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Panasonic HCV160K Camcorder

2.51MP 1/5.8 181g MOS BSI Jan 2015
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19 Reasons For

Good Product Quality

Several Panasonic HC-V160 reviewers who purchased it reckoned that it was good quality. C. Torley wrote on Amazon in August this year “This camcorder is easy to use, light and has good quality filming” and scored it 99 out of 100. This month Great Expectations rated it 5 stars and said “Lovely - small and super quality” in their Panasonic HC-V160 review. Jabbawocky said in their review on Amazon “Picture quality is great, powerful zoom, clear”.

Easy to Use

Two customers who reviewed it concluded that it was easy to use. C. Torley mentioned in their Panasonic HC-V160 review on Amazon “This camcorder is easy to use, light and has good quality filming”. This year Reviewer 88 scored this camcorders 5 stars and said in their review of this camcorders on Amazon “Good simple to use video camcorder”.

Nice Design

A few Panasonic HC-V160 reviewers mentioned in their reviews that it was good looking. Brian wrote in his Panasonic HC-V160 review “Perfectly for still photo shots and cam corder looks pretty good, not mastered the sound as”.

Good Quality Lens

One customer who bought this camcorders thought it had a good zoom. This month Jabbawocky rated it 5 stars and mentioned on Amazon “Picture quality is great, powerful zoom, clear and sharp”.

Panasonic Has Good Reviews for Its Video Cameras

Based on 123 user and expert reviews, Panasonic has good reviews for its camcorders. Panasonic also has good reviews specifically for its small sensor size camcorders.

Quite Big Digital Zoom

The HC-V160 has one of the bigger digital zooms (2,500 times zoom factor) amongst similar spec video cameras of this age. Small sensor size camcorders that were launched around the same time as the HC-V160 have digital zooms of between 6x and 3,000x.

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Full HD

Like most of the other video cameras that are a similar age to the HC-V160, the Panasonic HC-V160 is Full HD.

We compared this video camera to all the other Full HD camcorders and we think the Canon Legria HF R606[plb_2697379_price] which has better reviews is also worth considering.

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Has an HDMI Port

has an HDMI port

The HC-V160 has an HDMI port. Most of the other video cameras that were released around the same time as the HC-V160 also have an HDMI port.

Alternative camcorders with an HDMI port currently available which you might want to consider include the Canon Legria HF R606[plb_2697379_price] which has better reviews.

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Has an Image Stabiliser

Like most of the other camcorders of a similar age and type to the HC-V160, the Panasonic HC-V160 has an image stabiliser.

Alternative video cameras with an image stabiliser currently available which you might also want to consider include because of it's better review score, the Canon Legria HF R606[plb_2697379_price].

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SDXC Memory Card

SDXC memory card

The HC-V160 supports an SDXC memory card which is better than most similar spec camcorders that have been around for around the same time as it. Most small sensor size camcorders that are a similar age to it support an SD memory card. This video camera 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 across all camcorders of a comparable age and spec to the HC-V160.

An SD memory card is the worst supported memory card type across comparable types of video camera.

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

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Has a Built-In Display

Like most of the other video cameras of this type and age, the Panasonic HC-V160 has a built-in display.

It may also be worth also looking at one of the other camcorders with a built-in display currently available including because of it's better review score, the Canon Legria HF R606[plb_2697379_price].

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Very Light

Across all the video cameras that have been on the market for more than a year the weights range from 180g to 1.6kg, and the average weight is 360g. At only 181 grams, the HC-V160 is quite light compared to most of the other small sensor size camcorders that came out around the same time as the HC-V160.

If you don't mind having a heavier weight then you might want to look at the Canon Legria HF R606[plb_2697379_price] (235g) which also has a higher rating.

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1080p Video Mode

This video camera has a 1080p video mode, which is typical of many camcorders of this type and age.

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Has Four White Balance Modes

The number of white balance modes found on the HC-V160 is more than most small sensor size camcorders that have been around for a comparable time to it. This video camera has an Auto white balance mode, which is the most commonly found white balance mode found on video cameras of this type and age. The white balance modes "Cloudy", "Indoor" and "Sunny" are also found on this Panasonic camcorder.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

This video camera supports a video resolution of 640 x 360|960 x 540|1920 x 1080 pixels, which is the most frequently supported video resolution on similar spec camcorders that are a comparable age to it.

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Auto Focus Adjustment

This camcorder has an Auto/Manual focus adjustment, which is typical of many small sensor size camcorders that have been available for a comparable time to it.

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Small

At only 114 millimeters, the HC-V160 is fairly small compared to most of the other small sensor size camcorders that have been on the market for a comparable time to the HC-V160. Across all the similar spec video cameras that were released one year ago the depths range from 59mm to 270mm.

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Very Small

At only 53 millimeters, the HC-V160 is quite small compared to most of the other video cameras of this age and spec. The average width of small sensor size camcorders that were launched around the same time as the HC-V160 is 90mm, and the widths range from 53mm to 530mm.

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1920 X 1080 Still Image Resolution

This video camera supports a still image resolution of 3968 x 2232| 1920 x 1080, which is typical of many small sensor size camcorders that were launched around the same time as it.

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12 Reasons Against

Does Not Have an Interchangeable Lens

Like most of the other small sensor size camcorders that have been around for around the same time as the HC-V160, the HC-V160 does not have an interchangeable lens.

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Very Short Battery Life

The shortest battery life of video cameras of this age and type is 0.67h and the longest is 5h. The HC-V160 has one of the shorter battery lifes (only 0.67 hours) amongst small sensor size camcorders of this age.

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Very Small Screen Size

The smallest screen size of camcorders of a comparable spec and age to the HC-V160 is 2.7", the largest is 3.5", and the average screen size is 3". With a screen size of only 2.7 inches, the HC-V160 has a quite small screen size compared to most of the other small sensor size camcorders that are a similar age to the HC-V160.

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Not 3D Compatible

The HC-V160 is not 3D compatible, although it is worth keeping in mind that most of the other video cameras of this age and spec are also not 3D compatible.

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Does Not Have a Night Mode

The HC-V160 does not have a night mode. Most of the other video cameras that were released around the same time as the HC-V160 also do not have a night mode.

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Not Waterproof

The HC-V160 is not waterproof. Most of the other comparable spec camcorders that have been around for around the same time as the HC-V160 are also not waterproof.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Projector

Most camcorders of a comparable spec and age to the HC-V160 do not have a built-in projector. The HC-V160 is no exception to this as it too does not have a built-in projector.

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Very Small Bitrate At Maximum Video Resolution

The smallest bitrate at maximum video resolution of small sensor size camcorders that have been available for more than a year is 17 Mbit/s and the biggest is 50 Mbit/s. With a bitrate at maximum video resolution of only 17 megabits per second, the Panasonic HC-V160 has a quite small bitrate at maximum video resolution compared to most of the other video cameras of a comparable type and age to the HC-V160.

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Very Low Battery Capacity

The HC-V160 has a quite low battery capacity (only 970 milliamperes * hour) compared to most of the other video cameras of a similar age and spec to the HC-V160. The lowest battery capacity of video cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to the HC-V160 is 970mAh and the highest is 5,200mAh.

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Only Digital Image Stabiliser

The HC-V160 has a better image stabiliser type than most video cameras of a similar type and age to it. This video camera has a Digital image stabiliser, whereas most comparable spec camcorders that have been available for around the same time as it have a Hybrid image stabiliser. Some compact cameras have digital Image stabilisation only, which simply boosts camera sensitivity (ISO) to obtain a faster shutter speeds to help prevent blur. No hardware is involved.

A Digital image stabiliser is actually the worst image stabiliser type amongst all similar spec camcorders that are a comparable age to the HC-V160.

An Optical image stabiliser is the best image stabiliser type across comparable types of video camera.

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Only 3968 X 2232 Pixels Maximum Image Resolution

The highest maximum image resolution of the Panasonic HC-V160 is 3968 x 2232 pixels. That's 3% less maximum image resolution than a 4032 x 2272 pixels video camera, which is the most common maximum image resolution. The worst maximum image resolution of all video cameras that have been on the market for more than a year is 3840 x 2160 pixels and the best is 6784 x 3816 pixels.

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Quite Big Minimum Illumination

The minimum illumination of similar spec camcorders that have been on the market for around the same time as the HC-V160 range from 0.1lx to 4lx, and the average minimum illumination is 1.9lx. With a minimum illumination of 4 lux, the HC-V160 has one of the bigger minimum illumination amongst small sensor size camcorders of this age.

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4 Other reasons to consider the Panasonic HC-V160

Full HD HD Type

The HD type of this video camera is Full HD, which is the most commonly found HD type on camcorders of this type and age.

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Released Over Two Years Ago

This video camera has been on the market for over two years.

Average Optical Zoom

The HC-V160 has a relatively standard optical zoom (38 times zoom factor) compared to most of the other camcorders of this age and spec.

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1/5.8" Optical Sensor Size

This video camera has a 1/5.8" optical sensor size, which is the most frequently found optical sensor size on small sensor size camcorders that have been around for more than a year.

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Specification

Image Sensor
Total Megapixels
Optical Sensor Size
Sensor Type
Effective Megapixels (image)
Effective Megapixels (movie)
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Digital Zoom
Image Stabilizer
Image Stabilizer Type
Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
Minimum Aperture Number
Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
Maximum Aperture Number
Focal Length (35mm Film Equivalent)
Focal Length Range (f-F)
Storage
Compatible Memory Cards
Camcorder Media Type
Focusing
Focus Adjustment
White Balance
Indoor White Balance
White Balance
Shutter
Camera Shutter Speed
Camera Shutter Type
Display
Display Diagonal
Built-In Display
Display Resolution (numeric)
Display
Camera
Camcorder Type
3D
On Screen Display (OSD)
Minimum Illumination
Design
Colour of Product
Video
HD Type
Supported Video Modes
Video Formats Supported
Video Resolutions
Maximum Video Resolution
Still Image
Image Formats Supported
Still Image Resolution(s)
Maximum Image Resolution
Audio
Built-In Speaker(s)
Built-In Microphone
Ports & Interfaces
HDMI
DC-In Jack
USB 2.0 Ports Quantity
S-Video Out
Mini HDMI Ports Quantity
Battery
Battery Voltage
Battery Capacity
Battery Technology
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Packaging Content
Batteries Included
Cables Included
AC Adapter Included
Warranty Card

Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers hcv160eg, hcv160ek, hcv160egk, info hcv160, info hcv160e, info hcv160eb, info hcv160ebk, panasonic hcv160, panasonic n129540, panasonic hcv160e, panasonic hcv160eb, panasonic hcv160eg, panasonic n129540w, panasonic 1920x1080, panasonic hcv160ebk, panasonic hcv160egk
Barcodes 05025232807628, 05025232807659, 05025232807666

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