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Panasonic AG-AC160 vs Sony PXW-X160

Panasonic AG-AC160 vs Sony PXW-X160

Panasonic AG-AC160
Sony PXW-X160

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Reasons For

3 Reasons For
Lighter Edit
The Panasonic AG-AC160 is a 2.4kg weight camcorder. That's 300g lighter than the Sony PXW-X160 (2.7kg). Read more

Weight of the camcorder including battery.

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

$295 cheaper
The Panasonic AG-AC160 costs $3,495.00, whereas the Sony PXW-X160 is $3,789.97.
Available from 2 shops
The more stores stock this camcorder, the greater competition amongst stores to keep prices low.
7 Reasons For
Significantly bigger total megapixels Edit
The Sony PXW-X160 is a 50MP sensor camcorder, whereas the Panasonic AG-AC160 is only a 2.2MP sensor camcorder (47.8MP smaller). 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.

12% bigger optical zoom Edit
The Sony PXW-X160 has an optical zoom of 25x, however the Panasonic AG-AC160 is only a 22x (optical) camcorder (3x smaller). 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.

Image stabilizer Edit
The Sony PXW-X160 has an image stabilizer, but the Panasonic AG-AC160 does not. Read more

Image stabiliser is a system, either software (not good) or hardware (good) driven that smooths out the movement of the camera when used in a handheld mode. The Z7 has a hardware image stabiliser.

Longer maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) Edit
The Sony PXW-X160 is a 650mm maximum focal length camcorder. That's 34mm longer than the Panasonic AG-AC160 (650mm).
0.05" larger display diagonal Edit
The Sony PXW-X160 has a display diagonal of 3.5", however the Panasonic AG-AC160 is only a 3.45" screen size camcorder (0.05" 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.

Larger viewfinder screen size Edit
The Sony PXW-X160 is a 0.5" viewfinder screen size camcorder. That's 0.05" larger than the Panasonic AG-AC160 (0.5").
49% higher viewfinder Edit
The Sony PXW-X160 has a viewfinder of 2,360,000 pixels. That's 1,134,000 pixels higher than the Panasonic AG-AC160 (2,360,000 pixels).

Reasons Against

7 Reasons Against
Twenty-two times smaller total megapixels Edit
The Panasonic AG-AC160 has a total megapixels of 2.2MP, however the Sony PXW-X160 is a 50MP sensor camcorder (47.8MP 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.

Smaller optical zoom Edit
Panasonic AG-AC160 is only 22x (optical), but the Sony PXW-X160 is a 25x (optical) camcorder (3x bigger). 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.

Shorter maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) Edit
The Panasonic AG-AC160 has a maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) of 616mm. That's 34mm shorter than the Sony PXW-X160 (650mm).
0.05" smaller display diagonal Edit
Panasonic AG-AC160 is only 3.45" screen size, but the Sony PXW-X160 is a 3.5" screen size camcorder (0.05" larger). 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.

Smaller viewfinder screen size Edit
The Panasonic AG-AC160 is a 0.45" viewfinder screen size camcorder. That's 0.05" smaller than the Sony PXW-X160 (0.5").
93% lower viewfinder Edit
Panasonic AG-AC160 is only 1,226,000 pixels viewfinder resolution. That's 1,134,000 pixels lower than the Sony PXW-X160 (2,360,000 pixels).
Over one year older
The Panasonic AG-AC160 is older than the Sony PXW-X160 by 20 months.
3 Reasons Against
12% heavier Edit
The Sony PXW-X160 is a 2.7kg weight camcorder. That's 300g heavier than the Panasonic AG-AC160 (2.7kg). Read more

Weight of the camcorder including battery.

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

$295 more expensive
The Sony PXW-X160 is more expensive than the Panasonic AG-AC160 by $294.97.
Less retailers
Only 1 seller sell the Sony PXW-X160, whereas 3 sellers sell the Panasonic AG-AC160. Read more
Smaller numbers of stores reduces the price competition amongst retailers for this camcorder and also reduces the chances of the product remaining in stock.

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Date Released

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Image Sensor

Total Megapixels
2.2MP 50MP
BEST
Optical Sensor Size
 1/3
 1/3
Sensor Type
 MOS
 MOS

Lens System

Optical Zoom
22x 25x
BEST
Digital Zoom
10x Unknown - Click to provide data
Image Stabilizer
 Image stabilizer
 Image stabilizer
BEST
Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
616mm 650mm
BEST
Minimum Aperture Number
Unknown - Click to provide data 1.6
Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
Unknown - Click to provide data 26mm
Maximum Aperture Number
Unknown - Click to provide data 11
Filter Size
72mm 82mm
Focal Length (35mm Film Equivalent)
28 - 616 Unknown - Click to provide data
Focal Length Range (f-F)
3.9 - 86 3.7 - 92.5

Storage

Compatible Memory Cards
 SDXC
 SDHC
 SD
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 SDXC
 SDHC
 SD
Camcorder Media Type
 Memory card
 Memory card
ExpressCard Slot
Unknown - Click to provide data
 ExpressCard slot

Shutter

Camera Shutter Speed
Unknown - Click to provide data 1/32 - 1/2000

Display

Display Diagonal
3.45" 3.5"
BEST
Built-In Display
 Built-in display
 Built-in display
Display Resolution (numeric)
921,000 pixels Unknown - Click to provide data
Display
 OLED
 OLED
BEST

Viewfinder

Viewfinder Screen Size
0.45" 0.5"
BEST
Viewfinder
1,226,000 pixels 2,360,000 pixels
BEST
Viewfinder Type
 Electronic
 Electronic

Camera

Camcorder Type
 Shouldercam
 Shoulder camcorder
 Shouldercam
 Shoulder camcorder
3D
 3D
Unknown - Click to provide data
Remotely Operated
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Remotely operated

Design

Colour
 Black
 Black

Video

Full HD
 Full HD
 Full HD
HD Type
 Full HD
 Full HD
Supported Video Modes
 1080i
 1080p
 720p
BEST
 1080i
 1080p
 720p
Video Formats Supported
 AVI
 MPEG
 MPEG4
 H.264
 AVCHD
 AVC
 MPEG2
 DV
 AVI
 MPEG
 MPEG4
 H.264
 AVCHD
 AVC
 MPEG2
 DV
Video Resolutions
 1920 x 1080
 1280 x 720
 720 x 576
 1920 x 1080
 1280 x 720
 720 x 576
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Maximum Video Resolution
 1920 x 1080
 1920 x 1080
HD-Ready
Unknown - Click to provide data
 HD-Ready

Still Image

Maximum Image Resolution
 1920 x 1080
 1920 x 1080
BEST

Audio

Audio Formats Supported
 LPCM
 PCM
 LPCM
 PCM
BEST
Built-In Speaker(s)
 Built-in speaker(s)
Unknown - Click to provide data
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 Port
1 Unknown - Click to provide data
DV Port
 DV port
Unknown - Click to provide data
Headphone Outputs
 Headphone outputs
 Headphone outputs
S-Video Out
 S-Video out
Unknown - Click to provide data
XLR in
 XLR in
 XLR in
USB Connector Type
 USB B
 Mini-USB
 Mini-USB B
 USB B
 Mini-USB
 Mini-USB B
Mini USB Port
Unknown - Click to provide data 1

Networking

Wi-Fi
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Wi-Fi
Near Field Communication (NFC)
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Near Field Communication (NFC)

Battery

Battery Type
Unknown - Click to provide data BP-U30
Battery Technology
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
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Battery Capacity (Watt Hours)
Unknown - Click to provide data 28Wh
Battery Recharge Time
Unknown - Click to provide data 2.23h
Battery Supported
Unknown - Click to provide data 1

Operational Conditions

Operating Temperature (T-T)
0 - 40 0 - 40
Operating Relative Humidity (H-H)
10 - 80 Unknown - Click to provide data
Storage Temperature (T-T)
Unknown - Click to provide data -20 - 60

Weight & Dimensions

Weight
2.4kg
BEST
2.7kg
Height
180mm 201.5mm
Depth
438mm 412mm
Width
195mm 191.5mm

Packaging Content

Batteries Included
 Batteries included
 Batteries included
Quick Start Guide
 Quick start guide
 Quick start guide
Hand Strap
 Hand strap
Unknown - Click to provide data
Cables Included
 AC
 USB
 AC
 USB
AC Adapter Included
 AC adapter included
 AC adapter included
Handheld Remote Control
 Handheld remote control
 Handheld remote control
Warranty Card
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Warranty card
Lens Hood
 Lens hood
 Lens hood
Shoulder Strap
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Shoulder strap

Other Features

I/O Ports
1 x BNC (HD-SDI) Unknown - Click to provide data
Power Consumption (typical)
11.8W Unknown - Click to provide data
Feedback