Canon XF305 vs Sony PXW-X180

Canon XF305
Sony PXW-X180

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Reasons For

5 Reasons For
0.5" larger screen size Edit
The Canon XF305 has a screen size of 4", whereas the Sony PXW-X180 is only a 3.5" screen size camcorder (0.5" 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.

4% larger viewfinder screen size Edit
The Canon XF305 is a 0.52" viewfinder screen size camcorder. That's 0.02" larger than the Sony PXW-X180 (0.5").
Lighter Edit
The Canon XF305 is a 2.7kg weight camcorder. That's 30g lighter than the Sony PXW-X180 (2.7kg). Read more

Weight of the camcorder including battery.

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

£1,749 cheaper
The Canon XF305 is £1,749 cheaper than the Sony PXW-X180.
Available from 3 shops
A greater number of retailers increases the price competition amongst retailers for this camcorder and also increases the chances of the product remaining in stock.
2 Reasons For
Bigger optical zoom Edit
Sony PXW-X180 is 25x (optical). That's 7x bigger than the Canon XF305 (25x). 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.

810,000 pixels higher viewfinder resolution Edit
The Sony PXW-X180 has a viewfinder resolution of 2,360,000 pixels, but the Canon XF305 is only a 1,550,000 pixels viewfinder resolution camcorder (810,000 pixels lower).

Reasons Against

3 Reasons Against
A lot smaller optical zoom Edit
The Canon XF305 is an 18x (optical) camcorder, whereas the Sony PXW-X180 is a 25x (optical) camcorder (7x 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.

Lower viewfinder resolution Edit
The Canon XF305 is a 1,550,000 pixels viewfinder resolution camcorder. That's 810,000 pixels lower than the Sony PXW-X180 (2,360,000 pixels).
Over two years older
The Canon XF305 is older than the Sony PXW-X180 by two years.
5 Reasons Against
Smaller screen size Edit
The Sony PXW-X180 is a 3.5" screen size camcorder. That's 0.5" smaller than the Canon XF305 (3.5"). 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 smaller viewfinder screen size Edit
The Sony PXW-X180 has a viewfinder screen size of 0.5", but the Canon XF305 is a 0.52" viewfinder screen size camcorder (0.02" larger).
30g heavier Edit
The Sony PXW-X180 has a weight of 2.7kg, but the Canon XF305 is a 2.7kg weight camcorder (30g 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 £1,749
The Sony PXW-X180 is £1,749 more expensive than the Canon XF305.
Not as many stockists
The Sony PXW-X180 is only stocked by 3 stores, however the Canon XF305 is stocked by 6 stores. Read more
Fewer numbers of sellers reduces the chances of the product remaining in stock and also reduces the price competition amongst retailers for this camcorder.

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Date Released

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Image Sensor

Sensor Size
2.37MP Unknown - Click to provide data
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
18x 25x
BEST
Digital Zoom
1.5x Unknown - Click to provide data
Image Stabiliser
 Image stabiliser
 Image stabiliser
Maximum Focal Length
Unknown - Click to provide data 650mm
Minimum Aperture
Unknown - Click to provide data 1.6
Minimum Focal Length
Unknown - Click to provide data 26mm
Maximum Aperture Value
Unknown - Click to provide data 11
Filter Size
82mm 82mm
Focal Length
29.3 - 527.4 Unknown - Click to provide data
Focal Length Range
4.1 - 73.8 3.7 - 92.5

Storage

Maximum Memory Card Size
128GB Unknown - Click to provide data
Memory Card Slot
2 Unknown - Click to provide data
Memory Card
 SD
 CF+
 SDHC
 SD
 CF+
 SDHC
BEST
Storage Media Type
 Memory card
 Memory card
ExpressCard Slot
Unknown - Click to provide data
 ExpressCard slot

Focusing

Normal Focusing Range
0.02 - 1 Unknown - Click to provide data

White Balance

White Balance Mode
 Auto
 Manual
 Tungsten
 Daylight
 Custom modes
 Auto
 Manual
 Tungsten
 Daylight
 Custom modes

Shutter

Shutter Speed
1/2000 1/32 - 1/2000

Display

Screen Size
4"
BEST
3.5"
Built-In Display
 Built-in display
 Built-in display
Display
 OLED
 OLED
BEST

Viewfinder

Viewfinder Screen Size
0.52"
BEST
0.5"
Viewfinder Resolution
1,550,000 pixels 2,360,000 pixels
BEST
Viewfinder
 Electronic
 Electronic

Camera

Camcorder Type
 handheld
 Shouldercam
BEST
 handheld
 Shouldercam
Image Processor
 DIGIC DV III
BEST
 DIGIC DV III
Minimum Illumination
4.5lx Unknown - Click to provide data
Remote Control
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Remote control
GPS Function
Unknown - Click to provide data
 GPS function

Design

Colour
 Black
 Black

Video

Full HD
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Full HD
HD Type
 Full HD
 Full HD
Video Format
 MPEG
 MPEG2
 AVCHD
 DV
 AVC
 MPEG
 MPEG2
 AVCHD
 DV
 AVC
Video Resolution
 1920 x 1080
 1440 x 1080
 1280 x 720
 720 x 576
 1920 x 1080
 1440 x 1080
 1280 x 720
 720 x 576
Maximum Video Resolution
 1920 x 1080
 1920 x 1080
HD-Ready
Unknown - Click to provide data
 HD-Ready
Maximum Frame Rate
50fps Unknown - Click to provide data
Analog Signal Format System
 NTSC
BEST
 NTSC

Still Image

Maximum Image Resolution
 1920 x 1080
 1920 x 1080
BEST

Audio

Audio Format
 LPCM
 PCM
 LPCM
 PCM
BEST
Built-In Microphone
 Built-in microphone
 Built-in microphone
Audio System
 Stereo
 Stereo

Ports & Interfaces

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

Networking

WiFi
Unknown - Click to provide data
 WiFi
Near Field Communication
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Near field communication

Battery

Battery Type
BP-955 BP-U30c
Battery Voltage
7.4V Unknown - Click to provide data
Battery
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
BEST
Battery Capacity
Unknown - Click to provide data 28Wh
Battery Recharge Time
Unknown - Click to provide data 2.23h
Battery Slot
Unknown - Click to provide data 1

Operational Conditions

Operating Temperature Range
0 - 40 0 - 40
Storage Temperature Range
Unknown - Click to provide data -20 - 60

Weight & Dimensions

Weight
2.7kg
BEST
2.7kg
Height
236mm 201.5mm
Depth
382mm 412mm
Width
153mm 191.5mm

Packaging Content

Included Battery
 Included battery
 Included battery
Quick Start Guide
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Quick start guide
Cable Included
 Component
 USB
 AC
 Component
 USB
 AC
AC Adapter Included
 AC adapter included
 AC adapter included
Handheld Remote Control
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Handheld remote control
Warranty Card
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Warranty card
Lens Hood Included
 Lens hood included
 Lens hood included
Shoulder Strap
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Shoulder strap

Other Features

Auto Focus
 Auto focus
Unknown - Click to provide data
Resolution
2044 x 1160 Unknown - Click to provide data
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