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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
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The budget-friendly SonyHDR-CX190 High Definition Handycam Camcorder (Black) shoots Full HD 1920 x 1080/60i video and can capture 5.3 megapixel still images as well. It's equipped with a back-illuminated Exmor CMOS sensor that's ideal for low-light situations. Plus, it features a wide angle Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar lens that supports 25x optical zoom and 30x extended zoom. There's also a 2.7 Clear Photo LCD display for easy recording and instant playback.
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Sony HDR-CX190 High Definition Handycam Camcorder
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.
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.
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 ReferenceEvent 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 YouWhy 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 Cable for Easy File Transfer/ChargeThe 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.
**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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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. My previous handycam was not an HD camcorder so the video shot with this camcorder is unbelievable especially compared to my SD camcorder. The indoor and low light video is not as clear as video shot outside in the sunlight but the video is still very clear.
I am very impressed with this camcorder. It is smaller than my previous handycam, takes much clearer video, and was less expensive. I don't have any complaints. I didn't want a touch screen and the memory card was cheaper than internal storage.
You won't regret purchasing Sony HDR-CX190
This camera takes really nice footage. It looks great on my HDTV. Not as crystal clear as a blu ray, but in order to get video like that, you have to spend thousands. You're just not going to get that caliber of footage from a little point and shoot camcorder. I don't know why people expect that. As it is, the footage this camera takes is sharp, colorful, and doesn't have much noise as long as there's enough light.
Zoom--This camera has more zoom than most people would need, and the steady-cam feature helps to make the picture more steady. It is hard to hold the camera still when it is zoomed all the way in, but honestly...you can't knock it for that. Even professional level cameras are hard to handhold still when zoomed in that far.
Low light--The Sony CX190 has nice low-light capabilities, especially compared to my older camcorder. Where my old camera could see practically nothing, my Sony captures a fairly nice picture, albeit slightly noisy.
Transferring to computer--This is the only issue I have with this camera. You have to download Sony's software and use it every time you need to unload your camera. You can't just use it as a 'flash drive', where you just plug it in and navigate to your removable storage. You HAVE to use their software. But, once it's transferred, the files work just fine in my editing software. I use Sony Vegas Movie Studio 11, and it recognizes the files without me having to transcode them. I believe the files are .mts filetype...one I've not heard of before, but they playback just fine in free programs such as VLC and Media Player Classic.
Note that you may need to run a deinterlace filter on your footage, as the camcorder records in 1080i rather than 1080p. Many video editing packages have an option to do deinterlace for your final render. If you're not sure what the heckkkkk I'm talking about, do a google search on interlaced footage and deinterlace filters.
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This model doesn't have a touch screen, the owners manual covers all models, my brother found it confusing to operate.
It really should have its own user manual.
Once you get past that learning curve; It takes very good sill pictures and movies.
Be sure you download the FULL VERSION of play memories, the camera has a starter version preloaded.
Also order a HDMI to HDMI mini cable or you have to hook up the A/V cables to your tv set. A much longer process.
The camera takes movies in HD which look great; However if you want to burn to a DVD, you have to use
a blueray disc or convert the file to standard Def. The play-memories software will convert it for you,but it is
a lengthy process. If you want to make standard DVDs or post on line; you are better off to shoot it in standard
def to begin with.
You can hook the camera up to your computer with the USB cable(included). I found it much faster and
more convenient to just plug the SD card into my computer. The play memories software works well either way.
As a added bonus; the play memories software will scan all picture files and movies on your computer(similar to picassa)
It will let you edit movies and enhance all you pictures, not just the ones you take with the Sony HDR-CX190.
It also makes it extremely easy to email files or post online.
1.order HDMI cable with the camcorder
2. order 32gb sd class 10 card with computer
3. read owners manual carefully for proper model
4. download FULL VERSION of play memories software
5. Remember the software will convert HD to SD; but if its
a slow process, it you want to post it or burn standard DVDs