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Sony HDRCX900E Camcorder

£907.70
20MP 1/1.3 790g Jan 2014
Total Megapixels Optical Sensor Size Full HD Weight Release Date
Owner reviews are good
Good quality
Good connectivity
180 Reviews
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Reasonably Priced

Nineteen owners who bought the Sony HDR-CX900 considered that it was good value for money. Six years ago Vernon mentioned on Walmart.com “A much better value in this line of carrying cases” and gave it a rating of the highest possible rating of 5 stars. Leija mentioned in their review of this camcorder “I am shocked Sony offers such a reasonably priced, high quality tripod”. Onlyrosso said in their review of this camcorder “Good value for the price if you don't need 4K” .

Eight customers who reviewed this camcorder agreed that it was expensive. Jamesgang said on Walmart.com “The CX900 has expensive Camcorder features at a mid-line price”. Lechevaliernoir wrote in their review of this camcorder two years ago “With use one can see this breaking off causing an expensive repair” . Psnww3ishere mentioned on Walmart.com “In my opinion the Vita didn't sell so well was because the memories we expensive and required” in their review of this camcorder.

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Reviews

Owner Reviews Are Good

HDR-CX900 owners on average rated this video camera 89%. Over 89% of reviewers gave this video camera either 4 or 5 stars and 91% of those asked said they would recommend buying it to others.

Sony Video Cameras Have Good Reviews

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


Image Sensor

Fairly High Effective Megapixels (movie)

Video cameras of a comparable spec and age to this camcorder have effective megapixels (movie) of between 1.1MP and 17MP. The HDR-CX900 has a fairly high effective megapixels (movie) (14.2 megapixels) compared to most of the other camcorders that have been around for a similar time to this video camera.

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1" Optical Sensor Size

The biggest optical sensor size of the HDR-CX900 is 1". That's 11% more optical sensor size than the most frequently found optical sensor size of 1.8".

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Weight & Dimensions

Heavy

The HDR-CX900 is one of the heavier camcorders of this age and type (790 grams) amongst comparable spec video cameras of this age. 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.

Video cameras with a heavier weight that might be worth considering include the JVC GC-PX100 (£884.59) (500g) which is also higher rated.

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Flash

Does Not Have a Built-In Light

The HDR-CX900 does not have a built-in light. Most of the other video cameras of a comparable age and spec to this camcorder do have a built-in light.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Flash

The HDR-CX900 does not have a built-in flash, unlike most of the other video cameras of a similar type and age to this video camera which have a built-in flash.

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Support

Good Technical Guidance

Nineteen people wrote in their reviews that the product had good technical guidance. Bestbuy.com said in April last year “Easy Manual Exposure” in their review of the Sony HDR-CX900. Bestbuy.com also wrote “Large Manual Focus Ring” in their review. Bofusii said on Walmart.com “Viewfinder has eyecup to help deflect stray light”.


Power

Good Battery Life

Six owners mentioned in their reviews that it had a good battery life. Soccerpop said in their review of this camcorder on Walmart.com “I purchase this battery at a Best Buys Store for $85.00 a month ago” and rated it the highest possible rating of 5 stars. Graham said “5) Good battery life (5h) with largest battery (must buy separately”. Dr Ted mentioned on Bhphotovideo.com three years ago “Battery life is good”.


Still Image

5968 X 3352 Pixels Image Resolution

The highest maximum image resolution of the HDR-CX900 is 5968 x 3352 pixels. That's 97% more maximum image resolution than a 3680 x 2760 pixels camcorder, which is the most common maximum image resolution. Across all video cameras that are a comparable age to this camcorder the worst maximum image resolution is 640 x 480 pixels and the best is 6784 x 3816 pixels.

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Focusing

Very Small Closest Focusing Distance

With a closest focusing distance of only 0.01 meters, the HDR-CX900 has one of the smaller closest focusing distances amongst big total megapixels video cameras of this age. The average closest focusing distance of camcorders of this spec and age is 0.33m, and the closest focusing distances range from 0.01m to 1.5m.

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Packaging Content

Has a Handheld Remote Control

The HDR-CX900 has a handheld remote control, as do most of the other comparable spec camcorders that have been on the market for more than two years.

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Has an AC Adapter Included

The HDR-CX900 has an AC adapter included, as do most of the other similar spec video cameras that are a comparable age to this video camera.

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Has a Batteries Included

The Sony HDR-CX900 has a batteries included, as do most of the other similar spec video cameras that have been around for around the same time as this camcorder.

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Technical Details

Has a Self-Timer

The Sony HDR-CX900 has a self-timer. Most of the other camcorders of this age and spec also have a self-timer.

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Audio

Has a Wind Filter

The Sony HDR-CX900 has a wind filter, as do most of the other video cameras of this age and spec.

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Has a Built-In Speaker(s)

The HDR-CX900 has a built-in speaker(s). Most of the other video cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to this camcorder also have a built-in speaker(s).

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Has a Built-In Microphone

The HDR-CX900 has a built-in microphone, as do most of the other video cameras of a similar spec and age to this camcorder.

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Acceptable Noise Level

Four owners wrote in their reviews that the Sony HDR-CX900 was quiet. Redman wrote on Bhphotovideo.com “I have tested it in numerous indoor and outdoor occasions including a silent closet and it happens with every recording” in their review of this camcorder. Two years ago Jon wrote “The slower 5400/5900 RPM models are worth it for the quiet”.


Networking

Supports Near Field Communication (NFC)

The HDR-CX900 supports near Field Communication (NFC), as do most of the other comparable spec video cameras that have been available for around the same time as this camcorder.

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Features Wi-Fi

The Sony HDR-CX900 features wi-Fi, as do most of the other camcorders of a similar age and type to this video camera.

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Does Not Support Bluetooth

The HDR-CX900 does not support bluetooth. Most of the other camcorders of a similar age and type to this camcorder also do not support bluetooth.

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Design

Good Quality

Fifty-seven people who purchased it reckoned that it was good quality. Bestbuy.com said in their review of this camcorder “Stunning Video Quality”. Bestbuy.com also mentioned “Image quality” in their review. Bestbuy.com also said “The picture quality in 4k is amazing” in their review.

Easy to Use

Twenty-eight customers who bought it thought it was easy to use. Bhphotovideo.com scored the Sony HDR-CX900 a maximum of 5 stars and said “Input Volume Control”. Jamesgang rated it 80 out of 100 and said in their review of this camcorder on Walmart.com “At least the current PlayMemories software is easy to use”. Rog scored the product a maximum of 5 stars and said on Bhphotovideo.com “I still prefer to use a fluid head tripod when I can.I bought 2 np-nv70 batteries/Charger”.

Five people considered that this camcorder was easy to use the menus. An anonymous author said on Bhphotovideo.com “Loved the weight, on-screen menus, manual focus (etc.” in her review of this camcorder. Jamesgang mentioned two years ago “Easy menu navigation, set up” in their review of this camcorder and rated the product 4 stars out of 5. Redmanga mentioned on Walmart.com three years ago “I have tested it in numerous indoor and outdoor settings including a quiet closet” and gave it a score of 80 out of 100.

One owner who purchased this camcorder thought it was comfortable and easy to hold. Vernon said in his review of this camcorder “Yet large enough to hold all of the items/extras I have for the Handycam itself” .

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Nice Design

Eight owners who reviewed it mentioned that it was good looking. A/v Ted wrote in their review of this camcorder on Bhphotovideo.com “With a little practice this is pretty intuitive and a great way to adjust your exposure when faced with strong backlighting”. Fppmedia wrote “This camera takes amazing video data and hands you a gorgeous image” in their review of this camcorder. Three years ago an anonymous author gave this camcorder a score of a maximum of 5 stars and she mentioned “Large still photo format that can be used for Ken Burns style pans and zooms in videos”.

Two owners said in their reviews that it was well designed. Bofus wrote in their review of this camcorder “I would have preferred a design like the LCS-X30 bag (with large, deep side pockets”.

One person wrote in their reviews that it was rough. Graham wrote “I use the camera mostly for making New Zealand tramping/scenic/outdoor documentaries, together with a GoPro for the wet/wide/rough shots and a drone for the aerial shots” in his review of this camcorder.

One owner wrote that it was neat. The Lambanana gave it a rating of a maximum of 5 stars and wrote “I'll come to that later in the review )SIZE====Sits neatly and solidly in the palm of my hand”.

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Robust

Ten owners who reviewed it considered that it was well made. Fppmedia mentioned two years ago “Once I figured out the amazing power it possesses, I knew I could build a multicam operation worthy of broadcast nods” in their review of this camcorder and gave this camcorder a rating of the highest possible rating of 5 stars. Three years ago Luvsony said on Walmart.com “I will say it has a much more solid feel and all around it's just a better product than any Canon in this price range” and gave the product a rating of a maximum of 5 stars. Dennis said on Bestbuy.com “Camera feels solid and goes with you anywhere”.

Two people wrote that the Sony HDR-CX900 was reliable. Two years ago Mark6452 wrote in their review of this camcorder on Bhphotovideo.com “It's been fast, quiet and reliable so far”. One customer who reviewed it concluded that it was strong and durable. Lilp mentioned on Walmart.com “Is light weight, yet very sturdy”.

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Camera

Has a Remotely Operated

The HDR-CX900 has a remotely operated, as do most of the other similar spec video cameras that were launched more than two years ago.

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Features

Good Features

Ten owners who bought the product wrote that it had good features. Bestbuy.com mentioned in April last year “Pro features” in their review of this camcorder. The Lambanana said in their review of this camcorder “The camcorder has the usual "steadying" features”. 1314 said on Bestbuy.com “Camera has all the features an occasional user would want” in their review of the Sony HDR-CX900.


Video

Full HD

Full HD

The Sony HDR-CX900 is Full HD. Most of the other video cameras that were launched more than two years ago also are Full HD.

We think you might also be interested in some of the other Full HD camcorders currently available including the JVC GC-PX100 (£884.59), or the Sony FDR-AXP33 (£949.99) which has better reviews.

If you would prefer a video camera that is Full HD then you might want to look at the JVC GY-HM70 (£907.84).

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Fairly Big Bitrate At Maximum Video Resolution

The Sony HDR-CX900 has a fairly big bitrate at maximum video resolution (50 megabits per second) compared to most of the other big total megapixels video cameras that were released more than two years ago. The smallest bitrate at maximum video resolution of big total megapixels video cameras that are a similar age to this video camera is 5 Mbit/s and the biggest is 72 Mbit/s.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

This video camera supports a video resolutions of 1280 x 720|1920 x 1080 pixels, which is the most frequently supported video resolutions on 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 camcorder has a maximum video resolution of 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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Ports & Interfaces

Supports HDMI

supports HDMI

The HDR-CX900 supports HDMI, as do most of the other video cameras of a similar age and spec to this video camera.

We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative video cameras which support HDMI currently available including the JVC GC-PX100 (£884.59), or the Sony FDR-AXP33 (£949.99) which has better reviews.

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Has a Headphone Outputs

The HDR-CX900 has a headphone outputs, as do most of the other camcorders of a comparable spec and age to this video camera.

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Has a Microphone in

The HDR-CX900 has a microphone in, as do most of the other comparable spec video cameras that have been available for around the same time as this camcorder.

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Does Not Support PictBridge

The HDR-CX900 does not support PictBridge. Most of the other camcorders that have been around for more than two years also do not support PictBridge.

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Lens System

Has an Image Stabilizer

The Sony HDR-CX900 has an image stabilizer, as do most of the other video cameras of a comparable spec and age to this video camera.

We compared all the other video cameras with an image stabilizer to this camcorder and we think because of it's better review score, the JVC GC-PX100 (£884.59), and the Sony FDR-AXP33 (£949.99) is also worth considering.

It is worth also looking at other camcorders which also have an image stabilizer including the JVC GY-HM70 (£907.84).

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Quite Big Digital Zoom

With a digital zoom of 160 times zoom factor, the HDR-CX900 has one of the bigger digital zooms amongst similar spec video cameras of this age. Across all the video cameras of this spec and age the digital zooms range from 2x to 1,500x, and the average digital zoom is 170x.

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Fairly High Maximum Aperture Number

At 4.5, the Sony HDR-CX900 has a fairly high maximum aperture number compared to most of the other big total megapixels video cameras that were released more than two years ago. The lowest maximum aperture number of video cameras that were released more than two years ago is 1.6, the highest is 11, and the average maximum aperture number is 4.

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Average Optical Zoom

At 12 times zoom factor, the HDR-CX900 has a pretty typical optical zoom compared to most of the other big total megapixels video cameras that were released around the same time as this camcorder.

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Display

Quite Large Display Diagonal

The average display diagonal of video cameras of a similar type and age to this video camera is 3.1", and the display diagonals range from 2" to 7.6". At 3.5 inches, the HDR-CX900 has a fairly large display diagonal compared to most of the other camcorders of a comparable spec and age to this video camera.

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Has a Vari-Angle LCD Display

The Sony HDR-CX900 has a vari-angle LCD display, as do most of the other comparable spec camcorders that were released around the same time as this video camera.

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Good Exposure Control

One customer who purchased it wrote that it had good exposure controls. Sweet William wrote in their review of this camcorder “It took about 3 days to figure out the full range of exposure control, remote operation”.

Good Screen / Viewfinder

Three people who reviewed it reckoned that it had a good viewfinder. Rog wrote “The viewfinder works great when the outdoor sun affects the LCD monitor”. Graham said on Bhphotovideo.com two years ago “4) Shielded viewfinder is good in bright sunlight (when the screen is hard to see”. Halcyong mentioned in their review of this camcorder on Bhphotovideo.com three years ago “I usually say the date when I start shooting and having the date in the view finder is a great help” yet they only scored it 3 stars out of 5.

One person who reviewed the Sony HDR-CX900 mentioned that it had a good screen. Kitelover mentioned on Walmart.com three years ago “If you are nearsighted and wear glasses when shooting, you cannot see the full screen, no matter how close you get to viewfinder” in their review of this camcorder however despite that they only rated it 60 out of 100.

One customer said in their reviews that this camcorder had an electronic viewfinder. Rupertfilms mentioned on Bhphotovideo.com “The focus adjust wheel for the EVF is very easily bumped when opening or closing the EVF”.

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Good Zoom

Eighteen people wrote in their reviews that it had a good autofocus. Three years ago Crescent Media said on Bhphotovideo.com “Focusing could be faster.” in their review of this camcorder. Rupertfilms wrote in their review of this camcorder on Bhphotovideo.com “The focus ring is great, although I wish the CX900 had an option to automatically enable the zoom magnifier while focusing (as it did on the PJ760” and scored it 80 out of 100. Kimtech wrote in their review of this camcorder on Bhphotovideo.com “For most shooters it will be plenty okay and it locks onto focus clearly even in low situations”.

Fifteen customers wrote in their reviews that the Sony HDR-CX900 had a good zoom. Bestbuy.com mentioned “Zoom rangeperformance” and rated it the highest possible rating of 5 stars. A/v Ted mentioned on Bhphotovideo.com two years ago “Just viewing the video with the clear image zoom on and off”. A/v Ted also said “Contrary to some reviews, I found the clear image zoom quite usable” in their review.

Four owners agreed that this camcorder had a good lens. Kimtech mentioned “Absolutely Killer! I'm convinced that if they make a new RX10 camera with the XAVCs codec it will be a huge run away success especially with that huge 2.8 lens”. Graham gave it a rating of 80 out of 100 and he wrote on Bhphotovideo.com “1) Big lens with excellent bright clear images”. Johnentwistlespout mentioned “It has a load of manual controls and a 62mm lens which just seems massive after my time in the wilderness”.

Three customers who reviewed it thought it had a good image stabiliser. Bestbuy.com scored it a maximum of 5 stars and said in their review of this camcorder “Good Image Stabilization”. Sweet William said three years ago “The image stabilization is excellent” . Mikej said “If you have a shaky hand, this can produce some very noticeable wavy pictures, even with the Active Stabilization enabled”.

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Smart TV

Good Connectivity

One customer who bought this camcorder concluded that it was easy to sync. The Lambanana mentioned “You can upload you stills or clips quite quickly by syncing the images/clips to your smartphone” in their review of this camcorder.


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Released Over Three Years Ago

It was April 2017 when Sony released the HDR-CX900.

Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers sony hdrcx900bdl, sony hdrcx900e, hdrcx900ebcen, sony handycam
Barcodes 00027242877535, 00616348060776, 00617689595194, 04905524962604, 04905524968590, 04905524968941, 05013493246164, 05054230863299, 09154403420505

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Panasonic HC-X1000 vs Sony HDR-CX900

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