Canon Legria HF R706 vs Panasonic HC-V160

Canon Legria HF R706
Panasonic HC-V160

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Reasons For

5 Reasons For
0.77MP bigger total megapixels Edit
The Canon Legria HF R706 is a 3.28MP sensor camcorder, whereas the Panasonic HC-V160 is only a 2.51MP sensor camcorder (0.77MP 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.

207mm longer maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) Edit
The Canon Legria HF R706 is a 1,853mm maximum focal length camcorder. That's 207mm longer than the Panasonic HC-V160 (1,646mm).
0.3 higher maximum aperture number Edit
Canon Legria HF R706 is 4.5 maximum aperture value, but the Panasonic HC-V160 is only a 4.2 maximum aperture value camcorder (0.3 lower).
0.3" larger display diagonal Edit
The Canon Legria HF R706 has a display diagonal of 3", however the Panasonic HC-V160 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.

Vastly smaller minimum illumination Edit
The Canon Legria HF R706 has a minimum illumination of 0.4lx, however the Panasonic HC-V160 is a 4lx minimum illumination camcorder (3.6lx bigger).
8 Reasons For
0.13MP higher effective megapixels (image) Edit
The Panasonic HC-V160 has an effective megapixels (image) of 2.2MP, whereas the Canon Legria HF R706 is only a 2.07MP camcorder (0.13MP lower).
Higher effective megapixels (movie) Edit
Panasonic HC-V160 is 2.2MP (movie mode). That's 0.13MP higher than the Canon Legria HF R706 (2.2MP).
6x bigger optical zoom Edit
The Panasonic HC-V160 is a 38x (optical) camcorder. That's 6x bigger than the Canon Legria HF R706 (38x). 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 bigger digital zoom Edit
The Panasonic HC-V160 has a digital zoom of 2,500x, however the Canon Legria HF R706 is only a 1,140x (digital) camcorder (1,360x 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
Panasonic HC-V160 is 32.3mm minimum focal length. That's 0.2mm shorter than the Canon Legria HF R706 (32.3mm).
Higher display resolution (numeric) Edit
The Panasonic HC-V160 has a display resolution (numeric) of 230,400 pixels. 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, whereas the Canon Legria HF R706 is a 235g weight camcorder (54g heavier). Read more

Weight of the camcorder including battery.

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

4 shops are selling it
A greater number of shops increases the price competition amongst retailers for the product and also increases the chances of this camcorder remaining in stock.

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 (2.2MP).
A bit lower effective megapixels (movie) Edit
The Canon Legria HF R706 is a 2.07MP (movie mode) camcorder, whereas the Panasonic HC-V160 is a 2.2MP (movie mode) camcorder (0.13MP higher).
19% smaller optical zoom Edit
The Canon Legria HF R706 has an optical zoom of 32x, however the Panasonic HC-V160 is a 38x (optical) camcorder (6x 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.

Smaller digital zoom Edit
Canon Legria HF R706 is only 1,140x (digital). That's 1,360x smaller than the Panasonic HC-V160 (2,500x). 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 is a 32.5mm minimum focal length camcorder, whereas the Panasonic HC-V160 is a 32.3mm minimum focal length camcorder (0.2mm shorter).
A little lower display resolution (numeric) Edit
Canon Legria HF R706 is only 230,000 pixels display resolution, but the Panasonic HC-V160 is a 230,400 pixels display resolution camcorder (400 pixels higher). Read more

Total number of pixels that display has.

23% heavier Edit
The Canon Legria HF R706 is a 235g weight camcorder. That's 54g heavier than the Panasonic HC-V160 (181g). Read more

Weight of the camcorder including battery.

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

Less retailers
Only 1 retailer sell the Canon Legria HF R706, whereas 5 sellers sell the Panasonic HC-V160. Read more
Smaller numbers of stores reduces the price competition amongst retailers for this camcorder and also reduces the chances of the product remaining in stock.
6 Reasons Against
Smaller total megapixels Edit
Panasonic HC-V160 is only 2.51MP sensor. That's 0.77MP smaller than the Canon Legria HF R706 (2.51MP). 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 maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) Edit
Panasonic HC-V160 is only 1,646mm maximum focal length, but the Canon Legria HF R706 is a 1,853mm maximum focal length camcorder (207mm longer).
8% lower maximum aperture number Edit
The Panasonic HC-V160 has a maximum aperture number of 4.2. That's 0.3 lower than the Canon Legria HF R706 (4.2).
0.3" smaller display diagonal Edit
The Panasonic HC-V160 is a 2.7" screen size camcorder. 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 (4lx).
Older by over one year
The Panasonic HC-V160 is 13 months older than the Canon Legria HF R706.

Date Released

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Image Sensor

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

Lens System

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

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
 SDXC
 SDHC
 SD
Camcorder Media Type
 Memory card
 Memory card

Focusing

Closest Focusing Distance
0.1m Unknown - Click to provide data
Face Detection
 Face detection
Unknown - Click to provide data
Focus Adjustment
 Auto
 Manual
 Auto
 Manual

Light Exposure

Scene Modes
 Beach
 Snow
 Children
 Fireworks
 Night
 Portrait
 Sports
 Sunset
 Spotlight
 Beach
 Snow
 Children
 Fireworks
 Night
 Portrait
 Sports
 Sunset
 Spotlight

White Balance

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

Shutter

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

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
Unknown - Click to provide data
 3D
On Screen Display (OSD)
Unknown - Click to provide data
 On Screen Display (OSD)
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
4lx
Self-Timer Delay
10 Unknown - Click to provide data
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 of Product
 White
 Black
 White
 Black

Video

HD Type
 Full HD
 Full HD
Supported Video Modes
 1080p
 720p
 1080p
 720p
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
 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
Maximum Frame Rate
35fps Unknown - Click to provide data

Still Image

Image Formats Supported
 JPG
 JPG
BEST
Still Image Resolution(s)
 3968 x 2232
 1920 x 1080
 3968 x 2232
 1920 x 1080
BEST
Maximum Image Resolution
 1920 x 1080
 3968 x 2232
 1920 x 1080
 3968 x 2232
BEST

Audio

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
BEST
 Dolby Digital 2.0

Ports & Interfaces

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

Battery

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

Weight & Dimensions

Weight
235g 181g
BEST
Height
58mm 60mm
Depth
116mm 114mm
Width
53mm 53mm

Packaging Content

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

Technical Details

Self-Timer
 Self-timer
Unknown - Click to provide data
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