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Sony Handycam HDR-CX220

alaTest has collected and analyzed 613 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers are impressed by the size and image quality. The portability and value for money are also appreciated. Some have doubts about the viewfinder and resolution, while there are some mixed comments about the build quality.

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

battery, features, memory, resolution, viewfinder

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Sony Handycam HDR-CX220 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 89/100 = Very good quality.

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Sony Handycam HDR-CX220 (Black)


I don't review as many camcorders as I used to, mostly because of limited bandwidth; cameras require a lot more of my time and there's more reader interest. Occasionally, though, readers express enough interest in a model to pop it onto my review...

The Sony Handycam HDR-CX220 is cheap, small, and lightweight.

Poor video quality and a minimalist set of features disappoint.

The only thing the Sony Handycam HDR-CX220 seems to have going for it is the low price, but "you get what you pay for" has never rung truer.

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"Excellent Second Camera!"


The SONY CX-220 is the low end camera in SONY's Camcorder line based on the Exmor R 8.9 Megapixel image capture element. From a practical perspective, low end can be measured in a number of ways.

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Amazon review summary for Sony HDR-CX220E


alaTest has collected and analyzed 6 user reviews of Sony HDR-CX220E 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, value for money, image quality, size, zoom

100% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.


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Better then Expected


Compact, Light Weight, Value for $$, much better quality than expected. Would appreciate an external Mic Terminal.

Easy to Use","Good Image Stabilization","Great Picture Quality","Large Clear LCD

No External Mic Input

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There is no indication in most of the descriptions that the accessories, normally needed to operate this video camera, are not available except by purchasing them separately! It's a question of honesty and integrity. Very manipulative marketing...

It appears to be a fair product

No accessories that have to be purchased separately

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No Accessories


No Accessories was sold with the device! i purchased the camera and i was so surprised to find out that there was no accessories... no charger, no usb connector... nothing.

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Great little camcorder.


I purchased this camcorder and left on a cruise. I loved the it. I did have problems pressing the recorder button with my thumb but I think they are all located in this position. My last camcorder used 8 milometer tape so it's been a while. I've been...

Very easy to use, great battery life, and great video and picture quality

Had trouble finding the recorder button with my thumb

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Easy to use, light, small


Easy to use, light, small, no camera bag or charger, my old one works with but my old batteries do not have to save off some plastic. have mono pod works with DSLR and camera.About me... Parent with kids, casual user

small, no need for tapes

no camera bag or charger, my old one works with it

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Great camera for recording events.


The quality of the picture is great. I purchased the camera for our church and the teenager in charge of recording has not had any problems using the camera.About me... casual user

Easy to set up

Video format does not open in all DVD burner programs

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Excellent small size video camera for whatever


Bought for making service seminars for HVACR work. Easy to carry around, uses sd cards, good low light ability for dark areas. Makes great hd movies in good lighting.About me... casual user

small size, great low light capacity

menus take a while to figure out

Product Specifications


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


Near Field Communication: No
Type of Memory Stick Interface :MS Pro-HG / MS Pro
Type of SD Card Interface :SD/ SDHC/ SDXC Card
USB: Yes
WiFi Connectivity: No

General Features

3D: No
Format:Memory Card
Product Type:Camcorder
Resolution:Full HD


Longest Shutter Speed in s:1/25
Shortest Shutter Speed in s:1/10000


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