Canon Legria HF G40 vs Panasonic AG-AC130A

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Canon Legria HF G40
Panasonic AG-AC130A

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Reasons For

6 Reasons For
29% bigger total megapixels Edit
Canon Legria HF G40 is 3.09MP sensor. That's 0.89MP bigger than the Panasonic AG-AC130A (2.2MP). 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.

Vastly bigger digital zoom Edit
The Canon Legria HF G40 has a digital zoom of 400x, however the Panasonic AG-AC130A is only a 10x (digital) camcorder (390x 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.

0.3lx smaller minimum illumination Edit
The Canon Legria HF G40 is a 0.1lx minimum illumination camcorder. That's 0.3lx smaller than the Panasonic AG-AC130A (0.4lx).
Significantly lighter Edit
The Canon Legria HF G40 has a weight of 900g, whereas the Panasonic AG-AC130A is a 2.4kg weight camcorder (1.5kg 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 $1,977
The Canon Legria HF G40 is $1,977 cheaper than the Panasonic AG-AC130A.
4 shops are selling it
A greater number of sellers increases the price competition amongst retailers for the product and also increases the chances of this camcorder remaining in stock.
3 Reasons For
A little bigger optical zoom Edit
The Panasonic AG-AC130A is a 22x (optical) camcorder, whereas the Canon Legria HF G40 is only a 20x (optical) camcorder (2x 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.

0.75" larger display diagonal Edit
The Panasonic AG-AC130A is a 3.45" screen size camcorder, whereas the Canon Legria HF G40 is only a 2.7" screen size camcorder (0.75" 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.

47% larger viewfinder screen size Edit
The Panasonic AG-AC130A is a 0.45" viewfinder screen size camcorder. That's 0.21" larger than the Canon Legria HF G40 (0.45").

Reasons Against

3 Reasons Against
Smaller optical zoom Edit
The Canon Legria HF G40 is a 20x (optical) camcorder. That's 2x smaller than the Panasonic AG-AC130A (22x). 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 display diagonal Edit
The Canon Legria HF G40 is a 2.7" screen size camcorder. That's 0.75" smaller than the Panasonic AG-AC130A (3.45"). 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.

Significantly smaller viewfinder screen size Edit
The Canon Legria HF G40 has a viewfinder screen size of 0.24", whereas the Panasonic AG-AC130A is a 0.45" viewfinder screen size camcorder (0.21" larger).
6 Reasons Against
0.89MP smaller total megapixels Edit
Panasonic AG-AC130A is only 2.2MP sensor, but the Canon Legria HF G40 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.

Smaller digital zoom Edit
The Panasonic AG-AC130A has a digital zoom of 10x. That's 390x smaller than the Canon Legria HF G40 (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.

0.3lx bigger minimum illumination Edit
The Panasonic AG-AC130A has a minimum illumination of 0.4lx, whereas the Canon Legria HF G40 is a 0.1lx minimum illumination camcorder (0.3lx smaller).
Heavier Edit
The Panasonic AG-AC130A is a 2.4kg weight camcorder. That's 1.5kg heavier than the Canon Legria HF G40 (2.4kg). Read more

Weight of the camcorder including battery.

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

$1,977 more expensive
The Panasonic AG-AC130A is more expensive than the Canon Legria HF G40 by $1,977.
Fewer sellers
Only 3 stores sells the Panasonic AG-AC130A, but 7 stores sell the Canon Legria HF G40. Read more
The smaller the number of retailers that stock this camcorder, the lower the competition amongst retailers to keep prices low.

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Image Sensor

Total Megapixels
3.09MP
BEST
2.2MP
Optical Sensor Size
 1/2
BEST
 1/2
Sensor Type
 CMOS
 CMOS
Effective Megapixels (image)
2.07MP Unknown - Click to provide data
Effective Megapixels (movie)
2.91MP Unknown - Click to provide data

Lens System

Optical Zoom
20x 22x
BEST
Digital Zoom
400x
BEST
10x
Image Stabilizer
 Image stabilizer
 Image stabilizer
Image Stabilizer Type
 Optical
 Optical
Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
576mm Unknown - Click to provide data
Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
26.8mm Unknown - Click to provide data
Filter Size
58mm 72mm
Focal Length (35mm Film Equivalent)
Unknown - Click to provide data 28 - 616
Focal Length Range (f-F)
3.67 - 73.4 3.9 - 86

Storage

Compatible Memory Cards
 SDXC
 SDHC
 SD
 SDXC
 SDHC
 SD
Camcorder Media Type
 Memory card
 Memory card

Focusing

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
 Spotlight
 Beach
 Snow
 Fireworks
 Night
 Portrait
 Sports
 Sunset
 Spotlight
Light Exposure Modes
 Manual
 Manual

White Balance

White Balance
 Fluorescent H
 Auto
 Manual
 Tungsten
 Fluorescent
 Daylight
 Shade
 Fluorescent H
 Auto
 Manual
 Tungsten
 Fluorescent
 Daylight
 Shade

Shutter

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

Display

Display Diagonal
2.7" 3.45"
BEST
Built-In Display
 Built-in display
 Built-in display
Touchscreen
 Touchscreen
Unknown - Click to provide data
Display Resolution (numeric)
Unknown - Click to provide data 921,000 pixels
Display
 LCD
 LCD
BEST

Viewfinder

Viewfinder Screen Size
0.24" 0.45"
BEST
Viewfinder
Unknown - Click to provide data 1,266,000 pixels
Viewfinder Type
 Electronic
 Electronic

Camera

Camcorder Type
 handheld
 handheld
Image Processor
 DIGIC DV IV
BEST
 DIGIC DV IV
Minimum Illumination
0.1lx
BEST
0.4lx
GPS (satellite)
 GPS (satellite)
Unknown - Click to provide data
Direct Printing
 Direct printing
Unknown - Click to provide data

Design

Colour of Product
 Black
 Black

Video

HD Type
 Full HD
 Full HD
Supported Video Modes
 1080p
 720p
 1080p
 720p
Video Formats Supported
 MP4
 AVCHD
 AVC
 AVI
 MPEG
 MPEG4
 H.264
 MP4
 AVCHD
 AVC
 AVI
 MPEG
 MPEG4
 H.264
Video Resolutions
 1920 x 1080
 1440 x 1080
 1280 x 720
 1920 x 1080
 1440 x 1080
 1280 x 720
Maximum Video Resolution
 1920 x 1080
 1920 x 1080
Maximum Frame Rate
35fps Unknown - Click to provide data

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 2.0/5.1
BEST
 Dolby Digital 2.0/5.1

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
PictBridge
 PictBridge
Unknown - Click to provide data
XLR in
Unknown - Click to provide data
 XLR in

Networking

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

Battery

Battery Life (max)
4.35h Unknown - Click to provide data
Battery Type
BP-828 Unknown - Click to provide data
Battery Technology
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
BEST
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)

Operational Conditions

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

Weight & Dimensions

Weight
900g
BEST
2.4kg
Height
84mm 195mm
Depth
231mm 438mm
Width
115mm 180mm

Packaging Content

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

Other Features

USB Connectivity
Unknown - Click to provide data
 USB connectivity

Technical Details

Battery Charger Included
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Battery charger included
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