Sony HDR-XR260VE reviews: Hard disk drive storage Full HD camcorder

14 customer reviews

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7.7 out of 10 based on 14 reviews.
Sony HDR-XR260VE: Horizontally held, 30x optical zoom camcorder using SDXC card. See full product description
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Martin, Bristol Experienced amateur

Score 7.0/10
Good points:
Good camera with high quality images, light and easy to use with extra functions for the more advanced user.
Bad points:
There is no simple way to delete images and videos other than goijng through the in-camera editing process, which is extremely long winded. There seems no way to "delete all" or "un-protect all" so that images can be deleted on a PC..or even perhaps in the "Play Memories" application.

The "Play memories" application itself I guess may be useful for someone who has no other photo or video playing/editing software, but other than that situation my impression is that it is particlarly useless and no extra functions but does add a layer of unnecessary complexity.

It should alos be made much easier to select phot storage on the memory card separately, rather than go through various menu layers to elect for all captured images to be either on the HDD or memory card, not either/or.
Ease of use 8.0
Image quality 8.0
Battery life 5.0
Weight 8.0
Overall rating 7.0
Value for money 7.0
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Confirmed purchase: 31 May 2012

MICHAEL, VERWOOD Just point and shoot

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
Excellent quality results.
Bad points:
Instructions not always clear. On screen instructions not ideal.
Ease of use 6.0
Image quality 10.0
Features 10.0
Sound quality 10.0
Battery life 8.0
Weight 10.0
Overall rating 9.0
Value for money 10.0
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Confirmed purchase: 27 May 2013

graham, Ruislip, Middlesex Keen amateur

Score 8.0/10
Good points:
Small, light, very good image quality.
Bad points:
Hand strap too small, and no saftey strap supplied or available from Sony. Zoom with top button takes getting used to, and the touch screen zoom, you can hit the stop by mistake and not notice till too late !. Not that easy/quick to delete what you dont want.
Ease of use 8.0
Image quality 10.0
Sound quality 8.0
Battery life 7.0
Weight 9.0
Overall rating 8.0
Value for money 8.0
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Confirmed purchase: 21 Aug 2012

hasmukh, Mombasa Keen amateur

Score 5.0/10
Good points:
HD Features
Bad points:
Burning to DVD. It creates black borders making TV / DVD viewing smaller.
Ease of use 8.0
Image quality 9.0
Features 5.0
Sound quality 5.0
Battery life 3.0
Weight 7.0
Overall rating 5.0
Value for money 2.0
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Confirmed purchase: 19 Dec 2012

samuel, ballymena Keen amateur

Score 7.0/10
Good points:
Reviewer left no comment
Bad points:
problems downloading the clips through play memories. keeps saying usb has disconected
Ease of use 8.0
Image quality 8.0
Features 8.0
Sound quality 8.0
Battery life 7.0
Weight 7.0
Overall rating 7.0
Value for money 7.0
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Confirmed purchase: 16 Dec 2012

phil, Frome somerset Just point and shoot

Score 10.0/10
Good points:
Easy to use , mac compatible , image quality excellent , excellent memory
Bad points:
None so far
Ease of use 9.0
Image quality 10.0
Battery life 8.0
Weight 10.0
Overall rating 10.0
Value for money 9.0
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Confirmed purchase: 15 Jun 2012

Product Features

Resolution quality Full HD
3D No
Optical zoom ratio 30
Media format Hard disk drive
Connections USB
Connections HDMI
Type of memory card Memory Stick Pro
Type of memory card SDXC
Shape of camcorder Horizontally held
Digital zoom ratio 350
Type of image stabiliser Optical Image Stabiliser
Widescreen recording Yes
Resolution (Megapixels) 8.9
Hard disk capacity (Gigabytes) 160
Shortest shutter speed (Fractions of a second) 1/1
Weight (g) 355
Screen size (Inches) 3
Maximum aperture telephoto 3.4
Maximum aperture wide 1.8
Lowest focal length (Millimetres) 36.5
Highest focal length (Millimetres) 1095
Type of chip CMOS
Release date 2012-02-21

Also known as: SONY Handycam HDR-XR260VE, HDR-XR260

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Manufacturer's Description

Full HD camcorder with very high image quality and long record time

Up to 65hr Full HD on 160GB HDD, 30x optical zoom/29.8mm wide angle, 8.9MP photo, 7.5cm/3" LCD, iAUTO

  • High quality low-light shooting with Exmor R
  • Extra-long shooting time
  • Wide angle lens gets more into the picture

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