Canon Legria HF R706 vs Panasonic HC-W580
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Canon Legria HF R706vsPanasonic HC-W580

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-W580

77

Overall Score

77

Overall Score
Our Verdict:
A good spec and cheap 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution 2.51MP camcorder
82
Value for Money
Very Good
79
Features
Good Features
77
Overall Score
Very Good
50x 1920 X 1080 (Full HD) Pixels 2.51MP 1" Jan 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 Jan 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-W580

77

Overall Score

77

Overall Score
Our Verdict:
A good spec and cheap 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution 2.51MP camcorder
82
Value for Money
Very Good
79
Features
Good Features
77
Overall Score
Very Good
50x 1920 X 1080 (Full HD) Pixels 2.51MP 1" Jan 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 Jan 2016

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Reasons For

Canon Legria HF R706 Panasonic HC-W580
5 Reasons For
Hugely Longer Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
Canon Legria HF R706 is 1,853mm maximum focal length, but the Panasonic HC-W580 is only a 103mm maximum focal length camcorder (1,750mm 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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Bigger Total Megapixels
The Canon Legria HF R706 is a 3.28MP camcorder. That's 0.77MP bigger than the Panasonic HC-W580 (2.51MP).

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 has an effective megapixels (image) of 2.07MP, whereas the Panasonic HC-W580 is only a 1.67MP camcorder (0.4MP 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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29g Lighter
The Canon Legria HF R706 has a weight of 235g, whereas the Panasonic HC-W580 is a 264g camcorder (29g 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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Better Brand
Canon camcorders have an average rating of 83.1%, but Panasonic has an average rating of 72.8%.
5 Reasons For
18x Bigger Optical Zoom
The Panasonic HC-W580 has an optical zoom of 50x, whereas 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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Bigger Digital Zoom
The Panasonic HC-W580 has a digital zoom of 3,000x. That's 1,860x bigger than the Canon Legria HF R706 (1,140x).

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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Shorter Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
Panasonic HC-W580 is 28mm minimum focal length, but 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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Marginally Higher Effective Megapixels (movie)
Panasonic HC-W580 is 2.2MP (movie mode), but 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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Wi-Fi
The Panasonic HC-W580 features wi-Fi, whereas the Canon Legria HF R706 does not feature wi-Fi.

This denotes whether the camcorder is capable of connecting to the net via wifi, in order to upload videos and images.

A wireless connection on your camcorder allows you to easily transfer videos to your computer, store them on the cloud or upload them to Facebook, all without having to worry about connecting via a wire.

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Reasons Against

Reviews & Awards

Average Expert Rating

Canon Legria HF R706 Panasonic HC-W580
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Average User Rating

Canon Legria HF R706 Panasonic HC-W580
Best
5 stars
23 reviews
4 stars
10 reviews
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3 reviews
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4 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-W580
Canon

83

83

Based on 2,543 reviews
Panasonic

73

73

Based on 568 reviews

Date Released

Canon Legria HF R706 Panasonic HC-W580
21 months old Best 25 months old

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.

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-W580
Optical Zoom 32x 50x
BEST
Digital Zoom 1,140x 3,000x
BEST
Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv) 1,853mm 103mm
BEST
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-W580
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
 1080p
 720p
1080p 720p
 1080p
 720p
Video Resolutions
1920 x 1080 (Full HD) 1920 x 1080
1440 x 1080 1280 x 720
 1920 x 1080 (Full HD)
 1920 x 1080
 1440 x 1080
 1280 x 720
1920 x 1080 (Full HD) 1920 x 1080
1440 x 1080 1280 x 720
 1920 x 1080 (Full HD)
 1920 x 1080
 1440 x 1080
 1280 x 720
 
 
 
Image Sensor Canon Legria HF R706 Panasonic HC-W580
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-W580
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 Flash card
 Memory card
 Flash card
Memory card Flash card
 Memory card
 Flash card
 
 
 
Focusing Canon Legria HF R706 Panasonic HC-W580
Closest Focusing Distance 0.1m Unknown - Click to provide data
Focus Adjustment
Auto Manual
 Auto
 Manual
Auto Manual
 Auto
 Manual
 
 
 
Light Exposure Canon Legria HF R706 Panasonic HC-W580
Light Exposure Modes
Auto Programme
 Auto
 Programme
Auto Programme
 Auto
 Programme
 
 
 
White Balance Canon Legria HF R706 Panasonic HC-W580
White Balance
Auto Tungsten
Daylight Cloudy
Indoor Custom
presets
 Auto
 Tungsten
 Daylight
 Cloudy
 Indoor
 Custom
 presets
Auto Tungsten
Daylight Cloudy
Indoor Custom
presets
 Auto
 Tungsten
 Daylight
 Cloudy
 Indoor
 Custom
 presets
 
 
 
Shutter Canon Legria HF R706 Panasonic HC-W580
Camera Shutter Speed
 
 
 
Display Canon Legria HF R706 Panasonic HC-W580
Display Diagonal 3" 3"
Display Resolution (numeric) 230,000 Pixels Unknown - Click to provide data
Display
LCD
 LCD
LCD
 LCD
 
 
 
Camera Canon Legria HF R706 Panasonic HC-W580
Photo Effects
8mm Movie Miniature
Silent Movie
 8mm Movie
 Miniature
 Silent Movie
8mm Movie Miniature
Silent Movie
 8mm Movie
 Miniature
 Silent Movie
Minimum Illumination 0.4lx
BEST
1lx
Self-Timer Delay Unknown - Click to provide data
 
 
 
Still Image Canon Legria HF R706 Panasonic HC-W580
Still Image Resolution
4224 x 2376
 4224 x 2376
4224 x 2376
 4224 x 2376
Image Formats Supported
JPEG
 JPEG
JPEG
 JPEG
Maximum Image Resolution
4224 x 2376
 4224 x 2376
4224 x 2376
 4224 x 2376
 
 
 
Audio Canon Legria HF R706 Panasonic HC-W580
Audio System
Dolby Digital
 Dolby Digital
Dolby Digital
 Dolby Digital
 
 
 
Ports & Interfaces Canon Legria HF R706 Panasonic HC-W580
HDMI Port Unknown - Click to provide data 1
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-W580
Maximum Battery Life 2.9h Unknown - Click to provide data
Battery Type Unknown - Click to provide data
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-W580
Weight 235g
BEST
264g
Height 58mm 62mm
Depth 116mm 129mm
Width 53mm 60mm
 
 
 
Packaging Content Canon Legria HF R706 Panasonic HC-W580
Bundled Software Unknown - Click to provide data
Included Memory Card Size 8GB Unknown - Click to provide data
 
 
 
Other Features Canon Legria HF R706 Panasonic HC-W580
I/O Ports Unknown - Click to provide data
Focus Unknown - Click to provide data
Light Exposure Control Unknown - Click to provide data
Other Features Unknown - Click to provide data
USB 2.0 Connectors Unknown - Click to provide data 1
 
 
 
Technical Details Canon Legria HF R706 Panasonic HC-W580
Microphone Operation Mode Unknown - Click to provide data

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