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Sony HDR-CX730E Camcorder

24.1MP 1/2 545g Sep 2013
Total Megapixels Optical Sensor Size Full HD Weight Release Date
One industry award
Easy to use
Good quality lens
9 Reviews + 1 Award
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Reviews

One Industry Award

Expert Reviews gave this camcorder an "Ultimate" award.

Excellent Expert Reviews

On average, based on two expert reviews from sites including Expert Reviews and webnews.it this video camera has an overall expert rating of 95 out of 100. That puts this Sony video camera in the top 4% of all the big total megapixels video cameras that came out more than two years ago.

Good Owner Reviews

On average, people who bought this Sony camcorder rated it as 87 out of 100. 5 reviewers (83% of all reviewers) gave this video camera the highest possible rating of 5 stars.

Sony Camcorders Have Good Reviews

We checked 4,270 user and expert reviews (including 352 verified purchases) for Sony video cameras and found that on average Sony has good ratings compared to other brands. We also found that Sony has good ratings specifically for its big total megapixels video cameras. 91% of those that bought a Sony video camera would recommend the product that they bought to other buyers.

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Good Quality Lens

One owner thought the product had a good autofocus. Tommo wrote four years ago “The Sonys optical stabalisation is fantastic - really really good, Quick focus, surprisingly good stills” in their Sony HDR-CX730E review and scored it 9 stars.

One person who reviewed this camcorder thought it had a good zoom. Eu mentioned on Amazon.co.uk five years ago “The only down side is that if you want to close up the autofous fails, does zoom to a certain distance” in their review of this camcorder.

One owner who reviewed the product concluded that it had a good lens.

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Good Screen / Viewfinder

One owner mentioned in their reviews that the Sony HDR-CX730E had a good screen. Tommo gave the product a rating of 6 stars and mentioned on Amazon.co.uk “The touch screen is responsive and sharp - the canon is sluggish - beleive me it makes a difference in useability” in their review of this camcorder.


Design

Easy to Use

Two people who bought it thought it was easy to use. Tommo wrote in their Sony HDR-CX730E review on Amazon.co.uk “The Canon beats it for manual mode tho - mush (sorry, meant 'much') easier to use”. Four years ago John Lewin said on Amazon.co.uk “Clear recordings, great stills, easy to use on low light conditions” in his review of the Sony HDR-CX730E and gave the product a score of 8 stars.

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One person said in their reviews that the product was well made.

Good Product Quality

Three owners said in their reviews that this camcorder was good quality. Expertreviews.co.uk mentioned on Expert Reviews “Excellent image quality with natural colour reproduction” and scored the product 5 stars. Tommo said in their review of this camcorder four years ago “The Sony is so well made” and rated the product 8 stars. Alon mentioned three years ago “Excellent quality”.


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Released Over Three Years Ago

This video camera was released in April 2017.


Display

Average Display Diagonal

At 3 inches, the Sony HDR-CX730E has a relatively standard display diagonal compared to most of the other big total megapixels video cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to this video camera.

If you are looking for a larger display diagonal then you might also want to consider the Panasonic HC-X920 (£679.99) (3.5") which is also higher rated.

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Has a Touchscreen

The Sony HDR-CX730E has a touchscreen. Most of the other comparable spec camcorders that have been on the market for a similar time to this camcorder also have a touchscreen.

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Video

Full HD

Full HD

The HDR-CX730E is Full HD. Most of the other video cameras of this type and age also are Full HD.

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Quite Slow Maximum Frame Rate

The slowest maximum frame rate of camcorders of this spec and age is 30fps and the fastest is 120fps. The Sony HDR-CX730E has one of the slower maximum frame rates (only 50 frames per second) amongst big total megapixels video cameras of this age.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

This video camera supports a video resolutions of 720 x 576|1440 x 1080|1920 x 1080 pixels, which is typical of many big total megapixels video cameras that were released around the same time as 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 the most commonly found maximum video resolution on comparable spec video cameras that came out more than two years ago.

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Lens System

Has an Image Stabilizer

The HDR-CX730E has an image stabilizer, as do most of the other camcorders of this age and spec.

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Average Digital Zoom

At 120 times zoom factor, the HDR-CX730E has a fairly standard digital zoom compared to most of the other big total megapixels video cameras that were launched around the same time as this camcorder.

If you would prefer a video camera with a bigger digital zoom then you might also want to consider the Panasonic HC-W850 (1,500x and higher rated).

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Supports Wide Angle Lens System

The Sony HDR-CX730E supports wide angle lens system. Most of the other similar spec camcorders that came out more than two years ago also support wide angle lens system.

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Average Optical Zoom

The HDR-CX730E has a relatively standard optical zoom (10 times zoom factor) compared to most of the other camcorders of a similar spec and age to this camcorder.

If this big total megapixels camcorder optical zoom is too small for you then you might want to consider the Panasonic HC-X920 (£679.99) (12x and higher rated).

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Ports & Interfaces

Supports HDMI

supports HDMI

The Sony HDR-CX730E supports HDMI. Most of the other big total megapixels video cameras that came out around the same time as this video camera also support HDMI.

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Has an S-Video Out

The HDR-CX730E has an S-Video out, unlike most of the other comparable spec video cameras that have been available for a similar time to this camcorder which do not have an S-Video out.

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Has a Composite Video Out

The HDR-CX730E has a composite video out. Most of the other video cameras of a comparable age and spec to this video camera also have a composite video out.

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Has a Headphone Outputs

The HDR-CX730E has a headphone outputs, as do most of the other video cameras of a similar spec and age to this camcorder.

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Has a Microphone in

The HDR-CX730E has a microphone in, as do most of the other video cameras that have been on the market for more than two years.

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Other Features

Has a Night Mode

The Sony HDR-CX730E has a night mode, unlike most of the other camcorders of a comparable age and spec to this video camera which do not have a night mode.

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Features Manual Focus

The Sony HDR-CX730E features manual focus. Most of the other comparable spec video cameras that are a similar age to this video camera also feature manual focus.

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Flash

Has a Shoe Mounting Point

The HDR-CX730E has a shoe mounting point. Most of the other comparable spec video cameras that were launched more than two years ago also have a shoe mounting point.

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White Balance

Features Outdoor White Balance

The HDR-CX730E features outdoor white balance, as do most of the other video cameras of a similar type and age to this camcorder.

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Features Onepush White Balance

The Sony HDR-CX730E features onepush white balance, as do most of the other camcorders of a comparable age and type to this video camera.

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Features Indoor White Balance

The HDR-CX730E features indoor white balance, as do most of the other big total megapixels video cameras that are a comparable age to this camcorder.

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Focusing

Features Smile Detection

The HDR-CX730E features smile detection, as do most of the other video cameras of this spec and age.

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Has a Face Detection

The Sony HDR-CX730E has a face detection, as do most of the other big total megapixels video cameras that have been around for around the same time as this video camera.

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Still Image

6544 X 3680 Pixels Image Resolution

The highest maximum image resolution of the HDR-CX730E is 6544 x 3680 pixels. That's over two times the maximum image resolution of a 3680 x 2760 pixels video camera, which is the most frequently found maximum image resolution. The best maximum image resolution of all similar spec camcorders that have been available for more than two years is 6784 x 3816 pixels and the worst is 640 x 480 pixels.

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4912 X 3680 Still Image Resolution

The highest still image resolution supported by the HDR-CX730E is 4912 x 3680. That's over three times the still image resolution of the most common still image resolution(s) of 2592 x 1944. Similar spec video cameras that were released more than two years ago still image resolution(s)s range from 640 x 360 (worst) to 6016 x 4016 (best).

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Packaging Content

Has a Handheld Remote Control

The Sony HDR-CX730E has a handheld remote control. Most of the other big total megapixels video cameras that were launched around the same time as this camcorder also have a handheld remote control.

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Has a Batteries Included

The Sony HDR-CX730E has a batteries included, as do most of the other camcorders of a comparable age and spec to this video camera.

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Has an AC Adapter Included

The HDR-CX730E 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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Audio

Has a Built-In Speaker(s)

The HDR-CX730E has a built-in speaker(s), as do most of the other video cameras of a comparable age and spec to this video camera.

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Has a Built-In Microphone

The HDR-CX730E has a built-in microphone, as do most of the other video cameras of a comparable age and spec to this camcorder.

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Weight & Dimensions

Heavy

At 545 grams, the Sony HDR-CX730E is fairly heavy compared to most of the other big total megapixels video cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as this video camera. Across all the big total megapixels video cameras that were released more than two years ago the weights range from 59g to 3.8kg, and the average weight is 590g.

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Image Sensor

Very High Effective Megapixels (image)

Across all the big total megapixels video cameras that came out around the same time as this camcorder the effective megapixels (image) range from 2MP to 25MP, and the average effective megapixels (image) is 11MP. The effective megapixels (image) of the Sony HDR-CX730E of 24.1 megapixels is one of the highest amongst big total megapixels video cameras that have been available for around the same time as this camcorder.

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1" Optical Sensor Size

The HDR-CX730E has a maximum optical sensor size of 1". That's 11% more optical sensor size than the most frequently found optical sensor size of 1.8".

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers hdrcx730ebcen
Barcodes 04905524857290, 04905524857306

Sony HDR-CX730E Review Sources

To prepare this Sony HDR-CX730E review we compared this camcorder to 575 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 138,449 product attributes, 23,573 camcorder reviews and 1,484,300 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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