Sony Camcorder Reviews
Sony HDR-CX100 Review – The affordable high definition camcorder can be a tricky thing to find. However, the Sony HDR-CX100 has just been released and on paper ticks the boxes, retailing at less that $500. Could this be the perfect home user camcorder, or is this just a cheap and cheerful camera that fails to really live up to any kind of performance expectations?
Sony HDR-CX130 Review – Style has always been part of Sony’s line-up. The Sony HDR-CX130 is a no-exception. This entry-level eye-candy from Sony is very compact and easy to use. It is one handycam you might want to carry around all the time because it looks so good. The idea of not having internal memory and carrying extra flash cards could be a deal-breaker for some. But if privacy is somewhat important to you, storing your flash memory separately could genuinely make up for it.
Sony HDR-CX360V Review – The Sony HDR-CX360V levels the playing field when it comes to the novice or professional. This feature packed camcorder turns every video into a full featured movie with all the affects you would expect from a professionally developed movie. If you want a bit more zoom capability, and don’t mind using additional flash memory to store videos, then opting for the CX360V will save you some cash you can to put towards your next adventure.
Sony HDR-CX560V Review – Sony’s HD camcorder line is expanding like never before with awe-inspiring camcorders that are high-quality, striking, and elegant to say the least and the HDR-CX560V is no exception. The CX560V is a powerful addition to an already feature-packed line of high definition camcorders. This is a near professional level camcorder is unmatched by any other camera in its class with full high definition 60p recording.
Sony HDR-CX700V Review – The HDR-CX700V produces high definition progressive video with detailed images that look fantastic on your supersized HDTV. The 96GB of flash memory equates to over 40 hours of recording time available. The CX700V package includes the Dolby Digital 5.1 channel Surround Sound mic to record sounds from every direction.
Sony HDR-CX500V Review – The Sony HDR-CX500V is another high definition camcorder to be released by the electronic giant Sony and hits the shelves in the just over $1000 category along with lots of others, and we are beginning to wonder if they are making far too many in this category and if there really can be a viable market for all of them.
Sony HDR-CX520V Review – There are just hundreds of high definition camcorders flooding to the market, and another offer from Sony is the HDR-CX520V. This hits the top end of the market retailing at well over $1000 making this an expensive piece of kit, so is this something that you are going to want to own, or is this just too expensive in terms of the functionality it offers? We have tested it for you, so you can see what you think. We know Sony tends to be the top end of the market in terms of price, but this is a place that they have long earned with their consistent production of quality goods that rarely fail to please, so let’s see what the Sony HDR-CX520V has to offer.
Sony HDR-XR100 Review – The Sony HDR-XR100 is one of the latest high definition camcorders offered by Sony, and this one retails in the sub $700 category. This instantly gives it appeal to a much wider range of potential buyer that just cannot afford to be spending well over a grand on a video camera, but really wants their chance to record in high definition to capture precious family moments and preserve them forever.
Sony HDR-XR200V Review – The Sony HDR-XR200V is another high definition camcorder to hit the shelves and comes with a sub $1000 price tag, and is yet another camcorder to be released from Sony. We are beginning to wonder if this really isn’t a bit of overkill. There just seems to be at least 5 or 6 all within a couple hundred dollars that seem to do the same, so what is the point and how are you supposed to know which one to choose?
Sony HDR-XR500V Review – Camcorders in the high end class over $1000 are normally where Sony excel, so is the latest edition to the family, the Sony HDR-XR500V, going to live up to this reputation or is it going to be the black sheep of the family and let them down by proving that they cannot get it right all the time? This camcorder was one of a batch we are road testing for Sony this week, and we have so far found them all very different in terms of functionality but never lacking in terms of quality, which is a trait that Sony take pride in.
Sony HDR-XR520V Review – High definition is the latest advance in camcorder technology and the Sony HDR-XR520V is part of the rush to the market by the leading manufacturers, who are keen to get you to purchase their products. Sony has released many examples of their high definition camcorders at all levels to make sure that there is something for everyone in terms of price and functionality. This is a mid to top end camcorder that is in the over $1000 category meaning that this is not a cheap option, so what exactly are you getting for your money and what target market is the Sony HDR-XR520V aimed at?
Sony HDR-CX110 Review – The Sony HDR-CX110 primarily excels in the overall quality of the videos which matters most. This is all thanks to the Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar lens combined with the Full HD specification which means that it can record videos in the maximum 1920 x 1080 resolution. To further meet up to the standards of the latest HDTVs, 1080/60p playback is supported via HDMI. The x.v. Color technology is even present to make sure that the recorded videos look excellent in BRAVIA HDTVs.
Sony HDR-CX350V Review – The Sony HDR-CX350V isn’t a model that is going to fit in the pocket, but it still remains to be small and weighs just 13 ounces which should allow people to hold the camcorder still using one hand with ease. Like other modern Handycam models, the HDR-CX350V has a 2.7″ LCD display for reviewing video and images with clarity on its 230k pixels resolution. Visibility of the screen remains clear even when viewing screen outdoors.
Sony HDR-CX550V Review – The Sony HDR-CX550V is lighter than the XR model since it doesn’t rely on a hard disk that adds to the weight. The LCD display is larger than the entry-level models, measuring 3.5? wide and uses the TruBlack technology for better brightness and contrast. Closing this display can save power while the adjustable .27? color viewfinder can be used to capture video instead. When the device is powered off, the auto lens cover triggers to protect the lens. When the LCD display is opened, the power conveniently switches back on.
Sony HDR-XR550V Review – The Sony HDR-XR550V shares many similarities to the HDR-CX350V in looks, maintaining its small profile even though it has a hard drive built inside. It is by no means a pocket camera, but it doesn’t weigh that much, weighing a little over 1 pound with the battery inside. The LCD display is just right, measuring 3.7? and having a 921k pixel resolution while being backed up with TruBlack technology for displaying vivid visuals.
Sony HDR-XR150 Review – The Sony HDR-XR150 comes with a built-in 120 GB hard drive which should be able to store around 50 hours of high definition video using the HD LP mode. Thanks to the higher processing speeds of the BIONZ Image Processor, the Sony HD-XR150 enables Dual Recording so users can continuously capture video while having the option to take still images at the same time.
Sony HDR-CX150 Review – The power of the Sony HDR-CX150 lies in the CMOS image sensor which is responsible for the high quality of visuals when taking HD footage. It is called the “Exmor R” CMOS sensor and it works very well in low-light thanks to its back-illuminated feature. The Full HD specification means that the Sony HDR-CX150 flies past the 720p camcorders by offering full support for recording 1920 x 1080 resolution videos.
Sony HDR-CX160 Review – This high-definition model showcases a sharp 3” touch-screen, 16GB of internal memory, 42x extended zoom and an optical image stabilization feature. It also has a 3 megapixel still camera. The HDR CX-160 has new tracking focus feature that will soon be a standard feature on all Sony’s HD models. The feature is similar to the AF/AE tracking option found on Panasonic camcorders as well as select Vixia models on Canons in 2010.
Sony HDR-PJ10 Review – The PJ10 is a very appealing product that is not just a recorder, it also provides a built in, high contrast projector. What you have here is a mobile theater that you can set up to watch all of your favorite video recordings on a 60 inch diagonal flat surface. This Handycam is coupled with a full-stereo speaker system and has the ability to record all of your videos in full 1080/60p.
Sony HDR-PJ30 Review – The HDR-PJ30 from Sony is a feature-packed, full HD, camcorder and projection unit that is all built into one device. The HDR-PJ30 offers a full high definition recording experience, with ample Flash memory for storage, a built in high-contrast projector system, the wide-angle G lens system, a 3 inch LCD touch screen for viewing, SteadyShot image stabilization, wind and noise reduction for clear voice recording; and these are only a few items that are onboard this incredible unit.
Sony HDR-PJ50 Review – The Sony HDR-PJ50 provides full HD 1920×1080/60p or you can opt for the more nostalgic looking 24p film-like recording style. The real kicker benefit for those of you who are professional videographers, is the ability to record and store up to 91 hours of footage using the “ueber-generous” 220GB on-board disc drive.
For more details on Sony’s latest range of Camcorders, visit the Official Sony Site.