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Canon XA30 vs Panasonic HC-V380

Canon XA30 vs Panasonic HC-V380

Canon XA30
Panasonic HC-V380

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Reasons For

6 Reasons For
19% bigger total megapixels Edit
The Canon XA30 has a total megapixels of 3.09MP, however the Panasonic HC-V380 is only a 2.51MP sensor camcorder (0.58MP 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.

Higher effective megapixels (image) Edit
The Canon XA30 is a 2.91MP camcorder. That's 1.24MP higher than the Panasonic HC-V380 (1.67MP).
1.2mm shorter minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) Edit
The Canon XA30 has a minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) of 26.8mm, however the Panasonic HC-V380 is a 28mm minimum focal length camcorder (1.2mm longer).
One more memory slots Edit
The Canon XA30 has two memory slots, however the Panasonic HC-V380 only has one memory slots.
Larger display diagonal Edit
Canon XA30 is 3.5" screen size, but the Panasonic HC-V380 is only a 3" screen size camcorder (0.5" 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.

Hugely smaller minimum illumination Edit
The Canon XA30 has a minimum illumination of 0.1lx, but the Panasonic HC-V380 is a 4lx minimum illumination camcorder (3.9lx bigger).
6 Reasons For
Bigger optical zoom Edit
Panasonic HC-V380 is 50x (optical). That's 30x bigger than the Canon XA30 (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.

Significantly bigger digital zoom Edit
The Panasonic HC-V380 is a 3,000x (digital) camcorder, whereas the Canon XA30 is only a 400x (digital) camcorder (2,600x 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.

Vastly longer maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) Edit
The Panasonic HC-V380 has a maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) of 1,740mm, however the Canon XA30 is only a 576mm maximum focal length camcorder (1,164mm shorter).
3x lighter Edit
The Panasonic HC-V380 has a weight of 252g, but the Canon XA30 is a 765g weight camcorder (513g 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 $1,272
The Panasonic HC-V380 costs $327.99, whereas the Canon XA30 is $1,599.99.
4 shops are selling it
The more sellers stock the product, the greater competition amongst sellers to keep prices low.

Reasons Against

7 Reasons Against
30x smaller optical zoom Edit
Canon XA30 is only 20x (optical), but the Panasonic HC-V380 is a 50x (optical) camcorder (30x 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 XA30 is a 400x (digital) camcorder. That's 2,600x smaller than the Panasonic HC-V380 (3,000x). 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.

1,164mm shorter maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) Edit
The Canon XA30 has a maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) of 576mm. That's 1,164mm shorter than the Panasonic HC-V380 (1,740mm).
68% heavier Edit
The Canon XA30 is a 765g weight camcorder. That's 513g heavier than the Panasonic HC-V380 (252g). Read more

Weight of the camcorder including battery.

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

$1,272 more expensive
The Canon XA30 is more expensive than the Panasonic HC-V380 by $1,272.
Not as many stockists
Only 1 seller sell the Canon XA30, however 5 shops sell the Panasonic HC-V380. Read more
Smaller numbers of stores reduces the chances of this camcorder remaining in stock and also reduces the price competition amongst retailers for the product.
Two months older
The Canon XA30 is older than the Panasonic HC-V380 by two months.
6 Reasons Against
24% smaller total megapixels Edit
The Panasonic HC-V380 has a total megapixels of 2.51MP. That's 0.58MP smaller than the Canon XA30 (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.

Hugely lower effective megapixels (image) Edit
The Panasonic HC-V380 has an effective megapixels (image) of 1.67MP, but the Canon XA30 is a 2.91MP camcorder (1.24MP higher).
Longer minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) Edit
The Panasonic HC-V380 has a minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) of 28mm. That's 1.2mm longer than the Canon XA30 (28mm).
Only one memory slots Edit
The Panasonic HC-V380 has one memory slots, however the Canon XA30 only has two memory slots.
Smaller display diagonal Edit
Panasonic HC-V380 is only 3" screen size. That's 0.5" smaller than the Canon XA30 (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.

98% bigger minimum illumination Edit
The Panasonic HC-V380 is a 4lx minimum illumination camcorder. That's 3.9lx bigger than the Canon XA30 (4lx).

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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)
2.91MP
BEST
1.67MP
Effective Megapixels (movie)
Unknown - Click to provide data 2.2MP

Lens System

Optical Zoom
20x 50x
BEST
Digital Zoom
400x 3,000x
BEST
Image Stabilizer
 Image stabilizer
 Image stabilizer
Image Stabilizer Type
 Hybrid
 Hybrid
Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
576mm 1,740mm
BEST
Minimum Aperture Number
1.8 Unknown - Click to provide data
Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
26.8mm
BEST
28mm
Maximum Aperture Number
8 Unknown - Click to provide data
Filter Size
58mm Unknown - Click to provide data
Focal Length (35mm Film Equivalent)
26.8 - 576 28 - 1740
Focal Length Range (f-F)
3.67 - 73.4 2.06 - 103
Wide Angle Lens System
 Wide angle lens system
Unknown - Click to provide data

Storage

Memory Slots
2
BEST
1
Compatible Memory Cards
 SDXC
 SDHC
 SD
 SDXC
 SDHC
 SD
Camcorder Media Type
 Memory card
 Memory card
Camera File System
 Exif 2.2
 DCF
 Exif
 Exif 2.2
 DCF
 Exif
ExpressCard Slot
 ExpressCard slot
Unknown - Click to provide data

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

Scene Modes
 Beach
 Snow
 Fireworks
 Night
 Portrait
 Sports
 Sunset
 Beach
 Snow
 Fireworks
 Night
 Portrait
 Sports
 Sunset
Light Exposure Modes
 Auto
 Manual
 Auto
 Manual

White Balance

White Balance
 Fluorescent H
 Auto
 Tungsten
 Fluorescent
 Daylight
 Shade
 Custom modes
 Halogen
 Cloudy
 Sunny
 Indoor
 Fluorescent H
 Auto
 Tungsten
 Fluorescent
 Daylight
 Shade
 Custom modes
 Halogen
 Cloudy
 Sunny
 Indoor

Flash

Built-In Flash
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Built-in flash
Built-In Light
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Built-in light
Shoe Mounting Point
 Shoe mounting point
Unknown - Click to provide data
Shoe Mounting Point Type
 Cold
 Cold

Shutter

Camera Shutter Speed
1/2000 - 1/6 Unknown - Click to provide data

Display

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

Viewfinder

Viewfinder Screen Size
0.24" Unknown - Click to provide data
Viewfinder
156,000 pixels Unknown - Click to provide data
Viewfinder Type
 Electronic
 Electronic

Camera

Camcorder Type
 handheld
 handheld
On Screen Display (OSD)
Unknown - Click to provide data
 On Screen Display (OSD)
Image Processor
 DIGIC DV IV
BEST
 DIGIC DV IV
Minimum Illumination
0.1lx
BEST
4lx
On Screen Display (OSD) Languages
 DUT
 CZE
 ENG
 FRE
 DEU
 ITA
 POL
 ESP
 SWE
 TUR
 DUT
 CZE
 ENG
 FRE
 DEU
 ITA
 POL
 ESP
 SWE
 TUR
Remotely Operated
 Remotely operated
Unknown - Click to provide data
GPS (satellite)
 GPS (satellite)
Unknown - Click to provide data

Design

LED Indicators
 LED indicators
Unknown - Click to provide data
Colour
 Black
 Black

Video

Full HD
 Full HD
 Full HD
HD Type
 Full HD
 Full HD
Bitrate At Maximum Video Resolution
35 Mbit/s Unknown - Click to provide data
Supported Video Modes
 1080p
 720p
 480p
 1080p
 720p
 480p
Video Formats Supported
 MP4
 MPEG
 MPEG4
 H.264
 AVCHD
 AVC
 MP4
 MPEG
 MPEG4
 H.264
 AVCHD
 AVC
Video Resolutions
 1920 x 1080
 1440 x 1080
 1280 x 720
 640 x 360
 640 x 480
 1920 x 1080
 1440 x 1080
 1280 x 720
 640 x 360
 640 x 480
Maximum Video Resolution
 1920 x 1080
 1920 x 1080
BEST
Maximum Frame Rate
60fps Unknown - Click to provide data
Analog Signal Format System
 NTSC
BEST
 NTSC
Dual Shot (video & Photo)
 Dual shot (video & photo)
Unknown - Click to provide data
Pre-Record Function
 Pre-record function
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
 4224 x 2376
 4224 x 2376
BEST

Audio

Audio Formats Supported
 PCM
 LC-AAC
BEST
 PCM
 LC-AAC
Wind Filter
 Wind filter
Unknown - Click to provide data
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 Port
Unknown - Click to provide data 1
Microphone in
 Microphone in
Unknown - Click to provide data
Headphone Outputs
 Headphone outputs
 Headphone outputs
S-Video Out
 S-Video out
Unknown - Click to provide data
Mini HDMI Port
1 1
XLR in
 XLR in
Unknown - Click to provide data
Mini USB Port
1 Unknown - Click to provide data

Networking

Wi-Fi
 Wi-Fi
 Wi-Fi
Ethernet LAN
 Ethernet LAN
Unknown - Click to provide data

Battery

Battery Life (max)
Unknown - Click to provide data 1.25h
Battery Voltage
7.4V 3.6V
Battery Capacity
Unknown - Click to provide data 1,940mAh
Battery Technology
 Lithium
BEST
 Lithium
Charging Source
 USB
 USB

Operational Conditions

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

Weight & Dimensions

Weight
765g 252g
BEST
Height
84mm 62mm
Depth
182mm 129mm
Width
109mm 60mm

Packaging Content

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

Other Features

USB Connectivity
 USB connectivity
 USB connectivity

Projector

Built-In Projector
 Built-in projector
Unknown - Click to provide data

Technical Details

Number of Diaphragm Blades
8 Unknown - Click to provide data
USB Charging
Unknown - Click to provide data
 USB charging
Power Supply Type
DC, Battery Unknown - Click to provide data
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