Canon Legria HF R78 vs Sony HDR-PJ410

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Canon Legria HF R78
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Reasons For

12 Reasons For
0.99MP bigger sensor size Edit
The Canon Legria HF R78 is a 3.28MP sensor camcorder, whereas the Sony HDR-PJ410 is only a 2.29MP sensor camcorder (0.99MP 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.

A little bigger optical zoom Edit
The Canon Legria HF R78 has an optical zoom of 32x, however the Sony HDR-PJ410 is only a 30x (optical) camcorder (2x smaller). 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.

70% bigger digital zoom Edit
Canon Legria HF R78 is 1,140x (digital). That's 790x bigger than the Sony HDR-PJ410 (350x). 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.

47% longer maximum focal length Edit
The Canon Legria HF R78 is a 1,853mm maximum focal length camcorder. That's 869mm longer than the Sony HDR-PJ410 (984mm).
Higher maximum aperture value Edit
The Canon Legria HF R78 has a maximum aperture value of 4.5, but the Sony HDR-PJ410 is only a 4 maximum aperture value camcorder (0.5 lower).
A little larger screen size Edit
The Canon Legria HF R78 has a screen size of 3", however the Sony HDR-PJ410 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.

Touch sensitive screen Edit
The Canon Legria HF R78 has a touch sensitive screen, whereas the Sony HDR-PJ410 does not have a touch sensitive screen.
Vastly smaller minimum illumination Edit
The Canon Legria HF R78 has a minimum illumination of 0.4lx, however the Sony HDR-PJ410 is a 3lx minimum illumination camcorder (2.6lx bigger).
Marginally smaller Edit
The Canon Legria HF R78 is a 58mm high camcorder, whereas the Sony HDR-PJ410 is a 59.5mm high camcorder (1.5mm bigger).
11% smaller Edit
The Canon Legria HF R78 has a depth of 116mm, however the Sony HDR-PJ410 is a 128mm deep camcorder (12mm bigger).
12% smaller Edit
The Canon Legria HF R78 has a width of 53mm, however the Sony HDR-PJ410 is a 59mm wide camcorder (6mm bigger).
More popular
The Canon Legria HF R78 is a more popular choice amongst buyers. It ranks No. 124567 by sales volume in our camcorders, however the Sony HDR-PJ410 ranks No. 214929.
6 Reasons For
Higher megapixel count Edit
The Sony HDR-PJ410 is a 2.29MP camcorder. That's 0.22MP higher than the Canon Legria HF R78 (2.29MP).
Slightly higher movie megapixel count Edit
The Sony HDR-PJ410 is a 2.29MP (movie mode) camcorder, whereas the Canon Legria HF R78 is only a 2.07MP (movie mode) camcorder (0.22MP lower).
5.7mm shorter minimum focal length Edit
The Sony HDR-PJ410 has a minimum focal length of 26.8mm, whereas the Canon Legria HF R78 is a 32.5mm minimum focal length camcorder (5.7mm longer).
3% lighter Edit
The Sony HDR-PJ410 is a 235g weight camcorder. That's 5g lighter than the Canon Legria HF R78 (235g). Read more

Weight of the camcorder including battery.

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

£69 cheaper
The Sony HDR-PJ410 costs £68.89 less than the Canon Legria HF R78.
Available from 14 shops
A greater number of stores increases the chances of this camcorder remaining in stock and also increases the price competition amongst retailers for the product.

Reasons Against

6 Reasons Against
11% lower megapixel count Edit
The Canon Legria HF R78 is a 2.07MP camcorder. That's 0.22MP lower than the Sony HDR-PJ410 (2.29MP).
0.22MP lower movie megapixel count Edit
The Canon Legria HF R78 is a 2.07MP (movie mode) camcorder, whereas the Sony HDR-PJ410 is a 2.29MP (movie mode) camcorder (0.22MP higher).
5.7mm longer minimum focal length Edit
The Canon Legria HF R78 has a minimum focal length of 32.5mm, whereas the Sony HDR-PJ410 is a 26.8mm minimum focal length camcorder (5.7mm shorter).
Heavier Edit
The Canon Legria HF R78 is a 240g weight camcorder. That's 5g heavier than the Sony HDR-PJ410 (235g). Read more

Weight of the camcorder including battery.

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

£69 more expensive
The Canon Legria HF R78 is more expensive than the Sony HDR-PJ410 by £68.89.
Less retailers
Only 4 sellers sells the Canon Legria HF R78, whereas 18 shops sell the Sony HDR-PJ410. Read more
Smaller numbers of retailers reduces the price competition amongst retailers for this camcorder and also reduces the chances of the product remaining in stock.
13 Reasons Against
A lot smaller sensor size Edit
The Sony HDR-PJ410 is a 2.29MP sensor camcorder, whereas the Canon Legria HF R78 is a 3.28MP sensor camcorder (0.99MP bigger). 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.

2x smaller optical zoom Edit
The Sony HDR-PJ410 has an optical zoom of 30x, however the Canon Legria HF R78 is a 32x (optical) camcorder (2x bigger). 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.

Three times smaller digital zoom Edit
Sony HDR-PJ410 is only 350x (digital). That's 790x smaller than the Canon Legria HF R78 (350x). 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.

Shorter maximum focal length Edit
The Sony HDR-PJ410 is a 984mm maximum focal length camcorder. That's 869mm shorter than the Canon Legria HF R78 (984mm).
Lower maximum aperture value Edit
The Sony HDR-PJ410 has a maximum aperture value of 4, but the Canon Legria HF R78 is a 4.5 maximum aperture value camcorder (0.5 higher).
12% smaller screen size Edit
The Sony HDR-PJ410 has a screen size of 2.7", however the Canon Legria HF R78 is a 3" screen size camcorder (0.3" larger). 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.

Does not have a touch sensitive screen Edit
The Sony HDR-PJ410 does not have a touch sensitive screen, however the Canon Legria HF R78 has a touch sensitive screen.
Vastly bigger minimum illumination Edit
The Sony HDR-PJ410 has a minimum illumination of 3lx, however the Canon Legria HF R78 is a 0.4lx minimum illumination camcorder (2.6lx smaller).
1.5mm bigger Edit
The Sony HDR-PJ410 is a 59.5mm high camcorder, whereas the Canon Legria HF R78 is a 58mm high camcorder (1.5mm smaller).
Marginally bigger Edit
The Sony HDR-PJ410 has a depth of 128mm, however the Canon Legria HF R78 is a 116mm deep camcorder (12mm smaller).
11% bigger Edit
The Sony HDR-PJ410 has a width of 59mm, however the Canon Legria HF R78 is a 53mm wide camcorder (6mm smaller).
One year older
The Sony HDR-PJ410 is older than the Canon Legria HF R78 by one year.
Worse selling
The Sony HDR-PJ410 ranks No. 214929 by sales volume, however the Canon Legria HF R78 ranks No. 124567.

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Image Sensor

Sensor Size
3.28MP
BEST
2.29MP
Optical Sensor Size
 1/4
BEST
 1/4
Sensor Type
 CMOS
 CMOS
Megapixel Count
2.07MP 2.29MP
BEST
Movie Megapixel Count
2.07MP 2.29MP
BEST

Lens System

Optical Zoom
32x
BEST
30x
Digital Zoom
1,140x
BEST
350x
Image Stabiliser
 Image stabiliser
 Image stabiliser
Interchangeable Lens
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Interchangeable lens
Image Stabiliser
 Optical
 Optical
Maximum Focal Length
1,853mm
BEST
984mm
Minimum Aperture
1.8 1.8
Minimum Focal Length
32.5mm 26.8mm
BEST
Maximum Aperture Value
4.5
BEST
4
Focal Length
32.5 - 1853 Unknown - Click to provide data
Focal Length Range
2.8 - 89.6 1.9 - 57

Storage

Maximum Memory Card Size
64GB Unknown - Click to provide data
Internal Storage Capacity
16GB Unknown - Click to provide data
Memory Card
 SDXC
 SDHC
 SD
 MS Micro (M2)
 MicroSD (Transflash)
 MicroSDHC
 MicroSDXC
 SDXC
 SDHC
 SD
 MS Micro (M2)
 MicroSD (Transflash)
 MicroSDHC
 MicroSDXC
Storage Media Type
 Memory card
 Memory card
File System
 DCF 2.0
 Exif 2.3
 DCF
 MPF
 Exif
 DCF 2.0
 Exif 2.3
 DCF
 MPF
 Exif

Focusing

Face Detection
 Face detection
 Face detection
Focus Adjustment
 Auto
 Manual
 Auto
 Manual
Smile Detection
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Smile detection

Light Exposure

Scene Mode
 Beach
 Snow
 Fireworks
 Night
 Portrait
 Sports
 Sunset
 Spotlight
 Landscape
 Beach
 Snow
 Fireworks
 Night
 Portrait
 Sports
 Sunset
 Spotlight
 Landscape
Exposure Mode
 Auto
 Manual
 Auto
 Manual

White Balance

White Balance Mode
 Auto
 Tungsten
 Daylight
 Outdoor
 Indoor
 Auto
 Tungsten
 Daylight
 Outdoor
 Indoor

Shutter

Shutter Speed
1/2 - 1/2000 1/10000 - 1/6

Display

Screen Size
3"
BEST
2.7"
Built-In Display
 Built-in display
 Built-in display
Touch Sensitive Screen
 Touch sensitive screen
BEST
 Touch sensitive screen
Display Resolution
Unknown - Click to provide data 230,400 pixels
Display
 LCD
 LCD
Vari-Angle LCD Display
 Vari-angle LCD display
Unknown - Click to provide data

Camera

Camcorder Type
 handheld
 handheld
Photo Effect
 Fader
 Fader
Image Processor
 DIGIC DV IV
BEST
 DIGIC DV IV
Minimum Illumination
0.4lx
BEST
3lx
Self-Timer
10 10

Design

Colour
 Black
 Black

Video

Full HD
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Full HD
HD Type
 Full HD
 Full HD
Video Mode
 1080p
 720p
BEST
 1080p
 720p
Video Format
 MP4
 AVCHD
 AVC
 MPEG
 MPEG4
 MP4
 AVCHD
 AVC
 MPEG
 MPEG4
Video Resolution
 1920 x 1080
 1440 x 1080
 1280 x 720
 1920 x 1080
 1440 x 1080
 1280 x 720
Maximum Video Resolution
 1920 x 1080
 1920 x 1080
Maximum Frame Rate
35fps Unknown - Click to provide data
Pre-Record
 Pre-record
Unknown - Click to provide data

Still Image

Still Image Resolution
 1920 x 1080
 640 x 480
 1920 x 1080
 640 x 480
BEST
Maximum Image Resolution
 1920 x 1080
 4032 x 2272
 1920 x 1080
 4032 x 2272
BEST

Audio

Audio Format
 LPCM
 PCM
 AAC++
 LPCM
 PCM
 AAC++
BEST
Built-In Speaker
 Built-in speaker
 Built-in speaker
Built-In Microphone
 Built-in microphone
Unknown - Click to provide data
Audio System
 Dolby Digital 2.0
BEST
 Dolby Digital 2.0

Ports & Interfaces

HDMI Port
 HDMI port
 HDMI port
DC-In Jack
 DC-in jack
Unknown - Click to provide data
Composite Video Out Port
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Composite video out port
USB 2.0 Port
1 1
Headphone Out Port
 Headphone out port
Unknown - Click to provide data

Networking

WiFi
 WiFi
 WiFi
Near Field Communication
 Near field communication
 Near field communication

Battery

Battery Life
2.9h Unknown - Click to provide data
Battery Type
BP-727 Unknown - Click to provide data
Battery
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
BEST
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Slot
1 Unknown - Click to provide data

Weight & Dimensions

Weight
240g 235g
BEST
Height
58mm
BEST
59.5mm
Depth
116mm
BEST
128mm
Width
53mm
BEST
59mm

Packaging Content

Included Battery
 Included battery
 Included battery
Quick Start Guide
 Quick start guide
 Quick start guide
Cable Included
 USB
 HDMI
 USB
 HDMI
BEST
Warranty Card
 Warranty card
 Warranty card
Included Memory Card Size
Unknown - Click to provide data 16GB

Other Features

USB Connectivity
 USB connectivity
Unknown - Click to provide data

Projector

Built-In Projector
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Built-in projector
Projected Screen Size
Unknown - Click to provide data 10 - 100
Projector Brightness
Unknown - Click to provide data 13 ANSI lumens
Minimum Projection Distance
Unknown - Click to provide data 0.5m

Technical Details

Self-Timer
 Self-timer
Unknown - Click to provide data
USB Charging
Unknown - Click to provide data
 USB charging
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