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Sony HDR-CX220/B High Definition Handycam Camcorder with 2.7-Inch LCD (Black) (Discontinued by Manufacturer)

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  • 1920x1080 Full HD 60p with 8.9MP Exmor R CMOS Sensor
  • SteadyShot image stabilization reduces blur
  • 27x Optical / 32x Extended Zoom to get even closer to the action
  • 29.8mm wide angle Carl Zeiss Vario Tessar Lens
  • 2.7" wide Clear Photo LCD display (230K)
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Product Description

Color: Black

Product Description

Create high definition 1920 x 1080 60p videos and high quality 8.9MP still images. Experience stunning low-light sensitivity with improved image clarity and drastically reduced grain with Sony's back-illuminated Exmor R CMOS sensor. Designed for compact cameras and camcorders, the ExmorR CMOS 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.

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Make every moment count.


Record those special occasions with the Full HD 60p quality they deserve

Get clearer, shake-free video thanks to SteadyShot™ image stabilization. Shoot up close and still fit the whole family in with 32x Extended Zoom and a wide-angle Carl Zeiss lens. Even record in AVCD or MP4 formats – ideal for big screen TVs or YouTube™ uploads.
 

1920x1080 Full HD 60p w/8.9MP Exmor R® CMOS Sensor
SteadyShot™ image stabilization w/ Active Mode

32x Extended Zoom to get even closer to the action

Create high definition 1920 x 1080 60p videos and high quality 8.9MP still images.   sults in lower lighting conditions.

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.


Extended Zoom works in conjunction with 27x optical zoom to get even closer to the action while maintaining HD image quality.

Technology

Carl Zeiss® Vario-Tessar® lens
The professional-quality 29.8mm Carl Zeiss® Vario-Tessar® lens is designed specifically for compact camcorders. Precision ground optics help maintain the sharpness and contrast of larger lenses, and SteadyShot® image stabilization helps reduce blur caused by camera shake.


Shoot high quality AVCHD or web optimized MP4 video
Select between HD video in the AVCHD or MP4 format for highest quality or easy transfer and sharing. AVCHD provides premium video that can be enjoyed on large screen HDTVs, and MP4 is great for those moments that you want to quickly share on your social networks or store on the cloud.

2.7” wide Clear Photo™ LCD (230k)
The 2.7” (16:9) Clear Photo™ LCD (230K) 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.


Product description and full feature list
 

1920x1080 Full HD 60p  w/8.9MP Exmor R® CMOS Sensor
Create high definition 1920 x 1080 60p videos and high quality 8.9MP still images. Experience stunning low-light sensitivity with improved image clarity and drastically reduced grain with Sony’s back-illuminated Exmor® R CMOS sensor. Designed for compact cameras and camcorders, the Exmor®R CMOS 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.

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.

32x Extended Zoom to get even closer to the action
Extended Zoom works in conjunction with 27x optical zoom to get even closer to the action while maintaining HD image quality.

29.8mm Carl Zeiss® Vario-Tessar® lens
The professional-quality 29.8mm Carl Zeiss® Vario-Tessar® lens is designed specifically for compact camcorders. Precision ground optics help maintain the sharpness and contrast of larger lenses, and SteadyShot® image stabilization helps reduce blur caused by camera shake.

2.7” wide Clear Photo™ LCD (230k)
The 2.7” (16:9) Clear Photo™ LCD (230K) 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.

Shoot high quality AVCHD or web optimized MP4 video
Select between HD video in the AVCHD or MP4 format for highest quality or easy transfer and sharing. AVCHD provides premium video that can be enjoyed on large screen HDTVs, and is ideal for capturing precious memories at special occasions, family vacations and other moments you want to treasure for a lifetime. MP4 is great for those moments that you want to quickly share on your social networks or store on the cloud.

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 PC13
Store your memories in a whole new way with the ability to copy videos from your camcorder directly to an external hard disk drive13 (sold separately), all without a computer. Your camcorder can also access videos stored on the external hard drive for playback on your HDTV4, allowing you to utilize the camcorder’s handy playback features.

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 ten distinct scene modes and wind noise reduction. There are 60 different combinations possible: Portrait, Baby, Tripod , Backlight, Landscape, Spotlight, Twilight, Macro, Low light.



























FOOTNOTES:

4. Requires HDTV and HDMI cable sold sep.
9. For PC: Requires Microsoft® Windows® XP SP3/ Windows Vista® SP2/Windows
7. For Mac: Requires Mac OSX (v10.5-10.7)
13. 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).


© 2013 Sony Electronics Inc. All rights reserved. Reproduction in whole or in part without written permission is prohibited. Sony is not responsible for typographic and photographic errors.  Features and specifications are subject to change without notice.  Sony, Steady Shot and Clear Photo LCD are trademarks of Sony.  Microsoft, Windows, and Windows Vista are trademarks of Microsoft Corporation. HDMI is a trademark of HDMI Licensing LLC. Dolby is a registered trademark of Dolby Laboratories. All other trademarks are trademarks of their respective owners.


Product Information

Color:Black
Product Dimensions 11.7 x 5.2 x 2 inches
Item Weight 13.6 ounces
Shipping Weight 13.6 ounces
ASIN B00AR95H0W
Item model number HDR-CX220/B
Batteries 1 Lithium ion batteries required. (included)
Customer Reviews
4.2 out of 5 stars 321 customer reviews

4.2 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #5,458 in Camera & Photo
#226 in Camera & Photo > Camcorders
Discontinued by manufacturer Yes
Date first available at Amazon.com January 7, 2013

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Color: Black Verified Purchase
This camcorder is an excellent camcorder for someone who is looking for a cheap option for HD recording and HD playback. It is light-weight, compact, sturdy, and very user-friendly. I will go through different portions of this camcorder in my review. If I miss something, please feel free to ask me in comments, and I will add it to my review.

NAVIGATION

The menu and options on this camcorder is a breeze to use. Next to the 2.7" display are two buttons- a play button and a cursor/select button. The play button is only used to select between recording and play-back. The cursor/select button is used for 99% of the navigating on this camcorder. The positive side of this is that it is easy to use and feels natural. It acts as a joystick for scrolling but also pushes inward for selecting options. This makes navigation very easy for a beginner, since your finger never has to leave the same button, while operating the menu on this camcorder.

MENU

Sony has done well by making this camera easy to use and operate. The menu is separated into six different categories: Shooting Mode, Camera/Mic, Image Quality/Size, Playback Function, Edit/Copy, and Setup. It is simple to change quality of recording, switch between recording and playback, change time and settings, check battery status, and switch between still shots and HD recording.

HD RECORDING

First, let my start by saying, this is an entry-level camcorder with a price-tag of $200-$250. That being said, the HDR-CX220 shoots excellent quality movies and clips. Under the Image Quality/Size category, there is several options that can be used to change the quality of recording to what the user preference is.

There are two different frame rates that can be selected from: 60i and 60p.
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Color: Black
I usually don't write reviews but after reading some of the previous comments I felt I needed to in order to help people out who are on the fence on whether or not to get this item. I am a mobile DJ and thought this camcorder would be good to record some of my gigs. At first I too could not figure out how to charge this camcorder right out of the box, but after taking about 30 seconds to read the instructions I realized it was built into the strap and there is a usb adaptor included. As I write this review, I am charging my camcorder through the USB on my Macbook computer. The fact that so many people can give a good item bad reviews because of their own ignorance and laziness is beyond me. If you are considering purchasing this item but are on the fence because of the bad reviews I say buy it. It is really good for the price and super easy to use. After charging my cx220 for about 20 minutes on my Macbook, I was able to immediately record my first event with zero learning curve. Hope this helps.
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The SONY CX-220 is the low end camera in SONY's Camcorder line based on the Exmor R 8.9 Megapixel image capture element. From a practical perspective, low end can be measured in a number of ways.

First, it's about half the price of the top of the line camera in the series, the CX-260.

Second, it has no internal memory, which requires that you use an SD card to record your videos. Other cameras in the series include 8 and 16 Gigabytes of internal memory. The internal memory can occasionally useful, but SD cards are inexpensive and easy to carry along. Given that you'll need a 32GB card to do upwards of 2 hours of highest quality video, the lack of internal memory is no real handicap.

Third, it it has a smaller external zoom (27x as opposed to the 30x in the CX-260). Again, there may be circumstances where the extra zoom matters, but you'll need a tripod to take advantage of it. Of slightly greater concern, in this regard, is the starting point for the zoom. While all of the cameras in Sony's Exmor R line are described as "wide angle", the CS-220's wide angle isn't quite as wide as other cameras in the series, which means you may have to position slightly further from the scene to capture everything you want to have in the frame. This is a practical issue for me as I most frequently use my video cameras to record Chorus concerts, which usually involve a wide frame. This shouldn't be an issue unless you are shooting in a small space (like a classroom) and want to capture the full width of the room. There are sometimes limits on how far you can back up the camera. It hasn't been an issue in auditoriums.

Fourth, it comes with a weaker battery than other cameras in the series.
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I don't want to be a videographer. So I went kicking and screaming into the reality that I would have to create a 5 min soccer highlight video of my son to send to college coaches. To that end, I've returned two hd video cameras so far. One was a Toshiba, terrible. The other was a sony extreme sports camera, too extreme for me. But this one is perfect. High quality video, easy to use with logical menus, comes with an actual menu rather than a mere pdf, records in mp4, can add just about as much memory as you want with a memory card (I added 32 gb), playmemories software makes it easy to upload to computer and edit into highlight clips, re-charges using usb cable (but I also purchased an ac adapter so I can plug it in), batter life is fair but I purchased another to be safe, and I also purchased S-video cable to transfer video to my home dvd recorder/player. Very happy that I can purchase everything I need from after market here on amazon. It all cost me around $350 with tax. What a relief to finally solve this headache.
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