Canon Vixia HF R21 vs Sony HVR-Z7

Canon Vixia HF R21
Sony HVR-Z7

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Reasons For

4 Reasons For
2.16MP bigger sensor size Edit
Canon Vixia HF R21 is 3.28MP sensor, but the Sony HVR-Z7 is only a 1.12MPMP sensor camcorder (2.16MP 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.

1.03MP higher movie megapixel count Edit
Canon Vixia HF R21 is 2.07MP (movie mode), but the Sony HVR-Z7 is only a 1.04MPMP (movie mode) camcorder (1.03MP lower).
A lot bigger optical zoom Edit
The Canon Vixia HF R21 is a 20x (optical) camcorder, whereas the Sony HVR-Z7 is only a 12xx (optical) camcorder (8x 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.

Significantly smaller minimum illumination Edit
The Canon Vixia HF R21 has a minimum illumination of 0.4lx, whereas the Sony HVR-Z7 is a 1.5lxlx minimum illumination camcorder (1.1lx bigger).
2 Reasons For
0.2" larger screen size Edit
The Sony HVR-Z7 has a screen size of 3.2"", whereas the Canon Vixia HF R21 is only a 3" screen size camcorder (0.2" 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.

One hundred and twelve times lighter Edit
The Sony HVR-Z7 is a 2.4kgg weight camcorder. That's 267.6g lighter than the Canon Vixia HF R21 (2.4kgg). Read more

Weight of the camcorder including battery.

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

Reasons Against

4 Reasons Against
A little smaller screen size Edit
The Canon Vixia HF R21 has a screen size of 3", whereas the Sony HVR-Z7 is a 3.2"" screen size camcorder (0.2" 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.

267.6g heavier Edit
The Canon Vixia HF R21 is a 270g weight camcorder. That's 267.6g heavier than the Sony HVR-Z7 (2.4kgg). Read more

Weight of the camcorder including battery.

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

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Over one year older
The Canon Vixia HF R21 is older than the Sony HVR-Z7 by 21 months.
4 Reasons Against
Smaller sensor size Edit
Sony HVR-Z7 is only 1.12MPMP sensor, but the Canon Vixia HF R21 is a 3.28MP sensor camcorder (2.16MP 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.

Lower movie megapixel count Edit
Sony HVR-Z7 is only 1.04MPMP (movie mode), but the Canon Vixia HF R21 is a 2.07MP (movie mode) camcorder (1.03MP higher).
8x smaller optical zoom Edit
The Sony HVR-Z7 is a 12xx (optical) camcorder, whereas the Canon Vixia HF R21 is a 20x (optical) camcorder (8x 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.

Significantly bigger minimum illumination Edit
The Sony HVR-Z7 has a minimum illumination of 1.5lxlx, whereas the Canon Vixia HF R21 is a 0.4lx minimum illumination camcorder (1.1lx smaller).

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64 months Ago 42 months Ago

Image Sensor

Sensor Size
3.28MP
BEST
1.12MP
Optical Sensor Size
 1/3
 1/3
BEST
Sensor Type
 CMOS
 CMOS
Megapixel Count
2.07MP Unknown - Click to provide data
Movie Megapixel Count
2.07MP
BEST
1.04MP

Lens System

Optical Zoom
20x
BEST
12x
Digital Zoom
400x Unknown - Click to provide data
Filter Size
34mm 72mm
Focal Length
41.2 - 1176 Unknown - Click to provide data
Focal Length Range
3 - 60 4.4 - 474

Storage

Maximum Fash Memory Capacity
32GB Unknown - Click to provide data
Memory Card Slot
2 Unknown - Click to provide data
Storage
 HDV
 HDV
BEST
Memory Card
 SDXC
 SDHC
 SD
 CF+
BEST
 SDXC
 SDHC
 SD
 CF+
Storage Media Type
 Memory card
 Memory card

Focusing

Closest Focusing Distance
1m Unknown - Click to provide data
Focus Adjustment
 Auto
 Manual
 Auto
 Manual

Light Exposure

Scene Mode
 Beach
 Snow
 Fireworks
 Night
 Portrait
 Sports
 Sunset
 Spotlight
 Beach
 Snow
 Fireworks
 Night
 Portrait
 Sports
 Sunset
 Spotlight
Exposure Mode
 Manual
 Manual

White Balance

White Balance Mode
 Auto
 Manual
 Tungsten
 Daylight
 Auto
 Manual
 Tungsten
 Daylight

Shutter

Video Shutter Speed
1/2000 Unknown - Click to provide data
Photo Shutter Speed
1/500 Unknown - Click to provide data
Shutter Speed
Unknown - Click to provide data 1/3 - 1/10000

Display

Screen Size
3" 3.2"
BEST
Display Resolution
230,000 pixels Unknown - Click to provide data
Display
 LCD
 LCD
Aspect Ratio
 4:3
 16:9
 4:3
 16:9

Viewfinder

Viewfinder Screen Size
Unknown - Click to provide data 0.45"
Viewfinder Resolution
Unknown - Click to provide data 1,226,880 pixels

Camera

Camcorder Type
 handheld
 handheld
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Minimum Illumination
0.4lx
BEST
1.5lx

Design

Colour
 Black
 Silver
 Black
 Silver

Video

HD Type
 Full HD
BEST
 Full HD
Capture Mode
 MXP
 FXP
 LP
 SP
 XP+
 MXP
 FXP
 LP
 SP
 XP+
Video Mode
 1080i
 576i
 1080i
 576i
BEST
Video Format
 MPEG
 MPEG4
 H.264
BEST
 MPEG
 MPEG4
 H.264
Video Resolution
 1920 x 1080
BEST
 1920 x 1080
Maximum Video Resolution
 1920 x 1080
BEST
 1920 x 1080
Analog Signal Format System
 NTSC
BEST
 NTSC

Still Image

Still Image Resolution
 1792 x 1344
 1920 x 1080
BEST
 1792 x 1344
 1920 x 1080
Maximum Image Resolution
 1920 x 1080
BEST
 1920 x 1080

Audio

Audio Format
 AC3
BEST
 AC3
Audio System
 Dolby Digital 2.0
BEST
 Dolby Digital 2.0

Ports & Interfaces

USB 2.0 Port
1 Unknown - Click to provide data
Component Video Out Port
1 1
IEEE 1394/Firewire Port
Unknown - Click to provide data 1
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A Ports Quantity
Unknown - Click to provide data 1

Battery

Video Recording Time
12.25h Unknown - Click to provide data
Battery Type
BP-110 NP-F570
Battery Voltage
Unknown - Click to provide data 7.2V
Battery Capacity
Unknown - Click to provide data 2,200mAh
Battery
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity
Unknown - Click to provide data 15.8Wh
Battery Slot
Unknown - Click to provide data 1

Operational Conditions

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

Weight & Dimensions

Weight
270g 2.4kg
BEST
Height
62mm Unknown - Click to provide data
Depth
121mm Unknown - Click to provide data
Width
60mm Unknown - Click to provide data

Packaging Content

Cable Included
 USB
 HDMI
 AV
 Component
 USB
 HDMI
 AV
 Component

Other Features

Aperture Range
1.8 - 3.6 Unknown - Click to provide data
AC Adapter Output
Unknown - Click to provide data 8.4V
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