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5.0 out of 5 stars Does The Job, 16 May 2013
This review is from: Sony CX280 Full HD Handycam - Black (50x Extended Zoom) (Electronics)
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Sony seem to have launched a rather large range of Handycam's with some only having very small differences e.g. Steadyshot and different zoom ranges and auto lens cover.

Reading the manual some may not even include a charger (all models charge via the USB connection or via a dedicated charger).

This version includes a charger has optical steadyshot, zoom up to 50x (using digital zoom for higher range which degrades the picture) and a manual lever to open/close the lens cover and stereo sound (non touch screen LCD).

Camera is lightweight, easy to hold in right hand, the non touch screen viewfinder screen is clear and the menus are fairly easy to navigate with a four way joystick control with push to select.

Like all the other models it uses Sony's playmemories software and the camera has a small amount of internal memory which when linked to your computer mounts as a drive letter. This has links on it to install the software from their website (I use windows but there also appears to be mac support).

I fitted my camera with a 32Gb SDHC Class 10 memory card which just slots in underneath the camera.

No problems in operation but I have found the still photo button on top of the camera is sticky and tends to take two photos when you operate it.

Zoom is smooth and the camera does a good job of recording the audio with no noticeable camera noise.

It does not come with a carrying case but the Sony Ultra Compact Case for Handycam - Black does the job.

Bad points (all minor)
Manual lens cover (still at least it wont go wrong)
Still photo button sticky (hopefully just on my one)
Comes with a male to female USB cable typically needed to connect to it your PC as the inbuilt USB lead in the camera is quite short.
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Initial post: 21 Jan 2014 13:46:35 GMT
mando says:
if i want to use it to record a part of a concert is he quality and sound good?

Posted on 3 Feb 2014 12:18:10 GMT
As someone who has an older Sony camcorder with a dodgy automatic lens cover, I very much wish it was manual instead. Even when the lens cover does drop open, camera will not let me record - even though I can see the image clearly, camera thinks the lens cover is closed!

So, for this reviewed camera, I very much hope the manual lens cover does not come paired with a lens cover sensor that stops you recording if the cover is closed - the sensors can and do fail on other models!
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