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Sony Handycam HDR-CX360V


$799.99 Released February, 2011

Product Shot 1 The Pros:Has an external mic input to gather more directed sound. Image stabilization does a good job accounting for handshake. LCD is large and clear, easy to find your subject.

The Cons:Image stabilization looses effectiveness when zooming, need a tripod at that stage. Battery doesn't last long between charges. Records in AVCHD format, which isn't as widely supported as other formats.

Sony's lineup of HDR camcorders are classified as entry-level products for first time users, and judging by their specifications and features, the Handycams will keep most consumers happy. The HDR-CX360V is a step-up model from its counterparts, the CX130 and CX160, offering a highly sensitive CMOS sensor, the capacity for 7.1 megapixel photos, and a GPS and map feature.

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The HDR-CX360V's "Exmor R" CMOS sensor can shoot high definition 1920 x 1080 videos even in poor light, thanks to greater sensitivity, and has a 30x optical zoom and 42x extended zoom. Its wide-angle G lens takes in a broader perspective for better videos as well as 7.1-megapixel photos, which are recorded to 32GB of internal flash memory capable of storing up to 13 hours of footage. In addition, the HDR-CX360V is equipped with a built-in GPS and mapping feature on its 3" LCD touch screen, which also lets users tag shooting locations.

Features:

  • Shoots 1920 x 1080 24p high definition footage
  • Shoots 7.1-megapixel still photos
  • "Exmor R" CMOS sensor takes better low-light videos
  • 30x Optical zoom
  • 42x Extended zoom
  • 32GB Internal flash memory
  • Stores up to 13 hours of video at once
  • Built-in GPS
  • Map display with shooting location tagging feature
  • 3" LCD touch screen

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    has an external mic input to gather more directed sound

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    image stabilization does a good job accounting for handshake

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    LCD is large and clear, easy to find your subject

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    has a fairly good zoom range, can get some pretty distant subjects in good focus

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    above-average low light performance, gets lots of detail without too much grain

Cons
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    image stabilization looses effectiveness when zooming, need a tripod at that stage

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    battery doesn't last long between charges

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    records in AVCHD format, which isn't as widely supported as other formats

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