Sony HDR-CX130 Full HD Memory Card Camcorder, Blue - HDRCX130/L

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Sony HDR-CX130

on 6/7/2011

Pros = 1) Good price and 2) takes pretty good high definition footage. 3) Memory sticks are pretty handy and easier to deal with than Hi-8 tapes like my older Sony standard definition camcorder used. Cons = 1) As others have already stated...the LCD screen is pretty hard to see in outdoor sun conditions. Recently tried to capture the USAF Thunderbirds in flight and found it to be quite the challenge. The camera really would have been much better if it had thru-the-lens viewfinder in addition to the LCD. 2) Also, the auto-focus is a bit slow. The camera does allow for manual focus, but the feature is through the menu list and is push-button rather than a twist of the lens. Not very practical for most situations. Overall, a good camera for the money unless you're prepared to shuck some big bucks out!

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Product Overview

Model Highlights: 1920 x 1080 Full HD video recording, 3-megapixel images, Memory Stick PRO Duo™ and SD™ memory card slots, back-illuminated "Exmor R" CMOS sensor, wide angle G lens, 3.0" touch screen

Take stunning 1920 x 1080 Full HD video with the ultra-compact HDR-CX130 Handycam® camcorder. It features an "Exmor R" CMOS sensor for superior low-light performance, a wide angle Sony G lens, plus 42X extended zoom for getting you closer to the action. Additionally, Face Detection and Smile Shutter™ technologies make it easy to capture smiling faces while Intelligent Auto mode analyzes your shot and then automatically selects the appropriate settings from 11 distinct scene modes.


Manufacturer Sony
Mfg Part# HDRCX130/L
SKU 219614820
UPC 027242820180
UPC 14 00027242820180
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1920x1080 Full HD 60p Recording w/3MP still image
Back-illuminated "Exmor R" CMOS sensor for superb low-light video
Tracking Focus follows selected subjects
Wind noise reduction for clear voice recording
Built-in USB cable for easy file transfer/charge
Wide Angle G lens to capture everything you want.
Optical Steady Shot™ image stabilization w/ Active Mode
Event Browse groups photos/videos for you for easy reference
Intelligent Auto (90 different scene combinations possible)
Golf Shot
42x Extended Zoom to get even closer to the action
3.0” touch-screen Clear Photo LCD Plus™ display (230K)
Highlight Playback creates movies with transitions for you
Direct Copy to external HDD without PC
In the Box
Rechargeable Battery Pack (NP-FV50)
Component A/V Cable
"Operating Guide"
AC adaptor (AC-L200)
USB Connection Support Cable
Power Cord
CD-ROM ("Handycam" Application Software)
Tech Specs
Drive System:
Drive Mode : Photo Mode: Single-shot / Self-timer
Shutter Speeds : Self-timer: Approx. 10sec. (Still Image); Shutter Speed (Standard): 1/60 - 1/10000; Shutter Speed Auto Control Range: 1/8 - 1/10000; Shutter Speed (Smooth Slow Rec): 1/250 - 1/1000; Auto (Auto Slow Shutter OFF): 1/60 - 1/10000; Scene Selection: 1/8 - 1/10000; LOW LUX: 1/30 - 1/10000
Focus Control:
Focus System : Contrast AF
Focus Points : 1 point
AF Modes : Auto / Manual (Touch Panel)
Focus Area : Full range Focus / Spot Focus
Focus Features : Tracking Focus
AF Illuminator : Yes
Camera Type : Digital HD Video Camera Recorder
LCD Display:
LCD Type : 3.0" Clear Photo™ LCD display (230K) Wide (16:9)
Angle Adjustment : Opening Angle: max. 90 deg., Turning Angle: max. 270 deg.
Brightness Control : Yes (Menu)
Coverage : 1
Live View : Yes
Grid Display : Guide Frame
Touch Panel : Yes
Supplied Software : PMB Ver. 5.5 Supports Windows XP Service Pack3 (SP3) (32bit), Windows Vista Service Pack2 (SP2) (32bit/ 64bit), Windows 7. PMB software is not supported by Mac OS.
Weights and Measurements:
Dimensions (Approx.) : Approx. 2 1/8inch x 2 1/4inch x 4 7/ 8inch (52.5x57x123.5mm)
Weight(Approx) (Main unit only) : Approx. 8.8 oz (250g)
Battery Type : InfoLITHIUM® with AccuPower™ Meter System (V Series)
Power Requirements : 7.2V (battery pack); 8.4V (AC Adaptor)
Power Consumption (in Operation) : HD: 2.5W; STD: 2.3W
Imaging Sensor:
Imaging Sensor : 1/4" (4.5mm) Back-illuminated Exmor™ CMOS Sensor
Processor : BIONZ™ Image processor
Pixel Gross : Approx. 4200K pixels
Effective Picture Resolution : Approx. 1670K pixels (4: 3)
Color Filter System : ClearVid™ array
Lens Type : G Lens™
Lens Stabilization : Optical SteadyShot™ Image stabilization w/ Active mode (Wide to Tele)
Aperture : F1.8-F3.4
Optical Zoom : 30x
Digital Zoom : 350x
Focal Length (35mm equivalent) : Movie Mode: 29.8mm - 894mm (16:9), 36.5mm - 1095mm (4:3); Photo Mode: 32.5mm - 975mm (16:9), 29.8mm - 894mm (4:3)
Filter Diameter : 37mm
Minimum Focus Distance : Approx. 1cm (Wide), Approx. 80cm (Tele), Approx. 44cm (Tele Macro)
Extended Zoom : 42x
Focal Distance : f = 2.1mm - 63mm
Steady Shot Mode:Active : 30.9mm - 1297mm
Memory Card Slot : Memory Stick PRO Duo™ and SD/ SDHC/ SDXC compatible
SD Output : Composite Video Out (A/V connecting cable (supplied)); Component Video Out (Component A/V cable (supplied)); S Video Out (A/V connecting cable with S Video (sold separately))
HD Output : HDMI Out (mini) (sold separately); Component Video Out (Component A/V cable (supplied))
USB Port(s) : TypeA, mini-AB/ USB2.0 Hi-speed (mass-storage/ MTP)
BRAVIA® Sync™ : Yes
PhotoTV HD : Yes
DVDirect : Yes (DVDirect Express, DVD Writer supported (sold separately))
Microphone Input : Stereo Minijack
Remote Jack : A/V Remote terminal
Direct Copy : Yes
A/V Remote Terminal : Video / S Video / Audio / Component Out / Remote
DC IN : Yes
HDMI Terminal : Yes (mini)
Exposure System:
Metering Modes : Multi-segment / Spot
Exposure Compensation : AE Shift (Touch Panel)
Exposure Settings : Auto; Flexible Spot (Touch Panel)
Scene Mode(s) : Auto / Twilight / Sunrise & Sunset / Fireworks / Landscape / Portrait / Spotlight / Beach / Snow
D-Range Optimizer : Yes
Noise Reduction : Yes
White Balance Mode : Auto / Onepush / Outdoor / Indoor
Minimum Illumination : Standard: 11 lux (1/60 Shutter Speed); Low Lux: 3 lux (1/30 Shutter Speed)
Auto Iris Control : F1.8 - F10.0
Backlight Compensation : Yes (Auto)
Gain Control : Auto
LOW LUX Mode : Yes
Advanced Features:
Face Detection : Yes
Smile Shutter™ technology : Dual Capture / Always On / Off
Golf Shot : Yes
Image Stabilization : Optical SteadyShot™ Image stabilization w/ Active mode (Wide to Tele)
Intelligent Auto : Portrait / Baby / Walk / Tripod / Backlight/ Landscape / Spotlight / Twilight / Macro / Low light
x.v.Color™ : Yes
Audio Level Display : Yes
Priority Setting (for Face Detection) : Auto / Child Priority / Adult Priority
Smooth Slow Rec : Yes
Convenience Features:
Quick On : Yes (Power On by LCD)
Manual / Auto Lens Cover : Auto
S/S & Zoom button on LCD : Yes (Touch Panel)
Fader Effect(s) : White / Black
Date / Time Stamp : Yes (Rec Date and Time, Camera info)
Erase/Protect : Yes / Yes
Media/Battery Indicator : Yes (recordable time, free and used media space)/ Yes (recordable time, remaining capacity)
Power Save Mode : Auto Shut-off (5minutes)
Still Image Playback Options : Slide Show
Video Playback Options : Highlight Playback (HD Movie Only); Highlight Playback Save and Share (Translate into STD quality); Highlight Scenario (Save / Playback / Erase); Hightlight BGM (Preinstalled 4 music files, Music transfer)
Built-in USB Cable : Yes (USB Charge Available)
Easy Handycam/Help Function : -/-
Multiple Language Display : English; Simplified English; Brazilian Portugese; Canadian French; Latin American Spanish
One Touch Disc Burn : Yes (Menu)
View & Index : Event
Media Type : Memory Stick PRO Duo™; Memory Stick PRO Duo ™ (High Speed); Memory Stick PRODuo ™ (Mark 2); Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo ™; SD/ SDHC/ SDXC Memory Card (Class 4 or Higher)
Still Image Mode : JPEG
Still Image Max Effective Resolution : 3.3 megapixels
Still Image Size 16:9 : Movie mode: 3.0 megapixels 16:9 (2304x1296); Photo mode: 2.5 megapixels 16:9 (2112x1188)
Still Image Size 4:3 : Movie mode: 2.2 megapixels 4:3 (1728x1296); Photo mode: 3.3 megapixels 4:3 (2112x1584)
Video Format : HD: MPEG4-AVC/ H.264 (AVCHD); STD: MPEG2-PS
Video Mode : HD PS: Approx. 28Mbps/ FX: Approx. 24Mbps/ FH: Approx. 17Mbps/ HQ: Approx. 9Mbps/ LP: Approx. 5Mbps; STD HQ: 9Mbps
Video Resolution : HD: 1920x1080/60p (PS), 60i (FX, FH), 1440x1080/60i (HQ, LP); STD: 720x480/60i
Video Actual (Pixel) : Approx. 1490K pixels (16:9), Approx. 1120K pixels (4:3)
Video Signal : HD: HDTV 1080/60p, 60i; STD: NTSC color, EIA standards
Photo Capture from Movie : 2.1 megapixels 16:9 (1920x1080); 307K pixels 4:3 (640x480); 230K pixels 16:9 (640x360)
Dual Record : 3.0 megapixels 16:9 (2304 x 1296); 2.2 megapixels 4:3 (1728 x 1296)
Audio Format : Dolby® Digital 2 ch Stereo, Dolby® Digital Stereo Creator
Microphone/Speaker : Built-in Zoom Microphone; Monaural Speaker
Mic Level Control : Yes (2steps)
Still Image File Format : DCF Ver. 2.0 compatible, Exif Ver. 2.3 compatible, MPF Baseline compatible
Still Image Size(Photo Mode) : 3.3 megapixels 4:3 (2112x1584); 2.5 megapixels 16:9 (2112x1188); 1.9 megapixels 4:3 (1600x1200); 0.3 megapixels 4:3 (640x480)
Wind Noise Reduction : Yes (Off / On)
Wind Position : Yes (Auto)
Product Attributes
Color Blue
Image Stabilization Type Optical
Optical Zoom (x) 30
Product Line Handycam
Resolution 2112 x 1584
Sensor Type CMOS
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