Canon Legria HF R706 vs Panasonic HC-W580

Canon Legria HF R706
Panasonic HC-W580

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Reasons For

7 Reasons For
Bigger sensor size Edit
Canon Legria HF R706 is 3.28MPMP sensor. That's 0.77MP bigger than the Panasonic HC-W580 (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.

0.4MP higher megapixel count Edit
The Canon Legria HF R706 has a megapixel count of 2.07MPMP, whereas the Panasonic HC-W580 is only a 1.67MPMP camcorder (0.4MP lower).
Two times smaller minimum illumination Edit
The Canon Legria HF R706 is a 0.4lxlx minimum illumination camcorder. That's 0.6lx smaller than the Panasonic HC-W580 (1lxlx).
29g lighter Edit
The Canon Legria HF R706 has a weight of 235gg, whereas the Panasonic HC-W580 is a 264gg weight camcorder (29g 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
Canon Legria HF R706 is 58mmmm high. That's 4mm smaller than the Panasonic HC-W580 (62mmmm).
13mm smaller Edit
The Canon Legria HF R706 is a 116mmmm deep camcorder. That's 13mm smaller than the Panasonic HC-W580 (129mmmm).
7mm smaller Edit
The Canon Legria HF R706 is a 53mmmm wide camcorder. That's 7mm smaller than the Panasonic HC-W580 (60mmmm).
5 Reasons For
Marginally higher movie megapixel count Edit
Panasonic HC-W580 is 2.2MPMP (movie mode), but the Canon Legria HF R706 is only a 2.07MPMP (movie mode) camcorder (0.13MP lower).
18x bigger optical zoom Edit
The Panasonic HC-W580 is a 50xx (optical) camcorder, whereas the Canon Legria HF R706 is only a 32xx (optical) camcorder (18x 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.

Bigger digital zoom Edit
The Panasonic HC-W580 has a digital zoom of 3,000xx. That's 2x bigger than the Canon Legria HF R706 (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.

Longer maximum focal length Edit
The Panasonic HC-W580 is a 103mmmm maximum focal length camcorder. That's 102mm longer than the Canon Legria HF R706 (103mmmm).
Shorter minimum focal length Edit
The Panasonic HC-W580 has a minimum focal length of 28mmmm, but the Canon Legria HF R706 is a 32.5mmmm minimum focal length camcorder (4.5mm longer).

Reasons Against

6 Reasons Against
7% lower movie megapixel count Edit
Canon Legria HF R706 is only 2.07MPMP (movie mode). That's 0.13MP lower than the Panasonic HC-W580 (2.2MPMP).
Smaller optical zoom Edit
The Canon Legria HF R706 is a 32xx (optical) camcorder. That's 18x smaller than the Panasonic HC-W580 (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.

Vastly smaller digital zoom Edit
The Canon Legria HF R706 has a digital zoom of 1,140xx, however the Panasonic HC-W580 is a 3,000xx (digital) camcorder (2x 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.

Shorter maximum focal length Edit
The Canon Legria HF R706 has a maximum focal length of 1,853mmmm, but the Panasonic HC-W580 is a 103mmmm maximum focal length camcorder (102mm longer).
Longer minimum focal length Edit
The Canon Legria HF R706 is a 32.5mmmm minimum focal length camcorder. That's 4.5mm longer than the Panasonic HC-W580 (28mmmm).
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8 Reasons Against
A lot smaller sensor size Edit
Panasonic HC-W580 is only 2.51MPMP sensor, but the Canon Legria HF R706 is a 3.28MPMP sensor camcorder (0.77MP 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.

0.4MP lower megapixel count Edit
The Panasonic HC-W580 is a 1.67MPMP camcorder. That's 0.4MP lower than the Canon Legria HF R706 (1.67MPMP).
Significantly bigger minimum illumination Edit
The Panasonic HC-W580 has a minimum illumination of 1lxlx, whereas the Canon Legria HF R706 is a 0.4lxlx minimum illumination camcorder (0.6lx smaller).
29g heavier Edit
The Panasonic HC-W580 is a 264gg weight camcorder. That's 29g heavier than the Canon Legria HF R706 (264gg). Read more

Weight of the camcorder including battery.

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

4mm bigger Edit
Panasonic HC-W580 is 62mmmm high, but the Canon Legria HF R706 is a 58mmmm high camcorder (4mm smaller).
13mm bigger Edit
The Panasonic HC-W580 is a 129mmmm deep camcorder, whereas the Canon Legria HF R706 is a 116mmmm deep camcorder (13mm smaller).
7mm bigger Edit
The Panasonic HC-W580 is a 60mmmm wide camcorder, whereas the Canon Legria HF R706 is a 53mmmm wide camcorder (7mm smaller).
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The Panasonic HC-W580 is older than the Canon Legria HF R706 by one month.

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Image Sensor

Sensor Size
3.28MP
BEST
2.51MP
Optical Sensor Size
 1/4
BEST
 1/4
Sensor Type
 CMOS
 CMOS
Megapixel Count
2.07MP
BEST
1.67MP
Movie Megapixel Count
2.07MP 2.2MP
BEST

Lens System

Optical Zoom
32x 50x
BEST
Digital Zoom
1,140x 3,000x
BEST
Image Stabiliser
 Optical
BEST
 Optical
Maximum Focal Length
1,853mm 103mm
BEST
Minimum Aperture
1.8 Unknown - Click to provide data
Minimum Focal Length
32.5mm 28mm
BEST
Maximum Aperture Value
4.5 Unknown - Click to provide data
Focal Length
32.5 - 1853 28 - 1740
Focal Length Range
2.8 - 89.6 2.06 - 103

Storage

Maximum Memory Card Size
64GB Unknown - Click to provide data
Memory Card Slot
1 Unknown - Click to provide data
Memory Card
 SDXC
 SDHC
 SD
 SDXC
 SDHC
 SD
Storage Media Type
 Memory card
 Memory card

Focusing

Closest Focusing Distance
0.1m Unknown - Click to provide data
Focus Adjustment
 Auto
 Manual
 Auto
 Manual

Light Exposure

Scene Mode
 Beach
 Snow
 Children
 Fireworks
 Night
 Portrait
 Sports
 Sunset
 Spotlight
 Beach
 Snow
 Children
 Fireworks
 Night
 Portrait
 Sports
 Sunset
 Spotlight

White Balance

White Balance Mode
 Auto
 Tungsten
 Daylight
 Auto
 Tungsten
 Daylight

Shutter

Shutter Speed
1/2000 - 1/2 Unknown - Click to provide data

Display

Screen Size
3" 3"
Display Resolution
230,000 pixels Unknown - Click to provide data
Display
 LCD
 LCD

Camera

Camcorder Type
 handheld
 handheld
Image Processor
 DIGIC DV IV
BEST
 DIGIC DV IV
Minimum Illumination
0.4lx
BEST
1lx
Self-Timer
10 Unknown - Click to provide data
Image Quality Adjustment
 Brightness
 Brightness

Design

Colour
 White
 Black
 White
 Black

Video

HD Type
 Full HD
 Full HD
Video Mode
 1080p
 720p
BEST
 1080p
 720p
Video Format
 MP4
 AVCHD
 AVC
 MP4
 AVCHD
 AVC
Video Resolution
 1920 x 1080
 1440 x 1080
 1280 x 720
 1920 x 1080
 1440 x 1080
 1280 x 720
Maximum Video Resolution
 1920 x 1080
 1920 x 1080
Maximum Frame Rate
35fps Unknown - Click to provide data

Still Image

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
 1920 x 1080
 4224 x 2376
 1920 x 1080
 4224 x 2376
BEST

Audio

Audio System
 Dolby Digital 2.0
 Dolby Digital 2.0

Ports & Interfaces

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

Battery

Battery Life
2.9h Unknown - Click to provide data
Battery Type
BP-727 Unknown - Click to provide data
Battery
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
BEST
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Slot
1 Unknown - Click to provide data

Weight & Dimensions

Weight
235g
BEST
264g
Height
58mm
BEST
62mm
Depth
116mm
BEST
129mm
Width
53mm
BEST
60mm

Packaging Content

Included Memory Card Size
8GB Unknown - Click to provide data
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