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Canon Vixia HF R21 vs Sony HVR-Z7

Canon Vixia HF R21 vs Sony HVR-Z7

Canon Vixia HF R21
Sony HVR-Z7

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Reasons For

5 Reasons For
2.16MP bigger total megapixels Edit
Canon Vixia HF R21 is 3.28MP sensor, but the Sony HVR-Z7 is only a 1.12MP sensor camcorder (2.16MP 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.

1.03MP higher effective megapixels (movie) Edit
Canon Vixia HF R21 is 2.07MP (movie mode), but the Sony HVR-Z7 is only a 1.04MP (movie mode) camcorder (1.03MP lower).
A lot bigger optical zoom Edit
The Canon Vixia HF R21 is a 20x (optical) camcorder, whereas the Sony HVR-Z7 is only a 12x (optical) camcorder (8x 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.

Significantly smaller minimum illumination Edit
The Canon Vixia HF R21 has a minimum illumination of 0.4lx, whereas the Sony HVR-Z7 is a 1.5lx minimum illumination camcorder (1.1lx bigger).
8x lighter Edit
The Canon Vixia HF R21 is a 270g weight camcorder. That's 2.1kg lighter than the Sony HVR-Z7 (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 Reason For
0.2" larger display diagonal Edit
The Sony HVR-Z7 is a 3.2" screen size camcorder, whereas the Canon Vixia HF R21 is only a 3" screen size camcorder (0.2" 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.

Reasons Against

3 Reasons Against
A little smaller display diagonal Edit
The Canon Vixia HF R21 is a 3" screen size camcorder, whereas the Sony HVR-Z7 is a 3.2" screen size camcorder (0.2" 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.

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Over one year older
The Canon Vixia HF R21 is older than the Sony HVR-Z7 by 21 months.
5 Reasons Against
Smaller total megapixels Edit
Sony HVR-Z7 is only 1.12MP sensor, but the Canon Vixia HF R21 is a 3.28MP sensor camcorder (2.16MP 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.

Lower effective megapixels (movie) Edit
Sony HVR-Z7 is only 1.04MP (movie mode), but the Canon Vixia HF R21 is a 2.07MP (movie mode) camcorder (1.03MP higher).
8x smaller optical zoom Edit
The Sony HVR-Z7 is a 12x (optical) camcorder, whereas the Canon Vixia HF R21 is a 20x (optical) camcorder (8x 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.

Significantly bigger minimum illumination Edit
The Sony HVR-Z7 has a minimum illumination of 1.5lx, whereas the Canon Vixia HF R21 is a 0.4lx minimum illumination camcorder (1.1lx smaller).
89% heavier Edit
The Sony HVR-Z7 is a 2.4kg weight camcorder. That's 2.1kg heavier than the Canon Vixia HF R21 (2.4kg). 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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Image Sensor

Total Megapixels
3.28MP
BEST
1.12MP
Optical Sensor Size
 1/3
 1/3
BEST
Sensor Type
 CMOS
 CMOS
Effective Megapixels (image)
2.07MP Unknown - Click to provide data
Effective Megapixels (movie)
2.07MP
BEST
1.04MP

Lens System

Optical Zoom
20x
BEST
12x
Digital Zoom
400x Unknown - Click to provide data
Image Stabilizer
 Image stabilizer
 Image stabilizer
Interchangeable Lens
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Interchangeable lens
Filter Size
34mm 72mm
Focal Length (35mm Film Equivalent)
41.2 - 1176 Unknown - Click to provide data
Focal Length Range (f-F)
3 - 60 4.4 - 474

Storage

Flash Memory
32GB Unknown - Click to provide data
Memory Slots
2 Unknown - Click to provide data
Camcorder Tape Type
 HDV
 HDV
BEST
Compatible Memory Cards
 SDXC
 SDHC
 SD
BEST
 SDXC
 SDHC
 SD
Camcorder Media Type
 Memory card
 Memory card

Focusing

Closest Focusing Distance
1m 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

Outdoor White Balance
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Outdoor white balance
Indoor White Balance
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Indoor white balance
Onepush White Balance
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Onepush white balance
White Balance
 Auto
 Manual
 Tungsten
 Daylight
 Auto
 Manual
 Tungsten
 Daylight

Flash

Built-In Flash
 Built-in flash
Unknown - Click to provide data

Shutter

Shutter Speed (video)
1/2000 Unknown - Click to provide data
Shutter Speed (photo)
1/500 Unknown - Click to provide data
Camera Shutter Speed
Unknown - Click to provide data 1/3 - 1/10000

Display

Display Diagonal
3" 3.2"
BEST
Built-In Display
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Built-in display
Touchscreen
 Touchscreen
Unknown - Click to provide data
Display Resolution (numeric)
230,000 pixels Unknown - Click to provide data
Display
 LCD
 LCD
Aspect Ratio
 4:3
 16:9
 4:3
 16:9

Viewfinder

Viewfinder Screen Size
Unknown - Click to provide data 0.45"
Viewfinder
Unknown - Click to provide data 1,226,880 pixels

Camera

Camcorder Type
 handheld
 handheld
BEST
3D
 3D
Unknown - Click to provide data
Minimum Illumination
0.4lx
BEST
1.5lx

Design

Colour
 Black
 Silver
 Black
 Silver

Video

Full HD
 Full HD
 Full HD
HD Type
 Full HD
BEST
 Full HD
Capture Modes
 MXP
 FXP
 LP
 SP
 MXP
 FXP
 LP
 SP
Supported Video Modes
 1080i
 576i
 1080i
 576i
BEST
Video Formats Supported
 MPEG
 MPEG4
 H.264
BEST
 MPEG
 MPEG4
 H.264
Video Resolutions
 1920 x 1080
BEST
 1920 x 1080
Maximum Video Resolution
 1920 x 1080
BEST
 1920 x 1080
Analog Signal Format System
 NTSC
BEST
 NTSC

Still Image

Still Image Resolution(s)
 1792 x 1344
 1920 x 1080
BEST
 1792 x 1344
 1920 x 1080
Maximum Image Resolution
 1920 x 1080
BEST
 1920 x 1080

Audio

Audio Formats Supported
 AC3
BEST
 AC3
Audio System
 Dolby Digital 2.0
BEST
 Dolby Digital 2.0

Ports & Interfaces

HDMI
 HDMI
 HDMI
Composite Video Out
 Composite video out
 Composite video out
USB 2.0 Port
1 Unknown - Click to provide data
Microphone in
 Microphone in
 Microphone in
DV Port
Unknown - Click to provide data
 DV port
Headphone Outputs
 Headphone outputs
 Headphone outputs
Component Video (YPbPr/YCbCr) Out
1 1
S-Video Out
Unknown - Click to provide data
 S-Video out
XLR in
Unknown - Click to provide data
 XLR in
Firewire (IEEE 1394) Port
Unknown - Click to provide data 1
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A Ports Quantity
Unknown - Click to provide data 1

Battery

Video Recording Time
12.25h Unknown - Click to provide data
Battery Type
BP-110 NP-F570
Battery Voltage
Unknown - Click to provide data 7.2V
Battery Capacity
Unknown - Click to provide data 2,200mAh
Battery Technology
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity (Watt Hours)
Unknown - Click to provide data 15.8Wh
Battery Supported
Unknown - Click to provide data 1

Operational Conditions

Operating Temperature (T-T)
-5 - 45 0 - 40
Storage Temperature (T-T)
Unknown - Click to provide data -20 - 60

Weight & Dimensions

Weight
270g
BEST
2.4kg
Height
62mm Unknown - Click to provide data
Depth
121mm Unknown - Click to provide data
Width
60mm Unknown - Click to provide data

Packaging Content

Batteries Included
 Batteries included
 Batteries included
Quick Start Guide
 Quick start guide
 Quick start guide
Cables Included
 USB
 HDMI
 AV
 Component
 USB
 HDMI
 AV
 Component
AC Adapter Included
 AC adapter included
Unknown - Click to provide data
Handheld Remote Control
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Handheld remote control
Stylus Pen
 Stylus pen
Unknown - Click to provide data
Lens Hood
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Lens hood

Other Features

Aperture Range (F-F)
1.8 - 3.6 Unknown - Click to provide data
AC Adapter Output Voltage
Unknown - Click to provide data 8.4V
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