The Sony HDR-CX290 Full HD 8GB Flash Memory Camcorder utilizes an 8.9MP Exmor R CMOS sensor and a Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar lens for capturing Full HD 1080/60p video and 8.9MP still images. Users have the option of recording video in one of two formats; the MP4 format is optimized for sharing videos on the web and AVCHD offers the highest quality.
The Zeiss lens offers a 35mm equivalent of 29.8mm on the wide end of the focal range and the optical zoom ratio is 27x. In addition, a 50x Extended Zoom gets you even closer to the action. 8GB of embedded Flash Memory provides enough storage space for up to 3 hours and 10 minutes of high definition video footage (in the HD LP recording mode).
Optical SteadyShot with Active Mode compensates for camera shake and users can monitor and playback recorded footage via the 2.7" Clear Photo LCD display. Other key features include a built-in USB cable, the Event Browse feature, the Direct Copy feature and an Intelligent Auto Mode capable of up to 90 different scene combinations.
Reviewed by 1 customers
The Sony HDR CX 290 is a keeper. A keeper that is if certain functions are not a must. There is no Wi Fi and no touch screen on this model. But if you need a camcorder you can rely on making your videos look great, this one Rocks. Beautiful HD Videos, and a good camera snap shooter to boot. I've taken videos indoors and out, nature hiking and in the evening. Always came out. Intelligent Auto works well and focus is sharp and fast. There is no output for mike but audio is very good even in windy conditions. There is a Multi Port for accessories such as remotes. I purchased mine in Midnight Blue. This color is almost black but in the sunlight, it is as beautiful as it's videos. Zoom is adequate for nature photography and the backlit CMOS is perfect for evening videos. Go buy one and become a Believer.