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Sony HDR CX130

alaTest has collected and analyzed 382 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviews about the battery and image quality are generally positive. The portability and usability are also appreciated. The resolution and features get negative reviews.

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

features, resolution

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Sony HDR CX130 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 90/100 = Excellent quality.

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Amazon.co.uk review summary for Sony HDR CX130

 

alaTest has collected and analysed 49 user reviews of Sony HDR CX130 from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 4.5/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.1/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.co.uk.

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

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94% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Sony HDRCX130EB Camcorder - Black (Full HD, 30x Optical Zoom, 3.3 MP) 3 inch Touch LCDSony HDRCX130ER Camcorder - Red (Full HD, 30x Optical Zoom, 3.3 MP) 3 inch Touch LCD

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Amazon.com review summary for Sony HDR CX130

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 78 user reviews of Sony HDR CX130 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 3.7/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.com.

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

resolution, features

81% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Sony HDRCX130 Handycam Camcorder (Blue)Sony HDR-CX130 Full HD Memory Card Camcorder with 30x Optical and 350x Digital Zoom (Silver)Sony HDRCX130 Handycam Camcorder (Black)

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Sony HDR-CX130

 

The Flip is heading for extinction but it's not the end of the camcorder world. There are tons of options available such as the new Sony CX130, a video maker that blows Flips and their kindred spirits out of the water. Now let's see if it's worth more...

30x wide-angle lens ; Excellent AVCHD videos ; 3-inch touchscreen LCD ; Nice compact design

Poor 3.3MP photos ; Make sure you set LCD to bright when in tough sunlight ; Some inscrutable icons

The Sony Handycam HDR-CX130 is an excellent tool for capturing video memories. It doesn’t have all the features in the world but it won't run you $1,000 either.

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Sony Handycam HDR-CX130E PAL (Black)

 

In sunlight, with the subject filling the frame, the camcorder produces good-looking video that passes for full HD. But in many other circumstances, especially when there's a lot of background detail and motion such as grass or trees waving in the...

A wide-angle lens, built-in USB cable, and consistently good automated behavior highlight the otherwise no-frills Sony Handycam HDR-CX130, CX160, and XR160 camcorders

The sub-HD resolution sensor on these camcorders produces merely satisfactory video

Typical for their price class, the no-frills Sony Handycam HDR-CX130, CX160, and XR160 produce generally subpar HD video, but if you're not picky you'll probably be fine. The CX130 is the best buy of the three, as long as you go cheap on the memory card.

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Sony Handycam HDR-CX130

 

The CX130 is an impressive camcorder within its price range, featuring a stylish exterior and large LCD screen, though its image and video quality don't quite live up to the aesthetics.

Good low-light performance ; Pleasing design ; Easy-to-use interface and menus

Colours could be more vibrant

Overall, the Sony HDR-CX130 is an impressive camcorder within its price range. Predictably, Sony has mastered the art of the camera's appearance, making it smooth and sleek with a trendy touchscreen menu and large LCD screen. The functionality of the...

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Sony HDR-CX130E

 

Recording to Sony Memory Stick Pro card or all varieties of SD for relative convenience, this near entry-level model in Sony's HD camcorder range incorporates a sensitive 1/4in Exmor R CMOS sensor for better results shooting in dim light and with a...

Large and obvious buttons; decent feature set for a reasonable price; choice of SD or Memory Stick storage; bright lights

Plasticky construction, though many will appreciate the larger controls; detail could be sharper

Available in red or black, this is a good mid-price option, even if detail isn’t as sharp as footage from the Canon or Panasonic.

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Sony HDR-CX130E review

 

Recording to removable Memory Stick or SD flash, the CX130's 16GB capacity is expandable and relatively future-proofed

Large and obvious buttons; decent feature set for a reasonable price; choice of SD or Memory Stick storage; bright lights

Plasticky construction, though many will appreciate the larger controls; detail could be sharper

Available in red or black, this is a good mid-price option, even if detail isn’t as sharp as footage from the Canon or Panasonic.

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"Very small and easy to carry."

 

Photo quality is barely adequate. Carry a still camera

Very small and easy to carry.

Very small and easy to carry.

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"Just OK, but a good value for the price"

 

This is a nice compact camcorder. You can buy a bunch of SD cards- 4GB hold enough for a roughly 1 hour DVD- a good size for home movies. I use a Sony VDB MA1 external blu ray/DVD burner to make my disks. The SD cards go into the slot and you're good...

compact, SD memory is cheap and convenient

Poor auto focus, uncomfortable to hold

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"This is a very crappy camera."

 

Get a good one, do not waste your money. It is an age of DSLR - why do you have to go back if you can go further.

small and cheap and good for gift if you do not know what to present.

- No Depth of Field with that lenses

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"I expected alot less than this camera packs!"

 

Couldn't be more pleased with the purchase, great camera, great price. !00% satisfied.

The camera is so easy to carry and feels sturdy even though it feels light.

Really wish the camera had some kind of light for dark conditions but then again, its a cheap lil machine and you can buy an attatchment of ebay for about £50.

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"Great Performer for the Money"

 

I bought this as an inexpensive backup to my pricier Canon Vixia to go on motorcycle trips, boats etc so if I killed it it would not be a financial disaster. It exceeded my expectation.

Very small and easy to carry.

View screen can be hard to see in bright daylight

Product Specifications

Configuration

3 Chip Technic: No
Chip Type:CMOS
Image Stabiliser:Optical Image Stabiliser
Sensor Size:1/4''

Connectivity

Digital Input: No
Firewire IEEE-1394 Interface: No
HDMI: Yes
HDMI PORT: Yes
Type of Memory Stick Interface :MS Duo / Pro Duo
Type of SD Card Interface :SD/ SDHC/ SDXC Card
USB: Yes
USB Interface: Yes
WiFi Connectivity: No
Wireless Interface: No

General Features

3D: No
Format:Memory Card
Handheld Position:Horizontal
Product Type:Camcorder / TRAD. CAMCORDER
Resolution:Full HD
Type:Camcorder

Lens

Longest Shutter Speed in s:1/30
Shortest Shutter Speed in s:1/10000

Recording

Face Detection Mode:Face Detection
HD Video Format:AVCHD
Recording Format:16:9 / 4:3
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