Sony HDR-CX150 16GB HD Handycam Camcorder (Black)

Sony HDR-CX150 16GB HD Handycam Camcorder (Black)

Sony HDR-CX150 16GB HD Handycam Camcorder (Black) - Refurbished

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  • 1920 x 1080 HD
  • 16GB Internal Flash Memory
  • Memory Stick and SD/SDHC Compatible
  • 3MP Still Image Capture
  • 1/4" Back-Illuminated Exmor R CMOS
  • 2.7" Wide Clear Photo LCD
  • 30mm Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar Lens
  • 25x Optical Zoom
  • Face Detection and Smile Shutter
  • Up to 24Mbps AVCHD Video
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Sony HDR-CX150 overview

  • 1Description

Sony's HDR-CX150 16GB Handycam Camcorder is a mid-range high def camcorder that provides numerous features and functions. First and foremost among those features would be the storage options that the camera offers. Aside from recording to a 16GB internal flash memory the CX150 can record to optional Memory Stick Media or SD/SDHC memory cards. In addition, you can copy video and stills from the internal memory onto the removal flash memory cards for easy transfer.

The core functions of the CX150 include a 1/4" back-illuminated Exmor R CMOS sensor that helps to capture detailed video in low light situations. The sensor also helps capture 3MP digital still images, and works together with the BIONZ Image Processor for reduced visual noise, faster processing speeds, and data compression. The BIONZ additionally powers Face Detection and the Dynamic Range Optimizer function. Another important feature, the 2.7" Clear Photo LCD, helps you to record with its widescreen platform for composition and playback, its touch screen capabilities, and its ability to rotate up to 270°. Other functions such as 25x optical zoom, a Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar lens, and SteadyShot image stabilization with Active Mode round out this set of standard functions.

The CX150 provides a myriad of additional features and functions, including some of the most sought after on camcorders today. You'll benefit from Face Detection and Smile Shutter, along with other related features, as well as user-friendly features like a personalized menu system, Face Index, and Film Roll Index playback tools. Video capture up to 24Mbps enables compatibility for recording to Blu-ray, while the 1080/60p playback via HDMI, to a compatible HDTV, ups your viewing experience. View all the great extras on the HDR-CX150 below.

1920 x 1080 High Definition Video Recording
1920 x 1080 high definition resolution lets you record your memories in exceptional high definition quality. Capable of 1080/60p playback via HDMI and compatible HDTV providing stunning clarity and incredibly detailed playback of your memories
16GB Internal Flash Memory
The built-in 16GB embedded flash memory can record and store up to 6 hours of high definition video footage (HD LP mode), or up to 4 hours of standard definition footage (SD HQ mode)
Hybrid Recording to 16GB Internal Memory or Memory Stick Media
Hybrid recording technology delivers a new level of flexibility of capturing and transferring your video footage and digital photos from the camcorder to compatible viewing devices. Record to 16GB embedded flash memory or choose instead to record to removable Memory Stick PRO Duo media (optional). You can even select from various dubbing functions to easily copy video or still images from the embedded flash media to the Memory Stick PRO Duo media - without using a PC
Media Card Slot
For convenient storage and sharing of your images and videos, the camera accepts Memory Stick Duo / Memory Stick PRO Duo / Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo media and SD/SDHC media (optional)
1/4" Back-Illuminated "Exmor R" CMOS Sensor
Experience low-light sensitivity with improved image clarity and drastically reduced grain with the back-illuminated "Exmor R" sensor. Designed for compact cameras and camcorders, the "Exmor R" sensor relocates the photo diodes above the support circuitry, maximizing the light gathering area per pixel so you can shoot with better results in lower lighting conditions 1
Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar Lens
Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar lenses use advanced optics to deliver vivid image brilliance, and true-to-life color saturation and renditions of subtle tones
25x Optical / 300x Digital Zoom
25x optical zoom helps to bring the action close up from far away. In addition, Digital Zoom Interpolation means that digital zooming (up to 300x) is clearer, with less distortion than previous types of digital zoom
2.7" Clear Photo LCD Display
The 2.7" Clear Photo LCD (230K) display provides exceptional viewing clarity with 123K pixels resolution. The display rotates up to 270 degrees for multiple viewing angles, as well as provides sharp, detailed images for monitoring or playback. The convenient touch panel allows easy access to menus and additional functionality such as spot focus and spot metering
3MP Digital Still Capture
The HDR-CX150's 3 megapixel still image capture lets you take high resolution digital photos
2x Faster Quick AF
With the improved autofocus (AF) system, Quick AF, the focusing speed is twice as fast compared to previous models. Whether in bright daylight or in a dimly lit environment, Quick AF ensures fast, accurate, and consistent focus lock, enabling users to shoot in a wide range of scenes without missing any important moment. Especially when shooting night scenes where conventional AF might struggle to focus, thanks to the much improved AF algorithm in Quick AF, users can now capture crisp images, fast
1080/60p Playback Via HDMI and Compatible HDTV
1080/60p playback via HDMI and compatible HDTV providing stunning clarity and incredibly detailed playback of your memories
Face Detection with Face Priority
With Face Priority, your camcorder optimizes focus, color, exposure, and Smile Shutter technology for the face you prioritize. Just touch the preferred face on the LCD display and the camcorder will assign it priority, even if it leaves and returns to the frame
Smile Shutter for Still and Dual Capture
Smile Shutter technology lets the camcorder automatically take still photos when your subject smiles, even while shooting high definition video. You can also set the sensitivity and choose child, adult, or auto priority
Direct Copy to External HDD without a PC
Store your memories in a whole new way with the ability to copy videos from your camcorder directly to an external hard disk drive (optional), 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 with Highlight Scenario Playback
With Highlight Playback, your camcorder automatically creates short movies by identifying and compiling key scenes into a short, entertaining movie complete with music and transitions. In addition, the Highlight Scenario feature lets you save up to eight of these movies for later playback
Intelligent Auto (9 iAUTO modes)
Intelligent Auto mode goes a step beyond traditional auto modes by analyzing your shot and then automatically selecting the appropriate settings from nine distinct scene modes (60 different combinations possible): Portrait Mode, Smile Shutter, Backlight Control, Scenery, Night Scenery Mode, High Sensitivity Mode, Macro Mode, Baby Mode, Tripod, and Low Light Mode
Up to 24Mbps AVCHD Video
The HDR-CX150 can capture video at up to 24Mbps for clarity and detail, ideal for recording on to Blu-ray media since the AVCHD codec is highly compatible with the Blu-ray format
SteadyShot Image Stabilization with Active Mode
SteadyShot image stabilization with Active Mode represents the next step forward in Sony image stabilization technology. Active Mode improves on existing SteadyShot image stabilization by allowing the camera to compensate for greater degrees of camera shake and deliver a stunning level of image smoothness
Personalized "My Menu" System
New user friendly interface uses touch screen technology to allow users to scroll through menus quickly and easily and even create a personalized "My Menu" to bring together the functions they use most. Users can spend more time recording memories and less time in menus
Face Index Function
Face Index makes it easy to find and play back the right video scene. Using Face Detection technology, Face Index indexes your video footage according to the faces detected in each scene. When it's time to play back video, simply search for what you want by selecting from among the detected faces displayed in the index
Film Roll Index
Like chapters in a book, Film Roll Index helps you easily find desired scenes in video footage. When using this feature, the camcorder previews the beginning of scenes and can create scene indexes set at specified display intervals (3, 6, or 12 seconds and 1 or 5 minutes)
Dual Record with Still Image Capture
Dual record capability lets you capture 3MP still images while shooting high definition video, so you can capture those special moments without having to switch recording modes
Smooth Slow Record
The Smooth Slow Record mode increases the record rate from 60 frames per second (fps) to 240 fps, allowing you to capture 3 seconds of fast motion and play the video back in 12 seconds. This is a great tool for analyzing a golf swing or a viewing a bird in flight. In addition, you record an audio track to narrate the video footage
Sony PMB (Picture Motion Browser) Software
Sony Picture Motion Browser software offers a simple, intuitive way to transfer, sort, and view your video and still images on your compatible PC. In addition, multiple output options let you burn your memories to DVD (optional), as well as take advantage of one click upload to a number of popular video and photo sharing sites
Dynamic Range Optimizer
The D-Range (Dynamic Range) Optimizer function adjusts the exposure and contrast of an image to counter the effects of high-contrast shooting condition, allowing for a great shot. The D-Range Optimizer suppresses "blackout" in dark areas such as shadows and "whiteout" in bright areas such as skies. As a result, the captured image appears as natural as the original scene
x.v. Color Technology
x.v. Color technology enables the HDR-CX150 to capture nearly twice (1.8x) as many viewable colors as the standard RGB color range, resulting in more natural, life-like images. You can even experience this expanded color range on the big screen when you connect your camcorder to x.v. Color capable displays, including a wide range of Sony BRAVIA HDTVs
BIONZ Image Processor
The BIONZ Image Processor works in conjunction with the Exmor CMOS sensor with ClearVid array for pristine imaging. The BIONZ Image Processor provides Data Noise Reduction, Fast Image processing, and Data compression to preserve videos and images. In addition, the BIONZ Image Processor enables Face Detection technology and Sony's Dynamic Range Optimizer for both video and still image capture. The higher processing speed also allows Dual Recording to capture still images while recording video
BRAVIA Sync Technology
BRAVIA Sync technology offers great ease of use in controlling compatible Sony products connected via an HDMI (CEC) connection. HDMI connectivity provides a simple, high-quality video and audio connection, with the ability to transmit HD video and up to 5.1 channel audio directly from the camcorder to compatible HDTVs via a single HDMI cable (not included). With BRAVIA Sync (CEC) technology, the HDMI connection also delivers the ability to control both the camcorder and HDTV using a single BRAVIA TV remote and displays the camcorder's playback menu on screen for easier navigation
Additional Creative Control and Workflow Features
  • Power on your camcorder by simply opening the camera's LCD display
  • USB 2.0 provides an easy connection between your camcorder and PC for fast transfer of video and stills
  • Record and zoom controls on LCD for more control and flexibility, especially for overhead or low angle shots
  • Dolby Digital stereo recording with built-in zoom mic focuses on subject for clear dialogue and crisp, discrete sounds
  • One Touch Disc Burn for easy copy of footage using the PMB software and the One Touch Disc Burn Button and a compatible PC
In the Box
Sony HDR-CX150 16GB HD Handycam Camcorder (Black)
  • USB Cable
  • AC Adapter
  • Component A/V Cable
  • A/V Cable
  • NP-FV50 Battery Pack
  • Lithium Battery
  • Application Software/USB Driver/CD-ROM
  • 90-Day B&H Refurbished Warranty
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    Sony HDR-CX150 specs

    Sensor 1/4" CMOS
    Zoom Optical: 25x
    Digital: 300x
    Filter Size 30 mm
    System NTSC
    Recording Media x Internal Flash Memory (16 GB Maximum)
    x SD/SDHC, Memory Stick PRO, Memory Stick PRO Duo

    Also supports Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo media

    Recording Time Internal Flash Memory GB
    HD: FX: 85 minutes
    HD: HQ: 230 minutes
    HD: LP: 395 minutes
    SD: HQ: 235 minutes
    Still Image Resolution JPEG: 3 Megapixel
    Channels 2.0-Channel Stereo
    Display Type LCD
    Touchscreen Yes
    Screen Size 2.7"
    Image Stabilization Digital
    Lux 3 (Auto Slow Shutter ON, 1/30 Shutter Speed)
    Built-In Mic Yes
    Built-In Speaker Yes
    Built-In Light/Flash Light - No
    Flash - No
    Accessory Shoe None
    Tripod Mount 1/4"
    Input/Output Connectors
    Outputs 1 x USB 2.0
    1 x Mini-HDMI (Type C)
    1 x
    1 x Component Video

    Analog A/V: Via A/V Remote Terminal
    Digital A/V: HDMI mini
    Component Video Out: Via A/V Remote Jack
    S-Video: Via optional A/V Remote Jack

    Microphone Input No
    Headphone Jack No
    Battery Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery Pack
    Dimensions (W x H x D) 2.0 x 2.2 x 4.5" / 50.8 x 55.9 x 114.3 mm
    Weight 9.0 oz / 255.2 g
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 2.4 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 9.6 x 9.6 x 4.6"

    Sony HDR-CX150 reviews

    HDR-CX150 16GB HD Handycam Camcorder (Black) is rated 4.3 out of 5 by 47.
    Rated 2 out of 5 by from dissapointed and angry It's impossible to transfer the videos from this camera to the Macintosh System. I work with Final Cut and all the data recorded with this camera its impossible to use in a Mac. I've tried a lot of alternatives, read several forums, and the result is that the only place where I can see my footage is in the same camera (or work in Pc). And of course I won't edit or use it in my documentary work. I actually returned from Cuzco and I will have to forget all my footage because the SONY HDR-CX150 is a useless camera for me. So, if you use a Mac, DO NOT BUY THIS CAMERA, because its like throwing your money to the trash bin. I'm very angry with Sony.
    Date published: 2010-03-21
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Excellent Camcorder! Stunning HD video from a truly compact camcorder. Sony did us a favor by adding access to SD memory cards in addition to Memory Stick. Still photo looks good up to 4x6, but I prefer a still camera. Battery life better than any camcorder previously owned. Very easy to carry, so it is great for travel. I discovered that the Sony Cybershot Softcase LCS-CSU, although not designed for camcorders, is a perfect fit for this one, and has room for all accessories you need for a day of video, while taking no more room than a point and shoot camera case.That said, I still miss viewfinders in both still and video cameras. Incidentally, Product specs say that this camera has a flash - not so. Guess they confused flash with flash memory.
    Date published: 2010-02-15
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from small perfect long as you dont shot major motion pictures.i am tho ,starting to have an issue with sony not producing mac compatible sotfware.very od since the type of person that would use a sony would also use a mac,,,,duh! i.e cost extra for no other reason besides a really good user interface and flashy looks. very hard to find a piece of software that will work on os.10.4.. that will convert the movie upgrading shortly and i already have a nifty program that will work easier (i hope). misses-they could have just as easily made a 'show as hard drive' option in the plug n play and stored the files as mpegs or sumthin
    Date published: 2010-05-23
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from I would buy this again So far I've had no issues with this camera, but I've only used it a couple of times. I coach college volleyball and needed a new camera for recording our games and this does the job well. Good zoom abilities so I can get a clear picture with just the court. The only thing I don't like is how small the camera is. It feels tiny in my hand, but that's a minor downside to an otherwise good camera. All of our filming is done with a tripod so I don't care about the bulk of of the camera as long as it does the job. No complaints and would definitely purchase again.
    Date published: 2010-07-26
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Works on Mac I've only had the camera for a few hours, but I actually found it VERY easy to use it on a Mac. Just plug in and open IMovie and it starts a do you want to import dialogue. Very easy and streamlined. I'm excited to use it outside tomorrow in daylight. In the low, night light around my house the picture is somewhat noisy, but from what I've read, that's to be expected.
    Date published: 2010-04-15
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome Camera and Works with MAC I disagree with the person above. I am a very novice camera person and This camcorder works awesome. I am an IT Specialist by trade so electronics come very easy to me, but that has nothing to do with it. I am a novice at using Imovie but as soon as I insert my SD card to my macbook pro with Imovie open it allows me to import the videos on the card with ease.
    Date published: 2010-04-22
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Light little Camcorder I love this little camcorder for it fits in my purse, it is very easy to whip out and film at a moments notice. It follows faces and makes sure they are in focus etc, films in low light beautifully, is stable when moving from one subject to the next, also when you want to take a photo it is extremely easy you just hit the button named photo and there you took it. Also the zoom is very steady and smooth. I have been very happy with it. It does need to have the battery be charged a bit more that than I would like but that is the brakes, and I am always forgetting to close the lens cap to keep it clean. So I have had to clean it a few times. Wish it had a place for a mic for interviews.
    Date published: 2011-07-12
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Compact HD production Great camera for student projects. Small and light. Seamless log and transfer into Final Cut /iMovie over USB (HD mode only). No worrying about tapes or discs. Holds 2 - 3 hours on internal memory in HD mode. Easy to add PRODuo memory for more storage. Limited manual image control; but auto settings are great as a point and shoot. Recommend buying an additional battery.
    Date published: 2010-04-15
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