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Sony HDR-CX240
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Sony HDR-CX240 Camcorder

9.2MP 1/5.8 190g CMOS Jun 2014
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- See the detail with Exmor R CMOS sensor - capture bright, clear images with striking Full HD detail, even when shooting in low light- Refined, noise-free images with BIONZ X processor - fast and... More
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19 Reasons For

Sony Has Good Video Camera Reviews

We checked 3,510 expert and owner reviews for Sony video cameras and found that on average Sony has good reviews compared to other manufacturers. We also found that Sony has good reviews specifically for its medium sensor size video cameras.

Full HD HD Type

The HD type of this camcorder is Full HD, which is typical of many medium sensor size video cameras that are a comparable age to it.

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Has an Image Stabiliser

The Sony HDR-CX240 has an image stabiliser. Most of the other camcorders of a comparable type and age to the HDR-CX240 also have an image stabiliser.

There are a number of other camcorders with an image stabiliser currently available which you might want to consider including the Sony HDR-CX130[plb_1355831_price] which has better reviews.

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Full HD

The HDR-CX240 is Full HD. Most of the other similar spec video cameras that are a comparable age to the HDR-CX240 also are Full HD.

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Has an HDMI Port

has an HDMI port

The Sony HDR-CX240 has an HDMI port, as do most of the other video cameras of this age and spec.

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Quite Big Digital Zoom

With a digital zoom of 320 times zoom factor, the Sony HDR-CX240 has one of the bigger digital zooms amongst comparable spec video cameras of this age. The average digital zoom of similar spec camcorders that came out more than two years ago is 180x, and the digital zooms range from 2x to 1,800x.

Camcorders with a bigger digital zoom that might also be worth looking at include the HDR-PJ530[pl_2109584_price] (350x and higher rated), or the HDR-CX330[pl_2206005_price] (350x and higher rated) both from Sony.

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SDXC Memory Card

SDXC memory card

The HDR-CX240 supports a better memory card type than most video cameras that have been available for around the same time as it. This video camera supports an SDXC memory card, whereas most video cameras of this type and age support an SD memory card. In addition, this camcorder support MicroSD (TransFlash) and MS Micro (M2) 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 across all similar spec video cameras that have been on the market for more than two years.

Across similar types of video camera 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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Has Nine Scene Modes

The HDR-CX240 has a greater number of scene modes than most comparable spec video cameras that were launched around the same time as it. This Sony video camera has a Portrait scene mode, which is the most commonly found scene mode found on camcorders that are a similar age to the HDR-CX240. The scene modes "Beach", "Fireworks", "Landscape", "Night landscape", "Snow", "Spotlight", "Sunrise" and "Sunset" are also found on this video camera.

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Has a Built-In Display

The HDR-CX240 has a built-in display, as do most of the other camcorders of a similar type and age to the HDR-CX240.

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1080p Video Mode

This camcorder has a 1080i|1080p|720p video mode, which is the most commonly found video mode on medium sensor size video cameras that were launched around the same time as it.

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H.264 Video Format

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

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Has Two White Balance Modes

The number of white balance modes found on the HDR-CX240 is more than most comparable spec video cameras that have been available for more than two years. This Sony video camera has an Auto white balance mode, which is the most commonly found white balance mode found on video cameras that were launched around the same time as the HDR-CX240. The white balance mode "Outdoor" is also found on this video camera.

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BIONZ Image Processor

This video camera has a BIONZ image processor, which is the most frequently found image processor on similar spec camcorders that are a comparable age to it.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

This camcorder supports a video resolution of 1280 x 720|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 typical of many medium sensor size video cameras that came out around the same time as 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 typical of many similar spec camcorders that have been around for around the same time as it.

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LCD Display

This video camera has an LCD display, which is the most commonly found display on medium sensor size video cameras that have been available for around the same time as it.

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JPG Image Format

This video camera has a JPG image format, which is the most frequently found image format on camcorders of a similar type and age to it.

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Quite Short Minimum Focal Length

The shortest minimum focal length of video cameras of a comparable spec and age to the HDR-CX240 is 1.8mm, the longest is 44mm, and the average minimum focal length is 30mm. The HDR-CX240 has a very short minimum focal length (only 1.9 millimeters) compared to most of the other medium sensor size video cameras that have been available for a comparable time to the HDR-CX240.

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9 Reasons Against

Only 1/5.8" Optical Sensor Size

This camcorder has a 1/5.8" optical sensor size, which is typical of many camcorders of this age and type.

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Does Not Have an Interchangeable Lens

Like most of the other similar spec camcorders that were released more than two years ago, the HDR-CX240 does not have an interchangeable lens.

We compared this video camera to all the other camcorders with an interchangeable lens and we think the Panasonic HS900[plb_1047313_price] which also has a higher rating is also worth considering.

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Very Short Maximum Focal Length

The shortest maximum focal length of medium sensor size video cameras that are a comparable age to the HDR-CX240 is 4mm, the longest is 1,900mm, and the average maximum focal length is 760mm. With a maximum focal length of only 4 millimeters, the HDR-CX240 has a quite short maximum focal length compared to most of the other comparable spec video cameras that have been around for around the same time as the HDR-CX240.

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Not 3D Compatible

The Sony HDR-CX240 is not 3D compatible, although it is worth noting that most of the other similar spec camcorders that have been available for a comparable time to the HDR-CX240 are also not 3D compatible.

Video cameras which are 3D compatible that might be worth looking at include the Panasonic HDC-Z10000[plb_1312813_price].

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Does Not Have a Night Mode

The HDR-CX240 does not have a night mode, although it is worth keeping in mind that most of the other camcorders of this age and spec also do not have a night mode.

We think you might also be interested in other camcorders which also have a night mode including the Sony HDR-PJ330[plb_2109562_price].

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Does Not Have a Built-In Projector

The HDR-CX240 does not have a built-in projector, although it is worth keeping in mind that most of the other camcorders of a similar type and age to the HDR-CX240 also do not have a built-in projector.

We compared all the other video cameras which also have a built-in projector to this camcorder and we think the Aiptek ProjectorCam C25[plb_2167191_price] which also has a higher rating is also worth considering.

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Not Waterproof

Most video cameras of a comparable age and type to the HDR-CX240 are not waterproof. The HDR-CX240 is no exception to this as it too is not waterproof.

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Only Has Two Cables Included

The Sony HDR-CX240 has a greater number of included cables than most camcorders that came out around the same time as it. This video camera has a USB cable included, which is the most commonly found cable included found on video cameras of this type and age. The cable included "HDMI" is also found on this camcorder.

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Fairly Big Minimum Illumination

The smallest minimum illumination of medium sensor size video cameras that were released more than two years ago is 0.3lx and the biggest is 15lx. At 6 lux, the Sony HDR-CX240 has a fairly big minimum illumination compared to most of the other camcorders of a comparable age and spec to the HDR-CX240.

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4 Other reasons to consider the Sony HDR-CX240

Released Over Two Years Ago

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

Average Optical Zoom

At 27 times zoom factor, the HDR-CX240 has a pretty standard optical zoom compared to most of the other medium sensor size video cameras that have been available for more than two years.

If you want a bigger optical zoom then you might want to consider the HDR-PJ530[pl_2109584_price] (30x), or the HDR-CX330[pl_2206005_price] (30x) both from Sony which is also higher rated.

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Average Screen Size

At 2.7 inches, the HDR-CX240 has a relatively standard screen size compared to most of the other camcorders that are a similar age to the HDR-CX240.

There are a number of other 2.7" screen size camcorders currently available which you might also want to look at including because of it's better review score, the Canon Vixia HF M32[plb_89683_price].

If this video camera screen size is too small for you then you might want to consider the Sony HDR-PJ530[plb_2109584_price] (3"), or the Aiptek ProjectorCam C25[plb_2167191_price] (3") which also has a higher rating.

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Average Weight

At 190 grams, the HDR-CX240 has a fairly average weight compared to most of the other camcorders that have been available for more than two years.

We compared this camcorder to all the other 190g weight video cameras and we think because of it's better review score, the Sony HDR-CX440[plb_1543751_price] is also worth considering.

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Specification

User Ratings
Image Sensor
Sensor Size
Optical Sensor Size
Sensor Type
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Digital Zoom
Image Stabiliser
Interchangeable Lens
Maximum Focal Length
Minimum Focal Length
Focal Length
Focal Length Range
Wide Angle Lens System
Storage
Memory Card
Storage Media Type
Focusing
Face Detection
Focus Adjustment
Smile Detection
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
Shoe Mounting Point
Shutter
Display
Screen Size
Built-In Display
Touch Sensitive Screen
Display Resolution
Display
Display Aspect Ratio
Viewfinder
Viewfinder Resolution
Viewfinder
Camera
Camcorder Type
3D Compatible
Image Processor
Back Light Compensation
Minimum Illumination
Design
Colour
Video
HD Type
Video Mode
Video Format
Video Resolution
Maximum Video Resolution
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
S-Video Out Port
PictBridge
Networking
Battery
Battery Type
Operational Conditions
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Packaging Content
Included Battery
Quick Start Guide
Bundled Software
Hand Strap
Cable Included
AC Adapter Included
Other Features
Projector
Technical Details
Technical Details

Expert Reviews

17 March 2014

Het eerste dat opvalt aan de CX240 is dat hij zo licht is. Het voelt goedkoop, alsof een groot deel van de behuizing leeg is. Maar dat zegt natuurlijk weinig over de beeldkwaliteit. De camcorder... Read more…

User Reviews

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Reviewed 8 July 2014 by Rhanshaw
(Verified Purchase)

In the product description it stated the camera could connect to internet for instant uploading but when I got the camera this model does not have that capability...

Reviewed 10 July 2014 by Domo29
Domo29 would recommend the Sony HDR-CX240/L

For a little camcorder it is astonishing good. Who needs the extra bells and whistles all I care about is image quality. This camcorder is superb and a good starter features for an entry level... Read more…

Reviewed 28 July 2014 by Feedback4others
Feedback4others would recommend the Sony HDR-CX240/L (Verified Purchase)

This camera is very lightweight and easy to use. The small button used for menu navigation is much easier to use than some of the touchscreens on other cameras that are not always responsive. Also... Read more…

Reviewed 13 November 2014 by AM4T5
AM4T5 would recommend the Sony HDR-CX240/L

Excellent camcorder. Image quality is very stable, clear, and colorful. Very easy to use. Very light to tote around. Can easily fit into my jacket pocket. Will definitely recommend this camcorder... Read more…

Reviewed 2 January 2015 by Shoregirl86
Shoregirl86 would recommend the Sony HDR-CX240/L

I bought this camcorder for capturing Christmas morning with my son and I was very pleased with it. I charged it the night before and it held a charge for the length of time it took for us to... Read more…

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers sony hdrcx240, sony hdrcx240b, sony hdrcx240l, sony hdrcx405bdl1, sony hdrcx405bdl2, sony viprbhdrcx240, sony viprbhdrcx240l, sony corporation hdrcx240, sony corporation hdrcx240b
Barcodes 00027242876873, 00027242876880, 00190341816542, 00616348060400, 00616348060417, 04905524969399, 04905524969412, 04905524969429, 05054230709146, 05054484730002, 08437012684140

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