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Panasonic HC-V160 vs Sony HDR-CX405

Panasonic HC-V160 vs Sony HDR-CX405

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Panasonic HC-V160
Sony HDR-CX405

Top Prices

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In stock, only 3 left!
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In stock

Reasons For

5 Reasons For
Bigger sensor size Edit
The Panasonic HC-V160 has a sensor size of 2.51MPMP. That's 0.22MP bigger than the Sony HDR-CX405 (2.29MPMP). 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.

Bigger optical zoom Edit
Panasonic HC-V160 is 38xx (optical). That's 8x bigger than the Sony HDR-CX405 (30xx). Read more

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.

Lighter Edit
The Panasonic HC-V160 has a weight of 181gg, but the Sony HDR-CX405 is a 215gg weight camcorder (34g heavier). Read more

Weight of the camcorder including battery.

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

Smaller Edit
Panasonic HC-V160 is 53mmmm wide. That's 1mm smaller than the Sony HDR-CX405 (54mmmm).
Cheaper by $41
The Panasonic HC-V160 costs $167.99, whereas the Sony HDR-CX405 is $208.89.
3 Reasons For
Bigger digital zoom Edit
Sony HDR-CX405 is 350xx (digital), but the Panasonic HC-V160 is only a 2,500xx (digital) camcorder (348x 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.

34% smaller minimum illumination Edit
The Sony HDR-CX405 is a 3lxlx minimum illumination camcorder. That's 1lx smaller than the Panasonic HC-V160 (3lxlx).
6 shops are selling it
A greater number of sellers increases the chances of the product remaining in stock and also increases the price competition amongst retailers for this camcorder.

Reasons Against

3 Reasons Against
Smaller digital zoom Edit
The Panasonic HC-V160 is a 2,500xx (digital) camcorder, whereas the Sony HDR-CX405 is a 350xx (digital) camcorder (348x bigger). 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.

Bigger minimum illumination Edit
The Panasonic HC-V160 is a 4lxlx minimum illumination camcorder. That's 1lx bigger than the Sony HDR-CX405 (3lxlx).
Not as many stockists
The Panasonic HC-V160 is only stocked by 6 sellers, however the Sony HDR-CX405 is stocked by 12 shops. Read more
Fewer numbers of shops reduces the chances of the product remaining in stock and also reduces the price competition amongst retailers for this camcorder.
6 Reasons Against
10% smaller sensor size Edit
The Sony HDR-CX405 is a 2.29MPMP sensor camcorder. That's 0.22MP smaller than the Panasonic HC-V160 (2.29MPMP). 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.

Smaller optical zoom Edit
The Sony HDR-CX405 has an optical zoom of 30xx. That's 8x smaller than the Panasonic HC-V160 (30xx). Read more

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.

16% heavier Edit
The Sony HDR-CX405 has a weight of 215gg, however the Panasonic HC-V160 is a 181gg weight camcorder (34g lighter). Read more

Weight of the camcorder including battery.

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

2% bigger Edit
The Sony HDR-CX405 has a width of 54mmmm. That's 1mm bigger than the Panasonic HC-V160 (54mmmm).
More expensive by $41
The Sony HDR-CX405 is $40.90 more expensive than the Panasonic HC-V160.
Older by one month
The Sony HDR-CX405 is one month older than the Panasonic HC-V160.

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Image Sensor

Sensor Size
2.51MP
BEST
2.29MP
Optical Sensor Size
 1/5
 1/5
Sensor Type
 MOS
 MOS
Megapixel Count
2.2MP
BEST
2.29MP
Movie Megapixel Count
2.2MP
BEST
2.29MP

Lens System

Optical Zoom
38x
BEST
30x
Digital Zoom
2,500x 350x
BEST
Image Stabiliser
 Hybrid
 Hybrid
BEST
Maximum Focal Length
1,646mm Unknown - Click to provide data
Minimum Aperture
1.8 1.8
Minimum Focal Length
32.3mm Unknown - Click to provide data
Maximum Aperture Value
4.2 Unknown - Click to provide data
Focal Length
32.3 - 1646 26.8 - 804
Focal Length Range
2.35 - 89.3 1.9 - 57

Storage

Memory Card Slot
1 Unknown - Click to provide data
Memory Card
 SDXC
 SDHC
 MicroSD (Transflash)
 MicroSDHC
 MicroSDXC
 SDXC
 SDHC
 MicroSD (Transflash)
 MicroSDHC
 MicroSDXC
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

Light Exposure

Scene Mode
 Beach
 Snow
 Fireworks
 Landscape
 Portrait
 Spotlight
 Beach
 Snow
 Fireworks
 Landscape
 Portrait
 Spotlight
Exposure Mode
 Auto
 Auto

White Balance

White Balance Mode
 Auto
 Cloudy
 Sunny
 Indoor
 Outdoor
 Auto
 Cloudy
 Sunny
 Indoor
 Outdoor

Shutter

Video Shutter Speed
1/25 - 1/8000 Unknown - Click to provide data
Shutter Speed
0.04 - 0.000125 1/25 - 1/10000
Shutter Type
 Electronic
 Electronic

Display

Screen Size
2.7" 2.7"
Display Resolution
230,400 pixels 230,400 pixels
Display
 LCD
 LCD

Camera

Camcorder Type
 handheld
 handheld
Shooting Mode
 Auto
 Scene
 Movie
 Auto
 Scene
 Movie
Image Processor
 BIONZ X
 BIONZ X
BEST
Minimum Illumination
4lx 3lx
BEST
Self-Timer
Unknown - Click to provide data 10
On Screen Display Language
 NOR
 ENG
 FRE
 DEU
 ITA
 POL
 ESP
 SWE
 TUR
 CZE
 NOR
 ENG
 FRE
 DEU
 ITA
 POL
 ESP
 SWE
 TUR
 CZE

Design

Colour
 Black
 Black

Video

HD Type
 Full HD
 Full HD
Bitrate At Maximum Video Resolution
17 Mbit/s Unknown - Click to provide data
Video Mode
 1080p
 1080i
 720p
 1080p
 1080i
 720p
Video Format
 MP4
 MPEG
 MPEG4
 H.264
 AVCHD
 AVC
 MP4
 MPEG
 MPEG4
 H.264
 AVCHD
 AVC
Video Resolution
 1920 x 1080
 960 x 540
 640 x 360
 1920 x 1080
 960 x 540
 640 x 360
Maximum Video Resolution
 1920 x 1080
 1920 x 1080

Still Image

Image Format
 JPG
 EXIF
 JPG
 EXIF
Still Image Resolution
 3968 x 2232
 1920 x 1080
 640 x 480
BEST
 3968 x 2232
 1920 x 1080
 640 x 480
Maximum Image Resolution
 3968 x 2232
 4032 x 2272
 3968 x 2232
 4032 x 2272
BEST

Audio

Audio Format
 MP4
 AAC++
 PCM
 MP4
 AAC++
 PCM
Audio System
 Dolby Digital 2.0
 Dolby Digital 2.0

Ports & Interfaces

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

Battery

Battery Life
0.67h Unknown - Click to provide data
Battery Type
Unknown - Click to provide data NP-BX1
Battery Voltage
3.6V Unknown - Click to provide data
Battery Capacity
970mAh Unknown - Click to provide data
Battery
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Charging Source
 AC
 USB
 AC
 USB

Weight & Dimensions

Weight
181g
BEST
215g
Height
60mm 595mm
BEST
Depth
60mm 128mm
BEST
Width
53mm
BEST
54mm

Packaging Content

Cable Included
 USB
 AV
 Composite
BEST
 USB
 AV
 Composite
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