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2.51MP 1/5.8 181g MOS BSI Jan 2015
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24 Reasons For

Reasonably Priced

Some people who bought it considered that it was good value for money. Jabbawocky gave this camcorders a rating of 99 out of 100 and said this year “Good value”. In August Reviewer 88 and mentioned on Amazon “Great value for money” in their Panasonic HC-V160 review.

One Panasonic HC-V160 owner who reviewed the product mentioned that it was a bargain for the price. Jabbawocky said in August “For the cost, its a great bargain”.

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Good Product Quality

Several Panasonic HC-V160 reviewers who purchased it reckoned that it was good quality. C. Torley wrote on Amazon in August this year “This camcorder is easy to use, light and has good quality filming” and scored it 99 out of 100. This month Great Expectations rated it 5 stars and said “Lovely - small and super quality” in their Panasonic HC-V160 review. Jabbawocky said in their review on Amazon “Picture quality is great, powerful zoom, clear”.

Easy to Use

Two customers who reviewed it concluded that it was easy to use. C. Torley mentioned in their Panasonic HC-V160 review on Amazon “This camcorder is easy to use, light and has good quality filming”. This year Reviewer 88 scored this camcorders 5 stars and said in their review of this camcorders on Amazon “Good simple to use video camcorder”.

Nice Design

A few Panasonic HC-V160 reviewers mentioned in their reviews that it was good looking. Brian wrote in his Panasonic HC-V160 review “Perfectly for still photo shots and cam corder looks pretty good, not mastered the sound as”.

Panasonic Has Good Reviews for Its Camcorders

On average Panasonic small total megapixels video cameras have good ratings compared to other brands as do all camcorders manufactured by Panasonic.

Good Quality Lens

One customer who bought this camcorders thought it had a good zoom. This month Jabbawocky rated it 5 stars and mentioned on Amazon “Picture quality is great, powerful zoom, clear and sharp”.

Full HD HD Type

The HD type of this video camera is Full HD, which is typical of many video cameras of this age and type.

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Quite Big Digital Zoom

Camcorders of this spec and age have digital zooms of between 1.5x and 3,500x, and the average digital zoom is 800x. With a digital zoom of 2,500 times zoom factor, the Panasonic HC-V160 has one of the bigger digital zooms amongst video cameras of this age.

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Has an HDMI

has an HDMI

The HC-V160 has an HDMI. Most of the other small total megapixels video cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to the HC-V160 also have an HDMI.

We compared this camcorder to all the other camcorders with an HDMI and we think cheaper video cameras such as the Aiptek Car Camcorder X5[plb_2407370_price] is also worth considering.

It is worth also looking at alternative video cameras which also have an HDMI including the Panasonic HC-V130[plb_2196459_price].

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Has an Image Stabilizer

Like most of the other small total megapixels video cameras that have been available for more than two years, the Panasonic HC-V160 has an image stabilizer.

Other video cameras which also have an image stabilizer that you might want to look at include the Panasonic HC-V130[plb_2196459_price].

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SDXC Compatible Memory Cards

SDXC compatible memory cards

The HC-V160 supports an SDXC compatible memory cards which is better than the SD compatible memory cards supported by most video cameras of a comparable age and type to it. This Panasonic video camera also 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).

An SDXC compatible memory cards is actually the best supported memory card type across all camcorders of a comparable spec and age to the HC-V160.

The worst supported memory card type amongst similar types of video camera is MicroSD (Transflash).

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

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Lithium Battery Technology

This video camera has a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion) battery technology, which is the most commonly found battery technology on camcorders of this type and age.

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Very Light

The lightest small total megapixels video camera that has been around for more than two years is 57g weight and the heaviest is 3.9kg. With a weight of only 181 grams, the Panasonic HC-V160 is fairly light compared to most of the other small total megapixels video cameras that have been available for around the same time as the HC-V160.

If you would consider a video camera with a heavier weight then you might want to look at the Aiptek Car Camcorder X5[plb_2407370_price] (120g and cheaper).

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Quite Long Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

The average maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) of small total megapixels video cameras that have been available for more than two years is 1,200mm, and the maximum focal length (35mm film equiv)s range from 22mm to 2,700mm. At 1,646 millimeter, the Panasonic HC-V160 has a quite long maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) compared to most of the other small total megapixels video cameras that are a comparable age to the HC-V160.

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Has a Built-In Display

The HC-V160 has a built-in display, as do most of the other camcorders of a similar age and spec to the HC-V160.

It may also be worth considering one of the alternative video cameras with a built-in display currently available including the Aiptek Car Camcorder X5[plb_2407370_price] which is cheaper.

There are a number of other camcorders which also have a built-in display that you might also want to look at including the Panasonic HC-V130[plb_2196459_price].

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1080p Supported Video Modes

This video camera has a 1080p supported video modes, which is the most commonly found supported video modes on small total megapixels video cameras that have been available for around the same time as it.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolutions

This camcorder supports a video resolutions of 640 x 360|960 x 540|1920 x 1080 pixels, which is typical of many camcorders of a similar age and spec to it.

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Has Two Cables Includeds

The number of included cables found on the HC-V160 is more than most small total megapixels video cameras that came out around the same time as it. This Panasonic camcorder has a USB cables included, which is the most commonly found cables included found on camcorders of a similar age and spec to the HC-V160. The cables included "AV" is also found on this camcorder.

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Quite High Effective Megapixels (movie)

With an effective megapixels (movie) of 2.2 megapixels, the HC-V160 has one of the higher effective megapixels (movie)s amongst video cameras of this age. Camcorders of a comparable type and age to the HC-V160 have effective megapixels (movie)s of between 0.41MP and 1,300,000MP, and the average effective megapixels (movie) is 19,000MP.

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3968 X 2232 Pixels Maximum Image Resolution

The highest maximum image resolution of the HC-V160 is 3968 x 2232 pixels. That's over four times the maximum image resolution of a 1920 x 1080 pixels camcorder, which is the most frequently found maximum image resolution. Across all video cameras that have been available for around the same time as the HC-V160 the best maximum image resolution is 4224 x 2376 pixels and the worst is 640 x 480 pixels.

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Quite High Effective Megapixels (image)

The HC-V160 has one of the higher effective megapixels (image)s (2.2 megapixels) amongst similar spec video cameras of this age. The lowest effective megapixels (image) of video cameras of a comparable age and type to the HC-V160 is 1.1MP and the highest is 10MP.

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JPG Image Formats Supported

This camcorder has a JPG image formats supported, which is the most commonly found image formats supported on video cameras of a similar age and spec to it.

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Has Four White Balances

The HC-V160 has a greater number of white balance modes than most video cameras of this age and type. This camcorder has an Auto white balance, which is the most frequently found white balance found on video cameras that have been around for more than two years. The white balances "Cloudy", "Indoor" and "Sunny" are also found on this video camera.

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1920 X 1080 Still Image Resolution(s)

This camcorder supports a still image resolution(s) of 3968 x 2232| 1920 x 1080, which is typical of many video cameras of this spec and age.

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10 Reasons Against

Recent Price Increase of £12.36

In the last week the HC-V160 has increased in price by £12.36.

Not Full HD

Like most of the other similar spec video cameras that have been around for around the same time as the HC-V160, the Panasonic HC-V160 is not Full HD.

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Does Not Have an Interchangeable Lens

Most small total megapixels video cameras that are a similar age to the HC-V160 do not have an interchangeable lens. The HC-V160 is no exception to this as it too does not have an interchangeable lens.

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Does Not Have a Night Mode

The HC-V160 does not have a night mode, although keep in mind that most of the other video cameras of this spec and age also do not have a night mode.

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Not 3D

The HC-V160 is not 3D, although keep in mind that most of the other small total megapixels video cameras that were launched more than two years ago are also not 3D.

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Quite Low Battery Capacity

Across all the similar spec camcorders that have been on the market for a comparable time to the HC-V160 the battery capacitys range from 440mAh to 2,200mAh, and the average battery capacity is 1,400mAh. At only 970 milliamperes * hour, the HC-V160 has a fairly low battery capacity compared to most of the other camcorders of this spec and age.

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Not Waterproof

The HC-V160 is not waterproof, although keep in mind that most of the other similar spec camcorders that were launched more than two years ago are also not waterproof.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Projector

Most camcorders of this age and spec do not have a built-in projector. The HC-V160 is no exception to this as it too does not have a built-in projector.

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Only Digital Image Stabilizer Type

The HC-V160 has a better image stabiliser type than most small total megapixels video cameras that are a similar age to it. This video camera has a Digital image stabilizer type, whereas most small total megapixels video cameras that are a similar age to it have an Optical image stabilizer type. Some compact cameras have digital Image stabilisation only, which simply boosts camera sensitivity (ISO) to obtain a faster shutter speeds to help prevent blur. No hardware is involved.

A Digital image stabilizer type is actually the worst image stabiliser type amongst all small total megapixels video cameras that have been available for more than two years.

An Optical image stabilizer type is the best image stabiliser type amongst similar types of video camera.

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Quite Big Minimum Illumination

The HC-V160 has one of the bigger minimum illuminations (4 lux) amongst small total megapixels video cameras of this age. Small total megapixels video cameras that are a comparable age to the HC-V160 have minimum illuminations of between 0.1lx and 7lx, and the average minimum illumination is 1.9lx.

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5 Other reasons to consider the Panasonic HC-V160

Released Over Two Years Ago

Panasonic released the HC-V160 over two years ago.

Average Optical Zoom

At 38 times zoom factor, the HC-V160 has a pretty typical optical zoom compared to most of the other similar spec camcorders that have been around for a comparable time to the HC-V160.

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MOS Sensor Type

This camcorder has a MOS BSI sensor type, which is typical of many video cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as it.

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Average Display Diagonal

At 2.7 inches, the HC-V160 has a relatively standard display diagonal compared to most of the other similar spec camcorders that were released more than two years ago.

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1/5.8" Optical Sensor Size

This video camera has a 1/5.8" optical sensor size, which is the most frequently found optical sensor size on video cameras that were launched around the same time as it.

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Specification

Image Sensor
Total Megapixels
Optical Sensor Size
Sensor Type
Effective Megapixels (image)
Effective Megapixels (movie)
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Digital Zoom
Image Stabilizer
Image Stabilizer Type
Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
Minimum Aperture Number
Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
Maximum Aperture Number
Focal Length (35mm Film Equivalent)
Focal Length Range (f-F)
Storage
Compatible Memory Cards
Camcorder Media Type
Focusing
Focus Adjustment
White Balance
Indoor White Balance
White Balance
Shutter
Camera Shutter Speed
Camera Shutter Type
Display
Display Diagonal
Built-In Display
Display Resolution (numeric)
Display
Camera
Camcorder Type
3D
On Screen Display (OSD)
Minimum Illumination
Design
Colour of Product
Video
HD Type
Supported Video Modes
Video Formats Supported
Video Resolutions
Maximum Video Resolution
Still Image
Image Formats Supported
Still Image Resolution(s)
Maximum Image Resolution
Audio
Built-In Speaker(s)
Built-In Microphone
Ports & Interfaces
HDMI
DC-In Jack
USB 2.0 Ports Quantity
S-Video Out
Mini HDMI Ports Quantity
Battery
Battery Voltage
Battery Capacity
Battery Technology
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Packaging Content
Batteries Included
Cables Included
AC Adapter Included
Warranty Card

Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers info hcv160, info hcv160e, info hcv160eb, info hcv160ebk, panasonic hcv160, panasonic n129540, panasonic hcv160e, panasonic n129540w, panasonic hcv160eb, panasonic hcv160eg, panasonic 1920x1080, panasonic hcv160ebk, panasonic hcv160egk
Barcodes 05025232807628, 05025232807659, 05025232807666

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