Panasonic HC-V160 vs Panasonic HC-V180

Panasonic HC-V160
Panasonic HC-V180

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Reasons For

4 Reasons For
25% higher megapixel count Edit
The Panasonic HC-V160 is a 2.2MPMP camcorder. That's 0.53MP higher than the Panasonic HC-V180 (1.67MPMP).
Higher battery capacity Edit
Panasonic HC-V160 is 970mAhmAh battery. That's 969mAh higher than the Panasonic HC-V180 (1,940mAhmAh).
17% lighter Edit
The Panasonic HC-V160 is a 181gg weight camcorder. That's 30g lighter than the Panasonic HC-V180 (211gg). Read more

Weight of the camcorder including battery.

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

$23 cheaper
The Panasonic HC-V160 costs $22.96 less than the Panasonic HC-V180.
7 Reasons For
24% bigger optical zoom Edit
The Panasonic HC-V180 has an optical zoom of 50xx. That's 12x bigger than the Panasonic HC-V160 (50xx). 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.

Bigger digital zoom Edit
Panasonic HC-V180 is 500xx (digital), but the Panasonic HC-V160 is only a 2,500xx (digital) camcorder (498x 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.

4.3mm shorter minimum focal length Edit
The Panasonic HC-V180 is a 28mmmm minimum focal length camcorder. That's 4.3mm shorter than the Panasonic HC-V160 (28mmmm).
Three times smaller minimum illumination Edit
The Panasonic HC-V180 is a 1lxlx minimum illumination camcorder. That's 3lx smaller than the Panasonic HC-V160 (1lxlx).
0.58h longer battery life Edit
The Panasonic HC-V180 has a battery life of 1.25hh, but the Panasonic HC-V160 is only a 0.67hh battery life camcorder (0.58h shorter). Read more

Battery life is the time the camcorder can record video.

A longer battery life allows you to record video for longer before recharging the camcorder or changing the battery.

Smaller Edit
The Panasonic HC-V180 is a 59mmmm high camcorder. That's 1mm smaller than the Panasonic HC-V160 (59mmmm).
3 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

8 Reasons Against
12x smaller optical zoom Edit
The Panasonic HC-V160 has an optical zoom of 38xx, however the Panasonic HC-V180 is a 50xx (optical) camcorder (12x bigger). 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.

Hugely smaller digital zoom Edit
Panasonic HC-V160 is only 2,500xx (digital). That's 498x smaller than the Panasonic HC-V180 (500xx). 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.

4.3mm longer minimum focal length Edit
The Panasonic HC-V160 has a minimum focal length of 32.3mmmm, whereas the Panasonic HC-V180 is a 28mmmm minimum focal length camcorder (4.3mm shorter).
Vastly bigger minimum illumination Edit
The Panasonic HC-V160 has a minimum illumination of 4lxlx, however the Panasonic HC-V180 is a 1lxlx minimum illumination camcorder (3lx smaller).
87% shorter battery life Edit
The Panasonic HC-V160 is a 0.67hh battery life camcorder. That's 0.58h shorter than the Panasonic HC-V180 (1.25hh). Read more

Battery life is the time the camcorder can record video.

A longer battery life allows you to record video for longer before recharging the camcorder or changing the battery.

1mm bigger Edit
The Panasonic HC-V160 is a 60mmmm high camcorder, whereas the Panasonic HC-V180 is a 59mmmm high camcorder (1mm smaller).
Less retailers
Only 6 retailers sells the Panasonic HC-V160, whereas 9 sellers sell the Panasonic HC-V180. Read more
Smaller numbers of stores reduces the price competition amongst retailers for this camcorder and also reduces the chances of the product remaining in stock.
Eleven months older
The Panasonic HC-V160 is older than the Panasonic HC-V180 by eleven months.
4 Reasons Against
A lot lower megapixel count Edit
The Panasonic HC-V180 has a megapixel count of 1.67MPMP, however the Panasonic HC-V160 is a 2.2MPMP camcorder (0.53MP higher).
Lower battery capacity Edit
Panasonic HC-V180 is only 1,940mAhmAh battery, but the Panasonic HC-V160 is a 970mAhmAh battery camcorder (969mAh higher).
15% heavier Edit
The Panasonic HC-V180 has a weight of 211gg, however the Panasonic HC-V160 is a 181gg weight camcorder (30g lighter). Read more

Weight of the camcorder including battery.

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

More expensive by $23
The Panasonic HC-V180 is $22.96 more expensive than the Panasonic HC-V160.

Date Released

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Image Sensor

Sensor Size
2.51MP 2.51MP
Optical Sensor Size
 1/5
 1/5
Sensor Type
 MOS
 MOS
Megapixel Count
2.2MP
BEST
1.67MP
Movie Megapixel Count
2.2MP 2.2MP

Lens System

Optical Zoom
38x 50x
BEST
Digital Zoom
2,500x 500x
BEST
Image Stabiliser
 Digital
BEST
 Digital
Maximum Focal Length
1,646mm 1,740mm
BEST
Minimum Aperture
1.8 Unknown - Click to provide data
Minimum Focal Length
32.3mm 28mm
BEST
Maximum Aperture Value
4.2 Unknown - Click to provide data
Focal Length
32.3 - 1646 28 - 1740
Focal Length Range
2.35 - 89.3 2.06 - 103

Storage

Memory Card Slot
1 Unknown - Click to provide data
Memory Card
 SDXC
 SDHC
 SDXC
 SDHC
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

Video Shutter Speed
1/25 - 1/8000 Unknown - Click to provide data
Photo Shutter Speed
Unknown - Click to provide data 1/2 - 1/2000
Shutter Speed
0.04 - 0.000125 1/25 – 1/8000
Shutter Type
 Electronic
 Electronic

Display

Screen Size
2.7" 2.7"
Display Resolution
230,400 pixels Unknown - Click to provide data
Display
 LCD
 LCD

Camera

Camcorder Type
 handheld
 handheld
Minimum Illumination
4lx 1lx
BEST
On Screen Display Language
 NOR
 ENG
 FRE
 DEU
 ITA
 POL
 ESP
 SWE
 TUR
 CZE
 DUT
 NOR
 ENG
 FRE
 DEU
 ITA
 POL
 ESP
 SWE
 TUR
 CZE
 DUT

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
 720p
 480p
 1080p
 720p
 480p
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
 1280 x 720
 640 x 480
 1920 x 1080
 960 x 540
 640 x 360
 1280 x 720
 640 x 480
Maximum Video Resolution
 1920 x 1080
 1920 x 1080

Still Image

Image Format
 JPG
 JPEG XR
 JPG
 JPEG XR
Still Image Resolution
 3968 x 2232
 1920 x 1080
 4224 x 2376
 3408 x 2272
 1728 x 1152
 640 x 480
 3968 x 2232
 1920 x 1080
 4224 x 2376
 3408 x 2272
 1728 x 1152
 640 x 480
BEST
Maximum Image Resolution
 3968 x 2232
 4224 x 2376
 3968 x 2232
 4224 x 2376
BEST

Audio

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

Ports & Interfaces

USB 2.0 Port
1 1
Mini HDMI Port
1 1

Battery

Battery Life
0.67h 1.25h
BEST
Battery Voltage
3.6V 3.6V
Battery Capacity
970mAh
BEST
1,940mAh
Battery
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
BEST
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)

Weight & Dimensions

Weight
181g
BEST
211g
Height
60mm 59mm
BEST
Depth
60mm 116mm
BEST
Width
53mm 53mm

Packaging Content

Cable Included
 USB
 AV
 Composite
 HDMI
 USB
 AV
 Composite
 HDMI
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