Sony HDR-CX280E Full HD Camcorder (PAL)

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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  • 1Description

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.
In the Box
Sony HDR-CX280E Full HD Camcorder (PAL)
  • Rechargable NP-FV30 Battery
  • AC Adapter
  • Power Cord
  • HDMI Cable
  • USB Cable
  • 90 Day B&H Warranty
  • Table of Contents
    • 1Description
    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 32 GB 
    Memory Stick XC-HG Duo, SD/SDHC/SDXC Up To 64 GB 
    Video Format High Definition
    1920 x 1080p / 50 fps (28 Mbps)
    1920 x 1080i / 50 fps (24 Mbps)
    1920 x 1080i / 50 fps (17 Mbps)
    High Definition
    1440 x 1080i / 50 fps (9 Mbps)
    1440 x 1080i / 50 fps (5 Mbps)
    Standard Definition
    720 x 576i / 50 fps (9 Mbps)
    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°
    Exposure Control
    Shutter Speed 1/6-1/10000 sec
    Image Stabilization Optical
    Scene Modes Preset: Yes
    Lux 6 (1/50 shutter speed)
    3 (1/25 Shutter Speed, Low Lux Mode ON)
    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
    • 512 MB RAM
    • USB 2.0 Interface
    • 1024 x 768 Pixel Resolution

    • Vista (SP2)
    • Core 2 Duo 2.4GHz Processor or greater
    • 1 GB 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, 7.2-8.4 VDC, 500 mAh,
    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
    Packaging Info
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 7.5 x 5.6 x 4.9"

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