Panasonic HC-V160 vs Sony HDR-CX240

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Panasonic HC-V160
Sony HDR-CX240

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Reasons For

6 Reasons For
A lot bigger optical zoom Edit
Panasonic HC-V160 is 38x (optical), but the Sony HDR-CX240 is only a 27x (optical) camcorder (11x smaller). 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.

88% bigger digital zoom Edit
The Panasonic HC-V160 is a 2,500x (digital) camcorder. That's 2,180x bigger than the Sony HDR-CX240 (320x). 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.

Vastly longer maximum focal length Edit
The Panasonic HC-V160 is a 1,646mm maximum focal length camcorder. That's 1,642mm longer than the Sony HDR-CX240 (4mm).
400 pixels higher display resolution Edit
The Panasonic HC-V160 has a display resolution of 230,400 pixels, whereas the Sony HDR-CX240 is only a 230,000 pixels display resolution camcorder (400 pixels lower). Read more

Total number of pixels that display has.

2lx smaller minimum illumination Edit
The Panasonic HC-V160 has a minimum illumination of 4lx, but the Sony HDR-CX240 is a 6lx minimum illumination camcorder (2lx bigger).
Lighter Edit
The Panasonic HC-V160 is a 181g weight camcorder. That's 9g lighter than the Sony HDR-CX240 (190g). Read more

Weight of the camcorder including battery.

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

2 Reasons For
6.69MP bigger sensor size Edit
Sony HDR-CX240 is 9.2MP sensor, but the Panasonic HC-V160 is only a 2.51MP sensor camcorder (6.69MP smaller). Read more

A megapixel (MP or Mpx) is one million pixels, and is a term used not only for the number of pixels in an image, but also to express the number of image sensor elements of digital cameras or the number of display elements of digital displays. For example, a camera that makes a 2048 1536 pixel image typically uses a few extra rows and columns of sensor elements and is commonly said to have "3.2 megapixels" or "3.4 megapixels", depending on whether the number reported is the "effective" or the "total" pixel count (as opposed to the 2048 1536 = 3,145,728 finished image pixels).

A larger number of megapixels increases the sharpness of images and video.

30.4mm shorter minimum focal length Edit
The Sony HDR-CX240 has a minimum focal length of 1.9mm, but the Panasonic HC-V160 is a 32.3mm minimum focal length camcorder (30.4mm longer).

Reasons Against

2 Reasons Against
Vastly smaller sensor size Edit
The Panasonic HC-V160 has a sensor size of 2.51MP, however the Sony HDR-CX240 is a 9.2MP sensor camcorder (6.69MP bigger). Read more

A megapixel (MP or Mpx) is one million pixels, and is a term used not only for the number of pixels in an image, but also to express the number of image sensor elements of digital cameras or the number of display elements of digital displays. For example, a camera that makes a 2048 1536 pixel image typically uses a few extra rows and columns of sensor elements and is commonly said to have "3.2 megapixels" or "3.4 megapixels", depending on whether the number reported is the "effective" or the "total" pixel count (as opposed to the 2048 1536 = 3,145,728 finished image pixels).

A larger number of megapixels increases the sharpness of images and video.

Vastly longer minimum focal length Edit
The Panasonic HC-V160 has a minimum focal length of 32.3mm, however the Sony HDR-CX240 is a 1.9mm minimum focal length camcorder (30.4mm shorter).
8 Reasons Against
A lot smaller optical zoom Edit
The Sony HDR-CX240 is a 27x (optical) camcorder, whereas the Panasonic HC-V160 is a 38x (optical) camcorder (11x 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.

7x smaller digital zoom Edit
The Sony HDR-CX240 has a digital zoom of 320x. That's 2,180x smaller than the Panasonic HC-V160 (320x). 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.

Four hundred and eleven times shorter maximum focal length Edit
The Sony HDR-CX240 is a 4mm maximum focal length camcorder. That's 1,642mm shorter than the Panasonic HC-V160 (4mm).
400 pixels lower display resolution Edit
The Sony HDR-CX240 has a display resolution of 230,000 pixels, however the Panasonic HC-V160 is a 230,400 pixels display resolution camcorder (400 pixels higher). Read more

Total number of pixels that display has.

2lx bigger minimum illumination Edit
The Sony HDR-CX240 has a minimum illumination of 6lx, whereas the Panasonic HC-V160 is a 4lx minimum illumination camcorder (2lx smaller).
Heavier Edit
The Sony HDR-CX240 is a 190g weight camcorder. That's 9g heavier than the Panasonic HC-V160 (190g). Read more

Weight of the camcorder including battery.

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

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Seven months older
The Sony HDR-CX240 is older than the Panasonic HC-V160 by seven months.

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Image Sensor

Sensor Size
2.51MP 9.2MP
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Optical Sensor Size
 1/5
 1/5
Sensor Type
 MOS
 MOS
Megapixel Count
2.2MP Unknown - Click to provide data
Movie Megapixel Count
2.2MP Unknown - Click to provide data

Lens System

Optical Zoom
38x
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27x
Digital Zoom
2,500x
BEST
320x
Image Stabiliser
 Image stabiliser
 Image stabiliser
Interchangeable Lens
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Interchangeable lens
Image Stabiliser
 Digital
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 Digital
Maximum Focal Length
1,646mm
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4mm
Minimum Aperture
1.8 Unknown - Click to provide data
Minimum Focal Length
32.3mm 1.9mm
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Maximum Aperture Value
4.2 Unknown - Click to provide data
Focal Length
32.3 - 1646 29.8 - 804
Focal Length Range
2.35 - 89.3 2.1 - 57
Wide Angle Lens System
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Wide angle lens system

Storage

Memory Card
 SDXC
 SDHC
 SD
 MS Micro (M2)
 MicroSD (Transflash)
 SDXC
 SDHC
 SD
 MS Micro (M2)
 MicroSD (Transflash)
Storage Media Type
 Memory card
 Memory card

Focusing

Face Detection
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Face detection
Focus Adjustment
 Auto
 Manual
 Auto
 Manual
Smile Detection
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Smile detection

Light Exposure

Scene Mode
 Beach
 Snow
 Fireworks
 Landscape
 Night
 Night landscape
 Portrait
 Sunset
 Spotlight
 Sunrise
 Beach
 Snow
 Fireworks
 Landscape
 Night
 Night landscape
 Portrait
 Sunset
 Spotlight
 Sunrise

White Balance

Outdoor White Balance
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Outdoor white balance
Indoor White Balance
 Indoor white balance
 Indoor white balance
Onepush White Balance
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Onepush white balance
White Balance Mode
 Auto
 Cloudy
 Sunny
 Indoor
 Outdoor
 Auto
 Cloudy
 Sunny
 Indoor
 Outdoor

Flash

Built-In Flash
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Built-in flash
Built-In Light
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Built-in light
Shoe Mounting Point
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Shoe mounting point

Shutter

Shutter Speed
0.04 - 0.000125 Unknown - Click to provide data
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
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230,000 pixels
Display
 LCD
 LCD

Viewfinder

Viewfinder Resolution
Unknown - Click to provide data 230,000 pixels
Viewfinder
 electrical
 electrical
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Camera

Camcorder Type
 handheld
 handheld
3D Compatible
 3D compatible
 3D compatible
On Screen Display
 On screen display
Unknown - Click to provide data
Image Processor
 BIONZ
 BIONZ
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Back Light Compensation
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Back light compensation
Minimum Illumination
4lx
BEST
6lx

Design

Colour
 Black
 Black

Video

HD Type
 Full HD
 Full HD
Video Mode
 1080p
 1080i
 720p
 1080p
 1080i
 720p
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
 1440 x 1080
 1280 x 720
 1920 x 1080
 960 x 540
 640 x 360
 1440 x 1080
 1280 x 720
Maximum Video Resolution
 1920 x 1080
 1920 x 1080

Still Image

Image Format
 JPG
 JPG
Still Image Resolution
 3968 x 2232
 1920 x 1080
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 3968 x 2232
 1920 x 1080
Maximum Image Resolution
 3968 x 2232
 4032 x 2272
 3968 x 2232
 4032 x 2272
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Audio

Built-In Speaker
 Built-in speaker
 Built-in speaker
Built-In Microphone
 Built-in microphone
 Built-in microphone
Audio System
 Dolby Digital 2.0
 Dolby Digital 2.0
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Ports & Interfaces

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

Battery

Battery Type
Unknown - Click to provide data NP-FV50
Battery Voltage
3.6V Unknown - Click to provide data
Battery Capacity
970mAh Unknown - Click to provide data
Battery
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
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 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)

Weight & Dimensions

Weight
181g
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190g
Height
60mm 59.5mm
Depth
114mm 128mm
Width
53mm 54mm

Packaging Content

Included Battery
 Included battery
 Included battery
Quick Start Guide
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Quick start guide
Bundled Software
Unknown - Click to provide data PlayMemories Home
Hand Strap
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Hand strap
Cable Included
 USB
 AV
 HDMI
 USB
 AV
 HDMI
AC Adapter Included
 AC adapter included
 AC adapter included
Warranty Card
 Warranty card
Unknown - Click to provide data
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