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Sony HDR-CX240

£149.99
Sony HDR-CX240
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A fully featured and low cost 27x optical zoom 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution camcorder
27x 1920 X 1080 (Full HD) Pixels 9.2MP 1" Oct 2014
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Sony HDR-CX240 Review

With excellent features and representing value for money, we have ranked the Sony HDR-CX240 number 37 across all camcorders.
83
Reviews
546 Reviews
87
Value for Money
Very Good
87
Features
Fully-Featured
69
Age
3 Years Old
83
Overall Score
Excellent

Why Has it Scored 83?

It has great user reviews but below average expert reviews. 95% of buyers recommended this video camera to others. HP camcorders also have excellent reviews in general.
This camcorder is over 2 years old and it is likely that newer, better video cameras are available. View the latest camcorders 2018.
Customers report it is reasonably priced, superior product quality and excellent battery life. However they also report inferior technical guidance.
It has some great features:
Bigger than average total megapixels
Bigger than average optical zoom
Very light
Has an image stabilizer
E the detail with exmor R CMOS sensor - capture bright, clear images with striking full HD detail, even when shooting in low light
Refined, noise-free images with BIONZ X processor - fast and powerful, the new BIONZ X processor reduces noise levels across the image
Fill your frame with more of the moment - a 29.8mm wide-angle vario-tessar lens by carl zeiss lets you capture the whole scene in the vivid sharpness and detail of full HD
Get closer to your subject - capture that close-up with 54x clear image and 27x optical zoom
Capture every scene shake-free with steadyshot - motion sensors within the camcorder electronically compensate for some movement while recording
Film for longer with a type X battery - enjoy 130 minutes of uninterrupted recording time, so you ll never miss a moment
Review and replay instantly - see what you ve captured on the 6.8cm (2.7 inches) LCD screen with 230k resolution and a wide viewing angle
Two movies in one with dual video recording - record in two formats at the same time. film in AVCHD for high-quality footage or mp4 for easy sharing online
Store your memories - transfer your home videos to a computer or hard drive with a built-in USB cable, or store on a memory stick, m2 or micr - see the detail with exmor R CMOS sensor - capture bright, clear images with striking full HD detail, even when shooting in low light
Store your memories - transfer your home videos to a computer or hard drive with a built-in USB cable, or store on a memory stick, m2 or micro SD

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Sony HDR-CX240 Video Reviews

Sony HDR-CX240 In-Depth Analysis

Reviews Summary

Poor Expert Reviews

This camcorder received a rating of 60 out of 100 from expert review website Digital Versus. This puts this video camera in the bottom 20% of all the camcorders when ranked by average expert review score.

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Good User Reviews

On average, based on 545 user reviews the average user rating of this video camera is 85%. 230 reviewers (86% of all reviewers) gave this video camera either 4 or 5 stars and 95% of those asked said they would recommend buying it to others.

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Users Report That it is Reasonably Priced

57 owners who bought this camcorder wrote that it was good value for money.

Users Report Excellent Product Quality

80 owners said in their reviews that it was good quality.

  • Not at all! So easy and straightforward to operate, good quality picture and sound, quick to charge up the battery…
  • Well designed and easy to handle…
    Kegi (Argos.co.uk) - January 2016
  • The build quality is good…
  • Easy to use Point it and start recording Simple Good quality…
  • Picture quality is very good considering the price…
  • A simple to operate camcorder with a good quality lens and reasonable features - ideal for beginners like me…
    MS47 (Argos.co.uk) - October 2014
  • Easy to use and brilliant picture quality…
    NGC571 (Argos.co.uk) - January 2017
  • The camera is easy to use and the video quality is outstanding, really looking forward to getting a lot of use out of it…
    Mel44 (Argos.co.uk) - January 2016
  • We also perform regularly at music clubs and festivals - the film quality in poor light conditions has completely surprised us…
  • Light and easy to use quality of video very good…

Customers Report Great Battery Life

16 customers concluded that it had a good battery life and two customers agreed that it was quick to charge.

Users Report That it is a Good Size

17 customers said in their reviews that it was lightweight, 15 owners considered that it was compact and 10 customers considered that it was easy to carry around. two owners who reviewed it mentioned that it was a good size.

Customers Report That it is Easy to Use

116 people thought this camcorder was easy to use, seven owners wrote in their reviews that it was comfortable and easy to hold and four owners who bought it agreed that it was easy to use the menus. four customers wrote in their reviews that it was easy to setup.

Customers Report Poor Technical Guidance

Four people who bought it agreed that it did not have good technical guidance.

Customers Report Excellent Design

Five people considered that the product was good looking, three people mentioned in their reviews that it was smooth and two people said in their reviews that it was neat.

Customers Report a Good Screen / Viewfinder

Seven people who purchased it agreed that it had a good screen and two owners who reviewed the product considered that it had a good viewfinder.

Sony Video Cameras Have Very Good Reviews

Based on 9,817 owner and expert reviews (including 2,796 verified purchases), Sony has very good ratings for its video cameras. 91% of those that bought a Sony video camera would recommend the product that they bought to other buyers.

Users Report Superior Technical Features

16 owners wrote in their reviews that this camcorder had good features.

  • Lacks features cheaper products have…
    Bobbs (Argos.co.uk) - October 2014
  • So simple to use and packed full of great features…
    Kegi (Argos.co.uk) - January 2016
  • It's small and light and relatively easy to use, with a few nice features…
  • A simple to operate camcorder with a good quality lens and reasonable features - ideal for beginners like me…
    MS47 (Argos.co.uk) - October 2014
  • This two in one camcorder is of excellent quality and has very good features…
  • Bought this last month, just for general use, well pleased with the features, real good value for money, going to use on holiday next week so will have a better idea…
  • It has for me too many features and would be better if it had less…
  • It has some superb features would highly recommend…
  • She loves it! Camcorder is super light, loaded with nice features and the video is sharp…
    JimmyG7 (Walmart.com) - December 2014
  • This camcorder is superb and a good starter features for an entry level camcorder…

Users Report That it is Robust

Seven people thought the product was well made and two people reckoned that it was strong and durable.

Customers Report Acceptable Noise Level

Five owners who purchased this camcorder considered that it was quiet.

Users Report a Good Quality Lens

20 people wrote in their reviews that it had a good zoom, four people who purchased this camcorder agreed that it had a good lens and two owners who reviewed it wrote that it had a good image stabiliser.

  • Slow on focusing so not good unless the subject is standstill rather than moving…
  • The zoom is brilliant and the picture…
  • There is a built in lens cover and the camera tells you if you leave it on! Happy days…
  • It is light to hold and compact The pictures are very clear and the zoom is great and the sound is just as good…
  • A simple to operate camcorder with a good quality lens and reasonable features - ideal for beginners like me…
    MS47 (Argos.co.uk) - October 2014
  • It self focuses quickly and easily and has a good long zoom…
  • A good camera with a compact body, good zoom and very good quality.
  • The zoom is fairly good in the mid range.
    DBB (Argos.co.uk) - January 2016
  • In fact it is much better than the zoom control on my much more expensive camcorder…
  • Already really impressed with its optical zoom - could hardly believe it could magnify so much…
    Dy (Argos.co.uk) - April 2015

Value For Money

Very Good Value for Money

The product has excellent reviews and very good features but is over 6 months old. However at £149.99 it is in the cheapest 32% of video cameras.

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Age

Released Over Three Years Ago

This video camera has been on the market since October 2014.

Features

Bigger Than Average Total Megapixels

The Sony HDR-CX240's total megapixels of 9.2MP is in the biggest 33% of all camcorders when ranked by this feature. The total megapixels of camcorders range from 0.3MP to 50MP, and the average total megapixels is 7.8MP.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Resolution

This video camera has a max video resolution of 1920 x 1080 (Full HD)|1920 x 1080 pixels, which is typical of many camcorders.

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Bigger Than Average Optical Zoom

The HDR-CX240's optical zoom of 27x is bigger than average when compared to most other camcorders. It is bigger than 67% of all camcorders when sorted by this feature. Camcorders have optical zooms of between 1x and 70x, and the average optical zoom is 19x.

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Very Small Optical Sensor Size

Across all the camcorders the optical sensor sizes range from 0.12" to 1.8", and the average optical sensor size is 0.37". The optical sensor size of the Sony HDR-CX240 of only 0.172" is in the smallest 18% of all camcorders when ordered by this feature.

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Very Light

Across all the camcorders the weights range from 50g to 7.5kg, and the average weight is 570g. The Sony HDR-CX240's weight of only 190g is lighter than 72% of all camcorders when ordered by this feature.

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Has an Image Stabilizer

The HDR-CX240 has an image stabilizer, as do 69% of camcorders.

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Bigger Than Average Digital Zoom

The digital zooms of camcorders range from 1.5x to 3,500x, and the average digital zoom is 460x. The digital zoom of the Sony HDR-CX240 of 320x is bigger than 65% of all camcorders when ranked by this feature.

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Supports HDMI

HDMI

The HDR-CX240 supports HDMI, as do 70% of video cameras.

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Smaller Than Average Display Diagonal

The HDR-CX240's display diagonal of only 2.7" is smaller than average when compared to most other camcorders. It is smaller than 72% of all camcorders when sorted by this feature. The average display diagonal of all camcorders is 3", with the smallest being 1.3" and the largest being 9".

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Has a Shoe Mounting Point

The HDR-CX240 has a shoe mounting point. 95% of camcorders do not have a shoe mounting point.

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Has a Built-In Microphone

The Sony HDR-CX240 has a built-in microphone. 54% of video cameras also have a built-in microphone.

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Does Not Support PictBridge

The Sony HDR-CX240 does not support PictBridge. 97% of camcorders also do not support PictBridge.

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Has a Face Detection

The HDR-CX240 has a face detection. 70% of video cameras do not have a face detection.

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Has a Hand Strap

The HDR-CX240 has a hand strap, unlike 93% of camcorders which do not have a hand strap.

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Full HD

Full HD

The HDR-CX240 is Full HD, as are 70% of camcorders.

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Does Not Have a Touchscreen

The Sony HDR-CX240 does not have a touchscreen. 59% of camcorders also do not have a touchscreen.

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Features Smile Detection

The HDR-CX240 features smile detection, which is unusual. 89% of camcorders do not feature smile detection.

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers:

sony hdrcx240ebceh, sony hdrcx240ebcen, info hdrcx240ebceh, sony cx240e

Barcodes:

03355830056565, 04905524969412, 04905524969429

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