Compact, but not tiny

The CX130 and CX160 are small, but not the smallest in their class, and the XR160 is larger and heavier because of the hard drive; if you have big hands, that can be an advantage. The best feature of the camcorders is the relatively wide-angle lens, which starts around 30mm-equivalent.
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Top controls

On top of the camcorder are mode and photo buttons, which feel too close together, and the rather loose zoom switch. It was hard to precisely control both the speed and amount of zoom.
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Minimalist controls

In the LCD recess sit two small buttons for power and playback, as well as covered Mini-HDMI and USB connectors. the SD card slot is on the bottom--not my favorite location, and blocked if you put it on a tripod--but not bad, either.
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Nothing to see here

There's only a record button on the back of the camcorder, and no hard buttons on the small LCD bezel.
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Built-in USB cable

The tiny captive USB cable tucks into the strap, and comes in handy when you're on the road.
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