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Canon XF205 vs Sony PXW-X160

Canon XF205 vs Sony PXW-X160

Canon XF205
Sony PXW-X160

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Reasons For

5 Reasons For
32% higher maximum aperture number Edit
The Canon XF205 has a maximum aperture number of 16. That's 5 higher than the Sony PXW-X160 (11).
Wi-Fi Edit
The Canon XF205 features wi-Fi, whereas the Sony PXW-X160 does not feature wi-Fi.
Significantly lighter Edit
The Canon XF205 has a weight of 1.6kg, whereas the Sony PXW-X160 is a 2.7kg weight camcorder (1.1kg 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 £1,846
The Canon XF205 is £1,845.99 cheaper than the Sony PXW-X160.
5 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.
5 Reasons For
Bigger total megapixels Edit
Sony PXW-X160 is 50MP sensor. That's 46.91MP bigger than the Canon XF205 (50MP). 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.

5x bigger optical zoom Edit
The Sony PXW-X160 is a 25x (optical) camcorder. That's 5x bigger than the Canon XF205 (25x). 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.

13% lower minimum aperture number Edit
The Sony PXW-X160 has a minimum aperture number of 1.6. That's 0.2 lower than the Canon XF205 (1.6).
0.05" larger viewfinder screen size Edit
The Sony PXW-X160 has a viewfinder screen size of 0.5", whereas the Canon XF205 is only a 0.45" viewfinder screen size camcorder (0.05" smaller).
A lot higher viewfinder Edit
The Sony PXW-X160 is a 2,360,000 pixels viewfinder resolution camcorder, whereas the Canon XF205 is only a 1,230,000 pixels viewfinder resolution camcorder (1,130,000 pixels lower).

Reasons Against

5 Reasons Against
16x smaller total megapixels Edit
Canon XF205 is only 3.09MP sensor. That's 46.91MP smaller than the Sony PXW-X160 (50MP). 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.

5x smaller optical zoom Edit
The Canon XF205 is a 20x (optical) camcorder. That's 5x smaller than the Sony PXW-X160 (25x). 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.

12% higher minimum aperture number Edit
The Canon XF205 has a minimum aperture number of 1.8. That's 0.2 higher than the Sony PXW-X160 (1.6).
0.05" smaller viewfinder screen size Edit
The Canon XF205 has a viewfinder screen size of 0.45", whereas the Sony PXW-X160 is a 0.5" viewfinder screen size camcorder (0.05" larger).
Significantly lower viewfinder Edit
The Canon XF205 is a 1,230,000 pixels viewfinder resolution camcorder, whereas the Sony PXW-X160 is a 2,360,000 pixels viewfinder resolution camcorder (1,130,000 pixels higher).
6 Reasons Against
46% lower maximum aperture number Edit
The Sony PXW-X160 has a maximum aperture number of 11. That's 5 lower than the Canon XF205 (11).
Does not feature wi-Fi Edit
The Sony PXW-X160 does not feature wi-Fi, however the Canon XF205 does.
A lot heavier Edit
The Sony PXW-X160 has a weight of 2.7kg, whereas the Canon XF205 is a 1.6kg weight camcorder (1.1kg 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 £1,846
The Sony PXW-X160 is £1,845.99 more expensive than the Canon XF205.
Fewer sellers
The Sony PXW-X160 is only stocked by 2 shops, but the Canon XF205 is stocked by 7 stores. Read more
The fewer the number of shops that stock the product, the lower the competition amongst shops to keep prices low.
Older by over one year
The Sony PXW-X160 is 18 months older than the Canon XF205.

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Image Sensor

Total Megapixels
3.09MP 50MP
BEST
Optical Sensor Size
 1/2
BEST
 1/2
Sensor Type
 CMOS
 CMOS
Effective Megapixels (movie)
2.91MP Unknown - Click to provide data

Lens System

Optical Zoom
20x 25x
BEST
Digital Zoom
6x Unknown - Click to provide data
Image Stabilizer
 Image stabilizer
 Image stabilizer
Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
Unknown - Click to provide data 650mm
Minimum Aperture Number
1.8 1.6
BEST
Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
Unknown - Click to provide data 26mm
Maximum Aperture Number
16
BEST
11
Filter Size
58mm 82mm
Focal Length (35mm Film Equivalent)
28.8 - 576 Unknown - Click to provide data
Focal Length Range (f-F)
3.67 - 73.4 3.7 - 92.5

Storage

Maximum Memory Card Size
128GB Unknown - Click to provide data
Compatible Memory Cards
 SDXC
 SDHC
 SD
BEST
 SDXC
 SDHC
 SD
Camcorder Media Type
 Memory card
 Memory card
ExpressCard Slot
Unknown - Click to provide data
 ExpressCard slot

Focusing

Closest Focusing Distance
0.01m Unknown - Click to provide data
Face Detection
 Face detection
Unknown - Click to provide data
Focus Adjustment
 Auto
 Manual
 Auto
 Manual

Light Exposure

Light Metering
 Centre-weighted
BEST
 Centre-weighted

Shutter

Camera Shutter Speed
1/18 - 1/2000 1/32 - 1/2000

Display

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

Viewfinder

Viewfinder Screen Size
0.45" 0.5"
BEST
Viewfinder
1,230,000 pixels 2,360,000 pixels
BEST
Viewfinder Type
 Electronic
 Electronic

Camera

Camcorder Type
 Shouldercam
 Shoulder camcorder
 Shouldercam
 Shoulder camcorder
Remotely Operated
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Remotely operated

Design

Colour
 Black
 Black

Video

Full HD
 Full HD
 Full HD
HD Type
 Full HD
 Full HD
Video Formats Supported
 MPEG
 MPEG2
 AVCHD
 DV
 AVC
 MPEG
 MPEG2
 AVCHD
 DV
 AVC
Video Resolutions
 1920 x 1080
 1440 x 1080
 1280 x 720
 640 x 480
 720 x 576
 1920 x 1080
 1440 x 1080
 1280 x 720
 640 x 480
 720 x 576
Maximum Video Resolution
 1920 x 1080
 1920 x 1080
HD-Ready
Unknown - Click to provide data
 HD-Ready
Maximum Frame Rate
50fps Unknown - Click to provide data

Still Image

Maximum Image Resolution
 1920 x 1080
 1920 x 1080

Audio

Audio Formats Supported
 LPCM
 PCM
 LPCM
 PCM
BEST
Built-In Microphone
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Built-in microphone

Ports & Interfaces

HDMI
 HDMI
 HDMI
DC-In Jack
 DC-in jack
 DC-in jack
Headphone Outputs
 Headphone outputs
 Headphone outputs
Mini HDMI Port
1 Unknown - Click to provide data
XLR in
 XLR in
 XLR in
Mini USB Port
1 1
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) Ports
 Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports
Unknown - Click to provide data

Networking

Wi-Fi
 Wi-Fi
BEST
 Wi-Fi
Near Field Communication (NFC)
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Near Field Communication (NFC)

Battery

Battery Type
Unknown - Click to provide data BP-U30
Battery Technology
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
BEST
Battery Capacity (Watt Hours)
Unknown - Click to provide data 28Wh
Battery Recharge Time
Unknown - Click to provide data 2.23h
Battery Supported
Unknown - Click to provide data 1

Operational Conditions

Operating Temperature (T-T)
-5 - 45 0 - 40
Storage Temperature (T-T)
Unknown - Click to provide data -20 - 60

Weight & Dimensions

Weight
1.6kg
BEST
2.7kg
Height
201mm 201.5mm
Depth
353mm 412mm
Width
160mm 191.5mm

Packaging Content

Batteries Included
 Batteries included
 Batteries included
Quick Start Guide
 Quick start guide
 Quick start guide
Cables Included
 DC
 USB
 AC
 DC
 USB
 AC
AC Adapter Included
 AC adapter included
 AC adapter included
Handheld Remote Control
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Handheld remote control
Warranty Card
 Warranty card
 Warranty card
Lens Hood
 Lens hood
 Lens hood
Shoulder Strap
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Shoulder strap
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