Panasonic HC-V160 vs Panasonic HC-V250 vs Sony HDR-CX240

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Panasonic HC-V160
Panasonic HC-V250
Sony HDR-CX240

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Reasons For

4 Reasons For
969mAh higher battery capacity Edit
The Panasonic HC-V160 is a 970mAhmAh battery camcorder. That's 969mAh higher than the Panasonic HC-V250 ().
Lighter Edit
The Panasonic HC-V160 is a 181gg weight camcorder. That's 35g lighter than the Panasonic HC-V250 (190gg) and 9g lighter than the Sony HDR-CX240 (190gg). Read more

Weight of the camcorder including battery.

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

$313 cheaper
The Panasonic HC-V160 costs $167.99, whereas the Panasonic HC-V250 is $480.99.
Available from 5 shops
The more retailers stock this camcorder, the greater competition amongst retailers to keep prices low.
2 Reasons For
A lot bigger optical zoom Edit
The Panasonic HC-V250 has an optical zoom of 50xx, however the Panasonic HC-V160 is only a 38xx (optical) camcorder (12x smaller) and the Sony HDR-CX240 is only a 27xx (optical) camcorder (23x smaller). 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.

5x smaller minimum illumination Edit
The Panasonic HC-V250 has a minimum illumination of 1lxlx, however the Panasonic HC-V160 is a 4lxlx minimum illumination camcorder (3lx bigger) and the Sony HDR-CX240 is a 6lxlx minimum illumination camcorder (5lx bigger).
4 Reasons For
6.69MP bigger sensor size Edit
Sony HDR-CX240 is 9.2MPMP sensor, but the Panasonic HC-V160 and the Panasonic HC-V250 are both only 2.51MPMP sensor camcorders (6.69MP 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.

Vastly bigger digital zoom Edit
The Sony HDR-CX240 has a digital zoom of 320xx. That's 318x bigger than the Panasonic HC-V160 (320xx) and 170x bigger than the Panasonic HC-V250 (320xx). 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.

75% longer maximum focal length Edit
The Sony HDR-CX240 is a 4mmmm maximum focal length camcorder. That's 3mm longer than the Panasonic HC-V160 (4mmmm) and 3mm longer than the Panasonic HC-V250 (4mmmm).
Significantly shorter minimum focal length Edit
The Sony HDR-CX240 has a minimum focal length of 1.9mmmm, but the Panasonic HC-V160 is a 32.3mmmm minimum focal length camcorder (30.4mm longer) and the Panasonic HC-V250 is a 28mmmm minimum focal length camcorder (26.1mm longer).

Reasons Against

6 Reasons Against
3x smaller sensor size Edit
The Panasonic HC-V160 has a sensor size of 2.51MPMP (as does the Panasonic HC-V250), however the Sony HDR-CX240 is a 9.2MPMP sensor camcorder (6.69MP bigger). 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.

A lot smaller optical zoom Edit
Panasonic HC-V160 is only 38xx (optical), but the Panasonic HC-V250 is a 50xx (optical) camcorder (12x bigger) and the Sony HDR-CX240 is a 27xx (optical) camcorder (11x smaller). 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.

One hundred and fifty-nine times smaller digital zoom Edit
The Panasonic HC-V160 is a 2,500xx (digital) camcorder. That's 148x smaller than the Panasonic HC-V250 (320xx) and 318x smaller than the Sony HDR-CX240 (320xx). 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.

Significantly shorter maximum focal length Edit
The Panasonic HC-V160 is a 1,646mmmm maximum focal length camcorder. That's 0mm shorter than the Panasonic HC-V250 (4mmmm) and 3mm shorter than the Sony HDR-CX240 (4mmmm).
Vastly longer minimum focal length Edit
The Panasonic HC-V160 has a minimum focal length of 32.3mmmm, however the Panasonic HC-V250 is a 28mmmm minimum focal length camcorder (4.3mm shorter) and the Sony HDR-CX240 is a 1.9mmmm minimum focal length camcorder (30.4mm shorter).
3lx bigger minimum illumination Edit
The Panasonic HC-V160 has a minimum illumination of 4lxlx, but the Panasonic HC-V250 is a 1lxlx minimum illumination camcorder (3lx smaller) and the Sony HDR-CX240 is a 6lxlx minimum illumination camcorder (2lx bigger).
9 Reasons Against
3x smaller sensor size Edit
The Panasonic HC-V250 is a 2.51MPMP sensor camcorder (as does the Panasonic HC-V160), whereas the Sony HDR-CX240 is a 9.2MPMP sensor camcorder (6.69MP bigger). 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.

Two times smaller digital zoom Edit
Panasonic HC-V250 is only 150xx (digital). That's 148x bigger than the Panasonic HC-V160 (320xx) and 170x smaller than the Sony HDR-CX240 (320xx). 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.

Significantly shorter maximum focal length Edit
The Panasonic HC-V250 is a 1,740mmmm maximum focal length camcorder. That's 0mm shorter than the Panasonic HC-V160 (4mmmm) and 3mm shorter than the Sony HDR-CX240 (4mmmm).
Significantly longer minimum focal length Edit
The Panasonic HC-V250 has a minimum focal length of 28mmmm, whereas the Panasonic HC-V160 is a 32.3mmmm minimum focal length camcorder (4.3mm longer) and the Sony HDR-CX240 is a 1.9mmmm minimum focal length camcorder (26.1mm shorter).
Hugely lower battery capacity Edit
Panasonic HC-V250 is only 1,940mAhmAh battery. That's 969mAh lower than the Panasonic HC-V160 ().
17% heavier Edit
The Panasonic HC-V250 is a 216gg weight camcorder. That's 35g heavier than the Panasonic HC-V160 (190gg) and 26g heavier than the Sony HDR-CX240 (190gg). Read more

Weight of the camcorder including battery.

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

$313 more expensive
The Panasonic HC-V250 is more expensive than the Panasonic HC-V160 by $313.
Less retailers
Only 1 seller sell the Panasonic HC-V250, whereas 6 sellers sell the Panasonic HC-V160. Read more
Smaller numbers of retailers 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-V250 is older than the Panasonic HC-V160 by eleven months and older than the Sony HDR-CX240 by three months.
5 Reasons Against
Significantly smaller optical zoom Edit
The Sony HDR-CX240 is a 27xx (optical) camcorder, whereas the Panasonic HC-V160 is a 38xx (optical) camcorder (11x bigger) and the Panasonic HC-V250 is a 50xx (optical) camcorder (23x 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.

5lx bigger minimum illumination Edit
The Sony HDR-CX240 has a minimum illumination of 6lxlx, whereas the Panasonic HC-V160 is a 4lxlx minimum illumination camcorder (2lx smaller) and the Panasonic HC-V250 is a 1lxlx minimum illumination camcorder (5lx smaller).
Heavier Edit
The Sony HDR-CX240 is a 190gg weight camcorder. That's 9g heavier than the Panasonic HC-V160 (190gg) and 26g lighter than the Panasonic HC-V250 (190gg). 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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Eight months older
The Sony HDR-CX240 is older than the Panasonic HC-V160 by eight months.

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Image Sensor

Sensor Size
2.51MP 2.51MP 9.2MP
BEST
Optical Sensor Size
 1/5
 1/5
 1/5
Sensor Type
 MOS
 MOS
 MOS
Megapixel Count
2.2MP 2.2MP Unknown - Click to provide data
Movie Megapixel Count
2.2MP 2.2MP Unknown - Click to provide data

Lens System

Optical Zoom
38x 50x
BEST
27x
Digital Zoom
2,500x 150x 320x
BEST
Image Stabiliser
 Optical
 Optical
BEST
 Optical
Maximum Focal Length
1,646mm 1,740mm 4mm
BEST
Minimum Aperture
1.8 1.8 Unknown - Click to provide data
Minimum Focal Length
32.3mm 28mm 1.9mm
BEST
Maximum Aperture Value
4.2 4.2 Unknown - Click to provide data
Focal Length
32.3 - 1646 28 - 1740 29.8 - 804
Focal Length Range
2.35 - 89.3 2.06 - 103 2.1 - 57

Storage

Memory Card Slot
1 Unknown - Click to provide data Unknown - Click to provide data
Memory Card
 SDXC
 SDHC
 SD
 MS Micro (M2)
 MicroSD (Transflash)
 SDXC
 SDHC
 SD
 MS Micro (M2)
 MicroSD (Transflash)
 SDXC
 SDHC
 SD
 MS Micro (M2)
 MicroSD (Transflash)
Storage Media Type
 Memory card
 Memory card
 Memory card
File System
 Exif 2.2
 DCF
 Exif
 Exif 2.2
 DCF
 Exif
 Exif 2.2
 DCF
 Exif

Focusing

Focus Adjustment
 Auto
 Manual
 Auto
 Manual
 Auto
 Manual

Light Exposure

Scene Mode
 Beach
 Snow
 Fireworks
 Landscape
 Night
 Night landscape
 Portrait
 Sunset
 Spotlight
 Sunrise
 Beach
 Snow
 Fireworks
 Landscape
 Night
 Night landscape
 Portrait
 Sunset
 Spotlight
 Sunrise
 Beach
 Snow
 Fireworks
 Landscape
 Night
 Night landscape
 Portrait
 Sunset
 Spotlight
 Sunrise

White Balance

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

Shutter

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

Display

Screen Size
2.7" 2.7" 2.7"
Display Resolution
230,400 pixels
BEST
230,400 pixels
BEST
230,000 pixels
Display
 LCD
 LCD
 LCD

Viewfinder

Viewfinder Resolution
Unknown - Click to provide data Unknown - Click to provide data 230,000 pixels
Viewfinder
 electrical
 electrical
 electrical
BEST

Camera

Camcorder Type
 handheld
 handheld
 handheld
Image Processor
 BIONZ
 BIONZ
 BIONZ
BEST
Minimum Illumination
4lx 1lx
BEST
6lx
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
 NOR
 ENG
 FRE
 DEU
 ITA
 POL
 ESP
 SWE
 TUR
 CZE
 DUT

Design

Colour
 Black
 Silver
 Black
 Silver
 Black
 Silver

Video

HD Type
 Full HD
 Full HD
 Full HD
Bitrate At Maximum Video Resolution
17 Mbit/s Unknown - Click to provide data Unknown - Click to provide data
Video Mode
 1080p
 1080i
 720p
 1080p
 1080i
 720p
 1080p
 1080i
 720p
Video Format
 MP4
 MPEG
 MPEG4
 H.264
 AVCHD
 AVC
 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
 1440 x 1080
 1920 x 1080
 960 x 540
 640 x 360
 1280 x 720
 1440 x 1080
 1920 x 1080
 960 x 540
 640 x 360
 1280 x 720
 1440 x 1080
Maximum Video Resolution
 1920 x 1080
 1920 x 1080
 1920 x 1080

Still Image

Image Format
 JPG
 EXIF
 JPG
 EXIF
 JPG
 EXIF
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
 3968 x 2232
 1920 x 1080
 4224 x 2376
 3408 x 2272
 1728 x 1152
 640 x 480
Maximum Image Resolution
 3968 x 2232
 4224 x 2376
 4032 x 2272
 3968 x 2232
 4224 x 2376
 4032 x 2272
BEST
 3968 x 2232
 4224 x 2376
 4032 x 2272

Audio

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

Ports & Interfaces

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

Battery

Battery Life
0.67h Unknown - Click to provide data Unknown - Click to provide data
Battery Type
Unknown - Click to provide data Unknown - Click to provide data NP-FV50
Battery Voltage
3.6V 3.6V Unknown - Click to provide data
Battery Capacity
970mAh
BEST
1,940mAh Unknown - Click to provide data
Battery
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
BEST
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)

Weight & Dimensions

Weight
181g
BEST
216g 190g
Height
60mm 59mm 59.5mm
Depth
60mm 116mm 128mm
Width
53mm 53mm 54mm

Packaging Content

Bundled Software
Unknown - Click to provide data HD Writer LE 2.1 PlayMemories Home
Cable Included
 USB
 AV
 Composite
 HDMI
 AC
 USB
 AV
 Composite
 HDMI
 AC
 USB
 AV
 Composite
 HDMI
 AC

Other Features

Aperture Range
Unknown - Click to provide data Unknown - Click to provide data 1.9 - 4
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