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Sony HDR-CX280E AVCHD HD Camcorder with Smile Shutter & 10x Optical Zoom (Black)

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  • Capture 1920 x 1080 HD video to built-in flash memory
  • 10x optical zoom, 120x digital zoom; Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar lens with SteadyShot image stabilization
  • 2.7-inch wide touch-panel Clear Photo LCD Plus display
  • 4-megapixel still image capture; Face Detection
  • 8 GB built-in memory; compatible with Memory Stick PRO Duo Media (not included)
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Technical Details

Color: Black
  • 2.7" wide touch panel3 Clear Photo LCD PlusTM display
  • 10X Optical / 120X Digital Zoom
  • Carl Zeiss® Vario-Tessar® lens with SteadyShotTM image stabalization

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Product Details

Color: Black
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 7.6 x 4.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
  • ASIN: B001PY41YQ
  • Item model number: HDR-CX280E
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (106 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,760 in Camera & Photo (See Top 100 in Camera & Photo)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: February 8, 2009

Product Description

Color: Black

The Sony HDR-CX100 is a high definition Memory Stick Duo media Handycam camcorder that offers 1920x1080 Full HD video recording and 4.0 megapixel still image capture in an ultra-compact, affordable package. While the HDR-CX100 packs a healthy feature set, including a 1/5" Exmor CMOS sensor, BIONZ image processor, Face Detection and Smile Shutter technology, and 8GB of embedded flash memory, its most differentiating characteristic is its ultra-compact design. The small size and light weight of the HDR-CX100 allow for easy portability, and the choice of silver, black, and red color variations give consumers the opportunity to pick the color that best suits their tastes. The HDR-CX100 appeals to consumers who are interested in HD quality video and who desire a compact, portable design.

Customer Reviews

During very low light shooting it can get a little grainy.
Justin513ac
The picture quality is quite good and the camera is extremely easy to use.
B. Loughran
I did a great deal of research before buying this camcorder.
Jeffery Hale

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

264 of 284 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on June 9, 2009
Color Name: Black
Excellent EXMOR Sensor and image processing engine, the BEST as for today! Small size. Full HD. Fast start. Even with "Limited" features has a lots of them. Camera instantly detected in PC-XP Pro and Mac-OS/X. I do not care about 4MP still shots, so won't even bother to talk about it.

Native MTS camcorder format is not supported by many players. It needs to be converted to H.264 usable by BlueRay players ...
I was reading reviews before buying this camcorder, and was just amazed how much ridiculous stuff people were saying. Some have no clue what to do with this (or Canon...) HiDef camcorders! Speaking about this CX100 - there is nothing to be scared about. Nor about Canon's or others Sony, Canon Panasonic's ... all using slightly different flavors/methods of recording AVCHD. Sony happen to mark their movies with MTS extension. I have ~6 years old Pentium 4 2.8HT/2 GB RAM/XFX with NVidia7600GT card/DirectX 9.x. (Window Media Player +Xvid plugin) playback is not perfect, a little choppy but acceptable. Please note, that if you computer preview is smudgy and choppy, this is NOT a CAMERA fault! Same video is played perfectly fine on Blue Ray player when converted to H.264. I also have new unibody 2008 Mac Book pro OS X - laptop detects camera right away and launching iMovie08, offering video transfer. If you have older, non Intel Processor Mac - forget about this camera - and ALL OTHER's AVCHD/H.264 camcorders - most likely they will not be working for you. So, please, do not write negative reviews, do not confuse people, OK?

I do not use Component and AV cables (they still in the box). If you do, you are downgrading HiDef video to patetic Analog quality. I refuse call it a "Standard Definition". HDTV is new STANDARD! And that other thing is, Analog.
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72 of 74 people found the following review helpful By M. Yoeun on March 29, 2009
Color Name: Silver
This camera is amazing. Once I charged up this puppy and fired it up it looked awesome. I filmed my dog and you could see every strand of hair on his body and the texture of the hair. It also has the smiling sensor technology that is really neat. Put it in video mode and when someone smiles SNAP!....a photo is automatically taken (you can set it on or off). I like that its flash memory as well (hard drives dont survive drops so well). I gotta say Sony put out one sexy stylish camcorder. It looks great in the hand and it definitely got some peoples attention. Once you get this camcorder you'll never want to go back to SD recording. Here are my PROs and CONs:

PROS:
+ Amazing quality video
+ Lets you take a photo while filming
+ Smile detection
+ Ready to film once screen is open
+ Small and compact
+ Very good looking camera comes in three colors
+ Flash memory (bad/good you decide)
+ HDMI support

CONS:
- Not just any HDMI cable will work
- Proprietary memory stick format (memory sticks are expensive)
- Low 10x optical zoom
- 3 hours recording time

Love this camera and highly recommend it.
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93 of 98 people found the following review helpful By J. Berger on August 13, 2009
Color Name: Silver
Recently bought this camera with same results as review by E. Sharon. Great for outdoors in good light, otherwise it is so grainy you might as well not bother with HD. Even with 100 W light bulb in a 10 x 10 room, picture was so grainy I thought the product was defective. I brought the camera back to the store, and one of the salespeople said that that was pretty much going to be the picture quality with such a small sensor size. I then returned the camera for a CX 12, which was head and shoulders above the quality of this camera, which it should be given the higher price point and larger sensor. Overall, it's a great camera outdoor use, however I would not recommend it for indoor use. If you need a camera that works indoors and in lowlight, go with the CX 12. Hope this is helpful.
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57 of 61 people found the following review helpful By RPM on March 12, 2009
Color Name: Black Verified Purchase
Right out of the box this Handycam Rocked my World!
I was looking for a camera that was:
-Small for traveling
-Does not use tapes
-Great HD quality.
The Sony HDR-CX100 was just released. I usually do a lot of research when it comes to technology, but the handycam fit exactly what I was looking for:
-Small
-Card Based Media
-Great HD Quality
I really took a chance on Quality, without testing at local store first..
(impulse buy)
But it worked out great the camera Is AWESOME. I even put it to a test.. I used the Handycam (all set in auto mode) along with the Sony HVR-Z1U 3CCD High Definition Camcorder to record a theatrical performance.. The quality matches perfectly.. cutting between the two cameras is seamless..

The size and superb HD quality, makes this a Must have for any one looking for compact HD handycam.
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Rick Bennette TOP 1000 REVIEWER on June 11, 2009
Color Name: Black
The Sony DCR-CX100 is an example of small size, ease of use and stunning video quality. Granted, there's a lot of stuff missing on this camcorder that the upscale models have, but hey, this was designed to be used by consumers.

The camcorder arrives with eight gigabytes of memory built in, so you can begin shooting as soon as you charge the battery. A card slot accepts a Sony memory stick which can be used either to extend shooting time or as a backup to the internal memory. You can copy the files from the internal memory to the Sony memory stick in the camcorder so you'll have backups for your video before you even get home. Place the card in a secure place, and if the camcorder gets stolen or falls in the lake, you'll at least have the video you backed up.

The CX100 is easy to use. Charge the battery, open the viewfinder to turn the camcorder on and you're ready to shoot in full automatic mode within three seconds. Autofocus works fast and accurate, even in normal room lighting. Automatic backlight compensation lets details be seen in shots where normally the subject would be underexposed. In auto mode, the white balance is accurate in even the most difficult, mixed lighting conditions.

Of course, all these controls can be set manually, albeit via the touch screen menu, which can be a chore to memorize the many settings for fast access.

Outdoors, the image quality is simply stunning. Colors are rich, but not over saturated. Color accuracy is nearly as good as setting the white balance manually. Autofocus is flawless. Exposure is accurate, almost never washing out except under the most adverse conditions. The image quality outdoors comes within 95 percent of some professional camcorders.
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