Canon Legria HF R706 vs Sony HDR-CX405
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Canon Legria HF R706vsSony HDR-CX405

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
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
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 Sony HDR-CX405
4 Reasons For
A Little Bigger Optical Zoom
The Canon Legria HF R706 has an optical zoom of 32x, whereas the Sony HDR-CX405 is only 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.

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70% Bigger Digital Zoom
The Canon Legria HF R706 has a digital zoom of 1,140x. That's 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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0.99MP Bigger Total Megapixels
The Canon Legria HF R706 has a total megapixels of 3.28MP, but 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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A Little Larger Display Diagonal
The Canon Legria HF R706 is a 3" screen size camcorder, whereas the Sony HDR-CX405 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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6 Reasons For
0.22MP Higher Effective Megapixels (image)
The Sony HDR-CX405 has an effective megapixels (image) of 2.29MP, however the Canon Legria HF R706 is only a 2.07MP camcorder (0.22MP 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)
The Sony HDR-CX405 is a 2.29MP (movie mode) camcorder. That's 0.22MP 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 Little Lighter
The Sony HDR-CX405 has a weight of 215g, however the Canon Legria HF R706 is a 235g camcorder (20g 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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Cheaper by £51
The Sony HDR-CX405 costs £51 less than the Canon Legria HF R706.
More Shops Are Selling it
A greater number of shops increases the chances of the product remaining in stock and also increases the price competition amongst retailers for this camcorder.
Better Brand
Sony camcorders have an average rating of 86.3%, whereas Canon has an average rating of 84%.

Reviews & Awards

Average Expert Rating

Canon Legria HF R706 Sony HDR-CX405
No reviews found
Best
5 stars
1 review
4 stars
0 reviews
3 stars
0 reviews
2 stars
0 reviews
1 star
0 reviews

Average User Rating

Canon Legria HF R706 Sony HDR-CX405
No reviews found
Best
5 stars
541 reviews
4 stars
290 reviews
3 stars
61 reviews
2 stars
28 reviews
1 star
17 reviews

Average Brand Rating

Sony has a better average brand rating than Canon. The average brand rating for Sony is 86.34% based on 10,009 reviews, where as the average brand rating for Canon is 84.01% based on 2,530 reviews.
Canon Legria HF R706 Sony HDR-CX405
Canon

84

84

Based on 2,530 reviews
Sony

86

86

Based on 10,009 reviews

Date Released

Canon Legria HF R706 Sony HDR-CX405
21 months old Best 37 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.

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

Reviewers thought the Sony HDR-CX405 ease of use was excellent, and thought the Canon Legria HF R706 ease of use was good.
Canon Legria HF R706 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
  • 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

    Reviews for the Sony HDR-CX405 mention that design was very good, but reviews for the Canon Legria HF R706 mention that design was only average.
    Canon Legria HF R706 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
  • 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

    Reviewers of the Sony HDR-CX405 thought the lens system was excellent, but thought the Canon Legria HF R706 lens system was only average.
    Canon Legria HF R706 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
  • 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 Sony HDR-CX405
    Optical Zoom 32x
    BEST
    30x
    Digital Zoom 1,140x 350x
    BEST
    Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv) 1,853mm Unknown - Click to provide data
    Minimum Aperture Number 1.8 1.8
    Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv) 32.5mm Unknown - Click to provide data
    Maximum Aperture Number 4.5 Unknown - Click to provide data
    Image Stabilizer Type
    Optical
     Optical
    Optical
     Optical
    Focal Length (35mm Film Equivalent)
    Focal Length Range (f-F)
     
     
     
    Video Canon Legria HF R706 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)
    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
    Supported Video Modes
    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
     
     
     
    Image Sensor Canon Legria HF R706 Sony HDR-CX405
    Total Megapixels 3.28MP
    BEST
    2.29MP
    Optical Sensor Size 1" 1"
    Sensor Type
    CMOS
     CMOS
    CMOS
     CMOS
    Effective Megapixels (image) 2.07MP 2.29MP
    BEST
    Effective Megapixels (movie) 2.07MP 2.29MP
    BEST
     
     
     
    Storage Canon Legria HF R706 Sony HDR-CX405
    Maximum Memory Card Size 64GB Unknown - Click to provide data
    Memory Slots 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
    Camcorder Media Type
    Memory card
     Memory card
    Memory card
     Memory card
     
     
     
    Focusing Canon Legria HF R706 Sony HDR-CX405
    Closest Focusing Distance 0.1m Unknown - Click to provide data
    Focus Adjustment
    Auto Manual
     Auto
     Manual
    Auto Manual
     Auto
     Manual
     
     
     
    Light Exposure Canon Legria HF R706 Sony HDR-CX405
    Light Exposure Modes
    Auto
     Auto
    Auto
     Auto
     
     
     
    White Balance Canon Legria HF R706 Sony HDR-CX405
    White Balance
    Auto Tungsten
    Daylight Outdoor
    Indoor
     Auto
     Tungsten
     Daylight
     Outdoor
     Indoor
    Auto Tungsten
    Daylight Outdoor
    Indoor
     Auto
     Tungsten
     Daylight
     Outdoor
     Indoor
     
     
     
    Shutter Canon Legria HF R706 Sony HDR-CX405
    Camera Shutter Speed
     
     
     
    Display Canon Legria HF R706 Sony HDR-CX405
    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 Sony HDR-CX405
    Shooting Modes
    Auto Scene
    Movie
     Auto
     Scene
     Movie
    Auto Scene
    Movie
     Auto
     Scene
     Movie
    Minimum Illumination 0.4lx
    BEST
    3lx
    Self-Timer Delay
     
     
     
    Still Image Canon Legria HF R706 Sony HDR-CX405
    Still Image Resolution
    640 x 480
     640 x 480
    640 x 480
     640 x 480
    Image Formats Supported
    EXIF
     EXIF
    EXIF
     EXIF
    Maximum Image Resolution
    4032 x 2272
     4032 x 2272
    4032 x 2272
     4032 x 2272
     
     
     
    Audio Canon Legria HF R706 Sony HDR-CX405
    Audio System
    Dolby Digital
     Dolby Digital
    Dolby Digital
     Dolby Digital
     
     
     
    Ports & Interfaces Canon Legria HF R706 Sony HDR-CX405
    USB 2.0 Port 1 1
    Mini HDMI Port 1 Unknown - Click to provide data
    Mini USB Port 1 Unknown - Click to provide data
     
     
     
    Battery Canon Legria HF R706 Sony HDR-CX405
    Maximum Battery Life 2.9h Unknown - Click to provide data
    Battery Type
    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 Sony HDR-CX405
    Weight 235g 215g
    BEST
    Height 58mm 595mm
    Depth 116mm 128mm
    Width 53mm 54mm
     
     
     
    Packaging Content Canon Legria HF R706 Sony HDR-CX405
    Included Memory Card Size 8GB
    BEST
    32GB

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    Canon
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    £169.99
    £28 Cheaper
    790x bigger
    digital zoom
    Bigger total
    megapixels
    10% larger
    display
    diagonal
    7% bigger
    optical zoom
    Sony HDR-CX405
    Sony
    HDR-CX405
    £198.00
    More popular
    Better brand
    Moderately higher effective megapixels (image)
    10% higher effective megapixels (movie)
    18g lighter
    VS
    Canon Legria HF R806
    Canon
    Legria HF R806
    £169.00
    £29 Cheaper
    Moderately
    better user
    reviews
    Hugely bigger
    digital zoom
    31% bigger
    total
    megapixels
    Larger display
    diagonal
    Bigger optical
    zoom
    Sony HDR-CX405
    Sony
    HDR-CX405
    £198.00
    More popular
    Better brand
    150x bigger digital zoom
    A lot lighter
    VS
    JVC GZ-R435
    JVC
    GZ-R435
    £229.90
    7.71MP bigger
    total
    megapixels
    Bigger optical
    zoom
    Marginally
    larger display
    diagonal
    Sony HDR-CX405
    Sony
    HDR-CX405
    £198.00
    More popular
    35g lighter
    VS
    Sony HDR-CX450
    Sony
    HDR-CX450
    £229.99
    10% larger
    display
    diagonal
    Sony HDR-CX405
    Sony
    HDR-CX405
    £198.00
    User reviews are moderately better
    Higher effective megapixels (image)
    Slightly higher effective megapixels (movie)
    10% lighter
    More popular
    VS
    Canon Legria HF R606
    Canon
    Legria HF R606
    £164.99
    £33 Cheaper
    Better brand
    790x bigger
    digital zoom
    Bigger total
    megapixels
    10% larger
    display
    diagonal
    7% bigger
    optical zoom
    Sony HDR-CX405
    Sony
    HDR-CX405
    £198.00
    More popular
    10% lighter
    VS
    Canon Legria HF R806
    Canon
    Legria HF R806
    £198.99
    Better brand
    Better user
    reviews
    Hugely bigger
    digital zoom
    31% bigger
    total
    megapixels
    Bigger optical
    zoom
    Canon Legria HF R706
    Canon
    Legria HF R706
    £249.00
    Better brand
    83% bigger digital zoom
    24% bigger total megapixels
    PictBridge
    VS
    JVC GZ-R315
    JVC
    GZ-R315
    £328.00
    Hugely longer
    maximum battery
    life
    Better user
    reviews
    A lot larger
    maximum memory
    card size
    15fps faster
    maximum frame
    rate
    29% higher
    maximum
    aperture number
    20% bigger
    optical zoom
    Canon Legria HF R706
    Canon
    Legria HF R706
    £249.00
    Better brand
    Hugely bigger total megapixels
    0.3" larger display diagonal
    HDMI
    VS
    Sony DCR-PJ5
    Sony
    DCR-PJ5
    £198.90
    £50 Cheaper
    25x bigger
    optical zoom
    Bigger digital
    zoom
    3% lighter
    Canon Legria HF R706
    Canon
    Legria HF R706
    £249.00
    Better brand
    790x bigger digital zoom
    7% bigger optical zoom
    VS
    Sony HDR-CX405
    Sony
    HDR-CX405
    £189.99
    £59 Cheaper
    Three times
    shorter minimum
    focal length
    (35mm film
    equiv)
    5.92MP bigger
    total
    megapixels
    Lighter