Canon Vixia HF R600 vs Panasonic HC-V160EC
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Canon Vixia HF R600vsPanasonic HC-V160EC

Canon Vixia HF R600

86

Overall Score

86

Overall Score
Our Verdict:
The best rated video camera under $1,000, with great features
96
Reviews
572 Reviews
92
Value for Money
Excellent
83
Features
Fully-Featured
86
Overall Score
Excellent
32x 1920 X 1080 (Full HD) Pixels 3.28MP 1" Feb 2015
Optical Zoom Max Video Resolution Total Megapixels Optical Sensor Size Release Date
Optical Zoom 32x
Max Video Resolution 1920 X 1080 (Full HD) Pixels
Total Megapixels 3.28MP
Optical Sensor Size 1"
Release Date Feb 2015
Panasonic HC-V160EC

74

Overall Score

74

Overall Score
Our Verdict:
A good spec but 3 year old 38x optical zoom 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution camcorder
79
Features
Good Features
74
Overall Score
Very Good
38x 1920 X 1080 (Full HD) Pixels 2.51MP 1" Feb 2015
Optical Zoom Max Video Resolution Total Megapixels Optical Sensor Size Release Date
Optical Zoom 38x
Max Video Resolution 1920 X 1080 (Full HD) Pixels
Total Megapixels 2.51MP
Optical Sensor Size 1"
Release Date Feb 2015
Canon Vixia HF R600

86

Overall Score

86

Overall Score
Our Verdict:
The best rated video camera under $1,000, with great features
96
Reviews
572 Reviews
92
Value for Money
Excellent
83
Features
Fully-Featured
86
Overall Score
Excellent
32x 1920 X 1080 (Full HD) Pixels 3.28MP 1" Feb 2015
Optical Zoom Max Video Resolution Total Megapixels Optical Sensor Size Release Date
Optical Zoom 32x
Max Video Resolution 1920 X 1080 (Full HD) Pixels
Total Megapixels 3.28MP
Optical Sensor Size 1"
Release Date Feb 2015
Panasonic HC-V160EC

74

Overall Score

74

Overall Score
Our Verdict:
A good spec but 3 year old 38x optical zoom 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution camcorder
79
Features
Good Features
74
Overall Score
Very Good
38x 1920 X 1080 (Full HD) Pixels 2.51MP 1" Feb 2015
Optical Zoom Max Video Resolution Total Megapixels Optical Sensor Size Release Date
Optical Zoom 38x
Max Video Resolution 1920 X 1080 (Full HD) Pixels
Total Megapixels 2.51MP
Optical Sensor Size 1"
Release Date Feb 2015

Top Prices

Canon Vixia HF R600 Panasonic HC-V160EC
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Reasons For

Canon Vixia HF R600 Panasonic HC-V160EC
4 Reasons For
92% Bigger Digital Zoom
The Canon Vixia HF R600 is a 1,140x (digital) camcorder. That's 1,040x bigger than the Panasonic HC-V160EC (100x).

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.

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24% Bigger Total Megapixels
The Canon Vixia HF R600 has a total megapixels of 3.28MP, however the Panasonic HC-V160EC is only a 2.51MP camcorder (0.77MP smaller).

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.

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A Little Larger Display Diagonal
Canon Vixia HF R600 is 3" screen size, but the Panasonic HC-V160EC is only a 2.7" screen size camcorder (0.3" smaller).

Display diagonal of the camcorder's build in display.

A larger display diagonal makes it easier to record and review video and images.

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Better Brand
Canon camcorders have an average rating of 83.1%, however Panasonic has an average rating of 72.8%.
4 Reasons For
Bigger Optical Zoom
The Panasonic HC-V160EC is a 38x optical zoom camcorder. That's 6x bigger than the Canon Vixia HF R600 (32x).

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.

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0.13MP Higher Effective Megapixels (image)
The Panasonic HC-V160EC has an effective megapixels (image) of 2.2MP, but the Canon Vixia HF R600 is only a 2.07MP camcorder (0.13MP lower).

The resolution of the images a camcorder produces is measured in megapixels (MP). One megapixel is equal to 1 million pixels and is a result of the pixel width multiplied by the pixel height of the image. While a higher image resolution generally results in sharper images, only a relatively low megapixel count is required when printing the image at a small size or to display it on a computer screen.

A sensor with more megapixels will be able to capture more detailed photos and the image will appear sharper. Images with more megapixels can also be printed at a larger size.

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Higher Effective Megapixels (movie)
The Panasonic HC-V160EC has an effective megapixels (movie) of 2.2MP. That's 0.13MP higher than the Canon Vixia HF R600 (2.07MP).

The resolution of the videos a camcorder produces is measured in megapixels (MP). One megapixel is equal to 1 million pixels and is a result of the pixel width multiplied by the pixel height of the image.

A sensor with more megapixels will be able to capture more detailed frames and the videos will appear sharper.

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Hugely Lighter
The Panasonic HC-V160EC has a weight of 181g, but the Canon Vixia HF R600 is a 285g camcorder (104g heavier).

This denotes the weight of the camcorder, including battery.

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

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Reviews & Awards

Average User Rating

Canon Vixia HF R600 Panasonic HC-V160EC
Best
5 stars
286 reviews
4 stars
198 reviews
3 stars
23 reviews
2 stars
4 reviews
1 star
5 reviews
No reviews found

Average Brand Rating

Canon has a better average brand rating than Panasonic. The average brand rating for Canon is 83.11% based on 2,543 reviews, where as the average brand rating for Panasonic is 72.76% based on 568 reviews.
Canon Vixia HF R600 Panasonic HC-V160EC
Canon

83

83

Based on 2,543 reviews
Panasonic

73

73

Based on 568 reviews

Date Released

Canon Vixia HF R600 Panasonic HC-V160EC
37 months old 36 months old Best

Key Features

Optical Zoom

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.

Digital Zoom

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.

Total Megapixels

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.

Optical Sensor Size

Optical sensor size is one of the most important factors affecting the image quality produced by a camcorder. The sensor is what processes the light from the lens and transfers it into a digital image.

A larger optical sensor produces better quality results, because more light can be brought into the lens at once, This leads to larger, more highly-detailed videos and photos.

Display Diagonal

Display diagonal of the camcorder's build in display.

A larger display diagonal makes it easier to record and review video and images.

Weight

This denotes the weight of the camcorder, including battery.

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

Specification

 
 
 
Lens System Canon Vixia HF R600 Panasonic HC-V160EC
Optical Zoom 32x 38x
BEST
Digital Zoom 1,140x 100x
BEST
Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv) Unknown - Click to provide data 1,646mm
Minimum Aperture Number Unknown - Click to provide data 1.8
Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv) Unknown - Click to provide data 32.3mm
Maximum Aperture Number Unknown - Click to provide data 4.2
Image Stabilizer Type
Hybrid
 Hybrid
Hybrid
 Hybrid
Filter Size 43mm Unknown - Click to provide data
Focal Length (35mm Film Equivalent) Unknown - Click to provide data
Focal Length Range (f-F)
 
 
 
Video Canon Vixia HF R600 Panasonic HC-V160EC
Max Video Resolution
1920 x 1080 (Full HD)
 1920 x 1080 (Full HD)
1920 x 1080 (Full HD)
 1920 x 1080 (Full HD)
HD Type
Full HD HD
HD
 Full HD
 HD
 HD
Full HD HD
HD
 Full HD
 HD
 HD
Bitrate At Maximum Video Resolution Unknown - Click to provide data 17 Mbit/s
Supported Video Modes
1080p 720p
 1080p
 720p
1080p 720p
 1080p
 720p
Video Resolutions
1920 x 1080 (Full HD) 1920 x 1080
1280 x 720
 1920 x 1080 (Full HD)
 1920 x 1080
 1280 x 720
1920 x 1080 (Full HD) 1920 x 1080
1280 x 720
 1920 x 1080 (Full HD)
 1920 x 1080
 1280 x 720
 
 
 
Image Sensor Canon Vixia HF R600 Panasonic HC-V160EC
Total Megapixels 3.28MP
BEST
2.51MP
Optical Sensor Size 1" 1"
Sensor Type
CMOS
 CMOS
CMOS
 CMOS
Effective Megapixels (image) 2.07MP 2.2MP
BEST
Effective Megapixels (movie) 2.07MP 2.2MP
BEST
 
 
 
Storage Canon Vixia HF R600 Panasonic HC-V160EC
Flash Memory 32GB Unknown - Click to provide data
Memory Slots 1 1
Compatible Memory Cards
SDXC SDHC
SD/SDHC SD/SDHC/SDXC
 SDXC
 SDHC
 SD/SDHC
 SD/SDHC/SDXC
SDXC SDHC
SD/SDHC SD/SDHC/SDXC
 SDXC
 SDHC
 SD/SDHC
 SD/SDHC/SDXC
Camcorder Media Type
Memory card
 Memory card
Memory card
 Memory card
 
 
 
Focusing Canon Vixia HF R600 Panasonic HC-V160EC
Focus Adjustment
Auto Manual
 Auto
 Manual
Auto Manual
 Auto
 Manual
 
 
 
White Balance Canon Vixia HF R600 Panasonic HC-V160EC
White Balance
Auto Manual
Tungsten Daylight
Cloudy Sunny
Indoor
 Auto
 Manual
 Tungsten
 Daylight
 Cloudy
 Sunny
 Indoor
Auto Manual
Tungsten Daylight
Cloudy Sunny
Indoor
 Auto
 Manual
 Tungsten
 Daylight
 Cloudy
 Sunny
 Indoor
 
 
 
Shutter Canon Vixia HF R600 Panasonic HC-V160EC
Shutter Speed (video)
Shutter Speed (photo) Unknown - Click to provide data
Camera Shutter Speed Unknown - Click to provide data
 
 
 
Display Canon Vixia HF R600 Panasonic HC-V160EC
Display Diagonal 3"
BEST
2.7"
Display Resolution (numeric) 230,000 Pixels 230,400 Pixels
BEST
Display
LCD
 LCD
LCD
 LCD
 
 
 
Viewfinder Canon Vixia HF R600 Panasonic HC-V160EC
Viewfinder Type
Not available
 Not available
Not available
 Not available
 
 
 
Camera Canon Vixia HF R600 Panasonic HC-V160EC
Minimum Illumination 0.4lx
BEST
4lx
 
 
 
Still Image Canon Vixia HF R600 Panasonic HC-V160EC
Still Image Resolution
3968 x 2232
 3968 x 2232
3968 x 2232
 3968 x 2232
Image Formats Supported
JPG
 JPG
JPG
 JPG
Maximum Image Resolution
3968 x 2232
 3968 x 2232
3968 x 2232
 3968 x 2232
 
 
 
Audio Canon Vixia HF R600 Panasonic HC-V160EC
Audio System
Dolby Digital
 Dolby Digital
Dolby Digital
 Dolby Digital
 
 
 
Ports & Interfaces Canon Vixia HF R600 Panasonic HC-V160EC
USB 2.0 Port 1 1
Mini HDMI Port 1 1
Mini USB Port 1 Unknown - Click to provide data
 
 
 
Battery Canon Vixia HF R600 Panasonic HC-V160EC
Battery Voltage Unknown - Click to provide data 3.6V
Battery Capacity Unknown - Click to provide data 970mAh
Battery Technology
Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
 
 
 
Operational Conditions Canon Vixia HF R600 Panasonic HC-V160EC
Operating Temperature (T-T) Unknown - Click to provide data
Operating Relative Humidity (H-H) Unknown - Click to provide data
 
 
 
Weight & Dimensions Canon Vixia HF R600 Panasonic HC-V160EC
Weight 285g 181g
BEST
Height 58mm 60mm
Depth 116mm 114mm
Width 53mm 53mm
 
 
 
Packaging Content Canon Vixia HF R600 Panasonic HC-V160EC
Cables Included
USB AV
 USB
 AV
USB AV
 USB
 AV

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