Canon Legria HF G40 vs Panasonic HC-W850 vs Panasonic HC-WX970 vs Sony FDR-AX53
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Canon Legria HF G40

72

Overall Score

72

Overall Score
Our Verdict:
A good spec and critically acclaimed 20x optical zoom 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution camcorder
88
Reviews
2 Reviews
78
Features
Good Features
72
Overall Score
Very Good
20x 1920 X 1080 (Full HD) Pixels 3.09MP 1" Jan 2016
Optical Zoom Max Video Resolution Total Megapixels Optical Sensor Size Release Date
Optical Zoom 20x
Max Video Resolution 1920 X 1080 (Full HD) Pixels
Total Megapixels 3.09MP
Optical Sensor Size 1"
Release Date Jan 2016
Panasonic HC-W850

80

Overall Score

80

Overall Score
Our Verdict:
A fully featured and multi award winning 20x optical zoom 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution camcorder, with a reasonable price
96
Reviews
40 Reviews + 4 Awards
76
Value for Money
Very Good
80
Features
Fully-Featured
80
Overall Score
Excellent
20x 1920 X 1080 (Full HD) Pixels 12.76MP 1" Mar 2014
Optical Zoom Max Video Resolution Total Megapixels Optical Sensor Size Release Date
Optical Zoom 20x
Max Video Resolution 1920 X 1080 (Full HD) Pixels
Total Megapixels 12.76MP
Optical Sensor Size 1"
Release Date Mar 2014
Panasonic HC-WX970

75

Overall Score

75

Overall Score
Our Verdict:
A top-rated and good spec 20x optical zoom 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution camcorder, with a gigantic 18.91MP total megapixels but representing only moderate value for money
87
Reviews
2 Reviews
69
Value for Money
Good
79
Features
Good Features
75
Overall Score
Very Good
20x 1920 X 1080 (Full HD) Pixels 18.91MP 1" Sep 2015
Optical Zoom Max Video Resolution Total Megapixels Optical Sensor Size Release Date
Optical Zoom 20x
Max Video Resolution 1920 X 1080 (Full HD) Pixels
Total Megapixels 18.91MP
Optical Sensor Size 1"
Release Date Sep 2015
Sony FDR-AX53

79

Overall Score

79

Overall Score

Sony FDR-AX53

$848.00
Our Verdict:
A top-rated and very popular 20x optical zoom 3840 x 2160 pixels resolution camcorder, with very good features and a fair price
94
Reviews
158 Reviews
74
Value for Money
Good
80
Features
Fully-Featured
79
Overall Score
Very Good
20x 3840 X 2160 (4K) Pixels 8.29MP 1" Jan 2016
Optical Zoom Max Video Resolution Total Megapixels Optical Sensor Size Release Date
Optical Zoom 20x
Max Video Resolution 3840 X 2160 (4K) Pixels
Total Megapixels 8.29MP
Optical Sensor Size 1"
Release Date Jan 2016
Canon Legria HF G40

72

Overall Score

72

Overall Score
Our Verdict:
A good spec and critically acclaimed 20x optical zoom 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution camcorder
88
Reviews
2 Reviews
78
Features
Good Features
72
Overall Score
Very Good
20x 1920 X 1080 (Full HD) Pixels 3.09MP 1" Jan 2016
Optical Zoom Max Video Resolution Total Megapixels Optical Sensor Size Release Date
Optical Zoom 20x
Max Video Resolution 1920 X 1080 (Full HD) Pixels
Total Megapixels 3.09MP
Optical Sensor Size 1"
Release Date Jan 2016
Panasonic HC-W850

80

Overall Score

80

Overall Score
Our Verdict:
A fully featured and multi award winning 20x optical zoom 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution camcorder, with a reasonable price
96
Reviews
40 Reviews + 4 Awards
76
Value for Money
Very Good
80
Features
Fully-Featured
80
Overall Score
Excellent
20x 1920 X 1080 (Full HD) Pixels 12.76MP 1" Mar 2014
Optical Zoom Max Video Resolution Total Megapixels Optical Sensor Size Release Date
Optical Zoom 20x
Max Video Resolution 1920 X 1080 (Full HD) Pixels
Total Megapixels 12.76MP
Optical Sensor Size 1"
Release Date Mar 2014
Panasonic HC-WX970

75

Overall Score

75

Overall Score
Our Verdict:
A top-rated and good spec 20x optical zoom 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution camcorder, with a gigantic 18.91MP total megapixels but representing only moderate value for money
87
Reviews
2 Reviews
69
Value for Money
Good
79
Features
Good Features
75
Overall Score
Very Good
20x 1920 X 1080 (Full HD) Pixels 18.91MP 1" Sep 2015
Optical Zoom Max Video Resolution Total Megapixels Optical Sensor Size Release Date
Optical Zoom 20x
Max Video Resolution 1920 X 1080 (Full HD) Pixels
Total Megapixels 18.91MP
Optical Sensor Size 1"
Release Date Sep 2015
Sony FDR-AX53

79

Overall Score

79

Overall Score

Sony FDR-AX53

$848.00
Our Verdict:
A top-rated and very popular 20x optical zoom 3840 x 2160 pixels resolution camcorder, with very good features and a fair price
94
Reviews
158 Reviews
74
Value for Money
Good
80
Features
Fully-Featured
79
Overall Score
Very Good
20x 3840 X 2160 (4K) Pixels 8.29MP 1" Jan 2016
Optical Zoom Max Video Resolution Total Megapixels Optical Sensor Size Release Date
Optical Zoom 20x
Max Video Resolution 3840 X 2160 (4K) Pixels
Total Megapixels 8.29MP
Optical Sensor Size 1"
Release Date Jan 2016

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Reasons For

Canon Legria HF G40 Panasonic HC-W850 Panasonic HC-WX970 Sony FDR-AX53
5 Reasons For
Lower Minimum Aperture Number
Canon Legria HF G40 is 1.8 minimum aperture, and so does the Panasonic HC-W850. That's 0.2 lower than the Sony FDR-AX53 (2).

In photography, the aperture number refers to the size of the hole in the front of the lens, through which light is let through. The larger the aperture, the more light can pass through into the camcorder's sensor. Photographers can modify this aperture to control the 'depth of field' for their shot - this is how much of the shot is held in focus, and how much is blurred. Aperture numbers are measured in f/stops: rather confusingly a smaller aperture number translates to a larger hole, therefore a larger amount of light will be let through.

A smaller aperture number means that the camcorder's lens will be able to open wider, letting in more light at once. This is helpful because it allows the device to quickly take in enough light to form a picture, meaning that the shutter speed will be faster, reducing blur from fast moving subjects. It also means that you can take photos in dimmer light without having to rely on the flash, since you will be able to take in more light at once.

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PictBridge
The Canon Legria HF G40 supports PictBridge, whereas the Panasonic HC-W850 does not support PictBridge.

This denotes whether the camcorder supports Pictbridge, which allows the device to connect directly to compatible printer to print off photos, without having to connect through a computer first.

Pictbridge makes it far easier to print off the photos you've taken on your camcorder, since you don't need to worry about downloading them first.

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1.35h Longer Maximum Battery Life
Canon Legria HF G40 is 4.35h battery life, but the Sony FDR-AX53 is only a 3h battery life camcorder (1.35h shorter).

This indicates how long the camcorder is capable of recording video for, measured in hours.

A longer battery life allows you to record video for longer before recharging the camcorder or changing the battery.

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Moderately Better Expert Reviews
The Canon Legria HF G40 has an average expert review score of 90% based on 1 review, however the Panasonic HC-W850 has an average rating of 86% (based on 16 reviews) and the Panasonic HC-WX970 has an average rating of 79% (based on 1 review).
Much Better User Reviews
The Canon Legria HF G40 has an average user review score of 100% based on 1 review, however the Panasonic HC-W850 has an average rating of 90% (based on 27 reviews) and the Sony FDR-AX53 has an average rating of 86% (based on 143 reviews).
5 Reasons For
Significantly Bigger Digital Zoom
The Panasonic HC-W850 is a 1,500x (digital) camcorder, whereas the Canon Legria HF G40 is only a 400x (digital) camcorder (1,100x smaller), the Panasonic HC-WX970 is only a 60x (digital) camcorder (1,440x smaller) and the Sony FDR-AX53 is only a 250x (digital) camcorder (1,250x smaller).

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.

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0.2 Lower Minimum Aperture Number
The Panasonic HC-W850 is a 1.8 minimum aperture camcorder, and so does the Canon Legria HF G40. That's 0.2 lower than the Sony FDR-AX53 (2).

In photography, the aperture number refers to the size of the hole in the front of the lens, through which light is let through. The larger the aperture, the more light can pass through into the camcorder's sensor. Photographers can modify this aperture to control the 'depth of field' for their shot - this is how much of the shot is held in focus, and how much is blurred. Aperture numbers are measured in f/stops: rather confusingly a smaller aperture number translates to a larger hole, therefore a larger amount of light will be let through.

A smaller aperture number means that the camcorder's lens will be able to open wider, letting in more light at once. This is helpful because it allows the device to quickly take in enough light to form a picture, meaning that the shutter speed will be faster, reducing blur from fast moving subjects. It also means that you can take photos in dimmer light without having to rely on the flash, since you will be able to take in more light at once.

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Built-In Flash
The Panasonic HC-W850 has a built-in flash (as does the Sony FDR-AX53), but the Canon Legria HF G40 does not have a built-in flash.

This denotes whether the camcorder has a flash unit built into it, or whether you have to rely on natural lighting or external flash units.

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Larger Display Diagonal
Panasonic HC-W850 is 3" screen size, and so do the Panasonic HC-WX970 and the Sony FDR-AX53. That's 0.3" larger than the Canon Legria HF G40 (2.7").

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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2x Lighter
The Panasonic HC-W850 has a weight of 360g (as does the Panasonic HC-WX970), but the Canon Legria HF G40 is a 900g camcorder (540g heavier) and the Sony FDR-AX53 is a 635g camcorder (275g heavier).

This denotes the weight of the camcorder, including battery.

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

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6 Reasons For
Significantly Bigger Total Megapixels
The Panasonic HC-WX970 has a total megapixels of 18.91MP, whereas the Canon Legria HF G40 is only a 3.09MP camcorder (15.82MP smaller), the Panasonic HC-W850 is only a 12.76MP camcorder (6.15MP smaller) and the Sony FDR-AX53 is only an 8.29MP camcorder (10.62MP smaller).

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.

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Higher Effective Megapixels (image)
The Panasonic HC-WX970 is an 8.29MP camcorder, and so does the Sony FDR-AX53. That's 6.22MP higher than the Canon Legria HF G40 (2.07MP) and 3.08MP higher than the Panasonic HC-W850 (5.21MP).

The resolution of the images a camcorder produces is measured in megapixels (MP). One megapixel is equal to 1 million pixels and is a result of the pixel width multiplied by the pixel height of the image. While a higher image resolution generally results in sharper images, only a relatively low megapixel count is required when printing the image at a small size or to display it on a computer screen.

A sensor with more megapixels will be able to capture more detailed photos and the image will appear sharper. Images with more megapixels can also be printed at a larger size.

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Significantly Higher Effective Megapixels (movie)
The Panasonic HC-WX970 is an 8.29MP (movie mode) camcorder (as does the Sony FDR-AX53), whereas the Canon Legria HF G40 is only a 2.91MP (movie mode) camcorder (5.38MP lower) and the Panasonic HC-W850 is only a 6.03MP (movie mode) camcorder (2.26MP lower).

The resolution of the videos a camcorder produces is measured in megapixels (MP). One megapixel is equal to 1 million pixels and is a result of the pixel width multiplied by the pixel height of the image.

A sensor with more megapixels will be able to capture more detailed frames and the videos will appear sharper.

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0.3" Larger Display Diagonal
The Panasonic HC-WX970 has a display diagonal of 3" (as do the Panasonic HC-W850 and the Sony FDR-AX53), however the Canon Legria HF G40 is only a 2.7" screen size camcorder (0.3" smaller).

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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Vastly Lighter
The Panasonic HC-WX970 is a 360g camcorder, and so does the Panasonic HC-W850. That's 540g lighter than the Canon Legria HF G40 (900g) and 275g lighter than the Sony FDR-AX53 (635g).

This denotes the weight of the camcorder, including battery.

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

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User Reviews Are a Lot Better
The average user review score of the Panasonic HC-WX970 is 100% based on 1 review, however the average rating of the Panasonic HC-W850 is 90% (based on 27 reviews) and the average rating of the Sony FDR-AX53 is 86% (based on 143 reviews).
12 Reasons For
Longer Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
Sony FDR-AX53 is 656mm maximum focal length, but the Canon Legria HF G40 is only a 576mm maximum focal length camcorder (80mm shorter).

'Focal length' is described as the distance between the lens and the image sensor - this distance is what determined how 'zoomed in' a shot is when compared to the original view from your eye. Therefore greater focal lengths mean that the camcorder has the ability to zoom in closer to a subject.

A longer maximum focal length means that the camcorder is capable of zooming in a much greater distance, allowing you to clearly photograph subjects further away.

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2x Shorter Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
Sony FDR-AX53 is 10mm minimum focal length. That's 16.8mm shorter than the Canon Legria HF G40 (26.8mm).

'Focal length' is described as the distance between the lens and the image sensor - this distance is what determined how 'zoomed in' a shot is when compared to the original view from your eye. Therefore smaller focal lengths mean that the camcorder has the ability to zoom out further to take in more of the scene at once.

A smaller minimum focal length means that the camcorder can take in more of the scene at once, allowing for wide landscape shots.

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Higher Maximum Aperture Number
The Sony FDR-AX53 has a maximum aperture number of 3.8. That's 1 higher than the Canon Legria HF G40 (2.8) and 2 higher than the Panasonic HC-W850 (1.8).

In photography, the aperture number refers to the size of the hole in the front of the lens, through which light is let through. The larger the aperture, the more light can pass through into the camcorder's sensor. Photographers can modify this aperture to control the 'depth of field' for their shot - this is how much of the shot is held in focus, and how much is blurred. Aperture numbers are measured in f/stops: rather confusingly a larger aperture number translates to a smaller hole, therefore a smaller amount of light will be let through.

A larger aperture number means that the camcorder's lens will be able to close to a very small hole, letting in very little light. This can be used for very tight depths of field shots, allowing on a single part of the photo to be in full focus, leading to some very nice artistic shots.

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Hugely Faster Maximum Frame Rate
The Sony FDR-AX53 has a maximum frame rate of 120fps, but the Canon Legria HF G40 is only a 35fps camcorder (85fps slower) and the Panasonic HC-WX970 is only a 50fps camcorder (70fps slower).

This denotes how many frames per second (fps) are captured and displayed when recording video.

A higher fps means that the camcorder is recording far more frames for every second of footage, leading to a far smoother and more fluid video - the action will be less jerky and look of a higher quality.

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Significantly Higher Effective Megapixels (image)
The Sony FDR-AX53 has an effective megapixels (image) of 8.29MP (as does the Panasonic HC-WX970), whereas the Canon Legria HF G40 is only a 2.07MP camcorder (6.22MP lower) and the Panasonic HC-W850 is only a 5.21MP camcorder (3.08MP lower).

The resolution of the images a camcorder produces is measured in megapixels (MP). One megapixel is equal to 1 million pixels and is a result of the pixel width multiplied by the pixel height of the image. While a higher image resolution generally results in sharper images, only a relatively low megapixel count is required when printing the image at a small size or to display it on a computer screen.

A sensor with more megapixels will be able to capture more detailed photos and the image will appear sharper. Images with more megapixels can also be printed at a larger size.

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65% Higher Effective Megapixels (movie)
Sony FDR-AX53 is 8.29MP (movie mode), and so does the Panasonic HC-WX970. That's 5.38MP higher than the Canon Legria HF G40 (2.91MP) and 2.26MP higher than the Panasonic HC-W850 (6.03MP).

The resolution of the videos a camcorder produces is measured in megapixels (MP). One megapixel is equal to 1 million pixels and is a result of the pixel width multiplied by the pixel height of the image.

A sensor with more megapixels will be able to capture more detailed frames and the videos will appear sharper.

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Nine Times Smaller Closest Focusing Distance
The Sony FDR-AX53 has a closest focusing distance of 0.01m, however the Canon Legria HF G40 is a 0.1m closest focusing distance camcorder (0.09m bigger).

This indicates the closest distance that the camcorder can be from the subject to achieve a perfect focus. Any closer than this and the subject will be blurry.

A smaller focusing distance means that you can get closer to subjects while filming and still keep in full focus.

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Built-In Flash
The Sony FDR-AX53 has a built-in flash (as does the Panasonic HC-W850), whereas the Canon Legria HF G40 does not have a built-in flash.

This denotes whether the camcorder has a flash unit built into it, or whether you have to rely on natural lighting or external flash units.

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Larger Display Diagonal
The Sony FDR-AX53 is a 3" screen size camcorder, and so do the Panasonic HC-W850 and the Panasonic HC-WX970. That's 0.3" larger than the Canon Legria HF G40 (2.7").

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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Cheaper by $105
The Sony FDR-AX53 is $104.99 cheaper than the Panasonic HC-WX970.
More Shops Are Selling it
A greater number of sellers increases the price competition amongst retailers for the product and also increases the chances of this camcorder remaining in stock.
Better Brand
Sony camcorders have an average rating of 86.3%, but Canon has an average rating of 83.1% and Panasonic has an average rating of 72.8%.

Reasons Against

Canon Legria HF G40 Panasonic HC-W850 Panasonic HC-WX970 Sony FDR-AX53
14 Reasons Against
Three Times Smaller Digital Zoom
Canon Legria HF G40 is only 400x (digital), but the Panasonic HC-W850 is a 1,500x (digital) camcorder (1,100x bigger), the Panasonic HC-WX970 is a 60x (digital) camcorder (340x smaller) and the Sony FDR-AX53 is a 250x (digital) camcorder (150x smaller).

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.

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80mm Shorter Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
The Canon Legria HF G40 is a 576mm maximum focal length camcorder, whereas the Sony FDR-AX53 is a 656mm maximum focal length camcorder (80mm longer).

'Focal length' is described as the distance between the lens and the image sensor - this distance is what determined how 'zoomed in' a shot is when compared to the original view from your eye. Therefore greater focal lengths mean that the camcorder has the ability to zoom in closer to a subject.

A longer maximum focal length means that the camcorder is capable of zooming in a much greater distance, allowing you to clearly photograph subjects further away.

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Longer Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
The Canon Legria HF G40 is a 26.8mm minimum focal length camcorder. That's 16.8mm longer than the Sony FDR-AX53 (10mm).

'Focal length' is described as the distance between the lens and the image sensor - this distance is what determined how 'zoomed in' a shot is when compared to the original view from your eye. Therefore smaller focal lengths mean that the camcorder has the ability to zoom out further to take in more of the scene at once.

A smaller minimum focal length means that the camcorder can take in more of the scene at once, allowing for wide landscape shots.

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Lower Maximum Aperture Number
Canon Legria HF G40 is only 2.8 maximum aperture value. That's 1 higher than the Panasonic HC-W850 (1.8) and 1 lower than the Sony FDR-AX53 (3.8).

In photography, the aperture number refers to the size of the hole in the front of the lens, through which light is let through. The larger the aperture, the more light can pass through into the camcorder's sensor. Photographers can modify this aperture to control the 'depth of field' for their shot - this is how much of the shot is held in focus, and how much is blurred. Aperture numbers are measured in f/stops: rather confusingly a larger aperture number translates to a smaller hole, therefore a smaller amount of light will be let through.

A larger aperture number means that the camcorder's lens will be able to close to a very small hole, letting in very little light. This can be used for very tight depths of field shots, allowing on a single part of the photo to be in full focus, leading to some very nice artistic shots.

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3x Slower Maximum Frame Rate
The Canon Legria HF G40 has a maximum frame rate of 35fps, whereas the Panasonic HC-WX970 is a 50fps camcorder (15fps faster) and the Sony FDR-AX53 is a 120fps camcorder (85fps faster).

This denotes how many frames per second (fps) are captured and displayed when recording video.

A higher fps means that the camcorder is recording far more frames for every second of footage, leading to a far smoother and more fluid video - the action will be less jerky and look of a higher quality.

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6x Smaller Total Megapixels
The Canon Legria HF G40 is a 3.09MP camcorder. That's 9.67MP smaller than the Panasonic HC-W850 (12.76MP), 15.82MP smaller than the Panasonic HC-WX970 (18.91MP) and 5.2MP smaller than the Sony FDR-AX53 (8.29MP).

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.

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Vastly Lower Effective Megapixels (image)
The Canon Legria HF G40 has an effective megapixels (image) of 2.07MP, however the Panasonic HC-W850 is a 5.21MP camcorder (3.14MP higher) and the Panasonic HC-WX970 and the Sony FDR-AX53 are both 8.29MP camcorders (6.22MP higher).

The resolution of the images a camcorder produces is measured in megapixels (MP). One megapixel is equal to 1 million pixels and is a result of the pixel width multiplied by the pixel height of the image. While a higher image resolution generally results in sharper images, only a relatively low megapixel count is required when printing the image at a small size or to display it on a computer screen.

A sensor with more megapixels will be able to capture more detailed photos and the image will appear sharper. Images with more megapixels can also be printed at a larger size.

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Lower Effective Megapixels (movie)
The Canon Legria HF G40 is a 2.91MP (movie mode) camcorder. That's 3.12MP lower than the Panasonic HC-W850 (6.03MP) and 5.38MP lower than the Panasonic HC-WX970 and the Sony FDR-AX53 (8.29MP).

The resolution of the videos a camcorder produces is measured in megapixels (MP). One megapixel is equal to 1 million pixels and is a result of the pixel width multiplied by the pixel height of the image.

A sensor with more megapixels will be able to capture more detailed frames and the videos will appear sharper.

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Hugely Bigger Closest Focusing Distance
The Canon Legria HF G40 has a closest focusing distance of 0.1m, but the Sony FDR-AX53 is a 0.01m closest focusing distance camcorder (0.09m smaller).

This indicates the closest distance that the camcorder can be from the subject to achieve a perfect focus. Any closer than this and the subject will be blurry.

A smaller focusing distance means that you can get closer to subjects while filming and still keep in full focus.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Flash
The Canon Legria HF G40 does not have a built-in flash, but the Panasonic HC-W850 and the Sony FDR-AX53 have a built-in flash.

This denotes whether the camcorder has a flash unit built into it, or whether you have to rely on natural lighting or external flash units.

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12% Smaller Display Diagonal
The Canon Legria HF G40 has a display diagonal of 2.7". That's 0.3" smaller than the Panasonic HC-W850, the Panasonic HC-WX970 and the Sony FDR-AX53 (3").

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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540g Heavier
The Canon Legria HF G40 has a weight of 900g, however the Panasonic HC-W850 and the Panasonic HC-WX970 are both 360g camcorders (540g lighter) and the Sony FDR-AX53 is a 635g camcorder (265g lighter).

This denotes the weight of the camcorder, including battery.

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

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Worse Brand
Canon camcorders have an average rating of only 83.1%, whereas Sony has an average rating of 86.3%.
10 Reasons Against
2x Lower Maximum Aperture Number
The Panasonic HC-W850 is a 1.8 maximum aperture value camcorder. That's 1 lower than the Canon Legria HF G40 (2.8) and 2 lower than the Sony FDR-AX53 (3.8).

In photography, the aperture number refers to the size of the hole in the front of the lens, through which light is let through. The larger the aperture, the more light can pass through into the camcorder's sensor. Photographers can modify this aperture to control the 'depth of field' for their shot - this is how much of the shot is held in focus, and how much is blurred. Aperture numbers are measured in f/stops: rather confusingly a larger aperture number translates to a smaller hole, therefore a smaller amount of light will be let through.

A larger aperture number means that the camcorder's lens will be able to close to a very small hole, letting in very little light. This can be used for very tight depths of field shots, allowing on a single part of the photo to be in full focus, leading to some very nice artistic shots.

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49% Smaller Total Megapixels
The Panasonic HC-W850 is a 12.76MP camcorder. That's 9.67MP bigger than the Canon Legria HF G40 (3.09MP), 6.15MP smaller than the Panasonic HC-WX970 (18.91MP) and 4.47MP bigger than the Sony FDR-AX53 (8.29MP).

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.

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Hugely Lower Effective Megapixels (image)
The Panasonic HC-W850 has an effective megapixels (image) of 5.21MP, but the Canon Legria HF G40 is a 2.07MP camcorder (3.14MP lower) and the Panasonic HC-WX970 and the Sony FDR-AX53 are both 8.29MP camcorders (3.08MP higher).

The resolution of the images a camcorder produces is measured in megapixels (MP). One megapixel is equal to 1 million pixels and is a result of the pixel width multiplied by the pixel height of the image. While a higher image resolution generally results in sharper images, only a relatively low megapixel count is required when printing the image at a small size or to display it on a computer screen.

A sensor with more megapixels will be able to capture more detailed photos and the image will appear sharper. Images with more megapixels can also be printed at a larger size.

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38% Lower Effective Megapixels (movie)
The Panasonic HC-W850 has an effective megapixels (movie) of 6.03MP. That's 3.12MP higher than the Canon Legria HF G40 (2.91MP) and 2.26MP lower than the Panasonic HC-WX970 and the Sony FDR-AX53 (8.29MP).

The resolution of the videos a camcorder produces is measured in megapixels (MP). One megapixel is equal to 1 million pixels and is a result of the pixel width multiplied by the pixel height of the image.

A sensor with more megapixels will be able to capture more detailed frames and the videos will appear sharper.

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Does Not Support PictBridge
The Panasonic HC-W850 does not support PictBridge, but the Canon Legria HF G40 does.

This denotes whether the camcorder supports Pictbridge, which allows the device to connect directly to compatible printer to print off photos, without having to connect through a computer first.

Pictbridge makes it far easier to print off the photos you've taken on your camcorder, since you don't need to worry about downloading them first.

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Not As Many Stockists
The Panasonic HC-W850 is only stocked by 2 retailers, however the Sony FDR-AX53 is stocked by 13 retailers.
Fewer numbers of sellers reduces the chances of the product remaining in stock and also reduces the price competition amongst retailers for this camcorder.
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Older by Over One Year
The Panasonic HC-W850 is 22 months older than the Canon Legria HF G40, 18 months older than the Panasonic HC-WX970 and 22 months older than the Sony FDR-AX53.
Expert Review Rating is Slightly Worse
The Panasonic HC-W850 has an average expert score of 86%, but the Canon Legria HF G40 has an average expert rating of 90% (based on 1 review).
User Review Rating is Much Worse
The Panasonic HC-W850 has an average user score of 90%, but the Canon Legria HF G40 has an average user rating of 100% (based on 1 review) and the Panasonic HC-WX970 has an average user rating of 100% (based on 1 review).
Worse Brand
Panasonic camcorders have an average rating of only 72.8%, however Canon has an average rating of 83.1% and Sony has an average rating of 86.3%.
7 Reasons Against
24x Smaller Digital Zoom
Panasonic HC-WX970 is only 60x (digital). That's 340x smaller than the Canon Legria HF G40 (400x), 1,440x smaller than the Panasonic HC-W850 (1,500x) and 190x smaller than the Sony FDR-AX53 (250x).

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.

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70fps Slower Maximum Frame Rate
The Panasonic HC-WX970 is a 50fps camcorder. That's 15fps faster than the Canon Legria HF G40 (35fps) and 70fps slower than the Sony FDR-AX53 (120fps).

This denotes how many frames per second (fps) are captured and displayed when recording video.

A higher fps means that the camcorder is recording far more frames for every second of footage, leading to a far smoother and more fluid video - the action will be less jerky and look of a higher quality.

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$105 More Expensive
The Panasonic HC-WX970 is more expensive than the Panasonic HC-W850 by $102 and more expensive than the Sony FDR-AX53 by $105.
Less Retailers
Only 2 retailers sells the Panasonic HC-WX970, whereas 13 shops sell the Sony FDR-AX53.
Smaller numbers of stores reduces the price competition amongst retailers for this camcorder and also reduces the chances of the product remaining in stock.
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Four Months Older
The Panasonic HC-WX970 is older than the Canon Legria HF G40 by four months and older than the Sony FDR-AX53 by four months.
A Lot Lower Expert Review Score
The Panasonic HC-WX970's average expert rating is only 79%, however the Canon Legria HF G40's is 90% (based on 1 review) and the Panasonic HC-W850's is 86% (based on 16 reviews).
Worse Brand
Panasonic camcorders have an average rating of only 72.8%, whereas Canon has an average rating of 83.1% and Sony has an average rating of 86.3%.
6 Reasons Against
Five Times Smaller Digital Zoom
The Sony FDR-AX53 has a digital zoom of 250x, however the Canon Legria HF G40 is a 400x (digital) camcorder (150x bigger), the Panasonic HC-W850 is a 1,500x (digital) camcorder (1,250x bigger) and the Panasonic HC-WX970 is a 60x (digital) camcorder (190x smaller).

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.

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Higher Minimum Aperture Number
The Sony FDR-AX53 has a minimum aperture number of 2. That's 0.2 higher than the Canon Legria HF G40 and the Panasonic HC-W850 (1.8).

In photography, the aperture number refers to the size of the hole in the front of the lens, through which light is let through. The larger the aperture, the more light can pass through into the camcorder's sensor. Photographers can modify this aperture to control the 'depth of field' for their shot - this is how much of the shot is held in focus, and how much is blurred. Aperture numbers are measured in f/stops: rather confusingly a smaller aperture number translates to a larger hole, therefore a larger amount of light will be let through.

A smaller aperture number means that the camcorder's lens will be able to open wider, letting in more light at once. This is helpful because it allows the device to quickly take in enough light to form a picture, meaning that the shutter speed will be faster, reducing blur from fast moving subjects. It also means that you can take photos in dimmer light without having to rely on the flash, since you will be able to take in more light at once.

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2x Smaller Total Megapixels
The Sony FDR-AX53 is an 8.29MP camcorder. That's 5.2MP bigger than the Canon Legria HF G40 (3.09MP), 4.47MP smaller than the Panasonic HC-W850 (12.76MP) and 10.62MP smaller than the Panasonic HC-WX970 (18.91MP).

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.

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1.35h Shorter Maximum Battery Life
The Sony FDR-AX53 has a maximum battery life of 3h, however the Canon Legria HF G40 is a 4.35h battery life camcorder (1.35h longer).

This indicates how long the camcorder is capable of recording video for, measured in hours.

A longer battery life allows you to record video for longer before recharging the camcorder or changing the battery.

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275g Heavier
The Sony FDR-AX53 has a weight of 635g, whereas the Canon Legria HF G40 is a 900g camcorder (265g heavier) and the Panasonic HC-W850 and the Panasonic HC-WX970 are both 360g camcorders (275g lighter).

This denotes the weight of the camcorder, including battery.

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

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User Review Rating is Much Worse
The average user rating of the Sony FDR-AX53 is 86%, whereas the average user rating of the Canon Legria HF G40 is 100% (based on 1 review), the Panasonic HC-W850 is 90% (based on 27 reviews) and the Panasonic HC-WX970 is 100% (based on 1 review).

Reviews & Awards

Awards

Canon Legria HF G40 Panasonic HC-W850 Panasonic HC-WX970 Sony FDR-AX53
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4 Awards
Expert Reviews: Best Buy ixbt.com: Original Design M3.idg.se: Recommended Trusted Reviews: Recommended
No awards found No awards found

Average Expert Rating

The Canon Legria HF G40 has the best expert reviews out of the four camcorders with an average review score of 90% based on 1 review. The Panasonic HC-W850 has the second best expert reviews with an average review score of 86% based on 16 reviews. The Panasonic HC-WX970 has the third best expert reviews with an average review score of 79% based on 1 review.
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Average User Rating

The Canon Legria HF G40 and Panasonic HC-WX970 have the best user reviews out of the four camcorders each with an average review score of 100%. The Panasonic HC-W850 has the second best user reviews with an average review score of 90% based on 27 reviews. The Sony FDR-AX53 has the third best user reviews with an average review score of 86% based on 143 reviews.
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Average Brand Rating

Sony has the best brand rating with an average brand rating of 86% based on 9,856 reviews. Canon has the second best brand rating with an average brand rating of 83% based on 2,543 reviews. Panasonic has the third best brand rating with an average brand rating of 72% based on 568 reviews.
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Based on 2,543 reviews
Panasonic

73

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Based on 568 reviews
Panasonic

73

73

Based on 568 reviews
Sony

86

86

Based on 9,856 reviews

Proportion of Users That Recommend It

For both the Sony FDR-AX53 than the Panasonic HC-W850 the same percentage of owners recommend the product. In both cases 11.7% recommend the product, based on a total of 197 reviews for the Sony FDR-AX53 and 197 reviews for the Sony FDR-AX53.

Date Released

Canon Legria HF G40 Panasonic HC-W850 Panasonic HC-WX970 Sony FDR-AX53
25 months old Best 47 months old 29 months old 25 months old Best

Key Features

Digital Zoom

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.

Total Megapixels

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.

Optical Sensor Size

Optical sensor size is one of the most important factors affecting the image quality produced by a camcorder. The sensor is what processes the light from the lens and transfers it into a digital image.

A larger optical sensor produces better quality results, because more light can be brought into the lens at once, This leads to larger, more highly-detailed videos and photos.

Display Diagonal

Display diagonal of the camcorder's build in display.

A larger display diagonal makes it easier to record and review video and images.

Maximum Battery Life

This indicates how long the camcorder is capable of recording video for, measured in hours.

A longer battery life allows you to record video for longer before recharging the camcorder or changing the battery.

Weight

This denotes the weight of the camcorder, including battery.

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

Specification

 
 
 
Lens System Canon Legria HF G40 Panasonic HC-W850 Panasonic HC-WX970 Sony FDR-AX53
Optical Zoom 20x 20x 20x 20x
Digital Zoom 400x 1,500x 60x
BEST
250x
Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv) 576mm Unknown - Click to provide data Unknown - Click to provide data 656mm
BEST
Minimum Aperture Number 1.8
BEST
1.8
BEST
Unknown - Click to provide data 2
Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv) 26.8mm Unknown - Click to provide data Unknown - Click to provide data 10mm
BEST
Maximum Aperture Number 2.8 1.8 Unknown - Click to provide data 3.8
BEST
Image Stabilizer Type
Optical
 Optical
Optical
 Optical
Optical
 Optical
Optical
 Optical
Filter Size 58mm 49mm 49mm 55mm
Focal Length (35mm Film Equivalent) Unknown - Click to provide data
Focal Length Range (f-F)
 
 
 
Video Canon Legria HF G40 Panasonic HC-W850 Panasonic HC-WX970 Sony FDR-AX53
Max Video Resolution
3840 x 2160 (4K)
 3840 x 2160 (4K)
3840 x 2160 (4K)
 3840 x 2160 (4K)
3840 x 2160 (4K)
 3840 x 2160 (4K)
3840 x 2160 (4K)
 3840 x 2160 (4K)
Maximum Frame Rate 35fps Unknown - Click to provide data 50fps
BEST
120fps
HD Type
Full HD HD
HD 4K Ultra HD
 Full HD
 HD
 HD
 4K Ultra HD
Full HD HD
HD 4K Ultra HD
 Full HD
 HD
 HD
 4K Ultra HD
Full HD HD
HD 4K Ultra HD
 Full HD
 HD
 HD
 4K Ultra HD
Full HD HD
HD 4K Ultra HD
 Full HD
 HD
 HD
 4K Ultra HD
Bitrate At Maximum Video Resolution Unknown - Click to provide data Unknown - Click to provide data Unknown - Click to provide data 100 Mbit/s
Supported Video Modes
1080p 720p
2160p 1080i
540p 60p
1440p
 1080p
 720p
 2160p
 1080i
 540p
 60p
 1440p
1080p 720p
2160p 1080i
540p 60p
1440p
 1080p
 720p
 2160p
 1080i
 540p
 60p
 1440p
1080p 720p
2160p 1080i
540p 60p
1440p
 1080p
 720p
 2160p
 1080i
 540p
 60p
 1440p
1080p 720p
2160p 1080i
540p 60p
1440p
 1080p
 720p
 2160p
 1080i
 540p
 60p
 1440p
Video Resolutions
1920 x 1080 (Full HD) 1920 x 1080
1440 x 1080 1280 x 720
960 x 540 3840 x 2160 (4K)
3840 x 2160
 1920 x 1080 (Full HD)
 1920 x 1080
 1440 x 1080
 1280 x 720
 960 x 540
 3840 x 2160 (4K)
 3840 x 2160
1920 x 1080 (Full HD) 1920 x 1080
1440 x 1080 1280 x 720
960 x 540 3840 x 2160 (4K)
3840 x 2160
 1920 x 1080 (Full HD)
 1920 x 1080
 1440 x 1080
 1280 x 720
 960 x 540
 3840 x 2160 (4K)
 3840 x 2160
1920 x 1080 (Full HD) 1920 x 1080
1440 x 1080 1280 x 720
960 x 540 3840 x 2160 (4K)
3840 x 2160
 1920 x 1080 (Full HD)
 1920 x 1080
 1440 x 1080
 1280 x 720
 960 x 540
 3840 x 2160 (4K)
 3840 x 2160
1920 x 1080 (Full HD) 1920 x 1080
1440 x 1080 1280 x 720
960 x 540 3840 x 2160 (4K)
3840 x 2160
 1920 x 1080 (Full HD)
 1920 x 1080
 1440 x 1080
 1280 x 720
 960 x 540
 3840 x 2160 (4K)
 3840 x 2160
 
 
 
Image Sensor Canon Legria HF G40 Panasonic HC-W850 Panasonic HC-WX970 Sony FDR-AX53
Total Megapixels 3.09MP 12.76MP 18.91MP 8.29MP
BEST
Optical Sensor Size 1" 1" 1" 1"
Sensor Type
CMOS
 CMOS
CMOS
 CMOS
CMOS
 CMOS
CMOS
 CMOS
Effective Megapixels (image) 2.07MP 5.21MP 8.29MP
BEST
8.29MP
BEST
Effective Megapixels (movie) 2.91MP 6.03MP 8.29MP
BEST
8.29MP
BEST
 
 
 
Storage Canon Legria HF G40 Panasonic HC-W850 Panasonic HC-WX970 Sony FDR-AX53
Compatible Memory Cards
SDXC SDHC
SD/SDHC SD/SDHC/SDXC
Memory Stick (MS) MS PRO
MS PRO Duo MS Pro-HG
MS Pro-HG Duo MSXC
MS XC-HG Duo
 SDXC
 SDHC
 SD/SDHC
 SD/SDHC/SDXC
 Memory Stick (MS)
 MS PRO
 MS PRO Duo
 MS Pro-HG
 MS Pro-HG Duo
 MSXC
 MS XC-HG Duo
SDXC SDHC
SD/SDHC SD/SDHC/SDXC
Memory Stick (MS) MS PRO
MS PRO Duo MS Pro-HG
MS Pro-HG Duo MSXC
MS XC-HG Duo
 SDXC
 SDHC
 SD/SDHC
 SD/SDHC/SDXC
 Memory Stick (MS)
 MS PRO
 MS PRO Duo
 MS Pro-HG
 MS Pro-HG Duo
 MSXC
 MS XC-HG Duo
SDXC SDHC
SD/SDHC SD/SDHC/SDXC
Memory Stick (MS) MS PRO
MS PRO Duo MS Pro-HG
MS Pro-HG Duo MSXC
MS XC-HG Duo
 SDXC
 SDHC
 SD/SDHC
 SD/SDHC/SDXC
 Memory Stick (MS)
 MS PRO
 MS PRO Duo
 MS Pro-HG
 MS Pro-HG Duo
 MSXC
 MS XC-HG Duo
SDXC SDHC
SD/SDHC SD/SDHC/SDXC
Memory Stick (MS) MS PRO
MS PRO Duo MS Pro-HG
MS Pro-HG Duo MSXC
MS XC-HG Duo
 SDXC
 SDHC
 SD/SDHC
 SD/SDHC/SDXC
 Memory Stick (MS)
 MS PRO
 MS PRO Duo
 MS Pro-HG
 MS Pro-HG Duo
 MSXC
 MS XC-HG Duo
Camcorder Media Type
Memory card Flash card
 Memory card
 Flash card
Memory card Flash card
 Memory card
 Flash card
Memory card Flash card
 Memory card
 Flash card
Memory card Flash card
 Memory card
 Flash card
 
 
 
Focusing Canon Legria HF G40 Panasonic HC-W850 Panasonic HC-WX970 Sony FDR-AX53
Closest Focusing Distance 0.1m Unknown - Click to provide data Unknown - Click to provide data 0.01m
BEST
Focus Adjustment
Auto Manual
 Auto
 Manual
Auto Manual
 Auto
 Manual
Auto Manual
 Auto
 Manual
Auto Manual
 Auto
 Manual
 
 
 
Light Exposure Canon Legria HF G40 Panasonic HC-W850 Panasonic HC-WX970 Sony FDR-AX53
Light Exposure Modes
Manual Auto
Programme
 Manual
 Auto
 Programme
Manual Auto
Programme
 Manual
 Auto
 Programme
Manual Auto
Programme
 Manual
 Auto
 Programme
Manual Auto
Programme
 Manual
 Auto
 Programme
 
 
 
White Balance Canon Legria HF G40 Panasonic HC-W850 Panasonic HC-WX970 Sony FDR-AX53
White Balance
Fluorescent H Auto
Manual Tungsten
Fluorescent Daylight
Shade Cloudy
Sunny Indoor
Outdoor Custom
presets
 Fluorescent H
 Auto
 Manual
 Tungsten
 Fluorescent
 Daylight
 Shade
 Cloudy
 Sunny
 Indoor
 Outdoor
 Custom
 presets
Fluorescent H Auto
Manual Tungsten
Fluorescent Daylight
Shade Cloudy
Sunny Indoor
Outdoor Custom
presets
 Fluorescent H
 Auto
 Manual
 Tungsten
 Fluorescent
 Daylight
 Shade
 Cloudy
 Sunny
 Indoor
 Outdoor
 Custom
 presets
Fluorescent H Auto
Manual Tungsten
Fluorescent Daylight
Shade Cloudy
Sunny Indoor
Outdoor Custom
presets
 Fluorescent H
 Auto
 Manual
 Tungsten
 Fluorescent
 Daylight
 Shade
 Cloudy
 Sunny
 Indoor
 Outdoor
 Custom
 presets
Fluorescent H Auto
Manual Tungsten
Fluorescent Daylight
Shade Cloudy
Sunny Indoor
Outdoor Custom
presets
 Fluorescent H
 Auto
 Manual
 Tungsten
 Fluorescent
 Daylight
 Shade
 Cloudy
 Sunny
 Indoor
 Outdoor
 Custom
 presets
 
 
 
Flash Canon Legria HF G40 Panasonic HC-W850 Panasonic HC-WX970 Sony FDR-AX53
Flash Modes
Auto Fill-in
Flash on Flash off
Pre-flash
 Auto
 Fill-in
 Flash on
 Flash off
 Pre-flash
Auto Fill-in
Flash on Flash off
Pre-flash
 Auto
 Fill-in
 Flash on
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 Pre-flash
Auto Fill-in
Flash on Flash off
Pre-flash
 Auto
 Fill-in
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 Flash off
 Pre-flash
Auto Fill-in
Flash on Flash off
Pre-flash
 Auto
 Fill-in
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 Flash off
 Pre-flash
 
 
 
Shutter Canon Legria HF G40 Panasonic HC-W850 Panasonic HC-WX970 Sony FDR-AX53
Shutter Speed (video) Unknown - Click to provide data Unknown - Click to provide data Unknown - Click to provide data
Shutter Speed (photo) Unknown - Click to provide data Unknown - Click to provide data
Camera Shutter Speed
 
 
 
Display Canon Legria HF G40 Panasonic HC-W850 Panasonic HC-WX970 Sony FDR-AX53
Display Diagonal 2.7" 3"
BEST
3"
BEST
3"
BEST
Display Resolution (numeric) Unknown - Click to provide data 460,800 Pixels 460,800 Pixels 921,600 Pixels
BEST
Display
OLED
 OLED
OLED
 OLED
OLED
 OLED
OLED
 OLED
 
 
 
Viewfinder Canon Legria HF G40 Panasonic HC-W850 Panasonic HC-WX970 Sony FDR-AX53
Viewfinder Screen Size 0.24" Unknown - Click to provide data Unknown - Click to provide data 0.24"
Viewfinder Unknown - Click to provide data Unknown - Click to provide data Unknown - Click to provide data 1,555,200 Pixels
Viewfinder Type
Not available
 Not available
Not available
 Not available
Not available
 Not available
Not available
 Not available
 
 
 
Camera Canon Legria HF G40 Panasonic HC-W850 Panasonic HC-WX970 Sony FDR-AX53
Shooting Modes
Auto Manual
 Auto
 Manual
Auto Manual
 Auto
 Manual
Auto Manual
 Auto
 Manual
Auto Manual
 Auto
 Manual
Minimum Illumination 0.1lx
BEST
1lx Unknown - Click to provide data 1.2lx
Self-Timer Delay Unknown - Click to provide data Unknown - Click to provide data Unknown - Click to provide data
 
 
 
Still Image Canon Legria HF G40 Panasonic HC-W850 Panasonic HC-WX970 Sony FDR-AX53
Image Formats Supported
JPG JPEG
 JPG
 JPEG
JPG JPEG
 JPG
 JPEG
JPG JPEG
 JPG
 JPEG
JPG JPEG
 JPG
 JPEG
Maximum Image Resolution
6528 x 3672
 6528 x 3672
6528 x 3672
 6528 x 3672
6528 x 3672
 6528 x 3672
6528 x 3672
 6528 x 3672
 
 
 
Audio Canon Legria HF G40 Panasonic HC-W850 Panasonic HC-WX970 Sony FDR-AX53
Audio System
Dolby Digital 2.0/5.1
 Dolby Digital 2.0/5.1
Dolby Digital 2.0/5.1
 Dolby Digital 2.0/5.1
Dolby Digital 2.0/5.1
 Dolby Digital 2.0/5.1
Dolby Digital 2.0/5.1
 Dolby Digital 2.0/5.1
 
 
 
Ports & Interfaces Canon Legria HF G40 Panasonic HC-W850 Panasonic HC-WX970 Sony FDR-AX53
HDMI Port Unknown - Click to provide data Unknown - Click to provide data Unknown - Click to provide data 1
USB 2.0 Port 1 1 1 1
Mini HDMI Port 1 1 Unknown - Click to provide data Unknown - Click to provide data
Mini USB Port 1 Unknown - Click to provide data Unknown - Click to provide data Unknown - Click to provide data
Micro-USB 2.0 Ports Quantity Unknown - Click to provide data Unknown - Click to provide data Unknown - Click to provide data 1
 
 
 
Battery Canon Legria HF G40 Panasonic HC-W850 Panasonic HC-WX970 Sony FDR-AX53
Maximum Battery Life 4.35h
BEST
Unknown - Click to provide data Unknown - Click to provide data 3h
Battery Type Unknown - Click to provide data Unknown - Click to provide data
Battery Voltage Unknown - Click to provide data 3.6V 3.6V 6.8V
Battery Capacity Unknown - Click to provide data 1,940mAh 1,940mAh Unknown - Click to provide data
Battery Technology
Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity (Watt Hours) Unknown - Click to provide data Unknown - Click to provide data Unknown - Click to provide data 13Wh
Battery Supported 1 Unknown - Click to provide data Unknown - Click to provide data 1
 
 
 
Weight & Dimensions Canon Legria HF G40 Panasonic HC-W850 Panasonic HC-WX970 Sony FDR-AX53
Weight 900g 360g
BEST
360g
BEST
635g
Height 84mm 73mm 73mm 80.5mm
Depth 231mm 139mm 139mm 166.5mm
Width 115mm 65mm 65mm 73mm
 
 
 
Packaging Content Canon Legria HF G40 Panasonic HC-W850 Panasonic HC-WX970 Sony FDR-AX53
Bundled Software Unknown - Click to provide data Unknown - Click to provide data Unknown - Click to provide data
Cables Included
USB HDMI
AC Micro-USB
micro usb
 USB
 HDMI
 AC
 Micro-USB
 micro usb
USB HDMI
AC Micro-USB
micro usb
 USB
 HDMI
 AC
 Micro-USB
 micro usb
USB HDMI
AC Micro-USB
micro usb
 USB
 HDMI
 AC
 Micro-USB
 micro usb
USB HDMI
AC Micro-USB
micro usb
 USB
 HDMI
 AC
 Micro-USB
 micro usb
 
 
 
Other Features Canon Legria HF G40 Panasonic HC-W850 Panasonic HC-WX970 Sony FDR-AX53
I/O Ports Unknown - Click to provide data Unknown - Click to provide data Unknown - Click to provide data
Lens System Unknown - Click to provide data Unknown - Click to provide data Unknown - Click to provide data
Focus Unknown - Click to provide data Unknown - Click to provide data Unknown - Click to provide data
Light Exposure Control Unknown - Click to provide data Unknown - Click to provide data Unknown - Click to provide data
Aperture Range (F-F) Unknown - Click to provide data Unknown - Click to provide data Unknown - Click to provide data
Other Features Unknown - Click to provide data Unknown - Click to provide data Unknown - Click to provide data
Shooting Programs Unknown - Click to provide data Unknown - Click to provide data Unknown - Click to provide data
 
 
 
Technical Details Canon Legria HF G40 Panasonic HC-W850 Panasonic HC-WX970 Sony FDR-AX53
Microphone Operation Mode Unknown - Click to provide data Unknown - Click to provide data Unknown - Click to provide data
Flash Exposure Compensation Unknown - Click to provide data Unknown - Click to provide data Unknown - Click to provide data

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