Canon XF205 vs Panasonic HC-X1000 vs Sony FDR-AX1

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Canon XF205
Panasonic HC-X1000
Sony FDR-AX1

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Reasons For

5 Reasons For
1.6 lower minimum aperture number Edit
Canon XF205 is 1.8 minimum aperture, but the Sony FDR-AX1 is a 3.4 minimum aperture camcorder (1.6 higher).
14.4 higher maximum aperture number Edit
Canon XF205 is 16 maximum aperture value, but the Sony FDR-AX1 is only a 1.6 maximum aperture value camcorder (14.4 lower).
Face detection Edit
The Canon XF205 has a face detection, however the Sony FDR-AX1 does not have a face detection.
Marginally higher display resolution (numeric) Edit
Canon XF205 is 1,230,000 pixels display resolution, but the Panasonic HC-X1000 is only a 1,152,000 pixels display resolution camcorder (78,000 pixels lower) and the Sony FDR-AX1 is only a 1,229,000 pixels display resolution camcorder (1,000 pixels lower). Read more

Total number of pixels that display has.

Available from 7 shops
A greater number of stores increases the chances of this camcorder remaining in stock and also increases the price competition amongst retailers for the product.
5 Reasons For
15.82MP bigger total megapixels Edit
The Panasonic HC-X1000 is an 18.91MP sensor camcorder, whereas the Canon XF205 is only a 3.09MP sensor camcorder (15.82MP smaller) and the Sony FDR-AX1 is only an 18.9MP sensor camcorder (0.010000000000002MP 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.

5.94MP higher effective megapixels (movie) Edit
The Panasonic HC-X1000 is an 8.85MP (movie mode) camcorder, whereas the Canon XF205 is only a 2.91MP (movie mode) camcorder (5.94MP lower) and the Sony FDR-AX1 is only an 8.3MP (movie mode) camcorder (0.55MP lower).
40% bigger digital zoom Edit
Panasonic HC-X1000 is 10x (digital). That's 4x bigger than the Canon XF205 (). 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.

Lighter Edit
The Panasonic HC-X1000 is a 1.6kg weight camcorder. That's 10g lighter than the Canon XF205 (2.4kg) and 890g lighter than the Sony FDR-AX1 (2.4kg). Read more

Weight of the camcorder including battery.

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

$418 cheaper
The Panasonic HC-X1000 costs $418.21 less than the Canon XF205 and costs $2,008.01 less than the Sony FDR-AX1.
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Reasons Against

5 Reasons Against
6x smaller total megapixels Edit
The Canon XF205 is a 3.09MP sensor camcorder, whereas the Panasonic HC-X1000 is an 18.91MP sensor camcorder (15.82MP bigger) and the Sony FDR-AX1 is an 18.9MP sensor camcorder (15.81MP 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 effective megapixels (movie) Edit
The Canon XF205 is a 2.91MP (movie mode) camcorder, whereas the Panasonic HC-X1000 is an 8.85MP (movie mode) camcorder (5.94MP higher) and the Sony FDR-AX1 is an 8.3MP (movie mode) camcorder (5.39MP higher).
Smaller digital zoom Edit
Canon XF205 is only 6x (digital). That's 4x smaller than the Panasonic HC-X1000 (). 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% heavier Edit
The Canon XF205 is a 1.6kg weight camcorder. That's 10g heavier than the Panasonic HC-X1000 (2.4kg) and 880g lighter than the Sony FDR-AX1 (2.4kg). Read more

Weight of the camcorder including battery.

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

$418 more expensive
The Canon XF205 is more expensive than the Panasonic HC-X1000 by $418.21.
3 Reasons Against
78,000 pixels lower display resolution (numeric) Edit
Panasonic HC-X1000 is only 1,152,000 pixels display resolution, but the Canon XF205 is a 1,230,000 pixels display resolution camcorder (78,000 pixels higher) and the Sony FDR-AX1 is a 1,229,000 pixels display resolution camcorder (77,000 pixels higher). Read more

Total number of pixels that display has.

Less retailers
Only 4 sellers sells the Panasonic HC-X1000, whereas 10 stores sell the Canon XF205. Read more
Smaller numbers of retailers reduces the price competition amongst retailers for this camcorder and also reduces the chances of the product remaining in stock.
Over one year older
The Panasonic HC-X1000 is older than the Canon XF205 by 15 months.
10 Reasons Against
1% smaller total megapixels Edit
Sony FDR-AX1 is only 18.9MP sensor. That's 15.81MP bigger than the Canon XF205 (18.9MP) and 0.010000000000002MP smaller than the Panasonic HC-X1000 (18.9MP). 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.

7% lower effective megapixels (movie) Edit
Sony FDR-AX1 is only 8.3MP (movie mode). That's 5.39MP higher than the Canon XF205 (8.3MP) and 0.55MP lower than the Panasonic HC-X1000 (8.3MP).
Higher minimum aperture number Edit
The Sony FDR-AX1 has a minimum aperture number of 3.4. That's 1.6 higher than the Canon XF205 (3.4).
Lower maximum aperture number Edit
The Sony FDR-AX1 has a maximum aperture number of 1.6. That's 14.4 lower than the Canon XF205 (1.6).
Does not have a face detection Edit
The Sony FDR-AX1 does not have a face detection, however the Canon XF205 has a face detection.
1% lower display resolution (numeric) Edit
The Sony FDR-AX1 has a display resolution (numeric) of 1,229,000 pixels. That's 1,000 pixels lower than the Canon XF205 (1,229,000 pixels) and 77,000 pixels higher than the Panasonic HC-X1000 (1,229,000 pixels). Read more

Total number of pixels that display has.

890g heavier Edit
The Sony FDR-AX1 has a weight of 2.4kg, whereas the Canon XF205 is a 1.6kg weight camcorder (880g lighter) and the Panasonic HC-X1000 is a 1.6kg weight camcorder (890g 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 $2,008
The Sony FDR-AX1 is $1,589.80 more expensive than the Canon XF205 and $2,008.01 more expensive than the Panasonic HC-X1000.
Fewer sellers
The Sony FDR-AX1 is only stocked by 3 retailers, but the Canon XF205 is stocked by 10 retailers and the Panasonic HC-X1000 is stocked by 4 shops. 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 two years
The Sony FDR-AX1 is two years older than the Canon XF205 and one year older than the Panasonic HC-X1000.

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Image Sensor

Total Megapixels
3.09MP 18.91MP
BEST
18.9MP
Optical Sensor Size
 1/2
 1/2
 1/2
Sensor Type
 CMOS
 CMOS
 CMOS
Effective Megapixels (image)
Unknown - Click to provide data 8.85MP Unknown - Click to provide data
Effective Megapixels (movie)
2.91MP 8.85MP
BEST
8.3MP

Lens System

Optical Zoom
20x 20x 20x
Digital Zoom
6x 10x
BEST
Unknown - Click to provide data
Image Stabilizer
 Image stabilizer
 Image stabilizer
 Image stabilizer
Image Stabilizer Type
 Optical
 Optical
 Optical
BEST
Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
Unknown - Click to provide data Unknown - Click to provide data 590mm
Minimum Aperture Number
1.8
BEST
Unknown - Click to provide data 3.4
Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
Unknown - Click to provide data Unknown - Click to provide data 29.5mm
Maximum Aperture Number
16
BEST
Unknown - Click to provide data 1.6
Filter Size
58mm 49mm Unknown - Click to provide data
Focal Length (35mm Film Equivalent)
28.8 - 576 30.8 ― 626 Unknown - Click to provide data
Focal Length Range (f-F)
3.67 - 73.4 4.08 - 81.6 4.1 - 82
Wide Angle Lens System
Unknown - Click to provide data Unknown - Click to provide data
 Wide angle lens system

Storage

Maximum Memory Card Size
128GB Unknown - Click to provide data Unknown - Click to provide data
Memory Slots
Unknown - Click to provide data 2 2
Compatible Memory Cards
 SDXC
 SDHC
 SD
 CF+
 XQD
BEST
 SDXC
 SDHC
 SD
 CF+
 XQD
BEST
 SDXC
 SDHC
 SD
 CF+
 XQD
Camcorder Media Type
 Memory card
 Memory card
 Memory card
Camera File System
 Exif 2.2
 DCF
 Exif
 Exif 2.2
 DCF
 Exif
 Exif 2.2
 DCF
 Exif

Focusing

Closest Focusing Distance
0.01m Unknown - Click to provide data Unknown - Click to provide data
Face Detection
 Face detection
BEST
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Face detection
Focus Adjustment
 Auto
 Manual
 Auto
 Manual
 Auto
 Manual
Auto Focus (AF) Lock
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Auto Focus (AF) lock
Unknown - Click to provide data

Light Exposure

Light Metering
 Centre-weighted
BEST
 Centre-weighted
 Centre-weighted

White Balance

Outdoor White Balance
Unknown - Click to provide data Unknown - Click to provide data
 Outdoor white balance
Indoor White Balance
Unknown - Click to provide data Unknown - Click to provide data
 Indoor white balance
Onepush White Balance
Unknown - Click to provide data Unknown - Click to provide data
 Onepush white balance
White Balance
 Auto
 Indoor
 Auto
 Indoor
 Auto
 Indoor

Flash

Built-In Flash
Unknown - Click to provide data Unknown - Click to provide data
 Built-in flash

Shutter

Camera Shutter Speed
1/18 - 1/2000 0.125 - 0.000125 Unknown - Click to provide data

Display

Display Diagonal
3.5" 3.5" 3.5"
Built-In Display
 Built-in display
 Built-in display
 Built-in display
Touchscreen
Unknown - Click to provide data Unknown - Click to provide data
 Touchscreen
Display Resolution (numeric)
1,230,000 pixels
BEST
1,152,000 pixels 1,229,000 pixels
Display
 OLED
BEST
 OLED
 OLED

Viewfinder

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

Camera

Camcorder Type
 Shouldercam
 Shouldercam
 Shouldercam
3D
Unknown - Click to provide data
 3D
 3D
Image Processor
 DIGIC DV IV
BEST
 DIGIC DV IV
 DIGIC DV IV
Back Light Compensation
Unknown - Click to provide data Unknown - Click to provide data
 Back light compensation
Minimum Illumination
Unknown - Click to provide data 4lx 4lx
GPS (satellite)
Unknown - Click to provide data Unknown - Click to provide data
 GPS (satellite)
Geotagging
Unknown - Click to provide data Unknown - Click to provide data
 Geotagging

Design

Colour of Product
 Black
 Black
 Black

Video

Full HD
 Full HD
Unknown - Click to provide data Unknown - Click to provide data
HD Type
 Full HD
 Full HD
 Full HD
Video Capturing Speed
50fps Unknown - Click to provide data Unknown - Click to provide data
Supported Video Modes
 2160p
 2160p
 2160p
BEST
Video Formats Supported
 MPEG
 MPEG2
 MP4
 MOV
 AVCHD
 AVC
 MPEG4
 H.264
 MPEG
 MPEG2
 MP4
 MOV
 AVCHD
 AVC
 MPEG4
 H.264
 MPEG
 MPEG2
 MP4
 MOV
 AVCHD
 AVC
 MPEG4
 H.264
Video Resolutions
 1920 x 1080
 1440 x 1080
 1280 x 720
 640 x 480
 4096 x 2160
 3840 x 2160
 1920 x 1080
 1440 x 1080
 1280 x 720
 640 x 480
 4096 x 2160
 3840 x 2160
BEST
 1920 x 1080
 1440 x 1080
 1280 x 720
 640 x 480
 4096 x 2160
 3840 x 2160
Maximum Video Resolution
 4096 x 2160
 4096 x 2160
BEST
 4096 x 2160
Maximum Frame Rate
50fps Unknown - Click to provide data Unknown - Click to provide data

Still Image

Image Formats Supported
 JPG
 JPG
BEST
 JPG
Still Image Resolution(s)
 3840 x 2160
 1920 x 1080
 3840 x 2160
 1920 x 1080
BEST
 3840 x 2160
 1920 x 1080
Maximum Image Resolution
 1920 x 1080
 4096 x 2160
 1920 x 1080
 4096 x 2160
BEST
 1920 x 1080
 4096 x 2160
Histogram
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Histogram
Unknown - Click to provide data

Audio

Audio Formats Supported
 MP4
 LPCM
 PCM
 AAC++
 MP4
 LPCM
 PCM
 AAC++
BEST
 MP4
 LPCM
 PCM
 AAC++
BEST
Built-In Speaker(s)
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Built-in speaker(s)
 Built-in speaker(s)
Built-In Microphone
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Built-in microphone
 Built-in microphone
Audio System
 Dolby Digital 2.0
 Dolby Digital 2.0
BEST
 Dolby Digital 2.0

Ports & Interfaces

HDMI
 HDMI
 HDMI
 HDMI
DC-In Jack
 DC-in jack
Unknown - Click to provide data Unknown - Click to provide data
Headphone Outputs
 Headphone outputs
 Headphone outputs
Unknown - Click to provide data
PictBridge
Unknown - Click to provide data
 PictBridge
Unknown - Click to provide data
Mini HDMI Ports Quantity
1 Unknown - Click to provide data Unknown - Click to provide data
XLR in
 XLR in
 XLR in
 XLR in
Mini-USB 2.0 Ports Quantity
1 Unknown - Click to provide data Unknown - Click to provide data
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) Ports
 Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports
Unknown - Click to provide data Unknown - Click to provide data
Micro-USB 2.0 Ports Quantity
Unknown - Click to provide data Unknown - Click to provide data 2
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A Ports Quantity
Unknown - Click to provide data 2 Unknown - Click to provide data

Networking

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

Battery

Battery Type
Unknown - Click to provide data Unknown - Click to provide data NP-F970
Battery Voltage
Unknown - Click to provide data 7.2V Unknown - Click to provide data
Battery Capacity
Unknown - Click to provide data 5,800mAh Unknown - Click to provide data

Operational Conditions

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

Weight & Dimensions

Weight
1.6kg 1.6kg
BEST
2.4kg
Height
201mm 170mm 193mm
Depth
353mm 315mm 362mm
Width
160mm 160mm 189mm

Packaging Content

Batteries Included
 Batteries included
Unknown - Click to provide data Unknown - Click to provide data
Quick Start Guide
 Quick start guide
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Quick start guide
Bundled Software
Unknown - Click to provide data Unknown - Click to provide data PlayMemories Home
Cables Included
 DC
 USB
 HDMI
 AV
BEST
 DC
 USB
 HDMI
 AV
 DC
 USB
 HDMI
 AV
BEST
AC Adapter Included
 AC adapter included
Unknown - Click to provide data
 AC adapter included
Warranty Card
 Warranty card
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Warranty card
Lens Hood
 Lens hood
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Lens hood

Other Features

Windows Operating Systems Supported
Unknown - Click to provide data Unknown - Click to provide data
 Windows operating systems supported

Technical Details

Microphone Operation Mode
Unknown - Click to provide data Stereo Unknown - Click to provide data
Speakers
Unknown - Click to provide data Dynamic Unknown - Click to provide data
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