Panasonic HC-V160 vs Sony HDR-CX240

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Panasonic HC-V160
Sony HDR-CX240

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Reasons For

5 Reasons For
Bigger optical zoom Edit
The Panasonic HC-V160 has an optical zoom of 38xx. That's 11x bigger than the Sony HDR-CX240 (27xx). 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.

50% smaller minimum illumination Edit
The Panasonic HC-V160 is a 4lxlx minimum illumination camcorder. That's 2lx smaller than the Sony HDR-CX240 (6lxlx).
9g lighter Edit
The Panasonic HC-V160 has a weight of 181gg, however the Sony HDR-CX240 is a 190gg weight camcorder (9g heavier). Read more

Weight of the camcorder including battery.

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

2% smaller Edit
The Panasonic HC-V160 has a width of 53mmmm. That's 1mm smaller than the Sony HDR-CX240 (54mmmm).
Cheaper by $32
The Panasonic HC-V160 costs $32 less than the Sony HDR-CX240.
5 Reasons For
73% bigger sensor size Edit
The Sony HDR-CX240 has a sensor size of 9.2MPMP. That's 6.69MP bigger than the Panasonic HC-V160 (9.2MPMP). 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.

318x bigger digital zoom Edit
The Sony HDR-CX240 is a 320xx (digital) camcorder, whereas the Panasonic HC-V160 is only a 2,500xx (digital) camcorder (318x 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.

Vastly longer maximum focal length Edit
The Sony HDR-CX240 has a maximum focal length of 4mmmm, however the Panasonic HC-V160 is only a 1,646mmmm maximum focal length camcorder (3mm shorter).
Shorter minimum focal length Edit
The Sony HDR-CX240 is a 1.9mmmm minimum focal length camcorder. That's 30.4mm shorter than the Panasonic HC-V160 (1.9mmmm).
Smaller Edit
The Sony HDR-CX240 has a height of 59.5mmmm. That's 0.5mm smaller than the Panasonic HC-V160 (59.5mmmm).

Reasons Against

5 Reasons Against
Three times smaller sensor size Edit
The Panasonic HC-V160 is a 2.51MPMP sensor camcorder. That's 6.69MP smaller than the Sony HDR-CX240 (9.2MPMP). 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.

Hugely smaller digital zoom Edit
Panasonic HC-V160 is only 2,500xx (digital), but the Sony HDR-CX240 is a 320xx (digital) camcorder (318x 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.

Shorter maximum focal length Edit
The Panasonic HC-V160 has a maximum focal length of 1,646mmmm, whereas the Sony HDR-CX240 is a 4mmmm maximum focal length camcorder (3mm longer).
Longer minimum focal length Edit
The Panasonic HC-V160 is a 32.3mmmm minimum focal length camcorder. That's 30.4mm longer than the Sony HDR-CX240 (1.9mmmm).
Bigger Edit
The Panasonic HC-V160 is a 60mmmm high camcorder. That's 0.5mm bigger than the Sony HDR-CX240 (59.5mmmm).
7 Reasons Against
Smaller optical zoom Edit
Sony HDR-CX240 is only 27xx (optical). That's 11x smaller than the Panasonic HC-V160 (27xx). 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.

34% bigger minimum illumination Edit
The Sony HDR-CX240 is a 6lxlx minimum illumination camcorder. That's 2lx bigger than the Panasonic HC-V160 (6lxlx).
9g heavier Edit
The Sony HDR-CX240 has a weight of 190gg, but the Panasonic HC-V160 is a 181gg weight camcorder (9g 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
Sony HDR-CX240 is 54mmmm wide. That's 1mm bigger than the Panasonic HC-V160 (54mmmm).
More expensive by $32
The Sony HDR-CX240 is $32 more expensive than the Panasonic HC-V160.
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Older by eight months
The Sony HDR-CX240 is eight months older than the Panasonic HC-V160.

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Image Sensor

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

Lens System

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

Storage

Memory Card Slot
1 Unknown - Click to provide data
Memory Card
 SDXC
 SDHC
 MS Micro (M2)
 MicroSD (Transflash)
 SDXC
 SDHC
 MS Micro (M2)
 MicroSD (Transflash)
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
 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

Shutter

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

Display

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

Viewfinder

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

Camcorder Type
 handheld
 handheld
Image Processor
 BIONZ
 BIONZ
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Minimum Illumination
4lx
BEST
6lx
On Screen Display Language
 CZE
 NOR
 ENG
 FRE
 DEU
 ITA
 POL
 ESP
 SWE
 TUR
 CZE
 NOR
 ENG
 FRE
 DEU
 ITA
 POL
 ESP
 SWE
 TUR

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
 1440 x 1080
 1280 x 720
 1920 x 1080
 960 x 540
 640 x 360
 1440 x 1080
 1280 x 720
Maximum Video Resolution
 1920 x 1080
 1920 x 1080

Still Image

Image Format
 JPG
 JPG
Still Image Resolution
 3968 x 2232
 1920 x 1080
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 3968 x 2232
 1920 x 1080
Maximum Image Resolution
 3968 x 2232
 4032 x 2272
 3968 x 2232
 4032 x 2272
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Audio

Audio Format
 MP4
 AAC++
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 MP4
 AAC++
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-FV50
Battery Voltage
3.6V Unknown - Click to provide data
Battery Capacity
970mAh Unknown - Click to provide data
Battery
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
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 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)

Weight & Dimensions

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

Packaging Content

Bundled Software
Unknown - Click to provide data PlayMemories Home
Cable Included
 USB
 AV
 Composite
 HDMI
 USB
 AV
 Composite
 HDMI

Other Features

Aperture Range
Unknown - Click to provide data 1.9 - 4
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