Canon Legria HF R706 vs Panasonic HC-V160 vs Sony HDR-CX405

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Canon Legria HF R706
Panasonic HC-V160
Sony HDR-CX405

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Reasons For

5 Reasons For
A lot bigger total megapixels Edit
The Canon Legria HF R706 has a total megapixels of 3.28MP, however the Panasonic HC-V160 is only a 2.51MP sensor camcorder (0.77MP smaller) and 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.

12% longer maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) Edit
The Canon Legria HF R706 has a maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) of 1,853mm. That's 207mm longer than the Panasonic HC-V160 ().
0.3 higher maximum aperture number Edit
The Canon Legria HF R706 is a 4.5 maximum aperture value camcorder, whereas the Panasonic HC-V160 is only a 4.2 maximum aperture value camcorder (0.3 lower).
0.3" larger display diagonal Edit
Canon Legria HF R706 is 3" screen size, but the Panasonic HC-V160 and the Sony HDR-CX405 are both only 2.7" screen size camcorders (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.

Smaller minimum illumination Edit
The Canon Legria HF R706 has a minimum illumination of 0.4lx, but the Panasonic HC-V160 is a 4lx minimum illumination camcorder (3.6lx bigger) and the Sony HDR-CX405 is a 3lx minimum illumination camcorder (2.6lx bigger).
6 Reasons For
22% bigger optical zoom Edit
The Panasonic HC-V160 has an optical zoom of 38x. That's 6x bigger than the Canon Legria HF R706 (30x) and 8x bigger than the Sony HDR-CX405 (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.

2,150x bigger digital zoom Edit
Panasonic HC-V160 is 2,500x (digital), but the Canon Legria HF R706 is only a 1,140x (digital) camcorder (1,360x smaller) and the Sony HDR-CX405 is only a 350x (digital) camcorder (2,150x smaller). 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.

1% shorter minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) Edit
The Panasonic HC-V160 is a 32.3mm minimum focal length camcorder. That's 0.2mm shorter than the Canon Legria HF R706 ().
Higher display resolution (numeric) Edit
Panasonic HC-V160 is 230,400 pixels display resolution, and so does the Sony HDR-CX405. That's 400 pixels higher than the Canon Legria HF R706 (230,400 pixels). Read more

Total number of pixels that display has.

A lot lighter Edit
The Panasonic HC-V160 has a weight of 181g, however the Canon Legria HF R706 is a 235g weight camcorder (54g heavier) and the Sony HDR-CX405 is a 215g weight camcorder (34g 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 £69
The Panasonic HC-V160 costs £68.97 less than the Sony HDR-CX405.
5 Reasons For
A little higher effective megapixels (image) Edit
The Sony HDR-CX405 has an effective megapixels (image) of 2.29MP, whereas the Canon Legria HF R706 is only a 2.07MP camcorder (0.22MP lower) and the Panasonic HC-V160 is only a 2.2MP camcorder (0.09MP lower).
10% higher effective megapixels (movie) Edit
Sony HDR-CX405 is 2.29MP (movie mode). That's 0.22MP higher than the Canon Legria HF R706 (2.29MP) and 0.09MP higher than the Panasonic HC-V160 (2.29MP).
1% higher display resolution (numeric) Edit
The Sony HDR-CX405 has a display resolution (numeric) of 230,400 pixels, and so does the Panasonic HC-V160. That's 400 pixels higher than the Canon Legria HF R706 (230,400 pixels). Read more

Total number of pixels that display has.

10 shops are selling it
A greater number of sellers increases the price competition amongst retailers for the product and also increases the chances of this camcorder remaining in stock.
Better selling
The Sony HDR-CX405 ranks No. 4086 by number of sales, whereas the Panasonic HC-V160 ranks No. 25121.

Reasons Against

8 Reasons Against
Lower effective megapixels (image) Edit
The Canon Legria HF R706 is a 2.07MP camcorder. That's 0.13MP lower than the Panasonic HC-V160 (2.29MP) and 0.22MP lower than the Sony HDR-CX405 (2.29MP).
11% lower effective megapixels (movie) Edit
The Canon Legria HF R706 has an effective megapixels (movie) of 2.07MP, however the Panasonic HC-V160 is a 2.2MP (movie mode) camcorder (0.13MP higher) and the Sony HDR-CX405 is a 2.29MP (movie mode) camcorder (0.22MP higher).
Smaller optical zoom Edit
Canon Legria HF R706 is only 32x (optical), but the Panasonic HC-V160 is a 38x (optical) camcorder (6x bigger) and the Sony HDR-CX405 is 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.

1,360x smaller digital zoom Edit
The Canon Legria HF R706 is a 1,140x (digital) camcorder. That's 1,360x smaller than the Panasonic HC-V160 (350x) and 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.

0.2mm longer minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) Edit
The Canon Legria HF R706 has a minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) of 32.5mm, however the Panasonic HC-V160 is a 32.3mm minimum focal length camcorder (0.2mm shorter).
A bit lower display resolution (numeric) Edit
The Canon Legria HF R706 is a 230,000 pixels display resolution camcorder, whereas the Panasonic HC-V160 and the Sony HDR-CX405 are both 230,400 pixels display resolution camcorders (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 54g heavier than the Panasonic HC-V160 (215g) and 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.

Not as many stockists
Only 1 shop sell the Canon Legria HF R706, however 5 sellers sell the Panasonic HC-V160 and 11 sellers sell the Sony HDR-CX405. Read more
Smaller numbers of stores reduces the chances of this camcorder remaining in stock and also reduces the price competition amongst retailers for the product.
10 Reasons Against
Smaller total megapixels Edit
The Panasonic HC-V160 is a 2.51MP sensor camcorder. That's 0.77MP smaller than the Canon Legria HF R706 (2.29MP) and 0.22MP bigger than the Sony HDR-CX405 (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.

0.09MP lower effective megapixels (image) Edit
The Panasonic HC-V160 has an effective megapixels (image) of 2.2MP, however the Canon Legria HF R706 is a 2.07MP camcorder (0.13MP lower) and the Sony HDR-CX405 is a 2.29MP camcorder (0.09MP higher).
Lower effective megapixels (movie) Edit
The Panasonic HC-V160 is a 2.2MP (movie mode) camcorder. That's 0.13MP higher than the Canon Legria HF R706 (2.29MP) and 0.09MP lower than the Sony HDR-CX405 (2.29MP).
207mm shorter maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) Edit
The Panasonic HC-V160 is a 1,646mm maximum focal length camcorder, whereas the Canon Legria HF R706 is a 1,853mm maximum focal length camcorder (207mm longer).
8% lower maximum aperture number Edit
Panasonic HC-V160 is only 4.2 maximum aperture value. That's 0.3 lower than the Canon Legria HF R706 ().
12% smaller display diagonal Edit
The Panasonic HC-V160 has a display diagonal of 2.7", and so does the Sony HDR-CX405. 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 Panasonic HC-V160 is a 4lx minimum illumination camcorder. That's 3.6lx bigger than the Canon Legria HF R706 (3lx) and 1lx bigger than the Sony HDR-CX405 (3lx).
Less retailers
The Panasonic HC-V160 is only stocked by 5 stores, whereas the Sony HDR-CX405 is stocked by 11 stores. Read more
Fewer numbers of shops reduces the price competition amongst retailers for the product and also reduces the chances of this camcorder remaining in stock.
Older by over one year
The Panasonic HC-V160 is 13 months older than the Canon Legria HF R706. The Panasonic HC-V160 is the same age as the Sony HDR-CX405.
Less popular
The Panasonic HC-V160 is a less popular choice amongst buyers. It ranks No. 25121 by number of sales in our camcorders, however the Sony HDR-CX405 ranks No. 4086.
8 Reasons Against
44% smaller total megapixels Edit
Sony HDR-CX405 is only 2.29MP sensor. That's 0.99MP smaller than the Canon Legria HF R706 (2.29MP) and 0.22MP smaller than the Panasonic HC-V160 (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.

Smaller optical zoom Edit
The Sony HDR-CX405 is a 30x (optical) camcorder. That's 2x smaller than the Canon Legria HF R706 (30x) and 8x smaller than the Panasonic HC-V160 (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.

Smaller digital zoom Edit
The Sony HDR-CX405 has a digital zoom of 350x, however the Canon Legria HF R706 is a 1,140x (digital) camcorder (790x bigger) and the Panasonic HC-V160 is a 2,500x (digital) camcorder (2,150x 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.

0.3" smaller display diagonal Edit
The Sony HDR-CX405 is a 2.7" screen size camcorder, and so does the Panasonic HC-V160. 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.

87% 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) and 1lx smaller than the Panasonic HC-V160 (3lx).
34g heavier Edit
The Sony HDR-CX405 has a weight of 215g, whereas the Canon Legria HF R706 is a 235g weight camcorder (20g heavier) and the Panasonic HC-V160 is a 181g weight camcorder (34g 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 £69
The Sony HDR-CX405 is £68.97 more expensive than the Panasonic HC-V160.
Older by over one year
The Sony HDR-CX405 is 13 months older than the Canon Legria HF R706. The Sony HDR-CX405 is the same age as the Panasonic HC-V160.

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Image Sensor

Total Megapixels
3.28MP
BEST
2.51MP 2.29MP
Optical Sensor Size
 1/4
BEST
 1/4
 1/4
Sensor Type
 CMOS
 CMOS
 CMOS
Effective Megapixels (image)
2.07MP 2.2MP 2.29MP
BEST
Effective Megapixels (movie)
2.07MP 2.2MP 2.29MP
BEST

Lens System

Optical Zoom
32x 38x
BEST
30x
Digital Zoom
1,140x 2,500x
BEST
350x
Image Stabilizer
 Image stabilizer
 Image stabilizer
 Image stabilizer
Image Stabilizer Type
 Optical
BEST
 Optical
 Optical
Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
1,853mm
BEST
1,646mm Unknown - Click to provide data
Minimum Aperture Number
1.8 1.8 1.8
Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
32.5mm 32.3mm
BEST
Unknown - Click to provide data
Maximum Aperture Number
4.5
BEST
4.2 Unknown - Click to provide data
Focal Length (35mm Film Equivalent)
32.5 - 1853 32.3 - 1646 26.8 - 804
Focal Length Range (f-F)
2.8 - 89.6 2.35 - 89.3 1.9 - 57

Storage

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

Focusing

Closest Focusing Distance
0.1m Unknown - Click to provide data Unknown - Click to provide data
Face Detection
 Face detection
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Face detection
Focus Adjustment
 Auto
 Manual
 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
 Beach
 Snow
 Children
 Fireworks
 Night
 Portrait
 Sports
 Sunset
 Spotlight
 Landscape
Light Exposure Modes
 Auto
 Auto
 Auto

White Balance

Indoor White Balance
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Indoor white balance
Unknown - Click to provide data
White Balance
 Auto
 Tungsten
 Daylight
 Cloudy
 Sunny
 Indoor
 Outdoor
 Auto
 Tungsten
 Daylight
 Cloudy
 Sunny
 Indoor
 Outdoor
 Auto
 Tungsten
 Daylight
 Cloudy
 Sunny
 Indoor
 Outdoor

Flash

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

Shutter

Camera Shutter Speed
1/2000 - 1/2 0.04 - 0.000125 1/25 - 1/10000
Camera Shutter Type
 Electronic
 Electronic
 Electronic

Display

Display Diagonal
3"
BEST
2.7" 2.7"
Built-In Display
 Built-in display
 Built-in display
 Built-in display
Touchscreen
 Touchscreen
Unknown - Click to provide data Unknown - Click to provide data
Display Resolution (numeric)
230,000 pixels 230,400 pixels
BEST
230,400 pixels
BEST
Display
 LCD
 LCD
 LCD
Vari-Angle LCD Display
 Vari-angle LCD display
Unknown - Click to provide data Unknown - Click to provide data

Camera

Camcorder Type
 handheld
 handheld
 handheld
3D
Unknown - Click to provide data
 3D
 3D
On Screen Display (OSD)
Unknown - Click to provide data
 On Screen Display (OSD)
Unknown - Click to provide data
Shooting Modes
 Auto
 Scene
 Movie
 Auto
 Scene
 Movie
 Auto
 Scene
 Movie
Image Processor
 DIGIC DV IV
BEST
 DIGIC DV IV
 DIGIC DV IV
Back Light Compensation
 Back light compensation
Unknown - Click to provide data Unknown - Click to provide data
Minimum Illumination
0.4lx
BEST
4lx 3lx
Self-Timer Delay
10 Unknown - Click to provide data 10
Image Quality Adjustment
 Brightness
 Brightness
 Brightness
Direct Printing
 Direct printing
Unknown - Click to provide data Unknown - Click to provide data

Design

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

Video

Full HD
Unknown - Click to provide data Unknown - Click to provide data
 Full HD
HD Type
 Full HD
 Full HD
 Full HD
Supported Video Modes
 1080p
 720p
 1080i
 1080p
 720p
 1080i
 1080p
 720p
 1080i
Video Formats Supported
 MP4
 AVCHD
 AVC
 MPEG
 MPEG4
 H.264
 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
 960 x 540
 640 x 360
 1920 x 1080
 1440 x 1080
 1280 x 720
 960 x 540
 640 x 360
 1920 x 1080
 1440 x 1080
 1280 x 720
 960 x 540
 640 x 360
Maximum Video Resolution
 1920 x 1080
 1920 x 1080
 1920 x 1080
Maximum Frame Rate
35fps Unknown - Click to provide data Unknown - Click to provide data

Still Image

Image Formats Supported
 JPG
 EXIF
 JPG
 EXIF
BEST
 JPG
 EXIF
BEST
Still Image Resolution(s)
 3968 x 2232
 1920 x 1080
 640 x 480
 3968 x 2232
 1920 x 1080
 640 x 480
BEST
 3968 x 2232
 1920 x 1080
 640 x 480
Maximum Image Resolution
 1920 x 1080
 3968 x 2232
 4032 x 2272
 1920 x 1080
 3968 x 2232
 4032 x 2272
 1920 x 1080
 3968 x 2232
 4032 x 2272
BEST

Audio

Audio Formats Supported
 PCM
 PCM
 PCM
BEST
Built-In Speaker(s)
 Built-in speaker(s)
 Built-in speaker(s)
 Built-in speaker(s)
Built-In Microphone
 Built-in microphone
 Built-in microphone
 Built-in microphone
Audio System
 Dolby Digital 2.0
BEST
 Dolby Digital 2.0
 Dolby Digital 2.0
BEST

Ports & Interfaces

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

Battery

Battery Life (max)
2.9h Unknown - Click to provide data Unknown - Click to provide data
Battery Type
BP-727 Unknown - Click to provide data NP-BX1
Battery Voltage
Unknown - Click to provide data 3.6V Unknown - Click to provide data
Battery Capacity
Unknown - Click to provide data 970mAh Unknown - Click to provide data
Battery Technology
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Number of Batteries Supported
1 Unknown - Click to provide data Unknown - Click to provide data
Charging Source
 AC
 USB
 AC
 USB
 AC
 USB

Weight & Dimensions

Weight
235g 181g
BEST
215g
Height
58mm 60mm 595mm
Depth
116mm 114mm 128mm
Width
53mm 53mm 54mm

Packaging Content

Batteries Included
 Batteries included
 Batteries included
Unknown - Click to provide data
Quick Start Guide
 Quick start guide
Unknown - Click to provide data Unknown - Click to provide data
Cables Included
 USB
 AV
 USB
 AV
BEST
 USB
 AV
AC Adapter Included
 AC adapter included
 AC adapter included
Unknown - Click to provide data
Warranty Card
 Warranty card
 Warranty card
Unknown - Click to provide data
Included Memory Card Size
8GB Unknown - Click to provide data Unknown - Click to provide data

Other Features

Night Mode
 Night mode
Unknown - Click to provide data Unknown - Click to provide data
USB Connectivity
 USB connectivity
Unknown - Click to provide data Unknown - Click to provide data
AV Output
 AV output
Unknown - Click to provide data Unknown - Click to provide data

Projector

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

Technical Details

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