Canon XF205 vs Sony HXR-NX3
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Canon XF205vsSony HXR-NX3

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
Sony HXR-NX3

69

Overall Score

69

Overall Score

Sony HXR-NX3

$2,699.99
$458.00
Our Verdict:
A good spec but only average value for money 20x optical zoom 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution camcorder
60
Value for Money
Good
78
Features
Good Features
69
Overall Score
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
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
Sony HXR-NX3

69

Overall Score

69

Overall Score

Sony HXR-NX3

$2,699.99
$458.00
Our Verdict:
A good spec but only average value for money 20x optical zoom 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution camcorder
60
Value for Money
Good
78
Features
Good Features
69
Overall Score
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

Top Prices

Canon XF205 Sony HXR-NX3
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Reasons For

Canon XF205 Sony HXR-NX3
5 Reasons For
32% Higher Maximum Aperture Number
The Canon XF205 is a 16 maximum aperture value camcorder. That's 5 higher than the Sony HXR-NX3 (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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23% Bigger Total Megapixels
The Canon XF205 is a 3.09MP camcorder. That's 0.68MP bigger than the Sony HXR-NX3 (2.41MP).

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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A Lot Lighter
The Canon XF205 has a weight of 1.6kg, but the Sony HXR-NX3 is a 2.2kg camcorder (650g 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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More Shops Are Selling it
The more shops stock the product, the greater competition amongst shops to keep prices low.
More Popular
The Canon XF205 is a more popular choice amongst buyers.
3 Reasons For
13% Lower Minimum Aperture Number
The Sony HXR-NX3 has a minimum aperture number of 1.6. That's 0.2 lower 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.

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Cheaper by $299
The Sony HXR-NX3 is $299.01 cheaper than the Canon XF205.
Better Brand
Sony camcorders have an average rating of 86.3%, but Canon has an average rating of 83.1%.

Reviews & Awards

Average Expert Rating

Canon XF205 Sony HXR-NX3
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Average Brand Rating

Sony has a better average brand rating than Canon. The average brand rating for Sony is 86.25% based on 9,856 reviews, where as the average brand rating for Canon is 83.11% based on 2,543 reviews.
Canon XF205 Sony HXR-NX3
Canon

83

83

Based on 2,543 reviews
Sony

86

86

Based on 9,856 reviews

Date Released

Canon XF205 Sony HXR-NX3
26 months old Best 49 months old

Key Features

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 Sony HXR-NX3
Optical Zoom 20x 20x
Digital Zoom 6x Unknown - Click to provide data
Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv) Unknown - Click to provide data 705mm
Minimum Aperture Number 1.8 1.6
BEST
Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv) Unknown - Click to provide data 28.8mm
Maximum Aperture Number 16
BEST
11
Filter Size 58mm 72mm
Focal Length (35mm Film Equivalent) Unknown - Click to provide data
Focal Length Range (f-F)
 
 
 
Video Canon XF205 Sony HXR-NX3
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 50fps 50fps
HD Type
Full HD HD
HD
 Full HD
 HD
 HD
Full HD HD
HD
 Full HD
 HD
 HD
Supported Video Modes
1080p
 1080p
1080p
 1080p
Video Resolutions
1920 x 1080 (Full HD) 1920 x 1080
1440 x 1080 1280 x 720
640 x 480 720 x 576
 1920 x 1080 (Full HD)
 1920 x 1080
 1440 x 1080
 1280 x 720
 640 x 480
 720 x 576
1920 x 1080 (Full HD) 1920 x 1080
1440 x 1080 1280 x 720
640 x 480 720 x 576
 1920 x 1080 (Full HD)
 1920 x 1080
 1440 x 1080
 1280 x 720
 640 x 480
 720 x 576
 
 
 
Image Sensor Canon XF205 Sony HXR-NX3
Total Megapixels 3.09MP
BEST
2.41MP
Optical Sensor Size 1" 1"
Sensor Type
CMOS
 CMOS
CMOS
 CMOS
Effective Megapixels (image) Unknown - Click to provide data 2.07MP
Effective Megapixels (movie) 2.91MP Unknown - Click to provide data
 
 
 
Storage Canon XF205 Sony HXR-NX3
Maximum Memory Card Size 128GB Unknown - Click to provide data
Compatible Memory Cards
SDXC SDHC
CF+ SD/SDHC
SD/SDHC/SDXC MS Duo
 SDXC
 SDHC
 CF+
 SD/SDHC
 SD/SDHC/SDXC
 MS Duo
SDXC SDHC
CF+ SD/SDHC
SD/SDHC/SDXC MS Duo
 SDXC
 SDHC
 CF+
 SD/SDHC
 SD/SDHC/SDXC
 MS Duo
Camcorder Media Type
Memory card
 Memory card
Memory card
 Memory card
 
 
 
Focusing Canon XF205 Sony HXR-NX3
Closest Focusing Distance 0.01m Unknown - Click to provide data
Normal Focusing Range Unknown - Click to provide data
Focus Adjustment
Auto Manual
 Auto
 Manual
Auto Manual
 Auto
 Manual
 
 
 
Shutter Canon XF205 Sony HXR-NX3
Camera Shutter Speed Unknown - Click to provide data
 
 
 
Display Canon XF205 Sony HXR-NX3
Display Diagonal 3.5" 3.5"
Display Resolution (numeric) 1,230,000 Pixels 921,000 Pixels
BEST
Display
OLED
 OLED
OLED
 OLED
 
 
 
Viewfinder Canon XF205 Sony HXR-NX3
Viewfinder Screen Size 0.45" 0.45"
Viewfinder 1,230,000 Pixels Unknown - Click to provide data
Viewfinder Type
Electronic
 Electronic
Electronic
 Electronic
 
 
 
Camera Canon XF205 Sony HXR-NX3
Minimum Illumination Unknown - Click to provide data 0.5lx
 
 
 
Still Image Canon XF205 Sony HXR-NX3
Maximum Image Resolution
1920 x 1080 (Full HD)
 1920 x 1080 (Full HD)
1920 x 1080 (Full HD)
 1920 x 1080 (Full HD)
 
 
 
Ports & Interfaces Canon XF205 Sony HXR-NX3
Mini HDMI Port 1 Unknown - Click to provide data
Mini USB Port 1 1
 
 
 
Battery Canon XF205 Sony HXR-NX3
Video Recording Time Unknown - Click to provide data 6.85h
Battery Type Unknown - Click to provide data
Battery Voltage Unknown - Click to provide data 7.2V
Battery Supported Unknown - Click to provide data 1
 
 
 
Operational Conditions Canon XF205 Sony HXR-NX3
Operating Temperature (T-T)
Storage Temperature (T-T) Unknown - Click to provide data
 
 
 
Weight & Dimensions Canon XF205 Sony HXR-NX3
Weight 1.6kg
BEST
2.2kg
Height 201mm 193mm
Depth 353mm 393mm
Width 160mm 174.5mm
 
 
 
Packaging Content Canon XF205 Sony HXR-NX3
Cables Included
DC
 DC
DC
 DC

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