Sony HDR-CX160 Full HD 16GB Flash Memory Camcorder, Black - HDR-CX160/B

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on 1/3/2012

My new Sony CX160 HD HandyCam. The more I use it, the more I am loving it. It is very convenient to use with a perfect size for my medium sized palm, and the zoom & record buttons conveniently placed on the camera body as well as on the touch screen. The touch screen is pretty good. I would recommend using a scratch guard which makes it easier to clean since it is prone to finger prints.

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Product Overview

Model Highlights: 1920 x 1080 Full HD 60p video recording, 3MP still images, wide angle G lens, 42x extended zoom, "Exmor R" CMOS sensor, Optical SteadyShot™ image stabilization, 3.0" touch screen

Capture amazing 1920 x 1080 Full HD video with the ultra-compact HDR-CX160 Handycam® camcorder. It features an "Exmor R" CMOS sensor for superior low-light performance and wide angle Sony G lens, plus 42X extended zoom feature for getting you closer to the action. Record and store up to six hours of high-definition video footage (HD LP mode) via the built-in 16GB embedded Flash memory. You can also compose and view your shots on the vibrant 3.0" touch-screen display.


Manufacturer Sony
Mfg Part# HDR-CX160/B
SKU 219614822
UPC 027242820210
UPC 14 00027242820210
Product Guide Click Here for the Sony Store
1920x1080 Full HD 60p Recording w/3MP still image
42x Extended Zoom to get even closer to the action
3.0” touch-screen Clear Photo LCD Plus™ display (230K)
Highlight Playback creates movies with transitions for you
Direct Copy to external HDD without PC
16GB embedded Flash Memory for up to 6 hours of recording
Back-illuminated "Exmor R" CMOS sensor for superb low-light video
Tracking Focus follows selected subjects
Wind noise reduction for clear voice recording
Built-in USB cable for easy file transfer/charge
Wide Angle G lens to capture everything you want
Optical SteadyShot™ image stabilization w/ Active Mode
Event Browse groups photos/videos for you for easy reference
Intelligent Auto (90 different scene combinations possible)
Golf Shot
In the Box
Rechargeable Battery Pack (NP-FV50)
Component A/V Cable
"Operating Guide"
AC adaptor (AC-L200)
USB Connection Support Cable
Power Cord
CD-ROM ("Handycam" Application Software)
Tech Specs
Drive System:
Drive Mode : Photo Mode: Single-shot / Self-timer
Shutter Speeds : Self-timer: Approx. 10sec. (Still Image); Shutter Speed (Standard): 1/60 - 1/10000; Shutter Speed Auto Control Range: 1/8 - 1/10000; Shutter Speed (Smooth Slow Rec): 1/250 - 1/1000; Auto (Auto Slow Shutter OFF): 1/60 - 1/10000; Scene Selection: 1/8 - 1/10000; LOW LUX: 1/30 - 1/10000
Focus Control:
Focus System : Contrast AF
Focus Points : 1 point
AF Modes : Auto / Manual (Touch Panel)
Focus Area : Full range Focus / Spot Focus
Focus Features : Tracking Focus
AF Illuminator : Yes
Camera Type : Digital HD Video Camera Recorder
LCD Display:
LCD Type : 3.0" Clear Photo™ LCD display (230K) Wide (16:9)
Angle Adjustment : Opening Angle: max. 90 deg., Turning Angle: max. 270 deg.
Brightness Control : Yes (Menu)
Coverage : 1
Live View : Yes
Grid Display : Guide Frame
Touch Panel : Yes
Supplied Software : PMB Ver. 5.5 Supports Windows XP Service Pack3 (SP3) (32bit), Windows Vista Service Pack2 (SP2) (32bit/ 64bit), Windows 7. PMB software is not supported by Mac OS.
Weights and Measurements:
Dimensions (Approx.) : Approx. 2 1/8inch x 2 1/4inch x 4 7/ 8inch (52.5x57x123.5mm)
Weight(Approx) (Main unit only) : Approx. 8.8 oz (250g)
Battery Type : InfoLITHIUM® with AccuPower™ Meter System (V Series)
Power Requirements : 7.2V (battery pack); 8.4V (AC Adaptor)
Power Consumption (in Operation) : HD: 2.5W; STD: 2.3W
Power Consumption (in View Finder Operation) : 30.9mm - 1297mm
Imaging Sensor:
Imaging Sensor : 1/4" (4.5mm) Back-illuminated "Exmor R" CMOS Sensor
Processor : BIONZ™ Image processor
Pixel Gross : Approx. 4200K pixels
Effective Picture Resolution : Approx. 1670K pixels (4: 3)
Color Filter System : ClearVid™ array
Lens Type : G Lens™
Lens Stabilization : Optical SteadyShot™ Image stabilization w/ Active mode (Wide to Tele)
Aperture : F1.8-F3.4
Optical Zoom : 30x
Digital Zoom : 350x
Focal Length (35mm equivalent) : Movie Mode: 29.8mm - 894mm (16:9), 36.5mm - 1095mm (4:3); Photo Mode: 32.5mm - 975mm (16:9), 29.8mm - 894mm (4:3)
Filter Diameter : 37mm
Minimum Focus Distance : Approx. 1cm (Wide), Approx. 80cm (Tele), Approx. 44cm (Tele Macro)
Extended Zoom : 42x
Focal Distance : f = 2.1mm - 63mm
Steady Shot Mode:Active : 30.9mm - 1297mm
Memory Card Slot : Memory Stick PRO Duo™ and SD/ SDHC/ SDXC compatible
SD Output : Composite Video Out (A/V connecting cable (supplied)); Component Video Out (Component A/V cable (supplied)); S Video Out (A/V connecting cable with S Video (sold separately))
HD Output : HDMI Out (mini) (sold separately); Component Video Out (Component A/V cable (supplied))
USB Port(s) : TypeA, mini-AB/ USB2.0 Hi-speed (mass-storage/ MTP)
BRAVIA® Sync™ : Yes
PhotoTV HD : Yes
DVDirect : Yes (DVDirect Express, DVD Writer supported (sold separately))
Microphone Input : Stereo Minijack
Remote Jack : A/V Remote terminal
Direct Copy : Yes
A/V Remote Terminal : Video / S Video / Audio / Component Out / Remote
DC IN : Yes
HDMI Terminal : Yes (mini)
Exposure System:
Metering Modes : Multi-segment / Spot
Exposure Compensation : AE Shift (Touch Panel)
Exposure Settings : Auto; Flexible Spot (Touch Panel)
Scene Mode(s) : Auto / Twilight / Sunrise & Sunset / Fireworks / Landscape / Portrait / Spotlight / Beach / Snow
D-Range Optimizer : Yes
Noise Reduction : Yes
White Balance Mode : Auto / Onepush / Outdoor / Indoor
Minimum Illumination : Standard: 11 lux (1/60 Shutter Speed); Low Lux: 3 lux (1/30 Shutter Speed)
Auto Iris Control : F1.8 - F10.0
Backlight Compensation : Yes (Auto)
Gain Control : Auto
LOW LUX Mode : Yes
Advanced Features:
Face Detection : Yes
Smile Shutter™ technology : Dual Capture / Always On / Off
Golf Shot : Yes
Image Stabilization : Optical SteadyShot™ Image stabilization w/ Active mode (Wide to Tele)
Intelligent Auto : Portrait / Baby / Walk / Tripod / Backlight / Landscape / Spotlight / Twilight / Macro / Low light
x.v.Color™ : Yes
Audio Level Display : Yes
Priority Setting (for Face Detection) : Auto / Child Priority / Adult Priority
Smooth Slow Rec : Yes
Convenience Features:
Quick On : Yes (Power On by LCD)
Manual / Auto Lens Cover : Auto
S/S & Zoom button on LCD : Yes (Touch Panel)
Fader Effect(s) : White / Black
Date / Time Stamp : Yes (Rec Date and Time, Camera info)
Erase/Protect : Yes / Yes
Media/Battery Indicator : Yes (recordable time, free and used media space)/ Yes (recordable time, remaining capacity)
Power Save Mode : Auto Shut-off (5minutes)
Still Image Playback Options : Slide Show
Video Playback Options : Highlight Playback (HD Movie Only); Highlight Playback Save and Share (Translate into STD quality); Highlight Scenario (Save / Playback / Erase); Hightlight BGM (Preinstalled 4 music files, Music transfer)
Built-in USB Cable : Yes (USB Charge Available)
Easy Handycam/Help Function : -/-
Multiple Language Display : English; Simplified English; Brazilian Portugese; Canadian French; Latin American Spanish
One Touch Disc Burn : Yes (Menu)
View & Index : Event
Media Type : Memory Stick PRO Duo™; Memory Stick PRO Duo ™ (High Speed); Memory Stick PRODuo ™ (Mark 2); Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo ™; SD/ SDHC/ SDXC Memory Card (Class 4 or Higher)
Still Image Mode : JPEG
Still Image Max Effective Resolution : 3.3 megapixels
Still Image Size 16:9 : Movie mode: 3.0 megapixels 16:9 (2304x1296); Photo mode: 2.5 megapixels 16:9 (2112x1188)
Still Image Size 4:3 : Movie mode: 2.2 megapixels 4:3 (1728x1296); Photo mode: 3.3 megapixels 4:3 (2112x1584)
Video Format : HD: MPEG4-AVC/ H.264 AVCHD format compatible (1080/60p: original format); STD: MPEG2-PS
Video Mode : HD PS: Approx. 28Mbps/ FX: Approx. 24Mbps/ FH: Approx. 17Mbps/ HQ: Approx. 9Mbps/ LP: Approx. 5Mbps; STD HQ: 9Mbps
Video Resolution : HD: 1920x1080/60p (PS), 60i (FX, FH), 1440x1080/60i (HQ, LP); STD: 720x480/60i
Video Actual (Pixel) : Approx. 1490K pixels (16:9), Approx. 1120K pixels (4:3)
Video Signal : HD: HDTV 1080/60p, 24p, 60i; STD: NTSC color, EIA standards
Recording and Playback Times : HD PS: Approx. 1h15m (Approx. 1h15m); HD FX: Approx1h30m (Approx. 1h30m); HD FH: Approx2h5m (Approx. 2h5m); HD HQ: Approx3h40m (Approx. 2h45m); HD LP: Approx6h25m (Approx. 6h15m); STD HQ: Approx3h50m (Approx. 3h30m)
Photo Capture from Movie : 2.1 megapixels 16:9 (1920x1080); 307K pixels 4:3 (640x480); 230K pixels 16:9 (640x360)
Dual Record : 3.0 megapixels 16:9 (2304 x 1296); 2.2 megapixels 4:3 (1728 x 1296)
Audio Format : Dolby® Digital 2 ch Stereo, Dolby® Digital Stereo Creator
Microphone/Speaker : Built-in Zoom Microphone; Monaural Speaker
Internal Media : Flash Memory 16GB
Mic Level Control : Yes (2steps)
Still Image File Format : DCF Ver. 2.0 compatible, Exif Ver. 2.3 compatible, MPF Baseline compatible
Still Image Size(Photo Mode) : 3.3 megapixels 4:3 (2112x1584); 2.5 megapixels 16:9 (2112x1188); 1.9 megapixels 4:3 (1600x1200); 0.3 megapixels 4:3 (640x480)
Wind Noise Reduction : Yes (Off / On)
Wind Position : Yes (Auto)
Product Attributes
Color Black
Color Class Black
Image Stabilization Type Optical
Optical Zoom (x) 30
Product Line Handycam
Resolution 2304 x 1296
Sensor Type CMOS
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