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Sony HDR-CX190 High Definition Handycam 5.3 MP Camcorder(2012 Model)

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  • 5.3 megapixel still image
  • 25X Optical, 30X Extended zoom
  • 2.7 inch Clear Photo LCD display
  • 1920x1080 Full HD Recording
  • 1/5.8" (3.1mm) Back-illuminated Exmor R® CMOS Sensor Exmor for superb low-light video
10 new from $318.99 21 used from $110.00 4 refurbished from $199.00

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Technical Details

  • Brand Name: Sony
  • Model: HDR-CX190/B
  • Media Type: SD
  • Lens Type: zoom
  • Optical zoom: 25 x
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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 8 x 8 inches ; 1 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
  • ASIN: B006K551HQ
  • Item model number: HDR-CX190/B
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (254 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #997 in Camera & Photo (See Top 100 in Camera & Photo)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: January 9, 2012

Product Description

From the Manufacturer

Sony HDR-CX190 High Definition Handycam Camcorder

  • 1920x1080 Full HD Recording w/ 5.3MP still image
  • SteadyShot image stabilization with Active Mode
  • Get the shots you want with wide angle Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar Lens
  • Back-illuminated Exmor CMOS sensor for superb low-light video
  • 25x Optical/30x Extended Zoom to get even closer to the action
  • 2.7-inch Clear Photo LCD display (230K)
  • Event Browse groups video/stills by events automatically
  • Highlight Playback creates movies with transitions for you
  • Direct Copy to external HDD without PC
  • Built-in USB cable for easy file transfer/charge
  • Intelligent Auto (60 different scene combinations possible)
  • Large caliber speakers for immersive audio experience





















The easy-to-use HDR-CX190 Handycam camcorder records stunning 1920x1080 Full HD video and 5.3 megapixel pictures. The Handycam's stabilized 25X/30X Extended digital zoom lens gets you closer to the action. Also, the HDR-CX190 features a back-illuminated Exmor CMOS sensor which allows you to capture stunning imagery in low light conditions.




Key Features

CX190 terminal

1920x1080p Full HD Recording w/5.3MP still image capture

The Sony HDR-CX190 offers 1920 x 1080p high definition resolution letting you record your memories in exceptional Full High Definition quality. With Dual Capture you can also take 5.3 megapixel still images while shooting HD movie.


CX190


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.

Back-illuminated Exmor CMOS sensor for Superb Low-light Video

Experience stunning low-light sensitivity with improved image clarity and drastically reduced grain with Sony’s back-illuminated Exmor CMOS sensor. Designed for compact cameras and camcorders, the Exmor 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.

30x Extended Zoom to get even closer to the action

Extended Zoom works in conjunction with 25x optical zoom to get even closer to the action while maintaining HD image quality.

2.7-inch Clear Photo LCD Plus display (230K)

The 2.7-inch Clear Photo LCD Plus screen 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.

Event Browse Groups Photos/Videos for You for Easy Reference

Event Browse conveniently groups your images and videos together for easier viewing. The date range that Event Browse groups your pictures and videos is easily adjusted to suit your needs. When used with the Highlight Playback feature, making and sharing a highlight reel from your event is easy and fun.

Highlight Playback Creates Movies with Transitions for You

Why spend hours editing your movies when you can let your camcorder do it for you? Highlight Playback identifies and compiles key scenes into a short, entertaining movie complete with music and transitions. You can even pinpoint the exact scene you want to include in the highlight reel.

DVdirect

Direct Copy to External HDD without PC*****

Store your memories in a whole new way with the ability to copy videos from your camcorder directly to an external hard disk drive(sold separately), all without a computer. Your camcorder can also access videos stored on the external hard drive for playback on your HDTV**, allowing you to utilize the camcorder’s handy playback features.
Built-in usb


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.

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 nine distinct scene modes (60 different combinations possible): Portrait/Baby/Tripod/Backlight/Landscape /Spotlight/Twilight/Macro/Low light.

What's in the box


Sony HDR-CX190 High Definition Handycam Camcorder (Black), Rechargeable Battery Pack (NP-FV30), AC Adapter, Power Cord, AV Connecting Cable, USB Connection Support Cable (Built-In) and 1-Year Limited Parts & 90-Day Labor Warranty.


*1GB equals 1 billion bytes, a portion of which is used for data management functions. Records in 29 minute segments
**Requires HDTV and HDMI cable sold separately.
***Map service requires PC with Internet. Service provided by Google and subject to change without notice
****For PC: Requires Microsoft Windows XP SP3/Windows Vista Sp2/Windows 7. For Mac: Requires Mac OSX(v10.5-10.7)
*****Requires via VMC-UAM1 cable (sold separately), AC power for camcorder, and hard drive formatted in FAT-32.USB-hub not supported. External HHD/USB media should be less than 2TB(Terabytes).
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NP-FV50

NP-FV50

InfoLITHIUM® V-Series
Rechargeable Battery

6.8V typ. 7.0Wh (1030mAh)

NP-FV70

NP-FV70

InfoLITHIUM V-Series
Rechargeable Battery

6.8V typ. 14.0Wh (2060mAh)

NP-FV100

NP-FV100

InfoLITHIUM V-Series
Rechargeable Battery

6.8V typ. 26.5Wh (3900mAh)

  NP-FV50 NP-FV70 NP-FV100
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Product Description

1920 x 1080 Full HD recording, 5.3MP still images, 25x optical / 30x extended zoom, "Exmor R" CMOS sensor, SteadyShotimage stabilization<br>The easy-to-use HDR-CX190 Handycam camcorder records stunning 1920 x 1080 Full HD video and 5.3MP pictures. It's stabilized 25x/30x extended digital zoom lens gets you closer to the action while a back-illuminated "Exmor R" CMOS sensor allows you to capture stunning imagery in low light conditions. Intelligent Auto mode analyzes your shot and then automatically selects the appropriate settings from nine distinct scene modes.<br>

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

Very small and easy to use.
shirley mathews
All around a great camera for people who want to make home videos, or recording life's precious moments.
Mario
The videos are very clear and good quality.
Benjamin Roberts

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

617 of 628 people found the following review helpful By W. S. Renfroe on February 22, 2012
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Purchase date: February 10, 2012

My previous camcorder: Sony DCR-SR42 Handycam purchased approximately 4 years ago Sony DCR-SR42 30GB Hard Disk Drive Handycam Camcorder with 40x Optical Zoom

Accessories purchased with CX190:
32GB Transcend Class 10 SDHC Flash Memory Card Transcend 32 GB Class SDHC 10 Flash Memory Card TS32GSDHC10E
Gold Plated HDMI to HDMI Mini cable Gold Plated HDMI to HDMI Mini cable, 2 M / 6.56 FT

What you need to know:
- CX190 does not have a touch screen (CX200 & CX210 do)
- does not have internal memory
- requires class 4 or higher memory card
- doesn't take pictures while recording in highest quality
- 32GB card holds a little more than 3 hours in highest quality
- camcorder has built in USB cable for transfer or charging
- lens cover is manual
- camcorder automatically turns on when screen is opened
- buttons/controls are in the same place as my previous handycam
- camcorder is surprisingly slim and light
- video is extremely clear (outside is better than inside but both are so clear you feel like you are in the video)
- no wind noise can be heard in the play back of the video
- camcorder has a threaded receiver for tripod
- USB cable (about 3" long) is built in and slides into the strap when not being used

I have to say, "I love Sony." Having owned a handycam before, I immediately felt comfortable operating the CX190.
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228 of 235 people found the following review helpful By Jon on May 30, 2012
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Sony generally makes good products, and the HDR-CX190 is no exception. It is durable and works as advertised.

Pros
- Compact, portable, and easily fits in the palm of your hand.
- Zoom works well.
- Image stabilization works well.
- Shoots full HD (not as good as a movie studio HD, but still very good).
- Audio records loud and clear.
- Fits on standard tri-pods.
- You can transfer the videos to your computer without the Sony software. Simply plug in the camera via USB and drag and drop the files (at least in Windows 7).
- The lens cap is manual and built into the camera so you can't possibly lose it.
- It has a USB cable attached to the camera at all times, so you always have one (but it isn't very long so I normally have to use the extension cable that it came with).
- Great price!

Cons
- Definitely buy additional batteries. The battery this camera comes with lasts up to an hour (maybe) when recording full HD.
- The zoom is kind of noisy and can be heard during playback.
- There's no light on the camera, so make sure there's plenty of light when recording or else the video quality degrades and becomes grainy.
- You can get hand cramps when recording for extended periods of time due to the camera's small size, so get a tri-pod.
- You can't take a still-image while recording full HD.
- The default recording setting isn't full HD, so make sure to change it before you start recording.
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134 of 146 people found the following review helpful By Sajit on March 10, 2012
I opted for CX-190 when my DCR-DVD405 went out of focus due to fungus after 4 glorious years. I miss the touch screen and flash in my previous camera so much! I would recommend others to go for CX-200 for the touch-screen. There is no internal memory with the CX-190 and CX-200, so buy some SD memory along with the camera. Internal memory is available in CX-210, but I think its not so cost-effective. I was able to record HD video onto an old class 4 SD card. It will be a wise option to purchase the connector for external HDD too, as I found out that common cables won't work, the hard way. You really need the one from Sony(through Amazon - search for VMCUAM1) to make it work. Photos taken at night are too grainy like in a low resolution webcam! But the photos in daylight are fine. Though viewing the photos in original size makes you wonder if the compression mechanism in the camcorder is good enough.

Enough about the cons! The HD video from this small, cute machine is astounding! Check out my video by searching for - chicago cx-190 on youtube. I had recorded it in the default HD mode and not the highest quality FX mode. The zoom is excellent and auto picture grabber feature is also cool. It fits into my pocket, and even though its not as sleek as a cellphone, I am satisfied with not taking a bag along on a holiday! The affordability of this camcorder is a boon. Thank you Sony for launching this cutie pie :)
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145 of 167 people found the following review helpful By A Reader on October 29, 2012
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The manufacturer's description from Sony says that "The Sony HDR-CX190 offers 1920 x 1080p high definition resolution letting you record your memories in exceptional Full High Definition quality." This is just plain false. The CX-190 offers 1080i, not 1080p. It is a nice enough video camera for the price, but this inflation of spec is indefensible. Don't buy this camera if you are looking for non-interlaced video -- it just doesn't support that.
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