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Sony HDRCX240/BVideo Camera with 2.7-Inch LCD (Black)
Sony HDRCX240/BVideo Camera with 2.7-Inch LCD (Black)
Sony HDRCX240/BVideo Camera with 2.7-Inch LCD (Black)
Sony HDRCX240/BVideo Camera with 2.7-Inch LCD (Black)
Sony HDRCX240/BVideo Camera with 2.7-Inch LCD (Black)
Sony HDRCX240/BVideo Camera with 2.7-Inch LCD (Black)
Sony HDRCX240/BVideo Camera with 2.7-Inch LCD (Black)
Sony HDRCX240/BVideo Camera with 2.7-Inch LCD (Black)
Sony HDRCX240/BVideo Camera with 2.7-Inch LCD (Black)
Sony HDRCX240/BVideo Camera with 2.7-Inch LCD (Black)

Sony HDRCX240/BVideo Camera with 2.7-Inch LCD (Black)

Sony HDRCX240/BVideo Camera with 2.7-Inch LCD (Black)
Sony HDRCX240/BVideo Camera with 2.7-Inch LCD (Black)
Sony HDRCX240/BVideo Camera with 2.7-Inch LCD (Black)
Sony HDRCX240/BVideo Camera with 2.7-Inch LCD (Black)
Sony HDRCX240/BVideo Camera with 2.7-Inch LCD (Black)
Sony HDRCX240/BVideo Camera with 2.7-Inch LCD (Black)
Sony HDRCX240/BVideo Camera with 2.7-Inch LCD (Black)
Sony HDRCX240/BVideo Camera with 2.7-Inch LCD (Black)
Sony HDRCX240/BVideo Camera with 2.7-Inch LCD (Black)
Sony HDRCX240/BVideo Camera with 2.7-Inch LCD (Black)
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Features

  • 1920x1080 Full HD 60p with 9.2MP Exmor R CMOS Sensor
  • 29.8mm wide angle Carl Zeiss Lens
  • 27x Optical/54x Clear Image Zoom to get even closer to the action
  • The item uses a micro SD card

Description

Make it memorable with Sony Full HD/60p quality. Capture amazing footage in low light and control, transfer and backup everything via Wi-Fi with NFC in just a touch. Get close to the action with a 27x zoom, wide-angle Carl Zeiss lens and say goodbye to shake with Steady Shot image stabilization. It"s the perfect starter camera. Make it memorable with Sony Full HD/60p quality. Capture amazing footage in low light and control, transfer and backup everything via Wi-Fi with NFC in just a touch. Get close to the action with a 27x zoom, wide-angle Carl Zeiss lens and say goodbye to shake with Steady Shot image stabilization. It’s the perfect starter camera. Create high definition 1920 x 1080 60p videos and high quality 9.2MP still images. Experience stunning low-light sensitivity with improved image clarity and drastically reduced grain with Sony’s back-illuminated ExmorR CMOS sensor. 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. From the authority in lens technology, the Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar lens provides a high quality 29.8mm wide angle so you can get everything you want in the shot. Get amazingly close with 27x optical zoom plus 54x Clear Image digital zoom. Most digital zooms use electronic cropping to get closer to the subject, resulting in unsharp images. With Clear Image Zoom the powerful processor compares patterns found in adjacent pixels and creates new pixels to match selected patterns, resulting in more realistic, higher-quality images. Clear Image Zoom doubles optical zoom for closer photos and video. The 2.7” (16:9) Clear Photo LCD (230K) displays sharp, bright, vivid images, letting you compose a shot more easily - even outdoors, while enabling you to change settings to best represent the scene. 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. In addition, innovative 3-Way Shake-Canceling adds electronic roll stability for even smoother video capture Sony’s Face Detection technology can automatically distinguish between children and adults. Face Detection technology detects up to eight individual faces and adjusts flash, focus, exposure, and white balance to help deliver crisp, properly lit images of family and friends. 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 separate cables. It also fits conveniently into the hand strap so it’s out of the way until you need it. Charging your camcorder is faster than ever now through the USB; for every two minutes of charge time you get one minute of recording time. Picture Effects add a new level of expression to video and photos, making ordinary landscapes and portraits come to life by heightening mood and emphasizing certain attributes. There are seven different effects such as partial color to make your focal point stand out, or watercolor which looks like a painting. Record HD video in the AVCHD and MP4 formats for highest quality or easy transfer and sharing. AVCHD provides premium video that can be enjoyed on large screen HDTVs, and is ideal for capturing precious memories at special occasions, family vacations and other moments you want to treasure for a lifetime. MP4 is great for those moments that you want to quickly share on your social networks or store on the cloud. Intelligent Auto mode goes a step beyond traditional auto modes by analyzing your shot and then automatically selecting the appropriate settings from ten distinct scene modes and wind noise reduction. There are 60 different combinations possible: Portrait, Baby, Tripod , Backlight, Landscape, Spotlight, Twilight, Macro, Low light. 2014 Sony Electronics Inc. All rights reserved. Reproduction in whole or in part without written permission is prohibited. Sony, Exmor R, BIONZ and the Sony logo are trademarks of Sony Corporation. All other trademarks are trademarks of their respective owners. Features and specifications subject to change without notice.


Product Dimensions 6.3 x 4.7 x 3.5 inches


Item Weight 1.15 pounds


Shipping Weight 2.16 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)


ASIN B00HNJWWK2


Item model number HDRCX240/B


Batteries 1 Lithium Metal batteries required. (included)


Customer Reviews 4.0 out of 5 stars 290 ratings 4.0 out of 5 stars


Best Sellers Rank #71,514 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics) #413 in Camcorders


Discontinued by manufacturer Yes


Date first listed on Amazon January 6, 2014


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Features

  • 1920x1080 Full HD 60p with 9.2MP Exmor R CMOS Sensor
  • 29.8mm wide angle Carl Zeiss Lens
  • 27x Optical/54x Clear Image Zoom to get even closer to the action
  • The item uses a micro SD card

Description

Make it memorable with Sony Full HD/60p quality. Capture amazing footage in low light and control, transfer and backup everything via Wi-Fi with NFC in just a touch. Get close to the action with a 27x zoom, wide-angle Carl Zeiss lens and say goodbye to shake with Steady Shot image stabilization. It"s the perfect starter camera. Make it memorable with Sony Full HD/60p quality. Capture amazing footage in low light and control, transfer and backup everything via Wi-Fi with NFC in just a touch. Get close to the action with a 27x zoom, wide-angle Carl Zeiss lens and say goodbye to shake with Steady Shot image stabilization. It’s the perfect starter camera. Create high definition 1920 x 1080 60p videos and high quality 9.2MP still images. Experience stunning low-light sensitivity with improved image clarity and drastically reduced grain with Sony’s back-illuminated ExmorR CMOS sensor. 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. From the authority in lens technology, the Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar lens provides a high quality 29.8mm wide angle so you can get everything you want in the shot. Get amazingly close with 27x optical zoom plus 54x Clear Image digital zoom. Most digital zooms use electronic cropping to get closer to the subject, resulting in unsharp images. With Clear Image Zoom the powerful processor compares patterns found in adjacent pixels and creates new pixels to match selected patterns, resulting in more realistic, higher-quality images. Clear Image Zoom doubles optical zoom for closer photos and video. The 2.7” (16:9) Clear Photo LCD (230K) displays sharp, bright, vivid images, letting you compose a shot more easily - even outdoors, while enabling you to change settings to best represent the scene. 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. In addition, innovative 3-Way Shake-Canceling adds electronic roll stability for even smoother video capture Sony’s Face Detection technology can automatically distinguish between children and adults. Face Detection technology detects up to eight individual faces and adjusts flash, focus, exposure, and white balance to help deliver crisp, properly lit images of family and friends. 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 separate cables. It also fits conveniently into the hand strap so it’s out of the way until you need it. Charging your camcorder is faster than ever now through the USB; for every two minutes of charge time you get one minute of recording time. Picture Effects add a new level of expression to video and photos, making ordinary landscapes and portraits come to life by heightening mood and emphasizing certain attributes. There are seven different effects such as partial color to make your focal point stand out, or watercolor which looks like a painting. Record HD video in the AVCHD and MP4 formats for highest quality or easy transfer and sharing. AVCHD provides premium video that can be enjoyed on large screen HDTVs, and is ideal for capturing precious memories at special occasions, family vacations and other moments you want to treasure for a lifetime. MP4 is great for those moments that you want to quickly share on your social networks or store on the cloud. Intelligent Auto mode goes a step beyond traditional auto modes by analyzing your shot and then automatically selecting the appropriate settings from ten distinct scene modes and wind noise reduction. There are 60 different combinations possible: Portrait, Baby, Tripod , Backlight, Landscape, Spotlight, Twilight, Macro, Low light. 2014 Sony Electronics Inc. All rights reserved. Reproduction in whole or in part without written permission is prohibited. Sony, Exmor R, BIONZ and the Sony logo are trademarks of Sony Corporation. All other trademarks are trademarks of their respective owners. Features and specifications subject to change without notice.


Product Dimensions 6.3 x 4.7 x 3.5 inches


Item Weight 1.15 pounds


Shipping Weight 2.16 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)


ASIN B00HNJWWK2


Item model number HDRCX240/B


Batteries 1 Lithium Metal batteries required. (included)


Customer Reviews 4.0 out of 5 stars 290 ratings 4.0 out of 5 stars


Best Sellers Rank #71,514 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics) #413 in Camcorders


Discontinued by manufacturer Yes


Date first listed on Amazon January 6, 2014


Shipping

This product includes free shipping to all US addresses.


Delivery

Unless otherwise stated above, most products arrive within 2-3 business days. Larger items may take 6-9 business days. Tracking information will be automatically provided as soon as your order ships.


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Returns

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Features

  • 1920x1080 Full HD 60p with 9.2MP Exmor R CMOS Sensor
  • 29.8mm wide angle Carl Zeiss Lens
  • 27x Optical/54x Clear Image Zoom to get even closer to the action
  • The item uses a micro SD card

Description

Make it memorable with Sony Full HD/60p quality. Capture amazing footage in low light and control, transfer and backup everything via Wi-Fi with NFC in just a touch. Get close to the action with a 27x zoom, wide-angle Carl Zeiss lens and say goodbye to shake with Steady Shot image stabilization. It"s the perfect starter camera. Make it memorable with Sony Full HD/60p quality. Capture amazing footage in low light and control, transfer and backup everything via Wi-Fi with NFC in just a touch. Get close to the action with a 27x zoom, wide-angle Carl Zeiss lens and say goodbye to shake with Steady Shot image stabilization. It’s the perfect starter camera. Create high definition 1920 x 1080 60p videos and high quality 9.2MP still images. Experience stunning low-light sensitivity with improved image clarity and drastically reduced grain with Sony’s back-illuminated ExmorR CMOS sensor. 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. From the authority in lens technology, the Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar lens provides a high quality 29.8mm wide angle so you can get everything you want in the shot. Get amazingly close with 27x optical zoom plus 54x Clear Image digital zoom. Most digital zooms use electronic cropping to get closer to the subject, resulting in unsharp images. With Clear Image Zoom the powerful processor compares patterns found in adjacent pixels and creates new pixels to match selected patterns, resulting in more realistic, higher-quality images. Clear Image Zoom doubles optical zoom for closer photos and video. The 2.7” (16:9) Clear Photo LCD (230K) displays sharp, bright, vivid images, letting you compose a shot more easily - even outdoors, while enabling you to change settings to best represent the scene. 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. In addition, innovative 3-Way Shake-Canceling adds electronic roll stability for even smoother video capture Sony’s Face Detection technology can automatically distinguish between children and adults. Face Detection technology detects up to eight individual faces and adjusts flash, focus, exposure, and white balance to help deliver crisp, properly lit images of family and friends. 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 separate cables. It also fits conveniently into the hand strap so it’s out of the way until you need it. Charging your camcorder is faster than ever now through the USB; for every two minutes of charge time you get one minute of recording time. Picture Effects add a new level of expression to video and photos, making ordinary landscapes and portraits come to life by heightening mood and emphasizing certain attributes. There are seven different effects such as partial color to make your focal point stand out, or watercolor which looks like a painting. Record HD video in the AVCHD and MP4 formats for highest quality or easy transfer and sharing. AVCHD provides premium video that can be enjoyed on large screen HDTVs, and is ideal for capturing precious memories at special occasions, family vacations and other moments you want to treasure for a lifetime. MP4 is great for those moments that you want to quickly share on your social networks or store on the cloud. Intelligent Auto mode goes a step beyond traditional auto modes by analyzing your shot and then automatically selecting the appropriate settings from ten distinct scene modes and wind noise reduction. There are 60 different combinations possible: Portrait, Baby, Tripod , Backlight, Landscape, Spotlight, Twilight, Macro, Low light. 2014 Sony Electronics Inc. All rights reserved. Reproduction in whole or in part without written permission is prohibited. Sony, Exmor R, BIONZ and the Sony logo are trademarks of Sony Corporation. All other trademarks are trademarks of their respective owners. Features and specifications subject to change without notice.


Product Dimensions 6.3 x 4.7 x 3.5 inches


Item Weight 1.15 pounds


Shipping Weight 2.16 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)


ASIN B00HNJWWK2


Item model number HDRCX240/B


Batteries 1 Lithium Metal batteries required. (included)


Customer Reviews 4.0 out of 5 stars 290 ratings 4.0 out of 5 stars


Best Sellers Rank #71,514 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics) #413 in Camcorders


Discontinued by manufacturer Yes


Date first listed on Amazon January 6, 2014


abunda_amazon_reviews My package did not come with the original box but it did include a English manual, charger and USB cord. The camera have great battery life, it takes 3 days to go dead for me but takes 4 hours to fully charge. The camera is very light weight and small in size. It's what I consider a travel sized camera. The video quality is high quality as expected but it doesn't do very well in low light. If you are looking for a camera for YouTube and vlogging this isn't the type of camera you should go for. It can take pictures as well but I haven't tested that out as much, I purchased this camera for at home videos, traveling videos , and to capture precious life moments. It isn't touch screen, but there is a newer version of this camera that is touch screen. This camera is good for beginners so if you are someone that's looking for something easy to use and to set up this is the camera for you. Very good for the price!;;Reviewed in the United States on October 21, 2018;;3.0 out of 5 stars;;It's what I expected and good for the price;;Que;;/gp/customer-reviews/R3O8B9KK7QHTH3/ref=cm_cr_dp_d_rvw_ttl?ie=UTF8&ASIN=B00HNJWWK2;;;I picked up this camera after looking at other, more expensive Sony Handycam options. I make mostly DJ videos to upload to YouTube, so I figured the video quality would be plenty good enough for that. Before you place your order, make sure you add a Class 10 Micro SD card to your cart! I recommend 32GB. It must be class 10, not the cheaper class 4 ones. This camera records in full 1080P resolution and has dual format recording. That means when you open up the SD card on your computer, you'll have the higher bit rate AVCHD files in the private folder, and the lower bit rate .mp4 files in the MP_ROOT folder. In the camcorder Menu > Image quality/size > REC mode, I set it to the highest quality. This gives you 1080p AVCHD, but the .mp4 is 720p. That's good enough for me. If you hit the PHOTO button on top of the camera, you'll get a crappy, grainy photo. You need to go to Menu > Shooting Mode > Photo. Then you'll get a good picture. This camera has automatic smile detection. It can wait until you're smiling to take a picture. Very creepy. Try it out. Put the camera on a tripod and look at it. Every time you smile, it will snap a picture. The built - in microphone on the camera works well and has great sound quality. It also catches all the echo and noise in the room, so if you're trying to make a professional quality video, you may want to use a shotgun or lavalier microphone and record the audio separately. This camera does not have a microphone input. Sony Handycam vs. DSLR cameras If you watch a professional recording video, they probably won't be using a Handycam. DSLR cameras are much more expensive and can shoot better video, but are much harder to use. First, a good DSLR camera will set you back at least $1,200 and you have to select the right lens. A lot of DSLR lenses have a shallow depth of field, so one thing will be focused in your video while the rest is blurry. It's hard to focus the lens using the small built-in screen, so you might also need to buy a separate one. So, provided you have the right gear, unless you take the time to learn how to use it properly, you'll still just end up with a bunch of blurry footage. The Handycam automatically focuses, and everything in your shot will be focused. Just point it at the action and hit record. Done. Excellent video. Sony Handycam vs. GoPro GoPro cameras are widely marketed as the go-anywhere record anything camera. Keep in mind it's an action camera. The GoPro is designed for outdoor use in harsh conditions where other cameras would break. I've tried using the Hero 2 and it had bad video quality in low light conditions, the audio was so bad it wasn't useable (even with the case off), and the menu buttons are a pain to use. The hero 3 and 4 are much better, but still lack in sound quality. If you're shooting video indoors for a YouTube blog, wedding, or anything else that isn't mountain biking or surfing, use the Sony Handycam. It's easier to deal with, you get 54x zoom, and better sound. This camera also turns on and off automatically when you open/close the screen. It's simple, and smart. Sony has a few other handycam options with built in projectors and stuff, but they don't make sense unless you go up to the $650 price range and get one that has the balanced optical steadyshot feature. In conclusion, I would say this camera is excellent. At just a little over $200, it's a great deal and worth every penny.;;Reviewed in the United States on August 6, 2014;;5.0 out of 5 stars;;It's simple and smart. + comparison to other cameras;;Paul Shpakov;;/gp/customer-reviews/RD48DEK9DD7M4/ref=cm_cr_dp_d_rvw_ttl?ie=UTF8&ASIN=B00HNJWWK2;;;There are lots fancier home HD video cameras out there, but this one was a good value and delivers beautiful pictures (even in relatively difficult light conditions) with little attention required by the user. It has replaced my point-and-shoot still cameras for casual picture taking as well. It can capture still images while shooting live video, or it can be set to shoot in still frame mode. In still frame mode, you have the choice of HD resolution or a larger size. The only real drawback to taking stills while recording video is that the shutter button is pretty inconveniently located for my hand, and the result is sometimes obvious shaking in the video, and other times I miss the still shot entirely. On the other hand, the downloadable editing software can allow you to capture HD-resolution stills from the video itself, but that's more time-consuming than simply snapping them on site in real time. The monitor can be tilted and rotated to almost any angle, as shown in the product illustrations. It's handy for shooting from awkward angles, but may not be bright enough to see clearly in every position. It's plenty good, though, in the default open position right beside the camera body. For the size and price of this camera, the lens is something of a miracle! I've been able to do macroscopic closeups on objects that are so close, the camera itself begins to block the light. You might not shoot a network TV series with one of these, but "handy" is more than just part of the name.;;Reviewed in the United States on March 26, 2015;;5.0 out of 5 stars;;Handy is the right word.;;JHD;;/gp/customer-reviews/R2XFZ51YV0011/ref=cm_cr_dp_d_rvw_ttl?ie=UTF8&ASIN=B00HNJWWK2;;;An idiot proof Hi def camera that works well. I have shot a lot of video over the years and have several cameras, including 4 of the older Panasonic AG-DVX100B for pro shooting. They shoot very good video. But they require the proper lighting as any higher end video camera does. So I needed something for just a quick any kinda light shooting. For the money it works very well. That being said without all the bells and whistles it is a little touchy about back lighting or light reflected off glass back into the cams field of view. It will sometimes throw it's auto focus and iris into fits. As long as your careful about the reflected and back lighting it works better than I expected.. The other little problem I have with it is the software has very limited editing capability's. However I just use the software for down loading then import it to my Adobe Premier CS4 for editing.. All in all it's a good deal and it does a descent job..;;Reviewed in the United States on January 6, 2015;;5.0 out of 5 stars;;Good deal;;B1s0260;;/gp/customer-reviews/R3VK99WDEM8GCY/ref=cm_cr_dp_d_rvw_ttl?ie=UTF8&ASIN=B00HNJWWK2

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Top Amazon Reviews


3.0 out of 5 stars
By Que - Reviewed in the United States on October 21, 2018
It's what I expected and good for the price
My package did not come with the original box but it did include a English manual, charger and USB cord. The camera have great battery life, it takes 3 days to go dead for me but takes 4 hours to fully charge. The camera is very light weight and small in size. It's what I consider a travel sized camera. The video quality is high quality as expected but it doesn't do very well in low light. If you are looking for a camera for YouTube and vlogging this isn't the type of camera you should go for. It can take pictures as well but I haven't tested that out as much, I purchased this camera for at home videos, traveling videos , and to capture precious life moments. It isn't touch screen, but there is a newer version of this camera that is touch screen. This camera is good for beginners so if you are someone that's looking for something easy to use and to set up this is the camera for you. Very good for the price!

5.0 out of 5 stars
By Paul Shpakov - Reviewed in the United States on August 6, 2014
It's simple and smart. + comparison to other cameras
I picked up this camera after looking at other, more expensive Sony Handycam options. I make mostly DJ videos to upload to YouTube, so I figured the video quality would be plenty good enough for that. Before you place your order, make sure you add a Class 10 Micro SD card to your cart! I recommend 32GB. It must be class 10, not the cheaper class 4 ones. This camera records in full 1080P resolution and has dual format recording. That means when you open up the SD card on your computer, you'll have the higher bit rate AVCHD files in the private folder, and the lower bit rate .mp4 files in the MP_ROOT folder. In the camcorder Menu > Image quality/size > REC mode, I set it to the highest quality. This gives you 1080p AVCHD, but the .mp4 is 720p. That's good enough for me. If you hit the PHOTO button on top of the camera, you'll get a crappy, grainy photo. You need to go to Menu > Shooting Mode > Photo. Then you'll get a good picture. This camera has automatic smile detection. It can wait until you're smiling to take a picture. Very creepy. Try it out. Put the camera on a tripod and look at it. Every time you smile, it will snap a picture. The built - in microphone on the camera works well and has great sound quality. It also catches all the echo and noise in the room, so if you're trying to make a professional quality video, you may want to use a shotgun or lavalier microphone and record the audio separately. This camera does not have a microphone input. Sony Handycam vs. DSLR cameras If you watch a professional recording video, they probably won't be using a Handycam. DSLR cameras are much more expensive and can shoot better video, but are much harder to use. First, a good DSLR camera will set you back at least $1,200 and you have to select the right lens. A lot of DSLR lenses have a shallow depth of field, so one thing will be focused in your video while the rest is blurry. It's hard to focus the lens using the small built-in screen, so you might also need to buy a separate one. So, provided you have the right gear, unless you take the time to learn how to use it properly, you'll still just end up with a bunch of blurry footage. The Handycam automatically focuses, and everything in your shot will be focused. Just point it at the action and hit record. Done. Excellent video. Sony Handycam vs. GoPro GoPro cameras are widely marketed as the go-anywhere record anything camera. Keep in mind it's an action camera. The GoPro is designed for outdoor use in harsh conditions where other cameras would break. I've tried using the Hero 2 and it had bad video quality in low light conditions, the audio was so bad it wasn't useable (even with the case off), and the menu buttons are a pain to use. The hero 3 and 4 are much better, but still lack in sound quality. If you're shooting video indoors for a YouTube blog, wedding, or anything else that isn't mountain biking or surfing, use the Sony Handycam. It's easier to deal with, you get 54x zoom, and better sound. This camera also turns on and off automatically when you open/close the screen. It's simple, and smart. Sony has a few other handycam options with built in projectors and stuff, but they don't make sense unless you go up to the $650 price range and get one that has the balanced optical steadyshot feature. In conclusion, I would say this camera is excellent. At just a little over $200, it's a great deal and worth every penny.

5.0 out of 5 stars
By JHD - Reviewed in the United States on March 26, 2015
Handy is the right word.
There are lots fancier home HD video cameras out there, but this one was a good value and delivers beautiful pictures (even in relatively difficult light conditions) with little attention required by the user. It has replaced my point-and-shoot still cameras for casual picture taking as well. It can capture still images while shooting live video, or it can be set to shoot in still frame mode. In still frame mode, you have the choice of HD resolution or a larger size. The only real drawback to taking stills while recording video is that the shutter button is pretty inconveniently located for my hand, and the result is sometimes obvious shaking in the video, and other times I miss the still shot entirely. On the other hand, the downloadable editing software can allow you to capture HD-resolution stills from the video itself, but that's more time-consuming than simply snapping them on site in real time. The monitor can be tilted and rotated to almost any angle, as shown in the product illustrations. It's handy for shooting from awkward angles, but may not be bright enough to see clearly in every position. It's plenty good, though, in the default open position right beside the camera body. For the size and price of this camera, the lens is something of a miracle! I've been able to do macroscopic closeups on objects that are so close, the camera itself begins to block the light. You might not shoot a network TV series with one of these, but "handy" is more than just part of the name.

5.0 out of 5 stars
By B1s0260 - Reviewed in the United States on January 6, 2015
Good deal
An idiot proof Hi def camera that works well. I have shot a lot of video over the years and have several cameras, including 4 of the older Panasonic AG-DVX100B for pro shooting. They shoot very good video. But they require the proper lighting as any higher end video camera does. So I needed something for just a quick any kinda light shooting. For the money it works very well. That being said without all the bells and whistles it is a little touchy about back lighting or light reflected off glass back into the cams field of view. It will sometimes throw it's auto focus and iris into fits. As long as your careful about the reflected and back lighting it works better than I expected.. The other little problem I have with it is the software has very limited editing capability's. However I just use the software for down loading then import it to my Adobe Premier CS4 for editing.. All in all it's a good deal and it does a descent job..

Recent Reviews


3.0 out of 5 stars
By Que - Reviewed in the United States on October 21, 2018
It's what I expected and good for the price
My package did not come with the original box but it did include a English manual, charger and USB cord. The camera have great battery life, it takes 3 days to go dead for me but takes 4 hours to fully charge. The camera is very light weight and small in size. It's what I consider a travel sized camera. The video quality is high quality as expected but it doesn't do very well in low light. If you are looking for a camera for YouTube and vlogging this isn't the type of camera you should go for. It can take pictures as well but I haven't tested that out as much, I purchased this camera for at home videos, traveling videos , and to capture precious life moments. It isn't touch screen, but there is a newer version of this camera that is touch screen. This camera is good for beginners so if you are someone that's looking for something easy to use and to set up this is the camera for you. Very good for the price!

5.0 out of 5 stars
By Paul Shpakov - Reviewed in the United States on August 6, 2014
It's simple and smart. + comparison to other cameras
I picked up this camera after looking at other, more expensive Sony Handycam options. I make mostly DJ videos to upload to YouTube, so I figured the video quality would be plenty good enough for that. Before you place your order, make sure you add a Class 10 Micro SD card to your cart! I recommend 32GB. It must be class 10, not the cheaper class 4 ones. This camera records in full 1080P resolution and has dual format recording. That means when you open up the SD card on your computer, you'll have the higher bit rate AVCHD files in the private folder, and the lower bit rate .mp4 files in the MP_ROOT folder. In the camcorder Menu > Image quality/size > REC mode, I set it to the highest quality. This gives you 1080p AVCHD, but the .mp4 is 720p. That's good enough for me. If you hit the PHOTO button on top of the camera, you'll get a crappy, grainy photo. You need to go to Menu > Shooting Mode > Photo. Then you'll get a good picture. This camera has automatic smile detection. It can wait until you're smiling to take a picture. Very creepy. Try it out. Put the camera on a tripod and look at it. Every time you smile, it will snap a picture. The built - in microphone on the camera works well and has great sound quality. It also catches all the echo and noise in the room, so if you're trying to make a professional quality video, you may want to use a shotgun or lavalier microphone and record the audio separately. This camera does not have a microphone input. Sony Handycam vs. DSLR cameras If you watch a professional recording video, they probably won't be using a Handycam. DSLR cameras are much more expensive and can shoot better video, but are much harder to use. First, a good DSLR camera will set you back at least $1,200 and you have to select the right lens. A lot of DSLR lenses have a shallow depth of field, so one thing will be focused in your video while the rest is blurry. It's hard to focus the lens using the small built-in screen, so you might also need to buy a separate one. So, provided you have the right gear, unless you take the time to learn how to use it properly, you'll still just end up with a bunch of blurry footage. The Handycam automatically focuses, and everything in your shot will be focused. Just point it at the action and hit record. Done. Excellent video. Sony Handycam vs. GoPro GoPro cameras are widely marketed as the go-anywhere record anything camera. Keep in mind it's an action camera. The GoPro is designed for outdoor use in harsh conditions where other cameras would break. I've tried using the Hero 2 and it had bad video quality in low light conditions, the audio was so bad it wasn't useable (even with the case off), and the menu buttons are a pain to use. The hero 3 and 4 are much better, but still lack in sound quality. If you're shooting video indoors for a YouTube blog, wedding, or anything else that isn't mountain biking or surfing, use the Sony Handycam. It's easier to deal with, you get 54x zoom, and better sound. This camera also turns on and off automatically when you open/close the screen. It's simple, and smart. Sony has a few other handycam options with built in projectors and stuff, but they don't make sense unless you go up to the $650 price range and get one that has the balanced optical steadyshot feature. In conclusion, I would say this camera is excellent. At just a little over $200, it's a great deal and worth every penny.

5.0 out of 5 stars
By JHD - Reviewed in the United States on March 26, 2015
Handy is the right word.
There are lots fancier home HD video cameras out there, but this one was a good value and delivers beautiful pictures (even in relatively difficult light conditions) with little attention required by the user. It has replaced my point-and-shoot still cameras for casual picture taking as well. It can capture still images while shooting live video, or it can be set to shoot in still frame mode. In still frame mode, you have the choice of HD resolution or a larger size. The only real drawback to taking stills while recording video is that the shutter button is pretty inconveniently located for my hand, and the result is sometimes obvious shaking in the video, and other times I miss the still shot entirely. On the other hand, the downloadable editing software can allow you to capture HD-resolution stills from the video itself, but that's more time-consuming than simply snapping them on site in real time. The monitor can be tilted and rotated to almost any angle, as shown in the product illustrations. It's handy for shooting from awkward angles, but may not be bright enough to see clearly in every position. It's plenty good, though, in the default open position right beside the camera body. For the size and price of this camera, the lens is something of a miracle! I've been able to do macroscopic closeups on objects that are so close, the camera itself begins to block the light. You might not shoot a network TV series with one of these, but "handy" is more than just part of the name.

5.0 out of 5 stars
By B1s0260 - Reviewed in the United States on January 6, 2015
Good deal
An idiot proof Hi def camera that works well. I have shot a lot of video over the years and have several cameras, including 4 of the older Panasonic AG-DVX100B for pro shooting. They shoot very good video. But they require the proper lighting as any higher end video camera does. So I needed something for just a quick any kinda light shooting. For the money it works very well. That being said without all the bells and whistles it is a little touchy about back lighting or light reflected off glass back into the cams field of view. It will sometimes throw it's auto focus and iris into fits. As long as your careful about the reflected and back lighting it works better than I expected.. The other little problem I have with it is the software has very limited editing capability's. However I just use the software for down loading then import it to my Adobe Premier CS4 for editing.. All in all it's a good deal and it does a descent job..