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Sony HDR-XR160 Full HD 160GB HDD Camcorder, Black - HDRXR160

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i love sony

on 11/9/2011

This is a great camcorder. Did a lot of research on the camcorders and this was the newer version of another great camcorder. Do not need a memory card as all info can be saved to the hard drive then transferred to your computer. Another great feature is it has a usb cord in the hand strap so you can easily connect to your computer to download or charge the battery.

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on 2/26/2012

This camera has very good zoom. I can see stuff through this camera that I cant see in real life with my own eyes. The picture quality is very good outdoors but indoors its a little grainy even on the highest quality recording. The camera captures audio very well and colors well too. The menu is very simple and easy to use and the software that comes with it is nice too. The hard drive is really helpful because you dont have to buy expensive memory cards. The battery life is about an hour and 40 min on the highest quality recording and the hard drive holds 16 hours on the highest quality. The camera is also very light and looks great. Only downside is that its kind of expensive and you might be able to find a camera with similar features thats maybe $100 less.

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Product Overview

Model Highlights: 1920 x 1080 Full HD 60p recording, 3MP still images, 160GB HDD (up to 54 hours HD recording in LP mode), wide angle G lens, 42x extended zoom, "Exmor R" CMOS sensor, 3.0" touch screen

Take stunning 1920 x 1080 Full HD video with the compact HDR-XR160 Handycam® camcorder. It features an "Exmor R" CMOS sensor for superior low-light performance and wide angle Sony G lens to take in more of the scene, plus 42x extended zoom for getting you closer to the action. Also equipped with a massive 160GB hard disk drive (HDD), you can record and store up to 54 hours of high-definition video footage (HD LP mode). There's also a vibrant 3.0" touch-screen display lets you compose and view your shots.


Manufacturer Sony
Mfg Part# HDRXR160
SKU 219619274
UPC 027242820081
UPC 14 00027242820081
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
Wind noise reduction for clear voice recording
Built-in USB cable for easy file transfer/charge
160GB Hard Disk Drive
Back-illuminated "Exmor R" CMOS sensor for superb low-light video
Tracking Focus follows selected subjects
Clear Phase stereo speakers for true and dynamic sound
Intelligent Auto (90 different scene combinations possible)
Golf Shot
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
5.1ch Surround mic for vivid and dynamic surround sound.
Direct Copy to external HDD without PC
Tech Specs
Drive System:
Drive Mode : Photo Mode: Single-shot / Self-timer
Shutter Speeds : Auto Control Range: 1 / 8-1 / 10000; Smooth Slow Rec: 1 / 250 - 1 / 1000; Self-timer: Approx. 10sec. (Still Image); Standard: 1 / 60-1 / 10000; Auto: 1 / 60 - 1 / 1000; Scene Selection: 1 / 8 - 1 / 1000; LOW LUX: 1 / 30 - 1 / 1000; Auto (Auto Slow Shutter OFF): 1 / 60 - 1 / 1000
Focus Control:
Focus System : Contrast AF
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
Convenience Features:
Quick On : Yes (Power On by LCD)
Manual / Auto Lens Cover : Auto
S/S & Zoom button on LCD : Yes (Touch Panel)
Red-Eye Reduction : Yes (On / Off)
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; Playback Zoom (1.1x-5x) (TouchPanel + Zoom Lever)
Video Playback Options : Highlight Playback (HD Movie Only); Highlight Playback Save and Share (Translate into STD quality); Highlight Scenario (Save/Playback/Erase); Highlight 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 : Internal HDD; Memory Stick PRO Duo™; Memory Stick PRO Duo™ (High Speed); Memory Stick PRO Duo™ (Mark 2); Memory Stick PRO-HG™; SD/SDHC/SDXC Memory Card (Class 4 or Higher)
Still Image Mode : JPEG
Still Image Max Effective Resolution : 3.3 megapixels
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, 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, 60i; STD: NTSC color, EIA standards
Recording and Playback Times : HD PS: Approx. 13h20m; HD FX: Approx. 15h40m; HD FH: Approx. 21h30m; HD HQ: Approx. 38h10m; HD LP: Approx. 66h40m; STD HQ: Approx. 39h50m
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 (2,304 x 1296); 2.2 megapixels 4:3 (1,728 x 1,296)
Audio Format : Dolby® Digital 5.1ch, Dolby® Digital 5.1Creater; Dolby® Digital 2ch Stereo, Dolby® Digital Stereo Creater
Microphone/Speaker : Built-in Zoom Microphone; Clear Phase Stereo Speaker
Internal Media : HDD 160GB (HDD Smart Protection)
Mic Level Control : Yes (2steps)
Recording and Playback Times (in Internal Media)(5.1ch) : HD PS: Approx. 13h10m; HD FX: Approx. 15h30m; HD FH: Approx. 21h10m; HD HQ: Approx. 37h20m; HD LP: Approx. 64h30m; STD HQ: Approx. 38h40m
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 (2,122x1,584); 2.5 megapixels 16:9 (2,112x1,188); 1.9 megapixels 4:3 (1600x1200); 307K pixels 4:3 (640x480)
Wind Noise Reduction : Yes (Off / On (Advanced reduction))
Wind Position : Yes (Auto)
Inputs and Outputs:
HD Output : HDMI Out(mini)(sold separately); Component Video Out(Component A/V cable(supplied))
Weights and Measurements:
Dimensions (Approx.) : Approx. 59.5mm x 66mm x128mm
Weight(Approx) (Main unit only) : Approx. 12.3 oz
Battery Type : InfoLITHIUM® with AccuPower™ Meter System (V Series)
Power Requirements : 7.2V (battery pack); 8.4V (AC Adaptor)
Service and Warranty Information:
Limited Warranty Term : Limited Warranty --- 1 Year Parts; 90 Days Labor
Flash Type : Built-in Flash
Flash Metering System : Pre-flash TTL
Flash Modes : Auto / Forced / Prohibited
Flash Compensation : Yes (3 steps)
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) : Photo Mode: 32.5mm - 975mm (16:9), 29.8mm - 894mm (4:3); Movie Mode: 29.8mm - 894mm (16:9), 36.5mm - 1095mm (4:3)
Filter Diameter : 30mm
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 : 31.2mm - 531mm (16:9), 38.2mm - 650mm (4:3)
Memory Card Slot : Memory Stick PRO Duo™ media 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 : Integrated into A/V Remote terminal
Remote Commander : Yes
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 - F3.4
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
S-Master : Yes
Smooth Slow Rec : Yes
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
LCD Display:
LCD Type : 3.0" Clear Photo LCD™ PLUS display (230K)(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. Not supported by Mac OS.
Operating System Compatibility : Windows XP SP3 * /Windows Vista SP2 ** /Windows7 * 64-bit editions and Starter (Edition) are not supported. The Windows Image Mastering API (IMAPI) Ver. 2.0 or later is required to use the function for creating discs. ** Starter (Edition) are not supported. Standard installation is required. Operation is not assured if the above OS has been upgraded or in a multi-boot environment.
Product Attributes
Image Stabilization Type Optical
Optical Zoom (x) 30
Product Line Handycam
Resolution 2122 x 1584
Sensor Type CMOS
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