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Sony Handycam CX250 Full HD Camcorder - White (8.9MP, 30 x Optical Zoom) 3 inch LCD

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  • 30x optical zoom/29.8mm wide angle, 8.9MP photo, 7.5cm/3" LCD, iAUTO
  • High quality low-light shooting with Exmor R
  • Powerful zoom gets you closer to the action
  • Wide angle lens gets more into the picture

Product details

Colour Name: White
  • Item Weight: 200 g
  • Boxed-product Weight: 898 g
  • Item model number: HDRCX250EW.CEH
  • ASIN: B006W74H8G
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 9 Jan. 2012
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 186,922 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)

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Colour Name:White

Product Description

Sony HDR-CX250 Camcorder White FHD MS/SD/SDHC

Manufacturer's Description

Shoot Full HD 1920x1080p video with a high sensitivity Exmor R CMOS sensor – increased detail and clarity even in low light.
Shoot Full HD 1920x1080p video with a high sensitivity Exmor R CMOS sensor – increased detail and clarity even in low light.
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Get going in HD

Memories come and go so doesn’t it just make perfect sense to capture them in the best quality possible? Like high definition. Especially if you’ve already got an HD television sitting there in your lounge. More detail, brighter colours, sharper contrast - you know the score. You don’t want 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 larking about at the beach, 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 that view of Mont Blanc on your next trip to the Alps or the fine spray from the pool as your kids divebomb an inflatable croc.

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.

TCapture high quality 8.9 megapixel photos.
Capture high quality 8.9 megapixel photos. Click here for a larger image

Takes impressive photos

There just isn’t room in the rucksack for a camcorder and camera. No worries. This Handycam lets you take really good-looking photos with sharp detail and natural colour at the touch of a button. No more fuzzy faces, diluted detail or blurred backgrounds. No more hammering away at the delete key because picture quality doesn’t measure up. You can zoom in up to an astonishing 30 times and capture perfectly defined close-ups and distant shots without losing clarity. Think how good that would be if you spotted an eagle hovering over a ridge on your next hiking trip.

No more blurry shots

Everyone knows that camera shake ruins a good photo. But how do you keep your hand still while shooting on the go or closing in on a distant subject? You don’t. Instead, rely on Optical SteadyShot, a clever feature that detects even the slightest movement and shifts elements in the lens to compensate. The result? Super steady shots everytime, especially in low light such as sunsets and twilights. And because Optical SteadyShot is always active, composing your shot on the LCD screen while moving into the best possible position is a doddle.

Get closer to the action with a 30x optical zoom Sony G wide angle lens and check out your shots on the 29.8mm  Wide Clear Photo LCD touch screen.
Get closer to the action with a 30x optical zoom Sony G wide angle lens and check out your shots on the 29.8mm Wide Clear Photo LCD touch screen. Click here for a larger image

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.

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!

Use the built-in USB cable to easily transfer video and photos to your PC.
Use the built-in USB cable to easily transfer video and photos to your PC.
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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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I took this camcorder on a 2-week trip to Japan where I hoped to film some street scenes and the parades at Tokyo Disneyland. In the end, I used my Canon S95 to shoot the most videos, with far better results.

It's not a bad camcorder, but could be so much better.

Firstly the good:

Very simple to use. 6 physical buttons for stop/start, zoom, photo, mode (switch from video to photo and back), playback and power. The power is slightly redundant as it powers up when you flip the screen out and shuts down then you close it again. I found the position of the stop/start and zoom ok, but big hands will have to bend fingers too much to work comfortably.

Excellent zoom. If on a safari, you should get cracking close-ups. more reach than my S95

Lightweight. Easy to hold for extended periods without too much fatigue. Standard tripod screw is fitted.

Built-in USB. This is a brilliant idea as you can use it to sync and charge from a computer or a USB charger. There is an extension lead supplied but I found the connectors too lose. My Amazon Basics lead was of a much higher quality.

Image quality as fine in daylight, but at night I found it hunted to lock onto the parade floats and the signs in Shinjuku. There are some bad points too with the quality.

The bad:

Feels flimsy. While lightweight, the plastic does feel cheap and creaks when pressed lightly. I suspect a heavy knock will break it.

Image quality can let it down. Colours can look washed out ans when zoomed in, the focus can be slow, especially when there is poor contrast.

The ugly:

For me, there are what mean it gets only 3 stars.

Video files. The box proudly announces "works with iMovie.
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I bought this camcorder as my wife is pregnant with our first child, and I wanted to have something to record all the amazing moments in life that are sure to come in the months and years ahead.

This camcorder, costing around £400, sits firmly in Sony's mid-range when it comes to comsumer camcorders, and it does have a lot of features which are excellent - the Sony Exmor R CMOS sensor (great in low light) the three inch touch screen LCD and built in USB cable only a few of the features on offer. It also boasts a 8.9 megapixel still camera, and it is easy to switch between movie and photo mode as there is a "mode" button on the top of the camcorder (you can also just press the "photo" button while in movie mode and you can take still photos.

I have had a few weeks to play around with this now, and the video quality, especially in sunlight, is very good. The default HQ setting (there are three higher settings than this) will record excellently in sunlight, and decently in low light. You can manually switch on a "low lux" setting then, which will help you take better movies and photos, although this does require some illumination - recording in pitch black is not possible with this camera, as there is no nightshot function. The photos, as you might expect on a camcorder lens, can be quite grainy (especially in low light), so if you like taking still photos and only use video occasionally you might be better off getting a camera instead, although it is fine for my needs.

The 'iAuto' function Sony has is fine, and seems to work fairly well. It has recognised when I am taking landscape/portrait movies and whether I am using a tripod, or just carrying it around (it is very light and so extremely portable).
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We're soon to be taking a four week hiking trip in the USA and wanted to replace our suddenly broken Sony Handycam (HDR-HC7). I can't begin to praise this little camcorder enough and really recommend it highly for its price and abilities. Obviously you will need to purchase an SD card but that's standard with most photographic equipment these days. I would recommend a 32 GB card with at least a rating of 4 but go higher if you can afford to. The higher the rating, the faster data can be written to the card and this improves the HD recording speed. We bought one from Amazon for around £25 and a 32GB card will give you around 3 hours of recording on the highest HD setting available on the camera.

The camera is tiny and very light (around 400g) and has an impressive optical zoom that will easily show the tiny crators on the moon! There are smart wind noise reduction options when filming outside on a windy day and it has a decent 8.9MP still camera function. Not the highest rating, but good enough for the typical holiday shot if you're away from your 'proper' camera.

The picture quality is excellent - full HD and so easy to get off the camera and onto the PC for editing. No more having to wait for digital tapes to dump the image slowly onto the PC and it's in a format that can be edited easily by most editing packages. We use the Sony Vegas editing software which works well with HD editing and burn Blu-ray discs reliably as well...

With no moving parts, the silent moments on film really are more silent - I say this because I've been used to hearing the whirling noise of a tape on previous models. I'm also hoping that this will also make the camcorder more robust as their is less to go wrong (but this remains to be seen).
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