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Canon Vixia HF R21 vs Canon XA20

Canon Vixia HF R21 vs Canon XA20

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Canon Vixia HF R21
Canon XA20

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Reasons For

4 Reasons For
Slightly bigger total megapixels Edit
Canon Vixia HF R21 is 3.28MP sensor, but the Canon XA20 is only a 3.09MP sensor camcorder (0.19MP 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.

HDMI Edit
The Canon Vixia HF R21 supports HDMI, whereas the Canon XA20 does not.
Longer video recording time Edit
The Canon Vixia HF R21 has a video recording time of 12.25h, but the Canon XA20 is only a 10.1h video recording time camcorder (2.15h shorter).
Two times lighter Edit
The Canon Vixia HF R21 is a 270g weight camcorder. That's 495g lighter than the Canon XA20 (765g). Read more

Weight of the camcorder including battery.

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

6 Reasons For
0.84MP higher effective megapixels (image) Edit
The Canon XA20 has an effective megapixels (image) of 2.91MP, however the Canon Vixia HF R21 is only a 2.07MP camcorder (0.84MP lower).
Higher effective megapixels (movie) Edit
The Canon XA20 is a 2.91MP (movie mode) camcorder. That's 0.84MP higher than the Canon Vixia HF R21 (2.91MP).
0.4m smaller closest focusing distance Edit
The Canon XA20 has a closest focusing distance of 0.6m, but the Canon Vixia HF R21 is a 1m closest focusing distance camcorder (0.4m bigger).
15% larger display diagonal Edit
The Canon XA20 has a display diagonal of 3.5". That's 0.5" larger than the Canon Vixia HF R21 (3.5"). 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.

Higher display resolution (numeric) Edit
Canon XA20 is 1,230,000 pixels display resolution. That's 1,000,000 pixels higher than the Canon Vixia HF R21 (1,230,000 pixels). Read more

Total number of pixels that display has.

4x smaller minimum illumination Edit
The Canon XA20 is a 0.1lx minimum illumination camcorder. That's 0.3lx smaller than the Canon Vixia HF R21 (0.1lx).

Reasons Against

7 Reasons Against
Lower effective megapixels (image) Edit
The Canon Vixia HF R21 is a 2.07MP camcorder. That's 0.84MP lower than the Canon XA20 (2.91MP).
A lot lower effective megapixels (movie) Edit
Canon Vixia HF R21 is only 2.07MP (movie mode), but the Canon XA20 is a 2.91MP (movie mode) camcorder (0.84MP higher).
Bigger closest focusing distance Edit
The Canon Vixia HF R21 is a 1m closest focusing distance camcorder. That's 0.4m bigger than the Canon XA20 (0.6m).
0.5" smaller display diagonal Edit
The Canon Vixia HF R21 is a 3" screen size camcorder, whereas the Canon XA20 is a 3.5" screen size camcorder (0.5" 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.

5x lower display resolution (numeric) Edit
The Canon Vixia HF R21 has a display resolution (numeric) of 230,000 pixels, however the Canon XA20 is a 1,230,000 pixels display resolution camcorder (1,000,000 pixels higher). Read more

Total number of pixels that display has.

Significantly bigger minimum illumination Edit
The Canon Vixia HF R21 has a minimum illumination of 0.4lx, whereas the Canon XA20 is a 0.1lx minimum illumination camcorder (0.3lx smaller).
Over one year older
The Canon Vixia HF R21 is older than the Canon XA20 by 21 months.
4 Reasons Against
Smaller total megapixels Edit
The Canon XA20 is a 3.09MP sensor camcorder. That's 0.19MP smaller than the Canon Vixia HF R21 (3.09MP). 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.

Does not support HDMI Edit
The Canon XA20 does not support HDMI, but the Canon Vixia HF R21 supports HDMI.
2.15h shorter video recording time Edit
The Canon XA20 is a 10.1h video recording time camcorder. That's 2.15h shorter than the Canon Vixia HF R21 (10.1h).
Vastly heavier Edit
The Canon XA20 has a weight of 765g, however the Canon Vixia HF R21 is a 270g weight camcorder (495g lighter). 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
3.09MP
Optical Sensor Size
 1/2
 1/2
BEST
Sensor Type
 CMOS
 CMOS
Effective Megapixels (image)
2.07MP 2.91MP
BEST
Effective Megapixels (movie)
2.07MP 2.91MP
BEST

Lens System

Optical Zoom
20x 20x
Digital Zoom
400x 400x
Image Stabilizer
 Image stabilizer
 Image stabilizer
Image Stabilizer Type
 Hybrid
 Hybrid
BEST
Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
Unknown - Click to provide data 576mm
Minimum Aperture Number
Unknown - Click to provide data 1.8
Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
Unknown - Click to provide data 28.8mm
Maximum Aperture Number
Unknown - Click to provide data 8
Filter Size
34mm 58mm
Focal Length (35mm Film Equivalent)
41.2 - 1176 28.8 - 576
Focal Length Range (f-F)
3 - 60 3.67 - 73.4

Storage

Maximum Memory Card Size
Unknown - Click to provide data 128GB
Flash Memory
32GB Unknown - Click to provide data
Memory Slots
2 2
Compatible Memory Cards
 SDXC
 SDHC
 SD
 SDXC
 SDHC
 SD
Camcorder Media Type
 Memory card
 Memory card

Focusing

Closest Focusing Distance
1m 0.6m
BEST
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
 Auto
 Manual
 Auto
Light Exposure Correction
 ± 3EV (1/3EV step)
 ± 3EV (1/3EV step)
BEST
Light Metering
 Centre-weighted
 Centre-weighted
BEST

White Balance

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

Flash

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

Shutter

Shutter Speed (video)
1/2000 1/6 - 1/2000
Shutter Speed (photo)
1/500 Unknown - Click to provide data
Camera Shutter Speed
Unknown - Click to provide data 1/2000 - 1/6

Display

Display Diagonal
3" 3.5"
BEST
Built-In Display
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Built-in display
Touchscreen
 Touchscreen
 Touchscreen
Display Resolution (numeric)
230,000 pixels 1,230,000 pixels
BEST
Display
 OLED
 OLED
BEST
Aspect Ratio
 4:3
 16:9
 4:3
 16:9
Vari-Angle LCD Display
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Vari-angle LCD display

Viewfinder

Viewfinder Screen Size
Unknown - Click to provide data 0.24"
Viewfinder Type
 electrical
 electrical
BEST

Camera

Camcorder Type
 Shouldercam
 Shoulder camcorder
 Shouldercam
 Shoulder camcorder
3D
 3D
 3D
Image Processor
 DIGIC DV IV
 DIGIC DV IV
BEST
Minimum Illumination
0.4lx 0.1lx
BEST

Design

Colour
 Black
 Silver
 Black
 Silver

Video

Full HD
 Full HD
 Full HD
HD Type
 Full HD
 Full HD
Bitrate At Maximum Video Resolution
Unknown - Click to provide data 28 Mbit/s
Capture Modes
 MXP
 FXP
 LP
 SP
 MXP
 FXP
 LP
 SP
Supported Video Modes
 1080p
 720p
 1080p
 720p
BEST
Video Formats Supported
 MPEG
 MPEG4
 H.264
 MP4
 AVCHD
 AVC
 MPEG
 MPEG4
 H.264
 MP4
 AVCHD
 AVC
Video Resolutions
 1920 x 1080
 1280 x 720
 640 x 360
 1920 x 1080
 1280 x 720
 640 x 360
Maximum Video Resolution
 1920 x 1080
 1920 x 1080
HD-Ready
Unknown - Click to provide data
 HD-Ready
Analog Signal Format System
 NTSC
 NTSC
Pre-Record Function
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Pre-record function

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
 2136 x 1362
 1920 x 1080
 2136 x 1362
BEST

Audio

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

Ports & Interfaces

HDMI
 HDMI
BEST
 HDMI
DC-In Jack
Unknown - Click to provide data
 DC-in jack
Composite Video Out
 Composite video out
Unknown - Click to provide data
USB 2.0 Port
1 1
Microphone in
 Microphone in
 Microphone in
Headphone Outputs
 Headphone outputs
 Headphone outputs
Component Video (YPbPr/YCbCr) Out
1 Unknown - Click to provide data
S-Video Out
Unknown - Click to provide data
 S-Video out
Mini HDMI Port
Unknown - Click to provide data 1
XLR in
Unknown - Click to provide data
 XLR in
USB Connector Type
 USB B
 Mini-USB
 Mini-USB B
 USB B
 Mini-USB
 Mini-USB B
Mini USB Port
Unknown - Click to provide data 1

Networking

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

Battery

Video Recording Time
12.25h
BEST
10.1h
Battery Type
BP-110 BP-820
Battery Voltage
Unknown - Click to provide data 7.4V
Battery Technology
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
BEST
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)

Operational Conditions

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

Weight & Dimensions

Weight
270g
BEST
765g
Height
62mm 84mm
Depth
121mm 182mm
Width
60mm 109mm

Packaging Content

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