Sony Handycam CX190 Full HD Camcorder - Black (5.3MP, 25x Optical Zoom) 2.7 inch LCD
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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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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
|Name||HD Movie||Optical/Extended zoom||Still image pixel size (recording/effective)||Image Stabilisation||Sensor Type||Lens||Built-in USB||LCD Screen||Other|
|SX21E||Standard Definition 720x576||57x/67x||0.8M||Steady-shot (SS)||800k CCD||Sony lens||No||2.7"|
|CX190E||Full HD 1920x1080||25x/30x||5.3/1.3M||Steady-shot (SS)||Exmor R CMOS||Carl Zeiss lens||Yes||2.7"||Light and compact|
|CX210E||Full HD 1920x1080||25x/30x||5.3/1.3M||Steady-shot (SS)||Exmor R CMOS||Carl Zeiss lens||Yes||2.7" touch panel||Light, compact and 8GB internal memory|
|PJ200E||Full HD 1920x1080||25x/30x||5.3/1.3M||Steady-shot (SS)||Exmor R CMOS||Carl Zeiss lens||Yes||2.7" touch panel||Built-in projector|
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.Read more ›
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
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!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Very useful, great picture quality and especially good for recording live gigs - no sound distortion!Published 6 months ago by Mr. D. J. Rangel
The only problem with this item is that it does not by default record using the highest definition settings. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Sam
I love everything about this Handycam - the fact it's point and shoot is fantastic! And the still photo's you can take whilst recording are so clear and crisp! Read morePublished 12 months ago by Liggsee
Bought this to replace my old camera the HD quality is excellent So easy to use and it's compact size is ideal. It can go in to a pocket or a bag. Read morePublished 12 months ago by PhilB