Canon Legria HF G40 vs Canon XA20 vs Canon XA30

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Canon Legria HF G40
Canon XA20
Canon XA30

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Reasons For

2 Reasons For
Available from 11 shops
The more stores stock this camcorder, the greater competition amongst stores to keep prices low.
User reviews are hugely better
The Canon Legria HF G40 has an average user review score of 80% based on 9 reviews, but the Canon XA20 has an average rating of 60% (based on 10 reviews).
6 Reasons For
Higher megapixel count Edit
The Canon XA20 is a 2.91MPMP camcorder, and so does the Canon XA30. That's 0.84MP higher than the Canon Legria HF G40 (2.91MPMP).
0.8" larger screen size Edit
The Canon XA20 has a screen size of 3.5"" (as does the Canon XA30), whereas the Canon Legria HF G40 is only a 2.7"" screen size camcorder (0.8" 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.

135g lighter Edit
The Canon XA20 is a 765gg weight camcorder, and so does the Canon XA30. That's 135g lighter than the Canon Legria HF G40 (765gg). Read more

Weight of the camcorder including battery.

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

A lot smaller Edit
The Canon XA20 is a 182mmmm deep camcorder (as does the Canon XA30), whereas the Canon Legria HF G40 is a 231mmmm deep camcorder (49mm bigger).
A little smaller Edit
The Canon XA20 is a 109mmmm wide camcorder (as does the Canon XA30), whereas the Canon Legria HF G40 is a 115mmmm wide camcorder (6mm bigger).
$760 cheaper
The Canon XA20 is $760.04 cheaper than the Canon Legria HF G40 and $1,559.05 cheaper than the Canon XA30.
9 Reasons For
29% higher megapixel count Edit
The Canon XA30 is a 2.91MPMP camcorder, and so does the Canon XA20. That's 0.84MP higher than the Canon Legria HF G40 (2.91MPMP).
Vastly higher maximum aperture value Edit
The Canon XA30 has a maximum aperture value of 8, however the Canon XA20 is only a 2.8 maximum aperture value camcorder (5.2 lower).
59x smaller closest focusing distance Edit
The Canon XA30 is a 0.01mm closest focusing distance camcorder. That's 0.59m smaller than the Canon XA20 (0.01mm).
0.8" larger screen size Edit
The Canon XA30 has a screen size of 3.5"" (as does the Canon XA20), whereas the Canon Legria HF G40 is only a 2.7"" screen size camcorder (0.8" 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.

Bigger bitrate at maximum video resolution Edit
Canon XA30 is 35 Mbit/s Mbit/s maximum video resolution bitrate, but the Canon XA20 is only a 28 Mbit/s Mbit/s maximum video resolution bitrate camcorder (7 Mbit/s smaller).
42% faster maximum frame rate Edit
The Canon XA30 is a 60fpsfps camcorder. That's 25fps faster than the Canon Legria HF G40 (60fpsfps).
135g lighter Edit
The Canon XA30 is a 765gg weight camcorder, and so does the Canon XA20. That's 135g lighter than the Canon Legria HF G40 (765gg). Read more

Weight of the camcorder including battery.

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

49mm smaller Edit
The Canon XA30 is a 182mmmm deep camcorder (as does the Canon XA20), whereas the Canon Legria HF G40 is a 231mmmm deep camcorder (49mm bigger).
6mm smaller Edit
The Canon XA30 is a 109mmmm wide camcorder (as does the Canon XA20), whereas the Canon Legria HF G40 is a 115mmmm wide camcorder (6mm bigger).

Reasons Against

7 Reasons Against
Lower megapixel count Edit
The Canon Legria HF G40 is a 2.07MPMP camcorder. That's 0.84MP lower than the Canon XA20 and the Canon XA30 (2.91MPMP).
0.8" smaller screen size Edit
The Canon Legria HF G40 has a screen size of 2.7"", but the Canon XA20 and the Canon XA30 are both 3.5"" screen size camcorders (0.8" 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.

Slower maximum frame rate Edit
The Canon Legria HF G40 is a 35fpsfps camcorder. That's 25fps slower than the Canon XA30 (60fpsfps).
Heavier Edit
The Canon Legria HF G40 is a 900gg weight camcorder. That's 135g heavier than the Canon XA20 and the Canon XA30 (765gg). Read more

Weight of the camcorder including battery.

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

Bigger Edit
Canon Legria HF G40 is 231mmmm deep, but the Canon XA20 and the Canon XA30 are both 182mmmm deep camcorders (49mm smaller).
A little bigger Edit
Canon Legria HF G40 is 115mmmm wide, but the Canon XA20 and the Canon XA30 are both 109mmmm wide camcorders (6mm smaller).
$760 more expensive
The Canon Legria HF G40 is more expensive than the Canon XA20 by $760.04.
6 Reasons Against
2x lower maximum aperture value Edit
The Canon XA20 has a maximum aperture value of 2.8, however the Canon XA30 is an 8 maximum aperture value camcorder (5.2 higher).
Bigger closest focusing distance Edit
The Canon XA20 is a 0.6mm closest focusing distance camcorder. That's 0.59m bigger than the Canon XA30 (0.01mm).
Smaller bitrate at maximum video resolution Edit
Canon XA20 is only 28 Mbit/s Mbit/s maximum video resolution bitrate, but the Canon XA30 is a 35 Mbit/s Mbit/s maximum video resolution bitrate camcorder (7 Mbit/s bigger).
Fewer sellers
Only 2 sellers sells the Canon XA20, but 13 stores sell the Canon Legria HF G40 and 10 sellers sell the Canon XA30. Read more
The smaller the number of stores that stock this camcorder, the lower the competition amongst stores to keep prices low.
Over two years older
The Canon XA20 is older than the Canon Legria HF G40 by three years and older than the Canon XA30 by three years.
Significantly Lower user review Score
The average user rating of the Canon XA20 is only 60%, whereas the average user rating of the Canon Legria HF G40 is 80% (based on 9 reviews).
3 Reasons Against
$1,559 more expensive
The Canon XA30 is more expensive than the Canon Legria HF G40 by $799.01 and more expensive than the Canon XA20 by $1,559.05.
Fewer sellers
Only 10 sellers sells the Canon XA30, but 13 shops sell the Canon Legria HF G40. Read more
The smaller the number of retailers that stock this camcorder, the lower the competition amongst retailers to keep prices low.
Two months older
The Canon XA30 is older than the Canon Legria HF G40 by two months.

Average Expert Rating

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Average User Rating

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Date Released

12 months Ago 45 months Ago 13 months Ago

Image Sensor

Sensor Size
3.09MP 3.09MP 3.09MP
Optical Sensor Size
 1/2
 1/2
 1/2
Sensor Type
 CMOS
 CMOS
 CMOS
Megapixel Count
2.07MP 2.91MP
BEST
2.91MP
BEST
Movie Megapixel Count
2.91MP 2.91MP Unknown - Click to provide data

Lens System

Optical Zoom
20x 20x 20x
Digital Zoom
400x 400x 400x
Image Stabiliser
 Optical
BEST
 Optical
 Optical
Maximum Focal Length
576mm 576mm 576mm
Minimum Aperture
Unknown - Click to provide data 1.8 1.8
Minimum Focal Length
26.8mm 26.8mm 26.8mm
Maximum Aperture Value
Unknown - Click to provide data 2.8 8
BEST
Filter Size
58mm 58mm 58mm
Focal Length
Unknown - Click to provide data 26.8 - 576 26.8 - 576
Focal Length Range
3.67 - 73.4 3.67 - 73.4 3.67 - 73.4

Storage

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

Focusing

Closest Focusing Distance
Unknown - Click to provide data 0.6m 0.01m
BEST
Focus Adjustment
 Auto
 Manual
 Auto
 Manual
 Auto
 Manual

Light Exposure

Scene Mode
 Beach
 Snow
 Fireworks
 Night
 Portrait
 Sports
 Sunset
 Spotlight
 Night portrait
 Beach
 Snow
 Fireworks
 Night
 Portrait
 Sports
 Sunset
 Spotlight
 Night portrait
 Beach
 Snow
 Fireworks
 Night
 Portrait
 Sports
 Sunset
 Spotlight
 Night portrait
Exposure Mode
 Manual
 Auto
 Manual
 Auto
 Manual
 Auto
Light Exposure Correction
 ± 3EV (1/3EV step)
 ± 3EV (1/3EV step)
BEST
 ± 3EV (1/3EV step)
Light Metering Type
 Centre-weighted
 Centre-weighted
BEST
 Centre-weighted

White Balance

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

Flash

Shoe Mounting Point Type
 Cold
 Cold
 Cold

Shutter

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

Display

Screen Size
2.7" 3.5"
BEST
3.5"
BEST
Display Resolution
Unknown - Click to provide data 1,230,000 pixels 1,230,000 pixels
Display
 OLED
 OLED
 OLED
BEST

Viewfinder

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

Camera

Camcorder Type
 handheld
 Shouldercam
BEST
 handheld
 Shouldercam
 handheld
 Shouldercam
BEST
Image Processor
 DIGIC DV IV
 DIGIC DV IV
 DIGIC DV IV
Minimum Illumination
0.1lx 0.1lx 0.1lx

Design

Colour
 Black
 Black
 Black

Video

HD Type
 Full HD
 Full HD
 Full HD
Bitrate At Maximum Video Resolution
Unknown - Click to provide data 28 Mbit/s 35 Mbit/s
BEST
Video Mode
 1080p
 720p
 1080p
 720p
 1080p
 720p
Video Format
 MP4
 AVCHD
 AVC
 MPEG
 MPEG4
 H.264
 MP4
 AVCHD
 AVC
 MPEG
 MPEG4
 H.264
 MP4
 AVCHD
 AVC
 MPEG
 MPEG4
 H.264
Video Resolution
 1920 x 1080
 1440 x 1080
 1280 x 720
 2136 x 1362
 640 x 360
 1920 x 1080
 1440 x 1080
 1280 x 720
 2136 x 1362
 640 x 360
BEST
 1920 x 1080
 1440 x 1080
 1280 x 720
 2136 x 1362
 640 x 360
Maximum Video Resolution
 1920 x 1080
BEST
 1920 x 1080
BEST
 1920 x 1080
Maximum Frame Rate
35fps Unknown - Click to provide data 60fps
BEST
Analog Signal Format System
 NTSC
 NTSC
BEST
 NTSC
BEST

Still Image

Maximum Image Resolution
 2136 x 1362
 2136 x 1362
BEST
 2136 x 1362

Audio

Audio Format
 AAC++
 PCM
 LC-AAC
 AAC++
 PCM
 LC-AAC
 AAC++
 PCM
 LC-AAC
BEST
Audio System
 Dolby Digital 2.0/5.1
BEST
 Dolby Digital 2.0/5.1
 Dolby Digital 2.0/5.1

Ports & Interfaces

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

Battery

Battery Life
4.35h Unknown - Click to provide data Unknown - Click to provide data
Video Recording Time
Unknown - Click to provide data 10.1h Unknown - Click to provide data
Battery Type
BP-828 BP-820 Unknown - Click to provide data
Battery Voltage
Unknown - Click to provide data 7.4V 7.4V
Battery
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
BEST
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)

Operational Conditions

Operating Temperature Range
Unknown - Click to provide data -5 - 45 -5 - 45
Operating Relative Humidity Range
Unknown - Click to provide data 0 - 60 Unknown - Click to provide data

Weight & Dimensions

Weight
900g 765g
BEST
765g
BEST
Height
84mm 84mm 84mm
Depth
231mm 182mm
BEST
182mm
BEST
Width
115mm 109mm
BEST
109mm
BEST

Packaging Content

Cable Included
 HDMI
 AC
 USB
 HDMI
 AC
 USB
BEST
 HDMI
 AC
 USB
BEST

Technical Details

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