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Sony High Definition Red Camcorder - HDR-CX220/R

Abt Model: HDRCX220R | UPC Code: 58171314
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1920x1080 Full HD 60p W/ 8.9MP Exmor R CMOS Sensor/ SteadyShot Image Stabilization Reduces Blur/ 27x Optical / 32x Extended Zoom To Get Even Closer To The Action/ 29.8mm Wide Angle Carl Zeiss Vario Tessar Lens/ 2.7" Wide Clear Photo LCD Display (230K)/ Shoot High Quality AVCHD Or Web Optimized MP4 Video/ Red Finish
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Sony High Definition Red Camcorder - HDRCX220R

Record those special occasions with the Full HD 60p quality they deserve and get clearer, shake-free video thanks to SteadyShot™ image stabilization. Shoot up close and still fit the whole family in with 32x Extended Zoom and a wide-angle Carl Zeiss lens. Even record in AVCD or MP4 formats – ideal for big screen TVs or YouTube™ uploads.


  • 1920x1080 Full HD 60p w/8.9MP Exmor R® CMOS Sensor
  • SteadyShot™ image stabilization reduces blur
  • 27x Optical / 32x Extended Zoom to get even closer to the action
  • 29.8mm wide angle Carl Zeiss Vario Tessar Lens
  • 2.7” wide Clear Photo™ LCD display (230K)
  • Shoot high quality AVCHD or web optimized MP4 video
  • Event Browse groups video/stills by events automatically
  • Highlight Playback creates movies with transitions for you
  • Direct Copy to external HDD without PC13
  • Built-in USB cable for easy file transfer/charge
  • Intelligent Auto (60 different scene combinations possible)


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


  • Media Type: 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: 8.9 megapixels 16:9 (3984x2240); Photo Mode: 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
  • 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
  • Mic Level Control: Yes(2steps)
  • Movie Recording Rate(Average Bit Rate/VBR): HD PS: 28Mbps / FX: 24Mbps / FH: 17Mbps / HQ:Approx.9Mbps / LP:Approx.5Mbps ( Approx)
  • Movie Recording Rate(Average Bit Rate/VBR): STD HQ:9Mbps
  • Movie Recording Rate(Average Bit Rate/VBR): 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)


  • 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):1/8 - 1/10,000

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


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


  • 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-FV30) (1)
  • HDMI(micro) Cable (1)
  • USB Connection Support Cable (1)
  • Operating Guide (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
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  • Abt ships this product for free!
Storage TypeFlash Memory
LCD Screen Size (inches)2.7
Total Pixel Count2390K pixels
Effective Pixel Count2290K pixels
Manual FocusingYes
Optical Zoom27x
Digital Zoom320x
Night ModeYes
Image StabilizationYes
White BalanceAuto/Onepush/Outdoor/Indoor
Built In Video LightYes
Mic InputYes
Digtial Still CameraYes
Effective Pixel Count for Still2290K pixels
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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Sony High Definition Red Camcorder

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from atlanta

Comments about Sony High Definition Red Camcorder:

Grainiest image I've ever seen. You really do get what you pay for.

(16 of 16 customers found this review helpful)


Crickets and curves


from NJ

Comments about Sony High Definition Red Camcorder:

I really wanted to like this camcorder. I've used Sony all my life, and this one seemed to have all of the features that I needed. Sadly, there were things that I could not accept. The auto-focus is so noisy that in a quiet room, you can hear it from between 1-2 feet away. Also, if you record something in a quiet will hear the 'cricket' sound generated constantly by the auto-focus. I was almost ready to look past that and keep it. Until I did some video inside and outside of my house. This camcorder may show a nice widescreen view...but it also suffers from a 'barrel effect'. Things near the left or right of the screen that are vertical will bow in the middle towards the outer edges of the screen. Once I noticed it, I saw it all the time. Edges of walls that are perfectly straight become bowed if they're too close to the viewing area of the left or right side of the LCD screen. Unbelievable. I also noticed that the Steady Shot created a jittery effect. The picture would 'twitch' every second or so. You could see it best at the top left and top right of the screen. Combine that with the almost total lack of accessories, and I sent it back. I was told by Sony customer care that the 'cricket' sound was a "characteristic of the camera". Sorry. I also tried a Canon, and their auto-focus was almost totally silent. Sony needs to go back to the drawing board and re-think this product if they want people to buy it.

(6 of 8 customers found this review helpful)


No accessories


from fort worth tx

Comments about Sony High Definition Red Camcorder:

no wall charger included very cheap part not to include screen has horrible display focus is very slow.

(10 of 11 customers found this review helpful)


Great camera for the price but.....


from Reading, Pa

Comments about Sony High Definition Red Camcorder:

I love the camera itself. It works great, its easy to use and the video and sound quality are fantastic. Box says up to 12 hours of battery life. In VERY small print, it mentions you have to have an extended life battery that is not included. No AC charger. No memory car ( give us at least a cheap 2GB card!! ). The accessory prices are ridiculous. Sony is a bit shady with their marketing practices.

(17 of 17 customers found this review helpful)


Sony HDR CX-220


from philippines

Comments about Sony High Definition Red Camcorder:

i bought this week .. comes with 16gb mc and a tripod, for 16,200 php quite expensive but im really happy with this product.. i feel like a pro when i use it with the tripod, 16gb not bad , i just transfer them to my laptop and burn them to DVD using sony play memories. all in all good value for money for a sony handycam, upgrade the battery if you want to shoot videos longer.. but it charges for about 2 hrs. the your ready to go.. hope this review helps. .thanks! :)

(17 of 21 customers found this review helpful)




from Maryland

Comments about Sony High Definition Red Camcorder:

There is no indication in most of the descriptions that the accessories, normally needed to operate this video camera, are not available except by purchasing them separately! It's a question of honesty and integrity. Very manipulative marketing strategy! It will not fly with the more discriminating buyers. I was going to purchase two of them from gifts, but I am offended by the tricky sales gimmick!

(13 of 22 customers found this review helpful)


Does NOT Come With a AC Recharger


from Silicon Valley

Comments about Sony High Definition Red Camcorder:

I don't own this, not noticed the "In the List" list does show a AC recharger. A reviwer of the Model 230 complained about not have a recharger also.

(25 of 29 customers found this review helpful)


No Accessories


from GA

Comments about Sony High Definition Red Camcorder:

No Accessories was sold with the device! i purchased the camera and i was so surprised to find out that there was no accessories... no charger, no usb connector... nothing.

(15 of 17 customers found this review helpful)


Great little camcorder.


from Quitman, AR

Comments about Sony High Definition Red Camcorder:

I purchased this camcorder and left on a cruise. I loved the it. I did have problems pressing the recorder button with my thumb but I think they are all located in this position. My last camcorder used 8 milometer tape so it's been a while. I've been using my iPhone but felt I could take better videos with the HDR-CX220. I loved the videos and the great quality pictures I took with it. I've really enjoyed using it and making my own trip movie.

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Sony High Definition Red Camcorder

Sony High Definition Red Camcorder


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