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Sony Handycam HDR-XR160


$650.00 Released February, 2011

Product Shot 1 The Pros:Large, built-in hard drive is much more functional than working with multiple SD cards - can be digitally managed and organized directly from the unit itself. Audio capture is fantastic - integrated microphone is clear and highly responsive when properly engaged. Manual Low Light mode performs surprisingly well - clearly captures un-zoomed video with even the faintest light sources (nightlight, bathroom light, etc.).

The Cons:Standard and HD-quality video tends to appear rather bright when played back on a computer or television - may require a considerable amount of contrast adjustment for optimal viewing. Auto Gain function can only be applied in playback mode - may be frustrating for users with a very specific application in mind. Bottom-mounted battery release is not conducive to tripod shooting - compartment is completely inaccessible when used with a stand adapter.

The HDR-XR160 Handycam is a camcorder released by Sony as part of its HD lineup, promising high-definition home videos thanks in part to an "Exmor R" CMOS sensor, a large-capacity hard drive memory, and extensive zoom capabilities.

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The "Exmor R" CMOS sensor of the HDR-XR160 Handycam works more sensitively than other sensors, enabling it to capture clear video in poor lighting conditions. The 1920 x 1080 high definition footage is recorded to a massive 160GB hard drive built right into the camcorder, eliminating the need for buying and packing multiple SD cards, and offering the capacity to store up to 66 hours of footage at once. The HDR-XR160 also includes a 30x optical zoom and 42x extended zoom, as well as Wind Noise Reduction, a microphone jack, and a 5.1ch microphone and stereo speaker.

Features:

  • Shoots 1920 x 1080 High Definition videos
  • "Exmor R" CMOS sensor records clear videos even in dim light
  • 160GB built-in hard drive
  • Stores up to 66 hours of footage at once
  • 30x Optical zoom
  • 42x Extended zoom
  • Wind Noise Reduction
  • Microphone jack
  • 5.1ch microphone and stereo speaker

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    Large, built-in hard drive is much more functional than working with multiple SD cards - can be digitally managed and organized directly from the unit itself

  • 1

    Audio capture is fantastic - integrated microphone is clear and highly responsive when properly engaged

  • 1

    Manual Low Light mode performs surprisingly well - clearly captures un-zoomed video with even the faintest light sources (nightlight, bathroom light, etc.)

  • 1

    30x optical zoom performs quickly and quietly - retains maximum clarity in well-lit environments, even when fully extended

  • 1

    In-line USB connector removes the need to store and keep track of an external cable - makes charging and computer connectivity much simpler

Cons
  • 1

    Standard and HD-quality video tends to appear rather bright when played back on a computer or television - may require a considerable amount of contrast adjustment for optimal viewing

  • 1

    Auto Gain function can only be applied in playback mode - may be frustrating for users with a very specific application in mind

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    Bottom-mounted battery release is not conducive to tripod shooting - compartment is completely inaccessible when used with a stand adapter

  • 0

    Auto-focus performs relatively slow as compared to other models from Toshiba and Panasonic - up to 1.5x slower in some circumstances

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Anonymous: #sony_handycam_hdr_xr160 I KNOW IT'S A CAMCORDER, BUT PICTURE TAKING CAPABILITY IS HORRIBLE!
I have used throw away cameras that took MUCH better pictures. this 'feature' just seems worthless! Mar 18, 14
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