The easy-to-use Sony HDR-CX190 HD Handycam(R) Camcorder makes it simple to capture family videos, natural vistas, or sports events and preserve them for posterity.Features:
The easy-to-use HDR-CX190 ultra-lightweight Handycam camcorder records stunning 1920x1080p Full HD video and 5.3MP pictures. Its stabilized 25X/30X Extended digital zoom lens gets you closer to the action. And a back-illuminated Exmor R CMOS sensor allows you to capture stunning imagery in low light conditions.
1920x1080p Full HD Recording w/5.3MP still image capture
The Sony HDR-CX190 offers 1920 x 1080p high definition resolution letting you record your memories in exceptional Full High Definition quality. With Dual Capture you can also take 5.3MP still images while shooting HD movie.
Back-illuminated Exmor R CMOS sensor for superb low-light video
Experience stunning low-light sensitivity with improved image clarity and drastically reduced grain with Sonys 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.
SteadyShot image stabilization w/ Active Mode
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
30x Extended Zoom to get even closer to the action
Extended Zoom works in conjunction with 25x optical zoom to get even closer to the action while maintaining HD image quality.
2.7??? Clear Photo LCD display (230K)
The 2.7??? Clear Photo LCD screen 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.
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 its 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 (60 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 nine distinct scene modes (60 different combinations possible): Portrait/Baby/Tripod/Backlight/Landscape /Spotlight/Twilight/Macro/Low light.
Event Browse groups photos/videos for you for easy reference
Event Browse conveniently groups your images and videos together for easier viewing. The date range that Event Browse groups your pictures and videos is easily adjusted to suit your needs. When used with the Highlight Playback feature, making and sharing a highlight reel from your event is easy and fun.
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 HDTV4, allowing you to utilize the camcorders handy playback features.
Camera Type: Digital HD Video Camera Recorder
Color Filter System: RGB primary color filtersEffective Picture Resolution: Approx.1310K pixels(16:9)Imaging Sensor: 1/5.8" (3.1mm) Back-illuminated Exmor R CMOS SensorPixel Gross: Approx.1500K pixelsProcessor: BIONZ Image processor
Still Image Size 4:3: Movie mode: 4.0 megapixels 4:3 (2304x1728); Photo mode: 4.0 megapixels 4:3 (2304x1728)Video Mode: HD FX: Approx. 24Mbps / FH: Approx. 17Mbps / HQ: Approx. 9Mbps / LP: Approx. 5Mbps; STD HQ: 9MbpsAudio Format: Dolby Digital 2ch Stereo, Dolby Digital Stereo CreatorDual Record: 5.3 megapixels 16:9 (3072 x 1728); 1.3 megapixels 16:9 (1536 x 864)Media Type: Memory Stick PRO Duo (Mark 2); Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo ; SD/ SDHC/ SDXC Memory Card (Class 4 or Higher)Mic Level Control: Yes (2steps)Microphone/Speaker: Built-in Zoom Microphone; Monoral SpeakerPhoto Capture from Movie: 2.1 megapixels 16:9 (1920x1080); 0.3 megapixels 4:3 (640x480); 0.2 megapixels pixels 16:9 (640x360)Still Image File Format: DCF Ver. 2.0 compatible, Exif Ver. 2.3 compatible, MPF Baseline compatibleStill Image Max Effective Resolution: 5.3 megapixelsStill Image Mode: JPEGStill Image Size 16:9: Movie mode:5.3 megapixels 16:9 (3072x1728); Photo mode: 5.3 megapixels 16:9 (3072x1728)Video Actual (Pixel): Approx.1310K pixels(16:9), Approx.980K pixels(4:3)Video Format: HD: MPEG4-AVC/H.264 AVCHD 2.0 format compatible; STD: MPEG2-PSVideo Resolution: HD:1920x1080/,60i(FX,FH), 1440x1080/60i(HQ,LP); STD:720x480/60iVideo Signal: NTSC color, EIA standardsWind Position: Yes(Off/On)
Focal Length (35mm equivalent): Movie Mode: 36mm - 1080mm (16:9),44mm-1320mm (4:3): Photo Mode: 36mm - 900mm (16:9), 44mm-1100mm (4:3)Aperture: F1.8-3.2Digital Zoom: 300xExtended Zoom: 30xFocal Distance: f = 2.5mm - 62.5mm; f =1/8inch - 2 1/2inchLens Stabilization: SteadyShot image stabilization w/ Active Mode (wide to tele)Lens Type: Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar LensMinimum Focus Distance: Approx. 1cm (Wide), Approx. 80cm (Tele), Approx. 39cm (Tele Macro)Optical Zoom: 25xSteady Shot Mode:Active: 43.2mm - 1080mm
Angle Adjustment: Opening Angle: max. 90 deg., Turning Angle: max. 270 deg.Brightness Control: Yes (Menu)Coverage: 1Grid Display: Guide FrameLCD Type: 2.7" Clear Photo LCD(TM) display (230K) Wide(16:9)
AF Modes: Auto / Manual (Menu)Focus Area: Full range FocusFocus System: Contrast AF
Auto Iris Control: F1.8 - F10Backlight Compensation: Yes (Auto)D-Range Optimizer: YesExposure Settings: AutoGain Control: AutoLOW LUX Mode: YesMetering Modes: Multi-segmentMinimum Illumination: Standard: 11 lux (1/60 Shutter Speed); Low Lux: 3 lux (1/30 Shutter Speed)Noise Reduction: YesScene Mode(s): Auto/Night Scene/Sunrise & Sunset/Fireworks/Landscape/Portrait/Spotlight/Beach/SnowWhite Balance Mode: Auto / Onepush / Outdoor / Indoor
Shutter Speeds: Self-timer: Approx. 10sec. (Still Image); Shutter Speed (Standard): 1/60 - 1/10000; Shutter Speed Auto Control Range: 1/8 - 1/10000; Scene Selection: 1/8 - 1/10000; LOW LUX: 1/30 - 1/10000Drive Mode: Photo Mode: Single-shot / Self-timerSelf-timer: 10sec.(Still Image)
Built-in USB Cable: Yes (USB Charge Available)Date / Time Stamp: Yes (Rec Date and Time, Camera info)Erase/Protect: Yes / YesFader Effect(s): White / BlackManual / Auto Lens Cover: ManualMedia/Battery Indicator: Yes (recordable time, free and used media space) / Yes (recordable time, remaining capacity)Multiple Language Display: English; Simplified English; Brazilian Portugese; Canadian French; Latin American SpanishOne Touch Disc Burn: Yes (Menu)Quick On: Yes (Power On by LCD)Still Image Playback Options: Slide ShowVideo Playback Options: Highlight Playback (HD Movie Only); Highlight Playback Save and Share (Translate into STD quality); Highlight Scenario (Save/Playback/Erase); Highlight BGM (Preinstalled 4 music files, Music transfer)View & Index: Event
Tracking Focus: YesFace Detection: YesImage Stabilization: SteadyShot image stabilization w/ Active mode (Wide to Tele)Intelligent Auto: Portrait/Baby/Tripod/Backlight/Landscape/Spotlight/Twilight/Macro/Low lightPriority Setting (for Face Detection): Auto / Child Priority / Adult PrioritySmile Shutter technology: Dual Capture / Always On / Offx.v.Color: Yes
SD Output: Composite Video Out(A/V connecting cable(supplied)Remote Jack: Integrated into A/V Remote terminalA/V Remote Terminal: Video / Audio / RemoteBRAVIA Sync: YesDC IN: YesHD Output: HDMI Out (mini) (sold separately)HDMI Terminal: Yes (mini)Memory Card Slot: Memory Stick PRO Duo and SD/ SDHC/ SDXC media compatiblePhotoTV HD: YesUSB Port(s): TypeA, mini-AB/USB2.0 Hi-speed (mass-storage/MTP)
Weights and Measurements
Dimensions (Approx.): Approx.2 1/8inch x 2 1/4inch x 4 1/2inch (Approx. 51mm x 56mm x 114mm)Weight (Approx.): Approx. 5.9oz (168g)
Power Consumption (in Operation): HD: 2.1W; STD: 1.9WBattery Type: InfoLITHIUM with AccuPower Meter System (NP-FV30)Power Requirements: 6.8V/7.2 (battery pack); 8.4V (AC Adaptor)Power Consumption (in View Finder Operation): HD:3.0WPower Consumption (in View Finder Operation): STD:2.8W
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.
Service and Warranty Information
Limited Warranty Term: Limited Warranty --- 1 Year Parts; 90 Days Labor
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Comments about Sony HDR-CX190 HD Camcorder 25x Optical Zoom 5.3 MP Stills (Black):
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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
from Knoxville, TN
The camcorder records with very high quality. The camera is easy to use. My only concern was with the battery life, but extra batteries are fairly inexpensive. I would have no problem suggesting this device to friends and family.
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Sony Handycam HDR-CX190
from INDIA, Andhrapradesh, visakhapatnam
Hi, I have bought a new Sony Handycam HDR-CX190 for taking short films. with the review in online. But the HD video quality is very poor. sorry i think Sony Handycam will give nice video quality than others brands. But when it come to me is very bad. Not only me all our friend were also disappointed. i have shooted video with Samsung s2 it's giving better quality than HDR-CX190.
Bottom Line No, I would not recommend this to a friend
(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
Sony CX 190
from Buffalo, NY
My previous SONY camcorder was easy to use, had a touch screen, and didn't need special software to download and edit video. SONY Play Memories software is hard to install and use, not very user friendly. Value for price is not there.
(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)
My 2nd Sony Video Camera
from Alamogordo, NM
My last sony camera I bought in "98" and still works. Now, I wanted new technology with better image quality and easy transfer of recordings to other media, plus a still image camera built in. I am very happy with the quality and ease of use. Hope this one will last me 14 years.
(9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)
Small and affordable
from Los Angeles
Great price for a full HD camera with 25x optical zoom and unbelievable onboard software, but you will have to buy a memory card to film anything. Plus, you'll have to buy a mini HDMI cable if you want to playback footage in HD from the camera on your HDTV.