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Panasonic AGAC160APJ Camcorder

2.2MP 1/3 2.4kg Nov 2012
Total Megapixels Optical Sensor Size Full HD Weight Release Date
Newly added to the Panasonic AVCCAM lineup, the AG-AC160AEJ and AG-AC130AEJ Memory Card Camera Recorders offer a host of advanced functions. The lens, camera section and recorder section of these... More
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10 Reasons For

Panasonic Has Good Camcorder Reviews

On average Panasonic small sensor size camcorders have good ratings compared to other brands as do all camcorders produced by Panasonic.

Full HD HD Type

The HD type of this video camera is Full HD, which is the most frequently found HD type on camcorders that have been available for more than two years.

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Quite Large Screen Size

The average screen size of video cameras of this age and type is 2.9", and the screen sizes range from 1.4" to 4.3". At 3.45 inches, the AG-AC160 has a fairly large screen size compared to most of the other comparable spec camcorders that were released more than two years ago.

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Full HD

Full HD

The Panasonic AG-AC160 is Full HD, as are most of the other similar spec camcorders that came out around the same time as the AG-AC160.

We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative Full HD camcorders currently available including the Sony HDR-PJ230/B[plb_1582785_price] which is cheaper; or the Canon Legria HF R46[plb_1542433_price] which has better reviews.

Video cameras which are Full HD that might be worth considering include the Canon Legria HF M46[plb_234311_price].

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Has an HDMI Port

has an HDMI port

The AG-AC160 has an HDMI port, as do most of the other similar spec video cameras that were launched around the same time as the AG-AC160.

It may also be worth considering one of the alternative camcorders with an HDMI port currently available including the Sony HDR-PJ230/B[plb_1582785_price] which is cheaper; or the Canon Legria HF R46[plb_1542433_price] which has better reviews.

Other camcorders which also have an HDMI port that you might want to consider include the Canon Legria HF M46[plb_234311_price].

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1/3" Optical Sensor Size

The biggest optical sensor size of the AG-AC160 is 1/3". That's 94% more optical sensor size than the most common optical sensor size of 1/5.8". 4.80 x 3.60mm.

This camcorder's optical sensor size (1/3") is actually the best optical sensor size across all camcorders of a comparable type and age to the AG-AC160.

The worst optical sensor size across similar types of camcorder is 1/8".

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SDXC Memory Card

SDXC memory card

The AG-AC160 supports an SDXC memory card which is better than most small sensor size camcorders that have been around for more than two years. Most small sensor size camcorders that were released around the same time as it support an SD memory card. This Panasonic camcorder also supports an SDHC memory card. SDXC cards are SD cards but with a much higher capacity and faster processing speeds. They have a maximum capacity of 2TB (Terabytes).

An SDXC memory card is actually the best supported memory card type amongst all video cameras that came out around the same time as the AG-AC160.

The worst supported memory card type amongst comparable types of video camera is MicroSD (Transflash).

SDHC cards are DS cards with a higher capacity of up to 32GB.

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Fairly High Display Resolution

Across all the small sensor size camcorders that have been available for around the same time as the AG-AC160 the display resolutions range from 23,000 pixels to 1,300,000 pixels, and the average display resolution is 360,000 pixels. The AG-AC160 has one of the higher display resolutions (921,000 pixels) amongst camcorders of this age.

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1080i Video Mode

1920 pixels × 1080 lines (2.1 megapixels), and a temporal resolution of 50 or 60 interlaced fields per second. Across all camcorders of this age and type the best video mode is 1080p and the worst is 540p.

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Has a Built-In Display

Like most of the other camcorders of this age and spec, the AG-AC160 has a built-in display.

Other camcorders with a built-in display currently available that you might also want to consider include the Sony HDR-PJ230/B[plb_1582785_price] which is cheaper; or the Canon Legria HF R46[plb_1542433_price] which has better reviews.

We think you might also be interested in alternative video cameras which also have a built-in display including the Canon Legria HF M46[plb_234311_price].

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9 Reasons Against

Does Not Have an Image Stabiliser

The AG-AC160 does not have an image stabiliser, unlike most of the other video cameras of this age and type.

There are a number of other video cameras which also have an image stabiliser which you might also want to consider including the Sony HDR-PJ230/B[plb_1582785_price]; or the Canon Legria HF R46[plb_1542433_price].

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Very Small Digital Zoom

The smallest digital zoom of comparable spec camcorders that were launched around the same time as the AG-AC160 is 1.5x and the biggest is 3,500x. At only 10 times zoom factor, the AG-AC160 has a quite small digital zoom compared to most of the other camcorders of this age and spec.

If this Panasonic camcorder digital zoom is not big enough for you then you might also want to look at the Panasonic HC-V550[plb_2197140_price] (150x and cheaper).

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Does Not Have an Interchangeable Lens

The AG-AC160 does not have an interchangeable lens, although keep in mind that most of the other small sensor size camcorders that are a similar age to the AG-AC160 also do not have an interchangeable lens.

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Does Not Have a Night Mode

The AG-AC160 does not have a night mode. Most of the other video cameras that have been around for around the same time as the AG-AC160 also do not have a night mode.

It is worth considering alternative video cameras which also have a night mode including the Canon Legria HF R46[plb_1542433_price].

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Not 3D Compatible

The Panasonic AG-AC160 is not 3D compatible. Most of the other video cameras of a comparable age and type to the AG-AC160 are also not 3D compatible.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Projector

The AG-AC160 does not have a built-in projector. Most of the other small sensor size camcorders that are a similar age to the AG-AC160 also do not have a built-in projector.

Other video cameras which also have a built-in projector that you might also want to consider include the Sony HDR-PJ230/B[plb_1582785_price].

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Not Waterproof

Like most of the other video cameras of a similar age and spec to the AG-AC160, the AG-AC160 is not waterproof.

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Very Heavy

With a weight of 2.4 kilograms, the Panasonic AG-AC160 is fairly heavy compared to most of the other similar spec video cameras that were launched more than two years ago. The weights of small sensor size camcorders that have been on the market for a similar time to the AG-AC160 range from 57g to 3.9kg.

Video cameras with a heavier weight that might also be worth considering include the Sony HDR-PJ230/B[plb_1582785_price] (210g and cheaper) or the Canon Legria HF R46[plb_1542433_price] (235g and higher rated).

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Very High Typical Power Consumption

At 11.8 Watts, the AG-AC160 has a very high typical power consumption compared to most of the other camcorders of this spec and age. Across all the small sensor size camcorders that were released more than two years ago the typical power consumption range from 1.8W to 12W, and the average typical power consumption is 3.7W.

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3 Other reasons to consider the Panasonic AG-AC160

Released Over Four Years Ago

This small sensor size camcorder was released over four years ago.

Average Optical Zoom

At 22 times zoom factor, the Panasonic AG-AC160 has a pretty standard optical zoom compared to most of the other video cameras that are a similar age to the AG-AC160.

If you want a camcorder with a bigger optical zoom then you might also want to look at the Panasonic HC-V550[plb_2197140_price] (50x) which is also cheaper.

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MOS Sensor Type

This video camera has a 3MOS sensor type, which is the most frequently found sensor type on video cameras of a comparable age and spec to it.

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Specification

Image Sensor
Total Megapixels
Optical Sensor Size
Sensor Type
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Digital Zoom
Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
Filter Size
Focal Length (35mm Film Equivalent)
Focal Length Range (f-F)
Storage
Compatible Memory Cards
Camcorder Media Type
Display
Display Diagonal
Built-In Display
Display Resolution (numeric)
Display
Viewfinder
Viewfinder Screen Size
Viewfinder
Camera
Camcorder Type
Design
Colour of Product
Video
Full HD
HD Type
Supported Video Modes
Video Formats Supported
Maximum Video Resolution
Audio
Built-In Speaker(s)
Built-In Microphone
PCM Digital Audio
Audio System
Ports & Interfaces
HDMI
USB 2.0 Ports Quantity
DV Port
Headphone Outputs
XLR in
USB Connector Type
Operational Conditions
Operating Temperature (T-T)
Operating Relative Humidity (H-H)
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Packaging Content
Batteries Included
Quick Start Guide
Hand Strap
Cables Included
AC Adapter Included
Handheld Remote Control
Lens Hood
Other Features
I/O Ports
Power Consumption (typical)

Expert Reviews

12 March 2012
Solid ergonomics, superior image quality
DRS option, sequential or simultaneous recording
VFRshutter dial
22x zoom
Smallish LCD screen
8bit HDSDI output, infinite turning focusiris rings

Brochures and Manuals

+- Manufacturer's Description

Product Identifiers

Barcodes 05025232636112

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