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Sony Handycam HDR-CX12

alaTest has collected and analyzed 235 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers are impressed by the size and design. The image quality and portability are also appreciated, whereas many are critical about the connectivity and features. There are some mixed views about the battery.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Sony Handycam HDR-CX12 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 83/100 = Very good quality.

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Amazon.com review summary for Sony Handycam HDR-CX12

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 103 user reviews of Sony Handycam HDR-CX12 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 4.6/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.com.

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100% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Sony HDR-CX12 High Definition Memory Stick PRO Duo Handycam Camcorder With 12x Optical ZoomSony HDRCX12E AVCHD Memory Stick(R) Handycam(R) Camcorder for PAL TV System OnlySony Handycam HDR-CX12E - Camcorder - High Definition - widescreen - 5.66 Mpix - optical zoom: 12 x - supported memory: MS Duo, MS PRO Duo - flash ca

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Sony HDR-CX12

 

Good photo stills ; Comfortable and easy to use ; Works with iMovie '09 without a hitch ; Cool Night Shot and super slow motion shooting modes ; Excellent image quality

No progressive video mode ; External mike input available only through Active Interface Shoe ; Requires cumbersome docking base to connect to Mac ; No headphone jack

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Sony Handycam HDR-CX12

 

Kin to the hard-disk-based HDR-SR11 , the Sony Handycam HDR-CX12 delivers the same midlevel feature set and excellent HD video quality in a more compact body that instead records to Sony Memory Stick Duo Pro flash media.

Excellent video performance; impressive still photos for a camcorder; decent manual controls.

No wind filter; USB on dock only, not on camcorder; no viewfinder; smallish LCD.

As the flash-memory-based equivalent of the HDR-SR11, the Sony Handycam HDR-CX12 serves up the same pleasing performance and quality as its hard-drive cousin.

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Sony Handycam HDR-CX12 Camcorder Review

 

The Sony HDR-CX12 is the company's second-generation high definition camcorder that records solely to MemoryStick cards, replacing last year's HDR-CX7. The handling has improved immensely with the addition of a "Cam Control dial" that frees you from...

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Review: Sony HDR-CX12 HD camcorder

 

The Sony HDR-CX12 has so much potential—great image quality, manual control, and great extras—that are marred by serious shortfalls—camera dock requirement, lack of external audio in, and no progressive modes. If you can get over these, you'll enjoy...

Overall, the shooting experience with the HDR-CX12 is quite comfortable. For manual adjustments as you shoot, Sony thoughtfully included a great control wheel. Generally speaking, it’s much faster and more natural to use an analog wheel than it is to...

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Sony HDR-CX12

 

The Sony HDR-CX12 replaces last year's HDR-CX7, another AVCHD camcorder that records exclusively to removable memory cards. While the two models look similar on the surface, Sony's improvements under the hood, as well as the addition of a "Cam Control"...

the 2.7-inch screen is less than ideal for power users. With a simple push and twist, the Cam Control dial allows you to make smooth, fine-tuned adjustments to focus, exposure, AE shift, and white balance. Most importantly, it offers an alternative to...

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Sony HDR-CX12

 

Overall, the HDR-CX12 produced a great looking image. The colors are strong without being too saturated (for a consumer camcorder, at least). The colors look very similar to last year's HDR-CX7—the CX12's predecessor. The picture is identical to the...

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Sony HDR-CX12

 

The HDR-CX12 is the latest -- and shiniest -- addition to Sony's high-definition handycam range. Featuring a redesigned CMOS sensor with a gross pixel...

Excellent AVCHD video quality, good performance in dim lighting, 10.1Mp stills mode, Smile Shutter technology, camera control dial for 'hands on' adjustments

No inbuilt memory, not as compact as other flash memory–based models, inclusion of superfluous buttons

The HDR-CX12 is a brilliant high-def handycam that is almost impossible to find fault with. It improves on its CX7K predecessor in nearly every area and is easily a match for Sony's high-end HDR-SR12 model. If you don't mind the lack of an inbuilt hard...

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Sony HDR-CX12 HD review

 

Recording to a SDHC memory card, the Sony HDR-CX12 HD sports a 1/3-inch imaging sensor - a rather large size for a consumer HD camcorder - and HDMI output. It records AVCHD video at a data rate of 16Mbit per second, which is good, but not at the top of...

The Sony HDR-CX12 is a classic Greek tragedy. It has so much potential - great image quality, manual control, and great extras - that are marred by serious shortfalls - camera dock requirement, lack of external audio in, and no progressive modes. If...

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Sony Handycam HDR-CX12E review

 

The Sony Handycam HDR-CX12E, the flash-memory-based equivalent of the HDR-SR11, serves up the same pleasing performance and quality as its hard-drive cousin. Some trade-offs have been made to achieve such a compact design -- for example, the LCD...

Excellent video performance ; Impressive still photos for a camcorder ; Decent manual controls

No wind filter ; USB on dock only, not on camcorder ; No viewfinder ; Relatively small LCD

Given that the CX12E incorporates the same 5-megapixel ClearVid Exmor CMOS sensor and f1.8-3.1 40-480mm-equivalent lens as the HDR-SR11, it should come as no surprise that the video looks just as good. The CX12E delivers generally sharp, excellent...

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Sony HDR-CX12 HD camcorder

 

Sony's HDR-CX12 HD camcorder is in the top tier of the company's consumer camcorders lineup.

The Sony HDR-CX12 is a classic Greek tragedy. It has so much potential - great image quality, manual control, and great extras - that are marred by serious shortfalls - camera dock requirement, lack of external audio in, and no progressive modes. If...

Product Specifications

The ultra-sleek, palm-sized HDR-CX12 Handycam camcorder is the world's first camcorder with face detection and Smile Shutter technology. Face detection automatically adjusts focus, exposure and color for the most natural results. With Smile Shutter, the HDR-CX12 can detect smiles and automatically capture still images, even while recording 1920 x 1080 full HD video. You will also enjoy 10.2 megapixel still image recording to ensure your memories are preserved in stunning detail. Additionally, the CX12's small size and light weight make it an ideal travel companion, perfect for recording that special moment, wherever you are. Video and still images are stored directly to Memory Stick PRO Duo media for easy transfer to your computer or other compatible devices.

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Surround
Microphone Technology:Electret condenser
Type:Microphone

Battery

Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Manufacturer Battery Name:Sony NP-FH60

Camcorder Features

High Definition Video Support:1080i
Low Lux / Night Mode: Yes
Widescreen Video Capture: Yes

Camera Flash

Type:Built-in flash

Digital Camera

Supported Flash Memory:Memory Stick Duo / Memory Stick PRO Duo

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:5.1in/5.4in
Height:2.6in/3in
Weight:13oz/15.9oz
Width:2.7in/3.3in

Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:2.7in
Diagonal Size (metric):6.9cm
Display Form Factor:Rotating
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

Shooting Programs:Beach / Candle / Fireworks / Landscape / Portrait mode / Sports lesson / Spotlight / Sunrise / Sunset

Flash Memory

Form Factor:Memory Stick PRO Duo
Storage Capacity:4GB

Header

Manufacturer:Sony
Model:HDR-CX12/HDR-CX12E
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Sony Handycam

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/1.8-3.1
Max Focal Length:58.8mm
Min Focal Length:4.9mm/5.9mm
Optical Zoom:12
Type:Zoom lens

Optical Sensor

Camcorder Effective Still Resolution:5.08Megapixel
Camcorder Effective Video Resolution:3.81Mpix
Camcorder Sensor Resolution:5.66Mpix
Optical Sensor Size:1/3"/1/3.1"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):8.2 mm ( 1/3.1 ) / 8.2 mm ( 1/3.1" )/8.5 mm ( 1/3 ) / 8.5 mm ( 1/3" )
Optical Sensor Type:ClearVid CMOS
Sensor Qty:1CMOS

Optical System

Built-in Optical Image Stabilizer: Yes
Image Stabilizer:Optical (Super Steady Shot)

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Analog Video Format:PAL
Digital Scene Transition:Black fader / White fader
Digital Video Format:AVCHD / MPEG-2
Digital Zoom:150
Face Detection: Yes
Media Type:Flash card
Shooting Modes:Digital photo mode
Special Effects:Monotone / Pastel / Sepia
Still Image Format:JPEG
Type:Camcorder

Viewfinder

Image Aspect Ratio (camcorders):16:9
Viewfinder Color Support:Color
Viewfinder Type:Electronic/None
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