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Sony HDR-CX160

alaTest has collected and analyzed 56 reviews of Sony HDR-CX160. The average rating for this product is 3.9/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. Reviewers really like the zoom and price. The image quality and portability are also appreciated. Some have doubts about the design and viewfinder.

usability, portability, image quality, price, zoom

reliability, color, viewfinder, design

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Sony HDR-CX160 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 82/100 = Very good quality.

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Review analysis

(Based on 56 reviews)

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Consumer review by: (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Sony HDR-CX160

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 13 user reviews of Sony HDR-CX160 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 3.6/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.com. Views about the usability and size are overall positive. The battery and portability are also appreciated, but there are some negative reviews about the durability and reliability.

price, portability, battery, size, usability

reliability, durability

69% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

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Aug, 2015

Expert review by: Jeremy Stamas (camcorderinfo.com)

Sony Handycam HDR-CX160Camcorder Review

 

The Handycam HDR-CX160 is a small, entry-level HD camcorder from Sony that retails for $499. The camcorder is an update of last year's HDR-CX150, and we were impressed by the additions and enhancements Sony made to the new model, which include a...

Oct, 2011

Expert review by: Jeremy Stamas (reviewed.com)

Sony HDR-CX160

 

Follows up last year's model nicely, but doesn't really make any big steps forward

Shoots both SD and HD; Great battery life

Not the best low light performance; Mediocre color and noise

The Sony Handycam HDR-CX160 is a worthy successor to last year’s HDR-CX150, but Sony left us a bit disappointed in the end. We would have been supremely impressed with the CX160 if only Sony had been able to improve the performance on the little...

Oct, 2011
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Consumer review by: SnoCat (sonystyle.com)

It does what I expected.

 

I was looking for a value driven high definition camcorder to replace my old trusty Sony digital tape model with a firewire interface. This one with the USB interface was very easy to operate and I was shooting high quality video's soon after the...

Great price, lightweight and easy to use

Instruction manual leaves you with questions

May, 2012

Consumer review by: photonicmatt (sonystyle.com)

great camcorder

 

Nice small unit that is easy to use. Picture quality is awesome. I bought a 32 gb card so I will have more than 12 hours use plus if needed there is the internal 16 gb memory that will give me 6 more hours.

great picture quality, easy to use

stops at 2 gb

Feb, 2012

Consumer review by: clspang (sonystyle.com)

Great entry-level HD camcorder

 

For an entry level HD camcorder, the HDR-CX160 is awesome. My old camera is a Sony digital 8mm I bought in 2004, so for me this is a huge technological leap forward. My old camcorder took very good standard definition (SD) shots, but it's nothing...

Price, video quality, sound quality, connectivity

No viewfinder (very minor inconvenience)

Dec, 2011

Consumer review by: Tirru (sonystyle.com)

Back ground noise ... dessipointed

 

While playing video on handycam and my computer sound quality is very poor and huge back ground noise ... I tried all the options specified by the representative ... I got shocked why Sony is maintaing these kind of low quality products ...

good quality video

sound recording is poor

Dec, 2011

Consumer review by: melindadandy (sonystyle.com)

great quality but mts is awful

 

This camera shows high quality pictures and video indeed! But I can't share my videos with anyone. I download to a dvd, cd or flash drive and no one I give my films to are able to open the mts files. So the camera does what I need it to do, but if I...

hd pics amazing!, easy to use

mts format

Dec, 2011

Consumer review by: cameraguru (sonystyle.com)

I feel Mixed about this camera

 

I like the camera it was my first one but its lack of features was annoying so i had to do color correction to make the shot accurate to real life. the reason i got this camera is because i didn't see the drawbacks. with the money that i spent i could...

60p , full hd, not to heavy not too light, good for beginer film makers/parents, great zoom

60i, bad battery time, need to get software to use it it on a mac, touch screen

Oct, 2011

Consumer review by: Zina (sonystyle.com)

Good Cam 1 disappointment

 

Spec. Info Interface, say HDMI Terminal (yes mini) when I unpack my HDR-CX160 NO HDMI Terminal only A/V R terminal. Sony should correct spec info.

Aug, 2011

Consumer review by: soccerpop (sonystyle.com)

Great Camera

 

Bought the HDR-CX160 model camcorder at Costco a month ago and have been pleasantly surprised at the quality of the picture and sound. Still photos were good also. One of my cons is the LCD picture. I do a lot of outdoor filming and it can be very...

Lightweight, Great Picture & Sound, Good Value

Interface with computer and software, LCD picture

Aug, 2011

Product Specifications

Configuration

3 Chip Technic: No
Chip Type:CMOS
Image Stabiliser:Optical Image Stabiliser
Sensor Size:1/4''

Connectivity

Digital Input: No
Firewire IEEE-1394 Interface: No
HDMI: Yes
HDMI PORT: Yes
USB: Yes
USB Interface: Yes
WiFi Connectivity: No
Wireless Interface: No

General Features

3D: No
Format:Flash + Memory Card
Handheld Position:Horizontal
Product Type:Camcorder
Resolution:Full HD
Type:Camcorder

Lens

Longest Shutter Speed in s:1/8
Shortest Shutter Speed in s:1/10000

Recording

Face Detection Mode:Face + Smile Detection
Recording Format:16:9 / 4:3
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