Like all of its inexpensive ilk, the Sony Handycam HDR CX130, CX160, and XR130 deliver video that will disappoint anyone who can tell the difference between standard and high definition.
Sharpness and noise
While it wasn't full sunlight when I shot this, it wasn't terribly dim, either, and I was surprised by the color noise. I don't think users buying at this price will find it very obtrusive, but if you're picky you might need to look elsewhere. This is also fairly representative of the video sharpness. (frame grab)
The CX130 and its siblings have a lower-than-HD-resolution sensor. You probably won't notice it most of the time, but this is a good example of how detailed, motion-intensive video can lose cohesion and display compression artifacts. (frame grab)
The low-light video quality is actually better than the frame grabs I was able to get might suggest. During playback, even on a computer, they look slightly sharper with less color noise. In lower light, the camcorder desaturates the video in order to boost the noise reduction without losing too much sharpness. (frame grab)