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Sony HDR-CX230/B

alaTest has collected and analyzed 2 reviews of Sony HDR-CX230/B. The average rating for this product is 3.0/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. People really like the image quality and size. The memory and durability also get good feedback. The battery and control panel get less positive reviews.

portability, durability, memory, size, image quality

control panel, battery

On average, users rate this product 60/100.

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Consumer review by: Peter L. (

Nice Camera


I bought this as a "pocket" shooter as I find that smart phone video is still quite lousy. I've also rigged up a mount in my truck for shooting video for a documentary I'm working on. All in all for the $200 I paid, it's a great little camera and I can...

Great picture, compact size, lightweight, 8GB on board, also takes SD cards or Sony Memory Sticks, built in USB cable. Good low light performance. Shoots 1080p60.

Can't recharge while shooting video, LCD panel has to be open while shooting video. No Record Light, only displays STBY or REC on LCD panel

Apr, 2014

Consumer review by: vbmom (

USB charge only, no wall charger or ac adapter!


I bought the camera because I wanted HD and windows 8 compatible. I have a wall charger for my sony DCR SX63, but it doesn't work with this camera. It has a usb on the strap, and will charge on my computer, but I need a wall charger! Sports events etc....

windows 8 compatible

no battery chrager

Apr, 2013

Product Specifications


Audio system:Dolby Digital
Built-in Microphone: Yes
Built-in speaker(s):Y
Built-in speakers: Yes
Wind filter: Yes


Battery Technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)


Camcorder Type:Handheld camcorder
Image processor:BIONZ
Minimum illumination:3
Self-timer delay:10


Color of product:Black


Built-in display: Yes
Display Diagonal:2.7
Display resolution (numeric):230000
Vari-angle LCD display: Yes


Face detection: Yes
Focus adjustment:Auto/Manual

Image Sensor

Optical sensor size:1 / 5.8
Sensor Type:CMOS
Total megapixels:8.9

Lens System

35 mm camera lens equivalent:1.17 - 37.5
Digital Zoom:320
Focal length (35mm film equivalent):1.17 - 37.5
Focal length range (f-f):0.0827 - 2.24
Image Stabilizer: Yes
Maximum focal length (35mm film equiv):37.6
Minimum focal length (35mm film equiv):1.17
Optical Zoom:27

Light Exposure

Light metering:Evaluative (Multi-pattern)
Scene modes:Beach, Fireworks, Landscape, Night landscape, Portrait, Snow, Spotlight, Sunrise, Sunset

Other Features

Windows operating systems supported: Yes
x.v.Color support: Yes

Packaging Content

AC adapter bundled: Yes
AC adapter included:Y
Batteries included: Yes

Ports & interfaces

Composite video out:1
DC-in jack: Yes
USB 2.0 ports quantity:1


Camera shutter speed:0.03
Shutter speed (video):0.0001

Still Image

Image formats supported:JPEG XR


Camcorder media type:Memory Card
Camcorder tape type: No
Camera file system:DCF 2.0, Exif 2.3, MPF
Compatible memory cards:Memory Stick (MS), SD, SDHC, SDXC
Disc types supported: No
Internal storage capacity:8


Analog signal format system:NTSC
HD type:Full HD
Maximum video resolution:1920 x 1080
Video compression format:H.264, MP4, MPEG2, MPEG4
Video formats supported:H.264,MP4,MPEG2,MPEG4
Video Resolutions:720 x 480,1280 x 720,1440 x 1080,1920 x 1080

Weight & Dimensions


White Balance

Indoor white balance: Yes
Onepush white balance: Yes
Outdoor white balance: Yes
White Balance:Auto