Sony CX280 Full HD Handycam - Black (50x Extended Zoom)
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- Full HD, wide-angle Carl Zeiss lens, Exmor R CMOS sensor, 50x extended zoom and Optical SteadyShot
- Wide-angle ZEISS lens with 27x Optical Zoom
- SteadyShot Image Stabilisation reduces blur
- Convenient built-in USB cable
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At a Glance
- Keep pictures smooth and blur–free with Optical SteadyShot
- Capture more of the shot with a wide–angle Carl Zeiss lens
- Pick out details in the distance with 50x extended zoom
- Shoot in low light with an Exmor RSE CMOS sensor
- Get smooth, sharp Full HD movies with 50p progressive shooting
Capture More, Worry Less
When you’re jetting round the globe on new adventures, you don’t want to get bogged down with a camcorder that’s tricky to use. And it’s a drag at home too – when your cat’s stuck deep in the kitchen bin, it won’t stay there forever.
With the Handycam CX280E, you can point and shoot super–smooth Full HD – fast. Its Optical SteadyShot image stabilisation means you’ll get the goods every time. Throw in a wide–angle Carl Zeiss lens and there’s not a scrap of the action that’ll get away from you.
And if all that wasn’t enough, the Exmor R CMOS sensor lets you get great shots even in low light. Just the thing for catching breathtaking sunrises over the ruins of Angkor Wat. Or getting the perfect shot of poor Tiddles’ failed bin–dive to post on your partner’s Facebook page.
Take it in Your Stride
Shooting from the hip as you hit the streets? Optical SteadyShot Active Mode keeps your pictures smooth and steady at all times. Because the lens itself shifts, it irons out bumps and jolts more effectively than digital stabilisation methods. It even works when zooming in or in low light.
See the Whole Picture
From a packed town square to your local street party, take in the scene and make it part of your shots. A wide–angle Vario–Tessar lens by Carl Zeiss lets you capture a larger image area without having to stand back – and without compromising detail.
Get a Little Closer
Picking out the perfect detail doesn’t mean missing out on the big picture. With extended zoom up to 50x, you won’t miss a thing. Extended zoom features advanced image processing so there’s almost no image degradation, whether you’re shooting wide or telephoto.
Lights Out, Game On
Don’t be afraid of the dark. Get the shot that makes your night. The Exmor R 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.
Shooting super close–up or fast–action scenes? 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’ll catch each raised eyebrow and every spreading smile.
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The little Sony is very light and ideal for travel. It really is palm-sized and simplicity itself to use. There are very few hard controls, most of the set up and management is software driven via the menu on the flip-out LCD screen. Opening the screen turns on the camera, which immediately gives you a Live View and then there is as just a zoom toggle switch, a still frame capture button and a record stop / start button in terms of finger controls. In that sense the camera can be used straight from the box (aside from inserting a SD memory card - not supplied, of course) though when you start for the very first time, you need to go through the typical language and region and date / time set up screens. There is also a `pull out' USB 2 connector lead next to the grip which can be plugged into your computer to transfer across files and also as a back-up charger (the battery is charged on-camera - see below). Other than that, there is just a connector slot for the battery charger and one for a mini USB multi-connector, both covered by a single, shared fiddly plastic cover. Underneath the screen there is a separate socket for a mini HDMI connector.Read more ›
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.
Checking the specs, the CX280E is inferior in several ways, notably 2.7" non-touch LCD vs. 3" touch, which I'll return to below. It also lacks tracking focus, golf shot and a mic input socket, but few casual users will miss those. The only thing that did irritate me was the manually-operated lens cover. On the other hand, it retains all the most valuable features, such as face detection, and has the benefits of lower weight and price.
I shot a lot of comparison footage and found it hard to detect any significant difference between the two models on picture quality, stabilisation or sound quality. When it came to usability, the smaller LCD of the CX280E made it slightly harder to see and review what was being shot. Against that, to my surprise, I preferred the CX280E's joystick to the CX250E's touch-screen controls (prod-screen would be more accurate). The joystick is very intuitive in use and much more positive and responsive. It was very easy to set the machine up and start using it without reference to the manual.
The CX280E's low weight, ease of use and high-quality footage make it a great buy as a snapshot camcorder. It's a perfect machine to keep on the side, for grabbing shots of children or pets when they decide to `perform', but it's also very portable and will do a good job when you want to capture planned events. If it hits your price point, don't hesitate to buy.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Excellent little camcorder. Though if your doing some filming in a quiet environment you can her the mechanical noises of the zoom etc on playback.Published 3 months ago by Miss Lucy
Great camera and great battery life. We use it mainly indoors and the quality of the Hd is great!Published 5 months ago by Cristiano Cardarelli
Great little camera, very happy with it, great value for money. Good in low light and crisp clear images, good sound too and able to film friends gigs with great results. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Starbird
love this small compact handycam for : its size ; ease of use ; excellant recording results and it can fit neatly into a side pocket.Published 13 months ago by swafer
I'm no expert when it comes to camera knowledge, but I've used this bad boy multiple times to make short films. It's a great camera!