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Sony HDR-CX130 Camcorder

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

Expert Reviews Are Average

Based on eight expert reviews from sites including CNET.com, Digitaltrends.com, Chip.de and CNET.com.au the average expert rating of this video camera is 76 out of 100. That puts this Sony video camera in the bottom 82% of all the video cameras of this spec and age.

Owner Reviews Are Good

The average owner rating of this video camera is 83 out of 100 based on 6 owner reviews.

Nice Design

Several people who bought it thought it was a good design. Cnet.com.au mentioned on CNET.com.au five years ago “Pleasing design” and gave it a rating of 80 out of 100. One person said in their reviews that it was well designed. Cnet.com.au mentioned on CNET.com.au “There's no doubt that Sony is adept at launching products that are nicely designed and pleasing to the eye” in their review.

One person who bought the Sony HDR-CX130 said that it was smooth.

One Sony HDR-CX130 owner said in their reviews that it was good looking.

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Sony Has Good Reviews for Its Camcorders

Sony medium total megapixels video cameras have good ratings on average and across all video cameras Sony is one of the superior brands.

Robust

One person who purchased it considered that it was well made. One customer said in their reviews that this camcorder was strong and durable. Cnet.com.au mentioned in their Sony HDR-CX130 review on CNET.com.au “Make sure you set LCD to bright when in tough sunlight” and scored it 4 stars.

Reasonably Priced

Several Sony HDR-CX130 owners who purchased it concluded that it was a bargain for the price. Six years ago Cnet.com mentioned “The CX130 is the best buy of the three, as long as you go cheap on the memory ca”. One customer thought this camcorder was good value for money. Expert review site Cnet.com.au said “The CX130 is an impressive camcorder within its price range, featuring a stylish exterior” in their review.

Good Size

One person concluded that this camcorder was lightweight. Five years ago expert review site Cnet.com.au wrote “Still manages to remain lightweight and smooth”. One Sony HDR-CX130 reviewer who purchased it said that it was compact. Cnet.com.au said “Nice compact design” in their review of this camcorder.

Good Product Quality

One Sony HDR-CX130 owner mentioned that it was good quality. Cnet.com.au mentioned on expert website CNET.com.au “The plastic on the CX130 is well made and doesn't feel too cheap.” and gave it a rating of 80 out of 100.

Good Connectivity

One Sony HDR-CX130 owner mentioned in their reviews that it was good in terms of USB connections. Cnet.com.au said on CNET.com.au “A wide-angle lens, built-in USB cable” in their review of the Sony HDR-CX130.

Good Quality Lens

One Sony HDR-CX130 owner who reviewed the product thought it had a good lens.

Full HD HD Type

The HD type of this camcorder is Full HD, which is typical of many video cameras of this age and type.

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Quite Large Display Diagonal

With a display diagonal of 3 inches, the HDR-CX130 has one of the larger display diagonals amongst medium total megapixels video cameras of this age. Across all the similar spec video cameras that were launched more than two years ago the display diagonals range from 1.5" to 4", and the average display diagonal is 2.8".

If you want a video camera with a larger display diagonal then you might want to look at the Panasonic AG-AC90[plb_1834081_price] (3.5"), or the JVC GY-HMQ10[plb_1974537_price] (3.5").

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Has an Image Stabilizer

The HDR-CX130 has an image stabilizer, as do most of the other camcorders of a similar age and type to the HDR-CX130.

We think you might also be interested in some of the other camcorders with an image stabilizer currently available including the Sony HDR-PJ530[plb_2109584_price] which has better reviews.

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Has an HDMI

has an HDMI

The Sony HDR-CX130 has an HDMI, as do most of the other comparable spec video cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to the HDR-CX130.

It may also be worth considering one of the alternative video cameras with an HDMI currently available including the Sony HDR-PJ530[plb_2109584_price] which has better reviews.

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Fairly Big Digital Zoom

Video cameras of this age and type have digital zooms of between 2x and 1,500x. At 350 times zoom factor, the Sony HDR-CX130 has a very big digital zoom compared to most of the other comparable spec camcorders that were released more than two years ago.

There are a number of alternative 350x (digital) camcorders currently available that you might also want to look at including because of it's better review score, the HDR-CX330[pl_2206005_price], the HDR-PJ260E[pl_363188_price], or the HDR-CX260VEB[pl_409852_price] all from Sony.

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Fairly Big Optical Zoom

Across all the medium total megapixels video cameras that were released around the same time as the HDR-CX130 the optical zooms range from 1x to 52x. With an optical zoom of 30 times zoom factor, the HDR-CX130 has one of the bigger optical zooms amongst comparable spec camcorders of this age.

Alternative 30x (optical) camcorders currently available which you might also want to consider include because of it's better review score, the HDR-PJ260E[pl_363188_price], or the HDR-CX260VEB[pl_409852_price] both from Sony.

If you want a bigger optical zoom then you might want to consider the GZ-R10[pl_2633778_price] (40x), or the GZ-R15[pl_2450097_price] (40x) both from JVC or the Samsung F90BN[plb_1538898_price] (52x) which also has a higher rating.

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1/4" Optical Sensor Size

The biggest optical sensor size of the HDR-CX130 is 1/4". That's 45% more optical sensor size than a 1/5.8" camcorder, which is the most common optical sensor size. The worst optical sensor size of all camcorders that were launched more than two years ago is 2/3" and the best is 1/2".

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Optical Image Stabilizer Type

This video camera has an optical image stabilizer type, which is typical of many video cameras that have been around for more than two years. 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 Compatible Memory Cards

SDXC compatible memory cards

The HDR-CX130 supports an SDXC compatible memory cards which is better than most camcorders of this age and type. Most medium total megapixels video cameras that were released more than two years ago support an SDHC compatible memory cards. This Sony camcorder also support MS PRO Duo, MS PRO Duo HS, MS PRO Duo Mark 2 and MS Pro-HG Duo and SD compatible memory cardss. 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 actually the best supported memory card type amongst all comparable spec camcorders that were released around the same time as the HDR-CX130.

Amongst similar types of video camera the worst supported memory card type is MicroSD (Transflash).

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

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Lithium Battery Technology

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

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Has Eight Scene Modess

The Sony HDR-CX130 has a greater number of scene modes than most medium total megapixels video cameras that were launched around the same time as it. This camcorder has a Portrait scene modes, which is the most commonly found scene modes found on medium total megapixels video cameras that were launched more than two years ago. The scene modess "Beach", "Fireworks", "Landscape", "Snow", "Spotlight", "Sunset" and "Twilight" are also found on this video camera.

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Has a Built-In Display

Like most of the other video cameras of this spec and age, the Sony HDR-CX130 has a built-in display.

We compared all the other video cameras with a built-in display to this video camera and we think the JVC GZ-R15[plb_2450097_price] which has better reviews is also worth considering.

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Not Available Viewfinder Type

This camcorder has a Not available viewfinder type, which is typical of many similar spec video cameras that have been available for around the same time as it.

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1080p Supported Video Modes

This video camera has a 1080i|1080p|576i supported video modes, which is the most frequently found supported video modes on video cameras of a similar type and age to it.

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Fairly Long Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

The average maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) of comparable spec camcorders that have been available for a similar time to the HDR-CX130 is 720mm, and the maximum focal length (35mm film equiv)s range from 4mm to 1,900mm. The Sony HDR-CX130 has one of the longer maximum focal length (35mm film equiv)s (1,095 millimeter) amongst similar spec camcorders of this age.

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Quite Low Minimum Aperture Number

The lowest minimum aperture number of comparable spec video cameras that are a similar age to the HDR-CX130 is 1.1 and the highest is 6.8. The Sony HDR-CX130 has a quite low minimum aperture number (only 1.8) compared to most of the other medium total megapixels video cameras that are a comparable age to the HDR-CX130.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolutions

This camcorder supports a video resolutions of 720 x 576|1440 x 1080|1920 x 1080 pixels, which is typical of many medium total megapixels video cameras that have been on the market for more than two years.

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CMOS Sensor Type

This camcorder has a CMOS sensor type, which is typical of many medium total megapixels video cameras that have been available for more than two years.

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Has Three Cables Includeds

The HDR-CX130 has a greater number of included cables than most medium total megapixels video cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to it. This Sony camcorder has a USB cables included, which is the most commonly found cables included found on camcorders of this age and type. The cables includeds "AV" and "Component" are also found on this video camera.

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H.264 Video Formats Supported

This camcorder has an AVCHD|H.264|MPEG4 video formats supported, which is the most commonly found video formats supported on comparable spec camcorders that are a similar age to it.

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JPG Image Formats Supported

This camcorder has a JPG image formats supported, which is typical of many medium total megapixels video cameras that have been available for around the same time as 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 the most frequently found maximum video resolution on medium total megapixels video cameras that came out around the same time as it.

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LCD Display

This camcorder has an LCD display, which is the most frequently found display on medium total megapixels video cameras that were released more than two years ago.

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Has One White Balance

The number of white balance modes found on the Sony HDR-CX130 is more than most camcorders of this spec and age. This Sony camcorder has an Auto white balance, which is the most commonly found white balance found on medium total megapixels video cameras that have been around for around the same time as the HDR-CX130.

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10 Reasons Against

Not Full HD

The HDR-CX130 is not Full HD. Most of the other medium total megapixels video cameras that came out more than two years ago are also not Full HD.

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Does Not Have an Interchangeable Lens

The Sony HDR-CX130 does not have an interchangeable lens, although keep in mind that most of the other camcorders of a comparable age and spec to the HDR-CX130 also do not have an interchangeable lens.

We compared all the other camcorders which also have an interchangeable lens to this video camera and we think the Panasonic HS900[plb_1047313_price], or the Canon EOS C300[plb_1585371_price] which also has a higher rating is also worth considering.

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Very Low Effective Megapixels (image)

With an effective megapixels (image) of only 1.67 megapixels, the Sony HDR-CX130 has a quite low effective megapixels (image) compared to most of the other camcorders of this age and spec. The average effective megapixels (image) of video cameras that were released around the same time as the HDR-CX130 is 7MP, and the effective megapixels (image)s range from 1.3MP to 16MP.

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Very Low Effective Megapixels (movie)

Across all the camcorders of this type and age the effective megapixels (movie)s range from 0.92MP to 9.9MP. With an effective megapixels (movie) of only 1.49 megapixels, the Sony HDR-CX130 has a fairly low effective megapixels (movie) compared to most of the other video cameras that have been available for around the same time as the HDR-CX130.

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Not 3D

Most similar spec video cameras that have been around for around the same time as the HDR-CX130 are not 3D. The HDR-CX130 is no exception to this as it too is not 3D.

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Only Has Four Capture Modess

The number of capture mode found on the HDR-CX130 is more than most medium total megapixels video cameras that were released more than two years ago. This video camera has an LP capture modes, which is the most frequently found capture modes found on medium total megapixels video cameras that were released around the same time as the HDR-CX130. The capture modess "FH", "FXP" and "HQ" are also found on this Sony video camera.

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Does Not Have a Night Mode

Like most of the other video cameras that were launched more than two years ago, the Sony HDR-CX130 does not have a night mode.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Projector

Most camcorders of this age and spec 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.

Other video cameras which also have a built-in projector that you might want to look at include the Sony HDR-PJ530[plb_2109584_price], or the Aiptek ProjectorCam C25[plb_2167191_price].

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Only 2112 X 1584 Still Image Resolution(s)

The highest still image resolution supported by the Sony HDR-CX130 is 2112 x 1584. That's over three times the still image resolution of a 1280 x 720 camcorder, which is the most common still image resolution supported by video cameras that have been available for a similar time to the HDR-CX130. This video camera also supports a still image resolution(s) of 1600 x 1200. Camcorders of a comparable age and spec to the HDR-CX130 still image resolution(s)s range from 640 x 360 (worst) to 6016 x 4016 (best).

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Not Waterproof

The Sony HDR-CX130 is not waterproof. Most of the other camcorders that have been on the market for more than two years are also not waterproof.

If you are looking for a video camera that is waterproof then you might want to consider the JVC GZ-R15[plb_2450097_price] which also has a higher rating.

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2 Other reasons to consider the Sony HDR-CX130

Released Over Three Years Ago

This medium total megapixels video camera has been on the market for over three years.

Average Weight

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

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Specification

Image Sensor
Total Megapixels
Optical Sensor Size
Sensor Type
Effective Megapixels (image)
Effective Megapixels (movie)
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Digital Zoom
Image Stabilizer
Interchangeable Lens
Image Stabilizer Type
Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
Minimum Aperture Number
Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
Maximum Aperture Number
Filter Size
Focal Length (35mm Film Equivalent)
Focal Length Range (f-F)
Wide Angle Lens System
Storage
Internal Storage Capacity
Flash Memory
Compatible Memory Cards
Camcorder Media Type
Focusing
Face Detection
Focus Adjustment
Light Exposure
Scene Modes
White Balance
Outdoor White Balance
Indoor White Balance
Onepush White Balance
White Balance
Flash
Built-In Flash
Built-In Light
Shutter
Camera Shutter Speed
Display
Display Diagonal
Built-In Display
Touchscreen
Display Resolution (numeric)
Display
Display Aspect Ratio
Viewfinder
Viewfinder Type
Camera
Camcorder Type
3D
Image Processor
Back Light Compensation
Minimum Illumination
Supported Aspect Ratios
GPS (satellite)
Progressive Scan
Design
Colour of Product
Video
HD Type
Bitrate At Maximum Video Resolution
Capture Modes
Supported Video Modes
Video Formats Supported
Video Resolutions
Maximum Video Resolution
Dual Shot (video & Photo)
Still Image
Image Formats Supported
Still Image Resolution(s)
Maximum Image Resolution
Audio
Built-In Speaker(s)
Built-In Microphone
Audio System
Ports & Interfaces
HDMI
Composite Video Out
USB 2.0 Ports Quantity
Microphone in
Headphone Outputs
Component Video (YPbPr/YCbCr) Out
S-Video Out
PictBridge
Battery
Battery Type
Battery Voltage
Battery Capacity
Battery Technology
Battery Capacity (Watt Hours)
Charging Source
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Packaging Content
Cables 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, impulsfoto hdrcx130, impulsfoto hdrcx130e, impulsfoto cfowfc3q60, impulsfoto hdrcx130eb
Barcodes 04260253148928, 08427247079217

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