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Sony HDR-CX250E

alaTest has collected and analyzed 219 reviews of Sony HDR-CX250E. The average rating for this product is 4.2/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. Reviewers really like the battery and image quality. The size and portability are also appreciated, whereas some have doubts about the design and memory.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Sony HDR-CX250E is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 85/100 = Very good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 3 user reviews of Sony HDR-CX250E from The average user rating for this product is 2.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders on

33% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Sony Handycam CX250E Full HD Camcorder - Black (8.9MP, 30x Optical Zoom) 3 inch LCDSony Handycam CX250E Full HD Camcorder - Black (8.9MP, 30x Optical Zoom) 3 inch LCD

Oct, 2016

Consumer review by: len (

Sony HDR-CX250E


light quick to switch on, good menus for set up. good quality stills. good macro close up

steadyshot could be better. I found the hand grip a bit awkward to use, cured that by using a pistol grip. editing software not very good

Jul, 2013

Consumer review by: Neil (

Sony HDR-CX250E


Ease of use, light to handle and very good HD image quality. Very easy to down load pictures to computer

Battery life could be better and watching image on LCD screen in bright sunlight

Jun, 2013

Consumer review by: Brian (

Sony HDR-CX250E


Perfect size for hand held movies and the anti shake makes for excellent results

The hand grip strap is a little too small for my large hands

Jun, 2013

Consumer review by: Joanna (

Sony HDR-CX250E


Very compact and lightweight with excellent wide angle; sound quality is important to me and there's an option for an external microphone but I haven't needed it. HD quality is amazing but I'm totally satisfied with the standard setting which uses much...

May, 2013

Consumer review by: Carl (

Sony HDR-CX250E


Light portable and great lens first camcorder love it. Need to use more but hoping for some more better weather

no major ones

Apr, 2013

Consumer review by: dave (

Sony HDR-CX250E


I'm not very clever with photography but with this camera I've taken some excelent pics and some wonderful video the Quality is amazing

Haven't found any yet, I'll let you know when I do

Mar, 2013

Consumer review by: Paul (

Sony HDR-CX250E


Wide angle lens, weight, ease of use

Record button location makes it easy to shake while starting/stopping recordings

Mar, 2013

Consumer review by: malcolm (

Sony HDR-CX250E


Very light and easy to use. Also when longer life battery used - still light to use

Reflection on screen makes some filming difficult

Mar, 2013

Consumer review by: David (

Sony HDR-CX250E


Easy to carry and take very little space for transporting

Feb, 2013

Consumer review by: behfar (

Sony HDR-CX250E


whenever a video is made a background noise generated from the camera can be heard ; The quality of image is good when the camera is fixed, but during moving hands the quality of images got worst

Feb, 2013

Product Specifications


Audio system:Dolby Digital 2.0
Built-In Microphone:Y / Yes
Built-in speaker(s):Y / Yes


Battery technology:Lithium / Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Type:NP-FV50


3D: No
Back light compensation: Yes
Camcorder type:Handheld camcorder
Minimum illumination:3
Progressive Scan: Yes


Colour of product:Black / Brown / White


Built-in Display:Y / Yes
Display diagonal:7.62 / 76.2
Display resolution (numeric):230000
Touch screen: Yes
Touch sensitive screen:Y
Touchscreen: Yes


Built-in Flash:N / No
Built-in light: No


Face detection:Y / Yes
Focus adjustment:Auto/Manual
Smile detection:Y

Image sensor

Effective megapixels (image):2.23
Effective megapixels (movie):2.23
Optical sensor size:1/0.154 / 25.4 / 3.9
Sensor Type:CMOS
Total MegaPixels:8.9

Lens System

Digital Zoom:350
Focal length (35mm film equivalent):29.8 - 1095 / 29.8 - 894
Focal length range (f-f):2.1 - 63
Image stabilizer:Y / Yes
Image stabilizer type:Optical
Interchangeable lens: No
Maximum aperture number:3.4
Maximum focal length (35mm film equiv):109.5
Minimum aperture number:1.8
Minimum focal length (35mm film equiv):2.98
Optical Zoom:30

Light exposure

Scene modes:Beach, Fireworks, Landscape, Portrait, Snow, Spotlight, Sunset, Twilight / Beach, Fireworks, Landscape, Portrait, Snow, Sunrise, Sunset, Twilight

Other features

AV output:1
Backlight: Yes
Integrated USB cable:Y
Manual Focus:Y
Night mode:N
Power consumption (typical):2.6

Packaging Content

AC adapter included:Y / Yes
Batteries included:Y / Yes
Bundled software:PlayMemories Home
Cables included:AC, AV, HDMI, USB / AC, USB

Ports & interfaces

Component video (YPbPr/YCbCr) out:1
Composite Video Out:1
DV port:N
HDMI:Y / Yes
Microphone in:Y
S-Video In:N
S-Video Out:N / No
USB 2.0 ports quantity:1


Camera shutter speed:1/8 - 1/10000

Still image

Image formats supported:JPG
Maximum image resolution:3984 x 2240
Still image resolution(s):2992 x 2240, 3984 x 2240 / 2992 x 2240,3984 x 2240


Camcorder media type:Memory Card
Camcorder tape type:N
Compatible memory cards:MS PRO Duo Mark 2, MS Pro-HG Duo, SD, SDHC, SDXC / MS PRO Duo, MS Pro-HG Duo, SD, SDHC, SDXC
Disc types supported:N
Flash memory:8


Bitrate at maximum video resolution:28
Full HD:Y
HD type:Full HD
Maximum Video Resolution:1920 x 1080
Supported video modes:1080i, 1080p, 576i
Video formats supported:AVCHD, H.264, MPEG2, MPEG4 / AVCHD, H.264, MPEG4
Video Resolutions:720 x 576, 1440 x 1080, 1920 x 1080 / 720 x 576,1440 x 1080,1920 x 1080


Viewfinder Type:N / No

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:11.2 / 112.5
Height :5.25 / 52.5
Width:5.5 / 55

White balance

Indoor white balance:Y / Yes
Onepush white balance:Y / Yes
Outdoor white balance:Y / Yes
White Balance:Auto