Panasonic HC-V160 vs Sony HDR-CX240 vs Sony HDR-CX405

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Panasonic HC-V160
Sony HDR-CX240
Sony HDR-CX405

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Reasons For

4 Reasons For
11x bigger optical zoom Edit
The Panasonic HC-V160 has an optical zoom of 38xx, however the Sony HDR-CX240 is only a 27xx (optical) camcorder (11x smaller) and the Sony HDR-CX405 is only a 30xx (optical) camcorder (8x 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.

19% lighter Edit
The Panasonic HC-V160 is a 181gg weight camcorder. That's 9g lighter than the Sony HDR-CX240 (215gg) and 34g lighter than the Sony HDR-CX405 (215gg). Read more

Weight of the camcorder including battery.

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

Moderately smaller Edit
The Panasonic HC-V160 has a width of 53mmmm, however the Sony HDR-CX240 and the Sony HDR-CX405 are both 54mmmm wide camcorders (1mm bigger).
$42 cheaper
The Panasonic HC-V160 costs $41.90 less than the Sony HDR-CX405.
4 Reasons For
Vastly bigger sensor size Edit
The Sony HDR-CX240 has a sensor size of 9.2MPMP, however the Panasonic HC-V160 is only a 2.51MPMP sensor camcorder (6.69MP smaller) and the Sony HDR-CX405 is only a 2.29MPMP sensor camcorder (6.91MP 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 Sony HDR-CX240 is a 4mmmm maximum focal length camcorder. That's 3mm longer than the Panasonic HC-V160 ().
Sixteen times shorter minimum focal length Edit
The Sony HDR-CX240 has a minimum focal length of 1.9mmmm, however the Panasonic HC-V160 is a 32.3mmmm minimum focal length camcorder (30.4mm longer).
Nine times smaller Edit
The Sony HDR-CX240 has a height of 59.5mmmm, however the Panasonic HC-V160 is a 60mmmm high camcorder (0.5mm bigger) and the Sony HDR-CX405 is a 595mmmm high camcorder (535.5mm bigger).
4 Reasons For
Vastly bigger digital zoom Edit
The Sony HDR-CX405 has a digital zoom of 350xx. That's 348x bigger than the Panasonic HC-V160 (350xx) and 30x bigger than the Sony HDR-CX240 (350xx). 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.

3lx smaller minimum illumination Edit
The Sony HDR-CX405 has a minimum illumination of 3lxlx, whereas the Panasonic HC-V160 is a 4lxlx minimum illumination camcorder (1lx bigger) and the Sony HDR-CX240 is a 6lxlx minimum illumination camcorder (3lx bigger).
Available from 7 shops
A greater number of retailers increases the price competition amongst retailers for this camcorder and also increases the chances of the product remaining in stock.
User reviews are better
Based on 192 reviews, the Sony HDR-CX405 has an average user review score of 83%, whereas the Sony HDR-CX240 has an average rating of 77% (based on 76 reviews).

Reasons Against

7 Reasons Against
6.69MP smaller sensor size Edit
The Panasonic HC-V160 is a 2.51MPMP sensor camcorder, whereas the Sony HDR-CX240 is a 9.2MPMP sensor camcorder (6.69MP bigger) and the Sony HDR-CX405 is a 2.29MPMP sensor camcorder (0.22MP 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.

174x smaller digital zoom Edit
Panasonic HC-V160 is only 2,500xx (digital). That's 318x smaller than the Sony HDR-CX240 (350xx) and 348x smaller than the Sony HDR-CX405 (350xx). 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.

Three times shorter maximum focal length Edit
The Panasonic HC-V160 is a 1,646mmmm maximum focal length camcorder. That's 3mm shorter than the Sony HDR-CX240 ().
30.4mm longer minimum focal length Edit
The Panasonic HC-V160 has a minimum focal length of 32.3mmmm, whereas the Sony HDR-CX240 is a 1.9mmmm minimum focal length camcorder (30.4mm shorter).
25% bigger minimum illumination Edit
The Panasonic HC-V160 has a minimum illumination of 4lxlx, however the Sony HDR-CX240 is a 6lxlx minimum illumination camcorder (2lx bigger) and the Sony HDR-CX405 is a 3lxlx minimum illumination camcorder (1lx smaller).
0.5mm bigger Edit
The Panasonic HC-V160 is a 60mmmm high camcorder, whereas the Sony HDR-CX240 is a 59.5mmmm high camcorder (0.5mm smaller) and the Sony HDR-CX405 is a 595mmmm high camcorder (535mm bigger).
Less retailers
Only 6 stores sells the Panasonic HC-V160, whereas 13 shops sell the Sony HDR-CX405. 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.
8 Reasons Against
11x smaller optical zoom Edit
Sony HDR-CX240 is only 27xx (optical), but the Panasonic HC-V160 is a 38xx (optical) camcorder (11x bigger) and the Sony HDR-CX405 is a 30xx (optical) camcorder (3x 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.

Smaller digital zoom Edit
The Sony HDR-CX240 is a 320xx (digital) camcorder. That's 318x bigger than the Panasonic HC-V160 (350xx) and 30x smaller than the Sony HDR-CX405 (350xx). 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.

A lot bigger minimum illumination Edit
The Sony HDR-CX240 has a minimum illumination of 6lxlx, but the Panasonic HC-V160 is a 4lxlx minimum illumination camcorder (2lx smaller) and the Sony HDR-CX405 is a 3lxlx minimum illumination camcorder (3lx smaller).
5% heavier Edit
The Sony HDR-CX240 is a 190gg weight camcorder. That's 9g heavier than the Panasonic HC-V160 (215gg) and 25g lighter than the Sony HDR-CX405 (215gg). Read more

Weight of the camcorder including battery.

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

Slightly bigger Edit
Sony HDR-CX240 is 54mmmm wide (as does the Sony HDR-CX405), but the Panasonic HC-V160 is a 53mmmm wide camcorder (1mm smaller).
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Eight months older
The Sony HDR-CX240 is older than the Panasonic HC-V160 by eight months and older than the Sony HDR-CX405 by seven months.
Lower user review Score
The Sony HDR-CX240 only has an average user rating of 77%, but the Sony HDR-CX405 has an average user rating of 83% (based on 192 reviews).
7 Reasons Against
6.91MP smaller sensor size Edit
Sony HDR-CX405 is only 2.29MPMP sensor, but the Panasonic HC-V160 is a 2.51MPMP sensor camcorder (0.22MP bigger) and the Sony HDR-CX240 is a 9.2MPMP sensor camcorder (6.91MP 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
The Sony HDR-CX405 is a 30xx (optical) camcorder, whereas the Panasonic HC-V160 is a 38xx (optical) camcorder (8x bigger) and the Sony HDR-CX240 is a 27xx (optical) camcorder (3x 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.

34g heavier Edit
The Sony HDR-CX405 is a 215gg weight camcorder. That's 34g heavier than the Panasonic HC-V160 (215gg) and 25g heavier than the Sony HDR-CX240 (215gg). Read more

Weight of the camcorder including battery.

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

Hugely bigger Edit
Sony HDR-CX405 is 595mmmm high, but the Panasonic HC-V160 is a 60mmmm high camcorder (535mm smaller) and the Sony HDR-CX240 is a 59.5mmmm high camcorder (535.5mm smaller).
1mm bigger Edit
The Sony HDR-CX405 is a 54mmmm wide camcorder (as does the Sony HDR-CX240), whereas the Panasonic HC-V160 is a 53mmmm wide camcorder (1mm smaller).
$42 more expensive
The Sony HDR-CX405 is more expensive than the Panasonic HC-V160 by $41.90.
One month older
The Sony HDR-CX405 is older than the Panasonic HC-V160 by one month.

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Average User Rating

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Image Sensor

Sensor Size
2.51MP 9.2MP
BEST
2.29MP
Optical Sensor Size
 1/5
 1/5
 1/5
Sensor Type
 MOS
 MOS
 MOS
Megapixel Count
2.2MP
BEST
Unknown - Click to provide data 2.29MP
Movie Megapixel Count
2.2MP
BEST
Unknown - Click to provide data 2.29MP

Lens System

Optical Zoom
38x
BEST
27x 30x
Digital Zoom
2,500x 320x 350x
BEST
Image Stabiliser
 Hybrid
 Hybrid
 Hybrid
BEST
Maximum Focal Length
1,646mm 4mm
BEST
Unknown - Click to provide data
Minimum Aperture
1.8 Unknown - Click to provide data 1.8
Minimum Focal Length
32.3mm 1.9mm
BEST
Unknown - Click to provide data
Maximum Aperture Value
4.2 Unknown - Click to provide data Unknown - Click to provide data
Focal Length
32.3 - 1646 29.8 - 804 26.8 - 804
Focal Length Range
2.35 - 89.3 2.1 - 57 1.9 - 57

Storage

Memory Card Slot
1 Unknown - Click to provide data Unknown - Click to provide data
Memory Card
 SDXC
 SDHC
 MS Micro (M2)
 MicroSD (Transflash)
 MicroSDHC
 MicroSDXC
 SDXC
 SDHC
 MS Micro (M2)
 MicroSD (Transflash)
 MicroSDHC
 MicroSDXC
 SDXC
 SDHC
 MS Micro (M2)
 MicroSD (Transflash)
 MicroSDHC
 MicroSDXC
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
Exposure Mode
 Auto
 Auto
 Auto

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

Display

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

Viewfinder

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

Camera

Camcorder Type
 handheld
 handheld
 handheld
Shooting Mode
 Auto
 Scene
 Movie
 Auto
 Scene
 Movie
 Auto
 Scene
 Movie
Image Processor
 BIONZ X
 BIONZ X
 BIONZ X
BEST
Minimum Illumination
4lx 6lx 3lx
BEST
Self-Timer
Unknown - Click to provide data 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
 NOR
 ENG
 FRE
 DEU
 ITA
 POL
 ESP
 SWE
 TUR
 CZE

Design

Colour
 Black
 Black
 Black

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
 1440 x 1080
 1280 x 720
 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
 1920 x 1080

Still Image

Image Format
 JPG
 EXIF
 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
 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
 3968 x 2232
 4032 x 2272
BEST

Audio

Audio Format
 MP4
 AAC++
 PCM
BEST
 MP4
 AAC++
 PCM
 MP4
 AAC++
 PCM
BEST
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 Unknown - Click to provide data 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 NP-FV50 NP-BX1
Battery Voltage
3.6V Unknown - Click to provide data Unknown - Click to provide data
Battery Capacity
970mAh Unknown - Click to provide data Unknown - Click to provide data
Battery
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
BEST
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
BEST
Charging Source
 AC
 USB
 AC
 USB
 AC
 USB

Weight & Dimensions

Weight
181g
BEST
190g 215g
Height
60mm 59.5mm
BEST
595mm
Depth
60mm 128mm
BEST
128mm
BEST
Width
53mm
BEST
54mm 54mm

Packaging Content

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

Other Features

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