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5.0 out of 5 stars I love it,but..., 26 Sep 2013
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This review is from: Sony CX280 Full HD Handycam - Black (27x Zoom) (Electronics)
While the camera does have many options you can tinker with when browsing the menus, it is still fairly idiot proof and very easy to use out of the box. Just charge the battery, pop in a memory card and start recording. I don't consider the lack of internal memory or a bundled SD card to be a problem as other people have mentioned. Most still cameras don't have this and pre-digital cameras had no equivalent either. The only thing worth noting is that when you buy an SD card, make sure it is class 6 or higher or it may struggle to cope with the speed of recording HD video.

One nifty function of the camera is the ability to take still photos either during video recording or as a separate function. I don't think the quality of the photos is truly 8.9MP as I had an 8MP DSLR camera eight years ago and if you went by numbers alone, the CX220 should be better but when viewing pictures full size on a computer they appear slightly grainy. When shrunk down so they fit the screen the quality is fine and the quality doesn't bother me anyway as this is more of a bonus rather than a primary function of the camera.
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Initial post: 17 Feb 2014 15:04:17 GMT
Although the still photo is stated to be 8. 9MP, the effective megapixels stated in the Sony Specification is only 2.29 MP with a picture size ratio of 16:9, and 1.710 MP with a picture size ratio of 4:3 - which is not ideal, but appears to be the 'norm' with the cheaper camcorders! However, this should be usable for print sizes up to (say) 7" by 5".
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