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Canon Legria HF R706 vs Sony HDR-CX405

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

5 Reasons For
0.99MP bigger total megapixels 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 display diagonal Edit
The Canon Legria HF R706 is a 3" screen size camcorder, 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).
8 Reasons For
0.22MP higher effective megapixels (image) Edit
The Sony HDR-CX405 has an effective megapixels (image) of 2.29MP, however the Canon Legria HF R706 is only a 2.07MP camcorder (0.22MP lower).
Higher effective megapixels (movie) 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 (numeric) Edit
Sony HDR-CX405 is 230,400 pixels display resolution. 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.

Cheaper by £15
The Sony HDR-CX405 costs £14.87 less than the Canon Legria HF R706.
13 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.
Better selling
The Sony HDR-CX405 ranks No. 1711 by number of sales, however the Canon Legria HF R706 ranks No. 458278.
Considerably better user reviews
The average user review score of the Sony HDR-CX405 is 84%, however the average rating of the Canon Legria HF R706 is 73% (based on 3 reviews).

Reasons Against

8 Reasons Against
0.22MP lower effective megapixels (image) Edit
The Canon Legria HF R706 is a 2.07MP camcorder. That's 0.22MP lower than the Sony HDR-CX405 (2.29MP).
Lower effective megapixels (movie) 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 (numeric) Edit
The Canon Legria HF R706 has a display resolution (numeric) 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.

£15 more expensive
The Canon Legria HF R706 is more expensive than the Sony HDR-CX405 by £14.87.
Fewer sellers
Only 9 shops sells the Canon Legria HF R706, but 22 sellers 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.
Worse selling
The Canon Legria HF R706 ranks No. 458278 by sales volume, whereas the Sony HDR-CX405 ranks No. 1711.
Appreciably Lower user review Score
The average user rating of the Canon Legria HF R706 is only 73%, whereas the average user rating of the Sony HDR-CX405 is 84% (based on 205 reviews).
6 Reasons Against
Smaller total megapixels 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 display diagonal Edit
The Sony HDR-CX405 has a display diagonal of 2.7". 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).
Older by over one year
The Sony HDR-CX405 is 16 months older than the Canon Legria HF R706.

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Date Released

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Image Sensor

Total Megapixels
3.28MP
BEST
2.29MP
Optical Sensor Size
 1/4
BEST
 1/4
Sensor Type
 CMOS
 CMOS
Effective Megapixels (image)
2.07MP 2.29MP
BEST
Effective Megapixels (movie)
2.07MP 2.29MP
BEST

Lens System

Optical Zoom
32x
BEST
30x
Digital Zoom
1,140x
BEST
350x
Image Stabilizer
 Image stabilizer
 Image stabilizer
Image Stabilizer Type
 Optical
BEST
 Optical
Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
1,853mm Unknown - Click to provide data
Minimum Aperture Number
1.8 1.8
Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
32.5mm Unknown - Click to provide data
Maximum Aperture Number
4.5 Unknown - Click to provide data
Focal Length (35mm Film Equivalent)
32.5 - 1853 26.8 - 804
Focal Length Range (f-F)
2.8 - 89.6 1.9 - 57

Storage

Maximum Memory Card Size
64GB Unknown - Click to provide data
Memory Slots
1 Unknown - Click to provide data
Compatible Memory Cards
 SDXC
 SDHC
 SD
 MicroSD (Transflash)
 MicroSDHC
 MicroSDXC
 SDXC
 SDHC
 SD
 MicroSD (Transflash)
 MicroSDHC
 MicroSDXC
Camcorder 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 Modes
 Beach
 Snow
 Children
 Fireworks
 Night
 Portrait
 Sports
 Sunset
 Spotlight
 Landscape
 Beach
 Snow
 Children
 Fireworks
 Night
 Portrait
 Sports
 Sunset
 Spotlight
 Landscape
Light Exposure Modes
 Auto
 Auto

White Balance

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

Flash

Built-In Flash
 Built-in flash
 Built-in flash
Built-In Light
 Built-in light
 Built-in light

Shutter

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

Display

Display Diagonal
3"
BEST
2.7"
Built-In Display
 Built-in display
 Built-in display
Touchscreen
 Touchscreen
Unknown - Click to provide data
Display Resolution (numeric)
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
 3D
 3D
Shooting Modes
 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 Delay
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
 Black
 White
 Black
 White

Video

Full HD
 Full HD
 Full HD
HD Type
 Full HD
 Full HD
Supported Video Modes
 1080p
 720p
 1080i
 1080p
 720p
 1080i
Video Formats Supported
 MP4
 AVCHD
 AVC
 MPEG
 MPEG4
 H.264
 MP4
 AVCHD
 AVC
 MPEG
 MPEG4
 H.264
Video Resolutions
 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 Formats Supported
 EXIF
 EXIF
BEST
Still Image Resolution(s)
 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 Formats Supported
 PCM
 PCM
BEST
Built-In Speaker(s)
 Built-in speaker(s)
 Built-in speaker(s)
Built-In Microphone
 Built-in microphone
 Built-in microphone
Audio System
 Dolby Digital 2.0
 Dolby Digital 2.0

Ports & Interfaces

HDMI
 HDMI
 HDMI
Composite Video Out
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Composite video out
USB 2.0 Port
1 1
Headphone Outputs
 Headphone outputs
Unknown - Click to provide data
S-Video Out
 S-Video out
 S-Video out
PictBridge
 PictBridge
Unknown - Click to provide data
Mini HDMI Port
1 Unknown - Click to provide data
Mini USB Port
1 Unknown - Click to provide data

Battery

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

Weight & Dimensions

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

Packaging Content

Batteries Included
 Batteries included
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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