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Panasonic HC-V160 vs Panasonic HC-V180

Panasonic HC-V160 vs Panasonic HC-V180

Panasonic HC-V160
Panasonic HC-V180

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Reasons For

4 Reasons For
25% higher effective megapixels (image) Edit
The Panasonic HC-V160 is a 2.2MP camcorder. That's 0.53MP higher than the Panasonic HC-V180 (1.67MP).
Bigger digital zoom Edit
Panasonic HC-V160 is 2,500x (digital). That's 2,000x bigger than the Panasonic HC-V180 (500x). 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.

17% lighter Edit
The Panasonic HC-V160 is a 181g weight camcorder. That's 30g lighter than the Panasonic HC-V180 (211g). Read more

Weight of the camcorder including battery.

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

$75 cheaper
The Panasonic HC-V160 costs $74.96 less than the Panasonic HC-V180.
5 Reasons For
1% bigger total megapixels Edit
The Panasonic HC-V180 is a 2.51MP sensor camcorder. That's 0.0099999999999998MP bigger than the Panasonic HC-V160 (2.51MP). 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.

24% bigger optical zoom Edit
The Panasonic HC-V180 has an optical zoom of 50x. That's 12x bigger than the Panasonic HC-V160 (50x). 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.

Slightly longer maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) Edit
The Panasonic HC-V180 is a 1,740mm maximum focal length camcorder, whereas the Panasonic HC-V160 is only a 1,646mm maximum focal length camcorder (94mm shorter).
4.3mm shorter minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) Edit
The Panasonic HC-V180 is a 28mm minimum focal length camcorder. That's 4.3mm shorter than the Panasonic HC-V160 (28mm).
Three times smaller minimum illumination Edit
The Panasonic HC-V180 is a 1lx minimum illumination camcorder. That's 3lx smaller than the Panasonic HC-V160 (1lx).

Reasons Against

6 Reasons Against
Moderately smaller total megapixels Edit
The Panasonic HC-V160 is a 2.5MP sensor camcorder, whereas the Panasonic HC-V180 is a 2.51MP sensor camcorder (0.0099999999999998MP 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.

12x smaller optical zoom Edit
The Panasonic HC-V160 has an optical zoom of 38x, however the Panasonic HC-V180 is a 50x (optical) camcorder (12x 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 HC-V160 is a 1,646mm maximum focal length camcorder. That's 94mm shorter than the Panasonic HC-V180 (1,740mm).
4.3mm longer minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) Edit
The Panasonic HC-V160 is a 32.3mm minimum focal length camcorder, whereas the Panasonic HC-V180 is a 28mm minimum focal length camcorder (4.3mm shorter).
Vastly bigger minimum illumination Edit
The Panasonic HC-V160 has a minimum illumination of 4lx, however the Panasonic HC-V180 is a 1lx minimum illumination camcorder (3lx smaller).
Over one year older
The Panasonic HC-V160 is older than the Panasonic HC-V180 by 15 months.
4 Reasons Against
A lot lower effective megapixels (image) Edit
The Panasonic HC-V180 has an effective megapixels (image) of 1.67MP, however the Panasonic HC-V160 is a 2.2MP camcorder (0.53MP higher).
Hugely smaller digital zoom Edit
Panasonic HC-V180 is only 500x (digital), but the Panasonic HC-V160 is a 2,500x (digital) camcorder (2,000x 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.

15% heavier Edit
The Panasonic HC-V180 has a weight of 211g, however the Panasonic HC-V160 is a 181g weight camcorder (30g 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 $75
The Panasonic HC-V180 is $74.96 more expensive than the Panasonic HC-V160.

Date Released

26 months Ago 11 months Ago

Image Sensor

Total Megapixels
2.5MP 2.51MP
BEST
Optical Sensor Size
 1/5
 1/5
Sensor Type
 MOS
 MOS
Effective Megapixels (image)
2.2MP
BEST
1.67MP
Effective Megapixels (movie)
2.2MP 2.2MP

Lens System

Optical Zoom
38x 50x
BEST
Digital Zoom
2,500x
BEST
500x
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 1,740mm
BEST
Minimum Aperture Number
1.8 Unknown - Click to provide data
Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
32.3mm 28mm
BEST
Maximum Aperture Number
4.2 Unknown - Click to provide data
Focal Length (35mm Film Equivalent)
32.3 - 1646 28 - 1740
Focal Length Range (f-F)
2.35 - 89.3 2.06 - 103

Storage

Memory Slots
1 Unknown - Click to provide data
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

Indoor White Balance
 Indoor white balance
 Indoor white balance
White Balance
 Auto
 Cloudy
 Sunny
 Indoor
 Auto
 Cloudy
 Sunny
 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
Shutter Speed (photo)
Unknown - Click to provide data 1/2 - 1/2000
Camera Shutter Speed
0.04 - 0.000125 1/25 – 1/8000
Camera Shutter Type
 Electronic
 Electronic

Display

Display Diagonal
2.7" 2.7"
Built-In Display
 Built-in display
 Built-in display
Touchscreen
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Touchscreen
Display Resolution (numeric)
230,400 pixels Unknown - Click to provide data
Display
 LCD
 LCD
Vari-Angle LCD Display
 Vari-angle LCD display
Unknown - Click to provide data

Viewfinder

Viewfinder Type
 Not available
 Not available

Camera

Camcorder Type
 handheld
 handheld
3D
 3D
Unknown - Click to provide data
On Screen Display (OSD)
 On Screen Display (OSD)
 On Screen Display (OSD)
Minimum Illumination
4lx 1lx
BEST
On Screen Display (OSD) Languages
 CZE
 NOR
 ENG
 FRE
 DEU
 ITA
 POL
 ESP
 SWE
 TUR
 DUT
 CZE
 NOR
 ENG
 FRE
 DEU
 ITA
 POL
 ESP
 SWE
 TUR
 DUT

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
 720p
 480p
 1080p
 720p
 480p
Video Formats Supported
 MP4
 AVCHD
 AVC
 MP4
 AVCHD
 AVC
Video Resolutions
 1920 x 1080
 960 x 540
 640 x 360
 1280 x 720
 640 x 480
 1920 x 1080
 960 x 540
 640 x 360
 1280 x 720
 640 x 480
Maximum Video Resolution
 1920 x 1080
 1920 x 1080

Still Image

Image Formats Supported
 JPG
 JPEG XR
 JPG
 JPEG XR
Still Image Resolution(s)
 3968 x 2232
 1920 x 1080
 4224 x 2376
 3408 x 2272
 1728 x 1152
 640 x 480
 3968 x 2232
 1920 x 1080
 4224 x 2376
 3408 x 2272
 1728 x 1152
 640 x 480
BEST
Maximum Image Resolution
 3968 x 2232
 4224 x 2376
 3968 x 2232
 4224 x 2376
BEST

Audio

Audio Formats Supported
 MP4
BEST
 MP4
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
 DC-in jack
Unknown - Click to provide data
USB 2.0 Port
1 1
Headphone Outputs
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Headphone outputs
S-Video Out
 S-Video out
Unknown - Click to provide data
PictBridge
 PictBridge
Unknown - Click to provide data
Mini HDMI Port
1 1

Networking

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

Battery

Battery Life (max)
Unknown - Click to provide data 1.25h
Battery Voltage
3.6V 3.6V
Battery Capacity
970mAh 1,940mAh
BEST
Battery Technology
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
BEST
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)

Weight & Dimensions

Weight
181g
BEST
211g
Height
114mm 59mm
Depth
60mm 116mm
Width
53mm 53mm

Packaging Content

Batteries Included
 Batteries included
 Batteries included
Quick Start Guide
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Quick start guide
Cables Included
 USB
 AV
 HDMI
 USB
 AV
 HDMI
AC Adapter Included
 AC adapter included
 AC adapter included
Warranty Card
 Warranty card
 Warranty card
Lens Hood
 Lens hood
Unknown - Click to provide data

Other Features

USB Connectivity
 USB connectivity
 USB connectivity

Technical Details

USB Charging
 USB charging
 USB charging
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