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Sony HDR-CX210
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Sony HDR-CX210 Camcorder

5.3MP 1/5.8 175g CMOS Jan 2012
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Have fun with the HDR-CX210 Handycam camcorder capable of beautiful 1920 x 1080 Full HD 60i recording. Relive magical moments via HDMI on compatible HDTV4 with stunning clarity and incredibly... More
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27 Reasons For

Owner Reviews Are Average

Based on 10 owner reviews the average owner rating of this medium sensor size camcorder is 78%.

Sony Video Cameras Have Good Reviews

Sony has good average reviews for its medium sensor size video cameras as well as across its entire video camera range compared to other manufacturers.

Good Size

One person wrote that the product was lightweight.

Full HD HD Type

The HD type of this video camera is Full HD, which is the most commonly found HD type on video cameras of this type and age.

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Has an Image Stabiliser

The Sony HDR-CX210 has an image stabiliser, as do most of the other medium sensor size video cameras that have been around for around the same time as the HDR-CX210.

We compared all the other camcorders with an image stabiliser to this video camera and we think because of it's better review score, the HDR-CX440 ($292.62), and the HDR-CX200/B both from Sony or the Canon Vixia HF S30 is also worth considering.

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Full HD

Like most of the other video cameras of a similar spec and age to the HDR-CX210, the HDR-CX210 is Full HD.

Other Full HD video cameras currently available that you might want to consider include because of it's better review score, the Canon Vixia HF S30, the Panasonic HDC-Z10000E, or the Samsung HMX-QF20.

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Has an HDMI Port

has an HDMI port

The HDR-CX210 has an HDMI port. Most of the other video cameras of a comparable age and type to the HDR-CX210 also have an HDMI port.

Alternative camcorders with an HDMI port currently available which you might also want to look at include the Canon Vixia HF S30, the Rollei Movieline Live 100, or the Philips CAM101BL/00 which has better reviews.

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Fairly Big Digital Zoom

At 300 times zoom factor, the Sony HDR-CX210 has a quite big digital zoom compared to most of the other medium sensor size video cameras that have been available for a similar time to the HDR-CX210. The smallest digital zoom of comparable spec video cameras that are a similar age to the HDR-CX210 is 2x, the biggest is 1,800x, and the average digital zoom is 180x.

Alternative 300x (digital) video cameras currently available that you might also want to consider include the Canon Vixia HF M32, the Samsung HMX-H304, or the Sony HDR-PJ200 which has better reviews.

If this medium sensor size camcorder digital zoom is too small for you then you might also want to consider the HDR-CX220 (320x and higher rated), the HDR-CX290/B (320x and higher rated), or the HDR-PJ240 (320x and higher rated) all from Sony.

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Optical Image Stabiliser

This camcorder has an optical image stabiliser, which is the most frequently found image stabiliser on camcorders of a similar age and type 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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SDXC Memory Card

SDXC memory card

The HDR-CX210 supports a better memory card type than most comparable spec camcorders that have been on the market for a similar time to it. This Sony camcorder supports an SDXC memory card, whereas most medium sensor size video cameras that have been available for around the same time as it support an SD memory card. In addition, this video camera support MS PRO Duo 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 camcorder's memory card type (SDXC) is in fact the best supported memory card type amongst all medium sensor size video cameras that were launched more than two years ago.

A MicroSDXC memory card is the worst supported memory card type amongst comparable types of camcorder.

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

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Has a Night Mode

The Sony HDR-CX210 has a night mode. Most of the other camcorders of this age and spec do not have a night mode.

We compared all the other video cameras with a night mode to this camcorder and we think the Panasonic HDC-SD90, and the Aiptek 3D i2 which has better reviews is also worth considering.

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Lithium Battery

This camcorder has a Lithium battery, which is typical of many medium sensor size video cameras that were launched more than two years ago.

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Has Eleven Scene Modes

The Sony HDR-CX210 has a greater number of scene modes than most camcorders of a similar age and type to it. This camcorder has a Portrait scene mode, which is the most frequently found scene mode found on video cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the HDR-CX210. The scene modes "Backlight", "Beach", "Close-up (macro)", "Fireworks", "Landscape", "Night", "Snow", "Spotlight", "Sunset" and "Twilight" are also found on this Sony camcorder.

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Fairly Long Maximum Focal Length

The Sony HDR-CX210 has a fairly long maximum focal length (1,320 millimeter) compared to most of the other camcorders of a comparable age and spec to the HDR-CX210. Comparable spec camcorders that were launched around the same time as the HDR-CX210 have maximum focal lengths of between 4mm and 1,900mm.

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Has a Built-In Display

The HDR-CX210 has a built-in display, as do most of the other similar spec camcorders that are a comparable age to the HDR-CX210.

We compared this camcorder to all the other video cameras with a built-in display and we think because of it's better review score, the Sony HDR-GW66VE, the Samsung HMX-H304, and the Toshiba Camileo BW10 is also worth considering.

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1080i Video Mode

1920 pixels × 1080 lines (2.1 megapixels), and a temporal resolution of 50 or 60 interlaced fields per second. The video mode of all comparable spec camcorders that have been on the market for more than two years ranges from 480p (worst) to 1080p (best).

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H.264 Video Format

This video camera has an AVCHD|H.264|MPEG2|MPEG4 video format, which is typical of many camcorders of this age and spec.

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Has One White Balance Mode

The Sony HDR-CX210 has a greater number of white balance modes than most medium sensor size video cameras that have been around for around the same time as it. This camcorder has an Auto white balance mode, which is the most commonly found white balance mode found on video cameras of a comparable spec and age to the HDR-CX210.

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BIONZ Image Processor

This video camera has a BIONZ image processor, which is typical of many comparable spec camcorders that have been on the market for more than two years.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

This camcorder supports a video resolution of 720 x 480|1440 x 1080|1920 x 1080 pixels, which is typical of many camcorders of a similar age and type to 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 camcorders of this type and age.

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Has Four Cables Included

The HDR-CX210 has a greater number of included cables than most video cameras of this spec and age. This video camera has a USB cable included, which is the most frequently found cable included found on video cameras of a comparable spec and age to the HDR-CX210. The cables included "AC", "AV" and "HDMI" are also found on this camcorder.

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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 typical of many video cameras of this type and age.

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Very Low Typical Power Consumption

The HDR-CX210 has one of the lower typical power consumption (only 2.1 Watts) amongst camcorders of this age. Across all the medium sensor size video cameras that have been available for around the same time as the HDR-CX210 the typical power consumption range from 2.1W to 13W.

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JPG Image Format

This camcorder has a JPG image format, which is the most frequently found image format on video cameras of this age and spec.

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LCD Display

This camcorder has an LCD display, which is typical of many camcorders of this type and age.

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Small

The HDR-CX210 is one of the smaller camcorders of a comparable age and type to the HDR-CX210 (only 51 millimeters) amongst video cameras of this age. Video cameras of this age and type have heights of between 17mm and 240mm.

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14 Reasons Against

Poor Expert Reviews

This video camera has an average expert rating of 57 out of 100 based on three expert reviews from sites including CNET.com, PC Mag and CNET.com.au. That puts this medium sensor size camcorder in the bottom 9% of all the camcorders of this age and type.

Difficult to Use

One Sony HDR-CX210 owner said that the product was not easy to use the menus. Nicki wrote on Amazon “The touch screen menu can be frustrating as it is not as sensitive as, say”.

Only 1/5.8" Optical Sensor Size

This camcorder has a 1/5.8" optical sensor size, which is the most commonly found optical sensor size on video cameras of this spec and age.

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Does Not Have an Interchangeable Lens

Most video cameras that were launched more than two years ago do not have an interchangeable lens. The HDR-CX210 is no exception to this as it too does not have an interchangeable lens.

We compared this camcorder to all the other video cameras with an interchangeable lens and we think the HS900, or the HDC-SD90 both from Panasonic or the Sony HDR-CX200/B which also has a higher rating is also worth considering.

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Quite Low Maximum Aperture Value

When compared to other video cameras of this age and type that we have checked the maximum aperture value of, the HDR-CX210's maximum aperture value of only 1.8 is one of the lowest. The maximum aperture values of video cameras of a comparable spec and age to the HDR-CX210 range from 1.8 to 34, and the average maximum aperture value is 4.6.

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Quite Low Megapixel Count

Across all the medium sensor size video cameras that came out more than two years ago the megapixel counts range from 1.3MP to 16MP, and the average megapixel count is 6.3MP. The megapixel count of the HDR-CX210 of only 1.3 megapixels is one of the lowest amongst medium sensor size video cameras that have been around for around the same time as the HDR-CX210.

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Very Low Movie Megapixel Count

The lowest movie megapixel count of medium sensor size video cameras that are a similar age to the HDR-CX210 is 0.49MP, the highest is 9.9MP, and the average movie megapixel count is 3.8MP. At only 1.3 megapixels, the Sony HDR-CX210 has a quite low movie megapixel count compared to most of the other similar spec video cameras that were released more than two years ago.

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Not 3D Compatible

The Sony HDR-CX210 is not 3D compatible. Most of the other medium sensor size video cameras that came out more than two years ago are also not 3D compatible.

If you would prefer a video camera that is 3D compatible then you might also want to consider the HDC-SD90, or the HDC-Z10000E both from Panasonic or the Aiptek 3D i2 which also has a higher rating.

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Only Has Four Capture Modes

The HDR-CX210 has a greater number of capture mode than most video cameras of this type and age. This Sony camcorder has an LP capture mode, which is the most commonly found capture mode found on video cameras of this age and spec. The capture modes "FH", "FXP" and "HQ" are also found on this video camera.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Projector

Most medium sensor size video cameras that have been on the market for more than two years do not have a built-in projector. The HDR-CX210 is no exception to this as it too does not have a built-in projector.

It is worth considering other camcorders which also have a built-in projector including the HDR-PJ200, or the HDR-PJ240 both from Sony or the Aiptek ProjectorCam C25 which also has a higher rating.

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Not Waterproof

The Sony HDR-CX210 is not waterproof. Most of the other video cameras of this spec and age are also not waterproof.

If you are looking for a camcorder that is waterproof then you might want to consider the Panasonic HX-A100 ($289.95), or the GE DV1 which also has a higher rating.

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Quite Small Bitrate At Maximum Video Resolution

The average bitrate at maximum video resolution of video cameras of this age and spec is 28 Mbit/s, and the bitrates at maximum video resolution range from 9 Mbit/s to 50 Mbit/s. At only 24 megabits per second, the Sony HDR-CX210 has a fairly small bitrate at maximum video resolution compared to most of the other camcorders of a similar age and type to the HDR-CX210.

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Quite High Minimum Aperture

At 3.2, the HDR-CX210 has a fairly high minimum aperture compared to most of the other camcorders of this age and spec. Camcorders that were released more than two years ago have minimum apertures of between 1.1 and 6.8, and the average minimum aperture is 2.2.

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Very Long Minimum Focal Length

The minimum focal length of the HDR-CX210 of 44 millimeters is one of the longest amongst medium sensor size video cameras that came out around the same time as the HDR-CX210. The minimum focal lengths of camcorders of this age and type range from 1.8mm to 44mm.

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4 Other reasons to consider the Sony HDR-CX210

Released Over Five Years Ago

It was over five years ago when this video camera was released.

Average Optical Zoom

The Sony HDR-CX210 has a relatively average optical zoom (25 times zoom factor) compared to most of the other similar spec video cameras that have been available for more than two years.

We think you might also be interested in some of the other 25x (optical) video cameras currently available including the HDR-PJ200, or the HDR-CX190 both from Sony which has better reviews.

If this medium sensor size camcorder optical zoom is not big enough for you then you might also want to look at the HDR-CX290/B (27x), the HDR-PJ240 (27x), or the HDR-CX240 (27x) all from Sony which is also higher rated.

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Average Screen Size

At 2.7 inches, the HDR-CX210 has a pretty standard screen size compared to most of the other medium sensor size video cameras that are a comparable age to the HDR-CX210.

There are a number of alternative 2.7" screen size camcorders currently available which you might want to consider including because of it's better review score, the HDR-PJ200, or the HDR-CX190 both from Sony or the Canon Vixia HF M32.

If this Sony video camera screen size is too small for you then you might want to look at the HXR-MC2500E (3"), or the HDR-PJ530 (3") both from Sony or the Toshiba Camileo S40 (3") which is also higher rated.

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Average Weight

At 175 grams, the HDR-CX210 has a relatively standard weight compared to most of the other comparable spec camcorders that are a similar age to the HDR-CX210.

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Specification

Image Sensor
Total Megapixels
Optical Sensor Size
Sensor Type
Effective Megapixels (image)
Effective Megapixels (movie)
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Digital Zoom
Image Stabilizer
Interchangeable Lens
Image Stabilizer Type
Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
Minimum Aperture Number
Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
Maximum Aperture Number
Focal Length (35mm Film Equivalent)
Focal Length Range (f-F)
Storage
Internal Storage Capacity
Compatible Memory Cards
Camcorder Media Type
Focusing
Closest Focusing Distance
Face Detection
Focus Adjustment
Smile Detection
Macro Focusing Range
Light Exposure
Scene Modes
Light Exposure Modes
White Balance
Outdoor White Balance
Indoor White Balance
Onepush White Balance
White Balance
Flash
Built-In Flash
Built-In Light
Shutter
Camera Shutter Speed
Display
Display Diagonal
Built-In Display
Touchscreen
Display Resolution (numeric)
Display
Viewfinder
Viewfinder Type
Camera
Camcorder Type
3D
On Screen Display (OSD)
Image Processor
Back Light Compensation
Minimum Illumination
Supported Aspect Ratios
Self-Timer Delay
Camera Playback
Image Quality Adjustment
Progressive Scan
Design
Tripod Mountable
LED Indicators
Colour of Product
Video
HD Type
Bitrate At Maximum Video Resolution
Capture Modes
Supported Video Modes
Video Formats Supported
Video Resolutions
Maximum Video Resolution
Analog Signal Format System
Dual Shot (video & Photo)
Still Image
Image Formats Supported
Still Image Resolution(s)
Maximum Image Resolution
Audio
Wind Filter
Built-In Speaker(s)
Built-In Microphone
Audio System
Ports & Interfaces
HDMI
DC-In Jack
Composite Video Out
USB 2.0 Ports Quantity
Microphone in
DV Port
S-Video Out
S-Video in
Networking
Wi-Fi
Battery
Battery Type
Battery Technology
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Packaging Content
Batteries Included
Quick Start Guide
Bundled Software
Cables Included
AC Adapter Included
Handheld Remote Control
Other Features
Night Mode
Power Consumption (typical)
Auto Focus
Manual Focus
Noise Reduction
Aperture Range (F-F)
Windows Operating Systems Supported
Backlight
Extra/Smart Zoom
Integrated USB Cable

Expert Reviews

(3)
20 June 2012

Sony's HDR-CX210 camcorder comes with 8GB of integrated storage, but video performance lags behind the competition...

25x optical zoom
8GB built-in storage
Sony's entrylevel Handycams, the HDRC 190
C 200 and C 210 are small, lightweight and cheap
A captive USB cable that enables charging while connected to your computer is one of the few perks
Soft, grainy video
Mediocre low-light performance
You can't really call the video HD quality, the camcorder feels flimsy and the lens is prone to fringing
15 May 2012

They're cheap and capture video, but don't buy the Sony Handycam HDR-CX190, CX200 or CX210 thinking that you're getting a great bargain on a real HD camcorder. If you're going to buy one, get the...

14 May 2012

They're cheap and capture video, but don't buy the Sony Handycam HDR-CX190, CX200 or CX210 thinking that you're getting a great bargain on a real HD camcorder. If you're going to buy one, get the...

User Reviews

(9)
Reviewed 17 November 2012 by Nige
(Verified Purchase)

Sony Handycam CX210 Full HD Casmcorder. For the last twenty five years I have always been a big Sony fan of their Camcorder/video cameras and have seen them get smaller and smaller each time I... Read more…

Reviewed 8 July 2012 by JBWilde

This is the first one I have owned myself, but the quality of the product and the results are outstanding. Really good in low light, when on the move, stability and zoom control one handed is... Read more…

Reviewed 11 August 2012 by Nicki

I got this for recording every moment of our new baby's life as my camera on my phone couldn't cope with all the videos! It is very very light, small in my hands ( and I have tiny hands) and easy... Read more…

Reviewed 11 February 2013 by James A. P. Marshall
(Verified Purchase)

Easy to use for the non technical. Open the view screen, press the button and record. First class results and it doesn't take hours to recharge. Very light and the controls and play back are... Read more…

Reviewed 7 January 2015 by Cd
(Verified Purchase)

Very complicated for an amateur...

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers hdrcx210sl, sony viprbhdrcx210, sony viprbhdrcx210b, sony viprbhdrcx210bl, sony viprbhdrcx210blu, sony viprbhdrcx210blue
Barcodes 00027242842151, 00027242842175, 00027242842199, 00027242842212, 00190341818287, 03610170779575, 03610170779636, 04905524855890, 04905524855944, 04905524855951, 04905524855968, 04905524856026, 04905524856088

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