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Sony's lineup of HDR camcorders are classified as entry-level products for first time users.

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Pros

has an external mic input to gather more directed sound

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LCD is large and clear, easy to find your subject

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above-average low light performance, gets lots of detail without too much grain

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image stabilization does a good job accounting for handshake

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has a fairly good zoom range, can get some pretty distant subjects in good focus

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Cons

records in AVCHD format, which isn't as widely supported as other formats

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battery doesn't last long between charges

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image stabilization looses effectiveness when zooming, need a tripod at that stage

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Sony's lineup of HDR camcorders are classified as entry-level products for first time users, and judging by their specifications and features, the Handycams will keep most consumers happy. The HDR-CX360V is a step-up model from its counterparts, the CX130 and CX160, offering a highly sensitive CMOS sensor, the capacity for 7.1 megapixel photos, and a GPS and map feature. The HDR-CX360V's "Exmor R" CMOS sensor can shoot high definition 1920 x 1080 videos even in poor light, thanks to greater sensitivity, and has a 30x optical zoom and 42x extended zoom. Its wide-angle G lens takes in a broader perspective for better videos as well as 7.1-megapixel photos, which are recorded to 32GB of internal flash memory capable of storing up to 13 hours of footage. In addition, the HDR-CX360V is equipped with a built-in GPS and mapping feature on its 3" LCD touch screen, which also lets users tag shooting locations.

Features:
  • Shoots 1920 x 1080 24p high definition footage
  • Shoots 7.1-megapixel still photos
  • "Exmor R" CMOS sensor takes better low-light videos
  • 30x Optical zoom
  • 42x Extended zoom
  • 32GB Internal flash memory
  • Stores up to 13 hours of video at once
  • Built-in GPS
  • Map display with shooting location tagging feature
  • 3" LCD touch screen
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