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Sony HDR-CX730E
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Sony HDR-CX730E Camcorder

1/2.88 545g CMOS Sep 2013
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Full HD Camcorder With Exceptional Image Quality And Creative Control. - Very high quality low-light shooting with Exmor R.- Wide angle lens gets more into the picture.- Up to 13x improved image... More
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Sony HDR-CX730 Review
Camcorder Sony HDR-CX730 - Review
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27 Reasons For

Excellent Expert Reviews

This camcorder received an expert rating of 90 out of 100 from webnews.it. This means that experts think this video camera is one of the very best camcorders of a similar type and age.

Good Owner Reviews

The average owner rating of this Sony video camera is 89 out of 100 based on 12 owner reviews.

Sony Has Good Video Camera Reviews

We calculated the average reviews for all Sony video cameras and also specifically for Sony camcorders and found that in both cases Sony had good reviews compared to other manufacturers.

Good Quality Lens

One person who reviewed it considered that it had a good zoom. Eu wrote in their review of the Sony HDR-CX730 five years ago “The only down side is that if you want to close up the autofous fails, does zoom to a certain distance”.

One Sony HDR-CX730 reviewer mentioned in their reviews that this camcorder had a good lens.

One person who reviewed the Sony HDR-CX730 thought it had a good autofocus. Tommo mentioned in their Sony HDR-CX730 review “The Sonys optical stabalisation is fantastic - really really good, Quick focus, surprisingly good stills” and gave this camcorder a rating of 5 stars.

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Easy to Use

Two people who reviewed it mentioned that it was easy to use. John Lewin said in his review of the Sony HDR-CX730 on Amazon “Clear recordings, great stills, easy to use on low light conditions”. Tommo wrote four years ago “The Canon beats it for manual mode tho - mush (sorry, meant 'much') easier to use” and gave it a score of 5 stars.

Good Product Quality

Several Sony HDR-CX730 reviewers who bought the product reckoned that it was good quality. Three years ago Alon wrote “Excellent quality”. Tommo said on Amazon “The Sony is so well made”.

Robust

One Sony HDR-CX730 owner reckoned that the Sony HDR-CX730 was well made.

Good Screen / Viewfinder

One person mentioned that the Sony HDR-CX730 had a good screen. Tommo wrote in their review of the Sony HDR-CX730 on Amazon “The touch screen is responsive and sharp - the canon is sluggish - beleive me it makes a difference in useability”.

Full HD HD Type

The HD type of this camcorder is Full HD, which is typical of many comparable spec video cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as it.

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Full HD

Full HD

The HDR-CX730 is Full HD. Most of the other video cameras that have been around for a similar time to the HDR-CX730 are not Full HD.

We compared all the other Full HD camcorders to this camcorder and we think the Sony HDR-TD20VE[plb_1505099_price], and the Veho Muvi HD NPNG[plb_2384279_price] which has better reviews is also worth considering.

If you are looking for a video camera that is Full HD then you might want to look at the Transcend DrivePro 200[plb_2962204_price].

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Has an HDMI

has an HDMI

Unlike most of the other camcorders that were launched around the same time as the HDR-CX730 which do not have an HDMI, the HDR-CX730 has an HDMI.

We compared this camcorder to all the other video cameras with an HDMI and we think because of it's better review score, the HDR-TD20VE[pl_1505099_price], the FDR-X1000[pl_2962225_price], and the FDR-AX33[pl_2699652_price] all from Sony is also worth considering.

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Has an Image Stabilizer

The HDR-CX730 has an image stabilizer, unlike most of the other camcorders of this type and age which do not have an image stabilizer.

We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative camcorders with an image stabilizer currently available including because of it's better review score, the HDR-TD20VE[pl_1505099_price], the FDR-X1000[pl_2962225_price], or the FDR-AX33[pl_2699652_price] all from Sony.

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1/2.88" Optical Sensor Size

The biggest optical sensor size of the HDR-CX730 is 1/2.88". That's 36% more optical sensor size than a 1/3.91" camcorder, which is the most frequently found optical sensor size. Across all video cameras that have been on the market for more than two years the best optical sensor size is 1/1.3" and the worst is 2/3".

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SDXC Compatible Memory Cards

SDXC compatible memory cards

The Sony HDR-CX730 supports an SDXC compatible memory cards which is better than most camcorders that came out around the same time as it. Most camcorders that were released more than two years ago support an SD compatible memory cards. This Sony video camera also support MS PRO Duo Mark 2 and MS Pro-HG Duo and SDHC compatible memory cardss. SDXC cards are SD cards but with a much higher capacity and faster processing speeds. They have a maximum capacity of 2TB (Terabytes).

An SDXC compatible memory cards is in fact the best supported memory card type across all camcorders that are a comparable age to the HDR-CX730.

The worst supported memory card type across comparable types of camcorder is Not supported.

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

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Very High Effective Megapixels (image)

When compared to other camcorders of a comparable spec and age to the HDR-CX730 that we have checked, the effective megapixels (image) of the Sony HDR-CX730 of 24.1 megapixels is one of the highest. The effective megapixels (image)s of camcorders that have been available for around the same time as the HDR-CX730 range from 8MP to 25MP, and the average effective megapixels (image) is 15MP.

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Has a Night Mode

Unlike most of the other video cameras of this type and age which do not have a night mode, the HDR-CX730 has a night mode.

We think you might also be interested in other video cameras which also have a night mode including the Transcend DrivePro 200[plb_2962204_price].

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4912 X 3680 Still Image Resolution(s)

The highest still image resolution supported by the HDR-CX730 is 4912 x 3680. That's over nineteen times the still image resolution of a 1280 x 720 video camera, which is the most frequently found still image resolution supported by video cameras of this age and spec. Across all comparable spec video cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the HDR-CX730 the best still image resolution is 6016 x 4016 and the worst is 640 x 360.

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6544 X 3680 Pixels Maximum Image Resolution

The Sony HDR-CX730 has a maximum maximum image resolution of 6544 x 3680 pixels. That's over eight times the maximum image resolution of a 2304 x 1296 pixels video camera, which is the most common maximum image resolution. The maximum image resolution of all camcorders of a comparable age and spec to the HDR-CX730 ranges from 640 x 480 pixels (worst) to 6592 x 3712 pixels (best).

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Has Nine Scene Modess

The number of scene modes found on the HDR-CX730 is more than most camcorders that have been around for a comparable time to it. The most commonly found scene modes is Underwater, but this scene modes is not found on this Sony camcorder. The scene modess Beach, Fireworks, Landscape, Portrait, Snow, Spotlight, Sunrise, Sunset and Twilight are also found on this video camera.

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Has a Built-In Display

Like most of the other camcorders that were launched more than two years ago, the HDR-CX730 has a built-in display.

We compared all the other video cameras with a built-in display to this video camera and we think because of it's better review score, the Sony HDR-TD20VE[plb_1505099_price], and the Veho Muvi HD NPNG[plb_2384279_price] is also worth considering.

It is worth considering other video cameras which also have a built-in display including the Transcend DrivePro 200[plb_2962204_price].

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Quite Low Minimum Aperture Number

The HDR-CX730 has one of the lower minimum aperture numbers (only 1.8) amongst camcorders of this age. Across all the video cameras of this spec and age the minimum aperture numbers range from 1.1 to 4, and the average minimum aperture number is 2.3.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolutions

The HDR-CX730 supports a 1920 x 1080 pixels video resolutions which is higher than most similar spec video cameras that have been on the market for more than two years. Most video cameras of a comparable spec and age to it support a 1280 x 720 pixels video resolutions. This video camera also support a video resolutions of 720 x 576 pixels and 1440 x 1080 pixels. The video resolution of all video cameras that were released around the same time as the HDR-CX730 ranges from 720 x 480 pixels (worst) to 3840 x 2160 pixels (best).

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CMOS Sensor Type

This video camera has a CMOS sensor type, which is the most frequently found sensor type on video cameras of this spec and age.

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Has Three Cables Includeds

The Sony HDR-CX730 has a greater number of included cables than most video cameras that were released around the same time as it. This video camera has a USB cables included, which is the most commonly found cables included found on similar spec camcorders that have been available for around the same time as the HDR-CX730. The cables includeds "AV" and "HDMI" are also found on this Sony video camera.

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LCD Display

This video camera has an LCD display, which is typical of many video cameras of this age and spec.

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Has Two White Balances

The HDR-CX730 has a greater number of white balance modes than most similar spec camcorders that are a comparable age to it. This Sony camcorder has an Auto white balance, which is the most frequently found white balance found on video cameras of this type and age. The white balance "Outdoor" is also found on this video camera.

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Fairly Long Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

At 318 millimeters, the HDR-CX730 has a quite long maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) compared to most of the other comparable spec video cameras that have been available for a similar time to the HDR-CX730. The average maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) of similar spec video cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to the HDR-CX730 is 150mm.

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6 Reasons Against

Very Small Optical Zoom

Across all the video cameras of a similar spec and age to the HDR-CX730 the optical zooms range from 1x to 60x, and the average optical zoom is 22x. The HDR-CX730 has a quite small optical zoom (only 10 times zoom factor) compared to most of the other video cameras of a comparable age and spec to the HDR-CX730.

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Does Not Have an Interchangeable Lens

The HDR-CX730 does not have an interchangeable lens, although it is worth noting that most of the other video cameras that were released around the same time as the HDR-CX730 also do not have an interchangeable lens.

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Not Waterproof

The HDR-CX730 is not waterproof. Most of the other video cameras of a similar type and age to the HDR-CX730 are also not waterproof.

If you want a camcorder that is waterproof then you might want to look at the Sony FDR-X1000[plb_2962225_price] which is also higher rated.

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Not 3D

Like most of the other camcorders that came out more than two years ago, the HDR-CX730 is not 3D.

If you are looking for a video camera that is 3D then you might also want to consider the Sony HDR-TD20VE[plb_1505099_price] which also has a higher rating.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Projector

Most similar spec camcorders that were launched around the same time as the HDR-CX730 do not have a built-in projector. The HDR-CX730 is no exception to this as it too does not have a built-in projector.

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Very Small Bitrate At Maximum Video Resolution

The bitrate at maximum video resolutions of similar spec video cameras that came out around the same time as the HDR-CX730 range from 28 Mbit/s to 600 Mbit/s, and the average bitrate at maximum video resolution is 120 Mbit/s. With a bitrate at maximum video resolution of only 28 megabits per second, the HDR-CX730 has a fairly small bitrate at maximum video resolution compared to most of the other camcorders that are a similar age to the HDR-CX730.

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4 Other reasons to consider the Sony HDR-CX730E

Released Over Three Years Ago

It was over three years ago when this video camera was released.

Average Display Diagonal

The HDR-CX730 has a relatively typical display diagonal (3 inches) compared to most of the other camcorders of a comparable age and spec to the HDR-CX730.

If you would prefer a larger display diagonal then you might also want to consider the Sony HDR-TD20VE[plb_1505099_price] (3.5") which also has a higher rating.

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Average Weight

With a weight of 545 grams, the HDR-CX730 has a pretty average weight compared to most of the other camcorders that have been on the market for more than two years.

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Average Digital Zoom

At 120 times zoom factor, the Sony HDR-CX730 has a pretty average digital zoom compared to most of the other camcorders of a similar type and age to the HDR-CX730.

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Specification

Image Sensor
Optical Sensor Size
Sensor Type
Effective Megapixels (image)
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Digital Zoom
Image Stabilizer
Image Stabilizer Type
Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
Minimum Aperture Number
Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
Maximum Aperture Number
Filter Size
Focal Length (35mm Film Equivalent)
Focal Length Range (f-F)
Wide Angle Lens System
Storage
Memory Slots
Compatible Memory Cards
Camcorder Media Type
Focusing
Face Detection
Focus Adjustment
Smile Detection
Light Exposure
Scene Modes
White Balance
Outdoor White Balance
Indoor White Balance
Onepush White Balance
White Balance
Flash
Shoe Mounting Point
Shutter
Camera Shutter Speed
Display
Display Diagonal
Built-In Display
Touchscreen
Display Resolution (numeric)
Display
Camera
Camcorder Type
Image Processor
Minimum Illumination
Geotagging
Design
Colour of Product
Video
Full HD
HD Type
Bitrate At Maximum Video Resolution
Video Capturing Speed
Video Formats Supported
Video Resolutions
Maximum Video Resolution
Maximum Frame Rate
Still Image
Image Formats Supported
Still Image Resolution(s)
Maximum Image Resolution
Audio
Built-In Speaker(s)
Built-In Microphone
Audio System
Ports & Interfaces
HDMI
Composite Video Out
USB 2.0 Ports Quantity
Microphone in
Headphone Outputs
S-Video Out
S-Video in
Headphone Connectivity
Battery
Battery Type
Number of Batteries Supported
Charging Source
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Packaging Content
Batteries Included
Cables Included
AC Adapter Included
Handheld Remote Control
Other Features
Night Mode
Manual Focus
Aperture Range (F-F)
Backlight
Extra/Smart Zoom
Integrated USB Cable
Electrical Viewfinder
Power Cord Included

Expert Reviews

(4)
25 July 2012

Einleitung Keine manuellen Weiten... ..sondern volle automatik Display und Sucher Aus dem Messlabor FazitGrundsätzlich unterscheidet sich die HDR-CX740 von der bei uns bereits... Read more…

19 June 2012

Sony HDR CX 730: Bildstabilisator SteadyShotWährend man anderen Camcordern nicht ansieht, dass in ihrem Objektiv ein Bildstabilisator arbeitet, merkt man das beim Sony HDR-CX730 auf den ersten... Read more…

19 June 2012

Gerade in der Ferienzeit denken viele Filmer über die Anschaffung eines neuen Camcorders nach. Video-HomeVision hat die neuen Modelle der arrivierten Hersteller unter die Lupe genommen, von denen... Read more…

8 February 2013

La Sony HDR-CX730E è una videocamera amatoriale con la quale il colosso nipponico ha recentemente aggiornata la propria gamma, di cui fa parte anche la nuova HDR-TD20VE, specificamente progettata... Read more…

Eccellente qualit dell'immagine, stabilizzazione efficace, schermo touch luminoso e definito, menu intuitivo
Autofocus in crisi con luce artificiale, schermo touch "solo" da 3", durata della batteria appena discreta

User Reviews

(7)
Reviewed 23 October 2014 by Alon
(Verified Purchase)

Excellent quality.

Reviewed 26 May 2013 by Tommo "Tommo"

I agonised over either the Sony OR the Canon HF g10 - so .... I bought both (really) The Sony is by far the better camera. OK - the actual footage from both cameras is brilliant - but the Sony is... Read more…

Reviewed 25 May 2013 by Tommo

I agonised over either the Sony OR the Canon HF g10 - so .... I bought both (really) The Sony is by far the better camera. OK - the actual footage from both cameras is brilliant - but the Sony is... Read more…

Reviewed 28 January 2013 by William Khor
(Verified Purchase)

It is of the best buy in the market. Sony always excel in making camcorders.
Avoid buying GW55 as the video output has to be 'DR removed' before being recorded onto discs.

Reviewed 14 January 2013 by John Lewin

As a Paranormal Investigator, I have used a number of cameras going back to the older Sony models.

This camera is an ideal replacement, Infrared is fairly good, but by using an... Read more…

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers hdrcx730, hdrcx730e, hdrcx730ebcen
Barcodes 04905524857290, 04905524857306

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