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Sony Handycam HDR-CX230

alaTest has collected and analyzed 136 reviews of Sony Handycam HDR-CX230. The average rating for this product is 3.9/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. People are impressed by the battery and size. The price and portability are also mentioned favorably, whereas many are less positive about the control panel.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Sony Handycam HDR-CX230 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 80/100 = Very good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 133 user reviews of Sony Handycam HDR-CX230 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 Reviewers are impressed by the battery and size. The portability and price also get good feedback.

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85% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

Dec, 2020

Expert review by : Jim Fisher (

Sony Handycam HDR-CX230


The Sony HDR-CX230 has an impressive zoom range and price tag, but its video quality is not the best.

8GB internal memory. 1080p60 video. 27x f/1.9-4 zoom lens.

No touch screen. Very limited physical controls. Manual lens cover. No Wi-Fi. No mic input. No shoe adapter.

Video Quality and Conclusions The CX230 records HD video in a variety of bitrates and formats. The top setting is AVCHD at 1080p60 quality, and while that's great on paper, the actual footage captured by the CX230 has some issues. At its widest angle...

Dec, 2013

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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

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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

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