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Sony HDR-XR260

alaTest has collected and analyzed 119 reviews of Sony HDR-XR260. The average rating for this product is 4.3/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. Reviewers really like the size and portability. The zoom and image quality are also mentioned favorably. Some have doubts about the memory, while there are some mixed reviews about the viewfinder.

usability, image quality, zoom, portability, size


We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Sony HDR-XR260 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 86/100 = Very good quality.

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Expert review by : Naaptol (

Expert Review


For the price, it can be concluded that a little better could have done-slightly sharper video, improved low-light performance and a less cumbersome interface top the list-but Sony Handycam HDR-XR260 still fares quite well against its competitors!

Apr, 2012

Consumer review (

Very Nice Camera


Great camera, great video, conveniently easy to download video to PC computer and then immediately watch (one more reason to stay away from MAC computers). Be sure to set camera to progressive scan vs interlaced scan - this made a BIG difference in...

size, hard drive, high def, touch screen, 5.1 sound

stock battery is a little too small

Mar, 2013

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Sony video to IMAC - IMOVIE


The product it self is very nice, and one of the best we have purchased. However, now knowing how difficult and time consuming it is to try and get it to sync with our IMAC, I am contemplating returning it. It does look very good on our TV with great...

Very nice camera to handle and work

Very very difficult to try get your video onto IMOVIE on our IMAC

Nov, 2012

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Just Okay at Best, So Far.


I have only had this video camcorder a few weeks so i have not mastered all the features yet. But i have the settings set to the highest quality and sound and so far the videos and images have been less than crisp. I took a picture of my dog and...

HD level video and sound

Quality and images are not very sharp

Jul, 2012

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My Best Camera


I have tried many video cameras recently, but this is the best in all sense. This one is absolutely great in low light video capturing. The only thing I did not like is the Still Image Quality, it is not so great... I see lots of grain - not clear...

160GB HDD, 1080P rec, 8.9MP Camera, superb Low light recording

Still picture quality, storage media selection

Jun, 2012

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The Upgrade


Finally first splash into HD Tapeless system shot a test video with stray cat in the backyard posted it to YouTube few hours Later some one shows at my door asking about the cat

Overall impressive quality

Pig tail USB in strap not easy to find

May, 2012

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SONY HDR-XR260V , Very Nice !


Well i've taken 1.6-gigs of movies all in HD along with a few single images . Images turned out very good for 8.6MP images . The 5.1 sound was very good and the wind noise protection was really good except when i shot straight up at the moon . Had some...

Battery life great , 160-gig HD , Auto lens door , Ease of use , great Image Stabilizer

Chromatic-Aberration in bright sunshine

Apr, 2012

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Excellent Item


I love this handycam! It is really easy to use and I was amazed at the small light weight size.

Easy to Use, Light weight, A Whole Lot of Fun


Consumer review (

Hard to import videos to computer


I really CAN'T import videos from the camcorder to the computer. It is something that has been happening to my sony devices. It wouldn't be different with this one. I shouldn't have bought it.

It seems to have good image and sound quality

It seems to be impossible to import videos to computer

Consumer review (

Convenient for travel, large storage


This camcorder is smaller than previous versions and has lots of storage for continuous use. Love the large screen. Turns on and off automatically when opening the screen. Never forget to turn off after use. Super convenient!

Easy to Use ; Good Image Stabilization ; Great Picture Quality ; Great Sound ; Great Zoom ; Large Clear LCD ; Zoom range/performance

Jan, 2013

Product Specifications


Audio system:Dolby Digital 5.1
Built-in Microphone: Yes
Built-in speaker(s):Y
Built-in speakers: Yes


Battery Technology:Lithium
Battery Type:NP-FV50


3D compatibility: No
Back light compensation: Yes
Back Light Compensation (BLC):Y
Camcorder Type:Handheld camcorder
Image processor:BIONZ
Minimum illumination:3 / 6
Progressive Scan: Yes
Self-timer delay:10


Color of product:Black


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


Built-in flash: Yes
Built-in light: No


Face detection: Yes
Focus adjustment:Auto/Manual / Manual

Image Sensor

Effective megapixels (image):8.9
Effective megapixels (movie):2.23
Optical sensor size:1 / 3.9 / 1 / 3.91
Sensor Type:CMOS
Total megapixels:5.4 / 8.9

Lens System

35 mm camera lens equivalent:1.17 - 35.2
Digital Zoom:350
Focal length (35mm film equivalent):1.17 - 35.2
Focal length range (f-f):0.0827 - 2.48
Image Stabilizer: Yes
Image stabilizer type:Optical
Interchangeable Lens: No
Maximum aperture number:3.4
Maximum focal length (35mm film equiv):35.2
Minimum aperture number:1.8
Minimum focal length (35mm film equiv):1.17
Optical Zoom:30

Light Exposure

Light exposure modes:Auto
Scene modes:Beach, Fireworks, Landscape, Night, Snow, Spotlight, Sunrise, Sunset / Beach, Fireworks, Landscape, Portrait, Snow, Spotlight, Sunset, Twilight

Packaging Content

AC adapter bundled: Yes
AC adapter included:Y
Cables included:AV, HDMI, USB

Ports & interfaces

Composite video out:1
DC-in jack: Yes
Headphone outputs:1
Microphone in: Yes
PictBridge: No
S-Video out:No / Yes
USB 2.0 ports quantity:1
USB connector type:USB Type-A


Camera shutter speed:1/8 - 1/10000

Still Image

Image formats supported:JPG
Maximum image resolution:3984 x 2240
Still image resolution(s):2992 x 2240,3984 x 2240


Camcorder media type:HDD, Memory card
Compatible memory cards:MS PRO Duo, SD, SDHC, SDXC
Internal storage capacity:160
Memory slots:1


Bitrate at maximum video resolution:28
HD type:Full HD
Maximum video resolution:1920 x 1080
Supported video modes:1080i, 1080p, 576i
Video compression format:AVCHD, H.264, MPEG2, MPEG4
Video formats supported:AVCHD,H.264,MPEG2,MPEG4
Video Resolutions:720 x 480,1440 x 1080,1920 x 1080 / 720 x 576,1440 x 1080,1920 x 1080


Camera viewfinder: No
Viewfinder type:Not available

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:4.65 / 5.04
Height:2.34 / 2.6
Weight:12.5 / 7.23
Width:2.34 / 2.6

White Balance

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