Canon XA30 vs Panasonic HC-V380

Canon XA30
Panasonic HC-V380

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Reasons For

9 Reasons For
19% bigger sensor size Edit
The Canon XA30 has a sensor size of 3.09MPMP, however the Panasonic HC-V380 is only a 2.51MPMP sensor camcorder (0.58MP 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.

Higher megapixel count Edit
The Canon XA30 is a 2.91MPMP camcorder. That's 1.24MP higher than the Panasonic HC-V380 (1.67MPMP).
397x bigger digital zoom Edit
The Canon XA30 is a 400xx (digital) camcorder. That's 397x bigger than the Panasonic HC-V380 (3,000xx). 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 longer maximum focal length Edit
The Canon XA30 is a 576mmmm maximum focal length camcorder. That's 575mm longer than the Panasonic HC-V380 (1,740mmmm).
1.2mm shorter minimum focal length Edit
The Canon XA30 has a minimum focal length of 26.8mmmm, however the Panasonic HC-V380 is a 28mmmm minimum focal length camcorder (1.2mm longer).
One more memory card slot Edit
The Canon XA30 has two memory card slots, however the Panasonic HC-V380 only has one memory card slot.
Larger screen size Edit
The Canon XA30 has a screen size of 3.5"", but the Panasonic HC-V380 is only a 3"" screen size camcorder (0.5" 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.

Hugely smaller minimum illumination Edit
The Canon XA30 has a minimum illumination of 0.1lxlx, but the Panasonic HC-V380 is a 4lxlx minimum illumination camcorder (3.9lx bigger).
Available from 7 shops
The more stores stock this camcorder, the greater competition amongst stores to keep prices low.
5 Reasons For
Bigger optical zoom Edit
Panasonic HC-V380 is 50xx (optical). That's 30x bigger than the Canon XA30 (50xx). 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.

3x lighter Edit
The Panasonic HC-V380 has a weight of 252gg, but the Canon XA30 is a 765gg weight camcorder (513g heavier). Read more

Weight of the camcorder including battery.

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

Smaller Edit
The Panasonic HC-V380 has a height of 62mmmm. That's 22mm smaller than the Canon XA30 (62mmmm).
42% smaller Edit
Panasonic HC-V380 is 129mmmm deep. That's 53mm smaller than the Canon XA30 (129mmmm).
Cheaper by $1,302
The Panasonic HC-V380 costs $297.99, whereas the Canon XA30 is $1,599.99.

Reasons Against

6 Reasons Against
30x smaller optical zoom Edit
Canon XA30 is only 20xx (optical), but the Panasonic HC-V380 is a 50xx (optical) camcorder (30x 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.

68% heavier Edit
The Canon XA30 is a 765gg weight camcorder. That's 513g heavier than the Panasonic HC-V380 (252gg). Read more

Weight of the camcorder including battery.

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

22mm bigger Edit
The Canon XA30 has a height of 84mmmm, however the Panasonic HC-V380 is a 62mmmm high camcorder (22mm smaller).
A lot bigger Edit
Canon XA30 is 182mmmm deep, but the Panasonic HC-V380 is a 129mmmm deep camcorder (53mm smaller).
$1,302 more expensive
The Canon XA30 is more expensive than the Panasonic HC-V380 by $1,302.
Two months older
The Canon XA30 is older than the Panasonic HC-V380 by two months.
9 Reasons Against
24% smaller sensor size Edit
The Panasonic HC-V380 has a sensor size of 2.51MPMP. That's 0.58MP smaller than the Canon XA30 (2.51MPMP). 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.

Hugely lower megapixel count Edit
The Panasonic HC-V380 has a megapixel count of 1.67MPMP, but the Canon XA30 is a 2.91MPMP camcorder (1.24MP higher).
Smaller digital zoom Edit
The Panasonic HC-V380 is a 3,000xx (digital) camcorder, whereas the Canon XA30 is a 400xx (digital) camcorder (397x bigger). 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.

575mm shorter maximum focal length Edit
The Panasonic HC-V380 has a maximum focal length of 1,740mmmm, however the Canon XA30 is a 576mmmm maximum focal length camcorder (575mm longer).
Longer minimum focal length Edit
The Panasonic HC-V380 is a 28mmmm minimum focal length camcorder. That's 1.2mm longer than the Canon XA30 (28mmmm).
Only one memory card slot Edit
The Panasonic HC-V380 has one memory card slot, however the Canon XA30 only has two memory card slots.
Smaller screen size Edit
The Panasonic HC-V380 is a 3"" screen size camcorder. That's 0.5" smaller than the Canon XA30 (3""). 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.

98% bigger minimum illumination Edit
The Panasonic HC-V380 is a 4lxlx minimum illumination camcorder. That's 3.9lx bigger than the Canon XA30 (4lxlx).
Not as many stockists
The Panasonic HC-V380 is only stocked by 10 shops, however the Canon XA30 is stocked by 17 sellers. Read more
Fewer numbers of sellers reduces the chances of the product remaining in stock and also reduces the price competition amongst retailers for this camcorder.

Date Released

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Image Sensor

Sensor Size
3.09MP
BEST
2.51MP
Optical Sensor Size
 1/2
BEST
 1/2
Sensor Type
 CMOS
 CMOS
Megapixel Count
2.91MP
BEST
1.67MP
Movie Megapixel Count
Unknown - Click to provide data 2.2MP

Lens System

Optical Zoom
20x 50x
BEST
Digital Zoom
400x
BEST
3,000x
Image Stabiliser
 Hybrid
BEST
 Hybrid
Maximum Focal Length
576mm
BEST
1,740mm
Minimum Aperture
1.8 Unknown - Click to provide data
Minimum Focal Length
26.8mm
BEST
28mm
Maximum Aperture Value
8 Unknown - Click to provide data
Filter Size
58mm Unknown - Click to provide data
Focal Length
26.8 - 576 28 - 1740
Focal Length Range
3.67 - 73.4 2.06 - 103

Storage

Memory Card Slot
2
BEST
1
Memory Card
 SDXC
 SDHC
 SD
 SDXC
 SDHC
 SD
Storage Media Type
 Memory card
 Memory card
File System
 Exif 2.2
 DCF
 Exif
 Exif 2.2
 DCF
 Exif

Focusing

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

Light Exposure

Scene Mode
 Beach
 Snow
 Fireworks
 Night
 Night portrait
 Portrait
 Sports
 Sunset
 Beach
 Snow
 Fireworks
 Night
 Night portrait
 Portrait
 Sports
 Sunset
Exposure Mode
 Auto
 Manual
 Auto
 Manual

White Balance

White Balance Mode
 Fluorescent H
 Auto
 Tungsten
 Fluorescent
 Daylight
 Shade
 Custom modes
 Halogen
 Cloudy
 Sunny
 Indoor
 Fluorescent H
 Auto
 Tungsten
 Fluorescent
 Daylight
 Shade
 Custom modes
 Halogen
 Cloudy
 Sunny
 Indoor

Flash

Shoe Mounting Point Type
 Cold
 Cold

Shutter

Shutter Speed
1/2000 - 1/6 Unknown - Click to provide data

Display

Screen Size
3.5"
BEST
3"
Display Resolution
1,230,000 pixels Unknown - Click to provide data
Display
 OLED
BEST
 OLED

Viewfinder

Viewfinder Screen Size
0.24" Unknown - Click to provide data
Viewfinder Resolution
156,000 pixels Unknown - Click to provide data
Viewfinder
 Electronic
 Electronic

Camera

Camcorder Type
 handheld
 handheld
Image Processor
 DIGIC DV IV
BEST
 DIGIC DV IV
Minimum Illumination
0.1lx
BEST
4lx
On Screen Display Language
 DUT
 CZE
 ENG
 FRE
 DEU
 ITA
 POL
 ESP
 SWE
 TUR
 DUT
 CZE
 ENG
 FRE
 DEU
 ITA
 POL
 ESP
 SWE
 TUR

Design

Colour
 Black
 Black

Video

HD Type
 Full HD
 Full HD
Bitrate At Maximum Video Resolution
35 Mbit/s Unknown - Click to provide data
Video Mode
 1080p
 720p
 480p
 1080p
 720p
 480p
Video Format
 MP4
 MPEG
 MPEG4
 H.264
 AVCHD
 AVC
 MP4
 MPEG
 MPEG4
 H.264
 AVCHD
 AVC
Video Resolution
 1920 x 1080
 1440 x 1080
 1280 x 720
 640 x 360
 640 x 480
 1920 x 1080
 1440 x 1080
 1280 x 720
 640 x 360
 640 x 480
Maximum Video Resolution
 1920 x 1080
 1920 x 1080
BEST
Maximum Frame Rate
60fps Unknown - Click to provide data
Analog Signal Format System
 NTSC
BEST
 NTSC

Still Image

Image Format
 JPG
 JPG
BEST
Still Image Resolution
 4224 x 2376
 3408 x 2272
 1920 x 1080
 1728 x 1152
 640 x 480
 4224 x 2376
 3408 x 2272
 1920 x 1080
 1728 x 1152
 640 x 480
BEST
Maximum Image Resolution
 4224 x 2376
 4224 x 2376
BEST

Audio

Audio Format
 PCM
 LC-AAC
 AAC++
BEST
 PCM
 LC-AAC
 AAC++
Audio System
 Dolby Digital 2.0
 Dolby Digital 2.0
BEST

Ports & Interfaces

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

Battery

Battery Life
Unknown - Click to provide data 1.25h
Battery Voltage
7.4V 3.6V
Battery Capacity
Unknown - Click to provide data 1,940mAh
Battery
 Lithium
BEST
 Lithium
Charging Source
 USB
 USB

Operational Conditions

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

Weight & Dimensions

Weight
765g 252g
BEST
Height
84mm 62mm
BEST
Depth
182mm 129mm
BEST
Width
109mm
BEST
60mm

Packaging Content

Cable Included
 USB
 HDMI
 USB
 HDMI

Technical Details

Number of Diaphragm Blade
8 Unknown - Click to provide data
Power Supply Type
DC, Battery Unknown - Click to provide data
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