Canon XF200 vs Sony HXR-NX3 vs Sony PXW-X160 vs Sony PXW-X180
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Canon XF200

73

Overall Score

73

Overall Score

Canon XF200

$2,499.00
Our Verdict:
A fully featured but only average value for money 20x optical zoom 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution camcorder
65
Value for Money
Good
80
Features
Fully-Featured
73
Overall Score
Very Good
20x 1920 X 1080 (Full HD) Pixels 3.09MP 1" Feb 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 3.09MP
Optical Sensor Size 1"
Release Date Feb 2015
Sony HXR-NX3

71

Overall Score

71

Overall Score

Sony HXR-NX3

$2,819.99
$338.00
Our Verdict:
A good spec but only moderate value for money 20x optical zoom 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution video camera
62
Value for Money
Good
79
Features
Good Features
71
Overall Score
Very Good
20x 1920 X 1080 (Full HD) Pixels 2.41MP 1" Jan 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 2.41MP
Optical Sensor Size 1"
Release Date Jan 2014
Sony PXW-X160

71

Overall Score

71

Overall Score

Sony PXW-X160

$3,399.00
Our Verdict:
A good spec but only moderate value for money 25x optical zoom 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution camcorder
62
Value for Money
Good
79
Features
Good Features
71
Overall Score
Very Good
25x 1920 X 1080 (Full HD) Pixels 50MP 1" Jul 2014
Optical Zoom Max Video Resolution Total Megapixels Optical Sensor Size Release Date
Optical Zoom 25x
Max Video Resolution 1920 X 1080 (Full HD) Pixels
Total Megapixels 50MP
Optical Sensor Size 1"
Release Date Jul 2014
Sony PXW-X180

70

Overall Score

70

Overall Score

Sony PXW-X180

$4,399.98
Our Verdict:
A good spec but only moderate value for money 25x optical zoom 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution camcorder
60
Value for Money
Good
79
Features
Good Features
70
Overall Score
Very Good
25x 1920 X 1080 (Full HD) Pixels 1" 2.7kg Jul 2014
Optical Zoom Max Video Resolution Optical Sensor Size Weight Release Date
Optical Zoom 25x
Max Video Resolution 1920 X 1080 (Full HD) Pixels
Optical Sensor Size 1"
Weight 2.7kg
Release Date Jul 2014
Canon XF200

73

Overall Score

73

Overall Score

Canon XF200

$2,499.00
Our Verdict:
A fully featured but only average value for money 20x optical zoom 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution camcorder
65
Value for Money
Good
80
Features
Fully-Featured
73
Overall Score
Very Good
20x 1920 X 1080 (Full HD) Pixels 3.09MP 1" Feb 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 3.09MP
Optical Sensor Size 1"
Release Date Feb 2015
Sony HXR-NX3

71

Overall Score

71

Overall Score

Sony HXR-NX3

$2,819.99
$338.00
Our Verdict:
A good spec but only moderate value for money 20x optical zoom 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution video camera
62
Value for Money
Good
79
Features
Good Features
71
Overall Score
Very Good
20x 1920 X 1080 (Full HD) Pixels 2.41MP 1" Jan 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 2.41MP
Optical Sensor Size 1"
Release Date Jan 2014
Sony PXW-X160

71

Overall Score

71

Overall Score

Sony PXW-X160

$3,399.00
Our Verdict:
A good spec but only moderate value for money 25x optical zoom 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution camcorder
62
Value for Money
Good
79
Features
Good Features
71
Overall Score
Very Good
25x 1920 X 1080 (Full HD) Pixels 50MP 1" Jul 2014
Optical Zoom Max Video Resolution Total Megapixels Optical Sensor Size Release Date
Optical Zoom 25x
Max Video Resolution 1920 X 1080 (Full HD) Pixels
Total Megapixels 50MP
Optical Sensor Size 1"
Release Date Jul 2014
Sony PXW-X180

70

Overall Score

70

Overall Score

Sony PXW-X180

$4,399.98
Our Verdict:
A good spec but only moderate value for money 25x optical zoom 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution camcorder
60
Value for Money
Good
79
Features
Good Features
70
Overall Score
Very Good
25x 1920 X 1080 (Full HD) Pixels 1" 2.7kg Jul 2014
Optical Zoom Max Video Resolution Optical Sensor Size Weight Release Date
Optical Zoom 25x
Max Video Resolution 1920 X 1080 (Full HD) Pixels
Optical Sensor Size 1"
Weight 2.7kg
Release Date Jul 2014

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Canon XF200 Sony HXR-NX3 Sony PXW-X160 Sony PXW-X180
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Canon XF200 High Definition 1080p Camcorder, 20x Optical Zoom, 3.5" Organic Light-Emitting Diode (OLED) Display, HDMI/Wi-Fi/Ethernet
$2,499.00
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$3,499.00
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$3,499.00
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Sony HXR-NX3N NXCAM Professional Handheld Camcorder HXRNX3N - International Version (No Warranty)
Out of stock
$2,699.99
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Sony HXR-NX3 NXCAM Professional Handheld Camcorder HXRNX3 Bundle 1
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$3,066.79
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$2,819.99
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Sony HXR-NX3 NXCAM Professional Handheld Camcorder
$3,157.99
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Walmart
$3,399.00
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Sony PXW-X160 Full HD XDCAM Handheld Camcorder
$3,789.97
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SONY PXWX160 1/3 3CMOS SOLID-STATE MEMORY CAMCORDER
$4,113.28
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Sony PXWX180 XDCAM XAVC HD422 Hand-held Camcorder (Black) Internatinal Model (No Warranty)
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$3,949.95
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$4,399.98
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Reasons For

Canon XF200 Sony HXR-NX3 Sony PXW-X160 Sony PXW-X180
3 Reasons For
Hugely Lighter
The Canon XF200 has a weight of 1.6kg, but the Sony HXR-NX3 is a 2.2kg camcorder (650g heavier) and the Sony PXW-X160 and the Sony PXW-X180 are both 2.7kg camcorders (1.1kg 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 $321
The Canon XF200 costs $2,499.00, whereas the Sony HXR-NX3 is $2,819.99, the Sony PXW-X160 is $3,399.00 and the Sony PXW-X180 is $4,399.98.
More Shops Are Selling it
The more shops stock the product, the greater competition amongst shops to keep prices low.
7 Reasons For
Longer Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
Sony HXR-NX3 is 705mm maximum focal length. That's 129mm longer than the Canon XF200 (576mm) and 55mm longer than the Sony PXW-X160 and the Sony PXW-X180 (650mm).

'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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13% Lower Minimum Aperture Number
The Sony HXR-NX3 has a minimum aperture number of 1.6 (as do the Sony PXW-X160 and the Sony PXW-X180), however the Canon XF200 is a 1.8 minimum aperture camcorder (0.2 higher).

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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Vastly Higher Maximum Aperture Number
The Sony HXR-NX3 has a maximum aperture number of 11 (as do the Sony PXW-X160 and the Sony PXW-X180), however the Canon XF200 is only a 2.8 maximum aperture value camcorder (8.2 lower).

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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Wi-Fi
The Sony HXR-NX3 features wi-Fi, and so does the Sony PXW-X180, whereas the Sony PXW-X160 does not.

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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Near Field Communication (NFC)
The Sony HXR-NX3 supports Near Field Communication (NFC), and so does the Sony PXW-X180, however the Sony PXW-X160 does not support Near Field Communication (NFC).

Near Field Communications (NFC) allows the camcorder to wirelessly communicate with smartphones over very short distances (<1m).

NFC can be used to transfer videos and photos from your camcorder direct to your phone, where you can then share them with friends or upload to Facebook/Twitter/etc.

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More Shops Are Selling it
A greater number of retailers increases the price competition amongst retailers for this camcorder and also increases the chances of the product remaining in stock.
Better Brand
Sony camcorders have an average rating of 86.2%, but Canon has an average rating of 83.1%.
7 Reasons For
Bigger Optical Zoom
The Sony PXW-X160 has an optical zoom of 25x (as does the Sony PXW-X180), but the Canon XF200 and the Sony HXR-NX3 are both only 20x optical zoom camcorders (5x 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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0.2 Lower Minimum Aperture Number
The Sony PXW-X160 is a 1.6 minimum aperture camcorder (as do the Sony HXR-NX3 and the Sony PXW-X180), whereas the Canon XF200 is a 1.8 minimum aperture camcorder (0.2 higher).

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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11% Shorter Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
The Sony PXW-X160 has a minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) of 26mm (as does the Sony PXW-X180), however the Canon XF200 and the Sony HXR-NX3 are both 28.8mm minimum focal length camcorders (2.8mm 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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8.2 Higher Maximum Aperture Number
The Sony PXW-X160 is an 11 maximum aperture value camcorder (as do the Sony HXR-NX3 and the Sony PXW-X180), whereas the Canon XF200 is only a 2.8 maximum aperture value camcorder (8.2 lower).

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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Vastly Bigger Total Megapixels
The Sony PXW-X160 has a total megapixels of 50MP, however the Canon XF200 is only a 3.09MP camcorder (46.91MP smaller) and the Sony HXR-NX3 is only a 2.41MP camcorder (47.59MP 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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More Shops Are Selling it
The more stores stock this camcorder, the greater competition amongst stores to keep prices low.
Better Brand
Sony camcorders have an average rating of 86.2%, however Canon has an average rating of 83.1%.
8 Reasons For
5x Bigger Optical Zoom
The Sony PXW-X180 is a 25x optical zoom camcorder, and so does the Sony PXW-X160. That's 5x bigger than the Canon XF200 and the Sony HXR-NX3 (20x).

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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13% Lower Minimum Aperture Number
The Sony PXW-X180 has a minimum aperture number of 1.6, and so do the Sony HXR-NX3 and the Sony PXW-X160. That's 0.2 lower than the Canon XF200 (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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Shorter Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
Sony PXW-X180 is 26mm minimum focal length, and so does the Sony PXW-X160. That's 2.8mm shorter than the Canon XF200 and the Sony HXR-NX3 (28.8mm).

'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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75% Higher Maximum Aperture Number
The Sony PXW-X180 has a maximum aperture number of 11, and so do the Sony HXR-NX3 and the Sony PXW-X160. That's 8.2 higher than the Canon XF200 (2.8).

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.

Read more Read less | Edit
Wi-Fi
The Sony PXW-X180 features wi-Fi (as does the Sony HXR-NX3), whereas the Sony PXW-X160 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.

Read more Read less | Edit
Near Field Communication (NFC)
The Sony PXW-X180 supports Near Field Communication (NFC) (as does the Sony HXR-NX3), however the Sony PXW-X160 does not support Near Field Communication (NFC).

Near Field Communications (NFC) allows the camcorder to wirelessly communicate with smartphones over very short distances (<1m).

NFC can be used to transfer videos and photos from your camcorder direct to your phone, where you can then share them with friends or upload to Facebook/Twitter/etc.

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More Popular
The Sony PXW-X180 is a more popular choice amongst buyers.
Better Brand
Sony camcorders have an average rating of 86.2%, but Canon has an average rating of 83.1%.

Reasons Against

Canon XF200 Sony HXR-NX3 Sony PXW-X160 Sony PXW-X180
7 Reasons Against
Smaller Optical Zoom
The Canon XF200 is a 20x optical zoom camcorder, and so does the Sony HXR-NX3. That's 5x smaller than the Sony PXW-X160 and the Sony PXW-X180 (25x).

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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23% Shorter Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
The Canon XF200 has a maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) of 576mm, however the Sony HXR-NX3 is a 705mm maximum focal length camcorder (129mm longer) and the Sony PXW-X160 and the Sony PXW-X180 are both 650mm maximum focal length camcorders (74mm 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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0.2 Higher Minimum Aperture Number
The Canon XF200 is a 1.8 minimum aperture camcorder. That's 0.2 higher than the Sony HXR-NX3, the Sony PXW-X160 and the Sony PXW-X180 (1.6).

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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10% Longer Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
The Canon XF200 has a minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) of 28.8mm, and so does the Sony HXR-NX3. That's 2.8mm longer than the Sony PXW-X160 and the Sony PXW-X180 (26mm).

'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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Significantly Lower Maximum Aperture Number
The Canon XF200 is a 2.8 maximum aperture value camcorder. That's 8.2 lower than the Sony HXR-NX3, the Sony PXW-X160 and the Sony PXW-X180 (11).

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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46.91MP Smaller Total Megapixels
The Canon XF200 is a 3.09MP camcorder. That's 0.68MP bigger than the Sony HXR-NX3 (2.41MP) and 46.91MP smaller than the Sony PXW-X160 (50MP).

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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Worse Brand
Canon camcorders have an average rating of only 83.1%, however Sony has an average rating of 86.2%.
7 Reasons Against
5x Smaller Optical Zoom
The Sony HXR-NX3 has an optical zoom of 20x (as does the Canon XF200), whereas the Sony PXW-X160 and the Sony PXW-X180 are both 25x optical zoom camcorders (5x bigger).

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.

Read more Read less | Edit
Moderately Longer Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
Sony HXR-NX3 is 28.8mm minimum focal length (as does the Canon XF200), but the Sony PXW-X160 and the Sony PXW-X180 are both 26mm minimum focal length camcorders (2.8mm 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 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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20 Times Smaller Total Megapixels
The Sony HXR-NX3 has a total megapixels of 2.41MP, but the Canon XF200 is a 3.09MP camcorder (0.68MP bigger) and the Sony PXW-X160 is a 50MP camcorder (47.59MP bigger).

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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Heavier
The Sony HXR-NX3 is a 2.2kg camcorder. That's 650g heavier than the Canon XF200 (1.6kg) and 490g lighter than the Sony PXW-X160 and the Sony PXW-X180 (2.7kg).

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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$321 More Expensive
The Sony HXR-NX3 is more expensive than the Canon XF200 by $321.
Over One Year Older
The Sony HXR-NX3 is older than the Canon XF200 by 13 months, older than the Sony PXW-X160 by five months and older than the Sony PXW-X180 by five months.
Less Popular
The Sony HXR-NX3 is a less popular choice amongst buyers.
6 Reasons Against
Shorter Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
The Sony PXW-X160 has a maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) of 650mm, and so does the Sony PXW-X180. That's 74mm longer than the Canon XF200 (576mm) and 55mm shorter than the Sony HXR-NX3 (705mm).

'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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Does Not Feature Wi-Fi
The Sony PXW-X160 does not feature wi-Fi, whereas the Sony HXR-NX3 and the Sony PXW-X180 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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43% Heavier
The Sony PXW-X160 is a 2.7kg camcorder, and so does the Sony PXW-X180. That's 1.1kg heavier than the Canon XF200 (1.6kg) and 490g heavier than the Sony HXR-NX3 (2.2kg).

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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$900 More Expensive
The Sony PXW-X160 is more expensive than the Canon XF200 by $900 and more expensive than the Sony HXR-NX3 by $579.
Eight Months Older
The Sony PXW-X160 is older than the Canon XF200 by eight months. The Sony PXW-X160 is the same age as the Sony PXW-X180.
Less Popular
The Sony PXW-X160 is a less popular choice amongst buyers.
5 Reasons Against
55mm Shorter Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
Sony PXW-X180 is only 650mm maximum focal length (as does the Sony PXW-X160), but the Canon XF200 is a 576mm maximum focal length camcorder (74mm shorter) and the Sony HXR-NX3 is a 705mm maximum focal length camcorder (55mm 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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A Lot Heavier
The Sony PXW-X180 has a weight of 2.7kg (as does the Sony PXW-X160), whereas the Canon XF200 is a 1.6kg camcorder (1.1kg lighter) and the Sony HXR-NX3 is a 2.2kg camcorder (490g 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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More Expensive by $1,901
The Sony PXW-X180 is $1,901 more expensive than the Canon XF200, $1,580 more expensive than the Sony HXR-NX3 and $1,001 more expensive than the Sony PXW-X160.
Fewer Sellers
The Sony PXW-X180 is only stocked by 2 stores, but the Canon XF200 is stocked by 3 retailers, the Sony HXR-NX3 is stocked by 3 stores and the Sony PXW-X160 is stocked by 3 stores.
The fewer the number of shops that stock the product, the lower the competition amongst shops to keep prices low.
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Older by Eight Months
The Sony PXW-X180 is eight months older than the Canon XF200. The Sony PXW-X180 is the same age as the Sony PXW-X160.

Reviews & Awards

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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.
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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.

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 XF200 Sony HXR-NX3 Sony PXW-X160 Sony PXW-X180
Optical Zoom 20x 20x 25x
BEST
25x
BEST
Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv) 576mm 705mm
BEST
650mm 650mm
Minimum Aperture Number 1.8 1.6
BEST
1.6
BEST
1.6
BEST
Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv) 28.8mm 28.8mm 26mm
BEST
26mm
BEST
Maximum Aperture Number 2.8 11
BEST
11
BEST
11
BEST
Image Stabilizer Type
Optical
 Optical
Optical
 Optical
Optical
 Optical
Optical
 Optical
Filter Size 58mm 72mm 82mm 82mm
Focal Length Range (f-F)
 
 
 
Video Canon XF200 Sony HXR-NX3 Sony PXW-X160 Sony PXW-X180
Max Video Resolution
1920 x 1080 (Full HD)
 1920 x 1080 (Full HD)
1920 x 1080 (Full HD)
 1920 x 1080 (Full HD)
1920 x 1080 (Full HD)
 1920 x 1080 (Full HD)
1920 x 1080 (Full HD)
 1920 x 1080 (Full HD)
Maximum Frame Rate Unknown - Click to provide data 50fps Unknown - Click to provide data Unknown - Click to provide data
HD Type
Full HD HD
HD
 Full HD
 HD
 HD
Full HD HD
HD
 Full HD
 HD
 HD
Full HD HD
HD
 Full HD
 HD
 HD
Full HD HD
HD
 Full HD
 HD
 HD
Supported Video Modes
1080p
 1080p
1080p
 1080p
1080p
 1080p
1080p
 1080p
Video Resolutions
1920 x 1080 (Full HD) 1920 x 1080
1440 x 1080 1280 x 720
640 x 360 720 x 576
 1920 x 1080 (Full HD)
 1920 x 1080
 1440 x 1080
 1280 x 720
 640 x 360
 720 x 576
1920 x 1080 (Full HD) 1920 x 1080
1440 x 1080 1280 x 720
640 x 360 720 x 576
 1920 x 1080 (Full HD)
 1920 x 1080
 1440 x 1080
 1280 x 720
 640 x 360
 720 x 576
1920 x 1080 (Full HD) 1920 x 1080
1440 x 1080 1280 x 720
640 x 360 720 x 576
 1920 x 1080 (Full HD)
 1920 x 1080
 1440 x 1080
 1280 x 720
 640 x 360
 720 x 576
1920 x 1080 (Full HD) 1920 x 1080
1440 x 1080 1280 x 720
640 x 360 720 x 576
 1920 x 1080 (Full HD)
 1920 x 1080
 1440 x 1080
 1280 x 720
 640 x 360
 720 x 576
 
 
 
Image Sensor Canon XF200 Sony HXR-NX3 Sony PXW-X160 Sony PXW-X180
Total Megapixels 3.09MP 2.41MP 50MP
BEST
Unknown - Click to provide data
Optical Sensor Size 1" 1" 1" 1"
Sensor Type
CMOS
 CMOS
CMOS
 CMOS
CMOS
 CMOS
CMOS
 CMOS
Effective Megapixels (image) Unknown - Click to provide data 2.07MP Unknown - Click to provide data Unknown - Click to provide data
 
 
 
Storage Canon XF200 Sony HXR-NX3 Sony PXW-X160 Sony PXW-X180
Maximum Memory Card Size 64GB Unknown - Click to provide data Unknown - Click to provide data Unknown - Click to provide data
Memory Slots 3 Unknown - Click to provide data Unknown - Click to provide data Unknown - Click to provide data
Compatible Memory Cards
CF+ SDXC
SDHC MS Duo
SD/SDHC SD/SDHC/SDXC
CF Type II
 CF+
 SDXC
 SDHC
 MS Duo
 SD/SDHC
 SD/SDHC/SDXC
 CF Type II
CF+ SDXC
SDHC MS Duo
SD/SDHC SD/SDHC/SDXC
CF Type II
 CF+
 SDXC
 SDHC
 MS Duo
 SD/SDHC
 SD/SDHC/SDXC
 CF Type II
CF+ SDXC
SDHC MS Duo
SD/SDHC SD/SDHC/SDXC
CF Type II
 CF+
 SDXC
 SDHC
 MS Duo
 SD/SDHC
 SD/SDHC/SDXC
 CF Type II
CF+ SDXC
SDHC MS Duo
SD/SDHC SD/SDHC/SDXC
CF Type II
 CF+
 SDXC
 SDHC
 MS Duo
 SD/SDHC
 SD/SDHC/SDXC
 CF Type II
Camcorder Media Type
Memory card
 Memory card
Memory card
 Memory card
Memory card
 Memory card
Memory card
 Memory card
 
 
 
Focusing Canon XF200 Sony HXR-NX3 Sony PXW-X160 Sony PXW-X180
Closest Focusing Distance 0.01m Unknown - Click to provide data Unknown - Click to provide data Unknown - Click to provide data
Normal Focusing Range Unknown - Click to provide data Unknown - Click to provide data Unknown - Click to provide data
Focus Adjustment
Auto Manual
 Auto
 Manual
Auto Manual
 Auto
 Manual
Auto Manual
 Auto
 Manual
Auto Manual
 Auto
 Manual
 
 
 
Light Exposure Canon XF200 Sony HXR-NX3 Sony PXW-X160 Sony PXW-X180
Light Exposure Modes
Manual
 Manual
Manual
 Manual
Manual
 Manual
Manual
 Manual
 
 
 
White Balance Canon XF200 Sony HXR-NX3 Sony PXW-X160 Sony PXW-X180
White Balance
Auto Tungsten
Daylight
 Auto
 Tungsten
 Daylight
Auto Tungsten
Daylight
 Auto
 Tungsten
 Daylight
Auto Tungsten
Daylight
 Auto
 Tungsten
 Daylight
Auto Tungsten
Daylight
 Auto
 Tungsten
 Daylight
 
 
 
Shutter Canon XF200 Sony HXR-NX3 Sony PXW-X160 Sony PXW-X180
Camera Shutter Speed Unknown - Click to provide data
 
 
 
Display Canon XF200 Sony HXR-NX3 Sony PXW-X160 Sony PXW-X180
Display Diagonal 3.5" 3.5" 3.5" 3.5"
Display Resolution (numeric) 1,230,000 Pixels 921,000 Pixels
BEST
Unknown - Click to provide data Unknown - Click to provide data
Display
OLED
 OLED
OLED
 OLED
OLED
 OLED
OLED
 OLED
 
 
 
Viewfinder Canon XF200 Sony HXR-NX3 Sony PXW-X160 Sony PXW-X180
Viewfinder Screen Size 0.45" 0.45" 0.5"
BEST
0.5"
BEST
Viewfinder 1,230,000 Pixels Unknown - Click to provide data 2,360,000 Pixels
BEST
2,360,000 Pixels
BEST
Viewfinder Type
Electronic
 Electronic
Electronic
 Electronic
Electronic
 Electronic
Electronic
 Electronic
 
 
 
Camera Canon XF200 Sony HXR-NX3 Sony PXW-X160 Sony PXW-X180
Minimum Illumination 0.1lx
BEST
0.5lx Unknown - Click to provide data Unknown - Click to provide data
 
 
 
Still Image Canon XF200 Sony HXR-NX3 Sony PXW-X160 Sony PXW-X180
Maximum Image Resolution
1920 x 1080 (Full HD)
 1920 x 1080 (Full HD)
1920 x 1080 (Full HD)
 1920 x 1080 (Full HD)
1920 x 1080 (Full HD)
 1920 x 1080 (Full HD)
1920 x 1080 (Full HD)
 1920 x 1080 (Full HD)
 
 
 
Ports & Interfaces Canon XF200 Sony HXR-NX3 Sony PXW-X160 Sony PXW-X180
Mini USB Port 1 1 1 1
 
 
 
Battery Canon XF200 Sony HXR-NX3 Sony PXW-X160 Sony PXW-X180
Video Recording Time Unknown - Click to provide data 6.85h Unknown - Click to provide data Unknown - Click to provide data
Battery Type Unknown - Click to provide data
Battery Voltage Unknown - Click to provide data 7.2V Unknown - Click to provide data 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 28Wh 28Wh
Battery Recharge Time Unknown - Click to provide data Unknown - Click to provide data 2.23h 2.23h
Battery Supported Unknown - Click to provide data 1 1 1
 
 
 
Operational Conditions Canon XF200 Sony HXR-NX3 Sony PXW-X160 Sony PXW-X180
Operating Temperature (T-T)
Operating Relative Humidity (H-H) Unknown - Click to provide data Unknown - Click to provide data Unknown - Click to provide data
Storage Temperature (T-T) Unknown - Click to provide data
 
 
 
Weight & Dimensions Canon XF200 Sony HXR-NX3 Sony PXW-X160 Sony PXW-X180
Weight 1.6kg
BEST
2.2kg 2.7kg 2.7kg
Height 158mm 193mm 201.5mm 201.5mm
Depth 264mm 393mm 412mm 412mm
Width 144mm 174.5mm 191.5mm 191.5mm
 
 
 
Packaging Content Canon XF200 Sony HXR-NX3 Sony PXW-X160 Sony PXW-X180
Cables Included
USB AC
 USB
 AC
USB AC
 USB
 AC
USB AC
 USB
 AC
USB AC
 USB
 AC

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