Panasonic HC-V160 vs Sony HDR-CX405 vs Sony HDR-CX440

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Panasonic HC-V160
Sony HDR-CX405
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Reasons For

5 Reasons For
22% bigger optical zoom Edit
The Panasonic HC-V160 has an optical zoom of 38x, however the Sony HDR-CX405 and the Sony HDR-CX440 are both only 30x (optical) camcorders (8x 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.

Bigger digital zoom Edit
Panasonic HC-V160 is 2,500x (digital). That's 2,150x bigger than the Sony HDR-CX405 and the Sony HDR-CX440 (350x). 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
The Panasonic HC-V160 is a 1,646mm maximum focal length camcorder. That's 662mm longer than the Sony HDR-CX440 (984mm).
19% lighter Edit
The Panasonic HC-V160 is a 181g weight camcorder. That's 34g lighter than the Sony HDR-CX405 (190g) and 9g lighter than the Sony HDR-CX440 (190g). 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 Panasonic HC-V160 costs $48 less than the Sony HDR-CX405 and costs $142.63 less than the Sony HDR-CX440.
4 Reasons For
4% higher effective megapixels (image) Edit
The Sony HDR-CX405 is a 2.29MP camcorder. That's 0.09MP higher than the Panasonic HC-V160 ().
0.09MP higher effective megapixels (movie) Edit
Sony HDR-CX405 is 2.29MP (movie mode), but the Panasonic HC-V160 is only a 2.2MP (movie mode) camcorder (0.09MP lower).
1lx smaller minimum illumination Edit
The Sony HDR-CX405 has a minimum illumination of 3lx (as does the Sony HDR-CX440), whereas the Panasonic HC-V160 is a 4lx minimum illumination camcorder (1lx bigger).
Available from 1 shops
A greater number of retailers increases the price competition amongst retailers for this camcorder and also increases the chances of the product remaining in stock.
5 Reasons For
76% bigger total megapixels Edit
The Sony HDR-CX440 is a 9.2MP sensor camcorder. That's 6.69MP bigger than the Panasonic HC-V160 (9.2MP) and 6.91MP bigger than the Sony HDR-CX405 (9.2MP). 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.

5.5mm shorter minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) Edit
The Sony HDR-CX440 is a 26.8mm minimum focal length camcorder. That's 5.5mm shorter than the Panasonic HC-V160 (26.8mm).
Higher maximum aperture number Edit
Sony HDR-CX440 is 10 maximum aperture value. That's 5.8 higher than the Panasonic HC-V160 (10).
34% smaller minimum illumination Edit
The Sony HDR-CX440 is a 3lx minimum illumination camcorder, and so does the Sony HDR-CX405. That's 1lx smaller than the Panasonic HC-V160 (3lx).
Slightly better user reviews
Based on 9 user reviews, the average review score of the Sony HDR-CX440 is 87%, however the average rating of the Sony HDR-CX405 is 83% (based on 192 reviews).

Reasons Against

8 Reasons Against
Three times smaller total megapixels Edit
The Panasonic HC-V160 is a 2.51MP sensor camcorder, whereas the Sony HDR-CX405 is a 2.29MP sensor camcorder (0.22MP smaller) and the Sony HDR-CX440 is a 9.2MP sensor camcorder (6.69MP 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.

Lower effective megapixels (image) Edit
The Panasonic HC-V160 is a 2.2MP camcorder. That's 0.09MP lower than the Sony HDR-CX405 ().
A little lower effective megapixels (movie) Edit
The Panasonic HC-V160 is a 2.2MP (movie mode) camcorder, whereas the Sony HDR-CX405 is a 2.29MP (movie mode) camcorder (0.09MP higher).
5.5mm longer minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) Edit
The Panasonic HC-V160 is a 32.3mm minimum focal length camcorder, whereas the Sony HDR-CX440 is a 26.8mm minimum focal length camcorder (5.5mm shorter).
5.8 lower maximum aperture number Edit
Panasonic HC-V160 is only 4.2 maximum aperture value, but the Sony HDR-CX440 is a 10 maximum aperture value camcorder (5.8 higher).
25% bigger minimum illumination Edit
The Panasonic HC-V160 has a minimum illumination of 4lx, however the Sony HDR-CX405 and the Sony HDR-CX440 are both 3lx minimum illumination camcorders (1lx smaller).
Less retailers
Only 4 retailers sells the Panasonic HC-V160, whereas 5 stores sell the Sony HDR-CX405. 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 month older
The Panasonic HC-V160 is older than the Sony HDR-CX440 by one month. The Panasonic HC-V160 is the same age as the Sony HDR-CX405.
7 Reasons Against
Four times smaller total megapixels Edit
Sony HDR-CX405 is only 2.29MP sensor, but the Panasonic HC-V160 is a 2.51MP sensor camcorder (0.22MP bigger) and the Sony HDR-CX440 is a 9.2MP sensor camcorder (6.91MP 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.

A lot smaller optical zoom Edit
The Sony HDR-CX405 is a 30x (optical) camcorder (as does the Sony HDR-CX440), whereas the Panasonic HC-V160 is a 38x (optical) camcorder (8x 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.

Vastly smaller digital zoom Edit
The Sony HDR-CX405 has a digital zoom of 350x, and so does the Sony HDR-CX440. That's 2,150x smaller than the Panasonic HC-V160 (350x). 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.

34g heavier Edit
The Sony HDR-CX405 is a 215g weight camcorder. That's 34g heavier than the Panasonic HC-V160 (190g) and 25g heavier than the Sony HDR-CX440 (190g). Read more

Weight of the camcorder including battery.

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

$48 more expensive
The Sony HDR-CX405 is more expensive than the Panasonic HC-V160 by $48.
One month older
The Sony HDR-CX405 is older than the Sony HDR-CX440 by one month. The Sony HDR-CX405 is the same age as the Panasonic HC-V160.
Marginally Lower user review Score
The average user rating of the Sony HDR-CX405 is 83%, whereas the average user rating of the Sony HDR-CX440 is 87% (based on 9 reviews).
6 Reasons Against
Smaller optical zoom Edit
The Sony HDR-CX440 has an optical zoom of 30x, and so does the Sony HDR-CX405. That's 8x smaller than the Panasonic HC-V160 (30x). 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.

Smaller digital zoom Edit
Sony HDR-CX440 is only 350x (digital) (as does the Sony HDR-CX405), but the Panasonic HC-V160 is a 2,500x (digital) camcorder (2,150x 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.

Significantly shorter maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) Edit
The Sony HDR-CX440 is a 984mm maximum focal length camcorder, whereas the Panasonic HC-V160 is a 1,646mm maximum focal length camcorder (662mm longer).
9g heavier Edit
The Sony HDR-CX440 has a weight of 190g, however the Panasonic HC-V160 is a 181g weight camcorder (9g lighter) and the Sony HDR-CX405 is a 215g weight camcorder (25g heavier). 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 $143
The Sony HDR-CX440 is $142.63 more expensive than the Panasonic HC-V160 and $94.63 more expensive than the Sony HDR-CX405.
Less retailers
The Sony HDR-CX440 is only stocked by 4 shops, whereas the Sony HDR-CX405 is stocked by 5 shops. Read more
Fewer numbers of sellers reduces the price competition amongst retailers for the product and also reduces the chances of this camcorder remaining in stock.

Average Expert Rating

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Average User Rating

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Date Released

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Image Sensor

Total Megapixels
2.51MP 2.29MP 9.2MP
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Optical Sensor Size
 1/5
 1/5
 1/5
Sensor Type
 MOS
 MOS
 MOS
Effective Megapixels (image)
2.2MP 2.29MP
BEST
Unknown - Click to provide data
Effective Megapixels (movie)
2.2MP 2.29MP
BEST
Unknown - Click to provide data
Optical Sensor Resolution
Unknown - Click to provide data Unknown - Click to provide data 2,510,000 pixels

Lens System

Optical Zoom
38x
BEST
30x 30x
Digital Zoom
2,500x
BEST
350x 350x
Image Stabilizer
 Image stabilizer
 Image stabilizer
 Image stabilizer
Interchangeable Lens
Unknown - Click to provide data Unknown - Click to provide data
 Interchangeable lens
Image Stabilizer Type
 Hybrid
 Hybrid
BEST
 Hybrid
Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
1,646mm
BEST
Unknown - Click to provide data 984mm
Minimum Aperture Number
1.8 1.8 1.8
Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
32.3mm Unknown - Click to provide data 26.8mm
BEST
Maximum Aperture Number
4.2 Unknown - Click to provide data 10
BEST
Focal Length (35mm Film Equivalent)
32.3 - 1646 26.8 - 804 Unknown - Click to provide data
Focal Length Range (f-F)
2.35 - 89.3 1.9 - 57 1.9 - 57

Storage

Internal Storage Capacity
Unknown - Click to provide data Unknown - Click to provide data 8GB
Flash Memory
Unknown - Click to provide data Unknown - Click to provide data 8GB
Compatible Memory Cards
 SDXC
 SDHC
 SD
 MicroSD (Transflash)
 MicroSDHC
 MicroSDXC
 MS Micro (M2)
 SDXC
 SDHC
 SD
 MicroSD (Transflash)
 MicroSDHC
 MicroSDXC
 MS Micro (M2)
 SDXC
 SDHC
 SD
 MicroSD (Transflash)
 MicroSDHC
 MicroSDXC
 MS Micro (M2)
Camcorder Media Type
 Memory card
 NAND
 Memory card
 NAND
 Memory card
 NAND
BEST
Camera File System
 DCF 2.0
 Exif 2.3
 DCF
 MPF
 Exif
 DCF 2.0
 Exif 2.3
 DCF
 MPF
 Exif
 DCF 2.0
 Exif 2.3
 DCF
 MPF
 Exif

Focusing

Closest Focusing Distance
Unknown - Click to provide data Unknown - Click to provide data 0.01m
Face Detection
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Face detection
 Face detection
Normal Focusing Range
Unknown - Click to provide data Unknown - Click to provide data 0.01 - 0.8
Focus Adjustment
 Auto
 Manual
 Auto
 Manual
 Auto
 Manual

Light Exposure

Scene Modes
 Beach
 Snow
 Fireworks
 Landscape
 Portrait
 Spotlight
 Night
 Sunset
 Sunrise
 Beach
 Snow
 Fireworks
 Landscape
 Portrait
 Spotlight
 Night
 Sunset
 Sunrise
 Beach
 Snow
 Fireworks
 Landscape
 Portrait
 Spotlight
 Night
 Sunset
 Sunrise
Light Exposure Modes
 Auto
 Manual
 Auto
 Manual
 Auto
 Manual

White Balance

Indoor White Balance
 Indoor white balance
Unknown - Click to provide data Unknown - Click to provide data
White Balance
 Auto
 Cloudy
 Sunny
 Indoor
 Outdoor
 Push
 Auto
 Cloudy
 Sunny
 Indoor
 Outdoor
 Push
 Auto
 Cloudy
 Sunny
 Indoor
 Outdoor
 Push

Flash

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

Shutter

Camera Shutter Speed
0.04 - 0.000125 1/25 - 1/10000 0.0001 - 0.125
Camera Shutter Type
 Electronic
 Electronic
 Electronic

Display

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

Camera

Camcorder Type
 handheld
 handheld
 handheld
3D
 3D
 3D
 3D
On Screen Display (OSD)
 On Screen Display (OSD)
Unknown - Click to provide data
 On Screen Display (OSD)
Shooting Modes
 Auto
 Scene
 Movie
 Auto
 Scene
 Movie
 Auto
 Scene
 Movie
Image Processor
 BIONZ X
 BIONZ X
BEST
 BIONZ X
BEST
Minimum Illumination
4lx 3lx
BEST
3lx
BEST
Self-Timer Delay
Unknown - Click to provide data 10 10
On Screen Display (OSD) Languages
 ENG
 FRE
 POR
 ESP
 ENG
 FRE
 POR
 ESP
 ENG
 FRE
 POR
 ESP
Camera Playback
 Single image
 Slide show
 Single image
 Slide show
 Single image
 Slide show

Design

Colour of Product
 Black
 Black
 Black

Video

Full HD
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Full HD
Unknown - Click to provide data
HD Type
 Full HD
 Full HD
 Full HD
Bitrate At Maximum Video Resolution
Unknown - Click to provide data Unknown - Click to provide data 50 Mbit/s
Supported Video Modes
 1080p
 1080i
 720p
 1080p
 1080i
 720p
 1080p
 1080i
 720p
Video Formats Supported
 MP4
 MPEG
 MPEG4
 H.264
 AVCHD
 AVC
 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
 1440 x 1080
 1280 x 720
BEST
 1920 x 1080
 960 x 540
 640 x 360
 1440 x 1080
 1280 x 720
BEST
 1920 x 1080
 960 x 540
 640 x 360
 1440 x 1080
 1280 x 720
Maximum Video Resolution
 1920 x 1080
 1920 x 1080
 1920 x 1080
Analog Signal Format System
 NTSC
 NTSC
 NTSC
BEST

Still Image

Image Formats Supported
 JPG
 EXIF
 JPG
 EXIF
 JPG
 EXIF
Still Image Resolution(s)
 3968 x 2232
 1920 x 1080
 640 x 480
BEST
 3968 x 2232
 1920 x 1080
 640 x 480
 3968 x 2232
 1920 x 1080
 640 x 480
Maximum Image Resolution
 3968 x 2232
 4032 x 2272
 3968 x 2232
 4032 x 2272
BEST
 3968 x 2232
 4032 x 2272
BEST

Audio

Audio Formats Supported
 PCM
 AAC++
 PCM
 AAC++
BEST
 PCM
 AAC++
Wind Filter
Unknown - Click to provide data Unknown - Click to provide data
 Wind filter
Built-In Speaker(s)
 Built-in speaker(s)
 Built-in speaker(s)
 Built-in speaker(s)
Built-In Microphone
 Built-in microphone
 Built-in microphone
 Built-in microphone
Audio System
 Dolby Digital 2.0
 Dolby Digital 2.0
BEST
 Dolby Digital 2.0

Ports & Interfaces

HDMI
 HDMI
 HDMI
 HDMI
DC-In Jack
 DC-in jack
Unknown - Click to provide data
 DC-in jack
Composite Video Out
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Composite video out
Unknown - Click to provide data
USB 2.0 Ports Quantity
1 1 1
S-Video Out
 S-Video out
 S-Video out
 S-Video out
Mini HDMI Ports Quantity
1 Unknown - Click to provide data Unknown - Click to provide data

Networking

Wi-Fi
Unknown - Click to provide data Unknown - Click to provide data
 Wi-Fi
Near Field Communication (NFC)
Unknown - Click to provide data Unknown - Click to provide data
 Near Field Communication (NFC)

Battery

Battery Type
Unknown - Click to provide data NP-BX1 NP-BX1
Battery Voltage
3.6V Unknown - Click to provide data 3.6V
Battery Capacity
970mAh Unknown - Click to provide data Unknown - Click to provide data
Battery Technology
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
BEST
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
BEST
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Number of Batteries Supported
Unknown - Click to provide data Unknown - Click to provide data 1
Charging Source
 AC
 USB
 AC
 USB
 AC
 USB

Weight & Dimensions

Weight
181g
BEST
215g 190g
Height
60mm 595mm 128mm
Depth
114mm 128mm 59.5mm
Width
53mm 54mm 54mm

Packaging Content

Batteries Included
 Batteries included
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Batteries included
Cables Included
 USB
 AV
BEST
 USB
 AV
 USB
 AV
AC Adapter Included
 AC adapter included
Unknown - Click to provide data
 AC adapter included
Warranty Card
 Warranty card
Unknown - Click to provide data Unknown - Click to provide data

Projector

Built-In Projector
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Built-in projector
Unknown - Click to provide data

Technical Details

Flash Modes
 Red-eye reduction
 Red-eye reduction
 Red-eye reduction
BEST
Self-Timer
Unknown - Click to provide data Unknown - Click to provide data
 Self-timer
USB Charging
Unknown - Click to provide data
 USB charging
Unknown - Click to provide data
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