Canon XF205 vs Panasonic AG-AC160 vs Sony PXW-X160

Canon XF205
Panasonic AG-AC160
Sony PXW-X160

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Reasons For

8 Reasons For
A lot bigger sensor size Edit
Canon XF205 is 3.09MPMP sensor, but the Panasonic AG-AC160 is only a 2.2MPMP sensor camcorder (0.89MP smaller). 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.

5 higher maximum aperture value Edit
The Canon XF205 has a maximum aperture value of 16, however the Sony PXW-X160 is only an 11 maximum aperture value camcorder (5 lower).
0.05" larger screen size Edit
The Canon XF205 has a screen size of 3.5"" (as does the Sony PXW-X160), whereas the Panasonic AG-AC160 is only a 3.45"" screen size camcorder (0.05" smaller). Read more

Display diagonal of the camcorder's build in display.

A larger display diagonal makes it easier to record and review video and images.

69% lighter Edit
The Canon XF205 is a 1.6kgg weight camcorder. That's 0.8g lighter than the Panasonic AG-AC160 (2.7kgg) and 1.1g lighter than the Sony PXW-X160 (2.7kgg). Read more

Weight of the camcorder including battery.

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

85mm smaller Edit
The Canon XF205 is a 353mmmm deep camcorder, whereas the Panasonic AG-AC160 is a 438mmmm deep camcorder (85mm bigger) and the Sony PXW-X160 is a 412mmmm deep camcorder (59mm bigger).
35mm smaller Edit
The Canon XF205 is a 160mmmm wide camcorder, whereas the Panasonic AG-AC160 is a 195mmmm wide camcorder (35mm bigger) and the Sony PXW-X160 is a 191.5mmmm wide camcorder (31.5mm bigger).
$569 cheaper
The Canon XF205 is $615.79 cheaper than the Panasonic AG-AC160 and $568.64 cheaper than the Sony PXW-X160.
Available from 6 shops
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.
2 Reasons For
Higher display resolution Edit
The Panasonic AG-AC160 has a display resolution of 921,000 pixels pixels, but the Canon XF205 is only a 1,230,000 pixels pixels display resolution camcorder (920 pixels lower). Read more

Total number of pixels that display has.

21.5mm smaller Edit
The Panasonic AG-AC160 is a 180mmmm high camcorder, whereas the Canon XF205 is a 201mmmm high camcorder (21mm bigger) and the Sony PXW-X160 is a 201.5mmmm high camcorder (21.5mm bigger).
6 Reasons For
5x bigger optical zoom Edit
The Sony PXW-X160 is a 25xx (optical) camcorder, whereas the Canon XF205 is only a 20xx (optical) camcorder (5x smaller) and the Panasonic AG-AC160 is only a 22xx (optical) camcorder (3x smaller). Read more

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.

Longer maximum focal length Edit
The Sony PXW-X160 is a 650mmmm maximum focal length camcorder. That's 34mm longer than the Panasonic AG-AC160 (650mmmm).
13% lower minimum aperture Edit
The Sony PXW-X160 has a minimum aperture of 1.6, however the Canon XF205 is a 1.8 minimum aperture camcorder (0.2 higher).
0.05" larger screen size Edit
The Sony PXW-X160 has a screen size of 3.5"" (as does the Canon XF205), whereas the Panasonic AG-AC160 is only a 3.45"" screen size camcorder (0.05" smaller). Read more

Display diagonal of the camcorder's build in display.

A larger display diagonal makes it easier to record and review video and images.

Larger viewfinder screen size Edit
The Sony PXW-X160 is a 0.5"" viewfinder screen size camcorder. That's 0.05" larger than the Canon XF205 and the Panasonic AG-AC160 (0.5"").
50% higher viewfinder resolution Edit
The Sony PXW-X160 is a 2,360,000 pixels pixels viewfinder resolution camcorder. That's 1 pixels higher than the Canon XF205 (2,360,000 pixels pixels) and 1 pixels higher than the Panasonic AG-AC160 (2,360,000 pixels pixels).

Reasons Against

6 Reasons Against
5x smaller optical zoom Edit
The Canon XF205 is a 20xx (optical) camcorder, whereas the Panasonic AG-AC160 is a 22xx (optical) camcorder (2x bigger) and the Sony PXW-X160 is a 25xx (optical) camcorder (5x bigger). Read more

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.

12% higher minimum aperture Edit
The Canon XF205 has a minimum aperture of 1.8, however the Sony PXW-X160 is a 1.6 minimum aperture camcorder (0.2 lower).
Vastly lower display resolution Edit
The Canon XF205 has a display resolution of 1,230,000 pixels pixels, however the Panasonic AG-AC160 is a 921,000 pixels pixels display resolution camcorder (920 pixels higher). Read more

Total number of pixels that display has.

0.05" smaller viewfinder screen size Edit
The Canon XF205 is a 0.45"" viewfinder screen size camcorder, and so does the Panasonic AG-AC160. That's 0.05" smaller than the Sony PXW-X160 (0.5"").
1 pixels lower viewfinder resolution Edit
The Canon XF205 is a 1,230,000 pixels pixels viewfinder resolution camcorder. That's 0 pixels lower than the Panasonic AG-AC160 (2,360,000 pixels pixels) and 1 pixels lower than the Sony PXW-X160 (2,360,000 pixels pixels).
Bigger Edit
Canon XF205 is 201mmmm high, but the Panasonic AG-AC160 is a 180mmmm high camcorder (21mm smaller) and the Sony PXW-X160 is a 201.5mmmm high camcorder (0.5mm bigger).
12 Reasons Against
A lot smaller sensor size Edit
The Panasonic AG-AC160 is a 2.2MPMP sensor camcorder, whereas the Canon XF205 is a 3.09MPMP sensor camcorder (0.89MP 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.

14% smaller optical zoom Edit
The Panasonic AG-AC160 has an optical zoom of 22xx, however the Canon XF205 is a 20xx (optical) camcorder (2x smaller) and the Sony PXW-X160 is a 25xx (optical) camcorder (3x bigger). Read more

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.

Shorter maximum focal length Edit
The Panasonic AG-AC160 is a 616mmmm maximum focal length camcorder. That's 34mm shorter than the Sony PXW-X160 (650mmmm).
0.05" smaller screen size Edit
The Panasonic AG-AC160 has a screen size of 3.45"", however the Canon XF205 and the Sony PXW-X160 are both 3.5"" screen size camcorders (0.05" larger). Read more

Display diagonal of the camcorder's build in display.

A larger display diagonal makes it easier to record and review video and images.

12% smaller viewfinder screen size Edit
The Panasonic AG-AC160 is a 0.45"" viewfinder screen size camcorder, and so does the Canon XF205. That's 0.05" smaller than the Sony PXW-X160 (0.5"").
Vastly lower viewfinder resolution Edit
The Panasonic AG-AC160 is a 1,226,000 pixels pixels viewfinder resolution camcorder. That's 0 pixels lower than the Canon XF205 (2,360,000 pixels pixels) and 1 pixels lower than the Sony PXW-X160 (2,360,000 pixels pixels).
34% heavier Edit
The Panasonic AG-AC160 is a 2.4kgg weight camcorder. That's 0.8g heavier than the Canon XF205 (2.7kgg) and 0.3g lighter than the Sony PXW-X160 (2.7kgg). Read more

Weight of the camcorder including battery.

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

20% bigger Edit
The Panasonic AG-AC160 has a depth of 438mmmm, however the Canon XF205 is a 353mmmm deep camcorder (85mm smaller) and the Sony PXW-X160 is a 412mmmm deep camcorder (26mm smaller).
18% bigger Edit
The Panasonic AG-AC160 has a width of 195mmmm, however the Canon XF205 is a 160mmmm wide camcorder (35mm smaller) and the Sony PXW-X160 is a 191.5mmmm wide camcorder (3.5mm smaller).
$616 more expensive
The Panasonic AG-AC160 is more expensive than the Canon XF205 by $615.79 and more expensive than the Sony PXW-X160 by $47.15.
Less retailers
Only 6 retailers sells the Panasonic AG-AC160, whereas 9 retailers sell the Canon XF205. Read more
Smaller numbers of stores reduces the price competition amongst retailers for this camcorder and also reduces the chances of the product remaining in stock.
Over three years older
The Panasonic AG-AC160 is older than the Canon XF205 by three years and older than the Sony PXW-X160 by 20 months.
8 Reasons Against
5 lower maximum aperture value Edit
The Sony PXW-X160 has a maximum aperture value of 11, however the Canon XF205 is a 16 maximum aperture value camcorder (5 higher).
41% heavier Edit
The Sony PXW-X160 is a 2.7kgg weight camcorder. That's 1.1g heavier than the Canon XF205 (2.7kgg) and 0.3g heavier than the Panasonic AG-AC160 (2.7kgg). 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 PXW-X160 is 201.5mmmm high, but the Canon XF205 is a 201mmmm high camcorder (0.5mm smaller) and the Panasonic AG-AC160 is a 180mmmm high camcorder (21.5mm smaller).
59mm bigger Edit
The Sony PXW-X160 is a 412mmmm deep camcorder, whereas the Canon XF205 is a 353mmmm deep camcorder (59mm smaller) and the Panasonic AG-AC160 is a 438mmmm deep camcorder (26mm bigger).
31.5mm bigger Edit
The Sony PXW-X160 is a 191.5mmmm wide camcorder, whereas the Canon XF205 is a 160mmmm wide camcorder (31.5mm smaller) and the Panasonic AG-AC160 is a 195mmmm wide camcorder (3.5mm bigger).
$569 more expensive
The Sony PXW-X160 is more expensive than the Canon XF205 by $568.64.
Fewer sellers
Only 3 shops sells the Sony PXW-X160, but 9 stores sell the Canon XF205 and 6 shops sell the Panasonic AG-AC160. Read more
The smaller the number of stores that stock this camcorder, the lower the competition amongst stores to keep prices low.
Over one year older
The Sony PXW-X160 is older than the Canon XF205 by 18 months.

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Image Sensor

Sensor Size
3.09MP
BEST
2.2MP Unknown - Click to provide data
Optical Sensor Size
 1/2
BEST
 1/2
 1/2
Sensor Type
 CMOS
 CMOS
 CMOS
Movie Megapixel Count
2.91MP Unknown - Click to provide data Unknown - Click to provide data

Lens System

Optical Zoom
20x 22x 25x
BEST
Digital Zoom
6x
BEST
10x Unknown - Click to provide data
Maximum Focal Length
Unknown - Click to provide data 616mm 650mm
BEST
Minimum Aperture
1.8 Unknown - Click to provide data 1.6
BEST
Minimum Focal Length
Unknown - Click to provide data Unknown - Click to provide data 26mm
Maximum Aperture Value
16
BEST
Unknown - Click to provide data 11
Filter Size
58mm 72mm 82mm
Focal Length
28.8 - 576 28 - 616 Unknown - Click to provide data
Focal Length Range
3.67 - 73.4 3.9 - 86 3.7 - 92.5

Storage

Maximum Memory Card Size
128GB Unknown - Click to provide data Unknown - Click to provide data
Memory Card
 SDXC
 SDHC
 SD
 CF+
BEST
 SDXC
 SDHC
 SD
 CF+
BEST
 SDXC
 SDHC
 SD
 CF+
Storage Media Type
 Memory card
 Memory card
 Memory card

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

Shutter

Shutter Speed
1/18 - 1/2000 Unknown - Click to provide data 1/32 - 1/2000

Display

Screen Size
3.5"
BEST
3.45" 3.5"
BEST
Display Resolution
1,230,000 pixels 921,000 pixels
BEST
Unknown - Click to provide data
Display
 OLED
BEST
 OLED
 OLED
BEST

Viewfinder

Viewfinder Screen Size
0.45" 0.45" 0.5"
BEST
Viewfinder Resolution
1,230,000 pixels 1,226,000 pixels 2,360,000 pixels
BEST
Viewfinder
 Electronic
 Electronic
 Electronic

Camera

Camcorder Type
 Shouldercam
 Shouldercam
 Shouldercam
Image Processor
 DIGIC DV IV
BEST
 DIGIC DV IV
 DIGIC DV IV

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
 1080i
 1080p
 720p
 1080i
 1080p
 720p
BEST
 1080i
 1080p
 720p
Video Format
 MPEG
 MPEG2
 AVI
 MPEG4
 H.264
 AVCHD
 AVC
 DV
 MPEG
 MPEG2
 AVI
 MPEG4
 H.264
 AVCHD
 AVC
 DV
 MPEG
 MPEG2
 AVI
 MPEG4
 H.264
 AVCHD
 AVC
 DV
Video Resolution
 1920 x 1080
 1440 x 1080
 1280 x 720
 640 x 480
 720 x 576
BEST
 1920 x 1080
 1440 x 1080
 1280 x 720
 640 x 480
 720 x 576
 1920 x 1080
 1440 x 1080
 1280 x 720
 640 x 480
 720 x 576
BEST
Maximum Video Resolution
 1920 x 1080
 1920 x 1080
 1920 x 1080
Maximum Frame Rate
50fps Unknown - Click to provide data Unknown - Click to provide data

Still Image

Maximum Image Resolution
 1920 x 1080
BEST
 1920 x 1080
 1920 x 1080
BEST

Audio

Audio Format
 LPCM
 PCM
 LPCM
 PCM
 LPCM
 PCM
BEST
Audio System
 Dolby Digital 2.0
 Dolby Digital 2.0
BEST
 Dolby Digital 2.0

Ports & Interfaces

USB 2.0 Port
Unknown - Click to provide data 1 Unknown - Click to provide data
Mini HDMI Port
1 Unknown - Click to provide data Unknown - Click to provide data
USB Connector Type
 USB B
 Mini-USB
 Mini-USB B
 USB B
 Mini-USB
 Mini-USB B
 USB B
 Mini-USB
 Mini-USB B
Mini-USB 2.0 Port
1 Unknown - Click to provide data 1

Battery

Battery Type
Unknown - Click to provide data Unknown - Click to provide data BP-U30
Battery
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
BEST
Battery Capacity
Unknown - Click to provide data Unknown - Click to provide data 28Wh
Battery Recharge Time
Unknown - Click to provide data Unknown - Click to provide data 2.23h
Battery Slot
Unknown - Click to provide data Unknown - Click to provide data 1

Operational Conditions

Operating Temperature Range
-5 - 45 0 - 40 0 - 40
Operating Relative Humidity Range
Unknown - Click to provide data 10 - 80 Unknown - Click to provide data
Storage Temperature Range
Unknown - Click to provide data Unknown - Click to provide data -20 - 60

Weight & Dimensions

Weight
1.6kg
BEST
2.4kg 2.7kg
Height
201mm 180mm
BEST
201.5mm
Depth
353mm
BEST
438mm 412mm
Width
160mm
BEST
195mm 191.5mm

Packaging Content

Cable Included
 DC
 AC
 USB
 DC
 AC
 USB
 DC
 AC
 USB

Other Features

I/O Port
Unknown - Click to provide data 1 x BNC (HD-SDI) Unknown - Click to provide data
Typical Power Consumption
Unknown - Click to provide data 11.8W Unknown - Click to provide data
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