Canon Legria HF R706 vs Zoom Q8
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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
Zoom Q8

76

Overall Score

76

Overall Score

Zoom Q8

£286.80
Our Verdict:
A highly rated but 2 year old 1x optical zoom 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution video camera, with good features but representing only moderate value for money
85
Reviews
39 Reviews
65
Value for Money
Good
75
Features
Good Features
80
Age
2 Years Old
76
Overall Score
Very Good
1x 1920 X 1080 (Full HD) Pixels 3MP 1" Jan 2016
Optical Zoom Max Video Resolution Total Megapixels Optical Sensor Size Release Date
Optical Zoom 1x
Max Video Resolution 1920 X 1080 (Full HD) Pixels
Total Megapixels 3MP
Optical Sensor Size 1"
Release Date Jan 2016
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
Zoom Q8

76

Overall Score

76

Overall Score

Zoom Q8

£286.80
Our Verdict:
A highly rated but 2 year old 1x optical zoom 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution video camera, with good features but representing only moderate value for money
85
Reviews
39 Reviews
65
Value for Money
Good
75
Features
Good Features
80
Age
2 Years Old
76
Overall Score
Very Good
1x 1920 X 1080 (Full HD) Pixels 3MP 1" Jan 2016
Optical Zoom Max Video Resolution Total Megapixels Optical Sensor Size Release Date
Optical Zoom 1x
Max Video Resolution 1920 X 1080 (Full HD) Pixels
Total Megapixels 3MP
Optical Sensor Size 1"
Release Date Jan 2016

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Reasons For

Canon Legria HF R706 Zoom Q8
10 Reasons For
Hugely Bigger Optical Zoom
The Canon Legria HF R706 has an optical zoom of 32x, but the Zoom Q8 is only a 1x optical zoom camcorder (31x 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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1,136x Bigger Digital Zoom
The Canon Legria HF R706 is a 1,140x (digital) camcorder. That's 1,136x bigger than the Zoom Q8 (4x).

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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Image Stabilizer
The Canon Legria HF R706 has an image stabilizer, whereas the Zoom Q8 does not have an image stabilizer.

This denotes whether the camcorder has an Image stabiliser system - a function that smooths out the movement of the camera.

Image stabilization allows for far smoother videos, and lessens the amount of jerky movement that comes with handheld recording.

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0.28MP Bigger Total Megapixels
The Canon Legria HF R706 has a total megapixels of 3.28MP, however the Zoom Q8 is only a 3MP camcorder (0.28MP 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 Bit Larger Display Diagonal
Canon Legria HF R706 is 3" screen size, but the Zoom Q8 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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PictBridge
The Canon Legria HF R706 supports PictBridge, however the Zoom Q8 does not support 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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Lighter
The Canon Legria HF R706 is a 235g camcorder. That's 25g lighter than the Zoom Q8 (260g).

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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£38 Cheaper
The Canon Legria HF R706 costs £249.00, whereas the Zoom Q8 is £286.80.
User Reviews Are Better
Based on 15 user reviews, the average review score of the Canon Legria HF R706 is 80%, but the average rating of the Zoom Q8 is 72% (based on 26 reviews).
Better Brand
Canon camcorders have an average rating of 84%, however Zoom has an average rating of 80.3%.
3 Reasons For
25fps Faster Maximum Frame Rate
The Zoom Q8 has a maximum frame rate of 60fps, however the Canon Legria HF R706 is only a 35fps camcorder (25fps slower).

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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A Lot Larger Maximum Memory Card Size
The Zoom Q8 has a maximum memory card size of 128GB, however the Canon Legria HF R706 is only a 64GB maximum memory card size camcorder (64GB smaller).

Using memory cards in addition to the camcorder's internal storage increases the time the camcorder can record video.

Using a larger memory card allows the user to record video for longer and at higher resolution.

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Reasons Against

Canon Legria HF R706 Zoom Q8
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Reviews & Awards

Average Expert Rating

Canon Legria HF R706 Zoom Q8
Best
5 stars
0 reviews
4 stars
0 reviews
3 stars
0 reviews
2 stars
0 reviews
1 star
0 reviews
Best
5 stars
0 reviews
4 stars
0 reviews
3 stars
0 reviews
2 stars
0 reviews
1 star
0 reviews

Average User Rating

The Canon Legria HF R706 has better user reviews than the Zoom Q8. The average user reviews score for the Canon Legria HF R706 is 80% based on 15 reviews, where as the average score for the Zoom Q8 is 72% based on 26 reviews.
Canon Legria HF R706 Zoom Q8
Best
5 stars
8 reviews
4 stars
2 reviews
3 stars
2 reviews
2 stars
3 reviews
1 star
0 reviews
5 stars
9 reviews
4 stars
6 reviews
3 stars
4 reviews
2 stars
5 reviews
1 star
2 reviews

Average Brand Rating

Canon has a better average brand rating than Zoom. The average brand rating for Canon is 84.01% based on 2,530 reviews, where as the average brand rating for Zoom is 80.32% based on 192 reviews.
Canon Legria HF R706 Zoom Q8
Canon

84

84

Based on 2,530 reviews
Zoom

80

80

Based on 192 reviews

Date Released

Canon Legria HF R706 Zoom Q8
21 months old Best 25 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.

Image Stabilizer

This denotes whether the camcorder has an Image stabiliser system - a function that smooths out the movement of the camera.

Image stabilization allows for far smoother videos, and lessens the amount of jerky movement that comes with handheld recording.

Canon Legria HF R706 Zoom Q8
Best
Yes
No

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.

Maximum Memory Card Size

Using memory cards in addition to the camcorder's internal storage increases the time the camcorder can record video.

Using a larger memory card allows the user to record video for longer and at higher resolution.

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

Lens System

Reviewers thought both the Canon Legria HF R706 and the Zoom Q8 lens system was average.
Canon Legria HF R706 Zoom Q8
  • 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
  • Lens is simply too wide…
    Stick - September 2015
  • The Zoom does a better job with audio…
    Nick - July 2015
  • The curve on the wide angle lens is unacceptable…
    Nathaniel - September 2015
  • Limited "zoom" function has 5 zones, not a smooth transition…
    MT Vessel - November 2015
  • For the price it should have a much better lens and image processing…
    Juanman - January 2016
  • Specification

     
     
     
    Lens System Canon Legria HF R706 Zoom Q8
    Optical Zoom 32x
    BEST
    1x
    Digital Zoom 1,140x 4x
    BEST
    Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv) 1,853mm Unknown - Click to provide data
    Minimum Aperture Number 1.8 Unknown - Click to provide data
    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) Unknown - Click to provide data
    Focal Length Range (f-F) Unknown - Click to provide data
     
     
     
    Video Canon Legria HF R706 Zoom Q8
    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
    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
    848 x 480
     1920 x 1080 (Full HD)
     1920 x 1080
     1440 x 1080
     1280 x 720
     848 x 480
    1920 x 1080 (Full HD) 1920 x 1080
    1440 x 1080 1280 x 720
    848 x 480
     1920 x 1080 (Full HD)
     1920 x 1080
     1440 x 1080
     1280 x 720
     848 x 480
     
     
     
    Image Sensor Canon Legria HF R706 Zoom Q8
    Total Megapixels 3.28MP 3MP
    BEST
    Optical Sensor Size 1" 1"
    Sensor Type
    CMOS
     CMOS
    CMOS
     CMOS
    Effective Megapixels (image) 2.07MP Unknown - Click to provide data
    Effective Megapixels (movie) 2.07MP Unknown - Click to provide data
     
     
     
    Storage Canon Legria HF R706 Zoom Q8
    Maximum Memory Card Size 64GB
    BEST
    128GB
    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 Zoom Q8
    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 Zoom Q8
    White Balance
    Auto Tungsten
    Daylight
     Auto
     Tungsten
     Daylight
    Auto Tungsten
    Daylight
     Auto
     Tungsten
     Daylight
     
     
     
    Shutter Canon Legria HF R706 Zoom Q8
    Camera Shutter Speed Unknown - Click to provide data
     
     
     
    Display Canon Legria HF R706 Zoom Q8
    Display Diagonal 3"
    BEST
    2.7"
    Display Resolution (numeric) 230,000 Pixels Unknown - Click to provide data
    Display
    LCD
     LCD
    LCD
     LCD
     
     
     
    Camera Canon Legria HF R706 Zoom Q8
    Minimum Illumination 0.4lx Unknown - Click to provide data
    Self-Timer Delay Unknown - Click to provide data
     
     
     
    Still Image Canon Legria HF R706 Zoom Q8
    Maximum Image Resolution
    1920 x 1080 (Full HD)
     1920 x 1080 (Full HD)
    1920 x 1080 (Full HD)
     1920 x 1080 (Full HD)
     
     
     
    Audio Canon Legria HF R706 Zoom Q8
    Audio System
    Dolby Digital
     Dolby Digital
    Dolby Digital
     Dolby Digital
     
     
     
    Ports & Interfaces Canon Legria HF R706 Zoom Q8
    USB 2.0 Port 1 1
    Mini HDMI Port 1 Unknown - Click to provide data
    Mini USB Port 1 1
    Micro-USB 2.0 Ports Quantity Unknown - Click to provide data 1
     
     
     
    Battery Canon Legria HF R706 Zoom Q8
    Maximum Battery Life 2.9h Unknown - Click to provide data
    Battery Type Unknown - Click to provide data
    Battery Voltage Unknown - Click to provide data 4.2V
    Battery Capacity Unknown - Click to provide data 1,700mAh
    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 Zoom Q8
    Weight 235g
    BEST
    260g
    Height 58mm 69mm
    Depth 116mm 158mm
    Width 53mm 48mm
     
     
     
    Packaging Content Canon Legria HF R706 Zoom Q8
    Included Memory Card Size 8GB Unknown - Click to provide data

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    0.22MP higher
    effective
    megapixels
    (image)
    Higher
    effective
    megapixels
    (movie)
    A little
    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