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Sony HDR-CX260
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Sony HDR-CX260 Camcorder

8.9MP 1/3.9 205g Feb 2012
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Easy to use Full HD camcorder with high quality imaging and powerful zoom Full HD 1920x1080 50p recording: Full HD recording at very high bit rate with 50p progressive shooting mode for highest... More
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Sony Handycam HDR-CX260 Outdoor & Zoom Test
Unboxing Video Of The SONY HDR-CX260
SONY HDR-CX260 OPTICAL ZOOM TEST
SONY HDR-CX260 Handycam Review 2013

24 Reasons For

Sony Has Good Video Camera Reviews

Sony medium sensor size camcorders have good reviews on average and across all camcorders Sony is one of the better rated brands.

Full HD HD Type

The HD type of this camcorder is Full HD, which is typical of many medium sensor size camcorders that were launched more than two years ago.

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Has an Image Stabiliser

Like most of the other camcorders of a similar age and type to the HDR-CX260, the HDR-CX260 has an image stabiliser.

We compared this video camera to all the other camcorders with an image stabiliser and we think the Sony HDR-PJ530 which has better reviews is also worth considering.

We think you might also be interested in alternative camcorders which also have an image stabiliser including the Sony HDR-PJ260.

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Full HD

Full HD

Like most of the other similar spec video cameras that came out around the same time as the HDR-CX260, the HDR-CX260 is Full HD.

There are a number of other Full HD camcorders currently available which you might want to look at including the Sony HDR-PJ530 which has better reviews.

Video cameras which are Full HD that might be worth looking at include the Sony HDR-PJ260.

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Has an HDMI Port

has an HDMI port

Like most of the other video cameras that came out more than two years ago, the Sony HDR-CX260 has an HDMI port.

There are a number of other video cameras with an HDMI port currently available which you might also want to look at including the Sony HDR-PJ530 which has better reviews.

It is worth also looking at other video cameras which also have an HDMI port including the Sony HDR-PJ260.

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Quite Big Digital Zoom

With a digital zoom of 350 times zoom factor, the HDR-CX260 has one of the bigger digital zooms amongst medium sensor size camcorders of this age. Camcorders that have been available for more than two years have digital zooms of between 2x and 1,800x.

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1/3.9" Optical Sensor Size

The Sony HDR-CX260 has a maximum optical sensor size of 1/3.9". That's 49% more optical sensor size than the most common optical sensor size of 1/5.8". Across all video cameras of this age and spec the worst optical sensor size is 1/5.8" and the best is 1/3".

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Optical Image Stabiliser

This video camera has an optical image stabiliser, which is typical of many similar spec video cameras that have been available for more than two years. 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 HDR-CX260 supports an SDXC memory card which is better than the SDHC memory card supported by most camcorders of a comparable type and age to it. 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 comparable spec camcorders that have been on the market for around the same time as the HDR-CX260.

The worst supported memory card type amongst similar 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 video camera has a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion) battery, which is the most frequently found battery on video cameras of this type and age.

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Has One Scene Mode

The HDR-CX260 has a greater number of scene modes than most video cameras of a similar age and spec to it. The most frequently found scene mode is Portrait, but this scene mode is not found on this camcorder. The scene modes Beach,Fireworks,Landscape,Portrait,Snow,Spotlight,Sunset,Twilight are also found on this Sony camcorder.

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Very Small Closest Focusing Distance

The HDR-CX260 has one of the smaller closest focusing distances (only 0.01 meters) amongst video cameras of this age. The closest focusing distances of medium sensor size camcorders that have been available for around the same time as the HDR-CX260 range from 0.01m to 1.5m.

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Has a Built-In Display

The Sony HDR-CX260 has a built-in display. Most of the other video cameras of this age and spec also have a built-in display.

It may also be worth considering one of the alternative video cameras with a built-in display currently available including the Sony HDR-PJ530 which has better reviews.

We compared this camcorder to all the other video cameras with a built-in display and we think the Sony HDR-PJ260 is also worth considering.

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1080p Video Mode

This video camera has 1080i, 1080p, 480i and 480p video modes, which is typical of many medium sensor size camcorders that were released more than two years ago.

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H.264 Video Format

This camcorder has AVCHD, H.264, MPEG2 and MPEG4 video formats, which is typical of many camcorders that have been available for a comparable time to it.

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Very Large Maximum Resolution Per CCD

The maximum resolution per CCD of video cameras that were launched more than two years ago range from 2,500 pixels to 2,300,000 pixels. With a maximum resolution per CCD of 2,230,000 pixels, the Sony HDR-CX260 has a very large maximum resolution per CCD compared to most of the other video cameras of a similar age and type to the HDR-CX260.

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Fairly Long Maximum Focal Length

The HDR-CX260 has a fairly long maximum focal length (1,095 millimeter) compared to most of the other video cameras of a comparable age and spec to the HDR-CX260. Video cameras of this age and spec have maximum focal lengths of between 4mm and 1,900mm, and the average maximum focal length is 720mm.

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Has One White Balance Mode

The HDR-CX260 has a greater number of white balance modes than most medium sensor size camcorders that have been available for a similar time to it. This Sony camcorder has an Auto white balance mode, which is the most frequently found white balance mode found on video cameras of a comparable age and type to the HDR-CX260.

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CMOS Sensor Type

This camcorder has a CMOS sensor type, which is the most frequently found sensor type on camcorders of a comparable age and type to it.

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Has One Cable Included

The number of included cables found on the HDR-CX260 is more than most camcorders of a comparable age and type to it. The most frequently found cable included is USB, but this cable included is not found on this Sony camcorder. The cables included AV,HDMI,USB 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 the most frequently found maximum video resolution on video cameras of this age and type.

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JPG Image Format

This camcorder has a JPG image format, which is the most frequently found image format on similar spec video cameras that are a comparable age to it.

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LCD Display

This video camera has an LCD display, which is typical of many comparable spec camcorders that have been around for around the same time as it.

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Small

With a height of only 52.5 millimeters, the HDR-CX260 is one of the smaller camcorders that have been on the market for more than two years amongst video cameras of this age. The average height of medium sensor size camcorders that were launched around the same time as the HDR-CX260 is 79mm.

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6 Reasons Against

Does Not Have an Interchangeable Lens

The HDR-CX260 does not have an interchangeable lens. Most of the other video cameras that have been around for a similar time to the HDR-CX260 also do not have an interchangeable lens.

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Not 3D Compatible

The Sony HDR-CX260 is not 3D compatible. Most of the other medium sensor size camcorders that were launched around the same time as the HDR-CX260 are also not 3D compatible.

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Does Not Have a Night Mode

The HDR-CX260 does not have a night mode, although it is worth noting that most of the other video cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the HDR-CX260 also do not have a night mode.

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Not Waterproof

The Sony HDR-CX260 is not waterproof, although it is worth noting that most of the other camcorders that were launched more than two years ago are also not waterproof.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Projector

The HDR-CX260 does not have a built-in projector. Most of the other video cameras that have been available for more than two years also do not have a built-in projector.

We think you might also be interested in alternative camcorders which also have a built-in projector including the Sony HDR-PJ530 which is also higher rated.

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Very Low Megapixel Count

The average megapixel count of video cameras of this age and spec is 6.5MP. With a megapixel count of only 2.23 megapixels, the HDR-CX260 has one of the lower megapixel counts amongst similar spec video cameras of this age.

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4 Other reasons to consider the Sony HDR-CX260

Released Over Four Years Ago

It was over four years ago when Sony released the HDR-CX260.

Average Screen Size

The HDR-CX260 has a relatively standard screen size (3 inches) compared to most of the other camcorders of a comparable age and type to the HDR-CX260.

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Average Optical Zoom

At 30 times zoom factor, the HDR-CX260 has a pretty average optical zoom compared to most of the other video cameras of this age and spec.

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Average Weight

With a weight of 205 grams, the HDR-CX260 has a pretty average weight compared to most of the other similar spec video cameras that have been around for a comparable time to the HDR-CX260.

Alternative camcorders with a heavier weight that you might want to look at include the Sony HDR-PJ260 (320g).

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Specification

Image Sensor
Sensor Size
Optical Sensor Size
Sensor Type
Megapixel Count
Movie Megapixel Count
Maximum Resolution Per CCD
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
Memory Card Slot
Storage
Memory Card
Storage Media Type
Disc Type
File System
Focusing
Closest Focusing Distance
Focus Adjustment
Light Exposure
Scene Mode
White Balance
White Balance Mode
Flash
Built-In Flash
Built-In Light
Shutter
Video Shutter Speed
Photo Shutter Speed
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
On Screen Display Language
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
DV Port
S-Video in Port
Mini HDMI Port
Battery
Battery Type
Battery Voltage
Battery Capacity
Battery
Continuous Video Playback Time
Battery Capacity
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Packaging Content
Bundled Software
Cable Included
Other Features
Night Mode
Typical Power Consumption
The Windows Operating System
Standby Power Consumption

Brochures and Manuals

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers cx260v, cx260ve, hdrcx250, hdrcx280, hdrcx260, hdrcx260v, hdrcx250e, hdrcx280e, hdrcx260ve, hdrcx260veb, sony hdrcx260, sonyhdrcx260ve, sony hdrcx260v, sony hdrcx260vw, sony hdrcx260ve, sony hdrcx260veb, sony hdrcx260vebc, sony hdrcx260vebce, sony hdrcx260vebcen
Barcodes 03610170780809, 04251156599016, 04905524856637, 04905524856644, 06294010922344
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