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Sony HDR-CX200
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Sony HDR-CX200 Camcorder

5.3MP 1/5.8 175g Sep 2013
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Easy to use Full HD camcorder with high quality imaging and powerful zoom Full HD 1920x1080 recording: Record detail-packed, high quality Full HD video using the popular AVCHD format. Recording on... More
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23 Reasons For

Sony Camcorders Have Good Reviews

On average Sony medium sensor size camcorders have good reviews compared to other manufacturers as do all camcorders manufactured by Sony.

Good Size

One person who bought the Sony HDR-CX200 thought it was lightweight.

Full HD HD Type

The HD type of this video camera is Full HD, which is typical of many video cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to it.

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Has an Interchangeable Lens

The HDR-CX200 has an interchangeable lens, unlike most of the other video cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the HDR-CX200 which do not have an interchangeable lens.

We compared all the other camcorders with an interchangeable lens to this video camera and we think because of it's better review score, the HS900[pl_1047313_price], and the HDC-SD90[pl_1121383_price] both from Panasonic or the CamOne Fly Cam One[plb_2481410_price] is also worth considering.

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Has an Image Stabiliser

The Sony HDR-CX200 has an image stabiliser. Most of the other medium sensor size camcorders that are a comparable age to the HDR-CX200 also have an image stabiliser.

Alternative camcorders with an image stabiliser currently available that you might also want to consider include the Canon Vixia HF S30[plb_61584_price], the Sony HDR-GW66[plb_1550614_price], or the Toshiba Camileo BW10[plb_1432168_price] which has better reviews.

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Full HD

Full HD

The Sony HDR-CX200 is Full HD. Most of the other camcorders that have been available for more than two years also are Full HD.

We compared this camcorder to all the other Full HD camcorders and we think the Canon Vixia HF S30[plb_61584_price], the Panasonic HDC-Z10000E[plb_1670403_price], and the Toshiba Camileo BW10[plb_1432168_price] which has better reviews is also worth considering.

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Has an HDMI Port

has an HDMI port

Like most of the other camcorders that have been on the market for more than two years, the HDR-CX200 has an HDMI port.

We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative video cameras with an HDMI port currently available including because of it's better review score, the Canon Vixia HF S30[plb_61584_price], the Panasonic HDC-Z10000E[plb_1670403_price], or the Toshiba Camileo BW10[plb_1432168_price].

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SDXC Memory Card

SDXC memory card

The HDR-CX200 supports an SDXC memory card which is better than the SDHC memory card supported by most camcorders of this age and type. This video camera also support Memory Stick (MS), MS PRO Duo 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).

An SDXC memory card is in fact the best supported memory card type across all camcorders that came out around the same time as the HDR-CX200.

A MicroSDXC memory card is the worst supported memory card type across similar types of camcorder.

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

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Optical Image Stabiliser

This camcorder has an optical image stabiliser, which is the most commonly found image stabiliser on comparable spec camcorders that are a similar age 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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Lithium Battery

This camcorder has a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion) battery, which is the most commonly found battery on medium sensor size camcorders that came out more than two years ago.

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Has Two Photo Effects

The HDR-CX200 has a greater number of photo effects than most camcorders of this type and age. This camcorder has a Black&White photo effect, which is the most commonly found photo effect found on camcorders of a comparable type and age to the HDR-CX200. The photo effect "Fader" is also found on this Sony video camera.

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Has a Built-In Display

The HDR-CX200 has a built-in display, as do most of the other video cameras of a similar type and age to the HDR-CX200.

We compared all the other camcorders with a built-in display to this camcorder and we think because of it's better review score, the HDR-PJ50[pl_80442_price], and the HDR-CX410[pl_1481287_price] both from Sony or the Olympus LS-20M[plb_1691558_price] is also worth considering.

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1080i Video Mode

1920 pixels × 1080 lines (2.1 megapixels), and a temporal resolution of 50 or 60 interlaced fields per second. Camcorders of a comparable age and type to the HDR-CX200 video modes range from 480p to 1080p.

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H.264 Video Format

This video camera has an AVCHD|H.264|MPEG2|MPEG4 video format, which is the most frequently found video format on comparable spec video cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as it.

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Quite Long Maximum Focal Length

The HDR-CX200 has one of the longer maximum focal lengths (1,080 millimeter) amongst medium sensor size camcorders of this age. The average maximum focal length of medium sensor size camcorders that have been around for around the same time as the HDR-CX200 is 720mm.

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Has One White Balance Mode

The Sony HDR-CX200 has a greater number of white balance modes than most medium sensor size camcorders that have been around for around the same time as it. This Sony camcorder has an Auto white balance mode, which is the most commonly found white balance mode found on medium sensor size camcorders that have been around for a comparable time to the HDR-CX200.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

This video camera supports a video resolution of 720 x 480|1440 x 1080|1920 x 1080 pixels, which is the most frequently supported video resolution on video cameras of a comparable age and type to it.

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CMOS Sensor Type

This camcorder has a CMOS sensor type, which is typical of many video cameras of a comparable type and age to it.

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Has Four Cables Included

The HDR-CX200 has a greater number of included cables than most camcorders that have been around for more than two years. This video camera has a USB cable included, which is the most commonly found cable included found on medium sensor size camcorders that are a comparable age to the HDR-CX200. The cables included "AC", "AV" and "HDMI" are also found on this Sony video camera.

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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 medium sensor size camcorders that were launched around the same time as it.

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LCD Display

This camcorder has an LCD display, which is the most commonly found display on similar spec camcorders that have been on the market for more than two years.

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Small

The average height of comparable spec camcorders that came out around the same time as the HDR-CX200 is 79mm, and the heights range from 17mm to 240mm. With a height of only 56 millimeters, the Sony HDR-CX200 is quite small compared to most of the other video cameras of this spec and age.

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Small

The average width of camcorders of this age and spec is 67mm. At only 51 millimeters, the HDR-CX200 is fairly small compared to most of the other camcorders that were released more than two years ago.

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12 Reasons Against

Poor Expert Reviews

On average, based on two expert reviews from sites including CNET.com and CNET.com.au this video camera has an overall expert rating of 60 out of 100. If all the video cameras of this type and age are ranked by average expert review score then this medium sensor size camcorder is in the bottom 12%.

Only 1/5.8" Optical Sensor Size

This camcorder has a 1/5.8" optical sensor size, which is the most commonly found optical sensor size on comparable spec camcorders that have been on the market for more than two years.

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Quite Low Megapixel Count

With a megapixel count of only 1.31 megapixels, the HDR-CX200 has a quite low megapixel count compared to most of the other camcorders of a similar age and spec to the HDR-CX200. The megapixel counts of video cameras of this age and spec range from 1.3MP to 16MP.

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Very Low Movie Megapixel Count

At only 1.31 megapixels, the HDR-CX200 has a quite low movie megapixel count compared to most of the other camcorders of this type and age. The average movie megapixel count of medium sensor size camcorders that have been on the market for around the same time as the HDR-CX200 is 3.9MP, and the movie megapixel counts range from 0.49MP to 9.9MP.

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Very Small Maximum Fash Memory Capacity

The Sony HDR-CX200 has a quite small maximum fash memory capacity (only 4 gigabytes) compared to most of the other medium sensor size camcorders that were launched more than two years ago. The maximum fash memory capacities of video cameras of this age and spec range from 0.12GB to 160GB, and the average maximum fash memory capacity is 24GB.

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Not 3D Compatible

Most camcorders that have been on the market for more than two years are not 3D compatible. The HDR-CX200 is no exception to this as it too is not 3D compatible.

Video cameras which are 3D compatible that might also be worth considering include the HDC-SD90[pl_1121383_price], or the HDC-Z10000E[pl_1670403_price] both from Panasonic or the Philips CAM150[plb_1394755_price].

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Does Not Have a Night Mode

The HDR-CX200 does not have a night mode, although keep in mind that most of the other medium sensor size camcorders that have been available for more than two years also do not have a night mode.

Alternative camcorders which also have a night mode that you might want to consider include the Panasonic HDC-SD90[plb_1121383_price], or the Aiptek 3D i2[plb_1752184_price] which is also higher rated.

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Not Waterproof

Like most of the other video cameras of this age and type, the HDR-CX200 is not waterproof.

If you want a camcorder that is waterproof then you might want to look at the Panasonic HX-A100[plb_1879762_price], or the GE DV1[plb_1687216_price] which also has a higher rating.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Projector

Most comparable spec camcorders that have been available for around the same time as the HDR-CX200 do not have a built-in projector. The HDR-CX200 is no exception to this as it too does not have a built-in projector.

We compared this video camera to all the other video cameras with a built-in projector and we think the HDR-PJ200[pl_363159_price], or the HDR-PJ240[pl_2109550_price] both from Sony or the Aiptek ProjectorCam C25[plb_2167191_price] is also worth considering.

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Quite Small Bitrate At Maximum Video Resolution

The Sony HDR-CX200 has one of the smaller bitrates at maximum video resolution (only 24 megabits per second) amongst similar spec camcorders of this age. The average bitrate at maximum video resolution of camcorders of this spec and age is 28 Mbit/s, and the bitrates at maximum video resolution range from 9 Mbit/s to 50 Mbit/s.

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Fairly Long Minimum Focal Length

The shortest minimum focal length of video cameras that are a comparable age to the HDR-CX200 is 1.8mm, the longest is 40mm, and the average minimum focal length is 29mm. At 36 millimeters, the Sony HDR-CX200 has a fairly long minimum focal length compared to most of the other comparable spec video cameras that were released more than two years ago.

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Very High Typical Power Consumption

Medium sensor size camcorders that have been on the market for a comparable time to the HDR-CX200 have typical power consumption of between 2.1W and 8.4W. The HDR-CX200 has a very high typical power consumption (8.4 Watts) compared to most of the other camcorders that have been available for around the same time as the HDR-CX200.

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5 Other reasons to consider the Sony HDR-CX200

Released Over Three Years Ago

This Sony camcorder has been on the market for over three years.

Average Digital Zoom

At 300 times zoom factor, the HDR-CX200 has a relatively typical digital zoom compared to most of the other medium sensor size camcorders that have been around for around the same time as the HDR-CX200.

We think you might also be interested in some of the other 300x (digital) video cameras currently available including the Canon Vixia HF M32[plb_89683_price], the Samsung HMX-H304[plb_140536_price], or the Sony HDR-PJ200[plb_363159_price] which has better reviews.

Camcorders with a bigger digital zoom that might also be worth considering include the HDR-CX290[pl_2080143_price] (320x and higher rated), or the HDR-PJ240[pl_2109550_price] (320x and higher rated) both from Sony.

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Average Optical Zoom

The Sony HDR-CX200 has a fairly typical optical zoom (25 times zoom factor) compared to most of the other medium sensor size camcorders that have been around for around the same time as the HDR-CX200.

We compared all the other 25x (optical) camcorders to this video camera and we think the Sony HDR-PJ200[plb_363159_price] which has better reviews is also worth considering.

Video cameras with a bigger optical zoom that might also be worth considering include the HDR-PJ240[pl_2109550_price] (27x), the HDR-CX290[pl_2080143_price] (27x), or the HDR-CX240[pl_2109552_price] (27x) all from Sony which is also higher rated.

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Average Screen Size

At 2.7 inches, the HDR-CX200 has a pretty standard screen size compared to most of the other comparable spec camcorders that have been available for a similar time to the HDR-CX200.

Alternative 2.7" screen size camcorders currently available that you might want to look at include because of it's better review score, the Canon Vixia HF M32[plb_89683_price], or the Sony HDR-PJ200[plb_363159_price].

If you want a video camera with a larger screen size then you might want to look at the Camileo S40[pl_1459563_price] (3" and higher rated), or the Camileo X150[pl_1474876_price] (3" and higher rated) both from Toshiba or the Sony HDR-CX410[plb_1481287_price] (3" and higher rated).

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Average Weight

The Sony HDR-CX200 has a fairly typical weight (175 grams) compared to most of the other similar spec camcorders that have been available for a comparable time to the HDR-CX200.

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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
Image Stabiliser
Maximum Focal Length
Minimum Aperture
Minimum Focal Length
Maximum Aperture Value
Focal Length
Focal Length Range
Storage
Maximum Fash Memory Capacity
Memory Card Slot
Storage
Memory Card
Storage Media Type
Disc Type
File System
Focusing
Focus Adjustment
Light Exposure
Scene Mode
Light Metering Type
White Balance
White Balance Mode
Flash
Built-In Flash
Built-In Light
Shutter
Video Shutter Speed
Shutter Speed
Display
Screen Size
Display Resolution
Display
Aspect Ratio
Display Aspect Ratio
Viewfinder
Viewfinder
Camera
Camcorder Type
3D Compatible
Photo Effect
Image Processor
Minimum Illumination
Aspect Ratio
Self-Timer
Design
Colour
Video
HD Type
Bitrate At Maximum Video Resolution
Capture Mode
Video Mode
Video Format
Video Resolution
Maximum Video Resolution
Analog Signal Format System
Still Image
Image Format
Still Image Resolution
Maximum Image Resolution
Audio
Audio System
Ports & Interfaces
USB 2.0 Port
PictBridge
USB Connector Type
Mini-USB 2.0 Port
Battery
Battery Type
Battery Voltage
Battery
Battery Slot
Charging Source
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Packaging Content
Bundled Software
Cable Included
Other Features
Typical Power Consumption
Lens System

Expert Reviews

(3)
15 May 2012

They're cheap and capture video, but don't buy the Sony Handycam HDR-CX190, CX200 or CX210 thinking that you're getting a great bargain on a real HD camcorder. If you're going to buy one, get the...

Sony's entrylevel Handycams, the HDRC 190
C 200 and C 210 are small, lightweight and cheap
A captive USB cable that enables charging while connected to your computer is one of the few perks
Sony's entry-level Handycams, the HDR-C 190
You can't really call the video HD quality, the camcorder feels flimsy and the lens is prone to fringing
14 May 2012

They're cheap and capture video, but don't buy the Sony Handycam HDR-CX190, CX200 or CX210 thinking that you're getting a great bargain on a real HD camcorder. If you're going to buy one, get the...

26 September 2012

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers cx200e, plr p260, plr pj30, plr td20, plr pj50, hdrcx200, plr td30, plr cx360, plr xr260, plr pj650, plr pj260, plr cx430, plr td20v, plr pj760, plr pj50v, hdrcx200e, plr cx560, plr td30v, plr pj790, hdrcx200b, plr pj430, plr p260v, plr cx760, plr cx260, plr pj580, plr pj30v, plr cx560v, plr pj790v, hdrcx200bu
Barcodes 00411378266620, 00490552485637, 00989898764341, 03610170783107, 04905524856231, 04905524856248, 04905524856286, 04905524856293, 04905524856323, 04905524856361, 04905524856378, 08029276070380, 08029276070397, 08029276070403
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