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Sony HDR-CX100

alaTest has collected and analyzed 286 reviews of Sony HDR-CX100. The average rating for this product is 4.2/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. People are impressed by the image quality and size. The price and portability also get good feedback, whereas many are negative about the connectivity and viewfinder.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Sony HDR-CX100 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 82/100 = Very good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 254 user reviews of Sony HDR-CX100 from The average user rating for this product is 4.2/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on Opinions about the size and image quality are on the whole positive. The price and portability also get good comments, whereas some have doubts about the viewfinder.

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93% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Sony HDR-CX100 ACVHDHD Camcorder with Smile Shutter & 10x Optical Zoom (Red)Sony HDR-CX100 AVCHD HD Camcorder with Smile Shutter & 10x Optical Zoom (Black)Sony HDR-CX100 AVCHD HD Camcorder with Smile Shutter & 10x Optical Zoom (Silver)

Nov, 2015


Expert review by: David Elrich (

Sony HDR-CX100


Digital Trends readers know full well that when it comes to true high-def video, we believe nothing beats a “real” camcorder, not one of those funky small models (that means you Sanyo and Flip Video – or should we say Cisco). Although DSLRs like the...

Cheapest "real" AVCHD camcorder yet; easy to use; quality LCD touch screen

No optical image stabilization ; heavy noise in low light

Sony's CX100 remains the best option for full HD on a budget.

Mar, 2009

Expert review by: Lori Grunin (

Sony HDR-CX100 review: Sony HDR-CX100


Compact and attractive; above-average low-light video.

Not terribly great lens; occasionally awkward design.

You can tell where Sony cut corners on this compact, flash-based HD camcorder. While it's decent, there are better options for the money than the Sony Handycam HDR-CX100.

Mar, 2009

Expert review by: Ricky (

Sony HDR-CX100 Camcorder Review


Looking at the high competition levels that exist in the market Sony has moved into manufacturing budgetal camcorders which cost less than $600.  The camcorders are generally divided into two categories: one which is compact but less powerful and the...

May, 2009

Expert review by: Douglas Spotted Eagle (

The Sony HDR-CX100


AVCHD has exploded on the consumer and pro-sumer scene like a new star at the Oscars, and the CX100 is the newest "actor" in the AVCHD lineup from Sony.

Big Bang, Small Buck

Feb, 2009

Expert review by: Consumer Electronics Net (

Big Bang, Small Buck


AVCHD has exploded on the consumer and pro-sumer scene like a new star at the Oscars, and the CX100 is the newest "actor" in the AVCHD lineup from Sony. Packed into a small body measuring 2" W x 2.25" H x 4" L (including factory battery) and 2" W x...

Feb, 2009

Expert review by: Chris Jager (

Sony HDR-CX100


Ultra-compact flash memory camcorder with 1920x1080i video resolution

Good low-light performance, 8GB inbuilt memory, attractive and lightweight design, lots of features for the asking price

No external audio options, shake-free video takes practice

The Sony HDR-CX100 is an impressive flash memory handycam that offers a solid performance across the board. If you're looking for an affordable high-definition camcorder, it will not disappoint.

Mar, 2009

Expert review by: Jayesh Limaye (

Sony HDR-CX100E: Affordable Full HD Camcorder


Compact and stylish

Compact, full HD recording, superb price, stylish, swivel touchscreen controls, excellent build, very light, crisp image quality, crystal clear sound, smooth and silent optical zoom, good battery life, SteadyShot, Face Detection, Smile Shutter

No carry pouch, no optical viewfinder, touchscreen controls may be difficult to use, no wireless controller, awkwardly placed USB port, no headphone jack

Characters are not case sensitive

Aug, 2009

Consumer review by: (

Sony Handycam HDR-CX100 8GB Flash Memory HD Camcorder


DO NOT believe Cnet and other "reviews'! Just DON't! This is great camcorder for it's size and class, and deserves 5 stars! So, I download my movies from memory to computer harddrive and later store them on external Harddrive(USB). TIP: Always save...

Great sensor and image processor. Good lens. Easy to use

No optical image stabilization, but electronic Steadyshot is sufficient

Jul, 2009

Consumer review by: likehandycam (

Sony Handycam HDR-CX100/R 10X Zoom Digital Camcorder - MSRP: $499.99


PROS Shooting a video from a distance is great, picture is great, while videotaping it also takes pictures. CONS The life of the battery doesn't last too long.

Jun, 2009

Consumer review by: Jude3 (

Awesome HD Camcorder


"This camcorder is so cool. I thought it was going to be big but when I received it, it was tiny. It fits in the palm of my hand. This is a great HD camcorder for the price! The zoom is superb and it goes VERY far, although it is hard to hold still...

Small compact design, touch screen, great battery life, awesome zoom, HD video, great still pictures, built-in memory

Inside video quality is OK

Jun, 2009

Product Specifications

Shoot HD quality video with the HDR-CX100/B handycam camcorder. This compact and lightweight Memory Stick Duo media camcorder offers 1920 x 1080 full HD video recording and 4.0-megapixel still image capture. Packed with a healthy feature set including a 1/5-inch Exmor CMOS sensor, BIONZ image processor, face detection, Smile Shutter technology and 8GB of embedded flash memory, its most differentiating characteristic is its ultra-compact design.

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Stereo/Surround
Microphone Technology:Electret condenser


Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Manufacturer Battery Name:Sony NP-FH50

Camcorder Features

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

Digital Camera

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

Dimensions & Weight


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

Flash Memory

Form Factor:Integrated
Storage Capacity:8GB


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Sony Handycam

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/1.8-2.2
Max Focal Length:32mm
Min Focal Length:3.2mm
Optical Zoom:10
Type:Zoom lens



Optical Sensor

Camcorder Effective Still Resolution:1.99Megapixel/2Megapixel
Camcorder Effective Video Resolution:1430Kpix
Camcorder Sensor Resolution:2.36Mpix
Optical Sensor Size:1/5"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):5.1 mm ( 1/5 ) / 5.1 mm ( 1/5" )
Optical Sensor Type:ClearVid CMOS/Exmor CMOS
Sensor Qty:1CMOS

Optical System

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

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Digital Scene Transition:Black fader / White fader
Digital Video Format:AVCHD / MPEG-2
Digital Zoom:120
Face Detection: Yes
Media Type:Flash card
Shooting Modes:Digital photo mode
Still Image Format:JPEG


Viewfinder Type: None