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Sony HDR-CX130 Camcorder

3.3MP 1/4 250g CMOS Jul 2013
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35 Reasons For

Expert Reviews Are Average

Based on eight expert reviews from sites including CNET.com, Digitaltrends.com, Chip.de and CNET.com.au this Sony camcorder has an average expert rating of 76 out of 100.

User Reviews Are Good

On average, people who bought this camcorder rated it as 86%.

Nice Design

Several Sony HDR-CX130 reviewers agreed that this camcorder was a good design. Cnet.com.au wrote in their Sony HDR-CX130 review “Pleasing design”. One person who reviewed it reckoned that it was good looking.

One person wrote in their reviews that it was smooth.

One person who reviewed it thought it was well designed. Expert website Cnet.com.au mentioned four years ago “There's no doubt that Sony is adept at launching products that are nicely designed and pleasing to the eye” .

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Good Brand

On average Sony medium sensor size video cameras have good ratings compared to other manufacturers as do all video cameras produced by Sony.

Robust

One Sony HDR-CX130 owner wrote in their reviews that it was strong and durable. Four years ago Cnet.com.au wrote “Make sure you set LCD to bright when in tough sunlight” and gave the product a score of 80 out of 100. One person said in their reviews that it was well made.

Reasonably Priced

Several customers who reviewed the product considered that it was a bargain for the price. Cnet.com mentioned on expert review site CNET.com “The CX130 is the best buy of the three, as long as you go cheap on the memory ca”. One customer reckoned that the product was good value for money. Four years ago expert website Cnet.com.au wrote “The CX130 is an impressive camcorder within its price range, featuring a stylish exterior” in their review.

Good Size

One customer mentioned in their reviews that the product was compact. Cnet.com.au wrote in their Sony HDR-CX130 review “Nice compact design” and scored the product 80 out of 100.

One person who reviewed this camcorder considered that it was lightweight. Expert website Cnet.com.au gave the product a rating of 80 out of 100 and said four years ago “Still manages to remain lightweight and smooth” in their Sony HDR-CX130 review.

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Good Product Quality

One Sony HDR-CX130 owner who purchased it mentioned that it was good quality. Four years ago Cnet.com.au gave the product a score of 4 stars and mentioned on expert website CNET.com.au “The plastic on the CX130 is well made and doesn't feel too cheap.”.

Good Connectivity

One person who purchased the Sony HDR-CX130 concluded that it was good in terms of USB connections. Four years ago Cnet.com.au said in their review of the Sony HDR-CX130 on CNET.com.au “A wide-angle lens, built-in USB cable”.

Good Quality Lens

One Sony HDR-CX130 reviewer who purchased it reckoned that it had a good lens.

Full HD HD Type

The HD type of this video camera is Full HD, which is typical of many comparable spec video cameras that have been available for more than two years.

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Has an Image Stabiliser

Like most of the other camcorders that were released more than two years ago, the HDR-CX130 has an image stabiliser.

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Full HD

The HDR-CX130 is Full HD. Most of the other camcorders that have been available for a comparable time to the HDR-CX130 also are Full HD.

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Has an HDMI Port

has an HDMI port

The Sony HDR-CX130 has an HDMI port. Most of the other camcorders of this type and age also have an HDMI port.

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Quite Big Digital Zoom

The digital zooms of medium sensor size video cameras that have been around for a comparable time to the HDR-CX130 range from 2x to 1,800x. At 350 times zoom factor, the HDR-CX130 has a fairly big digital zoom compared to most of the other camcorders of this age and spec.

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Quite Big Optical Zoom

The smallest optical zoom of medium sensor size video cameras that have been available for more than two years is 1x and the biggest is 60x. The HDR-CX130 has one of the bigger optical zooms (30 times zoom factor) amongst medium sensor size video cameras of this age.

If you would prefer a camcorder with a bigger optical zoom then you might want to look at the Samsung HMX-F90 (52x and higher rated).

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1/4" Optical Sensor Size

The HDR-CX130 has a maximum optical sensor size of 1/4". That's 45% more optical sensor size than the most common optical sensor size of 1/5.8". Across all video cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to the HDR-CX130 the worst optical sensor size is 1/5.8" and the best is 1/3".

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Optical Image Stabiliser

This camcorder has an optical image stabiliser, which is typical of many similar spec video cameras that were launched around the same time as 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-CX130 supports an SDXC memory card which is better than the SD memory card supported by most medium sensor size video cameras that have been around for around the same time as it. In addition, this camcorder support MS PRO Duo, MS PRO Duo HS, 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).

This video camera's memory card type (SDXC) is in fact the best supported memory card type amongst all medium sensor size video cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to the HDR-CX130.

A MicroSDXC memory card is the worst supported memory card type amongst similar types of video camera.

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

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Lithium Battery

This video camera has a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion) battery, which is the most frequently found battery on camcorders of this spec and age.

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Has Eight Scene Modes

The number of scene modes found on the HDR-CX130 is more than most similar spec video cameras that have been available for a comparable time to it. This Sony video camera has a Portrait scene mode, which is the most frequently found scene mode found on medium sensor size video cameras that came out around the same time as the HDR-CX130. The scene modes "Beach", "Fireworks", "Landscape", "Snow", "Spotlight", "Sunset" and "Twilight" are also found on this Sony camcorder.

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Has a Built-In Display

The HDR-CX130 has a built-in display. Most of the other similar spec camcorders that have been available for around the same time as the HDR-CX130 also have a built-in display.

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1080p Video Mode

This camcorder has a 1080i|1080p|576i video mode, which is the most frequently found video mode on medium sensor size video cameras that were launched more than two years ago.

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H.264 Video Format

This video camera has an AVCHD|H.264|MPEG4 video format, which is typical of many camcorders of a similar type and age to it.

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Fairly Long Maximum Focal Length

The average maximum focal length of camcorders of a similar age and spec to the HDR-CX130 is 760mm. The HDR-CX130 has a fairly long maximum focal length (1,095 millimeter) compared to most of the other comparable spec camcorders that were released more than two years ago.

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Has One White Balance Mode

The number of white balance modes found on the HDR-CX130 is more than most video cameras that were launched more than two years ago. This camcorder has an Auto white balance mode, which is the most frequently found white balance mode found on camcorders that were launched more than two years ago.

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BIONZ Image Processor

This video camera has a BIONZ image processor, which is the most frequently found image processor on camcorders that were launched more than two years ago.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

This camcorder supports a video resolution of 720 x 576|1440 x 1080|1920 x 1080 pixels, which is the most commonly supported video resolution on medium sensor size video cameras that have been available for a comparable time to it.

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CMOS Sensor Type

This video camera has a CMOS sensor type, which is the most commonly found sensor type on camcorders of this age and spec.

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Has One Cable Included

The number of included cables found on the Sony HDR-CX130 is more than most similar spec video cameras that are a comparable age to it. The most frequently found cable included is USB, but this cable included is not found on this Sony camcorder. The cables included AV,Component,USB are also found on this video camera.

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Quite Big Bitrate At Maximum Video Resolution

The bitrates at maximum video resolution of video cameras of a similar age and type to the HDR-CX130 range from 9 Mbit/s to 50 Mbit/s, and the average bitrate at maximum video resolution is 28 Mbit/s. The HDR-CX130 has a quite big bitrate at maximum video resolution (28 megabits per second) compared to most of the other camcorders that are a similar age to the HDR-CX130.

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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 medium sensor size video cameras that have been available for more than two years.

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JPG Image Format

This video camera has a JPG image format, which is typical of many video cameras of a similar age and type to it.

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LCD Display

This video camera has an LCD display, which is typical of many video cameras that came out around the same time as it.

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Small

The HDR-CX130 is quite small (only 52.5 millimeters) compared to most of the other camcorders of this age and type. Across all the medium sensor size video cameras that have been available for around the same time as the HDR-CX130 the heights range from 17mm to 240mm.

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10 Reasons Against

Does Not Have an Interchangeable Lens

Most camcorders of a similar spec and age to the HDR-CX130 do not have an interchangeable lens. The HDR-CX130 is no exception to this as it too does not have an interchangeable lens.

Alternative camcorders which also have an interchangeable lens that you might also want to consider include the Panasonic HS900 which is also higher rated.

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Very Low Megapixel Count

The megapixel counts of camcorders of this type and age range from 1.3MP to 16MP. With a megapixel count of only 1.67 megapixels, the Sony HDR-CX130 has a fairly low megapixel count compared to most of the other medium sensor size video cameras that were released around the same time as the HDR-CX130.

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Only 1600 X 1200 Still Image Resolution

The highest still image resolution supported by the HDR-CX130 is 1600 x 1200. That's 7% less still image resolution than the most common still image resolution of 1920 x 1080. This video camera also supports a still image resolution of 2112 x 1584. Camcorders of this age and spec still image resolutions range from 640 x 480 (worst) to 4608 x 3456 (best).

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Very Low Movie Megapixel Count

The HDR-CX130 has one of the lower movie megapixel counts (only 1.49 megapixels) amongst video cameras of this age. The movie megapixel counts of video cameras that were released more than two years ago range from 0.49MP to 9.9MP, and the average movie megapixel count is 3.8MP.

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Not 3D Compatible

The Sony HDR-CX130 is not 3D compatible. Most of the other video cameras of this spec and age are also not 3D compatible.

Camcorders which are 3D compatible that might also be worth looking at include the Panasonic HDC-Z10000 (£1,797.41).

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Only Has One Capture Mode

The Sony HDR-CX130 has a greater number of capture mode than most video cameras that were launched around the same time as it. The most commonly found capture mode is LP, but this capture mode is not found on this video camera. The capture modes FH,FXP,HQ,LP are also found on this Sony video camera.

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Does Not Have a Night Mode

The HDR-CX130 does not have a night mode. Most of the other medium sensor size video cameras that have been available for more than two years also do not have a night mode.

We compared all the other video cameras which also have a night mode to this video camera and we think the Sony HDR-PJ330 is also worth considering.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Projector

Most video cameras of a similar spec and age to the HDR-CX130 do not have a built-in projector. The HDR-CX130 is no exception to this as it too does not have a built-in projector.

We compared this camcorder to all the other camcorders with a built-in projector and we think the Aiptek ProjectorCam C25 which also has a higher rating is also worth considering.

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Not Waterproof

Most video cameras of this type and age are not waterproof. The Sony HDR-CX130 is no exception to this as it too is not waterproof.

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Very Low Display Resolution

Across all the camcorders of this age and spec the display resolutions range from 96,000 pixels to 1,200,000 pixels. At only 230,000 pixels, the HDR-CX130 has a fairly low display resolution compared to most of the other medium sensor size video cameras that were released more than two years ago.

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3 Other reasons to consider the Sony HDR-CX130

Released Over Four Years Ago

This medium sensor size camcorder has been on the market for over four years.

Average Screen Size

At 3 inches, the HDR-CX130 has a pretty standard screen size compared to most of the other video cameras of a similar age and spec to the HDR-CX130.

If you are looking for a video camera with a larger screen size then you might also want to consider the Panasonic AG-AC90 (£1,239.00) (3.5"), or the JVC GY-HMQ10 (£2,394.00) (3.5").

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Average Weight

The HDR-CX130 has a relatively typical weight (250 grams) compared to most of the other camcorders of this spec and age.

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Specification

Image Sensor
Sensor Size
Optical Sensor Size
Sensor Type
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Digital Zoom
Image Stabiliser
Interchangeable Lens
Image Stabiliser
Maximum Focal Length
Minimum Aperture
Minimum Focal Length
Maximum Aperture Value
Filter Size
Focal Length Range
Wide Angle Lens System
Storage
Internal Storage Capacity
Memory Card
Storage Media Type
Focusing
Face Detection
Focus Adjustment
Light Exposure
Scene Mode
White Balance
Outdoor White Balance
Indoor White Balance
Onepush White Balance
White Balance Mode
Flash
Built-In Flash
Built-In Light
Shutter
Shutter Speed
Display
Screen Size
Built-In Display
Touch Sensitive Screen
Display Resolution
Display
Display Aspect Ratio
Viewfinder
Camera
Camcorder Type
3D Compatible
Image Processor
Back Light Compensation
Minimum Illumination
Aspect Ratio
GPS Function
Design
Colour
Video
HD Type
Bitrate At Maximum Video Resolution
Capture Mode
Video Mode
Video Format
Video Resolution
Maximum Video Resolution
Video & Photo Dual Shot
Still Image
Image Format
Still Image Resolution
Maximum Image Resolution
Audio
Built-In Speaker
Built-In Microphone
Audio System
Ports & Interfaces
HDMI Port
Composite Video Out Port
USB 2.0 Port
Microphone in Port
Headphone Out Port
Component Video Out Port
S-Video Out Port
PictBridge
Battery
Battery Type
Battery Capacity
Battery
Battery Capacity
Charging Source
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Packaging Content
Cable Included
AC Adapter Included
Other Features
X.v.Color Support

Expert Reviews

(8)
9 January 2012

The CX130 is an impressive camcorder within its price range, featuring a stylish exterior and large LCD screen, though its image and video quality don't quite live up to the aesthetics...

Good low-light performance
Pleasing design
Easy-to-use interface and menus
30x wide-angle lens
Excellent AVCHD videos
Colours could be more vibrant
Poor 3.3MP photos
Make sure you set LCD to bright when in tough sunlight
Some inscrutable icons
Their sub-HD resolution sensor produces merely satisfactory video
15 June 2011

Sony has gone one step ahead than the other handycam companies by launching its latest entry level camcorders. The all new Sony Handycam HDR-CX130 is one of the no frills model of this entry level... Read more…

The Sony Handycam HDR-CX130 is an excellent tool for capturing video memories. It doesn?t have all the features in the world but it won't run you $1,000 either...

9 May 2011

Typical for their price class, the no-frills Sony Handycam HDR-CX130, CX160, and XR160 produce generally subpar HD video, but if you're not picky you'll probably be fine. The CX130 is the best buy...

26 January 2012

Här hittar vi en optisk zoom på 30x och upp till 42x med det utvidgade läget, som Sony kallar den digitala zoomen. En så pass kraftfull zoom kan inte användas till något njutbart med mindre... Read more…

Large and obvious buttons
Decent feature set for a reasonable price
Choice of SD or Memory Stick storage
Bright lights
A wide-angle lens, built-in USB cable, and consistently good automated behavior highlight the otherwise no-frills Sony Handycam HDR-C 130
Plasticky construction, though many will appreciate the larger controls
Detail could be sharper
Their sub-HD resolution sensor produces merely satisfactory video
Ikke lang batteritid
Intet HDMIkabel
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User Reviews

(6)
Reviewed 1 July 2011 by SmacksFrogDIGGUM
SmacksFrogDIGGUM would recommend the Sony HDR-CX130

I'm glad I spent a little more than my original budget to get this camcorder...features make it very easy to use, picture looks incredible. Favorite parts are the flash memory and HDMI out to show... Read more…

Reviewed 26 October 2012 by BigAL88
BigAL88 would recommend the Sony HDR-CX130

I work in communications, so I have been producing videos for quite some time and this camera can rival high end cameras at half the cost. No your not going to be making Hollywood style films, but... Read more…

Reviewed 12 January 2012 by Mazza

First off I simply want to state that is about as high quality as you will get from a handycam without getting a professional one. The camera is very durable, the mic is very accurate and wind... Read more…

Reviewed 8 April 2011 by AndrewAWilson
AndrewAWilson would recommend the Sony HDR-CX130

I'll start off by saying that there IS A MAC WORKAROUND. The 60p mode will not be recognized in Final Cut Pro / Express or iMovie because Apple has not updated the AVCHD codec to the latest... Read more…

Reviewed 28 March 2011 by Terraandjames

If you try to use it on a Mac, get ready to dish out $19.99 to update Quicktime and then to have NO SOUND. Sound works just fine on the camera, but when you use it from the SD card, it transfers... Read more…

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Brochures and Manuals

+- Manufacturer's Description

Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers hdrcx130, hdrcx130e, ktcx130lsfdi
Barcodes 08427247079217

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