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Sony HDRXR160EB Handycam Camcorder - Black (30x Optical Zoom,3.3MP, 3 inch Touch LCD)

by Sony
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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  • Record up to 50 hours of HD movies on a 160GB memory and even more on Memory Stick™ or SD Card
  • Get closer to the action with 30x optical zoom and shoot high quality 3.3MP photos
  • Keep shots stable while walking with Optical Steady Shot Active mode including 3-Way Shake-Cancelling
  • Effortless charging and data transfer with a built-in USB cable
  • Exmor R CMOS sensor reduces image noise even in low light for exceptional image quality
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Product details

  • Product Dimensions: 12.8 x 5.9 x 6.6 cm ; 349 g
  • Boxed-product Weight: 1.4 Kg
  • Batteries 1 Lithium ion batteries required. (included)
  • Item model number: HDRXR160EB.CEH
  • ASIN: B004KPLKF0
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 5 Jan 2011
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 42,249 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)

Product Description

Manufacturer's Description

Stores masses of HD video

If you’re looking to take your first step into HD videography, the XR160 really does offer a convenient solution. On board is a huge 160GB built-in memory for storing up to 66 hours of high definition video footage (in HD LP mode). You can get even more simply by inserting an optional SD card or Memory Stick into the camcorder.

Store more films with a huge 160GB built-in memory.
Store more films with a huge 160GB built-in memory.
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Discover high definition

With High Definition, you get super smooth, intensely detailed HD movies with pin-sharp definition, deep contrast and natural colours. HD recording using AVCHD (Audio Video Compression for HD) technology captures five times the detail of standard definition in Full HD 1920 x 1080 at a maximum bit rate of 28MBps. What’s more, with 1920x1080/50p recording, this camcorder films at an exceptional 50 Full HD frames per second in progressive mode for the clearest possible footage.

Amazing detail, day or night

This high quality Handycam uses a high sensitivity Exmor R™ CMOS Sensor designed to capture detail-packed images even in low light. Shoot at dawn, dusk or in dimly lit rooms and you’ll see none of the graininess or fuzziness of some inferior camcorders. The 29.8mm wide angle G lens covers around twice the area of a standard camcorder lens with 30x optical zoom and 42x extended zoom to catch impressive close-ups and far away panoramas.

Capture all the action even in low light with a high sensitivity Exmor R™ CMOS Sensor.
Capture all the action even in low light with a high sensitivity Exmor R™ CMOS Sensor.
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Shoot without shake

You’ll never need worry about hand shake while shooting with the XR160. Optical SteadyShot with Active Mode keeps all your recordings stable, even while walking or zooming in. Capture smooth handheld video from wide angle to full telephoto, shooting with best-ever ‘3-way’ camera shake correction - up to 10 times improved stabilisation on wide angle settings.

Intelligent thinking

The easy to use XR160 takes the effort out of home movie making with iAuto. This intelligent scene recognition feature recognises your surroundings and automatically adjusts light and focus settings to give you the best possible results wherever and whenever you are. The unique iAUTO selects from 90 possible settings then uses clever Sony-exclusive technologies to optimise shots for faces, smiles, low-light levels, different scenes or anti-shake adjustment.

Simply touch

Operating the camcorder is a breeze. The XR160 includes a large 3.0-inch (7.5cm) WIDE Clear Photo LCD so you can easily compose scenes and enjoy finely detailed playback. Simply touch the screen to access menus and settings with your fingertips and view footage with friends seconds after you’ve finished filming.

Captures five times the detail of standard definition in Full HD 1920 x 1080.
Captures five times the detail of standard definition in Full HD 1920 x 1080.
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Connect and share

Home movies are made for sharing. With its built-in USB cable, XR160 connects in a moment to your PC for transferring video and stills. What’s more, the PMB Portable software inside Handycam® launches automatically for quick and easy web uploading – ideal of you want to share movies via your favourite social networking site. The USB arm makes charging simple too.

Great portraits

Smile Shutter automatically takes pictures when people smile while Face Detection adjusts camera settings so that natural skin tones are preserved and up to eight faces stay in focus.

Make Your Own Short Movie at a Touch of a Button

Unique to Handycam®, Highlight Playback provides a fast and easy way for you to enjoy professional looking short movies including transition effects and background music without spending long hours editing on a PC. With the new Event Browse playback interface, you can directly access Highlight Playback at the touch of a button. Still photos can now be included, allowing you to create short movies that intelligently blends selected pictures and videos so you can enjoy them together. If you missed a favourite scene from your movie, simply add it manually. When you’re happy with your production, save it as a new video (in Standard Definition) to be burned to a DVD or uploaded to social networking sites via PMB or the pre-installed PMB portable. Highlight Playback simply makes viewing and sharing so much easier - now, there’s no reason not to share more with your family and friends.

Box Contains

  • Camcorder
  • AC adaptor
  • A/V connecting cable
  • Battery NP-FV50
  • CD-ROM (PMB full version)


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    7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Decent Enough 5 April 2012
    By PG Pro
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    Having used a far superior Handycam Model for a while (Sony HDR 520ve), I needed some cheap HD cameras for b-roll footage effectively.

    Quality is not as good compared with the higher model, under indoor light even if quite bright, the video seems blotchy when viewed close up in full HD, however outside in sunlight the image seems perfectly fine.

    Shooting in 50p was a nice addition if you wish to slow your footage down to half speed, however as far as I can tell it offers little quality improvements over 25p / 50i

    The photos are okay for viewing, and you can take photos at the same time as you're filming but only if the film quality isn't highest quality (setting it at the next quality down allows you to take photos with little compromise to the video quality)

    The on screen menu is a little fiddly on this model as well, however you can get around it quite easily eventually.

    Overall a nice camera if you wanted to just keep memories of places you've been, but you maybe able to get slightly better image quality from other cameras in this price range if you're after more serious shooting.
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    2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Reliable and easy to use handycam 2 Sep 2012
    By Jemsa
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    I bought this handycam almost a year ago. I have used it to record many great occasions including the London Olympics 2012.
    Very easy to use, has good quality HD play back both on the camera and on flat HD TV. It came with built-in hard disk and gives the option for additional scan disk. So far all my recordings are on the hand disk never had to use the extra scan disk.

    What I found to be an excellent plus is the easy of burning the recorded videos on DVD. The device came with a CD with software to burn videos directly from the handycam.
    I would recommend the product to anyone who needs good quality and easy to use handycam.

    I wish it has a facility to attach an external flash for night recording. Overall it is a good buy and value for money
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    1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars EXCELLENT CAMCORDER 5 Sep 2012
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    I cannot rave enough about this camcorder. The quality of the HD and zoom is excellent, it is light enough to hold for chunks of time without your arm and hand going dead and although it has advanced features, they are all very easy to use and understand. Everything that you need can be operated from the touch screen menu. It is very user friendly and easy to understand what each function does and how to use it. I know that Sony aren't the cheapest on the market, but I strongly believe that when it comes to technology, you get what you pay for. I don't regret purchasing this camcorder at all.
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    1.0 out of 5 stars Big Bad Faulty HDD, Great Camera Though.. 5 Oct 2013
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    First of all, it's a great camera, Active steadyshot mode is brilliant.
    Now. I wouldn't recommend buying this product because the Hard drive disks on them always go faulty, and that's why this product is more expensive, for the 160gb HDD!
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