Canon XF205 vs Panasonic AG-AC160 vs Sony PXW-X160

Canon XF205
Panasonic AG-AC160
Sony PXW-X160

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Reasons For

8 Reasons For
A lot bigger total megapixels Edit
Canon XF205 is 3.09MP sensor, but the Panasonic AG-AC160 is only a 2.2MP sensor camcorder (0.89MP 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 higher maximum aperture number Edit
The Canon XF205 has a maximum aperture number of 16, however the Sony PXW-X160 is only an 11 maximum aperture value camcorder (5 lower).
0.05" larger display diagonal Edit
The Canon XF205 is a 3.5" screen size camcorder (as does the Sony PXW-X160), whereas the Panasonic AG-AC160 is only a 3.45" screen size camcorder (0.05" smaller). 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.

A lot higher display resolution (numeric) Edit
The Canon XF205 has a display resolution (numeric) of 1,230,000 pixels, however the Panasonic AG-AC160 is only a 921,000 pixels display resolution camcorder (309,000 pixels lower). Read more

Total number of pixels that display has.

Wi-Fi Edit
The Canon XF205 features wi-Fi, whereas the Sony PXW-X160 does not feature wi-Fi.
74% lighter Edit
The Canon XF205 is a 1.6kg weight camcorder. That's 840g lighter than the Panasonic AG-AC160 (2.7kg) and 1.1kg lighter than the Sony PXW-X160 (2.7kg). Read more

Weight of the camcorder including battery.

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

$523 cheaper
The Canon XF205 is $523.48 cheaper than the Panasonic AG-AC160 and $881.76 cheaper than the Sony PXW-X160.
Available from 7 shops
A greater number of stores increases the price competition amongst retailers for this camcorder and also increases the chances of the product remaining in stock.
1 Reason For
Bigger digital zoom Edit
Panasonic AG-AC160 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.

6 Reasons For
5x bigger optical zoom Edit
The Sony PXW-X160 is a 25x (optical) camcorder, whereas the Canon XF205 is only a 20x (optical) camcorder (5x smaller) and the Panasonic AG-AC160 is only a 22x (optical) camcorder (3x 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.

Longer maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) Edit
Sony PXW-X160 is 650mm maximum focal length. That's 34mm longer than the Panasonic AG-AC160 (650mm).
13% lower minimum aperture number Edit
The Sony PXW-X160 has a minimum aperture number of 1.6, however the Canon XF205 is a 1.8 minimum aperture camcorder (0.2 higher).
0.05" larger display diagonal Edit
The Sony PXW-X160 is a 3.5" screen size camcorder (as does the Canon XF205), whereas the Panasonic AG-AC160 is only a 3.45" screen size camcorder (0.05" smaller). 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.

Larger viewfinder screen size Edit
The Sony PXW-X160 is a 0.5" viewfinder screen size camcorder. That's 0.05" larger than the Canon XF205 and the Panasonic AG-AC160 (0.5").
49% higher viewfinder Edit
The Sony PXW-X160 is a 2,360,000 pixels viewfinder resolution camcorder. That's 1,130,000 pixels higher than the Canon XF205 (2,360,000 pixels) and 1,134,000 pixels higher than the Panasonic AG-AC160 (2,360,000 pixels).

Reasons Against

5 Reasons Against
5x smaller optical zoom Edit
The Canon XF205 is a 20x (optical) camcorder, whereas the Panasonic AG-AC160 is a 22x (optical) camcorder (2x bigger) and the Sony PXW-X160 is a 25x (optical) camcorder (5x bigger). 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.

Smaller digital zoom Edit
The Canon XF205 has a digital zoom of 6x. That's 4x smaller than the Panasonic AG-AC160 (). 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.

12% higher minimum aperture number Edit
The Canon XF205 has a minimum aperture number of 1.8, however the Sony PXW-X160 is a 1.6 minimum aperture camcorder (0.2 lower).
0.05" smaller viewfinder screen size Edit
The Canon XF205 is a 0.45" viewfinder screen size camcorder, and so does the Panasonic AG-AC160. That's 0.05" smaller than the Sony PXW-X160 (0.5").
92% lower viewfinder Edit
The Canon XF205 is a 1,230,000 pixels viewfinder resolution camcorder. That's 4,000 pixels higher than the Panasonic AG-AC160 (2,360,000 pixels) and 1,130,000 pixels lower than the Sony PXW-X160 (2,360,000 pixels).
11 Reasons Against
A lot smaller total megapixels Edit
The Panasonic AG-AC160 is a 2.2MP sensor camcorder, whereas the Canon XF205 is a 3.09MP sensor camcorder (0.89MP 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.

14% smaller optical zoom Edit
The Panasonic AG-AC160 has an optical zoom of 22x, however the Canon XF205 is a 20x (optical) camcorder (2x smaller) and the Sony PXW-X160 is a 25x (optical) camcorder (3x bigger). 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.

Shorter maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) Edit
The Panasonic AG-AC160 is a 616mm maximum focal length camcorder. That's 34mm shorter than the Sony PXW-X160 (650mm).
0.05" smaller display diagonal Edit
The Panasonic AG-AC160 has a display diagonal of 3.45", however the Canon XF205 and the Sony PXW-X160 are both 3.5" screen size camcorders (0.05" 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.

A lot lower display resolution (numeric) Edit
Panasonic AG-AC160 is only 921,000 pixels display resolution, but the Canon XF205 is a 1,230,000 pixels display resolution camcorder (309,000 pixels higher). Read more

Total number of pixels that display has.

12% smaller viewfinder screen size Edit
The Panasonic AG-AC160 is a 0.45" viewfinder screen size camcorder, and so does the Canon XF205. That's 0.05" smaller than the Sony PXW-X160 (0.5").
93% lower viewfinder Edit
The Panasonic AG-AC160 has a viewfinder of 1,226,000 pixels. That's 4,000 pixels lower than the Canon XF205 (2,360,000 pixels) and 1,134,000 pixels lower than the Sony PXW-X160 (2,360,000 pixels).
35% heavier Edit
The Panasonic AG-AC160 is a 2.4kg weight camcorder. That's 840g heavier than the Canon XF205 (2.7kg) and 300g lighter than the Sony PXW-X160 (2.7kg). Read more

Weight of the camcorder including battery.

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

$523 more expensive
The Panasonic AG-AC160 is more expensive than the Canon XF205 by $523.48.
Less retailers
Only 6 sellers sells the Panasonic AG-AC160, whereas 9 retailers sell the Canon XF205. Read more
Smaller numbers of stores reduces the price competition amongst retailers for this camcorder and also reduces the chances of the product remaining in stock.
Over three years older
The Panasonic AG-AC160 is older than the Canon XF205 by three years and older than the Sony PXW-X160 by 20 months.
6 Reasons Against
5 lower maximum aperture number Edit
The Sony PXW-X160 has a maximum aperture number of 11, however the Canon XF205 is a 16 maximum aperture value camcorder (5 higher).
Does not feature wi-Fi Edit
The Sony PXW-X160 does not feature wi-Fi, however the Canon XF205 features wi-Fi.
43% heavier Edit
The Sony PXW-X160 is a 2.7kg weight camcorder. That's 1.1kg heavier than the Canon XF205 (2.7kg) and 300g heavier than the Panasonic AG-AC160 (2.7kg). Read more

Weight of the camcorder including battery.

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

$882 more expensive
The Sony PXW-X160 is more expensive than the Canon XF205 by $881.76 and more expensive than the Panasonic AG-AC160 by $358.28.
Fewer sellers
Only 2 sellers sells the Sony PXW-X160, but 9 sellers sell the Canon XF205 and 6 retailers sell the Panasonic AG-AC160. Read more
The smaller the number of stores that stock this camcorder, the lower the competition amongst stores to keep prices low.
Over one year older
The Sony PXW-X160 is older than the Canon XF205 by 18 months.

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Image Sensor

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

Lens System

Optical Zoom
20x 22x 25x
BEST
Digital Zoom
6x 10x
BEST
Unknown - Click to provide data
Image Stabilizer
 Image stabilizer
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Image stabilizer
Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
Unknown - Click to provide data 616mm 650mm
BEST
Minimum Aperture Number
1.8 Unknown - Click to provide data 1.6
BEST
Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
Unknown - Click to provide data Unknown - Click to provide data 26mm
Maximum Aperture Number
16
BEST
Unknown - Click to provide data 11
Filter Size
58mm 72mm 82mm
Focal Length (35mm Film Equivalent)
28.8 - 576 28 - 616 Unknown - Click to provide data
Focal Length Range (f-F)
3.67 - 73.4 3.9 - 86 3.7 - 92.5

Storage

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

Focusing

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

Light Exposure

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

Shutter

Camera Shutter Speed
1/18 - 1/2000 Unknown - Click to provide data 1/32 - 1/2000

Display

Display Diagonal
3.5"
BEST
3.45" 3.5"
BEST
Built-In Display
 Built-in display
 Built-in display
 Built-in display
Display Resolution (numeric)
1,230,000 pixels
BEST
921,000 pixels Unknown - Click to provide data
Display
 OLED
BEST
 OLED
 OLED
BEST

Viewfinder

Viewfinder Screen Size
0.45" 0.45" 0.5"
BEST
Viewfinder
1,230,000 pixels 1,226,000 pixels 2,360,000 pixels
BEST
Viewfinder Type
 Electronic
 Electronic
 Electronic

Camera

Camcorder Type
 Shouldercam
 Shouldercam
 Shouldercam
Image Processor
 DIGIC DV IV
BEST
 DIGIC DV IV
 DIGIC DV IV
Remotely Operated
Unknown - Click to provide data Unknown - Click to provide data
 Remotely operated

Design

Colour of Product
 Black
 Black
 Black

Video

Full HD
 Full HD
 Full HD
 Full HD
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
 1080i
 1080p
 720p
 1080i
 1080p
 720p
BEST
 1080i
 1080p
 720p
Video Formats Supported
 MPEG
 MPEG2
 AVI
 MPEG4
 H.264
 AVCHD
 AVC
 DV
 MPEG
 MPEG2
 AVI
 MPEG4
 H.264
 AVCHD
 AVC
 DV
 MPEG
 MPEG2
 AVI
 MPEG4
 H.264
 AVCHD
 AVC
 DV
Video Resolutions
 1920 x 1080
 1440 x 1080
 1280 x 720
 640 x 480
 720 x 576
BEST
 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
BEST
Maximum Video Resolution
 1920 x 1080
 1920 x 1080
 1920 x 1080
HD-Ready
Unknown - Click to provide data Unknown - Click to provide data
 HD-Ready
Maximum Frame Rate
50fps Unknown - Click to provide data Unknown - Click to provide data

Still Image

Maximum Image Resolution
 1920 x 1080
BEST
 1920 x 1080
 1920 x 1080
BEST

Audio

Audio Formats Supported
 LPCM
 PCM
 LPCM
 PCM
 LPCM
 PCM
BEST
Built-In Speaker(s)
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Built-in speaker(s)
Unknown - Click to provide data
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
 DC-in jack
USB 2.0 Ports Quantity
Unknown - Click to provide data 1 Unknown - Click to provide data
DV Port
Unknown - Click to provide data
 DV port
Unknown - Click to provide data
Headphone Outputs
 Headphone outputs
 Headphone outputs
 Headphone outputs
Mini HDMI Ports Quantity
1 Unknown - Click to provide data Unknown - Click to provide data
XLR in
 XLR in
 XLR in
 XLR in
USB Connector Type
 USB B
 Mini-USB
 Mini-USB B
 USB B
 Mini-USB
 Mini-USB B
 USB B
 Mini-USB
 Mini-USB B
Mini-USB 2.0 Ports Quantity
1 Unknown - Click to provide data 1
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) Ports
 Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports
Unknown - Click to provide data Unknown - Click to provide data

Networking

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

Battery

Battery Type
Unknown - Click to provide data Unknown - Click to provide data BP-U30
Battery Technology
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
BEST
Battery Capacity (Watt Hours)
Unknown - Click to provide data Unknown - Click to provide data 28Wh
Battery Recharge Time
Unknown - Click to provide data Unknown - Click to provide data 2.23h
Number of Batteries Supported
Unknown - Click to provide data Unknown - Click to provide data 1

Operational Conditions

Operating Temperature (T-T)
-5 - 45 0 - 40 0 - 40
Operating Relative Humidity (H-H)
Unknown - Click to provide data 10 - 80 Unknown - Click to provide data
Storage Temperature (T-T)
Unknown - Click to provide data Unknown - Click to provide data -20 - 60

Weight & Dimensions

Weight
1.6kg
BEST
2.4kg 2.7kg
Height
201mm 180mm 201.5mm
Depth
353mm 438mm 412mm
Width
160mm 195mm 191.5mm

Packaging Content

Batteries Included
 Batteries included
 Batteries included
 Batteries included
Quick Start Guide
 Quick start guide
 Quick start guide
 Quick start guide
Hand Strap
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Hand strap
Unknown - Click to provide data
Cables Included
 DC
 AC
 USB
 DC
 AC
 USB
 DC
 AC
 USB
AC Adapter Included
 AC adapter included
 AC adapter included
 AC adapter included
Handheld Remote Control
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Handheld remote control
 Handheld remote control
Warranty Card
 Warranty card
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Warranty card
Lens Hood
 Lens hood
 Lens hood
 Lens hood
Shoulder Strap
Unknown - Click to provide data Unknown - Click to provide data
 Shoulder strap

Other Features

I/O Ports
Unknown - Click to provide data 1 x BNC (HD-SDI) Unknown - Click to provide data
Power Consumption (typical)
Unknown - Click to provide data 11.8W Unknown - Click to provide data
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