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SonyHDR-CX220 HD Handycam Camcorder (Silver)
 
4.4

(based on 37 reviews)

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    (13)

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97%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Zoom range/performance (36)
  • Easy to use (33)
  • Great picture quality (29)
  • Image stabilization (22)
  • Great sound (16)

Cons

  • Poor in low light (8)
  • No external mic input (7)
  • Poor still image (5)
  • Limited zoom (3)

Best Uses

  • Home movies (29)
  • Travel (23)
  • HD shooting (15)
  • Movies/short films (13)
  • Low light (11)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Casual user (20), Enthusiast (7), Semi-pro (5), Pro videographer (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (33)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

GREAT 1080P HD CAMERA!

I wanted a new HD digital home video camera to replace my old MiniDV, to take videos of special events, holidays, and just to bug my 15 year old daughter. But forget what...Read complete review

I wanted a new HD digital home video camera to replace my old MiniDV, to take videos of special events, holidays, and just to bug my 15 year old daughter. But forget what CNET or other "professional" review websites state... this video camera is smoking hot for the price. Others have mentioned the lightweight "plastic" feel, but that's not an issue at all (glue a fishing weight to the cam if you want "weight"). In the 1080p HD mode, and even in the 1080i, this cam produced PERFECT results, and clarity that jumped off my big screen! I only gave it 4 stars because of the bad low-lux capability. I'll agree with others that the low-light results stink, and stink bad!!! Sony should have, and likely could have, provided a better low-light sensor. However, it's only noisy/grainy in near zero light situations. If you have ample window light, or are shooting with just a few room lights on, it's "okay" yet far better than my old MiniDV camcorder. I'm a former professional videographer & photographer and if you are on a budget, and want to get into an all-digital hard disk HD format, then buy this camera - you will not be disappointed. What more weight and better low-light capabilities, then spend $- $ more!

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Not a bad camera

This handycam records pretty good video. I use to make short videos. It was given to me as a gift. I wish the camcorder body didn't feel as flimsy as it does. It...Read complete review

This handycam records pretty good video. I use to make short videos. It was given to me as a gift. I wish the camcorder body didn't feel as flimsy as it does. It feels a little too "plasticy". Also, the lcd screen feels like it could break off easily .But, I had it for a few months, and it has't broke or anything. I usally record at 720p, and the video quality looks good when playing on YouTube, or on a flatscreen tv.

Also, I really wish sony would have included more acessories with the camera, such a travel charger(you can charge the camera via usb to a computer without the travel charger)

Even there is some things I don't like about the camera, there is a lot of things I do like about it. There are more things I could talk about it(good and bad) but this review would be too long :)

Overall, this is not a bad camera, and I am happy with it.

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4.0

It's great yet simple

By John the camera man

from Seattle WA

About Me Semi-pro Videographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

  • Poor In Low Light
  • Poor Still Image

Best Uses

  • Documentaries
  • Home Movies
  • Travel

Comments about HDR-CX220 HD Handycam Camcorder (Black):

I used two of these for a wedding in Hawaii.
I know the zoom is not that great but I didn't need it that much. I know the color is not so correct but it's still HD and I can correct it with editing. Taking pics are not great quality, but I bought this to record video not to take pics.
Sound quality is good enough and I had an extra batt. I don't know why many people don't like this camera, but if you know its capabilities and know how to compensate the weaknesses, then it's a good camera.

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4.0

very handy,light weight

By guy

from las vegas

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Documentaries
    • Indoors/Low Light

    Comments about HDR-CX220 HD Handycam Camcorder (Black):

    very easy to oparate,the lence has to close manually

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    • Yes

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    5.0

    User Friendly

    By William

    from Venice, FL

    About Me Casual User

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

    • Limited Zoom

    Best Uses

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

    Comments about HDR-CX220 HD Handycam Camcorder (Silver):

    We have used this cam for about a month only and the quality of video and picture we get, the size & weight being a lot less than our other old sony cam makes this one our favorite. Also, functions are very easy to manipulate that even my first grader has no problems at all. This is the best deal ever.

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    5.0

    Good Value

    By Happy Camper

    from Honolulu, Hawaii

    About Me Video Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Home Movies
      • Movies/Short Films
      • Travel

      Comments about HDR-CX220 HD Handycam Camcorder (Black):

      If you are looking for a no nonsense HD camcorder that will provide you with sharp images this is the camera for you. Very happy with the purchase.

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      4.0

      HDR-CX220 HD Handycam Camcorder

      By Jay

      from Nashville

      About Me Casual User

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy to Use
      • Good Image Stabilization

      Cons

      • Poor In Low Light

      Best Uses

      • Home Movies

      Comments about HDR-CX220 HD Handycam Camcorder (Black):

      I use this product to take occasional videos of my kids. The quality is decent. What I expected was more than I paid for $[$]. I am happy with the product and it serve my purpose. I really like the customer service at B&H. Very helpful, caring and friendly.Thanks

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      3.0

      CX220 Ok video, bad photos

      By Pahooboy

      from Baton Rouge, LA

      About Me Casual User

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy to Use
      • Great Sound
      • Great Zoom

      Cons

      • Poor In Low Light
      • Poor Still Image

      Best Uses

      • Home Movies

      Comments about HDR-CX220 HD Handycam Camcorder (Black):

      The CX220 is an affordable HD Camera that provides an introductory budget video experience. It doesn't do anything special. If you are looking for something to provide home videos in HD that provides zooming past the length of a cell phone camera, then you would be ok with this camera. However, even though this camera has photo capabilities, it is so bad at taking photos that it renders this function useless. It is very light weight, almost cheap feeling. It is so small and light I would recommend purchasing tripod accessories – small and large. The new mini flexible tripods work well where you hold the camera like a pistol rather than fit the camera in your hand. Since there is no view finder, it sort of eliminates the usual holding format with the palm of your hand. Even though it has a side strap I have found I never use it like that. This really frees you up to shoot at different angles like really low for a child's perspective or high over the heads of a crowd.I found the navigation of the menu with a star button rather than a touch screen functional. I thought I would miss the touch screen. But, I got use to it and actually prefer it over a touch screen similar to my older Sony mini-cam. The video quality is in the middle. I have cell phones that take better video, but I don't have the zoom. My camera with the best HD video is a sports water camera that I bought for about $[$]. So, I am compromising between video quality and the ability to zoom. I have a daughter in gymnastics and you have to shoot from across the room. This is why I purchased this camera. I've shot video outside in bright sunlight and that provides the best quality of video. However, I still do not find it with any wow factor. The colors do not pop out and seem muted. I found the same with indoor shooting. In fact the lower the lighting, the more grainy and softer the video becomes. It has a setting for low lighting conditions. My wife shot the first gymnastic meet and I thought the quality was poor. I later realized that this low light setting was on during her shooting. Relative to outdoor shooting, it was low light. Imagine the bad lighting in a gym setting. I shot the next meet with this setting off and all other settings to auto. It was markedly better, but still no wow factor. We take our waterproof camera on vacation, and we still have a wow factor when watching video from this camera. So, if you don't know any better, then you're ok. I sure would love to have the two cameras merged - both zoom and quality. My biggest gripe with this camera is the poor photos it takes. It has a great function where you have dual action by being able to take a photo while you are filming. However, the photos are so bad, that it renders this function useless. Do not be sold on this camera as having both video and photo capabilities. The photos, whether taken with zoom or not, or taken inside or outside, are horrendous. Not even my worst photo taken with my cell phone matches the bad quality produced with the CX220. So, we still have to take our other point and shoot cameras and cell phones with us to get good photos. I was so looking forward to have great zooming capabilities with photos, but alas, disappointment.Depending on your needs would determine whether I would recommend this camera for you. My needs include cheap price, shooting better than standard quality video of kid sports and family functions with zooming capabilities and placing it on the internet for friends and family to see. If you need Pro or semi-pro quality and capabilities then look to higher level cameras. This one is very basic. B&H Photo had the lowest price by far for this camera and included a SD card. So, wait for specials.

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      5.0

      Very happy

      By Hillrunnernc

      from Hendersonville, NC

      Comments about HDR-CX220 HD Handycam Camcorder (Black):

      I bought this camcorder to do recordings of my personal training sessions and yoga tutorials. My concern was about the microphone capability in whatever camera I got, but I have been very happy with the image and sound in the few recordings I've done so far! I am very happy also that I can charge it using my iPad charger by simply plugging in the USB cord. I haven't played with the editing yet, but that will be fun.

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      5.0

      Simple, Small and Convenient

      By Hawk

      from Fairfield, CT

      About Me Casual User

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

      • Limited Zoom

      Best Uses

      • Indoors/Low Light
      • Travel
      • Weddings/Events

      Comments about HDR-CX220 HD Handycam Camcorder (Blue):

      I'm 6'3" and my big "paws" fit snuggly into the handle, making this a perfect fit to record my son's basketball games. I also, use it to film my middle school track & Field athletes performing their events. This gives them a 1st hand view of what they're doing right and wrong. Makes it easier for them to adjust their performances to be as good as they possibly can be. Thanks B&H you guys are great. Your price beat the prices up here in the CT. worth the trip into the City. Thanks again.

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      • No

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      4.0

      nice camera

      By fisherman

      from Clarion PA.

      About Me Casual User

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Home Movies

        Comments about HDR-CX220 HD Handycam Camcorder (Black):

        use this camera for home movies. Small enough to take in the boat or in the field hunting. Takes great video. Easy to burn dvds on my home computer.

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        • No

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        5.0

        Good and Cheap

        By Feca

        from Sao Paulo-Brazil

        About Me Video Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy to Use
        • Great Picture Quality

        Cons

        • Poor In Low Light

        Best Uses

        • Home Movies
        • Travel

        Comments about HDR-CX220 HD Handycam Camcorder (Black):

        Go ahead.
        Easy ,good and cheap.

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        • No

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        4.0

        Great Camcorder for the price.

        By Freeze Frame

        from Mahopac, New York

        About Me Casual User

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

        • No External Mic Input

        Best Uses

        • HD Shooting
        • Home Movies
        • Travel

        Comments about HDR-CX220 HD Handycam Camcorder (Black):

        Works great. Videotaped my grand daughters 3rd birthday party and she was thrilled to see herself on tv. Now if I can just figure out how to transfer the video to a dvd, I'll be all set! Worked well in low light, colors look very good, small in size for someone with big hands. I personally could not fit my hand through the hand strap, but it's not a big problem.

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        5.0

        Nice Camera

        By Shipleyimages

        from Center Valley PA

        About Me Semi-pro Videographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Home Movies
          • Weddings/Events

          Comments about HDR-CX220 HD Handycam Camcorder (Black):

          Compact, great quality, great price

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          3.0

          Good Price but Limited Functionality

          By Keith

          from Chicago

          About Me Semi-pro Videographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy to Use

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Home Movies
            • Movies/Short Films
            • Travel

            Comments about HDR-CX220 HD Handycam Camcorder (Black):

            For a casual user or one just getting started this camcorder has a good price for getting started with movie making. The operation is straight forward and easy to learn. It has limited zoom and mediocre picture quality. I'm not slamming this camcorder: it does what it does well enough for a low-end product.

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            3.0

            Nice little camera for what it is

            By News Shooter

            from Teaneck NJ

            About Me Pro Videographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy to Use
            • Simple Menu

            Cons

            • Long Time To Focus
            • No External Mic Input
            • Poor In Low Light
            • Takes A While To Find Foc

            Best Uses

            • Home Movies

            Comments about HDR-CX220 HD Handycam Camcorder (Black):

            Bought this camera to document family moments and it works well for that purpose. Menu is self explanatory, and easy to use. Takes nice pictures, however, it sometimes takes a while to find focus.
            Also took a while to figure out how to charge the camera as there is NO AC adapter. You plug into a USB port or use one of the many AC to USB adapters most would have anyway.
            Also shots look a little grainy indoors, but the sensor is tiny..not a big deal for what it is.

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            5.0

            Very good camcorder especially for price

            By ZoltanGZ

            from Holland, PA

            About Me Pro Videographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

            • No External Mic Input
            • Poor In Low Light

            Best Uses

            • Documentaries
            • HD Shooting
            • Home Movies
            • Movies/Short Films
            • Travel

            Comments about HDR-CX220 HD Handycam Camcorder (Silver):

            Surprisingly good camcorder especially considering it's low cost. The battery which is included could be bigger, a spare with higher capacity is advisable, along with the AC charger.
            The USB is handy, but then the camera needs to be tied to the AC adapter or computer for charging.
            Very good audio quality for concert recordings. Good in daylight and decent lighting, a bit noisy in really dim lighting, but then again it's not in the thousand dollar category. Very light with tripod mount suggested for smoother shots although the built in Steady Shot does an admirable job in suppressing shake in all but the extreme zoom ranges .. especially if the digital zoom is used. Manual override for video and audio is provided, although the menu button to incrementally change the video up and down needs to be done before recording for the mere reason that it makes and audible clicking in the sound track if used while shooting. Background noise even in quiet settings is minimal with good isolation of autofocus and zoom noises. Outside in slight windy conditions the mics do pickup noise and there is no easy way to muffle them unless a foam is glued over the front of the unit. Such is the case with most Handycam cameras, whether Sony or other brands. To overcome such difficulties a camcorder with top mounted boom mics or shotgun mics are needed with a foam or blimp attachment. All in all this is a good all around camera for quick shooting and decent results. Something to even keep in the glove box for unexpected use.

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            4.0

            For novices.

            By Anatolij

            from Ukraine.

            About Me Video Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy to Use
            • Great Picture Quality
            • Great Sound
            • Great Zoom
            • Zoom range/performance

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Documentaries
              • Movies/Short Films
              • Travel

              Comments about HDR-CX220 HD Handycam Camcorder (Black):

              Not expensive, for novices. Perfectly resembles for video on nature. in mountains.... Simple in-process. For a price меньше 200 simply excellent !

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              5.0

              good camera

              By jack

              from lincoln, ne

              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

                Best Uses

                • HD Shooting
                • Home Movies
                • Travel

                Comments about HDR-CX220 HD Handycam Camcorder (Black):

                good camera, good price.

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                3.0

                Okay Camera

                By Tammym

                from Warren, OH

                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

                • Must Download Sony Softwa
                • No Touch Lcd Screen

                Best Uses

                • Home Movies
                • Indoors/Low Light

                Comments about HDR-CX220 HD Handycam Camcorder (Black):

                The picture quality was good for recording my daughters Varsity Basketball games, however I am not impressed by the cheap feel of the camera. I miss the touch LCD screen that my older Sony had. I didn't mind the fact that it has no internal memory, however I did not like the fact that the videos were not campatible with with Window's movie maker programs. I am returning this Camcorder and exchanging for a higher quality model.

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                5.0

                Great product for the price!

                By David

                from Arizona

                About Me Semi-pro Videographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                • No External Mic Input
                • Poor Still Image

                Best Uses

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

                Comments about HDR-CX220 HD Handycam Camcorder (Black):

                I have my own video production company where I use a very expensive and rather large camera. It does a great job and I love it. My wife and I bought this becasue we wanted something small that we can just grab, go, film and take pictures where ever we are at any time. For the $[$]we paid for it I must say this is a great buy! The picture quality is great and holds very well on its own in low light settings. It is very small and super easy to use! I was shocked at how well it could pick up audio and not get any camera sounds. It also provides a lot more features to just add more fun and flexiblity to the camera than I thought it would. Overall for the price we paid for it, you could not ask for a better camera. I would not let the term, "you get what you paid for" apply to this, this is way better than what you pay for.

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                4.0

                Good Camera

                By Jessica

                from Quincy, IL

                About Me Casual User

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy to Use
                • Great Picture Quality
                • Large Clear LCD

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about HDR-CX220 HD Handycam Camcorder (Black):

                    Very light,easy to use camera. Would have liked a guide to getting started. It was set to Demo mode.

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