Panasonic HC-V380 vs Zoom Q4n

Panasonic HC-V380
Zoom Q4n

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Reasons For

3 Reasons For
1.5x bigger digital zoom Edit
The Panasonic HC-V380 has a digital zoom of 3,000xx, however the Zoom Q4n is only a 1.5xx (digital) camcorder (1.5x 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% larger screen size Edit
The Panasonic HC-V380 is a 3"" screen size camcorder. That's 1" larger than the Zoom Q4n (2""). Read more

Display diagonal of the camcorder's build in display.

A larger display diagonal makes it easier to record and review video and images.

39% smaller Edit
Panasonic HC-V380 is 62mmmm high. That's 24mm smaller than the Zoom Q4n (86mmmm).
8 Reasons For
Bigger sensor size Edit
Zoom Q4n is 3MPMP sensor, but the Panasonic HC-V380 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 Q4n is a 16.6mmmm maximum focal length camcorder. That's 15.6mm longer than the Panasonic HC-V380 (16.6mmmm).
59% longer battery life Edit
The Zoom Q4n is a 3hh battery life camcorder. That's 1.75h longer than the Panasonic HC-V380 (3hh). 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.

42% lighter Edit
The Zoom Q4n is a 178.6gg weight camcorder. That's 73.4g lighter than the Panasonic HC-V380 (178.6gg). Read more

Weight of the camcorder including battery.

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

A little smaller Edit
The Zoom Q4n is a 119mmmm deep camcorder, whereas the Panasonic HC-V380 is a 129mmmm deep camcorder (10mm bigger).
11mm smaller Edit
The Zoom Q4n is a 49mmmm wide camcorder, whereas the Panasonic HC-V380 is a 60mmmm wide camcorder (11mm bigger).
$48 cheaper
The Zoom Q4n is $48 cheaper than the Panasonic HC-V380.
Available from 11 shops
A greater number of stores increases the price competition amongst retailers for this camcorder and also increases the chances of the product remaining in stock.

Reasons Against

9 Reasons Against
Smaller sensor size Edit
Panasonic HC-V380 is only 2.51MPMP sensor. That's 0.49MP smaller than the Zoom Q4n (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.

Shorter maximum focal length Edit
The Panasonic HC-V380 has a maximum focal length of 1,740mmmm, but the Zoom Q4n is a 16.6mmmm maximum focal length camcorder (15.6mm longer).
1.75h shorter battery life Edit
The Panasonic HC-V380 has a battery life of 1.25hh, however the Zoom Q4n is a 3hh battery life camcorder (1.75h longer). 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.

A lot heavier Edit
The Panasonic HC-V380 has a weight of 252gg, whereas the Zoom Q4n is a 178.6gg weight camcorder (73.4g lighter). Read more

Weight of the camcorder including battery.

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

Bigger Edit
The Panasonic HC-V380 is a 129mmmm deep camcorder. That's 10mm bigger than the Zoom Q4n (119mmmm).
11mm bigger Edit
The Panasonic HC-V380 is a 60mmmm wide camcorder. That's 11mm bigger than the Zoom Q4n (49mmmm).
More expensive by $48
The Panasonic HC-V380 is $48 more expensive than the Zoom Q4n.
Fewer sellers
The Panasonic HC-V380 is only stocked by 10 retailers, but the Zoom Q4n is stocked by 21 shops. Read more
The fewer the number of shops that stock the product, the lower the competition amongst shops to keep prices low.
Older by one month
The Panasonic HC-V380 is one month older than the Zoom Q4n.
3 Reasons Against
Vastly smaller digital zoom Edit
The Zoom Q4n has a digital zoom of 1.5xx. That's 1.5x smaller than the Panasonic HC-V380 (1.5xx). 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.

1" smaller screen size Edit
The Zoom Q4n has a screen size of 2"", whereas the Panasonic HC-V380 is a 3"" screen size camcorder (1" larger). Read more

Display diagonal of the camcorder's build in display.

A larger display diagonal makes it easier to record and review video and images.

24mm bigger Edit
Zoom Q4n is 86mmmm high, but the Panasonic HC-V380 is a 62mmmm high camcorder (24mm smaller).

Date Released

12 months Ago 11 months Ago

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
3,000x
BEST
1.5x
Maximum Focal Length
1,740mm 16.6mm
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
1 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

Normal Focusing Range
Unknown - Click to provide data 0.36 - ∞
Focus Adjustment
 Auto
 Manual
 Auto
 Manual

Light Exposure

Scene Mode
 Night
 Party (indoor)
 Sunset
 Night
 Party (indoor)
 Sunset

White Balance

White Balance Mode
 Auto
 Cloudy
 Sunny
 Indoor
 Auto
 Cloudy
 Sunny
 Indoor

Display

Screen Size
3"
BEST
2"
Display
 LCD
 LCD

Camera

Camcorder Type
 handheld
 handheld
Minimum Illumination
4lx Unknown - Click to provide data
On Screen Display Language
 DUT
 CZE
 ENG
 FRE
 DEU
 ITA
 POL
 ESP
 SWE
 TUR
 DUT
 CZE
 ENG
 FRE
 DEU
 ITA
 POL
 ESP
 SWE
 TUR

Design

Colour
 Black
 Black

Video

HD Type
 Full HD
 Full HD
Bitrate At Maximum Video Resolution
Unknown - Click to provide data 24 Mbit/s
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
 1920 x 1080
 1280 x 720
 640 x 480
Maximum Video Resolution
 1920 x 1080
BEST
 1920 x 1080
Maximum Frame Rate
Unknown - Click to provide data 60fps
Analog Signal Format System
 PAL
 NTSC
 PAL
 NTSC
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Still Image

Image Format
 JPG
BEST
 JPG
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
 2304 x 1296
BEST
 4224 x 2376
 2304 x 1296

Audio

Audio Format
 WAV
 AAC++
 WAV
 AAC++
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Audio System
 Dolby Digital 2.0
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 Dolby Digital 2.0

Ports & Interfaces

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

Battery

Battery Life
1.25h 3h
BEST
Video Recording Time
Unknown - Click to provide data 3h
Battery Voltage
3.6V 4.2V
Battery Capacity
1,940mAh
BEST
1,050mAh
Battery
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
BEST
Battery Recharge Time
Unknown - Click to provide data 3h
Charging Source
 USB
 DC
 USB
 DC

Weight & Dimensions

Weight
252g 178.6g
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Height
62mm
BEST
86mm
Depth
129mm 119mm
BEST
Width
60mm 49mm
BEST

Packaging Content

Cable Included
 USB
 Mini-USB
 USB
 Mini-USB
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