Product Comparison: Canon VIXIA HF R700 vs Sony HDR-CX440

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General Specifications
About the Product
From creative video essays to fun family times and travel memories, the VIXIA HF R700 camcorder can be ideal for families, new parents and anyone looking for great-quality results, done simply. See how the camcorder's remarkable 57x Advanced Zoom and SuperRange Optical Image Stabilizer free up your creativity and shooting flexibility by helping you capture distant subjects without interrupting the scene, and achieving smooth, steady video throughout the zoom range even if you shoot while walking. Record beautifully detailed Full HD video directly to a convenient removable SD card for quick and easy sharing.
Create clearer, more shareable memories with Optical SteadyShot image stabilization. Your videos will thrive with Full HD/ 60p resolution, a 26.8mm wide angle ZEISS lens and 30x Optical/ 60x Clear Image Zoom. You can create highlight videos from multiple clips in MP4 and share using the built-in Wi-Fi or even broadcast LIVE from your camcorder using Ustream live streaming.
Key Specs
Sensor Resolution
2.07 MP
9.2 MP
Sensor Type
Exmor R® CMOS
Maximum Frame Rate
60 fps
60 fps
Video Resolution
1080 p
1080 p
What customers say about "Key Specs"
Canon VIXIA HF R700 SuperRange Optical Image Stabilizer
  • 1080p 60FPS video is buttery smooth with no frame dips or choppy segments.
  • The lens has front threads for attaching filters and additional lenses.
  • This has all the features I require and takes great video with stabilization, which helps or a lot for spring events and action shots. Zoom is awesome and steady.
  • I was impressed by this camera. The sensor is great, it was able to handle every scene I was able to throw at it.
  • The video was not very sharp for a full 1080p camera. There was even a slight white outline around the subjects in the video, which caused added fuzziness.
  • Due to the small CMOS Image Sensor, the video quality is not as good as i had hoped for!
Sony HDR-CX440 Handycam Camcorder
  • Great Unit, quality camera, top quality output and ease of use.
  • This is the perfect camera for starting up a youtube channel and vlogging on vacations.
  • It has decent resolution, does what i need it to do, small amount of internal memory, but not too bad, what i did notice that was an issue is no type of light or flash at all.
  • Let's face it, even though this is for home recording the image resolution and it's user friendly interface features makes it an ideal buy.
  • This one has a built in projection feature which I like best. Other features are also nice: 60 frames per second for 1920x1080p (full HD), wi-fi, 30x optical zoom etc.
Size & Weight
2.3 in.
2.38 in.
2.1 in.
2.25 in.
4.6 in.
5.13 in.
10.8 oz.
6.7 oz.
What customers say about "Size & Weight"
Optical Zoom
32 x
30 x
Digital Zoom
1140 x
350 x
F/1.8 (W) - 4.5 (T)
F/1.8 (W) - 4.0 (T)
Image Stabilization
Face Detection
Low Light/High Sensitivity
Image File Format(s)
What customers say about "Imaging"
Canon VIXIA HF R700 SuperRange Optical Image Stabilizer
  • Video quality is top notch in decent lighting conditions, and acceptable in low light conditions.
  • Image stabilization works great for handheld, there are 3 different types of IS for your situation.
  • Image stabilization is surprisingly good even at high zoom.
  • The face detection feature can cause more problems than it solves, often times making the entire scene uncontrollably pulse in and out of focus while shooting indoors.
  • If you don't have enough light your video will look grainy, low res, out of focus... This is true for all cameras though, keep your expectations within reason.
Sony HDR-CX440 Handycam Camcorder
  • Zoom features beyond what you can imagine.
  • Great little camera, image and zoom feature is really good.
  • Used on trip to Hawaii and camera is easy to use. Camera takes good images. Like the size and the ability to add extra storage.
  • WOW!! What a great quality video !! I use it to record from 20ft up in the air and it records some great images !!
  • The quality of the image is good for the price you are paying.
Display Type
Touch Screen
Aspect Ratio
Screen Size
3 in.
2.7 in.
What customers say about "Display"
Canon VIXIA HF R700 SuperRange Optical Image Stabilizer
  • LCD screen is bright enough to see clearly in daylight.
  • The LCD screen rotates 180 degrees to point forward, so you are able to see the shot while standing in front of the camera.
  • The video is clear and the touch screen is responsive.
  • The tough screen is great at first but if you have big fingers it can be a pain to have to edit things quickly.
  • My biggest complaint is that in direct sunlight the LCD screen can be really hard to see, but that by no means is a deal breaker.
Sony HDR-CX440 Handycam Camcorder
  • So easy to set up and use. Touch screen would have been even easier.
  • Very light weight to carry around. However, touch screen is too small.
  • I had same handycam but touch screen was lost during travel. So I decided to buy this model. Not touch screen thou but had same cool features.
  • I would prefer it to have touch screen and have a little better lighting when video taping.
  • My only negative with these is that every Sony video cam I've ever owned (5 before these) they all had touch screens, and on these you use a little joy stick on the flip out monitor....
Microphone Type
3.5 mm stereo mini-jack
Built-in Zoom
Slow Motion Recording
HDR Mode
Action Camera
Night Recording
Wind Noise Reduction
Shock Resistant
Water Resistant
57x Advanced Zoom, SuperRange Optical Image Stabilization, Audio Scene Select function, Intelligent Image Stabilisation (IS), Pre-Rec function, RGB primary color filter, Touch Decoration, Video Snapshot mode
Optical SteadyShot™ with Intelligent Active Mode, Up to 26.8 mm wide-angle lens, Exceptional image quality, Multi Camera Control, Highlight Movie Maker, Live Streaming via Ustream, Motion Shot Video, Built-in USB cable, One-touch remote and one-touch sharing, Dual Video Recording, Dual Record mode
What customers say about "Features"
Canon VIXIA HF R700 SuperRange Optical Image Stabilizer
  • If you run out of battery power mid shot the camera will still save your video and not corrupt the file.
  • The built in microphone is pretty great, it records in stereo and does an ok job at boosting the gain to appropriate levels.
  • I love how it automatically shuts off when you close the tough screen on its side.
  • MIN/MAX button displays the last High and Low temp that you measured, so that is helpful as I am cooking as I tend to forget.
  • The tripod mounting threads are plastic and can be stripped if you're not careful.
  • No external light. That's sort of a big deal. Minus 1 star!
Sony HDR-CX440 Handycam Camcorder
  • Great camera, love the projection feature, the zoom is great, able to catch action shots. We use this at the race track and take it back to the pits for the racers to watch their performance.
  • Easy to operate this camera and the projector feature is amazing
  • I love the projector mode. It let's you share with several people at once.
  • his was a perfect find. Great features. Amazing feature with the projector.
  • HDR PJ440 is a decent video camera that captures true color. The projector feature is really an awesome feature and I am loving it.
Wi-Fi Enabled
Microphone Input
Tripod/Monopod Mountable
Mini-HDMI (Type C), USB 2.0, Composite video/audio
Micro-HDMI (Type D), Bravia Sync, USB 2.0
What customers say about "Connectivity"
Canon VIXIA HF R700 SuperRange Optical Image Stabilizer
  • Also ports for a mic, a/v out, HDMI and USB...many more choices than the Sony I had.
  • My setup is to use a video capture device to record the video directly to computer via HDMI cable (provided by Canon) which is the best way to get clean uncompressed video, and then choose exactly how it should be recorded to disk.
  • I wish I had sprung for the model with WiFi but now I know for next time.
Sony HDR-CX440 Handycam Camcorder
  • Camera takes great video and love that we can connect to the tv and watch.
  • I really like that a small USB is attached to the camera and tucks away so you're never left stranded for connectivity.
  • One of the features I was most excited about was the bluetooth connectivity with an app on my iphone. I
  • Love this camera! Light weight built in projector!! Wifi!! Easy to transfer videos to computer or cellular device!!
  • If you need to connect an external mic, or any other accessories, then steer clear of this series of cameras.
AC Adapter Compatible
Battery Model
BP-727 Li-ion rechargeable battery
NP-BX1 rechargable battery
Charging Interface(s)
Warranty / Certifications
Manufacturer Warranty
1 year(s)
1 year(s)
Other Information
299.99 $

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