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Sony HDR-CX240
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Sony HDR-CX240 Camcorder

9.2MP 1/5.8 190g Jun 2014
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- See the detail with Exmor R CMOS sensor - capture bright, clear images with striking Full HD detail, even when shooting in low light- Refined, noise-free images with BIONZ X processor - fast and... More
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Sony Handycam HDR CX240 Camcorder  Video Quality Test
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Sony HDR-CX240 Unboxing & Short Samples
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18 Reasons For

Sony Video Cameras Have Good Reviews

Sony medium sensor size camcorders have good ratings on average and across all video cameras Sony is one of the superior manufacturers.

Full HD HD Type

The HD type of this camcorder is Full HD, which is typical of many medium sensor size camcorders that have been available for more than two years.

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Has an Image Stabiliser

Like most of the other medium sensor size camcorders that came out more than two years ago, the Sony HDR-CX240 has an image stabiliser.

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Full HD

Full HD

The HDR-CX240 is Full HD, as are most of the other camcorders that have been on the market for a similar time to the HDR-CX240.

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Has an HDMI Port

has an HDMI port

The HDR-CX240 has an HDMI port, as do most of the other medium sensor size camcorders that have been available for more than two years.

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Fairly Big Digital Zoom

The Sony HDR-CX240 has a fairly big digital zoom (320 times zoom factor) compared to most of the other similar spec camcorders that were released around the same time as the HDR-CX240. Across all the medium sensor size camcorders that were released more than two years ago the digital zooms range from 2x to 1,800x, and the average digital zoom is 170x.

Video cameras with a bigger digital zoom that might be worth considering include the HDR-PJ530[pl_2109584_price] (350x), or the HDR-CX330[pl_2206005_price] (350x) both from Sony which is also higher rated.

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SDXC Memory Card

SDXC memory card

The HDR-CX240 supports an SDXC memory card which is better than the SDHC memory card supported by most video cameras that came out around the same time as it. This Sony camcorder also support a MicroSD (TransFlash) and MS Micro (M2) 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 actually the best supported memory card type across all camcorders of a comparable type and age to the HDR-CX240.

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

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

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Has Nine Scene Modes

The HDR-CX240 has a greater number of scene modes than most medium sensor size camcorders that were launched more than two years ago. This Sony video camera has a Portrait scene mode, which is the most commonly found scene mode found on video cameras of this age and spec. The scene modes "Beach", "Fireworks", "Landscape", "Night landscape", "Snow", "Spotlight", "Sunrise" and "Sunset" 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 were released more than two years ago, the HDR-CX240 has a built-in display.

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1080p Video Mode

This camcorder has a 1080i|1080p|720p video mode, which is typical of many video cameras that were launched more than two years ago.

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H.264 Video Format

This video camera has an AVCHD|H.264|MPEG4 video format, which is the most frequently found video format on video cameras that are a similar age to it.

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Has Two White Balance Modes

The number of white balance modes found on the Sony HDR-CX240 is more than most camcorders of a comparable age and type to it. This Sony video camera has an Auto white balance mode, which is the most commonly found white balance mode found on similar spec camcorders that came out around the same time as the HDR-CX240. The white balance mode "Outdoor" is also found on this video camera.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

This video camera supports a video resolution of 1280 x 720|1440 x 1080|1920 x 1080 pixels, which is typical of many video cameras of a similar type and age to it.

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CMOS Sensor Type

This camcorder has a CMOS sensor type, which is typical of many comparable spec camcorders that have been around for more than two years.

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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 video cameras of this age and type.

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LCD Display

This camcorder has an LCD display, which is the most commonly found display on video cameras of a comparable age and type 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 video cameras that were launched around the same time as it.

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Very Short Minimum Focal Length

With a minimum focal length of only 1.9 millimeters, the HDR-CX240 has a fairly short minimum focal length compared to most of the other medium sensor size camcorders that were released around the same time as the HDR-CX240. The shortest minimum focal length of comparable spec video cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to the HDR-CX240 is 1.8mm, the longest is 40mm, and the average minimum focal length is 29mm.

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9 Reasons Against

Only 1/5.8" Optical Sensor Size

This camcorder has a 1/5.8" optical sensor size, which is typical of many similar spec camcorders that have been around for a comparable time to it.

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Does Not Have an Interchangeable Lens

The HDR-CX240 does not have an interchangeable lens, although it is worth keeping in mind that most of the other video cameras of a similar type and age to the HDR-CX240 also do not have an interchangeable lens.

There are a number of alternative video cameras which also have an interchangeable lens that you might want to consider including the Panasonic HS900[plb_1047313_price] which also has a higher rating.

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Very Short Maximum Focal Length

At only 4 millimeters, the HDR-CX240 has a fairly short maximum focal length compared to most of the other camcorders that are a comparable age to the HDR-CX240. Across all the medium sensor size camcorders that are a comparable age to the HDR-CX240 the maximum focal lengths range from 4mm to 1,900mm, and the average maximum focal length is 720mm.

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Not 3D Compatible

The HDR-CX240 is not 3D compatible. Most of the other camcorders of this spec and age are also not 3D compatible.

If you would prefer a video camera that is 3D compatible then you might also want to look at the Philips CAM150[plb_1394755_price] which also has a higher rating.

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Does Not Have a Night Mode

The HDR-CX240 does not have a night mode, although keep in mind that most of the other camcorders that were released around the same time as the HDR-CX240 also do 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 Sony HDR-PJ330[plb_2109562_price] is also worth considering.

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Not Waterproof

The HDR-CX240 is not waterproof, although this is within the context that most of the other medium sensor size camcorders that are a comparable age to the HDR-CX240 are also not waterproof.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Projector

Most camcorders that are a similar age to the HDR-CX240 do not have a built-in projector. The Sony HDR-CX240 is no exception to this as it too does not have a built-in projector.

It is worth also looking at other 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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Only Has Two Cables Included

The number of included cables found on the HDR-CX240 is more than most video cameras of this age and spec. This Sony camcorder has a USB cable included, which is the most frequently found cable included found on video cameras of a similar spec and age to the HDR-CX240. The cable included "HDMI" is also found on this video camera.

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Fairly Big Minimum Illumination

Across all the camcorders of this age and spec the minimum illumination range from 0.3lx to 15lx. The HDR-CX240 has a fairly big minimum illumination (6 lux) compared to most of the other video cameras of this age and spec.

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4 Other reasons to consider the Sony HDR-CX240

Released Over Two Years Ago

This video camera has been on the market for over two years.

Average Optical Zoom

With an optical zoom of 27 times zoom factor, the HDR-CX240 has a pretty typical optical zoom compared to most of the other video cameras of a comparable age and type to the HDR-CX240.

If you want a bigger optical zoom then you might also want to look at the HDR-PJ530[pl_2109584_price] (30x), or the HDR-CX330[pl_2206005_price] (30x) both from Sony which also has a higher rating.

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Average Screen Size

At 2.7 inches, the Sony HDR-CX240 has a relatively standard screen size compared to most of the other camcorders of a similar age and type to the HDR-CX240.

If you would prefer a larger screen size then you might also want to look at the Sony HDR-PJ530[plb_2109584_price] (3"), or the Aiptek ProjectorCam C25[plb_2167191_price] (3") which also has a higher rating.

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Average Weight

The HDR-CX240 has a fairly average weight (190 grams) compared to most of the other camcorders of this type and age.

We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative 190g weight camcorders currently available including because of it's better review score, the Sony HDR-CX440[plb_1543751_price].

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Specification

Image Sensor
Sensor Size
Optical Sensor Size
Sensor Type
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Digital Zoom
Interchangeable Lens
Maximum Focal Length
Minimum Focal Length
Focal Length
Focal Length Range
Storage
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
Display
Screen Size
Touch Sensitive Screen
Display Resolution
Display
Display Aspect Ratio
Viewfinder
Viewfinder Resolution
Viewfinder
Camera
Camcorder Type
3D Compatible
Image Processor
Minimum Illumination
Design
Colour
Video
HD Type
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
S-Video Out Port
PictBridge
S-Video in Port
Battery
Battery Type
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Packaging Content
Bundled Software
Cable Included
Handheld Remote Control
Other Features
Night Mode
Spotlight
Aperture Range
Electrical Viewfinder
Projector
Built-In Projector

Expert Reviews

17 March 2014

Het eerste dat opvalt aan de CX240 is dat hij zo licht is. Het voelt goedkoop, alsof een groot deel van de behuizing leeg is. Maar dat zegt natuurlijk weinig over de beeldkwaliteit. De camcorder... Read more…

User Reviews

(76)
Reviewed 8 July 2014 by Rhanshaw
(Verified Purchase)

In the product description it stated the camera could connect to internet for instant uploading but when I got the camera this model does not have that capability...

Reviewed 10 July 2014 by Domo29
Domo29 would recommend the Sony HDR-CX240/L

For a little camcorder it is astonishing good. Who needs the extra bells and whistles all I care about is image quality. This camcorder is superb and a good starter features for an entry level... Read more…

Reviewed 28 July 2014 by Feedback4others
Feedback4others would recommend the Sony HDR-CX240/L (Verified Purchase)

This camera is very lightweight and easy to use. The small button used for menu navigation is much easier to use than some of the touchscreens on other cameras that are not always responsive. Also... Read more…

Reviewed 13 November 2014 by AM4T5
AM4T5 would recommend the Sony HDR-CX240/L

Excellent camcorder. Image quality is very stable, clear, and colorful. Very easy to use. Very light to tote around. Can easily fit into my jacket pocket. Will definitely recommend this camcorder... Read more…

Reviewed 2 January 2015 by Shoregirl86
Shoregirl86 would recommend the Sony HDR-CX240/L

I bought this camcorder for capturing Christmas morning with my son and I was very pleased with it. I charged it the night before and it held a charge for the length of time it took for us to... Read more…

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers hdrcx240, hdrcx240e, hdrcx240ebcen, sony hdrcx240, sony hdrcx240l, sony hdrcx240b, sony hdrcx405bdl2, sony hdrcx405bdl1, sony corporation hdrcx240, sony corporation hdrcx240b
Barcodes 00027242876873, 00027242876880, 00616348060400, 00616348060417, 04905524969399, 04905524969412, 04905524969429, 05054230709146, 05054484730002, 08437012684140

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