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Sony HDR-XR160

alaTest has collected and analyzed 115 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. Views about the zoom and price are generally positive. The size and portability are also appreciated, whereas some have doubts about the viewfinder and durability. There are some mixed views about the reliability.

usability, portability, size, price, zoom

battery, durability, 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 82/100 = Very good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 81 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 Views about the size and portability are generally positive. The zoom and price also get good reviews. Opinions are divided on the reliability.

usability, price, zoom, portability, size

81% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

Nov, 2020

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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


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

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Sony HDR-XR160E


easy to use,lovely image and sound,quality

Jul, 2012

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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

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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

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Sony HDR-XR160E


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

Apr, 2012

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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

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Sony HDR-XR160E


Clear viewer, auto focus

Battery lasts for quite a while then dies quickly.

Mar, 2012

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Sony HDR-XR160E


Picture quality

Sony shop (where i bought it) went into administration just after I did so. On/off switch failed within a month. Camera is back with Sony for repair. Found some Sony staff members very unhelpful even arrogant. Two of them did make an effort to help in...

Feb, 2012

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