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Sony HDR-CX160 High-Definition Handycam Camcorder (Black)
- 1920x1080 Full HD 60p Recording w/3MP still image
- 16GB embedded Flash Memory for up to 6 hours of recording
- Wide Angle G lens to capture everything you want
- 42x Extended Zoom to get even closer to the action
- Back-illuminated "Exmor R" CMOS sensor for superb low-light video
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|Item Dimensions||2.13 x 4.88 x 2.25 inches|
|Item Weight||2.32 pounds|
|Lithium Battery Weight||4 ounces|
|Media Format Digital Video||SD|
|Optical Sensor Resolution||4.2 MP|
|Shipping Weight||2.25 pounds|
|Supported Battery Types||Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery|
|Video Capture Format||h.264|
|Video Capture Resolution||1080 x 720|
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Sony HDR-CX160 High Definition Handycam Camcorder
Take stunning 1920 x 1080 Full HD video with the ultra-compact HDR-CX160 Handycam camcorder. It features an "Exmor R" CMOS sensor for superior low-light performance, 16GB of embedded flash memory, wide angle Sony G lens, plus a 42X extended zoom feature for getting you closer to the action.
1920x1080 Full HD 60p Recording w/3MP still image
1920 x 1080 high definition resolution lets you record your memories in exceptional Sony Full High Definition quality. Capable of 1080/60p recording and playback via HDMI and compatible HDTV1 providing stunning clarity and incredibly detailed playback of your memories.
16GB embedded Flash Memory for up to 6 hours of recording
The built-in 16GB embedded Flash memory can record and store up to 6 hours of high definition video footage (HD LP mode).
Wide Angle G lens to capture everything you want
Experience the pinnacle of Sony lens technology with the professional-quality G Lens. Engineered for superior optical performance, Sony G lenses deliver brilliant, accurate color reproduction and sharp, amazingly detailed images. In addition, the 29.8mm focal offers a broader perspective for enhanced wide angle shooting.
42x Extended Zoom to get even closer to the action
Extended Zoom works in conjunction with 30x optical zoom to get even closer to the action while maintaining HD image quality.
Back-illuminated "Exmor R" CMOS sensor for superb low-light video
Experience stunning low-light sensitivity with improved image clarity and drastically reduced grain with Sony’s back-illuminated "Exmor R" CMOS sensor. Designed for compact cameras and camcorders, the "Exmor R" sensor relocates the photo diodes above the support circuitry, maximizing the light gathering area per pixel so you can shoot with better results in lower lighting conditions.
Optical Steady Shot image stabilization w/ Active Mode
Optical Steady Shot image stabilization with Active Mode compensates for greater degrees of camera shake to deliver stunningly smooth video from wide angle to full telephoto shooting. In addition, innovative 3-Way Shake-Canceling adds electronic roll stability for even smoother video capture.
3.0” touch-screen Clear Photo LCD Plus display (230K)
The 3.0” Clear Photo LCD Plus display provides exceptional viewing clarity with 230K pixels resolution. The display rotates up to 270 degrees for multiple viewing angles, as well as provides sharp, detailed images for monitoring or playback. The convenient touch panel allows easy access to menus and additional functionality such as spot focus and spot metering.
Tracking Focus follows selected subjects in/out of the frame
Tracking Focus works as an extension of Face Detection to allow you to select an object with a touch of the LCD and have the focus follow the selected object, even if it leaves the frame and returns.
Event Browse groups photos/videos for you for easy reference
Event Browse conveniently groups your images and videos together for easier viewing. The date range that Event Browse groups your pictures and videos is easily adjusted to suit your needs. When used with the Highlight Playback feature, making and sharing a highlight reel from your event is easy and fun.
Highlight Playback creates movies with transitions for you
Why spend hours editing your movies when you can let your camcorder do it for you? Highlight Playback identifies and compiles key scenes into a short, entertaining movie complete with music and transitions. You can even pinpoint the exact scene you want to include in the highlight reel.
Wind noise reduction for clear voice recording
Wind Reduction reduces noise and interference that is produced when wind passes over the microphone, giving you a clearer and more enjoyable sound experience.
Intelligent Auto (90 different scene combinations possible)
Intelligent Auto mode goes a step beyond traditional auto modes by analyzing your shot and then automatically selecting the appropriate settings from ten distinct scene modes (90 different combinations possible): Landscape, Backlight, Twilight, Spotlight, Low light, Macro, Portait, Baby, Walk, Tripod.
Direct Copy to external HDD without PC
Store your memories in a whole new way with the ability to copy videos from your camcorder directly to an external hard disk drive (sold separately), all without a computer. Your camcorder can also access videos stored on the external hard drive for playback on your HDTV1, allowing you to utilize the camcorder’s handy playback features.
Built-in USB cable for easy file transfer/charge
The high-speed, built-in USB 2.0 cable allows for easy connection to your computer for charging or file transfer without having to remember separate cables. It also fits conveniently into the hand strap so it’s out of the way until you need it.
Building on the slow-motion capture capabilities of Smooth Slow Record, Golf Shot captures a few seconds of motion as a sequence of up to 22 still images, which can be viewed/printed individually or as a composite “sequence shot” image, perfect for analyzing the nuances of a golf swing, tennis serve, and other fast action.
Built-in LED Light
The HDR-CX130 features an LED light that can assist in low-light situations giving you more flexibility when capturing your video.
1. HD viewing requires compatible HDTV and HDMI™ cable, both sold separately.
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Top Customer Reviews
It is very convenient to use with a perfect size for my medium sized palm, and the zoom & record buttons conveniently placed on the camera body as well as on the touch screen. The touch screen is pretty good. I would recommend using a scratch guard which makes it easier to clean since it is prone to finger prints. The touch screen interface is very intuitive (one cant go wrong with the interface with Sony) and takes only couple of mins to get used to. I started shooting right after unboxing it. Coming to the most important aspect - the picture. The picture quality of the videos is absolutely stunning. Even under low light (indoors), the picture quality is quite good when shot at FX mode. I generally prefer FX mode (60i) which is actually the second best mode in terms of picture clarity but gives you that extra shooting time with negligible picture degradation as compared to PS mode (60p @ 28Mbps). PS mode is as close to a professional camera that an under $500 camera can get.
With a built in 16Gb memory one can shoot about 90 mins of HD videos in FX mode. I got a Transcend 16Gb class 10 for little less than 30 bucks to make the total to 3 hrs of videos at one go, which imho is quite a decent amount of video. The battery (Sony NP-FV50 V series) that came with it has a back up of little over 2 hours with a mix of record and play back times. I am very happy with these times though. For back up I did buy a NP FV 70 replacement (Vivitar brand); however, it did not work well and I used to get an error message after about 4 mins. I returned it and bought another Sony NP FV 50. I would recommend buying another Sony NP FV 50 battery only if you ever need a back up power (NOT EVEN origniaL Sony NP FV 70).Read more ›
The picture equality to me is crystal clear, and transferred over to my computer for ripping to a DVD without any issues at all. Piece of cake.
While it does come with 16 gig of memory, I went ahead and paid extra for a 32 GB SD memory card: the last thing I wanted to have happen is run out of space right in the middle of whatever I might be recording.
I didn't purchase an upgraded battery with the initial purchase, as I thought I would see what type of performance I would get with the one that came with it: I'm getting about 2.5 to 3 hours, but your results may vary depending upon usage. For me, that is more than enough for one session of whatever I might be recording, but I will more likely than not buy a larger capacity battery, as I have been caught before ready to go to some event and realizing I hadn't charged the battery. With the USB-compatible charger (included), for this one I will be able to plug into my USB-compatible cigarette adapter, but I'd rather have the piece of mind of a larger battery and will order one.
The only "negative" I have is I have larger hands, and it will take some getting used to this size camera. That doesn't affect performance of the camera.
All in all, at $498 here on Amazon it is a great buy, and saved me $40+ bucks from buying the same thing at Fry's.
Speaking of footage. The quality out of this camera is awesome! I'm super impressed by the image quality.
I dropped this down by a point since I use these cameras for skydiving and the optical stabilization (OIS) causes flutter when the camera is in a vacuum caused by certain body positions. I could see this being an issue with people mounting these in certain positions on motorcycles or other fast moving vehicles where there is not laminar airflow around the camera. (youtube "Sony HDR-CX160 Tests"). Sony needs to lock the stabilization optics when the stabilization is turned off!
Overall I'm going to keep this camera for ground footage but going back to my EIS based Sony HDR-CX150 camera for extreme sports.
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