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Sony HDR-CX160 High-Definition Handycam Camcorder (Black) (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
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- 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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Capture amazing 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 and wide angle Sony G lens, plus 42X extended zoom feature for getting you closer to the action. Record and store up to six hours of high-definition video footage (HD LP mode) via the built-in 16GB embedded Flash memory. You can also compose and view your shots on the vibrant 3.0" touch-screen display. FEATURES: 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 providing stunning clarity and incredibly detailed playback of your memories. 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. 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. 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. Direct Copy to external HDD without PC - Store your memo
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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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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.
The biggest downside: the startup time to record. My advice is to always keep the camera on and open if you think there might be a quick opportunity to catch action. Otherwise, you can miss stuff while the camera is starting up. However, I have a good 3 minute shot of my knee when I didn't realize the camera was still on, so you have to really pay attention if you do that!
As for software, since my DH is a Mac geek, we didn't even try to use the software that comes with the camera. We used IDVD and are able to get great looking, well edited movies.
Overall opinion: really good camera to get really good video you can watch and enjoy.
Be careful to use always the hand strap so you can prevent it from falling off. I almost died of distress last week when it slipped from my fingers but luckily I managed to attenuate the fall with my left foot, it bounced and landed nicely on the carpet floor, not a single scratch.
I shoot all my videos on PS mode (60p @ 28Mbps), I like to record my memories on the best quality possible, the future generations of the family will be grateful and remember me with respect for this decision. The picture quality is stunning and the glorious full HD 1920x1080p looks fantastic on my LCD TV.
The touchscreen is prone to be covered by smudges, I use it to shoot the daily growing of my children and my greasy paws do not help to keep it clean at all.
The USB cable is nice but is too short, you can only use it with a portable computer or a tablet, placing the camera next to it, with a desktop you have to use the extension cord otherwise the camera would be hanging.
The active steadyshot is pretty cool, it can really minimize the effects of hand shaking and trembling individuals.
The slow motion shot is amazing, athough of inferior quality compared to PS mode. I had the opportunity of shooting a parade in Bogota, a clumsy clown on stilts got distracted watching some lady on the crowd, tripped and fell spectacularly, I got it all on film and it is a laughing matter for our enjoyment. I can not share the video out of respect with the clown.
I gave this impressive camera five stars, it gives a high value for your money, has many advanced features compared to other brands below the same tag price. Highly recommended.