Sony Handycam HDR-CX160 Brief Review
Sony Handycam HDR-CX160
1080p HD video, 60fps (28MB/sec); MPEG-4-AVC format; 3-megapixel still images; 1/4" Back-illuminated Exmor R CMOS sensor; 30x optical zoom; 29.8mm wide-angle lens; Optical image stabilization; 3-inch widescreen touch LCD; Face detection; Dual photo and video recording; Captures to Memory Stick Pro Duo/SD/SDHC/SDXC/16GB built-in flash memory
The CX160 is one of Sony's entry-level high-def camcorders, and one of the best affordable HD camcorders out there. The video quality is simply excellent. It captures 1080i AVCHD-format video (which can play back at 1080p) and 3-megapixel stills. The Exmor R CMOS sensor should give it a leg up in low-light situations, and the 30x optical zoom (plus optical image stabilization) will prove to be be very versatile. For about $500, this is a solid deal from one of the most consistent names in mainstream camcorders. Also check out the CX130, which records exclusively to cards (no built-in memory), or the XR160, which records to a 160GB hard drive.