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Sony HDR-CX160 High-Definition Handycam Camcorder (Black)

Sony HDR-CX160 High-Definition Handycam Camcorder (Black)
Sony HDR-CX160 High-Definition Handycam Camcorder (Black)

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Sony HDR-CX160 High-Definition Handycam Camcorder (Black)

Sony HDR-CX160 High-Definition Handycam Camcorder (Black)

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. FEATURES: 1920×1080 Full HD 60p Recording w/3MP still image – 1920 x 1080 high definition resolution lets you record your memories in exceptional Sony Full High Definition quality. Capable of 1080/60p recording and playback via HDMI and compatible HDTV4 providing stunning clarity and incredibly detailed playback of your memories. 42x Extended Zoom to get even closer to the action – Extended Zoom works in conjunction with 30x optical zoom to get even closer to the action while maintaining HD image quality. 3.0″ touch

  • 1920×1080 Full HD 60p Recording w/3MP still image
  • 16GB embedded Flash Memory for up to 6 hours of recording
  • Wide Angle G lens to capture everything you want
  • 42x Extended Zoom to get even closer to the action
  • Back-illuminated “Exmor R” CMOS sensor for superb low-light video

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  1. 134 of 135 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Amazing little HD camcorder, May 2, 2011
    AJ (NJ) –
    This review is from: Sony HDR-CX160 High-Definition Handycam Camcorder (Black) (Camera)

    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. The touch screen interface is very intuitive (one cant go wrong with the interface with Sony) and takes only couple of mins to get used to. I started shooting right after unboxing it. Coming to the most important aspect – the picture. The picture quality of the videos is absolutely stunning. Even under low light (indoors), the picture quality is quite good when shot at FX mode. I generally prefer FX mode (60i) which is actually the second best mode in terms of picture clarity but gives you that extra shooting time with negligible picture degradation as compared to PS mode (60p @ 28Mbps). PS mode is as close to a professional camera that an under $500 camera can get.
    With a built in 16Gb memory one can shoot about 90 mins of HD videos in FX mode. I got a Transcend 16Gb class 10 for little less than 30 bucks to make the total to 3 hrs of videos at one go, which imho is quite a decent amount of video. The battery (Sony NP-FV50 V series) that came with it has a back up of little over 2 hours with a mix of record and play back times. I am very happy with these times though. For back up I did buy a NP FV 70 replacement (Vivitar brand); however, it did not work well and I used to get an error message after about 4 mins. I returned it and bought another Sony NP FV 50. I would recommend buying another Sony NP FV 50 battery only if you ever need a back up power (NOT EVEN origniaL Sony NP FV 70).
    The sound recording quality is also pretty good. With about 3 hours of recordings so far, although I haven’t really noticed the sound recordings in too much detail, I can say that the sound is just perfect. We have enjoyed the picture as well as sound quality of all the videos that we had shot with it.
    The small (about 5-7 cms only) USB is fixed on the camera body. I find this feature quite cool since you dont have to remember to carry the USB cable as such (of course, the extension cable definitely helps), as also it is sort of hidden in the camera strap so its not visible and does not cause an hindrance while recording.
    Coming to the still pictures, I would say I was a quite disappointed with it in that the pictures are virtually useless. Due to this I have disabled the auto smile shutter which takes a picture automatically when it detects a smile, even when the video recording is in progress. The feature is good, but the pictures are not.
    The software that came with it – Sony PMB – is a just about okay kinda software; in that it does what it is meant to do – manage and burn DVDs. You can create DVSs pretty easily with it. However, the number of screen layouts is very limited (only about 5 to be precise), and it does need a decent processing power. However, with HD videos, a decent processing power is anyways a must.
    I would have given it a 4.5, but it certainly doesn’t deserve a 4; So, I gave it a full 5. If you ignore the still picture quality, imho is not what it is meant for, the other features such as golf shot, slow-mo shot, one touch focus in which the camera focus on an object you touch in the lcd screen and keeps in focus all through the shooting by following it, the more than decent battery back up, you won’t be disappointed with this one. I got mine from Costco for $490 bucks with taxes, inclusive of a decent pouch enough to carry its USB extension cable, an additional battery, along with the camera, of course.

    5/23 Update on spare battery: Purchased a ‘High Voltage’ brand NP-FV 70 battery from Digi Acc seller. I am glad that it worked with my Sony CX-160. Initially, I was disappointed since even the Original Sony NP FV 50 did not work with it and I used to get an error message after every 3-4 mins. Digi Acc was prompt to send me a battery that worked.

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  2. 64 of 66 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Great Little Camera and Cheaper Here Than Fry’s, April 8, 2011
    Michael Gallagher (Houston, TX) –

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    This review is from: Sony HDR-CX160 High-Definition Handycam Camcorder (Black) (Camera)

    I finally took the plunge and upgraded from having to find blank discs for video recording to this lightweight and compact recorder. I really like the feature of being able to put it all on a HD, and the zoom is pretty incredible at 42x: I tested one in a Fry’s store before purchasing here on Amazon, and was able to pick off small text words on a sign halfway across the store.

    The picture equality to me is crystal clear, and transferred over to my computer for ripping to a DVD without any issues at all. Piece of cake.

    While it does come with 16 gig of memory, I went ahead and paid extra for a 32 GB SD memory card: the last thing I wanted to have happen is run out of space right in the middle of whatever I might be recording.

    I didn’t purchase an upgraded battery with the initial purchase, as I thought I would see what type of performance I would get with the one that came with it: I’m getting about 2.5 to 3 hours, but your results may vary depending upon usage. For me, that is more than enough for one session of whatever I might be recording, but I will more likely than not buy a larger capacity battery, as I have been caught before ready to go to some event and realizing I hadn’t charged the battery. With the USB-compatible charger (included), for this one I will be able to plug into my USB-compatible cigarette adapter, but I’d rather have the piece of mind of a larger battery and will order one.

    The only “negative” I have is I have larger hands, and it will take some getting used to this size camera. That doesn’t affect performance of the camera.
    All in all, at $498 here on Amazon it is a great buy, and saved me $40+ bucks from buying the same thing at Fry’s.

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  3. 63 of 69 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Sony HDR-CX160 great ground camcorder, March 26, 2011
    This review is from: Sony HDR-CX160 High-Definition Handycam Camcorder (Black) (Camera)

    I’ve owned and tested a new Sony CX series camcorder each year since the CX7. I’m extremely impressed with the Sony CX160 for ground footage. Testing it the other night when my friends rode bulls for the first time (“Dysfunctional Bull Riding” on youtube) I was impressed on the active steadyshot being able to minimize my hand held shaking while the camera was heavily zoomed in. The low lux made the above video super bright even in a dark arena. The external mic is nice to have back on a consumer level CX series camera. I personally don’t like the built in USB cable since I tend to mount my cameras in boxes and helmets but for the average joe, it’s nice not to look for a USB cable. The other plus with this camera is you can now charge through this cable. Therefore a standard USB charger port in your car or computer can charge the camera. This takes longer than the standard Sony charger but nice in a pinch. I’ve noticed the USB downloading speeds are extremely slow in this camera. It takes a minute or so to download a 200mb clip from internal memory. You also can not run the footage straight off the camera like you could with the 150.

    Speaking of footage. The quality out of this camera is awesome! I’m super impressed by the image quality.

    I dropped this down by a point since I use these cameras for skydiving and the optical stabilization (OIS) causes flutter when the camera is in a vacuum caused by certain body positions. I could see this being an issue with people mounting these in certain positions on motorcycles or other fast moving vehicles where there is not laminar airflow around the camera. (youtube “Sony HDR-CX160 Tests”). Sony needs to lock the stabilization optics when the stabilization is turned off!

    Overall I’m going to keep this camera for ground footage but going back to my EIS based Sony HDR-CX150 camera for extreme sports.

    HYPOXIC Extreme Electronics

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