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Panasonic HCV160EBK Camcorder

£129.98
2.5MP 1/5 181g Mar 2015
Total Megapixels Optical Sensor Size Full HD Weight Release Date
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Good product quality
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Reviews

Panasonic Has Excellent Reviews for Its Camcorders

Based on 338 expert and user reviews, Panasonic has excellent reviews for its video cameras. Panasonic also has excellent reviews specifically for its small total megapixels video cameras compared to other manufacturers. 78% of those that bought a Panasonic video camera would recommend the product that they bought to other buyers.


Price

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”.


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”.


Other

Released Over Two Years Ago

Panasonic released the HC-V160 in March 2015.


Lens System

Very Big Digital Zoom

The HC-V160 has a quite big digital zoom (2,500 times zoom factor) compared to most of the other small total megapixels video cameras that came out around the same time as this camcorder. Video cameras of this spec and age have digital zooms of between 1.5x and 3,500x.

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Average Optical Zoom

At 38 times zoom factor, the HC-V160 has a fairly average optical zoom compared to most of the other small total megapixels video cameras that have been around for a similar time to this video camera.

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Has an Image Stabilizer

The HC-V160 has an image stabilizer. Most of the other small total megapixels video cameras that have been on the market for more than two years also have an image stabilizer.

There are a number of alternative video cameras with an image stabilizer currently available which you might want to consider including the Canon Legria HF R56 (£100) which has better reviews.

We think you might also be interested in other camcorders which also have an image stabilizer including the Panasonic HC-V130 (£149.99).

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Quite Long Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

Camcorders of this type and age have maximum focal lengths (35mm film equiv) of between 0.5mm and 2,700mm. The HC-V160 has a quite long maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) (1,646 millimeter) compared to most of the other small total megapixels video cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to this camcorder.

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Display

Quite Small Display Diagonal

At only 2.7 inches, the HC-V160 has a fairly small display diagonal compared to most of the other camcorders of a similar spec and age to this video camera. Small total megapixels video cameras that are a similar age to this video camera have display diagonals of between 1.4" and 4.3".

If you want a larger display diagonal then you might want to look at the Canon Legria HF R56 (£100) (3") which also has a higher rating.

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Has a Vari-Angle LCD Display

The HC-V160 has a vari-angle LCD display. Most of the other video cameras of a similar type and age to this camcorder also have a vari-angle LCD display.

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Ports & Interfaces

Supports HDMI

supports HDMI

The HC-V160 supports HDMI. Most of the other small total megapixels video cameras that have been available for more than two years also support HDMI.

It may also be worth considering one of the other video cameras which support HDMI currently available including the Aiptek Car Camcorder X5 (£111.35) which is cheaper; or the Canon Legria HF R56 (£100) which has better reviews.

It is worth considering other video cameras which also support HDMI including the Panasonic HC-V130 (£149.99).

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Has a DC-In Jack

The HC-V160 has a DC-in jack, as do most of the other video cameras of this age and spec.

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Does Not Support PictBridge

Like most of the other small total megapixels video cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to this camcorder, the HC-V160 does not support PictBridge.

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Video

Full HD

Full HD

The HC-V160 is Full HD, as are most of the other comparable spec video cameras that have been on the market for more than two years.

Alternative Full HD video cameras currently available that you might want to consider include because of its better review score, the Canon Legria HF R56 (£100).

If you are looking for a camcorder that is Full HD then you might want to consider the Panasonic HC-V130 (£149.99).

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Quite Small Bitrate At Maximum Video Resolution

At only 17 megabits per second, the HC-V160 has a fairly small bitrate at maximum video resolution compared to most of the other small total megapixels video cameras that have been available for a comparable time to this video camera. Small total megapixels video cameras that were released more than two years ago have bitrate at maximum video resolutions of between 2.5 Mbit/s and 50 Mbit/s.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

This video camera supports a video resolutions of 640 x 360|960 x 540|1920 x 1080 pixels, which is typical of many similar spec video cameras that are a comparable age to it.

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Weight & Dimensions

Very Light

At only 181 grams, the HC-V160 is fairly light compared to most of the other video cameras that were launched around the same time as this camcorder. Small total megapixels video cameras that have been around for a comparable time to this camcorder have weights of between 57g and 3.9kg.

If you don't mind having a heavier weight then you might want to consider the Aiptek Car Camcorder X5 (£111.35) (120g and cheaper).

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Image Sensor

Only 1" Optical Sensor Size

This video camera has a 1/5.8" optical sensor size, which is typical of many camcorders that have been on the market for around the same time as it.

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Fairly High Effective Megapixels (movie)

The effective megapixels (movie) of camcorders of this age and spec range from 0.41MP to 4.5MP, and the average effective megapixels (movie) is 2MP. At 2.2 megapixels, the HC-V160 has a quite high effective megapixels (movie) compared to most of the other camcorders of a comparable age and type to this camcorder.

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Quite High Effective Megapixels (image)

Across all the small total megapixels video cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to this video camera the effective megapixels (image) range from 1.1MP to 16MP. The Panasonic HC-V160 has a fairly high effective megapixels (image) (2.2 megapixels) compared to most of the other video cameras of this age and spec.

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2.5 Megapixels Total Megapixels

This is a 2.5 megapixels sensor camcorder.

If this Panasonic video camera total megapixels is too small for you then you might want to consider the Canon Legria HF R56 (£100) (3.2MP) which also has a higher rating.

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Other Features

Features USB Connectivity

The Panasonic HC-V160 features USB connectivity, as do most of the other video cameras of this type and age.

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White Balance

Features Indoor White Balance

The HC-V160 features indoor white balance, as do most of the other camcorders of this spec and age.

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Flash

Does Not Have a Built-In Light

The Panasonic HC-V160 does not have a built-in light, although keep in mind that most of the other video cameras of a similar age and spec to this camcorder also do not have a built-in light.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Flash

Like most of the other camcorders of a similar type and age to this camcorder, the HC-V160 does not have a built-in flash.

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Audio

Has a Built-In Speaker(s)

The HC-V160 has a built-in speaker(s). Most of the other camcorders of this type and age also have a built-in speaker(s).

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Has a Built-In Microphone

The HC-V160 has a built-in microphone, as do most of the other small total megapixels video cameras that came out more than two years ago.

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Packaging Content

Has an AC Adapter Included

The HC-V160 has an AC adapter included. Most of the other video cameras of this age and type also have an AC adapter included.

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Has a Batteries Included

The HC-V160 has a batteries included, as do most of the other small total megapixels video cameras that are a comparable age to this video camera.

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Camera

Supports On Screen Display (OSD)

The HC-V160 supports On Screen Display (OSD). Most of the other camcorders that are a comparable age to this camcorder also support On Screen Display (OSD).

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Quite Big Minimum Illumination

The smallest minimum illumination of camcorders of a comparable type and age to this camcorder is 0.05lx and the biggest is 1,400lx. With a minimum illumination of 4 lux, the Panasonic HC-V160 has a fairly big minimum illumination compared to most of the other comparable spec camcorders that have been around for around the same time as this video camera.

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Still Image

3968 X 2232 Pixels 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 common maximum image resolution. Video cameras that have been on the market for more than two years maximum image resolutions range from 640 x 480 pixels to 4224 x 2376 pixels.

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1920 X 1080 Still Image Resolution

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

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Product Identifiers

Barcodes 05025232807628, 05025232807659

Panasonic HC-V160 Review Sources

To prepare this Panasonic HC-V160 review we compared this camcorder to 576 other models. For each camcorder that we compared, we collated thousands of pieces of information including technical specs, reviews, and prices. In total we analysed 138,553 product attributes, 23,579 camcorder reviews and 1,695,800 historical camcorder prices from 164 camcorder retailers. We then picked out the standout features of this camcorder compared to the other models as well as any areas where this camcorder is lacking.

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