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Sony HDR-CX190 Camcorder

5.3MP 1/5 168g May 2012
Total Megapixels Optical Sensor Size Full HD Weight Release Date
Good size
Easy to use
Expert reviews are poor
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Reviews

Sony Has Good Reviews for Its Camcorders

Based on 4,270 user and expert reviews (including 383 verified purchases), Sony has good reviews for its video cameras. Sony also has good reviews specifically for its medium total megapixels camcorders compared to other brands. 88% of those that bought a Sony camcorder would recommend the product that they bought to other buyers.

Expert Reviews Are Poor

This Sony video camera has an average expert rating of 62% based on five expert reviews from sites including CNET.com, Digital Versus, parentesis.com and Les Numeriques.com. This puts this medium total megapixels video camera in the bottom 18% of all the camcorders of a comparable type and age when ranked by average expert review score.


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Features Smile Detection

The Sony HDR-CX190 features smile detection. Most of the other camcorders of this type and age also feature smile detection.

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Has a Face Detection

The HDR-CX190 has a face detection. Most of the other similar spec camcorders that have been on the market for around the same time as this camcorder also have a face detection.

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Image Sensor

Very Low Effective Megapixels (image)

The average effective megapixels (image) of video cameras of this age and spec is 7.6MP, and the effective megapixels (image) range from 1.3MP to 21MP. The HDR-CX190 has a quite low effective megapixels (image) (only 1.31 megapixels) compared to most of the other medium total megapixels camcorders that have been on the market for a comparable time to this video camera.

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Very Low Effective Megapixels (movie)

With an effective megapixels (movie) of only 1.31 megapixels, the HDR-CX190 has one of the lower effective megapixels (movie) amongst medium total megapixels camcorders of this age. The effective megapixels (movie) of video cameras that are a similar age to this camcorder range from 0.49MP to 9.9MP.

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1" Optical Sensor Size

This camcorder has a 1/5.8" optical sensor size, which is typical of many camcorders that came out around the same time as it.

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Flash

Does Not Have a Built-In Light

The Sony HDR-CX190 does not have a built-in light. Most of the other video cameras of this spec and age also do not have a built-in light.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Flash

Like most of the other camcorders of this spec and age, the HDR-CX190 does not have a built-in flash.

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Display

Does Not Have a Touchscreen

The HDR-CX190 does not have a touchscreen. Most of the other medium total megapixels camcorders that have been around for a similar time to this video camera do have a touchscreen.

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Average Display Diagonal

At 2.7 inches, the HDR-CX190 has a pretty typical display diagonal compared to most of the other medium total megapixels camcorders that have been around for around the same time as this camcorder.

We compared all the other 2.7" screen size video cameras to this video camera and we think the Samsung F70, and the Sony PJ200E which has better reviews is also worth considering.

If you are looking for a larger display diagonal then you might want to look at the HDR-PJ260E (3"), the HDR-PJ420E (3"), or the HXR-MC2500E (3") all from Sony which is also higher rated.

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Audio

Has a Built-In Speaker(s)

The HDR-CX190 has a built-in speaker(s), as do most of the other comparable spec video cameras that have been on the market for more than two years.

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Has a Built-In Microphone

The Sony HDR-CX190 has a built-in microphone, as do most of the other medium total megapixels camcorders that have been around for a comparable time to this video camera.

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Packaging Content

Has an AC Adapter Included

The HDR-CX190 has an AC adapter included, as do most of the other similar spec video cameras that have been available for around the same time as this camcorder.

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Has a Batteries Included

The Sony HDR-CX190 has a batteries included, as do most of the other similar spec video cameras that are a comparable age to this camcorder.

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White Balance

Features Outdoor White Balance

The HDR-CX190 features outdoor white balance. Most of the other camcorders that have been available for around the same time as this camcorder also feature outdoor white balance.

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Features Onepush White Balance

The HDR-CX190 features onepush white balance. Most of the other video cameras that have been around for a similar time to this camcorder also feature onepush white balance.

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Features Indoor White Balance

The Sony HDR-CX190 features indoor white balance, as do most of the other camcorders of a similar type and age to this video camera.

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Other Features

Features Auto Focus

The HDR-CX190 features auto focus, as do most of the other video cameras of a comparable age and spec to this camcorder.

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Features Manual Focus

The Sony HDR-CX190 features manual focus. Most of the other medium total megapixels camcorders that have been available for around the same time as this video camera also feature manual focus.

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Design

Easy to Use

Two customers concluded that the Sony HDR-CX190 was easy to use. Teb mentioned in their review of the Sony HDR-CX190 “The camera is so very easy to use and it takes little time to experiment with the settings while out”. Mr. Anthony R. Chapman said “The picture quality is a dream and extremely handy to use”.

Nice Design

One owner who bought the Sony HDR-CX190 reckoned that it was neat. Margaret mentioned on Amazon five years ago “The whole thing is very neat though and convenient to carry” in her review of this camcorder.

Robust

One person wrote in their reviews that it was well made. Teb wrote five years ago “The rotary control on top looked vulnerable to knocks and it didn't have the solid 'engineering brick' feel about it that my old Canon has” .

One person concluded that the Sony HDR-CX190 was strong and durable. Teb scored this camcorder 6 stars and said on Amazon.co.uk “With the two cameras side by side the Canon, like my older 60, is clearly the more robustly constructed”.

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Good Product Quality

One person wrote in their reviews that the product was good quality. Expert review site Digitalversus.com said “The image quality certainly isn't the best example of Full HD.” and gave the product a score of 5 stars.


Camera

Features Progressive Scan

The HDR-CX190 features progressive scan. Most of the other camcorders that were launched more than two years ago also feature progressive scan.

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Features Back Light Compensation

The HDR-CX190 features back light compensation. Most of the other video cameras of this age and spec also feature back light compensation.

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Quite Big Minimum Illumination

The average minimum illumination of medium total megapixels camcorders that are a similar age to this video camera is 4.2lx, and the minimum illuminations range from 0.3lx to 15lx. The HDR-CX190 has a fairly big minimum illumination (11 lux) compared to most of the other video cameras of a similar age and type to this video camera.

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Ports & Interfaces

Supports HDMI

supports HDMI

The HDR-CX190 supports HDMI. Most of the other medium total megapixels camcorders that are a similar age to this video camera also support HDMI.

We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative video cameras which support HDMI currently available including because of it's better review score, the Vixia HF S30, or the EOS C300 both from Canon or the JVC GZ-R15.

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Has a DC-In Jack

The HDR-CX190 has a DC-in jack, as do most of the other video cameras of a similar type and age to this camcorder.

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Has a Composite Video Out

The HDR-CX190 has a composite video out. Most of the other camcorders of this spec and age also have a composite video out.

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Does Not Support PictBridge

The Sony HDR-CX190 does not support PictBridge. Most of the other video cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to this camcorder also do not support PictBridge.

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Video

Full HD

Full HD

The HDR-CX190 is Full HD, as are most of the other video cameras that were released around the same time as this camcorder.

We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative Full HD camcorders currently available including the Vixia HF S30, or the EOS C300 both from Canon which has better reviews.

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Features Dual Shot (video & Photo)

The Sony HDR-CX190 features dual shot (video & photo), as do most of the other similar spec video cameras that came out more than two years ago.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

This video camera supports a video resolutions of 720 x 480|1440 x 1080|1920 x 1080 pixels, which is typical of many similar spec camcorders that were launched more than two years ago.

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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 medium total megapixels camcorders that have been around for around the same time as it.

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Quite Small Bitrate At Maximum Video Resolution

The HDR-CX190 has a fairly small bitrate at maximum video resolution (only 24 megabits per second) compared to most of the other video cameras of this age and spec. Across all the medium total megapixels camcorders that were released more than two years ago the bitrate at maximum video resolutions range from 9 Mbit/s to 50 Mbit/s.

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Lens System

Has an Image Stabilizer

The Sony HDR-CX190 has an image stabilizer. Most of the other medium total megapixels camcorders that have been around for around the same time as this camcorder also have an image stabilizer.

There are a number of other camcorders with an image stabilizer currently available that you might want to look at including because of it's better review score, the Canon Vixia HF S30, or the Samsung HMX-QF30WN.

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Quite Long Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

Across all the similar spec video cameras that have been on the market for more than two years the maximum focal lengths (35mm film equiv) range from 2.7mm to 2,300mm. The Sony HDR-CX190 has one of the longest maximum focal lengths (35mm film equiv) (1,320 millimeter) amongst video cameras of this age.

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Quite Long Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

The average minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) of video cameras of this age and spec is 26mm, and the minimum focal lengths (35mm film equiv) range from 1.8mm to 40mm. The HDR-CX190 has one of the longer minimum focal lengths (35mm film equiv) (36 millimeters) amongst video cameras of this age.

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Average Digital Zoom

At 300 times zoom factor, the HDR-CX190 has a fairly standard digital zoom compared to most of the other medium total megapixels camcorders that have been on the market for around the same time as this video camera.

We compared this video camera to all the other 300x (digital) camcorders and we think because of it's better review score, the Samsung HMX-H304, and the Sony PJ200E is also worth considering.

If this Sony camcorder digital zoom is not big enough for you then you might want to look at the HDR-CX220 (320x), the HDR-PJ240 (320x), or the HDR-CX240 ($189.00) (320x) all from Sony which also has a higher rating.

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Average Optical Zoom

At 25 times zoom factor, the Sony HDR-CX190 has a relatively standard optical zoom compared to most of the other medium total megapixels camcorders that have been available for around the same time as this video camera.

We think you might also be interested in some of the other 25x (optical) camcorders currently available including because of it's better review score, the Sony PJ200E.

If this Sony video camera optical zoom is not big enough for you then you might want to look at the HDR-CX240 ($189.00) (27x and higher rated), the HDR-PJ240 (27x and higher rated), or the HDR-PJ260E (30x and higher rated) all from Sony.

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Good Quality Lens

One customer concluded that it had a good autofocus. Teb mentioned “The zoom works very well, although one or two images seem out of focus” in their review of the Sony HDR-CX190. One person mentioned in their reviews that it had a good zoom.


Weight & Dimensions

Good Size

Two people mentioned in their reviews that the Sony HDR-CX190 was compact. Digitalversus.com wrote on expert review site Digital Versus “Beyond the highly affordable price (£200), part of the idea behind buying a budget camcorder such as the Sony HDR-CX190 is the light weight and compact size” and rated the product 6 stars. Teb rated this camcorder 7 stars and wrote on Amazon.co.uk “Internet research into the best digital compact camera pointed to three candidates, Sony's HX20V, Canon's SX240/260”.

Average Weight

The Sony HDR-CX190 has a pretty standard weight (168 grams) compared to most of the other medium total megapixels camcorders that were released around the same time as this camcorder.

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Released Over Five Years Ago

This medium total megapixels video camera was released in April 2017.

Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers sony hdrcx190ebceh
Barcodes 00027242842236, 00411378259738, 03610170779629, 04905524856170, 04905524856194

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