Panasonic HC-V160 vs Panasonic HC-V250

Panasonic HC-V160
Panasonic HC-V250

Top Prices

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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.

$274 cheaper
The Panasonic HC-V160 costs $149.99, whereas the Panasonic HC-V250 is $423.89.
Available from 2 shops
The more stores stock this camcorder, the greater competition amongst stores to keep prices low.
5 Reasons For
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).
Higher battery capacity Edit
Panasonic HC-V250 is 1,940mAh battery. That's 970mAh higher than the Panasonic HC-V160 (1,940mAh).

Reasons Against

5 Reasons Against
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).
970mAh lower battery capacity Edit
The Panasonic HC-V160 is a 970mAh battery camcorder. That's 970mAh lower than the Panasonic HC-V250 (1,940mAh).
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.

$274 more expensive
The Panasonic HC-V250 is more expensive than the Panasonic HC-V160 by $273.90.
Less retailers
Only 2 stores sells the Panasonic HC-V250, whereas 4 stores 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.
Two months older
The Panasonic HC-V250 is older than the Panasonic HC-V160 by two months.

Date Released

25 months Ago 27 months Ago

Image Sensor

Total Megapixels
2.51MP 2.51MP
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
Unknown - Click to provide data
 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

Compatible Memory Cards
 SDXC
 SDHC
 SD
 SDXC
 SDHC
 SD
Camcorder Media Type
 Memory card
 Memory card

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

Shutter

Shutter Speed (video)
Unknown - Click to provide data 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

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
 ENG
 FRE
 DEU
 ITA
 POL
 ESP
 TUR
 DUT
 CZE
 ENG
 FRE
 DEU
 ITA
 POL
 ESP
 TUR
 DUT
 CZE

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
 1080p
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
 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

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
USB 2.0 Ports Quantity
1 1
S-Video Out
 S-Video out
 S-Video out
Mini HDMI Ports Quantity
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
60mm 59mm
Depth
114mm 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

Other Features

Night Mode
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Night mode
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