Canon Vixia HF R21 vs Canon XA20

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Canon Vixia HF R21
Canon XA20

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Reasons For

4 Reasons For
Slightly bigger sensor size Edit
Canon Vixia HF R21 is 3.28MP sensor, but the Canon XA20 is only a 3.09MPMP sensor camcorder (0.19MP 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.

Vastly higher display resolution Edit
The Canon Vixia HF R21 has a display resolution of 230,000 pixels, however the Canon XA20 is only a 1,230,000 pixels pixels display resolution camcorder (229,999 pixels lower). Read more

Total number of pixels that display has.

Longer video recording time Edit
The Canon Vixia HF R21 has a video recording time of 12.25h, but the Canon XA20 is only a 10.1hh video recording time camcorder (2.15h shorter).
Two times lighter Edit
The Canon Vixia HF R21 is a 270g weight camcorder. That's 495g lighter than the Canon XA20 (765gg). Read more

Weight of the camcorder including battery.

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

5 Reasons For
0.84MP higher megapixel count Edit
The Canon XA20 has a megapixel count of 2.91MPMP, however the Canon Vixia HF R21 is only a 2.07MP camcorder (0.84MP lower).
Higher movie megapixel count Edit
The Canon XA20 is a 2.91MPMP (movie mode) camcorder. That's 0.84MP higher than the Canon Vixia HF R21 (2.91MPMP).
0.4m smaller closest focusing distance Edit
The Canon XA20 has a closest focusing distance of 0.6mm, but the Canon Vixia HF R21 is a 1m closest focusing distance camcorder (0.4m bigger).
15% larger screen size Edit
The Canon XA20 is a 3.5"" screen size camcorder. That's 0.5" larger than the Canon Vixia HF R21 (3.5""). 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.

4x smaller minimum illumination Edit
The Canon XA20 is a 0.1lxlx minimum illumination camcorder. That's 0.3lx smaller than the Canon Vixia HF R21 (0.1lxlx).

Reasons Against

7 Reasons Against
Lower megapixel count Edit
The Canon Vixia HF R21 is a 2.07MP camcorder. That's 0.84MP lower than the Canon XA20 (2.91MPMP).
A lot lower movie megapixel count Edit
Canon Vixia HF R21 is only 2.07MP (movie mode), but the Canon XA20 is a 2.91MPMP (movie mode) camcorder (0.84MP higher).
Bigger closest focusing distance Edit
The Canon Vixia HF R21 is a 1m closest focusing distance camcorder. That's 0.4m bigger than the Canon XA20 (0.6mm).
0.5" smaller screen size Edit
The Canon Vixia HF R21 has a screen size of 3", whereas the Canon XA20 is a 3.5"" screen size camcorder (0.5" 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.

Significantly bigger minimum illumination Edit
The Canon Vixia HF R21 has a minimum illumination of 0.4lx, whereas the Canon XA20 is a 0.1lxlx minimum illumination camcorder (0.3lx smaller).
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The Canon Vixia HF R21 is older than the Canon XA20 by 18 months.
4 Reasons Against
Smaller sensor size Edit
The Canon XA20 is a 3.09MPMP sensor camcorder. That's 0.19MP smaller than the Canon Vixia HF R21 (3.09MPMP). 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 display resolution Edit
The Canon XA20 is a 1,230,000 pixels pixels display resolution camcorder. That's 229,999 pixels lower than the Canon Vixia HF R21 (1,230,000 pixels pixels). Read more

Total number of pixels that display has.

2.15h shorter video recording time Edit
The Canon XA20 is a 10.1hh video recording time camcorder. That's 2.15h shorter than the Canon Vixia HF R21 (10.1hh).
Vastly heavier Edit
The Canon XA20 has a weight of 765gg, however the Canon Vixia HF R21 is a 270g weight camcorder (495g lighter). 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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Image Sensor

Sensor Size
3.28MP
BEST
3.09MP
Optical Sensor Size
 1/2
 1/2
BEST
Sensor Type
 CMOS
 CMOS
Megapixel Count
2.07MP 2.91MP
BEST
Movie Megapixel Count
2.07MP 2.91MP
BEST

Lens System

Optical Zoom
20x 20x
BEST
Digital Zoom
400x 400x
BEST
Image Stabiliser
 Hybrid
 Hybrid
BEST
Maximum Focal Length
Unknown - Click to provide data 576mm
Minimum Aperture
Unknown - Click to provide data 1.8
Minimum Focal Length
Unknown - Click to provide data 26.8mm
Maximum Aperture Value
Unknown - Click to provide data 2.8
Filter Size
34mm 58mm
Focal Length
41.2 - 1176 26.8 - 576
Focal Length Range
3 - 60 3.67 - 73.4

Storage

Maximum Memory Card Size
Unknown - Click to provide data 128GB
Maximum Fash Memory Capacity
32GB Unknown - Click to provide data
Memory Card Slot
2 2
Memory Card
 SDXC
 SDHC
 SD
 SDXC
 SDHC
 SD
Storage Media Type
 Memory card
 Memory card

Focusing

Closest Focusing Distance
1m 0.6m
BEST
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
 Auto
 Manual
 Auto
Light Exposure Correction
 ± 3EV (1/3EV step)
 ± 3EV (1/3EV step)
BEST
Light Metering Type
 Centre-weighted
 Centre-weighted
BEST

White Balance

White Balance Mode
 Auto
 Manual
 Tungsten
 Daylight
 Fluorescent H
 Fluorescent
 Cloudy
 Shade
 Auto
 Manual
 Tungsten
 Daylight
 Fluorescent H
 Fluorescent
 Cloudy
 Shade

Shutter

Video Shutter Speed
1/2000 1/6 - 1/2000
Photo Shutter Speed
1/500 Unknown - Click to provide data
Shutter Speed
Unknown - Click to provide data 1/2000

Display

Screen Size
3" 3.5"
BEST
Display Resolution
230,000 pixels
BEST
1,230,000 pixels
Display
 LCD
 LCD
Aspect Ratio
 4:3
 16:9
 4:3
 16:9

Viewfinder

Viewfinder Screen Size
Unknown - Click to provide data 0.24"
Viewfinder
 electrical
 electrical
BEST

Camera

Camcorder Type
 Shouldercam
 Shouldercam
Image Processor
 DIGIC DV IV
 DIGIC DV IV
BEST
Minimum Illumination
0.4lx 0.1lx
BEST

Design

Colour
 Black
 Silver
 Black
 Silver

Video

HD Type
 Full HD
 Full HD
Bitrate At Maximum Video Resolution
Unknown - Click to provide data 28 Mbit/s
Capture Mode
 MXP
 FXP
 LP
 SP
 XP+
 MXP
 FXP
 LP
 SP
 XP+
Video Mode
 1080p
 720p
 1080p
 720p
BEST
Video Format
 MPEG
 MPEG4
 H.264
 MPEG
 MPEG4
 H.264
Video Resolution
 1920 x 1080
 2136 x 1362
 1920 x 1080
 2136 x 1362
BEST
Maximum Video Resolution
 1920 x 1080
 1920 x 1080
Analog Signal Format System
 NTSC
 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
 2136 x 1362
 1920 x 1080
 2136 x 1362
BEST

Audio

Audio Format
 AC3
 AAC++
BEST
 AC3
 AAC++
Audio System
 Dolby Digital 5.1
 Dolby Digital 5.1
BEST

Ports & Interfaces

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

Battery

Video Recording Time
12.25h
BEST
10.1h
Battery Type
BP-110 BP-820
Battery Voltage
Unknown - Click to provide data 7.4V
Battery
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
BEST
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)

Operational Conditions

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

Weight & Dimensions

Weight
270g
BEST
765g
Height
62mm 84mm
Depth
121mm 182mm
Width
60mm 109mm

Packaging Content

Cable Included
 USB
 HDMI
 AV
 AC
 USB
 HDMI
 AV
 AC

Other Features

Aperture Range
1.8 - 3.6 Unknown - Click to provide data
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