Canon XF205 vs Panasonic HC-W570

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Canon XF205
Panasonic HC-W570

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Reasons For

6 Reasons For
19% bigger total megapixels Edit
The Canon XF205 has a total megapixels of 3.09MP. That's 0.58MP bigger than the Panasonic HC-W570 (2.51MP). 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.

25% higher effective megapixels (movie) Edit
The Canon XF205 has an effective megapixels (movie) of 2.91MP. That's 0.71MP higher than the Panasonic HC-W570 (2.2MP).
Higher maximum aperture number Edit
The Canon XF205 is a 16 maximum aperture value camcorder. That's 11.8 higher than the Panasonic HC-W570 (4.2).
Larger display diagonal Edit
Canon XF205 is 3.5" screen size. That's 0.5" larger than the Panasonic HC-W570 (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.

63% higher display resolution (numeric) Edit
The Canon XF205 is a 1,230,000 pixels display resolution camcorder. That's 769,200 pixels higher than the Panasonic HC-W570 (460,800 pixels). Read more

Total number of pixels that display has.

5 shops are selling it
The more sellers stock the product, the greater competition amongst sellers to keep prices low.
4 Reasons For
60% bigger optical zoom Edit
The Panasonic HC-W570 is a 50x (optical) camcorder. That's 30x bigger than the Canon XF205 (50x). 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.

144x bigger digital zoom Edit
The Panasonic HC-W570 has a digital zoom of 150x, however the Canon XF205 is only a 6x (digital) camcorder (144x 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.

Five times lighter Edit
The Panasonic HC-W570 has a weight of 266g, whereas the Canon XF205 is a 1.6kg weight camcorder (1.3kg heavier). Read more

Weight of the camcorder including battery.

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

Cheaper by $2,608
The Panasonic HC-W570 is $2,608.22 cheaper than the Canon XF205.

Reasons Against

4 Reasons Against
Hugely smaller optical zoom Edit
Canon XF205 is only 20x (optical). That's 30x smaller than the Panasonic HC-W570 (50x). 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.

Twenty-four times smaller digital zoom Edit
The Canon XF205 is a 6x (digital) camcorder, whereas the Panasonic HC-W570 is a 150x (digital) camcorder (144x 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.

1.3kg heavier Edit
The Canon XF205 has a weight of 1.6kg, but the Panasonic HC-W570 is a 266g weight camcorder (1.3kg lighter). Read more

Weight of the camcorder including battery.

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

More expensive by $2,608
The Canon XF205 is $2,608.22 more expensive than the Panasonic HC-W570.
7 Reasons Against
Smaller total megapixels Edit
Panasonic HC-W570 is only 2.51MP sensor. That's 0.58MP smaller than the Canon XF205 (2.51MP). 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 effective megapixels (movie) Edit
Panasonic HC-W570 is only 2.2MP (movie mode). That's 0.71MP lower than the Canon XF205 (2.2MP).
Three times lower maximum aperture number Edit
The Panasonic HC-W570 has a maximum aperture number of 4.2. That's 11.8 lower than the Canon XF205 (4.2).
0.5" smaller display diagonal Edit
The Panasonic HC-W570 is a 3" screen size camcorder. That's 0.5" smaller than the Canon XF205 (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.

2x lower display resolution (numeric) Edit
The Panasonic HC-W570 has a display resolution (numeric) of 460,800 pixels. That's 769,200 pixels lower than the Canon XF205 (460,800 pixels). Read more

Total number of pixels that display has.

Fewer sellers
The Panasonic HC-W570 is only stocked by 4 sellers, but the Canon XF205 is stocked by 9 sellers. Read more
The fewer the number of shops that stock the product, the lower the competition amongst shops to keep prices low.
Older by seven months
The Panasonic HC-W570 is seven months older than the Canon XF205.

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Image Sensor

Total Megapixels
3.09MP
BEST
2.51MP
Optical Sensor Size
 1/2
BEST
 1/2
Sensor Type
 CMOS
 CMOS
Effective Megapixels (image)
Unknown - Click to provide data 2.2MP
Effective Megapixels (movie)
2.91MP
BEST
2.2MP

Lens System

Optical Zoom
20x 50x
BEST
Digital Zoom
6x 150x
BEST
Image Stabilizer
 Image stabilizer
 Image stabilizer
Image Stabilizer Type
 Hybrid
 Hybrid
BEST
Minimum Aperture Number
1.8 1.8
Maximum Aperture Number
16
BEST
4.2
Filter Size
58mm Unknown - Click to provide data
Focal Length (35mm Film Equivalent)
28.8 - 576 28 - 1740
Focal Length Range (f-F)
3.67 - 73.4 2.06 - 103

Storage

Maximum Memory Card Size
128GB Unknown - Click to provide data
Compatible Memory Cards
 SDXC
 SDHC
 SD
 CF+
 SDXC
 SDHC
 SD
 CF+
Camcorder Media Type
 Memory card
 Memory card

Focusing

Closest Focusing Distance
0.01m Unknown - Click to provide data
Face Detection
 Face detection
Unknown - Click to provide data
Focus Adjustment
 Auto
 Manual
 Auto
 Manual

Light Exposure

Light Metering
 Centre-weighted
BEST
 Centre-weighted

White Balance

Indoor White Balance
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Indoor white balance
White Balance
 Auto
 Cloudy
 Sunny
 Indoor
 Auto
 Cloudy
 Sunny
 Indoor

Shutter

Shutter Speed (photo)
Unknown - Click to provide data 0.5 - 0.0005
Camera Shutter Speed
1/18 - 1/2000 0.04 - 0.000125

Display

Display Diagonal
3.5"
BEST
3"
Built-In Display
 Built-in display
 Built-in display
Touchscreen
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Touchscreen
Display Resolution (numeric)
1,230,000 pixels
BEST
460,800 pixels
Display
 OLED
BEST
 OLED

Viewfinder

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

Camera

Camcorder Type
 Shouldercam
 handheld
 Shouldercam
 handheld
BEST
Image Processor
 DIGIC DV IV
BEST
 DIGIC DV IV
Minimum Illumination
Unknown - Click to provide data 4lx

Design

Colour of Product
 Black
 White
 Black
 White

Video

Full HD
 Full HD
Unknown - Click to provide data
HD Type
 Full HD
 Full HD
Bitrate At Maximum Video Resolution
Unknown - Click to provide data 28 Mbit/s
Video Capturing Speed
50fps Unknown - Click to provide data
Video Formats Supported
 MPEG
 MPEG2
 MPEG4
 H.264
 AVCHD
 AVC
 MPEG
 MPEG2
 MPEG4
 H.264
 AVCHD
 AVC
Video Resolutions
 1920 x 1080
 1440 x 1080
 1280 x 720
 640 x 480
 1920 x 1080
 1440 x 1080
 1280 x 720
 640 x 480
Maximum Video Resolution
 1920 x 1080
 1920 x 1080
Maximum Frame Rate
50fps Unknown - Click to provide data

Still Image

Image Formats Supported
 JPG
 JPG
BEST
Still Image Resolution(s)
 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

Built-In Speaker(s)
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Built-in speaker(s)
Built-In Microphone
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Built-in microphone
Audio System
 Dolby Digital 2.0
 Dolby Digital 2.0
BEST

Ports & Interfaces

HDMI
 HDMI
 HDMI
DC-In Jack
 DC-in jack
Unknown - Click to provide data
USB 2.0 Ports Quantity
Unknown - Click to provide data 1
Headphone Outputs
 Headphone outputs
Unknown - Click to provide data
S-Video Out
Unknown - Click to provide data
 S-Video out
Mini HDMI Ports Quantity
1 1
XLR in
 XLR in
Unknown - Click to provide data
Mini-USB 2.0 Ports Quantity
1 Unknown - Click to provide data
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) Ports
 Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports
Unknown - Click to provide data

Networking

Wi-Fi
 Wi-Fi
 Wi-Fi
Near Field Communication (NFC)
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Near Field Communication (NFC)

Battery

Battery Capacity
Unknown - Click to provide data 1,940mAh
Battery Technology
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
BEST
Continuous Video Playback Time
Unknown - Click to provide data 1,940h

Operational Conditions

Operating Temperature (T-T)
-5 - 45 Unknown - Click to provide data

Weight & Dimensions

Weight
1.6kg 266g
BEST
Height
201mm 62mm
Depth
353mm 129mm
Width
160mm 60mm

Packaging Content

Batteries Included
 Batteries included
Unknown - Click to provide data
Quick Start Guide
 Quick start guide
Unknown - Click to provide data
Cables Included
 DC
BEST
 DC
AC Adapter Included
 AC adapter included
Unknown - Click to provide data
Warranty Card
 Warranty card
Unknown - Click to provide data
Lens Hood
 Lens hood
Unknown - Click to provide data
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