Canon XF205 vs Sony PXW-X160
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Canon XF205vsSony PXW-X160

Canon XF205

72

Overall Score

72

Overall Score

Canon XF205

£2,599.00
Our Verdict:
A fully featured but 2 year old 20x optical zoom 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution video camera, representing only average value for money
54
Value for Money
Average
81
Features
Fully-Featured
81
Age
2 Years Old
72
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
Sony PXW-X160

72

Overall Score

72

Overall Score
Our Verdict:
A fully featured but 4 year old 25x optical zoom 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution video camera
89
Features
Fully-Featured
70
Age
3 Years Old
72
Overall Score
Very Good
25x 1920 X 1080 (Full HD) Pixels 50MP 1" Jul 2014
Optical Zoom Max Video Resolution Total Megapixels Optical Sensor Size Release Date
Optical Zoom 25x
Max Video Resolution 1920 X 1080 (Full HD) Pixels
Total Megapixels 50MP
Optical Sensor Size 1"
Release Date Jul 2014
Canon XF205

72

Overall Score

72

Overall Score

Canon XF205

£2,599.00
Our Verdict:
A fully featured but 2 year old 20x optical zoom 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution video camera, representing only average value for money
54
Value for Money
Average
81
Features
Fully-Featured
81
Age
2 Years Old
72
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
Sony PXW-X160

72

Overall Score

72

Overall Score
Our Verdict:
A fully featured but 4 year old 25x optical zoom 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution video camera
89
Features
Fully-Featured
70
Age
3 Years Old
72
Overall Score
Very Good
25x 1920 X 1080 (Full HD) Pixels 50MP 1" Jul 2014
Optical Zoom Max Video Resolution Total Megapixels Optical Sensor Size Release Date
Optical Zoom 25x
Max Video Resolution 1920 X 1080 (Full HD) Pixels
Total Megapixels 50MP
Optical Sensor Size 1"
Release Date Jul 2014

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Reasons For

Canon XF205 Sony PXW-X160
3 Reasons For
32% Higher Maximum Aperture Number
The Canon XF205 has a maximum aperture number of 16. That's 5 higher than the Sony PXW-X160 (11).

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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Wi-Fi
The Canon XF205 features wi-Fi, whereas the Sony PXW-X160 does not feature wi-Fi.

This denotes whether the camcorder is capable of connecting to the net via wifi, in order to upload videos and images.

A wireless connection on your camcorder allows you to easily transfer videos to your computer, store them on the cloud or upload them to Facebook, all without having to worry about connecting via a wire.

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Significantly Lighter
The Canon XF205 has a weight of 1.6kg, whereas the Sony PXW-X160 is a 2.7kg camcorder (1.1kg 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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5x Bigger Optical Zoom
The Sony PXW-X160 is a 25x optical zoom camcorder. That's 5x bigger than the Canon XF205 (20x).

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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13% Lower Minimum Aperture Number
The Sony PXW-X160 has a minimum aperture number of 1.6. That's 0.2 lower than the Canon XF205 (1.8).

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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Bigger Total Megapixels
The Sony PXW-X160 is a 50MP camcorder. That's 46.91MP bigger than the Canon XF205 (3.09MP).

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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Better Brand
Sony camcorders have an average rating of 86.3%, but Canon has an average rating of 84%.

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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 XF205 Sony PXW-X160
Canon

84

84

Based on 2,530 reviews
Sony

86

86

Based on 10,009 reviews

Date Released

Canon XF205 Sony PXW-X160
26 months old Best 43 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.

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.

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 Sony PXW-X160
Optical Zoom 20x 25x
BEST
Digital Zoom 6x Unknown - Click to provide data
Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv) Unknown - Click to provide data 650mm
Minimum Aperture Number 1.8 1.6
BEST
Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv) Unknown - Click to provide data 26mm
Maximum Aperture Number 16
BEST
11
Filter Size 58mm 82mm
Focal Length (35mm Film Equivalent) Unknown - Click to provide data
Focal Length Range (f-F)
 
 
 
Video Canon XF205 Sony PXW-X160
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 Unknown - Click to provide data
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 480 720 x 576
 1920 x 1080 (Full HD)
 1920 x 1080
 1440 x 1080
 1280 x 720
 640 x 480
 720 x 576
1920 x 1080 (Full HD) 1920 x 1080
1440 x 1080 1280 x 720
640 x 480 720 x 576
 1920 x 1080 (Full HD)
 1920 x 1080
 1440 x 1080
 1280 x 720
 640 x 480
 720 x 576
 
 
 
Image Sensor Canon XF205 Sony PXW-X160
Total Megapixels 3.09MP 50MP
BEST
Optical Sensor Size 1" 1"
Sensor Type
CMOS
 CMOS
CMOS
 CMOS
Effective Megapixels (movie) 2.91MP Unknown - Click to provide data
 
 
 
Storage Canon XF205 Sony PXW-X160
Maximum Memory Card Size 128GB Unknown - Click to provide data
Compatible Memory Cards
SDXC SDHC
CF+ SD/SDHC
SD/SDHC/SDXC CF Type II
 SDXC
 SDHC
 CF+
 SD/SDHC
 SD/SDHC/SDXC
 CF Type II
SDXC SDHC
CF+ SD/SDHC
SD/SDHC/SDXC CF Type II
 SDXC
 SDHC
 CF+
 SD/SDHC
 SD/SDHC/SDXC
 CF Type II
Camcorder Media Type
Memory card
 Memory card
Memory card
 Memory card
 
 
 
Focusing Canon XF205 Sony PXW-X160
Closest Focusing Distance 0.01m Unknown - Click to provide data
Focus Adjustment
Auto Manual
 Auto
 Manual
Auto Manual
 Auto
 Manual
 
 
 
Shutter Canon XF205 Sony PXW-X160
Camera Shutter Speed
 
 
 
Display Canon XF205 Sony PXW-X160
Display Diagonal 3.5" 3.5"
Display Resolution (numeric) 1,230,000 Pixels Unknown - Click to provide data
Display
OLED
 OLED
OLED
 OLED
 
 
 
Viewfinder Canon XF205 Sony PXW-X160
Viewfinder Screen Size 0.45" 0.5"
BEST
Viewfinder 1,230,000 Pixels 2,360,000 Pixels
BEST
Viewfinder Type
Electronic
 Electronic
Electronic
 Electronic
 
 
 
Still Image Canon XF205 Sony PXW-X160
Maximum Image Resolution
1920 x 1080 (Full HD)
 1920 x 1080 (Full HD)
1920 x 1080 (Full HD)
 1920 x 1080 (Full HD)
 
 
 
Ports & Interfaces Canon XF205 Sony PXW-X160
Mini HDMI Port 1 Unknown - Click to provide data
Mini USB Port 1 1
 
 
 
Battery Canon XF205 Sony PXW-X160
Battery Type Unknown - Click to provide data
Battery Technology
Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity (Watt Hours) Unknown - Click to provide data 28Wh
Battery Recharge Time Unknown - Click to provide data 2.23h
Battery Supported Unknown - Click to provide data 1
 
 
 
Operational Conditions Canon XF205 Sony PXW-X160
Operating Temperature (T-T)
Storage Temperature (T-T) Unknown - Click to provide data
 
 
 
Weight & Dimensions Canon XF205 Sony PXW-X160
Weight 1.6kg
BEST
2.7kg
Height 201mm 201.5mm
Depth 353mm 412mm
Width 160mm 191.5mm
 
 
 
Packaging Content Canon XF205 Sony PXW-X160
Cables Included
DC USB
AC
 DC
 USB
 AC
DC USB
AC
 DC
 USB
 AC

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