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Canon Legria HF R306Sony HDR-CX116
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Name Legria HF R306HDR-CX116
European name ?Legria HF R306HDR-CX116E
US name ?Vixia HF R306HDR-CX116
lowest US price (349) $424 $
On the market since April 2012 March 2010
Test preview

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

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Video formats ? AVCHD
AVCHD
SD MPEG2
Recording Medium SD Card
SDHC card
SDXC card
SDHC card
Memory Stick PRO Duo
built-in flash memory
video resolutions EU ?AVCHD 1440 x 1080/50i
AVCHD 1920 x 1080/50i
HDV 1920 x 1080/25p
MP4 1280 x 720
AVCHD 1920 x 1080/50i
SD MPEG2 720 x 576
video resolutions US ?AVCHD 1440 x 1080/60i
AVCHD 1920 x 1080/60i
AVCHD 1920 x 1080/60i
SD MPEG2 720 x 480
Max Bitrate ?24 Mbit/s24 Mbit/s
Compression format ? MPEG4
MPEG2
MPEG4
on-board memory ? 8 GB
Optics
Optics Manufacturer ? Canon
Carl Zeiss
Optical Zoom ?32 x 
Wide Angle 16:9 ?38,5 mm37,4 mm
Filter diameter ?- mm30 mm
Image Stabilization ?optical
electronical
ND Filter ?No
No
Exchangable optics ?No
No
Image Sensor
Number of sensors ?11
Size of image sensor ?1/4, 85 inches
1/4 inch
image sensor effective pixel count 16:9 ?2070000 Pixel 1350000 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/auto
Maximum shutter time ?auto
auto
Apperture control ?auto
manual
auto
manual
Infrared recording ?No
No
Expanded Focus ?Yes
No
Peaking ?No
No
Signal Processing
Zebra ?No
No
Histogram ?No
No
adjustable sharpness ?No
No
Adjustable color ?No
No
Cinegamma ?No
No
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
No
About Special Equipment
YUV ?
synonymous: Component Signal
Out
Out
HDMI ?Out mini
Out mini
DV / HDV (FireWire) ?
synonymous: ILink / IEEE-1394
--
USB ?USB 2.0
USB 2.0 OUT
Microphone / Audio input ?No
No
Headphones ?also AV-output
No
Lanc ?No
No
Time-code interface ?No
No
Genlock ?No
No
Accessory shoe ?No
No
HD-SDI ?No
No
Misc.
Weight (without battery) 250 g210 g
Weight (with battery)  260 g
Battery type  Sony NP-FV50
Battery capacity   
Charger ?internal
internal
Remote control No
 
Size
Height 54 mm50 mm
Width 55 mm56 mm
Depth 115 mm106 mm
Relative Size ?32
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 ?230000 Pixel 230400 Pixel
Touch Screen ?Yes
Yes
External controls
Manual Zoom ?Rocker
Rocker
Manual Focus ?Menu
Menu
Manual Aperture ?Menu
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 ?Dolby AC-3 Digital 2 channel 48 KHz
Dolby AC-3 Digital 2 channel 48 KHz
Microphone ?Stereo internal
Stereo internal
Audio Control ?auto
manual
auto
Audio levels ?Screen
No
Still

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Recording Medium ?SD Card
SDHC card
SDXC card
Memory Stick Duo
SDHC card
Medium included ?No
No
Effective pixels ? 1570000 Pixel
Resolutions ?1920 x 1080 - max
2048 x 1536 max
Standard ?JPEG Exif 2.2
JPEG Exif 2.2
Flash ?No
No
Misc.

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Specials Story Creator recording assistant
 
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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 Sony
slashCAM rating
Lowlight ?SatisfactorySatisfactory
Resolution ?GoodSatisfactory
Color performance ?SatisfactoryGood
subj.Picture impression ?GoodGood
Optical Zoom ?GoodGood
Wide Angle ?SatisfactorySatisfactory
Configuration / image ?SufficientSufficient
Configuration / sound ?SufficientSufficient
Handling ?SatisfactoryGood
Portability ? Excellent Excellent
Photo function ?SufficientSatisfactory
Optics ?SatisfactorySatisfactory
Dynamics ?GoodGood
Conclusion slashCAM
slashCAM rating ?Satisfactory
Satisfactory
Total score ?
(maximal 570)
318322
Pros  + good auto modes
Cons  - our test model produced unsharp areas at the right image border
- hardly any control
Conclusion Little wide angle, but the most natural image in this price range, average low-light performance, and even some useful manual control.With this offer Canon stays just below the 300 Euro threshold (internet prices), but still lies above the competition, who show other strengths and cost about 50 less. Hence, those looking for a camera in these price regions should make their decision based on tolerable weaknesses, which are distributed differently among the tested cameras.The camera shows few dark sides but also no highlights for this price range.The wide angle as well as the sharpness and low light performance are ok for this price.If the unsharp area at the right image border is a problem only of our particular test model and not af the whole series, the camera can be recommended to those who do not value any manual control options.
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