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Sony HDR-CX160

alaTest has collected and analyzed 67 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers really like the battery and portability. The value for money and image quality are also mentioned favorably. There are some mixed comments about the color, and the resolution and viewfinder get critical comments.

usability, image quality, value for money, portability, battery

design, viewfinder, resolution

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 84/100 = Very good quality.

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Review analysis

(Based on 67 reviews)

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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.

value for money, battery, size, portability, usability

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

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Sony Handycam HDR-CX160 (black)

 

In sunlight, with the subject filling the frame, the camcorder produces good-looking video that passes for full HD. But in many other circumstances, especially when there's a lot of background detail and motion such as grass or trees waving in the...

A wide-angle lens, built-in USB cable, and consistently good automated behavior highlight the otherwise no-frills Sony Handycam HDR-CX130, CX160, and XR160 camcorders

The sub-HD resolution sensor on these camcorders produces merely satisfactory video

Typical for their price class, the no-frills Sony Handycam HDR-CX130, CX160, and XR160 produce generally subpar HD video, but if you're not picky you'll probably be fine. The CX130 is the best buy of the three, as long as you go cheap on the memory card.

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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...

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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...

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"Camera over heated. SONY SERVICE SUCKS!!!!"

 

The camera in practice is excellent. However, this is absolutely my last Sony product. The service is the worst I have ever experienced. The reps are apathetic at best. Sony does not care about the quality of their service. 3-4 weeks after having the...

Quality HD pic for the price. Light. Very good auto focus. Smooth zoom. Decent value. (When it works)

Camera would overheat and turn off radomly. Horrible support. SONY SERVICE HAS SUCKED! 3-4 WEEKS after 9 days of evaluation.

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"Great Value for Your Money!"

 

After an extensively research over the internet I bought this Sony HDR CX160 camera in Miami on March 16, and after six months of continuous use I can only say that I am extremely satisfied with the product. It is really small and light, easy to carry...

1). Picture quality is stunning

1). Focus is a little tricky and there is no manual focus ring

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Good value for price

 

Bought this due to low price for product features and believing in Sony's old reputation. I was particularly looking for OIS and low light recodring quality. Very much impressed with the wide angle coverage in mountain and other scenic areas. High zoom...

Wide angle coverage, zoom, recording quality in normal light, battery life

Not so good recording in low light, bad in sunlight

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"Software for image file handling is not friendly"

 

It automatically extract pictures from video. The auto catched pictures mixing with video make you hard to handle the video. Huge files in the small screen make difficulty for identifying what is the basic, with are drived from video, and full up the...

Image is clear on computer

Image is not clear enough on 1080p TV. It is very inconvenient to delete files on the camcorder after the image files are transfered to computer.

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It is AWESOME!

 

Overall...exactly what we needed.

Picture Quality. Hard Drive size

No remote control

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Good value for price

 

Bought this due to low price for product features and believing in Sony's old reputation. I was particularly looking for OIS and low light recodring quality. Very much impressed with the wide angle coverage in mountain and other scenic areas. High zoom...

Wide angle coverage, zoom, recording quality in normal light, battery life

Not so good recording in low light, bad in sunlight

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"Good value for price"

 

Bought this due to low price for product features and believing in Sony's old reputation. I was particularly looking for OIS and low light recodring quality. Very much impressed with the wide angle coverage in mountain and other scenic areas. High zoom...

Wide angle coverage, zoom, recording quality in normal light, battery life

Not so good recording in low light, bad in sunlight

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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