Canon XA35 vs Sony HXR-NX3-1

Canon XA35
Sony HXR-NX3-1

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Reasons For

5 Reasons For
Bigger total megapixels Edit
Canon XA35 is 3.09MP sensor. That's 0.68MP bigger than the Sony HXR-NX3-1 (2.41MP). 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.

Shorter minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) Edit
Canon XA35 is 26.8mm minimum focal length. That's 2mm shorter than the Sony HXR-NX3-1 (28.8mm).
26% higher display resolution (numeric) Edit
The Canon XA35 has a display resolution (numeric) of 1,230,000 pixels. That's 309,000 pixels higher than the Sony HXR-NX3-1 (921,000 pixels). Read more

Total number of pixels that display has.

Significantly smaller minimum illumination Edit
The Canon XA35 is a 0.1lx minimum illumination camcorder. That's 0.3lx smaller than the Sony HXR-NX3-1 (0.4lx).
2x lighter Edit
The Canon XA35 has a weight of 770g, whereas the Sony HXR-NX3-1 is a 2.2kg weight camcorder (1.4kg heavier). Read more

Weight of the camcorder including battery.

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

2 Reasons For
19% longer maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) Edit
The Sony HXR-NX3-1 has a maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) of 705mm, however the Canon XA35 is only a 576mm maximum focal length camcorder (129mm shorter).
A lot larger viewfinder screen size Edit
The Sony HXR-NX3-1 has a viewfinder screen size of 0.45", but the Canon XA35 is only a 0.24" viewfinder screen size camcorder (0.21" smaller).

Reasons Against

2 Reasons Against
Shorter maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) Edit
Canon XA35 is only 576mm maximum focal length, but the Sony HXR-NX3-1 is a 705mm maximum focal length camcorder (129mm longer).
Significantly smaller viewfinder screen size Edit
The Canon XA35 has a viewfinder screen size of 0.24", whereas the Sony HXR-NX3-1 is a 0.45" viewfinder screen size camcorder (0.21" larger).
7 Reasons Against
29% smaller total megapixels Edit
The Sony HXR-NX3-1 has a total megapixels of 2.41MP. That's 0.68MP smaller than the Canon XA35 (2.41MP). 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.

Longer minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) Edit
The Sony HXR-NX3-1 has a minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) of 28.8mm. That's 2mm longer than the Canon XA35 (28.8mm).
34% lower display resolution (numeric) Edit
The Sony HXR-NX3-1 is a 921,000 pixels display resolution camcorder. That's 309,000 pixels lower than the Canon XA35 (921,000 pixels). Read more

Total number of pixels that display has.

76% bigger minimum illumination Edit
The Sony HXR-NX3-1 is a 0.4lx minimum illumination camcorder. That's 0.3lx bigger than the Canon XA35 (0.4lx).
1.4kg heavier Edit
The Sony HXR-NX3-1 has a weight of 2.2kg, but the Canon XA35 is a 770g weight camcorder (1.4kg lighter). Read more

Weight of the camcorder including battery.

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

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Older by over one year
The Sony HXR-NX3-1 is 14 months older than the Canon XA35.

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Image Sensor

Total Megapixels
3.09MP
BEST
2.41MP
Optical Sensor Size
 1/2
 1/2
Sensor Type
 CMOS
 CMOS
Effective Megapixels (image)
2.91MP Unknown - Click to provide data
Effective Megapixels (movie)
Unknown - Click to provide data 2.07MP

Lens System

Optical Zoom
20x 20x
Digital Zoom
400x Unknown - Click to provide data
Image Stabilizer
 Image stabilizer
 Image stabilizer
Interchangeable Lens
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Interchangeable lens
Image Stabilizer Type
 Hybrid
BEST
 Hybrid
Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
576mm 705mm
BEST
Minimum Aperture Number
1.8 Unknown - Click to provide data
Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
26.8mm
BEST
28.8mm
Maximum Aperture Number
8 Unknown - Click to provide data
Filter Size
58mm 72mm
Focal Length (35mm Film Equivalent)
28.8 - 576 Unknown - Click to provide data
Focal Length Range (f-F)
26.8 - 576 4.1 - 82
Wide Angle Lens System
 Wide angle lens system
Unknown - Click to provide data

Storage

Maximum Memory Card Size
128GB Unknown - Click to provide data
Memory Slots
2 Unknown - Click to provide data
Compatible Memory Cards
 SDXC
 SDHC
 SD
 MS Duo
 SDXC
 SDHC
 SD
 MS Duo
Camcorder Media Type
 Memory card
 Memory card

Focusing

Closest Focusing Distance
0.01m Unknown - Click to provide data
Face Detection
 Face detection
Unknown - Click to provide data
Focus Adjustment
 Auto
 Manual
 Auto
 Manual

Light Exposure

Light Exposure Modes
 Auto
 Manual
 Auto
 Manual
Light Exposure Correction
 ± 2EV (1/3EV step)
BEST
 ± 2EV (1/3EV step)
Light Metering
 Centre-weighted
BEST
 Centre-weighted

White Balance

White Balance
 Auto
 Tungsten
 Fluorescent
 Cloudy
 Daylight
 Shade
 Auto
 Tungsten
 Fluorescent
 Cloudy
 Daylight
 Shade

Flash

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

Shutter

Camera Shutter Speed
Unknown - Click to provide data 1/4 - 1/10000

Display

Display Diagonal
3.5" 3.5"
Built-In Display
 Built-in display
 Built-in display
Touchscreen
 Touchscreen
Unknown - Click to provide data
Display Resolution (numeric)
1,230,000 pixels
BEST
921,000 pixels
Display
 OLED
BEST
 OLED
Vari-Angle LCD Display
 Vari-angle LCD display
Unknown - Click to provide data

Viewfinder

Viewfinder Screen Size
0.24" 0.45"
BEST
Viewfinder
1,560,000 pixels Unknown - Click to provide data
Viewfinder Type
 Electronic
 Electronic

Camera

Camcorder Type
 handheld
 Shouldercam
BEST
 handheld
 Shouldercam
3D
Unknown - Click to provide data
 3D
Image Processor
 DIGIC DV IV
BEST
 DIGIC DV IV
Minimum Illumination
0.1lx
BEST
0.4lx
Remotely Operated
 Remotely operated
Unknown - Click to provide data

Design

Colour of Product
 Black
 Black

Video

Full HD
 Full HD
 Full HD
HD Type
 Full HD
 Full HD
Bitrate At Maximum Video Resolution
35 Mbit/s Unknown - Click to provide data
Supported Video Modes
 1080p
BEST
 1080p
Video Formats Supported
 MP4
 AVCHD
 AVC
 AVI
 MPEG
 MPEG4
 H.264
 DV
 MP4
 AVCHD
 AVC
 AVI
 MPEG
 MPEG4
 H.264
 DV
Video Resolutions
 1920 x 1080
 1440 x 1080
 1280 x 720
 640 x 360
BEST
 1920 x 1080
 1440 x 1080
 1280 x 720
 640 x 360
Maximum Video Resolution
 1920 x 1080
BEST
 1920 x 1080
Maximum Frame Rate
60fps Unknown - Click to provide data
Dual Shot (video & Photo)
 Dual shot (video & photo)
Unknown - Click to provide data
Pre-Record
 Pre-record
Unknown - Click to provide data

Audio

Wind Filter
 Wind filter
Unknown - Click to provide data
Built-In Microphone
 Built-in microphone
 Built-in microphone

Ports & Interfaces

HDMI
 HDMI
 HDMI
DC-In Jack
 DC-in jack
 DC-in jack
Composite Video Out
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Composite video out
Microphone in
 Microphone in
Unknown - Click to provide data
Headphone Outputs
 Headphone outputs
 Headphone outputs
Mini HDMI Ports Quantity
1 Unknown - Click to provide data
XLR in
 XLR in
 XLR in
Mini-USB 2.0 Ports Quantity
1 Unknown - Click to provide data

Networking

Wi-Fi
 Wi-Fi
 Wi-Fi
Near Field Communication (NFC)
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Near Field Communication (NFC)

Battery

Battery Life (max)
Unknown - Click to provide data 6.8h
Video Recording Time
10h Unknown - Click to provide data
Battery Technology
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
BEST

Operational Conditions

Operating Temperature (T-T)
-5 - 45 0 - 40
Operating Relative Humidity (H-H)
0 - 80 Unknown - Click to provide data
Storage Temperature (T-T)
Unknown - Click to provide data -20 - 60

Weight & Dimensions

Weight
770g
BEST
2.2kg
Height
109mm 193mm
Depth
182mm 393mm
Width
84mm 174.5mm

Packaging Content

Cables Included
 USB
 HDMI
BEST
 USB
 HDMI
AC Adapter Included
 AC adapter included
Unknown - Click to provide data
Lens Hood
 Lens hood
Unknown - Click to provide data

Other Features

USB Connectivity
 USB connectivity
Unknown - Click to provide data

Technical Details

Number of Diaphragm Blades
8 Unknown - Click to provide data
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