Panasonic HC-V160 vs Sony HDR-CX240

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Panasonic HC-V160
Sony HDR-CX240

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Reasons For

6 Reasons For
Bigger optical zoom Edit
The Panasonic HC-V160 has an optical zoom of 38x. That's 11x bigger than the Sony HDR-CX240 (27x). 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.

Hugely bigger digital zoom Edit
Panasonic HC-V160 is 2,500x (digital), but the Sony HDR-CX240 is only a 320x (digital) camcorder (2,180x 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.

1,642mm longer maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) Edit
The Panasonic HC-V160 is a 1,646mm maximum focal length camcorder, whereas the Sony HDR-CX240 is only a 4mm maximum focal length camcorder (1,642mm shorter).
1% higher display resolution (numeric) Edit
Panasonic HC-V160 is 230,400 pixels display resolution. That's 400 pixels higher than the Sony HDR-CX240 (230,000 pixels). Read more

Total number of pixels that display has.

50% smaller minimum illumination Edit
The Panasonic HC-V160 is a 4lx minimum illumination camcorder. That's 2lx smaller than the Sony HDR-CX240 (6lx).
9g lighter Edit
The Panasonic HC-V160 has a weight of 181g, however the Sony HDR-CX240 is a 190g weight camcorder (9g heavier). Read more

Weight of the camcorder including battery.

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

2 Reasons For
73% bigger total megapixels Edit
The Sony HDR-CX240 has a total megapixels of 9.2MP. That's 6.69MP bigger than the Panasonic HC-V160 (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.

Shorter minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) Edit
The Sony HDR-CX240 has a minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) of 1.9mm. That's 30.4mm shorter than the Panasonic HC-V160 (1.9mm).

Reasons Against

2 Reasons Against
Three times smaller total megapixels Edit
The Panasonic HC-V160 is a 2.51MP sensor camcorder. That's 6.69MP smaller than the Sony HDR-CX240 (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.

Longer minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) Edit
The Panasonic HC-V160 is a 32.3mm minimum focal length camcorder. That's 30.4mm longer than the Sony HDR-CX240 (1.9mm).
8 Reasons Against
Smaller optical zoom Edit
Sony HDR-CX240 is only 27x (optical). That's 11x smaller than the Panasonic HC-V160 (27x). 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.

2,180x smaller digital zoom Edit
The Sony HDR-CX240 is a 320x (digital) camcorder, whereas the Panasonic HC-V160 is a 2,500x (digital) camcorder (2,180x 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.

411x shorter maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) Edit
The Sony HDR-CX240 has a maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) of 4mm, however the Panasonic HC-V160 is a 1,646mm maximum focal length camcorder (1,642mm longer).
1% lower display resolution (numeric) Edit
The Sony HDR-CX240 is a 230,000 pixels display resolution camcorder. That's 400 pixels lower than the Panasonic HC-V160 (230,000 pixels). Read more

Total number of pixels that display has.

34% bigger minimum illumination Edit
The Sony HDR-CX240 is a 6lx minimum illumination camcorder. That's 2lx bigger than the Panasonic HC-V160 (6lx).
9g heavier Edit
The Sony HDR-CX240 has a weight of 190g, but the Panasonic HC-V160 is a 181g weight camcorder (9g lighter). Read more

Weight of the camcorder including battery.

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

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Older by over one year
The Sony HDR-CX240 is 13 months older than the Panasonic HC-V160.

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Image Sensor

Total Megapixels
2.51MP 9.2MP
BEST
Optical Sensor Size
 1/5
 1/5
Sensor Type
 MOS
 MOS
Effective Megapixels (image)
2.2MP Unknown - Click to provide data
Effective Megapixels (movie)
2.2MP Unknown - Click to provide data

Lens System

Optical Zoom
38x
BEST
27x
Digital Zoom
2,500x
BEST
320x
Image Stabilizer
 Image stabilizer
 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
BEST
4mm
Minimum Aperture Number
1.8 Unknown - Click to provide data
Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
32.3mm 1.9mm
BEST
Maximum Aperture Number
4.2 Unknown - Click to provide data
Focal Length (35mm Film Equivalent)
32.3 - 1646 29.8 - 804
Focal Length Range (f-F)
2.35 - 89.3 2.1 - 57
Wide Angle Lens System
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Wide angle lens system

Storage

Compatible Memory Cards
 SDXC
 SDHC
 SD
 MS Micro (M2)
 MicroSD (Transflash)
 SDXC
 SDHC
 SD
 MS Micro (M2)
 MicroSD (Transflash)
Camcorder Media Type
 Memory card
 Memory card

Focusing

Face Detection
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Face detection
Focus Adjustment
 Auto
 Manual
 Auto
 Manual
Smile Detection
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Smile detection

Light Exposure

Scene Modes
 Beach
 Snow
 Fireworks
 Landscape
 Night
 Night landscape
 Portrait
 Sunset
 Spotlight
 Sunrise
 Beach
 Snow
 Fireworks
 Landscape
 Night
 Night landscape
 Portrait
 Sunset
 Spotlight
 Sunrise

White Balance

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

Flash

Built-In Flash
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Built-in flash
Built-In Light
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Built-in light
Shoe Mounting Point
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Shoe mounting point

Shutter

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
BEST
230,000 pixels
Display
 LCD
 LCD

Viewfinder

Viewfinder
Unknown - Click to provide data 230,000 pixels
Viewfinder Type
 electrical
 electrical
BEST

Camera

Camcorder Type
 handheld
 handheld
3D
 3D
 3D
On Screen Display (OSD)
 On Screen Display (OSD)
Unknown - Click to provide data
Image Processor
 BIONZ
 BIONZ
BEST
Back Light Compensation
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Back light compensation
Minimum Illumination
4lx
BEST
6lx

Design

Colour of Product
 Black
 Black

Video

HD Type
 Full HD
 Full HD
Supported Video Modes
 1080p
 1080i
 720p
 1080p
 1080i
 720p
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
 1440 x 1080
 1280 x 720
 1920 x 1080
 960 x 540
 640 x 360
 1440 x 1080
 1280 x 720
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
BEST
 3968 x 2232
 1920 x 1080
Maximum Image Resolution
 3968 x 2232
 4032 x 2272
 3968 x 2232
 4032 x 2272
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
Composite Video Out
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Composite video out
USB 2.0 Ports Quantity
1 1
S-Video Out
 S-Video out
 S-Video out
PictBridge
Unknown - Click to provide data
 PictBridge
S-Video in
Unknown - Click to provide data
 S-Video in
Mini HDMI Ports Quantity
1 Unknown - Click to provide data

Battery

Battery Type
Unknown - Click to provide data NP-FV50
Battery Voltage
3.6V Unknown - Click to provide data
Battery Capacity
970mAh Unknown - Click to provide data
Battery Technology
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
BEST
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)

Weight & Dimensions

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

Packaging Content

Batteries Included
 Batteries included
 Batteries included
Quick Start Guide
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Quick start guide
Bundled Software
Unknown - Click to provide data PlayMemories Home
Hand Strap
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Hand strap
Cables Included
 USB
 AV
 HDMI
 USB
 AV
 HDMI
AC Adapter Included
 AC adapter included
 AC adapter included
Handheld Remote Control
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Handheld remote control
Warranty Card
 Warranty card
Unknown - Click to provide data

Other Features

Night Mode
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Night mode
Manual Focus
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Manual focus
Spotlight
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Spotlight
Aperture Range (F-F)
Unknown - Click to provide data 1.9 - 4
Backlight
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Backlight
Integrated USB Cable
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Integrated USB cable
Electrical Viewfinder
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Electrical viewfinder

Projector

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