Canon XF305 vs Sony PXW-X180
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Canon XF305vsSony PXW-X180

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 camcorder, but representing only moderate value for money
83
Reviews
1 Review + 1 Award
54
Value for Money
Average
78
Features
Good Features
72
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
Sony PXW-X180

69

Overall Score

69

Overall Score

Sony PXW-X180

£4,799.00
Our Verdict:
A good spec but 4 year old 25x optical zoom 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution camcorder, representing only average value for money
53
Value for Money
Average
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Features
Good Features
70
Age
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Overall Score
Good
25x 1920 X 1080 (Full HD) Pixels 1" 2.7kg Jul 2014
Optical Zoom Max Video Resolution Optical Sensor Size Weight Release Date
Optical Zoom 25x
Max Video Resolution 1920 X 1080 (Full HD) Pixels
Optical Sensor Size 1"
Weight 2.7kg
Release Date Jul 2014
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 camcorder, but representing only moderate value for money
83
Reviews
1 Review + 1 Award
54
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Average
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Features
Good Features
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Age
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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
Sony PXW-X180

69

Overall Score

69

Overall Score

Sony PXW-X180

£4,799.00
Our Verdict:
A good spec but 4 year old 25x optical zoom 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution camcorder, representing only average value for money
53
Value for Money
Average
78
Features
Good Features
70
Age
3 Years Old
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Overall Score
Good
25x 1920 X 1080 (Full HD) Pixels 1" 2.7kg Jul 2014
Optical Zoom Max Video Resolution Optical Sensor Size Weight Release Date
Optical Zoom 25x
Max Video Resolution 1920 X 1080 (Full HD) Pixels
Optical Sensor Size 1"
Weight 2.7kg
Release Date Jul 2014

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£3,594.00
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Reasons For

Canon XF305 Sony PXW-X180
5 Reasons For
A Lot Higher Maximum Aperture Number
The Canon XF305 has a maximum aperture number of 22, however the Sony PXW-X180 is only an 11 maximum aperture value camcorder (11 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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0.5" Larger Display Diagonal
The Canon XF305 is a 4" screen size camcorder, whereas the Sony PXW-X180 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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Lighter
The Canon XF305 is a 2.7kg camcorder. That's 30g lighter than the Sony PXW-X180 (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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£1,205 Cheaper
The Canon XF305 is £1,205 cheaper than the Sony PXW-X180.
More Shops Are Selling it
A greater number of retailers increases the price competition amongst retailers for this camcorder and also increases the chances of the product remaining in stock.
2 Reasons For
Bigger Optical Zoom
The Sony PXW-X180 is a 25x optical zoom camcorder. That's 7x bigger than the Canon XF305 (18x).

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

Reviews & Awards

Awards

Canon XF305 Sony PXW-X180
1 Award
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No awards found

Average Expert Rating

Canon XF305 Sony PXW-X180
Best
5 stars
0 reviews
4 stars
1 review
3 stars
0 reviews
2 stars
0 reviews
1 star
0 reviews
5 stars
0 reviews
4 stars
0 reviews
3 stars
0 reviews
2 stars
0 reviews
1 star
0 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 XF305 Sony PXW-X180
Canon

84

84

Based on 2,530 reviews
Sony

86

86

Based on 10,009 reviews

Date Released

Canon XF305 Sony PXW-X180
40 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.

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 XF305 Sony PXW-X180
Optical Zoom 18x 25x
BEST
Digital Zoom 1.5x Unknown - Click to provide data
Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv) Unknown - Click to provide data 650mm
Minimum Aperture Number 1.6 1.6
Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv) Unknown - Click to provide data 26mm
Maximum Aperture Number 22
BEST
11
Image Stabilizer Type
Optical
 Optical
Optical
 Optical
Filter Size 82mm 82mm
Focal Length (35mm Film Equivalent) Unknown - Click to provide data
Focal Length Range (f-F)
 
 
 
Video Canon XF305 Sony PXW-X180
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
720 x 576
 1920 x 1080 (Full HD)
 1920 x 1080
 1440 x 1080
 1280 x 720
 720 x 576
1920 x 1080 (Full HD) 1920 x 1080
1440 x 1080 1280 x 720
720 x 576
 1920 x 1080 (Full HD)
 1920 x 1080
 1440 x 1080
 1280 x 720
 720 x 576
 
 
 
Image Sensor Canon XF305 Sony PXW-X180
Total Megapixels 2.37MP Unknown - Click to provide data
Optical Sensor Size 1" 1"
Sensor Type
CMOS
 CMOS
CMOS
 CMOS
Effective Megapixels (movie) 2.07MP Unknown - Click to provide data
 
 
 
Storage Canon XF305 Sony PXW-X180
Maximum Memory Card Size 32GB Unknown - Click to provide data
Memory Slots 2 Unknown - Click to provide data
Compatible Memory Cards
SDHC CF+
SD/SDHC
 SDHC
 CF+
 SD/SDHC
SDHC CF+
SD/SDHC
 SDHC
 CF+
 SD/SDHC
Camcorder Media Type
Memory card
 Memory card
Memory card
 Memory card
 
 
 
Focusing Canon XF305 Sony PXW-X180
Closest Focusing Distance 0.02m Unknown - Click to provide data
Normal Focusing Range Unknown - Click to provide data
 
 
 
White Balance Canon XF305 Sony PXW-X180
White Balance
Auto Tungsten
Daylight
 Auto
 Tungsten
 Daylight
Auto Tungsten
Daylight
 Auto
 Tungsten
 Daylight
 
 
 
Shutter Canon XF305 Sony PXW-X180
Camera Shutter Speed
 
 
 
Display Canon XF305 Sony PXW-X180
Display Diagonal 4"
BEST
3.5"
Display Resolution (numeric) 1,230,000 Pixels Unknown - Click to provide data
Display
OLED
 OLED
OLED
 OLED
 
 
 
Viewfinder Canon XF305 Sony PXW-X180
Viewfinder Screen Size 0.52"
BEST
0.5"
Viewfinder 1,550,000 Pixels 2,360,000 Pixels
BEST
Viewfinder Type
Electronic
 Electronic
Electronic
 Electronic
 
 
 
Camera Canon XF305 Sony PXW-X180
Photo Effects
Black&White
 Black&White
Black&White
 Black&White
Minimum Illumination 0.05lx Unknown - Click to provide data
 
 
 
Still Image Canon XF305 Sony PXW-X180
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 XF305 Sony PXW-X180
Audio System
Stereo
 Stereo
Stereo
 Stereo
 
 
 
Ports & Interfaces Canon XF305 Sony PXW-X180
USB 2.0 Port 1 Unknown - Click to provide data
Component Video (YPbPr/YCbCr) Out 1 Unknown - Click to provide data
Mini USB Port 1 1
 
 
 
Battery Canon XF305 Sony PXW-X180
Battery Type
Battery Voltage 7.4V 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 XF305 Sony PXW-X180
Operating Temperature (T-T)
Storage Temperature (T-T) Unknown - Click to provide data
 
 
 
Weight & Dimensions Canon XF305 Sony PXW-X180
Weight 2.7kg 2.7kg
Height 192mm 201.5mm
Depth 394mm 412mm
Width 180mm 191.5mm
 
 
 
Packaging Content Canon XF305 Sony PXW-X180
Cables Included
Component USB
AC
 Component
 USB
 AC
Component USB
AC
 Component
 USB
 AC

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