Canon Legria HF G40 vs Canon XA30
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Canon Legria HF G40vsCanon XA30

Canon Legria HF G40

78

Overall Score

78

Overall Score

Canon Legria HF G40

£819.00
£280.00
Our Verdict:
A best selling and critically acclaimed 20x optical zoom 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution camcorder, with great features but representing only moderate value for money
86
Reviews
2 Reviews
61
Value for Money
Good
86
Features
Fully-Featured
80
Age
2 Years Old
78
Overall Score
Very Good
20x 1920 X 1080 (Full HD) Pixels 3.09MP 1" Jan 2016
Optical Zoom Max Video Resolution Total Megapixels Optical Sensor Size Release Date
Optical Zoom 20x
Max Video Resolution 1920 X 1080 (Full HD) Pixels
Total Megapixels 3.09MP
Optical Sensor Size 1"
Release Date Jan 2016
Canon XA30

72

Overall Score

72

Overall Score

Canon XA30

£1,348.20
£150.80
Our Verdict:
A fully featured but slightly out of date 20x optical zoom 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution video camera, representing only average value for money
52
Value for Money
Average
84
Features
Fully-Featured
79
Age
2 Years Old
72
Overall Score
Very Good
20x 1920 X 1080 (Full HD) Pixels 3.09MP 1" Nov 2015
Optical Zoom Max Video Resolution Total Megapixels Optical Sensor Size Release Date
Optical Zoom 20x
Max Video Resolution 1920 X 1080 (Full HD) Pixels
Total Megapixels 3.09MP
Optical Sensor Size 1"
Release Date Nov 2015
Canon Legria HF G40

78

Overall Score

78

Overall Score

Canon Legria HF G40

£819.00
£280.00
Our Verdict:
A best selling and critically acclaimed 20x optical zoom 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution camcorder, with great features but representing only moderate value for money
86
Reviews
2 Reviews
61
Value for Money
Good
86
Features
Fully-Featured
80
Age
2 Years Old
78
Overall Score
Very Good
20x 1920 X 1080 (Full HD) Pixels 3.09MP 1" Jan 2016
Optical Zoom Max Video Resolution Total Megapixels Optical Sensor Size Release Date
Optical Zoom 20x
Max Video Resolution 1920 X 1080 (Full HD) Pixels
Total Megapixels 3.09MP
Optical Sensor Size 1"
Release Date Jan 2016
Canon XA30

72

Overall Score

72

Overall Score

Canon XA30

£1,348.20
£150.80
Our Verdict:
A fully featured but slightly out of date 20x optical zoom 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution video camera, representing only average value for money
52
Value for Money
Average
84
Features
Fully-Featured
79
Age
2 Years Old
72
Overall Score
Very Good
20x 1920 X 1080 (Full HD) Pixels 3.09MP 1" Nov 2015
Optical Zoom Max Video Resolution Total Megapixels Optical Sensor Size Release Date
Optical Zoom 20x
Max Video Resolution 1920 X 1080 (Full HD) Pixels
Total Megapixels 3.09MP
Optical Sensor Size 1"
Release Date Nov 2015

Top Prices

Canon Legria HF G40 Canon XA30
Amazon UK
Canon LEGRIA HF G40 High-Definition Camcorder (20x Optical Zoom, 400x Digital Zoom, 3.5 inch OLED Touchscreen) - Black
£819.00
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Currys
CANON LEGRIA HF G40 High Performance Full HD Camcorder - Black (Brand new, unopened) - on
£819.00
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Canon LEGRIA HF G40 (3.09MP) HD Camcorder 20x Optical 400x Digital Zoom 3.5 inch (Brand new, unopened) - on
£924.15
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Canon LEGRIA HF G40 Handheld Camcorder-Zoom-HD - CMOS, 25.4 / 2.84 Mm (1 / 2.84" (Brand new, unopened) - on
£955.79
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£994.80
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£1,050.00
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£1,348.20
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Reasons For

Canon Legria HF G40 Canon XA30
3 Reasons For
PictBridge
The Canon Legria HF G40 supports PictBridge, but the Canon XA30 does not.

This denotes whether the camcorder supports Pictbridge, which allows the device to connect directly to compatible printer to print off photos, without having to connect through a computer first.

Pictbridge makes it far easier to print off the photos you've taken on your camcorder, since you don't need to worry about downloading them first.

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£529 Cheaper
The Canon Legria HF G40 is £529.20 cheaper than the Canon XA30.
More Shops Are Selling it
A greater number of stores increases the price competition amongst retailers for this camcorder and also increases the chances of the product remaining in stock.
6 Reasons For
Hugely Higher Maximum Aperture Number
Canon XA30 is 8 maximum aperture value, but the Canon Legria HF G40 is only a 2.8 maximum aperture value camcorder (5.2 lower).

In photography, the aperture number refers to the size of the hole in the front of the lens, through which light is let through. The larger the aperture, the more light can pass through into the camcorder's sensor. Photographers can modify this aperture to control the 'depth of field' for their shot - this is how much of the shot is held in focus, and how much is blurred. Aperture numbers are measured in f/stops: rather confusingly a larger aperture number translates to a smaller hole, therefore a smaller amount of light will be let through.

A larger aperture number means that the camcorder's lens will be able to close to a very small hole, letting in very little light. This can be used for very tight depths of field shots, allowing on a single part of the photo to be in full focus, leading to some very nice artistic shots.

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42% Faster Maximum Frame Rate
The Canon XA30 is a 60fps camcorder. That's 25fps faster than the Canon Legria HF G40 (35fps).

This denotes how many frames per second (fps) are captured and displayed when recording video.

A higher fps means that the camcorder is recording far more frames for every second of footage, leading to a far smoother and more fluid video - the action will be less jerky and look of a higher quality.

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29% Higher Effective Megapixels (image)
The Canon XA30 is a 2.91MP camcorder. That's 0.84MP higher than the Canon Legria HF G40 (2.07MP).

The resolution of the images a camcorder produces is measured in megapixels (MP). One megapixel is equal to 1 million pixels and is a result of the pixel width multiplied by the pixel height of the image. While a higher image resolution generally results in sharper images, only a relatively low megapixel count is required when printing the image at a small size or to display it on a computer screen.

A sensor with more megapixels will be able to capture more detailed photos and the image will appear sharper. Images with more megapixels can also be printed at a larger size.

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9x Smaller Closest Focusing Distance
The Canon XA30 is a 0.01m closest focusing distance camcorder. That's 0.09m smaller than the Canon Legria HF G40 (0.1m).

This indicates the closest distance that the camcorder can be from the subject to achieve a perfect focus. Any closer than this and the subject will be blurry.

A smaller focusing distance means that you can get closer to subjects while filming and still keep in full focus.

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23% Larger Display Diagonal
The Canon XA30 has a display diagonal of 3.5", however the Canon Legria HF G40 is only a 2.7" screen size camcorder (0.8" smaller).

Display diagonal of the camcorder's build in display.

A larger display diagonal makes it easier to record and review video and images.

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18% Lighter
The Canon XA30 is a 765g camcorder. That's 135g lighter than the Canon Legria HF G40 (900g).

This denotes the weight of the camcorder, including battery.

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

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Reasons Against

Reviews & Awards

Average Expert Rating

Canon Legria HF G40 Canon XA30
Best
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1 review
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Average User Rating

Canon Legria HF G40 Canon XA30
Best
5 stars
1 review
4 stars
0 reviews
3 stars
0 reviews
2 stars
0 reviews
1 star
0 reviews
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Date Released

Canon Legria HF G40 Canon XA30
25 months old Best 27 months old

Key Features

Display Diagonal

Display diagonal of the camcorder's build in display.

A larger display diagonal makes it easier to record and review video and images.

Weight

This denotes the weight of the camcorder, including battery.

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

Specification

 
 
 
Lens System Canon Legria HF G40 Canon XA30
Optical Zoom 20x 20x
Digital Zoom 400x 400x
Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv) 576mm 576mm
Minimum Aperture Number 1.8 1.8
Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv) 26.8mm 26.8mm
Maximum Aperture Number 2.8 8
BEST
Image Stabilizer Type
Optical
 Optical
Optical
 Optical
Filter Size 58mm 58mm
Focal Length (35mm Film Equivalent) Unknown - Click to provide data
Focal Length Range (f-F)
 
 
 
Video Canon Legria HF G40 Canon XA30
Max Video Resolution
1920 x 1080 (Full HD)
 1920 x 1080 (Full HD)
1920 x 1080 (Full HD)
 1920 x 1080 (Full HD)
Maximum Frame Rate 35fps 60fps
BEST
HD Type
Full HD HD
HD
 Full HD
 HD
 HD
Full HD HD
HD
 Full HD
 HD
 HD
Bitrate At Maximum Video Resolution Unknown - Click to provide data 35 Mbit/s
Supported Video Modes
1080p 720p
 1080p
 720p
1080p 720p
 1080p
 720p
Video Resolutions
1920 x 1080 (Full HD) 1920 x 1080
1440 x 1080 1280 x 720
640 x 360
 1920 x 1080 (Full HD)
 1920 x 1080
 1440 x 1080
 1280 x 720
 640 x 360
1920 x 1080 (Full HD) 1920 x 1080
1440 x 1080 1280 x 720
640 x 360
 1920 x 1080 (Full HD)
 1920 x 1080
 1440 x 1080
 1280 x 720
 640 x 360
 
 
 
Image Sensor Canon Legria HF G40 Canon XA30
Total Megapixels 3.09MP 3.09MP
Optical Sensor Size 1" 1"
Sensor Type
CMOS
 CMOS
CMOS
 CMOS
Effective Megapixels (image) 2.07MP 2.91MP
BEST
Effective Megapixels (movie) 2.91MP Unknown - Click to provide data
 
 
 
Storage Canon Legria HF G40 Canon XA30
Memory Slots Unknown - Click to provide data 2
Compatible Memory Cards
SDXC SDHC
SD/SDHC SD/SDHC/SDXC
 SDXC
 SDHC
 SD/SDHC
 SD/SDHC/SDXC
SDXC SDHC
SD/SDHC SD/SDHC/SDXC
 SDXC
 SDHC
 SD/SDHC
 SD/SDHC/SDXC
Camcorder Media Type
Memory card
 Memory card
Memory card
 Memory card
 
 
 
Focusing Canon Legria HF G40 Canon XA30
Closest Focusing Distance 0.1m 0.01m
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Focus Adjustment
Auto Manual
 Auto
 Manual
Auto Manual
 Auto
 Manual
 
 
 
Light Exposure Canon Legria HF G40 Canon XA30
Light Exposure Modes
Manual Auto
 Manual
 Auto
Manual Auto
 Manual
 Auto
 
 
 
White Balance Canon Legria HF G40 Canon XA30
White Balance
Fluorescent H Auto
Manual Tungsten
Fluorescent Daylight
Shade Cloudy
Custom modes Halogen
Custom
 Fluorescent H
 Auto
 Manual
 Tungsten
 Fluorescent
 Daylight
 Shade
 Cloudy
 Custom modes
 Halogen
 Custom
Fluorescent H Auto
Manual Tungsten
Fluorescent Daylight
Shade Cloudy
Custom modes Halogen
Custom
 Fluorescent H
 Auto
 Manual
 Tungsten
 Fluorescent
 Daylight
 Shade
 Cloudy
 Custom modes
 Halogen
 Custom
 
 
 
Shutter Canon Legria HF G40 Canon XA30
Camera Shutter Speed
 
 
 
Display Canon Legria HF G40 Canon XA30
Display Diagonal 2.7" 3.5"
BEST
Display Resolution (numeric) Unknown - Click to provide data 1,230,000 Pixels
Display
OLED
 OLED
OLED
 OLED
 
 
 
Viewfinder Canon Legria HF G40 Canon XA30
Viewfinder Screen Size 0.24" 0.24"
Viewfinder Unknown - Click to provide data 156,000 Pixels
Viewfinder Type
Electronic
 Electronic
Electronic
 Electronic
 
 
 
Camera Canon Legria HF G40 Canon XA30
Minimum Illumination 0.1lx 0.1lx
 
 
 
Audio Canon Legria HF G40 Canon XA30
Audio System
Dolby Digital 2.0/5.1
 Dolby Digital 2.0/5.1
Dolby Digital 2.0/5.1
 Dolby Digital 2.0/5.1
 
 
 
Ports & Interfaces Canon Legria HF G40 Canon XA30
USB 2.0 Port 1 Unknown - Click to provide data
Mini HDMI Port 1 1
Mini USB Port 1 1
 
 
 
Battery Canon Legria HF G40 Canon XA30
Maximum Battery Life 4.35h Unknown - Click to provide data
Battery Type Unknown - Click to provide data
Battery Voltage Unknown - Click to provide data 7.4V
Battery Technology
Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Supported 1 Unknown - Click to provide data
 
 
 
Operational Conditions Canon Legria HF G40 Canon XA30
Operating Temperature (T-T) Unknown - Click to provide data
Operating Relative Humidity (H-H) Unknown - Click to provide data
 
 
 
Weight & Dimensions Canon Legria HF G40 Canon XA30
Weight 900g 765g
BEST
Height 84mm 84mm
Depth 231mm 182mm
Width 115mm 109mm
 
 
 
Packaging Content Canon Legria HF G40 Canon XA30
Cables Included
USB HDMI
 USB
 HDMI
USB HDMI
 USB
 HDMI
 
 
 
Technical Details Canon Legria HF G40 Canon XA30
Number of Diaphragm Blades Unknown - Click to provide data 8
Power Supply Type Unknown - Click to provide data

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