Canon XF205 vs Panasonic HC-X1000 vs Sony FDR-AX1
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Canon XF205

69

Overall Score

69

Overall Score

Canon XF205

$2,999.00
Our Verdict:
A good spec but only moderate value for money 20x optical zoom 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution camcorder
59
Value for Money
Average
78
Features
Good Features
69
Overall Score
Good
20x 1920 X 1080 (Full HD) Pixels 3.09MP 1" Dec 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 Dec 2015
Panasonic HC-X1000

76

Overall Score

76

Overall Score

Panasonic HC-X1000

$2,269.00
Our Verdict:
A good spec and award winning 20x optical zoom 4096 x 2160 pixels resolution camcorder, with one of the highest image qualities around but representing only moderate value for money
93
Reviews
14 Reviews + 2 Awards
65
Value for Money
Good
79
Features
Good Features
76
Overall Score
Very Good
20x 4096 X 2160 Pixels 18.47MP 1" Oct 2014
Optical Zoom Max Video Resolution Total Megapixels Optical Sensor Size Release Date
Optical Zoom 20x
Max Video Resolution 4096 X 2160 Pixels
Total Megapixels 18.47MP
Optical Sensor Size 1"
Release Date Oct 2014
Sony FDR-AX1

80

Overall Score

80

Overall Score

Sony FDR-AX1

$4,498.00
Our Verdict:
A classic and high image quality 20x optical zoom 3840 x 2160 pixels resolution video camera, with very good features but representing only average value for money
97
Reviews
4 Reviews
68
Value for Money
Good
83
Features
Fully-Featured
80
Overall Score
Excellent
20x 3840 X 2160 (4K) Pixels 18.9MP 1" Oct 2013
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 18.9MP
Optical Sensor Size 1"
Release Date Oct 2013
Canon XF205

69

Overall Score

69

Overall Score

Canon XF205

$2,999.00
Our Verdict:
A good spec but only moderate value for money 20x optical zoom 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution camcorder
59
Value for Money
Average
78
Features
Good Features
69
Overall Score
Good
20x 1920 X 1080 (Full HD) Pixels 3.09MP 1" Dec 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 Dec 2015
Panasonic HC-X1000

76

Overall Score

76

Overall Score

Panasonic HC-X1000

$2,269.00
Our Verdict:
A good spec and award winning 20x optical zoom 4096 x 2160 pixels resolution camcorder, with one of the highest image qualities around but representing only moderate value for money
93
Reviews
14 Reviews + 2 Awards
65
Value for Money
Good
79
Features
Good Features
76
Overall Score
Very Good
20x 4096 X 2160 Pixels 18.47MP 1" Oct 2014
Optical Zoom Max Video Resolution Total Megapixels Optical Sensor Size Release Date
Optical Zoom 20x
Max Video Resolution 4096 X 2160 Pixels
Total Megapixels 18.47MP
Optical Sensor Size 1"
Release Date Oct 2014
Sony FDR-AX1

80

Overall Score

80

Overall Score

Sony FDR-AX1

$4,498.00
Our Verdict:
A classic and high image quality 20x optical zoom 3840 x 2160 pixels resolution video camera, with very good features but representing only average value for money
97
Reviews
4 Reviews
68
Value for Money
Good
83
Features
Fully-Featured
80
Overall Score
Excellent
20x 3840 X 2160 (4K) Pixels 18.9MP 1" Oct 2013
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 18.9MP
Optical Sensor Size 1"
Release Date Oct 2013

Top Prices

Canon XF205 Panasonic HC-X1000 Sony FDR-AX1
Amazon US
Canon XF205 High Definition Professional 1080p Camcorder, 20x Optical Zoom, 3.5" OLED Display, Wi-Fi, HDMI/Ethernet/HD-SDI/3G-SDI
$2,999.00
Go to Store
Adorama
Canon XF205 High Definition Professional 1080p Camcorder, 20x Optical Zoom, 3.5" OLED Display, Wi-Fi, HDMI/Ethernet/HD-SDI/3G-SDI
$2,999.00
Go to Store
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$2,999.99
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Canon XF205 HD Camcorder 20x Optical Zoom, 3.5" OLED Display BRAND NEW (Brand new, unopened) - on
$3,199.99
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$3,399.00
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$3,999.00
Go to Store
6 Prices from 6 Stores | $2,999.00-$3,999.00
Amazon US
Panasonic HC-X1000 1080p 4K Ultra High Definition Camcorder
$2,269.00
Go to Store
Amazon US
Panasonic HC-X1000 4K Ultra HD 60p/50p Professional Camcorder, 20x Optical Zoom
$2,497.99
Go to Store
Amazon US
Panasonic HC-X1000 4K Ultra HD 60p/50p Professional Camcorder Bundle
$2,499.99
Go to Store
Amazon US
Panasonic HC-X1000 (Premium Bundle)
$2,599.99
Go to Store
Amazon US
Panasonic 4K HC-X1000 20x Optical Zoom Camcorder - MPEG - 4 AVC and H.264 - CMOS (International Model)
$3,129.99
Go to Store
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Walmart
$2,289.95
Go to Store
B&H Photo
Panasonic HC-X1000 4K DCI/Ultra HD/Full HD Camcorder
$2,497.99
Go to Store
RitzCameras
panasonic hcx1000 4k HD camcorder + 20x Optical zoom + Manufacturer warranty (Brand new, unopened) - on
$2,599.99
Go to Store
Factory Outlet Store
Panasonic HC-X1000 High-Powered 20x Optical Zoom Camcorder
$3,080.95
Go to Store
Factory Outlet Store
Panasonic HC-X1000 High-Powered 20x Optical Zoom Camcorder
$3,085.99
Go to Store
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10 Prices from 5 Stores | $2,269.00-$3,129.99
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Amazon US
Sony FDRAX1 4K Camcorder Video Camera with 20x Optical Zoom with 3.5-Inch LCD
$4,498.00
Go to Store
Overstock
Sony FDR-AX1 Digital 4K Video Camera Recorder
$4,564.04
Go to Store
2 Prices from 2 Stores | $4,498.00-$4,564.04
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Reasons For

Canon XF205 Panasonic HC-X1000 Sony FDR-AX1
4 Reasons For
1.6 Lower Minimum Aperture Number
Canon XF205 is 1.8 minimum aperture, but the Sony FDR-AX1 is a 3.4 minimum aperture camcorder (1.6 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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14.4 Higher Maximum Aperture Number
Canon XF205 is 16 maximum aperture value, but the Sony FDR-AX1 is only a 1.6 maximum aperture value camcorder (14.4 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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Face Detection
The Canon XF205 has a face detection, however the Sony FDR-AX1 does not have a face detection.

This indicates whether the camcorder has the ability to detect faces while recording, allowing it to automatically make sure they remain in full focus.

Face detection makes it far easier to make sure that people always appear in full focus, meaning no messed up videos due to bad focus.

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More Shops Are Selling it
A greater number of stores increases the chances of this camcorder remaining in stock and also increases the price competition amongst retailers for the product.
6 Reasons For
40% Bigger Digital Zoom
Panasonic HC-X1000 is 10x (digital). That's 4x bigger than the Canon XF205 (6x).

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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5.94MP Higher Effective Megapixels (movie)
The Panasonic HC-X1000 is an 8.85MP (movie mode) camcorder, whereas the Canon XF205 is only a 2.91MP (movie mode) camcorder (5.94MP lower) and the Sony FDR-AX1 is only an 8.3MP (movie mode) camcorder (0.55MP 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-X1000 is a 1.6kg camcorder. That's 10g lighter than the Canon XF205 (1.6kg) and 890g lighter than the Sony FDR-AX1 (2.4kg).

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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$730 Cheaper
The Panasonic HC-X1000 costs $730 less than the Canon XF205 and costs $2,229 less than the Sony FDR-AX1.
More Popular
The Panasonic HC-X1000 is a more popular choice amongst buyers.
User Reviews Are Slightly Better
Based on 8 user reviews, the average review score of the Panasonic HC-X1000 is 95%, however the average rating of the Sony FDR-AX1 is 93% (based on 3 reviews).
2 Reasons For
84% Bigger Total Megapixels
The Sony FDR-AX1 is a 18.9MP camcorder. That's 15.81MP bigger than the Canon XF205 (3.09MP) and 0.43MP bigger than the Panasonic HC-X1000 (18.47MP).

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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Better Brand
Sony camcorders have an average rating of 86.2%, but Canon has an average rating of 83.1% and Panasonic has an average rating of 72.8%.

Reasons Against

Canon XF205 Panasonic HC-X1000 Sony FDR-AX1
7 Reasons Against
Smaller Digital Zoom
Canon XF205 is only 6x (digital). That's 4x smaller than the Panasonic HC-X1000 (10x).

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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6x Smaller Total Megapixels
The Canon XF205 has a total megapixels of 3.09MP, whereas the Panasonic HC-X1000 is an 18.47MP camcorder (15.38MP bigger) and the Sony FDR-AX1 is a 18.9MP camcorder (15.81MP 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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Lower Effective Megapixels (movie)
The Canon XF205 is a 2.91MP (movie mode) camcorder, whereas the Panasonic HC-X1000 is an 8.85MP (movie mode) camcorder (5.94MP higher) and the Sony FDR-AX1 is an 8.3MP (movie mode) camcorder (5.39MP higher).

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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1% Heavier
The Canon XF205 is a 1.6kg camcorder. That's 10g heavier than the Panasonic HC-X1000 (1.6kg) and 880g lighter than the Sony FDR-AX1 (2.4kg).

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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$730 More Expensive
The Canon XF205 is more expensive than the Panasonic HC-X1000 by $730.
Less Popular
The Canon XF205 is a less popular choice amongst buyers.
Worse Brand
Canon camcorders have an average rating of only 83.1%, whereas Sony has an average rating of 86.2%.
4 Reasons Against
0.43MP Smaller Total Megapixels
The Panasonic HC-X1000 has a total megapixels of 18.47MP, whereas the Canon XF205 is a 3.09MP camcorder (15.38MP smaller) and the Sony FDR-AX1 is a 18.9MP camcorder (0.43MP 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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Less Retailers
Only 5 retailers sells the Panasonic HC-X1000, whereas 6 shops sell the Canon XF205.
Smaller numbers of retailers reduces the price competition amongst retailers for this camcorder and also reduces the chances of the product remaining in stock.
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Over One Year Older
The Panasonic HC-X1000 is older than the Canon XF205 by 15 months.
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 86.2%.
9 Reasons Against
Higher Minimum Aperture Number
The Sony FDR-AX1 has a minimum aperture number of 3.4. That's 1.6 higher than the Canon XF205 (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.

Read more Read less | Edit
Lower Maximum Aperture Number
The Sony FDR-AX1 has a maximum aperture number of 1.6. That's 14.4 lower than the Canon XF205 (16).

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
7% Lower Effective Megapixels (movie)
Sony FDR-AX1 is only 8.3MP (movie mode). That's 5.39MP higher than the Canon XF205 (2.91MP) and 0.55MP lower than the Panasonic HC-X1000 (8.85MP).

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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890g Heavier
The Sony FDR-AX1 has a weight of 2.4kg, whereas the Canon XF205 is a 1.6kg camcorder (880g lighter) and the Panasonic HC-X1000 is a 1.6kg camcorder (890g 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 $2,229
The Sony FDR-AX1 is $1,499 more expensive than the Canon XF205 and $2,229 more expensive than the Panasonic HC-X1000.
Fewer Sellers
The Sony FDR-AX1 is only stocked by 2 sellers, but the Canon XF205 is stocked by 6 retailers and the Panasonic HC-X1000 is stocked by 5 sellers.
The fewer the number of sellers that stock the product, the lower the competition amongst sellers to keep prices low.
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Older by Over Two Years
The Sony FDR-AX1 is two years older than the Canon XF205 and one year older than the Panasonic HC-X1000.
Less Popular
The Sony FDR-AX1 is a less popular choice amongst buyers.
User Review Rating is Moderately Worse
The average user rating of the Sony FDR-AX1 is 93%, whereas the average user rating of the Panasonic HC-X1000 is 95% (based on 8 reviews).

Reviews & Awards

Awards

Canon XF205 Panasonic HC-X1000 Sony FDR-AX1
No awards found
2 Awards
Expert Reviews: Recommended reviewed.com: Editor's Choice
No awards found

Average Expert Rating

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Average User Rating

The Panasonic HC-X1000 has better user reviews than the Sony FDR-AX1. The average user reviews score for the Panasonic HC-X1000 is 95% based on 8 reviews, where as the average score for the Sony FDR-AX1 is 93% based on 3 reviews.
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Average Brand Rating

Sony has the best brand rating with an average brand rating of 86% based on 9,798 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.
Canon XF205 Panasonic HC-X1000 Sony FDR-AX1
Canon

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83

Based on 2,543 reviews
Panasonic

73

73

Based on 568 reviews
Sony

86

86

Based on 9,798 reviews

Videomaker.com Review Score

Canon XF205 Panasonic HC-X1000 Sony FDR-AX1
Videomaker.com logo
Footage from the XF205. Tests include dynamic range, low light, image stabilization, detail, color reproduction, auto-iris, autofocus, moire, rolling shutter, and depth-of-field.Read the XF205 ReviewEstablishing a solid workflow can help eliminate wa...
When you open an export menu, you are confronted with many options. If you want full control over the quality of your export, there are some key settings you need to know about.Next Lesson: Conclusion......
Oct 2014
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By now you?ve probably seen a 4K television demonstration, watched the crisp footage, done your research and come to the horrifying thoughts: ?My video camera is going to be obsolete ? again.? Bad news is you?re right, and all too soon......
4KHD capability
Professional controls
SD card media
Good value vs
Price
ND setting nag screen
Autofocus sometimes gets lost
The Panasonic HC-X1000 is a great way to get into 4K shooting without breaking the bank. It puts a strong set of manual controls and settings into an economical chassis that has a good set of lenses in front of it. Intermediate-to-professional level ...
Jan 2015
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Originally shot in glorious 4k, this downscaled 1080p footage tests the capabilities of the Sony FDR-AX1. Tests include dynamic range, low light, gain, image stabilization, detail, color reproduction, moire, rolling shutter, auto focus, depth-of-fiel...
Helps produce 4K movies
Increases editing options
Broad dynamic range, excellent color reproduction
XLR mics
Focus and exposure assists
4KDirektaufzeichnungHDMI 2.0groer ZoomSoftware und Speucherkarte beigelegt
New technology not compatible with all supporting hardwaresoftware
Teurer Speicher
...
May 2014

Date Released

Canon XF205 Panasonic HC-X1000 Sony FDR-AX1
26 months old Best 41 months old 53 months old

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.

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 XF205 Panasonic HC-X1000 Sony FDR-AX1
Optical Zoom 20x 20x 20x
Digital Zoom 6x
BEST
10x Unknown - Click to provide data
Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv) Unknown - Click to provide data Unknown - Click to provide data 590mm
Minimum Aperture Number 1.8
BEST
Unknown - Click to provide data 3.4
Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv) Unknown - Click to provide data Unknown - Click to provide data 29.5mm
Maximum Aperture Number 16
BEST
Unknown - Click to provide data 1.6
Image Stabilizer Type
Optical
 Optical
Optical
 Optical
Optical
 Optical
Filter Size 58mm 49mm Unknown - Click to provide data
Focal Length (35mm Film Equivalent) Unknown - Click to provide data
Focal Length Range (f-F)
 
 
 
Video Canon XF205 Panasonic HC-X1000 Sony FDR-AX1
Max Video Resolution
4096 x 2160
 4096 x 2160
4096 x 2160
 4096 x 2160
4096 x 2160
 4096 x 2160
Maximum Frame Rate 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
Supported Video Modes
2160p 60p
 2160p
 60p
2160p 60p
 2160p
 60p
2160p 60p
 2160p
 60p
Video Resolutions
1920 x 1080 (Full HD) 1920 x 1080
1440 x 1080 1280 x 720
640 x 480 4096 x 2160
3840 x 2160 (4K) 3840 x 2160
 1920 x 1080 (Full HD)
 1920 x 1080
 1440 x 1080
 1280 x 720
 640 x 480
 4096 x 2160
 3840 x 2160 (4K)
 3840 x 2160
1920 x 1080 (Full HD) 1920 x 1080
1440 x 1080 1280 x 720
640 x 480 4096 x 2160
3840 x 2160 (4K) 3840 x 2160
 1920 x 1080 (Full HD)
 1920 x 1080
 1440 x 1080
 1280 x 720
 640 x 480
 4096 x 2160
 3840 x 2160 (4K)
 3840 x 2160
1920 x 1080 (Full HD) 1920 x 1080
1440 x 1080 1280 x 720
640 x 480 4096 x 2160
3840 x 2160 (4K) 3840 x 2160
 1920 x 1080 (Full HD)
 1920 x 1080
 1440 x 1080
 1280 x 720
 640 x 480
 4096 x 2160
 3840 x 2160 (4K)
 3840 x 2160
 
 
 
Image Sensor Canon XF205 Panasonic HC-X1000 Sony FDR-AX1
Total Megapixels 3.09MP
BEST
18.47MP 18.9MP
Optical Sensor Size 1" 1" 1"
Sensor Type
CMOS
 CMOS
CMOS
 CMOS
CMOS
 CMOS
Effective Megapixels (image) Unknown - Click to provide data 8.85MP Unknown - Click to provide data
Effective Megapixels (movie) 2.91MP 8.85MP
BEST
8.3MP
 
 
 
Storage Canon XF205 Panasonic HC-X1000 Sony FDR-AX1
Maximum Memory Card Size 128GB 128GB Unknown - Click to provide data
Memory Slots Unknown - Click to provide data 2 2
Compatible Memory Cards
SDXC SDHC
CF+ SD/SDHC
SD/SDHC/SDXC XQD
 SDXC
 SDHC
 CF+
 SD/SDHC
 SD/SDHC/SDXC
 XQD
SDXC SDHC
CF+ SD/SDHC
SD/SDHC/SDXC XQD
 SDXC
 SDHC
 CF+
 SD/SDHC
 SD/SDHC/SDXC
 XQD
SDXC SDHC
CF+ SD/SDHC
SD/SDHC/SDXC XQD
 SDXC
 SDHC
 CF+
 SD/SDHC
 SD/SDHC/SDXC
 XQD
Camcorder Media Type
Memory card
 Memory card
Memory card
 Memory card
Memory card
 Memory card
 
 
 
Focusing Canon XF205 Panasonic HC-X1000 Sony FDR-AX1
Closest Focusing Distance 0.01m Unknown - Click to provide data Unknown - Click to provide data
Focus Adjustment
Auto Manual
 Auto
 Manual
Auto Manual
 Auto
 Manual
Auto Manual
 Auto
 Manual
 
 
 
White Balance Canon XF205 Panasonic HC-X1000 Sony FDR-AX1
White Balance
Auto Outdoor
Indoor
 Auto
 Outdoor
 Indoor
Auto Outdoor
Indoor
 Auto
 Outdoor
 Indoor
Auto Outdoor
Indoor
 Auto
 Outdoor
 Indoor
 
 
 
Shutter Canon XF205 Panasonic HC-X1000 Sony FDR-AX1
Camera Shutter Speed Unknown - Click to provide data
 
 
 
Display Canon XF205 Panasonic HC-X1000 Sony FDR-AX1
Display Diagonal 3.5" 3.5" 3.5"
Display Resolution (numeric) 1,230,000 Pixels
BEST
1,152,000 Pixels 1,229,000 Pixels
Display
OLED
 OLED
OLED
 OLED
OLED
 OLED
 
 
 
Viewfinder Canon XF205 Panasonic HC-X1000 Sony FDR-AX1
Viewfinder Screen Size 0.45" 0.45" Unknown - Click to provide data
Viewfinder 1,230,000 Pixels Unknown - Click to provide data Unknown - Click to provide data
Viewfinder Type
electrical
 electrical
electrical
 electrical
electrical
 electrical
 
 
 
Camera Canon XF205 Panasonic HC-X1000 Sony FDR-AX1
Minimum Illumination Unknown - Click to provide data 4lx 4lx
 
 
 
Still Image Canon XF205 Panasonic HC-X1000 Sony FDR-AX1
Image Formats Supported
JPG
 JPG
JPG
 JPG
JPG
 JPG
Maximum Image Resolution
4096 x 2160
 4096 x 2160
4096 x 2160
 4096 x 2160
4096 x 2160
 4096 x 2160
 
 
 
Audio Canon XF205 Panasonic HC-X1000 Sony FDR-AX1
Audio System
Dolby Digital
 Dolby Digital
Dolby Digital
 Dolby Digital
Dolby Digital
 Dolby Digital
 
 
 
Ports & Interfaces Canon XF205 Panasonic HC-X1000 Sony FDR-AX1
Mini HDMI Port 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
Micro-USB 2.0 Ports Quantity Unknown - Click to provide data Unknown - Click to provide data 2
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A Ports Quantity Unknown - Click to provide data 2 Unknown - Click to provide data
 
 
 
Battery Canon XF205 Panasonic HC-X1000 Sony FDR-AX1
Battery Type Unknown - Click to provide data Unknown - Click to provide data
Battery Voltage Unknown - Click to provide data 7.2V Unknown - Click to provide data
Battery Capacity Unknown - Click to provide data 5,800mAh Unknown - Click to provide data
 
 
 
Operational Conditions Canon XF205 Panasonic HC-X1000 Sony FDR-AX1
Operating Temperature (T-T) Unknown - Click to provide data Unknown - Click to provide data
 
 
 
Weight & Dimensions Canon XF205 Panasonic HC-X1000 Sony FDR-AX1
Weight 1.6kg
BEST
1.6kg
BEST
2.4kg
Height 201mm 170mm 193mm
Depth 353mm 315mm 362mm
Width 160mm 160mm 189mm
 
 
 
Packaging Content Canon XF205 Panasonic HC-X1000 Sony FDR-AX1
Bundled Software Unknown - Click to provide data Unknown - Click to provide data
Cables Included
DC USB
HDMI AV
 DC
 USB
 HDMI
 AV
DC USB
HDMI AV
 DC
 USB
 HDMI
 AV
DC USB
HDMI AV
 DC
 USB
 HDMI
 AV
 
 
 
Technical Details Canon XF205 Panasonic HC-X1000 Sony FDR-AX1
Microphone Operation Mode Unknown - Click to provide data Unknown - Click to provide data
Speakers Unknown - Click to provide data Unknown - Click to provide data
Number of Diaphragm Blades Unknown - Click to provide data Unknown - Click to provide data 6

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