Canon Legria HF R706 vs Panasonic HC-V160EC
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Canon Legria HF R706vsPanasonic HC-V160EC

Canon Legria HF R706

77

Overall Score

77

Overall Score
Our Verdict:
A top-quality and positively reviewed 32x optical zoom 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution video camera
86
Reviews
5 Reviews
92
Features
Fully-Featured
83
Age
1 Year Old
77
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Very Good
32x 1920 X 1080 (Full HD) Pixels 3.28MP 1" May 2016
Optical Zoom Max Video Resolution Total Megapixels Optical Sensor Size Release Date
Optical Zoom 32x
Max Video Resolution 1920 X 1080 (Full HD) Pixels
Total Megapixels 3.28MP
Optical Sensor Size 1"
Release Date May 2016
Panasonic HC-V160EC

76

Overall Score

76

Overall Score
Our Verdict:
A fully featured but 3 year old 38x optical zoom 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution video camera
84
Features
Fully-Featured
74
Age
3 Years Old
76
Overall Score
Very Good
38x 1920 X 1080 (Full HD) Pixels 2.51MP 1" Feb 2015
Optical Zoom Max Video Resolution Total Megapixels Optical Sensor Size Release Date
Optical Zoom 38x
Max Video Resolution 1920 X 1080 (Full HD) Pixels
Total Megapixels 2.51MP
Optical Sensor Size 1"
Release Date Feb 2015
Canon Legria HF R706

77

Overall Score

77

Overall Score
Our Verdict:
A top-quality and positively reviewed 32x optical zoom 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution video camera
86
Reviews
5 Reviews
92
Features
Fully-Featured
83
Age
1 Year Old
77
Overall Score
Very Good
32x 1920 X 1080 (Full HD) Pixels 3.28MP 1" May 2016
Optical Zoom Max Video Resolution Total Megapixels Optical Sensor Size Release Date
Optical Zoom 32x
Max Video Resolution 1920 X 1080 (Full HD) Pixels
Total Megapixels 3.28MP
Optical Sensor Size 1"
Release Date May 2016
Panasonic HC-V160EC

76

Overall Score

76

Overall Score
Our Verdict:
A fully featured but 3 year old 38x optical zoom 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution video camera
84
Features
Fully-Featured
74
Age
3 Years Old
76
Overall Score
Very Good
38x 1920 X 1080 (Full HD) Pixels 2.51MP 1" Feb 2015
Optical Zoom Max Video Resolution Total Megapixels Optical Sensor Size Release Date
Optical Zoom 38x
Max Video Resolution 1920 X 1080 (Full HD) Pixels
Total Megapixels 2.51MP
Optical Sensor Size 1"
Release Date Feb 2015

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Reasons For

Canon Legria HF R706 Panasonic HC-V160EC
8 Reasons For
Bigger Digital Zoom
Canon Legria HF R706 is 1,140x (digital). That's 1,040x bigger than the Panasonic HC-V160EC (100x).

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.

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207mm Longer Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
The Canon Legria HF R706 is a 1,853mm maximum focal length camcorder. That's 207mm longer than the Panasonic HC-V160EC (1,646mm).

'Focal length' is described as the distance between the lens and the image sensor - this distance is what determined how 'zoomed in' a shot is when compared to the original view from your eye. Therefore greater focal lengths mean that the camcorder has the ability to zoom in closer to a subject.

A longer maximum focal length means that the camcorder is capable of zooming in a much greater distance, allowing you to clearly photograph subjects further away.

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0.3 Higher Maximum Aperture Number
Canon Legria HF R706 is 4.5 maximum aperture value, but the Panasonic HC-V160EC is only a 4.2 maximum aperture value camcorder (0.3 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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0.77MP Bigger Total Megapixels
The Canon Legria HF R706 has a total megapixels of 3.28MP, whereas the Panasonic HC-V160EC is only a 2.51MP camcorder (0.77MP smaller).

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.

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0.3" Larger Display Diagonal
The Canon Legria HF R706 has a display diagonal of 3", however the Panasonic HC-V160EC is only a 2.7" screen size camcorder (0.3" 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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HDMI
The Canon Legria HF R706 supports HDMI, however the Panasonic HC-V160EC does not.

This denotes whether the camcorder has an HDMI connection, allowing it to connect directly to TVs and monitors.

An HDMI connection allows you to display the videos you take in high definition on your TV or computer monitor, making it easy to stage screenings for family and friends!

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PictBridge
The Canon Legria HF R706 supports PictBridge, whereas the Panasonic HC-V160EC 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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Better Brand
Canon camcorders have an average rating of 84%, whereas Panasonic has an average rating of 73.2%.
5 Reasons For
6x Bigger Optical Zoom
The Panasonic HC-V160EC is a 38x optical zoom camcorder. That's 6x bigger than the Canon Legria HF R706 (32x).

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.

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1% Shorter Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
Panasonic HC-V160EC is 32.3mm minimum focal length. That's 0.2mm shorter than the Canon Legria HF R706 (32.5mm).

'Focal length' is described as the distance between the lens and the image sensor - this distance is what determined how 'zoomed in' a shot is when compared to the original view from your eye. Therefore smaller focal lengths mean that the camcorder has the ability to zoom out further to take in more of the scene at once.

A smaller minimum focal length means that the camcorder can take in more of the scene at once, allowing for wide landscape shots.

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0.13MP Higher Effective Megapixels (image)
The Panasonic HC-V160EC has an effective megapixels (image) of 2.2MP, whereas the Canon Legria HF R706 is only a 2.07MP camcorder (0.13MP lower).

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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Higher Effective Megapixels (movie)
Panasonic HC-V160EC is 2.2MP (movie mode). That's 0.13MP higher than the Canon Legria HF R706 (2.07MP).

The resolution of the videos 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.

A sensor with more megapixels will be able to capture more detailed frames and the videos will appear sharper.

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A Lot Lighter
The Panasonic HC-V160EC has a weight of 181g, whereas the Canon Legria HF R706 is a 235g camcorder (54g heavier).

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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Date Released

Canon Legria HF R706 Panasonic HC-V160EC
21 months old Best 36 months old

Key Features

Optical Zoom

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.

Digital Zoom

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.

Total Megapixels

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.

Optical Sensor Size

Optical sensor size is one of the most important factors affecting the image quality produced by a camcorder. The sensor is what processes the light from the lens and transfers it into a digital image.

A larger optical sensor produces better quality results, because more light can be brought into the lens at once, This leads to larger, more highly-detailed videos and photos.

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.

HDMI

This denotes whether the camcorder has an HDMI connection, allowing it to connect directly to TVs and monitors.

An HDMI connection allows you to display the videos you take in high definition on your TV or computer monitor, making it easy to stage screenings for family and friends!

Canon Legria HF R706 Panasonic HC-V160EC
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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 R706 Panasonic HC-V160EC
Optical Zoom 32x 38x
BEST
Digital Zoom 1,140x 100x
BEST
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
Image Stabilizer Type
Optical
 Optical
Optical
 Optical
Focal Length (35mm Film Equivalent)
Focal Length Range (f-F)
 
 
 
Video Canon Legria HF R706 Panasonic HC-V160EC
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 Unknown - Click to provide data
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 17 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
 1920 x 1080 (Full HD)
 1920 x 1080
 1440 x 1080
 1280 x 720
1920 x 1080 (Full HD) 1920 x 1080
1440 x 1080 1280 x 720
 1920 x 1080 (Full HD)
 1920 x 1080
 1440 x 1080
 1280 x 720
 
 
 
Image Sensor Canon Legria HF R706 Panasonic HC-V160EC
Total Megapixels 3.28MP
BEST
2.51MP
Optical Sensor Size 1" 1"
Sensor Type
CMOS
 CMOS
CMOS
 CMOS
Effective Megapixels (image) 2.07MP 2.2MP
BEST
Effective Megapixels (movie) 2.07MP 2.2MP
BEST
 
 
 
Storage Canon Legria HF R706 Panasonic HC-V160EC
Maximum Memory Card Size 64GB Unknown - Click to provide data
Memory Slots 1 1
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 R706 Panasonic HC-V160EC
Closest Focusing Distance 0.1m Unknown - Click to provide data
Focus Adjustment
Auto Manual
 Auto
 Manual
Auto Manual
 Auto
 Manual
 
 
 
White Balance Canon Legria HF R706 Panasonic HC-V160EC
White Balance
Auto Tungsten
Daylight Cloudy
Sunny Indoor
 Auto
 Tungsten
 Daylight
 Cloudy
 Sunny
 Indoor
Auto Tungsten
Daylight Cloudy
Sunny Indoor
 Auto
 Tungsten
 Daylight
 Cloudy
 Sunny
 Indoor
 
 
 
Shutter Canon Legria HF R706 Panasonic HC-V160EC
Shutter Speed (video) Unknown - Click to provide data
Camera Shutter Speed
 
 
 
Display Canon Legria HF R706 Panasonic HC-V160EC
Display Diagonal 3"
BEST
2.7"
Display Resolution (numeric) 230,000 Pixels 230,400 Pixels
BEST
Display
LCD
 LCD
LCD
 LCD
 
 
 
Camera Canon Legria HF R706 Panasonic HC-V160EC
Minimum Illumination 0.4lx
BEST
4lx
Self-Timer Delay Unknown - Click to provide data
 
 
 
Still Image Canon Legria HF R706 Panasonic HC-V160EC
Still Image Resolution
3968 x 2232
 3968 x 2232
3968 x 2232
 3968 x 2232
Image Formats Supported
JPG
 JPG
JPG
 JPG
Maximum Image Resolution
3968 x 2232
 3968 x 2232
3968 x 2232
 3968 x 2232
 
 
 
Audio Canon Legria HF R706 Panasonic HC-V160EC
Audio System
Dolby Digital
 Dolby Digital
Dolby Digital
 Dolby Digital
 
 
 
Ports & Interfaces Canon Legria HF R706 Panasonic HC-V160EC
USB 2.0 Port 1 1
Mini HDMI Port 1 1
Mini USB Port 1 Unknown - Click to provide data
 
 
 
Battery Canon Legria HF R706 Panasonic HC-V160EC
Maximum Battery Life 2.9h Unknown - Click to provide data
Battery Type 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)
Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Supported 1 Unknown - Click to provide data
 
 
 
Weight & Dimensions Canon Legria HF R706 Panasonic HC-V160EC
Weight 235g 181g
BEST
Height 58mm 60mm
Depth 116mm 114mm
Width 53mm 53mm
 
 
 
Packaging Content Canon Legria HF R706 Panasonic HC-V160EC
Cables Included
USB AV
 USB
 AV
USB AV
 USB
 AV
Included Memory Card Size 8GB Unknown - Click to provide data

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