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Sony HDR-CX290
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Sony HDR-CX290 Camcorder

8.9MP 1/5.8 178g Oct 2013
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1920x1080 Full HD 24p/60p W/8.9MP Exmor R CMOS SensorCreate cinematic video in high definition 1920 x 1080 24p/60p and high quality 8.9MP still images. Experience stunning low-light sensitivity... More
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17 Reasons For

Good Brand

Sony medium sensor size video cameras have good ratings on average and across all video cameras Sony is one of the better rated manufacturers.

Full HD HD Type

The HD type of this camcorder is Full HD, which is the most commonly found HD type on comparable spec camcorders that are a similar age to it.

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Has an Image Stabiliser

The Sony HDR-CX290 has an image stabiliser. Most of the other medium sensor size video cameras that have been around for around the same time as the HDR-CX290 also have an image stabiliser.

It may also be worth considering one of the alternative camcorders with an image stabiliser currently available including because of it's better review score, the Sony HDR-CX130.

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Full HD

Full HD

Like most of the other video cameras of a similar spec and age to the HDR-CX290, the HDR-CX290 is Full HD.

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Has an HDMI Port

has an HDMI port

The Sony HDR-CX290 has an HDMI port, as do most of the other camcorders that have been available for a comparable time to the HDR-CX290.

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Fairly Big Digital Zoom

Medium sensor size video cameras that were released around the same time as the HDR-CX290 have digital zooms of between 2x and 1,800x, and the average digital zoom is 180x. With a digital zoom of 320 times zoom factor, the Sony HDR-CX290 has one of the bigger digital zooms amongst comparable spec video cameras of this age.

If you are looking for a video camera with a bigger digital zoom then you might want to consider the HDR-PJ530 (£473.68) (350x), or the HDR-CX330 (£249.00) (350x) both from Sony which also has a higher rating.

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SDXC Memory Card

SDXC memory card

The HDR-CX290 supports an SDXC memory card which is better than most similar spec video cameras that have been around for more than two years. Most similar spec camcorders that were released around the same time as it support an SD memory card. In addition, this Sony video camera support a Memory Stick (MS) and SDHC memory card. 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 video cameras of this type and age.

Across 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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Lithium Battery

This camcorder has a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion) battery, which is typical of many camcorders of a similar spec and age to it.

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Has Nine Scene Modes

The number of scene modes found on the HDR-CX290 is more than most medium sensor size video cameras that have been around for more than two years. This video camera has a Portrait scene mode, which is the most commonly found scene mode found on similar spec 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 Sony video camera.

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Has a Built-In Display

The Sony HDR-CX290 has a built-in display. Most of the other video cameras that have been around for more than two years also have a built-in display.

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H.264 Video Format

This video camera has a H.264|MP4|MPEG2|MPEG4 video format, which is the most frequently found video format on similar spec camcorders that have been on the market for around the same time as it.

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Has One White Balance Mode

The number of white balance modes found on the HDR-CX290 is more than most 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 of a similar age and type to the HDR-CX290.

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BIONZ Image Processor

This camcorder has a BIONZ image processor, which is typical of many video cameras of a comparable spec and age to it.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

This camcorder supports a video resolution of 720 x 480|1280 x 720|1440 x 1080|1920 x 1080 pixels, which is typical of many camcorders of this age and type.

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CMOS Sensor Type

This camcorder has a CMOS sensor type, which is typical of many camcorders of a similar age and type to it.

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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 comparable spec camcorders that have been available for a similar time to it.

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LCD Display

This camcorder has an LCD display, which is typical of many camcorders that were launched around the same time as it.

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7 Reasons Against

Only 1/5.8" Optical Sensor Size

This camcorder has a 1/5.8" optical sensor size, which is typical of many medium sensor size video cameras that are a similar age to it.

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Does Not Have an Interchangeable Lens

Like most of the other similar spec video cameras that have been available for a comparable time to the HDR-CX290, the HDR-CX290 does not have an interchangeable lens.

There are a number of other video cameras which also have an interchangeable lens that you might also want to look at including the Panasonic HS900 which also has a higher rating.

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Not 3D Compatible

Like most of the other medium sensor size video cameras that have been available for more than two years, the HDR-CX290 is not 3D compatible.

Camcorders which are 3D compatible that might also be worth looking at include the Panasonic HDC-Z10000.

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Does Not Have a Night Mode

The HDR-CX290 does not have a night mode, although this is within the context that most of the other camcorders that are a comparable age to the HDR-CX290 also do not have a night mode.

There are a number of other camcorders which also have a night mode that you might want to consider including the Sony HDR-PJ330 (£312.11).

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Does Not Have a Built-In Projector

The HDR-CX290 does not have a built-in projector. Most of the other video cameras that have been available for a comparable time to the HDR-CX290 also do not have a built-in projector.

There are a number of other video cameras which also have a built-in projector that you might also want to look at including the Aiptek ProjectorCam C25 (£197.17) which also has a higher rating.

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Not Waterproof

Like most of the other medium sensor size video cameras that came out more than two years ago, the Sony HDR-CX290 is not waterproof.

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Very Low Display Resolution

With a display resolution of only 230,000 pixels, the HDR-CX290 has one of the lower display resolutions amongst similar spec camcorders of this age. Across all the medium sensor size video cameras that have been around for more than two years the display resolutions range from 96,000 pixels to 1,200,000 pixels.

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4 Other reasons to consider the Sony HDR-CX290

Released Over Three Years Ago

It was over three years ago when Sony released the HDR-CX290.

Average Optical Zoom

The HDR-CX290 has a relatively average optical zoom (27 times zoom factor) compared to most of the other camcorders of a similar age and type to the HDR-CX290.

If this Sony camcorder optical zoom is not big enough for you then you might want to look at the HDR-PJ530 (£473.68) (30x), or the HDR-CX330 (£249.00) (30x) both from Sony which also has a higher rating.

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Average Screen Size

At 2.7 inches, the HDR-CX290 has a pretty typical screen size compared to most of the other video cameras of a comparable type and age to the HDR-CX290.

We compared this camcorder to all the other 2.7" screen size video cameras and we think the Canon Vixia HF M32 which has better reviews is also worth considering.

If you are looking for a video camera with a larger screen size then you might also want to consider the Sony HDR-PJ530 (£473.68) (3"), or the Aiptek ProjectorCam C25 (£197.17) (3") which is also higher rated.

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Average Weight

At 178 grams, the HDR-CX290 has a fairly average weight compared to most of the other camcorders that were launched around the same time as the HDR-CX290.

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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
Storage
Internal Storage Capacity
Memory Card
Storage Media Type
File System
Focusing
Focus Adjustment
Smile Detection
Light Exposure
Scene Mode
Light Metering Type
White Balance
Outdoor White Balance
Indoor White Balance
Onepush White Balance
White Balance Mode
Shutter
Video Shutter Speed
Shutter Speed
Display
Screen Size
Built-In Display
Display Resolution
Display
Vari-Angle LCD Display
Camera
Camcorder Type
Image Processor
Minimum Illumination
Self-Timer
Design
Colour
Video
Full HD
HD Type
Video Format
Video Resolution
Maximum Video Resolution
Analog Signal Format System
Still Image
Maximum Image Resolution
Audio
Wind Filter
Built-In Speaker
Built-In Microphone
Audio System
Ports & Interfaces
HDMI Port
DC-In Jack
Composite Video Out Port
USB 2.0 Port
Battery
Battery
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Packaging Content
Included Battery
AC Adapter Included
Other Features
The Windows Operating System
X.v.Color Support

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers sony pj650, sony pj790, sony rmtvp1, sony pj650v, sony pj790v, sony rmtvp1k, sony hdrcx290, sony hdrcx290l, sony hdrcx290li
Barcodes 00027242864955, 00689466815382

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