Canon XF305 vs Panasonic AG-AC160

Canon XF305
Panasonic AG-AC160

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Reasons For

3 Reasons For
0.17MP bigger sensor size Edit
Canon XF305 is 2.37MPMP sensor, but the Panasonic AG-AC160 is only a 2.2MPMP sensor camcorder (0.17MP 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.

0.55" larger screen size Edit
The Canon XF305 has a screen size of 4"", whereas the Panasonic AG-AC160 is only a 3.45"" screen size camcorder (0.55" 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.

0.07" larger viewfinder screen size Edit
The Canon XF305 is a 0.52"" viewfinder screen size camcorder. That's 0.07" larger than the Panasonic AG-AC160 (0.45"").
6 Reasons For
Bigger optical zoom Edit
Panasonic AG-AC160 is 22xx (optical), but the Canon XF305 is only an 18xx (optical) camcorder (4x 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.

85% bigger digital zoom Edit
The Panasonic AG-AC160 is a 10xx (digital) camcorder. That's 8.5x bigger than the Canon XF305 (10xx). Read more

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.

920 pixels higher display resolution Edit
The Panasonic AG-AC160 has a display resolution of 921,000 pixels pixels, whereas the Canon XF305 is only a 1,230,000 pixels pixels display resolution camcorder (920 pixels lower). Read more

Total number of pixels that display has.

Lighter Edit
The Panasonic AG-AC160 is a 2.4kgg weight camcorder. That's 0.3g lighter than the Canon XF305 (2.4kgg). Read more

Weight of the camcorder including battery.

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

$475 cheaper
The Panasonic AG-AC160 costs $3,523.99, whereas the Canon XF305 is $3,999.00.
Available from 2 shops
The more retailers stock this camcorder, the greater competition amongst retailers to keep prices low.

Reasons Against

7 Reasons Against
4x smaller optical zoom Edit
The Canon XF305 is an 18xx (optical) camcorder, whereas the Panasonic AG-AC160 is a 22xx (optical) camcorder (4x 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.

Six times smaller digital zoom Edit
The Canon XF305 has a digital zoom of 1.5xx. That's 8.5x smaller than the Panasonic AG-AC160 (10xx). Read more

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.

Vastly lower display resolution Edit
The Canon XF305 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.

0.3g heavier Edit
The Canon XF305 is a 2.7kgg weight camcorder. That's 0.3g heavier than the Panasonic AG-AC160 (2.4kgg). Read more

Weight of the camcorder including battery.

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

$475 more expensive
The Canon XF305 is more expensive than the Panasonic AG-AC160 by $475.01.
Fewer sellers
Only 4 retailers sells the Canon XF305, but 6 retailers sell the Panasonic AG-AC160. Read more
The smaller the number of retailers that stock this camcorder, the lower the competition amongst retailers to keep prices low.
Four months older
The Canon XF305 is older than the Panasonic AG-AC160 by four months.
3 Reasons Against
0.17MP smaller sensor size Edit
The Panasonic AG-AC160 has a sensor size of 2.2MPMP, however the Canon XF305 is a 2.37MPMP sensor camcorder (0.17MP 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.

Smaller screen size Edit
The Panasonic AG-AC160 has a screen size of 3.45"", but the Canon XF305 is a 4"" screen size camcorder (0.55" 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.

Smaller viewfinder screen size Edit
The Panasonic AG-AC160 is a 0.45"" viewfinder screen size camcorder. That's 0.07" smaller than the Canon XF305 (0.45"").

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Image Sensor

Sensor Size
2.37MP
BEST
2.2MP
Optical Sensor Size
 1/3
 1/3
Sensor Type
 CMOS
 CMOS
Movie Megapixel Count
2.07MP Unknown - Click to provide data

Lens System

Optical Zoom
18x 22x
BEST
Digital Zoom
1.5x 10x
BEST
Image Stabiliser
 Optical
BEST
 Optical
Maximum Focal Length
Unknown - Click to provide data 616mm
Minimum Aperture
1.6 Unknown - Click to provide data
Maximum Aperture Value
22 Unknown - Click to provide data
Filter Size
82mm 72mm
Focal Length
29.3 - 527.4 28 - 616
Focal Length Range
4.1 - 73.8 3.9 - 86

Storage

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

Focusing

Closest Focusing Distance
0.02m Unknown - Click to provide data
Normal Focusing Range
0.02 - 1 Unknown - Click to provide data

Light Exposure

Light Metering Type
 Evaluative (Multi-pattern)
BEST
 Evaluative (Multi-pattern)

White Balance

White Balance Mode
 Auto
 Manual
 Tungsten
 Daylight
 Custom modes
 Auto
 Manual
 Tungsten
 Daylight
 Custom modes

Shutter

Shutter Speed
1/2000 Unknown - Click to provide data

Display

Screen Size
4"
BEST
3.45"
Display Resolution
1,230,000 pixels 921,000 pixels
BEST
Display
 LCD
 LCD
Aspect Ratio
 16:9
 16:9

Viewfinder

Viewfinder Screen Size
0.52"
BEST
0.45"
Viewfinder Resolution
1,550,000 pixels
BEST
1,226,000 pixels

Camera

Camcorder Type
 handheld
 Shouldercam
BEST
 handheld
 Shouldercam
Photo Effect
 Black&White
 Black&White
Image Processor
 DIGIC DV III
BEST
 DIGIC DV III
Minimum Illumination
4.5lx Unknown - Click to provide data

Design

Colour
 Black
 Black

Video

HD Type
 Full HD
 Full HD
Video Capturing Speed
50fps Unknown - Click to provide data
Video Mode
 1080i
 1080p
 720p
 1080i
 1080p
 720p
BEST
Video Format
 MPEG
 MPEG2
 AVI
 MPEG4
 H.264
 AVCHD
 AVC
 MPEG
 MPEG2
 AVI
 MPEG4
 H.264
 AVCHD
 AVC
Video Resolution
 1920 x 1080
 1440 x 1080
 1280 x 720
BEST
 1920 x 1080
 1440 x 1080
 1280 x 720
Maximum Video Resolution
 1920 x 1080
 1920 x 1080
Maximum Frame Rate
50fps Unknown - Click to provide data
Analog Signal Format System
 NTSC
BEST
 NTSC

Still Image

Maximum Image Resolution
 1920 x 1080
BEST
 1920 x 1080

Audio

Audio System
 Dolby Digital 2.0
 Dolby Digital 2.0
BEST

Ports & Interfaces

USB 2.0 Port
1 1
Component Video Out Port
1 Unknown - Click to provide data
USB Connector Type
 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

Battery

Battery Type
BP-955 Unknown - Click to provide data
Battery Voltage
7.4V Unknown - Click to provide data
Battery
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
BEST
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)

Operational Conditions

Operating Temperature Range
0 - 40 0 - 40
Operating Relative Humidity Range
Unknown - Click to provide data 10 - 80

Weight & Dimensions

Weight
2.7kg 2.4kg
BEST
Height
236mm 180mm
Depth
382mm 438mm
Width
153mm 195mm

Packaging Content

Cable Included
 Component
 AC
 Component
 AC

Other Features

I/O Port
Unknown - Click to provide data 1 x BNC (HD-SDI)
Typical Power Consumption
Unknown - Click to provide data 11.8W
Resolution
2044 x 1160 Unknown - Click to provide data
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