Sony HDR-CX260V HD 16GB Flash Memory Camcorder, Exmor CMOS Sensors, 8.9 Megapixel Resolution, 350x Digital/30x Optical Zoom, 3.0" LCD Display, Brown

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About Sony HDR-CX260V

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.

Sony HDR-CX260V Features

  • 1920x1080 Full HD 60p Recording with 8.9MP still image capture: The Sony HDR-CX260V offers 1920 x 1080 high definition resolution letting you record your memories in exceptional Full High Definition quality
  • 16GB embedded Flash Memory for up to 5 hours of recording: The built-in 16GB embedded Flash memory can record and store up to 5 hours of high definition video footage (HD LP mode)
  • Optical SteadyShot image stabilization with 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
  • 55x Extended Zoom to get even closer to the action: Extended Zoom works in conjunction with 30x optical zoom to get even closer to the action while maintaining HD image quality
  • 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 Sony's back-illuminated Exmor R CMOS sensor
  • Wide Angle G lens to capture more of what you want: Experience the pinnacle of Sony lens technology with the professional-quality G Lens. Engineered for superior optical performance, Sony G lenses deliver brilliant, accurate color reproduction and sharp, amazingly detailed images
  • 3.0" touch-screen Clear Photo LCD Plus display (230K): The 3.0" Clear Photo LCD Plus 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 it's out of the way until you need it
  • Intelligent Auto (180 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 and wind noise reduction
  • Tracking Focus follows selected subjects in/out of the frame: Tracking Focus works as an extension of Face Detection to allow you to select an object with a touch of the LCD and have the focus follow the selected object, even if it leaves the frame and returns
  • Expanded recording/monitoring with mic/headphone jack: Features dedicated mic and headphone inputs for expanded audio recording options and convenient monitoring of audio with headphones (external microphones and headphones sold separately)
  • Highlight Playback creates movies with transitions for you: 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
  • Wind noise reduction for clear voice recording: Wind Reduction reduces noise and interference that is produced when wind passes over the microphone, giving you a clearer and more enjoyable sound experience
  • 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
  • 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
  • Golf Shot: Building on the slow-motion capture capabilities of Smooth Slow Record, Golf Shot captures a few seconds of motion as a sequence of up to 22 still images, which can be viewed/printed individually or as a composite "sequence shot" image
  • Geotagging with built-in GPS receiver & NAVTEQ maps: A built-in GPS receiver makes the HDR-CX260V an ideal choice for travelers. The receiver gives you the ability to view your current location on the LCD map display, as well as "tag" your shooting locations.

Sony HDR-CX260V Specifications

Color Filter System
ClearVid array
Effective Picture Resolution
Approx. 2230K pixels (16:9)
Imaging Sensor
1/3.91" (4.6mm) Back-illuminated Exmor R CMOS Sensor
Pixel Gross
Approx. 5430K pixels
Processor
BIONZ Image processor
Focal Length (35mm equivalent)
Movie Mode: 29.8mm - 894mm (16:9), 36.5mm-1095mm (4:3); Photo Mode: 29.8mm - 894mm (16:9), 36.5mm-1095mm (4:3)
Aperture
F1.8-3.4
Digital Zoom
350x
Extended Zoom
55x
Focal Distance
f = 2.1mm - 63.0mm; f =3/32inch - 2 1/2inch
Lens Stabilization
Optical SteadyShot image stabilization w/ Active mode (Wide to Tele)
Lens Type
G Lens
Minimum Focus Distance
Approx. 1cm (Wide), Approx. 80cm (Tele), Approx. 44cm (Tele Macro)
Optical Zoom
30x
Steady Shot Mode
Active: 33.1-1820mm
Angle Adjustment
Opening Angle: max. 90 deg., Turning Angle: max. 270 deg.
Brightness Control
Yes (Menu)
Coverage
1
Grid Display
Guide Frame
LCD Type
3.0" Clear Photo LCD display (230K) Wide(16:9)
Touch Panel
Yes
Still Image Size 4:3
Movie mode: 6.7 megapixels 4:3 (2992x2240); Photo mode: 6.7 megapixels 4:3 (2992x2240)
Video Mode
HD PS: Approx. 28Mbps / FX: Approx. 24Mbps / FH: Approx. 17Mbps / HQ: Approx. 9Mbps / LP: Approx. 5Mbps; STD HQ: 9Mbps
Audio Format
Dolby Digital 2ch Stereo, Dolby Digital Stereo Creator
Dual Record
8.9 megapixels 16:9(3984x2240); 4.5 megapixels 16:9(2816x1584); 2.1 megapixels 16:9 (1920x1080)
Internal Media
Flash Memory 16GB
Media Type
Internal Flash Memory; 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 Speaker
Photo Capture from Movie
2.1 megapixels 16:9 (1920x1080); 0.3 megapixels 4:3 (640x480); 0.2 megapixels pixels 16:9 (640x360)
Recording and Playback Times
HD PS: Approx. 1h0m (Approx. 1h0m); HD FX: Approx. 1h15m (Approx. 1h15m); HD FH: Approx. 1h40m (Approx. 1h40m); HD HQ: Approx. 3h0m (Approx. 2h15m); HD LP: Approx. 5h15m (Approx. 4h20m); STD HQ: Approx. 3h10m (Approx. 2h55m)
Still Image File Format
DCF Ver. 2.0 compatible, Exif Ver. 2.3 compatible, MPF Baseline compatible
Still Image Max Effective Resolution
8.9 megapixels
Still Image Mode
JPEG
Still Image Size 16:9
Movie mode: 8.9 megapixels 16:9 (3984x2240); Photo mode: 8.9 megapixels 16:9 (3984x2240)
Video Actual (Pixel)
Approx.2,230K pixels(16:9), Approx.1,670K pixels(4:3)
Video Format
HD: MPEG4-AVC/H.264 AVCHD 2.0 format compatible (1080/60p:original format); STD: MPEG2-PS
Video Resolution
HD: 1920x1080/60p (PS), 24p, 60i (FX, FH), 1440x1080/60i (HQ, LP); STD: 720x480/60i
Video Signal
NTSC color, EIA standards
Wind Noise Reduction
Yes (Off /On)
Auto Iris Control
F1.8 - F10
Backlight Compensation
Yes (Auto)
D-Range Optimizer
Yes
Exposure Settings
Auto; Flexible Spot (Touch Panel)
Gain Control
Auto
LOW LUX Mode
Yes
Metering Modes
Multi-segment / Spot
Minimum Illumination
Standard: 6 lux (1/60 Shutter Speed); Low Lux: 3 lux (1/30 Shutter Speed)
Noise Reduction
Yes
Scene Mode(s)
Auto/Night Scene/Sunrise & Sunset/Fireworks/Landscape/Portrait/Spotlight/Beach/Snow
White Balance Mode
Auto / Onepush / Outdoor / Indoor
Shutter Speeds
Self-timer: Approx. 10sec. (Still Image/ Golf Shot); Shutter Speed (Standard): 1/60 - 1/10000; Shutter Speed Auto Control Range: 1/8 - 1/10000; Shutter Speed (Smooth Slow Rec): 1/250 - 1/10000 (Standard); Scene Selection: 1/8 - 1/10000; LOW LUX: 1/30 - 1/10000
Drive Mode
Photo Mode: Single-shot / Self-timer
Self-timer
10sec.(Still Image/Golf Shot)
SD Output
Composite Video Out (A/V connecting cable (supplied)
Remote Jack
Integrated into A/V Remote terminal
A/V Remote Terminal
Video / Audio / Remote
BRAVIA Sync
Yes
DC IN
Yes
HD Output
HDMI Out (mini) (supplied)
HDMI Terminal
Yes (mini)
Memory Card Slot
Memory Stick PRO Duo and SD/ SDHC/ SDXC media compatible
Microphone Input
Stereo Minijack
PhotoTV HD
Yes
USB Port(s)
TypeA, mini-AB/USB2.0 Hi-speed (mass-storage/MTP)
Tracking Focus
Yes
Embedded GPS
Yes (Current Position Display (Your Location))
Face Detection
Yes
Golf Shot
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/Auto wind noise reduction
Priority Setting (for Face Detection)
Auto / Child Priority / Adult Priority
Smile Shutter technology
Dual Capture / Always On / Off
Smooth Slow Rec
Yes
x.v.Color
Yes
AF Illuminator
Yes
AF Modes
Auto / Manual (Touch Panel / Dial)
Focus Area
Full range Focus / Spot Focus
Focus Type
Tracking Focus
Focus System
Contrast AF
Built-in USB Cable
Yes (USB Charge Available)
Date / Time Stamp
Yes (Rec Date and Time, Camera info, Coordinates)
Erase/Protect
Yes / Yes
Fader Effect(s)
White / Black
Manual / Auto Lens Cover
Auto
Media/Battery Indicator
Yes (recordable time, free and used media space) / Yes (recordable time, remaining capacity)
Multiple Language Display
English; Simplified English; Brazilian Portuguese; Canadian French; Latin American Spanish
One Touch Disc Burn
Yes (Menu)
Quick On
Yes (Power On by LCD)
Red-Eye Reduction
Yes (On / Off)
S/S & Zoom button on LCD
Yes (Touch Panel)
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); Highlight BGM (Preinstalled 4 music files, Music transfer)
View & Index
Event / MAP
Power Consumption
HD: 2.6W; STD: 2.4W (in Operation)
HD: 3.0W; STD: 2.8W (in View Finder Operation)
HD:3.0W; STD:2.8W (in View Finder Operation)
Battery Type
Info LITHIUM with AccuPower Meter System (NP-FV50)
Power Requirements
6.8V/7.2 (battery pack); 8.4V (AC Adaptor)
Dimensions
2.13 inch x 2.25 inch x 4.87inch (52.5mm x 55mm x 122.5mm)
Weight
7.23oz (205g)
Mfr #
HDR-CX260V/T
SKU
SOHDRCX260T

Sony HDR-CX260V Reviews

Reviewed by 2 customers

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

It's a better camera than I am a videographer

By

from San Francisco Bay Area

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.

(25 of 27 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Still wait and see

By

from Corbin, KY

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.

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