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Panasonic AGAC160APJ Camcorder

2.2MP 1/3 2.4kg Nov 2012
Sensor Size Optical Sensor Size Full HD Weight Release Date
Newly added to the Panasonic AVCCAM lineup, the AG-AC160AEJ and AG-AC130AEJ Memory Card Camera Recorders offer a host of advanced functions. The lens, camera section and recorder section of these... More
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11 Reasons For

Panasonic Has Good Video Camera Reviews

We checked 125 user and expert reviews for Panasonic video cameras and found that on average Panasonic has good ratings compared to other manufacturers. We also found that Panasonic has good ratings specifically for its small sensor size camcorders.

Full HD HD Type

The HD type of this camcorder is Full HD, which is typical of many comparable spec camcorders that were released more than two years ago.

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Quite Large Screen Size

The AG-AC160 has a quite large screen size (3.45 inches) compared to most of the other video cameras that have been around for around the same time as the AG-AC160. The smallest screen size of camcorders of a similar type and age to the AG-AC160 is 1.4" and the largest is 4.3".

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Has an HDMI Port

has an HDMI port

The Panasonic AG-AC160 has an HDMI port. Most of the other comparable spec video cameras that came out around the same time as the AG-AC160 also have an HDMI port.

We compared all the other camcorders with an HDMI port to this camcorder and we think a cheaper video camera such as the Sony HDR-PJ320 or you might consider a higher rated video camera such as the Canon Legria HF R46 are also worth considering.

We compared this camcorder to all the other camcorders with an HDMI port and we think the Canon Legria HF M46 is also worth considering.

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Full HD

Full HD

The AG-AC160 is Full HD. Most of the other video cameras of this age and spec also are Full HD.

It may also be worth considering one of the other Full HD video cameras currently available including a cheaper video camera such as the Sony HDR-PJ320 or you might consider a higher scoring video camera such as the Canon Legria HF R46.

If you are looking for a camcorder that is Full HD then you might want to consider the Canon Legria HF M46.

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1/3" Optical Sensor Size

The AG-AC160 has a maximum optical sensor size of 1/3". That's 94% more optical sensor size than the most frequently found optical sensor size of 1/5.8". 4.80 x 3.60mm.

A 1/3" optical sensor size is actually the best optical sensor size across all camcorders of this type and age.

The worst optical sensor size across comparable types of video camera is 1/8".

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SDXC Memory Card

SDXC memory card

The Panasonic AG-AC160 supports a better memory card type than most small sensor size camcorders that are a similar age to it. This Panasonic camcorder supports an SDXC memory card, whereas most similar spec video cameras that have been available for a comparable time to it support an SD memory card. In addition, this video camera supports an SDHC memory card. SDXC cards are SD cards but with a much higher capacity and faster processing speeds. They have a maximum capacity of 2TB (Terabytes).

This video camera's memory card type (SDXC) is in fact the best supported memory card type across all camcorders of this type and age.

Across similar types of video camera the worst supported memory card type is MicroSD (Transflash).

SDHC cards are DS cards with a higher capacity of up to 32GB.

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Fairly High Display Resolution

At 921,000 pixels, the Panasonic AG-AC160 has a fairly high display resolution compared to most of the other camcorders of a similar age and type to the AG-AC160. The lowest display resolution of small sensor size camcorders that were released more than two years ago is 1.2 pixels and the highest is 1,300,000 pixels.

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1080i Video Mode

1920 pixels × 1080 lines (2.1 megapixels), and a temporal resolution of 50 or 60 interlaced fields per second. The worst video mode of all camcorders that have been available for more than two years is 540p and the best is 1080p.

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Has a Built-In Display

The Panasonic AG-AC160 has a built-in display, as do most of the other video cameras of a comparable age and type to the AG-AC160.

Alternative video cameras with a built-in display currently available that you might want to look at include a cheaper camcorder such as the Sony HDR-PJ320 or you might consider a higher rated camcorder such as the Canon Legria HF R46.

There are a number of other video cameras which also have a built-in display that you might want to consider including the Canon Legria HF M46.

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Quite High Viewfinder Resolution

The AG-AC160 has one of the higher viewfinders resolutions (1,226,000 pixel) amongst comparable spec camcorders of this age. The average viewfinder resolution of small sensor size camcorders that came out around the same time as the AG-AC160 is 530,000 pixels, and the viewfinders resolutions range from 1.5 pixels to 1,600,000 pixels.

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9 Reasons Against

Does Not Have an Image Stabiliser

The AG-AC160 does not have an image stabiliser. Most of the other video cameras that have been available for around the same time as the AG-AC160 do have an image stabiliser.

We compared all the other camcorders which also have an image stabiliser to this video camera and we think the Sony HDR-PJ320 or the Canon Legria HF R46 are also worth considering.

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Very Small Digital Zoom

The average digital zoom of similar spec camcorders that have been around for around the same time as the AG-AC160 is 770x, and the digital zooms range from 1.5x to 3,500x. The Panasonic AG-AC160 has one of the smaller digital zooms (only 10 times zoom factor) amongst small sensor size camcorders of this age.

Video cameras with a bigger digital zoom that might also be worth considering include the Panasonic HC-V550 (150x and cheaper).

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Does Not Have an Interchangeable Lens

The AG-AC160 does not have an interchangeable lens, although it is worth noting that most of the other video cameras of a comparable age and spec to the AG-AC160 also do not have an interchangeable lens.

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Does Not Have a Night Mode

The Panasonic AG-AC160 does not have a night mode, although it is worth keeping in mind that most of the other small sensor size camcorders that have been on the market for a similar time to the AG-AC160 also do not have a night mode.

Other camcorders which also have a night mode that you might also want to look at include the Canon Legria HF R46.

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Not 3D Compatible

The AG-AC160 is not 3D compatible. Most of the other similar spec video cameras that are a comparable age to the AG-AC160 are also not 3D compatible.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Projector

Most video cameras that have been on the market for more than two years do not have a built-in projector. The Panasonic AG-AC160 is no exception to this as it too does not have a built-in projector.

There are a number of other camcorders which also have a built-in projector which you might also want to look at including the Sony HDR-PJ320.

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Not Waterproof

Like most of the other similar spec camcorders that have been available for around the same time as the AG-AC160, the AG-AC160 is not waterproof.

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Very Heavy

At 2.4 kilograms, the AG-AC160 is fairly heavy compared to most of the other small sensor size camcorders that have been around for more than two years. The lightest camcorder that has been around for around the same time as the AG-AC160 is 57g weight, the heaviest is 3.9kg, and the average weight is 500g.

If you don't mind having a heavier weight then you might want to consider the Canon Legria HF R46 (235g and higher rated); or the Sony HDR-PJ320 (210g and cheaper).

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Very High Typical Power Consumption

The AG-AC160 has a very high typical power consumption (11.8 Watts) compared to most of the other small sensor size camcorders that were launched around the same time as the AG-AC160. The typical power consumption of small sensor size camcorders that are a comparable age to the AG-AC160 range from 1.8W to 12W, and the average typical power consumption is 3.7W.

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3 Other reasons to consider the Panasonic AG-AC160

Released Over Four Years Ago

It was over four years ago when this small sensor size camcorder was released.

Average Optical Zoom

At 22 times zoom factor, the AG-AC160 has a pretty standard optical zoom compared to most of the other small sensor size camcorders that came out around the same time as the AG-AC160.

If this small sensor size camcorder optical zoom is too small for you then you might want to look at the Panasonic HC-V550 (50x and cheaper).

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MOS Sensor Type

This camcorder has a 3MOS sensor type, which is the most commonly found sensor type on camcorders that came out more than two years ago.

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Specification

Image Sensor
Sensor Size
Optical Sensor Size
Sensor Type
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Digital Zoom
Maximum Focal Length
Filter Size
Focal Length
Focal Length Range
Storage
Memory Card
Storage Media Type
Display
Screen Size
Display Resolution
Display
Viewfinder
Viewfinder Screen Size
Viewfinder Resolution
Camera
Camcorder Type
Design
Colour
Video
HD Type
Video Mode
Video Format
Maximum Video Resolution
Audio
PCM Digital Audio
Audio System
Ports & Interfaces
USB 2.0 Port
USB Connector Type
Operational Conditions
Operating Temperature Range
Operating Relative Humidity Range
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Packaging Content
Cable Included
Other Features
I/O Port
Typical Power Consumption

Expert Reviews

12 March 2012
Solid ergonomics, superior image quality
DRS option, sequential or simultaneous recording
VFRshutter dial
22x zoom
Smallish LCD screen
8bit HDSDI output, infinite turning focusiris rings

Brochures and Manuals

+- Manufacturer's Description

Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers agac160, agac160e, agac160ej
Barcodes 05025232636112

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