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Not great, not bad,
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This review is from: Sony HDRCX240/B Video Camera with 2.7-Inch LCD (Black) (Electronics)
I've had the camera for a week now and have used it for photos and video and I'm satisfied with the results so far. I'll be using it more this weekend and will be able to provide a better review shortly. In short, I've had no issues with it and everything works as expected. I'm by no means a pro, and the software on this camera appears to be somewhat simplistic as opposed to the more expensive camera my parents bought a few years back, but I'm fine with that. We're expecting a child and I just want something that's simple and easy, and takes high quality video/photo, which it does.
The only complaint I have so far is that you cannot take still photos while capturing video in 1080p. You have to be using 1080i in order to capture still photos while taking video. Oh well. I did purchase a full size SD card for this camera and had to return it for a microSD so pay attention to that. I bought a 64GB microSD card, and with 1080i mode the camera says I have right around 7 hours of recording time. I haven't used it enough to evaluate the battery life yet. As one other reviewer said, the camera does feel extremely light. It's much lighter than my galaxy s3 cell phone even. It's unbelievably light, almost to the point of feeling cheap. I think we're getting to the point now where the electronics in the camera are so small that they are now adding empty space inside just to get the camera to a physical size where you can hold it comfortably in your hand. I have no doubt that the physical quality and durability of this camera is right on target with any other brand or consumer model.
For the record, I did not purchase the 3 or 4 year warranty on the camera. After doing some research, I found that video cameras are among the least repaired consumer electronics today. And for the price of this model, it's simply not worth it.
Update: I've dropped my review from 5 stars to 4 stars after using my camera for a few hours over the weekend. Everything was fine up until watching the videos on my computer and there is some obvious motion blur when people are walking or shifting in their seats, which makes me wonder how this camera will handle capturing sports or my child running around. I should also note that the zoom is phenomenal on this thing, and doesn't get blurry when going beyond the optical zoom either. From my back porch I was able to identify the make/model/color of cars driving down the road over a mile from my house.
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Initial post: Feb 19, 2014 12:10:08 PM PST
...just got mine... and my full-size SD card... *sigh* Next time I'll read everything more carefully :-P
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