The Sony HDR-CX260V High Definition Handycam Camcorder (Brown) shoots Full HD 1920 x 1080/60p video and can capture 8.9 megapixel still images as well. It features 16GB of embedded flash memory, which provides up to five hours of recording. The camcorder is equipped with a back-illuminated Exmor R CMOS sensor that's ideal for low-light situations. Plus, it features a wide angle Sony G lens that supports 30x optical zoom and 55x extended zoom. There's also a 3.0" touch screen Clear Photo LCD display for easy recording and instant playback.
The HDR-CX260V comes outfitted with several video enhancing features. It has Face Detection with voice enhancement and noise reduction. The Tracking Focus function follows selected subjects as you record and the Geotagging with built-in GPS receiver and NAVTEQ maps is great for travelers. There's also a microphone and headphone jack for connecting alternate mics and monitoring equipment. The camcorder even supports Golf Shot for analyzing video frame by frame and Intelligent Auto, which supports 120 different scene combinations. It has Sony's Optical SteadyShot image stabilization with Active Mode as well.
Sony added a few playback and connection conveniences as well. The HDR-CX260V features Event Browse, which groups video and stills by each particular recording session automatically. It also has a Highlight Playback function that creates movies with transitions and soundtracks. Plus, with the HDR-CX260V, you can use the Direct Copy feature to transfer your HD footage directly to a hard drive without even using a PC. However, if you do want to upload videos onto Facebook and YouTube, the camcorder comes with a built-in USB cable, as well as editing and application software.
Reviewed by 2 customers
I'm a no-nothing about photography but nevertheless want the best quality videos even in less than ideal conditions. In automatic mode the CX260 is constantly adjusting its capture settings go achieve the best possible quality. The result is VERY impressive and good enough for YouTube.
Just got a day or two ago...My first impression upon use is not the best...First the video seems good (not great) and has a touch of grain at times - I am still comparing, but I think my HX30 digital camera may have better video picture quality.....as far as still pictures, inside pictures turned out very poor, outside pictures untested, but I bought it for video not pictures....The zoom button is hard to manage and can be irritating and fatiguing to use. The size of the camera overall is very small and compact, but that makes it feel somewhat a touch unstable in the hand.....but the biggest thing to me is the video quality, and I am still not won over on that point yet. Plan to try out some more and see. I really want to like this camera and keep, but so far I see nothing to make it any better then just using my HX30 digital camera's video feature. (Which by the way, is a very good line of high zoom point/shoot cameras with the exception of frequent red eye pictures). The sounds seems fine so far.....so just, at this time, will have to wait and see.