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Panasonic HC-V160 vs Sony HDR-CX405

Panasonic HC-V160 vs Sony HDR-CX405

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Panasonic HC-V160
Sony HDR-CX405

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Reasons For

4 Reasons For
Bigger total megapixels Edit
The Panasonic HC-V160 has a total megapixels of 2.5MP. That's 0.21MP 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.

3 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).

Reasons Against

3 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).
6 Reasons Against
10% smaller total megapixels Edit
The Sony HDR-CX405 is a 2.29MP sensor camcorder. That's 0.21MP 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.

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The Sony HDR-CX405 is two months older than the Panasonic HC-V160.

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Image Sensor

Total Megapixels
2.5MP
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
Interchangeable Lens
 Interchangeable lens
Unknown - Click to provide data
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

Memory Slots
1 Unknown - Click to provide data
Compatible Memory Cards
 SDXC
 SDHC
 SD
 MicroSD (Transflash)
 MicroSDHC
 MicroSDXC
 SDXC
 SDHC
 SD
 MicroSD (Transflash)
 MicroSDHC
 MicroSDXC
Camcorder Media Type
 Memory card
 Memory card
Camera File System
 Exif 2.2
 DCF
 Exif
 Exif 2.2
 DCF
 Exif

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
 Outdoor
 Indoor
 Auto
 Cloudy
 Sunny
 Outdoor
 Indoor

Flash

Built-In Flash
 Built-in flash
 Built-in flash
Built-In Light
 Built-in light
 Built-in light

Shutter

Shutter Speed (video)
1/25 - 1/8000 Unknown - Click to provide data
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
Vari-Angle LCD Display
 Vari-angle LCD display
Unknown - Click to provide data

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
On Screen Display (OSD) Languages
 CZE
 NOR
 ENG
 FRE
 DEU
 ITA
 POL
 ESP
 SWE
 TUR
 CZE
 NOR
 ENG
 FRE
 DEU
 ITA
 POL
 ESP
 SWE
 TUR

Design

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

Video

Full HD
 Full HD
 Full HD
HD Type
 Full HD
 Full HD
Bitrate At Maximum Video Resolution
17 Mbit/s Unknown - Click to provide data
Supported Video Modes
 1080p
 1080i
 720p
 1080p
 1080i
 720p
Video Formats Supported
 MP4
 AVCHD
 AVC
 MPEG
 MPEG4
 H.264
 MP4
 AVCHD
 AVC
 MPEG
 MPEG4
 H.264
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
 MP4
 PCM
 MP4
 PCM
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

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 Port
1 1
S-Video Out
 S-Video out
 S-Video out
PictBridge
 PictBridge
Unknown - Click to provide data
Mini HDMI Port
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
114mm 595mm
Depth
60mm 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
Lens Hood
 Lens hood
Unknown - Click to provide data

Other Features

USB Connectivity
 USB connectivity
Unknown - Click to provide data

Projector

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

Technical Details

USB Charging
 USB charging
 USB charging
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