA10 has a weight of 775g, but the Panasonic AG-AC160 is a 2.4kg weight camcorder (1.6kg heavier). Read more

Weight of the camcorder including battery.

A lighter camcorder is easier to handle when recording and to carry when travelling.

Cheaper by £216
The Canon XA10 costs £170.60, whereas the Panasonic AG-AC160 is £386.40.
2 shops are selling it
The more sellers stock the product, the greater competition amongst sellers to keep prices low.
3 Reasons For
55% bigger optical zoom Edit
The Panasonic AG-AC160 has an optical zoom of 22x. That's 12x bigger than the Canon XA10 (22x). Read more

An optical zoom lets you enlarge the subject without having to move closer to it.

An optical zoom lets you zoom without loosing image quality. Digital zooms will simply enlarge the pixels and make the image look blurry.

8x bigger digital zoom Edit
Panasonic AG-AC160 is 10x (digital), but the Canon XA10 is only a 2x (digital) camcorder (8x smaller). Read more

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.

0.21" larger viewfinder screen size Edit
The Panasonic AG-AC160 has a viewfinder screen size of 0.45", however the Canon XA10 is only a 0.24" viewfinder screen size camcorder (0.21" smaller).

Reasons Against

4 Reasons Against
2x smaller optical zoom Edit
Canon XA10 is only 10x (optical). That's 12x smaller than the Panasonic AG-AC160 (22x). Read more

An optical zoom lets you enlarge the subject without having to move closer to it.

An optical zoom lets you zoom without loosing image quality. Digital zooms will simply enlarge the pixels and make the image look blurry.

8x smaller digital zoom Edit
The Canon XA10 is a 2x (digital) camcorder, whereas the Panasonic AG-AC160 is a 10x (digital) camcorder (8x bigger). Read more

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.

Hugely smaller viewfinder screen size Edit
The Canon XA10 has a viewfinder screen size of 0.24", but the Panasonic AG-AC160 is a 0.45" viewfinder screen size camcorder (0.21" larger).
Older by eight months
The Canon XA10 is eight months older than the Panasonic AG-AC160.
6 Reasons Against
Smaller sensor size Edit
The Panasonic AG-AC160 is a 2.2MP sensor camcorder. That's 0.17MP smaller than the Canon XA10 (2.2MP). Read more

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.

2% smaller screen size Edit
The Panasonic AG-AC160 is a 3.45" screen size camcorder. That's 0.05" smaller than the Canon XA10 (3.45"). Read more

Display diagonal of the camcorder's build in display.

A larger display diagonal makes it easier to record and review video and images.

Lower display resolution Edit
The Panasonic AG-AC160 is a 921,000 pixels display resolution camcorder. That's 1,000 pixels lower than the Canon XA10 (921,000 pixels). Read more

Total number of pixels that display has.

Vastly heavier Edit
The Panasonic AG-AC160 has a weight of 2.4kg, however the Canon XA10 is a 775g weight camcorder (1.6kg lighter). Read more

Weight of the camcorder including battery.

A lighter camcorder is easier to handle when recording and to carry when travelling.

More expensive by £216
The Panasonic AG-AC160 is £215.80 more expensive than the Canon XA10.
Less retailers
The Panasonic AG-AC160 is only stocked by 4 sellers, whereas the Canon XA10 is stocked by 6 shops. Read more
Fewer numbers of shops reduces the price competition amongst retailers for the product and also reduces the chances of this camcorder remaining in stock.

Awards

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Image Sensor

Sensor Size
2.37MP
BEST
2.2MP
Optical Sensor Size
 1/3
 1/3
Sensor Type
 CMOS
 CMOS
Movie Megapixel Count
2.07MP Unknown - Click to provide data

Lens System

Optical Zoom
10x 22x
BEST
Digital Zoom
2x 10x
BEST
Image Stabiliser
 Image stabiliser
Unknown - Click to provide data
Interchangeable Lens
 Interchangeable lens
Unknown - Click to provide data
Maximum Focal Length
Unknown - Click to provide data 616mm
Filter Size
Unknown - Click to provide data 72mm
Focal Length
30.4 - 304 28 - 616
Focal Length Range
4.25 - 42.5 3.9 - 86

Storage

Maximum Fash Memory Capacity
64GB Unknown - Click to provide data
Memory Card
 SDXC
 SDHC
 SD
 SDXC
 SDHC
 SD
Storage Media Type
 Memory card
 Memory card

Focusing

Focus Adjustment
 Auto
 Manual
 Auto
 Manual

Light Exposure

Scene Mode
 Beach
 Snow
 Fireworks
 Night
 Portrait
 Sports
 Sunset
 Spotlight
 Beach
 Snow
 Fireworks
 Night
 Portrait
 Sports
 Sunset
 Spotlight

White Balance

White Balance Mode
 Tungsten
 Fluorescent
 Cloudy
 Incandescent
 Shade
 Halogen
 Tungsten
 Fluorescent
 Cloudy
 Incandescent
 Shade
 Halogen

Flash

Built-In Flash
 Built-in flash
Unknown - Click to provide data
Built-In Light
 Built-in light
Unknown - Click to provide data

Shutter

Shutter Speed
1/6 - 1/2000 Unknown - Click to provide data

Display

Screen Size
3.5"
BEST
3.45"
Built-In Display
 Built-in display
 Built-in display
Display Resolution
922,000 pixels
BEST
921,000 pixels
Display
 LCD
 LCD

Viewfinder

Viewfinder Screen Size
0.24" 0.45"
BEST
Viewfinder Resolution
Unknown - Click to provide data 1,226,000 pixels
Viewfinder
 Optical
 Optical

Camera

Camcorder Type
 handheld
 Shouldercam
BEST
 handheld
 Shouldercam
3D Compatible
 3D compatible
Unknown - Click to provide data
Image Processor
 DIGIC DV III
BEST
 DIGIC DV III
Minimum Illumination
1.3lx Unknown - Click to provide data
Image Quality Adjustment
 Brightness
 Brightness

Design

Colour
 Black
 Black

Video

Full HD
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Full HD
HD Type
 Full HD
 Full HD
Bitrate At Maximum Video Resolution
24 Mbit/s Unknown - Click to provide data
Capture Mode
 MXP
 FXP
 LP
 SP
 XP+
 MXP
 FXP
 LP
 SP
 XP+
Video Mode
 1080i
 1080p
 720p
 1080i
 1080p
 720p
Video Format
 MPEG
 MPEG4
 H.264
 AVCHD
 AVC
 AVI
 MPEG
 MPEG4
 H.264
 AVCHD
 AVC
 AVI
Video Resolution
 1920 x 1080
 1440 x 1080
BEST
 1920 x 1080
 1440 x 1080
Maximum Video Resolution
 1920 x 1080
 1920 x 1080

Still Image

Maximum Image Resolution
 1920 x 1080
BEST
 1920 x 1080

Audio

Built-In Speaker
 Built-in speaker
 Built-in speaker
Built-In Microphone
 Built-in microphone
 Built-in microphone
Audio System
 Dolby Digital 2.0
 Dolby Digital 2.0

Ports & Interfaces

HDMI Port
 HDMI port
 HDMI port
USB 2.0 Port
1 1
DV Port
Unknown - Click to provide data
 DV port
Headphone Out Port
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Headphone out port
S-Video Out Port
 S-Video out port
Unknown - Click to provide data
PictBridge
 PictBridge
Unknown - Click to provide data
XLR in Port
 XLR in port
 XLR in port
USB Connector Type
 USB B
 Mini-USB
 Mini-USB B
 USB B
 Mini-USB
 Mini-USB B

Battery

Video Recording Time
5.55h Unknown - Click to provide data
Battery Type
BP-808 Unknown - Click to provide data
Battery
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
BEST
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)

Operational Conditions

Operating Temperature Range
-5 - 45 0 - 40
Operating Relative Humidity Range
0 - 65 10 - 80

Weight & Dimensions

Weight
775g
BEST
2.4kg
Height
205mm 180mm
Depth
177mm 438mm
Width
130mm 195mm

Packaging Content

Included Battery
 Included battery
 Included battery
Quick Start Guide
 Quick start guide
 Quick start guide
Hand Strap
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Hand strap
Cable Included
 AC
 AC
BEST
AC Adapter Included
 AC adapter included
 AC adapter included
Handheld Remote Control
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Handheld remote control
Lens Hood Included
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Lens hood included

Other Features

I/O Port
Unknown - Click to provide data 1 x BNC (HD-SDI)
Typical Power Consumption
Unknown - Click to provide data 11.8W
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