Panasonic HC-V380 vs Zoom Q4n

Panasonic HC-V380
Zoom Q4n

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Reasons For

4 Reasons For
Vastly bigger digital zoom Edit
The Panasonic HC-V380 has a digital zoom of 3,000x, however the Zoom Q4n is only a 1.5x (digital) camcorder (2,998.5x 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.

Longer maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) Edit
Panasonic HC-V380 is 1,740mm maximum focal length, but the Zoom Q4n is only a 16.6mm maximum focal length camcorder (1,723.4mm shorter).
34% larger display diagonal Edit
The Panasonic HC-V380 is a 3" screen size camcorder. That's 1" larger than the Zoom Q4n (2"). 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.

890mAh higher battery capacity Edit
The Panasonic HC-V380 has a battery capacity of 1,940mAh, however the Zoom Q4n is only a 1,050mAh battery camcorder (890mAh lower).
5 Reasons For
Bigger total megapixels Edit
Zoom Q4n is 3MP sensor, but the Panasonic HC-V380 is only a 2.51MP sensor camcorder (0.49MP 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.

59% longer battery life (max) Edit
The Zoom Q4n has a battery life (max) of 3h. That's 1.75h longer than the Panasonic HC-V380 (3h). Read more

Battery life is the time the camcorder can record video.

A longer battery life allows you to record video for longer before recharging the camcorder or changing the battery.

42% lighter Edit
The Zoom Q4n is a 178.6g weight camcorder. That's 73.4g lighter than the Panasonic HC-V380 (178.6g). Read more

Weight of the camcorder including battery.

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

$48 cheaper
The Zoom Q4n is $48 cheaper than the Panasonic HC-V380.
Available from 15 shops
A greater number of stores increases the price competition amongst retailers for this camcorder and also increases the chances of the product remaining in stock.

Reasons Against

6 Reasons Against
Smaller total megapixels Edit
Panasonic HC-V380 is only 2.51MP sensor. That's 0.49MP smaller than the Zoom Q4n (3MP). 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.

1.75h shorter battery life (max) Edit
The Panasonic HC-V380 has a battery life (max) of 1.25h, however the Zoom Q4n is a 3h battery life camcorder (1.75h longer). Read more

Battery life is the time the camcorder can record video.

A longer battery life allows you to record video for longer before recharging the camcorder or changing the battery.

A lot heavier Edit
The Panasonic HC-V380 has a weight of 252g, whereas the Zoom Q4n is a 178.6g weight camcorder (73.4g 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 $48
The Panasonic HC-V380 is $48 more expensive than the Zoom Q4n.
Fewer sellers
The Panasonic HC-V380 is only stocked by 5 stores, but the Zoom Q4n is stocked by 20 retailers. Read more
The fewer the number of shops that stock the product, the lower the competition amongst shops to keep prices low.
Older by one month
The Panasonic HC-V380 is one month older than the Zoom Q4n.
4 Reasons Against
Smaller digital zoom Edit
The Zoom Q4n has a digital zoom of 1.5x. That's 2,998.5x smaller than the Panasonic HC-V380 (1.5x). 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.

1,723.4mm shorter maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) Edit
Zoom Q4n is only 16.6mm maximum focal length. That's 1,723.4mm shorter than the Panasonic HC-V380 (16.6mm).
1" smaller display diagonal Edit
The Zoom Q4n is a 2" screen size camcorder, whereas the Panasonic HC-V380 is a 3" screen size camcorder (1" 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.

Lower battery capacity Edit
The Zoom Q4n has a battery capacity of 1,050mAh. That's 890mAh lower than the Panasonic HC-V380 (1,050mAh).

Date Released

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Image Sensor

Total Megapixels
2.51MP 3MP
BEST
Optical Sensor Size
 1/3
 1/3
BEST
Sensor Type
 MOS
 MOS
Effective Megapixels (image)
1.67MP Unknown - Click to provide data
Effective Megapixels (movie)
2.2MP Unknown - Click to provide data

Lens System

Optical Zoom
50x Unknown - Click to provide data
Digital Zoom
3,000x
BEST
1.5x
Image Stabilizer
 Image stabilizer
Unknown - Click to provide data
Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
1,740mm
BEST
16.6mm
Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
28mm Unknown - Click to provide data
Focal Length (35mm Film Equivalent)
28 - 1740 Unknown - Click to provide data
Focal Length Range (f-F)
2.06 - 103 Unknown - Click to provide data
Wide Angle Lens System
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Wide angle lens system

Storage

Maximum Memory Card Size
Unknown - Click to provide data 128GB
Memory Slots
1 1
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

Normal Focusing Range
Unknown - Click to provide data 0.36 - ∞
Focus Adjustment
 Auto
 Manual
 Auto
 Manual

Light Exposure

Scene Modes
 Night
 Party (indoor)
 Sunset
 Night
 Party (indoor)
 Sunset

White Balance

White Balance
 Auto
 Cloudy
 Sunny
 Indoor
 Auto
 Cloudy
 Sunny
 Indoor

Display

Display Diagonal
3"
BEST
2"
Built-In Display
 Built-in display
 Built-in display
Touchscreen
 Touchscreen
 Touchscreen
Display
 LCD
 LCD

Camera

Camcorder Type
 handheld
 handheld
On Screen Display (OSD)
 On Screen Display (OSD)
Unknown - Click to provide data
Minimum Illumination
4lx Unknown - Click to provide data
On Screen Display (OSD) Languages
 ENG
 FRE
 DEU
 ITA
 POL
 ESP
 SWE
 TUR
 DUT
 CZE
 ENG
 FRE
 DEU
 ITA
 POL
 ESP
 SWE
 TUR
 DUT
 CZE
Webcam Capability
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Webcam capability

Design

Tripod Mountable
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Tripod mountable
Colour of Product
 Black
 Black

Video

Full HD
 Full HD
Unknown - Click to provide data
HD Type
 Full HD
 Full HD
Bitrate At Maximum Video Resolution
Unknown - Click to provide data 24 Mbit/s
Supported Video Modes
 1080p
 720p
 480p
 1080p
 720p
 480p
Video Formats Supported
 MP4
 AVCHD
 AVC
 MOV
 MPEG
 MPEG4
 H.264
 MP4
 AVCHD
 AVC
 MOV
 MPEG
 MPEG4
 H.264
Video Resolutions
 1920 x 1080
 1280 x 720
 640 x 480
 1920 x 1080
 1280 x 720
 640 x 480
Maximum Video Resolution
 2304 x 1296
 2304 x 1296
BEST
Maximum Frame Rate
Unknown - Click to provide data 60fps
Analog Signal Format System
 PAL
 NTSC
 PAL
 NTSC
BEST

Still Image

Image Formats Supported
 JPG
BEST
 JPG
Still Image Resolution(s)
 4224 x 2376
 3408 x 2272
 1920 x 1080
 1728 x 1152
 640 x 480
BEST
 4224 x 2376
 3408 x 2272
 1920 x 1080
 1728 x 1152
 640 x 480
Maximum Image Resolution
 4224 x 2376
 2304 x 1296
BEST
 4224 x 2376
 2304 x 1296

Audio

Audio Formats Supported
 WAV
 AAC++
 WAV
 AAC++
BEST
Wind Filter
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Wind filter
Built-In Speaker(s)
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Built-in speaker(s)
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 Ports Quantity
1 1
Headphone Outputs
 Headphone outputs
 Headphone outputs
Mini HDMI Ports Quantity
1 1
Mini-USB 2.0 Ports Quantity
Unknown - Click to provide data 1

Networking

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

Battery

Battery Life (max)
1.25h 3h
BEST
Video Recording Time
Unknown - Click to provide data 3h
Battery Voltage
3.6V 4.2V
Battery Capacity
1,940mAh
BEST
1,050mAh
Battery Technology
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
BEST
Battery Recharge Time
Unknown - Click to provide data 3h
Charging Source
 USB
 DC
 USB
 DC

Weight & Dimensions

Weight
252g 178.6g
BEST
Height
62mm 86mm
Depth
129mm 119mm
Width
60mm 49mm

Packaging Content

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

Other Features

USB Connectivity
 USB connectivity
 USB connectivity

Technical Details

USB Charging
 USB charging
Unknown - Click to provide data
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