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Sony HDR-XR160

alaTest has collected and analyzed 100 reviews from magazines and websites. People really like the size and image quality. The value for money and portability are also mentioned favorably. Some have doubts about the reliability and features.

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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 86/100 = Very good quality.

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Amazon.com review summary for Sony HDR-XR160

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 71 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.

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

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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 160GB Handycam Camcorder Stamina Value Kit Includes Sony Case + Extra Sony NP-FV70 Battery + HDMI Cable + 16GB Class 10

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Sony Handycam HDR-XR160 (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-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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"Can take cheap, HQ video for a cheap price."

 

I say its worth the money, as though i found a proffesinal camera on a discount site for less than it is now. and its no longer sold on sony's online store.

1. High definition recording.

1. no "professional" look.

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Not very useful for sharing videos

 

If this is for you to use and only you want to see the videos -- OK ... if you want to use this for something like a team or work event then I would skip it. ... Personally, I am skipping it right back to the store ...

Takes a great video - easy to use and control

Only option is for the video to be in a proprietary format, and you need Sony's special software to even get at it. Once you do gain access to the video files you have to manually convert them and the only option I have been able to find is to convert to

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"Not very useful for sharing videos"

 

If this is for you to use and only you want to see the videos -- OK ... if you want to use this for something like a team or work event then I would skip it. ... Personally, I am skipping it right back to the store ...

Takes a great video - easy to use and control

Only option is for the video to be in a proprietary format, and you need Sony's special software to even get at it. Once you do gain access to the video files you have to manually convert them and the only option I have been able to find is to convert to

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Great point and shoot

 

I'm very happy with this camcorder

Easy to use ; Mac and PC friendly ; Very nice results on the movies

lower light (outside at night) it's grainy a little, but not bad ; The provided software packages are not mac compatible

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"Great point and shoot"

 

I'm very happy with this camcorder

-Easy to use

- lower light (outside at night) it's grainy a little, but not bad.

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Sony HDR-XR160 HD 1080p Camcorder!

 

I got this product and partially happy with it compared with my Sony TRV-340 digital8 camcorder. Something I want to point out: Features: I don't like the battery release button because it is at the bottom of the camcorder. When using it with tripod,...

Sound quality very good ; Picture is good enough in standard video ; Video quality is quite good ; Manual low light mode is works so well ; Optical Zoom 30x is so good and quiet

Auto focus is about 1/2 time slower compared to my Sony TRV-340 digital8 in my opinion

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"Sony HDR-XR160 HD 1080p Camcorder!"

 

I got this product and partially happy with it compared with my Sony TRV-340 digital8 camcorder.

+ Sound quality very good

- Auto focus is about 1/2 time slower compared to my Sony TRV-340 digital8 in my opinion

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Sony HDR-XR160 HD 1080p Camcorder!

 

I got this product and partially happy with it compared with my Sony TRV-340 digital8 camcorder. Something I want to point out: Features: I don't like the battery release button because it is at the bottom of the camcorder. When using it with tripod,...

Sound quality very good ; Picture is good enough in standard video ; Video quality is quite good ; Manual low light mode is works so well ; Optical Zoom 30x is so good and quiet

Auto focus is about 1/2 time slower compared to my Sony TRV-340 digital8 in my opinion

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Product Specifications

Configuration

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

Connectivity

Digital Input: Yes
Firewire IEEE-1394 Interface: No
HDMI: Yes
HDMI PORT: Yes
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
Format:HDD
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
HD Video Format:AVCHD
Recording Format:16:9 / 4:3
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