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Sony HDR-XR160 High-Definition Handycam Camcorder (Black)

by Sony
4.4 out of 5 stars 68 customer reviews
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  • 1920x1080 Full HD 60p Recording w/3MP still image
  • 160GB HDD (up to 54 hours HD recording in LP mode)
  • 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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Product Description

Product Description

Take stunning 1920 x 1080 Full HD video with the compact HDR-XR160 Handycam camcorder. It features an "Exmor R" CMOS sensor for superior low-light performance and wide angle Sony G lens to take in more of the scene, plus 42x extended zoom for getting you closer to the action. Also equipped with a massive 160GB hard disk drive (HDD), you can record and store up to 54 hours of high-definition video footage (HD LP mode). There's also a vibrant 3.0" touch-screen display lets you compose and view your shots.

From the Manufacturer

Take stunning 1920 x 1080 Full HD video with the compact HDR-XR160 Handycam camcorder. It features an "Exmor R" CMOS sensor for superior low-light performance, a 160GB1 hard disk drive, wide angle Sony G lens, plus 42X extended zoom 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 HDTV4 roviding stunning clarity and incredibly detailed playback of your memories.

160GB1 Hard Disk Drive
A built-in 160GB1 hard disk drive can record and store up to 54 hours of high definition video footage (HD LP mode). In addition, "HDD Smart Protection" gives you peace of mind by helping to prevent any recorded video and images from being lost if the camcorder is accidentally dropped.

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 length 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 SteadyShot image stabilization w/ Active Mode
Optical SteadyShot 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-inch touch-screen Clear Photo LCD Plus display (230K)

The 3.0" Clear Photo LCD Plus screen displays sharp, bright, vivid images, letting you compose a shot more easily -- even outdoors, while enabling you to change settings to best represent the scene.

Tracking Focus follows selected subjects
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.

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.

Clear Phase stereo speakers for true and dynamic sound
Bring your video alive with Clear Phase stereo speakers. Drawing on Sony’s high-end audio expertise, renown S-Master digital amplifier technology is utilized to produce more true-to-life sound.

5.1ch Surround mic for vivid and dynamic surround sound.
Dolby Digital 5.1 channel recording captures active sounds coming from all directions, so you can experience your home movies the way you experienced them while recording.

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 PC13
Store your memories in a whole new way with the ability to copy videos from your camcorder directly to an external hard disk drive13 (sold separately), all without a computer. Your camcorder can also access videos stored on the external hard drive for playback on your HDTV4, 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.

Golf Shot
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.

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 4.7 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds
  • ASIN: B004H8FN8K
  • Item model number: HDRXR160
  • Batteries 1 Lithium ion batteries required. (included)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,383 in Camera & Photo (See Top 100 in Camera & Photo)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: January 4, 2011

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Customer Reviews

Top Customer Reviews

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I got this product and partially happy with it compared with my Sony TRV-340 digital8 camcorder.

Something I want to point out:

Features: I don't like the battery release button because it is at the bottom of the camcorder. When using it with tripod, it is very difficult to change the battery if tripod adapter is used unless the adapter is small or using FV-100 battery to avoid the problem.

Sound: It captures the sound quality very good and much powerful if zoom mic is enable.

Picture: It is good enough in standard video and quite good in 1080p capture. If viewing on the LCD panel, video quality is quite good for both formats. However, video quality looks too much brightness when viewing in computer or DVD player.

Manual low light mode (3LUX): It is a big surprise to me it works so well. Without any zoom in or out, I captured a clear video from the bed room using the light from the bathroom (light source 40W was about 6 feet way and pointed directly to the object behind the camcorder). But it is grainy if the zoom is used. It was also grainy if capturing a scene 15 feet away from the camcorder using light reflection, light source was about 10 feet behind the camcorder and pointed 90 degree angle. But I prefer to have it at 1.5-2 LUX.

Optical Zoom: 30x is so good and quiet.

Recording/Photo mode: Sometime it captures the photo while recording by itself in standard recording mode. It never happens in HD mode. It is weird but it is not hurting anything.(7/21/2011)

Auto focus: It is about ½ time slower compared to my digital8 in my opinion.

Auto Gain works automatically ONLY in playback mode when using LCD panel.

Overall I grade this camcorder(below $600) 4-4.5 stars at consumer level camcorder. If it has 3 CMOS sensor and 1.5 LUX, it is my 5 star camcorder($2000+).
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As applicable for all items this product (HDR-XR160) also as has pros & cons.
PROS:
1. 30x optical zoom is simply amazing.
2. Highest clarity (27Mbps) HD video gives you stunningly clear picture quality. Especially in daylight/outdoor.
3. Different scene modes serve the usual needs. Eg. Fireowrks, Twilight etc.
4. 5.1 channel capture is a great to have feature.
5. Directional mic works well & audio clarity is crystal clear.
6. Image stabilizer works/helps the usually shaky video shoots and makes it so smooth that you will forget that there was any shake.
7. USB charging feature helped me at many occasions where i could not find any power switches. Just connect to your laptop & charging starts.
8. 160GB hard disk is the best to have when you are shooting HD videos. It allows nearly 13.5Hrs of highest quality 1080p recording.
9. Very handy to use & compact in size.

CONS:
1. Night indoor scenes are not as clear as daylight scenes, even at highest quality of HD shoot.
2. In "Low lux ON" mode you will see a grainy video, even at HD quality. Hence, this mode is completely useless.
3. Autofocus is not very quick/fast. Especially if target object is moving away from camera.
4. Worst part: If you want to do a manual focus on the fly, you have to use touch screen to do precise focus. This feature is simply not a user firendly one.
5. No mini-HDMI cable supplied along with the product.
6. Because of USB rest place present in the strap, sometimes you may not feel comfortable holding the camera for longer time.

Except these CONS, I feel it is worth buying for all other good features of this product.

- Sameer
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This is a great camcorder. Did a lot of research on the camcorders and this was the newer version of another great camcorder. Do not need a memory card as all info can be saved to the hard drive then transferred to your computer. Another great feature is it has a usb cord in the hand strap so you can easily connect to your computer to download or charge the battery.
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This camera has very good zoom. I can see stuff through this camera that I cant see in real life with my own eyes. The picture quality is very good outdoors but indoors its a little grainy even on the highest quality recording. The camera captures audio very well and colors well too. The menu is very simple and easy to use and the software that comes with it is nice too. The hard drive is really helpful because you dont have to buy expensive memory cards. The battery life is about an hour and 40 min on the highest quality recording and the hard drive holds 16 hours on the highest quality. The camera is also very light and looks great. Only downside is that its kind of expensive and you might be able to find a camera with similar features thats maybe $100 less.
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I am very happy with this camera. We use it for typical family videotaping. The picture quality is excellent, and it works very well with iMovie. Imports into iMovie are very fast, at least 2X real time (i.e. import 10 minutes of video in 5 minutes or less) on my iMac. I am especially impressed with the image stabilization, as I am not a "steady handed" person. You would not know it with this camera, however.
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FYI: This is my first HD camera.

I am impressed with the abilities of this camera. The USB cord in the hand strap allows for a quick connect to a PC. No more wasting time looking for the patch cord.

I own many other camcorders and I am extremely impressed with the image stabilization and low light shooting.

I have a direct Sony mini DVD camera and I think its image is clearer than this HD with no zoom.

The random auto image capture during recording is a neat tool this camera has. I have posted many of the pictures it has taken out of my home movies.

I have noticed that when I connect the camera directly to a CRT TV and not a LCD TV the image is darker on the CRT but normal on a LCD. A low light shot can hardly be seen on a CRT.

Over all I would definitely recommend this camera.
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