Canon ($259) VIXIA HF R400 Camcorder Video Sample vs. Sony ($99) Cyber-Shot DSC WX-50 Video Sample

Canon VIXIA HF R400Sony Cyber-Shot DSC WX-50

The $259 Canon VIXIA HF R400 Camcorder allows for an external microphone to be plugged into it as well as external headphones. This is a feature that is extremely difficult to find as of this posting for $259. You'll notice the audio quality difference when comparing the two videos below.

The $99 Sony Cyber-Shot DSC WX-50 is a point and shoot still camera with lots of features. It's great in low light. I shot the video to compare the audio quality as well as the image quality. The audio comes across like I am talking in a barrel which is common with built in microphones. The audio quality on the Canon is far better. However, I personally think the image quality on the Sony is better than the Canon. In video, sound is critical. You'll have to decide for yourself when watching and listening to the videos below if you like the ability to plug in an external microphone or can live with the talking in a barrel sound of a built in camera microphone.

Since I am embedding both videos here from YouTube, you can ignore my reference to the links of the other video in each video. I have the links on the YouTube channel which are not needed here. Both the Canon and Sony can be found on Amazon where you can also see more detailed specifications.

The Canon VIXIA HF R400.....

Using External Lapel Mic $25 +/-

The Sony Cyber-Shot DSC WX-50.....

Using Internal Built-In Mic

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  • Don

    I am looking for an external mic for the canon hf r400, but I don’t see the link you mentioned in your video. What do you recommend?

  • Peggy Brayton

    I am looking at two video cameras and would appreciate your feedback. The camera we choose will be used to tape classroom settings in the school room. We want to to able to pick up the teachers instructional comments in addition to student feedback. (We do plan to use an external mic)

    Canon VIXIA HF R400 vs Sony HDR-CX260V

    Thanks so much for your input

    • David Williams


      Sony makes some solid cameras and camcorders, but it really comes down to either doing an actual test of the two cameras or finding some research online for both of them. I have not tested the Sony in a side-by-side comparison. I do know for the the money that the Canon is solid. The Canon does not have internal memory like the Sony. The Canon is also less expensive. But cheaper is not always better.

      One other suggestion that I have is seeing if there are YouTube videos with footage from each to see what you think about the quality of each. Of course, some of that is determined by who is behind the camera, the lighting, etc., but YouTube could still be a helpful resource.

      I will close with this. I shoot professionally and just purchased a more expensive Sony. I am taking it back and replacing it with a Canon after shooting a side by side comparison. However, that may not be the same in this situation.

      I know that I did not give you a clear answer because not being familiar with the Sony makes it difficult to say for sure without additional research.

      Thanks for stopping by and asking for help,