Panasonic HC-V380 vs Panasonic HC-V770

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Panasonic HC-V380
Panasonic HC-V770

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Reasons For

5 Reasons For
Hugely bigger optical zoom Edit
Panasonic HC-V380 is 50x (optical), but the Panasonic HC-V770 is only a 20x (optical) camcorder (30x 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.

50% bigger digital zoom Edit
The Panasonic HC-V380 is a 3,000x (digital) camcorder. That's 1,500x bigger than the Panasonic HC-V770 (1,500x). 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.

0.25h longer battery life (max) Edit
The Panasonic HC-V380 is a 1.25h battery life camcorder. That's 0.25h longer than the Panasonic HC-V770 (1h). Read more

Battery life is the time the camcorder can record video.

A longer battery life allows you to record video for longer before recharging the camcorder or changing the battery.

Lighter Edit
The Panasonic HC-V380 is a 252g weight camcorder. That's 101g lighter than the Panasonic HC-V770 (353g). Read more

Weight of the camcorder including battery.

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

£146 cheaper
The Panasonic HC-V380 costs £249.00, whereas the Panasonic HC-V770 is £394.99.
5 Reasons For
Bigger total megapixels Edit
The Panasonic HC-V770 has a total megapixels of 12.76MP. That's 10.25MP bigger than the Panasonic HC-V380 (12.76MP). 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.

4.36MP higher effective megapixels (image) Edit
The Panasonic HC-V770 has an effective megapixels (image) of 6.03MP, but the Panasonic HC-V380 is only a 1.67MP camcorder (4.36MP lower).
Higher effective megapixels (movie) Edit
The Panasonic HC-V770 has an effective megapixels (movie) of 6.03MP. That's 3.83MP higher than the Panasonic HC-V380 (6.03MP).
3lx smaller minimum illumination Edit
The Panasonic HC-V770 is a 1lx minimum illumination camcorder. That's 3lx smaller than the Panasonic HC-V380 (1lx).
16 shops are selling it
The more shops stock the product, the greater competition amongst shops to keep prices low.

Reasons Against

5 Reasons Against
Five times smaller total megapixels Edit
The Panasonic HC-V380 has a total megapixels of 2.51MP, however the Panasonic HC-V770 is a 12.76MP sensor camcorder (10.25MP 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.

Lower effective megapixels (image) Edit
The Panasonic HC-V380 is a 1.67MP camcorder. That's 4.36MP lower than the Panasonic HC-V770 (6.03MP).
3.83MP lower effective megapixels (movie) Edit
The Panasonic HC-V380 has an effective megapixels (movie) of 2.2MP, however the Panasonic HC-V770 is a 6.03MP (movie mode) camcorder (3.83MP higher).
3lx bigger minimum illumination Edit
The Panasonic HC-V380 has a minimum illumination of 4lx, but the Panasonic HC-V770 is a 1lx minimum illumination camcorder (3lx smaller).
Not as many stockists
Only 2 stores sells the Panasonic HC-V380, however 18 shops sell the Panasonic HC-V770. Read more
Smaller numbers of retailers reduces the chances of this camcorder remaining in stock and also reduces the price competition amongst retailers for the product.
6 Reasons Against
Two times smaller optical zoom Edit
Panasonic HC-V770 is only 20x (optical). That's 30x smaller than the Panasonic HC-V380 (20x). 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.

1,500x smaller digital zoom Edit
The Panasonic HC-V770 is a 1,500x (digital) camcorder, whereas the Panasonic HC-V380 is a 3,000x (digital) camcorder (1,500x 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.

0.25h shorter battery life (max) Edit
The Panasonic HC-V770 is a 1h battery life camcorder, whereas the Panasonic HC-V380 is a 1.25h battery life camcorder (0.25h longer). Read more

Battery life is the time the camcorder can record video.

A longer battery life allows you to record video for longer before recharging the camcorder or changing the battery.

A lot heavier Edit
The Panasonic HC-V770 has a weight of 353g, but the Panasonic HC-V380 is a 252g weight camcorder (101g 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 £146
The Panasonic HC-V770 is £145.99 more expensive than the Panasonic HC-V380.
Older by one year
The Panasonic HC-V770 is one year older than the Panasonic HC-V380.

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Image Sensor

Total Megapixels
2.51MP 12.76MP
BEST
Optical Sensor Size
 1/2
 1/2
BEST
Sensor Type
 MOS
 MOS
Effective Megapixels (image)
1.67MP 6.03MP
BEST
Effective Megapixels (movie)
2.2MP 6.03MP
BEST

Lens System

Optical Zoom
50x
BEST
20x
Digital Zoom
3,000x
BEST
1,500x
Image Stabilizer
 Image stabilizer
 Image stabilizer
Image Stabilizer Type
 Hybrid
 Hybrid
BEST
Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
1,740mm Unknown - Click to provide data
Minimum Aperture Number
Unknown - Click to provide data 1.8
Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
28mm Unknown - Click to provide data
Maximum Aperture Number
Unknown - Click to provide data 3.6
Filter Size
Unknown - Click to provide data 49mm
Focal Length (35mm Film Equivalent)
28 - 1740 29.5 - 612
Focal Length Range (f-F)
2.06 - 103 4.08 - 81.6

Storage

Memory Slots
1 Unknown - Click to provide data
Compatible Memory Cards
 SDXC
 SDHC
 SD
 SDXC
 SDHC
 SD
Camcorder Media Type
 Memory card
 Memory card
Camera File System
 Exif 2.2
 DCF
 Exif
 Exif 2.2
 DCF
 Exif

Focusing

Focus Adjustment
 Auto
 Manual
 Auto
 Manual

White Balance

White Balance
 Auto
 Cloudy
 Sunny
 Indoor
 Auto
 Cloudy
 Sunny
 Indoor

Flash

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

Shutter

Shutter Speed (video)
Unknown - Click to provide data 1/25 - 1/8000
Shutter Speed (photo)
Unknown - Click to provide data 1/2 - 1/2000
Camera Shutter Speed
Unknown - Click to provide data 1/2 - 1/8000

Display

Display Diagonal
3" 3"
Built-In Display
 Built-in display
 Built-in display
Touchscreen
 Touchscreen
 Touchscreen
Display Resolution (numeric)
Unknown - Click to provide data 460,800 pixels
Display
 LCD
 LCD

Camera

Camcorder Type
 handheld
 handheld
3D
Unknown - Click to provide data
 3D
On Screen Display (OSD)
 On Screen Display (OSD)
 On Screen Display (OSD)
Minimum Illumination
4lx 1lx
BEST
On Screen Display (OSD) Languages
 ENG
 FRE
 DEU
 ITA
 POL
 ESP
 SWE
 TUR
 DUT
 CZE
 THA
 CHI (TR)
 CHI (SIMPL)
 PER
 ARA
 ENG
 FRE
 DEU
 ITA
 POL
 ESP
 SWE
 TUR
 DUT
 CZE
 THA
 CHI (TR)
 CHI (SIMPL)
 PER
 ARA

Design

Colour of Product
 Black
 Black

Video

Full HD
 Full HD
Unknown - Click to provide data
HD Type
 Full HD
 Full HD
Bitrate At Maximum Video Resolution
Unknown - Click to provide data 72 Mbit/s
Supported Video Modes
 1080p
 720p
 480p
 540p
 1080p
 720p
 480p
 540p
Video Formats Supported
 MP4
 AVCHD
 AVC
 H.264
 MP4
 AVCHD
 AVC
 H.264
Video Resolutions
 1920 x 1080
 1280 x 720
 640 x 480
 960 x 540
 1920 x 1080
 1280 x 720
 640 x 480
 960 x 540
Maximum Video Resolution
 1920 x 1080
 1920 x 1080
Maximum Frame Rate
Unknown - Click to provide data 50fps

Still Image

Image Formats Supported
 JPG
 JPG
Still Image Resolution(s)
 4224 x 2376
 3408 x 2272
 1920 x 1080
 1728 x 1152
 640 x 480
 5472 x 3648
 4896 x 3672
 3984 x 2656
 3264 x 2448
 4224 x 2376
 3408 x 2272
 1920 x 1080
 1728 x 1152
 640 x 480
 5472 x 3648
 4896 x 3672
 3984 x 2656
 3264 x 2448
BEST
Maximum Image Resolution
 4224 x 2376
 6528 x 3672
 4224 x 2376
 6528 x 3672
BEST

Audio

Built-In Microphone
 Built-in microphone
 Built-in microphone
Audio System
 Dolby Digital 2.0/5.1
 Dolby Digital 2.0/5.1
BEST

Ports & Interfaces

HDMI
 HDMI
 HDMI
DC-In Jack
Unknown - Click to provide data
 DC-in jack
USB 2.0 Ports Quantity
1 1
Microphone in
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Microphone in
Headphone Outputs
 Headphone outputs
 Headphone outputs
Component Video (YPbPr/YCbCr) Out
Unknown - Click to provide data 1
S-Video Out
Unknown - Click to provide data
 S-Video out
Mini HDMI Ports Quantity
1 Unknown - Click to provide data

Networking

Wi-Fi
 Wi-Fi
 Wi-Fi
Near Field Communication (NFC)
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Near Field Communication (NFC)

Battery

Battery Life (max)
1.25h
BEST
1h
Video Recording Time
Unknown - Click to provide data 1h
Battery Voltage
3.6V 3.6V
Battery Capacity
1,940mAh 1,940mAh
Charging Source
 USB
 USB

Weight & Dimensions

Weight
252g
BEST
353g
Height
62mm 73mm
Depth
129mm 139mm
Width
60mm 65mm

Packaging Content

Batteries Included
 Batteries included
Unknown - Click to provide data
Quick Start Guide
 Quick start guide
Unknown - Click to provide data
Bundled Software
Unknown - Click to provide data HD Writer AE 5.2
Cables Included
 USB
 HDMI
 DC
 USB
 HDMI
 DC
AC Adapter Included
 AC adapter included
 AC adapter included
Warranty Card
 Warranty card
Unknown - Click to provide data

Other Features

USB Connectivity
 USB connectivity
Unknown - Click to provide data

Projector

Built-In Projector
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Built-in projector

Technical Details

USB Charging
 USB charging
Unknown - Click to provide data
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