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1920 x 1080 Full HD 60p Video/ 8.9MP Stills/ Exmor R CMOS Sensor/ 8GB Flash Memory (Up To 3 Hrs. 10 Min. Recording In HD LP Mode)/ 27x Optical / 32x Extended Zoom/ Optical SteadyShot/ Black Finish
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Sony Full HD 8GB Black Flash Camcorder - HDRCX230B

Capture exquisite 1920 x 1080 Full HD 60p videos or snap 8.9MP pictures to preserve memorable moments that will last a lifetime. Get closer to the action with 27x optical zoom plus 32x Extended digital zoom for incredible close-ups. Take advantage of the back-illuminated Exmor R CMOS sensor for amazingly clear results with reduced grain—even in difficult low-light conditions like while shooting indoors or at sunset. Your photos and footage will be super smooth thanks to Optical SteadyShot image stabilization, which compensates for camera shake to cut down on blur. Plus, the embedded 8GB1 flash memory can record and store up to 3 hours and 10 minutes of high definition video footage (HD LP mode), so you'll have plenty of memory to capture your memories.

Key Features:

  • 1920 x 1080 Full HD 60p video
  • 8.9MP stills,
  • Exmor® R CMOS sensor
  • 8GB flash memory (up to 3 hrs. 10 min. recording in HD LP mode)
  • 27x optical / 32x Extended zoom
  • Optical SteadyShot™

Features:

  • 1920x1080 Full HD 24p/60p w/8.9MP Exmor R® CMOS Sensor Create cinematic video in high definition 1920 x 1080 24p/60p and high quality 8.9MP still images. 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.
  • 32x Extended Zoom to get even closer to the action Extended Zoom works in conjunction with 27x optical zoom to get even closer to the action while maintaining HD image quality.
  • Shoot high quality AVCHD or web optimized MP4 video Select between HD video in the AVCHD or MP4 format for highest quality or easy transfer and sharing.AVCHD provides premium video that can be enjoyed on large screen HDTVs, and is ideal for capturing precious memories at special occasions, family vacations and other moments you want to treasure for a lifetime. MP4 is great for those moments that you want to quickly share on your social networks or store on the cloud.
  • 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.
  • SteadyShot™ image stabilization w/ Active Mode 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
  • 29.8mm Carl Zeiss® Vario-Tessar® lens The professional-quality 29.8mm Carl Zeiss® Vario-Tessar® lens is designed specifically for compact camcorders. Precision ground optics help maintain the sharpness and contrast of larger lenses, and SteadyShot® image stabilization helps reduce blur caused by camera shake.
  • 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 drive13 (sold separately), all without a computer. Your camcorder can also access videos stored on the external hard drive for playback on your HDTV4, allowing you to utilize the camcorder’s handy playback features.
  • Up to 3hr 10min recording with 8GB1 embedded Flash Memory The built-in 8GB1 embedded Flash memory can record and store up to 3 hours 10 minutes of high definition video footage (HD LP mode).
  • 2.7” wide Clear Photo™ LCD (230k) The 2.7” (16:9) Clear Photo™ LCD (230K) 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.
  • Highlight Playback creates movies with transitions for you Why spend hours editing your movies when you can let your camcorder do it for you? Highlight Playback identifies and compiles key scenes into a short, entertaining movie complete with music and transitions. You can even pinpoint the exact scene you want to include in the highlight reel.
  • Intelligent Auto (60 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 60 different combinations possible: Portrait, Baby, Tripod , Backlight, Landscape, Spotlight, Twilight, Macro, Low light.

Specifications:

Imaging Sensor

  • Imaging Sensor : 1/5.8'' (3.1mm) back-illuminated Exmor® R CMOS Sensor
  • Processor : BIONZ® image processor
  • Pixel Gross : Approx.2390K pixels
  • Effective Picture Resolution : Movie: Approx.2150K pixels (16:9) Still: Approx.2290K pixels (16:9)
  • Color Filter System : RGB primary color filters

Recording

  • Media Type : Internal Flash Memory; Memory Stick PRO Duo™ (Mark 2); Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo™; Memory Stick XC-HG Duo™; SD/SDHC/SDXC Memory Card (Class 4 or Higher)
  • Still Image Mode : JPEG
  • Still Image Max Effective Resolution : 8.9 megapixels
  • Still Image Size 16:9 : Movie Mode: L:8.9 megapixels 16:9 (3984x2240); Photo Mode: L:8.9 megapixels 16:9 (3984x2240)
  • Still Image Size 4:3 : Movie Mode:6.7 megapixels 4:3 (2992x2240); Photo Mode: 6.7 megapixels 4:3 (2992x2240)
  • Video Mode : HD: MPEG4-AVC/H.264 AVCHD 2.0 format.compatible; STD: MPEG2-PS; MP4: MPEG-4 AVC/H.264
  • Video Resolution : HD:1920x1080/60p (PS),60i(FX,FH), 1440x1080/60i (HQ,LP); STD:720x480/60i; MP4: 1280x720 30p Video Actual (Pixel) : Approx.2150K pixels (16:9),Approx.1610K pixels (4:3)
  • Video Signal : HDTV, NTSC color, EIA standards
  • Recording and Playback Times (in Internal Media)(2ch) : HD PS: 35m; HD FX: 45m; HD FH: 1h00m; HD HQ: 1h45m; HD LP: 3h10m; STD HQ: 1h50m (Times are approximate; max time); MP4: 2hr40min
  • Photo Capture from Movie : 2.1 megapixels 16:9 (1920x1080); 0.3 megapixels 4:3 (640x480); 0.2 megapixels 16:9 (640x360)
  • Dual Record : 8.9 megapixels 16:9 (3984x2240); 2.1 megapixels 16:9 (1920x1080)
  • Audio Format : Dolby® Digital 2ch Stereo, Dolby® Digital Stereo Creator; MPEG-4 AAC-LC 2ch
  • Microphone/Speaker : Built-in Zoom Microphone; Monoral Speaker
  • Internal Media : Flash Memory 8GB
  • Mic Level Control : Yes (2steps)
  • Movie Recording Rate(Average Bit Rate/VBR) : HD PS: 28Mbps / FX: 24Mbps / FH:17Mbps / HQ:9Mbps / LP: 5Mbps (Approx); STD HQ:9Mbps; MP4: Approx.6Mbps
  • Still Image File Format : DCF Ver.2.0 compatible, Exif Ver.2.3 compatible, MPF Baseline compatible
  • Wind Position : Yes (Off/On)

Optics/Lens

  • Lens Type : Carl Zeiss® Vario-Tessar® Lens
  • Lens Stabilization : SteadyShot™ image stabilization w/ Active mode (Wide to Tele)
  • Aperture : F1.9-F4.0
  • Optical Zoom : 27x
  • Digital Zoom : 320x
  • Focal Length (35mm equivalent) : Movie Mode: 29.8-953.6mm (16:9),36.4-1164.8mm (4:3); Photo Mode: 29.8-804.0mm (16:9),36.4-984.0mm (4:3)
  • Minimum Focus Distance : Approx.1cm (Wide) ,Approx.80cm (Tele) ,Approx.37cm (Tele Macro)
  • Extended Zoom : 32x
  • Focal Distance : f=2.1-57.0mm; f=3/32-2 1/4inch

LCD Display

  • LCD Type : 2.7'' (6.7cm) Clear Photo LCD™ display (230K) Wide (16:9)
  • Angle Adjustment : Opening Angle:max.90 deg., Turning Angle:max.270 deg.
  • Brightness Control : Yes(Menu)
  • Coverage : 100%
  • Grid Display : Grid Line

Focus Control

  • Focus System : Contrast AF
  • AF Modes : Auto/Manual(Menu)
  • Focus Area : Full range Focus

Exposure System

  • Metering Modes : Multi-segment
  • Exposure Settings : Auto; Manual(Menu)
  • Scene Mode(s) : Auto/Night Scene/Sunrise & Sunset/Fireworks/Landscape/Portrait/Spotlight/Beach/Snow
  • D-Range Optimizer : Yes
  • Noise Reduction : Yes
  • White Balance Mode : Auto/Onepush/Outdoor/Indoor
  • Minimum Illumination : Standard:6 lux (1/30 Shutter Speed); Low Lux:3 lux (1/30 Shutter Speed)
  • Auto Iris Control : F1.9 - F10
  • Backlight Compensation : Yes (Auto)
  • LOW LUX Mode : Yes

Drive System

  • Drive Mode : Photo Mode:Single-shot/Self-timer
  • Self-timer : Approx.10sec.(Still Image)
  • Shutter Speeds : Shutter Speed (Standard): 1/30 - 1/10,000; Shutter Speed (Auto Control Range)

Convenience Features

  • Manual / Auto Lens Cover : Manual
  • Fader Effect(s) : White/Black
  • Date / Time Stamp : Yes(Rec Date and Time, Camera info)
  • Erase/Protect : Yes/Yes
  • Media/Battery Indicator : Yes(recordable time, free and used media space)/Yes(recordable time, remaining capacity)
  • Power Save Mode : Yes
  • 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); Hightlight BGM(Preinstalled 4 music files, Music transfer)
  • Built-in USB Cable : Yes (USB Charge Available)
  • Multiple Language Display : English; Spanish; Brazilian Portugese; Canadian French
  • Self Recording : Yes
  • View & Index : Event

Advanced Features

  • Face Detection : Yes
  • Image Stabilization : SteadyShot™ image stabilization w/ Active mode (Wide to Tele)
  • Intelligent Auto : Portrait/Baby/Tripod/Backlight/Landscape/Spotlight/Twilight/Macro/Low light
  • Priority Setting (for Face Detection) : Auto/Child Priority/Adult Priority
  • Smile Shutter™ technology : Dual Capture/Always On/Off
  • x.v.Color™ : Yes

Interface

  • Memory Card Slot : Memory Stick PRO Duo™ and SD/SDHC/SDXC compatible
  • SD Output : Composite Video Out(AV CABLE(sold separately))
  • HD Output : HDMI Out(micro)(supplied)
  • USB Port(s) : TypeA(built-in)/USB2.0 Hi-speed (mass-storage/MTP)
  • BRAVIA® Sync™ : Yes
  • PhotoTV HD : Yes
  • DC IN : Yes
  • HDMI Terminal : Yes (HDMI micro)
  • Multi/Micro USB Terminal : Yes

Power

  • Power Requirements : 6.8V/7.2V (battery pack); 8.4V (AC Adaptor)
  • Battery Type : InfoLITHIUM® with AccuPower™ Meter System (V Series)

Software

  • 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.

What's In the Box:

  • Rechargeable Battery Pack (NP-FV50) (1)
  • Step Down Ring (1)
  • HDMI(micro) Cable (1)
  • Operating Guide (1)
  • USB Connection Support Cable (1)

Approximate Weight:

  • Unit: 1 lbs
  • Shipping: 6 lbs

Approximate Dimensions:

  • Depth: 2.13"
  • Height: 2.25"
  • Width: 4.63"

Warranty Information:

  • Manufacturer Warranty (authorized online retailer): 1 Year Limited Parts And 90 Days Labor
Storage TypeFlash Memory
LCD Screen Size (inches)2.7
ViewfinderNo
Total Pixel Count2390K pixels
Effective Pixel Count2150K pixels
Manual FocusingYes
Optical Zoom27x
Digital Zoom320x
Night ModeYes
Image StabilizationYes
White BalanceAuto/Onepush/Outdoor/Indoor
Built In Video LightYes
Mic InputYes
Max Recording Time With Battery3 hour
Digtial Still CameraYes
Effective Pixel Count for Still6.7 megapixels
Still Image FormatsDCF Ver.2.0 compatible
Computer ConnectivityUSB
Included Removeable MemoryYes
Weight With Battery (pounds)1
Width (inches)4.63
Height (inches)2.25
Depth (inches)2.13
Parts Warranty1 Year
Labor Warranty1 year
  

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5.0

best camcorder!

By chito2800

from Oakland ca

i use it to record football games. works amazing. easy to charge with your phone usb adapter or with your flat screen usb or computer or ps3. perfect in the dark. amazing HD. you also can use the usb extender to charge it to the back of your flat screen . super light! plug it to ps3 and watch you HD movies. save them to your external usb hard rive it all works. sony gives you a program too watch your movies on there too and burn your movies. YOU WILL LOVE IT

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5.0

great camera

By Sambo

from Shasta County, CA

this is the second camera i've ever owned. my first camera was the Sony Handycam DCR-SR82 camera. I've loved it since the day i had it, but the video quality was very poor compared to new day cameras. Then my friends got me the new Handycam and its amazing. great video quality, easy functionality, and decent zoom rate. if anybody says its a bad camera they are definitely lying.

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5.0

Very Good Camcorder

By Georgy

from Chicago

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Pros

  • Easy to Use
  • Good Image Stabilization
  • Great Sound
  • Great Zoom

Cons

  • Poor Still Image

Best Uses

    Good Product, Good Zoom, Excellent Audio recording

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    2.0

    USB charge only, no wall charger or ac adapter!

    By vbmom

    from ohio

    I bought the camera because I wanted HD and windows 8 compatible. I have a wall charger for my sony DCR SX63, but it doesn't work with this camera. It has a usb on the strap, and will charge on my computer, but I need a wall charger! Sports events etc. It should say that on the box. I will return it!

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    Sony Full HD 8GB Black Flash Camcorder

    Sony Full HD 8GB Black Flash Camcorder

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