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Sony HDR-CX210 High Definition Handycam 5.3 MP Camcorder with 25x Optical Zoom (Silver) (2012 Model)

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  • 5.3 megapixel still image
  • 25X Optical, 30X Extended zoom
  • 2.7 inch touch-screen Clear Photo LCD display
  • 1920x1080 Full HD Recording
  • Back-illuminated Exmor CMOS sensor for superb low-light video
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Technical Details

Product Description

Color: Silver

Product Description

Sony Handycam HDR-CX210 Digital Camcorder - 2.7" - Touchscreen LCD - CMOS - Full HD - Silver HDR-CX210/S Camcorders

From the Manufacturer

Sony HDR-CX210 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 touch-screen Clear Photo LCD display (230K)
  • Tracking Focus follows selected subjects
  • 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

Capturing incredible 1920x1080p Full HD video is fun with the easy-to-use 2.7-inch touchscreen. The Sony HDR-CX210 Handycam camcorder’s stabilized 25X/30X Extended digital zoom lens gets you closer to the action. In addition, a back-illuminated Exmor CMOS sensor allows you to capture stunning imagery in low light conditions.

Key Features

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1920x1080 Full HD Recording w/5.3MP still image capture

The Sony HDR-CX210 offers 1920 x 1080 high definition resolution letting you record your memories in exceptional Full High Definition quality. Capable of 60i recording and playback via HDMI and compatible HDTV** providing stunning clarity and incredibly detailed and smoother playback of your memories.


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.

Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar lens

The professional-quality Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar lens is designed specifically for compact camcorders. Precision ground optics help maintain the sharpness and contrast of larger lenses, SteadyShot image stabilization helps reduce blur caused by camera shake.

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 touch-screen 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.

Tracking Focus follows selected subjects in/out of the frame

Tracking Focus works as an extension of Face Detection to allow you to select an object with a touch of the LCD and have the focus follow the selected object, even if it leaves the frame and returns.

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.

Wind Noise Reduction for Clear Voice Recording

Wind Reduction reduces noise and interference that is produced when wind passes over the microphone, giving you a clearer and more enjoyable sound experience.

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.


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.

*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).

Product Information

Product Dimensions 2.2 x 2 x 4.8 inches
Item Weight 8 ounces
Shipping Weight 1.9 pounds
Item model number HDR-CX210/S
Batteries 1 Lithium ion batteries required. (included)
Customer Reviews
4.4 out of 5 stars 86 customer reviews

4.4 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #21,493 in Camera & Photo
#1,264 in Camera & Photo > Camcorders
Date first available at Amazon.com January 9, 2012

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Color: Black Verified Purchase
Let me start off by saying this review is 100% my personal opinion and not fact. I am not a videographer or anything of the like, just an average consumer, looking for a nice video camera.

- Look & Feel
The first thing that struck me about the camera is the weight (or lack of it). The camera is very light almost to the point of feeling kinda plasticky (like a TV remote.) I suppose it could be a good thing for some but I prefer my electronics to have a bit of weight to them. I like the look of the camera it is very sleek and clean. The chrome accents really pop and look great.

- Video Editing & Conversion
The video editing is very easy and if you opt to store your data on an SD card it is a very quick process. The default folder structure is very easy to navigate to find the files and transfer them to your computer. The camera also has an attached USB cord in the handle so you don't need and additional cords to retrieve your videos/pictures.

- Battery Life & Other Features
Battery life is OK not great, not bad just OK. On the highest video quality setting you will get about 120 minutes of filming which seems about right.
My biggest gripe about this camera is there is no power button. The camera automatically turns on and off when you open or close the screen. It is nice because you probably won't need the camera on with the screen closed but I would prefer a power button anyways. There is a switch to open/close the lens cover though which is good thing. The camera also has several different video settings sports, indoor, ect. The camera does a pretty good job of automatically switching between them (if you have that feature on) and generally looks good in them.
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I recently purchased this after reading the mostly great reviews of this camcorder, the Sony HDR-CX210. I love everything about it (price, size, weight, ease of use) but I am very disappointed with the video quality which to me, is the most important aspect when buying an *HD* camcorder.

There are four video quality settings. I first recorded a short video in the standard mode which is the third best mode, then plugged the camera directly into my 50" HD plasma TV for playback via the included HDMI cable. The video resolution was very, very grainy/pixely. I was expecting at least DVD quality video (not Blu-ray) or something close to it, but it was not even close. I then tried the same test in the second best quality mode and the video was hardly any better. I then tried in the best video quality mode and there was a slight improvement, but still noticeable grainy and still not close to DVD quality.

I am returning this camcorder to try Sony's next model up, the HDR-CX260V for $115 more. Looking at the specs on Sony's website, the effective picture resolution of the Sony HDR-CX210 is 1310K pixels and the HDR-CX260V is 2230K. I'm hoping the extra $115 will get me to the video quality I'm expecting from an HD camcorder.
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The Sony HDR-CX210 is Sony's lowest high definition model. It is also the lowest model with a touch screen. You turn on the camera by opening the video screen. There is no on/off button. It focuses very well even in low light. I have found that it will take about 90 minutes of HD video in the HQ mode which is not the highest resoloution. Which is good since the battery that comes with it is only good for 90 minutes and they recommend that doing any playback be done with the power cord attached. In the High definition HQ setting, it uses about 9Mb per second of video. It transfers the videos to your computer quite fast, and will even burn it to DVD with the software you download. But you cannot use these DVD's in a DVD player unless you first convert it to the .mpg format with some other software first. I guess that and the batteries capacity are my only gripes. On the positive side, I really like the size & weight of the camcorder. Its quick startup time and the sharp focusing of this model.
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I have had this camera for three days. This is a first impression review. I will put up an addendum in a few months.
The first thing I noticed was the size. It is a really small camera - fits right in the palm of your hand. I got a handycam in the mid 80's. I thought it was small. Then I got another handycam in 2003 to take a video of my son's graduation - but it still used tapes. It had a lot of mechanical gizmos inside. It was about a third of the size of my original "small" handycam. Now I've got this. It's about one fourth the size of my last camcorder. With the software and the video quality one can do a lot. It is infinitely better than any camcorder I've owned.
Though the cx-210 was given as a gift, I did a lot of research on it. I took into account the positive reviews as well as the negative ones. I took some test videos and transferred them to my computer. I used the "postcard" tool to send some videos to my son. I successfully put some test videos on a dvd (which, by the way, can only be played on a blu ray player).
There are four degrees of hd resolution you can use (FX,FH,HQ, and LP). I haven't used the highest resolution yet - only the second highest. I haven't used the 30x digital zoom but the 25X optical zoom works great. I especially appreciate the fact that everything stays in focus as I zoom. This was not true of my other camcorders. There was always a delay.
I am happy with the way the videos look and sound. I know that some people want things like an external mic input or better hd resolution, but what do you expect for the price? I suppose you could spend another $100 or two to get some other bells and whistles - but this camera is fine. I personally would like the $1100 professional model, but financially I can't do it.
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