Panasonic HC-V160 vs Panasonic HC-V180

Panasonic HC-V160
Panasonic HC-V180

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Reasons For

5 Reasons For
25% higher megapixel count Edit
The Panasonic HC-V160 is a 2.2MP camcorder. That's 0.53MP higher than the Panasonic HC-V180 (1.67MP).
Bigger digital zoom Edit
Panasonic HC-V160 is 2,500x (digital). That's 2,000x bigger than the Panasonic HC-V180 (500x). Read more

A digital zoom enlarges the pixels in a digital image to make the subject appear closer. Using digital zoom can result in images becoming blurry as the underlying image remains the same.

A digital zoom allows you to enlarge a subject without having to move closer. Digital zoom can be used as an alternative to an optical zoom, although it will result in a loss of image quality.

17% lighter Edit
The Panasonic HC-V160 is a 181g weight camcorder. That's 30g lighter than the Panasonic HC-V180 (211g). Read more

Weight of the camcorder including battery.

A lighter camcorder is easier to handle when recording and to carry when travelling.

£49 cheaper
The Panasonic HC-V160 costs £49.01 less than the Panasonic HC-V180.
Available from 5 shops
A greater number of stores increases the chances of this camcorder remaining in stock and also increases the price competition amongst retailers for the product.
5 Reasons For
24% bigger optical zoom Edit
The Panasonic HC-V180 has an optical zoom of 50x. That's 12x bigger than the Panasonic HC-V160 (50x). Read more

An optical zoom lets you enlarge the subject without having to move closer to it.

An optical zoom lets you zoom without loosing image quality. Digital zooms will simply enlarge the pixels and make the image look blurry.

Slightly longer maximum focal length Edit
The Panasonic HC-V180 has a maximum focal length of 1,740mm, whereas the Panasonic HC-V160 is only a 1,646mm maximum focal length camcorder (94mm shorter).
4.3mm shorter minimum focal length Edit
The Panasonic HC-V180 is a 28mm minimum focal length camcorder. That's 4.3mm shorter than the Panasonic HC-V160 (28mm).
Three times smaller minimum illumination Edit
The Panasonic HC-V180 is a 1lx minimum illumination camcorder. That's 3lx smaller than the Panasonic HC-V160 (1lx).
A lot higher battery capacity Edit
Panasonic HC-V180 is 1,940mAh battery, but the Panasonic HC-V160 is only a 970mAh battery camcorder (970mAh lower).

Reasons Against

6 Reasons Against
12x smaller optical zoom Edit
The Panasonic HC-V160 has an optical zoom of 38x, however the Panasonic HC-V180 is a 50x (optical) camcorder (12x bigger). Read more

An optical zoom lets you enlarge the subject without having to move closer to it.

An optical zoom lets you zoom without loosing image quality. Digital zooms will simply enlarge the pixels and make the image look blurry.

Shorter maximum focal length Edit
The Panasonic HC-V160 is a 1,646mm maximum focal length camcorder. That's 94mm shorter than the Panasonic HC-V180 (1,740mm).
4.3mm longer minimum focal length Edit
The Panasonic HC-V160 has a minimum focal length of 32.3mm, whereas the Panasonic HC-V180 is a 28mm minimum focal length camcorder (4.3mm shorter).
Vastly bigger minimum illumination Edit
The Panasonic HC-V160 has a minimum illumination of 4lx, however the Panasonic HC-V180 is a 1lx minimum illumination camcorder (3lx smaller).
Lower battery capacity Edit
Panasonic HC-V160 is only 970mAh battery. That's 970mAh lower than the Panasonic HC-V180 (1,940mAh).
One year older
The Panasonic HC-V160 is older than the Panasonic HC-V180 by one year.
5 Reasons Against
A lot lower megapixel count Edit
The Panasonic HC-V180 has a megapixel count of 1.67MP, however the Panasonic HC-V160 is a 2.2MP camcorder (0.53MP higher).
Hugely smaller digital zoom Edit
Panasonic HC-V180 is only 500x (digital), but the Panasonic HC-V160 is a 2,500x (digital) camcorder (2,000x bigger). Read more

A digital zoom enlarges the pixels in a digital image to make the subject appear closer. Using digital zoom can result in images becoming blurry as the underlying image remains the same.

A digital zoom allows you to enlarge a subject without having to move closer. Digital zoom can be used as an alternative to an optical zoom, although it will result in a loss of image quality.

15% heavier Edit
The Panasonic HC-V180 has a weight of 211g, however the Panasonic HC-V160 is a 181g weight camcorder (30g lighter). Read more

Weight of the camcorder including battery.

A lighter camcorder is easier to handle when recording and to carry when travelling.

More expensive by £49
The Panasonic HC-V180 is £49.01 more expensive than the Panasonic HC-V160.
Less retailers
The Panasonic HC-V180 is only stocked by 5 retailers, whereas the Panasonic HC-V160 is stocked by 10 sellers. Read more
Fewer numbers of sellers reduces the price competition amongst retailers for the product and also reduces the chances of this camcorder remaining in stock.

Date Released

24 months Ago 12 months Ago

Image Sensor

Sensor Size
2.51MP 2.51MP
Optical Sensor Size
 1/5
 1/5
Sensor Type
 MOS
 MOS
Megapixel Count
2.2MP
BEST
1.67MP
Movie Megapixel Count
2.2MP 2.2MP

Lens System

Optical Zoom
38x 50x
BEST
Digital Zoom
2,500x
BEST
500x
Image Stabiliser
 Image stabiliser
 Image stabiliser
Image Stabiliser
 Digital
BEST
 Digital
Maximum Focal Length
1,646mm 1,740mm
BEST
Minimum Aperture
1.8 Unknown - Click to provide data
Minimum Focal Length
32.3mm 28mm
BEST
Maximum Aperture Value
4.2 Unknown - Click to provide data
Focal Length
32.3 - 1646 28 - 1740
Focal Length Range
2.35 - 89.3 2.06 - 103

Storage

Memory Card
 SDXC
 SDHC
 SD
 SDXC
 SDHC
 SD
Storage Media Type
 Memory card
 Memory card
File System
 Exif 2.2
 DCF
 Exif
 Exif 2.2
 DCF
 Exif

Focusing

Focus Adjustment
 Auto
 Manual
 Auto
 Manual

White Balance

Indoor White Balance
 Indoor white balance
 Indoor white balance
White Balance Mode
 Auto
 Cloudy
 Sunny
 Indoor
 Auto
 Cloudy
 Sunny
 Indoor

Shutter

Photo Shutter Speed
Unknown - Click to provide data 1/2 - 1/2000
Shutter Speed
0.04 - 0.000125 1/25 – 1/8000
Shutter Type
 Electronic
 Electronic

Display

Screen Size
2.7" 2.7"
Built-In Display
 Built-in display
 Built-in display
Touch Sensitive Screen
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Touch sensitive screen
Display Resolution
230,400 pixels Unknown - Click to provide data
Display
 LCD
 LCD

Camera

Camcorder Type
 handheld
 handheld
3D Compatible
 3D compatible
Unknown - Click to provide data
On Screen Display
 On screen display
 On screen display
Minimum Illumination
4lx 1lx
BEST
On Screen Display Language
 ENG
 FRE
 DEU
 ITA
 POL
 ESP
 SWE
 TUR
 DUT
 CZE
 ENG
 FRE
 DEU
 ITA
 POL
 ESP
 SWE
 TUR
 DUT
 CZE

Design

Colour
 Black
 Black

Video

HD Type
 Full HD
 Full HD
Video Mode
 1080p
 720p
 480p
 1080p
 720p
 480p
Video Format
 MP4
 MPEG
 MPEG4
 H.264
 AVCHD
 AVC
 MP4
 MPEG
 MPEG4
 H.264
 AVCHD
 AVC
Video Resolution
 1920 x 1080
 960 x 540
 640 x 360
 1280 x 720
 640 x 480
 1920 x 1080
 960 x 540
 640 x 360
 1280 x 720
 640 x 480
Maximum Video Resolution
 1920 x 1080
 1920 x 1080

Still Image

Image Format
 JPG
 JPG
Still Image Resolution
 3968 x 2232
 1920 x 1080
 4224 x 2376
 3408 x 2272
 1728 x 1152
 640 x 480
 3968 x 2232
 1920 x 1080
 4224 x 2376
 3408 x 2272
 1728 x 1152
 640 x 480
BEST
Maximum Image Resolution
 3968 x 2232
 4224 x 2376
 3968 x 2232
 4224 x 2376
BEST

Audio

Built-In Speaker
 Built-in speaker
Unknown - Click to provide data
Built-In Microphone
 Built-in microphone
 Built-in microphone
Audio System
 Dolby Digital
 Dolby Digital
BEST

Ports & Interfaces

HDMI Port
 HDMI port
 HDMI port
DC-In Jack
 DC-in jack
Unknown - Click to provide data
USB 2.0 Port
1 1
Headphone Out Port
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Headphone out port
S-Video Out Port
 S-Video out port
Unknown - Click to provide data
Mini HDMI Port
1 1

Battery

Battery Life
Unknown - Click to provide data 1.25h
Battery Voltage
3.6V 3.6V
Battery Capacity
970mAh 1,940mAh
BEST
Battery
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
BEST
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)

Weight & Dimensions

Weight
181g
BEST
211g
Height
60mm 59mm
Depth
114mm 116mm
Width
53mm 53mm

Packaging Content

Included Battery
 Included battery
 Included battery
Quick Start Guide
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Quick start guide
Cable Included
 USB
 AV
 HDMI
 USB
 AV
 HDMI
AC Adapter Included
 AC adapter included
 AC adapter included
Warranty Card
 Warranty card
 Warranty card

Other Features

USB Connectivity
Unknown - Click to provide data
 USB connectivity

Technical Details

USB Charging
Unknown - Click to provide data
 USB charging
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