Sony Handycam HDR XR160

Sony Handycam HDR XR160

¥4,600.00 ¥4,600.00
4.4 / 5.0
Editor Rating :
Customer Rating :
Design: 4
Support: 5
Price Value: 3
Features: 5
Video and Image Quality: 5
1 $449.99

Editor Review


Are you planning to shoot a movie in the long run? You can meet this goal easily if you learn it with a suitable camcorder with useful specifications for moviemaking. There are many such camcorders in the market but each come with a huge cost and not within your budget. How about Sony Handycam HDR-XR160 ? Trendy and packed with robust utilities, the handycam allows the user to try out many unique shooting sequences. Let’s check whether it is a suitable gizmo you are hunting. SONY HANDYCAM HDR-XR160 review


Powered by useful computing technologies, the handyman has a robust backend infrastructure. It has ¼-inch Exmor R CMOS sensor that is far more sensitive than other sensors. It can catch light rays even in dark ambience. The BIONZ imaging processor allows fast processing speed that offers HD videos. The Sony’s G lens is about 37mm – offering a wide viewing angle. SONY HANDYCAM HDR-XR160 Review The users can perform seamless video operation for long hours because the handycam is aided with 160GB hard disk and good memory booster. The movie recording on memory stick and SD or SDHC memory card allow the gizmo to be one of the ideal tools for serious videographers. High quality MPEG4-AVC/H.264 HD video codex and MPEG2-PS SD video codex are provided with the gadget. The zooming facility is impressive - 30x for optical zoom and 350x for digital zoom. This allows even minute objects to be noticed by the handycam. The 3-inch LCD Plus touchscreen supports Clear Photo technology. Supporting 230k dots, the screen is sensitive to multiple gestures. So, one can monitor the video and instruct the camcorder through touch gestures. There is also a zoom microphone and a detailed sound system. The Dolby Digital technology offers a powerful sound that does not crack when the audio has a high pitch. Aided with HDMI terminal, USB port, Stereo Minijack for external microphone, and Clear Phase stereo speakers, the handycam is complete in itself.

Price Value

The sophisticated handycam from Sony which has specifications just like that of a pro, does not cost a fortune. The gizmo is perhaps supplied by the best and powerful utilities that must have been available in the market – as the combination has worked wonders for those who love to try their shooting skills. So, it is a good bargain for those want to make the use of all the realms of videography.

Video & Image Quality

The HDR-XR160 is well equipped to provide videos at a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels at 60p. The Full HD films can be easily compared to those from the professional cameras. The video records HD PS at 28 Mbps and HQ at 9 Mbps. The videos are just right to be shown on HDTV or uploaded on the social media sites. It records films that are noted for its clarity and detailing. The sensor and the imaging processor help in producing sharp and finely detailed images. There is no blurred effect or color smudges on the edges. Still images can also be taken at 3.3MP. The resolution of the images is 2112 x 1584 pixels. The quality of the videos and images are impressive as the gizmo is compatible with various imaging technologies. The Image Stabilization utility corrects the vibration of the hand when shooting – so, images are clear and sharp. It has a powerful face detection capability that allows it to remain focused on the subject in the video. There is an Intelligent Auto utility that allows the camcorder to take up automatic shutter speeds in case the user tweaks with the exposure. The Tracking Focus keeps the focusing constant while video shooting. The handycam offers Golf Shot shooting experience where a slow moving sequence is seamlessly showed at a quicker pace – without hurting the aesthetic sense. Apart from correcting unnecessary shadows and flaws, the gizmo is also able to utilize Smooth Slow Rec, D-Range Optimizer, and Golf Shot mode features - making the video production a unique and happy experience.


The black, trendy handycam looks majestic when taken around for a video shoot. The user can effortlessly work with the gizmo that measure (6 x 4.7 x 7.8) inches and has a weight of little more than 1kg. The LCD screen and rechargeable battery slot are carefully tucked in the rectangular design of the handycam to give a look of elegance. sony-handycam-hdr-xr160 review

Customer support

Sony website has a dedicated support page just for this handycam. One can download drivers, manuals, user guides, or tutorials from this site. There are also information on warranty and troubleshooting options.


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Model number Empty Color Empty
Sensor Size 1/4” Video Resolution 1080p
Optical Zoom 30x Extended Zoom 42x
Focal length(mm) 2.1 - 63 Still Camera Resolution(MP) 3
Storage (MB) 160000 Memory Card Slots# 1
Recording Time(h) 0 Dimensions 59.5 x 66 x 117.5 mm
Weight 350 g Touchscreen Yes
Camera Flash No Screen Size 3”, 230k
Build in WIFI No APP No
Face Detection Yes Image Stabilizer Yes
Date First Available 2015-06-29 Country Code JP

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