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Sony HDR-CX220 Camcorder

£129.99
8.9MP 1/5 178g Oct 2013
Total Megapixels Optical Sensor Size Full HD Weight Release Date
Sony has good reviews for its video cameras
Has an image stabilizer
Full HD
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Reviews

Sony Has Good Reviews for Its Video Cameras

Based on 4,268 expert and user reviews (including 409 verified purchases), Sony has good reviews for its video cameras. Sony also has good reviews specifically for its medium total megapixels camcorders. 88% of those that bought a Sony camcorder would recommend the product that they bought to other buyers.


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Released Over Three Years Ago

It was October 2013 when this camcorder was released.


Lens System

Has an Image Stabilizer

The Sony HDR-CX220 has an image stabilizer. Most of the other video cameras of this spec and age also have an image stabilizer.

We compared this camcorder to all the other camcorders with an image stabilizer and we think the Sony HDR-CX240 (£129.99) is also worth considering.

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Fairly Big Optical Zoom

The average optical zoom of camcorders of a comparable age and type to this camcorder is 24x. At 32 times zoom factor, the HDR-CX220 has a quite big optical zoom compared to most of the other similar spec camcorders that have been around for a comparable time to this video camera.

If this video camera optical zoom is too small for you then you might want to consider the JVC GZ-R10 (£157) (40x) which also has a higher rating.

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Fairly Big Digital Zoom

The smallest digital zoom of medium total megapixels camcorders that have been on the market for around the same time as this video camera is 2x, the biggest is 1,800x, and the average digital zoom is 160x. The HDR-CX220 has a quite big digital zoom (320 times zoom factor) compared to most of the other medium total megapixels camcorders that were released more than two years ago.

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Supports Wide Angle Lens System

The HDR-CX220 supports wide angle lens system. Most of the other camcorders that have been around for around the same time as this video camera also support wide angle lens system.

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Quite High Maximum Aperture Number

The average maximum aperture number of camcorders of a similar age and type to this camcorder is 4.7. At 10, the HDR-CX220 has a fairly high maximum aperture number compared to most of the other similar spec video cameras that were released more than two years ago.

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Ports & Interfaces

Supports HDMI

supports HDMI

The HDR-CX220 supports HDMI. Most of the other medium total megapixels camcorders that came out around the same time as this video camera also support HDMI.

We think you might also be interested in some of the other video cameras which support HDMI currently available including because of its better review score, the JVC GZ-R10 (£157).

It is worth considering other video cameras which also support HDMI including the Sony HDR-CX240 (£129.99).

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Has a Headphone Outputs

The Sony HDR-CX220 has a headphone outputs, as do most of the other medium total megapixels camcorders that came out around the same time as this camcorder.

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Has a DC-In Jack

The Sony HDR-CX220 has a DC-in jack, as do most of the other similar spec video cameras that have been available for more than two years.

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Has a Composite Video Out

The HDR-CX220 has a composite video out. Most of the other video cameras of a similar type and age to this video camera also have a composite video out.

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Video

Full HD

Full HD

The HDR-CX220 is Full HD, as are most of the other similar spec camcorders that have been available for more than two years.

Other Full HD camcorders currently available that you might want to consider include the JVC GZ-R10 (£157) which has better reviews; or the Bushnell 8MP Trophy Cam (£119) which is cheaper.

If you want a video camera that is Full HD then you might want to look at the Sony HDR-CX240 (£129.99).

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HD-Ready

The HDR-CX220 is HD-Ready, as are most of the other medium total megapixels camcorders that were released around the same time as this video camera.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

This video camera supports a video resolutions of 1440 x 1080|1920 x 1080 pixels, which is typical of many video cameras of this age and spec.

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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 camcorders of a comparable spec and age to it.

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Weight & Dimensions

Average Weight

At 178 grams, the Sony HDR-CX220 has a pretty standard weight compared to most of the other comparable spec camcorders that have been on the market for more than two years.

If you don't mind having a heavier weight then you might want to consider the easypix Challenge Action (£99.90) (76g) which is also cheaper.

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Camera

Supports On Screen Display (OSD)

The Sony HDR-CX220 supports On Screen Display (OSD), as do most of the other medium total megapixels camcorders that were released more than two years ago.

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Features Back Light Compensation

The HDR-CX220 features back light compensation. Most of the other medium total megapixels camcorders that have been available for around the same time as this camcorder also feature back light compensation.

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Design

Tripod Mountable

The HDR-CX220 is tripod mountable. Most of the other medium total megapixels camcorders that came out around the same time as this video camera also are tripod mountable.

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White Balance

Features Onepush White Balance

The HDR-CX220 features onepush white balance. Most of the other medium total megapixels camcorders that have been available for a similar time to this camcorder also feature onepush white balance.

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Features Indoor White Balance

The Sony HDR-CX220 features indoor white balance. Most of the other similar spec video cameras that came out around the same time as this video camera also feature indoor white balance.

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Features Outdoor White Balance

The HDR-CX220 features outdoor white balance, as do most of the other medium total megapixels camcorders that have been around for more than two years.

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Other Features

Features Manual Focus

The HDR-CX220 features manual focus, as do most of the other video cameras of a similar spec and age to this camcorder.

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Features Photo Mode

The Sony HDR-CX220 features photo mode. Most of the other medium total megapixels camcorders that have been on the market for a similar time to this camcorder also feature photo mode.

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Display

Average Display Diagonal

The HDR-CX220 has a pretty typical display diagonal (2.7 inches) compared to most of the other comparable spec camcorders that have been around for around the same time as this video camera.

If you would prefer a camcorder with a larger display diagonal then you might want to look at the JVC GZ-R10 (£157) (3" and higher rated).

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Very Low Display Resolution (numeric)

The average display resolution (numeric) of video cameras of a comparable spec and age to this video camera is 390,000 pixels. The Sony HDR-CX220 has one of the lower display resolutions (numeric) (only 230,000 pixels) amongst medium total megapixels camcorders of this age.

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Focusing

Features Smile Detection

The HDR-CX220 features smile detection, as do most of the other comparable spec camcorders that are a similar age to this video camera.

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Has a Face Detection

The HDR-CX220 has a face detection, as do most of the other camcorders that have been available for more than two years.

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Flash

Does Not Have a Built-In Flash

The HDR-CX220 does not have a built-in flash, although it is worth keeping in mind that most of the other video cameras of this age and spec also do not have a built-in flash.

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Packaging Content

Has a Batteries Included

The HDR-CX220 has a batteries included. Most of the other medium total megapixels camcorders that have been around for more than two years also have a batteries included.

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Has an AC Adapter Included

The HDR-CX220 has an AC adapter included, as do most of the other medium total megapixels camcorders that have been around for around the same time as this video camera.

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Audio

Has a Built-In Speaker(s)

The HDR-CX220 has a built-in speaker(s), as do most of the other comparable spec camcorders that have been around for more than two years.

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Has a Built-In Microphone

The HDR-CX220 has a built-in microphone. Most of the other camcorders of a similar type and age to this video camera also have a built-in microphone.

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Still Image

3984 X 2240 Still Image Resolution

The highest still image resolution supported by the HDR-CX220 is 3984 x 2240. That's over four times the still image resolution of the most frequently found still image resolution(s) of 1920 x 1080. This video camera also supports a still image resolution(s) of 2992 x 2240. Across all medium total megapixels camcorders that have been around for a similar time to this camcorder the worst still image resolution is 640 x 480 and the best is 4608 x 3456.

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Image Sensor

Very Low Effective Megapixels (image)

The effective megapixels (image) of camcorders that have been around for around the same time as this camcorder range from 1.3MP to 21MP. The HDR-CX220 has a fairly low effective megapixels (image) (only 2.29 megapixels) compared to most of the other video cameras of this type and age.

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Very Low Effective Megapixels (movie)

The HDR-CX220 has one of the lower effective megapixels (movie) (only 2.15 megapixels) amongst comparable spec camcorders of this age. The effective megapixels (movie) of comparable spec camcorders that have been available for around the same time as this camcorder range from 0.49MP to 10MP.

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1" Optical Sensor Size

This camcorder 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 type to it.

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8.9 Megapixels Total Megapixels

This is an 8.9 megapixels sensor camcorder.

If this Sony camcorder total megapixels is too small for you then you might want to look at the JVC GZ-R10 (£157) (10MP and higher rated).

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers sony viprbhdrcx220blue, sony hdrcx220s, hdrcx220e
Barcodes 00027242863620, 00027242863637, 00027242863644, 00027242863651, 00190341817259, 00905524923902, 04905524923889, 04905524923896, 04905524923902, 04905524923971, 04905524924015, 04905524924053, 04905524924060

Sony HDR-CX220 Review Sources

To prepare this Sony HDR-CX220 review we compared this camcorder to 576 other models. For each camcorder that we compared, we collated thousands of pieces of information including technical specs, reviews, and prices. In total we analysed 138,553 product attributes, 23,579 camcorder reviews and 1,695,800 historical camcorder prices from 164 camcorder retailers. We then picked out the standout features of this camcorder compared to the other models as well as any areas where this camcorder is lacking.

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