Record and store up to 60 hours of 1920x1080p Full HD video and thousands of 8.9MP photos with the HDR-XR260V Handycam camcorder. Optical SteadyShot image stabilization with Active Mode minimizes camera shake and blur, even when using 55x Extended Digital Zoom. Enjoy the advantage of superb low light shooting with Sonys Exmor R CMOS sensor.
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.
160GB Hard Disk Drive
A built-in 160GB 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.
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).
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.
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.
Clear Phase stereo speakers for true and dynamic sound
Bring your video alive with Clear Phase stereo speakers. Drawing on Sonys high-end audio expertise, renown S-Master digital amplifier technology is utilized to produce more true-to-life sound.
Geotagging with built-in GPS receiver & NAVTEQ maps
A built-in GPS receiver 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 PC
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.
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.
Camera Type: Digital HD Video Camera Recorder
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
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)
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)
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
Angle Adjustment: Opening Angle: max. 90 deg., Turning Angle: max. 270 deg.
Brightness Control: Yes (Menu)
Grid Display: Guide Frame
LCD Type: 3.0" Clear Photo LCD(TM) display (230K) Wide(16:9)
Touch Panel: Yes
AF Illuminator: Yes
AF Modes: Auto / Manual (Touch Pane)
Focus Area: Full range Focus / Spot Focus
Focus Features: Tracking Focus
Focus System: Contrast AF
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
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)
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
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
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)
Weights and Measurements
Dimensions (Approx.): Approx.2 3/8inch x 2 5/8nch x 5 1/8inch2 1/8inch x 2 1/4inch x 4 7/8inch (Approx.59.5mm x 66mm x 128mm)
Weight (Approx.): Approx. 12.52oz (205g)
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
Power Consumption (in View Finder Operation): 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.
Service and Warranty Information
Limited Warranty Term: Limited Warranty --- 1 Year Parts; 90 Days Labor
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Convenient for travel, large storage
from LA, CA
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Comments about Sony HDR-XR260V HD Camcorder 160GB Built in, 8.9 MP Stills, 30x Optical Zoom (Black):
This camcorder is smaller than previous versions and has lots of storage for continuous use. Love the large screen. Turns on and off automatically when opening the screen. Never forget to turn off after use. Super convenient!
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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from Walla Walla Wa
I love this handycam! It is really easy to use and I was amazed at the small light weight size.
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Just Okay at Best, So Far.
from El Dorado Hills, CA
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
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from Brooklyn, NY
Great Camcorder and very easy to use.
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My Best Camera
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.
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
SONY HDR-XR260V , Very Nice !
from Midland , Texas
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 !