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Sony HDR-CX160

alaTest has collected and analyzed 66 reviews of Sony HDR-CX160. The average rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. People really like the zoom and image quality. The portability and price are also appreciated. Some have doubts about the viewfinder and color, while there are some mixed reviews about the design.

usability, price, portability, image quality, zoom

reliability, color, viewfinder

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Sony HDR-CX160 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 82/100 = Very good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 23 user reviews of Sony HDR-CX160 from The average user rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on People really like the image quality and size. The portability and usability are also appreciated. There are some critical opinions about the reliability and durability. Views are divided on the zoom.

price, usability, portability, size, image quality

durability, reliability

87% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Sony HDR-CX160 High-Definition Handycam Camcorder (Black)Sony HDR-CX160 High-Definition Handycam Camcorder (Black)

Oct, 2016

Expert review by: Jeremy Stamas (

Sony Handycam HDR-CX160Camcorder Review


The Handycam HDR-CX160 is a small, entry-level HD camcorder from Sony that retails for $499. The camcorder is an update of last year's HDR-CX150, and we were impressed by the additions and enhancements Sony made to the new model, which include a...

Oct, 2011

Expert review by: Jeremy Stamas (

Sony HDR-CX160


Follows up last year's model nicely, but doesn't really make any big steps forward

Shoots both SD and HD; Great battery life

Not the best low light performance; Mediocre color and noise

The Sony Handycam HDR-CX160 is a worthy successor to last year’s HDR-CX150, but Sony left us a bit disappointed in the end. We would have been supremely impressed with the CX160 if only Sony had been able to improve the performance on the little...

Oct, 2011

Consumer review by: Sodoradventures (

Great Camcorder-for-Price CX-160 16gb


Upon purchasing the CX-160 from Best Buy, I had the pleasure to see Sony's durable new camcorder. It was black, and high gloss. The Sony G lens is a great new lens, and it records in crisp, clear, HD. In comparison to other HD cameras, the quality is...

HD Quality, Price, Size

Touchscreen Ease, Battery Life

Apr, 2013

Consumer review by: Joe F. (

Didnt last long


great hd video

think twice about refurbished electronics

Feb, 2013

Consumer review by: SnoCat (

It does what I expected.


I was looking for a value driven high definition camcorder to replace my old trusty Sony digital tape model with a firewire interface. This one with the USB interface was very easy to operate and I was shooting high quality video's soon after the...

Great price, lightweight and easy to use

Instruction manual leaves you with questions

May, 2012

Consumer review by: photonicmatt (

great camcorder


Nice small unit that is easy to use. Picture quality is awesome. I bought a 32 gb card so I will have more than 12 hours use plus if needed there is the internal 16 gb memory that will give me 6 more hours.

great picture quality, easy to use

stops at 2 gb

Feb, 2012

Consumer review by: clspang (

Great entry-level HD camcorder


For an entry level HD camcorder, the HDR-CX160 is awesome. My old camera is a Sony digital 8mm I bought in 2004, so for me this is a huge technological leap forward. My old camcorder took very good standard definition (SD) shots, but it's nothing...

Price, video quality, sound quality, connectivity

No viewfinder (very minor inconvenience)

Dec, 2011

Consumer review by: Tirru (

Back ground noise ... dessipointed


While playing video on handycam and my computer sound quality is very poor and huge back ground noise ... I tried all the options specified by the representative ... I got shocked why Sony is maintaing these kind of low quality products ...

good quality video

sound recording is poor

Dec, 2011

Consumer review by: melindadandy (

great quality but mts is awful


This camera shows high quality pictures and video indeed! But I can't share my videos with anyone. I download to a dvd, cd or flash drive and no one I give my films to are able to open the mts files. So the camera does what I need it to do, but if I...

hd pics amazing!, easy to use

mts format

Dec, 2011

Consumer review by: cameraguru (

I feel Mixed about this camera


I like the camera it was my first one but its lack of features was annoying so i had to do color correction to make the shot accurate to real life. the reason i got this camera is because i didn't see the drawbacks. with the money that i spent i could...

60p , full hd, not to heavy not too light, good for beginer film makers/parents, great zoom

60i, bad battery time, need to get software to use it it on a mac, touch screen

Oct, 2011

Product Specifications


Audio system:Dolby Digital
Built-In Microphone: Yes
Built-in speaker(s): Yes


Battery technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Type:NP-FV50


Minimum illumination:11


Colour of product:Black


Display diagonal:7.62
Display resolution (numeric):230000


Face detection: Yes
Focus adjustment:Auto/Manual

Image sensor

Optical sensor size:25.4 / 4
Sensor Type:CMOS
Total MegaPixels:3.3

Lens System

Digital Zoom:350
Filter Size:3.7
Focal length (35mm film equivalent):32.5 - 975
Focal length range (f-f):1.8 - 3.4 / 2.1 - 63
Image stabilizer: Yes
Image stabilizer type:Optical
Optical Zoom:30

Other features

Aperture range (F-F):1.8 - 3.4
Flash memory:16384
Lens focal range:2.1 - 63 / 2.1 - 63 mm
Manual Focus: Yes
Spotlight: Yes
Twilight: Yes

Ports & interfaces

Component video (YPbPr/YCbCr) out:1
Microphone in: Yes
S-Video In: No
S-Video Out: Yes
USB 2.0 ports quantity:1


Camera shutter speed:1/30 - 1/10000

Still image

Image formats supported:JPG
Maximum image resolution:2112 x 1584 / 2304 x 1296
Still image resolution(s):640 x 480,1600 x 1200


Camcorder media type:Memory Card
Compatible memory cards:MS PRO Duo, MS Pro-HG, SD, SDHC, SDXC / MS PRO Duo, MS Pro-HG, SDHC, SDXC


HD type:Full HD
Maximum Video Resolution:1920 x 1080

Weight & Dimensions

Height :5.25

White balance

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