Sony Handycam HDR-CX160 HD Flash Memory Camcorder

3" LCD - Touchscreen - CMOS - 16:9 - 3.3 Megapixel Image - 1.5 Megapixel Video - AVCHD, MPEG-2 - 30x Optical Zoom - Optical IS - Full HD, SD - 16 GB Flash Memory - Microphone, Speaker - HDMI - MPN: HDRCX160B
Product Details
Description
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.
Summary
Product Title Sony Handycam HDR-CX160 HD Flash Memory Camcorder
Manufacturer Sony
Power Score 3.8 | 21 Reviews
Expert Reviews
Sony Handycam HDR-CX160
3 Star Review  cnet.com - May 9, 2011

THE GOOD: A wide-angle lens, built-in USB cable, and consistently good automated behavior highlight the otherwise no-frills <b>Sony Handycam HDR-CX130</b>, <b>CX160</b>, and <b>XR160</b> camcorders. THE BAD: Their sub-HD resolution sensor produces merely satisfactory video. THE BOTTOM LINE: Typical for their price class, the no-frills Sony Handycam HDR-CX130, CX160, and XR160 produce generally subpar HD video, but if youre not picky youll probably be fine. The CX130 is the best buy of the three, as long as you go cheap on the memory card.

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Best Budget Camcorder
4.5 Star Review  bestcovery.com - Dec 29, 2011

Bestcovery experts have rated the Sony Handycam HDR-CX160 Digital Camcorder - " LCD - Touchscreen - CMOS - Black as a best pick for the Best Budget Camcorder. Bestcovery's experts recommend the best products and services for a particular need based on extensive research and evaluations. Click below to see Bestcovery's full review of this product.

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Sony Handycam HDR-CX160
3 Star Review  productwiki.com - Jan 16, 2011

Part of Sonys lineup of revamped HD Handycams, the HDR-CX160 is a model related to the HDR-CX130 but offering several improvements, including a back-lit "Exmor R" CMOS sensor and Wide Angle G lens, extensive zoom and built-in flash memory, and new automated features. The HDR-CX160 records 1920 x 1080 high definition videos and can even do so in poor light, thanks to a more sensitive, back illuminated "Exmor R" CMOS sensor. A Wide Angle G lens captures a broader perspective and brilliant visuals, while a 30x optical zoom and 42x extended zoom let users capture footage from far away. Built into the camcorder is 16GB of internal flash memory to store up to 6 hours of footage at once, which can be viewed via the 3" ClearPhoto LCD Plus touch screen. The HDR-CX160 features several automated modes for better recording, including Optical SteadyShot for more stable videos, Tracking Focus to keep ... PROS: (1) onboard memory - stores 1 hour and 30 minutes of full quality 1080p video (2) expandable storage with support for multiple memory card formats (3) shoots Full HD (1080p) video at a quick 60 frames per second (4) built-in USB connection - no need to carry around unnecessary cables ... CONS: (1) can only store 6 hours of recorded video if the lowest quality mode is selected (2) long term costs - can quickly become expensive when factoring in additional memory cards and batteries (3) no option to record at 24 or 30 frames per second

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User Reviews
Awesome Cam
5 Star Review   By kingbee on Sony - Official Store - May 28, 2012   

I bought this as a total impulse buy at Costco due to the great price and i couldn't be happier. The 42X zoom is amazing. I can look at player name tapes and numbers from the nose bleeds at Candlestick park.

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It does what I expected.
4 Star Review   By SnoCat on Sony - Official Store - May 2, 2012   

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 battery was charged. I did not use any of the Sony solftware from the included disk and I was able to easily drag and drop video and photo files onto my computer for storage and video editing with other software. My computer played the HD files and I was able to create SD DVDs for distribution to friends without HD DVD players. It does just what I expected it to.

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great camcorder
5 Star Review   By photonicmatt on Sony - Official Store - Feb 24, 2012   

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.

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Great entry-level HD camcorder
5 Star Review   By clspang on Sony - Official Store - Dec 29, 2011   

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 compared to the world of HD video. The CX160 records great picture quality. I am even more impressed with the sound that the built-in stereo mics can pick up. I took a few test shots and used separate software to burn an HD DVD (AVCHD format). I stuck it in my Blu-ray player and watched it on my 55" LCD TV and was blown away by the picture - very, very nice. No, it's not going to give you the same quality as professionally edited video, but then this is an entry-level HD camcorder. Even so, the camera has a pretty versatile set of outputs - HDMI, USB, component video and standard video. I hooked it up to my big TV with the included component video cable and was duly impressed. The CX160 is very light and quite small. Because of its size, some of the controls are quite close to each other, which takes some getting used to. You just have to memorize where stuff is so you don't hit the wrong button by mistake. The image stabilizer is lights out. The camcorder being small, you'd think shaking would be a problem, but the stabilizer has two levels and the higher level (active stabilization) even improves jittery video on full zoom. And under normal zoom levels the video is very, very smooth. The LCD menu is pretty easy to use. The touchscreen is not anywhere near as sensitive or efficient as, say, an iPod Touch, but the main thing is that it works and isn't that hard to use. The built-in 16Gb flash memory is enough for a little under 4 hours of HD video at very good quality. Coming off my 8mm camcorder, that would be like 4 one-hour tapes' worth right out of the box. And of course you can add an SDHC or Memory Stick Pro card for more on-board storage. The CX160 lacks a viewfinder, and the LCD panel brightness has only two levels, but for how I plan to use the camcorder those are minor issues. I also noticed that while recording, there is some latency (delay) in that the LCD display is maybe a tenth or fifth of a second behind whatever you're recording, but again that's pretty minor and shouldn't really pose a problem. Note: Some reviewers thought they couldn't share videos online from this camera. Actually, you can. Sony includes PMB software that you can use to import M2TS (high-def) video from camera to computer. You can also use PMB to upload video clips directly to YouTube, Facebook or other social sites. And PMB can convert your M2TS video files into Windows Media or MPEG format on your computer for sharing later. (Other video editing software like Adobe Premiere Elements 10 can do the same kinds of things.) If all you want to do is shoot-and-share, I would forget about camcorders like the CX160 and instead go with a bloggie camera that is meant for that sort of thing. Camcorders like the CX160 are designed to capture high-quality video, where it is presumed some amount of editing or pre-processing of raw video footage will happen. This camera stores raw video clips in M2TS format which is meant for making HD discs, so it must be converted before it can be conveniently shared online. (Note also that M2TS is a common high-def format and is *not* proprietary to Sony. M2TS stands for "MPEG-2 Transport Stream". Google it for more info if interested.)

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Back ground noise ... dessipointed
1 Star Review   By Tirru on Sony - Official Store - Dec 9, 2011   

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 ... Now I changed my openion on Sony ... sony stands for low quality & less customer satisfaction ....

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great quality but mts is awful
3 Star Review   By melindadandy on Sony - Official Store - Dec 8, 2011   

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 can't share it it's just not worth it.

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I feel Mixed about this camera
3 Star Review   By cameraguru on Sony - Official Store - Oct 23, 2011   

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 of gotten a good camera. over all this camera is over priced and you should only buy this unless you are a parent and you only want to document your child's soccer game. but it will still break after a few months of hardware failure.

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Good Cam 1 disappointment
4 Star Review   By Zina on Sony - Official Store - Aug 25, 2011   

Spec. Info Interface, say HDMI Terminal (yes mini) when I unpack my HDR-CX160 NO HDMI Terminal only A/V R terminal. Sony should correct spec info.

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Great Camera
4 Star Review   By soccerpop on Sony - Official Store - Aug 24, 2011   

Bought the HDR-CX160 model camcorder at Costco a month ago and have been pleasantly surprised at the quality of the picture and sound. Still photos were good also. One of my cons is the LCD picture. I do a lot of outdoor filming and it can be very difficult to see the images in sunlight. My other cons are the interface and software provided by Sony. GrafxADM is right. The software is very limited and without proper video editing software the USB interface is almost useless. Be prepared to transfer files. Most of the better video editing software for HD will now accept the USB interface. Personally I love this camera. I purchase a Sony VCT-60AV Tripod with remote feature and it makes filming anywhere you are not moving around much easier. All camera functions are located on the tripod handle. No touching the screen to do anything. Makes for a very steady picture both vertically and horizontally. Very Cool accessory. Battery life on my standard battery was good. Lasted about 2 hours. But remember the more you turn the camera on and off or zoom in and out the shorter the battery life. If the bundled software had been better I would have rated this camera 5 stars.

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Nice feel, poor design, decent video quality
2 Star Review   By TubaPlayer on Sony - Official Store - Jun 6, 2011   

I bought this camera on the recommendation of a Sony phone rep after having had a previous Sony Digital-8 Camera that’s never given me any problems; however, I have to say I’m very disappointed in this camera. First the rep told me there were 2 SDHC card slots, there is only one. Second, it appears this camera cannot use both the internal and external memory at the same time. Panasonic’s can load 2 SDHC cards and use one up then move automatically on to the next one. This is just bad design. Next, when shooting at 60p (highest quality), the camera can shoot 10 minutes 40 seconds of video before creating a new file. Now, every other vendor on the market goes to the 4GB limit of FAT32 (not even talking about exFAT) files. This really stinks when you have a performance of say 11 minutes. There’s little to no mention of this in the manual and certainly not online. Next, Sony is clearly missing some IT folks who understand where it’s at today without any support for x64 Windows 7 given MS expects 85% of all new Win7 installs to be x64 (try walking into a big-box retailer and buying a box with 4GB or more of RAM and see if it has Win7 32-bit on it). Support says there’s a jury rigged work around but that they’re still working on it 18+ months after Win7 shipped. So I bought Sony Vegas Platinum HD Edition 10.0 only to find that it has also has a lot of bugs, including one that makes it unusable claiming I don’t have rights (have tried it on multiple Win7 x64 boxes) to save files to folders that EVERY OTHER program, including the demo to Adobe Premiere Elements can save to, but alas support is all but non-existent based on my experience with Vegas 9. I’m just about ready to return all the Sony products, buy Panasonic’s and Adobe’s and walk away from Sony forever. This is after multiple Sony camcorders, TVs, and multiple versions of Vegas. Clearly Sony has lost focus.

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Product Details
Description
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.
Summary
Product Title Sony Handycam HDR-CX160 HD Flash Memory Camcorder
Manufacturer Sony
Power Score 3.8 | 21 Reviews
Additional Specifications
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Expert Reviews
Sony Handycam HDR-CX160
3 Star Review  cnet.com - May 9, 2011

THE GOOD: A wide-angle lens, built-in USB cable, and consistently good automated behavior highlight the otherwise no-frills <b>Sony Handycam HDR-CX130</b>, <b>CX160</b>, and <b>XR160</b> camcorders. THE BAD: Their sub-HD resolution sensor produces merely satisfactory video. THE BOTTOM LINE: Typical for their price class, the no-frills Sony Handycam HDR-CX130, CX160, and XR160 produce generally subpar HD video, but if youre not picky youll probably be fine. The CX130 is the best buy of the three, as long as you go cheap on the memory card.

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Best Budget Camcorder
4.5 Star Review  bestcovery.com - Dec 29, 2011

Bestcovery experts have rated the Sony Handycam HDR-CX160 Digital Camcorder - " LCD - Touchscreen - CMOS - Black as a best pick for the Best Budget Camcorder. Bestcovery's experts recommend the best products and services for a particular need based on extensive research and evaluations. Click below to see Bestcovery's full review of this product.

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Sony Handycam HDR-CX160
3 Star Review  productwiki.com - Jan 16, 2011

Part of Sonys lineup of revamped HD Handycams, the HDR-CX160 is a model related to the HDR-CX130 but offering several improvements, including a back-lit "Exmor R" CMOS sensor and Wide Angle G lens, extensive zoom and built-in flash memory, and new automated features. The HDR-CX160 records 1920 x 1080 high definition videos and can even do so in poor light, thanks to a more sensitive, back illuminated "Exmor R" CMOS sensor. A Wide Angle G lens captures a broader perspective and brilliant visuals, while a 30x optical zoom and 42x extended zoom let users capture footage from far away. Built into the camcorder is 16GB of internal flash memory to store up to 6 hours of footage at once, which can be viewed via the 3" ClearPhoto LCD Plus touch screen. The HDR-CX160 features several automated modes for better recording, including Optical SteadyShot for more stable videos, Tracking Focus to keep ... PROS: (1) onboard memory - stores 1 hour and 30 minutes of full quality 1080p video (2) expandable storage with support for multiple memory card formats (3) shoots Full HD (1080p) video at a quick 60 frames per second (4) built-in USB connection - no need to carry around unnecessary cables ... CONS: (1) can only store 6 hours of recorded video if the lowest quality mode is selected (2) long term costs - can quickly become expensive when factoring in additional memory cards and batteries (3) no option to record at 24 or 30 frames per second

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User Reviews
Awesome Cam
5 Star Review   By kingbee on Sony - Official Store - May 28, 2012   

I bought this as a total impulse buy at Costco due to the great price and i couldn't be happier. The 42X zoom is amazing. I can look at player name tapes and numbers from the nose bleeds at Candlestick park.

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It does what I expected.
4 Star Review   By SnoCat on Sony - Official Store - May 2, 2012   

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 battery was charged. I did not use any of the Sony solftware from the included disk and I was able to easily drag and drop video and photo files onto my computer for storage and video editing with other software. My computer played the HD files and I was able to create SD DVDs for distribution to friends without HD DVD players. It does just what I expected it to.

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great camcorder
5 Star Review   By photonicmatt on Sony - Official Store - Feb 24, 2012   

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.

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Great entry-level HD camcorder
5 Star Review   By clspang on Sony - Official Store - Dec 29, 2011   

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 compared to the world of HD video. The CX160 records great picture quality. I am even more impressed with the sound that the built-in stereo mics can pick up. I took a few test shots and used separate software to burn an HD DVD (AVCHD format). I stuck it in my Blu-ray player and watched it on my 55" LCD TV and was blown away by the picture - very, very nice. No, it's not going to give you the same quality as professionally edited video, but then this is an entry-level HD camcorder. Even so, the camera has a pretty versatile set of outputs - HDMI, USB, component video and standard video. I hooked it up to my big TV with the included component video cable and was duly impressed. The CX160 is very light and quite small. Because of its size, some of the controls are quite close to each other, which takes some getting used to. You just have to memorize where stuff is so you don't hit the wrong button by mistake. The image stabilizer is lights out. The camcorder being small, you'd think shaking would be a problem, but the stabilizer has two levels and the higher level (active stabilization) even improves jittery video on full zoom. And under normal zoom levels the video is very, very smooth. The LCD menu is pretty easy to use. The touchscreen is not anywhere near as sensitive or efficient as, say, an iPod Touch, but the main thing is that it works and isn't that hard to use. The built-in 16Gb flash memory is enough for a little under 4 hours of HD video at very good quality. Coming off my 8mm camcorder, that would be like 4 one-hour tapes' worth right out of the box. And of course you can add an SDHC or Memory Stick Pro card for more on-board storage. The CX160 lacks a viewfinder, and the LCD panel brightness has only two levels, but for how I plan to use the camcorder those are minor issues. I also noticed that while recording, there is some latency (delay) in that the LCD display is maybe a tenth or fifth of a second behind whatever you're recording, but again that's pretty minor and shouldn't really pose a problem. Note: Some reviewers thought they couldn't share videos online from this camera. Actually, you can. Sony includes PMB software that you can use to import M2TS (high-def) video from camera to computer. You can also use PMB to upload video clips directly to YouTube, Facebook or other social sites. And PMB can convert your M2TS video files into Windows Media or MPEG format on your computer for sharing later. (Other video editing software like Adobe Premiere Elements 10 can do the same kinds of things.) If all you want to do is shoot-and-share, I would forget about camcorders like the CX160 and instead go with a bloggie camera that is meant for that sort of thing. Camcorders like the CX160 are designed to capture high-quality video, where it is presumed some amount of editing or pre-processing of raw video footage will happen. This camera stores raw video clips in M2TS format which is meant for making HD discs, so it must be converted before it can be conveniently shared online. (Note also that M2TS is a common high-def format and is *not* proprietary to Sony. M2TS stands for "MPEG-2 Transport Stream". Google it for more info if interested.)

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Back ground noise ... dessipointed
1 Star Review   By Tirru on Sony - Official Store - Dec 9, 2011   

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 ... Now I changed my openion on Sony ... sony stands for low quality & less customer satisfaction ....

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great quality but mts is awful
3 Star Review   By melindadandy on Sony - Official Store - Dec 8, 2011   

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 can't share it it's just not worth it.

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I feel Mixed about this camera
3 Star Review   By cameraguru on Sony - Official Store - Oct 23, 2011   

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 of gotten a good camera. over all this camera is over priced and you should only buy this unless you are a parent and you only want to document your child's soccer game. but it will still break after a few months of hardware failure.

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Good Cam 1 disappointment
4 Star Review   By Zina on Sony - Official Store - Aug 25, 2011   

Spec. Info Interface, say HDMI Terminal (yes mini) when I unpack my HDR-CX160 NO HDMI Terminal only A/V R terminal. Sony should correct spec info.

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Great Camera
4 Star Review   By soccerpop on Sony - Official Store - Aug 24, 2011   

Bought the HDR-CX160 model camcorder at Costco a month ago and have been pleasantly surprised at the quality of the picture and sound. Still photos were good also. One of my cons is the LCD picture. I do a lot of outdoor filming and it can be very difficult to see the images in sunlight. My other cons are the interface and software provided by Sony. GrafxADM is right. The software is very limited and without proper video editing software the USB interface is almost useless. Be prepared to transfer files. Most of the better video editing software for HD will now accept the USB interface. Personally I love this camera. I purchase a Sony VCT-60AV Tripod with remote feature and it makes filming anywhere you are not moving around much easier. All camera functions are located on the tripod handle. No touching the screen to do anything. Makes for a very steady picture both vertically and horizontally. Very Cool accessory. Battery life on my standard battery was good. Lasted about 2 hours. But remember the more you turn the camera on and off or zoom in and out the shorter the battery life. If the bundled software had been better I would have rated this camera 5 stars.

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Nice feel, poor design, decent video quality
2 Star Review   By TubaPlayer on Sony - Official Store - Jun 6, 2011   

I bought this camera on the recommendation of a Sony phone rep after having had a previous Sony Digital-8 Camera that’s never given me any problems; however, I have to say I’m very disappointed in this camera. First the rep told me there were 2 SDHC card slots, there is only one. Second, it appears this camera cannot use both the internal and external memory at the same time. Panasonic’s can load 2 SDHC cards and use one up then move automatically on to the next one. This is just bad design. Next, when shooting at 60p (highest quality), the camera can shoot 10 minutes 40 seconds of video before creating a new file. Now, every other vendor on the market goes to the 4GB limit of FAT32 (not even talking about exFAT) files. This really stinks when you have a performance of say 11 minutes. There’s little to no mention of this in the manual and certainly not online. Next, Sony is clearly missing some IT folks who understand where it’s at today without any support for x64 Windows 7 given MS expects 85% of all new Win7 installs to be x64 (try walking into a big-box retailer and buying a box with 4GB or more of RAM and see if it has Win7 32-bit on it). Support says there’s a jury rigged work around but that they’re still working on it 18+ months after Win7 shipped. So I bought Sony Vegas Platinum HD Edition 10.0 only to find that it has also has a lot of bugs, including one that makes it unusable claiming I don’t have rights (have tried it on multiple Win7 x64 boxes) to save files to folders that EVERY OTHER program, including the demo to Adobe Premiere Elements can save to, but alas support is all but non-existent based on my experience with Vegas 9. I’m just about ready to return all the Sony products, buy Panasonic’s and Adobe’s and walk away from Sony forever. This is after multiple Sony camcorders, TVs, and multiple versions of Vegas. Clearly Sony has lost focus.

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A very good choice
4 Star Review   By DKspokane on Sony - Official Store - Jun 3, 2011   

I've had my share of camcorders over the years including a VHS "dockable." I'm no pro but I am "seasoned", and I take a LOT of video of family, and now grandkids. So my comments are based on a fairly extensive background. I'm confused by those who complain about short battery life on the CX160, because I have just NOT experienced that, and this one seems better than others I have had. The standard battery lasts a good long time when videoing my granddaughters at Band concerts or choir performances. I carry a spare but I've never been forced to use it. The zoom is smooth and easy to control. The image is very steady, and the options are intuitive and easy to get to in the touch-screen menu. I REALLY like the ability to "snap a still" while I'm recording video, and they actually come out pretty darned good, too. The low-light capability is amazing, and while there is a touch of graininess to those images, at least you can see them! Someone said that the file format is "proprietary." I don't think so. Windows Media Player showed them fine, and Live Movie Maker read and edited them, too. You do have to wait a fairly long time while the video is rendered into Movie Maker, though. I agree that the USB download is slow, and that's why I bought an SDHC card so I could pull it out of the camera and push the movie directly into the computer through that MUCH FASTER port. I'm looking forward to working with this one for a long time.

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Hdr-CX160
1 Star Review   By GrafxADM on Sony - Official Store - May 29, 2011   

So if this was taping to old fashion VHS it would be a great camera because the picture and sound quality was excellent!. However, it is a digital camcorder and it requires connectivity to a computer. Software that comes with lacks feature, does not work well, and was not easy to learn. Required to redo files several times as they were erroring out. The file format was not supported by computer only so it forced me to use the software which was not good. The USb interface was terrible. 3hrs on the phone with Sony and only a partial solution. The battery life was aweful. This is a $500 camera and you might as well throw the standard battery out. Went to record one kids choir show and the battery died after 40 minutes with a full charge. At the end of the day the camera is great but the battery, interface, and software make it a loser. Back to the store it went. Remember it is Digital so interface with the computer and software is everything. Also they need to start giving batteries that are 4x better or you will need to buy another $400 in accesories.

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Nice little Cam Corder
5 Star Review   By CameraFanatic on Sony - Official Store - May 24, 2011   

It is always classic how people will review cameras against their perception of what they ' would have liked if they had the money!' I have a Canon top end prosumer HD video cam (not used for more than 20 hours in 2 years), and it is brilliant, but takes up space. I paid well on USD2000 for it. Then Sony came out with this cheaper high spec and light weight (mass wise) little cam corder,What joy!, small, good in low light, great sound and so easy to use you do not even have to read the manual to understand all the features (love this!). Good 1080p quality, everything you need for recording holiday, friends and kids.I will not go and do movie productions with it (my Canon just about makes that grade), but then, it is the price of a good dinner out with friends.Be realistic! Worth every sent (or penny), depending where you buy this.Enjoy it! (oh, and it works perfectly with my Mac, so do not know who started that rumor)

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Be Aware
4 Star Review   By PrivateInvestigator on Sony - Official Store - May 13, 2011   

You have to be very careful with this camera. I dropped it from my couch to the carpet and from a few inches off the grass and the camera got damaged. You might want to get the camera with a Hard Drive, even if you spend an extra $100. If you buy this camera, you better not hit it with anything. Accidents do happened, that is why they are called Accidents, and that happened to me.

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Proprietary mts format, awful software
2 Star Review   By houstonmusicreviews on Sony - Official Store - May 8, 2011   

I got this to record live shows as I play in several bands and in the promo video it showed it capturing wonderful band quality sound and picture. Well, not so fast. I have to say that out of the cams I've worked with the sound is truly good, even with the built-in microphone. The picture - it looked sharp on the screen and when projected via the analog connection to a TV set, but when it got transferred to PC it had a sharp digital aliasing. What I mean by that is the following - imagine capturing a performance, then someone moves suddenly and their image re-adjust, becomes pixelated then it gets sharp again. I have a Mac that I do my editing with but Sony decided to exclude Mac owners from this, probably because they also make the VAIO PC so probably they figured that it would eat in their revenue stream. Some people have reported that it works with Mac but I didn't feel like tinkering with it as I also have a PC workstation that is better spec-ed than my Mac. To transfer the files to PC the user has to run Sony's proprietary software, built into the camcorder drive itself. All that this does is copy the given files to PC, then you have to edit them with something else (i.e. buy or find freeware converter). The mts files are not read by Windows Media Player or iTunes which are the two most popular programs out there. The only played I could find that can play them in their native format is the VLC media player. Honestly, I am not sure if it was the proprietary mts video format which is a nightmare to work with or the conversion program that I used (FREE HD Converter) at its highest settings but there were lots of artifacts and the image looked cheap, definitely not worth $500 to me. I tried all kinds of settings on FREE HD Converter and the results were always subpar. I generated a DVD out of the .avi files that I converted from the cam at the highest settings and the artifacts were all there, actually worse than my aging JVC DV camera. After reading more on the mts format I found out that it could be imported with the newest version of Vegas Video (by Sony) as well as Adobe Premiere but we're talking $600 and up software so it wasn't even worth going that route for me as my old JVC cam is natively supported in both Windows and Mac and imports at the click of a button to .avi file format via its application. After some more reading and friends' suggestions I am thinking of trying a Canon cam instead as supposedly their software is better and it records to .mov (quicktime) format which has been around for quite a while and I won't have to re-render to another format just so I can see my videos on the PC. This camera had the possibility to become something special but by making it as close-system as possbile Sony dropped the ball as far as I am concerned. If you get this expect countless hours of re-converting your videos just so they can play on your PC. What would also happen in a few years when Sony decided not to upward support the cam software? You'd have to buy a new one. No, thank you - mine went back to the store for a full refund.

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Great HD Quality
5 Star Review   By robtorres02 on Sony - Official Store - May 3, 2011   

The image quality is outstanding, as well as the audio, compared to my old standard camcorder. Great in low light. Nice external microphone jack for this price, but would've preferred a blue tooth type feature. I'm very happy with my purchase.

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Awesome Camcorder
5 Star Review   By jet4life2 on Sony - Official Store - Apr 1, 2011   

I really love this new camcorder. I bought it to replace my old Sony Camcorder, which I loved. I haven't bought a new camcorder in over 5 years, so the technology has passed me by a little bit. I am totally impressed with this new Sony CX 160 camcorder. It's easy to use, the picture quality is awesome, and the sound is great. And the best part is, I was able to upload my movies onto my iMac with ease. This is a great, well made video camera.

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Awesome!!
5 Star Review   By Pierp21 on Sony - Official Store - Mar 27, 2011   

This camcorder is awesome! The video quality is very crisp and the audio is also crisp and clear. The noise reduction works great as well. It is very light and easy to handle. The buttons are placed well and easy to use. I love the zoom, even when zooming in all the way the clarity is as good as it was without zooming. Also the image stabilization works great. My hand shakes and i could only notice it when zoomed in all the way and even that was minimal. Overall i am very pleased with this camcorder. I have only had it for one day so i really cant comment on the reliability, that is why i gave it a 4, but i am sure it will be fine.

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