Sony PXW-X160 Full HD XDCAM Handheld Camcorder

  • Three 1/3″ Exmor CMOS Sensors
  • XAVC Intra and Long GOP Codecs
  • MPEG HD 422, AVCHD, and DV Codecs
  • G Lens with 25x Optical Zoom
  • Electronic Variable ND Filter
  • Dual SxS Memory Card Slots
  • 3G/HD-SDI and HDMI Output
  • 0.5″ OLED Viewfinder
  • 3.5″ LCD Panel

$1,900.00 $2,499.00

Offering 10-bit, 1080p, XAVC recording, and a 25x zoom lens with a 26mm wide angle, the Sony PXW-X160 XDCAM Handheld Camcorder is ideal for a wide range of applications including professional broadcasts, documentaries, and live events. The camcorder provides the same video recording quality and body design as the PXW-X180 but forgoes the network, GPS, and proxy recording features to deliver a more cost-effective option for shooters who don’t need these features.

Its three 1/3″ Exmor CMOS sensors provide low noise, a wide dynamic range, and support for 1080p60 video using the XAVC Intra and XAVC Long GOP codecs. It also offers MPEG HD 422, MPEG HD 420, AVCHD, and DV codecs to fit into existing broadcast and production workflows. Other key features of the camcorder include a 0.5″ OLED viewfinder, dual SxS memory card slots, and an electronically controlled variable ND filter.

Additionally, it features a Multi-Interface Shoe with an electronic interface that allows it to communicate and accept signals from optional accessories, such as the UWP-D11 or UWP-D12 wireless microphone receivers, without requiring an XLR cable or additional power source.


Three 1/3″ Exmor CMOS Sensors

Three 1/3″ Exmor CMOS sensors, with a total of about 2.07 million effective pixels (16:9), independently capture red, blue, and green light. This, combined with the camcorder’s Full HD 1920 x 1080 resolution, high sensitivity, and wide dynamic range, delivers vibrant images with accurate color rendition. Noise reduction and anti-shake are provided to assure high image quality in a variety of shooting conditions.

Sony G Lens with 25x Optical Zoom

The Sony G lens has a 25x zoom range with a 35mm equivalent focal length range of 26 to 650mm. This makes the lens versatile enough to handle a wide range of shooting situations from wide angle to telephoto. Independent manual, zoom, and focus rings with end-stop and iris control are provided, and a slide mechanism on the focus ring enables easy switching between auto and manual focusing. The focus indicator can be displayed, even when focusing manually.

XAVC Intra and XAVC Long GOP Recording

XAVC technology is based on the efficient and high-quality H.264 standard. XAVC Intra uses intra-frame compression, so every frame is encoded independent of the other frames. This provides a better quality picture but requires a higher bit rate. With a Long GOP codec, only certain frames are encoded individually. This allows the codec to squeeze the video into a much smaller bit rate than Intra technology. XAVC Long GOP files require less storage space than XAVC Intra files. When recording in XAVC, it uses the MXF file format, efficiently compressing Full HD 1920 x 1080 resolution using the MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 codec. Image sampling is 4:2:2 10-bit with Intra-frame compression at 112 Mbps or high-efficiency Long-GOP compression at 50, 35, or 25 Mb/s. In addition to XAVC Intra/Long GOP, the PXW-X160 records in MPEG HD 422 at 50 Mb/s, MPEG HD 420 at 35 Mb/s, AVCHD, and DV.

Dual SxS Memory Card Slots

The PXW-X160 features two SxS memory card slots offering high read and write speeds. Optional adapters are available and allow recording to your existing XQD or SD memory cards. Simultaneous recording onto two memory cards is possible (in the same recording mode only). With two record buttons, the operator can choose which card to record to, letting you use one card for recording while the other card serves as a backup. Continuous relay recording is also possible from the card in the A slot to the card in the B slot.

Note: In AVCHD recording mode, simultaneous recording and relay recording between the two memory cards are not possible.

Variable ND Filter

The PXW-X160 is Sony’s first professional camcorder to feature a variable ND filter. The new filter device has been developed to electronically control density and enable the continuous setting adjustment from 1/4 to 1/128 ND using a simple dial. The variable ND filter lets you shoot with large apertures and/or slower shutter speeds when outside in daylight or in other bright environments.


The camcorder offers a variety of connections to suit the broadcast workflow including 3G HD-SDI, HDMI, USB, composite output, timecode input/output, and genlock input. The 3G-SDI connector is able to output the 1080p59.94/50 signal. Down-conversion output from HD to SD is also possible, as well as simultaneous output from both SDI and HDMI. The REC trigger signal can be sent through SDI and HDMI to link an external recording device.

Multi-Interface Shoe

Accessories taking their power from the Multi-Interface Shoe can be switched on and off from the camcorder. Also, if an optional UWP-D11 or UWP-D12 wireless microphone receiver is connected, power supply and cable-free audio signal input are possible, minimizing the need for extra batteries and removing the need for additional cabling.

OLED Viewfinder and 3.5″ LCD Panel

This 0.5″-type OLED viewfinder features a 1024 x 768 resolution and displays images with deep blacks, accurate colors, and a high native contrast ratio. The high resolution of the viewfinder allows for better precision of manual focus operations. The 3.5″-type UHD resolution LCD panel provides easy viewing in a wide range of lighting conditions.
Image Sensor 3-Chip 1/3″ CMOS Sensor
Sensor Resolution Not Specified by Manufacturer
Horizontal Resolution (TV Lines) 1000 TV Lines or More
Gain -3 to 18 dB
Signal-to-Noise Ratio 60 dB
Minimum Illumination 0.12 Lux at 1/1/2 Shutter Speed
Focal Length 3.7 to 92.5mm
35mm Equivalent Focal Length 26 to 650mm
Optical Zoom Ratio 25x
Maximum Aperture f/1.6
Minimum Aperture f/11
Minimum Focusing Distance Wide: 0.4″ / 1.0 cm
Telephoto: 31.5″ / 80.0 cm
Filter Size 82 mm
Control Rings Focus
Image Stabilization Optical
Focus Control Autofocus
Manual Focus
Shutter Speed 1/32 to 1/1/2000 sec
Scan Rate Adjustable No
Built-In ND Filter 2 to 7 Stop Electronic ND Filter
Built-In Microphone Type Stereo
Media/Memory Card Slot Dual Slot: SxS
Recording Modes XAVC-I:
1920 x 1080p at 23.98/25/29.97 fps (89 to 112 Mb/s)
1280 x 720p at 50/59.94 fps (112 Mb/s)
1920 x 1080i at 50/59.94 fps (25 to 50 Mb/s)
1920 x 1080p at 23.98/25/29.97/50/59.94 fps (35 to 50 Mb/s)
1280 x 720p at 50/59.94 fps (50 Mb/s)
MPEG-2 4:2:2:
1920 x 1080p at 23.98/25/29.97 fps (50 Mb/s)
1280 x 720p at 23.98/25/29.97/50/59.94 fps (50 Mb/s)
1920 x 1080p at 23.98/25/29.97/50/59.94 fps (24 to 28 Mb/s)
Variable Frame Rates 1080p: 1 to 60 fps
720p: 1 to 60 fps
Audio Recording 2-Channel 24-Bit 48 kHz
IP Streaming None
Video Connectors 1 x HDMI Output
1 x BNC (Composite) Output
1 x BNC (3G-SDI) Output
Audio Connectors 2 x 3-Pin XLR Mic/Line Level (+48 V Phantom Power) Input
1 x 1/8″ / 3.5 mm Stereo Output
1 x 1/8″ / 3.5 mm Stereo Headphone Output
Other I/O 1 x BNC Genlock Input
1 x BNC Timecode Input/Output
1 x 2.5 mm LANC Control
1 x USB Type-A Input
1 x USB Mini-B Input
Display Type Tilting LCD
Size 3.5″
Resolution 1,560,000 Dot
EVF Display Type OLED
Screen Size .5″
EVF Resolution 1024 x 768 (2,360,000 Dots)
Power Connectors 1 x Barrel Input
Power Consumption 19.9 W
Operating Temperature 32 to 104°F / 0 to 40°C
Storage Temperature -4 to 140°F / -20 to 60°C
Accessory Mount 1 x Multi-Interface Shoe
Dimensions 7.54 x 7.93 x 16.22″ / 19.15 x 20.15 x 41.2 cm
Weight 7 lb / 3.2 kg
Warranty Length Limited 1-Year Warranty
Packaging Info
Package Weight 14 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 18.25 x 16.5 x 12.75″

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