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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
Camcorder Sony HDR-CX730 - Review
Sony HDR-CX730 Test per Kayak (07-2012)
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27 Reasons For

Expert Reviews Are Excellent

This Sony camcorder received an expert rating of 90 out of 100 from webnews.it. If all the camcorders of a comparable age and spec are ranked by average expert review score then this video camera is in the top 5%.

Good Owner Reviews

Users have rated this video camera on average 89%.

Sony Has Good Reviews for Its Video Cameras

Sony is one of the superior video camera brands according to average user and expert reviews, and Sony also has good ratings for its video cameras.

Good Quality Lens

One Sony HDR-CX730 reviewer who bought it mentioned that it had a good zoom. Eu wrote “The only down side is that if you want to close up the autofous fails, does zoom to a certain distance”. One customer mentioned that it had a good lens.

One Sony HDR-CX730 owner who reviewed the product considered that it had a good autofocus. Three years ago Tommo mentioned “The Sonys optical stabalisation is fantastic - really really good, Quick focus, surprisingly good stills”.

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Easy to Use

A number of customers who purchased the Sony HDR-CX730 wrote that it was easy to use. Three years ago John Lewin mentioned “Clear recordings, great stills, easy to use on low light conditions” in his review of this camcorder and gave it a rating of 5 stars. In the same month Tommo wrote on Amazon “The Canon beats it for manual mode tho - mush (sorry, meant 'much') easier to use” in their review of the Sony HDR-CX730.

Good Product Quality

A few customers agreed that it was good quality. Alon said on Amazon “Excellent quality” in their review of the Sony HDR-CX730. Tommo said “The Sony is so well made” in their Sony HDR-CX730 review and rated it as very good.

Robust

One Sony HDR-CX730 owner who reviewed it concluded that it was well made.

Good Screen / Viewfinder

One customer mentioned in their reviews that it had a good screen. Three years ago Tommo said “The touch screen is responsive and sharp - the canon is sluggish - beleive me it makes a difference in useability” in their review of this camcorder.

Full HD HD Type

The HD type of this video camera is Full HD, which is typical of many video cameras that were launched more than two years ago.

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Has an HDMI Port

has an HDMI port

The Sony HDR-CX730 has an HDMI port, unlike most of the other video cameras of this type and age which do not have an HDMI port.

We compared this camcorder to all the other video cameras with an HDMI port 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.

Other video cameras with an image stabiliser currently available which you might also want to look at include because of it's better review score, the Sony FDR-X1000[plb_2962225_price].

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Full HD

Full HD

The Sony HDR-CX730 is Full HD, unlike most of the other 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

The HDR-CX730 has a maximum optical sensor size of 1/2.88". That's 36% more optical sensor size than a 1/3.91" video camera, which is the most common optical sensor size. Across all similar spec video cameras that are a comparable age to the HDR-CX730 the worst optical sensor size is 2/3" and the best is 1/1.3".

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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 video cameras that came out around the same time as it. In addition, this 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).

An SDXC memory card is in fact the best supported memory card type amongst all comparable spec camcorders that were launched more than two years ago.

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

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

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Very High Megapixel Count

With a megapixel count of 24.1 megapixels, the HDR-CX730 has one of the highest megapixel counts amongst camcorders of this age. Video cameras of this spec and age have megapixel counts of between 8MP and 25MP, and the average megapixel count is 15MP.

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Has a Night Mode

The HDR-CX730 has a night mode, which is unusual. Most of the other video cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the HDR-CX730 do not have a night mode.

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4912 X 3680 Still Image Resolution

The highest still image resolution supported by the HDR-CX730 is 4912 x 3680. That's over two times the still image resolution of the most common still image resolution of 3840 x 2160. The worst still image resolution of all similar spec video cameras that have been around for around the same time as the HDR-CX730 is 640 x 360 and the best is 6016 x 4016.

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6544 X 3680 Pixels Maximum Image Resolution

The highest maximum image resolution of the Sony HDR-CX730 is 6544 x 3680 pixels. That's over twelve times the maximum image resolution of the most common maximum image resolution of 1600 x 1200 pixels. Across all video cameras of this age and spec the worst maximum image resolution is 640 x 480 pixels and the best is 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 video cameras that came out around the same time as it. The most frequently found scene mode is Underwater, but this scene mode is not found on this Sony camcorder. The scene modes Beach, Fireworks, Landscape, Portrait, Snow, Spotlight, Sunrise, Sunset and Twilight are also found on this video camera.

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Has a Built-In Display

Like most of the other camcorders of a comparable spec and age to the HDR-CX730, the Sony HDR-CX730 has a built-in display.

It may also be worth also looking at one of the other video cameras with a built-in display currently available including because of it's better review score, the Sony FDR-X1000[plb_2962225_price].

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Has Two White Balance Modes

The HDR-CX730 has a greater number of white balance modes than most video cameras that have been available for around the same time as it. This Sony camcorder has an Auto white balance mode, which is the most frequently found white balance mode found on video cameras of this age and spec. The white balance mode "Outdoor" is also found on this camcorder.

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Quite Low Minimum Aperture

The lowest minimum aperture of video cameras that were released more than two years ago is 1.1, the highest is 4, and the average minimum aperture is 2.3. With a minimum aperture of only 1.8, the Sony HDR-CX730 has one of the lower minimum apertures amongst similar spec video cameras of this age.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

The HDR-CX730 supports a higher video resolution than most comparable spec video cameras that have been on the market for more than two years. This video camera supports a 1920 x 1080 pixels video resolution, whereas most video cameras that were launched around the same time as it support a 1280 x 720 pixels video resolution. This Sony video camera also support a video resolution of 720 x 576 pixels and 1440 x 1080 pixels. Across all video cameras of a similar age and type to the HDR-CX730 the worst video resolution is 720 x 480 pixels and the best is 3840 x 2160 pixels.

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CMOS Sensor Type

This video camera has a CMOS sensor type, which is typical of many video cameras that were launched more than two years ago.

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Has Three Cables Included

The number of included cables found on the Sony HDR-CX730 is more than most similar spec video cameras that have been available for more than two years. This video camera has a USB cable included, which is the most commonly found cable included found on video cameras that have been available for a comparable time to the HDR-CX730. The cables included "AV" and "HDMI" are also found on this Sony video camera.

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LCD Display

This video camera has an LCD display, which is the most frequently found display on camcorders that are a similar age to it.

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Fairly Long Maximum Focal Length

The HDR-CX730 has one of the longer maximum focal lengths (318 millimeters) amongst video cameras of this age. Video cameras that were launched around the same time as the HDR-CX730 have maximum focal lengths of between 0.5mm and 900mm, and the average maximum focal length is 140mm.

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6 Reasons Against

Very Small Optical Zoom

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

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Does Not Have an Interchangeable Lens

Like most of the other camcorders of this age and spec, the Sony HDR-CX730 does not have an interchangeable lens.

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Not Waterproof

The HDR-CX730 is not waterproof, although this is within the context that most of the other video cameras of a similar age and spec to the HDR-CX730 are also not waterproof.

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

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Not 3D Compatible

The Sony HDR-CX730 is not 3D compatible. Most of the other video cameras of a similar age and type to the HDR-CX730 are also not 3D compatible.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Projector

The HDR-CX730 does not have a built-in projector, although keep in mind that most of the other comparable spec camcorders that have been around for more than two years also do not have a built-in projector.

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Very Small Bitrate At Maximum Video Resolution

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 camcorders of a similar spec and age to the HDR-CX730. Video cameras that are a similar age to the HDR-CX730 have bitrates at maximum video resolution of between 28 Mbit/s and 600 Mbit/s.

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4 Other reasons to consider the Sony HDR-CX730

Released Over Three Years Ago

Sony released the HDR-CX730 over three years ago.

Average Screen Size

At 3 inches, the HDR-CX730 has a fairly typical screen size compared to most of the other camcorders of this age and spec.

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Average Weight

At 545 grams, the Sony HDR-CX730 has a pretty typical weight compared to most of the other video cameras that have been available for a comparable time to the HDR-CX730.

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Average Digital Zoom

The HDR-CX730 has a fairly typical digital zoom (120 times zoom factor) compared to most of the other comparable spec camcorders that have been on the market for more than two years.

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Specification

Image Sensor
Optical Sensor Size
Sensor Type
Effective Megapixels (image)
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Digital Zoom
Image Stabilizer
Image Stabilizer Type
Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
Minimum Aperture Number
Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
Maximum Aperture Number
Filter Size
Focal Length (35mm Film Equivalent)
Focal Length Range (f-F)
Wide Angle Lens System
Storage
Memory Slots
Compatible Memory Cards
Camcorder Media Type
Focusing
Face Detection
Focus Adjustment
Smile Detection
Light Exposure
Scene Modes
White Balance
Outdoor White Balance
Indoor White Balance
Onepush White Balance
White Balance
Flash
Shoe Mounting Point
Shutter
Camera Shutter Speed
Display
Display Diagonal
Built-In Display
Touchscreen
Display Resolution (numeric)
Display
Camera
Camcorder Type
Image Processor
Minimum Illumination
Geotagging
Design
Colour of Product
Video
Full HD
HD Type
Bitrate At Maximum Video Resolution
Video Capturing Speed
Video Formats Supported
Video Resolutions
Maximum Video Resolution
Maximum Frame Rate
Still Image
Image Formats Supported
Still Image Resolution(s)
Maximum Image Resolution
Audio
Built-In Speaker(s)
Built-In Microphone
Audio System
Ports & Interfaces
HDMI
Composite Video Out
USB 2.0 Ports Quantity
Microphone in
Headphone Outputs
S-Video Out
S-Video in
Headphone Connectivity
Battery
Battery Type
Number of Batteries Supported
Charging Source
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Packaging Content
Batteries Included
Cables Included
AC Adapter Included
Handheld Remote Control
Other Features
Night Mode
Manual Focus
Aperture Range (F-F)
Backlight
Extra/Smart Zoom
Integrated USB Cable
Electrical Viewfinder
Power Cord Included

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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