Panasonic HC-V160EC vs Sony HDR-CX405
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Panasonic HC-V160ECvsSony HDR-CX405

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
Sony HDR-CX405

99

Overall Score

99

Overall Score

Sony HDR-CX405

$191.93
Our Verdict:
A very good value for money and critically acclaimed 30x optical zoom 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution camcorder, with terrific features
99
Reviews
986 Reviews
99
Value for Money
Excellent
98
Features
Fully-Featured
99
Overall Score
Excellent
30x 1920 X 1080 (Full HD) Pixels 2.29MP 1" Jan 2015
Optical Zoom Max Video Resolution Total Megapixels Optical Sensor Size Release Date
Optical Zoom 30x
Max Video Resolution 1920 X 1080 (Full HD) Pixels
Total Megapixels 2.29MP
Optical Sensor Size 1"
Release Date Jan 2015
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
Sony HDR-CX405

99

Overall Score

99

Overall Score

Sony HDR-CX405

$191.93
Our Verdict:
A very good value for money and critically acclaimed 30x optical zoom 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution camcorder, with terrific features
99
Reviews
986 Reviews
99
Value for Money
Excellent
98
Features
Fully-Featured
99
Overall Score
Excellent
30x 1920 X 1080 (Full HD) Pixels 2.29MP 1" Jan 2015
Optical Zoom Max Video Resolution Total Megapixels Optical Sensor Size Release Date
Optical Zoom 30x
Max Video Resolution 1920 X 1080 (Full HD) Pixels
Total Megapixels 2.29MP
Optical Sensor Size 1"
Release Date Jan 2015

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Reasons For

Panasonic HC-V160EC Sony HDR-CX405
3 Reasons For
Bigger Optical Zoom
The Panasonic HC-V160EC is a 38x optical zoom camcorder. That's 8x bigger than the Sony HDR-CX405 (30x).

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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Bigger Total Megapixels
The Panasonic HC-V160EC is a 2.51MP camcorder. That's 0.22MP bigger than the Sony HDR-CX405 (2.29MP).

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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Lighter
The Panasonic HC-V160EC has a weight of 181g, but the Sony HDR-CX405 is a 215g camcorder (34g 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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5 Reasons For
Hugely Bigger Digital Zoom
Sony HDR-CX405 is 350x (digital), but the Panasonic HC-V160EC is only a 100x (digital) camcorder (250x 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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A Little Higher Effective Megapixels (image)
The Sony HDR-CX405 has an effective megapixels (image) of 2.29MP, however the Panasonic HC-V160EC is only a 2.2MP camcorder (0.09MP 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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4% Higher Effective Megapixels (movie)
The Sony HDR-CX405 is a 2.29MP (movie mode) camcorder. That's 0.09MP higher than the Panasonic HC-V160EC (2.2MP).

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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HDMI
The Sony HDR-CX405 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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Better Brand
Sony camcorders have an average rating of 86.2%, whereas Panasonic has an average rating of 73.2%.

Reasons Against

Reviews & Awards

Average Expert Rating

Panasonic HC-V160EC Sony HDR-CX405
No reviews found
Best
5 stars
1 review
4 stars
0 reviews
3 stars
0 reviews
2 stars
0 reviews
1 star
0 reviews

Average User Rating

Panasonic HC-V160EC Sony HDR-CX405
No reviews found
Best
5 stars
541 reviews
4 stars
290 reviews
3 stars
61 reviews
2 stars
28 reviews
1 star
17 reviews

Average Brand Rating

Sony has a better average brand rating than Panasonic. The average brand rating for Sony is 86.21% based on 9,798 reviews, where as the average brand rating for Panasonic is 73.15% based on 595 reviews.
Panasonic HC-V160EC Sony HDR-CX405
Panasonic

73

73

Based on 595 reviews
Sony

86

86

Based on 9,798 reviews

Date Released

Panasonic HC-V160EC Sony HDR-CX405
36 months old Best 37 months old

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.

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 Sony HDR-CX405
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 Sony HDR-CX405
Optical Zoom 38x
BEST
30x
Digital Zoom 100x 350x
BEST
Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv) 1,646mm Unknown - Click to provide data
Minimum Aperture Number 1.8 1.8
Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv) 32.3mm Unknown - Click to provide data
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 Sony HDR-CX405
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 1080i
720p
 1080p
 1080i
 720p
1080p 1080i
720p
 1080p
 1080i
 720p
Video Resolutions
1920 x 1080 (Full HD) 1920 x 1080
 1920 x 1080 (Full HD)
 1920 x 1080
1920 x 1080 (Full HD) 1920 x 1080
 1920 x 1080 (Full HD)
 1920 x 1080
 
 
 
Image Sensor Panasonic HC-V160EC Sony HDR-CX405
Total Megapixels 2.51MP
BEST
2.29MP
Optical Sensor Size 1" 1"
Sensor Type
MOS
 MOS
MOS
 MOS
Effective Megapixels (image) 2.2MP
BEST
2.29MP
Effective Megapixels (movie) 2.2MP
BEST
2.29MP
 
 
 
Storage Panasonic HC-V160EC Sony HDR-CX405
Memory Slots 1 Unknown - Click to provide data
Compatible Memory Cards
SDXC SDHC
SD/SDHC SD/SDHC/SDXC
MicroSD (Transflash) MicroSDHC
MicroSDXC microSD
 SDXC
 SDHC
 SD/SDHC
 SD/SDHC/SDXC
 MicroSD (Transflash)
 MicroSDHC
 MicroSDXC
 microSD
SDXC SDHC
SD/SDHC SD/SDHC/SDXC
MicroSD (Transflash) MicroSDHC
MicroSDXC microSD
 SDXC
 SDHC
 SD/SDHC
 SD/SDHC/SDXC
 MicroSD (Transflash)
 MicroSDHC
 MicroSDXC
 microSD
Camcorder Media Type
Memory card
 Memory card
Memory card
 Memory card
 
 
 
Focusing Panasonic HC-V160EC Sony HDR-CX405
Focus Adjustment
Auto Manual
 Auto
 Manual
Auto Manual
 Auto
 Manual
 
 
 
Light Exposure Panasonic HC-V160EC Sony HDR-CX405
Light Exposure Modes
Auto
 Auto
Auto
 Auto
 
 
 
White Balance Panasonic HC-V160EC Sony HDR-CX405
White Balance
Auto Cloudy
Sunny Indoor
Outdoor
 Auto
 Cloudy
 Sunny
 Indoor
 Outdoor
Auto Cloudy
Sunny Indoor
Outdoor
 Auto
 Cloudy
 Sunny
 Indoor
 Outdoor
 
 
 
Shutter Panasonic HC-V160EC Sony HDR-CX405
Shutter Speed (video) Unknown - Click to provide data
Camera Shutter Speed
 
 
 
Display Panasonic HC-V160EC Sony HDR-CX405
Display Diagonal 2.7" 2.7"
Display Resolution (numeric) 230,400 Pixels 230,400 Pixels
Display
LCD
 LCD
LCD
 LCD
 
 
 
Camera Panasonic HC-V160EC Sony HDR-CX405
Shooting Modes
Auto Scene
Movie
 Auto
 Scene
 Movie
Auto Scene
Movie
 Auto
 Scene
 Movie
Minimum Illumination 4lx 3lx
BEST
Self-Timer Delay Unknown - Click to provide data
 
 
 
Still Image Panasonic HC-V160EC Sony HDR-CX405
Still Image Resolution
3968 x 2232
 3968 x 2232
3968 x 2232
 3968 x 2232
Image Formats Supported
JPG EXIF
 JPG
 EXIF
JPG EXIF
 JPG
 EXIF
Maximum Image Resolution
4032 x 2272
 4032 x 2272
4032 x 2272
 4032 x 2272
 
 
 
Audio Panasonic HC-V160EC Sony HDR-CX405
Audio System
Dolby Digital
 Dolby Digital
Dolby Digital
 Dolby Digital
 
 
 
Ports & Interfaces Panasonic HC-V160EC Sony HDR-CX405
USB 2.0 Port 1 1
Mini HDMI Port 1 Unknown - Click to provide data
 
 
 
Battery Panasonic HC-V160EC Sony HDR-CX405
Battery Type Unknown - Click to provide data
Battery Voltage 3.6V Unknown - Click to provide data
Battery Capacity 970mAh Unknown - Click to provide data
Battery Technology
Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
 
 
 
Weight & Dimensions Panasonic HC-V160EC Sony HDR-CX405
Weight 181g
BEST
215g
Height 60mm 595mm
Depth 114mm 128mm
Width 53mm 54mm
 
 
 
Packaging Content Panasonic HC-V160EC Sony HDR-CX405
Cables Included
USB AV
 USB
 AV
USB AV
 USB
 AV
Included Memory Card Size Unknown - Click to provide data 32GB

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