Canon Legria HF G40 vs Canon XA20 vs Canon XA30

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Canon Legria HF G40
Canon XA20
Canon XA30

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Reasons For

1 Reason For
User reviews are hugely better
The Canon Legria HF G40 has an average user review score of 80% based on 9 reviews, but the Canon XA20 has an average rating of 60% (based on 10 reviews).
3 Reasons For
Higher effective megapixels (image) Edit
The Canon XA20 is a 2.91MP camcorder, and so does the Canon XA30. That's 0.84MP higher than the Canon Legria HF G40 (2.91MP).
0.8" larger display diagonal Edit
The Canon XA20 is a 3.5" screen size camcorder (as does the Canon XA30), whereas the Canon Legria HF G40 is only a 2.7" screen size camcorder (0.8" 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.

135g lighter Edit
The Canon XA20 is a 765g weight camcorder, and so does the Canon XA30. That's 135g lighter than the Canon Legria HF G40 (765g). Read more

Weight of the camcorder including battery.

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

9 Reasons For
29% higher effective megapixels (image) Edit
The Canon XA30 is a 2.91MP camcorder, and so does the Canon XA20. That's 0.84MP higher than the Canon Legria HF G40 (2.91MP).
Vastly higher maximum aperture number Edit
The Canon XA30 has a maximum aperture number of 8, however the Canon XA20 is only a 2.8 maximum aperture value camcorder (5.2 lower).
59x smaller closest focusing distance Edit
The Canon XA30 is a 0.01m closest focusing distance camcorder. That's 0.59m smaller than the Canon XA20 (0.01m).
0.8" larger display diagonal Edit
The Canon XA30 is a 3.5" screen size camcorder (as does the Canon XA20), whereas the Canon Legria HF G40 is only a 2.7" screen size camcorder (0.8" 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.

Bigger bitrate at maximum video resolution Edit
Canon XA30 is 35 Mbit/s maximum video resolution bitrate, but the Canon XA20 is only a 28 Mbit/s maximum video resolution bitrate camcorder (7 Mbit/s smaller).
42% faster maximum frame rate Edit
The Canon XA30 is a 60fps camcorder. That's 25fps faster than the Canon Legria HF G40 (60fps).
135g lighter Edit
The Canon XA30 is a 765g weight camcorder, and so does the Canon XA20. That's 135g lighter than the Canon Legria HF G40 (765g). Read more

Weight of the camcorder including battery.

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

$18 cheaper
The Canon XA30 is $17.52 cheaper than the Canon XA20.
Available from 10 shops
A greater number of retailers increases the price competition amongst retailers for this camcorder and also increases the chances of the product remaining in stock.

Reasons Against

5 Reasons Against
Lower effective megapixels (image) Edit
The Canon Legria HF G40 is a 2.07MP camcorder. That's 0.84MP lower than the Canon XA20 and the Canon XA30 (2.91MP).
0.8" smaller display diagonal Edit
Canon Legria HF G40 is only 2.7" screen size, but the Canon XA20 and the Canon XA30 are both 3.5" screen size camcorders (0.8" 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.

Slower maximum frame rate Edit
The Canon Legria HF G40 is a 35fps camcorder. That's 25fps slower than the Canon XA30 (60fps).
Heavier Edit
The Canon Legria HF G40 is a 900g weight camcorder. That's 135g heavier than the Canon XA20 and the Canon XA30 (765g). Read more

Weight of the camcorder including battery.

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

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7 Reasons Against
2x lower maximum aperture number Edit
The Canon XA20 has a maximum aperture number of 2.8, however the Canon XA30 is an 8 maximum aperture value camcorder (5.2 higher).
Bigger closest focusing distance Edit
The Canon XA20 is a 0.6m closest focusing distance camcorder. That's 0.59m bigger than the Canon XA30 (0.01m).
Smaller bitrate at maximum video resolution Edit
Canon XA20 is only 28 Mbit/s maximum video resolution bitrate, but the Canon XA30 is a 35 Mbit/s maximum video resolution bitrate camcorder (7 Mbit/s bigger).
$18 more expensive
The Canon XA20 is more expensive than the Canon XA30 by $17.52.
Fewer sellers
Only 5 sellers sells the Canon XA20, but 15 shops sell the Canon XA30. Read more
The smaller the number of stores that stock this camcorder, the lower the competition amongst stores to keep prices low.
Over two years older
The Canon XA20 is older than the Canon Legria HF G40 by three years and older than the Canon XA30 by three years.
Significantly Lower user review Score
The average user rating of the Canon XA20 is only 60%, whereas the average user rating of the Canon Legria HF G40 is 80% (based on 9 reviews).
1 Reason Against
Two months older
The Canon XA30 is older than the Canon Legria HF G40 by two months.

Average Expert Rating

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Average User Rating

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Date Released

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Image Sensor

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

Lens System

Optical Zoom
20x 20x 20x
Digital Zoom
400x 400x 400x
Image Stabilizer
 Image stabilizer
 Image stabilizer
 Image stabilizer
Image Stabilizer Type
 Optical
BEST
 Optical
 Optical
Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
576mm 576mm 576mm
Minimum Aperture Number
Unknown - Click to provide data 1.8 1.8
Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
26.8mm 26.8mm 26.8mm
Maximum Aperture Number
Unknown - Click to provide data 2.8 8
BEST
Filter Size
58mm 58mm 58mm
Focal Length (35mm Film Equivalent)
Unknown - Click to provide data 26.8 - 576 26.8 - 576
Focal Length Range (f-F)
3.67 - 73.4 3.67 - 73.4 3.67 - 73.4
Wide Angle Lens System
Unknown - Click to provide data Unknown - Click to provide data
 Wide angle lens system

Storage

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

Focusing

Closest Focusing Distance
Unknown - Click to provide data 0.6m 0.01m
BEST
Face Detection
 Face detection
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Face detection
Focus Adjustment
 Auto
 Manual
 Auto
 Manual
 Auto
 Manual

Light Exposure

Scene Modes
 Beach
 Snow
 Fireworks
 Night
 Portrait
 Sports
 Sunset
 Spotlight
 Beach
 Snow
 Fireworks
 Night
 Portrait
 Sports
 Sunset
 Spotlight
 Beach
 Snow
 Fireworks
 Night
 Portrait
 Sports
 Sunset
 Spotlight
Light Exposure Modes
 Manual
 Auto
 Manual
 Auto
 Manual
 Auto
Light Exposure Correction
 ± 3EV (1/3EV step)
 ± 3EV (1/3EV step)
BEST
 ± 3EV (1/3EV step)
Light Metering
 Centre-weighted
 Centre-weighted
BEST
 Centre-weighted

White Balance

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

Flash

Shoe Mounting Point
Unknown - Click to provide data Unknown - Click to provide data
 Shoe mounting point
Shoe Mounting Point Type
 Cold
 Cold
 Cold

Shutter

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

Display

Display Diagonal
2.7" 3.5"
BEST
3.5"
BEST
Built-In Display
 Built-in display
 Built-in display
 Built-in display
Touchscreen
 Touchscreen
 Touchscreen
 Touchscreen
Display Resolution (numeric)
Unknown - Click to provide data 1,230,000 pixels 1,230,000 pixels
Display
 OLED
 OLED
 OLED
BEST
Vari-Angle LCD Display
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Vari-angle LCD display
 Vari-angle LCD display

Viewfinder

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

Camera

Camcorder Type
 handheld
 Shouldercam
BEST
 handheld
 Shouldercam
 handheld
 Shouldercam
BEST
3D
Unknown - Click to provide data
 3D
Unknown - Click to provide data
Image Processor
 DIGIC DV IV
 DIGIC DV IV
 DIGIC DV IV
Minimum Illumination
0.1lx 0.1lx 0.1lx
Remotely Operated
Unknown - Click to provide data Unknown - Click to provide data
 Remotely operated
GPS (satellite)
 GPS (satellite)
Unknown - Click to provide data Unknown - Click to provide data
Direct Printing
 Direct printing
Unknown - Click to provide data Unknown - Click to provide data

Design

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

Video

Full HD
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Full HD
 Full HD
HD Type
 Full HD
 Full HD
 Full HD
Bitrate At Maximum Video Resolution
Unknown - Click to provide data 28 Mbit/s 35 Mbit/s
BEST
Supported Video Modes
 1080p
 720p
 1080p
 720p
 1080p
 720p
Video Formats Supported
 MP4
 AVCHD
 AVC
 MPEG
 MPEG4
 H.264
 MP4
 AVCHD
 AVC
 MPEG
 MPEG4
 H.264
 MP4
 AVCHD
 AVC
 MPEG
 MPEG4
 H.264
Video Resolutions
 1920 x 1080
 1440 x 1080
 1280 x 720
 2136 x 1362
 640 x 360
 1920 x 1080
 1440 x 1080
 1280 x 720
 2136 x 1362
 640 x 360
BEST
 1920 x 1080
 1440 x 1080
 1280 x 720
 2136 x 1362
 640 x 360
Maximum Video Resolution
 1920 x 1080
BEST
 1920 x 1080
BEST
 1920 x 1080
HD-Ready
Unknown - Click to provide data
 HD-Ready
Unknown - Click to provide data
Maximum Frame Rate
35fps Unknown - Click to provide data 60fps
BEST
Analog Signal Format System
 NTSC
 NTSC
BEST
 NTSC
BEST
Dual Shot (video & Photo)
Unknown - Click to provide data Unknown - Click to provide data
 Dual shot (video & photo)
Pre-Record
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Pre-record
 Pre-record

Still Image

Maximum Image Resolution
 2136 x 1362
 2136 x 1362
BEST
 2136 x 1362

Audio

Audio Formats Supported
 AAC++
 LC-AAC
 PCM
 AAC++
 LC-AAC
 PCM
 AAC++
 LC-AAC
 PCM
BEST
Wind Filter
Unknown - Click to provide data Unknown - Click to provide data
 Wind filter
Built-In Microphone
Unknown - Click to provide data Unknown - Click to provide data
 Built-in microphone
Audio System
 Dolby Digital 2.0/5.1
BEST
 Dolby Digital 2.0/5.1
 Dolby Digital 2.0/5.1

Ports & Interfaces

HDMI
 HDMI
 HDMI
 HDMI
DC-In Jack
 DC-in jack
 DC-in jack
 DC-in jack
USB 2.0 Ports Quantity
1 1 Unknown - Click to provide data
Microphone in
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Microphone in
 Microphone in
Headphone Outputs
 Headphone outputs
 Headphone outputs
 Headphone outputs
S-Video Out
Unknown - Click to provide data
 S-Video out
Unknown - Click to provide data
PictBridge
 PictBridge
Unknown - Click to provide data Unknown - Click to provide data
Mini HDMI Ports Quantity
Unknown - Click to provide data 1 1
XLR in
Unknown - Click to provide data
 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
Unknown - Click to provide data 1 1

Networking

Wi-Fi
 Wi-Fi
 Wi-Fi
 Wi-Fi

Battery

Battery Life (max)
4.35h Unknown - Click to provide data Unknown - Click to provide data
Video Recording Time
Unknown - Click to provide data 10.1h Unknown - Click to provide data
Battery Type
BP-828 BP-820 Unknown - Click to provide data
Battery Voltage
Unknown - Click to provide data 7.4V 7.4V
Battery Technology
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
BEST
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)

Operational Conditions

Operating Temperature (T-T)
Unknown - Click to provide data -5 - 45 -5 - 45
Operating Relative Humidity (H-H)
Unknown - Click to provide data 0 - 60 Unknown - Click to provide data

Weight & Dimensions

Weight
900g 765g
BEST
765g
BEST
Height
84mm 84mm 84mm
Depth
231mm 182mm 182mm
Width
115mm 109mm 109mm

Packaging Content

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

Other Features

USB Connectivity
Unknown - Click to provide data Unknown - Click to provide data
 USB connectivity

Technical Details

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