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Sony HDRCX240EB Camcorder

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9.2MP 1/5.8 190g CMOS Oct 2014
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33 Reasons For

User Reviews Are Average

HDR-CX240 owners on average rated this video camera 77%.

Good Product Quality

A number of customers who bought the product reckoned that it was good quality. Doug said “If you want real quality, I guess you will need to pay more” . In November last year Farkeman mentioned on Amazon “+ great video quality”. Lu said on Amazon “Camera looks brilliant and the image quality is good” in her Sony HDR-CX240 review.

Reasonably Priced

A number of Sony HDR-CX240 reviewers who reviewed it agreed that it was good value for money. Amazon Customer said on Amazon “Good Value and Quality” in their review of the Sony HDR-CX240. Amazon Customer also said “These small cameras are extraordinary, with a price/performance ratio only dreamt of until recently”. Chris scored it very highly and he wrote in his review of the Sony HDR-CX240 on Amazon “Value for money”.

A few Sony HDR-CX240 reviewers who purchased the Sony HDR-CX240 said that it was a bargain for the price. Doug mentioned “Overall, if you are looking for a cheap and cheerful camcorder, this a great techno-toy for the price.” in his review of the Sony HDR-CX240. Sortean said in their review of the Sony HDR-CX240 on Amazon “Spare batteries cheap”. Steven Pitt said on Amazon “Made of cheap plastic”.

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Easy to Use

Five Sony HDR-CX240 reviewers who purchased it considered that it was easy to use. Amazon Customer mentioned “Good camera, easy to use” in their Sony HDR-CX240 review. M.e.howard wrote this year “I have previously owned a Sony standard definition camcorder & found it easy to use” in their Sony HDR-CX240 review.

A number of customers who purchased this camcorder considered that it was comfortable and easy to hold. A few weeks ago August Williams wrote in his Sony HDR-CX240 review “The hand strap can be adjusted accordingly to your hand size for a comfortable perfect fit” and rated it 5 stars. Diane she wrote on Amazon “It is nice and light to hold and use picture is clear”. Farkeman mentioned “+ easy to use and comfy”.

One Sony HDR-CX240 reviewer said in their reviews that it was easy to use the menus. Peter B mentioned in his Sony HDR-CX240 review “Actually finding the settings for recording full HD at 50p fps involves a fair amount of menu-wrangling” yet he rated the product 60 out of 100.

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Good Brand

We calculated the average reviews for all Sony camcorders and also specifically for Sony medium sensor size video cameras and found that in both cases Sony had good reviews compared to other brands.

Best Seller

The HDR-CX240 is a popular choice of camcorder according to Amazon sales data.

Good Battery Life

Some Sony HDR-CX240 owners who reviewed it said that it had a good battery life. Farkeman wrote on Amazon last year “+ decent battery life”. Phil wrote in his review of the Sony HDR-CX240 “The image quality is unexceptionable and the battery life excellent” .

Good Quality Lens

A few people who purchased this camcorder considered that it had a good zoom. Gary Carr mentioned “However With Its 52x Zoom This Is A Great Camera” but even so he gave it a rating of 3 stars. In November last year Meesha wrote “As expected, this has an amazing zoom.”. Sortean mentioned a few weeks ago “Excellent optical zoom” in their review of the Sony HDR-CX240.

A number of people who reviewed it agreed that it had a good image stabiliser. Meesha mentioned on Amazon “The stabilization on this is perfect” and rated the Sony HDR-CX240 80 out of 100. The Cobbler said in their review of this camcorder on Amazon two years ago “The zoom is also quite astonishing as the stabiliser kicks in for a really steady shot”.

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Good Screen / Viewfinder

Several customers considered that the Sony HDR-CX240 had a good screen. A few weeks ago August Williams said on Amazon “50p the videos look great on big screen and badminton isn't blurry thanks to the 50fps” in his review of this camcorder. Laura Humphreys mentioned “The face tracking software on the screen is perfect for my needs” in her Sony HDR-CX240 review.

Good Size

Two Sony HDR-CX240 reviewers who reviewed it agreed that it was lightweight. Peter B wrote “The thing itself is very lightweight” however he rated it 3 stars. In November Piotr Przeszlo mentioned “It is lightweight, small, handy”.

Nice Design

Some people concluded that the product was good looking. Farkeman wrote in November last year “Pretty good, though rather weak for indoors” and gave it a score of 4 stars. Peter B said on Amazon in the same month “I guess for the money this is a pretty decent camcorder” in his review of this camcorder but he only rated it 60 out of 100.

Robust

One Sony HDR-CX240 owner who purchased it considered that it was well made. This month August Williams mentioned in his review of this camcorder on Amazon “This also comes with USB extension cable (male female) as the built in charging cable is very short”.

Good Technical Features

One person who bought it mentioned that it had good features. Phil wrote in his review of the Sony HDR-CX240 on Amazon “It's practically idiot-proof, with great zoom and features”.

Good Connectivity

One Sony HDR-CX240 reviewer considered that this camcorder was good in terms of HDMI connections. August Williams said in his Sony HDR-CX240 review on Amazon this month “The camera also features a mini HDMI port to get your videos” and gave it a rating of 5 stars.

One Sony HDR-CX240 reviewer reckoned that this camcorder was good in terms of USB connections. Peter B mentioned “I had to transfer via USB cable, which is OK in principle.” but he only scored the Sony HDR-CX240 60 out of 100.

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Acceptable Noise Level

One person considered that the Sony HDR-CX240 was quiet. Doug wrote on Amazon “It even records the sound of its own internal workings, which can be audible on playback as a quiet clicking sound” in his review of this camcorder.

Full HD HD Type

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

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Has an Image Stabiliser

The Sony HDR-CX240 has an image stabiliser, as do most of the other video cameras of a similar age and type to the HDR-CX240.

It may also be worth considering one of the other video cameras with an image stabiliser currently available including because of it's better review score, the JVC GZ-VX715[plb_1286960_price].

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Has an HDMI Port

has an HDMI port

Like most of the other video cameras that have been available for around the same time as the HDR-CX240, the Sony HDR-CX240 has an HDMI port.

There are a number of alternative camcorders with an HDMI port currently available which you might also want to look at including the JVC GZ-VX715[plb_1286960_price] which has better reviews.

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Quite Big Digital Zoom

With a digital zoom of 320 times zoom factor, the HDR-CX240 has one of the bigger digital zooms amongst video cameras of this age. The smallest digital zoom of medium sensor size video cameras that have been available for around the same time as the HDR-CX240 is 2x and the biggest is 1,800x.

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SDHC Memory Card

SDHC memory card

The HDR-CX240 supports a better memory card type than most medium sensor size video cameras that were launched more than two years ago. This Sony video camera supports an SDHC memory card, whereas most medium sensor size video cameras that were released around the same time as it support an SD memory card. This video camera also support an MS Micro (M2) and MicroSD (TransFlash) memory card. SDHC cards are DS cards with a higher capacity of up to 32GB. Across all camcorders of a comparable spec and age to the HDR-CX240 the worst memory card type is MicroSDXC and the best is SDXC.

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

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Has Nine Scene Modes

The number of scene modes found on the HDR-CX240 is more than most camcorders of this age and type. This video camera has a Portrait scene mode, which is the most commonly found scene mode found on medium sensor size video cameras that have been available for more than two years. The scene modes "Beach", "Fireworks", "Landscape", "Night landscape", "Snow", "Spotlight", "Sunrise" and "Sunset" are also found on this camcorder.

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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 this type and age.

We compared all the other video cameras with a built-in display to this video camera and we think the Bushnell 8MP Trophy Cam[plb_1838072_price], and the JVC GZ-VX715[plb_1286960_price] which has better reviews is also worth considering.

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1080p Video Mode

This camcorder has a 720p|1080i|1080p video mode, which is typical of many similar spec camcorders that have been on the market for more than two years.

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H.264 Video Format

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

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Has Two White Balance Modes

The HDR-CX240 has a greater number of white balance modes than most similar spec video cameras that were launched around the same time as it. This camcorder has an Auto white balance mode, which is the most frequently found white balance mode found on medium sensor size video cameras that have been around for more than two years. The white balance mode "Outdoor" is also found on this Sony camcorder.

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BIONZ Image Processor

This camcorder has a BIONZ image processor, which is the most frequently found image processor on medium sensor size video cameras that were launched around the same time as it.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

This video camera supports a video resolution of 1280 x 720|1440 x 1080|1920 x 1080 pixels, which is the most commonly supported video resolution on video cameras that are a similar age to it.

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CMOS Sensor Type

This camcorder has a CMOS sensor type, which is typical of many camcorders of this age and spec.

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Very Big Included Memory Card Size

At 8 gigabytes, the HDR-CX240 has a very big included memory card size compared to most of the other similar spec camcorders that are a comparable age to the HDR-CX240. Across all the similar spec video cameras that came out around the same time as the HDR-CX240 the included memory card sizes range from 1GB to 8GB, and the average included memory card size is 3.5GB.

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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 similar spec video cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to it.

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JPG Image Format

This video camera has a JPG image format, which is the most commonly found image format on comparable spec camcorders that are a similar age to it.

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LCD Display

This video camera has an LCD display, which is the most frequently found display on camcorders of this age and spec.

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Very Short Minimum Focal Length

The shortest minimum focal length of similar spec camcorders that have been on the market for a comparable time to the HDR-CX240 is 1.8mm and the longest is 44mm. With a minimum focal length of only 1.9 millimeters, the HDR-CX240 has a quite short minimum focal length compared to most of the other medium sensor size video cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the HDR-CX240.

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11 Reasons Against

Not Full HD

Most of the other video cameras of this age and spec are Full HD, however the HDR-CX240 is not Full HD.

Camcorders which are Full HD that might be worth considering include the JVC GZ-VX715[plb_1286960_price] which also has a higher rating.

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Only 1/5.8" Optical Sensor Size

This video camera has a 1/5.8" optical sensor size, which is the most frequently found optical sensor size on video cameras of a comparable age and spec to it.

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Does Not Have an Interchangeable Lens

Like most of the other medium sensor size video cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to the HDR-CX240, the Sony HDR-CX240 does not have an interchangeable lens.

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Quite Short Maximum Focal Length

The average maximum focal length of similar spec camcorders that came out more than two years ago is 760mm, and the maximum focal lengths range from 4mm to 1,900mm. When compared to other comparable spec camcorders that have been available for around the same time as the HDR-CX240 that we have assessed the maximum focal length of, the Sony HDR-CX240's maximum focal length of only 4 millimeters is one of the shortest.

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Not 3D Compatible

The Sony HDR-CX240 is not 3D compatible, although keep in mind that most of the other medium sensor size video cameras that are a similar age to the HDR-CX240 are also not 3D compatible.

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Does Not Have a Night Mode

Most medium sensor size video cameras that have been around for around the same time as the HDR-CX240 do not have a night mode. The Sony HDR-CX240 is no exception to this as it too does not have a night mode.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Projector

The HDR-CX240 does not have a built-in projector. Most of the other camcorders of this age and type also do not have a built-in projector.

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Not Waterproof

The HDR-CX240 is not waterproof, although keep in mind that most of the other medium sensor size video cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the HDR-CX240 are also not waterproof.

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Very Low Display Resolution

With a display resolution of only 230,000 pixels, the HDR-CX240 has one of the lower display resolutions amongst medium sensor size video cameras of this age. The lowest display resolution of medium sensor size video cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to the HDR-CX240 is 96,000 pixels and the highest is 1,200,000 pixels.

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Only Has Two Cables Included

The number of included cables found on the HDR-CX240 is more than most camcorders of this spec and age. This video camera has a USB cable included, which is the most commonly found cable included found on medium sensor size video cameras that have been on the market for more than two years. The cable included "HDMI" is also found on this Sony video camera.

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Quite Big Minimum Illumination

Camcorders of a similar age and type to the HDR-CX240 have minimum illumination of between 0.3lx and 15lx, and the average minimum illumination is 3.7lx. The HDR-CX240 has a fairly big minimum illumination (6 lux) compared to most of the other camcorders of this age and spec.

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4 Other reasons to consider the Sony HDR-CX240

Released Over Two Years Ago

It was over two years ago when Sony released the HDR-CX240.

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 on the market for a comparable time to the HDR-CX240.

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Average Screen Size

At 2.7 inches, the Sony HDR-CX240 has a fairly standard screen size compared to most of the other camcorders of a similar age and spec to the HDR-CX240.

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Average Weight

At 190 grams, the HDR-CX240 has a pretty average weight compared to most of the other comparable spec video cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to the HDR-CX240.

Alternative camcorders with a heavier weight that you might want to look at include the easypix Challenge Action[plb_296722_price] (76g and higher rated), or the JVC GZ-VX715[plb_1286960_price] (235g and higher rated).

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Specification

Image Sensor
Sensor Size
Optical Sensor Size
Sensor Type
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Digital Zoom
Image Stabiliser
Maximum Focal Length
Minimum Focal Length
Focal Length
Focal Length Range
Wide Angle Lens System
Storage
Maximum Fash Memory Capacity
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
Shoe Mounting Point
Display
Screen Size
Built-In Display
Display Resolution
Display
Display Aspect Ratio
Viewfinder
Viewfinder Resolution
Viewfinder
Camera
Camcorder Type
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
Battery
Battery Type
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Packaging Content
Included Battery
Quick Start Guide
Bundled Software
Hand Strap
Cable Included
AC Adapter Included
Included Memory Card Size

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, 03355830056565

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