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Sony Handycam HDR-CX12

alaTest has collected and analyzed 213 reviews of Sony Handycam HDR-CX12. The average rating for this product is 4.5/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. Opinions about the size and design are on the whole positive. The image quality and portability are also appreciated, whereas many are less positive about the connectivity and viewfinder.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Sony Handycam HDR-CX12 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 84/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review by: (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Sony Handycam HDR-CX12

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 107 user reviews of Sony Handycam HDR-CX12 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 4.6/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.com. Opinions about the size and design are overall positive. The image quality and portability are also appreciated. Some have doubts about the price.

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100% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Sony HDR-CX12 High Definition Memory Stick PRO Duo Handycam Camcorder With 12x Optical ZoomSony HDR-CX12 High Definition Memory Stick PRO Duo Handycam Camcorder With 12x Optical Zoom

Dec, 2016

Expert review by: Alex Lindsay (pcadvisor.co.uk)

Sony HDR-CX12 HD review

 

Recording to a SDHC memory card, the Sony HDR-CX12 HD sports a 1/3-inch imaging sensor - a rather large size for a consumer HD camcorder - and HDMI output. It records AVCHD video at a data rate of 16Mbit per second, which is good, but not at the top of...

The Sony HDR-CX12 is a classic Greek tragedy. It has so much potential - great image quality, manual control, and great extras - that are marred by serious shortfalls - camera dock requirement, lack of external audio in, and no progressive modes. If...

Mar, 2009

Expert review by: Alex Lindsay (techworld.com)

Sony HDR-CX12 HD camcorder

 

Sony's HDR-CX12 HD camcorder is in the top tier of the company's consumer camcorders lineup.

The Sony HDR-CX12 is a classic Greek tragedy. It has so much potential - great image quality, manual control, and great extras - that are marred by serious shortfalls - camera dock requirement, lack of external audio in, and no progressive modes. If...

Mar, 2009

Expert review by: Chris Jager (goodgearguide.com.au)

Sony HDR-CX12

 

Great HD handycam with Smile Shutter technology

Excellent AVCHD video quality, good performance in dim lighting, 10.1Mp stills mode, Smile Shutter technology, camera control dial for 'hands on' adjustments

No inbuilt memory, not as compact as other flash memory–based models, inclusion of superfluous buttons

The HDR-CX12 is a brilliant high-def handycam that is almost impossible to find fault with. It improves on its CX7K predecessor in nearly every area and is easily a match for Sony's high-end HDR-SR12 model. If you don't mind the lack of an inbuilt hard...

Sep, 2008

Expert review by: Alex Lindsay (pcworld.com)

Sony HDR-CX12

 

Good photo stills ; Comfortable and easy to use ; Works with iMovie '09 without a hitch ; Cool Night Shot and super slow motion shooting modes ; Excellent image quality

No progressive video mode ; External mike input available only through Active Interface Shoe ; Requires cumbersome docking base to connect to Mac ; No headphone jack

Mar, 2009

Expert review by: Lori Grunin (cnet.com)

Sony Handycam HDR-CX12 review:

 

Kin to the hard-disk-based HDR-SR11 , the Sony Handycam HDR-CX12 delivers the same midlevel feature set and excellent HD video quality in a more compact body that instead records to Sony Memory Stick Duo Pro flash media.

Excellent video performance; impressive still photos for a camcorder; decent manual controls.

No wind filter; USB on dock only, not on camcorder; no viewfinder; smallish LCD.

As the flash-memory-based equivalent of the HDR-SR11, the Sony Handycam HDR-CX12 serves up the same pleasing performance and quality as its hard-drive cousin.

Feb, 2009

Expert review by: David Kender (camcorderinfo.com)

Sony Handycam HDR-CX12 Camcorder Review

 

The Sony HDR-CX12 is the company's second-generation high definition camcorder that records solely to MemoryStick cards, replacing last year's HDR-CX7. The handling has improved immensely with the addition of a "Cam Control dial" that frees you from...

Sep, 2008

Expert review by: Alex Lindsay (macworld.com)

Review: Sony HDR-CX12 HD camcorder

 

The Sony HDR-CX12 has so much potential—great image quality, manual control, and great extras—that are marred by serious shortfalls—camera dock requirement, lack of external audio in, and no progressive modes. If you can get over these, you'll enjoy...

Overall, the shooting experience with the HDR-CX12 is quite comfortable. For manual adjustments as you shoot, Sony thoughtfully included a great control wheel. Generally speaking, it’s much faster and more natural to use an analog wheel than it is to...

Mar, 2009

Expert review by: Jeremy Stamas (washingtonpost.com)

Sony HDR-CX12

 

The Sony HDR-CX12 replaces last year's HDR-CX7, another AVCHD camcorder that records exclusively to removable memory cards. While the two models look similar on the surface, Sony's improvements under the hood, as well as the addition of a "Cam Control"...

the 2.7-inch screen is less than ideal for power users. With a simple push and twist, the Cam Control dial allows you to make smooth, fine-tuned adjustments to focus, exposure, AE shift, and white balance. Most importantly, it offers an alternative to...

Oct, 2008

Expert review by: David Kender (reviewed.com)

Sony HDR-CX12

 

Overall, the HDR-CX12 produced a great looking image. The colors are strong without being too saturated (for a consumer camcorder, at least). The colors look very similar to last year's HDR-CX7—the CX12's predecessor. The picture is identical to the...

Sep, 2008

Expert review by: (photoreview.com.au)

Sony Handycam HDR-CX12

 

An HD camcorder that records only to flash memory and is designed for point-and-press video photographers.The Handycam HDR-CX12 is similar in size and styling to the HDR-CX7 model, which it replaces. One of a rapidly-growing class of camcorders that...

Tapping the button on the lower left corner of the touch screen switches the CX12 into playback mode and displays thumbnails for all the clips recorded. By default, all clips recorded on a single day are grouped together and a new page is created for...

Sep, 2008

Product Specifications

Audio

Audio system:Dolby Digital
Built-In Microphone: Yes

Battery

Battery technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Type:NP-FH60

Camera

On Screen Display (OSD): Yes
Photo effects:Sepia
Progressive Scan: Yes

Design

Colour of product:Black

Display

Display:LCD
Display diagonal:6.86
Display resolution (numeric):211000

Flash

Built-in Flash: Yes

Focusing

Face detection: Yes
Focus adjustment:Auto/Manual

Image sensor

Optical sensor size:25.4 / 3
Sensor Type:CMOS
Total MegaPixels:10.2

Lens System

Digital Zoom:150
Filter Size:3.7
Focal length (35mm film equivalent):40 - 480
Focal length range (f-f):4.9 - 58.8
Image stabilizer: Yes
Image stabilizer type:Optical
Optical Zoom:12

Other features

Aperture range (F-F):1.8 - 3.1
Audio output:1
Auto Focus: Yes
Compatible operating systems:Windows 2000/XP/Vista
Lens system:Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar
Manual Focus: Yes
Night mode: Yes
Pastel: Yes
Power consumption (typical):4.5
Spotlight: Yes
Twilight: Yes
Video Out:1

Packaging Content

Handheld remote control: Yes

Ports & interfaces

Component video (YPbPr/YCbCr) out:1
DC-in jack: No
HDMI: Yes
PictBridge: Yes
S-Video Out: Yes
USB 2.0 ports quantity:1

Shutter

Camera shutter speed:1/30 - 1/250

Still image

Image formats supported:JPG

Storage

Camcorder media type:Memory Card
Compatible memory cards:MS PRO Duo

Video

Analog signal format system:NTSC
HD type:Full HD
Maximum Video Resolution:1920 x 1080

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:13.8
Height :7.6
Weight:450
Width:8.3

White balance

White Balance:Auto