Sony 8GB HDR-CX290 HD Handycam Camcorder (PAL)

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Product Highlights

  • 8.9MP Exmor R CMOS Sensor
  • 1920 x 1080 50p in AVCHD or MP4
  • Wide Angle Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar Lens
  • 27x Optical Zoom and 50x Extended Zoom
  • Embedded Flash Memory (8GB)
  • 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 8GB HDR-CX290E HD Handycam 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. 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.

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. 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. In addition, innovative 3-Way Shake-Canceling adds electronic roll stability for even smoother video capture.
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 from ten distinct scene modes and wind noise reduction. There are 90 different combinations are possible: Portrait, Baby, Walk, Tripod, Backlight, Landscape, Spotlight, Twilight, Macro, and Low light.
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. Charging your camcorder is faster than ever now through the USB; for every two minutes of charge time you get one minute of recording time.
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.
Sensor 1x 8.9 Megapixel CMOS Sensor
Backside Illumination Yes
Color Filter RGB
Pixel Gross 2,390,000
Effective Pixels 2,290,000 16:9
Focal Length Not Specified By Manufacturer
35mm Equivalent Focal Length 29.8 - 804 @ Aspect Ratio: 16:9 
36.4 - 984 @ Aspect Ratio: 4:3 
Maximum Aperture f/ 1.9 - f/ 4
Focusing Distance 0.4" / 1.0 cm
Zoom Optical: 27x
Digital: 320x
Filter Size Not Specified By Manufacturer
System PAL
Recording Media Internal Flash Memory Up To 8 GB 
Memory Stick PRO Duo, Memory Stick XC-HG Duo, SD/SDHC/SDXC  
Recording Time Internal Flash Memory 8 GB
HD PS: 35 minutes
HD FH: 1 hour
HD HQ: 1.75 hours
HD LP: 3.16 hours
MP4: 2.66 hours
Video Format High Definition
1920 x 1080p / 50 fps (28 Mbps)
1440 x 1080i / 50 fps
1280 x 720p / 25 fps
Standard Definition
720 x 576i / 50 fps
Still Image Resolution JPEG: 8.9 Megapixel, 3984 x 2240 (16:9)
JPEG: 6.7 Megapixel, 2992 x 2240 (4:3)
JPEG: 2.1 Megapixel, 1920 x 1080 (16:9)
Audio Format AAC-LC
Dolby Digital 2ch
Display Type LCD
Touchscreen No
Screen Size 2.7"
Pixel Count 230,000
Aspect Ratio 16:9
Rotation Opening Angle: 90°
Turning Angle: 270°
Exposure Control
Shutter Speed 1/25-1/10000 sec
Image Stabilization Optical
Scene Modes Preset: Yes
White Balance Modes Auto
Preset Manual
Creative Effects Yes
Built-in Mic Yes
Built-in Speaker Yes
Tripod Mount Not Specified By Manufacturer
Input/Output Connectors
Inputs 1x USB 2.0
Outputs 1x USB 2.0
1x HDMI D (Micro)
1x Composite Video (out)
1x Bravia Sync
Languages Not Specified By Manufacturer
Battery Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery Pack, 6.8-7.2 VDC
Charging Method USB
Power Adapter 8.4 VAC
Dimensions (WxHxD) 2.1 x 2.2 x 4.6" / 52.5 x 57.0 x 117.0 mm
Weight 6.35 oz / 180 g (main unit only)
7.9 oz / 224 g (with NP-FV30 battery)
Packaging Info
Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 7.5 x 5.6 x 4.9"
Sony 8GB HDR-CX290 HD Handycam Camcorder (PAL)
  • Rechargeable Battery Pack (NP-FV30)
  • AC-L200 AC Adapter
  • Power Cord
  • HDMI (micro) Cable
  • USB Connection Support Cable
  • Operating Guide
  • 1-Year Limited Parts and 90-Day Labor Warranty

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    Very much satisfied

    By Zoli

    from Balatonalmádi, Hungary

    About Me Casual User

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


      Best Uses

      • HD Shooting
      • Home Movies
      • Travel

      Comments about Sony 8GB HDR-CX290 HD Handycam Camcorder (PAL):

      I really like this camera. Easy to use, lightweight, good still photo qualities. Very good price/quality ratio.

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