The XR160 has replaced the XR150. The new model offers a handful of advantages, though the XR150 would still be worth the cost if it's found at a discount. Here's what we had to say about the XR150 when it was released in early 2010:
Sony is attacking the high-def compact camcorder market in 2010, and the HDR-XR150 is one of the results. This entry-level camcorder is an upgrade on last year's XR100 model, with a few key upgrades like the new EXMOR R back-illuminated CMOS sensor, which is meant to improve low light performance to a dramatic degree. The HDR-XR150 also has new and shiny Intelligent Auto technologies that make it easy to get great high-definition video footage. A built-in 120GB hard drive holds plenty of data, but just in case it's not enough, you can still use removable media, too. This camcorder is loaded with a pro-quality Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar lens, a 2.7-inch LCD, and a whopping 25x optical zoom. And yes, it's small enough to be called a compact.