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Sony HDR CX130

alaTest has collected and analyzed 126 reviews from magazines and websites. People are impressed by the memory and battery. The portability and usability are also mentioned favorably, whereas some have doubts about the resolution and build quality.

value for money, usability, portability, battery, memory

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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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Review analysis

(Based on 126 reviews)

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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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"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

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We love this SONY HDR-CX130!

 

If you are looking for a great camcorder, this sony hdr-cx130 is a good purchase for the money. It is very easy to use and has a lot of neat options and features that are simple to use. It has a 3" lcd touch screen. Easy access to the usb cable. I am...

Video is very clear not grainy inside ; Easy access to use the usb cable ; Lens automaticly opens and closes when lcd screen is opened ; Great size. Very comfortable to hold ; On the lcd screen you have a record option to use, Zoom option on the screen...

None at this time. So far, I do not find anything I dislike about this camcorder

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"We love this SONY HDR-CX130!"

 

If you are looking for a great camcorder, this sony hdr-cx130 is a good purchase for the money. It is very easy to use and has a lot of neat options and features that are simple to use. It has a 3" lcd touch screen. Easy access to the usb cable. I am...

Video is very clear not grainy inside.

None at this time. So far, I do not find anything I dislike about this camcorder.

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I had this once

 

It takes good video

It's a Sony

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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