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Sony HDR-CX230/B
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Sony HDR-CX230/B Camcorder

8.9MP 1/5.8 178g CMOS Dec 2013
Total Megapixels Optical Sensor Size Weight Sensor Type Release Date
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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18 Reasons For

Sony Has Good Camcorder Reviews

We calculated the average reviews for all Sony video cameras and also specifically for Sony medium total megapixels video cameras and found that in both cases Sony had good reviews.

Good Quality Lens

Two customers said in their reviews that it had a good zoom. Expert review site Itreviews.com wrote “The Sony Handycam HDR-CX230 ($279.99 direct) is a no-frills camcorder that does its best to pack an impressive zoom lens”.

Reasonably Priced

One customer who purchased this camcorder considered that it was good value for money. Itreviews.com said on expert website IT Reviews.com “The Sony HDR-CX230 has an impressive zoom range and price tag.” but they only gave the product a rating of 40 out of 100.

Good Size

One Sony HDR-CX230/B reviewer who reviewed it said that it was compact. Itreviews.com wrote in their review of this camcorder “1080p60 video recording into a compact package”.

Full HD HD Type

The HD type of this camcorder is Full HD, which is typical of many similar spec video cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as it.

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Has an Image Stabilizer

The HDR-CX230/B has an image stabilizer. Most of the other medium total megapixels video cameras that are a comparable age to the HDR-CX230/B also have an image stabilizer.

We compared all the other camcorders with an image stabilizer to this video camera and we think because of it's better review score, the Canon Vixia HF S30[plb_61584_price], the GE DV1[plb_1687216_price], and the Philips CAM150BU/00[plb_1394755_price] is also worth considering.

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Has an HDMI

has an HDMI

Like most of the other video cameras of a comparable age and spec to the HDR-CX230/B, the HDR-CX230/B has an HDMI.

It may also be worth considering one of the other camcorders with an HDMI currently available including because of it's better review score, the Canon Vixia HF S30[plb_61584_price], the Sony NEX-FS700R[plb_2635479_price], or the Toshiba Camileo X150[plb_1474876_price].

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Quite Big Digital Zoom

At 320 times zoom factor, the Sony HDR-CX230/B has a quite big digital zoom compared to most of the other similar spec video cameras that have been available for a comparable time to the HDR-CX230/B. The average digital zoom of comparable spec video cameras that are a similar age to the HDR-CX230/B is 140x.

We think you might also be interested in some of the other 320x (digital) video cameras currently available including because of it's better review score, the HDR-PJ240[pl_2109550_price], the HDR-CX240[pl_2109552_price], or the HDR-CX290/B[pl_2080143_price] all from Sony.

If you would prefer a bigger digital zoom then you might also want to look at the HDR-PJ330[pl_2109562_price] (350x), the HDR-PJ530[pl_2109584_price] (350x), or the HDR-CX330[pl_2206005_price] (350x) all from Sony which is also higher rated.

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SDXC Compatible Memory Cards

SDXC compatible memory cards

The HDR-CX230/B supports a better memory card type than most medium total megapixels video cameras that are a similar age to it. This video camera supports an SDXC compatible memory cards, whereas most similar spec camcorders that were released more than two years ago support an SDHC compatible memory cards. In addition, this Sony video camera support a Memory Stick (MS) and SD compatible 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 compatible memory cards is actually the best supported memory card type amongst all similar spec camcorders that were launched around the same time as the HDR-CX230/B.

Amongst similar types of camcorder 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 commonly found battery technology on medium total megapixels video cameras that are a similar age to it.

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Has Nine Scene Modess

The number of scene modes found on the Sony HDR-CX230/B is more than most camcorders of a comparable age and type to it. This video camera has a Portrait scene modes, which is the most commonly found scene modes found on similar spec camcorders that are a comparable age to the HDR-CX230/B. The scene modess "Beach", "Fireworks", "Landscape", "Night landscape", "Snow", "Spotlight", "Sunrise" and "Sunset" are also found on this Sony camcorder.

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Has a Built-In Display

Like most of the other comparable spec video cameras that have been around for a similar time to the HDR-CX230/B, the HDR-CX230/B has a built-in display.

Other video cameras with a built-in display currently available that you might want to look at include because of it's better review score, the HDR-PJ50[pl_80442_price], or the HDR-PJ330[pl_2109562_price] both from Sony or the Canon EOS C300[plb_1585371_price].

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolutions

This video camera supports a video resolutions of 720 x 480|1280 x 720|1440 x 1080|1920 x 1080 pixels, which is the most frequently supported video resolutions on video cameras of a comparable age and type to it.

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CMOS Sensor Type

This camcorder has a CMOS sensor type, which is the most frequently found sensor type on similar spec video cameras that have been around for around the same time as it.

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H.264 Video Formats Supported

This video camera has a H.264|MP4|MPEG2|MPEG4 video formats supported, which is the most frequently found video formats supported on camcorders that have been available for more than two years.

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LCD Display

This camcorder has an LCD display, which is the most frequently found display on 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 the most frequently found maximum video resolution on video cameras of a comparable type and age to it.

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Has One White Balance

The HDR-CX230/B has a greater number of white balance modes than most camcorders of this age and spec. This camcorder has an Auto white balance, which is the most commonly found white balance found on video cameras of a comparable age and type to the HDR-CX230/B.

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10 Reasons Against

Poor Expert Reviews

This camcorder received a rating of 40% from video camera expert review website IT Reviews.com. Video camera experts aren't convinced by this Sony camcorder.

Poor Product Quality

One Sony HDR-CX230/B owner wrote in their reviews that the Sony HDR-CX230/B was not good quality. Itreviews.com mentioned “Its video quality is not the best” in their review and gave the product a rating of 2 stars.

Not Full HD

Most camcorders of a comparable age and type to the HDR-CX230/B are not Full HD. The Sony HDR-CX230/B is no exception to this as it too is not Full HD.

Video cameras which are Full HD that might be worth considering include the Camileo X150[pl_1474876_price], or the Camileo P20[pl_2251043_price] both from Toshiba or the Canon Vixia HF S30[plb_61584_price] which is also higher rated.

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Does Not Have an Interchangeable Lens

Most camcorders that have been available for around the same time as the HDR-CX230/B do not have an interchangeable lens. The HDR-CX230/B is no exception to this as it too does not have an interchangeable lens.

We compared all the other camcorders which also have an interchangeable lens to this camcorder and we think the HS900[pl_1047313_price], or the HDC-SD90[pl_1121383_price] both from Panasonic or the Canon EOS C300[plb_1585371_price] is also worth considering.

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Quite Small Display Diagonal

The smallest display diagonal of video cameras of a comparable type and age to the HDR-CX230/B is 1.5", the largest is 4", and the average display diagonal is 2.8". The Sony HDR-CX230/B has a fairly small display diagonal (only 2.7 inches) compared to most of the other video cameras that are a comparable age to the HDR-CX230/B.

We compared all the other 2.7" screen size video cameras to this video camera and we think the HDR-PJ330[pl_2109562_price], and the HDR-CX240[pl_2109552_price] both from Sony or the Samsung F90BN[plb_1538898_price] which has better reviews is also worth considering.

If you want a larger display diagonal then you might want to consider the Sony HDR-PJ530[plb_2109584_price] (3" and higher rated), the Aiptek ProjectorCam C25[plb_2167191_price] (3" and higher rated), or the Toshiba Camileo P20[plb_2251043_price] (3" and higher rated).

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Not 3D

Most medium total megapixels video cameras that have been on the market for more than two years are not 3D. The Sony HDR-CX230/B is no exception to this as it too is not 3D.

Camcorders which are 3D that might be worth looking at include the HDC-SD90[pl_1121383_price], or the HDC-Z10000[pl_1312813_price] both from Panasonic or the Aiptek 3D i2[plb_1752184_price] which also has a higher rating.

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Does Not Have a Night Mode

The Sony HDR-CX230/B does not have a night mode, although this is within the context that most of the other video cameras of a comparable age and type to the HDR-CX230/B also do not have a night mode.

There are a number of alternative video cameras which also have a night mode that you might want to look at including the Toshiba Camileo X400[plb_1028092_price], the Aiptek 3D i2[plb_1752184_price], or the Sony HDR-PJ330[plb_2109562_price] which also has a higher rating.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Projector

Most video cameras of this age and type do not have a built-in projector. The HDR-CX230/B is no exception to this as it too does not have a built-in projector.

It is worth considering alternative camcorders which also have a built-in projector including the PJ200E[pl_363159_price], the HDR-PJ330[pl_2109562_price], or the HDR-PJ530[pl_2109584_price] all from Sony.

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Not Waterproof

The Sony HDR-CX230/B is not waterproof, although keep in mind that most of the other video cameras of a comparable age and type to the HDR-CX230/B are also not waterproof.

Video cameras which are waterproof that might be worth considering include the GE DV1[plb_1687216_price], the JVC GZ-R15[plb_2450097_price], or the Panasonic HX-A100[plb_1879762_price] which also has a higher rating.

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Very Low Display Resolution (numeric)

At only 230,000 pixels, the HDR-CX230/B has a quite low display resolution (numeric) compared to most of the other camcorders that have been available for a similar time to the HDR-CX230/B. Across all the medium total megapixels video cameras that are a similar age to the HDR-CX230/B the display resolution (numeric)s range from 91,000 pixels to 1,200,000 pixels, and the average display resolution (numeric) is 410,000 pixels.

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4 Other reasons to consider the Sony HDR-CX230/B

Released Over Three Years Ago

This Sony camcorder has been on the market for over three years.

Average Optical Zoom

At 27 times zoom factor, the Sony HDR-CX230/B has a fairly standard optical zoom compared to most of the other camcorders of a comparable spec and age to the HDR-CX230/B.

We compared all the other 27x (optical) camcorders to this video camera and we think because of it's better review score, the HDR-CX240[pl_2109552_price], the HDR-PJ240[pl_2109550_price], and the HDR-CX290/B[pl_2080143_price] all from Sony is also worth considering.

If you are looking for a camcorder with a bigger optical zoom then you might also want to look at the HDR-PJ330[pl_2109562_price] (30x), the HDR-PJ530[pl_2109584_price] (30x), or the HDR-CX330[pl_2206005_price] (30x) all from Sony which is also higher rated.

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Average Weight

At 178 grams, the HDR-CX230/B has a pretty standard weight compared to most of the other medium total megapixels video cameras that have been on the market for more than two years.

We compared all the other 178g weight camcorders to this camcorder and we think because of it's better review score, the HDR-CX290/B[pl_2080143_price], and the HDR-CX220[pl_1621773_price] both from Sony is also worth considering.

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1/5.8" Optical Sensor Size

This video camera has a 1/5.8" optical sensor size, which is typical of many video cameras that have been on the market for more than two years.

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Specification

Image Sensor
Total Megapixels
Optical Sensor Size
Sensor Type
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Digital Zoom
Image Stabilizer
Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
Focal Length (35mm Film Equivalent)
Focal Length Range (f-F)
Storage
Internal Storage Capacity
Compatible Memory Cards
Camcorder Media Type
Camera File System
Focusing
Face Detection
Focus Adjustment
Light Exposure
Scene Modes
Light Metering
White Balance
Outdoor White Balance
Indoor White Balance
Onepush White Balance
White Balance
Shutter
Shutter Speed (video)
Camera Shutter Speed
Display
Display Diagonal
Built-In Display
Display Resolution (numeric)
Display
Vari-Angle LCD Display
Camera
Camcorder Type
Image Processor
Minimum Illumination
Self-Timer Delay
Design
Colour of Product
Video
HD Type
Video Formats Supported
Video Resolutions
Maximum Video Resolution
Analog Signal Format System
Still Image
Image Formats Supported
Audio
Wind Filter
Built-In Speaker(s)
Built-In Microphone
Audio System
Ports & Interfaces
HDMI
DC-In Jack
Composite Video Out
USB 2.0 Ports Quantity
Battery
Battery Technology
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Packaging Content
Batteries Included
AC Adapter Included
Other Features
Windows Operating Systems Supported
X.v.Color Support

Expert Reviews

(1)
5 December 2013

The Sony HDR-CX230 has an impressive zoom range and price tag, but its video quality is not the best...

8GB internal memory
1080 60 video
27x 1.9 4 zoom lens
No touch screen
Very limited physical controls
Manual lens cover
No Wi-Fi
No mic input

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers sony hdrcx230, sony hdrcx230b
Barcodes 00027242863613

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