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SonyHDR-CX300 16GB High Definition Handycam Camcorder

SonyHDR-CX300 16GB High Definition Handycam Camcorder
SonyHDR-CX300 16GB High Definition Handycam Camcorder


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SonyHDR-CX300 16GB High Definition Handycam Camcorder


SonyHDR-CX300 16GB High Definition Handycam Camcorder

Capture stunning 1920 x 1080 high-definition video and 7 Megapixel still images with the HDR-CX300, which employs an “Exmor R” CMOS sensor for superior low-light performance and 16GB of embedded flash memory. Optical SteadyShot image stabilization with Active Mode and 3-way Shake Canceling enables you to capture remarkably smooth video from wide angle to full telephoto shooting.

  • 1920×1080 Full HD Recording w/7MP still image
  • 16GB embedded Flash memory
  • 1/4″ 3.5MP back-illuminated “Exmor R” CMOS sensor
  • Optical SteadyShot image stabilization w/ Active Mode
  • Wide Angle G-Lens (27.4mm) with 12x Optical zoom

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  1. 51 of 52 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    excellent video quality, September 25, 2010
    By 
    C. Stephens
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    This review is from: SonyHDR-CX300 16GB High Definition Handycam Camcorder (Electronics)

    I considered the HDR-CX300 (this one), HDR-CX350V, and the HDR-CX550V.

    In a nutshell my decision process went like this:

    The CX550V has a better lens than the others, and more memory, but was completely out of my price range – so out of the question.

    The CX300 and CX350V appear to be similar except:
    - the CX350V has 32GB built in memory instead of 16GB
    - the CX350V has GPS capability
    - at time of purchase the CX350V was a good bit more expensive than the CX300 (but there is only a ~$40 difference now).

    To address each of these points:
    - Built-in memory is a non-issue. These camcorders have SD card slots so you can effectively expand to whatever capacity you need (and typically at much cheaper than the premium you pay for “built-in” memory). Also, this camcorder can store about 85 minutes video on the built-in 16GB memory using the highest quality setting (24MB/s high def). Do you really need to record more than 85 minutes at a time, really? I’d wager that most folks grossly overstate their memory requirement. The obvious exception to this is event recording, e.g. recording a child’s play/performance/game etc.
    - GPS would have been a “nice to have” but not necessary for me. I understand that enabling this feature on the higher end models drains the battery faster.
    - At time of purchase the CX300 was considerably cheaper.

    Considering these points I selected the CX300.

    Thoughts on the CX300:

    Pros:
    - I upgraded from a standard def DV camera (Sony DCR-HC96). No comparison in quality, this camera blows it away. I can’t compare to other AVCHD cameras, but I’m pleased.
    - Low light performance is pretty good, especially at maximum bit rate (24MB/s setting), I know the CX550V is better with a larger sensor, but I’ve got no complaints, and if you don’t go start pixel peeping then I’ll bet most people would never know the difference between the two.
    - image stabilization (“Optical SteadyShot”) is an order of magnitude better than any consumer grade camera I’ve used
    - really really small (think soda can size), smaller means you’ll carry it more – it can fit in a loose pants or jacket pocket
    - no “dock” to deal with like my previous camera (e.g. for charging, syncing, etc)
    - auto mode is pretty good (I’m an enthusiast still photographer, but I just use this thing on auto and it works great)
    - macro mode is impressive, it can focus really really close up
    - there are a few ‘gimmick’ modes, e.g. slow motion etc – they work as advertised
    - footage is actually “smaller” (per hour) than standard definition DV footage, something like 13GB/hr for SD DV, and 11-12GB/hr for this camera at the highest quality setting
    - wide angle lens, makes the camera much more usable indoors

    Cons:
    - no viewfinder, have to use LCD for recording (I don’t mind this, but in bright light situations it can get a little washed out) – minor issue in my opinion
    - ergonomics aren’t great – the zoom toggle is a little hard to use depending on how you hold it (try it out in a local store first)
    - supplied battery is mediocre. good enough for a day’s worth of intermittent shooting on a family vacation, but probably not enough for recording a long event
    - haven’t found a good case for it, the smallest sony case is still a little too big – have to stuff some additional padding in there
    - CX350V is now only marginally more expensive, so now less of a case for buying this camera
    - menu is small and tedious to use (expected at this price point I think)

    Other/misc:
    - This camera records to AVCHD format straight to internal memory or SD card – no tapes involved. There is a lot of debate about this. On the plus side it means you can transfer the footage to your movie by just doing a file copy without having to play it back at normal speed on the camera to transfer it to computer, like you do with a DV tape. On the down side, tapes are a fantastic automatic back up (assuming you don’t record over your tapes), but you’ve got no back up here. It’s up to you to back up your files just like you do your photos, important docs, etc.
    - AVCHD is a fiddly format to handle. Not all software deals with it well for transferring editing. For Mac, if you connect the camera and import *directly from camera to imovie* (i.e. recent versions of imovie 08/09) it will work fine. IMovie transcodes this to Apple Intermediate Codec on import. This blows up the file size by quite a bit. IF YOU COPY THE MTS FILES STRAIGHT TO YOUR COMPUTER FIRST, THEN IMOVIE WILL NOT RECOGNIZE THEM. That’s just the way iMovie works (it expects a certain folder structure found on the camera in order to recognize the footage). If you copy the files straight to your computer first then you need to convert them to another format (e.g. AIC) or use something like VoltaicHD to deal with them (Voltaic…

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  2. 22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    My Transition from Canon Back to Sony Camcorders, March 10, 2010
    By 
    Steve Scott (Riverside, California) –
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    This review is from: SonyHDR-CX300 16GB High Definition Handycam Camcorder (Electronics)

    My first camcorders were Sony. I switched to Canon a few years ago because I didn’t like the proprietory memory sticks and didn’t some much difference in quality. I recently had to upgrade my Canon HF 100 because of a slight problem with the zoom, so I ordered the HF-200. I was disappointed in the quality. I saw no improvement from the previous version, and I really expected some improvement in low light interior video, but there was none. I started researching and found out about this new Sony camcorder that promised much improvement in low light, and to my amazement were now offering SDHC cards to be used in these new models. That clinched the deal for me. I wonder how much business Sony lost over the years by insisting on using only proprietory memory sticks. I quickly ordered this camcorder and returned the HF 200. I’m VERY happy I did.

    I am astonished at the great quality of this camcorder. It certainly lives up to it’s promise of great low light video and almost everything about it is a pleasure to use. Great ergonomics, great overall video quality, and a pretty intuitive menu. I still have many questions that I hope will be answered by others in this and other forums. I’m hoping there is a way to record with the LCD screen closed. It saves a ton of power, and I like to use it with the remote on a tripod when recording recitals. Not sure if I’m going to be happy with the answer though.

    I very much look forward to what others have to say about this wonderful new toy.

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  3. 19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Sony or Canon, sorry Canon, March 21, 2010
    By 
    K. Tawfik (Toronto, ON Canada) –
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    This review is from: SonyHDR-CX300 16GB High Definition Handycam Camcorder (Electronics)

    I was in the market for a new camcorder. I had an old tape type Panasonic Camera, I really didnt think I would need another one but my new baby daughter forced me to buy one to capture her funny moments. I started doing lots of research, wasnt sure whether I should go for the Canon or Sony. My biggest drawback for Sony was its propriety memory card. They are more expensive than their SD counterpart and most of my other Cameras support SD. I am glad Sony supported SD technology finally.

    I was going to buy the new Canon M30 but it was going to be released April 15 but you know how it works with men, when they think about an electronic purchase. Although, I liked the features of the M30, I couldnt wait for its release. I found the CX300 and I really liked its features, I liked the fact that it has the newer G Lens and also thats it has good performance in low light (usually Sony is better at low light). The CX300 supports 11 Lux which is good performance at low light, most of my recordings will be indoors and thats why this was really important for me.

    I charged the camera, opened the LCD and started to shoot, I was really happy with its size, build and video quality

    Pros:
    - Good low light performer
    - Amazing quality
    - aprox 2 hours of recording with supplied battery (good for me)
    - size, love the size
    - zoom, very sharp at full zoom
    - Intuitive menu

    Cons:
    - a bit heavier than other models
    - LCD must be open for recording
    - menu buttons can be small even for my fingers

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