Canon Vixia HF R600 vs Sony HDR-CX405
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Canon Vixia HF R600vsSony HDR-CX405

Canon Vixia HF R600

86

Overall Score

86

Overall Score
Our Verdict:
A positively reviewed and fully featured 32x optical zoom 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution camcorder, with a reasonable price
97
Reviews
572 Reviews
82
Value for Money
Very Good
86
Features
Fully-Featured
86
Overall Score
Excellent
32x 1920 X 1080 (Full HD) Pixels 3.28MP 1" Feb 2015
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 Feb 2015
Sony HDR-CX405

99

Overall Score

99

Overall Score

Sony HDR-CX405

$191.93
Our Verdict:
A very good value for money and critically acclaimed 30x optical zoom 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution camcorder, with terrific features
99
Reviews
986 Reviews
99
Value for Money
Excellent
98
Features
Fully-Featured
99
Overall Score
Excellent
30x 1920 X 1080 (Full HD) Pixels 2.29MP 1" Jan 2015
Optical Zoom Max Video Resolution Total Megapixels Optical Sensor Size Release Date
Optical Zoom 30x
Max Video Resolution 1920 X 1080 (Full HD) Pixels
Total Megapixels 2.29MP
Optical Sensor Size 1"
Release Date Jan 2015
Canon Vixia HF R600

86

Overall Score

86

Overall Score
Our Verdict:
A positively reviewed and fully featured 32x optical zoom 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution camcorder, with a reasonable price
97
Reviews
572 Reviews
82
Value for Money
Very Good
86
Features
Fully-Featured
86
Overall Score
Excellent
32x 1920 X 1080 (Full HD) Pixels 3.28MP 1" Feb 2015
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 Feb 2015
Sony HDR-CX405

99

Overall Score

99

Overall Score

Sony HDR-CX405

$191.93
Our Verdict:
A very good value for money and critically acclaimed 30x optical zoom 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution camcorder, with terrific features
99
Reviews
986 Reviews
99
Value for Money
Excellent
98
Features
Fully-Featured
99
Overall Score
Excellent
30x 1920 X 1080 (Full HD) Pixels 2.29MP 1" Jan 2015
Optical Zoom Max Video Resolution Total Megapixels Optical Sensor Size Release Date
Optical Zoom 30x
Max Video Resolution 1920 X 1080 (Full HD) Pixels
Total Megapixels 2.29MP
Optical Sensor Size 1"
Release Date Jan 2015

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Reasons For

Canon Vixia HF R600 Sony HDR-CX405
5 Reasons For
Slightly Bigger Optical Zoom
The Canon Vixia HF R600 has an optical zoom of 32x, however the Sony HDR-CX405 is only a 30x optical zoom camcorder (2x 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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70% Bigger Digital Zoom
Canon Vixia HF R600 is 1,140x (digital). That's 790x bigger than the Sony HDR-CX405 (350x).

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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0.99MP Bigger Total Megapixels
The Canon Vixia HF R600 has a total megapixels of 3.28MP, whereas the Sony HDR-CX405 is only a 2.29MP camcorder (0.99MP 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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Slightly Larger Display Diagonal
The Canon Vixia HF R600 has a display diagonal of 3", however the Sony HDR-CX405 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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User Reviews Are Marginally Better
Based on 516 user reviews, the average review score of the Canon Vixia HF R600 is 89%, however the average rating of the Sony HDR-CX405 is 88% (based on 937 reviews).
6 Reasons For
A Bit Higher Effective Megapixels (image)
The Sony HDR-CX405 has an effective megapixels (image) of 2.29MP, whereas the Canon Vixia HF R600 is only a 2.07MP camcorder (0.22MP 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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10% Higher Effective Megapixels (movie)
Sony HDR-CX405 is 2.29MP (movie mode). That's 0.22MP higher than the Canon Vixia HF R600 (2.07MP).

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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HDMI
The Sony HDR-CX405 supports HDMI, whereas the Canon Vixia HF R600 does not support HDMI.

This denotes whether the camcorder has an HDMI connection, allowing it to connect directly to TVs and monitors.

An HDMI connection allows you to display the videos you take in high definition on your TV or computer monitor, making it easy to stage screenings for family and friends!

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70g Lighter
The Sony HDR-CX405 has a weight of 215g, whereas the Canon Vixia HF R600 is a 285g camcorder (70g 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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Cheaper by $203
The Sony HDR-CX405 is $203.07 cheaper than the Canon Vixia HF R600.
Better Brand
Sony camcorders have an average rating of 86.2%, but Canon has an average rating of 83.1%.

Reasons Against

Reviews & Awards

Average Expert Rating

Canon Vixia HF R600 Sony HDR-CX405
No reviews found
Best
5 stars
1 review
4 stars
0 reviews
3 stars
0 reviews
2 stars
0 reviews
1 star
0 reviews

Average User Rating

The Canon Vixia HF R600 has better user reviews than the Sony HDR-CX405. The average user reviews score for the Canon Vixia HF R600 is 89% based on 516 reviews, where as the average score for the Sony HDR-CX405 is 88% based on 937 reviews.
Canon Vixia HF R600 Sony HDR-CX405
Best
5 stars
286 reviews
4 stars
198 reviews
3 stars
23 reviews
2 stars
4 reviews
1 star
5 reviews
5 stars
541 reviews
4 stars
290 reviews
3 stars
61 reviews
2 stars
28 reviews
1 star
17 reviews

Average Brand Rating

Sony has a better average brand rating than Canon. The average brand rating for Sony is 86.21% based on 9,798 reviews, where as the average brand rating for Canon is 83.07% based on 2,545 reviews.
Canon Vixia HF R600 Sony HDR-CX405
Canon

83

83

Based on 2,545 reviews
Sony

86

86

Based on 9,798 reviews

Proportion of Users That Recommend It

For both the Canon Vixia HF R600 than the Sony HDR-CX405 the same percentage of owners recommend the product. In both cases 90.2% recommend the product, based on a total of 522 reviews for the Canon Vixia HF R600 and 522 reviews for the Canon Vixia HF R600.

Date Released

Canon Vixia HF R600 Sony HDR-CX405
36 months old Best 37 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.

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.

HDMI

This denotes whether the camcorder has an HDMI connection, allowing it to connect directly to TVs and monitors.

An HDMI connection allows you to display the videos you take in high definition on your TV or computer monitor, making it easy to stage screenings for family and friends!

Canon Vixia HF R600 Sony HDR-CX405
Best
No
Yes

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 Vixia HF R600 Sony HDR-CX405
Optical Zoom 32x
BEST
30x
Digital Zoom 1,140x 350x
BEST
Minimum Aperture Number Unknown - Click to provide data 1.8
Image Stabilizer Type
Hybrid
 Hybrid
Hybrid
 Hybrid
Filter Size 43mm Unknown - Click to provide data
Focal Length (35mm Film Equivalent) Unknown - Click to provide data
Focal Length Range (f-F)
 
 
 
Video Canon Vixia HF R600 Sony HDR-CX405
Max Video Resolution
1920 x 1080 (Full HD)
 1920 x 1080 (Full HD)
1920 x 1080 (Full HD)
 1920 x 1080 (Full HD)
HD Type
Full HD HD
HD
 Full HD
 HD
 HD
Full HD HD
HD
 Full HD
 HD
 HD
Supported Video Modes
1080p 720p
1080i
 1080p
 720p
 1080i
1080p 720p
1080i
 1080p
 720p
 1080i
Video Resolutions
1920 x 1080 (Full HD) 1920 x 1080
1280 x 720
 1920 x 1080 (Full HD)
 1920 x 1080
 1280 x 720
1920 x 1080 (Full HD) 1920 x 1080
1280 x 720
 1920 x 1080 (Full HD)
 1920 x 1080
 1280 x 720
 
 
 
Image Sensor Canon Vixia HF R600 Sony HDR-CX405
Total Megapixels 3.28MP
BEST
2.29MP
Optical Sensor Size 1" 1"
Sensor Type
CMOS
 CMOS
CMOS
 CMOS
Effective Megapixels (image) 2.07MP 2.29MP
BEST
Effective Megapixels (movie) 2.07MP 2.29MP
BEST
 
 
 
Storage Canon Vixia HF R600 Sony HDR-CX405
Flash Memory 32GB Unknown - Click to provide data
Memory Slots 1 Unknown - Click to provide data
Compatible Memory Cards
SDXC SDHC
SD/SDHC SD/SDHC/SDXC
MicroSD (Transflash) MicroSDHC
MicroSDXC microSD
 SDXC
 SDHC
 SD/SDHC
 SD/SDHC/SDXC
 MicroSD (Transflash)
 MicroSDHC
 MicroSDXC
 microSD
SDXC SDHC
SD/SDHC SD/SDHC/SDXC
MicroSD (Transflash) MicroSDHC
MicroSDXC microSD
 SDXC
 SDHC
 SD/SDHC
 SD/SDHC/SDXC
 MicroSD (Transflash)
 MicroSDHC
 MicroSDXC
 microSD
Camcorder Media Type
Memory card
 Memory card
Memory card
 Memory card
 
 
 
Focusing Canon Vixia HF R600 Sony HDR-CX405
Focus Adjustment
Auto Manual
 Auto
 Manual
Auto Manual
 Auto
 Manual
 
 
 
Light Exposure Canon Vixia HF R600 Sony HDR-CX405
Light Exposure Modes
Auto
 Auto
Auto
 Auto
 
 
 
White Balance Canon Vixia HF R600 Sony HDR-CX405
White Balance
Auto Manual
Tungsten Daylight
Outdoor Indoor
 Auto
 Manual
 Tungsten
 Daylight
 Outdoor
 Indoor
Auto Manual
Tungsten Daylight
Outdoor Indoor
 Auto
 Manual
 Tungsten
 Daylight
 Outdoor
 Indoor
 
 
 
Shutter Canon Vixia HF R600 Sony HDR-CX405
Shutter Speed (video) Unknown - Click to provide data
Shutter Speed (photo) Unknown - Click to provide data
Camera Shutter Speed Unknown - Click to provide data
 
 
 
Display Canon Vixia HF R600 Sony HDR-CX405
Display Diagonal 3"
BEST
2.7"
Display Resolution (numeric) 230,000 Pixels 230,400 Pixels
BEST
Display
LCD
 LCD
LCD
 LCD
 
 
 
Viewfinder Canon Vixia HF R600 Sony HDR-CX405
Viewfinder Type
Not available
 Not available
Not available
 Not available
 
 
 
Camera Canon Vixia HF R600 Sony HDR-CX405
Shooting Modes
Auto Scene
Movie
 Auto
 Scene
 Movie
Auto Scene
Movie
 Auto
 Scene
 Movie
Minimum Illumination 0.4lx
BEST
3lx
Self-Timer Delay Unknown - Click to provide data
 
 
 
Still Image Canon Vixia HF R600 Sony HDR-CX405
Still Image Resolution
640 x 480
 640 x 480
640 x 480
 640 x 480
Image Formats Supported
EXIF
 EXIF
EXIF
 EXIF
Maximum Image Resolution
4032 x 2272
 4032 x 2272
4032 x 2272
 4032 x 2272
 
 
 
Audio Canon Vixia HF R600 Sony HDR-CX405
Audio System
Dolby Digital
 Dolby Digital
Dolby Digital
 Dolby Digital
 
 
 
Ports & Interfaces Canon Vixia HF R600 Sony HDR-CX405
USB 2.0 Port 1 1
Mini HDMI Port 1 Unknown - Click to provide data
Mini USB Port 1 Unknown - Click to provide data
 
 
 
Battery Canon Vixia HF R600 Sony HDR-CX405
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)
 
 
 
Operational Conditions Canon Vixia HF R600 Sony HDR-CX405
Operating Temperature (T-T) Unknown - Click to provide data
Operating Relative Humidity (H-H) Unknown - Click to provide data
 
 
 
Weight & Dimensions Canon Vixia HF R600 Sony HDR-CX405
Weight 285g 215g
BEST
Height 58mm 595mm
Depth 116mm 128mm
Width 53mm 54mm
 
 
 
Packaging Content Canon Vixia HF R600 Sony HDR-CX405
Included Memory Card Size Unknown - Click to provide data 32GB

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