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Sony HDR-CX280E Full HD Camcorder (PAL)

Sony HDR-CX280E Full HD Camcorder (PAL)

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Product Highlights

  • 8.9MP Exmor R CMOS Sensor
  • 1920 x 1080 50p in AVCHD
  • Wide Angle Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar Lens
  • 27x Optical Zoom and 50x Extended Zoom
  • Optical SteadyShot Image Stabilization
  • 2.7" Clear Photo LCD Display
  • Intelligent Auto Mode
  • Built-in USB Cable for Power and Data
  • Direct Copy to HDD Without a PC
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The PAL Sony HDR-CX280E Full Camcorder utilizes an 8.9MP Exmor R CMOS sensor and a Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar lens for capturing Full HD 1080/50p video and 8.9MP still images. The camera records HD using the AVCHD codec with user selectable data rate options. 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.

Optical SteadyShot with Active Mode compensates for camera shake, and users can monitor and playback recorded footage via the 2.7" Clear Photo Plus LCD display. Other key features include a built-in USB cable for charging or data output, the Event Browse feature, the Direct Copy feature, and an Intelligent Auto Mode capable of automatically selecting the most suitable camera settings for the subject.

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.
1080/50p and 8.9MP Still Images
Create high definition 1920 x 1080 50p videos and 8.9MP still images. HD video is recorded in high quality AVCHD at user selectable data rates, while SD video is recorded MPEG2.
29.8mm Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar Lens
The Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar lens is designed specifically for compact camcorders. It features a 35mm equivalent range of 29.8 to 953.6mm with a 16:9 aspect ratio. The lens has an optical zoom ratio of 27x with a 50x Extended Zoom.
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 and then automatically selecting the appropriate settings.
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 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. Highlight 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.
USB Charging
You can charge the camera by using the built-in USB cable connected to a computer in approximately 2.5 hours.
Sony offers it's PlayMemories Online service. You can upload your photos and videos to this service with a PC or MAC, using downloadable software. The PlayMemories service is available in the U.K., France and Germany.
Sensor 1/5.8"  CMOS
Backside Illumination Yes
Pixel Gross 2,390,000
Effective Pixels 2,290,000 @ Video 16:9
1,710,000 @ Video 4:3
2,290,000 @ Photo 16:9
1,710,000 @ Photo 4:3
Focal Length 2.1 - 57 mm
35mm Equivalent Focal Length 29.8 - 953.6 @ Aspect Ratio: 16:9 Video
36.4 - 1164.8 @ Aspect Ratio: 4:3 Video
29.8 - 804 @ Aspect Ratio: 16:9 Photo
29.8 - 984 @ Aspect Ratio: 4:3 Photo
Maximum Aperture f/ 1.8 - f/ 10
Zoom Optical: 27x
Extended: 50x
Digital: 320x
System PAL
Recording Media Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo, Memory Stick Pro Duo (Mark 2) Up To 32GB 
Memory Stick XC-HG Duo, SD/SDHC/SDXC Up To 64GB 
Video Format High Definition
1920 x 1080p / 50 fps (28Mbps)
1920 x 1080i / 50 fps (24Mbps)
1920 x 1080i / 50 fps (17Mbps)
High Definition
1440 x 1080i / 50 fps (9Mbps)
1440 x 1080i / 50 fps (5Mbps)
Standard Definition
720 x 576i / 50 fps (9Mbps)
Aspect Ratio 16:9
Still Image Resolution JPEG: 8.9 Megapixel, 3984 x 2240 (16:9)
JPEG: 6.7 Megapixel, 2992 x 2240 (4:3)
Channels 2.0-Channel Stereo
Audio Format Dolby Digital 2ch
Display Type LCD
Touchscreen No
Screen Size 2.7"
Pixel Count 230,000
Resolution 960 x 240
Aspect Ratio 16:9
Rotation Opening Angle: 90°
Image Stabilization Optical
Scene Modes Preset: Yes
Lux 6 (1/50 shutter speed)
3 (1/25 Shutter Speed, Low Lux Mode ON)
Shutter Speed 1/6-1/10000sec
White Balance Modes Auto
Indoor 1
Built-in Mic Yes
Built-in Speaker Yes
Built-in Light/Flash Light - No
Flash - No
Input/Output Connectors
Outputs 1x Composite Video (out)
1x HDMI D (Micro)
1x USB 2.0 Built-in USB Cable
1x Proprietary Sony's Multi Connector
Microphone Input No
Headphone Jack No
System Requirements Windows
  • XP (SP3)
  • Core 2 Duo 2.40GHz Processor or greater
  • 512MB RAM
  • USB 2.0 Interface
  • 1024 x 768 Pixel Resolution

  • Vista (SP2)
  • Core 2 Duo 2.4GHz Processor or greater
  • 1GB RAM
  • USB 2.0 Interface
  • 1024 x 768 Pixel Resolution

  • OS X 10.5 to 10.7, 10.8
Battery Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery Pack, 7.2-8.4VDC, 500mAh
Providing up to 1.5 Hours per Charge
Charging Method AC Adapter
Charging Time 2.5 hours
Power Consumption Operating: 18 W
Operating Temperature 32 - 104°F (0 - 40°C)
Dimensions (WxHxD) 1.9 x 1.1 x 3.2" / 48.0 x 29.0 x 81.0 mm
Weight 5.29 oz / 150 g
Sony HDR-CX280E Full HD Camcorder (PAL)
  • Rechargable NP-FV30 Battery
  • AC Adapter
  • Power Cord
  • HDMI Cable
  • USB Cable
  • 90 Day B&H Warranty

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    Very nice camcorder for travel!

    By Astra65

    from Santa Clarita, CA

    About Me Pro Videographer

    Verified Buyer


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


      Best Uses

      • HD Shooting
      • Home Movies
      • Travel

      Comments about Sony HDR-CX280E Full HD Camcorder (PAL):

      I got this for my Mom who lives in Europe, is an avid traveler and needed an easy camcorder to use. This one fit the bill and should do great. It is tiny, very lightweight, and the picture quality is excellent for the size. The wide angle zeiss lens is a great plus. Most of those little camcorders have lenses that simply are not wide enough. The best feature is by far the image stabilizer. It is a genius device that takes the shaking out of your shot, like a built in gyroscope. Great feature in such a small camera. My only gripe would be the tiny little sensor, which leaves little chance for shallow depth of field, and probably also means just acceptable low light performance.

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