Sony HDR-CX290E - PAL - Full HD 8GB Flash Memory Camcorder, 8.9 MP CMOS Sensor, 27x Optical Zoom, 50x Extended Zoom, 1920 x 1080 Full HD 60p Video, Black

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About Sony HDR-CX290

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.

Sony HDR-CX290 Features

  • 8.9MP Exmor R CMOS Sensor: Sony's back-illuminated Exmor R CMOS sensor is specifically designed for compact cameras and camcorders. The sensor relocates the photo diodes above the support circuitry, which maximizes the light gathering area per pixel and renders better results in low light conditions
  • 1080/60p and 8.9MP Still Images: Create high definition 1920 x 1080 60p videos and 8.9MP still images. Videos can be recorded in either the high quality AVCHD or web optimized MP4 format
  • 29.8mm Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar Lens: The 29.8mm (35mm equivalent) Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar lens is designed specifically for compact camcorders. The lens has an optical zoom ratio of 27x and a 50x Extended Zoom
  • 8GB Embedded Flash Memory: The built-in 8GB embedded Flash memory can record and store up to 3 hours and 10 minutes of high definition video footage in the HD LP recording mode
  • Optical SteadyShot Image Stabilization; Optical SteadyShot image stabilization with Active Mode compensates for greater degrees of camera shake to deliver smooth video from wide angle to full telephoto shooting
  • 2.7" Clear Photo LCD Display: The 2.7" (16:9) Clear Photo LCD display features 230K dot resolution and displays sharp, bright, vivid images, enabling you to change settings to best represent the scene
  • Intelligent Auto Mode: Intelligent Auto mode goes a step beyond traditional auto modes by analyzing your shot & then automatically selecting the appropriate settings from 10 distinct scene modes & wind noise reduction
  • Built-in USB 2.0 Cable: The built-in, high-speed USB 2.0 cable allows for easy connection to your computer for charging or file transfer, without the need for separate cables. It also fits conveniently into the hand strap so it's out of the way until you need it
  • Direct Copy and Highlight Playback: Store your memories in a whole new way with the ability to copy videos from your camcorder directly to an external HDD (sold separately), all without a computer. Your camcorder can also access videos stored on the external hard drive for playback on your HDTV

Sony HDR-CX290 Specifications

Imaging Sensor
1/5.8'' (3.1mm) back-illuminated Exmor R CMOS Sensor
BIONZ image processor
Pixel Gross
2390K pixels
Effective Picture Resolution
Movie: 2290K pixels (16:9) Still: 2290K pixels (16:9)
Color Filter System
RGB primary color filters
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
Grid Display
Grid Line
Drive Mode
Photo Mode: Single-shot/Self-timer
10sec.(Still Image)
Shutter Speeds
Shutter Speed(Standard): 1/30 - 1/10,000; Shutter Speed (Auto Control Range):1/8 - 1/10,000
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)
TypeA(built-in)/USB2.0 Hi-speed (mass-storage/MTP)
PhotoTV HD
HDMI Terminal
Yes (HDMI micro)
Multi/Micro USB Terminal
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
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
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)
2150K pixels(16:9),Approx.1610K pixels(4:3)
Recording and Playback Times
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 (in Internal Media)(2ch)
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
Built-in Zoom Microphone; Monoral Speaker
Internal Media
Flash Memory 8GB
Mic Level Control
Movie Recording Rate
HD PS: 28Mbps / FX: 24Mbps / FH: 17Mbps / HQ:Approx.9Mbps / LP:Approx.5Mbps ( Approx); STD HQ:9Mbps; MP4: Approx.6Mbps (Average Bit Rate/VBR)
Still Image File Format
DCF Ver.2.0 compatible, Exif Ver.2.3 compatible, MPF Baseline compatible
Wind Position
Focus System
Contrast AF
AF Modes
Focus Area
Full range Focus
Manual / Auto Lens Cover
Fader Effect(s)
Date / Time Stamp
Yes(Rec Date and Time, Camera info)
Media/Battery Indicator
Yes(recordable time, free and used media space)/Yes(recordable time, remaining capacity)
Power Save Mode
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 Portuguese; Canadian French
Self Recording
View & Index
Lens Type
Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar Lens
Lens Stabilization
SteadyShot image stabilization w/ Active mode (Wide to Tele)
Optical Zoom
Digital Zoom
Focal Length (35mm equivalent)
Movie Mode: 29.8-953.6mm(16:9), 36.4-1164.8mm(4:3); Photo Mode: 29.8-804.0mm(16:9),36.4-984.0mm(4:3)
Minimum Focus Distance
1cm(Wide),80cm(Tele),37cm(Tele Macro)
Extended Zoom
Focal Distance
f=2.1-57.0mm; f=3/32-2 1/4inch
Metering Modes
Exposure Settings
Auto; Manual(Menu)
Scene Mode(s)
Auto/Night Scene/Sunrise & Sunset/Fireworks/Landscape/Portrait/Spotlight/Beach/Snow
D-Range Optimizer
Noise Reduction
White Balance Mode
Auto/One push/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
Face Detection
Image Stabilization
SteadyShot image stabilization w/ Active mode (Wide to Tele)
Intelligent Auto
Portrait/Baby/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
Power Requirements
6.8V/7.2V (battery pack); 8.4V (AC Adaptor)
Battery Type
InfoLITHIUM with AccuPower Meter System (V Series)
2-1/8x2-1/4x4-5/8" / 5.39x5.71x11.74cm
Main Unit Only: 6.3oz / 178.60g
Mfr #

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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.

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