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Sony HDR-CX290
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Sony HDR-CX290 Camcorder

8.9MP 1/5.8 178g Oct 2013
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1920x1080 Full HD 24p/60p W/8.9MP Exmor R CMOS SensorCreate cinematic video in high definition 1920 x 1080 24p/60p and high quality 8.9MP still images. Experience stunning low-light sensitivity... More
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16 Reasons For

Sony Has Good Video Camera Reviews

We calculated the average ratings for all Sony video cameras and also specifically for Sony medium sensor size camcorders and found that in both cases Sony had good ratings.

Full HD HD Type

The HD type of this camcorder is Full HD, which is the most commonly found HD type on medium sensor size camcorders that have been available for around the same time as it.

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Has an Image Stabiliser

Like most of the other medium sensor size camcorders that have been on the market for more than two years, the Sony HDR-CX290 has an image stabiliser.

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Full HD

Full HD

Like most of the other video cameras of this spec and age, the HDR-CX290 is Full HD.

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Has an HDMI Port

has an HDMI port

The HDR-CX290 has an HDMI port. Most of the other medium sensor size camcorders that were released around the same time as the HDR-CX290 also have an HDMI port.

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Fairly Big Digital Zoom

The HDR-CX290 has one of the bigger digital zooms (320 times zoom factor) amongst medium sensor size camcorders of this age. Across all the medium sensor size camcorders that have been available for a similar time to the HDR-CX290 the digital zooms range from 2x to 1,800x, and the average digital zoom is 170x.

If this medium sensor size camcorder digital zoom is not big enough for you then you might want to consider the HDR-PJ530 (350x and higher rated), or the HDR-CX330 ($219.00) (350x and higher rated) both from Sony.

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SDXC Memory Card

SDXC memory card

The Sony HDR-CX290 supports an SDXC memory card which is better than the SDHC memory card supported by most comparable spec camcorders that were released around the same time as it. This camcorder also support a Memory Stick (MS) 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 actually the best supported memory card type amongst all camcorders that were released around the same time as the HDR-CX290.

The worst supported memory card type across 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 commonly found battery on medium sensor size camcorders that were released more than two years ago.

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Has Nine Scene Modes

The number of scene modes found on the HDR-CX290 is more than most similar spec video cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to it. This Sony camcorder has a Portrait scene mode, which is the most commonly found scene mode found on video cameras that were launched more than two years ago. 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

The HDR-CX290 has a built-in display, as do most of the other camcorders of this age and type.

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H.264 Video Format

This video camera has a H.264|MP4|MPEG2|MPEG4 video format, which is the most commonly found video format on medium sensor size camcorders that were released more than two years ago.

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Has One White Balance Mode

The Sony HDR-CX290 has a greater number of white balance modes than most video cameras that were launched more than two years ago. This video camera has an Auto white balance mode, which is the most frequently found white balance mode found on medium sensor size camcorders that have been around for a similar time to the HDR-CX290.

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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 the most frequently supported video resolution on comparable spec camcorders that have been available for around the same time as it.

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CMOS Sensor Type

This video camera has a CMOS sensor type, which is the most frequently found sensor type on video cameras of this spec and age.

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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 camcorders that have been on the market for around the same time as it.

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LCD Display

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

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6 Reasons Against

Only 1/5.8" Optical Sensor Size

This video camera has a 1/5.8" optical sensor size, which is the most frequently found optical sensor size on medium sensor size camcorders that have been on the market for more than two years.

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Does Not Have an Interchangeable Lens

The Sony HDR-CX290 does not have an interchangeable lens, although this is within the context that most of the other video cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to the HDR-CX290 also do not have an interchangeable lens.

We compared all the other video cameras which also have an interchangeable lens to this camcorder and we think the Panasonic HS900 which is also higher rated is also worth considering.

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Not 3D Compatible

The HDR-CX290 is not 3D compatible. Most of the other camcorders of this age and type are also not 3D compatible.

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

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Does Not Have a Night Mode

Most video cameras that have been available for more than two years do not have a night mode. The Sony HDR-CX290 is no exception to this as it too does not have a night mode.

We compared this video camera to all the other camcorders with a night mode and we think the Sony HDR-PJ330 is also worth considering.

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Not Waterproof

Like most of the other comparable spec video cameras that were released around the same time as the HDR-CX290, the HDR-CX290 is not waterproof.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Projector

Like most of the other medium sensor size camcorders that have been around for around the same time as the HDR-CX290, the Sony HDR-CX290 does not have a built-in projector.

We compared all the other video cameras which also have a built-in projector to this video camera and we think the Aiptek ProjectorCam C25 is also worth considering.

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4 Other reasons to consider the Sony HDR-CX290

Released Over Three Years Ago

Sony released the HDR-CX290 over three years ago.

Average Optical Zoom

At 27 times zoom factor, the HDR-CX290 has a pretty standard optical zoom compared to most of the other camcorders of a similar age and type to the HDR-CX290.

If you want a bigger optical zoom then you might also want to look at the HDR-PJ530 (30x), or the HDR-CX330 ($219.00) (30x) both from Sony which also has a higher rating.

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Average Screen Size

With a screen size of 2.7 inches, the HDR-CX290 has a relatively standard screen size compared to most of the other video cameras of a comparable age and spec to the HDR-CX290.

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

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Average Weight

At 178 grams, the HDR-CX290 has a pretty typical weight compared to most of the other video cameras that came out more than two years ago.

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Specification

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Sensor Type
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Digital Zoom
Maximum Focal Length
Minimum Focal Length
Focal Length
Focal Length Range
Storage
Internal Storage Capacity
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
Shutter
Video Shutter Speed
Shutter Speed
Display
Screen Size
Display Resolution
Display
Camera
Camcorder Type
Image Processor
Minimum Illumination
Self-Timer
Design
Colour
Video
HD Type
Video Format
Video Resolution
Maximum Video Resolution
Analog Signal Format System
Still Image
Maximum Image Resolution
Audio
Audio System
Ports & Interfaces
USB 2.0 Port
Battery
Battery
Weight & Dimensions
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Depth
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Packaging Content
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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers sony pj650, sony pj790, sony rmtvp1, sony pj650v, sony pj790v, sony rmtvp1k, sony hdrcx290, sony hdrcx290l, sony hdrcx290li
Barcodes 00027242864955, 00689466815382
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