Panasonic HC-V160 vs Panasonic HC-V270

Panasonic HC-V160
Panasonic HC-V270

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Reasons For

4 Reasons For
Image stabilizer Edit
The Panasonic HC-V160 has an image stabilizer, whereas the Panasonic HC-V270 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.

Lighter Edit
The Panasonic HC-V160 is a 181g weight camcorder. That's 35g lighter than the Panasonic HC-V270 (216g). Read more

Weight of the camcorder including battery.

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

$255 cheaper
The Panasonic HC-V160 costs $149.99, whereas the Panasonic HC-V270 is $405.41.
Available from 3 shops
The more stores stock this camcorder, the greater competition amongst stores to keep prices low.
4 Reasons For
12x bigger optical zoom Edit
The Panasonic HC-V270 is a 50x (optical) camcorder. 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.

17% bigger digital zoom Edit
The Panasonic HC-V270 has a digital zoom of 3,000x, however the Panasonic HC-V160 is only a 2,500x (digital) camcorder (500x 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.

3x smaller minimum illumination Edit
The Panasonic HC-V270 is a 1lx minimum illumination camcorder. That's 3lx smaller than the Panasonic HC-V160 (1lx).
A lot higher battery capacity Edit
The Panasonic HC-V270 has a battery capacity of 1,940mAh, however the Panasonic HC-V160 is only a 970mAh battery camcorder (970mAh lower).

Reasons Against

5 Reasons Against
12x smaller optical zoom Edit
Panasonic HC-V160 is only 38x (optical), but the Panasonic HC-V270 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.

500x smaller digital zoom Edit
The Panasonic HC-V160 is a 2,500x (digital) camcorder. That's 500x smaller than the Panasonic HC-V270 (3,000x). 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.

Hugely bigger minimum illumination Edit
The Panasonic HC-V160 has a minimum illumination of 4lx, but the Panasonic HC-V270 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-V270 (1,940mAh).
One month older
The Panasonic HC-V160 is older than the Panasonic HC-V270 by one month.
4 Reasons Against
Does not have an image stabilizer Edit
The Panasonic HC-V270 does not have an image stabilizer, but the Panasonic HC-V160 does. 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.

35g heavier Edit
The Panasonic HC-V270 has a weight of 216g, whereas the Panasonic HC-V160 is a 181g weight camcorder (35g 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 $255
The Panasonic HC-V270 is $255.42 more expensive than the Panasonic HC-V160.
Fewer sellers
The Panasonic HC-V270 is only stocked by 1 seller, but the Panasonic HC-V160 is stocked by 4 retailers. Read more
The fewer the number of sellers that stock the product, the lower the competition amongst sellers to keep prices low.

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Date Released

25 months Ago 24 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 3,000x
BEST
Image Stabilizer
 Image stabilizer
BEST
 Image stabilizer
Interchangeable Lens
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Interchangeable lens
Image Stabilizer Type
 Digital
BEST
 Digital
Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
1,646mm Unknown - Click to provide data
Minimum Aperture Number
1.8 Unknown - Click to provide data
Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
32.3mm Unknown - Click to provide data
Maximum Aperture Number
4.2 Unknown - Click to provide data
Focal Length (35mm Film Equivalent)
32.3 - 1646 33.6 - 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
Unknown - Click to provide data
White Balance
 Auto
 Cloudy
 Sunny
 Indoor
 Auto
 Cloudy
 Sunny
 Indoor

Flash

Built-In Flash
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Built-in flash

Shutter

Shutter Speed (video)
Unknown - Click to provide data 1/8000 - 1/25
Shutter Speed (photo)
Unknown - Click to provide data 1/2000 - 1/2
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
Touchscreen
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Touchscreen
Display Resolution (numeric)
230,400 pixels 230,400 pixels
Display
 LCD
 LCD

Camera

Camcorder Type
 handheld
 handheld
3D
 3D
 3D
On Screen Display (OSD)
 On Screen Display (OSD)
Unknown - Click to provide data
Minimum Illumination
4lx 1lx
BEST

Design

Colour of Product
 Black
 Red
 Black
 Red

Video

HD Type
 Full HD
 Full HD
Supported Video Modes
 1080p
BEST
 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
BEST
 1920 x 1080
 960 x 540
 640 x 360
Maximum Video Resolution
 1920 x 1080
 1920 x 1080

Still Image

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

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 530mm

Packaging Content

Batteries Included
 Batteries included
 Batteries included
Cables Included
 USB
 AV
 HDMI
 DC
 USB
 AV
 HDMI
 DC
AC Adapter Included
 AC adapter included
 AC adapter included
Warranty Card
 Warranty card
 Warranty card

Other Features

USB Connectivity
Unknown - Click to provide data
 USB connectivity

Technical Details

USB Charging
Unknown - Click to provide data
 USB charging
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