Sony HDR-CX900 Full HD Handycam Camcorder (Black)

Sony HDR-CX900 HD Camcorder Basic Kit

Sony HDR-CX900 HD Camcorder Basic Kit

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  • HDR-CX900 Camcorder
  • Sony 64GB UHS-I SDXC U3 Speed Media Card
  • Watson NP-FV70 Li-ion Battery Pack
  • Watson Compact AC/DC Battery Charger
  • Tiffen 62mm UV Filter
  • Microfiber Cleaning Cloth
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Sony HDR-CX900 overview

  • 1Description

This B&H Kit is assembled to provide you with a basic, but well-outfitted, shooting kit built around the Sony HDR-CX900 HD Camcorder. Included with the basic kit are a Sony 64GB media card, a Watson NP-FV70-type battery and charger, a Tiffen 52mm UV Filter, and a microfiber cleaning cloth.

The Sony HDR-CX900 captures HD at XAVC S, AVCHD, or web friendly MP4 to Memory Stick Pro Duo (Mark 2), Memory Stick XC-HG Duo, and SD/SDHC/SDXC media cards . It features an integrated 12x optical zoom lens and a 3.5" flip out touch panel LCD viewscreen. A media card is required to capture you images, and the included 64GB card allows you to start recording immediately. The included Watson battery features a greater capacity than the battery that shipped with your camera, while the UV filter protects your images from UV haze and offers protection to the front element of your lens. A microfiber cleaning cloth is useful for keeping your optics clean.

  • Sony HDR-CX900 Full HD Handycam Camcorder (Black)

    The black Sony HDR-CX900 Full HD Handycam Camcorder brings broadcast-quality HD video to the palm of your hand. The 1" Exmor R CMOS sensor is approximately 8x larger than that of typical camcorders, allowing you to capture cinematic images with shallow depth-of-field for defocused backgrounds. The camcorder features a wide-angle Zeiss Vario Sonnar T* lens with 12x optical zoom plus 24x Clear Image digital zoom. SteadyShot image stabilization with Active Mode delivers smooth video, and 3-Way-Shake-Canceling adds electronic roll stability for even smoother results.

    The HDR-CX900 is a versatile camcorder that lets you capture Full HD 1920x1080 video in XAVC S (up to 50 Mbps), AVCHD, or web-optimized MP4. You can also capture high-quality 20 MP still images. Frame your shots using either the large 3.5" XtraFine LCD touchscreen, or with the high-contrast 0.39" OLED EVF. For connectivity, the camcorder provides a USB 2.0 port, Micro HDMI output, and a Composite Video output. Built-in Wi-Fi and NFC support lets you use your smartphone or tablet to control the camera, as well as wirelessly transfer files to your mobile device for sharing, and back up data on your computer.

    A rechargeable lithium-ion battery pack, AC adapter, power cord, HDMI Micro cable, and a USB connection support cable come included. Also included is a lens hood, lens cap, and RMT-835 Remote Commander with battery.

    1" Exmor CMOS Sensor with Direct Pixel Read Out
    The HDR-CX900 features Sony's first 1.0" Exmor R CMOS sensor. The back-illuminated technology improves low-light sensitivity and combines with Sony's Column A/D Conversion to reduce noise by 50%. This is great when shooting in dimly lit environments such as night landscapes or indoor scenes.
    1080p Video and 20 MP Still Images
    The 20-megapixel CMOS sensor allows you to capture cinematic 1080p video at 24, 30, and 60 fps, and high-quality 20 MP still images.
    Versatile Shooting with XAVC S, AVCHD, and MP4 Codecs
    The HDR-CX900 records Full HD movies in the XAVC S format, which uses MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 codec for compression while saving files in a MP4 wrapper. The highly compressed files allow for longer record times. The camcorder also records in AVCHD, providing high-quality video for HDTV playback and Blu-ray disc burning. Additionally, the camcorder can shoot MP4 HD video, which is ideal for sharing over the internet at up to 28 Mbps. Having the ability to switch between all three of three formats makes this camcorder a versatile tool content creation. . For the greatest flexibility, you can even record AVCHD and MP4 formats simultaneously.
    Carl Zeiss Vario Sonnar T* Lens with 12x Optical Zoom
    The HDR-CX900 comes equipped with a Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* lens. It features a wide 35mm-equivalent focal length of 29mm, making it suitable for capturing landscapes, as well as 12x optical zoom and 24x Clear Image zoom, for getting close to the action.
    BIONZ X Processor Enables High Speed 120 fps Recording
    The BIONZ X Image processor enables the camcorder to create more naturally vivid and lifelike images with higher resolutions. Detail reproduction technology optimally filters edges and textures different depending on the scene. It also features area specific noise reduction which swiftly and efficiently analyzes the subject and reduces noise. The image processor also allows you to record at 120 fps at 1280 x 720 resolution for slow-motion playback at 1/5th the speed when played back at 24 fps after post-processing.
    Optical SteadyShot Image Stabilization with Active Mode
    Optical SteadyShot Image Stabilization with Intelligent Active Mode is an advanced optical Image stabilization technology that corrects camera shake to capture scenes with smoothness and stability. Intelligent Active Mode analyzes video frames and provides compensation with assistance from the BIONZ X image processing engine. Whether recording movies while walking or zooming, you can capture scenes with a higher level of stability.
    High Contrast 0.39" OLED EVF
    The HDR-CX900 provides a high contrast 0.39" OLED Tru-Finder EVF which reproduces rich color and deep blacks. The optical design of the EVF utilizes four dual-surface aspherical lenses, allowing for a 33° wide viewing angle that is clear from edge-to-edge of the viewfinder.
    Large 3.5" Xtra Fine LCD
    The 3.5" Xtra Fine LCD screen features a 16:9 aspect ratio and a 921K dot resolution, delivering sharp, bright, and vivid images. The large screen allows you to compose your shots more easily, even when outdoors.
    Simple Connectivity to Smartphones via Wi-Fi/NFC
    Built-in Wi-Fi/NFC support enables easy connectivity with smartphones for one-touch sharing and one-touch remote control. NFC (near field communication) provides "touch connection" convenience when transferring images to Android smartphones and tablets. You simply touch your NFC-compatible device to the camcorder to establish a connection.
    Multi Interface Accessory Shoe
    Expand photographic and movie shooting possibilities by attaching optional accessories via the Multi Interface Shoe. Attach an electronic viewfinder, external flash, stereo microphone, or even a compatible remote control via the Multi Terminal.
    Additional Features
    • Built-in ND filters: Clear, 1/4, 1/16, 1/64
    • Manual focus assist: magnified display, peaking, and tracking focus
    • Built-in speaker (monaural)
    • Premium Closer Voice
    • My Voice Cancelling
    • 7 Picture Effects for video and photos
    • LOW LUX mode
    • Manual iris control
    • Self timer
    • Red-eye reduction
    • Black/white fader effects
    • Face detection
    • CinemaTone Gamma/Color
    • NightShot infrared system
    • Airplane mode
    UPC: 027242877535
  • SanDisk 64GB Extreme UHS-I SDXC Memory Card

    Built to meet the demands of photographers and passionate shutterbugs who are using advanced cameras and HD camcorders, the 64GB Extreme UHS-I SDXC Memory Card from SanDisk allows users to take advantage of functions such as fast action shots, continuous burst mode, and multiple frames per second. It features a capacity of 64GB, is compatible with the UHS-I bus, and delivers maximum read speeds of up to 90 MB/s and maximum write speeds of up to 40 MB/s. This Extreme UHS-I SDXC card supports the V30 speed class, which guarantees minimum write speeds of 30 MB/s. If your device does not support the V30 speed class, this card also supports the U3 speed class, which likewise guarantees minimum write speeds of 30 MB/s. If your device only supports the Class 10 standard, minimum write speeds are guaranteed not to drop below 10 MB/s.

    Built for extreme conditions, SanDisk's 64GB Extreme UHS-I SDXC Memory Card is water, shock, and x-ray proof, while also being able to withstand temperatures from -13 to 185°F, allowing for use in environments such as snow and deserts. A built-in write protect switch further helps to safeguard your content, while advanced Error Correction Code engine offers improved data integrity and card reliability during read and write operations. Downloadable RescuePRO data recovery software helps you restore accidentally deleted images. The card also has a writable label on its surface and the included jewel case makes for easy storage and organization. This card is backed by a limited lifetime warranty.

    General Features

    Faster Performance and Downloads
    With write speeds up to 40 MB/s, this card unleashes the full shooting potential of your advanced camera or DSLR. Take advantage of advanced functions such as fast action shots, continuous burst mode, and multiple frames per second. Photos are written to your card almost instantly so you'll get your best shot, and you'll save time moving it all from your camera to your computer.
    Capacity for High-Resolution Photos and Videos
    With a capacity of 64GB to capture it all, this SanDisk Extreme UHS-I Card offers enough room for thousands of high-resolution photos. The card can accommodate high-volume image formats, such as RAW and JPEG, and also provides plenty of room for Full HD videos.
    4K and Full HD Video Recording
    With Class 10, UHS Speed Class 3 (U3), and V30 video ratings, you'll be ready to capture 4K Ultra HD, cinema quality 3D, and Full HD video (1080p), which require more performance than ordinary cards can handle. This memory card's accelerated minimum sustained write speeds help ensure that video data isn't lost during recording, by reducing dropouts and stuttering.
    Error Correction for Enhanced Relability
    Thanks to its Advanced Error Correction Code engine, this SanDisk Extreme UHS-I SDXC card helps reduce the chance for errors during data storage and retrieval. It prevents potential data corruption, providing high data integrity.
    Fast Transfer Speeds Reduce Upload Times
    SanDisk Extreme UHS-I SDXC cards boast a read speed of up to 90 MB/s, so you can transfer photos and videos to your computer quickly. You'll spend less time uploading photos and more time editing, storing, and sharing.
    Durable Design
    Designed and tested to withstand the tough conditions, this card has a capacity of 64GB and is waterproof, shockproof, and X-ray proof. It can operate in temperatures ranging from -13 to 185°F, so you can work in almost any climate.
    RescuePRO Software
    SanDisk RescuePRO and RescuePRO Deluxe software are file and data recovery products for recovering deleted files from all types of digital media.
    UPC: 619659147082
  • Watson NP-FV70 Lithium-Ion Battery Pack (7.4V, 1750mAh)

    The Watson NP-FV70 Lithium-Ion Battery Pack works with the same cameras as the Sony NP-FV70. This replacement battery pack features a capacity of 1750mAh and 7.4V of output power. Small and lightweight, lithium-ion batteries can be charged or discharged at any time without developing memory effects.

    Compatible Cameras
    • DCR-SR60
    • DCR-SR68
    • DCR-SR88
    • DCR-SX44
    • DCR-SX45
    • DCR-SX63
    • DCR-SX65
    • DCR-SX83
    • DCR-SX85
    • HDR-CX110
    • HDR-CX130
    • HDR-CX150
    • HDR-CX160
    • HDR-CX190
    • HDR-CX200
    • HDR-CX210
    • HDR-CX220
    • HDR-CX230
    • HDR-CX250
    • HDR-CX260
    • HDR-CX290
    • HDR-CX300
    • HDR-CX350
    • HDR-CX360
    • HDR-CX380
    • HDR-CX430
    • HDR-CX550
    • HDR-CX560
    • HDR-CX580
    • HDR-CX700
    • HDR-CX740
    • HDR-CX760
    • HDR-P3200
    • HDR-PJ10
    • HDR-PJ200
    • HDR-PJ230
    • HDR-PJ260
    • HDR-PJ30
    • HDR-PJ380
    • HDR-PJ430
    • HDR-PJ50
    • HDR-PJ580
    • HDR-PJ600
    • HDR-PJ650
    • HDR-PJ710
    • HDR-PJ760
    • HDR-PJ790
    • HDR-TD10
    • HDR-TD20
    • HDR-TD30
    • HDR-XR150
    • HDR-XR160
    • HDR-XR260
    • HDR-XR350
    • HDR-XR550
    • HXR-MC50
    • HXR-NX30
    • HXR-NX330
    • HXR-NX3D1
    • HXR-NX70
    • NEX-VG10
    • NEX-VG20
    • NEX-VG30
    • NEX-VG900
    UPC: 847628541214
  • Watson Compact AC/DC Charger for P, H & V Series Batteries

    This versatile Compact AC/DC Charger from Watson charges all Sony P, H & V series type lithium-ion batteries via the included dedicated battery plate. The charger runs on 100 to 240 VAC power, allowing for worldwide use. It features a fold-out 2-prong US plug and is supplied with a European plug adapter as well as a 12 VDC car charger that plugs into a cigarette lighter. This makes the charger ideal for use both at home and on the road.

    The Compact AC/DC Charger features a USB power output that allows you to charge and power MP3 players, phones, digital cameras, and other devices with a USB power input--even while charging your camera or camcorder batteries. With its easily interchangeable plate, the charger can also be used for other battery models via the purchase of an additional battery adapter plate.

    Compatible with any Sony NP-FP50, NP-FP70, NP-FP71, NP-FP90, NP-FH50, NP-FH70, NP-FH100, NP-FV50, NP-FV70, NP-FV100 type batteries.
    Charger features a fold-out AC plug for easy storage and travel.
    • Comes with an included Euro plug adapter for charging in Europe.
    • Included DC adapter with car lighter plug lets you charge while on the road.
    USB Output
    Charge or supply power for MP3 devices, mobile phones, digital cameras, and other related devices with a USB power input.
    Safety Features
    The charger features protection against overcharging and overheating.
    UPC: 847628541597
  • Tiffen 62mm UV Protector Filter

    The Tiffen 62mm UV Protector Filter is a general use, clear filter that helps to absorb ultraviolet light and reduce the bluish cast of daylight. This filter is especially useful when photographing at high altitudes or around bodies of water. No additional coloration or contrast is provided, allowing you to pair this filter with others.

    The UV filter is also useful as a general protective filter to leave on lenses at all times. Filters help to reduce dust and moisture from reaching your lens element and provide additional protection in case of drops or situations where scratching could occur.

    Tiffen filters are made using ColorCore technology; a process that involves laminating the filter substrate between 2 pieces of optical glass, grinding flat to a tolerance of 1/10,000th of an inch, then mounting to precision metal rings.

    Absorbs some ultraviolet light and reduces bluish cast of daylight.
    Clear filter provides no additional coloration or contrast, allowing you to pair this filter with others.
    General protection filter reduces dust, moisture, and scratches from reaching lens elements.
    UPC: 049383099423
In the Box
  • NP-FV50 V-Series Rechargeable Battery Pack (980mAh, 6.8-8.4V)
  • AC-L200 AC Adapter
  • Power Cord
  • Micro HDMI Cable
  • USB Connection Support Cable
  • RMT-835 Remote Commander
  • CR2025 Battery for Remote Commander
  • Lens Hood
  • Lens Cap
  • Operating Guide
  • Limited Warranty (1-Year Parts, 90-Days Labor)
  • Table of Contents
    • 1Description
    • Sony HDR-CX900 Full HD Handycam Camcorder (Black)
      Sensor 1-Chip 1" CMOS
      Backside Illumination Yes
      Color Filter RGB
      Sensor Resolution 20.92 MP
      Effective Pixels 14.2 MP (16:9 Video)
      35mm-Equivalent Focal Length 29 - 348 
      Maximum Aperture f/2.8 - f/4.5
      Minimum Focusing Distance 0.4" / 1.0 cm
      Zoom Optical: 12x
      Intelligent: 24x
      Digital: 160x
      Filter Size 62 mm
      Built-In ND Filters Clear, 1/4, 1/16, 1/64
      System NTSC
      Recording Media x Memory Stick Pro Duo (Mark 2), Memory Stick XC-HG Duo, SD/SDHC/SDXC
      Video Format 1920 x 1080p at 24/60 fps (AVCHD)
      1920 x 1080i at 60 fps (AVCHD)
      1440 x 1080i at 60 fps (AVCHD)
      1280 x 720p at 30 fps (MP4)
      Aspect Ratio 16:9
      Slow Motion Mode 120 fps Recorded at 1280 x 720p
      Still Image Resolution JPEG: 20 Megapixel, 5024 x 2824 (16:9)
      JPEG: 15 Megapixel, 4464 x 3352 (4:3)
      Channels Stereo
      Audio Format Dolby Digital 2ch
      Dolby Digital 5.1
      Display Type LCD
      Touchscreen Yes
      Screen Size 3.5"
      Screen Resolution 921,000 Dots
      Aspect Ratio 16:9
      Rotation Opening Angle: 90°
      Turning Angle: 270°
      Screen Size .39"
      Exposure Control
      Image Stabilization Optical
      White Balance Modes Auto
      Indoor 1
      Creative Effects Yes
      Built-In Mic Yes
      Built-In Speaker Yes
      Wi-Fi Yes, Wi-Fi 4
      Accessory Shoe 1 x Multi Interface Shoe
      Tripod Mount 1/4"
      Input/Output Connectors
      Inputs 1 x 1/8" (3.5 mm) Stereo Mini Jack
      Outputs 1 x Micro-HDMI (Type D)
      1 x Composite Video
      1 x USB 2.0
      1 x Bravia Sync
      1 x 1/8" (3.5 mm) Stereo Mini Jack
      Microphone Input Yes
      Headphone Jack Yes
      Menu Languages Brazilian Portuguese
      Canadian French
      Battery Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery Pack, 6.8-7.2 VDC, 1960 mAh
      Charging Method AC Adapter
      Power Adapter 5.0 VDC
      Dimensions (W x H x D) 3.2 x 3.3 x 7.7" / 8.1 x 8.4 x 19.6 cm with NP-FV50 battery
      Weight 1.74 lb / .79 kg camcorder only
      1.92 lb / .87 kg with NP-FV50 battery
      Packaging Infoczysbuvuuexrubyr
      Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 9.6 x 6.7 x 5.4"
    • SanDisk 64GB Extreme UHS-I SDXC Memory Card
      Card Type SDXC
      Storage Capacity 64 GB
      Bus Type UHS-I
      Speed Class 10
      UHS Speed Class U3
      Bus Interface Speed UHS Class I
      Data Transfer Read Speed 90 MB/s Maximum
      Write Speed 40 MB/s Maximum
      Write Speed 30 MB/s Minimum
      Durability Shockproof, Temperature Extremes, Waterproof, X-Ray Proof
      Operating Temperature -13 to 185°F/ -25 to 85°C
      Storage Temperature -40 to 185°F/ -40 to 85°C
      Error Correction Yes
      Built-in Write-Protect Switch Yes
      Packaging Info
      Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 5.9 x 2.4 x 0.4"
    • Watson NP-FV70 Lithium-Ion Battery Pack (7.4V, 1750mAh)
      Capacity (Wh) 12.95 Wh
      Amp-Hours 1750 mAh
      Maximum Output Voltage 7.4 VDC
      Chemistry Lithium-Ion
      Dimensions (W x H x D) 1.8 x 1.2 x 1.4" / 4.6 x 3.1 x 3.6 cm
      Weight 3 oz / 85 g
      Packaging Info
      Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 5.4 x 3.1 x 1.7"
    • Watson Compact AC/DC Charger for P, H & V Series Batteries
      Power Input 100-240 VAC, 50/60 Hz, 100 mA (max), 12/24 VDC
      Power Output 4.2-8.4 VDC, 800 mA (max)
      Additional Output USB 2.0, 5 VDC, 1 A (max), for charging USB devices
      Charging Time 2-6 hours
      Operating Temperature 32 to 104°F (0 to 40°C)
      Storage Temperature -4 to 140°F (-20 to 60°C)
      Dimensions 2 x 1.3 x 3.5" (5.1 x 3.3 x 9 cm)
      Weight 3.1 oz (88 g)
      Packaging Info
      Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 4.2 x 4.0 x 2.0"
    • Tiffen 62mm UV Protector Filter
      Filter Type UV
      Filter Factor 1 (+0 Stop)
      Shape Circle
      Circular Size 62 mm
      Front Accessory Thread / Bayonet 62 mm
      Packaging Info
      Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 6.0 x 5.0 x 1.0"

    Sony HDR-CX900 reviews

    HDR-CX900 Full HD Handycam Camcorder (Black) is rated 4.3 out of 5 by 36.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Camera! This camera is simply amazing. We do wedding videos and use a combination of DSLRs and Sony NX5s. I wanted a camera that I could grab real quick and do some simple shots here and there but the manual settings and image of this camera are so amazing that I'm now using it for more formal shots. Love that I can adjust Gain, Iris, shutter speed and also come with ND filters! The low light capabilities are amazing too. Sometimes I think that even better than the NX5s! Great depth of field as well. I can't think of anything that I don't like. Maybe the only thing is that it doesn't have internal memory or dual capabilities for internal and external memory recording but not a biggie.
    Date published: 2014-08-06
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Killer HD Video Camera I was shocked at how good the video was in this camcorder. I'm a huge Sony camera fan but this camera is a sleeper. I tried the 4k version and even though it may have been defected I could still tell that the new HD XAVCs codec on the CX900 wasn't far behind in quality if any really. The focusing is a little slow but for most shooters it will be plenty okay and it locks onto focus clearly even in low situations. What I didn't expect was the phenomenal still picture quality. Absolutely Killer!!! I'm convinced that if they make a new RX10 camera with the XAVCs codec it will be a huge run away success especially with that huge 2.8 lens. Overall I rate this camera as the best camcorder for size, quality of picture and ease of work flow/file size.
    Date published: 2014-05-07
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from great handycam, terrible users manual using this as a b-cam for interviews, run/gun ... image quality is excellent, 1 chip and XAVC codec ... sandisk extreme @ 45 MBPS not fast enough for XAVC. i returned that and purchased sandisk extreme pro @ 95/90 read/write speed, it can handle the XAVC codec. i cannot speak for other cards. the users manual for this cam stinks. if you want to shoot in dummy mode, no problem. if you want manual features, be prepared to play with it and learn for yourself because the manual is pathetic.
    Date published: 2014-04-07
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent quality in low-light! Skeptical at first, as I didn't know what quite to expect from the 1 sensor. After shooting a dimly lit nightclub band (auto setting), I was truly amazed at the detail in the shadows and auto-focus capabilities. I wasn't concerned about audio as I was going to overdub with pre-recorded music, so I didn't perform sound level check,, but again; quite amazed at the sound quality, which was left on auto as well. Focusing could be faster, but definitely not a deal-breaker. When I played this back on my 42 flat screen, I was blown away by the detail of the musicians. I could actually see the pores in their skin, as well as individual strands of hair. Manual adjustment knob could be larger and located in more convenient place, as I normally shoot manually religiously. Very pleased with the performance of the HDR-CX900 thus far. And this was just the first week. Sony got it right this time!
    Date published: 2014-05-11
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Outperforms Professional Camcorders! I am an event videographer shooting primarily indoors with unpredictable lighting. I use a multi-camera setup to capture the action from different angles for editing together, and I was looking for a set of cameras to be secondary shots to my main camera which is a Sony EX1. At first I tried the cheapest thing I could find from Sony: the CX405. I thought the new sensor technology would work wonders no matter how small, but I was let down by the CX405's 1/6 sensor. While the picture quality from it was good, it was not able to cope with the light levels I typically shoot with (and have no control over). Thus I decided to take the plunge on the much more expensive and higher quality CX900. I am glad I did! The CX900 is the most amazing camcorder I have ever used in terms of performance and form factor. This prosumer cam can actually outdo my EX1 and the NX3/1 in low light conditions! The NX3 is a fantastic camera, but it is almost 3 times the price of this one and doesn't offer much more than convenience features (XLR audio, longer optical zoom, gain/WB switches, etc.). Upon close inspection, I have actually found that: 1) the CX900 has LESS image noise than the the EX1 and NX3 and 2) the CX900 is SHARPER than the EX1 and NX3. This just completely blew me away! How can such a small, relatively cheap prosumer cam beat these two amazing professional cams!? My previous prosumer cams were a set of Canon G10s. Immediately I noticed that the CX900 has more weight than the G10s and feels like a higher end unit. The performance naturally exceeds the G10s for low light shooting because of the larger chip in spite of having a slower lens. You really cannot go by the numbers when comparing different kinds of camcorders in terms of gain and aperture settings. My EX1 will produce a similarly-exposed image in low light at 18dB as the CX900 at 33dB. The EX1 is technically a faster camera because it has a constant f1.9 on a 14x lens with higher video levels at 0dB compared to the CX900's 0dB setting. The CX900 cannot outdo the lens on the EX1 in terms of zoom range, handling or aperture, but the camera has the ability to compensate for the non-broadcast quality lens. Judging by image quality alone, the CX900 produces far more accurate colors than the EX1, all while giving the most crisp HD I have seen, with stunningly-low noise. Why buy a professional camcorder anymore? The line between consumer and professional is so blurred that it merely comes down to features, not image quality. If you go by price vs. performance vs. versatility, the CX900 is the top camera on the market today. I considered the 4K version, the AX100, but was quickly turned away because I need to purchase more than one camera, meaning the price jump is enormous. I also have not been that impressed by 4K footage I have seen in stores, so it didn't appeal to me that much as being worth the extra expense (not just in cameras, but in the computer, graphics card, hard drives, and monitor). The HD out of this cam is so stunning you will know immediately why 4K just isn't worth it. Wait for 8K with its 30M pixels as opposed to 4K's 8M pixels. THEN there will be a reason to upgrade. Until then, I will happily shoot in HD with my CX900s and get amazing results! Being a professional videographer, there are certain things I need in a camcorder that don't come stock with the CX900. The two things I rely most on are XLR audio inputs for line-level sound board feeds, and a remote zoom controller on my tripod. For audio, Sony has a great add-on accessory called the XLR-K2M which will give you full on professional XLR functionality with a shotgun mic and phantom power. Immediately this prosumer cam becomes a professional-ized cam! The zoom remote is a little trickier, and it requires two adapter cables. You will need to buy Sony's multi-port to D-terminal cable, then use Varizoom's D-terminal to lanc cable. Just hook the cables together, connect your camera and lanc and you now have a studio-style rig! Simple and effective! Now the lens this camera comes with is really something to behold. For putting an image on a 1 chip it really gives you a lot. The long end doesn't excessively close down, and you have a good servo control that is reminiscent of a broadcast lens. The lens is free of chromatic abberations, unlike the NX3. It is VERY sharp on the entire zoom range and is parfocal! The Canon G10 is not quite parfocal and needs to be refocused for different zoom settings. Some may say this is a bad thing, but the lens flares in a beautiful way. Direct light shining into the camera gives a classic flare style that is just artistic and pleasing to see, adding excitement to the shot. This cam has some super-handy features that make shooting so much easier. For one it has zebras with adjustable levels (default at 70%). I assigned this to one of the My Buttons for quick access. It also has peaking with as much customizability as my EX1. I also set it to a My Button and put it on red for easy viewing. The focus ring is medium speed but precise enough to nail focus with the peaking engaged or with the focus magnifier. The large LCD screen is actually a little bigger than the one on my EX1 and has similar high resolution. The image quality of it is much higher than the EX1, however, which is a welcome upgrade. No more tilting the LCD to get the perfect viewing angle. Nothing beats physical buttons for crucial features, and the CX900 provides! AF/MF, iris, gain, shutter speed, white balance, all dedicated physical buttons on the body. Simply press the button for the feature and adjust it. No more scrolling through menus or toggling to the right selection. It is almost as fast as using a real broadcast camera! Finally, the new XAVC-S codec is a fantastic upgrade to the standard AVCHD. It reduces artifacts while improving color reproduction and gives the ability to grade in post, if needed. It also means that subsequent generations will be of higher quality because the source footage is cleaner. I shoot in 60p for the typical broadcast look, and the lack of interlacing means I don't have to worry about how the playback program will handle the deinterlacing process. It also means I will have sharper pictures because there will be no interlace blur or deinterlace degradation. This is yet another great upgrade that this already amazing camera has to offer. Post production is a breeze in terms of importing footage and having it work in the video editor. The XAVC-S footage is 50Mbps AVC video with LPCM audio in a MP4 file wrapper. It is easily recognized by Sony Vegas 11 and other programs based on what I have read. The camera does not use the FAT32 file system, so long clips don't get broken up. When I connect the camera to the PC, it pops up with the camera import dialog box. I simply click browse, open the folder for the date of the recording, and drag and drop the file to my hard drive. It is SO much easier than importing AVCHD, let alone XDCAM-EX. No camera is perfect and I do have some small complaints, but I knew about these things before purchasing the camera. First, it only has one card slot, not two. Having two card slots provides a backup and gives extended recording time. This is a feature I liked having on the NX3. Second, the lens is not a broadcast quality lens. By this I mean it does not have the zoom handling I am accustomed to with the EX1's Fujinon lens. The slowest zoom speed is a little too fast for artistic slow zooms, and there is no real way to feather zoom starts and stops. The lens also closes down on the long end to f4.0 from f2.8 on the wide end. However, in practice I don't notice the effect of this and it does not seem to be that big of a problem. Thirdly, the clear image zoom slightly degrades at the full 24x. Even though the sensor can read out full HD, it's not quite giving it to me. I think this is probably a matter of software as the softness looks more like signal processing than optical degradation. Wrapping up this review I wanted to touch on a few features I thought were cool add-ons. For white balance, there is a X-Y chart for customizing the color balance of any white balance setting. Essentially this lets you create custom looks to the color. The camera also has picture effects that give you highly-stylized effects that can be fun to play with. There is a cinema mode which will boost color a bit and bring up the blacks to enhance the picture. I haven't experimented too much with these features, but I like having them there and hope to try them out sometime soon. If you are considering the CX900, you are likely an advanced camera user or a professsional. I would strongly recommend this camera as the best way to get HIGHER image quality than a professional cam with the price tag of a prosumer cam. It sounds too good to be true but technology has actually come this far!
    Date published: 2015-05-28
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Excellent video, but issue w/ 60p sound This Sony model takes great video at each frame rate option (though auto focus is a little slow). However, there appears to be a technical issue with recording at 60p (and only at 60p)-- the sound recording is clipped/cuts in and out and also has a loud hiss. I have tested it in numerous indoor and outdoor occasions including a silent closet and it happens with every recording. I sent my original camera back to B&H thinking that I had a bad model. Got the new one and it does the exact same thing. I tried adding an external mic (Sony ECM-XYST1M) and the clipping and hiss sound goes away. So . . . do not plan on recording with the CX-900 at 60p without an external mic. I called Sony Support and reported my experience - but it was a quick conversation. It was hard to tell if they already knew about the issue and they provided no operational suggestions. Seems to be a great camera with that exception. Would be interesting if others could test and see if they have the same problem.
    Date published: 2014-05-22
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from beautiful depth of field! this camcorder produces stunning images, and because of it's 1inch senser, the depth of field is stunning! it blurs out the background and the person your videoing stands out!
    Date published: 2016-03-21
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great prosumer cam First of all, I'm a pro videographer doing mostly event work, weddings, bands, plays etc. I wanted something that would have a smaller DOF than my Sony z5u without going into the dslr arena. Dslr's are great but without features like nd filters or a wide range power zoom, they are really designed for picture taking or shots where you have the time to switch lenses. This camera seemed to bridge that gap in a camcorder form factor without breaking the bank. Here are my findings. The two things that stand out to me are the amazing low light capability and the narrow death of field with the iris open...both of which are significantly better than my z5u. From the reviews online I had hoped for this and it has proven itself quite well. Contrary to some reviews, I found the clear image zoom quite usable. It's one thing to freeze a frame and blow it up to compare pixels but just viewing the video with the clear image zoom on and off, it was hard for me to tell the difference except when zoomed in the full 24x. Up to about 20x, it looked about the same to me. The steadyshot works so much better with the clear image zoom on, I'm probably going to keep the clear image zoom on all the time. Since my z5u has a 20x optical zoom, i feel I've got about the same or a little more zoom range with this camera and the barrel distortion is much better too. Others have also said that the camera overexposes in bright contrasty scenes and tends to blow out highlights. This is true if you leave the auto backlight control on, if you turn it off it's a pretty normal exposure with a nice wide dynamic range. Also, you can adjust the AE shift for a lower exposure in the menu. You can also easily adjust exposure by hitting the manual button and scrolling the wheel next to it. With a little practice this is pretty intuitive and a great way to adjust your exposure when faced with strong backlighting. The auto focus is slow and I found going manual focus was easy so I may pretty much shoot in manual focus all the time with this camera(the z5u is faster on auto focus and I usually shoot with it on). I find the peaking mode helps with focusing, I use the white color set to minimum. I tried comparing the xavc s mode to the avchd fx mode to see if there was much difference in picture quality. Both formats use 4:2:0 sampling so the only difference would be motion artifacts that could be less at the higher 50mbps vs 24mbps fx mode. They looked similiar enough where I don't think I could have picked one over the other. Granted, I only shot about 3 minutes outside for each clip doing some movement, some holding still on flowers but I was doing all my viewing on a 61 screen in my living room. Update: I've decided to shoot my footage in xavc s mode because: 1. I've got a 128gb card that will give me over 5 hours even at this high bit rate. 2. I think it handles highlights, motion and shadow detail better. 3. I can shoot 24, 30, or 60 frames/sec(only 24 or 60fps in fx mode) and 4. I get lossless pcm audio instead of lossy (256kbps) Dolby Digital. Watching the footage compared to my Z5U, there is no comparison. It looks sharper, richer, more film like (I usually use 30p in both cameras) in just about every respect. So to sum up, dslr's have an even narrower DOF and could (with a faster lens) be better in low light but for the run-and -gun situations I'm in where I don't always have time to switch lenses, this all in one light weight 20-24x zoom with built in ND filters make this a perfect cam for me. Note: The auto nd filter setting only goes to nd1 when it gets bright. To get to nd2 or nd3, you'll have to do it manually. I got a little adapter from Fotasy to convert the multi-interface shoe(read as multi-useless to me) to a standard shoe so I can use a standard video light or boom mic. Drawbacks? Well xlr's would be nice but I have an adapter that I can use plus Sony has a pricey XLR adapter with phantom power for like $600. It is designed for consumers so it has features I won't use(auto backlight, intelligent auto(no manual features available here), annoying chime every time you open the lcd, power save mode shuts off the camera after a minute or so( all of which are defeatable). The zoom rocker is too fast at it's slowest zoom speed and even the manual zoom is jerky. The auto focus is slower than my z5u but with a bigger and better LCD screen, manual focusing is pretty easy. The included np-fv50 battery is ok for maybe an hour of shooting. I got a couple of aftermarket np-fv100's that last 6hrs each. The auto level audio tends to pump a bit when using an external boom mic so I set one of the customizable mybuttons on the lcd screen for switching from auto to manual. This camera is customizable enough for me to use professionally and the fact that it's 1/3 the weight and cost of pro cams with an amazing picture make it an obvious choice for me.. Update: Firmware 3.0 helps the sluggish auto focus. Still not as quick as my Z5u but considerably better. At least it is an option to use it now. Note: If you are thinking of getting the professional version of this camera the pxw--x70, it uses the pro codec xavc 10 bit 4:2:2. From the reviews though, people are having trouble accessing the files. Importing to their nle system(even sony's Vegas) is a real problem. The CX-900 uses the xavc-s which is 8 bit 4:2:0 but is easily importable to any nle as an mp4 file. For non-intensive color editing, the CX-900 might just work for certainly beats AVCHD.
    Date published: 2015-09-01
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