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Canon XA10 vs Sony HDR-PJ810

Canon XA10 vs Sony HDR-PJ810

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Canon XA10
Sony HDR-PJ810

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Reasons For

7 Reasons For
Bigger digital zoom Edit
Canon XA10 is 200x (digital), but the Sony HDR-PJ810 is only a 160x (digital) camcorder (40x 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.

270.2mm longer maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) Edit
The Canon XA10 is a 305mm maximum focal length camcorder, whereas the Sony HDR-PJ810 is only a 34.8mm maximum focal length camcorder (270.2mm shorter).
15% larger display diagonal Edit
The Canon XA10 has a display diagonal of 3.5". That's 0.5" larger than the Sony HDR-PJ810 (3"). 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 XA10 is 922,000 pixels display resolution. That's 1,000 pixels higher than the Sony HDR-PJ810 (921,000 pixels). Read more

Total number of pixels that display has.

Vastly smaller minimum illumination Edit
The Canon XA10 is a 1.5lx minimum illumination camcorder. That's 1.5lx smaller than the Sony HDR-PJ810 (3lx).
One more awards
The Canon XA10 has 2 awards from expert review sites, whereas the Sony HDR-PJ810 has 1 award.
Slightly better expert reviews
The average expert review score of the Canon XA10 is 93%, however the average rating of the Sony HDR-PJ810 is 90% (based on 2 reviews).
6 Reasons For
Hugely bigger total megapixels Edit
Sony HDR-PJ810 is 24.5MP sensor, but the Canon XA10 is only a 2.37MP sensor camcorder (22.13MP 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.

2x bigger optical zoom Edit
The Sony HDR-PJ810 is a 12x (optical) camcorder, whereas the Canon XA10 is only a 10x (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.

Interchangeable lens Edit
The Sony HDR-PJ810 has an interchangeable lens, however the Canon XA10 does not have an interchangeable lens. Read more

The lens in the device can be swapped round.

An interchangeable lens system allows the user to use alternative lenses which might be better suited for a shoot than a standard lens.

Ten times shorter minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) Edit
Sony HDR-PJ810 is 2.9mm minimum focal length, but the Canon XA10 is a 30.4mm minimum focal length camcorder (27.5mm longer).
Built-in light Edit
The Sony HDR-PJ810 has a built-in light, however the Canon XA10 does not have a built-in light.
69% lighter Edit
The Sony HDR-PJ810 is a 460g weight camcorder. That's 315g lighter than the Canon XA10 (460g). Read more

Weight of the camcorder including battery.

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

Reasons Against

7 Reasons Against
Significantly smaller total megapixels Edit
The Canon XA10 is a 2.37MP sensor camcorder. That's 22.13MP smaller than the Sony HDR-PJ810 (24.5MP). 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.

20% smaller optical zoom Edit
The Canon XA10 has an optical zoom of 10x. That's 2x smaller than the Sony HDR-PJ810 (12x). 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.

91% longer minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) Edit
The Canon XA10 is a 30.4mm minimum focal length camcorder. That's 27.5mm longer than the Sony HDR-PJ810 (2.9mm).
Does not have a built-in light Edit
The Canon XA10 does not have a built-in light, whereas the Sony HDR-PJ810 has a built-in light.
A lot heavier Edit
The Canon XA10 has a weight of 775g, however the Sony HDR-PJ810 is a 460g weight camcorder (315g 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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Older by eleven months
The Canon XA10 is eleven months older than the Sony HDR-PJ810.
7 Reasons Against
25% smaller digital zoom Edit
The Sony HDR-PJ810 has a digital zoom of 160x. That's 40x smaller than the Canon XA10 (160x). 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 maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) Edit
Sony HDR-PJ810 is only 34.8mm maximum focal length. That's 270.2mm shorter than the Canon XA10 (34.8mm).
0.5" smaller display diagonal Edit
The Sony HDR-PJ810 is a 3" screen size camcorder, whereas the Canon XA10 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.

Slightly lower display resolution (numeric) Edit
The Sony HDR-PJ810 has a display resolution (numeric) of 921,000 pixels, however the Canon XA10 is a 922,000 pixels display resolution camcorder (1,000 pixels higher). Read more

Total number of pixels that display has.

A lot bigger minimum illumination Edit
The Sony HDR-PJ810 has a minimum illumination of 3lx, whereas the Canon XA10 is a 1.5lx minimum illumination camcorder (1.5lx smaller).
Fewer awards
Whilst the Sony HDR-PJ810 has received 1 award, the Canon XA10 has received 2 awards.
Marginally Lower expert review Score
The average expert rating of the Sony HDR-PJ810 is 90%, whereas the average expert rating of the Canon XA10 is 93% (based on 11 reviews).

Awards

2 Awards
macworld.co.uk: Editor's Choice
pcactual.com: Recommended
1 Award
altomdata.dk: Recommended

Average Expert Rating

Average User Rating

No reviews found

Date Released

52 months Ago 41 months Ago

Image Sensor

Total Megapixels
2.37MP 24.5MP
BEST
Optical Sensor Size
 1/3
 1/3
Sensor Type
 CMOS
 CMOS
Effective Megapixels (image)
2.07MP Unknown - Click to provide data
Effective Megapixels (movie)
2.07MP Unknown - Click to provide data

Lens System

Optical Zoom
10x 12x
BEST
Digital Zoom
200x
BEST
160x
Image Stabilizer
 Image stabilizer
 Image stabilizer
Interchangeable Lens
 Interchangeable lens
 Interchangeable lens
BEST
Image Stabilizer Type
 Optical
 Optical
Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
305mm
BEST
34.8mm
Minimum Aperture Number
1.8 Unknown - Click to provide data
Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
30.4mm 2.9mm
BEST
Maximum Aperture Number
2.8 Unknown - Click to provide data
Filter Size
58mm Unknown - Click to provide data
Focal Length (35mm Film Equivalent)
30.4 - 304 2.9 - 34.8
Focal Length Range (f-F)
4.25 - 42.5 1.8 - 3.4
Wide Angle Lens System
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Wide angle lens system

Storage

Flash Memory
64GB Unknown - Click to provide data
Memory Slots
2 Unknown - Click to provide data
Compatible Memory Cards
 SDXC
 SDHC
 SD
 MS PRO
 MS PRO Duo
 MS Pro-HG
 MSXC
 SDXC
 SDHC
 SD
 MS PRO
 MS PRO Duo
 MS Pro-HG
 MSXC
Camcorder Media Type
 Memory card
 Memory card

Focusing

Closest Focusing Distance
0.06m Unknown - Click to provide data
Face Detection
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Face detection
Focus Adjustment
 Auto
 Manual
 Auto
 Manual
Smile Detection
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Smile detection
Macro Focusing Range
0.02 Unknown - Click to provide data

Light Exposure

Scene Modes
 Beach
 Snow
 Fireworks
 Night
 Portrait
 Sports
 Spotlight
 Landscape
 Beach
 Snow
 Fireworks
 Night
 Portrait
 Sports
 Spotlight
 Landscape
Light Exposure Modes
 Auto
 Manual
 Auto
 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
 Fluorescent H
 Auto
 Manual
 Tungsten
 Fluorescent
 Cloudy
 Daylight
 Shade
 Custom modes
 Outdoor
 Fluorescent H
 Auto
 Manual
 Tungsten
 Fluorescent
 Cloudy
 Daylight
 Shade
 Custom modes
 Outdoor

Flash

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

Shutter

Camera Shutter Speed
1/2000 1/10000

Display

Display Diagonal
3.5"
BEST
3"
Built-In Display
 Built-in display
 Built-in display
Touchscreen
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Touchscreen
Display Resolution (numeric)
922,000 pixels
BEST
921,000 pixels
Display
 LCD
 LCD

Viewfinder

Viewfinder Screen Size
0.24" Unknown - Click to provide data
Viewfinder
260,000 pixels Unknown - Click to provide data
Viewfinder Type
 Optical
 Optical

Camera

Camcorder Type
 handheld
 handheld
3D
 3D
 3D
Image Processor
 DIGIC DV III
BEST
 DIGIC DV III
Minimum Illumination
1.5lx
BEST
3lx
Remotely Operated
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Remotely operated
Image Quality Adjustment
 Brightness
 Brightness

Design

Colour
 Black
 Black

Video

Full HD
 Full HD
 Full HD
HD Type
 Full HD
 Full HD
Bitrate At Maximum Video Resolution
24 Mbit/s Unknown - Click to provide data
Capture Modes
 MXP
 FXP
 LP
 SP
 XP+
 MXP
 FXP
 LP
 SP
 XP+
Supported Video Modes
 1080i
BEST
 1080i
Video Formats Supported
 MPEG
 MPEG4
 H.264
 AVCHD
 AVC
 MP4
 MPEG
 MPEG4
 H.264
 AVCHD
 AVC
 MP4
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
Analog Signal Format System
 NTSC
BEST
 NTSC

Still Image

Image Formats Supported
 JPG
 JPG
BEST
Maximum Image Resolution
 1920 x 1080
 6592 x 3712
 1920 x 1080
 6592 x 3712
BEST

Audio

Built-In Speaker(s)
 Built-in speaker(s)
 Built-in speaker(s)
Built-In Microphone
 Built-in microphone
 Built-in microphone
Audio System
 Dolby Digital 5.1
 Dolby Digital 5.1
BEST

Ports & Interfaces

HDMI
 HDMI
 HDMI
Composite Video Out
 Composite video out
 Composite video out
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
 S-Video out
 S-Video out
PictBridge
 PictBridge
 PictBridge
Mini HDMI Port
1 Unknown - Click to provide data
XLR in
 XLR in
Unknown - Click to provide data
USB Connector Type
 USB B
 Mini-USB
 Mini-USB B
 USB B
 Mini-USB
 Mini-USB B
Mini USB Port
1 Unknown - Click to provide data

Networking

Wi-Fi
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Wi-Fi
Ethernet LAN
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Ethernet LAN
Near Field Communication (NFC)
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Near Field Communication (NFC)
Bluetooth
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Bluetooth

Battery

Video Recording Time
5.55h Unknown - Click to provide data
Battery Type
BP-808 NP-FV50
Battery Technology
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
BEST
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)

Operational Conditions

Operating Temperature (T-T)
-5 - 45 Unknown - Click to provide data
Operating Relative Humidity (H-H)
0 - 65 Unknown - Click to provide data

Weight & Dimensions

Weight
775g 460g
BEST
Height
177mm 72.5mm
Depth
205mm 134mm
Width
130mm 67.5mm

Packaging Content

Batteries Included
 Batteries included
 Batteries included
Quick Start Guide
 Quick start guide
 Quick start guide
Bundled Software
Unknown - Click to provide data PlayMemories Home
Cables Included
 USB
 HDMI
 USB
 HDMI
BEST
AC Adapter Included
 AC adapter included
 AC adapter included
Handheld Remote Control
 Handheld remote control
 Handheld remote control

Other Features

Waterproof
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Waterproof
Shock Proof
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Shock proof

Projector

Built-In Projector
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Built-in projector
Projector Brightness
Unknown - Click to provide data 50 ANSI lumens
Minimum Projection Distance
Unknown - Click to provide data 0.5m

Technical Details

Dustproof
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Dustproof
USB Charging
Unknown - Click to provide data
 USB charging
Freezeproof
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Freezeproof
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