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Sony HDR-XR160

alaTest has collected and analyzed 95 reviews of Sony HDR-XR160. The average rating for this product is 4.1/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. People really like the size and zoom. The price and portability also get good opinions, whereas there are some less positive comments about the reliability and battery.

usability, portability, price, zoom, size

battery, reliability

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 85/100 = Very good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 82 user reviews of Sony HDR-XR160 from 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 People really like the size and zoom. The price and portability are also appreciated. Comments are divided on the reliability.

usability, portability, price, zoom, size

82% of the reviews on 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 160GB Handycam Camcorder Stamina Value Kit Includes Sony Case + Extra Sony NP-FV70 Battery + HDMI Cable + 16GB Class 10

Dec, 2015


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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.

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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

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We love this camera. Sharp video and audio.

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Sony HDR-XR160E


Compact, very easy to use, quick start up and finish. Great quality pictures and video. Even though it uses AVCHD format like many other camcorders, transfer time to PC or DVD is not excessive. A very good choice which is very competetive considering...

As with most camcorders battery life could be better but is improved by using a longer life battery which inevitably adds to the weight. Best solution to keep weight down is to have a couple of spare smaller batteries. Bad points, none so far

Sep, 2011

Product Specifications


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


Digital Input: Yes
Firewire IEEE-1394 Interface: No
Type of Memory Stick Interface :MS Duo / Pro Duo
Type of SD Card Interface :SD Card / SD HC Card
USB: Yes
USB Interface: Yes
WiFi Connectivity: No
Wireless Interface: No

General Features

3D: No
Handheld Position:Horizontal
Product Type:Camcorder
Resolution:Full HD


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


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