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Sony Handycam CX190 Full HD Camcorder - Black (5.3MP, 25x Optical Zoom) 2.7 inch LCD (discontinued by manufacturer)

by Sony
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (134 customer reviews)

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  • Record Full HD on memory card, 25x optical zoom, 5.3MP photo, 6.7cm/2.7" LCD, iAUTO
  • High quality low-light shooting with Exmor R
  • Powerful zoom gets you closer to the action
  • Quick charge with built-in USB cable
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Product details

  • Product Dimensions: 10.7 x 5.6 x 5.1 cm ; 168 g
  • Boxed-product Weight: 1.4 Kg
  • Item model number: HDRCX190EB.CEH
  • ASIN: B006W74H1S
  • Date first available at 9 Jan 2012
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (134 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 13,577 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)

Product Description

Product Description

Shoot Full HD 1920x1080 video with a high sensitivity Exmor R CMOS sensor – increased detail and clarity even in low light.
Shoot Full HD 1920x1080 video with a high sensitivity Exmor R CMOS sensor – increased detail and clarity even in low light.
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Start filming in HD

You’ve got a high definition television at home and you know it makes perfect sense to film your own movies in HD. More detail, brighter colours, sharper contrast – who wouldn’t want that? You don’t need anything complicated or too heavy to carry in the hand. It has to be light, a doddle to use and capable of capturing all those precious memories with a flick of your finger. Everything automatic so when you see your friends doing the bunny hop at a party, you can catch them instantly. In brilliant high definition, of course.

Just like being there

So what’s the big deal about high definition? Well, quality basically. This camcorder captures four times the detail of a standard definition camcorder. That means everything you shoot looks sharper and clearer with vivid, lifelike colours and rich tones. Just try capturing the view across the rooftops on your next city break or the colourful hats at a wedding.

Easily handles low light

How many times have you filmed a child blowing out the candles on a birthday cake, only to get back home and be royally disappointed with the dark, grainy results? Low light kills detail on many camcorders. Not on this one, though, as it includes an Exmor R CMOS sensor, one of the most sophisticated low light sensors available. So when you’re capturing the end of a party or the last rays of the sun from your hotel balcony, you can be sure darkness won't hide the detail.

25x Carl Zeiss optical zoom lens gets you closer to the action.
25x Carl Zeiss optical zoom lens gets you closer to the action.
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Even takes nice photos

You don’t want to haul around a camcorder and a camera, if you can possibly help it. This Handycam lets you take really good-looking shots with sharp detail and natural colour at the touch of a button. You can zoom in up to 25 times and capture close-ups and distant shots without losing clarity. Think how good that would be on safari or your next family outing to the zoo.

Keeps things steady

Don’t worry about camera shake. Electronic SteadyShot keeps everything steady so you can shoot clearly while walking around town or when closing in on a distant subject. And because Electronic SteadyShot is always active, composing your shot on the LCD screen while moving into the best possible position is a doddle.

Electronic SteadyShot for taking stable handheld pictures while walking.
Electronic SteadyShot for taking stable handheld pictures while walking.
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Great shots made easy

Selecting the perfect settings for a particular scene can be daunting. No need to worry with this camcorder as Intelligent Auto (iAUTO) does all that for you. How? By automatically recognising up to 60 scenes and adjusting settings for the best possible picture. So if you’re shooting mountains, colours and focus will be optimised for landscapes. Best of all, iAuto is quick and easy to activate - just flip open the screen, touch the start icon and shoot.

No point in squinting

We’ve all done it or laughed at someone else doing it. Squinting through a tiny screen to frame a shot or review footage. This camcorder refuses to put you in that ridiculous situation by including a large touch screen with a wide viewing angle. Compose your scenes with ease - menus and settings are just a tap away. With outstanding detail, high contrast and less reflection, gathering round the bar with your friends to share your great shots of the beach or piste is so much more fun.

Capture high quality 5.3 megapixel photos.
Capture high quality 5.3 megapixel photos.
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Let’s face it, we like smiles

They’re natural, spontaneous, here one moment, gone the next. You just don’t have time to set up for a quick smile shot so this camcorder does it all for you. Smile Shutter automatically takes pictures when people smile – great for brides and grooms, birthday celebrations and baby chuckles. Face Detection automatically adjusts exposure, focus and skin tone so everyone looks more natural. After all, the better you look, the more you like your photos!

Connect and share

What’s the point keeping all those great memories in your camcorder? Use the built-in USB cable and PlayMemories software to easily transfer video and photos to your PC, upload to the web or share on social networking sites. Ingeniously hidden in the handstrap, the cable is great for travelling as it takes up no space at all and allows you to leave your normal USB cable and AC Adaptor at home.

Your own short movies at the touch of a button

If only there was a quick and easy way to turn your latest holiday video into a professional looking movie, without having to spend ages slaving over a PC. You know, with transition effects and background music and a nice opening sequence. Highlight Playback does it all for you in a jiffy. Access directly with one touch from the Event Browse playback interface and easily create your movie using selected pictures and videos. Save as a new movie and burn to DVD or upload to social networking sites via PlayMemories Home so all your friends and family can enjoy your latest adventure.

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Product Description

Sony HDR-CX190 Camcorder Black FHD MS/SD
NameHD Movie Optical/Extended zoomStill image pixel size (recording/effective)Image StabilisationSensor Type Lens Built-in USB LCD Screen Other Standard Definition 720x576 57x/67x 0.8M Steady-shot (SS) 800k CCD Sony lens No2.7" Full HD 1920x108025x/30x 5.3/1.3M Steady-shot (SS) Exmor R CMOSCarl Zeiss lens Yes 2.7" Light and compact Full HD 1920x108025x/30x 5.3/1.3M Steady-shot (SS) Exmor R CMOSCarl Zeiss lens Yes 2.7" touch panel Light, compact and 8GB internal memory Full HD 1920x108025x/30x 5.3/1.3M Steady-shot (SS) Exmor R CMOSCarl Zeiss lens Yes 2.7" touch panel Built-in projector

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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews
143 of 145 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Sony Camcorder 1 April 2012
Purchased this HD camcorder as I was not happy with the blurry image from my old jvc mini dv cam.
I looked at loads of reviews and this came up as a decent HD camera for the price, it turned out an
excellent choice, stunning picture when connected to my 37" HD tv, IM using the FX setting, which
is the best quality AVCHD recording mode, this gives about 90 mins of recording time on a 16gb sd card.
I downloaded the Play Memories software to get the files on computer through the built in usb hub, and
successfully copied AVCHD files to a standard DVD disc. You can do minor editing on the camera or on play
memories but Im going to purchase serif software for serious editing, its on offer at the moment for 20.
Note! The recorded AVCHD disc will not play on a normal DVD player, you have to have a blu ray player
or playstation 3, I played my recording on my blu ray player with excellent results, even night shots
with very little light were very good.
I highly recommend his camcorder.
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317 of 324 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant camera but it's not full HD 14 Jun 2012
I've had this camera for a month now and i'm very pleased with it. The build quality is excellent as you'd expect from Sony and the camera itself is very small, about the same size as a modern computer mouse. Everything is in exactly the right place and it sits very nicely in your grip when in use, the zoom lever is perfectly placed and there's an extra groove to fit a finger into.
It couldn't be simpler to record with, just one push of the REC button to start and another to stop. Using the video afterwards is not quite so simple but i'll come onto that later. It has a photo mode so with one push of the MODE button it turns into a digital camera. The photos taken with this are average at best so i wouldn't want to use it as my only holiday camera but the quality of the photos are just the same as a low-end 2 megapixel phone. It's a nice feature to have if you only want to carry one camera for everything and aren't too bothered about having amazing quality. I found a much better way to get photos is simply to record some HD video for 1 second then grab an image of that when you play it back on a PC. There's no flash though so it'd be no good as a still camera in the dark.

The video quality is of a very high standard, far above what you find on other cheaper brands that have impressive specs but fall short when you compare them to a qaulity camcorder such as this. It looks as good as any TV broadcast i've seen with super sharp colours. The Exmor R sensor means it records brilliantly even in low light conditions such as when shooting indoors. It really does make a difference and that's just one thing you pay extra for over the cheap cameras that look bad indoors.
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92 of 95 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic value for money 17 May 2012
Verified Purchase
I previously owned an old Dv tape VCR & needed to upgrade.

I tested several HD camcorders & found this one to have a silky smooth focus, which did not hunt to focus on the subject at its full focal length, which was apparent with sevearl others in the same price range.
It is extremely lightweight & although not the robust around it should stand the test of time short of throwing it around.

The quality of the recording is awesome & looked amazing when viewed on a 50" TV. As an added bonus the 5.3 MP stills are suprisingly good.

I would heartily recommend this to anyone looking to upgrade to full HD as it is so small, lightweight & produces images of the highest quality
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars kjm11 26 July 2012
By kjm11
Could not believe size and light weight. Have memory of first one used - needed to be a weightlifter with strong shoulder! Quality of picture excellent and 'smile' stills taken automatically great.
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95 of 102 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Sony HDR CX190 15 Aug 2012
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I am a wildlife guide & photographer & have used many DSLR's in the last 10 years, but I was new to the world of camcorders. I just wanted something easy to point & shoot, to grab interesting/rare moments/species when out guiding others as I rarely have time to capture these moments properly with an SLR.


1) Easy to use & understand, fairly intuitive for anyone use to using handheld/camera devices.
2) Focusses down close, so I can film small insects, like butterflies & dragonflies.
3) Very lightweight & incredibly small easily fits in jacket pocket or clips to your belt.
4) Auto settings judge light conditions & does well with exposure most of the time, in everything but an extreme situation.

So why did I only score it 3/5? See a big negative below!


1) I run a Mac & the inbuilt software does not work with a Mac. The videos you have captured can be viewed & ran on a mac, but the here's the real downside, the files (which are MTS format) need converting before you can edit them. This means for uploading to the web you have to spend lots of time messing around converting files before you can chop them down & upload them. It's hard to believe that the product is sold without compatible Mac software for editing.

2) The quality is fine for me, but is not that much better than an i-phone, but it does have the benefit of the big zoom & so it is way easier to get footage of wildlife.

if you do buy this camcorder & you want software to convert files, I find this site which offers software at around 25.00 it works very well. [...]

I have attached a video of a butterfly, that had been converted & edited for you to view. I can see that I will probably be trying a monopod in conjunction with the cam in the future!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Handycam!
I bought this Handycam for my husband for his birthday, he was thrilled to bits with it. He has been taking photos & recording everything. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Tina
5.0 out of 5 stars nice
A very good products for gift. Gave a friend as a gift and he loves it. Can be used for any recording
Published 2 months ago by rita bolajoko layi-araba
4.0 out of 5 stars gift
I bought this as a gift, and the person had already bought one.......the company were brilliant they gave me a full refund and did not argue in any way shape or form...... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Plateglass
5.0 out of 5 stars Sony Handycam CX190 Full HD Camcorder -black.
Received my order for Sony Handycam CX190 Full HD Camcorder, in plenty of time for Christmas. Very pleased with it , I ordered another for a family member. Thank You.
Published 4 months ago by peter
5.0 out of 5 stars Great hand held great quality
Good quick service product delivered quicker that expected. The item was of good quality and better than expected good service. Read more
Published 5 months ago by dAWN gOULD
4.0 out of 5 stars easy to use, movies difficult to play on computer
very easy controls, and very small - palm size. Also good camera.
have knocked one star off because once movies copied on =to laptop, have no idea how to play
Published 5 months ago by noshy poos
5.0 out of 5 stars Holiday
I bought this to take on holiday in Florida and it was so easy to use and doens't take up much room either, the quality of the recordings is amazing from such a compact recorder... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Mrs. Sandra Strachan
5.0 out of 5 stars Really nice quality, really light, very convenient size
I really rate this camera. I did a LOT of research before buying it - at the time of my search, it was one of the best video cameras available, and by far the cheapest for the... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Tim
3.0 out of 5 stars Not really HD
.... and don't move it around too much - the images will blur. But light and compact, I am glad I bought it.
Published 6 months ago by Graham
4.0 out of 5 stars great image quality and very light!
The image quality and zoom are very impressive! Have owned the camera for a year now and still agreat bit of tech! The battery life however is not the best.. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Shane Dunne
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