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Panasonic HCV160K Camcorder

2.51MP 1/5.8 181g Feb 2015
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19 Reasons For

Popular Choice

According to sales data from Amazon, the HC-V160 is a popular choice amongst people who bought video cameras in the last 3 months.

Good Product Quality

Several Panasonic HC-V160 reviewers who purchased it reckoned that it was good quality. C. Torley wrote on Amazon in August this year “This camcorder is easy to use, light and has good quality filming” and scored it 99 out of 100. This month Great Expectations rated it 5 stars and said “Lovely - small and super quality” in their Panasonic HC-V160 review. Jabbawocky said in their review on Amazon “Picture quality is great, powerful zoom, clear”.

Easy to Use

Two customers who reviewed it concluded that it was easy to use. C. Torley mentioned in their Panasonic HC-V160 review on Amazon “This camcorder is easy to use, light and has good quality filming”. This year Reviewer 88 scored this camcorders 5 stars and said in their review of this camcorders on Amazon “Good simple to use video camcorder”.

Nice Design

A few Panasonic HC-V160 reviewers mentioned in their reviews that it was good looking. Brian wrote in his Panasonic HC-V160 review “Perfectly for still photo shots and cam corder looks pretty good, not mastered the sound as”.

Good Quality Lens

One customer who bought this camcorders thought it had a good zoom. This month Jabbawocky rated it 5 stars and mentioned on Amazon “Picture quality is great, powerful zoom, clear and sharp”.

Panasonic Has Good Camcorder Reviews

Based on 125 user and expert reviews, Panasonic has good ratings for its camcorders. Panasonic also has good ratings specifically for its small sensor size camcorders compared to other manufacturers.

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Quite Big Digital Zoom

The digital zooms of camcorders that have been available for a similar time to the HC-V160 range from 6x to 3,000x, and the average digital zoom is 770x. At 2,500 times zoom factor, the HC-V160 has a fairly big digital zoom compared to most of the other small sensor size camcorders that were released one year ago.

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Has an Image Stabiliser

The HC-V160 has an image stabiliser. Most of the other camcorders of a comparable age and spec to the HC-V160 also have an image stabiliser.

There are a number of other video cameras with an image stabiliser currently available that you might also want to look at including because of it's better review score, the Canon Legria HF R606[plb_2697379_price].

We compared this camcorder to all the other video cameras with an image stabiliser and we think the Canon Legria HF R67[plb_2882031_price] is also worth considering.

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Has an HDMI Port

has an HDMI port

Like most of the other comparable spec video cameras that were released around the same time as the HC-V160, the Panasonic HC-V160 has an HDMI port.

We compared this camcorder to all the other camcorders with an HDMI port and we think the Canon Legria HF R606[plb_2697379_price] which has better reviews is also worth considering.

We think you might also be interested in other camcorders which also have an HDMI port including the Canon Legria HF R67[plb_2882031_price].

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Full HD

Full HD

The Panasonic HC-V160 is Full HD, as are most of the other video cameras of this age and type.

We think you might also be interested in some of the other Full HD camcorders currently available including the Canon Legria HF R606[plb_2697379_price] which has better reviews.

Camcorders which are Full HD that might be worth looking at include the Canon Legria HF R67[plb_2882031_price].

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SDXC Memory Card

SDXC memory card

The HC-V160 supports an SDXC memory card which is better than the SD memory card supported by most camcorders that are a similar age to it. SDXC cards are SD cards but with a much higher capacity and faster processing speeds. They have a maximum capacity of 2TB (Terabytes).

An SDXC memory card is in fact the best supported memory card type across all small sensor size camcorders that have been around for around the same time as the HC-V160.

An SD memory card is the worst supported memory card type amongst comparable types of camcorder.

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

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Very Light

With a weight of only 181 grams, the Panasonic HC-V160 is fairly light compared to most of the other similar spec video cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to the HC-V160. Small sensor size camcorders that have been around for around the same time as the HC-V160 have weights of between 180g and 1.6kg.

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Has a Built-In Display

The HC-V160 has a built-in display. Most of the other small sensor size camcorders that have been on the market for more than a year also have a built-in display.

We think you might also be interested in some of the other camcorders with a built-in display currently available including the Canon Legria HF R606[plb_2697379_price] which has better reviews.

Alternative video cameras which also have a built-in display that you might want to look at include the Canon Legria HF R67[plb_2882031_price].

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1080p Video Mode

This camcorder has a 1080p video mode, which is typical of many small sensor size camcorders that have been around for more than a year.

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Has One White Balance Mode

The HC-V160 has a greater number of white balance modes than most camcorders of a comparable type and age to it. The most frequently found white balance mode is Auto, but this white balance mode is not found on this video camera. The white balance modes Auto,Cloudy,Sunny,Indoor are also found on this Panasonic camcorder.

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Auto Focus Adjustment

This camcorder has an Auto/Manual focus adjustment, which is the most frequently found focus adjustment on camcorders of this spec and age.

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Very Small

Across all the camcorders of a similar age and spec to the HC-V160 the widths range from 53mm to 530mm, and the average width is 90mm. At only 53 millimeters, the HC-V160 is fairly small compared to most of the other video cameras that are a similar age to the HC-V160.

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Very Small

The smallest comparable spec video camera that has been on the market for around the same time as the HC-V160 is 59mm deep and the biggest is 270mm. The Panasonic HC-V160 is quite small (only 60 millimeters) compared to most of the other camcorders of this type and age.

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1920 X 1080 Still Image Resolution

This video camera supports a still image resolution of 3968 x 2232| 1920 x 1080, which is the most commonly supported still image resolution on similar spec camcorders that have been on the market for around the same time as it.

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13 Reasons Against

Does Not Have an Interchangeable Lens

The HC-V160 does not have an interchangeable lens, although keep in mind that most of the other video cameras that came out more than a year ago also do not have an interchangeable lens.

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Very Short Battery Life

The battery lifes of video cameras of a comparable age and spec to the HC-V160 range from 0.67h to 5h, and the average battery life is 3h. The HC-V160 has a quite short battery life (only 0.67 hours) compared to most of the other comparable spec video cameras that were released one year ago.

If you would prefer a camcorder with a longer battery life then you might want to consider the Canon Legria HF R67[plb_2882031_price] (2h).

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Very Small Screen Size

Small sensor size camcorders that came out around the same time as the HC-V160 have screen sizes of between 2.7" and 3.5", and the average screen size is 3". With a screen size of only 2.7 inches, the HC-V160 has a quite small screen size compared to most of the other small sensor size camcorders that were released around the same time as the HC-V160.

If you would prefer a camcorder with a larger screen size then you might want to look at the Canon Legria HF R67[plb_2882031_price] (3").

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Not 3D Compatible

The HC-V160 is not 3D compatible, although keep in mind that most of the other small sensor size camcorders that have been available for around the same time as the HC-V160 are also not 3D compatible.

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Does Not Have a Night Mode

Most comparable spec video cameras that came out more than a year ago do not have a night mode. The Panasonic HC-V160 is no exception to this as it too does not have a night mode.

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Not Waterproof

The HC-V160 is not waterproof. Most of the other comparable spec camcorders that were released around the same time as the HC-V160 are also not waterproof.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Projector

Most small sensor size camcorders that are a comparable age to the HC-V160 do not have a built-in projector. The Panasonic HC-V160 is no exception to this as it too does not have a built-in projector.

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Very Small Bitrate At Maximum Video Resolution

The average bitrate at maximum video resolution of small sensor size camcorders that came out around the same time as the HC-V160 is 32 Mbit/s. With a bitrate at maximum video resolution of only 17 megabits per second, the HC-V160 has one of the smaller bitrates at maximum video resolution amongst small sensor size camcorders of this age.

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Only 640 X 360 Pixels Video Resolution

The HC-V160 supports a 640 x 360 pixels video resolution which is higher than most camcorders of this age and type. Most camcorders that have been available for a similar time to it support a 1440 x 1080 pixels video resolution. The best video resolution of all camcorders of a similar spec and age to the HC-V160 is 3840 x 2160 pixels and the worst is 320 x 240 pixels.

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Very Low Battery Capacity

The HC-V160 has a fairly low battery capacity (only 970 milliamperes * hour) compared to most of the other video cameras that are a similar age to the HC-V160. The battery capacities of similar spec video cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to the HC-V160 range from 970mAh to 5,200mAh.

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Only Digital Image Stabiliser

The HC-V160 has a Digital image stabiliser which is better than most similar spec camcorders that were released around the same time as it. Most similar spec camcorders that were released one year ago have a Hybrid image stabiliser. Some compact cameras have digital Image stabilisation only, which simply boosts camera sensitivity (ISO) to obtain a faster shutter speeds to help prevent blur. No hardware is involved.

This video camera's image stabiliser type (Digital) is in fact the worst image stabiliser type across all camcorders of this type and age.

Across comparable types of video camera the best image stabiliser type is Optical.

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Only 3968 X 2232 Pixels Maximum Image Resolution

The HC-V160 has a maximum maximum image resolution of 3968 x 2232 pixels. That's 3% less maximum image resolution than the most frequently found maximum image resolution of 4032 x 2272 pixels. The worst maximum image resolution of all video cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to the HC-V160 is 3840 x 2160 pixels and the best is 6784 x 3816 pixels.

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Fairly Big Minimum Illumination

The average minimum illumination of video cameras of this type and age is 1.9lx. At 4 lux, the HC-V160 has a quite big minimum illumination compared to most of the other camcorders of a similar spec and age to the HC-V160.

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4 Other reasons to consider the Panasonic HC-V160

Full HD HD Type

The HD type of this camcorder is Full HD, which is typical of many small sensor size camcorders that have been available for more than a year.

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Released Over a Year Ago

Panasonic released the HC-V160 over a year ago.

Average Optical Zoom

At 38 times zoom factor, the HC-V160 has a pretty standard optical zoom compared to most of the other camcorders of this age and spec.

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1/5.8" Optical Sensor Size

This camcorder has a 1/5.8" optical sensor size, which is typical of many small sensor size camcorders that were launched around the same time as it.

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Specification

Image Sensor
Sensor Size
Optical Sensor Size
Sensor Type
Megapixel Count
Movie Megapixel Count
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Digital Zoom
Interchangeable Lens
Image Stabiliser
Maximum Focal Length
Minimum Aperture
Minimum Focal Length
Maximum Aperture Value
Focal Length
Focal Length Range
Storage
Memory Card Slot
Storage
Memory Card
Storage Media Type
Disc Type
File System
Focusing
Focus Adjustment
White Balance
White Balance Mode
Flash
Built-In Flash
Built-In Light
Shutter
Video Shutter Speed
Shutter Speed
Shutter Type
Display
Screen Size
Display Resolution
Display
Camera
Camcorder Type
3D Compatible
Minimum Illumination
Aspect Ratio
On Screen Display Language
Design
Colour
Video
HD Type
Bitrate At Maximum Video Resolution
Video Mode
Video Format
Video Resolution
Maximum Video Resolution
Still Image
Image Format
Still Image Resolution
Maximum Image Resolution
Audio
Audio Format
Audio System
Ports & Interfaces
USB 2.0 Port
S-Video Out Port
PictBridge
Mini HDMI Port
Battery
Battery Life
Battery Voltage
Battery Capacity
Battery
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Packaging Content
Cable Included
Other Features
Technical Details

Product Identifiers

Barcodes 05025232807659

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