Designed for TV and HDTV systems in Europe, Asia, Australia, Africa and South America, the black PAL 160GB HDR-XR260E HD Camcorder shoots Full HD 1920 x 1080 video. It features a back-illuminated Exmor R CMOS sensor, and Sony's BIONZ image processor. The camera captures still images at up to 8.9 MP resolution and features both a built-in 160 GB hard disk drive and a media card slot. It also features a wide angle Sony G Lens that supports 30x optical zoom with a 55x extended zoom. The flip out 3.0" Clear Photo touch panel LCD display allows you to frame your shot and provides for easy recording and instant playback.
The HDR-XR260E comes outfitted with several features to enhance your videos. It features face detection with voice enhancement and noise reduction. The built-in zoom microphone alters its pick-up pattern as the lens zooms. The camcorder also features Intelligent Auto, which analyzes the scene and selects the best recording settings. There is even a wind noise reduction function that provides clear voice recording. In addition to the built-in microphone, the HDR-XR260E features a stereo mini jack so you can attach an external microphone, and a headphone jack allows you to monitor the sound. The Smooth Slow Record feature allows you to capture 3 seconds of video, that plays back over 12 seconds, and Sony's Golf Shot feature captures two seconds of video as still frames for analyzing golf swings.
Sony added a few playback and connection conveniences as well. The HDR-XR260E features a Highlight Playback function that creates movies with transitions and soundtracks for you automatically. With the HDR-XR260E, you can use the Direct Copy feature to transfer your HD footage directly to a hard drive without even using a PC. However, if you do want to upload videos onto Facebook and YouTube, the camcorder comes with a built-in USB cable, as well as editing and application software.
Full HD 1920 x 1080/50p Recording & 8.9 Megapixel Still Image Capture
The HDR-XR260E offers 1920 x 1080 high definition resolution letting you record your adventures and memories in exceptional Full HD quality. The camcorder is capable of 50p recording in Full HD. You can use the camera's HDMI output to view your footage on a compatible HDTV in stunning clarity with incredible detail and smooth playback of your memories. You can also use the camcorder to capture 8.9MP still images.
Memory Card Slot
There's a memory card slot that supports SD/SDHC/SDXC (class 4 or higher) memory cards, as well as Memory Stick PRO Duo (Mark 2) and Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo cards.
Back-Illuminated Exmor R CMOS Sensor for Superb Low-Light Video
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.
Optical SteadyShot Image Stabilization with 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.
Sony G Lens
the Sony G lens, features sharp optics and a focal length of 29.8mm (35 mm equivalent) at the wide end of the zoom. The camera features a 37 mm filter ring for accessories.
30x Optical Zoom & 55x Extended Zoom
The camera's 55x extended zoom works in conjunction with 30x optical zoom to get you even closer to the action while maintaining high definition image quality.
Clear Photo 3.0" Touch Screen LCD Display (230K)
The 3.0" Clear Photo LCD touch screen panel displays sharp, bright and vivid images that let you compose a shot more easily - even outdoors. It also enables you to change settings to best represent the scene.
When the camcorder's Face Detection technology identifies people in a scene, an Advanced Acoustic Processor automatically reduces background noise, resulting in recorded voices with outstanding clarity and intelligibility.
The Intelligent Auto feature analyzes your video, and automatically selects the best settings to shoot at.
The camera features a zoom microphone that adjusts as you zoom.
Highlight Playback Creates Movies with Transitions for You
Highlight Playback identifies and compiles key scenes into a short, entertaining movie complete with music and transitions. You can even pin-point 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.
Direct Copy to External HDD without a PC
Store your home movies by copying videos from your camcorder directly to an external hard disk drive (sold separately), all without a computer. Your camcorder can also access videos stored on the external hard drive for playback on your HDTV, allowing you to utilize the camcorder's handy playback features.
Built-In USB Cable for Easy File Transfers & Charging
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 any separate cables. It also fits conveniently into the hand strap so it's out of the way until you need it. Plus, you can charge your camcorder by plugging it into the USB port of a computer, and for every two minutes of charge time you get one minute of recording time.
Expanded Recording / Monitoring with Mic & Headphone Jacks
The camera features dedicated mic and headphone inputs for expanded audio recording options and convenient monitoring of audio with headphones (external microphones and headphones sold separately).
Smooth Slow Rec and Golf Shot
Smooth Slow Rec allows you to capture 3 seconds of video to be played back over 12 seconds. Sony's Golf shot is designed to capture 2 seconds of video as a series of still frames that can be used to help analyze golf swings.
Sony's Smile Shutter technology automatically detects smiles on faces in the frame and releases the shutter.
The BIONZ processor adjusts brightness and contrast depending on the content of the shot, to deliver the best image.
Allows your camcorder to interface with other BRAVIA Sync capable devices, and allows them to work together as one.