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Sony HDR-CX730
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Sony HDR-CX730 Camcorder

1/2.88 545g CMOS Sep 2013
Optical Sensor Size Full HD Weight Sensor Type Release Date
Full HD Camcorder With Exceptional Image Quality And Creative Control. - Very high quality low-light shooting with Exmor R.- Wide angle lens gets more into the picture.- Up to 13x improved image... More
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Sony HDR-CX730 Review
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27 Reasons For

Expert Reviews Are Excellent

Expert review site webnews.it scored this camcorder 90 out of 100. The expert review sites think this Sony video camera is one of the very best comparable spec video cameras that were launched more than two years ago.

Good User Reviews

The average user rating of this Sony video camera is 89% based on 12 user reviews.

Good Brand

Based on 3,509 user and expert reviews, Sony has good ratings for its video cameras. Sony also has good ratings specifically for its camcorders.

Good Quality Lens

One Sony HDR-CX730 reviewer concluded that it had a good autofocus. Tommo mentioned three years ago “The Sonys optical stabalisation is fantastic - really really good, Quick focus, surprisingly good stills” . One person said in their reviews that the product had a good lens.

One person mentioned that it had a good zoom. Eu said on Amazon four years ago “The only down side is that if you want to close up the autofous fails, does zoom to a certain distance” in their Sony HDR-CX730 review.

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Easy to Use

Several people wrote in their reviews that this camcorder was easy to use. John Lewin said on Amazon three years ago “Clear recordings, great stills, easy to use on low light conditions” in his review and rated this camcorder as very good. Tommo gave this camcorder an excellent review score and mentioned in their Sony HDR-CX730 review “The Canon beats it for manual mode tho - mush (sorry, meant 'much') easier to use”.

Good Product Quality

Two customers said in their reviews that it was good quality. Alon rated it 5 stars and mentioned “Excellent quality” in their Sony HDR-CX730 review.

Robust

One Sony HDR-CX730 owner who reviewed the product reckoned that it was well made. Tommo mentioned “The Sony is so well made” in their review.

Good Screen / Viewfinder

One Sony HDR-CX730 reviewer wrote in their reviews that the product had a good screen. Tommo wrote “The touch screen is responsive and sharp - the canon is sluggish - beleive me it makes a difference in useability”.

Full HD HD Type

The HD type of this camcorder is Full HD, which is the most frequently found HD type on similar spec camcorders that came out around the same time as it.

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Has an HDMI Port

has an HDMI port

Unlike most of the other comparable spec camcorders that are a similar age to the HDR-CX730 which do not have an HDMI port, the HDR-CX730 has an HDMI port.

We compared all the other video cameras with an HDMI port to this camcorder and we think the Sony FDR-X1000[plb_2962225_price] which has better reviews is also worth considering.

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Has an Image Stabiliser

The HDR-CX730 has an image stabiliser, which is unusual. Most of the other video cameras of this age and spec do not have an image stabiliser.

It may also be worth considering one of the alternative video cameras with an image stabiliser currently available including the Sony FDR-X1000[plb_2962225_price] which has better reviews.

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Full HD

Full HD

The Sony HDR-CX730 is Full HD, unlike most of the other similar spec video cameras that have been available for a comparable time to the HDR-CX730 which are not Full HD.

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1/2.88" Optical Sensor Size

This video camera has a 1/2.88" optical sensor size, which is typical of many video cameras that are a similar age to it.

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SDXC Memory Card

SDXC memory card

The Sony HDR-CX730 supports an SDXC memory card which is better than the SD memory card supported by most camcorders of this spec and age. In addition, this Sony video camera support MS PRO Duo Mark 2 and MS Pro-HG Duo and SDHC memory cards. 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 amongst all similar spec video cameras that are a comparable age to the HDR-CX730.

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

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

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Very High Megapixel Count

When compared to other camcorders that have been available for around the same time as the HDR-CX730 that we have checked the megapixel count of, the HDR-CX730's megapixel count of 24.1 megapixels is one of the highest. The average megapixel count of similar spec video cameras that were released more than two years ago is 15MP.

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Has a Night Mode

The HDR-CX730 has a night mode, unlike most of the other similar spec video cameras that were released more than two years ago which do not have a night mode.

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4912 X 3680 Still Image Resolution

The HDR-CX730 supports a maximum still image resolution of 4912 x 3680. That's over two times the still image resolution of the most frequently found still image resolution of 3840 x 2160. The still image resolution of all camcorders of this age and spec ranges from 640 x 360 to 6016 x 4016.

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6544 X 3680 Pixels Maximum Image Resolution

The highest maximum image resolution of the HDR-CX730 is 6544 x 3680 pixels. That's over twelve times the maximum image resolution of a 1600 x 1200 pixels camcorder, which is the most frequently found maximum image resolution. The maximum image resolution of all camcorders of this age and spec ranges from 640 x 480 pixels to 6592 x 3712 pixels.

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Has Nine Scene Modes

The number of scene modes found on the HDR-CX730 is more than most camcorders that are a similar age to it. The most frequently found scene mode is Underwater, but this scene mode is not found on this video camera. The scene modes Beach, Fireworks, Landscape, Portrait, Snow, Spotlight, Sunrise, Sunset and Twilight are also found on this camcorder.

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Has a Built-In Display

The HDR-CX730 has a built-in display. Most of the other camcorders that have been on the market for around the same time as the HDR-CX730 also have a built-in display.

Alternative video cameras with a built-in display currently available which you might want to look at include the Sony FDR-X1000[plb_2962225_price] which has better reviews.

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Has Two White Balance Modes

The HDR-CX730 has a greater number of white balance modes than most camcorders that are a comparable age to it. This video camera has an Auto white balance mode, which is the most commonly found white balance mode found on video cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the HDR-CX730. The white balance mode "Outdoor" is also found on this camcorder.

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Quite Low Minimum Aperture

At only 1.8, the HDR-CX730 has a fairly low minimum aperture compared to most of the other camcorders of this age and type. The lowest minimum aperture of camcorders that have been around for a similar time to the HDR-CX730 is 1.1, the highest is 4, and the average minimum aperture is 2.3.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

The HDR-CX730 supports a 1920 x 1080 pixels video resolution which is higher than the 1280 x 720 pixels video resolution supported by most camcorders that were released around the same time as it. This camcorder also support a video resolution of 720 x 576 pixels and 1440 x 1080 pixels. Similar spec camcorders that have been available for a comparable time to the HDR-CX730 video resolutions range from 720 x 480 pixels to 3840 x 2160 pixels.

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CMOS Sensor Type

This video camera has a CMOS sensor type, which is the most frequently found sensor type on camcorders of a similar age and spec to it.

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Has Three Cables Included

The number of included cables found on the Sony HDR-CX730 is more than most video cameras of a similar age and spec to it. This video camera has a USB cable included, which is the most commonly found cable included found on camcorders that were released more than two years ago. The cables included "AV" and "HDMI" are also found on this Sony video camera.

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LCD Display

This camcorder has an LCD display, which is typical of many video cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to it.

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Quite Long Maximum Focal Length

At 318 millimeters, the Sony HDR-CX730 has a fairly long maximum focal length compared to most of the other similar spec camcorders that have been available for around the same time as the HDR-CX730. The average maximum focal length of camcorders that were released more than two years ago is 140mm.

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6 Reasons Against

Very Small Optical Zoom

The smallest optical zoom of camcorders that were released more than two years ago is 1x and the biggest is 65x. At only 10 times zoom factor, the Sony HDR-CX730 has a quite small optical zoom compared to most of the other camcorders that were released around the same time as the HDR-CX730.

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Does Not Have an Interchangeable Lens

Most camcorders that have been on the market for around the same time as the HDR-CX730 do not have an interchangeable lens. The Sony HDR-CX730 is no exception to this as it too does not have an interchangeable lens.

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Not Waterproof

The HDR-CX730 is not waterproof. Most of the other camcorders that have been on the market for around the same time as the HDR-CX730 are also not waterproof.

Video cameras which are waterproof that might also be worth looking at include the Sony FDR-X1000[plb_2962225_price] which also has a higher rating.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Projector

Most video cameras of a comparable age and type to the HDR-CX730 do not have a built-in projector. The Sony HDR-CX730 is no exception to this as it too does not have a built-in projector.

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Not 3D Compatible

The HDR-CX730 is not 3D compatible, although keep in mind that most of the other camcorders of this age and type are also not 3D compatible.

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Very Small Bitrate At Maximum Video Resolution

The average bitrate at maximum video resolution of camcorders of a comparable spec and age to the HDR-CX730 is 130 Mbit/s, and the bitrates at maximum video resolution range from 28 Mbit/s to 600 Mbit/s. At only 28 megabits per second, the Sony HDR-CX730 has a fairly small bitrate at maximum video resolution compared to most of the other video cameras of this age and type.

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4 Other reasons to consider the Sony HDR-CX730

Released Over Five Years Ago

It was over five years ago when this camcorder was released.

Average Screen Size

The Sony HDR-CX730 has a pretty standard screen size (3 inches) compared to most of the other camcorders of a similar age and spec to the HDR-CX730.

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Average Weight

With a weight of 545 grams, the Sony HDR-CX730 has a pretty standard weight compared to most of the other camcorders of this type and age.

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Average Digital Zoom

At 120 times zoom factor, the Sony HDR-CX730 has a pretty standard digital zoom compared to most of the other camcorders that were launched more than two years ago.

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Specification

Image Sensor
Optical Sensor Size
Sensor Type
Megapixel Count
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Digital Zoom
Image Stabiliser
Maximum Focal Length
Minimum Aperture
Minimum Focal Length
Maximum Aperture Value
Filter Size
Focal Length
Focal Length Range
Storage
Memory Card Slot
Storage
Memory Card
Storage Media Type
Disc Type
Focusing
Focus Adjustment
Light Exposure
Scene Mode
White Balance
White Balance Mode
Flash
Shutter
Shutter Speed
Display
Screen Size
Display Resolution
Display
Camera
Camcorder Type
Image Processor
Minimum Illumination
Geotagging
Design
Colour
Video
HD Type
Bitrate At Maximum Video Resolution
Video Capturing Speed
Video Format
Video Resolution
Maximum Video Resolution
Maximum Frame Rate
Still Image
Image Format
Still Image Resolution
Maximum Image Resolution
Audio
Audio System
Ports & Interfaces
USB 2.0 Port
S-Video in Port
Headphone Socket
Battery
Battery Type
Battery Slot
Charging Source
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Packaging Content
Cable Included
Other Features
Aperture Range
Extra/Smart Zoom

Expert Reviews

(4)
25 July 2012

Einleitung Keine manuellen Weiten... ..sondern volle automatik Display und Sucher Aus dem Messlabor FazitGrundsätzlich unterscheidet sich die HDR-CX740 von der bei uns bereits... Read more…

19 June 2012

Sony HDR CX 730: Bildstabilisator SteadyShotWährend man anderen Camcordern nicht ansieht, dass in ihrem Objektiv ein Bildstabilisator arbeitet, merkt man das beim Sony HDR-CX730 auf den ersten... Read more…

19 June 2012

Gerade in der Ferienzeit denken viele Filmer über die Anschaffung eines neuen Camcorders nach. Video-HomeVision hat die neuen Modelle der arrivierten Hersteller unter die Lupe genommen, von denen... Read more…

8 February 2013

La Sony HDR-CX730E è una videocamera amatoriale con la quale il colosso nipponico ha recentemente aggiornata la propria gamma, di cui fa parte anche la nuova HDR-TD20VE, specificamente progettata... Read more…

Eccellente qualit dell'immagine, stabilizzazione efficace, schermo touch luminoso e definito, menu intuitivo
Autofocus in crisi con luce artificiale, schermo touch "solo" da 3", durata della batteria appena discreta

User Reviews

(7)
Reviewed 23 October 2014 by Alon
(Verified Purchase)

Excellent quality.

Reviewed 26 May 2013 by Tommo "Tommo"

I agonised over either the Sony OR the Canon HF g10 - so .... I bought both (really) The Sony is by far the better camera. OK - the actual footage from both cameras is brilliant - but the Sony is... Read more…

Reviewed 25 May 2013 by Tommo

I agonised over either the Sony OR the Canon HF g10 - so .... I bought both (really) The Sony is by far the better camera. OK - the actual footage from both cameras is brilliant - but the Sony is... Read more…

Reviewed 28 January 2013 by William Khor
(Verified Purchase)

It is of the best buy in the market. Sony always excel in making camcorders.
Avoid buying GW55 as the video output has to be 'DR removed' before being recorded onto discs.

Reviewed 14 January 2013 by John Lewin

As a Paranormal Investigator, I have used a number of cameras going back to the older Sony models.

This camera is an ideal replacement, Infrared is fairly good, but by using an... Read more…

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers hdrcx730, hdrcx730e, hdrcx730ebcen, sony hdrcx730, sony hdrcx730e
Barcodes 04905524857290, 04905524857306
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