Canon Legria HF R706 vs Panasonic HC-V180
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Canon Legria HF R706vsPanasonic HC-V180

Canon Legria HF R706

81

Overall Score

81

Overall Score
Our Verdict:
A top-rated and affordable 32x optical zoom 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution camcorder, with very good features
89
Reviews
5 Reviews
84
Value for Money
Very Good
81
Features
Fully-Featured
81
Overall Score
Excellent
32x 1920 X 1080 (Full HD) Pixels 3.28MP 1" May 2016
Optical Zoom Max Video Resolution Total Megapixels Optical Sensor Size Release Date
Optical Zoom 32x
Max Video Resolution 1920 X 1080 (Full HD) Pixels
Total Megapixels 3.28MP
Optical Sensor Size 1"
Release Date May 2016
Panasonic HC-V180

82

Overall Score

82

Overall Score

Panasonic HC-V180

$197.99
$30.00
Our Verdict:
A very popular and affordable 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution 2.51MP video camera, with great features and a huge 50x optical zoom
95
Value for Money
Excellent
81
Features
Fully-Featured
82
Overall Score
Excellent
50x 1920 X 1080 (Full HD) Pixels 2.51MP 1" Jun 2016
Optical Zoom Max Video Resolution Total Megapixels Optical Sensor Size Release Date
Optical Zoom 50x
Max Video Resolution 1920 X 1080 (Full HD) Pixels
Total Megapixels 2.51MP
Optical Sensor Size 1"
Release Date Jun 2016
Canon Legria HF R706

81

Overall Score

81

Overall Score
Our Verdict:
A top-rated and affordable 32x optical zoom 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution camcorder, with very good features
89
Reviews
5 Reviews
84
Value for Money
Very Good
81
Features
Fully-Featured
81
Overall Score
Excellent
32x 1920 X 1080 (Full HD) Pixels 3.28MP 1" May 2016
Optical Zoom Max Video Resolution Total Megapixels Optical Sensor Size Release Date
Optical Zoom 32x
Max Video Resolution 1920 X 1080 (Full HD) Pixels
Total Megapixels 3.28MP
Optical Sensor Size 1"
Release Date May 2016
Panasonic HC-V180

82

Overall Score

82

Overall Score

Panasonic HC-V180

$197.99
$30.00
Our Verdict:
A very popular and affordable 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution 2.51MP video camera, with great features and a huge 50x optical zoom
95
Value for Money
Excellent
81
Features
Fully-Featured
82
Overall Score
Excellent
50x 1920 X 1080 (Full HD) Pixels 2.51MP 1" Jun 2016
Optical Zoom Max Video Resolution Total Megapixels Optical Sensor Size Release Date
Optical Zoom 50x
Max Video Resolution 1920 X 1080 (Full HD) Pixels
Total Megapixels 2.51MP
Optical Sensor Size 1"
Release Date Jun 2016

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Reasons For

Canon Legria HF R706 Panasonic HC-V180
7 Reasons For
Bigger Digital Zoom
The Canon Legria HF R706 has a digital zoom of 1,140x. That's 640x bigger than the Panasonic HC-V180 (500x).

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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Longer Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
Canon Legria HF R706 is 1,853mm maximum focal length. That's 113mm longer than the Panasonic HC-V180 (1,740mm).

'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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Bigger Total Megapixels
The Canon Legria HF R706 has a total megapixels of 3.28MP, but the Panasonic HC-V180 is only a 2.51MP camcorder (0.77MP 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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0.4MP Higher Effective Megapixels (image)
The Canon Legria HF R706 is a 2.07MP camcorder. That's 0.4MP higher than the Panasonic HC-V180 (1.67MP).

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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0.3" Larger Display Diagonal
The Canon Legria HF R706 is a 3" screen size camcorder, whereas the Panasonic HC-V180 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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57% Longer Maximum Battery Life
The Canon Legria HF R706 has a maximum battery life of 2.9h. That's 1.65h longer than the Panasonic HC-V180 (1.25h).

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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Better Brand
Canon camcorders have an average rating of 83.1%, but Panasonic has an average rating of 72.8%.
4 Reasons For
18x Bigger Optical Zoom
The Panasonic HC-V180 has an optical zoom of 50x, but the Canon Legria HF R706 is only a 32x optical zoom camcorder (18x smaller).

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.

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17% Shorter Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
The Panasonic HC-V180 has a minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) of 28mm, however the Canon Legria HF R706 is a 32.5mm minimum focal length camcorder (4.5mm 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 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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A Bit Higher Effective Megapixels (movie)
The Panasonic HC-V180 has an effective megapixels (movie) of 2.2MP, however the Canon Legria HF R706 is only a 2.07MP (movie mode) camcorder (0.13MP 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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Lighter
The Panasonic HC-V180 is a 211g camcorder. That's 24g lighter than the Canon Legria HF R706 (235g).

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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Reviews & Awards

Average Expert Rating

Canon Legria HF R706 Panasonic HC-V180
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Average User Rating

Canon Legria HF R706 Panasonic HC-V180
Best
5 stars
23 reviews
4 stars
10 reviews
3 stars
3 reviews
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4 reviews
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0 reviews
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Average Brand Rating

Canon has a better average brand rating than Panasonic. The average brand rating for Canon is 83.11% based on 2,543 reviews, where as the average brand rating for Panasonic is 72.76% based on 568 reviews.
Canon Legria HF R706 Panasonic HC-V180
Canon

83

83

Based on 2,543 reviews
Panasonic

73

73

Based on 568 reviews

Date Released

Canon Legria HF R706 Panasonic HC-V180
21 months old 20 months old Best

Key Features

Optical Zoom

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.

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 R706 Panasonic HC-V180
Optical Zoom 32x 50x
BEST
Digital Zoom 1,140x 500x
BEST
Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv) 1,853mm
BEST
1,740mm
Minimum Aperture Number 1.8 Unknown - Click to provide data
Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv) 32.5mm 28mm
BEST
Maximum Aperture Number 4.5 Unknown - Click to provide data
Image Stabilizer Type
Optical
 Optical
Optical
 Optical
Focal Length (35mm Film Equivalent)
Focal Length Range (f-F)
 
 
 
Video Canon Legria HF R706 Panasonic HC-V180
Max Video Resolution
1920 x 1080 (Full HD)
 1920 x 1080 (Full HD)
1920 x 1080 (Full HD)
 1920 x 1080 (Full HD)
Maximum Frame Rate 35fps Unknown - Click to provide data
HD Type
Full HD HD
HD
 Full HD
 HD
 HD
Full HD HD
HD
 Full HD
 HD
 HD
Supported Video Modes
1080p 720p
480p
 1080p
 720p
 480p
1080p 720p
480p
 1080p
 720p
 480p
Video Resolutions
1920 x 1080 (Full HD) 1920 x 1080
1440 x 1080 1280 x 720
640 x 480
 1920 x 1080 (Full HD)
 1920 x 1080
 1440 x 1080
 1280 x 720
 640 x 480
1920 x 1080 (Full HD) 1920 x 1080
1440 x 1080 1280 x 720
640 x 480
 1920 x 1080 (Full HD)
 1920 x 1080
 1440 x 1080
 1280 x 720
 640 x 480
 
 
 
Image Sensor Canon Legria HF R706 Panasonic HC-V180
Total Megapixels 3.28MP
BEST
2.51MP
Optical Sensor Size 1" 1"
Sensor Type
CMOS
 CMOS
CMOS
 CMOS
Effective Megapixels (image) 2.07MP
BEST
1.67MP
Effective Megapixels (movie) 2.07MP 2.2MP
BEST
 
 
 
Storage Canon Legria HF R706 Panasonic HC-V180
Maximum Memory Card Size 64GB Unknown - Click to provide data
Memory Slots 1 Unknown - Click to provide data
Compatible Memory Cards
SDXC SDHC
SD/SDHC SD/SDHC/SDXC
 SDXC
 SDHC
 SD/SDHC
 SD/SDHC/SDXC
SDXC SDHC
SD/SDHC SD/SDHC/SDXC
 SDXC
 SDHC
 SD/SDHC
 SD/SDHC/SDXC
Camcorder Media Type
Memory card
 Memory card
Memory card
 Memory card
 
 
 
Focusing Canon Legria HF R706 Panasonic HC-V180
Closest Focusing Distance 0.1m Unknown - Click to provide data
Focus Adjustment
Auto Manual
 Auto
 Manual
Auto Manual
 Auto
 Manual
 
 
 
White Balance Canon Legria HF R706 Panasonic HC-V180
White Balance
Auto Tungsten
Daylight Cloudy
Sunny Indoor
 Auto
 Tungsten
 Daylight
 Cloudy
 Sunny
 Indoor
Auto Tungsten
Daylight Cloudy
Sunny Indoor
 Auto
 Tungsten
 Daylight
 Cloudy
 Sunny
 Indoor
 
 
 
Shutter Canon Legria HF R706 Panasonic HC-V180
Shutter Speed (photo) Unknown - Click to provide data
Camera Shutter Speed
 
 
 
Display Canon Legria HF R706 Panasonic HC-V180
Display Diagonal 3"
BEST
2.7"
Display Resolution (numeric) 230,000 Pixels Unknown - Click to provide data
Display
LCD
 LCD
LCD
 LCD
 
 
 
Viewfinder Canon Legria HF R706 Panasonic HC-V180
Viewfinder Type
Not available
 Not available
Not available
 Not available
 
 
 
Camera Canon Legria HF R706 Panasonic HC-V180
Minimum Illumination 0.4lx
BEST
1lx
Self-Timer Delay Unknown - Click to provide data
 
 
 
Still Image Canon Legria HF R706 Panasonic HC-V180
Still Image Resolution
4224 x 2376
 4224 x 2376
4224 x 2376
 4224 x 2376
Image Formats Supported
JPG JPEG XR
JPEG
 JPG
 JPEG XR
 JPEG
JPG JPEG XR
JPEG
 JPG
 JPEG XR
 JPEG
Maximum Image Resolution
4224 x 2376
 4224 x 2376
4224 x 2376
 4224 x 2376
 
 
 
Audio Canon Legria HF R706 Panasonic HC-V180
Audio System
Dolby Digital
 Dolby Digital
Dolby Digital
 Dolby Digital
 
 
 
Ports & Interfaces Canon Legria HF R706 Panasonic HC-V180
USB 2.0 Port 1 1
Mini HDMI Port 1 1
Mini USB Port 1 Unknown - Click to provide data
 
 
 
Battery Canon Legria HF R706 Panasonic HC-V180
Maximum Battery Life 2.9h
BEST
1.25h
Battery Type Unknown - Click to provide data
Battery Voltage Unknown - Click to provide data 3.6V
Battery Capacity Unknown - Click to provide data 1,940mAh
Battery Technology
Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Supported 1 Unknown - Click to provide data
 
 
 
Weight & Dimensions Canon Legria HF R706 Panasonic HC-V180
Weight 235g 211g
BEST
Height 58mm 59mm
Depth 116mm 116mm
Width 53mm 53mm
 
 
 
Packaging Content Canon Legria HF R706 Panasonic HC-V180
Cables Included
USB HDMI
 USB
 HDMI
USB HDMI
 USB
 HDMI
Included Memory Card Size 8GB Unknown - Click to provide data

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