Canon XF205 vs Canon XF305
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Canon XF205vsCanon XF305

Canon XF205

71

Overall Score

71

Overall Score

Canon XF205

£2,599.00
Our Verdict:
A fully featured but slightly out of date 20x optical zoom 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution camcorder, representing only average value for money
51
Value for Money
Average
81
Features
Fully-Featured
80
Age
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71
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Very Good
20x 1920 X 1080 (Full HD) Pixels 3.09MP 1" Dec 2015
Optical Zoom Max Video Resolution Total Megapixels Optical Sensor Size Release Date
Optical Zoom 20x
Max Video Resolution 1920 X 1080 (Full HD) Pixels
Total Megapixels 3.09MP
Optical Sensor Size 1"
Release Date Dec 2015
Canon XF305

71

Overall Score

71

Overall Score

Canon XF305

£3,594.00
Our Verdict:
A good spec and award winning 18x optical zoom 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution video camera, but representing only moderate value for money
82
Reviews
1 Review + 1 Award
51
Value for Money
Average
77
Features
Good Features
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Age
3 Years Old
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Overall Score
Very Good
18x 1920 X 1080 (Full HD) Pixels 2.37MP 1" Oct 2014
Optical Zoom Max Video Resolution Total Megapixels Optical Sensor Size Release Date
Optical Zoom 18x
Max Video Resolution 1920 X 1080 (Full HD) Pixels
Total Megapixels 2.37MP
Optical Sensor Size 1"
Release Date Oct 2014
Canon XF205

71

Overall Score

71

Overall Score

Canon XF205

£2,599.00
Our Verdict:
A fully featured but slightly out of date 20x optical zoom 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution camcorder, representing only average value for money
51
Value for Money
Average
81
Features
Fully-Featured
80
Age
2 Years Old
71
Overall Score
Very Good
20x 1920 X 1080 (Full HD) Pixels 3.09MP 1" Dec 2015
Optical Zoom Max Video Resolution Total Megapixels Optical Sensor Size Release Date
Optical Zoom 20x
Max Video Resolution 1920 X 1080 (Full HD) Pixels
Total Megapixels 3.09MP
Optical Sensor Size 1"
Release Date Dec 2015
Canon XF305

71

Overall Score

71

Overall Score

Canon XF305

£3,594.00
Our Verdict:
A good spec and award winning 18x optical zoom 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution video camera, but representing only moderate value for money
82
Reviews
1 Review + 1 Award
51
Value for Money
Average
77
Features
Good Features
71
Age
3 Years Old
71
Overall Score
Very Good
18x 1920 X 1080 (Full HD) Pixels 2.37MP 1" Oct 2014
Optical Zoom Max Video Resolution Total Megapixels Optical Sensor Size Release Date
Optical Zoom 18x
Max Video Resolution 1920 X 1080 (Full HD) Pixels
Total Megapixels 2.37MP
Optical Sensor Size 1"
Release Date Oct 2014

Top Prices

Canon XF205 Canon XF305
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Reasons For

Canon XF205 Canon XF305
9 Reasons For
2x Bigger Optical Zoom
The Canon XF205 has an optical zoom of 20x, whereas the Canon XF305 is only an 18x 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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Bigger Digital Zoom
The Canon XF205 has a digital zoom of 6x. That's 4.5x bigger than the Canon XF305 (1.5x).

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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Bigger Total Megapixels
The Canon XF205 has a total megapixels of 3.09MP, but the Canon XF305 is only a 2.37MP camcorder (0.72MP 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 Lot Higher Effective Megapixels (movie)
Canon XF205 is 2.91MP (movie mode), but the Canon XF305 is only a 2.07MP (movie mode) camcorder (0.84MP lower).

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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75% Larger Maximum Memory Card Size
The Canon XF205 is a 128GB maximum memory card size camcorder. That's 96GB larger than the Canon XF305 (32GB).

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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Vastly Smaller Closest Focusing Distance
The Canon XF205 is a 0.01m closest focusing distance camcorder. That's 0.01m smaller than the Canon XF305 (0.02m).

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

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

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72% Lighter
The Canon XF205 is a 1.6kg camcorder. That's 1.1kg lighter than the Canon XF305 (2.7kg).

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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£995 Cheaper
The Canon XF205 is £995 cheaper than the Canon XF305.
More Shops Are Selling it
A greater number of stores increases the price competition amongst retailers for this camcorder and also increases the chances of the product remaining in stock.
3 Reasons For
0.2 Lower Minimum Aperture Number
The Canon XF305 is a 1.6 minimum aperture camcorder, whereas the Canon XF205 is a 1.8 minimum aperture camcorder (0.2 higher).

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 smaller aperture number translates to a larger hole, therefore a larger amount of light will be let through.

A smaller aperture number means that the camcorder's lens will be able to open wider, letting in more light at once. This is helpful because it allows the device to quickly take in enough light to form a picture, meaning that the shutter speed will be faster, reducing blur from fast moving subjects. It also means that you can take photos in dimmer light without having to rely on the flash, since you will be able to take in more light at once.

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6 Higher Maximum Aperture Number
The Canon XF305 is a 22 maximum aperture value camcorder, whereas the Canon XF205 is only a 16 maximum aperture value camcorder (6 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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Larger Display Diagonal
Canon XF305 is 4" screen size, but the Canon XF205 is only a 3.5" screen size camcorder (0.5" 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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Reviews & Awards

Awards

Canon XF205 Canon XF305
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Date Released

Canon XF205 Canon XF305
26 months old Best 40 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.

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.

Specification

 
 
 
Lens System Canon XF205 Canon XF305
Optical Zoom 20x
BEST
18x
Digital Zoom 6x
BEST
1.5x
Minimum Aperture Number 1.8 1.6
BEST
Maximum Aperture Number 16 22
BEST
Image Stabilizer Type
Optical
 Optical
Optical
 Optical
Filter Size 58mm 82mm
Focal Length (35mm Film Equivalent)
Focal Length Range (f-F)
 
 
 
Video Canon XF205 Canon XF305
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 50fps 50fps
HD Type
Full HD HD
HD
 Full HD
 HD
 HD
Full HD HD
HD
 Full HD
 HD
 HD
Video Resolutions
1920 x 1080 (Full HD) 1920 x 1080
1440 x 1080 1280 x 720
640 x 480
 1920 x 1080 (Full HD)
 1920 x 1080
 1440 x 1080
 1280 x 720
 640 x 480
1920 x 1080 (Full HD) 1920 x 1080
1440 x 1080 1280 x 720
640 x 480
 1920 x 1080 (Full HD)
 1920 x 1080
 1440 x 1080
 1280 x 720
 640 x 480
 
 
 
Image Sensor Canon XF205 Canon XF305
Total Megapixels 3.09MP
BEST
2.37MP
Optical Sensor Size 1" 1"
Sensor Type
CMOS
 CMOS
CMOS
 CMOS
Effective Megapixels (movie) 2.91MP
BEST
2.07MP
 
 
 
Storage Canon XF205 Canon XF305
Maximum Memory Card Size 128GB 32GB
BEST
Memory Slots Unknown - Click to provide data 2
Compatible Memory Cards
SDXC SDHC
CF+ SD/SDHC
SD/SDHC/SDXC
 SDXC
 SDHC
 CF+
 SD/SDHC
 SD/SDHC/SDXC
SDXC SDHC
CF+ SD/SDHC
SD/SDHC/SDXC
 SDXC
 SDHC
 CF+
 SD/SDHC
 SD/SDHC/SDXC
Camcorder Media Type
Memory card
 Memory card
Memory card
 Memory card
 
 
 
Focusing Canon XF205 Canon XF305
Closest Focusing Distance 0.01m
BEST
0.02m
Normal Focusing Range Unknown - Click to provide data
Focus Adjustment
Auto Manual
 Auto
 Manual
Auto Manual
 Auto
 Manual
 
 
 
White Balance Canon XF205 Canon XF305
White Balance
Auto Tungsten
Daylight
 Auto
 Tungsten
 Daylight
Auto Tungsten
Daylight
 Auto
 Tungsten
 Daylight
 
 
 
Shutter Canon XF205 Canon XF305
Camera Shutter Speed
 
 
 
Display Canon XF205 Canon XF305
Display Diagonal 3.5" 4"
BEST
Display Resolution (numeric) 1,230,000 Pixels 1,230,000 Pixels
Display
OLED
 OLED
OLED
 OLED
 
 
 
Viewfinder Canon XF205 Canon XF305
Viewfinder Screen Size 0.45" 0.52"
BEST
Viewfinder 1,230,000 Pixels 1,550,000 Pixels
BEST
Viewfinder Type
Electronic
 Electronic
Electronic
 Electronic
 
 
 
Camera Canon XF205 Canon XF305
Photo Effects
Black&White
 Black&White
Black&White
 Black&White
Minimum Illumination Unknown - Click to provide data 0.05lx
 
 
 
Still Image Canon XF205 Canon XF305
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 XF205 Canon XF305
Audio System
Stereo
 Stereo
Stereo
 Stereo
 
 
 
Ports & Interfaces Canon XF205 Canon XF305
USB 2.0 Port Unknown - Click to provide data 1
Component Video (YPbPr/YCbCr) Out Unknown - Click to provide data 1
Mini HDMI Port 1 Unknown - Click to provide data
Mini USB Port 1 1
 
 
 
Battery Canon XF205 Canon XF305
Battery Type Unknown - Click to provide data
Battery Voltage Unknown - Click to provide data 7.4V
Battery Technology
Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
 
 
 
Operational Conditions Canon XF205 Canon XF305
Operating Temperature (T-T)
 
 
 
Weight & Dimensions Canon XF205 Canon XF305
Weight 1.6kg
BEST
2.7kg
Height 201mm 192mm
Depth 353mm 394mm
Width 160mm 180mm
 
 
 
Packaging Content Canon XF205 Canon XF305
Cables Included
DC Component
 DC
 Component
DC Component
 DC
 Component

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