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Sony HDR-CX130 Camcorder

3.3MP 1/4 250g Mar 2012
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33 Reasons For

Average Expert Reviews

On average, based on eight expert reviews from sites including CNET.com, Digitaltrends.com, Chip.de and CNET.com.au this camcorder has an overall expert rating of 76%.

Owner Reviews Are Good

The average owner rating of this medium sensor size camcorder is 86 out of 100 based on 6 owner reviews.

Nice Design

Several Sony HDR-CX130 reviewers agreed that this camcorder was a good design. Cnet.com.au wrote in their Sony HDR-CX130 review “Pleasing design”. One person who reviewed it reckoned that it was good looking.

One person wrote in their reviews that it was smooth.

One person who reviewed it thought it was well designed. Expert website Cnet.com.au mentioned four years ago “There's no doubt that Sony is adept at launching products that are nicely designed and pleasing to the eye” .

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Sony Has Good Video Camera Reviews

Based on 3,509 owner and expert reviews, Sony has good ratings for its video cameras. Sony also has good ratings specifically within its medium sensor size camcorders range compared to other brands.

Robust

One Sony HDR-CX130 owner wrote in their reviews that it was strong and durable. Four years ago Cnet.com.au wrote “Make sure you set LCD to bright when in tough sunlight” and gave the product a score of 80 out of 100. One person said in their reviews that it was well made.

Good Size

One customer mentioned in their reviews that the product was compact. Cnet.com.au wrote in their Sony HDR-CX130 review “Nice compact design” and scored the product 80 out of 100.

One person who reviewed this camcorder considered that it was lightweight. Expert website Cnet.com.au gave the product a rating of 80 out of 100 and said four years ago “Still manages to remain lightweight and smooth” in their Sony HDR-CX130 review.

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Good Product Quality

One Sony HDR-CX130 owner who purchased it mentioned that it was good quality. Four years ago Cnet.com.au gave the product a score of 4 stars and mentioned on expert website CNET.com.au “The plastic on the CX130 is well made and doesn't feel too cheap.”.

Good Connectivity

One person who purchased the Sony HDR-CX130 concluded that it was good in terms of USB connections. Four years ago Cnet.com.au said in their review of the Sony HDR-CX130 on CNET.com.au “A wide-angle lens, built-in USB cable”.

Good Quality Lens

One Sony HDR-CX130 reviewer who purchased it reckoned that it had a good lens.

Full HD HD Type

The HD type of this camcorder is Full HD, which is typical of many video cameras of this age and spec.

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Fairly Large Screen Size

With a screen size of 3 inches, the HDR-CX130 has a quite large screen size compared to most of the other video cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to the HDR-CX130. The average screen size of video cameras of a comparable spec and age to the HDR-CX130 is 2.8".

If you want a larger screen size then you might also want to consider the Canon EOS C100[plb_1983438_price] (3.5") which also has a higher rating.

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Has an Image Stabiliser

The HDR-CX130 has an image stabiliser. Most of the other camcorders of a similar type and age to the HDR-CX130 also have an image stabiliser.

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Full HD

Full HD

The Sony HDR-CX130 is Full HD. Most of the other camcorders of a similar spec and age to the HDR-CX130 also are Full HD.

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Has an HDMI Port

has an HDMI port

The HDR-CX130 has an HDMI port. Most of the other medium sensor size camcorders that have been on the market for more than two years also have an HDMI port.

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Fairly Big Digital Zoom

Medium sensor size camcorders that have been on the market for around the same time as the HDR-CX130 have digital zooms of between 2x and 1,800x. With a digital zoom of 350 times zoom factor, the HDR-CX130 has a fairly big digital zoom compared to most of the other camcorders that were released more than two years ago.

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Quite Big Optical Zoom

With an optical zoom of 30 times zoom factor, the HDR-CX130 has one of the bigger optical zooms amongst medium sensor size camcorders of this age. The optical zooms of similar spec camcorders that have been around for more than two years range from 1x to 60x.

Camcorders with a bigger optical zoom that might also be worth considering include the Samsung HMX-F90[plb_1538898_price] (52x) which is also higher rated.

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1/4" Optical Sensor Size

The biggest optical sensor size of the HDR-CX130 is 1/4". That's 45% more optical sensor size than the most common optical sensor size of 1/5.8". Across all medium sensor size camcorders that have been on the market for more than two years the worst optical sensor size is 1/5.8" and the best is 1/3".

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Optical Image Stabiliser

This camcorder has an optical image stabiliser, which is typical of many video cameras of a comparable age and type to it. Optical image stabilisation is hardware based. Digital cameras with optical IS typically have a built-in gyro sensor and microprocessor that detects camera shake as it occurs. The stabiliser compensates for any camera movement.

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SDXC Memory Card

SDXC memory card

The Sony HDR-CX130 supports a better memory card type than most medium sensor size camcorders that have been available for a similar time to it. This Sony camcorder supports an SDXC memory card, whereas most video cameras of a similar age and spec to it support an SDHC memory card. In addition, this Sony video camera support MS PRO Duo, MS PRO Duo HS, MS PRO Duo Mark 2 and MS Pro-HG Duo and SD memory cards. SDXC cards are SD cards but with a much higher capacity and faster processing speeds. They have a maximum capacity of 2TB (Terabytes).

This video camera's memory card type (SDXC) is actually the best supported memory card type across all camcorders that came out more than two years ago.

A MicroSDXC memory card is the worst supported memory card type amongst comparable types of video camera.

SDHC cards are DS cards with a higher capacity of up to 32GB.

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Lithium Battery

This camcorder has a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion) battery, which is typical of many medium sensor size camcorders that came out more than two years ago.

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Has Eight Scene Modes

The HDR-CX130 has a greater number of scene modes than most camcorders that have been available for more than two years. This Sony video camera has a Portrait scene mode, which is the most frequently found scene mode found on comparable spec camcorders that are a similar age to the HDR-CX130. The scene modes "Beach", "Fireworks", "Landscape", "Snow", "Spotlight", "Sunset" and "Twilight" are also found on this video camera.

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Has a Built-In Display

Like most of the other medium sensor size camcorders that came out around the same time as the HDR-CX130, the HDR-CX130 has a built-in display.

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1080p Video Mode

This camcorder has a 1080i|1080p|576i video mode, which is the most frequently found video mode on video cameras that came out around the same time as it.

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Fairly Long Maximum Focal Length

The shortest maximum focal length of camcorders of this spec and age is 4mm, the longest is 1,900mm, and the average maximum focal length is 720mm. The HDR-CX130 has one of the longer maximum focal lengths (1,095 millimeter) amongst video cameras of this age.

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H.264 Video Format

This video camera has an AVCHD|H.264|MPEG4 video format, which is typical of many camcorders of a similar type and age to it.

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Has One White Balance Mode

The number of white balance modes found on the Sony HDR-CX130 is more than most video cameras of a comparable age and type to it. This video camera has an Auto white balance mode, which is the most frequently found white balance mode found on camcorders of this age and type.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

This camcorder supports a video resolution of 720 x 576|1440 x 1080|1920 x 1080 pixels, which is typical of many camcorders of this age and spec.

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CMOS Sensor Type

This video camera has a CMOS sensor type, which is typical of many camcorders that were released around the same time as it.

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Has One Cable Included

The Sony HDR-CX130 has a greater number of included cables than most camcorders of this type and age. The most frequently found cable included is USB, but this cable included is not found on this camcorder. The cables included AV,Component,USB are also found on this Sony camcorder.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Maximum Video Resolution

This camcorder has a maximum video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, which is typical of many video cameras of a similar age and spec to it.

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LCD Display

This camcorder has an LCD display, which is typical of many camcorders of a similar type and age to it.

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JPG Image Format

This video camera has a JPG image format, which is the most frequently found image format on medium sensor size camcorders that were launched around the same time as it.

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Small

Across all the medium sensor size camcorders that were launched around the same time as the HDR-CX130 the heights range from 17mm to 240mm. The HDR-CX130 is quite small (only 52.5 millimeters) compared to most of the other video cameras that were launched around the same time as the HDR-CX130.

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10 Reasons Against

Does Not Have an Interchangeable Lens

The HDR-CX130 does not have an interchangeable lens, although it is worth noting that most of the other medium sensor size camcorders that are a comparable age to the HDR-CX130 also do not have an interchangeable lens.

We compared all the other camcorders which also have an interchangeable lens to this camcorder and we think the Panasonic HS900[plb_1047313_price] which also has a higher rating is also worth considering.

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Very Low Megapixel Count

The Sony HDR-CX130 has a quite low megapixel count (only 1.67 megapixels) compared to most of the other medium sensor size camcorders that came out around the same time as the HDR-CX130. Video cameras of this age and spec have megapixel counts of between 1.3MP and 16MP.

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Only 1600 X 1200 Still Image Resolution

The highest still image resolution supported by the HDR-CX130 is 1600 x 1200. That's 7% less still image resolution than a 1920 x 1080 camcorder, which is the most common still image resolution supported by camcorders of a comparable age and spec to the HDR-CX130. In addition, this Sony video camera supports a still image resolution of 2112 x 1584. Video cameras of this type and age still image resolutions range from 640 x 480 (worst) to 4608 x 3456 (best).

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Very Low Movie Megapixel Count

The average movie megapixel count of medium sensor size camcorders that have been on the market for more than two years is 3.9MP. The Sony HDR-CX130 has one of the lower movie megapixel counts (only 1.49 megapixels) amongst medium sensor size camcorders of this age.

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Not 3D Compatible

The HDR-CX130 is not 3D compatible. Most of the other medium sensor size camcorders that have been available for more than two years are also not 3D compatible.

Video cameras which are 3D compatible that might also be worth considering include the Philips CAM150[plb_1394755_price] which is also higher rated.

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Only Has One Capture Mode

The HDR-CX130 has a greater number of capture mode than most comparable spec camcorders that were launched around the same time as it. The most commonly found capture mode is LP, but this capture mode is not found on this Sony camcorder. The capture modes FH,FXP,HQ,LP are also found on this video camera.

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Does Not Have a Night Mode

The HDR-CX130 does not have a night mode, although it is worth keeping in mind that most of the other video cameras of a similar age and spec to the HDR-CX130 also do not have a night mode.

We compared all the other video cameras which also have a night mode to this video camera and we think the Sony HDR-PJ330[plb_2109562_price] is also worth considering.

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Not Waterproof

The Sony HDR-CX130 is not waterproof. Most of the other video cameras of this age and type are also not waterproof.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Projector

Like most of the other video cameras of a comparable spec and age to the HDR-CX130, the HDR-CX130 does not have a built-in projector.

We think you might also be interested in alternative video cameras which also have a built-in projector including the Aiptek ProjectorCam C25[plb_2167191_price] which also has a higher rating.

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Very Low Display Resolution

Video cameras of a similar spec and age to the HDR-CX130 have display resolutions of between 96,000 pixels and 1,200,000 pixels. With a display resolution of only 230,000 pixels, the HDR-CX130 has a quite low display resolution compared to most of the other camcorders that have been available for around the same time as the HDR-CX130.

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2 Other reasons to consider the Sony HDR-CX130

Released Over Four Years Ago

This medium sensor size camcorder was released over four years ago.

Average Weight

The Sony HDR-CX130 has a pretty average weight (250 grams) compared to most of the other medium sensor size camcorders that were launched more than two years ago.

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Specification

Image Sensor
Sensor Size
Optical Sensor Size
Sensor Type
Megapixel Count
Movie Megapixel Count
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Digital Zoom
Interchangeable Lens
Image Stabiliser
Maximum Focal Length
Minimum Aperture
Minimum Focal Length
Maximum Aperture Value
Filter Size
Focal Length
Focal Length Range
Storage
Internal Storage Capacity
Maximum Fash Memory Capacity
Storage
Memory Card
Storage Media Type
Disc Type
Focusing
Focus Adjustment
Light Exposure
Scene Mode
White Balance
White Balance Mode
Flash
Built-In Flash
Built-In Light
Shutter
Shutter Speed
Display
Screen Size
Display Resolution
Display
Display Aspect Ratio
Viewfinder
Viewfinder
Camera
Camcorder Type
3D Compatible
Image Processor
Minimum Illumination
Aspect Ratio
GPS Function
Design
Colour
Video
HD Type
Bitrate At Maximum Video Resolution
Capture Mode
Video Mode
Video Format
Video Resolution
Maximum Video Resolution
Still Image
Image Format
Still Image Resolution
Maximum Image Resolution
Audio
Audio System
Ports & Interfaces
USB 2.0 Port
Component Video Out Port
PictBridge
Battery
Battery Type
Battery Voltage
Battery Capacity
Battery
Battery Capacity
Charging Source
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Packaging Content
Cable Included
Other Features

Expert Reviews

(8)
9 January 2012

The CX130 is an impressive camcorder within its price range, featuring a stylish exterior and large LCD screen, though its image and video quality don't quite live up to the aesthetics...

Good low-light performance
Pleasing design
Easy-to-use interface and menus
30x wide-angle lens
Excellent AVCHD videos
Colours could be more vibrant
Poor 3.3MP photos
Make sure you set LCD to bright when in tough sunlight
Some inscrutable icons
Their sub-HD resolution sensor produces merely satisfactory video
15 June 2011

Sony has gone one step ahead than the other handycam companies by launching its latest entry level camcorders. The all new Sony Handycam HDR-CX130 is one of the no frills model of this entry level... Read more…

The Sony Handycam HDR-CX130 is an excellent tool for capturing video memories. It doesn?t have all the features in the world but it won't run you $1,000 either...

9 May 2011

Typical for their price class, the no-frills Sony Handycam HDR-CX130, CX160, and XR160 produce generally subpar HD video, but if you're not picky you'll probably be fine. The CX130 is the best buy...

26 January 2012

Här hittar vi en optisk zoom på 30x och upp till 42x med det utvidgade läget, som Sony kallar den digitala zoomen. En så pass kraftfull zoom kan inte användas till något njutbart med mindre... Read more…

Large and obvious buttons
Decent feature set for a reasonable price
Choice of SD or Memory Stick storage
Bright lights
A wide-angle lens, built-in USB cable, and consistently good automated behavior highlight the otherwise no-frills Sony Handycam HDR-C 130
Plasticky construction, though many will appreciate the larger controls
Detail could be sharper
Their sub-HD resolution sensor produces merely satisfactory video
Ikke lang batteritid
Intet HDMIkabel
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User Reviews

(6)
Reviewed 1 July 2011 by SmacksFrogDIGGUM
SmacksFrogDIGGUM would recommend the Sony HDR-CX130

I'm glad I spent a little more than my original budget to get this camcorder...features make it very easy to use, picture looks incredible. Favorite parts are the flash memory and HDMI out to show... Read more…

Reviewed 26 October 2012 by BigAL88
BigAL88 would recommend the Sony HDR-CX130

I work in communications, so I have been producing videos for quite some time and this camera can rival high end cameras at half the cost. No your not going to be making Hollywood style films, but... Read more…

Reviewed 12 January 2012 by Mazza

First off I simply want to state that is about as high quality as you will get from a handycam without getting a professional one. The camera is very durable, the mic is very accurate and wind... Read more…

Reviewed 8 April 2011 by AndrewAWilson
AndrewAWilson would recommend the Sony HDR-CX130

I'll start off by saying that there IS A MAC WORKAROUND. The 60p mode will not be recognized in Final Cut Pro / Express or iMovie because Apple has not updated the AVCHD codec to the latest... Read more…

Reviewed 28 March 2011 by Terraandjames

If you try to use it on a Mac, get ready to dish out $19.99 to update Quicktime and then to have NO SOUND. Sound works just fine on the camera, but when you use it from the SD card, it transfers... Read more…

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Brochures and Manuals

+- Manufacturer's Description

Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers hdrcx130, hdrcx130e, ktcx130lsfdi
Barcodes 08427247079217

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