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Sony Full HD 160GB HDD Black Camcorder - HDR-XR260V

Abt Model: HDRXR260V | UPC Code: 027242842373
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1920 x 1080p Full HD Recording/ 8.9MP Stills/ 160GB HDD (Up To 63 Hrs HD Recording)/ Geotagging With Built-In GPS Receiver & NAVTEQ Maps/ Optical SteadyShot Image Stabilization/ Wide Angle G Lens/ 55x Extended Zoom/ Exmor R CMOS sensor/ 3.0 " Touch Screen/ Black Finish
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Sony Full HD 160GB HDD Black Camcorder, Model HDRXR260V

Capture stunning 1920 x 1080 Full HD 60p recordings or shoot beautiful 8.9MP still images. Store them all on an internal 160GB hard disk drive capable of holding up to 63 hours of footage at a time1 or use the dedicated slot to insert a compatible SD card or Memory Stick™ for added space. Compensate for greater degrees of camera shake with Optical SteadyShot™ image stabilization and Active Mode for stunningly smooth results from wide angle to full telephoto shooting. Back-illuminated Exmor R® CMOS sensor sheds light on low lit situations so you can capture the full ambiance minus grainy distractions. Get more in every shot with a wide angle G lens designed for broadening your horizons. Enjoy sharp, bright, vivid images on the 3.0" Clear Photo LCD Plus™ screen that allows you to compose a shot more easily – even outdoors – while enabling you to change settings optimizing every scene.


1920x1080 Full HD 60p Recording w/8.9MP still image capture
The Sony® HDR-XR260V offers 1920 x 1080 high definition resolution letting you record your memories in exceptional Full High Definition quality. Capable of 60p recording and playback via HDMI™ and compatible HDTV4 providing stunning clarity and incredibly detailed and smoother playback of your memories.

160GB1 Hard Disk Drive
A built-in 160GB1 hard disk drive can record and store up to 63 hours of high definition video footage (HD LP mode). In addition, “HDD Smart Protection” gives you peace of mind by helping to prevent any recorded video and images from being lost if the camcorder is accidentally dropped.

Optical SteadyShot™ image stabilization w/ Active Mode
Optical SteadyShot™ image stabilization with Active Mode compensates for greater degrees of camera shake to deliver stunningly smooth video from wide angle to full telephoto shooting. In addition, innovative 3-Way Shake-Canceling adds electronic roll stability for even smoother video capture.

55x 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.

Back-illuminated Exmor® R CMOS sensor for superb low-light video
Experience stunning low-light sensitivity with improved image clarity and drastically reduced grain with Sony’s back-illuminated Exmor® R CMOS sensor. Designed for compact cameras and camcorders, the Exmor® R CMOS sensor relocates the photo diodes above the support circuitry, maximizing the light gathering area per pixel so you can shoot with better results in lower lighting conditions.

Wide Angle G lens to capture more of what you want
Experience the pinnacle of Sony® lens technology with the professional-quality G Lens. Engineered for superior optical performance, Sony G lenses deliver brilliant, accurate color reproduction and sharp, amazingly detailed images. In addition, the 29.8mm focal length in Photo and Video Modes offers a broader perspective for enhanced wide angle shooting.

3.0” touch-screen Clear Photo LCD™ display (230K)
The 3.0” Clear Photo LCD™ screen displays sharp, bright, vivid images, letting you compose a shot more easily -- even outdoors, while enabling you to change settings to best represent the scene.

Built-in USB cable for easy file transfer/charge
The high-speed, built-in USB 2.0 cable allows for easy connection to your computer for charging or file transfer without having to remember separate cables. It also fits conveniently into the hand strap so it’s out of the way until you need it. Charging your camcorder is faster than ever now through the USB; for every two minutes of charge time you get one minute of recording time.

Intelligent Auto (180 different scene combinations possible)
Intelligent Auto mode goes a step beyond traditional auto modes by analyzing your shot and then automatically selecting the appropriate settings from ten distinct scene modes and wind noise reduction. There are 180 different combinations possible: Landscape, Backlight, Twilight, Spotlight, Low light, Macro, Portait, Baby, Walk, Tripod, Wind Noise Reduction. Thie camcorder utilizes an advanced sound processor and sophisticated noise reduction algorithms to reduce wind noise by up to 10db compared to other models. In addition to reducing low frequency noise, iAuto also suppresses mid- and upper-frequency noise, resulting in clearer, more enjoyable sound.

Tracking Focus follows selected subjects in/out of the frame
Tracking Focus works as an extension of Face Detection to allow you to select an object with a touch of the LCD and have the focus follow the selected object, even if it leaves the frame and returns.

Event Browse groups photos/videos for you for easy reference
Event Browse conveniently groups your images and videos together for easier viewing. The date range that Event Browse groups your pictures and videos is easily adjusted to suit your needs. When used with the Highlight Playback feature, making and sharing a highlight reel from your event is easy and fun.

5.1ch Surround mic for vivid and dynamic surround sound.
Dolby® Digital 5.1 channel recording captures active sounds coming from all directions, so you can experience your home movies the way you experienced them while recording.

Expanded recording/monitoring with mic/headphone jack
Features dedicated mic and headphone inputs for expanded audio recording options and convenient monitoring of audio with headphones (external microphones and headphones sold separately).

Clear Phase stereo speakers for true and dynamic sound
Bring your video alive with Clear Phase stereo speakers. Drawing on Sony’s high-end audio expertise, renown S-Master™ digital amplifier technology is utilized to produce more true-to-life sound.

Highlight Playback creates movies with transitions for you
Why spend hours editing your movies when you can let your camcorder do it for you? Highlight Playback identifies and compiles key scenes into a short, entertaining movie complete with music and transitions. You can even pinpoint the exact scene you want to include in the highlight reel.

Wind noise reduction for clear voice recording
Wind Reduction reduces noise and interference that is produced when wind passes over the microphone, giving you a clearer and more enjoyable sound experience.

Golf Shot
Building on the slow-motion capture capabilities of Smooth Slow Record, Golf Shot captures a few seconds of motion as a sequence of up to 22 still images, which can be viewed/printed individually or as a composite “sequence shot” image, perfect for analyzing the nuances of a golf swing, tennis serve, and other fast action.

Geotagging with built-in GPS receiver & NAVTEQ® maps7
A built-in GPS receiver7 makes the HDR-XR260V an ideal choice for travelers. The receiver gives you the ability to view your current location on the LCD map display, as well as "tag" your shooting locations. Tagged videos and still images can be reviewed and played back using the Map Index function on the camcorder or once downloaded to your PC using the supplied PlayMemories Home software9. Additionally, the receiver automatically adjusts your camcorder's clock to the proper time zone.

Direct Copy to external HDD without PC13
Store your memories in a whole new way with the ability to copy videos from your camcorder directly to an external hard disk drive13 (sold separately), all without a computer. Your camcorder can also access videos stored on the external hard drive for playback on your HDTV4, allowing you to utilize the camcorder’s handy playback features.



  • Camera Type : Digital HD Video Camera Recorder


  • Focal Length (35mm equivalent) : Movie Mode: 29.8mm - 894mm (16:9), 36.5mm-1095mm (4:3); Photo Mode: 29.8mm - 894mm (16:9), 36.5mm-1095mm (4:3)
  • Aperture : F1.8-3.4
  • Digital Zoom : 350x
  • Extended Zoom : 55x
  • Focal Distance : f = 2.1mm - 63.0mm; f =3/32inch - 2 1/2inch
  • Lens Stabilization : Optical SteadyShot™ image stabilization w/ Active mode (Wide to Tele)
  • Lens Type : G Lens™
  • Minimum Focus Distance : Approx. 1cm (Wide), Approx. 80cm (Tele), Approx. 44cm (Tele Macro)
  • Optical Zoom : 30x

Imaging Sensor

  • Color Filter System : ClearVid™ array
  • Effective Picture Resolution : Approx. 2230K pixels (16:9)
  • Imaging Sensor : 1/3.91" (4.6mm) Back-illuminated Exmor® R CMOS Sensor
  • Pixel Gross : Approx. 5430K pixels
  • Processor : BIONZ™ Image processor

LCD Display

  • Angle Adjustment : Opening Angle: max. 90 deg., Turning Angle: max. 270 deg.
  • Brightness Control : Yes (Menu)
  • Coverage : 1
  • Grid Display : Guide Frame
  • LCD Type : 3.0" Clear Photo LCD(TM) display (230K) Wide(16:9)
  • Touch Panel : Yes

Drive System

  • Shutter Speeds : Self-timer: Approx. 10sec. (Still Image/ Golf Shot); Shutter Speed (Standard): 1/60 - 1/10000; Shutter Speed Auto Control Range: 1/8 - 1/10000; Shutter Speed (Smooth Slow Rec): 1/250 - 1/10000 (Standard); Scene Selection: 1/8 - 1/10000; LOW LUX: 1/30 - 1/10000
  • Drive Mode : Photo Mode: Single-shot / Self-timer
  • Self-timer : 10sec.(Still Image/Golf Shot)


  • Still Image Size 4:3 : Movie mode: 6.7 megapixels 4:3 (2992x2240); Photo mode: 6.7 megapixels 4:3 (2992x2240)
  • Video Mode : HD PS: Approx. 28Mbps / FX: Approx. 24Mbps / FH: Approx. 17Mbps / HQ: Approx. 9Mbps / LP: Approx. 5Mbps; STD HQ: 9Mbps
  • Audio Format : Dolby® Digital 5.1ch, Dolby®Digital 5.1Creator; Dolby® Digital 2ch Stereo, Dolby® Digital Stereo Creator
  • Dual Record : 8.9 megapixels 16:9(3984x2240); 4.5 megapixels 16:9(2816x1584); 2.1 megapixels 16:9 (1920x1080)
  • Internal Media : HDD 160GB
  • Media Type : Internal hard drive; Memory Stick PRO Duo ™ (Mark 2); Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo ™; SD/ SDHC/ SDXC Memory Card (Class 4 or Higher)
  • Mic Level Control : Yes (2steps)
  • Microphone/Speaker : Built-in Zoom Microphone;Clear Phase Stereo Speaker
  • Photo Capture from Movie : 2.1 megapixels 16:9 (1920x1080); 0.3 megapixels 4:3 (640x480); 0.2 megapixels pixels 16:9 (640x360)
  • Recording and Playback Times (in Internal Media)(2ch) : HD PS: Approx. 13h0m (Approx. 13h0m); HD FX: Approx. 15h20m (Approx. 15h20m); HD FH: Approx. 20h50m (Approx. 20h50m); HD HQ: Approx. 36h40m (Approx. 27h50m); HD LP: Approx. 63h10m (Approx. 52h0m); STD HQ: Approx. 37h50m (Approx. 34h50m)
  • Still Image File Format : DCF Ver. 2.0 compatible, Exif Ver. 2.3 compatible, MPF Baseline compatible
  • Still Image Max Effective Resolution : 8.9 megapixels
  • Still Image Mode : JPEG
  • Still Image Size 16:9 : Movie mode: 8.9 megapixels 16:9 (3984x2240); Photo mode: 8.9 megapixels 16:9 (3984x2240)
  • Video Actual (Pixel) : Approx.2,230K pixels(16:9), Approx.1,670K pixels(4:3)
  • Video Format : HD: MPEG4-AVC/H.264 AVCHD 2.0 format compatible (1080/60p:original format); STD: MPEG2-PS
  • Video Resolution : HD: 1920x1080/60p (PS), 24p, 60i (FX, FH), 1440x1080/60i (HQ, LP); STD: 720x480/60i
  • Video Signal : NTSC color, EIA standards
  • Wind Noise Reduction : Yes (Off /On)

Exposure System

  • Auto Iris Control : F1.8 - F10
  • Backlight Compensation : Yes (Auto)
  • D-Range Optimizer : Yes
  • Exposure Settings : Auto; Flexible Spot (Touch Panel)
  • Gain Control : Auto
  • LOW LUX Mode : Yes
  • Metering Modes : Multi-segment / Spot
  • Minimum Illumination : Standard: 6 lux (1/60 Shutter Speed); Low Lux: 3 lux (1/30 Shutter Speed)
  • Noise Reduction : Yes
  • Scene Mode(s) : Auto/Night Scene/Sunrise & Sunset/Fireworks/Landscape/Portrait/Spotlight/Beach/Snow
  • White Balance Mode : Auto / Onepush / Outdoor / Indoor


  • SD Output : Composite Video Out (A/V connecting cable (supplied)
  • Remote Jack : Integrated into A/V Remote terminal
  • A/V Remote Terminal : Video / Audio / Remote
  • BRAVIA® Sync™ : Yes
  • DC IN : Yes
  • HD Output : HDMI Out (mini) (supplied)
  • HDMI Terminal : Yes (mini)
  • Headphone Jack : Stereo Minijack
  • Memory Card Slot : Memory Stick PRO Duo™ and SD/ SDHC/ SDXC media compatible
  • Microphone Input : Stereo Minijack
  • PhotoTV HD : Yes
  • USB Port(s) : TypeA, mini-AB/USB2.0 Hi-speed (mass-storage/MTP)

Focus Control

  • AF Illuminator : Yes
  • AF Modes : Auto / Manual (Touch Pane)
  • Focus Area : Full range Focus / Spot Focus
  • Focus Features : Tracking Focus
  • Focus System : Contrast AF

Advanced Features

  • Tracking Focus : Yes
  • Embedded GPS : Yes (Current Position Display (Your Location))
  • Face Detection : Yes
  • Golf Shot : Yes
  • Image Stabilization : Optical SteadyShot™ image stabilization w/ Active mode (Wide to Tele)
  • Intelligent Auto : Portrait/Baby/Walk/Tripod/Backlight/Landscape/Spotlight/Twilight/Macro/Low light/Auto wind noise reduction
  • Priority Setting (for Face Detection) : Auto / Child Priority / Adult Priority
  • Smile Shutter™ technology : Dual Capture / Always On / Off
  • Smooth Slow Rec : Yes
  • x.v.Color™ : Yes


  • Power Consumption (in Operation) : HD: 3.5W; STD: 3.2W
  • Battery Type : InfoLITHIUM® with AccuPower™ Meter System (NP-FV50)
  • Power Consumption (in View Finder Operation) : HD: 3.0W; STD: 2.8W
  • Power Requirements : 6.8V/7.2 (battery pack); 8.4V (AC Adaptor)
  • Power Consumption (in View Finder Operation) : HD:3.0W; STD:2.8W


  • Supplied Software : PC: PlayMemories Home Lite (built-in; for PC only); PlayMemories Home (by download); Music Transfer(by download); MAC:Music Transfer(by download); PlayMemories Online Uploader(by download)
  • Operating System Compatibility : Windows XP SP3 * /Windows Vista SP2 ** /Windows7 * 64-bit editions and Starter (Edition) are not supported. The Windows Image Mastering API (IMAPI) Ver. 2.0 or later is required to use the function for creating discs. ** Starter (Edition) are not supported. Standard installation is required. Operation is not assured if the above OS has been upgraded or in a multi-boot environment.

Convenience Features

  • Built-in USB Cable : Yes (USB Charge Available)
  • Date / Time Stamp : Yes (Rec Date and Time, Camera info, Coordinates)
  • Erase/Protect : Yes / Yes
  • Fader Effect(s) : White / Black
  • Manual / Auto Lens Cover : Auto
  • Media/Battery Indicator : Yes (recordable time, free and used media space) / Yes (recordable time, remaining capacity)
  • Multiple Language Display : English; Simplified English; Brazilian Portugese; Canadian French; Latin American Spanish
  • One Touch Disc Burn : Yes (Menu)
  • Quick On : Yes (Power On by LCD)
  • Red-Eye Reduction : Yes (On / Off)
  • S/S & Zoom button on LCD : Yes (Touch Panel)
  • Still Image Playback Options : Slide Show
  • Video Playback Options : Highlight Playback (HD Movie Only); Highlight Playback Save and Share (Translate into STD quality); Highlight Scenario (Save/Playback/Erase); Highlight BGM (Preinstalled 4 music files, Music transfer)
  • View & Index : Event / MAP

In The Box

  • Rechargeable Battery Pack (NP-FV50) (1)
  • A/V Connecting Cable (1)
  • operating guide (1)
  • AC adaptor (AC-L200) (1)
  • HDMI(mini) Cable (1)
  • Power Cord (1)
  • USB Connection Support Cable (1)

Approximate Dimensions:

  • Width: 2.38"
  • Height: 2.63"
  • Depth: 5.13"
Approximate Weight:
  • Unit: 12.52 oz
  • Shipping: 3 lbs
Warranty Information:
  • Manufacturer Warranty(authorized online retailer): 1 Year Limited Warranty


1. 1GB equals 1 billion bytes, a portion of which is used for data management functions

4. Requires HDTV and HDMI cable sold sep.

7. Map service provided by Google and subject to change without notice.

9. For PC: Requires Microsoft® Windows® XP SP3/ Windows V ista® SP2/Windows 7. For Mac: Requires Mac OSX (v10.5-10.7)

13. Requires via VMC-UAM1 cable (sold separately), AC power for camcorder, and hard drive formatted in FAT-32. USB-hub not supported. External HHD/USB media should be less than 2TB(Terabytes)

More reasons to buy the Sony HDR-XR260V from Abt Electronics
  • is an authorized dealer (Learn More).
  • The Sony HDR-XR260V is Brand New.
  • The Sony HDR-XR260V Ships in a Factory Sealed Box.
  • Abt ships this product for free!
Storage TypeHard Drive
LCD Screen Size (inches)3"
Total Pixel Count5430K pixels
Effective Pixel Count2230K pixels
Manual FocusingYes
Optical Zoom30x
Digital Zoom350x
Night ModeYes
Image StabilizationYes
White Balance Auto / Onepush / Outdoor / Indoor
Built In Video LightNo
Mic InputYes
Digtial Still CameraYes
Effective Pixel Count for Still8.9 megapixels
Still Image FormatsJPEG
Computer ConnectivityYes
Included Removeable MemoryNo
Weight With Battery (pounds)14.28 oz
Width (inches)2.38"
Height (inches)2.63"
Depth (inches)5.13"
Parts Warranty1 Year
Labor Warranty90 Days


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Sony Full HD 160GB HDD Black Camcorder

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The Hard Drive


from Charlotte, NC

Comments about Sony Full HD 160GB HDD Black Camcorder:

I got some problems when recording using the hard drive, it gets very hot very quickly and shuts down when i am recording and I have to wait like 3 minutes to be able to record happens every 4 or 5 minutes of recording. I think it is better only using the external SD cards, another problem for the Sony Camera is that if you move positions then the recording losses the direction of the sounds and it doesn't record right. and imagen quality of the stil (pictures) is very bad .In conclusion those are the only problems i am having....Elchelerecords look my videos in youtube..type Elchelerecords. bye.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)


Very Nice Camera


from Kuna, Idaho

Comments about Sony Full HD 160GB HDD Black Camcorder:

Great camera, great video, conveniently easy to download video to PC computer and then immediately watch (one more reason to stay away from MAC computers). Be sure to set camera to progressive scan vs interlaced scan - this made a BIG difference in playback and quality. Be sure to buy another battery or a bigger battery. One (stock) battery will not record all that long. Great resolution and 5.1 sound. Purchased 15 FEB 2013.


Excellent Item


from Walla Walla Wa


  • Easy to Use, Light weight, A Whole Lot of Fun


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    Comments about Sony Full HD 160GB HDD Black Camcorder:

    I love this handycam! It is really easy to use and I was amazed at the small light weight size.

    (0 of 3 customers found this review helpful)


    Just Okay at Best, So Far.


    from El Dorado Hills, CA

    Comments about Sony Full HD 160GB HDD Black Camcorder:

    I have only had this video camcorder a few weeks so i have not mastered all the features yet. But i have the settings set to the highest quality and sound and so far the videos and images have been less than crisp. I took a picture of my dog and attached here for reference. my dog is jet black and the carpet is grey. Yet the dog came out grey and the carpet as yellow. Not sure if this is user error or the settings are not as automatic as i thought. Also, the screen interfaces is terrible. very difficult to manage and navigate the screen. Again this might be my error and not the camcorder. All in all i will try to master this camcorder and update the review later

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)


    My Best Camera


    from California

    Comments about Sony Full HD 160GB HDD Black Camcorder:

    I have tried many video cameras recently, but this is the best in all sense. This one is absolutely great in low light video capturing. The only thing I did not like is the Still Image Quality, it is not so great... I see lots of grain - not clear picture at all - tried many settings but same thing. I may be doing something wrong, can some one explore more on it? Other thing, not so significant but nice to have one - I would like to have a feature to decide the storage media automatically - like still image capture goes to SD card and video recording goes to Hard Disk. Otherwise, this is a best camera I have tried so far, I would definitely recommend to my friends.


    The Upgrade


    from Michigan

    Comments about Sony Full HD 160GB HDD Black Camcorder:

    Finally first splash into HD Tapeless system shot a test video with stray cat in the backyard posted it to YouTube few hours Later some one shows at my door asking about the cat

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)


    SONY HDR-XR260V , Very Nice !


    from Midland , Texas

    Comments about Sony Full HD 160GB HDD Black Camcorder:

    Well i've taken 1.6-gigs of movies all in HD along with a few single images . Images turned out very good for 8.6MP images . The 5.1 sound was very good and the wind noise protection was really good except when i shot straight up at the moon . Had some wind noise at that point . The camera has the software in it so it installs when you hook up the camcorder to your computer then it installs . nice that way don't have to worry about a disc . Battery life i thought was very good . I did a full charge before i even turn the camcorder on and that was friday morn and tonight (saturday) i charged for the first time . The Canon i took back only got a max of 30-35 mins of charge and that shouldn't be . Replacement battery for the Canon was $114.00 and for the SONY it was $49.00 . Quite a difference so i did buy an extra for the SONY ! Zoom at 55 zoom was very good . Only big thing that was hard to accept was quite alot of CA from the lens when shooting in very bright areas . The light sensitivity i thought was very good ! It was quite dark outside and i was about to do a movie even at a distance of over a 1/4th mile away with max zoom . However there was some noise present but for the test i thought it did a great job ! I do think this is a very nice camcorder by SONY and i would recommend it ! Like i did mention tho i do believe SONY should see about improving the lens on this model for a reduction of CA . If CA was totally absent then i would say this is the perfect camcorder for anyone . But even then i still recommend this camcorder ! I'll be keeping mine !

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