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Sony HDR-XR160

alaTest has collected and analyzed 117 reviews of Sony HDR-XR160. The average rating for this product is 4.2/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. Reviewers are impressed by the image quality and price. The size and portability also get good feedback. The viewfinder and reliability get negative views. There are some mixed reviews about the durability.

usability, portability, size, price, image quality

battery, reliability, viewfinder

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Sony HDR-XR160 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 84/100 = Very good quality.

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Amazon.com review summary for Sony HDR-XR160

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 82 user reviews of Sony HDR-XR160 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 4.1/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.com. Reviewers are impressed by the size and zoom. The price and portability also get good views. Comments are divided on the reliability.

usability, portability, price, zoom, size

82% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Sony HDR-XR160 High Definition Handycam Camcorder (Black)Sony HDR-XR160 High Definition Handycam Camcorder (Black)

Dec, 2017

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Expert review by: (toptenreviews.com_old)

Sony Handycam HDR-XR160

 

Sony has packed a lot of great features into the small and lightweight HDR-XR160, making it easy to get quality HD video, up to 1080/60p, the best in hi-def resolution. And this camcorder won't break the bank. Other hard drive camcorders with similar...

This affordable camcorder records in full HD 1080/60p and has a large 3-inch touchscreen LCD

Its hard disk drive is only 160GB and it takes 3-megapixel digital photos

Despite having a slightly small hard drive, the HDR-XR160 is the best hard drive camcorder we reviewed.

Consumer review by: N/A (newegg.com)

SONY HDRXR160 Black 1/4" CMOS 3.0" 230K LCD 30X Optical Zoom Full HD HDD/Flash Memory Camcorder

 

Why do companies have to put less of something important with something good? In this case a roomy hard drive but only 2 hour battery, really depressive. It is same if computer had great CPU and video card but only 256 memory, which a certain company...

Works like it is intended to. Have only had for 2 months, but nothing has broken yet. The zoom is impressive. The hard drive is what sold me on this

I did not see any mention of battery life while I was shopping for this camera, really wish the company would have put a better battery on, the one they send is only good for 2 hours, kind of defeats my purpose of getting a camera with a hard drive. If...

Jan, 2012

Consumer review by: Sandra (rakuten.com)

Sandra

 

We love this camera. Sharp video and audio.

Consumer review by: eric (reevoo.com)

Sony HDR-XR160E

 

Auto focus and touch screen.

If you have big hands it can be a bit of a proble. I need to use both hands as I have thick fingers.

Oct, 2012

Consumer review by: mohamed (reevoo.com)

Sony HDR-XR160E

 

easy to use,lovely image and sound,quality

Jul, 2012

Consumer review by: mary (reevoo.com)

Sony HDR-XR160E

 

Excellent,clear movies. Light and easy to carry. Small size and attractive to look at.

Battery could last longer. In bright sunlight it is difficult to see through the viewing window. A built in alternative eye piece would be useful.

Jun, 2012

Consumer review by: roger (reevoo.com)

Sony HDR-XR160E

 

light small to put in pocket and have still and movie all in one

when the sun is out it is hard to see the screen with out trying to hold your hand over the screen if i had thought about it i may not have purchased it

May, 2012

Consumer review by: ewan (reevoo.com)

Sony HDR-XR160E

 

the best cam I have had. The features are easy and useful

Apr, 2012

Consumer review by: Tony (reevoo.com)

Sony HDR-XR160E

 

160gb hard drive, good image quality but a little on the soft side, very easy to use, the on screen menu's are very intuitive.

Battery life is short, you really have to inverst in higher capacity batteries.

Apr, 2012

Consumer review by: Edward (reevoo.com)

Sony HDR-XR160E

 

Clear viewer, auto focus

Battery lasts for quite a while then dies quickly.

Mar, 2012

Product Specifications

Battery

Battery Technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Type:NP-FV50
Battery voltage:7.2

Camera

3D:N
3D compatibility: No
Camcorder Type:Handheld camcorder
Image processor:BIONZ
Minimum illumination:3
On Screen Display (OSD) languages:ENG, ESP, FRE, POR
Self-timer:10
Self-timer delay:10
Supported aspect ratios:4:3, 16:9

Design

Color of product:Black
LED Indicators: Yes

Display

Built-in display: Yes
Display Diagonal:3
Display resolution (numeric):230000
Touch screen: Yes
Touchscreen:Y

Flash

Built-in flash: Yes

Focusing

Face detection: Yes
Focus adjustment:Auto/Manual
Macro focusing range:0.01
Normal focusing range:0.8

Image Sensor

Effective megapixels (image):3.3
Effective megapixels (movie):2.2
Optical sensor size:1 / 4
Sensor Type:CMOS
Total megapixels:3

Lens System

35 mm camera lens equivalent:1.28 - 43.1
Filter size:1.18
Focal length (35mm film equivalent):1.28 - 43.1
Focal length range (f-f):0.0827 - 2.48
Image Stabilizer: Yes
Image stabilizer type:Optical
Interchangeable Lens: Yes
Maximum aperture number:3.4
Minimum aperture number:1.8
Optical Zoom:30

Light Exposure

Light exposure modes:Auto

Other Features

Flash:N
Night mode: No
Noise reduction: Yes
Power consumption (typical):HD:3.3, STD:3
Spotlight: No
Windows operating systems supported:Windows 7 Home Premium, Windows 7 Home Premium x64, Windows 7 Professional, Windows 7 Professional x64, Windows 7 Starter, Windows 7 Starter x64, Windows 7 Ultimate, Windows 7 Ultimate x64, Windows Vista Business, Windows Vista Business x64, Windows Vista Home Basic, Windows Vista Home Basic x64, Windows Vista Home Premium, Windows Vista Home Premium x64, Windows Vista Ultimate, Windows Vista Ultimate x64, Windows XP Home, Windows XP Home x64, Windows XP Professional, Windows XP Professional x64

Packaging Content

AC adapter bundled: Yes
AC adapter included:Y
Batteries included: Yes
Cables included:AV, USB
Quick start guide: Yes

Ports & interfaces

Component video (YPbPr/YCbCr) out:1
Composite video out:1
HDMI: Yes
Headphone outputs: No
PictBridge: Yes
S-Video in: No
S-Video out: Yes
USB 2.0 ports quantity:1

Shutter

Shutter speed (photo):1/6 - 1/6000

Still Image

Maximum image resolution:2304 x 1296

Storage

Camcorder media type:HDD, Memory card
Camera file system:DCF 2.0, Exif 2.3
Compatible memory cards:MS PRO, MS PRO Duo, MS Pro-HG, SD, SDHC, SDXC
Internal storage capacity:160

Video

Analog signal format system:NTSC
Bitrate at maximum video resolution:28
Capture modes:FH, FXP, HQ, LP
HD type:Full HD
Maximum frame rate:30
Maximum video resolution:1920 x 1080
Supported video modes:1080i, 1080p
Video Resolutions:720 x 480,1440 x 1080

Viewfinder

Camera viewfinder: No
Viewfinder type:Not available

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:5.04
Height:2.6
Weight:12.3
Width:2.34

White Balance

Indoor white balance: Yes
Onepush white balance: Yes
Outdoor white balance: Yes
White Balance:Auto