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Canon Legria HF R706 vs Panasonic HC-W580

Canon Legria HF R706 vs Panasonic HC-W580

Canon Legria HF R706
Panasonic HC-W580

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Reasons For

5 Reasons For
Bigger total megapixels Edit
Canon Legria HF R706 is 3.28MP sensor. That's 0.77MP bigger than the Panasonic HC-W580 (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.

0.4MP higher effective megapixels (image) Edit
The Canon Legria HF R706 has an effective megapixels (image) of 2.07MP, whereas the Panasonic HC-W580 is only a 1.67MP camcorder (0.4MP lower).
Hugely longer maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) Edit
Canon Legria HF R706 is 1,853mm maximum focal length, but the Panasonic HC-W580 is only a 103mm maximum focal length camcorder (1,750mm shorter).
Two times smaller minimum illumination Edit
The Canon Legria HF R706 is a 0.4lx minimum illumination camcorder. That's 0.6lx smaller than the Panasonic HC-W580 (1lx).
29g lighter Edit
The Canon Legria HF R706 has a weight of 235g, whereas the Panasonic HC-W580 is a 264g weight camcorder (29g heavier). Read more

Weight of the camcorder including battery.

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

5 Reasons For
Marginally higher effective megapixels (movie) Edit
Panasonic HC-W580 is 2.2MP (movie mode), but the Canon Legria HF R706 is only a 2.07MP (movie mode) camcorder (0.13MP lower).
18x bigger optical zoom Edit
The Panasonic HC-W580 is a 50x (optical) camcorder, whereas the Canon Legria HF R706 is only a 32x (optical) camcorder (18x 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.

Bigger digital zoom Edit
The Panasonic HC-W580 has a digital zoom of 3,000x. That's 1,860x bigger than the Canon Legria HF R706 (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.

Shorter minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) Edit
Panasonic HC-W580 is 28mm minimum focal length, but the Canon Legria HF R706 is a 32.5mm minimum focal length camcorder (4.5mm longer).
Built-in microphone Edit
The Panasonic HC-W580 has a built-in microphone, however the Canon Legria HF R706 does not have a built-in microphone.

Reasons Against

6 Reasons Against
7% lower effective megapixels (movie) Edit
Canon Legria HF R706 is only 2.07MP (movie mode). That's 0.13MP lower than the Panasonic HC-W580 (2.2MP).
Smaller optical zoom Edit
The Canon Legria HF R706 is a 32x (optical) camcorder. That's 18x smaller than the Panasonic HC-W580 (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.

Vastly smaller digital zoom Edit
The Canon Legria HF R706 has a digital zoom of 1,140x, however the Panasonic HC-W580 is a 3,000x (digital) camcorder (1,860x bigger). 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.

Longer minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) Edit
Canon Legria HF R706 is 32.5mm minimum focal length. That's 4.5mm longer than the Panasonic HC-W580 (28mm).
Does not have a built-in microphone Edit
The Canon Legria HF R706 does not have a built-in microphone, but the Panasonic HC-W580 has a built-in microphone.
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6 Reasons Against
A lot smaller total megapixels Edit
Panasonic HC-W580 is only 2.51MP sensor, but the Canon Legria HF R706 is a 3.28MP sensor camcorder (0.77MP 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.

0.4MP lower effective megapixels (image) Edit
The Panasonic HC-W580 is a 1.67MP camcorder. That's 0.4MP lower than the Canon Legria HF R706 (1.67MP).
Seventeen times shorter maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) Edit
Panasonic HC-W580 is only 103mm maximum focal length. That's 1,750mm shorter than the Canon Legria HF R706 (103mm).
Significantly bigger minimum illumination Edit
The Panasonic HC-W580 has a minimum illumination of 1lx, whereas the Canon Legria HF R706 is a 0.4lx minimum illumination camcorder (0.6lx smaller).
29g heavier Edit
The Panasonic HC-W580 is a 264g weight camcorder. That's 29g heavier than the Canon Legria HF R706 (264g). Read more

Weight of the camcorder including battery.

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

Four months older
The Panasonic HC-W580 is older than the Canon Legria HF R706 by four months.

Date Released

12 months Ago 16 months Ago

Image Sensor

Total Megapixels
3.28MP
BEST
2.51MP
Optical Sensor Size
 1/4
BEST
 1/4
Sensor Type
 CMOS
 CMOS
Effective Megapixels (image)
2.07MP
BEST
1.67MP
Effective Megapixels (movie)
2.07MP 2.2MP
BEST

Lens System

Optical Zoom
32x 50x
BEST
Digital Zoom
1,140x 3,000x
BEST
Image Stabilizer
 Image stabilizer
 Image stabilizer
Image Stabilizer Type
 Optical
BEST
 Optical
Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
1,853mm
BEST
103mm
Minimum Aperture Number
1.8 Unknown - Click to provide data
Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
32.5mm 28mm
BEST
Maximum Aperture Number
4.5 Unknown - Click to provide data
Focal Length (35mm Film Equivalent)
32.5 - 1853 28 - 1740
Focal Length Range (f-F)
2.8 - 89.6 2.06 - 103

Storage

Maximum Memory Card Size
64GB Unknown - Click to provide data
Memory Slots
1 Unknown - Click to provide data
Compatible Memory Cards
 SDXC
 SDHC
 SD
 SDXC
 SDHC
 SD
Camcorder Media Type
 Memory card
 Memory card

Focusing

Closest Focusing Distance
0.1m 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
 Children
 Fireworks
 Night
 Portrait
 Sports
 Sunset
 Spotlight
 Beach
 Snow
 Children
 Fireworks
 Night
 Portrait
 Sports
 Sunset
 Spotlight

White Balance

White Balance
 Auto
 Tungsten
 Daylight
 Auto
 Tungsten
 Daylight

Flash

Built-In Flash
 Built-in flash
 Built-in flash
Built-In Light
 Built-in light
 Built-in light

Shutter

Camera Shutter Speed
1/2000 - 1/2 Unknown - Click to provide data

Display

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

Camera

Camcorder Type
 handheld
 handheld
3D
 3D
Unknown - Click to provide data
Image Processor
 DIGIC DV IV
BEST
 DIGIC DV IV
Back Light Compensation
 Back light compensation
Unknown - Click to provide data
Minimum Illumination
0.4lx
BEST
1lx
Self-Timer Delay
10 Unknown - Click to provide data
Image Quality Adjustment
 Brightness
 Brightness
Direct Printing
 Direct printing
Unknown - Click to provide data

Design

Tripod Mountable
 Tripod mountable
Unknown - Click to provide data
Colour
 White
 Black
 White
 Black

Video

Full HD
 Full HD
 Full HD
HD Type
 Full HD
 Full HD
Supported Video Modes
 1080p
 720p
BEST
 1080p
 720p
Video Formats Supported
 MP4
 AVCHD
 AVC
 MP4
 AVCHD
 AVC
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

Still Image

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
 1920 x 1080
 4224 x 2376
 1920 x 1080
 4224 x 2376
BEST

Audio

Built-In Speaker(s)
 Built-in speaker(s)
Unknown - Click to provide data
Built-In Microphone
 Built-in microphone
 Built-in microphone
BEST
Audio System
 Dolby Digital 2.0
 Dolby Digital 2.0

Ports & Interfaces

HDMI
 HDMI
 HDMI
USB 2.0 Port
1 1
Headphone Outputs
 Headphone outputs
 Headphone outputs
S-Video Out
 S-Video out
Unknown - Click to provide data
PictBridge
 PictBridge
Unknown - Click to provide data
Mini HDMI Port
1 1
Mini USB Port
1 Unknown - Click to provide data

Networking

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

Battery

Battery Life (max)
2.9h Unknown - Click to provide data
Battery Type
BP-727 Unknown - Click to provide data
Battery Technology
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
BEST
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Supported
1 Unknown - Click to provide data

Weight & Dimensions

Weight
235g
BEST
264g
Height
58mm 62mm
Depth
116mm 129mm
Width
53mm 60mm

Packaging Content

Batteries Included
 Batteries included
 Batteries included
Quick Start Guide
 Quick start guide
 Quick start guide
AC Adapter Included
 AC adapter included
 AC adapter included
Warranty Card
 Warranty card
 Warranty card

Other Features

Night Mode
 Night mode
Unknown - Click to provide data
USB Connectivity
 USB connectivity
Unknown - Click to provide data

Technical Details

Self-Timer
 Self-timer
Unknown - Click to provide data
USB Charging
Unknown - Click to provide data
 USB charging
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