Panasonic HC-V160 vs Sony HDR-CX405

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Panasonic HC-V160
Sony HDR-CX405

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Reasons For

5 Reasons For
Bigger total megapixels Edit
The Panasonic HC-V160 has a total megapixels of 2.51MP. That's 0.22MP bigger than the Sony HDR-CX405 (2.29MP). 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.

Bigger optical zoom Edit
Panasonic HC-V160 is 38x (optical). That's 8x bigger than the Sony HDR-CX405 (30x). 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.

2,150x bigger digital zoom Edit
The Panasonic HC-V160 is a 2,500x (digital) camcorder, whereas the Sony HDR-CX405 is only a 350x (digital) camcorder (2,150x 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.

Lighter Edit
The Panasonic HC-V160 has a weight of 181g, but the Sony HDR-CX405 is a 215g weight camcorder (34g heavier). Read more

Weight of the camcorder including battery.

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

Cheaper by $48
The Panasonic HC-V160 costs $149.99, whereas the Sony HDR-CX405 is $197.99.
4 Reasons For
A little higher effective megapixels (image) Edit
The Sony HDR-CX405 has an effective megapixels (image) of 2.29MP, however the Panasonic HC-V160 is only a 2.2MP camcorder (0.09MP lower).
4% higher effective megapixels (movie) Edit
The Sony HDR-CX405 is a 2.29MP (movie mode) camcorder. That's 0.09MP higher than the Panasonic HC-V160 (2.29MP).
34% smaller minimum illumination Edit
The Sony HDR-CX405 is a 3lx minimum illumination camcorder. That's 1lx smaller than the Panasonic HC-V160 (3lx).
1 shops are selling it
A greater number of sellers increases the chances of the product remaining in stock and also increases the price competition amongst retailers for this camcorder.

Reasons Against

4 Reasons Against
0.09MP lower effective megapixels (image) Edit
The Panasonic HC-V160 has an effective megapixels (image) of 2.2MP, but the Sony HDR-CX405 is a 2.29MP camcorder (0.09MP higher).
Lower effective megapixels (movie) Edit
The Panasonic HC-V160 has an effective megapixels (movie) of 2.2MP. That's 0.09MP lower than the Sony HDR-CX405 (2.29MP).
Bigger minimum illumination Edit
The Panasonic HC-V160 is a 4lx minimum illumination camcorder. That's 1lx bigger than the Sony HDR-CX405 (3lx).
Not as many stockists
The Panasonic HC-V160 is only stocked by 4 sellers, however the Sony HDR-CX405 is stocked by 5 sellers. Read more
Fewer numbers of shops reduces the chances of the product remaining in stock and also reduces the price competition amongst retailers for this camcorder.
5 Reasons Against
10% smaller total megapixels Edit
The Sony HDR-CX405 is a 2.29MP sensor camcorder. That's 0.22MP smaller than the Panasonic HC-V160 (2.29MP). 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.

Smaller optical zoom Edit
The Sony HDR-CX405 has an optical zoom of 30x. That's 8x smaller than the Panasonic HC-V160 (30x). 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
Sony HDR-CX405 is only 350x (digital), but the Panasonic HC-V160 is a 2,500x (digital) camcorder (2,150x 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.

16% heavier Edit
The Sony HDR-CX405 has a weight of 215g, however the Panasonic HC-V160 is a 181g weight camcorder (34g 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 $48
The Sony HDR-CX405 is $48 more expensive than the Panasonic HC-V160.

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Image Sensor

Total Megapixels
2.51MP
BEST
2.29MP
Optical Sensor Size
 1/5
 1/5
Sensor Type
 MOS
 MOS
Effective Megapixels (image)
2.2MP 2.29MP
BEST
Effective Megapixels (movie)
2.2MP 2.29MP
BEST

Lens System

Optical Zoom
38x
BEST
30x
Digital Zoom
2,500x
BEST
350x
Image Stabilizer
 Image stabilizer
 Image stabilizer
Image Stabilizer Type
 Hybrid
 Hybrid
BEST
Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
1,646mm Unknown - Click to provide data
Minimum Aperture Number
1.8 1.8
Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
32.3mm Unknown - Click to provide data
Maximum Aperture Number
4.2 Unknown - Click to provide data
Focal Length (35mm Film Equivalent)
32.3 - 1646 26.8 - 804
Focal Length Range (f-F)
2.35 - 89.3 1.9 - 57

Storage

Compatible Memory Cards
 SDXC
 SDHC
 SD
 MicroSD (Transflash)
 MicroSDHC
 MicroSDXC
 SDXC
 SDHC
 SD
 MicroSD (Transflash)
 MicroSDHC
 MicroSDXC
Camcorder Media Type
 Memory card
 Memory card

Focusing

Face Detection
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Face detection
Focus Adjustment
 Auto
 Manual
 Auto
 Manual

Light Exposure

Scene Modes
 Beach
 Snow
 Fireworks
 Landscape
 Portrait
 Spotlight
 Beach
 Snow
 Fireworks
 Landscape
 Portrait
 Spotlight
Light Exposure Modes
 Auto
 Auto

White Balance

Indoor White Balance
 Indoor white balance
Unknown - Click to provide data
White Balance
 Auto
 Cloudy
 Sunny
 Indoor
 Outdoor
 Auto
 Cloudy
 Sunny
 Indoor
 Outdoor

Flash

Built-In Flash
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Built-in flash
Built-In Light
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Built-in light

Shutter

Camera Shutter Speed
0.04 - 0.000125 1/25 - 1/10000
Camera Shutter Type
 Electronic
 Electronic

Display

Display Diagonal
2.7" 2.7"
Built-In Display
 Built-in display
 Built-in display
Display Resolution (numeric)
230,400 pixels 230,400 pixels
Display
 LCD
 LCD

Camera

Camcorder Type
 handheld
 handheld
3D
 3D
 3D
On Screen Display (OSD)
 On Screen Display (OSD)
Unknown - Click to provide data
Shooting Modes
 Auto
 Scene
 Movie
 Auto
 Scene
 Movie
Image Processor
 BIONZ X
 BIONZ X
BEST
Minimum Illumination
4lx 3lx
BEST
Self-Timer Delay
Unknown - Click to provide data 10

Design

Colour of Product
 Black
 Black

Video

Full HD
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Full HD
HD Type
 Full HD
 Full HD
Supported Video Modes
 1080p
 1080i
 720p
 1080p
 1080i
 720p
Video Formats Supported
 MP4
 MPEG
 MPEG4
 H.264
 AVCHD
 AVC
 MP4
 MPEG
 MPEG4
 H.264
 AVCHD
 AVC
Video Resolutions
 1920 x 1080
 960 x 540
 640 x 360
 1920 x 1080
 960 x 540
 640 x 360
Maximum Video Resolution
 1920 x 1080
 1920 x 1080

Still Image

Image Formats Supported
 JPG
 EXIF
 JPG
 EXIF
Still Image Resolution(s)
 3968 x 2232
 1920 x 1080
 640 x 480
BEST
 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

Audio

Audio Formats Supported
 PCM
 AAC++
 PCM
 AAC++
BEST
Built-In Speaker(s)
 Built-in speaker(s)
 Built-in speaker(s)
Built-In Microphone
 Built-in microphone
 Built-in microphone
Audio System
 Dolby Digital 2.0
 Dolby Digital 2.0
BEST

Ports & Interfaces

HDMI
 HDMI
 HDMI
DC-In Jack
 DC-in jack
Unknown - Click to provide data
Composite Video Out
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Composite video out
USB 2.0 Ports Quantity
1 1
S-Video Out
 S-Video out
 S-Video out
Mini HDMI Ports Quantity
1 Unknown - Click to provide data

Battery

Battery Type
Unknown - Click to provide data NP-BX1
Battery Voltage
3.6V Unknown - Click to provide data
Battery Capacity
970mAh Unknown - Click to provide data
Battery Technology
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Charging Source
 AC
 USB
 AC
 USB

Weight & Dimensions

Weight
181g
BEST
215g
Height
60mm 595mm
Depth
114mm 128mm
Width
53mm 54mm

Packaging Content

Batteries Included
 Batteries included
Unknown - Click to provide data
Cables Included
 USB
 AV
BEST
 USB
 AV
AC Adapter Included
 AC adapter included
Unknown - Click to provide data
Warranty Card
 Warranty card
Unknown - Click to provide data

Projector

Built-In Projector
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Built-in projector

Technical Details

USB Charging
Unknown - Click to provide data
 USB charging
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