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Sony HDR-CX210
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Sony HDR-CX210 Camcorder

5.3MP 1/5.8 175g Jan 2012
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Have fun with the HDR-CX210 Handycam camcorder capable of beautiful 1920 x 1080 Full HD 60i recording. Relive magical moments via HDMI on compatible HDTV4 with stunning clarity and incredibly... More
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27 Reasons For

Average Owner Reviews

Based on 10 owner reviews the average owner rating of this video camera is 78 out of 100.

Sony Video Cameras Have Good Reviews

Sony has good average reviews for its medium sensor size camcorders as well as across its entire camcorder range.

Good Size

One customer said in their reviews that it was lightweight.

Has an Image Stabiliser

Like most of the other medium sensor size camcorders that were released around the same time as the HDR-CX210, the Sony HDR-CX210 has an image stabiliser.

We compared this video camera to all the other video cameras with an image stabiliser and we think the Canon Vixia HF S30, the Sony HDR-CX440 ($297.99), and the Philips CAM150 which has better reviews is also worth considering.

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Full HD

Full HD

The HDR-CX210 is Full HD, as are most of the other similar spec video cameras that have been available for around the same time as the HDR-CX210.

We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative Full HD camcorders currently available including because of it's better review score, the Canon Vixia HF S30, the Panasonic HDC-Z10000E, or the Philips CAM101.

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Has an HDMI Port

has an HDMI port

The Sony HDR-CX210 has an HDMI port, as do most of the other camcorders that are a similar age to the HDR-CX210.

We compared all the other video cameras with an HDMI port to this camcorder and we think because of it's better review score, the Canon Vixia HF S30, the Panasonic HDC-Z10000E, and the Toshiba Camileo BW10 is also worth considering.

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Quite Big Digital Zoom

The HDR-CX210 has one of the bigger digital zooms (300 times zoom factor) amongst similar spec camcorders of this age. The average digital zoom of camcorders of this spec and age is 170x, and the digital zooms range from 2x to 1,800x.

We compared this video camera to all the other 300x (digital) camcorders and we think because of it's better review score, the Canon Vixia HF M32, the Samsung HMX-H304, and the Sony HDR-PJ200 is also worth considering.

If you want a bigger digital zoom then you might also want to look at the HDR-CX220 (320x), the HDR-CX290 (320x), or the HDR-PJ240 (320x) all from Sony which is also higher rated.

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Optical Image Stabiliser

This camcorder has an optical image stabiliser, which is the most frequently found image stabiliser on camcorders of a comparable spec and 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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SDXC Memory Card

SDXC memory card

The Sony HDR-CX210 supports a better memory card type than most medium sensor size camcorders that are a similar age to it. This video camera supports an SDXC memory card, whereas most medium sensor size camcorders that have been on the market for around the same time as it support an SDHC memory card. This camcorder also support an MS PRO Duo and SD memory card. 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 amongst all similar spec camcorders that have been available for a comparable time to the HDR-CX210.

The worst supported memory card type amongst similar types of camcorder is MicroSDXC.

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

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Has a Night Mode

The HDR-CX210 has a night mode. Most of the other video cameras of a similar spec and age to the HDR-CX210 do not have a night mode.

There are a number of other camcorders with a night mode currently available that you might want to look at including because of it's better review score, the Panasonic HDC-SD90, or the Aiptek 3D i2.

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Lithium Battery

This video camera has a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion) battery, which is typical of many similar spec camcorders that were released around the same time as it.

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Has Eight Scene Modes

The Sony HDR-CX210 has a greater number of scene modes than most medium sensor size camcorders that are a comparable age to it. This Sony video camera has a Portrait scene mode, which is the most commonly found scene mode found on medium sensor size camcorders that are a comparable age to the HDR-CX210. The scene modes "Beach", "Fireworks", "Landscape", "Night", "Snow", "Spotlight" and "Sunset" are also found on this video camera.

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Very Small Closest Focusing Distance

The closest focusing distances of video cameras of a similar age and type to the HDR-CX210 range from 0.01m to 1.5m, and the average closest focusing distance is 0.35m. At only 0.01 meters, the HDR-CX210 has a quite small closest focusing distance compared to most of the other similar spec camcorders that are a comparable age to the HDR-CX210.

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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. Across all video cameras that have been available for more than two years the worst video mode is 480p and the best is 1080p.

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Has a Built-In Display

The Sony HDR-CX210 has a built-in display, as do most of the other camcorders that came out more than two years ago.

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 Sony HDR-PJ50, the Rollei Movieline Live 100, and the Toshiba Camileo X150 is also worth considering.

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H.264 Video Format

This video camera has an AVCHD|H.264|MPEG4 video format, which is the most commonly found video format on camcorders that have been available for a similar time to it.

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Has One White Balance Mode

The number of white balance modes found on the HDR-CX210 is more than most camcorders of this age and spec. This Sony camcorder has an Auto white balance mode, which is the most commonly found white balance mode found on video cameras of a comparable age and spec to the HDR-CX210.

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Quite Long Maximum Focal Length

The average maximum focal length of video cameras that have been on the market for more than two years is 720mm. With a maximum focal length of 1,080 millimeter, the HDR-CX210 has a fairly long maximum focal length compared to most of the other medium sensor size camcorders that have been available for around the same time as the HDR-CX210.

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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 typical of many video cameras of a comparable age and type to it.

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CMOS Sensor Type

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

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Has Three Cables Included

The Sony HDR-CX210 has a greater number of included cables than most similar spec camcorders that have been on the market for a comparable time to it. This video camera has a USB cable included, which is the most commonly found cable included found on video cameras of this type and age. The cables included "AV" and "HDMI" are also found on this camcorder.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Maximum Video Resolution

This video camera has a maximum video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, which is typical of many medium sensor size camcorders that have been available for a comparable time to it.

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Very Low Typical Power Consumption

The lowest typical power consumption of video cameras of a similar age and type to the HDR-CX210 is 2.1W and the highest is 8.4W. The Sony HDR-CX210 has a quite low typical power consumption (only 2.1 Watts) compared to most of the other medium sensor size camcorders that have been available for a similar time to the HDR-CX210.

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JPG Image Format

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

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LCD Display

This camcorder has an LCD display, which is the most frequently found display on medium sensor size camcorders that have been on the market for more than two years.

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Small

The average width of medium sensor size camcorders that have been around for around the same time as the HDR-CX210 is 67mm. With a width of only 52.5 millimeters, the Sony HDR-CX210 is fairly small compared to most of the other medium sensor size camcorders that came out around the same time as the HDR-CX210.

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Very Small

Similar spec camcorders that were launched more than two years ago have depths of between 15mm and 460mm. The HDR-CX210 is quite small (only 55 millimeters) compared to most of the other camcorders that are a similar age to the HDR-CX210.

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13 Reasons Against

Poor Expert Reviews

Based on three expert reviews from sites including CNET.com, PC Mag and CNET.com.au this medium sensor size camcorder has an average expert rating of 57 out of 100. This means that experts really don't rate this camcorder very highly.

Difficult to Use

One Sony HDR-CX210 owner thought the product was not easy to use the menus. Four years ago Nicki said in her review of the Sony HDR-CX210 “The touch screen menu can be frustrating as it is not as sensitive as, say”.

Only 1/5.8" Optical Sensor Size

This camcorder has a 1/5.8" optical sensor size, which is typical of many camcorders of a similar type and age to it.

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Does Not Have an Interchangeable Lens

Like most of the other comparable spec video cameras that came out around the same time as the HDR-CX210, the HDR-CX210 does not have an interchangeable lens.

We compared this video camera to all the other camcorders with an interchangeable lens and we think the HS900, or the HDC-SD90 both from Panasonic or the Sony HDR-CX200 which also has a higher rating is also worth considering.

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Quite Low Megapixel Count

The average megapixel count of video cameras of a similar type and age to the HDR-CX210 is 6.5MP, and the megapixel counts range from 1.3MP to 16MP. With a megapixel count of only 1.3 megapixels, the HDR-CX210 has a very low megapixel count compared to most of the other video cameras that were launched around the same time as the HDR-CX210.

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Very Low Movie Megapixel Count

Across all the comparable spec video cameras that are a similar age to the HDR-CX210 the movie megapixel counts range from 0.49MP to 9.9MP, and the average movie megapixel count is 3.9MP. At only 1.3 megapixels, the Sony HDR-CX210 has a fairly low movie megapixel count compared to most of the other medium sensor size camcorders that are a comparable age to the HDR-CX210.

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Not 3D Compatible

The HDR-CX210 is not 3D compatible, although it is worth noting that most of the other camcorders of a comparable spec and age to the HDR-CX210 are also not 3D compatible.

If you want a video camera that is 3D compatible then you might want to consider the HDC-SD90, or the HDC-Z10000E both from Panasonic or the Philips CAM150 which is also higher rated.

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Only Has Four Capture Modes

The number of capture mode found on the Sony HDR-CX210 is more than most camcorders of a similar type and age to it. This video camera has an LP capture mode, which is the most frequently found capture mode found on camcorders of this age and spec. The capture modes "FH", "FXP" and "HQ" are also found on this Sony video camera.

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Not Waterproof

The HDR-CX210 is not waterproof. Most of the other medium sensor size camcorders that are a similar age to the HDR-CX210 are also not waterproof.

Video cameras which are waterproof that might also be worth considering include the Panasonic HX-A100 ($289.95), or the GE DV1 which also has a higher rating.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Projector

The HDR-CX210 does not have a built-in projector. Most of the other video cameras that were launched more than two years ago also do not have a built-in projector.

There are a number of other camcorders which also have a built-in projector which you might also want to look at including the HDR-PJ200, or the HDR-PJ240 both from Sony or the Aiptek ProjectorCam C25 which is also higher rated.

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Quite Small Bitrate At Maximum Video Resolution

The average bitrate at maximum video resolution of video cameras of a comparable type and age to the HDR-CX210 is 28 Mbit/s. The Sony HDR-CX210 has a quite small bitrate at maximum video resolution (only 24 megabits per second) compared to most of the other comparable spec video cameras that have been available for a similar time to the HDR-CX210.

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Fairly Long Minimum Focal Length

With a minimum focal length of 36 millimeters, the HDR-CX210 has one of the longer minimum focal lengths amongst medium sensor size camcorders of this age. The shortest minimum focal length of comparable spec video cameras that are a similar age to the HDR-CX210 is 1.8mm, the longest is 40mm, and the average minimum focal length is 29mm.

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Very Big Minimum Illumination

Across all the video cameras of this age and type the minimum illumination range from 0.3lx to 15lx, and the average minimum illumination is 3.7lx. At 11 lux, the Sony HDR-CX210 has a quite big minimum illumination compared to most of the other comparable spec video cameras that are a similar age to the HDR-CX210.

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4 Other reasons to consider the Sony HDR-CX210

Released Over Four Years Ago

It was over four years ago when this medium sensor size camcorder was released.

Average Optical Zoom

At 25 times zoom factor, the HDR-CX210 has a fairly typical optical zoom compared to most of the other medium sensor size camcorders that have been around for more than two years.

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

If this video camera optical zoom is not big enough for you then you might want to consider the HDR-CX290 (27x), the HDR-PJ240 (27x), or the HDR-CX240 ($199.99) (27x) all from Sony which also has a higher rating.

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Average Weight

At 227 grams, the HDR-CX210 has a fairly standard weight compared to most of the other camcorders that have been on the market for a comparable time to the HDR-CX210.

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Average Screen Size

With a screen size of 2.7 inches, the Sony HDR-CX210 has a relatively typical screen size compared to most of the other medium sensor size camcorders that came out around the same time as the HDR-CX210.

We compared all the other 2.7" screen size video cameras to this video camera and we think because of it's better review score, the Canon Vixia HF M32, and the Sony HDR-PJ200 is also worth considering.

If you are looking for a video camera with a larger screen size then you might also want to look at the Camileo S40 (3"), or the Camileo X150 (3") both from Toshiba or the Sony HDR-CX130 ($214.70) (3") which is also higher rated.

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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
Focal Length
Focal Length Range
Storage
Internal Storage Capacity
Storage
Memory Card
Storage Media Type
Disc Type
Focusing
Closest Focusing Distance
Focus Adjustment
Macro Focusing Range
Light Exposure
Scene Mode
Exposure Mode
White Balance
White Balance Mode
Flash
Built-In Flash
Built-In Light
Shutter
Shutter Speed
Display
Screen Size
Display Resolution
Display
Aspect Ratio
Viewfinder
Viewfinder
Camera
Camcorder Type
3D Compatible
Image Processor
Minimum Illumination
Aspect Ratio
Self-Timer
Playback
Image Quality Adjustment
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
Microphone in Port
DV Port
Headphone Out Port
Networking
WiFi
Battery
Battery Type
Battery
Battery Capacity
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Packaging Content
Bundled Software
Cable Included
Handheld Remote Control
Other Features
Typical Power Consumption
Aperture Range
Extra/Smart Zoom

Expert Reviews

(3)
20 June 2012

Sony's HDR-CX210 camcorder comes with 8GB of integrated storage, but video performance lags behind the competition...

25x optical zoom
8GB built-in storage
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
Soft, grainy video
Mediocre low-light performance
You can't really call the video HD quality, the camcorder feels flimsy and the lens is prone to fringing
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...

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...

User Reviews

(10)
Reviewed 17 November 2012 by Nige
(Verified Purchase)

Sony Handycam CX210 Full HD Casmcorder. For the last twenty five years I have always been a big Sony fan of their Camcorder/video cameras and have seen them get smaller and smaller each time I... Read more…

Reviewed 8 July 2012 by JBWilde

This is the first one I have owned myself, but the quality of the product and the results are outstanding. Really good in low light, when on the move, stability and zoom control one handed is... Read more…

Reviewed 11 August 2012 by Nicki

I got this for recording every moment of our new baby's life as my camera on my phone couldn't cope with all the videos! It is very very light, small in my hands ( and I have tiny hands) and easy... Read more…

Reviewed 11 February 2013 by James A. P. Marshall
(Verified Purchase)

Easy to use for the non technical. Open the view screen, press the button and record. First class results and it doesn't take hours to recharge. Very light and the controls and play back are... Read more…

Reviewed 7 January 2015 by Cd
(Verified Purchase)

Very complicated for an amateur...

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers cx210e, hdrcx210, hdrcx210e, hdrcx210bk, hdrcx210sl, sony viprbhdrcx210, sony viprbhdrcx210b, sony viprbhdrcx210bl, sony viprbhdrcx210blu, sony viprbhdrcx210blue
Barcodes 00027242842151, 00027242842175, 00027242842199, 00027242842212, 03610170779575, 03610170779636, 04905524855890, 04905524855944, 04905524855951, 04905524855968, 04905524856026, 04905524856088

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