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models compared on this page: Canon XF305 and Sony HXR-NX5

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Model

Canon XF305Sony HXR-NX5
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Manufacturer Canon Informationen zu Canon

Sony Information on Sony

Name XF305HXR-NX5
European name ?XF305E HXR-NX5E
US name ?XF305 HXR-NX5U
lowest US price 7495 $ 
On the market since July 2010 January 2010
Test preview

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

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Video formats ?MPEG2 - MXF
AVCHD
SD MPEG2
Recording Medium Compact Flash
SDHC card
Memory Stick PRO Duo
video resolutions EU ?MPEG2 1920x1080 50i
MPEG2 720p12 -50
MPEG2-1080p12 25
AVCHD 1440 x 1080/50i
MPEG2 720 x756/50i
AVCHD 1920 x 1080/50i
AVCHD 1920 x 1080/25p
AVCHD 1280 x 720/50p
AVCHD 1280 x 720/25p
video resolutions US ?MPEG2 1920 x 1080/60i
MPEG2-720p12 60
MPEG2 1080p12-30
AVCHD 1920 x 1080/60i
AVCHD 1920 x 1080/24p
AVCHD 1280 x 720/60p
AVCHD 1280 x 720/24p
SD MPEG2 720 x 480
Max Bitrate ?50 Mbit/s24 Mbit/s
Compression format ?MPEG2 MXF
MPEG2
MPEG4
on-board memory ?  
Optics
Optics Manufacturer ? Canon
Sony
Optical Zoom ?18 x20 x
Wide Angle 16:9 ?29,3 mm29,5 mm
Filter diameter ?82 mm72 mm
Image Stabilization ?optically and electronically
optically and electronically
ND Filter ?33
Exchangable optics ?No
No
Image Sensor
Number of sensors ?33
Size of image sensor ?1/3 inch
1/3 inch
image sensor effective pixel count 16:9 ?2070000 Pixel 1037000 Pixel
Image Sensor Type ? CMOS
CMOS
Controls
White Balance ?auto
manual
presets
auto
manual
presets
WB-Shift
Focus ?auto
manual
auto
manual
Minimum shutter time ?1/16.0001/16.000
Maximum shutter time ?1/181/2
Apperture control ?auto
manual
auto
manual
AE-Shift
Infrared recording ? No
Expanded Focus ?Yes
Yes
Peaking ?Yes
Yes
Signal Processing
Zebra ?50-105%70-100%
Histogram ?waveform
Yes
adjustable sharpness ?Yes
Yes
Adjustable color ?Yes
Yes
Cinegamma ?Yes
Yes
Black Strech ?Yes
Yes
Knee ?Yes
Yes
Colorbars ?Yes
Yes
Misc.
Shot Transition ?No
No
Custom Presets ?Yes
Yes
Set Time Code ?Yes
No
Configuration

Connections
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FBAS ?
synonymous: RCA, composite
Out
Out
YC ?
synonymous: S-Video
No
About Special Equipment
YUV ?
synonymous: Component Signal
Out
Out
HDMI ? Out
Out
DV / HDV (FireWire) ?
synonymous: ILink / IEEE-1394
--
USB ?USB 2.0 OUT
USB 2.0
Microphone / Audio input ? XLR
XLR
Headphones ?Mini-jack
Mini-jack
Lanc ? No
Time-code interface ? In
Out
No
Genlock ? In
No
Accessory shoe ? Standard
Standard
HD-SDI ? Out
Out
Misc.
Weight (without battery) 2700 g2100 g
Weight (with battery) 2800 g2300 g
Battery type Canon BP-955
 
Battery capacity   
Charger ?external
external
Remote control Yes
Yes
Size
Height 180 mm173 mm
Width 192 mm187 mm
Depth 394 mm342 mm
Relative Size ?136110
Viewfinder
Viewfinder available ?Yes
Yes
Color Viewfinder ?S/WColor
Viewfinder format ?16:916:9
Viewfinder pixels ?1550000 Pixel 1226880 Pixel
Display
Display available ?Yes
Yes
Color display ?S/WColor
Display size 4,0 Inch3,2 Inch
Display format ?16:916:9
Display pixels ?1230000 Pixel 921600 Pixel
Touch Screen ?No
No
External controls
Manual Zoom ?Rocker
Ring
Rocker
Ring
Manual Focus ? Ring
Ring
Manual Aperture ? Ring
Ring
button
Focus switcher ?Yes
Yes
ND Filter ?Yes
Yes
Exp Lock ?Yes
Yes
Gain ?Yes
Yes
White balance ?Yes
Yes
Push AF ?Yes
Yes
Audio Levels ?Yes
Yes
Custom Keys ?
synonymous: User buttons
137
Audio

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Audio Formats ?2 channel PCM
2 channel PCM
Microphone ?Stereo internal
external XLR
Stereo internal
external XLR
Audio Control ?auto
manual
auto
manual
Audio levels ?Viewfinder
Screen
display
Viewfinder
Screen
Still

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Recording Medium ? Memory Stick Duo
Medium included ? No
Effective pixels ? 1037000 Pixel
Resolutions ?  
Standard ? JPEG Exif 2.2
Flash ? No
Misc.

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Specials Variable frame rates:720p: 12, 15, 18, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 30, 32, 34, 37, 42, 45, 48, 50fps1080p: 12, 15, 18, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25fps"Smooth Slow Record" slow motion.128GB flash recorder is available (optional)
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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 CanonWebsite Sony
slashCAM rating
Lowlight ?GoodVery good
Resolution ? Excellent Good
Color performance ?Very goodVery good
subj.Picture impression ?Very goodVery good
Optical Zoom ?SatisfactorySatisfactory
Wide Angle ? Excellent Very good
Configuration / image ? Excellent Very good
Configuration / sound ? Excellent Very good
Handling ?Very goodVery good
Portability ?SatisfactorySatisfactory
Photo function ?PoorPoor
Optics ?Very goodGood
Dynamics ?Very goodVery good
Conclusion slashCAM
slashCAM rating ?Very good
Very good
Total score ?
(maximal 570)
465425
Pros - 13 assignable buttons
- High sharpness
- 4:2:2 codec
+ large wide angle
+ XLR audio
+ good low light performance
+ high resolution display / viewfinder
Cons - no shot transition
- sharpness only average
- no touch focus
- no shot transition
Conclusion In terms of display and viewfinder this camera raises the bar for competitors and its sharpness surpasses that of comparable modells from Sony und Panasonic.The lens is very good.Manual control options and assist functions like waveform monitor und vectorscope are aplenty.Only the low light performance is not completely satisfactory, it is visibly not on par with the Sony EX1(R), its closest competitor.Above all the Sony persuades with its low light capabilities, audio section, handling, display, viewfinder and wide angle.As a universal workhorse this semiprofessionell AVCHD-camcorder thus makes a thoroughly good impression.
More information

Reviews and Forums
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slashCAM Review
XF305 Review
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