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Sony HDRCX900B Camcorder

20.9MP 790g CMOS Feb 2015
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CES 2014 | Sony Handycam HDR-CX900 HD Camcorder | WiFi | HDR-CX900/B | Smart Review
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Sony HDR-CX900 Review

26 Reasons For

User Reviews Are Good

The average user rating of this video camera is 83 out of 100 based on 30 user reviews.

Sony Camcorders Have Good Reviews

We checked 3,509 owner and expert reviews for Sony video cameras and found that on average Sony has good reviews. We also found that Sony has good reviews specifically within its big sensor size video cameras range.

Good Size

A number of customers who bought it considered that it was heavy and bulky. Socks mentioned “It isn't so heavy that it will not be portable” . The Lambanana rated this camcorder 5 stars and said on Amazon “Although it's not light it's not TOO heavy” in their review.

One Sony HDR-CX900 owner thought this camcorder was a good weight. Johnentwistlespout said in their review of the Sony HDR-CX900 “It dwarfs a palm-camcorder and has just the right weight to it” .

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Good Quality Lens

A few customers agreed that it had a good lens. The Lambanana wrote on Amazon “It has a ONE-inch type Exmor R CMOS sensor and a Zeiss lens with a huge optical zoom of 12x” in their Sony HDR-CX900 review. One person wrote in their reviews that the product had a good zoom. Two years ago Socks said in their review of the Sony HDR-CX900 on Amazon “The camcorder has a 12X optical zoom and the digital zoom is 24X”.

Good Connectivity

One Sony HDR-CX900 owner who reviewed it concluded that it was easy to sync. Two years ago The Lambanana gave it an excellent rating and mentioned in their review of the Sony HDR-CX900 “You can upload you stills or clips quite quickly by syncing the images/clips to your smartphone”.

One person wrote in their reviews that it was wifi compatible. Socks said on Amazon “This camcorder has NFC and wifi transfer options which is an added convenience” in their review of this camcorder.

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Robust

One Sony HDR-CX900 owner who bought it concluded that it was well made. Two years ago The Lambanana wrote in their review of the Sony HDR-CX900 “SOUND=====Although I didn't expect much from the built in microphone”.

Good Support

One person wrote in their reviews that it had good technical guidance. Johnentwistlespout mentioned in their review of this camcorder on Amazon “It has a load of manual controls and a 62mm lens which just seems massive after my time in the wilderness”.

Good Technical Features

One Sony HDR-CX900 reviewer who purchased this camcorder concluded that it had good features. The Lambanana mentioned “The camcorder has the usual "steadying" features” in their review of the Sony HDR-CX900 and gave the product a score of 5 stars.

Nice Design

One Sony HDR-CX900 owner considered that this camcorder was neat. The Lambanana mentioned on Amazon “I'll come to that later in the review )SIZE====Sits neatly and solidly in the palm of my hand” and gave this camcorder a rating of 5 stars.

Good Product Quality

One customer who bought the product wrote that it was good quality. Two years ago Johnentwistlespout mentioned “Everything feels of a decent enough quality with that right snaps” in their review of this camcorder and rated this camcorder as very good.

Quite Large Screen Size

The smallest screen size of camcorders of this type and age is 2.3", the largest is 3.5", and the average screen size is 3.1". The Sony HDR-CX900 has one of the larger screen sizes (3.5 inches) amongst big sensor size video cameras of this age.

There are a number of alternative 3.5" screen size camcorders currently available that you might want to consider including the Panasonic HC-X929[plb_1902118_price] which is cheaper; or the Sony FDR-AX100[plb_2109545_price] which has better reviews.

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Has an Image Stabiliser

Like most of the other similar spec video cameras that have been around for a comparable time to the HDR-CX900, the Sony HDR-CX900 has an image stabiliser.

We compared all the other camcorders with an image stabiliser to this camcorder and we think the Panasonic HC-X929[plb_1902118_price] which is cheaper; or the JVC GC-PX100[plb_1725509_price], and the Sony FDR-AX100[plb_2109545_price] which has better reviews are also worth considering.

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Full HD

Full HD

The HDR-CX900 is Full HD, as are most of the other video cameras of a comparable type and age to the HDR-CX900.

We compared all the other Full HD camcorders to this video camera and we think a cheaper video camera such as the Panasonic HC-X929[plb_1902118_price] or you might consider a higher rated video camera such as the JVC GC-PX100[plb_1725509_price], and the Sony FDR-AX100[plb_2109545_price] are also worth considering.

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Has an HDMI Port

has an HDMI port

Like most of the other big sensor size video cameras that are a similar age to the HDR-CX900, the HDR-CX900 has an HDMI port.

We compared all the other video cameras with an HDMI port to this camcorder and we think a cheaper video camera such as the Panasonic HC-X929[plb_1902118_price] or you might consider a higher rated video camera such as the JVC GC-PX100[plb_1725509_price], and the Sony FDR-AX100[plb_2109545_price] are also worth considering.

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SDXC Memory Card

SDXC memory card

The HDR-CX900 supports an SDXC memory card which is better than the SDHC memory card supported by most video cameras of this type and age. This video camera also support MS PRO Duo, MS Pro-HG Duo and MS XC-HG Duo and SD 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).

An SDXC memory card is in fact the best supported memory card type across all camcorders of this age and spec.

The worst supported memory card type across similar types of camcorder is MicroSD (Transflash).

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

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Optical Image Stabiliser

This video camera has an Optical image stabiliser, which is the most frequently found image stabiliser on camcorders of a comparable age and spec to it. 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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Quite High Movie Megapixel Count

The lowest movie megapixel count of comparable spec video cameras that were released more than two years ago is 1.1MP, the highest is 17MP, and the average movie megapixel count is 8.6MP. With a movie megapixel count of 14.2 megapixels, the HDR-CX900 has a fairly high movie megapixel count compared to most of the other comparable spec video cameras that have been available for around the same time as the HDR-CX900.

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Lithium Battery

This video camera has a Lithium battery, which is the most frequently found battery on video cameras of a comparable spec and age to it.

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Has Six Scene Modes

The number of scene modes found on the Sony HDR-CX900 is more than most camcorders that have been available for more than two years. This video camera has a Snow scene mode, which is the most frequently found scene mode found on video cameras of this type and age. The scene modes "Fireworks", "Landscape", "Portrait", "Spotlight" and "Beach" are also found on this camcorder.

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Very Big Bitrate At Maximum Video Resolution

The bitrate at maximum video resolution of the HDR-CX900 of 50 megabits per second is one of the biggest amongst big sensor size video cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to the HDR-CX900. The bitrates at maximum video resolution of similar spec camcorders that were released more than two years ago range from 5 Mbit/s to 50 Mbit/s, and the average bitrate at maximum video resolution is 26 Mbit/s.

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5968 X 3352 Pixels Maximum Image Resolution

The highest maximum image resolution of the HDR-CX900 is 5968 x 3352 pixels. That's over ten times the maximum image resolution of a 1600 x 1200 pixels video camera, which is the most frequently found maximum image resolution. The maximum image resolution of all video cameras of this age and type ranges from 640 x 480 pixels (worst) to 6592 x 3712 pixels (best).

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Has a Built-In Display

The Sony HDR-CX900 has a built-in display, as do most of the other camcorders of a similar type and age to the HDR-CX900.

We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative camcorders with a built-in display currently available including the JVC GC-PX100[plb_1725509_price], or the Sony FDR-AX100[plb_2109545_price] which has better reviews; or the Panasonic HC-X929[plb_1902118_price] which is cheaper.

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1080p Video Mode

This video camera has a 1080p|720p video mode, which is the most commonly found video mode on big sensor size video cameras that have been on the market for more than two years.

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Quite High Maximum Aperture Value

The HDR-CX900 has a quite high maximum aperture value (4.5) compared to most of the other camcorders of a comparable age and spec to the HDR-CX900. The average maximum aperture value of similar spec video cameras that were released more than two years ago is 4, and the maximum aperture values range from 1.6 to 10.

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Has Four White Balance Modes

The number of white balance modes found on the Sony HDR-CX900 is more than most camcorders 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 camcorders that are a comparable age to the HDR-CX900. The white balance modes "Indoor", "Outdoor" and "Push" are also found on this Sony camcorder.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

This video camera supports a video resolution of 1280 x 720|1920 x 1080 pixels, which is the most commonly supported video resolution on video cameras that were released more than two years ago.

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6 Reasons Against

Does Not Have an Interchangeable Lens

Like most of the other big sensor size video cameras that were released more than two years ago, the HDR-CX900 does not have an interchangeable lens.

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Not 3D Compatible

Like most of the other video cameras that are a similar age to the HDR-CX900, the Sony HDR-CX900 is not 3D compatible.

If you would prefer a video camera that is 3D compatible then you might want to look at the Panasonic HC-X929[plb_1902118_price].

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Does Not Have a Night Mode

The HDR-CX900 does not have a night mode. Most of the other video cameras of this age and spec also do not have a night mode.

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Not Waterproof

The HDR-CX900 is not waterproof. Most of the other comparable spec camcorders that have been available for around the same time as the HDR-CX900 are also not waterproof.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Projector

Most similar spec video cameras that are a comparable age to the HDR-CX900 do not have a built-in projector. The HDR-CX900 is no exception to this as it too does not have a built-in projector.

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Heavy

At 790 grams, the Sony HDR-CX900 is quite heavy compared to most of the other video cameras that were launched around the same time as the HDR-CX900. The average weight of big sensor size video cameras that were released more than two years ago is 650g.

We compared all the other 790g weight video cameras to this video camera and we think the Sony FDR-AX100[plb_2109545_price] which has better reviews is also worth considering.

If you would consider a video camera with a heavier weight then you might want to look at the JVC GC-PX100[plb_1725509_price] (500g and higher rated) or the Panasonic HC-X929[plb_1902118_price] (417g and cheaper).

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5 Other reasons to consider the Sony HDR-CX900

Full HD HD Type

The HD type of this camcorder is Full HD, which is the most commonly found HD type on camcorders of this type and age.

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Released Over Three Years Ago

Sony released the HDR-CX900 over three years ago.

Average Digital Zoom

The Sony HDR-CX900 has a relatively typical digital zoom (160 times zoom factor) compared to most of the other camcorders of this age and spec.

Other 160x (digital) camcorders currently available which you might want to look at include because of it's better review score, the Sony FDR-AX100[plb_2109545_price].

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Average Optical Zoom

With an optical zoom of 12 times zoom factor, the HDR-CX900 has a pretty standard optical zoom compared to most of the other big sensor size video cameras that have been around for more than two years.

There are a number of alternative 12x (optical) camcorders currently available that you might also want to consider including the Panasonic HC-X929[plb_1902118_price] which is cheaper; or the Sony FDR-AX100[plb_2109545_price] which has better reviews.

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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 that have been available for around the same time as it.

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Specification

Image Sensor
Sensor Size
Sensor Type
Movie Megapixel Count
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
Memory Card Slot
Storage
Memory Card
Storage Media Type
Disc Type
File System
Focusing
Closest Focusing Distance
Normal Focusing Range
Focus Adjustment
Light Exposure
Scene Mode
Exposure Mode
White Balance
White Balance Mode
Flash
Built-In Flash
Built-In Light
Shutter
Shutter Speed
Display
Screen Size
Display Resolution
Display
Display Aspect Ratio
Camera
Camcorder Type
3D Compatible
Image Processor
Minimum Illumination
Aspect Ratio
Self-Timer
Design
Colour
Video
HD Type
Bitrate At Maximum Video Resolution
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
S-Video Out Port
PictBridge
S-Video in Port
Micro-USB 2.0 Port
Headphone Socket
Networking
Ethernet LAN Connection
WiFi Type
Bluetooth
Battery
Battery Type
Battery
Battery Slot
Charging Source
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Packaging Content
Bundled Software
Cable Included
Other Features
Waterproof
Shock Proof
Projector
Built-In Projector
Technical Details
Freeze-Resistant
Dust-Resistant

Expert Reviews

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User Reviews

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Reviewed 28 May 2015 by Shinji-P
Shinji-P would recommend the Sony HDR-CX900

I am an event videographer shooting primarily indoors with unpredictable lighting. I use a multi-camera setup to capture the action from different angles for editing together, and I was looking... Read more…

Reviewed 7 April 2014 by Mike
Mike would recommend the Sony HDR-CX900 (Verified Purchase)

Using this as a b-cam for interviews, run/gun ... image quality is excellent, 1" chip and XAVC codec ... sandisk extreme @ 45 MBPS not fast enough for XAVC. i returned that and purchased sandisk... Read more…

Reviewed 5 February 2015 by Graham
Graham would recommend the Sony HDR-CX900

Pros: (1) Big lens with excellent bright clear images, and clear sound. (2) Easy to use; auto mode nearly always gets it right. (3) Zoom range (12x) covers most situations well. (4) Shielded... Read more…

Reviewed 2 June 2014 by Kai
Kai would recommend the Sony HDR-CX900

Ok I just did one concert, one party and one commercial shoot in the past three days. They all done with my GH3 together for multicam production. I want to give you guys some insight about this... Read more…

Reviewed 7 May 2014 by Kimtech
Kimtech would recommend the Sony HDR-CX900 (Verified Purchase)

I was shocked at how good the video was in this camcorder. I'm a huge Sony camera fan but this camera is a sleeper. I tried the 4k version and even though it may have been defected I could still... Read more…

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers sony handycam, sony hdrcx900, sony hdrcx900e, sony hdrcx900b, sony hdrcx900bd, sony hdrcx900bdl
Barcodes 00027242877535, 00616320856632, 00616348060776, 00617689595194, 04905524962604, 04905524968590, 04905524968941, 05013493246164, 05054230863299, 09154403420505

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