Canon XF205 vs Sony HXR-NX3

Canon XF205
Sony HXR-NX3

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Reasons For

4 Reasons For
23% bigger sensor size Edit
The Canon XF205 has a sensor size of 3.09MPMP. That's 0.68MP bigger than the Sony HXR-NX3 (2.41MPMP). 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.

32% higher maximum aperture value Edit
The Canon XF205 is a 16 maximum aperture value camcorder. That's 5 higher than the Sony HXR-NX3 (11).
A lot lighter Edit
The Canon XF205 has a weight of 1.6kgg, but the Sony HXR-NX3 is a 2.2kgg weight camcorder (0.6g heavier). Read more

Weight of the camcorder including battery.

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

3 shops are selling it
The more shops stock the product, the greater competition amongst shops to keep prices low.
3 Reasons For
13% lower minimum aperture Edit
The Sony HXR-NX3 is a 1.6 minimum aperture camcorder. That's 0.2 lower than the Canon XF205 (1.6).
Vastly higher display resolution Edit
The Sony HXR-NX3 is a 921,000 pixels pixels display resolution camcorder. That's 920 pixels higher than the Canon XF205 (921,000 pixels pixels). Read more

Total number of pixels that display has.

Cheaper by $341
The Sony HXR-NX3 is $341.01 cheaper than the Canon XF205.

Reasons Against

3 Reasons Against
0.2 higher minimum aperture Edit
The Canon XF205 is a 1.8 minimum aperture camcorder. That's 0.2 higher than the Sony HXR-NX3 (1.6).
920 pixels lower display resolution Edit
The Canon XF205 is a 1,230,000 pixels pixels display resolution camcorder. That's 920 pixels lower than the Sony HXR-NX3 (921,000 pixels pixels). Read more

Total number of pixels that display has.

More expensive by $341
The Canon XF205 is $341.01 more expensive than the Sony HXR-NX3.
5 Reasons Against
29% smaller sensor size Edit
Sony HXR-NX3 is only 2.41MPMP sensor. That's 0.68MP smaller than the Canon XF205 (2.41MPMP). 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 maximum aperture value Edit
The Sony HXR-NX3 is an 11 maximum aperture value camcorder. That's 5 lower than the Canon XF205 (11).
0.6g heavier Edit
The Sony HXR-NX3 has a weight of 2.2kgg, whereas the Canon XF205 is a 1.6kgg weight camcorder (0.6g lighter). Read more

Weight of the camcorder including battery.

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

Fewer sellers
The Sony HXR-NX3 is only stocked by 1 retailer, but the Canon XF205 is stocked by 4 retailers. Read more
The fewer the number of sellers that stock the product, the lower the competition amongst sellers to keep prices low.
Older by over one year
The Sony HXR-NX3 is 23 months older than the Canon XF205.

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Image Sensor

Sensor Size
3.09MP
BEST
2.41MP
Optical Sensor Size
 1/2
 1/2
Sensor Type
 CMOS
 CMOS
Megapixel Count
Unknown - Click to provide data 2.07MP
Movie Megapixel Count
2.91MP Unknown - Click to provide data

Lens System

Optical Zoom
20x 20x
Digital Zoom
6x Unknown - Click to provide data
Maximum Focal Length
Unknown - Click to provide data 705mm
Minimum Aperture
1.8 1.6
BEST
Minimum Focal Length
Unknown - Click to provide data 28.8mm
Maximum Aperture Value
16
BEST
11
Filter Size
58mm 72mm
Focal Length
28.8 - 576 Unknown - Click to provide data
Focal Length Range
3.67 - 73.4 4.1 - 82

Storage

Maximum Memory Card Size
128GB Unknown - Click to provide data
Memory Card
 SDXC
 SDHC
 SD
 CF+
 MS Duo
 SDXC
 SDHC
 SD
 CF+
 MS Duo
Storage Media Type
 Memory card
 Memory card

Focusing

Closest Focusing Distance
0.01m Unknown - Click to provide data
Normal Focusing Range
Unknown - Click to provide data 0.01 - ∞/0.8 - ∞
Focus Adjustment
 Auto
 Manual
 Auto
 Manual

Light Exposure

Light Metering Type
 Centre-weighted
BEST
 Centre-weighted

Shutter

Shutter Speed
1/18 - 1/2000 Unknown - Click to provide data

Display

Screen Size
3.5" 3.5"
Display Resolution
1,230,000 pixels 921,000 pixels
BEST
Display
 OLED
BEST
 OLED

Viewfinder

Viewfinder Screen Size
0.45" 0.45"
Viewfinder Resolution
1,230,000 pixels Unknown - Click to provide data
Viewfinder
 Electronic
 Electronic

Camera

Camcorder Type
 Shouldercam
 Shouldercam
Image Processor
 DIGIC DV IV
BEST
 DIGIC DV IV
Minimum Illumination
Unknown - Click to provide data 0.5lx

Design

Colour
 Black
 Black

Video

HD Type
 Full HD
 Full HD
Video Capturing Speed
50fps 50fps
Video Mode
 1080p
 1080p
BEST
Video Format
 MPEG
 MPEG2
 MP4
 AVI
 MPEG4
 H.264
 AVCHD
 AVC
 MPEG
 MPEG2
 MP4
 AVI
 MPEG4
 H.264
 AVCHD
 AVC
Video Resolution
 1920 x 1080
 1440 x 1080
 1280 x 720
 640 x 480
 720 x 576
 1920 x 1080
 1440 x 1080
 1280 x 720
 640 x 480
 720 x 576
Maximum Video Resolution
 1920 x 1080
 1920 x 1080
Maximum Frame Rate
50fps 50fps

Still Image

Maximum Image Resolution
 1920 x 1080
BEST
 1920 x 1080

Audio

Audio Format
 MP4
 LPCM
 PCM
 MP4
 LPCM
 PCM
BEST

Ports & Interfaces

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

Battery

Video Recording Time
Unknown - Click to provide data 6.85h
Battery Type
Unknown - Click to provide data NP-F970
Battery Voltage
Unknown - Click to provide data 7.2V
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
1.6kg
BEST
2.2kg
Height
201mm 193mm
Depth
353mm 393mm
Width
160mm 174.5mm

Packaging Content

Cable Included
 DC
BEST
 DC
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