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Panasonic HC-V160 vs Sony HDR-CX240

Panasonic HC-V160 vs Sony HDR-CX240

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Panasonic HC-V160
Sony HDR-CX240

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Reasons For

7 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 (35mm film equiv) Edit
The Panasonic HC-V160 has a maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) of 1,646mm. That's 1,642mm longer than the Sony HDR-CX240 (4mm).
400 pixels higher display resolution (numeric) Edit
The Panasonic HC-V160 is a 230,400 pixels display resolution camcorder, 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.

£1 cheaper
The Panasonic HC-V160 costs £129.98, whereas the Sony HDR-CX240 is £129.99.
3 Reasons For
6.7MP bigger total megapixels Edit
Sony HDR-CX240 is 9.2MP sensor, but the Panasonic HC-V160 is only a 2.5MP sensor camcorder (6.7MP 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 (35mm film equiv) Edit
Sony HDR-CX240 is 1.9mm minimum focal length, but the Panasonic HC-V160 is a 32.3mm minimum focal length camcorder (30.4mm longer).
More popular
The Sony HDR-CX240 is a more popular choice amongst buyers. It ranks No. 12299 by sales volume in our camcorders, whereas the Panasonic HC-V160 ranks No. 39009.

Reasons Against

3 Reasons Against
Vastly smaller total megapixels Edit
The Panasonic HC-V160 has a total megapixels of 2.5MP, however the Sony HDR-CX240 is a 9.2MP sensor camcorder (6.7MP 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 (35mm film equiv) Edit
The Panasonic HC-V160 has a minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) of 32.3mm, however the Sony HDR-CX240 is a 1.9mm minimum focal length camcorder (30.4mm shorter).
Worse selling
The Panasonic HC-V160 ranks No. 39009 by sales volume, but the Sony HDR-CX240 ranks No. 12299.
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 (35mm film equiv) Edit
Sony HDR-CX240 is only 4mm maximum focal length. That's 1,642mm shorter than the Panasonic HC-V160 (4mm).
400 pixels lower display resolution (numeric) Edit
The Sony HDR-CX240 has a display resolution (numeric) 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.

£1 more expensive
The Sony HDR-CX240 is more expensive than the Panasonic HC-V160 by £0.01.
Nine months older
The Sony HDR-CX240 is older than the Panasonic HC-V160 by nine months.

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Image Sensor

Total Megapixels
2.5MP 9.2MP
BEST
Optical Sensor Size
 1/5
 1/5
Sensor Type
 MOS
 MOS
Effective Megapixels (image)
2.2MP Unknown - Click to provide data
Effective Megapixels (movie)
2.2MP Unknown - Click to provide data

Lens System

Optical Zoom
38x
BEST
27x
Digital Zoom
2,500x
BEST
320x
Image Stabilizer
 Image stabilizer
 Image stabilizer
Interchangeable Lens
 Interchangeable lens
 Interchangeable lens
Image Stabilizer Type
 Digital
BEST
 Digital
Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
1,646mm
BEST
4mm
Minimum Aperture Number
1.8 Unknown - Click to provide data
Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
32.3mm 1.9mm
BEST
Maximum Aperture Number
4.2 Unknown - Click to provide data
Focal Length (35mm Film Equivalent)
32.3 - 1646 29.8 - 804
Focal Length Range (f-F)
2.35 - 89.3 2.1 - 57
Wide Angle Lens System
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Wide angle lens system

Storage

Memory Slots
1 Unknown - Click to provide data
Compatible Memory Cards
 SDXC
 SDHC
 SD
 MS Micro (M2)
 MicroSD (Transflash)
 SDXC
 SDHC
 SD
 MS Micro (M2)
 MicroSD (Transflash)
Camcorder Media Type
 Memory card
 Memory card
Camera File System
 Exif 2.2
 DCF
 Exif
 Exif 2.2
 DCF
 Exif

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 Modes
 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
 Auto
 Cloudy
 Sunny
 Outdoor
 Auto
 Cloudy
 Sunny
 Outdoor

Flash

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

Shutter

Shutter Speed (video)
1/25 - 1/8000 Unknown - Click to provide data
Camera Shutter Speed
0.04 - 0.000125 Unknown - Click to provide data
Camera Shutter Type
 Electronic
 Electronic

Display

Display Diagonal
2.7" 2.7"
Built-In Display
 Built-in display
 Built-in display
Touchscreen
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Touchscreen
Display Resolution (numeric)
230,400 pixels
BEST
230,000 pixels
Display
 LCD
 LCD
Vari-Angle LCD Display
 Vari-angle LCD display
Unknown - Click to provide data

Viewfinder

Viewfinder
Unknown - Click to provide data 230,000 pixels
Viewfinder Type
 electrical
 electrical
BEST

Camera

Camcorder Type
 handheld
 handheld
3D
 3D
 3D
On Screen Display (OSD)
 On Screen Display (OSD)
Unknown - Click to provide data
Image Processor
 BIONZ
 BIONZ
BEST
Back Light Compensation
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Back light compensation
Minimum Illumination
4lx
BEST
6lx
On Screen Display (OSD) Languages
 CZE
 NOR
 ENG
 FRE
 DEU
 ITA
 POL
 ESP
 SWE
 TUR
 CZE
 NOR
 ENG
 FRE
 DEU
 ITA
 POL
 ESP
 SWE
 TUR

Design

LED Indicators
 LED indicators
Unknown - Click to provide data
Colour
 Black
 Black

Video

Full HD
 Full HD
 Full HD
HD Type
 Full HD
 Full HD
Bitrate At Maximum Video Resolution
17 Mbit/s Unknown - Click to provide data
Supported Video Modes
 1080p
 1080i
 720p
 1080p
 1080i
 720p
Video Formats Supported
 MP4
 AVCHD
 AVC
 MPEG
 MPEG4
 H.264
 MP4
 AVCHD
 AVC
 MPEG
 MPEG4
 H.264
Video Resolutions
 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 Formats Supported
 JPG
 JPG
Still Image Resolution(s)
 3968 x 2232
 1920 x 1080
BEST
 3968 x 2232
 1920 x 1080
Maximum Image Resolution
 3968 x 2232
 4032 x 2272
 3968 x 2232
 4032 x 2272
BEST

Audio

Audio Formats Supported
 MP4
BEST
 MP4
Built-In Speaker(s)
 Built-in speaker(s)
 Built-in speaker(s)
Built-In Microphone
 Built-in microphone
 Built-in microphone
Audio System
 Dolby Digital 2.0
 Dolby Digital 2.0

Ports & Interfaces

HDMI
 HDMI
 HDMI
DC-In Jack
 DC-in jack
Unknown - Click to provide data
Composite Video Out
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Composite video out
USB 2.0 Port
1 1
S-Video Out
 S-Video out
 S-Video out
PictBridge
 PictBridge
 PictBridge
S-Video in
Unknown - Click to provide data
 S-Video in
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 Technology
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
BEST
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)

Weight & Dimensions

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

Packaging Content

Batteries Included
 Batteries included
 Batteries included
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
Cables Included
 USB
 AV
 HDMI
 USB
 AV
 HDMI
AC Adapter Included
 AC adapter included
 AC adapter included
Handheld Remote Control
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Handheld remote control
Warranty Card
 Warranty card
Unknown - Click to provide data
Lens Hood
 Lens hood
Unknown - Click to provide data

Other Features

Night Mode
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Night mode
Manual Focus
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Manual focus
Spotlight
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Spotlight
Aperture Range (F-F)
Unknown - Click to provide data 1.9 - 4
USB Connectivity
 USB connectivity
Unknown - Click to provide data
Backlight
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Backlight
Integrated USB Cable
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Integrated USB cable
Electrical Viewfinder
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Electrical viewfinder

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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