Panasonic HC-V180 vs Zoom Q8

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Panasonic HC-V180
Zoom Q8

Top Prices

B&H Photo
In stock
Factory Outlet Store
In stock
Adorama
Delivery unknown
In stock

Reasons For

2 Reasons For
Vastly bigger digital zoom Edit
The Panasonic HC-V180 has a digital zoom of 500xx, however the Zoom Q8 is only a 4xx (digital) camcorder (496x smaller). 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.

49g lighter Edit
The Panasonic HC-V180 has a weight of 211gg, whereas the Zoom Q8 is a 260gg weight camcorder (49g heavier). Read more

Weight of the camcorder including battery.

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

4 Reasons For
0.49MP bigger sensor size Edit
The Zoom Q8 is a 3MPMP sensor camcorder, whereas the Panasonic HC-V180 is only a 2.51MPMP sensor camcorder (0.49MP 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.

Longer maximum focal length Edit
The Zoom Q8 is a 35mmmm maximum focal length camcorder. That's 34mm longer than the Panasonic HC-V180 (35mmmm).
$148 cheaper
The Zoom Q8 costs $148.04 less than the Panasonic HC-V180.
Available from 17 shops
A greater number of stores increases the chances of this camcorder remaining in stock and also increases the price competition amongst retailers for the product.

Reasons Against

4 Reasons Against
Smaller sensor size Edit
Panasonic HC-V180 is only 2.51MPMP sensor. That's 0.49MP smaller than the Zoom Q8 (3MPMP). 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.

34mm shorter maximum focal length Edit
The Panasonic HC-V180 has a maximum focal length of 1,740mmmm, but the Zoom Q8 is a 35mmmm maximum focal length camcorder (34mm longer).
More expensive by $148
The Panasonic HC-V180 is $148.04 more expensive than the Zoom Q8.
Fewer sellers
The Panasonic HC-V180 is only stocked by 4 retailers, but the Zoom Q8 is stocked by 21 stores. Read more
The fewer the number of shops that stock the product, the lower the competition amongst shops to keep prices low.
2 Reasons Against
One hundred and twenty-four times smaller digital zoom Edit
Zoom Q8 is only 4xx (digital). That's 496x smaller than the Panasonic HC-V180 (4xx). 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.

19% heavier Edit
The Zoom Q8 is a 260gg weight camcorder. That's 49g heavier than the Panasonic HC-V180 (260gg). Read more

Weight of the camcorder including battery.

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

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Image Sensor

Sensor Size
2.51MP 3MP
BEST
Optical Sensor Size
 1/3
 1/3
BEST
Sensor Type
 MOS
 MOS
Megapixel Count
1.67MP Unknown - Click to provide data
Movie Megapixel Count
2.2MP Unknown - Click to provide data

Lens System

Optical Zoom
50x Unknown - Click to provide data
Digital Zoom
500x
BEST
4x
Maximum Focal Length
1,740mm 35mm
BEST
Minimum Focal Length
28mm Unknown - Click to provide data
Focal Length
28 - 1740 Unknown - Click to provide data
Focal Length Range
2.06 - 103 Unknown - Click to provide data

Storage

Maximum Memory Card Size
Unknown - Click to provide data 128GB
Memory Card Slot
Unknown - Click to provide data 1
Memory Card
 SDXC
 SDHC
 SD
 SDXC
 SDHC
 SD
Storage Media Type
 Memory card
 Memory card
File System
 Exif 2.2
 DCF
 Exif
 Exif 2.2
 DCF
 Exif

Focusing

Focus Adjustment
 Auto
 Manual
 Auto
 Manual

White Balance

White Balance Mode
 Auto
 Cloudy
 Sunny
 Indoor
 Auto
 Cloudy
 Sunny
 Indoor

Shutter

Photo Shutter Speed
1/2 - 1/2000 Unknown - Click to provide data
Shutter Speed
1/25 – 1/8000 Unknown - Click to provide data

Display

Screen Size
2.7" 2.7"
Display
 LCD
 LCD

Camera

Camcorder Type
 handheld
 handheld
Minimum Illumination
1lx Unknown - Click to provide data
On Screen Display Language
 ENG
 FRE
 DEU
 ITA
 POL
 ESP
 SWE
 TUR
 DUT
 CZE
 ENG
 FRE
 DEU
 ITA
 POL
 ESP
 SWE
 TUR
 DUT
 CZE

Design

Colour
 Black
 Black

Video

HD Type
 Full HD
 Full HD
Video Mode
 1080p
 720p
 480p
 1080p
 720p
 480p
Video Format
 MP4
 AVCHD
 AVC
 MOV
 MPEG
 MPEG4
 H.264
 MP4
 AVCHD
 AVC
 MOV
 MPEG
 MPEG4
 H.264
Video Resolution
 1920 x 1080
 1280 x 720
 640 x 480
 848 x 480
 1920 x 1080
 1280 x 720
 640 x 480
 848 x 480
Maximum Video Resolution
 1920 x 1080
 1920 x 1080
Maximum Frame Rate
Unknown - Click to provide data 60fps
Analog Signal Format System
 PAL
 NTSC
 PAL
 NTSC
BEST

Still Image

Image Format
 JPG
 JPEG XR
BEST
 JPG
 JPEG XR
Still Image Resolution
 4224 x 2376
 3408 x 2272
 1920 x 1080
 1728 x 1152
 640 x 480
BEST
 4224 x 2376
 3408 x 2272
 1920 x 1080
 1728 x 1152
 640 x 480
Maximum Image Resolution
 4224 x 2376
BEST
 4224 x 2376

Audio

Audio Format
 WAV
 AAC++
 WAV
 AAC++
BEST
Audio System
 Dolby Digital
BEST
 Dolby Digital

Ports & Interfaces

USB 2.0 Port
1 1
Mini HDMI Port
1 Unknown - Click to provide data
Mini-USB 2.0 Port
Unknown - Click to provide data 1
Micro-USB 2.0 Port
Unknown - Click to provide data 1

Battery

Battery Life
1.25h Unknown - Click to provide data
Battery Voltage
3.6V 4.2V
Battery Capacity
1,940mAh
BEST
1,700mAh
Battery
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
BEST

Weight & Dimensions

Weight
211g
BEST
260g
Height
59mm 69mm
Depth
116mm 158mm
Width
53mm 48mm

Packaging Content

Cable Included
 USB
 HDMI
BEST
 USB
 HDMI
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