Sony HDR-CX190 High Definition Handycam Camcorder (Black)

B&H # SOHDRCX190B Mfr # HDRCX190/B
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Product Highlights
  • Full HD 1920 x 1080/60i Recording
  • Capture 5.3 Megapixel Still Images
  • Integrated Memory Card Slot
  • Back-Illuminated Exmor CMOS Sensors
  • SteadyShot Image Stabilization
  • Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar Wide Angle Lens
  • Clear Photo 2.7" LCD Screen (230K)
  • Optical 25x Zoom & 30x Extended Zoom
  • Highlight Playback & Direct Copy
  • Intelligent Auto & Built-In USB Cable

The budget-friendly SonyHDR-CX190 High Definition Handycam Camcorder (Black) shoots Full HD 1920 x 1080/60i video and can capture 5.3 megapixel still images as well. It's equipped with a back-illuminated Exmor CMOS sensor that's ideal for low-light situations. Plus, it features a wide angle Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar lens that supports 25x optical zoom and 30x extended zoom. There's also a 2.7" Clear Photo LCD display for easy recording and instant playback.

The HDR-CX190 comes outfitted with several video enhancing features. It has Intelligent Auto, which supports 60 different scene combinations, as well as SteadyShot image stabilization with Active Mode. Sony added a few playback and connection conveniences as well. The HDR-CX190 features Event Browse and a Highlight Playback function that creates movies with transitions and soundtracks for you automatically. With the HDR-CX190, 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.

Full HD 1920 x 1080 Recording & 5.3 Megapixel Still Image Capture
The HDR-CX190 offers 1920 x 1080/60i high definition resolution letting you record your adventures and memories in exceptional Full HD quality. You can even use the camera's HDMI output to view your footage on a compatible HDTV in stunning clarity with incredible detail and smooth playback. The HDR-CX190 features 5.3 megapixel still image capture as well
Memory Card Slot
The camcorder features a memory card slot that supports SD / SDHC / SDXC (class 4 or higher) memory cards, as well as Memory Stick PRO Duo (Mark 2) and Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo cards
Back-Illuminated Exmor 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 CMOS sensor. Designed for compact cameras and camcorders, the Exmor 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 with 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
25x Optical Zoom & 30x Extended Zoom
The camera's 30x extended zoom works in conjunction with 25x optical zoom to get you even closer to the action while maintaining a fair distance and high definition image quality
Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar Lens
The professional-quality Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar lens is designed specifically for compact camcorders. Precision ground optics help maintain the sharpness and contrast of larger lenses and SteadyShot image stabilization helps reduce blur caused by camera shake
Clear Photo 2.7" LCD Display (230K)
The 2.7" Clear Photo LCD panel displays sharp, bright and vivid images that let you compose a shot more easily - even outdoors. It also enables you to change settings to best represent the scene
Intelligent Auto with 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 with 60 different combinations possible. The nine modes are Portrait, Baby, Tripod, Backlight, Landscape, Spotlight, Twilight, Macro and Low light
Event Browse for Grouping Photos & Videos Automatically
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. Plus, 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
Highlight Playback identifies and compiles key scenes into a short, entertaining movie complete with music and transitions. You can even pin-point the exact scene you want to include in the highlight reel
Direct Copy to External HDD without a PC
Store your home movies by copying 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 HDTV, allowing you to utilize the camcorder's handy playback features
Built-In USB Cable for Easy File Transfers & Charging
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 any separate cables. It also fits conveniently into the hand strap so it's out of the way until you need it. Plus, charging your camcorder is faster than ever; for every two minutes of charge time you get one minute of recording time
Camera
Sensor 1x CMOS Sensor 1
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Back-Illuminated Exmor Sensor

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Optics
Lens 37 - 1075 mm (16: 9)
45 - 1325 mm (4: 3)
f/1.8 - 2.6 2
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Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar Lens

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Zoom Optical: 25x
Enhanced (Optical): 30x 3
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(Enhanced is Extended Zoom)

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Recording
System NTSC
Recording Media Memory Stick PRO Duo, Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo, SD/SDHC/SDXC  
Recording Time Not Specified By Manufacturer
Video Format High Definition
MPEG AVC/H.264
1920 x 1080i / 60 fps
Still Image Resolution JPEG: 5.3 Megapixel
Channels 2.0-Channel Stereo
Display
Display Type LCD 4
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Clear Photo LCD - 230K (Wide 16:9)

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Touchscreen No
Screen Size 2.7" 5
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(6.9cm)

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2nd Display
Projector
Features
Image Stabilization Digital 6
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SteadyShot with Active Mode

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Built-in Mic Yes
Built-in Speaker Yes 7
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Large Caliber Speakers

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Built-in Light/Flash Light - No
Flash - No
Tripod Mount 1/4"
Input/Output Connectors
Outputs 1x USB 2.0 (built-in USB cable)
1x HDMI C (Mini)
1x Composite Video (out)
Microphone Input No
Headphone Jack No
General
Languages English
Spanish
French
Portuguese
System Requirements Windows
  • XP (SP3)
    Vista (SP2)
    7
8
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Software Windows Only

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Battery Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery Pack
Power Adapter 100-240VAC, 50/60HZ
Dimensions (WxHxD) Not Specified By Manufacturer
Weight Not Specified By Manufacturer
Sony HDR-CX190 High Definition Handycam Camcorder (Black)
  • Rechargeable Battery Pack (NP-FV30)
  • AC Adapter
  • Power Cord
  • AV Connecting Cable
  • USB Connection Support Cable (Built-In)
  • 1-Year Limited Parts & 90-Day Labor Warranty
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    SonyHDR-CX190 High Definition Handycam Camcorder (Black)
     
    4.1

    (based on 27 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (12)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (10)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (3)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (1)

    88%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to use (23)
    • Zoom range/performance (21)
    • Great picture quality (19)
    • Image stabilization (15)
    • Great sound (10)

    Cons

    • Poor still image (5)
    • No external mic input (4)

    Best Uses

    • Home movies (18)
    • Travel (14)
    • HD shooting (9)
    • Low light (5)
    • Weddings (5)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Casual user (13), Enthusiast (6), Pro videographer (4), Semi-pro (3)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (22)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Nice camcorder for the price

    This is a nice camcorder for the price of $ .Pros: The PC interface is easy with the Play Memories Home software. It's small. I easily carried it in my hoodie pocket to...Read complete review

    This is a nice camcorder for the price of $ .Pros: The PC interface is easy with the Play Memories Home software. It's small. I easily carried it in my hoodie pocket to a concert. The picture quality looks very good. However, I'm upgrading from a Canon ZR700. Most awesome is, recording to Micro SDXC card.This makes the digital file very easy to work with with quickly. Cons: The video is saved as a an .m2ts file. It will paly on my computer but is not recognized by my Sharp Aquos on USB. However. it IS easily recognized and played on my PS3. Two controls on top, Photo & Mode, are difficult to work when you're hand is in the strap while shooting.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Yes, but!!!

    It is small and nice to hold, but the camera advertises it can take 5.3 MP photos. This is a shame for Sony. It actually has 1.3 MP sensor and the equivalent picture...Read complete review

    It is small and nice to hold, but the camera advertises it can take 5.3 MP photos. This is a shame for Sony. It actually has 1.3 MP sensor and the equivalent picture quality. Picture quality is like 5 year old phones. It only wastes memory to create 5.3 MP pictures by interpolation. Total scam, forget its photo capability. The video is OK, but if you want to have real HD video spend $100 more to buy a real camera, not a toy.

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    4.0

    Great For Family Movies

    By Steve

    from Binghamton, NY

    About Me Casual User

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy to Use
    • Good in Low Light
    • Great Picture Quality
    • Great Sound
    • Great Zoom

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Home Movies
      • Travel

      Comments about Sony HDR-CX190 High Definition Handycam Camcorder (Black):

      This is a great camcorder to record family events and make family movies with Microsoft Movie Maker. I expected and got a point and shoot camera that had good videos and had ability to set some variables. I wanted it to interface with my laptop seemlessly and it does. I did not expect to make a Doctor Zhivago film.

      The stills are better quality than expected.

      Its easy to use and light and small and fun to use.

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      • No

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      3.0

      Very Basic

      By No Nickname

      from Boston

      About Me Pro Videographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy to Use
      • Good Image Stabilization
      • Great Picture Quality

      Cons

      • Limited Zoom
      • No External Mic Input
      • Poor Sound

      Best Uses

      • Documentaries
      • Home Movies

      Comments about Sony HDR-CX190 High Definition Handycam Camcorder (Black):

      A very basic HD cam. Lovely pictures, but there is no way to manually control the iris or to do anything other that auto focus. That said, the auto functions are very good

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      • No

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      5.0

      I would buy this product again.

      By Media17

      from Kansas City, Ks

      About Me Pro Videographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy to Use
      • Good in Low Light
      • Great Picture Quality

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • HD Shooting

        Comments about Sony HDR-CX190 High Definition Handycam Camcorder (Black):

        I use the camera at an education institution for instructor checkout. The video quaility is excellent.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

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        4.0

        INCONSPICUOUS

        By Fonzi

        from Palm beach Gardens, Florida

        About Me Pro Videographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Good Image Stabilization
        • Great Picture Quality

        Cons

        • Complicated To Operate
        • No External Mic Input

        Best Uses

        • Home Movies
        • Travel

        Comments about Sony HDR-CX190 High Definition Handycam Camcorder (Black):

        Purchased as a backup compact camera. Sharp image, a bit complicated to download video, but worth the money. No external mic input.

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        • No

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        4.0

        Excellent achat

        By Jackfapaq

        from Québec

        About Me Casual User

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy to Use
        • Good Image Stabilization
        • Great Picture Quality
        • Great Zoom
        • Zoom range/performance

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Movies/Short Films

          Comments about Sony HDR-CX190 High Definition Handycam Camcorder (Black):

          Easy to use device. Several interesting options. Very good buy for a family.

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          • No

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          5.0

          good deal

          By Enrique from puerto rico

          from puerto rico

          About Me Casual User

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy to Use
          • Good Image Stabilization
          • Great Picture Quality

          Cons

          • Poor Still Image

          Best Uses

          • HD Shooting
          • Home Movies
          • Travel
          • Weddings/Events

          Comments about Sony HDR-CX190 High Definition Handycam Camcorder (Black):

          good price, good quality, can not go wrong

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          • No

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          4.0

          Great Product

          By kellysea

          from WA

          About Me Casual User

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy to Use
          • Great Sound
          • Great Zoom
          • Large Clear LCD
          • Zoom range/performance

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Home Movies
            • Travel

            Comments about Sony HDR-CX190 High Definition Handycam Camcorder (Black):

            Easy to use, decent picture taking, software included is ok. The software is a bit of a pain to work right but decided not to use it anyways. make sure to have a steady hand for better video quality.

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            • No

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            4.0

            So far my kid loves it!!

            By Tammyw2u

            from Weston, WV

            About Me Video Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy to Use
            • Great Picture Quality
            • Great Sound
            • Great Zoom

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Sony HDR-CX190 High Definition Handycam Camcorder (Black):

                My kid loves the easy functioning of the product, although she charged it for 24 hrs on Christmas morning the battery ran out in 45 minutes. I was VERY impressed by customer service!!

                • Was this a gift?:
                • Yes

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                4.0

                Great Budget Camcorder

                By SantoriTime

                from Orange County, CA

                About Me Video Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy to Use
                • Good Image Stabilization
                • Great Picture Quality
                • Great Zoom

                Cons

                • Lack Of Features
                • Non Touchscreen

                Best Uses

                • HD Shooting
                • Home Movies
                • Travel
                • Weddings/Events

                Comments about Sony HDR-CX190 High Definition Handycam Camcorder (Black):

                Fantastic camcorder for the ridiculously low price. HD quality image, great zoom, extremely portable. I would highly recommend this to a consumer looking for a good camcorder at a low price.

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                4.0

                i think its a great camera .

                By yudes

                from new york

                About Me Casual User

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy to Use
                • Good Image Stabilization
                • Good in Low Light
                • Great Picture Quality
                • Great Sound
                • Great Zoom
                • Large Clear LCD
                • Zoom range/performance

                Cons

                • Poor Still Image

                Best Uses

                • Home Movies

                Comments about Sony HDR-CX190 High Definition Handycam Camcorder (Black):

                I'm using the cx 19o for home video.It has great qaulity pics.For its price its a good buy.it doesn't have the gimics like the other camera has but I don't that.I'm fine with out the touch screen.gps locater.and projecter I'm sure those are fun but I didn't need it.its has good stablised pictures.in general I'm happy with it.

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                • No

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                5.0

                Sony Quality

                By seaside

                from Ann Arbor MI

                About Me Video Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy to Use
                • Good Image Stabilization
                • Great Picture Quality
                • Great Zoom

                Cons

                • Stills Images Are Ok

                Best Uses

                • Home Movies
                • Travel

                Comments about Sony HDR-CX190 High Definition Handycam Camcorder (Black):

                For the price this is an excellent HD camcorder. Sony makes the best camcorders and typically their high end camcorder expertise and technology trickles down to their lower end units. I have used Sony camcorder ($3000+) down to the less expensive models and they don't disappoint.

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                • No

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                5.0

                Nice camcorder for the price

                By baloce

                from San Diego, California

                About Me Casual User

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Good in Low Light

                Cons

                • Poor Still Image

                Best Uses

                • Home Movies

                Comments about Sony HDR-CX190 High Definition Handycam Camcorder (Black):

                This is a nice camcorder for the price of $ .Pros: The PC interface is easy with the Play Memories Home software. It's small. I easily carried it in my hoodie pocket to a concert. The picture quality looks very good. However, I'm upgrading from a Canon ZR700. Most awesome is, recording to Micro SDXC card.This makes the digital file very easy to work with with quickly. Cons: The video is saved as a an .m2ts file. It will paly on my computer but is not recognized by my Sharp Aquos on USB. However. it IS easily recognized and played on my PS3. Two controls on top, Photo & Mode, are difficult to work when you're hand is in the strap while shooting.

                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

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                5.0

                So lightweight I thought it was a toy

                By Ltlacorn

                from hudson, oh

                About Me Casual User

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy to Use
                • Good Image Stabilization
                • Great Picture Quality
                • Great Zoom

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • HD Shooting
                  • Home Movies
                  • Indoors/Low Light
                  • Travel
                  • Weddings/Events

                  Comments about Sony HDR-CX190 High Definition Handycam Camcorder (Black):

                  This recorder is so easy to hold. No more bulky tripods to travel with and tapes to cart around. We used it at a horse show last weekend and are looking forward to using it for a graduation next weekend.

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                  • No

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                  4.0

                  the best

                  By doug

                  from los angeles,ca

                  About Me Casual User

                  Pros

                  • Easy to Use
                  • Good Image Stabilization

                  Cons

                  • Poor In Low Light

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Sony HDR-CX190 High Definition Handycam Camcorder (Black):

                    great starter camcorder.

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                    4.0

                    Great value for the money.

                    By Kevin the Camera guy

                    from Rouses Point, NY

                    About Me Semi-pro Videographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy to Use
                    • Good in Low Light
                    • Great Picture Quality
                    • Great Sound
                    • Great Zoom
                    • Large Clear LCD
                    • Zoom range/performance

                    Cons

                    • Cannot Change Lenses
                    • Poor Still Image

                    Best Uses

                    • Documentaries
                    • HD Shooting
                    • Home Movies
                    • Indoors/Low Light
                    • Movies/Short Films
                    • Travel
                    • Weddings/Events

                    Comments about Sony HDR-CX190 High Definition Handycam Camcorder (Black):

                    i use it to tape soccer games, make music videos, class projects etc. and it works well in every aspect. Lightweight, easy to use, long battery life, and great in low light. Only thing I don't like is that there are no detachable lenses.

                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • Yes

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                    3.0

                    Sony HDR-CX190

                    By Mark

                    from Norfolk, VA

                    About Me Semi-pro Videographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy to Use

                    Cons

                    • 2 tiny to operate by hand

                    Best Uses

                    • HD Shooting

                    Comments about Sony HDR-CX190 High Definition Handycam Camcorder (Black):

                    Great Price on a HD comcorder! The cx-190 is little which makes it hard to operate by hand. Works well on a tripod.

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                    • No

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                    (5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    2.0

                    Yes, but!!!

                    By Mike

                    from Toronto, ON

                    About Me Video Enthusiast

                    Pros

                    • Easy to Use

                    Cons

                    • Poor Still Image

                    Best Uses

                    • Travel

                    Comments about Sony HDR-CX190 High Definition Handycam Camcorder (Black):

                    It is small and nice to hold, but the camera advertises it can take 5.3 MP photos. This is a shame for Sony. It actually has 1.3 MP sensor and the equivalent picture quality. Picture quality is like 5 year old phones. It only wastes memory to create 5.3 MP pictures by interpolation. Total scam, forget its photo capability. The video is OK, but if you want to have real HD video spend $100 more to buy a real camera, not a toy.

                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • No

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                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    4.0

                    Nice camera for the money

                    By marko

                    from Harrisburg, PA

                    About Me Pro Videographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy to Use
                    • Good Image Stabilization
                    • Good in Low Light
                    • Great Picture Quality
                    • Great Zoom
                    • Large Clear LCD

                    Cons

                    • No External Mic Input

                    Best Uses

                    • Home Movies
                    • Travel

                    Comments about Sony HDR-CX190 High Definition Handycam Camcorder (Black):

                    Shoots nice video. Has nice features. Great in low light. My biggest disappointment is that I have to convert the files to edit them in Final Cut Pro. The box says it's compatible with iMovie, but it is not.

                    But then again, I'm just using this for home shooting.

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                    • No

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                    5.0

                    Exactly what I was looking for

                    By Kyle

                    from Indiana

                    About Me Video Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy to Use
                    • Good Image Stabilization
                    • Good in Low Light
                    • Great Picture Quality
                    • Great Sound
                    • Large Clear LCD

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Home Movies
                      • Travel

                      Comments about Sony HDR-CX190 High Definition Handycam Camcorder (Black):

                      This camera is exactly what I was looking for. I use it for a second angle camera to film hunts and also perfect for travel footage.

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                      • No

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                      5.0

                      It's awesome!

                      By Phoebe

                      from Medway, MA

                      About Me Casual User

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy to Use
                      • Good Image Stabilization
                      • Great Sound
                      • Zoom range/performance

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Home Movies

                        Comments about Sony HDR-CX190 High Definition Handycam Camcorder (Black):

                        I compared the price of camcorder on different websites for weeks. After I purchased one in a store, I found this better model on B&H website with the same price. Why didn't I want to get a better one ? I returned the previous one to the store and order this one online. B&H is amazingly effective. Placed the order on Monday, shipped on Tuesday, got this new gear on Wednesday.I used this camcorder for recording my student recital and it was perfect. The image and sound were recorded very nice, furthermore, I used the software come with the machine to edit it. I could clip any section I wanted so every student could have their own part movie!Awesome!

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