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Sony HDR-CX190

alaTest has collected and analyzed 289 reviews from magazines and websites. People are impressed by the size and image quality. The value for money and portability are also mentioned favorably. Many are critical about the features, while the zoom and battery get mixed comments.

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


We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Sony HDR-CX190 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 88/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review by: review summary for Sony HDR-CX190


alaTest has collected and analysed 133 user reviews of Sony HDR-CX190 from The average user rating for this product is 4.3/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.1/5 for other Camcorders on

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


90% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Sony Handycam CX190 Full HD Camcorder - Black (5.3MP, 25x Optical Zoom) 2.7 inch LCDSony Handycam CX190 Full HD Camcorder - Black (5.3MP, 30 x Extended Zoom) 2.7 inch LCD

Consumer review by: review summary for Sony HDR-CX190


alaTest has collected and analyzed 21 user reviews of Sony HDR-CX190 from The average user rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on

usability, portability, value for money, memory, resolution


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

This summary is based on the product: Sony HDR-CX190 HD Handycam Camcorder with 5.3MP and 25x Optical Zoom + 16GB S...

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Sony Handycam HDR-CX190


Sony's trio of entry-level camcorders -- the Handycam HDR-CX190, CX200 and CX210 -- seem amazingly, aggressively priced. But they're priced like standard-definition camcorders because they use SD-level components to produce video in HD format but not...

Sony's entry-level Handycams, the HDR-CX190, CX200 and CX210 are small, lightweight and cheap. A captive USB cable that enables charging while connected to your computer is one of the few perks.

You can't really call the video HD quality, the camcorder feels flimsy and the lens is prone to fringing.

They're cheap and capture video, but don't buy the Sony Handycam HDR-CX190, CX200 or CX210 thinking that you're getting a great bargain on a real HD camcorder. If you're going to buy one, get the cheapest; nothing on any of these is really worth the...


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"SD card handycams are poor-may want to try other brand."


RETRO. Technology has gone back 20 years. Very disappointed with the HDR-CX190. In order to record media to playable discs, etc, you have to purchase for $200.00 the Multifunction DVD Recorder VRD-MC6. You must develop a relationship with the Sony help...

There is none.

Have to use multiple cables and develop a reationship with Sony helpline in order to record your recordings to playable dvd, and its not HD as promised. Seems like they are promoting you to by Blu-ray players in order to view your media. Retro tech.

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"Brilliant camera but it's not full HD"


I've had this camera for a month now and i'm very pleased with it. The build quality is excellent as you'd expect from Sony and the camera itself is very small, about the same size as a modern computer mouse. Everything is in exactly the right place...

+ Video looks great, lighting is fantastic, extremely clear

- No internal memory

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"CX-190E: Its says it is Full HD but it is not."


It can decieve customers to buy assuming it to be FULL HD

A Pathatic way of decieving customers. A standard picture is digitally enhanced to high resolution of Full HD, the picuture becomes blur even when played back on HD Computer Screen. Sony Marketing Congratulations .... you decieved me here

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"Great Value, Would recommend to a friend."


I purchased this camera today because I wanted an affordable HD video camera. I have to say from what I seen so far, this is a winner. I am a semi pro photographer and have sunk most of my money into Nikon DSLR's but I wanted something small and...

Small, lightweight, sensitive mic, user friendly

Haven't found any yet

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Don't get


I got this camera for to record videos for my company. I use it for recording the screen of my iPhone and iPad. The quality of the video is really horrible. The camera picks out every pixel in the screen of my iPhone and makes the video very blurry....

Big amount of storage space, easy computer connectivity, light weight

poor quality video, short battery life, focus, limited amount of personalization

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Great video, awful audio, awful Sony support.


I will not purchase from Sony again, it was an awful experience.

Video quality: 9/10 ; Autofocus: 9/10 ; Just as it says, the video quality is great. It also has a wonderful live HDMI output, and a zoom-microphone function that allows you to hear what people are saying if you zoom in on somebody far away. The 25x...

Audio quality: 3/10 ; Sony's support: 0/10 ; The audio produces a white noise, even in completely silent environments. It makes the video almost unbearable to watch. I tried Sony's live chat support, they walked me through the basics of resetting but...

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Very Nice Camcorder


It will take a few minutes to understand their menu's and allow you to get to all the settings. I have used an older sony with the touchscreen and it was quicker, but then you have finger prints all over the display. Sony says you should have at lest...

Excellent video and still quality. Relatively small and compact. Excellent product for the price

Sony's main page about this camera LIES ; ; Vibrant 2.7" Clear Photo LCD™ touch screen makes framing up and reviewing...

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My 2nd Sony Video Camera


My last sony camera I bought in "98" and still works. Now, I wanted new technology with better image quality and easy transfer of recordings to other media, plus a still image camera built in. I am very happy with the quality and ease of use. Hope this...

compact,easy to operate, great pictures

none I can think of

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Very happy with this camcorder


lightweight, compact, easy to operate, great picture. I use it for home videos.

Easy to Use","Good Image Stabilization","Good in Low Light","Great Picture Quality","Great Zoom

No External Mic Input

Product Specifications


3 Chip Technic: No
Chip Type:CMOS
Image Stabiliser:Electronical Image Stabiliser
Sensor Size:1/5.8''


Digital Input:No / Yes
Firewire IEEE-1394 Interface: No
Type of Memory Stick Interface :MS Pro-HG / MS Pro
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


Longest Shutter Speed in s:1/6
Shortest Shutter Speed in s:1/10000


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