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Good basic point-and-shoot camcorder with mic and headphone inputs but limited manual controls.
on 17 January 2017
This is like the PJ620 without that silly projector.
I have the PJ620 , which I was why I bought the CX625 because I wanted a second camera. ( ex the silly projector )
These camera produce good video footage and the handheld Image Stabilisation works great on these cameras.
Ok so the sensor is small and it isn't 4K , but as a 1080p point-and-shoot it's great..... 50 Mbps , 50 fps - that's pretty good .
It has a headphone jack and more importantly, an external 3.5mm mic jack , which I use as input for a lavalier mic. The audio-preamps on these little Sony recorders are pretty good , and if using a decent lavalier mic, you will get good results setting the audio level manually.
I have two of these and am happy with them if you are prepared to learn what settings to use. Basically , learn to set it up and then it's just a point-and-shoot easy-peasy camcorder theat will give you quite acceptable results at 1080p.
There is one great advantage that is important to me , maybe not to everyone , but the " flying USB lead " ( tucked into the handle) can be used to attach the camera to an external USB battery pack , and this camera will run all day !
It also give clean HDMI output , 4:2:0 , 8 bit of course, for an external recorder or monitor.
In very bright light, you will need to use manual exposure settings or use an ND filter , because auto exposure can't handle it.
For the price - it's worth every penny.