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Sony HDR-CX290E
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Sony HDR-CX290E Camcorder

8.9MP 1/5.8 178g CMOS Oct 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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15 Reasons For

Sony Has Good Camcorder Reviews

Medium total megapixels video cameras built by Sony have good reviews on average. We also checked the reviews for all camcorders (not just medium total megapixels video cameras) and found that Sony also has good reviews across its entire range.

Full HD HD Type

The HD type of this video camera is Full HD, which is typical of many medium total megapixels video cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to it.

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Has an Image Stabilizer

The HDR-CX290/B has an image stabilizer. Most of the other camcorders of this age and type also have an image stabilizer.

We compared this camcorder to all the other video cameras with an image stabilizer and we think the Sony HDR-CX130[plb_1355831_price] which has better reviews is also worth considering.

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Has an HDMI

has an HDMI

The Sony HDR-CX290/B has an HDMI. Most of the other video cameras that have been available for more than two years also have an HDMI.

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Fairly Big Digital Zoom

The average digital zoom of medium total megapixels video cameras that have been around for more than two years is 140x, and the digital zooms range from 2x to 1,500x. The HDR-CX290/B has one of the bigger digital zooms (320 times zoom factor) amongst camcorders of this age.

If this video camera digital zoom is too small for you then you might want to look at the HDR-PJ530[pl_2109584_price] (350x), or the HDR-CX330[pl_2206005_price] (350x) both from Sony which is also higher rated.

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SDXC Compatible Memory Cards

SDXC compatible memory cards

The Sony HDR-CX290/B supports a better memory card type than most comparable spec camcorders that were released around the same time as it. This Sony video camera supports an SDXC compatible memory cards, whereas most video cameras that have been available for around the same time as it support an SDHC compatible memory cards. In addition, this Sony camcorder 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).

This video camera's memory card type (SDXC) is in fact the best supported memory card type across all camcorders of this age and spec.

A MicroSD (Transflash) compatible memory cards is the worst supported memory card type across similar types of video camera.

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

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Lithium Battery Technology

This video camera has a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion) battery technology, which is the most commonly found battery technology on camcorders of this spec and age.

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Has Nine Scene Modess

The number of scene modes found on the HDR-CX290/B is more than most comparable spec video cameras that are a similar age to it. This Sony video camera has a Portrait scene modes, which is the most commonly found scene modes found on medium total megapixels video cameras that are a similar age to the HDR-CX290/B. The scene modess "Beach", "Fireworks", "Landscape", "Night landscape", "Snow", "Spotlight", "Sunrise" and "Sunset" are also found on this video camera.

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Has a Built-In Display

The Sony HDR-CX290/B has a built-in display. Most of the other video cameras of a comparable age and spec to the HDR-CX290/B also have a built-in display.

We compared all the other camcorders with a built-in display to this camcorder and we think because of it's better review score, the Canon EOS C300[plb_1585371_price] is also worth considering.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolutions

This camcorder 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 medium total megapixels video cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as it.

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CMOS Sensor Type

This video camera has a CMOS sensor type, which is typical of many medium total megapixels video cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to it.

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H.264 Video Formats Supported

This camcorder has a H.264|MP4|MPEG2|MPEG4 video formats supported, which is typical of many medium total megapixels video cameras that came out more than two years ago.

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LCD Display

This video camera has an LCD display, which is the most frequently found display on video cameras that came out more than two years ago.

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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 medium total megapixels video cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as it.

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Has One White Balance

The number of white balance modes found on the HDR-CX290/B is more than most comparable spec video cameras that have been around for a similar time to it. This video camera has an Auto white balance, which is the most frequently found white balance found on video cameras of a comparable age and type to the HDR-CX290/B.

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7 Reasons Against

Not Full HD

Most camcorders of this spec and age are not Full HD. The Sony HDR-CX290/B is no exception to this as it too is not Full HD.

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Does Not Have an Interchangeable Lens

Most camcorders that came out around the same time as the HDR-CX290/B do not have an interchangeable lens. The HDR-CX290/B is no exception to this as it too does not have an interchangeable lens.

It is worth also looking at other camcorders which also have an interchangeable lens including the Panasonic HS900[plb_1047313_price], or the Canon EOS C300[plb_1585371_price].

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Not 3D

Most video cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to the HDR-CX290/B are not 3D. The HDR-CX290/B is no exception to this as it too is not 3D.

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Does Not Have a Night Mode

The Sony HDR-CX290/B does not have a night mode. Most of the other medium total megapixels video cameras that were launched around the same time as the HDR-CX290/B also do not have a night mode.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Projector

Like most of the other medium total megapixels video cameras that were launched more than two years ago, the HDR-CX290/B does not have a built-in projector.

It is worth also looking at other video cameras which also have a built-in projector including the Sony HDR-PJ530[plb_2109584_price], or the Aiptek ProjectorCam C25[plb_2167191_price] which is also higher rated.

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Not Waterproof

The Sony HDR-CX290/B is not waterproof, although it is worth noting that most of the other video cameras of a similar age and type to the HDR-CX290/B are also not waterproof.

If you want a camcorder 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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Very Low Display Resolution (numeric)

With a display resolution (numeric) of only 230,000 pixels, the HDR-CX290/B has a quite low display resolution (numeric) compared to most of the other comparable spec video cameras that have been on the market for more than two years. The average display resolution (numeric) of video cameras of a similar spec and age to the HDR-CX290/B is 410,000 pixels.

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5 Other reasons to consider the Sony HDR-CX290E

Released Over Three Years Ago

This medium total megapixels video camera was released over three years ago.

Average Optical Zoom

At 27 times zoom factor, the Sony HDR-CX290/B has a fairly average optical zoom compared to most of the other camcorders of this spec and age.

If this medium total megapixels video camera optical zoom is not big enough for you then you might also want to consider the HDR-PJ530[pl_2109584_price] (30x), or the HDR-CX330[pl_2206005_price] (30x) both from Sony which is also higher rated.

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Average Display Diagonal

The Sony HDR-CX290/B has a pretty typical display diagonal (2.7 inches) compared to most of the other medium total megapixels video cameras that were released around the same time as the HDR-CX290/B.

We compared all the other 2.7" screen size camcorders to this video camera and we think the Canon Vixia HF M32[plb_89683_price] which has better reviews is also worth considering.

If this Sony video camera display diagonal is too small for you then you might want to look at the Sony HDR-PJ530[plb_2109584_price] (3"), or the Aiptek ProjectorCam C25[plb_2167191_price] (3") which also has a higher rating.

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Average Weight

At 178 grams, the HDR-CX290/B has a fairly typical weight compared to most of the other medium total megapixels video cameras that came out around the same time as the HDR-CX290/B.

Alternative camcorders with a heavier weight that you might want to look at include the Panasonic HX-A100[plb_1879762_price] (167g).

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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 available for around the same time as it.

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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
Focus Adjustment
Smile Detection
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
Maximum Image Resolution
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

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers hdrcx290, hdrcx290e, hdrcx290b, sony pj650, sony pj790, sony rmtvp1, sony pj650v, sony pj790v, sony rmtvp1k, sony hdrcx290, sony hdrcx290l, sony hdrcx290li
Barcodes 00027242864955, 00689466815382

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