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Sony HDR-CX230
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Sony HDR-CX230 Camcorder

8.9MP 1/5.8 178g Dec 2013
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Sony Handycam HDR CX230 Camera Review

21 Reasons For

User Reviews Are Average

Based on 12 user reviews the average user rating of this medium sensor size camcorder is 77 out of 100.

Sony Has Good Video Camera Reviews

Sony is one of the superior video camera manufacturers according to average reviews from experts and owners, and Sony also has good reviews for its medium sensor size video cameras.

Good Quality Lens

Some Sony HDR-CX230 owners considered that it had a good zoom. Three years ago Pcmag.com mentioned in their review of this camcorder “The Sony Handycam HDR-CX230 ($279.99 direct)%displayPrice% at %seller% is a no-frills camcorder that does its best to pack an impressive zoom lens”. Itreviews.com wrote “The Sony Handycam HDR-CX230 ($279.99 direct) is a no-frills camcorder that does its best to pack an impressive zoom lens” in their review of the Sony HDR-CX230.

Good Size

A few people concluded that it was compact. Pcmag.com wrote in their review on expert review site PC Mag three years ago “1080p60 video recording into a compact package”.

Full HD HD Type

The HD type of this video camera is Full HD, which is the most frequently found HD type on camcorders of a comparable spec and age to it.

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Has an Image Stabiliser

Like most of the other video cameras that are a comparable age to the HDR-CX230, the HDR-CX230 has an image stabiliser.

There are a number of alternative camcorders with an image stabiliser currently available that you might also want to look at including because of it's better review score, the HDR-CX440 ($297.99), or the HDR-CX200 both from Sony or the Canon Vixia HF S30.

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Full HD

Full HD

The Sony HDR-CX230 is Full HD, as are most of the other medium sensor size video cameras that were released more than two years ago.

We compared this camcorder to all the other Full HD camcorders and we think the Canon Vixia HF S30, the Sony HDR-CX220, and the Samsung HMX-QF20 which has better reviews is also worth considering.

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Has an HDMI Port

has an HDMI port

The Sony HDR-CX230 has an HDMI port, as do most of the other video cameras of a similar age and type to the HDR-CX230.

We compared this video camera to all the other camcorders with an HDMI port and we think because of it's better review score, the Canon Vixia HF S30, the Panasonic HDC-Z10000E, and the Philips CAM101 is also worth considering.

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Fairly Big Digital Zoom

Across all the video cameras of this age and type the digital zooms range from 2x to 1,800x, and the average digital zoom is 180x. With a digital zoom of 320 times zoom factor, the HDR-CX230 has one of the bigger digital zooms amongst medium sensor size video cameras of this age.

It may also be worth also looking at one of the other 320x (digital) video cameras currently available including because of it's better review score, the HDR-CX240, the HDR-PJ240, or the HDR-CX220 all from Sony.

If you would prefer a video camera with a bigger digital zoom then you might want to consider the HDR-PJ330 (350x), the HDR-PJ530 (350x), or the HDR-CX330 ($425.98) (350x) all from Sony which also has a higher rating.

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SDXC Memory Card

SDXC memory card

The HDR-CX230 supports an SDXC memory card which is better than the SD memory card supported by most camcorders that came out more than two years ago. This video camera also support a Memory Stick (MS) and SDHC 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).

This video camera's memory card type (SDXC) is actually the best supported memory card type across all medium sensor size video cameras that have been available for more than two years.

The worst supported memory card type across comparable types of video camera is MicroSDXC.

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 video cameras that have been available for more than two years.

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Has Nine Scene Modes

The HDR-CX230 has a greater number of scene modes than most medium sensor size video cameras that were released around the same time as it. This Sony camcorder has a Portrait scene mode, which is the most commonly found scene mode found on video cameras of this type and age. The scene modes "Beach", "Fireworks", "Landscape", "Night landscape", "Snow", "Spotlight", "Sunrise" and "Sunset" are also found on this Sony video camera.

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Has a Built-In Display

The HDR-CX230 has a built-in display. Most of the other comparable spec video cameras that have been around for more than two years also have a built-in display.

Alternative camcorders with a built-in display currently available that you might want to look at include the Sony HDR-CX440 ($297.99), the Samsung HMX-H304, or the Toshiba Camileo BW10 which has better reviews.

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H.264 Video Format

This video camera has a H.264|MP4|MPEG2|MPEG4 video format, which is typical of many medium sensor size video cameras that were launched more than two years ago.

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Has One White Balance Mode

The number of white balance modes found on the Sony HDR-CX230 is more than most video cameras of a comparable type and age to it. This Sony video camera has an Auto white balance mode, which is the most commonly found white balance mode found on medium sensor size video cameras that were released around the same time as the HDR-CX230.

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BIONZ Image Processor

This camcorder has a BIONZ image processor, which is typical of many video cameras of this age and spec.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

This video camera supports a video resolution of 720 x 480|1280 x 720|1440 x 1080|1920 x 1080 pixels, which is typical of many medium sensor size video cameras that have been around for more than two years.

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CMOS Sensor Type

This video camera has a CMOS sensor type, which is typical of many medium sensor size video cameras that were launched more than two years ago.

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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 video cameras that are a comparable age to it.

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LCD Display

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

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Small

The average width of video cameras of this type and age is 69mm, and the widths range from 17mm to 270mm. With a width of only 52.5 millimeters, the HDR-CX230 is one of the smaller medium sensor size video cameras that have been around for around the same time as the HDR-CX230 amongst comparable spec video cameras of this age.

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8 Reasons Against

Expert Reviews Are Poor

On average, based on two expert reviews from sites including PC Mag and IT Reviews.com the average expert rating of this video camera is 45%. It seems that experts really don't rate this medium sensor size camcorder very highly.

Poor Product Quality

One customer who reviewed it thought it was not good quality. Pcmag.com mentioned on expert review site PC Mag “Its video quality is not the best” in their review of this camcorder and scored the product 50 out of 100.

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 camcorders of this type and age.

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Does Not Have an Interchangeable Lens

The HDR-CX230 does not have an interchangeable lens, although it is worth keeping in mind that most of the other medium sensor size video cameras that were launched more than two years ago also do not have an interchangeable lens.

Alternative video cameras which also have an interchangeable lens that you might want to look at include the HS900, or the HDC-SD90 both from Panasonic or the Sony HDR-CX200 which also has a higher rating.

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Not 3D Compatible

Like most of the other video cameras that have been available for around the same time as the HDR-CX230, the HDR-CX230 is not 3D compatible.

Video cameras which are 3D compatible that might be worth looking at include the HDC-SD90, or the HDC-Z10000E both from Panasonic or the Aiptek 3D i2 ($149.99) which also has a higher rating.

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Does Not Have a Night Mode

Most camcorders of this age and spec do not have a night mode. The HDR-CX230 is no exception to this as it too does not have a night mode.

We compared all the other camcorders which also have a night mode to this video camera and we think the Toshiba Camileo X400 ($284.75), the Panasonic HDC-SD90, or the Sony HDR-CX210 which also has a higher rating is also worth considering.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Projector

The HDR-CX230 does not have a built-in projector. Most of the other video cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the HDR-CX230 also do not have a built-in projector.

There are a number of other video cameras 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.

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Not Waterproof

The HDR-CX230 is not waterproof, although it is worth noting that most of the other similar spec video cameras that came out more than two years ago are also not waterproof.

If you want a video camera that is waterproof then you might want to look at the Panasonic HX-A100 ($289.95), or the GE DV1 which also has a higher rating.

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4 Other reasons to consider the Sony HDR-CX230

Released Over Three Years Ago

It was over three years ago when Sony released the HDR-CX230.

Average Optical Zoom

At 27 times zoom factor, the HDR-CX230 has a fairly typical optical zoom compared to most of the other camcorders of a comparable type and age to the HDR-CX230.

It may also be worth also looking at one of the other 27x (optical) camcorders currently available including the HDR-CX240, the HDR-PJ240, or the HDR-CX290 all from Sony which has better reviews.

If this medium sensor size camcorder optical zoom is too small for you then you might also want to consider the HDR-PJ330 (30x), the HDR-PJ530 (30x), or the HDR-CX330 ($425.98) (30x) all from Sony which also has a higher rating.

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Average Screen Size

At 2.7 inches, the HDR-CX230 has a pretty standard screen size compared to most of the other comparable spec video cameras that were released more than two years ago.

We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative 2.7" screen size video cameras currently available including because of it's better review score, the HDR-PJ330, the HDR-CX240, or the HDR-CX440 ($297.99) all from Sony.

If this medium sensor size camcorder screen size is too small for you then you might also want to look at the Sony HDR-PJ530 (3"), the Aiptek ProjectorCam C25 (3"), or the Toshiba Camileo P20 (3") which also has a higher rating.

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Average Weight

At 178 grams, the Sony HDR-CX230 has a pretty standard weight compared to most of the other video cameras that are a similar age to the HDR-CX230.

Alternative 178g weight camcorders currently available which you might also want to look at include the HDR-CX290, or the HDR-CX220 both from Sony which has better reviews.

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Specification

Image Sensor
Sensor Size
Optical Sensor Size
Sensor Type
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Digital Zoom
Image Stabiliser
Maximum Focal Length
Minimum Focal Length
Focal Length
Focal Length Range
Storage
Internal Storage Capacity
Memory Card
Storage Media Type
File System
Focusing
Face Detection
Focus Adjustment
Light Exposure
Scene Mode
Light Metering Type
White Balance
Outdoor White Balance
Indoor White Balance
Onepush White Balance
White Balance Mode
Shutter
Video Shutter Speed
Shutter Speed
Display
Screen Size
Built-In Display
Display Resolution
Display
Vari-Angle LCD Display
Camera
Camcorder Type
Image Processor
Minimum Illumination
Self-Timer
Design
Colour
Video
Full HD
HD Type
Video Format
Video Resolution
Maximum Video Resolution
Analog Signal Format System
Still Image
Image Format
Audio
Wind Filter
Built-In Speaker
Built-In Microphone
Audio System
Ports & Interfaces
HDMI Port
DC-In Jack
Composite Video Out Port
USB 2.0 Port
Battery
Battery
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Packaging Content
Included Battery
AC Adapter Included
Other Features
The Windows Operating System
X.v.Color Support

Expert Reviews

(2)
5 December 2013

The Sony HDR-CX230 has an impressive zoom range and price tag, but its video quality is not the best...

8GB internal memory
1080 60 video
27x 1.9 4 zoom lens
No touch screen
Very limited physical controls
Manual lens cover
No Wi-Fi
No mic input
3 December 2013

The Sony HDR-CX230 has an impressive zoom range and price tag, but its video quality is not the best...

User Reviews

(12)
Reviewed 28 July 2013 by Senrak55
Senrak55 would recommend the Sony HDR-CX230 (Verified Purchase)

Value for the money this camcorder is a best buy. I looked at Consumer Reports and Cnet for camera reviews. The only con for Sony camcorders is no mic jack. The built in mic on this camcorder is... Read more…

Reviewed 30 September 2013 by Waverlygirl68
Waverlygirl68 would recommend the Sony HDR-CX230 (Verified Purchase)

We wanted a reasonably priced camcorder that would offer easy features and a good zoom. This product lived up to expectations...

Reviewed 10 December 2013 by Deh609
Deh609 would recommend the Sony HDR-CX230 (Verified Purchase)

Easy to use, a lot smaller than I expected compared to older Sony camcorders I have owned.It is so lite its like a toy,but it records great...

Reviewed 15 August 2015 by Socarboy
Socarboy would recommend the Sony HDR-CX230

I've been using my HDR-CX230 for the last two years primarily shooting 1080p 60i video from inside an automobile for use in making time lapse road videos. If you plan on using this camera for a... Read more…

Reviewed 9 January 2015 by RHarding

Navigating thru the menu is next to impossible if you have chubby fingers or a larger hand I found myself wandering and accidently setting everything from language to time zones. as defaults I... Read more…

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Manufacturer Part Numbers sony hdrcx230, sony hdrcx230b
Barcodes 00027242863613
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