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Panasonic AG-AC160
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Panasonic AG-AC160 Camcorder

2.2MP 1/3 2.4kg Nov 2012
Total Megapixels Optical Sensor Size Full HD Weight Release Date
Newly added to the Panasonic AVCCAM lineup, the AG-AC160AEJ and AG-AC130AEJ Memory Card Camera Recorders offer a host of advanced functions. The lens, camera section and recorder section of these... More
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11 Reasons For

Good Brand

Panasonic is one of the superior camcorder brands according to average user and expert reviews, and Panasonic also has good ratings for its small total megapixels video cameras.

Full HD HD Type

The HD type of this video camera is Full HD, which is typical of many camcorders that have been available for around the same time as it.

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Quite Large Display Diagonal

At 3.45 inches, the Panasonic AG-AC160 has a quite large display diagonal compared to most of the other small total megapixels video cameras that are a comparable age to the AG-AC160. Across all the comparable spec video cameras that are a similar age to the AG-AC160 the display diagonals range from 1.4" to 4.3", and the average display diagonal is 2.9".

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Full HD

Full HD

The AG-AC160 is Full HD, unlike most of the other small total megapixels video cameras that have been around for more than two years which are not Full HD.

It may also be worth also looking at one of the alternative Full HD camcorders currently available including the Panasonic HC-V510[plb_1944085_price] which is cheaper.

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Has an HDMI

has an HDMI

The AG-AC160 has an HDMI, as do most of the other video cameras of this spec and age.

We compared all the other camcorders with an HDMI to this video camera and we think cheaper camcorders such as the Panasonic HC-V510[plb_1944085_price] is also worth considering.

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1/3" Optical Sensor Size

The AG-AC160 has a maximum optical sensor size of 1/3". That's 94% more optical sensor size than the most frequently found optical sensor size of 1/5.8". 4.80 x 3.60mm.

A 1/3" optical sensor size is in fact the best optical sensor size amongst all video cameras that were released around the same time as the AG-AC160.

Amongst similar types of camcorder the worst optical sensor size is 1/8".

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SDXC Compatible Memory Cards

SDXC compatible memory cards

The AG-AC160 supports a better memory card type than most video cameras of this spec and age. This video camera supports an SDXC compatible memory cards, whereas most small total megapixels video cameras that were released more than two years ago support an SD compatible memory cards. In addition, this Panasonic video camera supports an SDHC compatible memory cards. SDXC cards are SD cards but with a much higher capacity and faster processing speeds. They have a maximum capacity of 2TB (Terabytes).

This camcorder's memory card type (SDXC) is actually the best supported memory card type amongst all comparable spec video cameras that have been available for around the same time as the AG-AC160.

Amongst similar types of camcorder the worst supported memory card type is MicroSD (Transflash).

SDHC cards are DS cards with a higher capacity of up to 32GB.

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Quite High Display Resolution (numeric)

With a display resolution (numeric) of 921,000 pixels, the Panasonic AG-AC160 has one of the higher display resolution (numeric)s amongst video cameras of this age. The display resolution (numeric)s of camcorders of a comparable age and spec to the AG-AC160 range from 1.2 pixels to 1,300,000 pixels, and the average display resolution (numeric) is 330,000 pixels.

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1080i Supported Video Modes

1920 pixels × 1080 lines (2.1 megapixels), and a temporal resolution of 50 or 60 interlaced fields per second. The worst video mode of all similar spec video cameras that came out around the same time as the AG-AC160 is 576i and the best is 1080p.

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Has a Built-In Display

Like most of the other similar spec camcorders that have been around for more than two years, the Panasonic AG-AC160 has a built-in display.

There are a number of other camcorders with a built-in display currently available that you might want to consider including the Panasonic HC-V510[plb_1944085_price] which is cheaper; or the Canon 800[plb_2494042_price] which has better reviews.

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Fairly High Viewfinder

The lowest viewfinder of camcorders that came out around the same time as the AG-AC160 is 1.5 pixels, the highest is 1,600,000 pixels, and the average viewfinder is 550,000 pixels. At 1,226,000 pixel, the AG-AC160 has a quite high viewfinder compared to most of the other camcorders that were released around the same time as the AG-AC160.

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10 Reasons Against

Does Not Have an Image Stabilizer

The AG-AC160 does not have an image stabilizer. Most of the other video cameras of a similar spec and age to the AG-AC160 do have an image stabilizer.

We compared this camcorder to all the other camcorders with an image stabilizer and we think the Canon 800[plb_2494042_price]; or the Panasonic HC-V510[plb_1944085_price] are also worth considering.

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Very Small Digital Zoom

Video cameras of a similar type and age to the AG-AC160 have digital zooms of between 1.5x and 3,500x, and the average digital zoom is 800x. The Panasonic AG-AC160 has one of the smaller digital zooms (only 10 times zoom factor) amongst comparable spec video cameras of this age.

Camcorders with a bigger digital zoom that might also be worth considering include the Panasonic HC-V510[plb_1944085_price] (150x and cheaper).

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Does Not Have an Interchangeable Lens

The Panasonic AG-AC160 does not have an interchangeable lens. Most of the other video cameras of this spec and age also do not have an interchangeable lens.

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Does Not Have a Night Mode

Like most of the other video cameras of this type and age, the AG-AC160 does not have a night mode.

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Not 3D

Most camcorders of this age and type are not 3D. The Panasonic AG-AC160 is no exception to this as it too is not 3D.

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Not Waterproof

Like most of the other small total megapixels video cameras that were released more than two years ago, the AG-AC160 is not waterproof.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Projector

The Panasonic AG-AC160 does not have a built-in projector, although keep in mind that most of the other camcorders of a comparable type and age to the AG-AC160 also do not have a built-in projector.

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Quite Short Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

At only 616 millimeters, the Panasonic AG-AC160 has a fairly short maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) compared to most of the other video cameras that are a similar age to the AG-AC160. Video cameras of this age and type have maximum focal length (35mm film equiv)s of between 22mm and 2,700mm, and the average maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) is 1,200mm.

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Very Heavy

Small total megapixels video cameras that have been available for around the same time as the AG-AC160 have weights of between 57g and 3.9kg, and the average weight is 480g. The AG-AC160 is one of the heaviest small total megapixels video cameras that have been around for a comparable time to the AG-AC160 (2.4 kilograms) amongst small total megapixels video cameras of this age.

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Very High Power Consumption (typical)

The AG-AC160 has one of the highest power consumption (typical)s (11.8 Watts) amongst comparable spec video cameras of this age. The power consumption (typical)s of camcorders of this spec and age range from 1.8W to 12W.

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3 Other reasons to consider the Panasonic AG-AC160

Released Over Four Years Ago

Panasonic released the AG-AC160 over four years ago.

Average Optical Zoom

At 22 times zoom factor, the AG-AC160 has a relatively average optical zoom compared to most of the other video cameras that are a similar age to the AG-AC160.

If you would prefer a bigger optical zoom then you might want to consider the Canon 800[plb_2494042_price] (35x and higher rated); or the Panasonic HC-V510[plb_1944085_price] (62x and cheaper).

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MOS Sensor Type

This camcorder has a 3MOS sensor type, which is the most commonly found sensor type on camcorders of this spec and age.

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Specification

Image Sensor
Total Megapixels
Optical Sensor Size
Sensor Type
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Digital Zoom
Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
Filter Size
Focal Length (35mm Film Equivalent)
Focal Length Range (f-F)
Storage
Compatible Memory Cards
Camcorder Media Type
Display
Display Diagonal
Built-In Display
Display Resolution (numeric)
Display
Viewfinder
Viewfinder Screen Size
Viewfinder
Camera
Camcorder Type
Design
Colour of Product
Video
Full HD
HD Type
Supported Video Modes
Video Formats Supported
Maximum Video Resolution
Audio
Built-In Speaker(s)
Built-In Microphone
PCM Digital Audio
Audio System
Ports & Interfaces
HDMI
USB 2.0 Ports Quantity
DV Port
Headphone Outputs
XLR in
USB Connector Type
Operational Conditions
Operating Temperature (T-T)
Operating Relative Humidity (H-H)
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Packaging Content
Batteries Included
Quick Start Guide
Hand Strap
Cables Included
AC Adapter Included
Handheld Remote Control
Lens Hood
Other Features
I/O Ports
Power Consumption (typical)

Expert Reviews

12 March 2012
Solid ergonomics, superior image quality
DRS option, sequential or simultaneous recording
VFRshutter dial
22x zoom
Smallish LCD screen
8bit HDSDI output, infinite turning focusiris rings

Brochures and Manuals

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Product Identifiers

Barcodes 05025232636112

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