Panasonic HC-V160EC vs Panasonic HC-V180
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Panasonic HC-V160ECvsPanasonic HC-V180

Panasonic HC-V160EC

78

Overall Score

78

Overall Score
Our Verdict:
A fully featured but 3 year old 38x optical zoom 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution camcorder
82
Features
Fully-Featured
78
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
Panasonic HC-V180

88

Overall Score

88

Overall Score

Panasonic HC-V180

$197.99
$30.00
Our Verdict:
An amazingly cheap and best selling 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution 2.51MP camcorder, with great features and a massive 50x optical zoom
96
Value for Money
Excellent
88
Features
Fully-Featured
88
Overall Score
Excellent
50x 1920 X 1080 (Full HD) Pixels 2.51MP 1" Jun 2016
Optical Zoom Max Video Resolution Total Megapixels Optical Sensor Size Release Date
Optical Zoom 50x
Max Video Resolution 1920 X 1080 (Full HD) Pixels
Total Megapixels 2.51MP
Optical Sensor Size 1"
Release Date Jun 2016
Panasonic HC-V160EC

78

Overall Score

78

Overall Score
Our Verdict:
A fully featured but 3 year old 38x optical zoom 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution camcorder
82
Features
Fully-Featured
78
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
Panasonic HC-V180

88

Overall Score

88

Overall Score

Panasonic HC-V180

$197.99
$30.00
Our Verdict:
An amazingly cheap and best selling 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution 2.51MP camcorder, with great features and a massive 50x optical zoom
96
Value for Money
Excellent
88
Features
Fully-Featured
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Overall Score
Excellent
50x 1920 X 1080 (Full HD) Pixels 2.51MP 1" Jun 2016
Optical Zoom Max Video Resolution Total Megapixels Optical Sensor Size Release Date
Optical Zoom 50x
Max Video Resolution 1920 X 1080 (Full HD) Pixels
Total Megapixels 2.51MP
Optical Sensor Size 1"
Release Date Jun 2016

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Reasons For

Panasonic HC-V160EC Panasonic HC-V180
2 Reasons For
25% Higher Effective Megapixels (image)
The Panasonic HC-V160EC is a 2.2MP camcorder. That's 0.53MP higher than the Panasonic HC-V180 (1.67MP).

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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17% Lighter
The Panasonic HC-V160EC is a 181g camcorder. That's 30g lighter than the Panasonic HC-V180 (211g).

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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24% Bigger Optical Zoom
The Panasonic HC-V180 is a 50x optical zoom camcorder. That's 12x bigger than the Panasonic HC-V160EC (38x).

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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Hugely Bigger Digital Zoom
Panasonic HC-V180 is 500x (digital), but the Panasonic HC-V160EC is only a 100x (digital) camcorder (400x smaller).

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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Slightly Longer Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
The Panasonic HC-V180 is a 1,740mm maximum focal length camcorder, whereas the Panasonic HC-V160EC is only a 1,646mm maximum focal length camcorder (94mm shorter).

'Focal length' is described as the distance between the lens and the image sensor - this distance is what determined how 'zoomed in' a shot is when compared to the original view from your eye. Therefore greater focal lengths mean that the camcorder has the ability to zoom in closer to a subject.

A longer maximum focal length means that the camcorder is capable of zooming in a much greater distance, allowing you to clearly photograph subjects further away.

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4.3mm Shorter Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
The Panasonic HC-V180 is a 28mm minimum focal length camcorder. That's 4.3mm shorter than the Panasonic HC-V160EC (32.3mm).

'Focal length' is described as the distance between the lens and the image sensor - this distance is what determined how 'zoomed in' a shot is when compared to the original view from your eye. Therefore smaller focal lengths mean that the camcorder has the ability to zoom out further to take in more of the scene at once.

A smaller minimum focal length means that the camcorder can take in more of the scene at once, allowing for wide landscape shots.

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HDMI
The Panasonic HC-V180 supports HDMI, however the Panasonic HC-V160EC does not support HDMI.

This denotes whether the camcorder has an HDMI connection, allowing it to connect directly to TVs and monitors.

An HDMI connection allows you to display the videos you take in high definition on your TV or computer monitor, making it easy to stage screenings for family and friends!

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Reasons Against

Date Released

Panasonic HC-V160EC Panasonic HC-V180
36 months old 20 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.

HDMI

This denotes whether the camcorder has an HDMI connection, allowing it to connect directly to TVs and monitors.

An HDMI connection allows you to display the videos you take in high definition on your TV or computer monitor, making it easy to stage screenings for family and friends!

Panasonic HC-V160EC Panasonic HC-V180
Best
No
Yes

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 Panasonic HC-V160EC Panasonic HC-V180
Optical Zoom 38x 50x
BEST
Digital Zoom 100x 500x
BEST
Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv) 1,646mm 1,740mm
BEST
Minimum Aperture Number 1.8 Unknown - Click to provide data
Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv) 32.3mm 28mm
BEST
Maximum Aperture Number 4.2 Unknown - Click to provide data
Image Stabilizer Type
Hybrid
 Hybrid
Hybrid
 Hybrid
Focal Length (35mm Film Equivalent)
Focal Length Range (f-F)
 
 
 
Video Panasonic HC-V160EC Panasonic HC-V180
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 17 Mbit/s Unknown - Click to provide data
Supported Video Modes
1080p 720p
480p
 1080p
 720p
 480p
1080p 720p
480p
 1080p
 720p
 480p
Video Resolutions
1920 x 1080 (Full HD) 1920 x 1080
1280 x 720 640 x 480
 1920 x 1080 (Full HD)
 1920 x 1080
 1280 x 720
 640 x 480
1920 x 1080 (Full HD) 1920 x 1080
1280 x 720 640 x 480
 1920 x 1080 (Full HD)
 1920 x 1080
 1280 x 720
 640 x 480
 
 
 
Image Sensor Panasonic HC-V160EC Panasonic HC-V180
Total Megapixels 2.51MP 2.51MP
Optical Sensor Size 1" 1"
Sensor Type
MOS
 MOS
MOS
 MOS
Effective Megapixels (image) 2.2MP
BEST
1.67MP
Effective Megapixels (movie) 2.2MP 2.2MP
 
 
 
Storage Panasonic HC-V160EC Panasonic HC-V180
Memory Slots 1 Unknown - Click to provide data
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 Panasonic HC-V160EC Panasonic HC-V180
Focus Adjustment
Auto Manual
 Auto
 Manual
Auto Manual
 Auto
 Manual
 
 
 
White Balance Panasonic HC-V160EC Panasonic HC-V180
White Balance
Auto Cloudy
Sunny Indoor
 Auto
 Cloudy
 Sunny
 Indoor
Auto Cloudy
Sunny Indoor
 Auto
 Cloudy
 Sunny
 Indoor
 
 
 
Shutter Panasonic HC-V160EC Panasonic HC-V180
Shutter Speed (video) Unknown - Click to provide data
Shutter Speed (photo) Unknown - Click to provide data
Camera Shutter Speed
 
 
 
Display Panasonic HC-V160EC Panasonic HC-V180
Display Diagonal 2.7" 2.7"
Display Resolution (numeric) 230,400 Pixels Unknown - Click to provide data
Display
LCD
 LCD
LCD
 LCD
 
 
 
Viewfinder Panasonic HC-V160EC Panasonic HC-V180
Viewfinder Type
Not available
 Not available
Not available
 Not available
 
 
 
Camera Panasonic HC-V160EC Panasonic HC-V180
Minimum Illumination 4lx 1lx
BEST
 
 
 
Still Image Panasonic HC-V160EC Panasonic HC-V180
Still Image Resolution
4224 x 2376
 4224 x 2376
4224 x 2376
 4224 x 2376
Image Formats Supported
JPG JPEG XR
JPEG
 JPG
 JPEG XR
 JPEG
JPG JPEG XR
JPEG
 JPG
 JPEG XR
 JPEG
Maximum Image Resolution
4224 x 2376
 4224 x 2376
4224 x 2376
 4224 x 2376
 
 
 
Audio Panasonic HC-V160EC Panasonic HC-V180
Audio System
Dolby Digital
 Dolby Digital
Dolby Digital
 Dolby Digital
 
 
 
Ports & Interfaces Panasonic HC-V160EC Panasonic HC-V180
USB 2.0 Port 1 1
Mini HDMI Port 1 1
 
 
 
Battery Panasonic HC-V160EC Panasonic HC-V180
Maximum Battery Life Unknown - Click to provide data 1.25h
Battery Voltage 3.6V 3.6V
Battery Capacity 970mAh
BEST
1,940mAh
Battery Technology
Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
 
 
 
Weight & Dimensions Panasonic HC-V160EC Panasonic HC-V180
Weight 181g
BEST
211g
Height 60mm 59mm
Depth 114mm 116mm
Width 53mm 53mm
 
 
 
Packaging Content Panasonic HC-V160EC Panasonic HC-V180
Cables Included
USB AV
HDMI
 USB
 AV
 HDMI
USB AV
HDMI
 USB
 AV
 HDMI

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