When comparing latest mid-range camcorders from Canon and Sony what features are available. This is a comparison of Canons Vixia HV40 HD model and Sonys HDR-CX500V model which are available for purchase and are both reasonably priced. Both of these cameras are fairly close in specifications and so the ultimate choice comes down to the consumer.
Each model offers a nice set of zoom functions that consist of digital and optical functions. An HV offers 200x digital zoom and 10x optical zoom and the CX offers 150x digital zoom and 150x optical zoom. Since they offset each other so well there is no way of saying one is better than the other in this area.
In the area of resolution HV models come equipped with a nice 1920 x 1440 resolution that provides crisp clear video. CX designs are not so lucky and have a standard 1920 x1080 resolution that is still quite nice for HD video. Both models use Lithium ION rechargeable batteries, in the area of storage HV models use DVD discs where CX units use a 32GB memory stick.
CX designs are equipped with 3 inch interactive LCD screens as a standard, offering consumers easier functionality. An HV model has a bit smaller screen coming in at 2.7 inches, but it still offers up some nice multiple angle features. In the realm of still pictures a CX model is capable of 12 Megapixels where an HV model only can achieve 2.96 megapixels.
CX cameras are quite a bit lighter than their HV counterparts and that can be attributed to the design. A CX model has a slimmer hand held design, where an HV has more of a traditional camera design. HV models weigh in at 18.9 ounces and CX designs weigh in at a modest 13 ounces making them easier to handle.
Comparing the latest mid-range camcorders from Canon and Sony will help make sure the best one is purchased. Performing hands on testing at a local store can help with the decision, also looking online. Both designs are reasonably priced so taking time to review is recommended.