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Outsmart your smartphone when it comes to video quality and clarity with the Sony Handycam HDR-CX290/B camcorder. Create beautiful 1920 x 1080 60p Full HD movies and great 8.9MP photos to share with friends and family or post to Facebook. Your footage will be stunningly smooth thanks to Optical SteadyShot image stabilization, which compensates for camera shake to cut down on blur. Sony's back-illuminated Exmor R CMOS sensor delivers stunning low-light performance with drastically reduced grain for crisp, clear photos and videos. 27x optical zoom plus 50x Extended Zoom lets you get near the action for incredible close-ups. And with 8GB1 of built-in flash memory, you can record up to 3 hours and 10 minutes of HD video footage (HD LP mode).
1920x1080 Full HD 24p/60p w/8.9MP Exmor R CMOS Sensor
Create cinematic video in high definition 1920 x 1080 24p/60p and high quality 8.9MP still images. Experience stunning low-light sensitivity with improved image clarity and drastically reduced grain with Sony?s back-illuminated Exmor R CMOS sensor. Designed for compact cameras and camcorders, the Exmor R CMOS sensor relocates the photo diodes above the support circuitry, maximizing the light gathering area per pixel so you can shoot with better results in lower lighting conditions.
Up to 3hr 10min recording with 8GB embedded Flash Memory
The built-in 8GB embedded Flash memory can record and store up to 3 hours 10 minutes of high definition video footage (HD LP mode).
50x Extended Zoom to get even closer to the action
Extended Zoom works in conjunction with 27x optical zoom to get even closer to the action while maintaining HD image quality.
Optical SteadyShot image stabilization w/ Active Mode
Optical SteadyShot image stabilization with Active Mode compensates for greater degrees of camera shake to deliver stunningly smooth video from wide angle to full telephoto shooting. In addition, innovative 3-Way Shake-Canceling adds electronic roll stability for even smoother video capture.
2.7? wide Clear Photo LCD (230k)
The 2.7? (16:9) Clear Photo LCD (230K) displays sharp, bright, vivid images, letting you compose a shot more easily -- even outdoors, while enabling you to change settings to best represent the scene.
29.8mm Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar lens
The professional-quality 29.8mm Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar lens is designed specifically for compact camcorders. Precision ground optics help maintain the sharpness and contrast of larger lenses, and SteadyShot image stabilization helps reduce blur caused by camera shake.
Shoot high quality AVCHD or web optimized MP4 video
Select between HD video in the AVCHD or MP4 format for highest quality or easy transfer and sharing.AVCHD provides premium video that can be enjoyed on large screen HDTVs, and is ideal for capturing precious memories at special occasions, family vacations and other moments you want to treasure for a lifetime. MP4 is great for those moments that you want to quickly share on your social networks or store on the cloud.
Highlight Playback creates movies with transitions for you
Why spend hours editing your movies when you can let your camcorder do it for you? Highlight Playback identifies and compiles key scenes into a short, entertaining movie complete with music and transitions. You can even pinpoint the exact scene you want to include in the highlight reel.
Direct Copy to external HDD without PC
Store your memories in a whole new way with the ability to copy videos from your camcorder directly to an external hard disk drive (sold separately), all without a computer. Your camcorder can also access videos stored on the external hard drive for playback on your HDTV, allowing you to utilize the camcorder?s handy playback features.
Built-in USB cable for easy file transfer/charge
The high-speed, built-in USB 2.0 cable allows for easy connection to your computer for charging or file transfer without having to remember separate cables. It also fits conveniently into the hand strap so it?s out of the way until you need it. Charging your camcorder is faster than ever now through the USB; for every two minutes of charge time you get one minute of recording time.
Intelligent Auto (90 different scene combinations possible)
Intelligent Auto mode goes a step beyond traditional auto modes by analyzing your shot and then automatically selecting the appropriate settings from ten distinct scene modes . There are 90 different combinations possible: Portrait, Baby, Walk, Tripod , Backlight, Landscape, Spotlight, Twilight, Macro annd Low light.
Imaging Sensor: 1/5.8'' (3.1mm) back-illuminated Exmor R CMOS Sensor
Processor: BIONZ image processor
Pixel Gross: Approx.2390K pixels
Effective Picture Resolution: Movie: Approx.2290K pixels (16:9) Still: Approx.2290K pixels (16:9)
Color Filter System: RGB primary color filters
Media Type: Internal Flash Memory; Memory Stick PRO Duo (Mark 2); Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo; Memory Stick XC-HG Duo; SD/SDHC/SDXC Memory Card (Class 4 or Higher)
Still Image Mode: JPEG
Still Image Max Effective Resolution: 8.9 megapixels
Still Image Size 16:9: Movie Mode: 8.9 megapixels 16:9 (3984x2240); Photo Mode: 8.9 megapixels 16:9 (3984x2240)
Still Image Size 4:3: Movie Mode:6.7 megapixels 4:3 (2992x2240); Photo Mode: 6.7 megapixels 4:3 (2992x2240)
Video Mode: HD: MPEG4-AVC/H.264 AVCHD 2.0 format.compatible; STD: MPEG2-PS; MP4: MPEG-4 AVC/H.264
Video Resolution: HD:1920x1080/60p(PS), 60i (FX,FH), 1440x1080/60i (HQ,LP); STD:720x480/60i; MP4: 1280x720 30p
Video Actual (Pixel): Approx.2290K pixels (16:9),Approx.1710K pixels (4:3)
Video Signal: HDTV, NTSC color, EIA standards
Recording and Playback Times (in Internal Media)(2ch): HD PS: 35m; HD FX: 45m; HD FH: 1h00m; HD HQ: 1h45m; HD LP: 3h10m; STD HQ: 1h50m (Times are approximate; max time); MP4: 2hr40min
Photo Capture from Movie: 2.1 megapixels 16:9 (1920x1080); 0.3 megapixels 4:3 (640x480); 0.2 megapixels 16:9 (640x360)
Dual Record: 8.9 megapixels 16:9 (3984x2240); 2.1 megapixels 16:9 (1920x1080)
Audio Format: Dolby Digital 2ch Stereo, Dolby Digital Stereo Creator; MPEG-4 AAC-LC 2ch
Microphone/Speaker: Built-in Zoom Microphone; Monoral Speaker
Internal Media: Flash Memory 8GB
Mic Level Control: Yes (2steps)
Movie Recording Rate(Average Bit Rate/VBR): HD PS:Approx.28Mbps/FX:Approx.24Mbps/FH:Approx.17Mbps/HQ:Approx.9Mbps/LP:Approx.5Mbps
Still Image File Format: DCF Ver.2.0 compatible, Exif Ver.2.3 compatible, MPF Baseline compatible
Wind Position: Yes (Off/On)
Lens Type: Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar Lens
Lens Stabilization: Optical SteadyShot image stabilization w/ Active mode (Wide to Tele)
Optical Zoom: 27x
Digital Zoom: 320x
Focal Length (35mm equivalent): Movie Mode: 29.8-804.0mm(16:9),36.4-984.0mm(4:3); Photo Mode: 29.8-804.0mm(16:9), 36.4-984.0mm(4:3)
Minimum Focus Distance: Approx.1cm (Wide) ,Approx.80cm (Tele) ,Approx.37cm (Tele Macro)
Extended Zoom: 50x
Focal Distance: f=2.1-57.0mm; f=3/32-2 1/4inch
LCD Type: 2.7'' (6.7cm) Clear Photo LCD display (230K) Wide (16:9)
Angle Adjustment: Opening Angle:max.90 deg., Turning Angle:max.270 deg.
Brightness Control: Yes (Menu)
Grid Display: Grid Line
Focus System: Contrast AF
AF Modes: Auto/Manual (Menu)
Focus Area: Full range Focus
Metering Modes: Multi-segment
Exposure Settings: Auto; Manual (Menu)
Scene Mode(s): Auto/Night Scene/Sunrise & Sunset/Fireworks/Landscape/Portrait/Spotlight/Beach/Snow
D-Range Optimizer: Yes
Noise Reduction: Yes
White Balance Mode: Auto/Onepush/Outdoor/Indoor
Minimum Illumination: Standard:6 lux (1/30 Shutter Speed); Low Lux:3 lux(1/30 Shutter Speed)
Auto Iris Control: F1.9 - F10
Backlight Compensation: Yes(Auto)
LOW LUX Mode: Yes
Drive Mode: Photo Mode:Single-shot/Self-timer
Self-timer: Approx.10sec.(Still Image)
Shutter Speeds: Shutter Speed (Standard): 1/30 - 1/10,000; Shutter Speed (Auto Control Range)
Manual / Auto Lens Cover: Manual
Fader Effect(s): White/Black
Date / Time Stamp: Yes (Rec Date and Time, Camera info)
Media/Battery Indicator: Yes (recordable time, free and used media space)/Yes (recordable time, remaining capacity)
Power Save Mode: Yes
Still Image Playback Options: Slide Show
Video Playback Options: Highlight Playback (HD Movie Only); Highlight Playback Save and Share (Translate into STD quality); Highlight Scenario (Save/Playback/Erase); Hightlight BGM (Preinstalled 4 music files, Music transfer)
Built-in USB Cable: Yes (USB Charge Available)
Multiple Language Display: English; Spanish; Brazilian Portugese; Canadian French; Traditional Chinese; Korean
Self Recording: Yes
View & Index: Event
Face Detection: Yes
Image Stabilization: Optical SteadyShot image stabilization w/ Active mode (Wide to Tele)
Intelligent Auto: Portrait/Baby/Walk/Tripod/Backlight/Landscape/Spotlight/Twilight/Macro/Low light
Priority Setting (for Face Detection): Auto/Child Priority/Adult Priority
Smile Shutter technology: Dual Capture/Always On/Off
Memory Card Slot: Memory Stick PRO Duo and SD/SDHC/SDXC compatible
SD Output: Composite Video Out (AV CABLE(sold separately))
HD Output: HDMI Out (micro)(supplied)
USB Port(s): Type A (built-in)/USB2.0 Hi-speed (mass-storage/MTP)
BRAVIA Sync: Yes
PhotoTV HD: Yes
Direct Copy: Yes
DC IN: Yes
HDMI Terminal: Yes (HDMI micro)
Multi/Micro USB Terminal: Yes
Weights and Measurements
Dimensions (Approx.): Approx.2 1/8inch x 2 1/4inch x 4 5/8inch (52.5mm x 57mm x 117mm)
Weight (Approx.): Approx.6.3oz ((180g)Main Unit Only)
Power Requirements: 6.8V/7.2V (battery pack); 8.4V (AC Adaptor)
Battery Type: InfoLITHIUM with AccuPower Meter System (V Series)
Supplied Software: PC: PlayMemories Home Lite (built-in; for PC only); PlayMemories Home (by download); Music Transfer(by download); MAC:Music Transfer(by download); PlayMemories Online Uploader(by download)
Operating System Compatibility: Windows XP SP3 /Windows Vista SP2/Windows7 64-bit editions and Starter (Edition) are not supported. The Windows Image Mastering API (IMAPI) Ver. 2.0 or later is required to use the function for creating discs. Starter (Edition) are not supported. Standard installation is required. Operation is not assured if the above OS has been upgraded or in a multi-boot environment.