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Sony Blue High Definition Camcorder - HDR-CX240/L

Abt Model: HDRCX240L | UPC Code: 027242876880
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1920x1080 Full HD 60p With 9.2MP Exmor R CMOS Sensor/ 29.8mm Wide Angle Carl Zeiss Lens/ 27x Optical/54x Clear Image Zoom/ 2.7" Clear Photo LCD Display/ SteadyShot Image Stabilization With Active Mode/ Face Detection With Voice Enhancement And Noise Reduction/ Built-In USB Cable/ 7 Picture Effects For Video And Still Photos/ AVCHD And MP4 Dual Recording/ Intelligent Auto/ Blue Finish
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Sony Blue High Definition Camcorder - HDRCX240L

Make it memorable with Sony Full HD/60p quality. Capture amazing footage in low light and control, transfer and backup everything via Wi-Fi® with NFC in just a touch. Get close to the action with a 27x zoom, wide-angle Carl Zeiss lens and say goodbye to shake with Steady Shot™ image stabilization. It’s the perfect starter camera.

Features:

  • 1920x1080 Full HD 60p w/9.2MP Exmor R® CMOS Sensor
    Create high definition 1920 x 1080 60p videos and high quality 9.2MP still images. Experience stunning low-light sensitivity with improved image clarity and drastically reduced grain with Sony’s back-illuminated ExmorR® 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
  • 29.8mm wide angle Carl Zeiss® Lens
    From the authority in lens technology, the Carl Zeiss® Vario-Sonnar® T lens provides a high quality 29.8mm wide angle so you can get everything you want in the shot
  • 27x Optical/54x Clear Image Zoom to get even closer to the action
    Get amazingly close with 27x optical zoom plus 54x Clear Image digital zoom. Most digital zooms use electronic cropping to get closer to the subject, resulting in unsharp images. With Clear Image Zoom the powerful processor compares patterns found in adjacent pixels and creates new pixels to match selected patterns, resulting in more realistic, higher-quality images. Clear Image Zoom doubles optical zoom for closer photos and video
  • 2.7” Clear Photo LCD™ display (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
  • 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
  • Face Detection with voice enhancement and noise reduction
    Sony’s Face Detection technology can automatically distinguish between children and adults. Face Detection technology detects up to eight individual faces and adjusts flash, focus, exposure, and white balance to help deliver crisp, properly lit images of family and friends
  • 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
  • Get creative w/ 7 picture effects for video and still photos
    Picture Effects add a new level of expression to video and photos, making ordinary landscapes and portraits come to life by heightening mood and emphasizing certain attributes. There are seven different effects such as partial color to make your focal point stand out, or watercolor which looks like a painting
  • AVCHD and MP4 dual recording for high quality and Internet ready files
    Record HD video in the AVCHD and MP4 formats 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
  • 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'' (4.6mm) back-illuminated Exmor R® CMOS Sensor
  • Processor: BIONZ® X image processor
  • Pixel Gross: Approx.2510K pixels
  • Effective Picture Resolution: Approx.2290K pixels(16:9)/Approx.1710K pixels(4:3)
  • Color Filter System: RGB primary color filters

Recording

  • Still Image Mode: JPEG
  • Still Image Max Effective Resolution: 9.2 megapixels
  • Still Image Size 16:9: Movie Mode: 9.2 megapixels 16:9 (4032x2272); Photo Mode: 9.2 megapixels 16:9 (4032x2272)
  • Still Image Size 4:3: Photo Mode: 6.9megapixels 4:3(3024x2272)
  • 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)
  • Video Actual (Pixel): Approx.2290K pixels(16:9)
  • Video Signal: HDTV, NTSC color, EIA standards
  • Photo Capture from Movie: 2.1megapixels16:9 (1920×1080)
  • Dual Record: Yes
  • Microphone/Speaker: Built-in Zoom Microphone/Monoral Speaker
  • Dual Video Recording: Yes
  • Mic Level Control: Yes (2steps)
  • Movie Recording Rate(Average Bit Rate/VBR): HD PS:Approx.28Mbps/FX:Approx.24Mbps/FH:Approx.17Mbps/HQ:Approx.9Mbps/LP:Approx.5Mbps
  • Movie Recording Rate(Average Bit Rate/VBR): MP4: Approx.3Mbps
  • Still Image File Format: DCF Ver.2.0 compatible, Exif Ver.2.3 compatible, MPF Baseline compatible

Optics/Lens

  • Lens Type: Carl Zeiss Vario Tessar
  • Lens Stabilization: SteadyShot™ image stabilization w/ Active mode (Wide to Tele)
  • Aperture: F1.8-F4.0
  • Optical Zoom: 27x
  • Digital Zoom: 320x
  • Focal Length (35mm equivalent): Movie Mode: 29.8-804.0mm (16:9); Photo Mode: 29.8-804.0mm (16:9), 36.4-984.0.0mm (4:3)
  • Minimum Focus Distance: Approx.1cm(Wide),Approx.80cm(Tele) (13/32inch-31 1/2inch)
  • Clear Image Zoom: 54x

LCD Display

  • LCD Type: 2.7" Clear Photo LCD™ display (230K)
  • 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
  • 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: F1.8 - F10
  • Backlight Compensation: Yes (Auto)
  • Gain Control: 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): 1/60 - 1/10000; Shutter Speed (Auto Control Range) 1/8 - 1/100000; Shutter Speed(Manual lris Control) 1/60 - 1/10000; Shutter Speed(Manual Shutter) 1/8 - 1/10000; Shutter Speed(Smooth Slow Rec): 1/250 - 1/10000

Convenience

  • Manual / Auto Lens Cover: Manual
  • Self Timer: Yes
  • Red-Eye Reduction: Yes (On/Off)
  • 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; Brazilian Portugese; Canadian French; Spanish
  • Picture Effects: Yes
  • Self Recording: Yes

Advanced

  • AGC Limit: Yes
  • Airplane Mode: Yes
  • 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
  • Smile Shutter™ technology: Dual Capture / Always On / Off
  • x.v.Color™: Yes

Interface

  • Memory Card Slot: Memory Stick Micro and Micro 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
  • Headphone Jack: Stereo Minijack
  • Microphone Input: Stereo Minijack
  • Direct Copy: Yes
  • HDMI Terminal: Yes (HDMI micro)

Power

  • Power Consumption (in Operation): LCD: HD:1.8W
  • Power Requirements: 3.6V (battery pack); 5.0V (AC Adapter)
  • Battery Type: NP-BX1

Software

  • Supplied Software: PC: PlayMemories Home and Music Transfer (via download); MAC: Music Transfer, PlayMemories Online Uploader, Wireless Auto Import (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-BX1) (1)
  • USB AC adapter (1)
  • HDMI (micro) Cable (1)
  • USB Connection Support Cable (1)
  • Operating Guide (1)

Approximate Dimensions:

  • Height: 2-3/8"
  • Width: 2-1/4"
  • Depth: 5-1/8"

Approximate Weight:

  • Unit: 6.7 oz
  • Shipping: 2 lbs

Warranty Information:

  • Manufacturer Warranty (authorized online retailer): 1 Year Parts; 90 Days Labor
  • Extended Service Warranty Available: Click the warranty tab above for details
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Storage TypeMemory Stick Micro and Micro SD/SDHC/SDXC compatible
LCD Screen Size (inches)2.7
ViewfinderNo
Total Pixel Count2510K
Effective Pixel CountApprox. 2290K Pixels(16:9) / Approx. 1710K Pixels(4:3)
Manual FocusingNo
Optical Zoom27x
Digital Zoom320x
Night ModeNo
Image StabilizationYes
White BalanceAuto / Onepush / Outdoor / Indoor
Built In Video LightYes
Mic InputYes
Digtial Still CameraYes
Effective Pixel Count for Still9.2 Megapixels
Still Image FormatsJPEG
Computer ConnectivityUSB
Included Removeable MemoryNo
Weight With Battery (pounds)0.4
Width (inches)2.25
Height (inches)2.33
Depth (inches)5.13
Parts Warranty1 Year
Labor Warranty1 Year
  

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Sony Black High Definition Camcorder
 
3.4

(based on 13 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

56%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Zoom range/performance (5)
  • Easy to use (3)
  • Good in low light (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

No Best Uses
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Casual user (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Extremely nice camera for the price

This camcorder is a great little camera for anyone, especially video bloggers. It's very user friendly in that it's very easy to control and navigate through its features; it even alerts you when...Read complete review

This camcorder is a great little camera for anyone, especially video bloggers. It's very user friendly in that it's very easy to control and navigate through its features; it even alerts you when the lens cover is closed. Not only does it have a 52X zoom, but it also has a movable display screen so you can see yourself when filming a "vlog" or interview or other such things. Though the pictures become a bit grainy in the dark, they are beautiful in the daylight and the videos are lovely. Overall, this is one of the best camcorders you can get when you lack the ridiculous $600+ dollars that one would need for higher quality cameras. I highly recommend it to anyone. :)

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Not as advertised

The camera arrived today. I bought this camera because the specifications on the Sony store website under "Interface" said it had a "microphone input: stereo minijack. That was the...Read complete review

The camera arrived today. I bought this camera because the specifications on the Sony store website under "Interface" said it had a "microphone input: stereo minijack. That was the main feature I was looking for in a consumer camcorder and when my package arrived today there was no sign of external jack. I got on the Sony website to review the online manual, and there was no manual on-line (as of Feb. 8). So I called tech support and get a recording, "we are experiencing longer than normal wait times..." I finally spoke to a couple of people who seemed to agree the camera won't accept outside mic. The customer sales reps were very nice, but together we were not able to identify an adaptor or any solution to tie just purchased Sony wireless mic to my new Sony camera. The camcorder is a beautiful color and looks like it would be basically easy to use and is very lightweight. I don't know what to do now. I just spent over a $100 on an external mike and about $70 on a 64GB micro SDXC and $20 dollars on a camera bag. I need a camera to record short videos outside in wind for YouTube and I don't think this camera is going to work. I like purchasing online because of the convenience but I depend on the information on consumer web sites to be accurate. Very frustrating, especially after waiting weeks for this new camera to be released.

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1.0

Worst camera I have ever ...

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Comments about Sony Black High Definition Camcorder:

Worst camera I have ever owned. You have to have 2 special cords just to charge the battery. Loading video from your camera to computer is not easy either. I would never recommend this camera to anyone.

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2.0

not good

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Comments about Sony Black High Definition Camcorder:

I bought this to take movies pictures of my grand daughters singing glass the pictures came out washed out and quality was just not there no mater how I set the camera and the sill pics where even worse.

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Economical Quality Camcorder

By 

from Pennsylvania, USA

Comments about Sony Black High Definition Camcorder:

Great value from Sony. My wife is the main user and has not had one problem either recording or in any of the playback modes.

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3.0

Basic Camcorder

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Comments about Sony Black High Definition Camcorder:

This is very Basic Camcorder did not like quality of the video, end up buying a Sony PJ650V .

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2.0

I bought it for my wife, ...

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from 44667

Comments about Sony Black High Definition Camcorder:

I bought it for my wife, but she has macular degeneration and she cannot see the prompts,so it is sitting around not being used. I'm sure it is a great product, but just not useable for what I bought it for.

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5.0

LIGHT & EASY TO USE

By 

from Staten Island, NY

About Me Casual User

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy to Use
  • Good Image Stabilization
  • Good in Low Light
  • Great Picture Quality
  • Great Zoom
  • Zoom range/performance

Cons

  • None

Best Uses

  • Home Movies
  • Indoors/Low Light
  • Travel

Comments about Sony Black High Definition Camcorder:

I originally purchased this camera for my son. I decided to charge the battery so camera would be ready for Christmas day. When the battery was charged I decided to try out the camera and I was hooked. It's so easy to use, works well in low light, great for shooting little (grand)kids, and battery lasts more than an hour. Loved the results, bright, sharp movies, and very stable smooth pans. Great, low priced camera which operates like a more expensive one.

  • Was this a gift?:
  • No

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4.0

Excellent Product For the Money

By 

from Chicago, IL

About Me Casual User

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy to Use
  • Good in Low Light
  • Great Zoom
  • Zoom range/performance

Cons

  • Takes Some Time To Learn

Best Uses

  • HD Shooting
  • Home Movies
  • Indoors/Low Light
  • Travel

Comments about Sony Black High Definition Camcorder:

I've owned several camcorders going all the way back to Super 8 tape, mini-DVD, etc. The Micro memory card (32GB) holds an amazing amount of data, is much easier to deal with, and is superior to other storage media I've tried. The only thing to watch out for is that it's so small, be careful not to lose it!

  • Was this a gift?:
  • No

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3.0

Great camera BUT....

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from 20763

Comments about Sony Black High Definition Camcorder:

I like this camera, but I can’t find a remote control that works with it.

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Amazing movie camera!

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from California, USA

Comments about Sony Black High Definition Camcorder:

This is the best movie camera I've ever owned. It's hard to believe that something this small and light does so much. The battery lasts forever before needing recharging.

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4.0

Basic, Exceptionally Easy, Quality Image

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from Northfield, IL

About Me Casual User

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy to Use
  • Good in Low Light
  • Great Picture Quality
  • Great Zoom
  • Start Shooting Today

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Documentaries

    Comments about Sony Black High Definition Camcorder:

    I would prefer a de-mountable USB cord to allow for the absolutely smallest diameter so I can put in coffee thermos for protection from shock, water and even theft.

    Been shooting stills for decades and am new to video. Abt staff helped me pick out this low cost cost intro camera and it totally exceeds my needs and expectations. As my needs and skills change I may move up in equipment.

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    • No

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