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Sony HDR-XR160

alaTest has collected and analyzed 93 reviews of Sony HDR-XR160. The average rating for this product is 4.1/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. Comments about the size and zoom are overall positive. The price and portability are also appreciated. Some have doubts about the battery. There are some mixed views about the reliability.

usability, portability, price, zoom, size


We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Sony HDR-XR160 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 85/100 = Very good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 82 user reviews of Sony HDR-XR160 from The average user rating for this product is 4.1/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on People are impressed by the size and zoom. The price and portability also get good opinions, but there are some mixed comments about the reliability.

usability, portability, price, zoom, size

82% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Sony HDR-XR160 High Definition Handycam Camcorder (Black)Sony HDR-XR160 High Definition Handycam Camcorder (Black)

Oct, 2016


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Sony Handycam HDR-XR160


Sony has packed a lot of great features into the small and lightweight HDR-XR160, making it easy to get quality HD video, up to 1080/60p, the best in hi-def resolution. And this camcorder won't break the bank. Other hard drive camcorders with similar...

This affordable camcorder records in full HD 1080/60p and has a large 3-inch touchscreen LCD

Its hard disk drive is only 160GB and it takes 3-megapixel digital photos

Despite having a slightly small hard drive, the HDR-XR160 is the best hard drive camcorder we reviewed.

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Sony HDR-XR160E


Compact, very easy to use, quick start up and finish. Great quality pictures and video. Even though it uses AVCHD format like many other camcorders, transfer time to PC or DVD is not excessive. A very good choice which is very competetive considering...

As with most camcorders battery life could be better but is improved by using a longer life battery which inevitably adds to the weight. Best solution to keep weight down is to have a couple of spare smaller batteries. Bad points, none so far

Sep, 2011

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SONY HDRXR160 Black 1/4" CMOS 3.0" 230K LCD 30X Optical Zoom Full HD HDD/Flash Memory Camcorder


Why do companies have to put less of something important with something good? In this case a roomy hard drive but only 2 hour battery, really depressive. It is same if computer had great CPU and video card but only 256 memory, which a certain company...

Works like it is intended to. Have only had for 2 months, but nothing has broken yet. The zoom is impressive. The hard drive is what sold me on this

I did not see any mention of battery life while I was shopping for this camera, really wish the company would have put a better battery on, the one they send is only good for 2 hours, kind of defeats my purpose of getting a camera with a hard drive. If...

Jan, 2012

Consumer review by: Sandra (



We love this camera. Sharp video and audio.

Product Specifications


Battery technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Type:NP-FV50
Battery voltage:7.2


3D: No
Camcorder type:Handheld camcorder
Image processor:BIONZ
Minimum illumination:3
On Screen Display (OSD) languages:ENG, ESP, FRE, POR
Supported aspect ratios:4:3, 16:9


Colour of product:Black
LED indicators: Yes


Built-in Display: Yes
Display diagonal:7.62
Display resolution (numeric):230000
Touchscreen: Yes


Built-in Flash: Yes


Face detection: Yes
Focus adjustment:Auto/Manual
Macro focusing range:0.01
Normal focusing range:0.8

Image sensor

Effective megapixels (image):3.3
Effective megapixels (movie):2.2
Optical sensor size:25.4 / 4
Sensor Type:CMOS
Total MegaPixels:3

Lens System

Filter Size:3
Focal length (35mm film equivalent):32.5 - 1095
Focal length range (f-f):2.1 - 63
Image stabilizer: Yes
Image stabilizer type:Optical
Interchangeable lens: Yes
Maximum aperture number:3.4
Minimum aperture number:1.8
Optical Zoom:30

Light exposure

Light exposure modes:Auto

Other features

Night mode: No
Noise Reduction: Yes
Power consumption (typical):HD:3.3, STD:3
Spotlight: No

Packaging Content

AC adapter included: Yes
Batteries included: Yes
Cables included:AV, USB
Quick start guide: Yes

Ports & interfaces

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


Shutter speed (photo):1/6 - 1/6000

Still image

Maximum image resolution:2304 x 1296


Camcorder media type:HDD, Memory card
Camera file system:DCF 2.0, Exif 2.3
Compatible memory cards:MS PRO, MS PRO Duo, MS Pro-HG, SD, SDHC, SDXC
Internal storage capacity:160


Analog signal format system:NTSC
Bitrate at maximum video resolution:28
Capture modes:FH, FXP, HQ, LP
HD type:Full HD
Maximum frame rate:30
Maximum Video Resolution:1920 x 1080
Supported video modes:1080i, 1080p
Video Resolutions:720 x 480,1440 x 1080


Viewfinder Type: No

Weight & Dimensions

Height :6.6

White balance

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