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Sony HDRCX900B Camcorder

$1,099.00
20MP 1/1.3 790g Jan 2014
Total Megapixels Optical Sensor Size Full HD Weight Release Date
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Easy to use
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Reviews

User Reviews Are Good

Owners have rated this video camera on average 89 out of 100. 112 reviewers gave this video camera either 4 or 5 stars and 91% of those asked said they would recommend buying it to others.

Sony Has Good Reviews for Its Camcorders

Based on 2,877 user and expert reviews, Sony has good ratings for its camcorders. Sony also has good ratings specifically within its big total megapixels video cameras range compared to other manufacturers.


Display

Quite Large Display Diagonal

Across all the video cameras that have been available for around the same time as the HDR-CX900 the display diagonals range from 2" to 7.6". The HDR-CX900 has a quite large display diagonal (3.5 inches) compared to most of the other video cameras of this spec and age.

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Other Features

Not Waterproof

Most big total megapixels video cameras that are a similar age to the HDR-CX900 are not waterproof. The HDR-CX900 is no exception to this as it is also not waterproof.

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Still Image

5968 X 3352 Pixels Maximum Image Resolution

The highest maximum image resolution of the Sony HDR-CX900 is 5968 x 3352 pixels. That's 97% more maximum image resolution than a 3680 x 2760 pixels video camera, which is the most common maximum image resolution. Across all comparable spec video cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the HDR-CX900 the best maximum image resolution is 6784 x 3816 pixels and the worst is 640 x 480 pixels.

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Focusing

Very Small Closest Focusing Distance

The average closest focusing distance of similar spec video cameras that have been around for around the same time as the HDR-CX900 is 0.33m, and the closest focusing distances range from 0.01m to 1.5m. At only 0.01 meters, the Sony HDR-CX900 has a fairly small closest focusing distance compared to most of the other big total megapixels video cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the HDR-CX900.

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Image Sensor

Fairly High Effective Megapixels (movie)

With an effective megapixels (movie) of 14.2 megapixels, the HDR-CX900 has a fairly high effective megapixels (movie) compared to most of the other camcorders of this age and spec. Across all the big total megapixels video cameras that were released around the same time as the HDR-CX900 the effective megapixels (movie) range from 1.1MP to 17MP.

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1" Optical Sensor Size

This video camera has a 1/1.3" optical sensor size, which is typical of many camcorders that have been available for around the same time as it.

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Video

Full HD

Full HD

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

There are a number of alternative Full HD camcorders currently available which you might want to look at including the JVC GC-PX100 ($1,719.80), or the Sony FDR-AXP33 which has better reviews.

If you would prefer a video camera that is Full HD then you might want to look at the JVC GY-HM70.

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Quite Big Bitrate At Maximum Video Resolution

Big total megapixels video cameras that have been around for a comparable time to the HDR-CX900 have bitrate at maximum video resolutions of between 5 Mbit/s and 72 Mbit/s, and the average bitrate at maximum video resolution is 34 Mbit/s. At 50 megabits per second, the HDR-CX900 has a quite big bitrate at maximum video resolution compared to most of the other camcorders that came out around the same time as the HDR-CX900.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolutions

This camcorder supports a video resolutions of 1280 x 720|1920 x 1080 pixels, which is the most frequently supported video resolutions on similar spec camcorders that have been around for a comparable time to it.

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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 the most frequently found maximum video resolution on video cameras of a comparable age and spec to it.

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Ports & Interfaces

Supports HDMI

supports HDMI

Like most of the other big total megapixels video cameras that have been around for a comparable time to the HDR-CX900, the HDR-CX900 supports HDMI.

Alternative video cameras which support HDMI currently available which you might also want to consider include because of it's better review score, the JVC GC-PX100 ($1,719.80), or the Sony FDR-AXP33.

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Lens System

Has an Image Stabilizer

The Sony HDR-CX900 has an image stabilizer. Most of the other camcorders of this age and type also have an image stabilizer.

We compared all the other camcorders with an image stabilizer to this video camera and we think because of it's better review score, the JVC GC-PX100 ($1,719.80), and the Sony FDR-AXP33 is also worth considering.

It is worth considering other camcorders which also have an image stabilizer including the JVC GY-HM70.

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Fairly Big Digital Zoom

The HDR-CX900 has one of the bigger digital zooms (160 times zoom factor) amongst big total megapixels video cameras of this age. The smallest digital zoom of big total megapixels video cameras that were launched more than two years ago is 2x and the biggest is 1,500x.

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Fairly High Maximum Aperture Number

Across all the similar spec camcorders that have been available for more than two years the maximum aperture numbers range from 1.6 to 11. At 4.5, the Sony HDR-CX900 has a fairly high maximum aperture number compared to most of the other big total megapixels video cameras that are a comparable age to the HDR-CX900.

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Average Optical Zoom

With an optical zoom of 12 times zoom factor, the HDR-CX900 has a fairly typical optical zoom compared to most of the other comparable spec camcorders that have been on the market for a similar time to the HDR-CX900.

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Smart TV

Easy to Sync

One customer said in their reviews that this camcorder was easy to sync.

The Lambanana rated it 7 stars and mentioned in their review of the Sony HDR-CX900 on Amazon three years ago “You can upload you stills or clips quite quickly by syncing the images/clips to your smartphone”.


Design

Easy to Use

Twenty-four Sony HDR-CX900 reviewers who bought the Sony HDR-CX900 thought it was easy to use.

Jamesgang wrote “At least the current PlayMemories software is easy to use” in their Sony HDR-CX900 review. Rog rated the product 6 stars and said on Bhphotovideo.com “I still prefer to use a fluid head tripod when I can.I bought 2 np-nv70 batteries/Charger”. Sweet William gave the product a rating of 5 stars and mentioned in their review of this camcorder on Bhphotovideo.com “It took about 3 days to figure out the full range of exposure control, remote operation”.

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Good Quality

Fifty-three Sony HDR-CX900 reviewers concluded that this camcorder was good quality.

An anonymous reviewer said “They don't expect the camera to carry the responsibility… even high quality pro cameras” in her Sony HDR-CX900 review. An anonymous author wrote in her review of the Sony HDR-CX900 two years ago “Now, most (seasoned) videographers that specialize in music recordings carry separate (high quality) recorders for that task”. Crescent Media mentioned in their review of this camcorder “Again; quite amazed at the sound quality, which was left on auto as well” and scored it 7 stars.

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Easy to Use the Menus

Five Sony HDR-CX900 reviewers wrote in their reviews that it was easy to use the menus.

An anonymous reviewer said on Bhphotovideo.com two years ago “Loved the weight, on-screen menus, manual focus (etc.”. Jamesgang said in their review of the Sony HDR-CX900 “Easy menu navigation, set up” and gave the product a rating of 8 stars. Redmanga mentioned “I have tested it in numerous indoor and outdoor settings including a quiet closet”.

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Good Looking

Eight people agreed that it was good looking.

A/v Ted scored the Sony HDR-CX900 very highly and said on Bhphotovideo.com “With a little practice this is pretty intuitive and a great way to adjust your exposure when faced with strong backlighting” in their Sony HDR-CX900 review. Two years ago Fppmedia rated the product 8 stars and mentioned on Walmart.com “This camera takes amazing video data and hands you a gorgeous image”. Avted said in their review of this camcorder “I've been shooting with a Sony Z5U 3-chip 6lbs camera that I thought was pretty good”.

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Well Made

Ten Sony HDR-CX900 reviewers concluded that this camcorder was well made.

Fppmedia mentioned on Walmart.com two years ago “Once I figured out the amazing power it possesses, I knew I could build a multicam operation worthy of broadcast nods” in their Sony HDR-CX900 review. Three years ago Luvsony rated it 6 stars and said in their review of this camcorder on Walmart.com “I will say it has a much more solid feel and all around it's just a better product than any Canon in this price range”. Two years ago Dennis wrote in his review of the Sony HDR-CX900 on Bestbuy.com “Camera feels solid and goes with you anywhere”.

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Reliable

Two Sony HDR-CX900 owners mentioned that it was reliable.

Mark6452 gave this camcorder a rating of 7 stars and wrote on Bhphotovideo.com “It's been fast, quiet and reliable so far”.

Strong and Durable

One customer wrote in their reviews that it was strong and durable.

Eight years ago Lilp mentioned on Walmart.com “Is light weight, yet very sturdy” in their review of the Sony HDR-CX900 and gave it a score of 8 stars.

Well Designed

Two Sony HDR-CX900 owners wrote in their reviews that this camcorder was well designed.

Bofus rated it 5 stars and wrote “I would have preferred a design like the LCS-X30 bag (with large, deep side pockets”.

Comfortable and Easy to Hold

One Sony HDR-CX900 owner concluded that this camcorder was comfortable and easy to hold.

Vernon mentioned in his review of the Sony HDR-CX900 “Yet large enough to hold all of the items/extras I have for the Handycam itself” and scored it very highly.

Rough

One person who reviewed the Sony HDR-CX900 said that it was rough.

Graham mentioned in his review of the Sony HDR-CX900 on Bhphotovideo.com “I use the camera mostly for making New Zealand tramping/scenic/outdoor documentaries, together with a GoPro for the wet/wide/rough shots and a drone for the aerial shots” and rated it 7 stars.

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Features

Good Features

Nine people reckoned that it had good features.

The Lambanana mentioned on Amazon three years ago “The camcorder has the usual "steadying" features” in their Sony HDR-CX900 review. 1314 said “Camera has all the features an occasional user would want” in their review of the Sony HDR-CX900. 1314 also wrote “Although it has 4K recording features, we are using the HD mode because we haven't yet purchased a 4K TV” in their review.

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Support

Good Technical Guidance

Fifteen people said in their reviews that the Sony HDR-CX900 had good technical guidance.

Bofusii said on Walmart.com “Viewfinder has eyecup to help deflect stray light” in their review of this camcorder. Three years ago Kitelover wrote “I have to resort to manual mode to correct - which only works for a relevant focus range because focus changes with amount of zoom”. Sweet William mentioned “The manual focus is excellent”.

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Power

Good Battery Life

Six people who purchased the Sony HDR-CX900 considered that it had a good battery life.

Soccerpop mentioned in their Sony HDR-CX900 review on Walmart.com “I purchase this battery at a Best Buys Store for $85.00 a month ago”. Three years ago John T mentioned “After putting in a fresh battery” in his Sony HDR-CX900 review. Dr Ted mentioned “Battery life is good” in their review of this camcorder.

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Weight & Dimensions

Lightweight

Four Sony HDR-CX900 reviewers thought it was lightweight.

Joriley mentioned in their Sony HDR-CX900 review on Walmart.com “Very lightweight, excellent for travel”. Brian wrote on Bestbuy.com last year “It is a heavy duty camcorder compare to other lightweight ones”. Two years ago Watermonkey rated it 7 stars and mentioned on Bestbuy.com “This is a great lightweight camera that takes stunning video”.

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Compact

Two Sony HDR-CX900 owners thought this camcorder was compact.

Two years ago Jets121969 scored the product 7 stars and wrote in their review of the Sony HDR-CX900 “Secondly; the compact size (and weight) is also superior to many "pro" cams”. Muni rated the product 7 stars and wrote “Powerful features in a compact Camera” in their review of the Sony HDR-CX900.

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Easy to Carry Around

One person who bought it thought it was easy to carry around.

Bj01719 wrote in their review of this camcorder on Bestbuy.com “It worked perfectly w/o an issue, easy to carry, nice design”.

Heavy and Bulky

Nine people who bought it considered that it was heavy and bulky.

Two years ago Salzy wrote in their Sony HDR-CX900 review on Walmart.com “Heavy and cumbersome also only a very small Operating Guide” and gave the product a score of 6 stars. Rupertfilms said on Bhphotovideo.com “I intend to design a bracket so that the heel of my right hand can help support this fairly heavy camera” and rated it 7 stars. Hikingbuddy gave the Sony HDR-CX900 a rating of 7 stars and said in their review of the Sony HDR-CX900 “For its size it is a little heavy”.

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Heavy

Across all the big total megapixels video cameras that are a comparable age to the HDR-CX900 the weights range from 59g to 3.8kg, and the average weight is 590g. At 790 grams, the Sony HDR-CX900 is quite heavy compared to most of the other similar spec video cameras that are a comparable age to the HDR-CX900.

If you would consider a camcorder with a heavier weight then you might want to look at the JVC GC-PX100 ($1,719.80) (500g) which also has a higher rating.

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Good Lens

Four people who bought the Sony HDR-CX900 reckoned that it had a good lens.

Kimtech scored it 8 stars and mentioned in their review of this camcorder “Absolutely Killer! I'm convinced that if they make a new RX10 camera with the XAVCs codec it will be a huge run away success especially with that huge 2.8 lens”. Graham said “1) Big lens with excellent bright clear images” and gave the product a rating of 8 stars. Johnentwistlespout said on Amazon three years ago “It has a load of manual controls and a 62mm lens which just seems massive after my time in the wilderness” and scored the Sony HDR-CX900 5 stars.

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Good Image Stabiliser

Two people who reviewed the Sony HDR-CX900 thought it had a good image stabiliser.

Sweet William rated it 8 stars and wrote “The image stabilization is excellent”. Mikej mentioned “If you have a shaky hand, this can produce some very noticeable wavy pictures, even with the Active Stabilization enabled”.

Good Autofocus

Seventeen customers wrote in their reviews that this camcorder had a good autofocus.

Crescent Media mentioned on Bhphotovideo.com three years ago “Focusing could be faster.”. Rupertfilms said “The focus ring is great, although I wish the CX900 had an option to automatically enable the zoom magnifier while focusing (as it did on the PJ760” in their Sony HDR-CX900 review. Kimtech mentioned “For most shooters it will be plenty okay and it locks onto focus clearly even in low situations” in their review of the Sony HDR-CX900 and gave it a score of 7 stars.

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Good Viewfinder

Three Sony HDR-CX900 reviewers who bought this camcorder considered that it had a good viewfinder.

Rog said on Bhphotovideo.com “The viewfinder works great when the outdoor sun affects the LCD monitor” in their Sony HDR-CX900 review and rated the product 6 stars. Halcyong wrote in their review of this camcorder on Bhphotovideo.com “I usually say the date when I start shooting and having the date in the view finder is a great help”. Graham he mentioned “4) Shielded viewfinder is good in bright sunlight (when the screen is hard to see”.

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Good Zoom

Thirteen customers who reviewed it considered that it had a good zoom.

A/v Ted mentioned on Bhphotovideo.com “The steadyshot works so much better with the clear image zoom on, I'm probably going to keep the clear image zoom on all the time”. A/v Ted also said “Since my z5u has a 20x optical zoom, i feel I've got about the same or a little more zoom range with this camera” in their review. A/v Ted also mentioned “Just viewing the video with the clear image zoom on and off” in their review.

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Electronic Viewfinder

One person wrote in their reviews that the product had an electronic viewfinder.

Rupertfilms mentioned in their review of this camcorder on Bhphotovideo.com “The focus adjust wheel for the EVF is very easily bumped when opening or closing the EVF”.

Good Exposure Controls

One Sony HDR-CX900 reviewer who purchased this camcorder said that it had good exposure controls.

Good Screen

One Sony HDR-CX900 reviewer who reviewed this camcorder thought it had a good screen.

Kitelover wrote on Walmart.com “If you are nearsighted and wear glasses when shooting, you cannot see the full screen, no matter how close you get to viewfinder”.


Price

Good Value for Money

Fifteen Sony HDR-CX900 reviewers who purchased the Sony HDR-CX900 considered that it was good value for money.

Vernon said on Walmart.com “A much better value in this line of carrying cases” in his review of this camcorder. Leija wrote on Walmart.com “I am shocked Sony offers such a reasonably priced, high quality tripod”. Onlyrosso wrote “Good value for the price if you don't need 4K” and scored it 8 stars.

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Cheap

Four people said in their reviews that it was cheap.

Jon said in his Sony HDR-CX900 review on Bhphotovideo.com “Inexpensive 3TB drive” and rated the product 6 stars. Fppmedia wrote on Bestbuy.com “This camera is a low budget producers best chance to upgrade their production quality by leaps”. Solidsnake said “This camera is a great deal now that the price was lowered” in their review of this camcorder and gave it a rating of 7 stars.

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Expensive

Eight Sony HDR-CX900 reviewers thought it was expensive.

Jamesgang mentioned “The CX900 has expensive Camcorder features at a mid-line price”. Psnww3ishere said on Walmart.com three years ago “This little memories are, i mean were expensive as f**ck” in their review of the Sony HDR-CX900. Psnww3ishere also said “In my opinion the Vita didn't sell so well was because the memories we expensive and required” in their review.

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Audio

Quiet

Four customers who reviewed it reckoned that it was quiet.

Redman wrote three years ago “I have tested it in numerous indoor and outdoor occasions including a silent closet and it happens with every recording” in their Sony HDR-CX900 review. Jon wrote on Bhphotovideo.com “The slower 5400/5900 RPM models are worth it for the quiet” in his review of the Sony HDR-CX900.

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Other

Released Over Three Years Ago

This Sony video camera was released over three years ago.

Product Identifiers

Barcodes 00027242877535, 04905524968941, 05013493246164, 05054230863299, 09154403420505

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