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Sony Handycam HDR-CX350V

alaTest has collected and analyzed 30 reviews from magazines and websites. Opinions about the memory and image quality are overall positive. The design and usability also get good views. Some have doubts about the battery and color. There are some mixed views about the viewfinder.

portability, usability, design, image quality, memory

value for money, color, battery

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Sony Handycam HDR-CX350V is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 82/100 = Very good quality.

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Review analysis

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Love it! Excellent quality, fast startup. Easy to use.

 

I bought this unit the day before a family trip. I spent about 20 min configuring the custom menu. The demo video on the unit explains it's features quite well. The built in memory is really quite sufficient. This unit works perfectly with iPhoto and...

Gorgeous quality. Customizable menu screen is wonderful as well - makes getting to the settings I commonly used much easier. Works great with my Mac! GPS is a big plus. Low Lux is perfect! Built in memory is more than enough (2h HD, 4h SD)

Can't update GPS database on a mac. I thumb the photo button often instead of the video record... Strap twists when I put my hand in the camcorder. Wish it had an LCD brightness dial on the side of the LCD. Wish the slowmo could engage mid recording

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Excellent HD Camera!!!

 

I practically use this camera everywhere I go. It has fast startup, unmatched video quality. I bought the direct-copy usb adapter and it works like a charm, I can copy directly to my external hard drive with no computer. The features are endless. The...

SUPERB HD VIDEO ; pristine low light shooting

the software it comes with is sub-par ; battery life is a little short

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Happy So far...

 

I purchased this unit as a replacement for a Sony video camera that I received for my birthday. I found that I needed something with better low light focusing and performance. I've received many compliments from friends that have seen video shot with...

Lightweight, easy to follow menus, breath-taking video quality. Great 3-way steady-shot stabilizer. Even at high Zoom settings, images look steady

Would have liked more storage space. My last camera had a 60 Gig storage capacity for a lower price. Oh, the body is kind of a weird color. Seems to change depending on the lighting. Sometimes the camera body looks dark purple

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Happy So far...

 

I purchased this unit as a replacement for a Sony video camera that I received for my birthday. I found that I needed something with better low light focusing and performance. I've received many compliments from friends that have seen video shot with...

Lightweight, easy to follow menus, breath-taking video quality. Great 3-way steady-shot stabilizer. Even at high Zoom settings, images look steady

Would have liked more storage space. My last camera had a 60 Gig storage capacity for a lower price. Oh, the body is kind of a weird color. Seems to change depending on the lighting. Sometimes the camera body looks dark purple

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Excellent HD Camera!!!

 

I practically use this camera everywhere I go. It has fast startup, unmatched video quality. I bought the direct-copy usb adapter and it works like a charm, I can copy directly to my external hard drive with no computer. The features are endless. The...

SUPERB HD VIDEO ; pristine low light shooting

the software it comes with is sub-par ; battery life is a little short

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Best piece of electronic I bought in last decade!

 

I bought my last Sony Camcorder in 2002 and it had cassettes (Mini-DV). I am so happy that I finally upgraded to the new Sony Handycam HDR-CX350V. I paid $899.99 canadian for the camera and I am really pleased. The video quality is amazing. When...

Compact. Light. Absolutely amazing video quality. Steadyshot is a must. No moving parts (cassettes or hard drive). 32 GB more than enough

As always, mic is crap during windy days. The toggle on top of the camera is too sensitive; makes jerky zoom in/out. Better using the touch screen for zooming. The 7.1 mega pixel camera does not give good results: grainy image. The Fader option

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Amazon review summary for Sony Handycam HDR-CX350V

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 45 user reviews of Sony Handycam HDR-CX350V from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 4.4/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.com.

usability, value for money, portability, size, image quality

89% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

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Nearly perfect

 

As it is a great camera indoors, and the touch screen works out well for selecting and staying with the object to be recorded, outdoors a view finder is needed. On a beautiful sunny day, it is impossible to see anything with the touch screen due to...

Great indoors

Missing a view finder for outdoor use

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Great Compact Camcorder

 

Purchased from the Sony Style store with a great price match from a leading online retailer. At current $649 price it is worth the money, but still more expensive than Canon Vixia 31. Still chose it over the Canon for the following reasons, despite the...

Image Stabilization, low light video, compactness, solid build, responsive touch screen ;

Limited to 60i recording settings. 30p would have been great option ;

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Great HD Camera

 

Was looking to upgrade to something with good stabilization and picture quality, this camera exceeded my expectations. I do lots of under water videography and the image stabilization is incredible. Not to mention the excellent video quality of the HD,...

Small, light weight, easy to use, excellent picture quality ;

Wish it could be turned on without opening the screen ;

Product Specifications

Record your memories in high-definition with the HDR-CX350V Handycam camcorder. Capture 1920 x 1080 Full HD videos and 7-megapixel still images to 32GB of embedded Flash memory. An "Exmor R" CMOS sensor delivers superior low-light performance while optical SteadyShot image stabilization with active mode and 3-way shake canceling enables you to capture remarkably smooth video. A built-in GPS receiver lets you view your current location on the LCD map display, as well as "tag" your shooting locations, all using easy-to-read NAVTEQ maps.

Audio Input

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

Battery

Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Manufacturer Battery Name:Sony NP-FV50

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 PRO Duo / SD Memory Card / Memory Stick Duo / SDHC Memory Card

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:4.9in
Height:2.5in
Weight:11.3oz
Width:2in

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:Snow / Beach / Sunset / Twilight mode / Fireworks / Portrait mode / Landscape / Spotlight / Sunrise

Flash Memory

Form Factor:Integrated
Storage Capacity:32GB

Header

Manufacturer:Sony
Model:HDR-CX350V
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Sony Handycam

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/1.8-3.4
Max Focal Length:34.8mm
Min Focal Length:2.9mm
Optical Zoom:12
Type:Zoom lens

Optical Sensor

Camcorder Effective Still Resolution:3.54Megapixel
Camcorder Effective Video Resolution:2.65Mpix
Camcorder Sensor Resolution:4.2Mpix
Optical Sensor Size:1/4 / 1/4"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):6.4 mm ( 1/4 ) / 6.4 mm ( 1/4" )
Optical Sensor Type:Exmor R CMOS
Sensor Qty:1CMOS

Optical System

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

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Analog Video Format:NTSC
Digital Scene Transition:Black fader / White fader
Digital Video Format:MPEG-2 / AVCHD
Digital Zoom:160
Face Detection: Yes
Media Type:Flash card
Shooting Modes:Digital photo mode
Still Image Format:JPEG
Type:Camcorder
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