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Sony HDR-CX240 Camcorder

9.2MP 1/5 190g Oct 2014
Total Megapixels Optical Sensor Size Full HD Weight Release Date
Cheap for 55in of 4K goodness
Easy to use the menus
Poor expert reviews
101 Reviews

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Reviews

User Reviews Are Good

On average, based on 118 user reviews this medium total megapixels video camera has an overall user rating of 81%. 44 reviewers (79% of all reviewers) gave this video camera either 4 or 5 stars and 94% of those asked said they would recommend buying it to others.

Sony Has Good Reviews for Its Video Cameras

Based on 4,270 owner and expert reviews (including 383 verified purchases), Sony has good ratings for its video cameras. Sony also has good ratings specifically for its medium total megapixels camcorders compared to other manufacturers. 88% of those that bought a Sony camcorder would recommend the product that they bought to other buyers.

Poor Expert Reviews

Video camera expert review site Digital Versus scored this video camera 60%. This puts this Sony video camera in the bottom 16% of all the video cameras of a similar spec and age when ranked by average expert review score.


Flash

Has a Shoe Mounting Point

The HDR-CX240 has a shoe mounting point, as do most of the other medium total megapixels camcorders that have been available for a similar time to this camcorder.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Light

The HDR-CX240 does not have a built-in light. Most of the other video cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as this camcorder also do not have a built-in light.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Flash

The HDR-CX240 does not have a built-in flash, although it is worth keeping in mind that most of the other video cameras of a similar spec and age to this video camera also do not have a built-in flash.

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Other

Released Over Two Years Ago

This video camera has been on the market since April 2017.


Display

Quite Small Display Diagonal

Camcorders of this age and type have display diagonals of between 1.5" and 4", and the average display diagonal is 2.8". With a display diagonal of only 2.7 inches, the Sony HDR-CX240 has a quite small display diagonal compared to most of the other video cameras that are a similar age to this video camera.

It may also be worth considering one of the other 2.7" screen size camcorders currently available including because of it's better review score, the Sony HDR-CX240 (£120.00), the easypix WDV1080, or the Samsung F90BN.

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Does Not Have a Touchscreen

The HDR-CX240 does not have a touchscreen, unlike most of the other camcorders of a similar age and spec to this camcorder.

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Very Low Display Resolution (numeric)

Video cameras of a similar type and age to this camcorder have display resolutions (numeric) of between 91,000 pixels and 1,200,000 pixels. The HDR-CX240 has one of the lower display resolutions (numeric) (only 230,000 pixels) amongst camcorders of this age.

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Weight & Dimensions

Compact

Five people who reviewed it considered that it was lightweight. Dommary gave it a score of 7 stars and wrote “Good camera, lightweight and easy to use” in their Sony HDR-CX240 review. Two years ago Arfur said on Argos.co.uk “Lightweight, comfortable to handle, high quality video.”. Stevescar said “A fine pocket-sized, carry anywhere and lightweight camcorder with excellent picture”.

Two owners thought the product was compact. Argos.co.uk wrote in their review of this camcorder “Camera is compact and streamlined”. Cen wrote “Great compact camcorder good picture quality” and gave it a rating of 7 stars.

One customer who reviewed this camcorder wrote that it was a good size. Irene she said in her review of the Sony HDR-CX240 two years ago “This camera is in a so nice size to keep with you all day, you can turn the display to take a video or a photo easily it's great”.

One customer who purchased the product reckoned that it was good structurally. One owner who reviewed this camcorder concluded that it was easy to carry around. Joe said on Argos.co.uk “Light and easy to use” in his Sony HDR-CX240 review.

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Average Weight

The HDR-CX240 has a relatively average weight (190 grams) compared to most of the other camcorders that were released more than two years ago.

It may also be worth considering one of the other 190g weight video cameras currently available including because of it's better review score, the HDR-CX240 (£120.00), the HDR-CX400E, or the HDR-CX330 all from Sony.

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Focusing

Features Smile Detection

The HDR-CX240 features smile detection, as do most of the other comparable spec video cameras that were launched more than two years ago.

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Has a Face Detection

The HDR-CX240 has a face detection. Most of the other camcorders of this type and age also have a face detection.

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Packaging Content

Has a Hand Strap

The HDR-CX240 has a hand strap, as do most of the other comparable spec camcorders that have been around for more than two years.

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Has an AC Adapter Included

The Sony HDR-CX240 has an AC adapter included. Most of the other video cameras of this type and age also have an AC adapter included.

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Has a Batteries Included

The Sony HDR-CX240 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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White Balance

Features Outdoor White Balance

The HDR-CX240 features outdoor white balance, as do most of the other camcorders of this type and age.

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Features Onepush White Balance

The Sony HDR-CX240 features onepush white balance. Most of the other medium total megapixels camcorders that were launched more than two years ago also feature onepush white balance.

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Features Indoor White Balance

The HDR-CX240 features indoor white balance, as do most of the other camcorders of a comparable age and spec to this camcorder.

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Camera

Features Back Light Compensation

The Sony HDR-CX240 features back light compensation, as do most of the other video cameras of a comparable type and age to this camcorder.

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Ports & Interfaces

Supports HDMI

supports HDMI

The Sony HDR-CX240 supports HDMI, as do most of the other video cameras that came out around the same time as this video camera.

Alternative camcorders which support HDMI currently available that you might want to consider include the Vixia HF S30, or the EOS C500 both from Canon or the Samsung QF20 which has better reviews.

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Has a Composite Video Out

The HDR-CX240 has a composite video out. Most of the other medium total megapixels camcorders that have been around for more than two years also have a composite video out.

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Does Not Support PictBridge

The HDR-CX240 does not support PictBridge, although this is within the context that most of the other similar spec video cameras that have been around for around the same time as this video camera also do not support PictBridge.

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Design

Easy to Use the Menus

Twenty-five customers concluded that this camcorder was easy to use. Chrisp mentioned on Argos.co.uk “It is easy to use and is ready to shoot almost immediately (simply open the viewfinder” in their review of the Sony HDR-CX240. Gabriel said on Argos.co.uk two years ago “5* product, easy to use and a good quality”. Jan wrote on Argos.co.uk three years ago “Not too heavy and the controls are very user-friendly”.

Five owners who purchased this camcorder mentioned that it was comfortable and easy to hold. Popsy mentioned on Argos.co.uk two years ago “The Zoom is phenomenal and I use the camera on a tripod in order to hold the pictures steady”. Tyheam said in their review of this camcorder “This headset is very comfortable” and gave it a rating of 8 stars. August Williams mentioned on Amazon last year “The hand strap can be adjusted accordingly to your hand size for a comfortable perfect fit” in his review of this camcorder.

Two customers said in their reviews that this camcorder was easy to use the menus. Argos.co.uk mentioned two years ago “Easy to adjust settings on the fly”. Peter B gave it a rating of 5 stars and he wrote also two years ago “Actually finding the settings for recording full HD at 50p fps involves a fair amount of menu-wrangling”.

One customer concluded that this camcorder was easy to handle. Titanium Arrow Head said on Argos.co.uk “Most of my videos are taken in my workshop under artificial lighting, which the camera handles perfectly” in their review of this camcorder.

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Good Quality

Thirty people wrote in their reviews that the Sony HDR-CX240 was good quality. Bhphotovideo.com said in their Sony HDR-CX240 review three years ago “Great Picture Quality”. Two years ago Argos.co.uk said “Produces High Quality Film” nonetheless they only scored this camcorder 18.8 out of 100. Argos.co.uk also wrote “Pro mode 50 Mbps) video quality is very crisp” in their review.

Robust

Three customers who reviewed this camcorder agreed that it was well made. Welshchris1968 wrote on Argos.co.uk “Slightly cheap plastic construction.”. Last year August Williams mentioned on Amazon “This also comes with USB extension cable (male female) as the built in charging cable is very short” in his review of the Sony HDR-CX240.

Prachtig Design

Four owners wrote in their reviews that this camcorder was good looking. Digitalversus.com wrote “The other features are pretty standard Sony” . Farkeman mentioned two years ago “Pretty good, though rather weak for indoors” in their review of this camcorder. Peter B wrote in the same month “I guess for the money this is a pretty decent camcorder” in his review of this camcorder and gave it a score of 6 stars.

Two customers mentioned in their reviews that it was well designed. Digital Versus said in their review of the Sony HDR-CX240 three years ago “Elegancki design”.

One person reckoned that this camcorder was smooth. Chrisp gave this camcorder a score of 7 stars and mentioned on Argos.co.uk two years ago “Stabiliser is fantastic giving a smooth steady shoot! Took me some time to fathom the menu - almost no help from manual”.

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Lens System

Has an Image Stabilizer

The Sony HDR-CX240 has an image stabilizer. Most of the other camcorders that are a comparable age to this video camera also have an image stabilizer.

There are a number of other video cameras with an image stabilizer currently available which you might also want to look at including the Canon Vixia HF S30, or the Sony PJ440 which has better reviews.

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Quite Big Digital Zoom

The digital zooms of comparable spec video cameras that have been on the market for more than two years range from 2x to 1,800x, and the average digital zoom is 160x. With a digital zoom of 320 times zoom factor, the HDR-CX240 has a fairly big digital zoom compared to most of the other medium total megapixels camcorders that are a similar age to this camcorder.

There are a number of other 320x (digital) camcorders currently available that you might also want to consider including the HDR-CX220 (£129.99), the HDR-CX240 (£120.00), or the HDR-PJ240 (£209.99) all from Sony which has better reviews.

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Supports Wide Angle Lens System

The Sony HDR-CX240 supports wide angle lens system, as do most of the other video cameras of this age and type.

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Quite Short Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

Across all the medium total megapixels camcorders that have been around for around the same time as this camcorder the minimum focal lengths (35mm film equiv) range from 1.8mm to 40mm. When compared to other medium total megapixels camcorders that have been available for a similar time to this video camera that we have assessed, the minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) of the HDR-CX240 of only 1.9 millimeters is one of the shortest.

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Very Short Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

The maximum focal lengths (35mm film equiv) of medium total megapixels camcorders that are a comparable age to this camcorder range from 2.7mm to 2,300mm. With a maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) of only 4 millimeters, the HDR-CX240 has one of the shorter maximum focal lengths (35mm film equiv) amongst medium total megapixels camcorders of this age.

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Average Optical Zoom

The Sony HDR-CX240 has a relatively average optical zoom (27 times zoom factor) compared to most of the other medium total megapixels camcorders that were launched around the same time as this camcorder.

There are a number of other 27x (optical) camcorders currently available which you might want to consider including the HDR-PJ240 (£209.99), or the HDR-CX240 (£120.00) both from Sony which has better reviews.

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Video

Full HD

Full HD

The HDR-CX240 is Full HD, as are most of the other camcorders that are a similar age to this video camera.

We compared this video camera to all the other Full HD video cameras and we think because of it's better review score, the Vixia HF S30, and the EOS C500 both from Canon or the Sony PJ440 is also worth considering.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

This video camera supports a video resolutions of 1280 x 720|1440 x 1080|1920 x 1080 pixels, which is the most commonly supported video resolutions on camcorders of this age and type.

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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 camcorders of a comparable spec and age to it.

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Good Screen / Viewfinder

Five owners wrote in their reviews that it had a good screen. Crazymadduck said “It has a swivel screen, so it's good for filming yourself with friends” in their review of this camcorder and gave the Sony HDR-CX240 a score of 6 stars. Bigd7061 scored it 6 stars and mentioned on Argos.co.uk “The screen is clear” in their review of this camcorder. Randemgamor said “Feels very cheap, swivel screen is flimsey on hinge” in their review of the Sony HDR-CX240.

One person wrote in their reviews that it had a good viewfinder.

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Good Zoom

Eight people mentioned in their reviews that it had a good zoom. Argos.co.uk mentioned “Zoom rangeperformance” in their review of this camcorder but they only rated the product 17.6 out of 100. Gary Carr said in his review of this camcorder “However With Its 52x Zoom This Is A Great Camera” and gave it a rating of 5 stars. The Cobbler said in their Sony HDR-CX240 review three years ago “The zoom is also quite astonishing as the stabiliser kicks in for a really steady shot” and rated it 5 stars.

Three customers said in their reviews that it had a good image stabiliser. Bhphotovideo.com wrote in their review of this camcorder three years ago “Good Image Stabilization”. Meesha gave it a rating of 7 stars and wrote on Amazon two years ago “The stabilization on this is perfect”.

One person wrote in their reviews that it had a good autofocus. Boltonlad scored it 5 stars and wrote in their review of this camcorder “Its light, easy to handle and what was great for me is the focus”. One person who reviewed it concluded that it had a good lens. Titanium Arrow Head wrote on Argos.co.uk “Have had over 1000 views in a month! Its a great camera and has an excellent lens”.

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Features

Good Technical Features

Three people thought the Sony HDR-CX240 had good features. Petro67 wrote two years ago “This product has great features” in their review of the Sony HDR-CX240. Oogoo wrote on Argos.co.uk “Excellent camcorder, great features and easy to use” in their review of the Sony HDR-CX240. Phil said on Amazon “It's practically idiot-proof, with great zoom and features” in his review of this camcorder.


Audio

Acceptable Noise Level

One customer who purchased the Sony HDR-CX240 reckoned that it was noisy. One owner who bought this camcorder thought it was quiet. Doug said on Amazon “It even records the sound of its own internal workings, which can be audible on playback as a quiet clicking sound”.

Has a Built-In Speaker(s)

The HDR-CX240 has a built-in speaker(s), as do most of the other medium total megapixels camcorders that have been around for more than two years.

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Has a Built-In Microphone

The HDR-CX240 has a built-in microphone. Most of the other video cameras that have been around for around the same time as this camcorder also have a built-in microphone.

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Power

Good Battery Life

Five customers mentioned in their reviews that it had a good battery life. Stevescar wrote on Argos.co.uk “It is easy to use and has excellent battery life with a full charge” in their review of the Sony HDR-CX240 and gave this camcorder a score of 9 stars. Vikas scored it 7 stars and mentioned in their review of this camcorder “Voice quality and battery life is very good”. Farkeman said “+ decent battery life”.

One customer mentioned in their reviews that this camcorder was quick to charge. Jjay37 said on Argos.co.uk “Easy to charge and battery lasts a long time” in their review of this camcorder.

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Price

Cheap for 55in of 4K Goodness

Twenty-six owners wrote in their reviews that this camcorder was good value for money. Digital Versus mentioned in their review of this camcorder three years ago “Cheap for 55in of 4K goodness”. Cen wrote in their review of the Sony HDR-CX240 two years ago “Good value for money basic camcorder” . In the same month Billywhiz01 wrote in their review of the Sony HDR-CX240 on Argos.co.uk “I like it as its nice and light and good value”.

One customer who reviewed the product wrote that it was expensive. Argos.co.uk said two years ago “Wifi direct function eliminates the need to buy the more expensive A 100RW model with the wrist remote” in their Sony HDR-CX240 review but even so they only scored it 1 stars.

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Expensive

One customer who reviewed the product wrote that it was expensive. Argos.co.uk said two years ago “Wifi direct function eliminates the need to buy the more expensive A 100RW model with the wrist remote” in their Sony HDR-CX240 review but even so they only scored it 1 stars.


Image Sensor

1" Optical Sensor Size

This video camera has a 1/5.8" optical sensor size, which is the most frequently found optical sensor size on similar spec video cameras that are a comparable age to it.

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers sony viprbhdrcx240l, sony viprbhdrcx240b, sony hdrcx405bdl2, sony hdrcx405bdl1, sony hdrcx240b, sony hdrcx240l
Barcodes 00027242876873, 00027242876880, 00190341816542, 00190341816559, 00616348060400, 00616348060417, 03355830056565

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