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Sony CX220 Full HD Handycam - Black (27x Zoom) (discontinued by manufacturer)

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  • Full HD, wide-angle Carl Zeiss lens, Exmor R CMOS sensor, iAuto, 8.9MP stills and 32x extended zoom
  • Wide-angle ZEISS lens with 27x Optical Zoom
  • SteadyShot Image Stabilisation reduces blur
  • Convenient built-in USB cable

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Sony CX220 Full HD Handycam - Black (27x Zoom) (discontinued by manufacturer) + Sony SF32N4 32GB Class 4 SDHC Memory Card + Sony Ultra Compact Case for Handycam - Black
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Product details

  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 0.8 x 0.8 cm ; 177 g
  • Boxed-product Weight: 907 g
  • Item model number: HDRCX220EB.CEH
  • ASIN: B00AWME0P2
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 7 Jan 2013
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 8,325 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)

Product Description

Product Description

Product Description

Pack even more into your movies with wide-angle shooting.
Pack even more into your movies with wide-angle shooting.
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At a glance

  • Pack more in the frame with a wide-angle lens
  • Get closer to the action with 32x extended zoom
  • Shoot in low-light conditions, no worries
  • Get high-quality images with 50p progressive shooting
  • Post your best bits online with shareable file formats

Capture more of your memories

Wolfing down street food in Berlin. Tom and June getting hitched on the beach. Your first solo with the ukulele orchestra. They're the moments you never want to forget – but might be having too much fun to remember.

Pack a Handycam CX220E and it will do the legwork for you. Whatever you are up to, catch it all with a wide-angle lens and 32x extended zoom. And if you are having adventures in the dark, don't stress. It shoots in low-light conditions, so you won't miss a thing.

Whatever your next big memory is, you're going to want to share it. Toggle from high-quality AVCHD to MP4 to help you get it online super-fast. Life's moving pretty quickly these days. So make the good times last.

Capture crisp, detailed images even when the light is fading fast.
Capture crisp, detailed images even when the light is fading fast. Click here for a larger image
Sharing videos online with friends and family couldn't be simpler.
Sharing videos online with friends and family couldn't be simpler. Click here for a larger image

Fit more into every frame

From a bustling market to a crowded dancefloor, be sure to fit everything and everyone you want into your shots. With a wide-angle Vario-Tessar lens by Carl Zeiss, you can capture a larger image area without having to stand back and without compromising detail.

Make light work of low light

Shooting an epic sunset? Get it looking great even as the light fades. The Exmor CMOS sensor is twice as sensitive as conventional sensors, capturing every detail, even without flash. No more grainy, fuzzy, dim images, just crisp, clear pictures.

Zoom in close to your subject without compromising image quality.
Zoom in close to your subject without compromising image quality. Click here for a larger image

Easy-to-share file formats

Sometimes it's all about bagging the bragging rights. So share your best bits fast. Record and play videos in high quality AVCHD (Advanced Video Coding High Definition) or MP4 formats. If you want to upload videos to Facebook, YouTube or PlayMemories choose MP4, and it's easy to share the enjoyment of every special moment.

Shoot smoother, sharper fast action footage in 50p mode.
Shoot smoother, sharper fast action footage in 50p mode. Click here for a larger image

Bring the world closer

You're never on the fringes of the action. A 29.8mm wide-angle Vario-Tessar lens by Carl Zeiss and extended zoom up to 32x mean your shots are always right where the good stuffs going down. Extended zoom features advanced image processing so there's almost no image degradation, whether you're shooting wide or telephoto.

Capture tiny detail and fast action

Don't be shy. Get up close and personal with people when you film. You can capture high quality images in smooth, sharp detail. It's all thanks to the 50p progressive shooting mode, with a high bit rate of image capture so you won't miss that essential moment.

Box Contains

USB Connection Support cable
HDMI micro cable
Rechargeable battery
Manual

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

3.7 out of 5 stars

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

180 of 182 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 22 Jun 2013
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I'm a professional video producer (former BBC & ITV so I know what I'm talking about!) I'm about to film a lot of material in cars and needed a few lightweight cameras to stick on the windscreen using suction mounts to capture driver and passenger which would sync in edit with the audio recorded from my main camera in the back seat. I was about to buy a few GoPro cameras but the Sony CX220 looked to be less fiddly and have better battery and monitor capability so bought this. Amazing! It's very lightweight so puts no strain on the suction mount, the monitor is pin sharp and the camera has a "wobble & vibration" reduction system, electronic, not as good as an optical system, but it works for what I want it for. The CX220 is actually a cut down version of my professional Sony NX-30 camera which costs £1,600! The picture quality is comparable, and it's full progressive as well...astonishing for the price...you have exactly the same menu system and you have manual overrides for exposure, white balance etc, you don't get any sound input at all so you have to live with the poor internal microphones, but I'm only using the audio to sync with my main camera sound so it's fine for me. Amazing value, but only 4 stars as the build quality is really flimsy; cheap plastics and it's shame they skimped. For a family throwing this around on holiday. the side screen will surely soon snap, and the SD card flap underneath is very delicate, and can see this being needed to be gaffer taped up soon! The previous model was better built, but it is heavier and the lens is not quite so wide angle. Hope this is useful.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Ian K on 28 April 2013
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Having used a sony handy-cam Hi-8 with manual controls for many years, this small new camcorder is like some kind of toy but produces excellent video. I am still getting to grips with it and it needs a bit more time and patience to set up before each shoot. Only suitable for small hands I guess because of its size. Slightly difficult to set up because you have to toggle your way threw the menus to your settings, unless you simply want to point and shoot and let the camera do the work for you. Manual focus for different locations I am still looking and working at,and at present not to happy but hope to improve.
You need extras after you buy this camera like a memory card, look carefully at what you might need.Sony have been very tight at what they have put in the box.Shame on you.
Overall it provides full HD 50p and 50i as well standard definition so should meet everyone's needs although at present I have made discs at 50i becouse you need a blu- ray recorder for the 50p and a very top spec computer.
OK, yea I am learning. Buy this, the video and pics are brill but study the form if you want even more out of it.
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46 of 50 people found the following review helpful By Mr. M. A. Quinn VINE VOICE on 19 April 2013
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I have owned the CX190 for about a year now, its the predecessor for the CX220 and therefore I was expecting lots of improvements.

There are two improvement:
1) Better MP count for the stills - this is a welcomed change as the stills on the CX190 were awful, but then you wont really be using this for stills especially when filming at 1080 as it cant do both at the same time.
2) Wider angle - again a welcomed improvement for shots in a small room of the kids.

There are many things that are worse though:
1) Build quality is much worse, it feels cheaper, more plasticy, less silver trim so it looks cheaper as well.
2) Noise when zooming and auto focus seeking, its not that loud but its there and its annoying.

Things that haven't changed that should have been:
1) Sony's editing software is dog poo on Windows, I cant edit at all, the M2TS file format is very widely accepted for playback but for editing there is little out there aside from pro apps that I can use to edit. If I had a Mac I would be OK with iMovie. Come on Sony, give us a copy of Vegas lite!
2) Battery life, still pretty low, less than hour on full charge.

Overall for the price I would give this a miss, yes its small and it makes some nice looking content in decent light but I would either spend more or wait for the tech to offer something better.
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41 of 45 people found the following review helpful By Matt VINE VOICE on 28 Mar 2013
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This camera is a newer model of the Sony Handycam CX190 Full HD Camcorder - Black (5.3MP, 25x Optical Zoom) 2.7 inch LCD which I have been using for about nine months now.

The first thing I will address is the lack of an AC charger. As people have quite rightly pointed out, this is ridiculous. One came bundled with the CX190 and if you go for a much higher spec such as the CX410 you get one with that, too. What's worse is that there doesn't seem to be an obvious place to actually buy one. You can, however, buy a generic charger that the battery can be plugged into to charge it. You can charge the camera using the USB cable but this is very time consuming, especially if you shell out for a higher capacity battery such as the Sony NP-FV100 Extra High Capacity Handycam Battery. I am only knocking one star off for the lack of a charger. It is a major blunder on Sony's behalf but I'm reviewing the performance of the camera overall, not just the lack of accessories.

Unfortunately this camera also loses a star for the audio quality. There is a very slight, rapid clicking sound that is always present as long as the camera is on and this is picked up by the microphone when recording. I have e-mailed Sony about this to find out what the problem is and in their reply they said that it is caused by the auto-focus which appears to be correct. Switching the camera to manual focus eliminates the noise. The problem then is that if you try to film something too close to the lens, it will instantly blur.
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