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Sony HDR-CX330 Camcorder

9.2MP 1/5 190g Apr 2014
Total Megapixels Optical Sensor Size Full HD Weight Release Date
Owner reviews are good
Good product quality
Unacceptable noise level
957 Reviews

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Reviews

Owner Reviews Are Good

Owners have rated this medium total megapixels video camera on average 88%. 607 reviewers (86% of all reviewers) gave this video camera either 4 or 5 stars and 89% of those asked said they would recommend buying it to others.

Sony Has Good Reviews for Its Video Cameras

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


Design

Easy to Use

Fifty-nine people mentioned in their reviews that this camcorder was comfortable and easy to hold. Two years ago Mom4kids said on expert website Bestbuy.com “They are also very comfortable and definitely worth paying extra for” in their review of this camcorder and scored the Sony HDR-CX330 the highest possible rating of 5 stars. In the same month Mclovin34 rated it 5 stars out of 5 and wrote on expert review site Bestbuy.com “These earbuds are nice and comfortable” in their review of this camcorder. Nawty mentioned on expert website Bestbuy.com “These earbuds have great quality sound & are very comfortable”.

Twelve owners mentioned in their reviews that this camcorder was easy to use. Two years ago Melok mentioned “Easy to use”. Chickennuggets wrote in their review of this camcorder “Sadly, when I went in to use my Best Buy warranty, they said Apple isn't going to be honoring the original Beats item warranties” and gave this camcorder a score of 4 stars out of 5. Darkchild53 mentioned on expert review site Bestbuy.com two years ago “Love the sound quality, ease of use, comfortable and the design”.

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Good Looking

Thirty-one owners considered that this camcorder was good looking. Three years ago website Bestbuy.com said in their review of this camcorder “Very nice looking microwave oven”. They also mentioned “Good looking” in their review. Mosca gave this camcorder a score of 5 stars out of 5 and wrote on expert website Bestbuy.com “Excellent sound and the quality is pretty good, no complains”.

Ten people wrote that it was well designed. Melok said “Great design & light weight” and gave this camcorder a rating of 4 stars out of 5. Nesdamon mentioned “Outstanding design quality” and scored it a maximum of 5 stars. Two years ago Noonecares said on expert review site Bestbuy.com “Awesome sound quality, great design, flexible ear buds”.

Two owners wrote in their reviews that the product was neat. Maymar said “These beats headphones are awesome! The sound is neat and clear” in their review of this camcorder. Racinmomma mentioned “The ear buds are pretty neat never had to where you can adjust the volume”.

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Good Product Quality

One hundred and sixty-seven people who reviewed the Sony HDR-CX330 concluded that it was good quality. Moe3 said on expert review site Bestbuy.com “The sound quality is fantastic” nonetheless they gave it a rating of 3 stars out of 5. Missesann mentioned “Best quality sound”. Two years ago Mjs1447 wrote on expert website Bestbuy.com “This is a quality product - very well made and packaged” in their review of this camcorder.

Robust

Twenty customers mentioned in their reviews that it was well made. Kingofgotham12 gave it a rating of 5 stars out of 5 and wrote “Great built in microphone and audio controls”. Kleetus mentioned on expert website Bestbuy.com two years ago “Got these headphones used them for a solid 3 months at the gym then they shorted out on me”. Maximilian144 said also two years ago “Were this product really shines is the build quality I don't feel like their going to break on me any day now”.

Nine owners who purchased this camcorder concluded that it was strong and durable. Muffintop gave it a rating of 5 stars out of 5 and wrote two years ago “Sturdy as well because my kid is destructive”. Also two years ago Jpglucker mentioned on expert review site Bestbuy.com “Very nice quality sound and durability”. Sweetytweety09 wrote “These headphones are great they have great sound quality look sleek and are very durable, I accidentally put mine through the washer”.

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Features

Good Features

Two owners who reviewed the product considered that it had good features. Website Bestbuy.com gave it a rating of 5 stars out of 5 and said “Space and features”. Donh mentioned in their review of this camcorder two years ago “Best features are sound quality”.


Audio

Unacceptable Noise Level

Thirty-five customers who reviewed it reckoned that it was noisy. Meximamamusiclover said “Couldn't have been more wrong! Love how the background noise is non-existan when I have them on! I always listen to my music”. Noel24 wrote “Great sound and noise cancellation”. Mrpink49 said in their review of this camcorder “This earphones are good and loud good bass if anything they are too loud”.

Has a Built-In Speaker(s)

The HDR-CX330 has a built-in speaker(s). Most of the other video cameras of this spec and age also have a built-in speaker(s).

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Has a Built-In Microphone

The HDR-CX330 has a built-in microphone. Most of the other video cameras that are a similar age to this camcorder also have a built-in microphone.

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Other

Released Over Three Years Ago

It was April 2014 when Sony released the HDR-CX330.


Lens System

Has an Image Stabilizer

The Sony HDR-CX330 has an image stabilizer. Most of the other camcorders of this age and type also have an image stabilizer.

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Quite Big Digital Zoom

With a digital zoom of 350 times zoom factor, the Sony HDR-CX330 has a fairly big digital zoom compared to most of the other medium total megapixels camcorders that were released more than two years ago. The digital zooms of medium total megapixels camcorders that were launched around the same time as this video camera range from 2x to 1,800x, and the average digital zoom is 160x.

We compared this video camera to all the other 350x (digital) video cameras and we think the HDR-CX400E, the HDR-PJ260E, and the HDR-CX260V all from Sony which all of have better reviews are also worth considering.

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Average Optical Zoom

At 30 times zoom factor, the HDR-CX330 has a fairly typical optical zoom compared to most of the other camcorders that were launched more than two years ago.

We compared this video camera to all the other 30x (optical) video cameras and we think because of their better review scores, the HDR-CX400E, and the HDR-PJ530 (£429) both from Sony are also worth considering.

Camcorders with a bigger optical zoom that might be worth looking at include the JVC GZ-R15 (40x) which also has a higher rating.

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Quite Long Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

The average maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) of medium total megapixels camcorders that have been available for a comparable time to this camcorder is 690mm. The HDR-CX330 has one of the longer maximum focal lengths (35mm film equiv) (984 millimeters) amongst medium total megapixels camcorders of this age.

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Display

Quite Small Display Diagonal

With a display diagonal of only 2.7 inches, the HDR-CX330 has a quite small display diagonal compared to most of the other medium total megapixels camcorders that have been around for more than two years. The display diagonals of camcorders of a comparable age and type to this video camera range from 1.5" to 4", and the average display diagonal is 2.8".

Camcorders with a larger display diagonal that might be worth looking at include the JVC GZ-R15 (3") which also has a higher rating.

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Has a Vari-Angle LCD Display

The HDR-CX330 has a vari-angle LCD display. Most of the other medium total megapixels camcorders that are a comparable age to this video camera also have a vari-angle LCD display.

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Ports & Interfaces

Supports HDMI

supports HDMI

The Sony HDR-CX330 supports HDMI. Most of the other camcorders that are a similar age to this video camera also support HDMI.

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Has a Composite Video Out

The Sony HDR-CX330 has a composite video out. Most of the other camcorders that have been on the market for more than two years also have a composite video out.

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Has a DC-In Jack

The HDR-CX330 has a DC-in jack. Most of the other medium total megapixels camcorders that have been on the market for more than two years also have a DC-in jack.

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Weight & Dimensions

Good Size

Five people wrote in their reviews that it was compact. Kkott gave it a score of 5 stars out of 5 and said in their review of the Sony HDR-CX330 “Smaller and compact and a nice carry case”. Kevrovk32 mentioned “Earphones are very good product good nice and compact I can wear them when I work out I really like him”. Shamokinsteeler said in their review of this camcorder “They fit perfect sound great compact nice case for it” and scored the product 80 out of 100.

Four customers mentioned that this camcorder was lightweight. Mgb21 mentioned on expert website Bestbuy.com “Lightweight and comfy and sound is great”. Lfah said “Best sound and lightweight when jogging or outdoors activities” . Spear mentioned “Lightweight and fits his ears comfortably” in their review of this camcorder.

Four owners who purchased it reckoned that it was heavy and bulky. Marisha wrote on expert review site Bestbuy.com in April last year “The beats are too heavy to stay inside your ears when you are moving”. Thewizeman mentioned on expert review site Bestbuy.com two years ago “However I do not recommend these for exercise as they are on the heavy side and will fall out with heavy movement”. Chacmool wrote “As with most beats a bit heavy on the bass” and scored this camcorder 80 out of 100.

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Average Weight

At 190 grams, the HDR-CX330 has a relatively typical weight compared to most of the other camcorders that came out more than two years ago.

We compared this camcorder to all the other 190g weight camcorders and we think the Sony HDR-CX400E which has better reviews is also worth considering.

Camcorders with a heavier weight that might be worth considering include the Sony HDR-CX240 (190g).

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Video

Full HD

Full HD

The Sony HDR-CX330 is Full HD, as are most of the other camcorders of a comparable type and age to this video camera.

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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 frequently supported video resolutions on comparable spec camcorders that have been around for a similar time to it.

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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 camcorders that were released more than two years ago.

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Camera

Supports On Screen Display (OSD)

The HDR-CX330 supports On Screen Display (OSD), as do most of the other video cameras of a similar age and spec to this video camera.

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Other Features

Features USB Connectivity

The HDR-CX330 features USB connectivity. Most of the other medium total megapixels camcorders that have been available for a comparable time to this camcorder also feature USB connectivity.

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Technical Details

Has a Self-Timer

The HDR-CX330 has a self-timer. Most of the other similar spec camcorders that have been on the market for a comparable time to this camcorder also have a self-timer.

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Networking

Supports Near Field Communication (NFC)

The HDR-CX330 supports near Field Communication (NFC), as do most of the other medium total megapixels camcorders that have been available for around the same time as this video camera.

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Features Wi-Fi

The HDR-CX330 features wi-Fi, as do most of the other medium total megapixels camcorders that have been around for a similar time to this video camera.

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White Balance

Features Outdoor White Balance

The HDR-CX330 features outdoor white balance. Most of the other camcorders that are a similar age to this camcorder also feature outdoor white balance.

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Features Indoor White Balance

The Sony HDR-CX330 features indoor white balance, as do most of the other medium total megapixels camcorders that are a similar age to this video camera.

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Features Onepush White Balance

The HDR-CX330 features onepush white balance, as do most of the other video cameras of this type and age.

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Flash

Does Not Have a Built-In Light

Like most of the other camcorders of a comparable age and type to this camcorder, the HDR-CX330 does not have a built-in light.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Flash

Like most of the other video cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as this camcorder, the HDR-CX330 does not have a built-in flash.

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Packaging Content

Has a Batteries Included

The HDR-CX330 has a batteries included, as do most of the other camcorders that came out around the same time as this video camera.

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Has an AC Adapter Included

The HDR-CX330 has an AC adapter included, as do most of the other camcorders of a similar type and age to this video camera.

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Image Sensor

Quite High Effective Megapixels (image)

Across all the medium total megapixels camcorders that are a comparable age to this video camera the effective megapixels (image) range from 1.3MP to 21MP, and the average effective megapixels (image) is 7.7MP. With an effective megapixels (image) of 9.2 megapixels, the HDR-CX330 has one of the higher effective megapixels (image) amongst medium total megapixels camcorders of this age.

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1" Optical Sensor Size

This video camera has a 1/5.8" optical sensor size, which is the most commonly found optical sensor size on video cameras of this age and type.

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9.2 Megapixels Total Megapixels

This is a 9.2 megapixels sensor video camera.

Other 9.2MP sensor camcorders currently available which you might want to look at include because of its better review score, the Sony HDR-PJ340 (£279.99).

If this Sony camcorder total megapixels is too small for you then you might want to consider the JVC GZ-R15 (10MP) which also has a higher rating.

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Price

Reasonably Priced

Eighty owners who reviewed it agreed that it was good value for money. Mommyof3 said in their review of this camcorder two years ago “She absolutely loves them! They have great sound and the price made this purchase even easier! Great buy” and rated the Sony HDR-CX330 5 stars out of 5. Momofteens gave it a rating of 80 out of 100 and wrote “Great price for my daughter”. Momoftwo scored it 5 stars out of 5 and mentioned on expert review site Bestbuy.com “Got these on Black Friday at a great price”.

Fourteen owners agreed that it was expensive. Moose1290 mentioned on expert review site Bestbuy.com “We could never justify the cost till they went on sale Black Friday at almost half the original cost, which was still expensive for just earbuds in my eyes”. Nick said in his review of this camcorder “Super expensive”. He also wrote “These headphones were a Xmas gift for my 17 year old & though she wanted the larger, more expensive ones; she's on cloud 9!” in his review.

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers sony hdrcx330b
Barcodes 00027242876927, 00616348047333, 00616348047364, 04905524968675, 04905524969368

Sony HDR-CX330 Review Sources

To prepare this Sony HDR-CX330 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 139,263 product attributes, 23,823 camcorder reviews and 1,763,100 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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