Canon XF205 vs Canon XF305

Canon XF205
Canon XF305

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Reasons For

6 Reasons For
Bigger total megapixels Edit
Canon XF205 is 3.09MP sensor, but the Canon XF305 is only a 2.37MP sensor camcorder (0.72MP 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 higher effective megapixels (movie) Edit
Canon XF205 is 2.91MP (movie mode), but the Canon XF305 is only a 2.07MP (movie mode) camcorder (0.84MP lower).
2x bigger optical zoom Edit
The Canon XF205 is a 20x (optical) camcorder, whereas the Canon XF305 is only an 18x (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.

Bigger digital zoom Edit
The Canon XF205 has a digital zoom of 6x. That's 4.5x bigger than the Canon XF305 (1.5x). 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.

72% lighter Edit
The Canon XF205 is a 1.6kg weight camcorder. That's 1.1kg lighter than the Canon XF305 (2.7kg). Read more

Weight of the camcorder including battery.

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

£100 cheaper
The Canon XF205 is £100 cheaper than the Canon XF305.
3 Reasons For
Larger display diagonal Edit
Canon XF305 is 4" screen size, but the Canon XF205 is only a 3.5" 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.

Larger viewfinder screen size Edit
The Canon XF305 is a 0.52" viewfinder screen size camcorder. That's 0.07" larger than the Canon XF205 (0.52").
Higher viewfinder Edit
Canon XF305 is 1,550,000 pixels viewfinder resolution. That's 320,000 pixels higher than the Canon XF205 (1,550,000 pixels).

Reasons Against

3 Reasons Against
0.5" smaller display diagonal Edit
The Canon XF205 is a 3.5" screen size camcorder, whereas the Canon XF305 is a 4" 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.

0.07" smaller viewfinder screen size Edit
The Canon XF205 is a 0.45" viewfinder screen size camcorder. That's 0.07" smaller than the Canon XF305 (0.52").
27% lower viewfinder Edit
The Canon XF205 is a 1,230,000 pixels viewfinder resolution camcorder. That's 320,000 pixels lower than the Canon XF305 (1,550,000 pixels).
7 Reasons Against
A lot smaller total megapixels Edit
The Canon XF305 has a total megapixels of 2.37MP, however the Canon XF205 is a 3.09MP sensor camcorder (0.72MP 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.

A lot lower effective megapixels (movie) Edit
The Canon XF305 has an effective megapixels (movie) of 2.07MP, however the Canon XF205 is a 2.91MP (movie mode) camcorder (0.84MP higher).
Smaller optical zoom Edit
Canon XF305 is only 18x (optical), but the Canon XF205 is a 20x (optical) camcorder (2x 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
The Canon XF305 is a 1.5x (digital) camcorder. That's 4.5x smaller than the Canon XF205 (1.5x). 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.

42% heavier Edit
The Canon XF305 is a 2.7kg weight camcorder. That's 1.1kg heavier than the Canon XF205 (2.7kg). Read more

Weight of the camcorder including battery.

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

£100 more expensive
The Canon XF305 is more expensive than the Canon XF205 by £100.
Over three years older
The Canon XF305 is older than the Canon XF205 by four years.

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Image Sensor

Total Megapixels
3.09MP
BEST
2.37MP
Optical Sensor Size
 1/2
BEST
 1/2
Sensor Type
 CMOS
 CMOS
Effective Megapixels (movie)
2.91MP
BEST
2.07MP

Lens System

Optical Zoom
20x
BEST
18x
Digital Zoom
6x
BEST
1.5x
Image Stabilizer
 Image stabilizer
 Image stabilizer
Minimum Aperture Number
1.8 Unknown - Click to provide data
Maximum Aperture Number
16 Unknown - Click to provide data
Filter Size
58mm 82mm
Focal Length (35mm Film Equivalent)
28.8 - 576 29.3 - 527.4
Focal Length Range (f-F)
3.67 - 73.4 4.1 - 73.8

Storage

Maximum Memory Card Size
128GB 128GB
Memory Slots
Unknown - Click to provide data 2
Compatible Memory Cards
 SDXC
 SDHC
 SD
 CF+
BEST
 SDXC
 SDHC
 SD
 CF+
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
Normal Focusing Range
Unknown - Click to provide data 0.02 - 1
Focus Adjustment
 Auto
 Manual
 Auto
 Manual

Light Exposure

Light Metering
 Centre-weighted
BEST
 Centre-weighted

White Balance

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

Shutter

Camera Shutter Speed
1/18 - 1/2000 1/2000

Display

Display Diagonal
3.5" 4"
BEST
Built-In Display
 Built-in display
 Built-in display
Display Resolution (numeric)
1,230,000 pixels Unknown - Click to provide data
Display
 OLED
BEST
 OLED

Viewfinder

Viewfinder Screen Size
0.45" 0.52"
BEST
Viewfinder
1,230,000 pixels 1,550,000 pixels
BEST
Viewfinder Type
 Electronic
 Electronic

Camera

Camcorder Type
 Shouldercam
 handheld
 Shouldercam
 handheld
BEST
3D
Unknown - Click to provide data
 3D
Image Processor
 DIGIC DV IV
BEST
 DIGIC DV IV
Minimum Illumination
Unknown - Click to provide data 4.5lx

Design

Colour of Product
 Black
 Black

Video

Full HD
 Full HD
Unknown - Click to provide data
HD Type
 Full HD
 Full HD
Video Capturing Speed
50fps Unknown - Click to provide data
Video Formats Supported
 MPEG
 MPEG2
 MPEG
 MPEG2
Video Resolutions
 1920 x 1080
 1440 x 1080
 1280 x 720
 640 x 480
 1920 x 1080
 1440 x 1080
 1280 x 720
 640 x 480
Maximum Video Resolution
 1920 x 1080
 1920 x 1080
Maximum Frame Rate
50fps 50fps
Analog Signal Format System
 NTSC
 NTSC
BEST

Still Image

Maximum Image Resolution
 1920 x 1080
BEST
 1920 x 1080

Audio

Built-In Microphone
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Built-in microphone
Audio System
 Stereo
 Stereo

Ports & Interfaces

HDMI
 HDMI
 HDMI
DC-In Jack
 DC-in jack
 DC-in jack
USB 2.0 Ports Quantity
Unknown - Click to provide data 1
Headphone Outputs
 Headphone outputs
 Headphone outputs
Component Video (YPbPr/YCbCr) Out
Unknown - Click to provide data 1
S-Video Out
Unknown - Click to provide data
 S-Video out
Mini HDMI Ports Quantity
1 Unknown - Click to provide data
XLR in
 XLR in
 XLR in
USB Connector Type
 USB B
 Mini-USB
 Mini-USB B
 USB B
 Mini-USB
 Mini-USB B
Mini-USB 2.0 Ports Quantity
1 Unknown - Click to provide data
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) Ports
 Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports
Unknown - Click to provide data

Networking

Wi-Fi
 Wi-Fi
Unknown - Click to provide data

Battery

Battery Type
Unknown - Click to provide data BP-955
Battery Voltage
Unknown - Click to provide data 7.4V

Operational Conditions

Operating Temperature (T-T)
-5 - 45 0 - 40

Weight & Dimensions

Weight
1.6kg
BEST
2.7kg
Height
201mm 236mm
Depth
353mm 382mm
Width
160mm 153mm

Packaging Content

Batteries Included
 Batteries included
 Batteries included
Quick Start Guide
 Quick start guide
Unknown - Click to provide data
Cables Included
 DC
 Component
 DC
 Component
AC Adapter Included
 AC adapter included
 AC adapter included
Warranty Card
 Warranty card
Unknown - Click to provide data
Lens Hood
 Lens hood
 Lens hood

Other Features

Auto Focus
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Auto focus
Resolution
Unknown - Click to provide data 2044 x 1160
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