Canon Legria HF R56 vs Sony HXR-NX3-1

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Canon Legria HF R56
Sony HXR-NX3-1

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Reasons For

4 Reasons For
25% bigger total megapixels Edit
The Canon Legria HF R56 has a total megapixels of 3.2MP, however the Sony HXR-NX3-1 is only a 2.41MP sensor camcorder (0.79MP 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 lot bigger optical zoom Edit
Canon Legria HF R56 is 32x (optical), but the Sony HXR-NX3-1 is only a 20x (optical) camcorder (12x 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.

Longer battery life (max) Edit
The Canon Legria HF R56 is a 145h battery life camcorder. That's 138.2h longer than the Sony HXR-NX3-1 (6.8h). Read more

Battery life is the time the camcorder can record video.

A longer battery life allows you to record video for longer before recharging the camcorder or changing the battery.

Nine times lighter Edit
The Canon Legria HF R56 is a 235g weight camcorder. That's 2kg lighter than the Sony HXR-NX3-1 (2.2kg). Read more

Weight of the camcorder including battery.

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

1 Reason For
15% larger display diagonal Edit
The Sony HXR-NX3-1 has a display diagonal of 3.5", however the Canon Legria HF R56 is only a 3" 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.

Reasons Against

2 Reasons Against
Smaller display diagonal Edit
Canon Legria HF R56 is only 3" screen size, but the Sony HXR-NX3-1 is a 3.5" screen size camcorder (0.5" 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.

Two months older
The Canon Legria HF R56 is older than the Sony HXR-NX3-1 by two months.
4 Reasons Against
A lot smaller total megapixels Edit
The Sony HXR-NX3-1 is a 2.41MP sensor camcorder, whereas the Canon Legria HF R56 is a 3.2MP sensor camcorder (0.79MP 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.

12x smaller optical zoom Edit
The Sony HXR-NX3-1 has an optical zoom of 20x, however the Canon Legria HF R56 is a 32x (optical) camcorder (12x 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.

Significantly shorter battery life (max) Edit
Sony HXR-NX3-1 is only 6.8h battery life. That's 138.2h shorter than the Canon Legria HF R56 (6.8h). Read more

Battery life is the time the camcorder can record video.

A longer battery life allows you to record video for longer before recharging the camcorder or changing the battery.

90% heavier Edit
The Sony HXR-NX3-1 is a 2.2kg weight camcorder. That's 2kg heavier than the Canon Legria HF R56 (2.2kg). 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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Date Released

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Image Sensor

Total Megapixels
3.2MP
BEST
2.41MP
Optical Sensor Size
 1/2
 1/2
BEST
Sensor Type
 CMOS
 CMOS
Effective Megapixels (image)
2.07MP Unknown - Click to provide data
Effective Megapixels (movie)
2.07MP 2.07MP

Lens System

Optical Zoom
32x
BEST
20x
Digital Zoom
57x Unknown - Click to provide data
Image Stabilizer
 Image stabilizer
 Image stabilizer
Interchangeable Lens
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Interchangeable lens
Image Stabilizer Type
 Optical
BEST
 Optical
Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
Unknown - Click to provide data 705mm
Minimum Aperture Number
1.8 Unknown - Click to provide data
Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
Unknown - Click to provide data 28.8mm
Maximum Aperture Number
4.5 Unknown - Click to provide data
Filter Size
Unknown - Click to provide data 72mm
Focal Length Range (f-F)
2.8 - 89.6 4.1 - 82

Storage

Internal Storage Capacity
8GB Unknown - Click to provide data
Memory Slots
1 Unknown - Click to provide data
Compatible Memory Cards
 SDXC
 SDHC
 SD
 MS Duo
 SDXC
 SDHC
 SD
 MS Duo
Camcorder Media Type
 NAND
 Memory card
BEST
 NAND
 Memory card
Camera File System
 Exif 2.3
 Exif
 Exif 2.3
 Exif

Focusing

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

White Balance

White Balance
 Auto
 Tungsten
 Daylight
 Custom modes
 Auto
 Tungsten
 Daylight
 Custom modes

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" 3.5"
BEST
Built-In Display
 Built-in display
 Built-in display
Touchscreen
 Touchscreen
Unknown - Click to provide data
Display Resolution (numeric)
Unknown - Click to provide data 921,000 pixels
Display
 LCD
BEST
 LCD

Viewfinder

Viewfinder Screen Size
Unknown - Click to provide data 0.45"

Camera

Camcorder Type
 handheld
 Shouldercam
BEST
 handheld
 Shouldercam
3D
Unknown - Click to provide data
 3D
Image Processor
 DIGIC 4+
BEST
 DIGIC 4+
Minimum Illumination
0.4lx 0.4lx

Design

Colour of Product
 Black
 Black

Video

Full HD
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Full HD
HD Type
 Full HD
 Full HD
Supported Video Modes
 1080p
 720p
BEST
 1080p
 720p
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
BEST
 1920 x 1080
 1440 x 1080
 1280 x 720
Maximum Video Resolution
 1920 x 1080
BEST
 1920 x 1080
Maximum Frame Rate
50fps Unknown - Click to provide data

Still Image

Image Formats Supported
 JPG
BEST
 JPG
Maximum Image Resolution
 1920 x 1080
BEST
 1920 x 1080

Audio

Built-In Microphone
 Built-in microphone
 Built-in microphone
Audio System
 Dolby Digital 2.0
BEST
 Dolby Digital 2.0

Ports & Interfaces

HDMI
 HDMI
 HDMI
DC-In Jack
Unknown - Click to provide data
 DC-in jack
Composite Video Out
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Composite video out
Headphone Outputs
 Headphone outputs
 Headphone outputs
Mini HDMI Ports Quantity
1 Unknown - Click to provide data
XLR in
Unknown - Click to provide data
 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)
Wi-Fi Standards
 IEEE 802.11b
 IEEE 802.11g
 IEEE 802.11n
 IEEE 802.11b
 IEEE 802.11g
 IEEE 802.11n

Battery

Battery Life (max)
145h
BEST
6.8h
Battery Voltage
3.6V Unknown - Click to provide data
Battery Technology
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
BEST

Operational Conditions

Operating Temperature (T-T)
0 - 40 0 - 40
Storage Temperature (T-T)
Unknown - Click to provide data -20 - 60

Weight & Dimensions

Weight
235g
BEST
2.2kg
Height
57mm 193mm
Depth
116mm 393mm
Width
53mm 174.5mm

Packaging Content

Quick Start Guide
 Quick start guide
Unknown - Click to provide data
Cables Included
 USB
 HDMI
BEST
 USB
 HDMI
AC Adapter Included
 AC adapter included
Unknown - Click to provide data

Other Features

USB Connectivity
 USB connectivity
Unknown - Click to provide data

Technical Details

User Guide
1 Unknown - Click to provide data
Battery Charger Included
 Battery charger included
Unknown - Click to provide data
Full HD
 Full HD
Unknown - Click to provide data
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