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Canon XF205 vs Sony HXR-NX3

Canon XF205 vs Sony HXR-NX3

Canon XF205
Sony HXR-NX3

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Reasons For

6 Reasons For
23% bigger total megapixels Edit
The Canon XF205 has a total megapixels of 3.09MP. That's 0.68MP bigger than the Sony HXR-NX3 (2.41MP). 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.

32% higher maximum aperture number Edit
The Canon XF205 is a 16 maximum aperture value camcorder. That's 5 higher than the Sony HXR-NX3 (11).
Higher display resolution (numeric) Edit
The Canon XF205 is a 1,230,000 pixels display resolution camcorder. That's 309,000 pixels higher than the Sony HXR-NX3 (921,000 pixels). Read more

Total number of pixels that display has.

A lot lighter Edit
The Canon XF205 has a weight of 1.6kg, but the Sony HXR-NX3 is a 2.2kg weight camcorder (650g 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 $250
The Canon XF205 costs $2,908.35, whereas the Sony HXR-NX3 is $3,157.99.
7 shops are selling it
The more shops stock the product, the greater competition amongst shops to keep prices low.
1 Reason For
13% lower minimum aperture number Edit
The Sony HXR-NX3 has a minimum aperture number of 1.6. That's 0.2 lower than the Canon XF205 (1.6).

Reasons Against

1 Reason Against
0.2 higher minimum aperture number Edit
The Canon XF205 is a 1.8 minimum aperture camcorder. That's 0.2 higher than the Sony HXR-NX3 (1.6).
7 Reasons Against
29% smaller total megapixels Edit
Sony HXR-NX3 is only 2.41MP sensor. That's 0.68MP smaller than the Canon XF205 (2.41MP). 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 maximum aperture number Edit
The Sony HXR-NX3 has a maximum aperture number of 11. That's 5 lower than the Canon XF205 (11).
34% lower display resolution (numeric) Edit
The Sony HXR-NX3 has a display resolution (numeric) of 921,000 pixels. That's 309,000 pixels lower than the Canon XF205 (921,000 pixels). Read more

Total number of pixels that display has.

650g heavier Edit
The Sony HXR-NX3 has a weight of 2.2kg, whereas the Canon XF205 is a 1.6kg weight camcorder (650g lighter). Read more

Weight of the camcorder including battery.

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

More expensive by $250
The Sony HXR-NX3 is $249.64 more expensive than the Canon XF205.
Fewer sellers
The Sony HXR-NX3 is only stocked by 1 seller, but the Canon XF205 is stocked by 8 retailers. Read more
The fewer the number of sellers that stock the product, the lower the competition amongst sellers to keep prices low.
Older by over one year
The Sony HXR-NX3 is 23 months older than the Canon XF205.

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Image Sensor

Total Megapixels
3.09MP
BEST
2.41MP
Optical Sensor Size
 1/2
 1/2
Sensor Type
 CMOS
 CMOS
Effective Megapixels (image)
Unknown - Click to provide data 2.07MP
Effective Megapixels (movie)
2.91MP Unknown - Click to provide data

Lens System

Optical Zoom
20x 20x
Digital Zoom
6x Unknown - Click to provide data
Image Stabilizer
 Image stabilizer
 Image stabilizer
Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
Unknown - Click to provide data 705mm
Minimum Aperture Number
1.8 1.6
BEST
Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
Unknown - Click to provide data 28.8mm
Maximum Aperture Number
16
BEST
11
Filter Size
58mm 72mm
Focal Length (35mm Film Equivalent)
28.8 - 576 Unknown - Click to provide data
Focal Length Range (f-F)
3.67 - 73.4 4.1 - 82

Storage

Maximum Memory Card Size
128GB Unknown - Click to provide data
Compatible Memory Cards
 SDXC
 SDHC
 SD
 MS Duo
 SDXC
 SDHC
 SD
 MS Duo
Camcorder Media Type
 Memory card
 Memory card

Focusing

Closest Focusing Distance
0.01m Unknown - Click to provide data
Face Detection
 Face detection
Unknown - Click to provide data
Normal Focusing Range
Unknown - Click to provide data 0.01 - ∞/0.8 - ∞
Focus Adjustment
 Auto
 Manual
 Auto
 Manual

Light Exposure

Light Metering
 Centre-weighted
BEST
 Centre-weighted

Flash

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

Shutter

Camera Shutter Speed
1/18 - 1/2000 Unknown - Click to provide data

Display

Display Diagonal
3.5" 3.5"
Built-In Display
 Built-in display
 Built-in display
Display Resolution (numeric)
1,230,000 pixels
BEST
921,000 pixels
Display
 OLED
BEST
 OLED

Viewfinder

Viewfinder Screen Size
0.45" 0.45"
Viewfinder
1,230,000 pixels Unknown - Click to provide data
Viewfinder Type
 Electronic
 Electronic

Camera

Camcorder Type
 Shouldercam
 Shoulder camcorder
 Shouldercam
 Shoulder camcorder
Minimum Illumination
Unknown - Click to provide data 0.5lx

Design

LED Indicators
Unknown - Click to provide data
 LED indicators
Colour
 Black
 Black

Video

Full HD
 Full HD
 Full HD
HD Type
 Full HD
 Full HD
Supported Video Modes
 1080p
 1080p
BEST
Video Formats Supported
 MPEG
 MPEG2
 MP4
 AVI
 MPEG4
 H.264
 AVCHD
 AVC
 MPEG
 MPEG2
 MP4
 AVI
 MPEG4
 H.264
 AVCHD
 AVC
Video Resolutions
 1920 x 1080
 1440 x 1080
 1280 x 720
 640 x 480
 720 x 576
 1920 x 1080
 1440 x 1080
 1280 x 720
 640 x 480
 720 x 576
Maximum Video Resolution
 1920 x 1080
 1920 x 1080
Maximum Frame Rate
50fps 50fps

Still Image

Maximum Image Resolution
 1920 x 1080
BEST
 1920 x 1080

Audio

Audio Formats Supported
 LPCM
 PCM
 MP4
 LPCM
 PCM
 MP4
BEST
Built-In Microphone
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Built-in microphone

Ports & Interfaces

HDMI
 HDMI
 HDMI
DC-In Jack
 DC-in jack
 DC-in jack
Headphone Outputs
 Headphone outputs
 Headphone outputs
Mini HDMI Port
1 Unknown - Click to provide data
XLR in
 XLR in
 XLR in
Mini USB Port
1 1
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) Ports
 Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports
Unknown - Click to provide data

Networking

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

Battery

Video Recording Time
Unknown - Click to provide data 6.85h
Battery Type
Unknown - Click to provide data NP-F970
Battery Voltage
Unknown - Click to provide data 7.2V
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
1.6kg
BEST
2.2kg
Height
201mm 193mm
Depth
353mm 393mm
Width
160mm 174.5mm

Packaging Content

Batteries Included
 Batteries included
 Batteries included
Quick Start Guide
 Quick start guide
 Quick start guide
Cables Included
 DC
BEST
 DC
AC Adapter Included
 AC adapter included
 AC adapter included
Warranty Card
 Warranty card
 Warranty card
Lens Hood
 Lens hood
 Lens hood
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