Panasonic HC-V160EC vs Sony HDR-CX240
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Panasonic HC-V160ECvsSony HDR-CX240

Panasonic HC-V160EC

76

Overall Score

76

Overall Score
Our Verdict:
A fully featured but 3 year old 38x optical zoom 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution video camera
84
Features
Fully-Featured
74
Age
3 Years Old
76
Overall Score
Very Good
38x 1920 X 1080 (Full HD) Pixels 2.51MP 1" Feb 2015
Optical Zoom Max Video Resolution Total Megapixels Optical Sensor Size Release Date
Optical Zoom 38x
Max Video Resolution 1920 X 1080 (Full HD) Pixels
Total Megapixels 2.51MP
Optical Sensor Size 1"
Release Date Feb 2015
Sony HDR-CX240

84

Overall Score

84

Overall Score

Sony HDR-CX240

£143.95
Our Verdict:
An affordable and best selling 27x optical zoom 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution camcorder, with great features
83
Reviews
546 Reviews
93
Value for Money
Excellent
88
Features
Fully-Featured
63
Age
4 Years Old
84
Overall Score
Excellent
27x 1920 X 1080 (Full HD) Pixels 9.2MP 1" Jan 2014
Optical Zoom Max Video Resolution Total Megapixels Optical Sensor Size Release Date
Optical Zoom 27x
Max Video Resolution 1920 X 1080 (Full HD) Pixels
Total Megapixels 9.2MP
Optical Sensor Size 1"
Release Date Jan 2014
Panasonic HC-V160EC

76

Overall Score

76

Overall Score
Our Verdict:
A fully featured but 3 year old 38x optical zoom 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution video camera
84
Features
Fully-Featured
74
Age
3 Years Old
76
Overall Score
Very Good
38x 1920 X 1080 (Full HD) Pixels 2.51MP 1" Feb 2015
Optical Zoom Max Video Resolution Total Megapixels Optical Sensor Size Release Date
Optical Zoom 38x
Max Video Resolution 1920 X 1080 (Full HD) Pixels
Total Megapixels 2.51MP
Optical Sensor Size 1"
Release Date Feb 2015
Sony HDR-CX240

84

Overall Score

84

Overall Score

Sony HDR-CX240

£143.95
Our Verdict:
An affordable and best selling 27x optical zoom 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution camcorder, with great features
83
Reviews
546 Reviews
93
Value for Money
Excellent
88
Features
Fully-Featured
63
Age
4 Years Old
84
Overall Score
Excellent
27x 1920 X 1080 (Full HD) Pixels 9.2MP 1" Jan 2014
Optical Zoom Max Video Resolution Total Megapixels Optical Sensor Size Release Date
Optical Zoom 27x
Max Video Resolution 1920 X 1080 (Full HD) Pixels
Total Megapixels 9.2MP
Optical Sensor Size 1"
Release Date Jan 2014

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Reasons For

Panasonic HC-V160EC Sony HDR-CX240
2 Reasons For
A Lot Bigger Optical Zoom
The Panasonic HC-V160EC has an optical zoom of 38x, but the Sony HDR-CX240 is only a 27x optical zoom camcorder (11x smaller).

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.

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Lighter
The Panasonic HC-V160EC is a 181g camcorder. That's 9g lighter than the Sony HDR-CX240 (190g).

This denotes the weight of the camcorder, including battery.

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

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4 Reasons For
69% Bigger Digital Zoom
The Sony HDR-CX240 has a digital zoom of 320x. That's 220x bigger than the Panasonic HC-V160EC (100x).

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.

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6.69MP Bigger Total Megapixels
The Sony HDR-CX240 has a total megapixels of 9.2MP, but the Panasonic HC-V160EC is only a 2.51MP camcorder (6.69MP smaller).

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.

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HDMI
The Sony HDR-CX240 supports HDMI, whereas the Panasonic HC-V160EC does not support HDMI.

This denotes whether the camcorder has an HDMI connection, allowing it to connect directly to TVs and monitors.

An HDMI connection allows you to display the videos you take in high definition on your TV or computer monitor, making it easy to stage screenings for family and friends!

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Better Brand
Sony camcorders have an average rating of 86.3%, but Panasonic has an average rating of 73.2%.

Reasons Against

Reviews & Awards

Average Expert Rating

Panasonic HC-V160EC Sony HDR-CX240
No reviews found
Best
5 stars
0 reviews
4 stars
0 reviews
3 stars
1 review
2 stars
0 reviews
1 star
0 reviews

Average User Rating

Panasonic HC-V160EC Sony HDR-CX240
No reviews found
Best
5 stars
229 reviews
4 stars
165 reviews
3 stars
28 reviews
2 stars
17 reviews
1 star
16 reviews

Average Brand Rating

Sony has a better average brand rating than Panasonic. The average brand rating for Sony is 86.34% based on 10,009 reviews, where as the average brand rating for Panasonic is 73.15% based on 592 reviews.
Panasonic HC-V160EC Sony HDR-CX240
Panasonic

73

73

Based on 592 reviews
Sony

86

86

Based on 10,009 reviews

Date Released

Panasonic HC-V160EC Sony HDR-CX240
36 months old Best 50 months old

Key Features

Optical Zoom

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.

Digital Zoom

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.

Total Megapixels

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.

HDMI

This denotes whether the camcorder has an HDMI connection, allowing it to connect directly to TVs and monitors.

An HDMI connection allows you to display the videos you take in high definition on your TV or computer monitor, making it easy to stage screenings for family and friends!

Panasonic HC-V160EC Sony HDR-CX240
Best
No
Yes

Weight

This denotes the weight of the camcorder, including battery.

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

Specification

 
 
 
Lens System Panasonic HC-V160EC Sony HDR-CX240
Optical Zoom 38x
BEST
27x
Digital Zoom 100x 320x
BEST
Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv) 1,646mm Unknown - Click to provide data
Minimum Aperture Number 1.8 Unknown - Click to provide data
Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv) 32.3mm Unknown - Click to provide data
Maximum Aperture Number 4.2 Unknown - Click to provide data
Image Stabilizer Type
Digital
 Digital
Digital
 Digital
Focal Length (35mm Film Equivalent)
Focal Length Range (f-F)
 
 
 
Video Panasonic HC-V160EC Sony HDR-CX240
Max Video Resolution
1920 x 1080 (Full HD)
 1920 x 1080 (Full HD)
1920 x 1080 (Full HD)
 1920 x 1080 (Full HD)
HD Type
Full HD HD
HD
 Full HD
 HD
 HD
Full HD HD
HD
 Full HD
 HD
 HD
Bitrate At Maximum Video Resolution 17 Mbit/s Unknown - Click to provide data
Supported Video Modes
1080p 1080i
720p
 1080p
 1080i
 720p
1080p 1080i
720p
 1080p
 1080i
 720p
Video Resolutions
1920 x 1080 (Full HD) 1920 x 1080
1440 x 1080 1280 x 720
 1920 x 1080 (Full HD)
 1920 x 1080
 1440 x 1080
 1280 x 720
1920 x 1080 (Full HD) 1920 x 1080
1440 x 1080 1280 x 720
 1920 x 1080 (Full HD)
 1920 x 1080
 1440 x 1080
 1280 x 720
 
 
 
Image Sensor Panasonic HC-V160EC Sony HDR-CX240
Total Megapixels 2.51MP 9.2MP
BEST
Optical Sensor Size 1" 1"
Sensor Type
MOS
 MOS
MOS
 MOS
Effective Megapixels (image) 2.2MP Unknown - Click to provide data
Effective Megapixels (movie) 2.2MP Unknown - Click to provide data
 
 
 
Storage Panasonic HC-V160EC Sony HDR-CX240
Memory Slots 1 Unknown - Click to provide data
Compatible Memory Cards
SDXC SDHC
SD/SDHC SD/SDHC/SDXC
MS Micro (M2) MicroSD (Transflash)
microSD
 SDXC
 SDHC
 SD/SDHC
 SD/SDHC/SDXC
 MS Micro (M2)
 MicroSD (Transflash)
 microSD
SDXC SDHC
SD/SDHC SD/SDHC/SDXC
MS Micro (M2) MicroSD (Transflash)
microSD
 SDXC
 SDHC
 SD/SDHC
 SD/SDHC/SDXC
 MS Micro (M2)
 MicroSD (Transflash)
 microSD
Camcorder Media Type
Memory card
 Memory card
Memory card
 Memory card
 
 
 
Focusing Panasonic HC-V160EC Sony HDR-CX240
Focus Adjustment
Auto Manual
 Auto
 Manual
Auto Manual
 Auto
 Manual
 
 
 
White Balance Panasonic HC-V160EC Sony HDR-CX240
White Balance
Auto Cloudy
Sunny Indoor
Outdoor
 Auto
 Cloudy
 Sunny
 Indoor
 Outdoor
Auto Cloudy
Sunny Indoor
Outdoor
 Auto
 Cloudy
 Sunny
 Indoor
 Outdoor
 
 
 
Shutter Panasonic HC-V160EC Sony HDR-CX240
Shutter Speed (video) Unknown - Click to provide data
Camera Shutter Speed Unknown - Click to provide data
 
 
 
Display Panasonic HC-V160EC Sony HDR-CX240
Display Diagonal 2.7" 2.7"
Display Resolution (numeric) 230,400 Pixels
BEST
230,000 Pixels
Display
LCD
 LCD
LCD
 LCD
 
 
 
Viewfinder Panasonic HC-V160EC Sony HDR-CX240
Viewfinder Unknown - Click to provide data 230,000 Pixels
Viewfinder Type
electrical
 electrical
electrical
 electrical
 
 
 
Camera Panasonic HC-V160EC Sony HDR-CX240
Minimum Illumination 4lx
BEST
6lx
 
 
 
Still Image Panasonic HC-V160EC Sony HDR-CX240
Still Image Resolution
3968 x 2232
 3968 x 2232
3968 x 2232
 3968 x 2232
Image Formats Supported
JPG
 JPG
JPG
 JPG
Maximum Image Resolution
4032 x 2272
 4032 x 2272
4032 x 2272
 4032 x 2272
 
 
 
Audio Panasonic HC-V160EC Sony HDR-CX240
Audio System
Dolby Digital
 Dolby Digital
Dolby Digital
 Dolby Digital
 
 
 
Ports & Interfaces Panasonic HC-V160EC Sony HDR-CX240
USB 2.0 Port 1 1
Mini HDMI Port 1 Unknown - Click to provide data
 
 
 
Battery Panasonic HC-V160EC Sony HDR-CX240
Battery Type Unknown - Click to provide data
Battery Voltage 3.6V Unknown - Click to provide data
Battery Capacity 970mAh Unknown - Click to provide data
Battery Technology
Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
 
 
 
Weight & Dimensions Panasonic HC-V160EC Sony HDR-CX240
Weight 181g
BEST
190g
Height 60mm 59.5mm
Depth 114mm 128mm
Width 53mm 54mm
 
 
 
Packaging Content Panasonic HC-V160EC Sony HDR-CX240
Bundled Software Unknown - Click to provide data
Cables Included
USB AV
HDMI
 USB
 AV
 HDMI
USB AV
HDMI
 USB
 AV
 HDMI
 
 
 
Other Features Panasonic HC-V160EC Sony HDR-CX240
Aperture Range (F-F) Unknown - Click to provide data

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