Canon Legria HF R706 vs Sony HDR-CX405

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Canon Legria HF R706
Sony HDR-CX405

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Reasons For

8 Reasons For
0.99MP bigger sensor size Edit
Canon Legria HF R706 is 3.28MP sensor, but the Sony HDR-CX405 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 R706 is a 32x (optical) camcorder, whereas the Sony HDR-CX405 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
The Canon Legria HF R706 has a digital zoom of 1,140x. That's 790x bigger than the Sony HDR-CX405 (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.

A little larger screen size Edit
The Canon Legria HF R706 has a screen size of 3", whereas the Sony HDR-CX405 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.

Significantly smaller minimum illumination Edit
The Canon Legria HF R706 has a minimum illumination of 0.4lx, whereas the Sony HDR-CX405 is a 3lx minimum illumination camcorder (2.6lx bigger).
Hugely smaller Edit
Canon Legria HF R706 is 58mm high, but the Sony HDR-CX405 is a 595mm high camcorder (537mm bigger).
12mm smaller Edit
The Canon Legria HF R706 is a 116mm deep camcorder, whereas the Sony HDR-CX405 is a 128mm deep camcorder (12mm bigger).
1mm smaller Edit
The Canon Legria HF R706 is a 53mm wide camcorder, whereas the Sony HDR-CX405 is a 54mm wide camcorder (1mm bigger).
5 Reasons For
0.22MP higher megapixel count Edit
The Sony HDR-CX405 has a megapixel count of 2.29MP, however the Canon Legria HF R706 is only a 2.07MP camcorder (0.22MP lower).
Higher movie megapixel count Edit
The Sony HDR-CX405 is a 2.29MP (movie mode) camcorder. That's 0.22MP higher than the Canon Legria HF R706 (2.29MP).
Higher display resolution Edit
The Sony HDR-CX405 is a 230,400 pixels display resolution camcorder. That's 400 pixels higher than the Canon Legria HF R706 (230,400 pixels). Read more

Total number of pixels that display has.

A little lighter Edit
The Sony HDR-CX405 has a weight of 215g, however the Canon Legria HF R706 is a 235g weight camcorder (20g heavier). Read more

Weight of the camcorder including battery.

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

18 shops are selling it
A greater number of shops increases the chances of the product remaining in stock and also increases the price competition amongst retailers for this camcorder.

Reasons Against

5 Reasons Against
0.22MP lower megapixel count Edit
The Canon Legria HF R706 is a 2.07MP camcorder. That's 0.22MP lower than the Sony HDR-CX405 (2.29MP).
Lower movie megapixel count Edit
Canon Legria HF R706 is only 2.07MP (movie mode), but the Sony HDR-CX405 is a 2.29MP (movie mode) camcorder (0.22MP higher).
400 pixels lower display resolution Edit
The Canon Legria HF R706 has a display resolution of 230,000 pixels, however the Sony HDR-CX405 is a 230,400 pixels display resolution camcorder (400 pixels higher). Read more

Total number of pixels that display has.

Heavier Edit
The Canon Legria HF R706 is a 235g weight camcorder. That's 20g heavier than the Sony HDR-CX405 (215g). Read more

Weight of the camcorder including battery.

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

Fewer sellers
Only 1 retailer sell the Canon Legria HF R706, but 19 shops sell the Sony HDR-CX405. Read more
The smaller the number of retailers that stock this camcorder, the lower the competition amongst retailers to keep prices low.
9 Reasons Against
Smaller sensor size Edit
The Sony HDR-CX405 is a 2.29MP sensor camcorder. That's 0.99MP smaller than the Canon Legria HF R706 (2.29MP). 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.

7% smaller optical zoom Edit
The Sony HDR-CX405 has an optical zoom of 30x. That's 2x smaller than the Canon Legria HF R706 (30x). 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.

Hugely smaller digital zoom Edit
Sony HDR-CX405 is only 350x (digital), but the Canon Legria HF R706 is a 1,140x (digital) camcorder (790x 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.

12% smaller screen size Edit
The Sony HDR-CX405 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.

Bigger minimum illumination Edit
The Sony HDR-CX405 is a 3lx minimum illumination camcorder. That's 2.6lx bigger than the Canon Legria HF R706 (3lx).
91% bigger Edit
The Sony HDR-CX405 is a 595mm high camcorder. That's 537mm bigger than the Canon Legria HF R706 (595mm).
Bigger Edit
The Sony HDR-CX405 has a depth of 128mm. That's 12mm bigger than the Canon Legria HF R706 (128mm).
Bigger Edit
The Sony HDR-CX405 has a width of 54mm. That's 1mm bigger than the Canon Legria HF R706 (54mm).
Older by over one year
The Sony HDR-CX405 is 13 months older than the Canon Legria HF R706.

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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
Image Stabiliser
 Optical
BEST
 Optical
Maximum Focal Length
1,853mm Unknown - Click to provide data
Minimum Aperture
1.8 1.8
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 26.8 - 804
Focal Length Range
2.8 - 89.6 1.9 - 57

Storage

Maximum Memory Card Size
64GB Unknown - Click to provide data
Memory Card Slot
1 Unknown - Click to provide data
Memory Card
 SDXC
 SDHC
 SD
 MicroSD (Transflash)
 MicroSDHC
 MicroSDXC
 SDXC
 SDHC
 SD
 MicroSD (Transflash)
 MicroSDHC
 MicroSDXC
Storage Media Type
 Memory card
 Memory card

Focusing

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

Light Exposure

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

White Balance

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

Flash

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

Shutter

Shutter Speed
1/2000 - 1/2 1/25 - 1/10000

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 230,400 pixels
BEST
Display
 LCD
 LCD
Vari-Angle LCD Display
 Vari-angle LCD display
Unknown - Click to provide data

Camera

Camcorder Type
 handheld
 handheld
3D Compatible
Unknown - Click to provide data
 3D compatible
Shooting Mode
 Auto
 Scene
 Movie
 Auto
 Scene
 Movie
Image Processor
 DIGIC DV IV
BEST
 DIGIC DV IV
Back Light Compensation
 Back light compensation
Unknown - Click to provide data
Minimum Illumination
0.4lx
BEST
3lx
Self-Timer
10 10
Image Quality Adjustment
 Brightness
 Brightness
Direct Printing
 Direct printing
Unknown - Click to provide data

Design

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

Video

Full HD
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Full HD
HD Type
 Full HD
 Full HD
Video Mode
 1080p
 720p
 1080i
 1080p
 720p
 1080i
Video Format
 MP4
 AVCHD
 AVC
 MPEG
 MPEG4
 H.264
 MP4
 AVCHD
 AVC
 MPEG
 MPEG4
 H.264
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

Still Image

Image Format
 EXIF
 EXIF
BEST
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
 PCM
 AAC++
 PCM
 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
 Dolby Digital 2.0

Ports & Interfaces

HDMI Port
 HDMI port
 HDMI port
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
S-Video Out Port
Unknown - Click to provide data
 S-Video out port
PictBridge
 PictBridge
Unknown - Click to provide data
Mini HDMI Port
1 Unknown - Click to provide data
Mini-USB 2.0 Port
1 Unknown - Click to provide data

Battery

Battery Life
2.9h Unknown - Click to provide data
Battery Type
BP-727 NP-BX1
Battery
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Slot
1 Unknown - Click to provide data
Charging Source
 AC
 USB
 AC
 USB

Weight & Dimensions

Weight
235g 215g
BEST
Height
58mm
BEST
595mm
Depth
116mm
BEST
128mm
Width
53mm
BEST
54mm

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

Projector

Built-In Projector
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Built-in projector

Technical Details

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