Panasonic HC-V380 vs Zoom Q8

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Panasonic HC-V380
Zoom Q8

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Reasons For

6 Reasons For
Vastly bigger digital zoom Edit
The Panasonic HC-V380 has a digital zoom of 3,000x. That's 2,996x bigger than the Zoom Q8 (4x). 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.

98% longer maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) Edit
Panasonic HC-V380 is 1,740mm maximum focal length. That's 1,705mm longer than the Zoom Q8 (35mm).
Moderately larger display diagonal Edit
The Panasonic HC-V380 is a 3" screen size camcorder, whereas the Zoom Q8 is only a 2.7" screen size camcorder (0.3" smaller). Read more

Display diagonal of the camcorder's build in display.

A larger display diagonal makes it easier to record and review video and images.

13% higher battery capacity Edit
The Panasonic HC-V380 has a battery capacity of 1,940mAh. That's 240mAh higher than the Zoom Q8 (1,700mAh).
Lighter Edit
The Panasonic HC-V380 is a 252g weight camcorder. That's 8g lighter than the Zoom Q8 (260g). Read more

Weight of the camcorder including battery.

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

$42 cheaper
The Panasonic HC-V380 is $42.01 cheaper than the Zoom Q8.
2 Reasons For
17% bigger total megapixels Edit
The Zoom Q8 has a total megapixels of 3MP. That's 0.49MP bigger than the Panasonic HC-V380 (3MP). 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.

11 shops are selling it
The more sellers stock the product, the greater competition amongst sellers to keep prices low.

Reasons Against

2 Reasons Against
Smaller total megapixels Edit
Panasonic HC-V380 is only 2.51MP sensor, but the Zoom Q8 is a 3MP sensor camcorder (0.49MP 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.

Fewer sellers
Only 5 stores sells the Panasonic HC-V380, but 16 sellers sell the Zoom Q8. Read more
The smaller the number of retailers that stock this camcorder, the lower the competition amongst retailers to keep prices low.
6 Reasons Against
Smaller digital zoom Edit
The Zoom Q8 is a 4x (digital) camcorder, whereas the Panasonic HC-V380 is a 3,000x (digital) camcorder (2,996x 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.

1,705mm shorter maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) Edit
The Zoom Q8 has a maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) of 35mm, however the Panasonic HC-V380 is a 1,740mm maximum focal length camcorder (1,705mm longer).
Smaller display diagonal Edit
Zoom Q8 is only 2.7" screen size. That's 0.3" smaller than the Panasonic HC-V380 (2.7"). Read more

Display diagonal of the camcorder's build in display.

A larger display diagonal makes it easier to record and review video and images.

240mAh lower battery capacity Edit
The Zoom Q8 is a 1,700mAh battery camcorder, whereas the Panasonic HC-V380 is a 1,940mAh battery camcorder (240mAh higher).
8g heavier Edit
The Zoom Q8 has a weight of 260g, but the Panasonic HC-V380 is a 252g weight camcorder (8g lighter). Read more

Weight of the camcorder including battery.

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

More expensive by $42
The Zoom Q8 is $42.01 more expensive than the Panasonic HC-V380.

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Image Sensor

Total Megapixels
2.51MP 3MP
BEST
Optical Sensor Size
 1/3
 1/3
BEST
Sensor Type
 MOS
 MOS
Effective Megapixels (image)
1.67MP Unknown - Click to provide data
Effective Megapixels (movie)
2.2MP Unknown - Click to provide data

Lens System

Optical Zoom
50x Unknown - Click to provide data
Digital Zoom
3,000x
BEST
4x
Image Stabilizer
 Image stabilizer
Unknown - Click to provide data
Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
1,740mm
BEST
35mm
Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
28mm Unknown - Click to provide data
Focal Length (35mm Film Equivalent)
28 - 1740 Unknown - Click to provide data
Focal Length Range (f-F)
2.06 - 103 Unknown - Click to provide data

Storage

Maximum Memory Card Size
Unknown - Click to provide data 128GB
Memory Slots
1 1
Compatible Memory Cards
 SDXC
 SDHC
 SD
 SDXC
 SDHC
 SD
Camcorder Media Type
 Memory card
 Memory card
Camera File System
 Exif 2.2
 DCF
 Exif
 Exif 2.2
 DCF
 Exif

Focusing

Focus Adjustment
 Auto
 Manual
 Auto
 Manual

White Balance

White Balance
 Auto
 Cloudy
 Sunny
 Indoor
 Auto
 Cloudy
 Sunny
 Indoor

Display

Display Diagonal
3"
BEST
2.7"
Built-In Display
 Built-in display
 Built-in display
Touchscreen
 Touchscreen
Unknown - Click to provide data
Display
 LCD
 LCD

Camera

Camcorder Type
 handheld
 handheld
On Screen Display (OSD)
 On Screen Display (OSD)
Unknown - Click to provide data
Minimum Illumination
4lx Unknown - Click to provide data
On Screen Display (OSD) Languages
 ENG
 FRE
 DEU
 ITA
 POL
 ESP
 SWE
 TUR
 DUT
 CZE
 ENG
 FRE
 DEU
 ITA
 POL
 ESP
 SWE
 TUR
 DUT
 CZE

Design

LED Indicators
Unknown - Click to provide data
 LED indicators
Colour of Product
 Black
 Black

Video

Full HD
 Full HD
Unknown - Click to provide data
HD Type
 Full HD
 Full HD
Supported Video Modes
 1080p
 720p
 480p
 1080p
 720p
 480p
Video Formats Supported
 MP4
 AVCHD
 AVC
 MOV
 MPEG
 MPEG4
 H.264
 MP4
 AVCHD
 AVC
 MOV
 MPEG
 MPEG4
 H.264
Video Resolutions
 1920 x 1080
 1280 x 720
 640 x 480
 848 x 480
 1920 x 1080
 1280 x 720
 640 x 480
 848 x 480
Maximum Video Resolution
 1920 x 1080
 1920 x 1080
Maximum Frame Rate
Unknown - Click to provide data 60fps
Analog Signal Format System
 PAL
 NTSC
 PAL
 NTSC
BEST

Still Image

Image Formats Supported
 JPG
BEST
 JPG
Still Image Resolution(s)
 4224 x 2376
 3408 x 2272
 1920 x 1080
 1728 x 1152
 640 x 480
BEST
 4224 x 2376
 3408 x 2272
 1920 x 1080
 1728 x 1152
 640 x 480
Maximum Image Resolution
 4224 x 2376
BEST
 4224 x 2376

Audio

Audio Formats Supported
 WAV
 AAC++
 WAV
 AAC++
BEST
Built-In Speaker(s)
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Built-in speaker(s)
Built-In Microphone
 Built-in microphone
 Built-in microphone
Audio System
 Dolby Digital 2.0
BEST
 Dolby Digital 2.0

Ports & Interfaces

HDMI
 HDMI
 HDMI
DC-In Jack
Unknown - Click to provide data
 DC-in jack
USB 2.0 Ports Quantity
1 1
Microphone in
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Microphone in
Headphone Outputs
 Headphone outputs
 Headphone outputs
Mini HDMI Ports Quantity
1 Unknown - Click to provide data
Mini-USB 2.0 Ports Quantity
Unknown - Click to provide data 1
Micro-USB 2.0 Ports Quantity
Unknown - Click to provide data 1

Networking

Wi-Fi
 Wi-Fi
Unknown - Click to provide data

Battery

Battery Life (max)
1.25h Unknown - Click to provide data
Battery Voltage
3.6V 4.2V
Battery Capacity
1,940mAh
BEST
1,700mAh
Battery Technology
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
BEST
Charging Source
 USB
 USB

Weight & Dimensions

Weight
252g
BEST
260g
Height
62mm 69mm
Depth
129mm 158mm
Width
60mm 48mm

Packaging Content

Batteries Included
 Batteries included
Unknown - Click to provide data
Quick Start Guide
 Quick start guide
Unknown - Click to provide data
Cables Included
 USB
BEST
 USB
AC Adapter Included
 AC adapter included
Unknown - Click to provide data
Warranty Card
 Warranty card
Unknown - Click to provide data

Other Features

USB Connectivity
 USB connectivity
Unknown - Click to provide data

Technical Details

USB Charging
 USB charging
Unknown - Click to provide data
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