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Sony 8GB HDR-CX290 HD Handycam Camcorder (Black)

alaTest has collected and analyzed 113 reviews from magazines and websites. People really like the size and image quality. The price and portability also get good feedback. Some have doubts about the features and battery.

usability, portability, price, image quality, size

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Sony 8GB HDR-CX290 HD Handycam Camcorder (Black) is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 89/100 = Very good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 7 user reviews of Sony 8GB HDR-CX290 HD Handycam Camcorder (Black) from The average user rating for this product is 3.9/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on

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86% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the product: Sony HDR-CX290/B High Definition Handycam Camcorder with 2.7-Inch LCD (Black)

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Great camera for the price


I use this product to make small production YouTube videos and the quality is great, a definite improvement from a recorder on your phone. Easy to use and beautiful picture quality.About me... casual user

Small, sleek, hd, easy to use

Battery life

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Good entry level video camera


I bought this camera for an upcoming vacation so I haven't had a chance to really give it a good run through but I did test it out for a short time to make sure it worked when I first bought it. The first thing I noticed was that I wish I got the touch...

Price, easy to shoot

Short battery life, plastic


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Great camera


Camera is very small and light. A pleasure to use.About me... Love capturing special occasions, casual user

ease of use


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Great cam corder


Easy to use. This was an upgrade and was use d for a family vacation.About me... casual user

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So far we. like this video camera.


We use this camera to record our races in arena racing. We can see where we can improve and see what we missed during theAbout me... Love shooting sports, casual user, racing

it does good in low lights

small menu button

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Perfect for beginner


The video camera is farely new to us,with more use I'm sure we'll figure out the downloading problem.Other than that we think its great!About me... Parent with kids, Love capturing special occasions, casual user

Easy to use

When downloading to the computer,the video gets broken up to multiple videos

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Perfect camera for filming sports indoor or out


I have shot several ice hockey games with this video camera over the past 3 weeks and the videos turned out fantastic. I was amazed at the quality from such an inexpensive camera. I would recommend this to anyone who does not want to spend $500 or more...

Price/Performance is great

I wish you could slow down the zoom speed

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Works great for me!


I like this camera. Have not yet downloaded videos but the picture is sharp and clear on the screen, I like that the camera turns on when the screen is opened (no need to find a 'Power' button), and it adjusts quickly to the movement of my cats as they...

Easy to use; great zoom feature; sharp, clear screen

Need LEFT-handed version

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High definition is great, zoom is useful.


I love the great definition of this camera. Really nice recordings with good environmental microphone. Its zoom is excellent. Also the camera photo option adds a good flexibility wherever you want to use this device.About me... Video enthusiast, Love...

Easy to carry, easy to use

Would be interesting if this camera was connected to the internet

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Great video camera


This video camera has worked great so far and I like that it is really small so it is easy to take everywhere we go. Although, it could be a little more user friendly.About me... Parent with kids, Love capturing special occasions, casual user