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SONY CX290E Full HD Camcorder

Sony - SONY CX290E HandyCam - 27x Optical Zoom, 50x Extended Zoom ,8 GB Internal Memory Full HD 1920x1080 Movie Recording, 8.9MP Stills, Exmor R CMOS Sensor, Intelligent Auto, 2.7" WIDE Clear Photo LCD
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SONY CX290E Full HD Camcorder

SONY CX290E HandyCam - 27x Optical Zoom, 50x Extended Zoom ,8 GB Internal Memory Full HD 1920x1080 Movie Recording, 8.9MP Stills, Exmor R CMOS Sensor, Intelligent Auto, 2.7" WIDE Clear Photo LCD


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).


Impressive Quality For Smoother, Sharper Videos
Thanks to Full HD recording, this camcorder delivers exceptional video quality every time you shoot. Recording at 60p (NTSC) / 50p (PAL), the progressive mode captures the best possible quality to make your videos sharper and smoother.

Fine Details Even In Low-light
Whether lush greens in a garden, cool blues of an ocean, or a ruby-toned party dress, accurately capture the many colours of life with the Exmor R™ CMOS Sensor. Its excellent sensitivity and back-illuminated technology ensures that your footage has every fine detail covered.

Greater Stability For Blur-free Images
Whenever you are shooting footage on the move, Optical SteadyShot (Active Mode) compensates for a wide range of movement, ensuring that the footage you record is crisp and blur-free. This feature is especially effective for wide shots, where image stability is enhanced up to 10x compared to conventional Optical SteadyShot.

Incredible Zoom For Incredible Details
You would always appreciate the powerful zoom on your camcorder that comes with a 50x Extended Zoom* lens. It brings you as close to the action as you need to be and ensures that all your images are as clear and crisp as you remember them.

Capture Wider, More Expansive Landscapes
Pack more in every frame, get the wide expanse of landscape or get everyone in a single shot. Expanding shooting possibilities comes easy with the class-leading wide-angle lens of 29.8mm in video mode.

Record In High-quality AVCHD Or Web-friendly MP4 Format
Now you can use high-resolution AVCHD or MP4 format for your baby's first steps. Easily share the MP4 format videos on Facebook or Twitter.

Tracking Focus for Continuous Tracking on Non-Face Subjects
Tracking Focus comes in handy when you are shooting your pet or your favourite car. Simply touch the LCD touch screen to choose this feature and shoot.

By Pixel Super Resolution (up to 4x high resolution)
This advanced technology increases the number of pixels recorded by up to 4x and improves the image resolution significantly.

Accessorise Your Handycam
Chic or hardy cases. Tripods and extra batteries for extended shooting. Extend the shooting possibilities of your Handycam® with Sony's original camcorder accessories.

Quick Auto Focus (AF)
Shooting in a wide range of scenes is now a breeze with this amazing feature. Even in bright daylight or minimal light conditions, Quick AF ensures fast, accurate, and consistent results.

Built-in USB Cable
This feature helps connect your camcorder to a PC and makes it easy to back-up movies.

Event Browse
Make searching and navigating videos a breeze with this intelligent feature. It groups your footage in an orderly manner for easy viewing.

PlayMemories™ Home Software
This software makes it easy to transfer your videos and images to a computer for viewing, editing, sending via email and uploading to the Internet.


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Product CodeHANDYCAM HDR-CX290Espacer
Lens Type Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar Lens
Lens Stabilization Optical SteadyShot image stabilization w/ Active mode (Wide to Tele)
Aperture F1.9-F4.0
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
Exposure System
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
Advanced Features
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
x.v.Color Yes
Power Requirements 6.8V/7.2V (battery pack); 8.4V (AC Adaptor)
Battery Type InfoLITHIUM with AccuPower Meter System (V Series)
Imaging Sensor
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
LCD Display
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)
Coverage 1
Grid Display Grid Line
Drive System
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)
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)
PhotoTV HD Yes
Direct Copy Yes
HDMI Terminal Yes (HDMI micro)
Multi/Micro USB Terminal Yes
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.
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)
Focus Control
Focus System Contrast AF
AF Modes Auto/Manual (Menu)
Focus Area Full range Focus
Convenience Features
Manual / Auto Lens Cover Manual
Fader Effect(s) White/Black
Date / Time Stamp Yes (Rec Date and Time, Camera info)
Erase/Protect Yes/Yes
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
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)

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