Canon XA10 vs Sony HDR-PJ810

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Canon XA10
Sony HDR-PJ810

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Reasons For

7 Reasons For
Bigger digital zoom Edit
Canon XA10 is 200xx (digital), but the Sony HDR-PJ810 is only a 160xx (digital) camcorder (40x smaller). 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.

15% larger screen size Edit
The Canon XA10 is a 3.5"" screen size camcorder. That's 0.5" larger than the Sony HDR-PJ810 (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.

Higher display resolution Edit
The Canon XA10 is a 922,000 pixels pixels display resolution camcorder. That's 1 pixels higher than the Sony HDR-PJ810 (921,000 pixels pixels). Read more

Total number of pixels that display has.

Vastly smaller minimum illumination Edit
The Canon XA10 is a 1.5lxlx minimum illumination camcorder. That's 1.5lx smaller than the Sony HDR-PJ810 (3lxlx).
Cheaper by $94
The Canon XA10 costs $94.21 less than the Sony HDR-PJ810.
One more awards
The Canon XA10 has 2 awards from expert review sites, whereas the Sony HDR-PJ810 has 1 award.
Slightly better expert reviews
The average expert review score of the Canon XA10 is 93%, however the average rating of the Sony HDR-PJ810 is 90% (based on 2 reviews).
4 Reasons For
Hugely bigger sensor size Edit
Sony HDR-PJ810 is 24.5MPMP sensor, but the Canon XA10 is only a 2.37MPMP sensor camcorder (22.13MP 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.

2x bigger optical zoom Edit
The Sony HDR-PJ810 is a 12xx (optical) camcorder, whereas the Canon XA10 is only a 10xx (optical) camcorder (2x 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.

Ten times shorter minimum focal length Edit
The Sony HDR-PJ810 has a minimum focal length of 2.9mmmm, but the Canon XA10 is a 30.4mmmm minimum focal length camcorder (27.5mm longer).
69% lighter Edit
The Sony HDR-PJ810 is a 460gg weight camcorder. That's 315g lighter than the Canon XA10 (460gg). Read more

Weight of the camcorder including battery.

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

Reasons Against

5 Reasons Against
Significantly smaller sensor size Edit
The Canon XA10 is a 2.37MPMP sensor camcorder. That's 22.13MP smaller than the Sony HDR-PJ810 (24.5MPMP). 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.

20% smaller optical zoom Edit
The Canon XA10 has an optical zoom of 10xx. That's 2x smaller than the Sony HDR-PJ810 (12xx). 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.

91% longer minimum focal length Edit
The Canon XA10 is a 30.4mmmm minimum focal length camcorder. That's 27.5mm longer than the Sony HDR-PJ810 (2.9mmmm).
A lot heavier Edit
The Canon XA10 has a weight of 775gg, however the Sony HDR-PJ810 is a 460gg weight camcorder (315g lighter). Read more

Weight of the camcorder including battery.

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

Older by eleven months
The Canon XA10 is eleven months older than the Sony HDR-PJ810.
8 Reasons Against
25% smaller digital zoom Edit
The Sony HDR-PJ810 has a digital zoom of 160xx. That's 40x smaller than the Canon XA10 (160xx). 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.

0.5" smaller screen size Edit
The Sony HDR-PJ810 has a screen size of 3"", whereas the Canon XA10 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.

Slightly lower display resolution Edit
The Sony HDR-PJ810 has a display resolution of 921,000 pixels pixels, however the Canon XA10 is a 922,000 pixels pixels display resolution camcorder (1 pixels higher). Read more

Total number of pixels that display has.

A lot bigger minimum illumination Edit
The Sony HDR-PJ810 has a minimum illumination of 3lxlx, whereas the Canon XA10 is a 1.5lxlx minimum illumination camcorder (1.5lx smaller).
$94 more expensive
The Sony HDR-PJ810 is more expensive than the Canon XA10 by $94.21.
Not currently available
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Fewer awards
Whilst the Sony HDR-PJ810 has received 1 award, the Canon XA10 has received 2 awards.
Marginally Lower expert review Score
The average expert rating of the Sony HDR-PJ810 is 90%, whereas the average expert rating of the Canon XA10 is 93% (based on 11 reviews).

Awards

2 Awards
macworld.co.uk: Editor's Choice
pcactual.com: Recommended
1 Award
altomdata.dk: Recommended

Average Expert Rating

Average User Rating

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Date Released

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Image Sensor

Sensor Size
2.37MP 24.5MP
BEST
Optical Sensor Size
 1/3
 1/3
Sensor Type
 CMOS
 CMOS
Megapixel Count
2.07MP Unknown - Click to provide data
Movie Megapixel Count
2.07MP Unknown - Click to provide data

Lens System

Optical Zoom
10x 12x
BEST
Digital Zoom
200x
BEST
160x
Image Stabiliser
 Optical
 Optical
Maximum Focal Length
305mm 34.8mm
BEST
Minimum Aperture
1.8 Unknown - Click to provide data
Minimum Focal Length
30.4mm 2.9mm
BEST
Maximum Aperture Value
2.8 Unknown - Click to provide data
Filter Size
58mm Unknown - Click to provide data
Focal Length
30.4 - 304 2.9 - 34.8
Focal Length Range
4.25 - 42.5 2.9 - 34.8

Storage

Maximum Fash Memory Capacity
64GB Unknown - Click to provide data
Memory Card Slot
2 Unknown - Click to provide data
Memory Card
 SDXC
 SDHC
 SD
BEST
 SDXC
 SDHC
 SD
Storage Media Type
 Memory card
 Memory card

Focusing

Closest Focusing Distance
0.06m Unknown - Click to provide data
Focus Adjustment
 Auto
 Manual
 Auto
 Manual
Macro Focusing Range
0.02 Unknown - Click to provide data

Light Exposure

Scene Mode
 Beach
 Snow
 Fireworks
 Night
 Portrait
 Sports
 Spotlight
 Landscape
 Beach
 Snow
 Fireworks
 Night
 Portrait
 Sports
 Spotlight
 Landscape
Exposure Mode
 Auto
 Manual
 Auto
 Manual

White Balance

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

Shutter

Shutter Speed
1/2000 1/10000

Display

Screen Size
3.5"
BEST
3"
Display Resolution
922,000 pixels
BEST
921,000 pixels
Display
 LCD
 LCD

Viewfinder

Viewfinder Screen Size
0.24" Unknown - Click to provide data
Viewfinder Resolution
260,000 pixels Unknown - Click to provide data
Viewfinder
 Optical
 Optical

Camera

Camcorder Type
 handheld
 handheld
Image Processor
 DIGIC DV III
BEST
 DIGIC DV III
Minimum Illumination
1.5lx
BEST
3lx
Image Quality Adjustment
 Brightness
 Brightness

Design

Colour
 Black
 Black

Video

HD Type
 Full HD
 Full HD
Bitrate At Maximum Video Resolution
24 Mbit/s Unknown - Click to provide data
Capture Mode
 MXP
 FXP
 LP
 SP
 XP+
 MXP
 FXP
 LP
 SP
 XP+
Video Mode
 1080i
BEST
 1080i
Video Format
 MPEG
 MPEG4
 H.264
 AVCHD
 AVC
 MP4
 MPEG
 MPEG4
 H.264
 AVCHD
 AVC
 MP4
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
Analog Signal Format System
 NTSC
BEST
 NTSC

Still Image

Image Format
 JPG
 JPG
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Maximum Image Resolution
 1920 x 1080
 6592 x 3712
 1920 x 1080
 6592 x 3712
BEST

Audio

Audio System
 Dolby Digital 5.1
 Dolby Digital 5.1
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Ports & Interfaces

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

Battery

Video Recording Time
5.55h Unknown - Click to provide data
Battery Type
BP-808 NP-FV50
Battery
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
BEST
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)

Operational Conditions

Operating Temperature Range
-5 - 45 Unknown - Click to provide data
Operating Relative Humidity Range
0 - 65 Unknown - Click to provide data

Weight & Dimensions

Weight
775g 460g
BEST
Height
177mm 72.5mm
Depth
205mm 134mm
Width
130mm 67.5mm

Packaging Content

Bundled Software
Unknown - Click to provide data PlayMemories Home
Cable Included
 USB
 HDMI
 USB
 HDMI
BEST

Projector

Projector Brightness
Unknown - Click to provide data 50 ANSI lumens
Minimum Projection Distance
Unknown - Click to provide data 0.5m
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