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Sony Full HD 16GB Flash Memory Black Camcorder - HDR-CX260V/B

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1920 x 1080 Full HD 60p Video Recording/ 8.9MP Still Images/ Up To 5 Hours Of Recording/ 30x Optical/ 55x Extended Zoom/ Exmor R CMOS Sensor/ Optical SteadyShot Image Stabilization/ 16GB Embedded Flash Memory/ 3.0 Inch Touch-Screen/ Black Finish
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Sony Full HD 16GB Flash Memory Black Camcorder, Model HDRCX260VB

Create stunningly beautiful 1920x1080p Full HD video with the Sony Handycam® HDR-CX260V camcorder. Take the shake out of your movies with Optical SteadyShot™ image stabilization with Active Mode. Back-illuminated Exmor® CMOS sensor provides excellent low light capabilities while the wide angle G lens lets you get more in your shot. A 30x optical / 55x extended zoom lets you get even closer to the action. Plus the wide angle G lens to capture everything you want.


  • 1920x1080 Full HD 60p Recording w/8.9MP still image capture
    The Sony® HDR-CX260V offers 1920 x 1080 high definition resolution letting you record your memories in exceptional Full High Definition quality. Capable of 60p recording and playback via HDMI™ and compatible HDTV4 providing stunning clarity and incredibly detailed and smoother playback of your memories.
  • 16GB embedded Flash Memory for up to 4 hours of recording
    The built-in 16GB embedded Flash memory can record and store up to 4 hours of high definition video footage (HD LP mode).
  • Optical SteadyShot™ image stabilization w/ Active Mode
    Optical SteadyShot™ image stabilization with Active Mode compensates for greater degrees of camera shake to deliver stunningly smooth video from wide angle to full telephoto shooting. In addition, innovative 3-Way Shake-Canceling adds electronic roll stability for even smoother video capture.
  • Golf Shot
    Building on the slow-motion capture capabilities of Smooth Slow Record, Golf Shot captures a few seconds of motion as a sequence of up to 22 still images, which can be viewed/printed individually or as a composite “sequence shot” image, perfect for analyzing the nuances of a golf swing, tennis serve, and other fast action.
  • Back-illuminated Exmor® R CMOS sensor for superb low-light video
    Experience stunning low-light sensitivity with improved image clarity and drastically reduced grain with Sony’s back-illuminated Exmor® R CMOS sensor. Designed for compact cameras and camcorders, the Exmor® R CMOS sensor relocates the photo diodes above the support circuitry, maximizing the light gathering area per pixel so you can shoot with better results in lower lighting conditions.
  • Wide Angle G lens to capture more of what you want
    Experience the pinnacle of Sony® lens technology with the professional-quality G Lens. Engineered for superior optical performance, Sony G lenses deliver brilliant, accurate color reproduction and sharp, amazingly detailed images. In addition, the 29.8mm focal length in Photo and Video Modes offers a broader perspective for enhanced wide angle shooting.
  • 3.0” touch-screen Clear Photo LCD Plus™ display (230K)
    The 3.0” Clear Photo LCD Plus™ screen displays sharp, bright, vivid images, letting you compose a shot more easily -- even outdoors, while enabling you to change settings to best represent the scene.
  • Built-in USB cable for easy file transfer/charge
    The high-speed, built-in USB 2.0 cable allows for easy connection to your computer for charging or file transfer without having to remember separate cables. It also fits conveniently into the hand strap so it’s out of the way until you need it. Charging your camcorder is faster than ever now through the USB; for every two minutes of charge time you get one minute of recording time.
  • Intelligent Auto (180 different scene combinations possible)
    Intelligent Auto mode goes a step beyond traditional auto modes by analyzing your shot and then automatically selecting the appropriate settings from ten distinct scene modes and wind noise reduction. There are 180 different combinations possible: Landscape, Backlight, Twilight, Spotlight, Low light, Macro, Portait, Baby, Walk, Tripod, Wind Noise Reduction. Thie camcorder utilizes an advanced sound processor and sophisticated noise reduction algorithms to reduce wind noise by up to 10db compared to other models. In addition to reducing low frequency noise, iAuto also suppresses mid- and upper-frequency noise, resulting in clearer, more enjoyable sound.
  • Tracking Focus follows selected subjects in/out of the frame
    Tracking Focus works as an extension of Face Detection to allow you to select an object with a touch of the LCD and have the focus follow the selected object, even if it leaves the frame and returns.
  • Expanded recording/monitoring with mic/headphone jack
    Features dedicated mic and headphone inputs for expanded audio recording options and convenient monitoring of audio with headphones (external microphones and headphones sold separately).
  • Event Browse groups photos/videos for you for easy reference
    Event Browse conveniently groups your images and videos together for easier viewing. The date range that Event Browse groups your pictures and videos is easily adjusted to suit your needs. When used with the Highlight Playback feature, making and sharing a highlight reel from your event is easy and fun.
  • Direct Copy to external HDD without PC
    Store your memories in a whole new way with the ability to copy videos from your camcorder directly to an external hard disk drive (sold separately), all without a computer. Your camcorder can also access videos stored on the external hard drive for playback on your HDTV, allowing you to utilize the camcorder’s handy playback features.
  • 55x Extended Zoom to get even closer to the action
    Extended Zoom works in conjunction with 30x optical zoom to get even closer to the action while maintaining HD image quality.
  • Geotagging with built-in GPS reciever & NAVTEQ maps
    A built-in GPS receiver makes the HDR-CX260V an ideal choice for travelers. The receiver gives you the ability to view your current location on the LCD map display, as well as "tag" your shooting locations. Tagged videos and still images can be reviewed and played back using the Map Index function on the camcorder or once downloaded to your PC using the supplied PlayMemories Home software. Additionally, the receiver automatically adjusts your camcorder's clock to the proper time zone



  • Camera Type Digital HD Video Camera Recorder

Imaging Sensor

  • Color Filter System ClearVid™ array
  • Effective Picture Resolution Approx. 2230K pixels (16:9)
  • Imaging Sensor 1/3.91" (4.6mm) Back-illuminated Exmor R® CMOS Sensor
  • Pixel Gross Approx. 5430K pixels
  • Processor BIONZ™ Image processor


  • Still Image Size 4:3
    • Movie mode: 6.7 megapixels 4:3 (2992x2240)
    • Photo mode: 6.7 megapixels 4:3 (2992x2240)
  • Video Mode
    • HD PS: Approx. 28Mbps
    • FX: Approx. 24Mbps
    • FH: Approx. 17Mbps
    • HQ: Approx. 9Mbps
    • LP: Approx. 5Mbps
    • STD HQ: 9Mbps
  • Audio Format
    • Dolby® Digital 2ch Stereo
    • Dolby® Digital Stereo Creator
  • Dual Record
    • 8.9 megapixels 16:9 (3984 x 2240)
    • 4.5 megapixels 16:9 (1536 x 864)
    • 2.1 megapixels 16:9 (1920 x 1080)
  • Internal Media Flash Memory 16GB
  • Media Type
    • Internal Flash Memory
    • Memory Stick PRO Duo ™ (Mark 2)
    • Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo™
    • SD/ SDHC/ SDXC Memory Card (Class 4 or Higher)
  • Mic Level Control Yes (2steps)
  • Microphone/Speaker
    • Built-in Zoom Microphone
    • Monoral Speaker
  • Photo Capture from Movie
    • 2.1 megapixels 16:9 (1920x1080)
    • 0.3 megapixels 4:3 (640x480)
    • 0.2 megapixels pixels 16:9 (640x360)
  • Recording and Playback Times (in Internal Media) (2ch)
    • HD PS: Approx. 1h0m (Approx. 1h0m)
    • HD FX: Approx. 1h15m (Approx. 1h15m)
    • HD FH: Approx. 1h40m (Approx. 1h40m)
    • HD HQ: Approx. 3h0m (Approx. 2h15m)
    • HD LP: Approx. 5h15m (Approx. 4h20m)
    • STD HQ: Approx. 3h10m (Approx. 2h55m)
  • Still Image File Format
    • DCF Ver. 2.0 compatible
    • Exif Ver. 2.3 compatible
    • MPF Baseline compatible
  • Still Image Max Effective Resolution 5.3 megapixels
  • Still Image Max Effective Resolution 8.9 megapixels
  • Still Image Mode JPEG
  • Still Image Size 16:9
    • Movie mode: 8.9 megapixels 16:9 (3984x2240)
    • Photo mode: 8.9 megapixels 16:9 (3984x2240)
  • Video Actual (Pixel)
    • Approx.2230K pixels(16:9)
    • Approx.1670K pixels(4:3)
  • Video Format
    • HD: MPEG4-AVC/H.264 AVCHD 2.0 format compatible (1080/60i:original format)
    • STD: MPEG2-PS
  • Video Resolution
    • HD:1920x1080/60p(PS),60i(FX,FH), 1440x1080/60i(HQ,LP)
    • STD:720x480/60i
  • Video Signal
    • NTSC color
    • EIA standards
  • Wind Position Yes(Off/On)


  • Focal Length (35mm equivalent)
    • Movie Mode: 29.8mm - 894mm (16:9), 36.5mm-1095mm (4:3)
    • Photo Mode: 29.8mm - 894mm (16:9), 36.5mm-1095mm (4:3)
  • Aperture F1.8-3.4
  • Digital Zoom 350x
  • Extended Zoom 55x
  • Focal Distance
    • f = 2.1mm - 63mm
    • f =3/32inch - 2 1/2inch
  • Lens Stabilization Optical SteadyShot™ image stabilization w/ Active mode (Wide to Tele)
  • Lens Type G Lens
  • Minimum Focus Distance
    • Approx. 1cm (Wide)
    • Approx. 80cm (Tele)
    • Approx. 44cm (Tele Macro)
  • Optical Zoom 30x
  • Steady Shot Mode 33.1mm-1820mm

LCD Display

  • Angle Adjustment
    • Opening Angle: max. 90 deg.
    • Turning Angle: max. 270 deg.
  • Brightness Control Yes (Menu)
  • Coverage 1
  • Grid Display Guide Frame
  • LCD Type 3.0" Clear Photo LCD display (230K) Wide(16:9)
  • Touch Panel Yes

Focus Control

  • AF Illuminator Yes
  • AF Modes Auto / Manual (Touch Panel)
  • Focus Area Full range Focus/Spot Focus
  • Focus Features Tracking Focus
  • Focus System Contrast AF

Exposure System

  • Auto Iris Control F1.8 - F10
  • Backlight Compensation Yes (Auto)
  • D-Range Optimizer Yes
  • Exposure Settings
    • Auto
    • Flexible Spot (Touch Panel)
  • Gain Control Auto
  • LOW LUX Mode Yes
  • Metering Modes Multi-segment/Spot
  • Minimum Illumination
    • Standard: 6 lux (1/60 Shutter Speed)
    • Low Lux: 3 lux (1/30 Shutter Speed)
  • Noise Reduction Yes
  • Scene Mode(s)
    • Auto
    • Night Scene
    • Sunrise & Sunset
    • Fireworks
    • Landscape
    • Portrait
    • Spotlight
    • Beach
    • Snow
  • White Balance Mode
    • Auto
    • Onepush
    • Outdoor
    • Indoor

Drive System

  • Shutter Speeds
    • Self-timer: Approx. 10sec. (Still Image/Golf Shot)
    • Shutter Speed (Standard): 1/60 - 1/10000
    • Shutter Speed Auto Control Range: 1/8 - 1/10000
    • Shutter Speed (Smooth Slow Rec): 1/250-1/10000
    • Scene Selection: 1/8 - 1/10000
    • LOW LUX: 1/30 - 1/10000
  • Drive Mode Photo Mode: Single-shot / Self-timer
  • Self-Timer 10 sec. (Still Image/Golf Shot)


  • Built-In USB Cable Yes (USB Charge Available)
  • Date/Time Stamp Yes (Rec Date and Time, Camera info, Coordinates)
  • Erase/Protect Yes/Yes
  • Fader Effect(s) White/Black
  • Manual/Auto Lens Cover Auto
  • Media/Battery Indicator
    • Yes (recordable time, free and used media space)
    • Yes (recordable time, remaining capacity)
  • Multiple Language Display
    • English
    • Simplified English
    • Brazilian Portugese
    • Canadian French
    • Latin American Spanish
  • One Touch Disc Burn Yes(Menu)
  • Quick On Yes (Power On by LCD)
  • Red-Eye Reduction Yes (On/Off )
  • S/S & Zoom button on LCD Yes (Touch Panel)
  • Still Image Playback Options Slide Show
  • Video Playback Options
    • Highlight Playback (HD Movie Only)
    • Highlight Playback Save and Share (Translate into STD quality)
    • Highlight Scenario (Save/Playback/Erase)
    • Highlight BGM (Preinstalled 4 music files, Music transfer)
  • View & Index Event/MAP


  • Tracking Focus Yes
  • Embedded GPS Yes (Current Position Display (Your Location))
  • Face Detection Yes
  • Golf Shot Yes
  • Image StabilizationOptical SteadyShot™ image stabilization w/ Active mode (Wide to Tele)
  • Intelligent Auto
    • Portrait
    • Baby
    • Walk
    • Tripod
    • Backlight
    • Landscape
    • Spotlight
    • Twilight
    • Macro
    • Low light
    • Auto wind noise reduction
  • Priority Setting (for Face Detection)
    • Auto
    • Child Priority
    • Adult Priority
  • Smile Shutter technology
    • Dual Capture
    • Always On/Off
  • Smooth Slow Rec Yes
  • x.v.Color Yes


  • SD Output Composite Video Out (A/V connecting cable(supplied))
  • Remote Jack Integrated into A/V Remote terminal
  • A/V Remote Terminal Video/Audio/Remote
  • BRAVIA® Sync™ Yes
  • DC IN Yes
  • HD Output HDMI Out (mini) (Supplied)
  • HDMI Terminal Yes (mini)
  • Memory Card Slot Memory Stick PRO Duo™ and SD/ SDHC/ SDXC media compatible
  • PhotoTV HD Yes
  • USB Port(s) TypeA, mini-AB/USB2.0 Hi-speed (mass-storage/MTP)


  • Power Consumption (in Operation):
    • HD: 2.6W
    • STD: 2.4W
  • Battery Type InfoLITHIUM® with AccuPower™ Meter System (NP-FV50)
  • Power Requirements
    • 6.8V/7.2 (battery pack)
    • 8.4V (AC Adaptor)
  • Power Consumption (in View Finder Operation)
    • HD: 3..0W
    • STD: 2.8W


  • Supplied Software
    • PC: PlayMemories Home Lite (built-in; for PC only); PlayMemories Home (by download); Music Transfer(by download)
    • MAC: Music Transfer(by download); PlayMemories Online Uploader(by download)
  • Operating System Compatibility:Windows XP SP3 * /Windows Vista SP2 ** /Windows7 * 64-bit editions and Starter (Edition) are not supported. The Windows Image Mastering API (IMAPI) Ver. 2.0 or later is required to use the function for creating discs. ** Starter (Edition) are not supported. Standard installation is required. Operation is not assured if the above OS has been upgraded or in a multi-boot environment.

In The Box:

  • Rechargeable Battery Pack (NP-FV50) (1)
  • A/V Connecting Cable (1)
  • Operating Guide (1)
  • AC adaptor (AC-L200)(1)
  • HDMI (mini) Cable (1)
  • Power Cord (1)
  • USB Connection Support Cable (1)

Approximate Dimensions:

  • Height: 2-1/8"
  • Width: 2-1/4"
  • Depth: 4-7/8"

Approximate Weight:

  • Unit: 8.99 oz
  • Shipping: 2 lbs

Warranty Information:

  • Manufacturer Warranty (authorized online retailer): One Year Parts and 90 Days Labor
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Storage TypeFlash Memory
LCD Screen Size (inches)3.0"
Total Pixel CountApprox. 5430K pixels
Effective Pixel CountApprox. 2230K pixels
Manual FocusingYes
Optical Zoom30x
Digital Zoom350x
Image StabilizationYes
White BalanceAuto/Onepush/Outdoor/Indoor
Mic InputYes
Max Recording Time With Battery4 hours
Digtial Still CameraYes
Effective Pixel Count for Still8.9MP
Still Image FormatsJPEG
Computer ConnectivityBuilt-in USB Cable
Included Removeable MemoryNo
Weight With Battery (pounds)8.99 oz
Width (inches)2–1/4"
Height (inches)2–1/8"
Depth (inches)4–7/8"
Parts Warranty1 Year
Labor Warranty90 Days


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Sony Full HD 16GB Flash Memory Black Camcorder

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


It's a better camera than I am a videographer


from San Francisco Bay Area

Comments about Sony Full HD 16GB Flash Memory Black Camcorder:

I'm a no-nothing about photography but nevertheless want the best quality videos even in less than ideal conditions. In automatic mode the CX260 is constantly adjusting its capture settings go achieve the best possible quality. The result is VERY impressive and good enough for YouTube.

(25 of 27 customers found this review helpful)


Still wait and see


from Corbin, KY

Comments about Sony Full HD 16GB Flash Memory Black Camcorder:

Just got a day or two ago...My first impression upon use is not the best...First the video seems good (not great) and has a touch of grain at times - I am still comparing, but I think my HX30 digital camera may have better video picture far as still pictures, inside pictures turned out very poor, outside pictures untested, but I bought it for video not pictures....The zoom button is hard to manage and can be irritating and fatiguing to use. The size of the camera overall is very small and compact, but that makes it feel somewhat a touch unstable in the hand.....but the biggest thing to me is the video quality, and I am still not won over on that point yet. Plan to try out some more and see. I really want to like this camera and keep, but so far I see nothing to make it any better then just using my HX30 digital camera's video feature. (Which by the way, is a very good line of high zoom point/shoot cameras with the exception of frequent red eye pictures). The sounds seems fine so just, at this time, will have to wait and see.

(11 of 11 customers found this review helpful)


Not Bad for the Features


from San Diego, CA


  • That 55x Zoom sure comes in handy!


  • Purple fringing at maximum zoom

Best Uses

    Comments about Sony Full HD 16GB Flash Memory Black Camcorder:

    My tried and true Sony DCR-SR200 finally died, so I needed a new camcorder for a friend's wedding. I got the HDR-CX260V/B and it's pretty darn good. Here's what I like about it: 01) Love that 55x extended zoom! Came in verrrry handy when filming the bride and groom at long distances away. 02) Included battery has decent duration 03) Switches on fairly fast (Faster than the SR200) and ready for action 04) Video at 60p and 60i is quite good 05) Lightweight and small (could be a problem for people with larger hands or longer finger spans) 06) Fairly intuitive menus 07) Nice wide-angle lens came in handy 08) I'm super glad that Sony did not require software to transfer files to the PC. I just set the camcorder to USB Mass Storage and then dragged and dropped files like I would a flash drive. 09) LCD screen can be flipped forward as a mirror image so I could record myself for lectures 10) Smooth Slow Recording came in handy when filming a pelican diving into the water 11) Decent videos in low light. Yes, it is grainy, but better than nothing and is better than what my wife was getting with her NEX-7 camera at ISO 3200. 12) Smile detection is pretty darn good. 13) Wide to telephoto is smooth and quiet Here's what I didn't like about it: 01) If the internal memory is running out during recording, you get a warning message. UNFORTUNATELY, it won't automatically switch over to the internal memory. You have to get into the menu and manually switch over. In my case, I was at the cusp. I had just enough internal memory left to film a particular part of the wedding festivities, but had it gone on another minute, I would have lost the moment! Going into the menu and searching for the section on changing from internal to external memory takes precious time to do! 02) When it's time for playback, you will have to remember if your footage was located in the internal memory or external memory. Once again, you have to go into the menu to manually switch over. 03) When it's time to connect the camcorder to transfer to PC, you have to go into the menu and manually select which memory to transfer from. Note this only applies in USB Mass Storage mode. This is the mode I use. I do not know what would happen if you installed Sony's software. 04) At extreme magnifications, there is purple fringing in high contrast areas. In the case of my friend's wedding, the transition between the minister's shirt and jacket (white and black, respectively) had that purple edging. (Please see attached) 05) If you want to delete files, you have to PLAY the file then quickly hit the Trash icon. I just wish that there was a separate Trash icon somewhere on the screen besides in Play mode. 06) A bit pricey, but I bought it because there was a sale at the Sony Store and it was $100 off, so it was worth it for the features that I needed. 07) No Night Shot Plus like my SR200!!! This is now only available in the very high end Sony camcorders! Cheers.

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)


    No shutter speed


    from san diego

    Comments about Sony Full HD 16GB Flash Memory Black Camcorder:

    I purchased this camcorder to make videos of golf swings. This camcorder is ill suited for that purpose. You can not select the shutter speed for the shooting mode so the club is very blurry on the downswing. This is frustrating since in the Sony's list of specifications it states that you can use anywhere from 1/60 to 1/10,000 in six different shooting modes. Steer clear of this camcorder if you have a similar purpose.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


    Hot Camera


    from New York

    Comments about Sony Full HD 16GB Flash Memory Black Camcorder:

    Easy to use, image quality is outstanding in both video and still mode. Frame capture from a video offers exceptional image quality. The anti shake software built into the camcorder virtually gets rid of the need for a tripod. The sound quality is also very good even in noisy areas. The software that came with the camcorder is very user friendly. My only concern is high definition, the large files can be difficult to upload to an application and share. The camera is also a little pricey but I am excited with the picture quality.




    from NH

    Comments about Sony Full HD 16GB Flash Memory Black Camcorder:

    Haven't had this camera for too long but from what I've seen it is good for most purposes. The smooth slow record is really handy for action sports, and for once the HDMI cable were included! The biggest downside is the lack of filter threads for attaching lenses, which is available on the model up. There's also some slight graininess in low light situations, but that is to be expected from a consumer grade product.

    (4 of 9 customers found this review helpful)


    Purchase which available


    from ny

    Comments about Sony Full HD 16GB Flash Memory Black Camcorder:

    Technically good but not photographer's choice. No view finder for outdoor shooting, no thread for lens filter or hood, unreliable lens shutter for long term use,no hot shoe for flash, no separate battery charger. Its a feather-weight camera difficult to hold in hand for shake-less video. Overall performance good compared to the price.

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    Sony Full HD 16GB Flash Memory Black Camcorder

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