Canon XF205 vs Panasonic HC-X1000 vs Sony FDR-AX1

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Canon XF205
Panasonic HC-X1000
Sony FDR-AX1

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Reasons For

5 Reasons For
1.6 lower minimum aperture Edit
The Canon XF205 has a minimum aperture of 1.8, but the Sony FDR-AX1 is a 3.4 minimum aperture camcorder (1.6 higher).
14.4 higher maximum aperture value Edit
The Canon XF205 has a maximum aperture value of 16, but the Sony FDR-AX1 is only a 1.6 maximum aperture value camcorder (14.4 lower).
50% lighter Edit
The Canon XF205 is a 1.6kgg weight camcorder, and so does the Panasonic HC-X1000. That's 0.8g lighter than the Sony FDR-AX1 (2.4kgg). Read more

Weight of the camcorder including battery.

A lighter camcorder is easier to handle when recording and to carry when travelling.

19% smaller Edit
The Canon XF205 has a width of 160mmmm (as does the Panasonic HC-X1000), however the Sony FDR-AX1 is a 189mmmm wide camcorder (29mm bigger).
Available from 6 shops
A greater number of stores increases the chances of this camcorder remaining in stock and also increases the price competition amongst retailers for the product.
6 Reasons For
5.94MP higher movie megapixel count Edit
The Panasonic HC-X1000 is an 8.85MPMP (movie mode) camcorder, whereas the Canon XF205 is only a 2.91MPMP (movie mode) camcorder (5.94MP lower) and the Sony FDR-AX1 is only an 8.3MPMP (movie mode) camcorder (0.55MP lower).
Lighter Edit
The Panasonic HC-X1000 is a 1.6kgg weight camcorder, and so does the Canon XF205. That's 0.8g lighter than the Sony FDR-AX1 (2.4kgg). Read more

Weight of the camcorder including battery.

A lighter camcorder is easier to handle when recording and to carry when travelling.

31mm smaller Edit
The Panasonic HC-X1000 is a 170mmmm high camcorder, whereas the Canon XF205 is a 201mmmm high camcorder (31mm bigger) and the Sony FDR-AX1 is a 193mmmm high camcorder (23mm bigger).
15% smaller Edit
The Panasonic HC-X1000 has a depth of 315mmmm, however the Canon XF205 is a 353mmmm deep camcorder (38mm bigger) and the Sony FDR-AX1 is a 362mmmm deep camcorder (47mm bigger).
19% smaller Edit
The Panasonic HC-X1000 has a width of 160mmmm (as does the Canon XF205), however the Sony FDR-AX1 is a 189mmmm wide camcorder (29mm bigger).
$410 cheaper
The Panasonic HC-X1000 costs $410.21 less than the Canon XF205 and costs $2,000.01 less than the Sony FDR-AX1.
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Reasons Against

4 Reasons Against
Lower movie megapixel count Edit
The Canon XF205 is a 2.91MPMP (movie mode) camcorder, whereas the Panasonic HC-X1000 is an 8.85MPMP (movie mode) camcorder (5.94MP higher) and the Sony FDR-AX1 is an 8.3MPMP (movie mode) camcorder (5.39MP higher).
31mm bigger Edit
The Canon XF205 is a 201mmmm high camcorder, whereas the Panasonic HC-X1000 is a 170mmmm high camcorder (31mm smaller) and the Sony FDR-AX1 is a 193mmmm high camcorder (8mm smaller).
11% bigger Edit
The Canon XF205 has a depth of 353mmmm, however the Panasonic HC-X1000 is a 315mmmm deep camcorder (38mm smaller) and the Sony FDR-AX1 is a 362mmmm deep camcorder (9mm bigger).
$410 more expensive
The Canon XF205 is more expensive than the Panasonic HC-X1000 by $410.21.
3 Reasons Against
0.43MP smaller sensor size Edit
The Panasonic HC-X1000 is an 18.47MPMP sensor camcorder, whereas the Canon XF205 is a 3.09MPMP sensor camcorder (15.38MP smaller) and the Sony FDR-AX1 is an 18.9MPMP sensor camcorder (0.43MP bigger). Read more

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.

Less retailers
Only 4 stores sells the Panasonic HC-X1000, whereas 9 sellers sell the Canon XF205. Read more
Smaller numbers of retailers reduces the price competition amongst retailers for this camcorder and also reduces the chances of the product remaining in stock.
Over one year older
The Panasonic HC-X1000 is older than the Canon XF205 by 15 months.
10 Reasons Against
7% lower movie megapixel count Edit
Sony FDR-AX1 is only 8.3MPMP (movie mode). That's 5.39MP higher than the Canon XF205 (8.3MPMP) and 0.55MP lower than the Panasonic HC-X1000 (8.3MPMP).
Higher minimum aperture Edit
The Sony FDR-AX1 is a 3.4 minimum aperture camcorder. That's 1.6 higher than the Canon XF205 (3.4).
Lower maximum aperture value Edit
The Sony FDR-AX1 is a 1.6 maximum aperture value camcorder. That's 14.4 lower than the Canon XF205 (1.6).
0.8g heavier Edit
The Sony FDR-AX1 has a weight of 2.4kgg, whereas the Canon XF205 and the Panasonic HC-X1000 are both 1.6kgg weight camcorders (0.8g lighter). Read more

Weight of the camcorder including battery.

A lighter camcorder is easier to handle when recording and to carry when travelling.

Bigger Edit
Sony FDR-AX1 is 193mmmm high. That's 8mm smaller than the Canon XF205 (193mmmm) and 23mm bigger than the Panasonic HC-X1000 (193mmmm).
47mm bigger Edit
The Sony FDR-AX1 is a 362mmmm deep camcorder. That's 9mm bigger than the Canon XF205 (362mmmm) and 47mm bigger than the Panasonic HC-X1000 (362mmmm).
29mm bigger Edit
The Sony FDR-AX1 is a 189mmmm wide camcorder. That's 29mm bigger than the Canon XF205 and the Panasonic HC-X1000 (189mmmm).
More expensive by $2,000
The Sony FDR-AX1 is $1,589.80 more expensive than the Canon XF205 and $2,000.01 more expensive than the Panasonic HC-X1000.
Fewer sellers
The Sony FDR-AX1 is only stocked by 3 stores, but the Canon XF205 is stocked by 9 retailers and the Panasonic HC-X1000 is stocked by 4 stores. Read more
The fewer the number of sellers that stock the product, the lower the competition amongst sellers to keep prices low.
Older by over two years
The Sony FDR-AX1 is two years older than the Canon XF205 and one year older than the Panasonic HC-X1000.

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Image Sensor

Sensor Size
3.09MP
BEST
18.47MP 18.9MP
Optical Sensor Size
 1/2
 1/2
 1/2
Sensor Type
 CMOS
 CMOS
 CMOS
Megapixel Count
Unknown - Click to provide data 8.85MP Unknown - Click to provide data
Movie Megapixel Count
2.91MP 8.85MP
BEST
8.3MP

Lens System

Optical Zoom
20x 20x 20x
Digital Zoom
6x
BEST
10x Unknown - Click to provide data
Image Stabiliser
 Optical
 Optical
 Optical
BEST
Maximum Focal Length
Unknown - Click to provide data Unknown - Click to provide data 590mm
Minimum Aperture
1.8
BEST
Unknown - Click to provide data 3.4
Minimum Focal Length
Unknown - Click to provide data Unknown - Click to provide data 29.5mm
Maximum Aperture Value
16
BEST
Unknown - Click to provide data 1.6
Filter Size
58mm 49mm Unknown - Click to provide data
Focal Length
28.8 - 576 30.8 - 626 Unknown - Click to provide data
Focal Length Range
3.67 - 73.4 4.08 - 81.6 4.1 - 82

Storage

Maximum Memory Card Size
128GB Unknown - Click to provide data Unknown - Click to provide data
Memory Card Slot
Unknown - Click to provide data 2 2
Memory Card
 SDXC
 SDHC
 SD
 CF+
 XQD
BEST
 SDXC
 SDHC
 SD
 CF+
 XQD
BEST
 SDXC
 SDHC
 SD
 CF+
 XQD
Storage Media Type
 Memory card
 Memory card
 Memory card
File System
 Exif 2.2
 DCF
 Exif
 Exif 2.2
 DCF
 Exif
 Exif 2.2
 DCF
 Exif

Focusing

Closest Focusing Distance
0.01m Unknown - Click to provide data Unknown - Click to provide data
Focus Adjustment
 Auto
 Manual
 Auto
 Manual
 Auto
 Manual

Light Exposure

Light Metering Type
 Centre-weighted
BEST
 Centre-weighted
 Centre-weighted

White Balance

White Balance Mode
 Auto
 Indoor
 Auto
 Indoor
 Auto
 Indoor

Shutter

Shutter Speed
1/18 - 1/2000 1/8 - 1/8000 Unknown - Click to provide data

Display

Screen Size
3.5" 3.5" 3.5"
Display Resolution
1,230,000 pixels
BEST
1,152,000 pixels 1,229,000 pixels
Display
 OLED
BEST
 OLED
 OLED

Viewfinder

Viewfinder Screen Size
0.45" 0.45" Unknown - Click to provide data
Viewfinder Resolution
1,230,000 pixels Unknown - Click to provide data Unknown - Click to provide data
Viewfinder
 electrical
 electrical
 electrical
BEST

Camera

Camcorder Type
 Shouldercam
 handheld
 Shouldercam
 handheld
BEST
 Shouldercam
 handheld
Image Processor
 DIGIC DV IV
BEST
 DIGIC DV IV
 DIGIC DV IV
Minimum Illumination
Unknown - Click to provide data 4lx 4lx

Design

Colour
 Black
 Black
 Black

Video

HD Type
 Full HD
 Full HD
 Full HD
Video Capturing Speed
50fps Unknown - Click to provide data Unknown - Click to provide data
Video Mode
 2160p
 2160p
 2160p
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Video Format
 MPEG
 MPEG2
 MP4
 MOV
 AVCHD
 AVC
 MPEG4
 H.264
 MPEG
 MPEG2
 MP4
 MOV
 AVCHD
 AVC
 MPEG4
 H.264
 MPEG
 MPEG2
 MP4
 MOV
 AVCHD
 AVC
 MPEG4
 H.264
Video Resolution
 1920 x 1080
 1440 x 1080
 1280 x 720
 640 x 480
 4096 x 2160
 3840 x 2160
 1920 x 1080
 1440 x 1080
 1280 x 720
 640 x 480
 4096 x 2160
 3840 x 2160
BEST
 1920 x 1080
 1440 x 1080
 1280 x 720
 640 x 480
 4096 x 2160
 3840 x 2160
Maximum Video Resolution
 4096 x 2160
 4096 x 2160
BEST
 4096 x 2160
Maximum Frame Rate
50fps Unknown - Click to provide data Unknown - Click to provide data

Still Image

Image Format
 JPG
 JPG
BEST
 JPG
Still Image Resolution
 3840 x 2160
 1920 x 1080
 3840 x 2160
 1920 x 1080
BEST
 3840 x 2160
 1920 x 1080
Maximum Image Resolution
 1920 x 1080
 4096 x 2160
 1920 x 1080
 4096 x 2160
BEST
 1920 x 1080
 4096 x 2160

Audio

Audio Format
 MP4
 LPCM
 PCM
 AAC++
 MP4
 LPCM
 PCM
 AAC++
BEST
 MP4
 LPCM
 PCM
 AAC++
BEST
Audio System
 Dolby Digital 2.0
 Dolby Digital 2.0
BEST
 Dolby Digital 2.0

Ports & Interfaces

Mini HDMI Port
1 Unknown - Click to provide data Unknown - Click to provide data
Mini-USB 2.0 Port
1 Unknown - Click to provide data Unknown - Click to provide data
Micro-USB 2.0 Port
Unknown - Click to provide data Unknown - Click to provide data 2
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A Ports Quantity
Unknown - Click to provide data 2 Unknown - Click to provide data

Battery

Battery Type
Unknown - Click to provide data Unknown - Click to provide data NP-F970
Battery Voltage
Unknown - Click to provide data 7.2V Unknown - Click to provide data
Battery Capacity
Unknown - Click to provide data 5,800mAh Unknown - Click to provide data

Operational Conditions

Operating Temperature Range
-5 - 45 Unknown - Click to provide data Unknown - Click to provide data

Weight & Dimensions

Weight
1.6kg
BEST
1.6kg
BEST
2.4kg
Height
201mm 170mm
BEST
193mm
Depth
353mm 315mm
BEST
362mm
Width
160mm
BEST
160mm
BEST
189mm

Packaging Content

Bundled Software
Unknown - Click to provide data Unknown - Click to provide data PlayMemories Home
Cable Included
 DC
 USB
 HDMI
 AV
BEST
 DC
 USB
 HDMI
 AV
 DC
 USB
 HDMI
 AV
BEST

Other Features

Aperture Range
Unknown - Click to provide data Unknown - Click to provide data 1.6 - 3.4

Technical Details

Microphone Operation Mode
Unknown - Click to provide data Stereo Unknown - Click to provide data
Speaker
Unknown - Click to provide data Dynamic Unknown - Click to provide data
Number of Diaphragm Blade
Unknown - Click to provide data Unknown - Click to provide data 6
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