Canon Legria HF R706 vs Panasonic HC-V160EC vs Sony HDR-CX405
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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
Sony HDR-CX405

85

Overall Score

85

Overall Score

Sony HDR-CX405

£198.00
Our Verdict:
A critically acclaimed and very popular 30x optical zoom 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution video camera, with an affordable price and great features
94
Reviews
986 Reviews
89
Value for Money
Very Good
80
Features
Fully-Featured
71
Age
3 Years Old
85
Overall Score
Excellent
30x 1920 X 1080 (Full HD) Pixels 2.29MP 1" Jan 2015
Optical Zoom Max Video Resolution Total Megapixels Optical Sensor Size Release Date
Optical Zoom 30x
Max Video Resolution 1920 X 1080 (Full HD) Pixels
Total Megapixels 2.29MP
Optical Sensor Size 1"
Release Date Jan 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
Sony HDR-CX405

85

Overall Score

85

Overall Score

Sony HDR-CX405

£198.00
Our Verdict:
A critically acclaimed and very popular 30x optical zoom 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution video camera, with an affordable price and great features
94
Reviews
986 Reviews
89
Value for Money
Very Good
80
Features
Fully-Featured
71
Age
3 Years Old
85
Overall Score
Excellent
30x 1920 X 1080 (Full HD) Pixels 2.29MP 1" Jan 2015
Optical Zoom Max Video Resolution Total Megapixels Optical Sensor Size Release Date
Optical Zoom 30x
Max Video Resolution 1920 X 1080 (Full HD) Pixels
Total Megapixels 2.29MP
Optical Sensor Size 1"
Release Date Jan 2015

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Reasons For

Canon Legria HF R706 Panasonic HC-V160EC Sony HDR-CX405
7 Reasons For
Bigger Digital Zoom
The Canon Legria HF R706 is a 1,140x (digital) camcorder. That's 1,040x bigger than the Panasonic HC-V160EC (100x) and 790x bigger than the Sony HDR-CX405 (350x).

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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12% Longer Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
The Canon Legria HF R706 has a maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) of 1,853mm. 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
The Canon Legria HF R706 is a 4.5 maximum aperture value camcorder, whereas 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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A Lot Bigger Total Megapixels
The Canon Legria HF R706 has a total megapixels of 3.28MP, however the Panasonic HC-V160EC is only a 2.51MP camcorder (0.77MP smaller) and the Sony HDR-CX405 is only a 2.29MP camcorder (0.99MP 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
Canon Legria HF R706 is 3" screen size, but the Panasonic HC-V160EC and the Sony HDR-CX405 are both only 2.7" screen size camcorders (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, and so does the Sony HDR-CX405, but 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, however 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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3 Reasons For
22% Bigger Optical Zoom
The Panasonic HC-V160EC is a 38x optical zoom camcorder. That's 6x bigger than the Canon Legria HF R706 (32x) and 8x bigger than the Sony HDR-CX405 (30x).

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)
The Panasonic HC-V160EC is a 32.3mm minimum focal length camcorder. 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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A Lot Lighter
The Panasonic HC-V160EC has a weight of 181g, however the Canon Legria HF R706 is a 235g camcorder (54g heavier) and the Sony HDR-CX405 is a 215g camcorder (34g 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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7 Reasons For
A Little Higher Effective Megapixels (image)
The Sony HDR-CX405 has an effective megapixels (image) of 2.29MP, whereas the Canon Legria HF R706 is only a 2.07MP camcorder (0.22MP lower) and the Panasonic HC-V160EC is only a 2.2MP camcorder (0.09MP 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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10% Higher Effective Megapixels (movie)
Sony HDR-CX405 is 2.29MP (movie mode). That's 0.22MP higher than the Canon Legria HF R706 (2.07MP) and 0.09MP higher than the Panasonic HC-V160EC (2.2MP).

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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HDMI
The Sony HDR-CX405 supports HDMI (as does the Canon Legria HF R706), whereas the Panasonic HC-V160EC does not support 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!

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Cheaper by £51
The Sony HDR-CX405 is £51 cheaper than the Canon Legria HF R706.
More Shops Are Selling it
A greater number of sellers increases the price competition amongst retailers for the product and also increases the chances of this camcorder remaining in stock.
Much Better User Reviews
The Sony HDR-CX405 has an average user review score of 88% based on 965 reviews, whereas the Canon Legria HF R706 has an average rating of 73% (based on 3 reviews).
Better Brand
Sony camcorders have an average rating of 86.3%, but Canon has an average rating of 84% and Panasonic has an average rating of 73.2%.

Reasons Against

Canon Legria HF R706 Panasonic HC-V160EC Sony HDR-CX405
9 Reasons Against
Smaller Optical Zoom
The Canon Legria HF R706 has an optical zoom of 32x, but the Panasonic HC-V160EC is a 38x optical zoom camcorder (6x bigger) and the Sony HDR-CX405 is a 30x optical zoom camcorder (2x smaller).

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.

Read more Read less | Edit
0.2mm Longer Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
The Canon Legria HF R706 has a minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) of 32.5mm, however the Panasonic HC-V160EC is a 32.3mm minimum focal length camcorder (0.2mm shorter).

'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.

Read more Read less | Edit
Lower Effective Megapixels (image)
The Canon Legria HF R706 is a 2.07MP camcorder. That's 0.13MP lower than the Panasonic HC-V160EC (2.2MP) and 0.22MP lower than the Sony HDR-CX405 (2.29MP).

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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11% Lower Effective Megapixels (movie)
The Canon Legria HF R706 has an effective megapixels (movie) of 2.07MP, however the Panasonic HC-V160EC is a 2.2MP (movie mode) camcorder (0.13MP higher) and the Sony HDR-CX405 is a 2.29MP (movie mode) camcorder (0.22MP higher).

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.

Read more Read less | Edit
Heavier
The Canon Legria HF R706 is a 235g camcorder. That's 54g heavier than the Panasonic HC-V160EC (181g) and 20g heavier than the Sony HDR-CX405 (215g).

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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£51 More Expensive
The Canon Legria HF R706 is more expensive than the Sony HDR-CX405 by £51.
Not As Many Stockists
Only 1 seller sell the Canon Legria HF R706, however 11 stores sell the Sony HDR-CX405.
Smaller numbers of stores reduces the chances of this camcorder remaining in stock and also reduces the price competition amongst retailers for the product.
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A Lot Lower User Review Score
The Canon Legria HF R706 only has an average user rating of 73%, but the Sony HDR-CX405 has an average user rating of 88% (based on 965 reviews).
Worse Brand
Canon camcorders have an average rating of only 84%, however Sony has an average rating of 86.3%.
12 Reasons Against
Smaller Digital Zoom
Panasonic HC-V160EC is only 100x (digital), but the Canon Legria HF R706 is a 1,140x (digital) camcorder (1,040x bigger) and the Sony HDR-CX405 is a 350x (digital) camcorder (250x bigger).

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.

Read more Read less | Edit
207mm Shorter Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
The Panasonic HC-V160EC is a 1,646mm maximum focal length camcorder, whereas the Canon Legria HF R706 is a 1,853mm maximum focal length camcorder (207mm longer).

'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.

Read more Read less | Edit
8% Lower Maximum Aperture Number
Panasonic HC-V160EC is only 4.2 maximum aperture value. That's 0.3 lower than the Canon Legria HF R706 (4.5).

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.

Read more Read less | Edit
Smaller Total Megapixels
The Panasonic HC-V160EC is a 2.51MP camcorder. That's 0.77MP smaller than the Canon Legria HF R706 (3.28MP) and 0.22MP bigger than the Sony HDR-CX405 (2.29MP).

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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0.09MP Lower Effective Megapixels (image)
The Panasonic HC-V160EC has an effective megapixels (image) of 2.2MP, however the Canon Legria HF R706 is a 2.07MP camcorder (0.13MP lower) and the Sony HDR-CX405 is a 2.29MP camcorder (0.09MP higher).

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.

Read more Read less | Edit
Lower Effective Megapixels (movie)
The Panasonic HC-V160EC is a 2.2MP (movie mode) camcorder. That's 0.13MP higher than the Canon Legria HF R706 (2.07MP) and 0.09MP lower than the Sony HDR-CX405 (2.29MP).

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.

Read more Read less | Edit
12% Smaller Display Diagonal
The Panasonic HC-V160EC has a display diagonal of 2.7", and so does the Sony HDR-CX405. That's 0.3" smaller than the Canon Legria HF R706 (3").

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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Does Not Support HDMI
The Panasonic HC-V160EC does not support HDMI, but the Canon Legria HF R706 and the Sony HDR-CX405 support 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!

Read more Read less | Edit
Does Not Support PictBridge
The Panasonic HC-V160EC does not support PictBridge, however the Canon Legria HF R706 supports PictBridge.

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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Older by Over One Year
The Panasonic HC-V160EC is 15 months older than the Canon Legria HF R706.
Worse Brand
Panasonic camcorders have an average rating of only 73.2%, whereas Canon has an average rating of 84% and Sony has an average rating of 86.3%.
6 Reasons Against
Smaller Optical Zoom
The Sony HDR-CX405 is a 30x optical zoom camcorder. That's 2x smaller than the Canon Legria HF R706 (32x) and 8x smaller than the Panasonic HC-V160EC (38x).

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.

Read more Read less | Edit
Smaller Digital Zoom
The Sony HDR-CX405 has a digital zoom of 350x, however the Canon Legria HF R706 is a 1,140x (digital) camcorder (790x bigger) and the Panasonic HC-V160EC is a 100x (digital) camcorder (250x smaller).

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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44% Smaller Total Megapixels
The Sony HDR-CX405 is a 2.29MP camcorder. That's 0.99MP smaller than the Canon Legria HF R706 (3.28MP) and 0.22MP smaller than the Panasonic HC-V160EC (2.51MP).

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" Smaller Display Diagonal
The Sony HDR-CX405 is a 2.7" screen size camcorder, and so does the Panasonic HC-V160EC. That's 0.3" smaller than the Canon Legria HF R706 (3").

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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34g Heavier
The Sony HDR-CX405 has a weight of 215g, whereas the Canon Legria HF R706 is a 235g camcorder (20g heavier) and the Panasonic HC-V160EC is a 181g camcorder (34g lighter).

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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Older by Over One Year
The Sony HDR-CX405 is 16 months older than the Canon Legria HF R706 and one month older than the Panasonic HC-V160EC.

Reviews & Awards

Average Expert Rating

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Average User Rating

The Sony HDR-CX405 has better user reviews than the Canon Legria HF R706. The average user reviews score for the Sony HDR-CX405 is 88% based on 965 reviews, where as the average score for the Canon Legria HF R706 is 73% based on 3 reviews.
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Best
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566 reviews
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281 reviews
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Average Brand Rating

Sony has the best brand rating with an average brand rating of 86% based on 10,009 reviews. Canon has the second best brand rating with an average brand rating of 84% based on 2,530 reviews. Panasonic has the third best brand rating with an average brand rating of 73% based on 592 reviews.
Canon Legria HF R706 Panasonic HC-V160EC Sony HDR-CX405
Canon

84

84

Based on 2,530 reviews
Panasonic

73

73

Based on 592 reviews
Sony

86

86

Based on 10,009 reviews

Date Released

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21 months old Best 36 months old 38 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 Sony HDR-CX405
Best
Yes
No
Best
Yes

Weight

This denotes the weight of the camcorder, including battery.

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

Review Analysis

Ease of Use

Reviews for the Sony HDR-CX405 mention that ease of use was excellent, and reviews for the Canon Legria HF R706 mention that ease of use was good.
Canon Legria HF R706 Panasonic HC-V160EC Sony HDR-CX405
  • Brilliant camera, easy to use…
    Neil - July 2016
  • The zoom has some weird speed control understandable only to itself…
    BigJon - August 2016
  • It is lovely to use nice and light…
    Judy Openshaw - April 2016
  • Zoom control is powerful.
    Neil - July 2016
  • No data
  • Easy to use, very light, simple to transfer to a computer or storage…
    Em21 - October 2016
  • It was light weight and easy to use…
    EListon - May 2017
  • Love how easy it is to use and how light weight it is…
    Edye - August 2016
  • Small, easy to use, great picture; recommend to others…
    Duckman - June 2017
  • Simple to use, works great…
    Bpierce2 - August 2016
  • This is a great little camcorder; easy to use; does a great zoom…
    CatLady - July 2017
  • Its comfortable and very light, can easily hold it with one hand…
    Danguez - August 2017
  • Easy to use, easy for him to figure out…
    CX405 - May 2017
  • This camera was easy to setup and use…
    Computer411 - July 2017
  • Very nice and lightweight, easy to use…
    Clarkbp - March 2017
  • Design

    Reviewers of the Sony HDR-CX405 thought the design was very good, but thought the Canon Legria HF R706 design was only average.
    Canon Legria HF R706 Panasonic HC-V160EC Sony HDR-CX405
  • Its sleek, its smooth, its shiny…
    BigJon - August 2016
  • On the downside, although the camera body is beautifully designed with pleasing curves…
    Neil - July 2016
  • The switches are a little sensitive, so you have to be careful to get a smooth zoom…
    Neil - July 2016
  • No data
  • The camera is smooth and slick…
    DarkKnight - April 2016
  • Neat that it is small…
    Ckoehler - July 2016
  • Its pretty easy to use…
    Esh987 - September 2017
  • Pretty easy to figure out right out of the box…
    Greg - April 2016
  • Love that its a projector its pretty cool…
    Sarah616 - January 2016
  • Outdoors in bright sun light the picture quality is pretty good…
    AZE - June 2015
  • It is actually a pretty decent camera for the price point…
    Mgriswold - May 2016
  • Seems to hold up pretty good has been dropped a few times…
    Meg05 - May 2017
  • For the price and the compact design…
    Larry - June 2017
  • Did not regret buying this camera easy to use pictures comes out beautiful the play back is very good…
    Rosco - November 2016
  • Lens System

    Reviews for the Sony HDR-CX405 mention that lens system was excellent, but reviews for the Canon Legria HF R706 mention that lens system was only average.
    Canon Legria HF R706 Panasonic HC-V160EC Sony HDR-CX405
  • Another disappointment is the lens…
    BigJon - August 2016
  • The faster it'd zoom.
    BigJon - August 2016
  • Its slow to focus…
    BigJon - August 2016
  • The switches are a little sensitive, so you have to be careful to get a smooth zoom…
    Neil - July 2016
  • Zoom control is powerful.
    Neil - July 2016
  • No data
  • The camera makes files for each segment so drag and drop into your video editor is simple, great stills with some zoom…
    Driftingthrutime - June 2017
  • The optical zoom sounds incredible.
    Driftingthrutime - June 2017
  • It has amazing zoom and quality for both picture…
    Bluemom42 - October 2016
  • This is a great little camcorder; easy to use; does a great zoom and wide angle; audio is very good; really easy to attach to my dash or put on a tripod For the price it's a better option than the Go Pro…
    CatLady - July 2017
  • Works best with tripod, great zoom…
    Cbsr - October 2017
  • Love the zoom and picture quality for the price…
    Eric - April 2017
  • The zoom was fantastic…
    Iffy - January 2017
  • The zoom was awesome…
    Hunt - March 2017
  • Zoom is good…
    JoeE - March 2017
  • Good picture quality, good zoom, very good battery life…
    Jimmy - July 2017
  • Specification

     
     
     
    Lens System Canon Legria HF R706 Panasonic HC-V160EC Sony HDR-CX405
    Optical Zoom 32x 38x
    BEST
    30x
    Digital Zoom 1,140x 100x 350x
    BEST
    Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv) 1,853mm
    BEST
    1,646mm Unknown - Click to provide data
    Minimum Aperture Number 1.8 1.8 1.8
    Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv) 32.5mm 32.3mm
    BEST
    Unknown - Click to provide data
    Maximum Aperture Number 4.5
    BEST
    4.2 Unknown - Click to provide data
    Image Stabilizer Type
    Optical
     Optical
    Optical
     Optical
    Optical
     Optical
    Focal Length (35mm Film Equivalent)
    Focal Length Range (f-F)
     
     
     
    Video Canon Legria HF R706 Panasonic HC-V160EC Sony HDR-CX405
    Max Video Resolution
    1920 x 1080 (Full HD)
     1920 x 1080 (Full HD)
    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 Unknown - Click to provide data
    HD Type
    Full HD HD
    HD
     Full HD
     HD
     HD
    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 Unknown - Click to provide data
    Supported Video Modes
    1080p 720p
    1080i
     1080p
     720p
     1080i
    1080p 720p
    1080i
     1080p
     720p
     1080i
    1080p 720p
    1080i
     1080p
     720p
     1080i
    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
    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 Sony HDR-CX405
    Total Megapixels 3.28MP
    BEST
    2.51MP 2.29MP
    Optical Sensor Size 1" 1" 1"
    Sensor Type
    CMOS
     CMOS
    CMOS
     CMOS
    CMOS
     CMOS
    Effective Megapixels (image) 2.07MP 2.2MP
    BEST
    2.29MP
    Effective Megapixels (movie) 2.07MP 2.2MP
    BEST
    2.29MP
     
     
     
    Storage Canon Legria HF R706 Panasonic HC-V160EC Sony HDR-CX405
    Maximum Memory Card Size 64GB Unknown - Click to provide data Unknown - Click to provide data
    Memory Slots 1 1 Unknown - Click to provide data
    Compatible Memory Cards
    SDXC SDHC
    SD/SDHC SD/SDHC/SDXC
    MicroSD (Transflash) MicroSDHC
    MicroSDXC microSD
     SDXC
     SDHC
     SD/SDHC
     SD/SDHC/SDXC
     MicroSD (Transflash)
     MicroSDHC
     MicroSDXC
     microSD
    SDXC SDHC
    SD/SDHC SD/SDHC/SDXC
    MicroSD (Transflash) MicroSDHC
    MicroSDXC microSD
     SDXC
     SDHC
     SD/SDHC
     SD/SDHC/SDXC
     MicroSD (Transflash)
     MicroSDHC
     MicroSDXC
     microSD
    SDXC SDHC
    SD/SDHC SD/SDHC/SDXC
    MicroSD (Transflash) MicroSDHC
    MicroSDXC microSD
     SDXC
     SDHC
     SD/SDHC
     SD/SDHC/SDXC
     MicroSD (Transflash)
     MicroSDHC
     MicroSDXC
     microSD
    Camcorder Media Type
    Memory card
     Memory card
    Memory card
     Memory card
    Memory card
     Memory card
     
     
     
    Focusing Canon Legria HF R706 Panasonic HC-V160EC Sony HDR-CX405
    Closest Focusing Distance 0.1m Unknown - Click to provide data Unknown - Click to provide data
    Focus Adjustment
    Auto Manual
     Auto
     Manual
    Auto Manual
     Auto
     Manual
    Auto Manual
     Auto
     Manual
     
     
     
    Light Exposure Canon Legria HF R706 Panasonic HC-V160EC Sony HDR-CX405
    Light Exposure Modes
    Auto
     Auto
    Auto
     Auto
    Auto
     Auto
     
     
     
    White Balance Canon Legria HF R706 Panasonic HC-V160EC Sony HDR-CX405
    White Balance
    Auto Tungsten
    Daylight Cloudy
    Sunny Indoor
    Outdoor
     Auto
     Tungsten
     Daylight
     Cloudy
     Sunny
     Indoor
     Outdoor
    Auto Tungsten
    Daylight Cloudy
    Sunny Indoor
    Outdoor
     Auto
     Tungsten
     Daylight
     Cloudy
     Sunny
     Indoor
     Outdoor
    Auto Tungsten
    Daylight Cloudy
    Sunny Indoor
    Outdoor
     Auto
     Tungsten
     Daylight
     Cloudy
     Sunny
     Indoor
     Outdoor
     
     
     
    Shutter Canon Legria HF R706 Panasonic HC-V160EC Sony HDR-CX405
    Shutter Speed (video) Unknown - Click to provide data Unknown - Click to provide data
    Camera Shutter Speed
     
     
     
    Display Canon Legria HF R706 Panasonic HC-V160EC Sony HDR-CX405
    Display Diagonal 3"
    BEST
    2.7" 2.7"
    Display Resolution (numeric) 230,000 Pixels 230,400 Pixels
    BEST
    230,400 Pixels
    BEST
    Display
    LCD
     LCD
    LCD
     LCD
    LCD
     LCD
     
     
     
    Camera Canon Legria HF R706 Panasonic HC-V160EC Sony HDR-CX405
    Shooting Modes
    Auto Scene
    Movie
     Auto
     Scene
     Movie
    Auto Scene
    Movie
     Auto
     Scene
     Movie
    Auto Scene
    Movie
     Auto
     Scene
     Movie
    Minimum Illumination 0.4lx
    BEST
    4lx 3lx
    Self-Timer Delay Unknown - Click to provide data
     
     
     
    Still Image Canon Legria HF R706 Panasonic HC-V160EC Sony HDR-CX405
    Still Image Resolution
    3968 x 2232
     3968 x 2232
    3968 x 2232
     3968 x 2232
    3968 x 2232
     3968 x 2232
    Image Formats Supported
    JPG EXIF
     JPG
     EXIF
    JPG EXIF
     JPG
     EXIF
    JPG EXIF
     JPG
     EXIF
    Maximum Image Resolution
    4032 x 2272
     4032 x 2272
    4032 x 2272
     4032 x 2272
    4032 x 2272
     4032 x 2272
     
     
     
    Audio Canon Legria HF R706 Panasonic HC-V160EC Sony HDR-CX405
    Audio System
    Dolby Digital
     Dolby Digital
    Dolby Digital
     Dolby Digital
    Dolby Digital
     Dolby Digital
     
     
     
    Ports & Interfaces Canon Legria HF R706 Panasonic HC-V160EC Sony HDR-CX405
    USB 2.0 Port 1 1 1
    Mini HDMI Port 1 1 Unknown - Click to provide data
    Mini USB Port 1 Unknown - Click to provide data Unknown - Click to provide data
     
     
     
    Battery Canon Legria HF R706 Panasonic HC-V160EC Sony HDR-CX405
    Maximum Battery Life 2.9h Unknown - Click to provide data Unknown - Click to provide data
    Battery Type Unknown - Click to provide data
    Battery Voltage Unknown - Click to provide data 3.6V Unknown - Click to provide data
    Battery Capacity Unknown - Click to provide data 970mAh Unknown - Click to provide data
    Battery Technology
    Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
     Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
    Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
     Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
    Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
     Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
    Battery Supported 1 Unknown - Click to provide data Unknown - Click to provide data
     
     
     
    Weight & Dimensions Canon Legria HF R706 Panasonic HC-V160EC Sony HDR-CX405
    Weight 235g 181g
    BEST
    215g
    Height 58mm 60mm 595mm
    Depth 116mm 114mm 128mm
    Width 53mm 53mm 54mm
     
     
     
    Packaging Content Canon Legria HF R706 Panasonic HC-V160EC Sony HDR-CX405
    Cables Included
    USB AV
     USB
     AV
    USB AV
     USB
     AV
    USB AV
     USB
     AV
    Included Memory Card Size 8GB
    BEST
    Unknown - Click to provide data 32GB

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