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Sony HDR-CX570Canon HF M36
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Manufacturer Sony Information on Sony

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Name HDR-CX570HF M36
European name ?HDR-CX570ELegria HF M36
US name ?HDR-CX570VIXIA HF M36
lowest US price (629) $ (749) $
On the market since January 2012 March 2010
Test preview

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slashCAM rating ?Very good
Good
test picture 1200 Lux
Test image 12 lux auto-mode
Video

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Video formats ? AVCHD
AVCHD
Recording Medium SD Card
SDHC card
Memory Stick PRO Duo
built-in flash memory
SDXC card
SDHC card
built-in flash memory
video resolutions EU ?AVCHD 1920 x 1080/50p
AVCHD 1440 x 1080/50i
AVCHD 1920 x 1080/50i
AVCHD 1920 x 1080/25p
SD MPEG2 720 x 576
AVCHD 1920 x 1080/50i
AVCHD 1920 x 1080/25p
video resolutions US ?AVCHD 1920 x 1080/60i
AVCHD 1440 x 1080/60i
SD MPEG2 720 x 480
AVCHD 1920 x 1080/60p
AVCHD 1920 x 1080/60i
AVCHD 1920 x 1080/24p
AVCHD 1920 x 1080/30p
Max Bitrate ?28 Mbit/s24 Mbit/s
Compression format ? MPEG4
MPEG4
on-board memory ? 8 GB
Optics
Optics Manufacturer ?Sony
Canon
Optical Zoom ?12 x15 x
Wide Angle 16:9 ?26,8 mm39,5 mm
Filter diameter ?30 mm37 mm
Image Stabilization ?optically and electronically
optically and electronically
ND Filter ?No
No
Exchangable optics ?No
No
Image Sensor
Number of sensors ?11
Size of image sensor ?1/3, 91 inches
1/4 inch
image sensor effective pixel count 16:9 ?5020000 Pixel 2990000 Pixel
Image Sensor Type ? CMOS
CMOS
Controls
White Balance ?auto
manual
presets
auto
manual
presets
Focus ?auto
manual
auto
manual
Minimum shutter time ?1/auto
1/2.000
Maximum shutter time ?auto
1/2
Apperture control ?auto
auto
manual
Infrared recording ?No
No
Expanded Focus ?No
Yes
Peaking ?Yes
No
Signal Processing
Zebra ?70%
100%
No
Histogram ?No
No
adjustable sharpness ?No
Yes
Adjustable color ?No
Yes
Cinegamma ?No
Yes
Black Strech ?No
No
Knee ?No
No
Colorbars ?No
No
Misc.
Shot Transition ?No
No
Custom Presets ?No
No
Set Time Code ?No
No
Configuration

Connections
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FBAS ?
synonymous: RCA, composite
Out
Out
YC ?
synonymous: S-Video
About Special Equipment
No
YUV ?
synonymous: Component Signal
Out
Out
HDMI ? Out
Out mini
DV / HDV (FireWire) ?
synonymous: ILink / IEEE-1394
--
USB ?USB 2.0 OUT
USB 2.0
Microphone / Audio input ?Mini-jack
Mini-jack
No
Headphones ?3.5 mm mini-jack
also AV-output
Lanc ?No
No
Time-code interface ?No
No
Genlock ?No
No
Accessory shoe ? AI
Advanced Mini
HD-SDI ?No
No
Misc.
Weight (without battery) 315 g320 g
Weight (with battery) 450 g380 g
Battery type Sony NP-FV50
Canon BP-808
Battery capacity 980 mAh890 mAh
Charger ?internal
internal
Remote control No
Yes
Size
Height 54 mm60 mm
Width 64 mm68 mm
Depth 116 mm123 mm
Relative Size ?45
Viewfinder
Viewfinder available ?No
No
Color Viewfinder ?- -
Viewfinder format ?- -
Viewfinder pixels ?  
Display
Display available ?Yes
Yes
Color display ?Color
Color
Display size 3,0 Inch2,7 Inch
Display format ?16:916:9
Display pixels ?921000 Pixel 211000 Pixel
Touch Screen ?Yes
Yes
External controls
Manual Zoom ?Rocker
Rocker
Manual Focus ?Menu
Menu
Manual Aperture ?No
Menu
Focus switcher ?No
No
ND Filter ?No
No
Exp Lock ?No
No
Gain ?No
No
White balance ?No
No
Push AF ?No
No
Audio Levels ?No
No
Custom Keys ?
synonymous: User buttons
No
No
Audio

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Audio Formats ?AC-3 Dolby Digital 5.1 640 kbit max.
Dolby AC-3 Digital 2 channel 48 KHz
Dolby AC-3 Digital 2 channel 48 KHz
Microphone ?Mini-jack external
5.1 Internal
Stereo internal
Audio Control ?auto
2 steps
auto
manual
Audio levels ?Screen
Screen
Still

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Recording Medium ?Memory Stick Duo
SD Card
built-in flash memory
SDHC card
SDXC card
built-in flash memory
SDHC card
Medium included ?No
No
Effective pixels ?5020000 Pixel  
Resolutions ?6016 x 3384 - Max
2304 x 1296 - Max
Standard ?JPEG Exif 2.2
JPEG Exif 2.2
Flash ?Yes
Yes
Misc.

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Test results

Test pictures
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luminance resolution
chrominance resolution
lens distortion
test small ISO image
noise / internal microphone
test picture 1200 Lux
Test image 12 lux auto-mode ?
Test image 12 lux optimized ?
 
Manufacturers URL Website SonyWebsite Canon
slashCAM rating
Lowlight ?GoodSatisfactory
Resolution ?Very goodGood
Color performance ?Very goodVery good
subj.Picture impression ?Very goodVery good
Optical Zoom ?SufficientSatisfactory
Wide Angle ? Excellent Satisfactory
Configuration / image ?SatisfactorySatisfactory
Configuration / sound ?SufficientSufficient
Handling ?SatisfactoryGood
Portability ? Excellent Excellent
Photo function ?SatisfactorySatisfactory
Optics ?GoodGood
Dynamics ?GoodGood
Conclusion slashCAM
slashCAM rating ?Very good
Good
Total score ?
(maximal 570)
402361
Pros + Display
+ reliable automatics
+ Many manual controls
Cons - few manual controls
- slight chromatic aberrations
- No Zebra
Conclusion Sony´s mid-range camcorders 2012 are primarily recommendable for filmmakers without demands for manual intervention.In return, they may as always rely on the well functioning Sony automatics. The picture quality is basically good, but shows more chromatic aberrations than the competition.The state-of-the-art display and the snappy menus speak for the powerful hardware and set new standards in this price range.A big drawback from the previous series has been fixed: setting the focus works much better thanks to the touch screen.But overall the operation is still somewhat fiddly at certain points.The large display of the upcoming HF S series will thus come in handy. On the minus side we have the low light capabilities, the missing zebra mode and the small wide angle.A plus is the lowered price, as well as the cinegamma/25p-mode and the fact, that the camera, given enough light, produces very consistent images in the auto mode.
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Reviews and Forums
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slashCAM Review
HDR-CX570 Review
HF M36 Review
external reviews/tests   
Forum posts  Test: Touching successor - Canon HF M31, and M36 RF RF M306


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