Canon XF305 vs Panasonic AG-AC160

Canon XF305
Panasonic AG-AC160

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Reasons For

4 Reasons For
0.17MP bigger total megapixels Edit
Canon XF305 is 2.37MP sensor, but the Panasonic AG-AC160 is only a 2.2MP sensor camcorder (0.17MP 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.

0.55" larger display diagonal Edit
The Canon XF305 is a 4" screen size camcorder, whereas the Panasonic AG-AC160 is only a 3.45" screen size camcorder (0.55" 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.

0.07" larger viewfinder screen size Edit
The Canon XF305 is a 0.52" viewfinder screen size camcorder. That's 0.07" larger than the Panasonic AG-AC160 (0.45").
324,000 pixels higher viewfinder Edit
The Canon XF305 is a 1,550,000 pixels viewfinder resolution camcorder. That's 324,000 pixels higher than the Panasonic AG-AC160 (1,226,000 pixels).
5 Reasons For
Bigger optical zoom Edit
Panasonic AG-AC160 is 22x (optical), but the Canon XF305 is only an 18x (optical) camcorder (4x 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.

85% bigger digital zoom Edit
The Panasonic AG-AC160 is a 10x (digital) camcorder. That's 8.5x bigger than the Canon XF305 (10x). 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 AG-AC160 is a 2.4kg weight camcorder. That's 270g lighter than the Canon XF305 (2.4kg). Read more

Weight of the camcorder including battery.

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

$475 cheaper
The Panasonic AG-AC160 costs $3,523.99, whereas the Canon XF305 is $3,999.00.
Available from 2 shops
The more retailers stock this camcorder, the greater competition amongst retailers to keep prices low.

Reasons Against

6 Reasons Against
4x smaller optical zoom Edit
The Canon XF305 is an 18x (optical) camcorder, whereas the Panasonic AG-AC160 is a 22x (optical) camcorder (4x 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.

Six times smaller digital zoom Edit
The Canon XF305 has a digital zoom of 1.5x. That's 8.5x smaller than the Panasonic AG-AC160 (10x). 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.

270g heavier Edit
The Canon XF305 is a 2.7kg weight camcorder. That's 270g heavier than the Panasonic AG-AC160 (2.4kg). Read more

Weight of the camcorder including battery.

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

$475 more expensive
The Canon XF305 is more expensive than the Panasonic AG-AC160 by $475.01.
Fewer sellers
Only 3 retailers sells the Canon XF305, but 5 sellers sell the Panasonic AG-AC160. Read more
The smaller the number of retailers that stock this camcorder, the lower the competition amongst retailers to keep prices low.
Four months older
The Canon XF305 is older than the Panasonic AG-AC160 by four months.
4 Reasons Against
0.17MP smaller total megapixels Edit
The Panasonic AG-AC160 has a total megapixels of 2.2MP, however the Canon XF305 is a 2.37MP sensor camcorder (0.17MP 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.

Smaller display diagonal Edit
Panasonic AG-AC160 is only 3.45" screen size, but the Canon XF305 is a 4" screen size camcorder (0.55" 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.

Smaller viewfinder screen size Edit
The Panasonic AG-AC160 is a 0.45" viewfinder screen size camcorder. That's 0.07" smaller than the Canon XF305 (0.45").
Lower viewfinder Edit
Panasonic AG-AC160 is only 1,226,000 pixels viewfinder resolution. That's 324,000 pixels lower than the Canon XF305 (1,226,000 pixels).

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Image Sensor

Total Megapixels
2.37MP
BEST
2.2MP
Optical Sensor Size
 1/3
 1/3
Sensor Type
 CMOS
 CMOS
Effective Megapixels (movie)
2.07MP Unknown - Click to provide data

Lens System

Optical Zoom
18x 22x
BEST
Digital Zoom
1.5x 10x
BEST
Image Stabilizer
 Image stabilizer
Unknown - Click to provide data
Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
Unknown - Click to provide data 616mm
Filter Size
82mm 72mm
Focal Length (35mm Film Equivalent)
29.3 - 527.4 28 - 616
Focal Length Range (f-F)
4.1 - 73.8 3.9 - 86

Storage

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

Focusing

Normal Focusing Range
0.02 - 1 Unknown - Click to provide data

White Balance

White Balance
 Auto
 Manual
 Tungsten
 Daylight
 Custom modes
 Auto
 Manual
 Tungsten
 Daylight
 Custom modes

Shutter

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

Display

Display Diagonal
4"
BEST
3.45"
Built-In Display
 Built-in display
 Built-in display
Display Resolution (numeric)
Unknown - Click to provide data 921,000 pixels
Display
 LCD
 LCD

Viewfinder

Viewfinder Screen Size
0.52"
BEST
0.45"
Viewfinder
1,550,000 pixels
BEST
1,226,000 pixels

Camera

Camcorder Type
 handheld
 Shouldercam
BEST
 handheld
 Shouldercam
3D
 3D
Unknown - Click to provide data
Image Processor
 DIGIC DV III
BEST
 DIGIC DV III
Minimum Illumination
4.5lx Unknown - Click to provide data

Design

Colour of Product
 Black
 Black

Video

Full HD
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Full HD
HD Type
 Full HD
 Full HD
Supported Video Modes
 1080i
 1080p
 720p
 1080i
 1080p
 720p
BEST
Video Formats Supported
 MPEG
 MPEG2
 AVI
 MPEG4
 H.264
 AVCHD
 AVC
 MPEG
 MPEG2
 AVI
 MPEG4
 H.264
 AVCHD
 AVC
Video Resolutions
 1920 x 1080
 1440 x 1080
 1280 x 720
BEST
 1920 x 1080
 1440 x 1080
 1280 x 720
Maximum Video Resolution
 1920 x 1080
 1920 x 1080
Maximum Frame Rate
50fps Unknown - Click to provide data
Analog Signal Format System
 NTSC
BEST
 NTSC

Audio

Built-In Speaker(s)
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Built-in speaker(s)
Built-In Microphone
 Built-in microphone
 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
1 1
DV Port
Unknown - Click to provide data
 DV port
Headphone Outputs
 Headphone outputs
 Headphone outputs
Component Video (YPbPr/YCbCr) Out
1 Unknown - Click to provide data
S-Video Out
 S-Video out
Unknown - Click to provide data
XLR in
 XLR in
 XLR in
USB Connector Type
 USB B
 Mini-USB
 Mini-USB B
 USB B
 Mini-USB
 Mini-USB B

Battery

Battery Type
BP-955 Unknown - Click to provide data
Battery Voltage
7.4V Unknown - Click to provide data

Operational Conditions

Operating Temperature (T-T)
0 - 40 0 - 40
Operating Relative Humidity (H-H)
Unknown - Click to provide data 10 - 80

Weight & Dimensions

Weight
2.7kg 2.4kg
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Height
236mm 180mm
Depth
382mm 438mm
Width
153mm 195mm

Packaging Content

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

Other Features

I/O Ports
Unknown - Click to provide data 1 x BNC (HD-SDI)
Power Consumption (typical)
Unknown - Click to provide data 11.8W
Auto Focus
 Auto focus
Unknown - Click to provide data
Resolution
2044 x 1160 Unknown - Click to provide data
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