Canon Legria HF G40 vs Canon XA10 vs Canon XF105

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Canon Legria HF G40
Canon XA10
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Reasons For

9 Reasons For
Bigger total megapixels Edit
Canon Legria HF G40 is 3.09MP sensor. That's 0.72MP bigger than the Canon XA10 and the Canon XF105 (2.37MP). 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.

29% higher effective megapixels (movie) Edit
Canon Legria HF G40 is 2.91MP (movie mode). That's 0.84MP higher than the Canon XA10 ().
Bigger optical zoom Edit
The Canon Legria HF G40 is a 20x (optical) camcorder. That's 10x bigger than the Canon XA10 and the Canon XF105 (10x). 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 bigger digital zoom Edit
The Canon Legria HF G40 has a digital zoom of 400x, however the Canon XA10 is only a 2x (digital) camcorder (398x 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.

Fourty-four times smaller minimum illumination Edit
The Canon Legria HF G40 is a 0.1lx minimum illumination camcorder. That's 1.2lx smaller than the Canon XA10 (4.5lx) and 4.4lx smaller than the Canon XF105 (4.5lx).
GPS (satellite) Edit
The Canon Legria HF G40 has a GPS (satellite), however the Canon XF105 does not have a GPS (satellite).
PictBridge Edit
The Canon Legria HF G40 supports pictBridge, but the Canon XA10 does not support pictBridge.
Wi-Fi Edit
The Canon Legria HF G40 features wi-Fi, whereas the Canon XF105 does not feature wi-Fi.
Better selling
The Canon Legria HF G40 ranks No. 3498 by number of sales, whereas the Canon XF105 ranks No. 6012.
5 Reasons For
0.8" larger display diagonal Edit
The Canon XA10 is a 3.5" screen size camcorder, and so does the Canon XF105. That's 0.8" larger than the Canon Legria HF G40 (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.

1% higher display resolution (numeric) Edit
The Canon XA10 has a display resolution (numeric) of 922,000 pixels. That's 2,000 pixels higher than the Canon XF105 (920,000 pixels). Read more

Total number of pixels that display has.

515g lighter Edit
The Canon XA10 has a weight of 775g, whereas the Canon Legria HF G40 is a 900g weight camcorder (125g heavier) and the Canon XF105 is a 1.3kg weight camcorder (515g heavier). Read more

Weight of the camcorder including battery.

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

Cheaper by $1,095
The Canon XA10 is $1,095 cheaper than the Canon XF105.
Much better expert reviews
Based on 11 reviews, the average expert review score of the Canon XA10 is 93%, whereas the average rating of the Canon XF105 is 80% (based on 5 reviews).
4 Reasons For
Larger display diagonal Edit
Canon XF105 is 3.5" screen size (as does the Canon XA10), but 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.

3D Edit
The Canon XF105 is 3D, but the Canon XA10 is not.
42% faster maximum frame rate Edit
The Canon XF105 is a 60fps camcorder. That's 25fps faster than the Canon Legria HF G40 (60fps).
4.85h longer video recording time Edit
The Canon XF105 has a video recording time of 10.4h, however the Canon XA10 is only a 5.55h video recording time camcorder (4.85h shorter).

Reasons Against

4 Reasons Against
Smaller display diagonal Edit
The Canon Legria HF G40 is a 2.7" screen size camcorder. That's 0.8" smaller than the Canon XA10 and the Canon XF105 (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.

Hugely slower maximum frame rate Edit
The Canon Legria HF G40 has a maximum frame rate of 35fps, but the Canon XF105 is a 60fps camcorder (25fps faster).
125g heavier Edit
The Canon Legria HF G40 has a weight of 900g, whereas the Canon XA10 is a 775g weight camcorder (125g lighter) and the Canon XF105 is a 1.3kg weight camcorder (390g heavier). 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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9 Reasons Against
31% smaller total megapixels Edit
Canon XA10 is only 2.37MP sensor, and so does the Canon XF105. That's 0.72MP smaller than the Canon Legria HF G40 (2.37MP). 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.

41% lower effective megapixels (movie) Edit
Canon XA10 is only 2.07MP (movie mode). That's 0.84MP lower than the Canon Legria HF G40 ().
10x smaller optical zoom Edit
The Canon XA10 is a 10x (optical) camcorder, and so does the Canon XF105. That's 10x smaller than the Canon Legria HF G40 (10x). 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.

199x smaller digital zoom Edit
The Canon XA10 has a digital zoom of 2x, however the Canon Legria HF G40 is a 400x (digital) camcorder (398x 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.

Not 3D Edit
The Canon XA10 is not 3D, however the Canon XF105 is 3D.
93% bigger minimum illumination Edit
The Canon XA10 is a 1.3lx minimum illumination camcorder. That's 1.2lx bigger than the Canon Legria HF G40 (4.5lx) and 3.2lx smaller than the Canon XF105 (4.5lx).
Does not support pictBridge Edit
The Canon XA10 does not support pictBridge, whereas the Canon Legria HF G40 does.
88% shorter video recording time Edit
The Canon XA10 is a 5.55h video recording time camcorder. That's 4.85h shorter than the Canon XF105 (10.4h).
Older by over three years
The Canon XA10 is four years older than the Canon Legria HF G40 and 17 months older than the Canon XF105.
11 Reasons Against
0.72MP smaller total megapixels Edit
The Canon XF105 has a total megapixels of 2.37MP (as does the Canon XA10), however the Canon Legria HF G40 is a 3.09MP sensor camcorder (0.72MP 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.

Smaller optical zoom Edit
Canon XF105 is only 10x (optical) (as does the Canon XA10), but the Canon Legria HF G40 is a 20x (optical) camcorder (10x 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.

2,000 pixels lower display resolution (numeric) Edit
The Canon XF105 is a 920,000 pixels display resolution camcorder, whereas the Canon XA10 is a 922,000 pixels display resolution camcorder (2,000 pixels higher). Read more

Total number of pixels that display has.

4.4lx bigger minimum illumination Edit
The Canon XF105 has a minimum illumination of 4.5lx, but the Canon Legria HF G40 is a 0.1lx minimum illumination camcorder (4.4lx smaller) and the Canon XA10 is a 1.3lx minimum illumination camcorder (3.2lx smaller).
Does not have a GPS (satellite) Edit
The Canon XF105 does not have a GPS (satellite), however the Canon Legria HF G40 has a GPS (satellite).
Does not feature wi-Fi Edit
The Canon XF105 does not feature wi-Fi, whereas the Canon Legria HF G40 features wi-Fi.
Heavier Edit
The Canon XF105 is a 1.3kg weight camcorder. That's 390g heavier than the Canon Legria HF G40 (1.3kg) and 515g heavier than the Canon XA10 (1.3kg). Read more

Weight of the camcorder including battery.

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

$1,095 more expensive
The Canon XF105 is more expensive than the Canon XA10 by $1,095.
Over two years older
The Canon XF105 is older than the Canon Legria HF G40 by three years.
Worse selling
The Canon XF105 ranks No. 6012 by sales volume, but the Canon Legria HF G40 ranks No. 3498.
Appreciably Lower expert review Score
The Canon XF105 has an average expert rating of 80%, but the Canon XA10 has an average expert rating of 93% (based on 11 reviews).

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Image Sensor

Total Megapixels
3.09MP
BEST
2.37MP 2.37MP
Optical Sensor Size
 1/1.3
 1/1.3
 1/1.3
BEST
Sensor Type
 CMOS
 CMOS
 CMOS
Effective Megapixels (image)
2.07MP Unknown - Click to provide data 2.07MP
Effective Megapixels (movie)
2.91MP
BEST
2.07MP Unknown - Click to provide data

Lens System

Optical Zoom
20x
BEST
10x 10x
Digital Zoom
400x
BEST
2x Unknown - Click to provide data
Image Stabilizer
 Image stabilizer
 Image stabilizer
 Image stabilizer
Interchangeable Lens
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Interchangeable lens
Unknown - Click to provide data
Image Stabilizer Type
 Optical
BEST
 Optical
 Optical
BEST
Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
576mm Unknown - Click to provide data Unknown - Click to provide data
Minimum Aperture Number
Unknown - Click to provide data Unknown - Click to provide data 1.8
Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
26.8mm Unknown - Click to provide data Unknown - Click to provide data
Maximum Aperture Number
Unknown - Click to provide data Unknown - Click to provide data 1.8
Filter Size
58mm Unknown - Click to provide data 58mm
Focal Length (35mm Film Equivalent)
Unknown - Click to provide data 30.4 - 304 30.4 - 304
Focal Length Range (f-F)
3.67 - 73.4 4.25 - 42.5 4.25 - 42.5

Storage

Maximum Memory Card Size
Unknown - Click to provide data Unknown - Click to provide data 128GB
Flash Memory
Unknown - Click to provide data 64GB Unknown - Click to provide data
Memory Slots
Unknown - Click to provide data Unknown - Click to provide data 2
Compatible Memory Cards
 SDXC
 SDHC
 SD
 CF+
BEST
 SDXC
 SDHC
 SD
 CF+
BEST
 SDXC
 SDHC
 SD
 CF+
Camcorder Media Type
 Memory card
 Memory card
 Memory card
ExpressCard Slot
Unknown - Click to provide data Unknown - Click to provide data
 ExpressCard slot

Focusing

Closest Focusing Distance
Unknown - Click to provide data Unknown - Click to provide data 0.02m
Face Detection
 Face detection
Unknown - Click to provide data Unknown - Click to provide data
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
 Manual
 Manual

White Balance

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

Flash

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

Shutter

Camera Shutter Speed
1/2000 1/6 - 1/2000 0.0005

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
Unknown - Click to provide data Unknown - Click to provide data
Display Resolution (numeric)
Unknown - Click to provide data 922,000 pixels
BEST
920,000 pixels
Display
 LCD
 LCD
BEST
 LCD
BEST

Viewfinder

Viewfinder Screen Size
0.24" 0.24" 0.24"
Viewfinder Type
 electrical
 electrical
 electrical
BEST

Camera

Camcorder Type
 handheld
 handheld
 handheld
3D
Unknown - Click to provide data
 3D
 3D
BEST
Image Processor
 DIGIC DV IV
BEST
 DIGIC DV IV
 DIGIC DV IV
Minimum Illumination
0.1lx
BEST
1.3lx 4.5lx
Remotely Operated
Unknown - Click to provide data Unknown - Click to provide data
 Remotely operated
GPS (satellite)
 GPS (satellite)
BEST
Unknown - Click to provide data
 GPS (satellite)
Image Quality Adjustment
 Brightness
 Brightness
 Brightness
Direct Printing
 Direct printing
Unknown - Click to provide data Unknown - Click to provide data
Progressive Scan
Unknown - Click to provide data Unknown - Click to provide data
 Progressive scan

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 Unknown - Click to provide data
 Full HD
HD Type
 Full HD
 Full HD
 Full HD
Bitrate At Maximum Video Resolution
Unknown - Click to provide data 24 Mbit/s Unknown - Click to provide data
Capture Modes
 MXP
 FXP
 LP
 SP
 XP+
 MXP
 FXP
 LP
 SP
 XP+
 MXP
 FXP
 LP
 SP
 XP+
Video Capturing Speed
Unknown - Click to provide data Unknown - Click to provide data 60fps
Supported Video Modes
 1080p
 720p
 1080i
BEST
 1080p
 720p
 1080i
BEST
 1080p
 720p
 1080i
Video Formats Supported
 MP4
 AVCHD
 AVC
 MPEG
 MPEG4
 H.264
 MXF
 MP4
 AVCHD
 AVC
 MPEG
 MPEG4
 H.264
 MXF
 MP4
 AVCHD
 AVC
 MPEG
 MPEG4
 H.264
 MXF
Video Resolutions
 1920 x 1080
 1440 x 1080
 1280 x 720
 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
 1920 x 1080
Maximum Frame Rate
35fps Unknown - Click to provide data 60fps
BEST

Still Image

Maximum Image Resolution
 1920 x 1080
 1920 x 1080
BEST
 1920 x 1080

Audio

Built-In Speaker(s)
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Built-in speaker(s)
Unknown - Click to provide data
Built-In Microphone
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Built-in microphone
 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
Unknown - Click to provide data Unknown - Click to provide data
Composite Video Out
Unknown - Click to provide data Unknown - Click to provide data
 Composite video out
USB 2.0 Ports Quantity
1 1 Unknown - Click to provide data
Headphone Outputs
 Headphone outputs
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Headphone outputs
Component Video (YPbPr/YCbCr) Out
Unknown - Click to provide data Unknown - Click to provide data 1
S-Video Out
Unknown - Click to provide data
 S-Video out
 S-Video out
PictBridge
 PictBridge
BEST
 PictBridge
Unknown - Click to provide data
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 Unknown - Click to provide data 1

Networking

Wi-Fi
 Wi-Fi
BEST
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Wi-Fi
Ethernet LAN
Unknown - Click to provide data Unknown - Click to provide data
 Ethernet LAN
Bluetooth
Unknown - Click to provide data Unknown - Click to provide data
 Bluetooth

Battery

Battery Life (max)
4.35h Unknown - Click to provide data Unknown - Click to provide data
Video Recording Time
Unknown - Click to provide data 5.55h 10.4h
BEST
Battery Type
BP-828 BP-808 Unknown - Click to provide data
Battery Voltage
Unknown - Click to provide data Unknown - Click to provide data 7.4V
Battery Technology
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
BEST
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
BEST
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)

Operational Conditions

Operating Temperature (T-T)
Unknown - Click to provide data -5 - 45 0 - 40
Operating Relative Humidity (H-H)
Unknown - Click to provide data 0 - 65 Unknown - Click to provide data

Weight & Dimensions

Weight
900g 775g
BEST
1.3kg
Height
84mm 205mm 148mm
Depth
231mm 177mm 250mm
Width
115mm 130mm 121mm

Packaging Content

Batteries Included
 Batteries included
 Batteries included
 Batteries included
Quick Start Guide
 Quick start guide
 Quick start guide
Unknown - Click to provide data
Cables Included
 Component
 Component
 Component
BEST
AC Adapter Included
Unknown - Click to provide data
 AC adapter included
 AC adapter included
Warranty Card
 Warranty card
Unknown - Click to provide data Unknown - Click to provide data
Lens Hood
Unknown - Click to provide data Unknown - Click to provide data
 Lens hood
Shoulder Strap
Unknown - Click to provide data Unknown - Click to provide data
 Shoulder strap

Other Features

Video Compression Formats
 MPEG
 MPEG2
 MPEG
 MPEG2
 MPEG
 MPEG2

Projector

Built-In Projector
Unknown - Click to provide data Unknown - Click to provide data
 Built-in projector
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