Panasonic HC-V160 vs Sony HDR-CX240 vs Sony HDR-CX405

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Panasonic HC-V160
Sony HDR-CX240
Sony HDR-CX405

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Reasons For

6 Reasons For
11x bigger optical zoom Edit
The Panasonic HC-V160 has an optical zoom of 38x, however the Sony HDR-CX240 is only a 27x (optical) camcorder (11x smaller) and the Sony HDR-CX405 is only a 30x (optical) camcorder (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 2,180x bigger than the Sony HDR-CX240 (350x) and 2,150x bigger than the Sony HDR-CX405 (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.

1,642mm longer maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) Edit
The Panasonic HC-V160 is a 1,646mm maximum focal length camcorder. That's 1,642mm longer than the Sony HDR-CX240 ().
Moderately higher display resolution (numeric) Edit
Panasonic HC-V160 is 230,400 pixels display resolution (as does the Sony HDR-CX405), but the Sony HDR-CX240 is only a 230,000 pixels display resolution camcorder (400 pixels lower). Read more

Total number of pixels that display has.

19% lighter Edit
The Panasonic HC-V160 is a 181g weight camcorder. That's 9g lighter than the Sony HDR-CX240 (215g) and 34g lighter than the Sony HDR-CX405 (215g). 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.
2 Reasons For
Vastly bigger total megapixels Edit
The Sony HDR-CX240 has a total megapixels of 9.2MP, however the Panasonic HC-V160 is only a 2.51MP sensor camcorder (6.69MP smaller) and the Sony HDR-CX405 is only a 2.29MP sensor camcorder (6.91MP 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.

Sixteen times shorter minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) Edit
The Sony HDR-CX240 has a minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) of 1.9mm, however the Panasonic HC-V160 is a 32.3mm minimum focal length camcorder (30.4mm longer).
6 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 (2.29MP).
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).
400 pixels higher display resolution (numeric) Edit
The Sony HDR-CX405 has a display resolution (numeric) of 230,400 pixels (as does the Panasonic HC-V160), however the Sony HDR-CX240 is only a 230,000 pixels display resolution camcorder (400 pixels lower). Read more

Total number of pixels that display has.

3lx smaller minimum illumination Edit
The Sony HDR-CX405 has a minimum illumination of 3lx, whereas the Panasonic HC-V160 is a 4lx minimum illumination camcorder (1lx bigger) and the Sony HDR-CX240 is a 6lx minimum illumination camcorder (3lx 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.
User reviews are a bit better
Based on 192 reviews, the Sony HDR-CX405 has an average user review score of 83%, whereas the Sony HDR-CX240 has an average rating of 79% (based on 37 reviews).

Reasons Against

6 Reasons Against
6.69MP smaller total megapixels Edit
The Panasonic HC-V160 is a 2.51MP sensor camcorder, whereas the Sony HDR-CX240 is a 9.2MP sensor camcorder (6.69MP bigger) and the Sony HDR-CX405 is a 2.29MP sensor camcorder (0.22MP 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.

Lower effective megapixels (image) Edit
The Panasonic HC-V160 is a 2.2MP camcorder. That's 0.09MP lower than the Sony HDR-CX405 (2.29MP).
Marginally 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).
30.4mm longer minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) Edit
The Panasonic HC-V160 is a 32.3mm minimum focal length camcorder, whereas the Sony HDR-CX240 is a 1.9mm minimum focal length camcorder (30.4mm shorter).
25% bigger minimum illumination Edit
The Panasonic HC-V160 has a minimum illumination of 4lx, however the Sony HDR-CX240 is a 6lx minimum illumination camcorder (2lx bigger) and the Sony HDR-CX405 is a 3lx minimum illumination camcorder (1lx smaller).
Less retailers
Only 4 stores sells the Panasonic HC-V160, whereas 5 sellers 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.
9 Reasons Against
11x smaller optical zoom Edit
Sony HDR-CX240 is only 27x (optical), but the Panasonic HC-V160 is a 38x (optical) camcorder (11x bigger) and the Sony HDR-CX405 is a 30x (optical) camcorder (3x 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.

Significantly smaller digital zoom Edit
The Sony HDR-CX240 is a 320x (digital) camcorder. That's 2,180x smaller than the Panasonic HC-V160 (350x) and 30x smaller than the Sony HDR-CX405 (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.

Shorter maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) Edit
The Sony HDR-CX240 has a maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) of 4mm. That's 1,642mm shorter than the Panasonic HC-V160 ().
Slightly lower display resolution (numeric) Edit
The Sony HDR-CX240 is a 230,000 pixels display resolution camcorder, whereas the Panasonic HC-V160 and the Sony HDR-CX405 are both 230,400 pixels display resolution camcorders (400 pixels higher). Read more

Total number of pixels that display has.

A lot bigger minimum illumination Edit
The Sony HDR-CX240 has a minimum illumination of 6lx, but the Panasonic HC-V160 is a 4lx minimum illumination camcorder (2lx smaller) and the Sony HDR-CX405 is a 3lx minimum illumination camcorder (3lx smaller).
5% heavier Edit
The Sony HDR-CX240 is a 190g weight camcorder. That's 9g heavier than the Panasonic HC-V160 (215g) and 25g lighter than the Sony HDR-CX405 (215g). 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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Over one year older
The Sony HDR-CX240 is older than the Panasonic HC-V160 by 13 months and older than the Sony HDR-CX405 by 13 months.
Marginally Lower user review Score
The Sony HDR-CX240 only has an average user rating of 79%, but the Sony HDR-CX405 has an average user rating of 83% (based on 192 reviews).
5 Reasons Against
6.91MP 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-CX240 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, whereas the Panasonic HC-V160 is a 38x (optical) camcorder (8x bigger) and the Sony HDR-CX240 is a 27x (optical) camcorder (3x 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.

7x smaller digital zoom Edit
The Sony HDR-CX405 has a digital zoom of 350x. That's 2,150x smaller than the Panasonic HC-V160 (350x) and 30x bigger than the Sony HDR-CX240 (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 (215g) and 25g heavier than the Sony HDR-CX240 (215g). 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.

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 9.2MP
BEST
2.29MP
Optical Sensor Size
 1/5
 1/5
 1/5
Sensor Type
 MOS
 MOS
 MOS
Effective Megapixels (image)
2.2MP Unknown - Click to provide data 2.29MP
BEST
Effective Megapixels (movie)
2.2MP Unknown - Click to provide data 2.29MP
BEST

Lens System

Optical Zoom
38x
BEST
27x 30x
Digital Zoom
2,500x
BEST
320x 350x
Image Stabilizer
 Image stabilizer
 Image stabilizer
 Image stabilizer
Interchangeable Lens
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Interchangeable lens
Unknown - Click to provide data
Image Stabilizer Type
 Hybrid
 Hybrid
 Hybrid
BEST
Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
1,646mm
BEST
4mm Unknown - Click to provide data
Minimum Aperture Number
1.8 Unknown - Click to provide data 1.8
Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
32.3mm 1.9mm
BEST
Unknown - Click to provide data
Maximum Aperture Number
4.2 Unknown - Click to provide data Unknown - Click to provide data
Focal Length (35mm Film Equivalent)
32.3 - 1646 29.8 - 804 26.8 - 804
Focal Length Range (f-F)
2.35 - 89.3 2.1 - 57 1.9 - 57
Wide Angle Lens System
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Wide angle lens system
Unknown - Click to provide data

Storage

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

Focusing

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

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

White Balance

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

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
Shoe Mounting Point
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Shoe mounting point
Unknown - Click to provide data

Shutter

Camera Shutter Speed
0.04 - 0.000125 Unknown - Click to provide data 1/25 - 1/10000
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
Touchscreen
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Touchscreen
Unknown - Click to provide data
Display Resolution (numeric)
230,400 pixels
BEST
230,000 pixels 230,400 pixels
BEST
Display
 LCD
 LCD
 LCD

Viewfinder

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

Camera

Camcorder Type
 handheld
 handheld
 handheld
3D
 3D
 3D
 3D
On Screen Display (OSD)
 On Screen Display (OSD)
Unknown - Click to provide data Unknown - Click to provide data
Shooting Modes
 Auto
 Scene
 Movie
 Auto
 Scene
 Movie
 Auto
 Scene
 Movie
Image Processor
 BIONZ X
 BIONZ X
 BIONZ X
BEST
Back Light Compensation
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Back light compensation
Unknown - Click to provide data
Minimum Illumination
4lx 6lx 3lx
BEST
Self-Timer Delay
Unknown - Click to provide data Unknown - Click to provide data 10

Design

Colour of Product
 Black
 Black
 Black

Video

Full HD
Unknown - Click to provide data Unknown - Click to provide data
 Full HD
HD Type
 Full HD
 Full HD
 Full HD
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
 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
 1920 x 1080

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++
 PCM
 AAC++
BEST
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
BEST

Ports & Interfaces

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

Battery

Battery Type
Unknown - Click to provide data NP-FV50 NP-BX1
Battery Voltage
3.6V Unknown - Click to provide data Unknown - Click to provide data
Battery Capacity
970mAh Unknown - Click to provide data Unknown - Click to provide data
Battery Technology
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
BEST
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
BEST
Charging Source
 AC
 USB
 AC
 USB
 AC
 USB

Weight & Dimensions

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

Packaging Content

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

Other Features

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

Projector

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

Technical Details

USB Charging
Unknown - Click to provide data Unknown - Click to provide data
 USB charging
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