Canon Legria HF R706 vs Zoom Q8

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Canon Legria HF R706
Zoom Q8

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Reasons For

5 Reasons For
0.28MP bigger sensor size Edit
The Canon Legria HF R706 has a sensor size of 3.28MP, however the Zoom Q8 is only a 3MP sensor camcorder (0.28MP smaller). 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.

1,136x bigger digital zoom Edit
The Canon Legria HF R706 is a 1,140x (digital) camcorder. That's 1,136x bigger than the Zoom Q8 (4x). 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.

99% longer maximum focal length Edit
The Canon Legria HF R706 is a 1,853mm maximum focal length camcorder. That's 1,818mm longer than the Zoom Q8 (35mm).
A bit larger screen size Edit
The Canon Legria HF R706 has a screen size of 3", but the Zoom Q8 is only a 2.7" screen size camcorder (0.3" smaller). 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.

Lighter Edit
The Canon Legria HF R706 is a 235g weight camcorder. That's 25g lighter than the Zoom Q8 (260g). Read more

Weight of the camcorder including battery.

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

3 Reasons For
A lot larger maximum memory card size Edit
The Zoom Q8 has a maximum memory card size of 128GB, however the Canon Legria HF R706 is only a 64GB maximum memory card size camcorder (64GB smaller). Read more

Using memory cards in addition to the camcorder's internal storage increases the time the camcorder can record video.

Using a larger memory card allows the user to record video for longer and at higher resolution.

25fps faster maximum frame rate Edit
The Zoom Q8 has a maximum frame rate of 60fps, however the Canon Legria HF R706 is only a 35fps camcorder (25fps slower).
12 shops are selling it
The more shops stock the product, the greater competition amongst shops to keep prices low.

Reasons Against

3 Reasons Against
Vastly smaller maximum memory card size Edit
The Canon Legria HF R706 is a 64GB maximum memory card size camcorder. That's 64GB smaller than the Zoom Q8 (128GB). Read more

Using memory cards in addition to the camcorder's internal storage increases the time the camcorder can record video.

Using a larger memory card allows the user to record video for longer and at higher resolution.

72% slower maximum frame rate Edit
The Canon Legria HF R706 is a 35fps camcorder. That's 25fps slower than the Zoom Q8 (60fps).
Not as many stockists
Only 1 store sell the Canon Legria HF R706, however 13 stores sell the Zoom Q8. Read more
Smaller numbers of retailers reduces the chances of this camcorder remaining in stock and also reduces the price competition amongst retailers for the product.
6 Reasons Against
Smaller sensor size Edit
The Zoom Q8 has a sensor size of 3MP. That's 0.28MP smaller than the Canon Legria HF R706 (3MP). 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.

Two hundred and eighty-four times smaller digital zoom Edit
The Zoom Q8 is a 4x (digital) camcorder, whereas the Canon Legria HF R706 is a 1,140x (digital) camcorder (1,136x 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.

Significantly shorter maximum focal length Edit
The Zoom Q8 has a maximum focal length of 35mm, however the Canon Legria HF R706 is a 1,853mm maximum focal length camcorder (1,818mm longer).
Smaller screen size Edit
The Zoom Q8 is a 2.7" screen size camcorder. That's 0.3" smaller than the Canon Legria HF R706 (2.7"). 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.

Slightly heavier Edit
The Zoom Q8 has a weight of 260g, but the Canon Legria HF R706 is a 235g weight camcorder (25g lighter). Read more

Weight of the camcorder including battery.

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

Older by one month
The Zoom Q8 is one month older than the Canon Legria HF R706.

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Image Sensor

Sensor Size
3.28MP
BEST
3MP
Optical Sensor Size
 1/3
 1/3
BEST
Sensor Type
 CMOS
 CMOS
Megapixel Count
2.07MP Unknown - Click to provide data
Movie Megapixel Count
2.07MP Unknown - Click to provide data

Lens System

Optical Zoom
32x Unknown - Click to provide data
Digital Zoom
1,140x
BEST
4x
Image Stabiliser
 Image stabiliser
Unknown - Click to provide data
Image Stabiliser
 Optical
BEST
 Optical
Maximum Focal Length
1,853mm
BEST
35mm
Minimum Aperture
1.8 Unknown - Click to provide data
Minimum Focal Length
32.5mm Unknown - Click to provide data
Maximum Aperture Value
4.5 Unknown - Click to provide data
Focal Length
32.5 - 1853 Unknown - Click to provide data
Focal Length Range
2.8 - 89.6 Unknown - Click to provide data

Storage

Maximum Memory Card Size
64GB 128GB
BEST
Memory Card Slot
1 1
Memory Card
 SDXC
 SDHC
 SD
 SDXC
 SDHC
 SD
Storage Media Type
 Memory card
 Memory card

Focusing

Closest Focusing Distance
0.1m Unknown - Click to provide data
Face Detection
 Face detection
Unknown - Click to provide data
Focus Adjustment
 Auto
 Manual
 Auto
 Manual

Light Exposure

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

White Balance

White Balance Mode
 Auto
 Tungsten
 Daylight
 Auto
 Tungsten
 Daylight

Shutter

Shutter Speed
1/2000 - 1/2 Unknown - Click to provide data

Display

Screen Size
3"
BEST
2.7"
Built-In Display
 Built-in display
 Built-in display
Touch Sensitive Screen
 Touch sensitive screen
Unknown - Click to provide data
Display Resolution
230,000 pixels Unknown - Click to provide data
Display
 LCD
 LCD
Vari-Angle LCD Display
 Vari-angle LCD display
Unknown - Click to provide data

Camera

Camcorder Type
 handheld
 handheld
Image Processor
 DIGIC DV IV
BEST
 DIGIC DV IV
Back Light Compensation
 Back light compensation
Unknown - Click to provide data
Minimum Illumination
0.4lx Unknown - Click to provide data
Self-Timer
10 Unknown - Click to provide data
Image Quality Adjustment
 Brightness
 Brightness
Direct Printing
 Direct printing
Unknown - Click to provide data

Design

Tripod Mountable
 Tripod mountable
Unknown - Click to provide data
LED Indicator
Unknown - Click to provide data
 LED indicator
Colour
 White
 Black
 White
 Black

Video

HD Type
 Full HD
 Full HD
Video Mode
 1080p
 720p
 1080p
 720p
Video Format
 MP4
 AVCHD
 AVC
 MOV
 MPEG
 MPEG4
 H.264
 MP4
 AVCHD
 AVC
 MOV
 MPEG
 MPEG4
 H.264
Video Resolution
 1920 x 1080
 1440 x 1080
 1280 x 720
 848 x 480
 1920 x 1080
 1440 x 1080
 1280 x 720
 848 x 480
Maximum Video Resolution
 1920 x 1080
 1920 x 1080
Maximum Frame Rate
35fps 60fps
BEST
Analog Signal Format System
 PAL
 NTSC
 PAL
 NTSC
BEST

Still Image

Maximum Image Resolution
 1920 x 1080
BEST
 1920 x 1080

Audio

Audio Format
 WAV
 AAC++
 WAV
 AAC++
BEST
Built-In Speaker
 Built-in speaker
 Built-in speaker
Built-In Microphone
 Built-in microphone
 Built-in microphone
Audio System
 Dolby Digital 2.0
BEST
 Dolby Digital 2.0

Ports & Interfaces

HDMI Port
 HDMI port
 HDMI port
DC-In Jack
Unknown - Click to provide data
 DC-in jack
USB 2.0 Port
1 1
Microphone in Port
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Microphone in port
Headphone Out Port
 Headphone out port
 Headphone out port
PictBridge
 PictBridge
Unknown - Click to provide data
Mini HDMI Port
1 Unknown - Click to provide data
Mini-USB 2.0 Port
1 1
Micro-USB 2.0 Port
Unknown - Click to provide data 1

Battery

Battery Life
2.9h Unknown - Click to provide data
Battery Type
BP-727 Unknown - Click to provide data
Battery Voltage
Unknown - Click to provide data 4.2V
Battery Capacity
Unknown - Click to provide data 1,700mAh
Battery
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Slot
1 Unknown - Click to provide data

Weight & Dimensions

Weight
235g
BEST
260g
Height
58mm 69mm
Depth
116mm 158mm
Width
53mm 48mm

Packaging Content

Included Battery
 Included battery
Unknown - Click to provide data
Quick Start Guide
 Quick start guide
Unknown - Click to provide data
AC Adapter Included
 AC adapter included
Unknown - Click to provide data
Warranty Card
 Warranty card
Unknown - Click to provide data
Included Memory Card Size
8GB Unknown - Click to provide data

Other Features

Night Mode
 Night mode
Unknown - Click to provide data
USB Connectivity
 USB connectivity
Unknown - Click to provide data
AV Output
 AV output
Unknown - Click to provide data

Technical Details

Self-Timer
 Self-timer
Unknown - Click to provide data
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