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Panasonic HC-V160 vs Panasonic HC-V250

Panasonic HC-V160 vs Panasonic HC-V250

Panasonic HC-V160
Panasonic HC-V250

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Reasons For

4 Reasons For
Bigger digital zoom Edit
The Panasonic HC-V160 is a 2,500x (digital) camcorder. That's 2,350x bigger than the Panasonic HC-V250 (150x). 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 is a 181g weight camcorder. That's 35g lighter than the Panasonic HC-V250 (216g). Read more

Weight of the camcorder including battery.

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

$331 cheaper
The Panasonic HC-V160 costs $149.99, whereas the Panasonic HC-V250 is $480.99.
Available from 5 shops
The more stores stock this camcorder, the greater competition amongst stores to keep prices low.
5 Reasons For
A bit bigger total megapixels Edit
The Panasonic HC-V250 is a 2.51MP sensor camcorder, whereas the Panasonic HC-V160 is only a 2.5MP sensor camcorder (0.0099999999999998MP 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.

24% bigger optical zoom Edit
The Panasonic HC-V250 has an optical zoom of 50x, however the Panasonic HC-V160 is only a 38x (optical) camcorder (12x 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.

Longer maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) Edit
The Panasonic HC-V250 is a 1,740mm maximum focal length camcorder. That's 94mm longer than the Panasonic HC-V160 (1,740mm).
4.3mm shorter minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) Edit
The Panasonic HC-V250 is a 28mm minimum focal length camcorder, whereas the Panasonic HC-V160 is a 32.3mm minimum focal length camcorder (4.3mm longer).
3x smaller minimum illumination Edit
The Panasonic HC-V250 has a minimum illumination of 1lx, however the Panasonic HC-V160 is a 4lx minimum illumination camcorder (3lx bigger).

Reasons Against

5 Reasons Against
A bit smaller total megapixels Edit
The Panasonic HC-V160 has a total megapixels of 2.5MP, however the Panasonic HC-V250 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
Panasonic HC-V160 is only 38x (optical), but the Panasonic HC-V250 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 has a maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) of 1,646mm. That's 94mm shorter than the Panasonic HC-V250 (1,740mm).
14% longer minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) Edit
The Panasonic HC-V160 has a minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) of 32.3mm, however the Panasonic HC-V250 is a 28mm minimum focal length camcorder (4.3mm shorter).
Hugely bigger minimum illumination Edit
The Panasonic HC-V160 has a minimum illumination of 4lx, but the Panasonic HC-V250 is a 1lx minimum illumination camcorder (3lx smaller).
5 Reasons Against
Sixteen times smaller digital zoom Edit
Panasonic HC-V250 is only 150x (digital). That's 2,350x smaller than the Panasonic HC-V160 (150x). 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% heavier Edit
The Panasonic HC-V250 is a 216g weight camcorder. That's 35g heavier than the Panasonic HC-V160 (216g). Read more

Weight of the camcorder including battery.

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

$331 more expensive
The Panasonic HC-V250 is more expensive than the Panasonic HC-V160 by $331.
Less retailers
Only 1 retailer sell the Panasonic HC-V250, whereas 6 shops sell the Panasonic HC-V160. 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.
One year older
The Panasonic HC-V250 is older than the Panasonic HC-V160 by one year.

Date Released

26 months Ago 38 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 2.2MP
Effective Megapixels (movie)
2.2MP 2.2MP

Lens System

Optical Zoom
38x 50x
BEST
Digital Zoom
2,500x
BEST
150x
Image Stabilizer
 Image stabilizer
 Image stabilizer
Interchangeable Lens
 Interchangeable lens
 Interchangeable lens
Image Stabilizer Type
 Hybrid
 Hybrid
BEST
Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
1,646mm 1,740mm
BEST
Minimum Aperture Number
1.8 1.8
Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
32.3mm 28mm
BEST
Maximum Aperture Number
4.2 4.2
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
 Auto
 Cloudy
 Sunny

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 1/25 - 1/8000
Shutter Speed (photo)
Unknown - Click to provide data 1/2 - 1/2000
Camera Shutter Speed
0.04 - 0.000125 Unknown - Click to provide data
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

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
 1080p
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
 1280 x 720
 1920 x 1080
 960 x 540
 640 x 360
 1280 x 720
Maximum Video Resolution
 1920 x 1080
 1920 x 1080

Still Image

Image Formats Supported
 JPG
 EXIF
 JPS
 JPG
 EXIF
 JPS
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)
 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
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 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 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
216g
Height
114mm 59mm
Depth
60mm 116mm
Width
53mm 53mm

Packaging Content

Batteries Included
 Batteries included
Unknown - Click to provide data
Quick Start Guide
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Quick start guide
Bundled Software
Unknown - Click to provide data HD Writer LE 2.1
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
Unknown - Click to provide data

Technical Details

USB Charging
 USB charging
Unknown - Click to provide data
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