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Sony Handycam HDR-CX130


$500.00 Released February, 2011

Product Shot 1 The Pros:Flash memory cards are easy to swap out, nice design on the slot. Excellent recording in low-light conditions, picks up a fair amount of detail. Well balanced, easy to handle, feels comfortable while you shoot with it.

The Cons:Still images aren't as detailed as they could be, something always seems a little out of focus.

The Handycam HDR-CX130 is an HD camcorder released by Sony, forming one half of the HD lineup. The other half is the higher-end HDR-XR160 model, and while both camcorders share the same improved "Exmor R" CMOS sensor and high zoom capabilities, the HDR-CX130 functions on flash memory while the HDR160 records to an internal hard drive.

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Product Shot 2 Improved and more sensitive than before, the HDR-CX130's "Exmor R" CMOS sensor promises better footage in dim lighting conditions, such as indoors or at night. A 30x optical zoom lens and 42x extended zoom both find space, but the XR160's hard drive memory format was omitted in the CX130 in favor of a flash memory format, which accepts user-supplied SD cards. The camera shoots both 1920 x 1080 high definition videos and 3.3-megapixel still photos and ships in black, silver or blue.

Features:

  • Shoots 1920 x 1080 high definition videos
  • "Exmor R" CMOS sensor shoots clear footage in poor lighting conditions
  • 30x optical zoom
  • 42x extended zoom
  • Flash memory format accepts user-supplied SD cards
  • Shoots 3.3-megapixel still photos
  • Windo Noise Reduction
  • Available in black, silver or blue

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    flash memory cards are easy to swap out, nice design on the slot

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    excellent recording in low-light conditions, picks up a fair amount of detail

  • 1

    well balanced, easy to handle, feels comfortable while you shoot with it

  • 1

    menus are well laid out and easy to navigate

  • 1

    video quality is excellent, everything is sharp and the colors are great

  • 0

    optical zoom gets up close with minimal distortion at the corners

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    still images aren't as detailed as they could be, something always seems a little out of focus

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