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Sony HDR-CX100

alaTest has collected and analyzed 284 reviews of Sony HDR-CX100. 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. Comments about the image quality and size are generally positive. The price and portability also get good feedback, whereas there are some negative views 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 HDR-CX100 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 81/100 = Very good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 254 user reviews of Sony HDR-CX100 from The average user rating for this product is 4.2/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on Comments about the size and image quality are generally positive. The price and portability are also appreciated, but many are critical about the viewfinder.

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93% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Sony HDR-CX100 ACVHDHD Camcorder with Smile Shutter & 10x Optical Zoom (Red)Sony HDR-CX100 ACVHDHD Camcorder with Smile Shutter & 10x Optical Zoom (Red)

Oct, 2016

Expert review by: Chris Jager (

Sony HDR-CX100


Ultra-compact flash memory camcorder with 1920x1080i video resolution

Good low-light performance, 8GB inbuilt memory, attractive and lightweight design, lots of features for the asking price

No external audio options, shake-free video takes practice

The Sony HDR-CX100 is an impressive flash memory handycam that offers a solid performance across the board. If you're looking for an affordable high-definition camcorder, it will not disappoint.

Mar, 2009

Expert review by: Lori Grunin (

Sony HDR-CX100 review:


Sony's first attempt to produce an HD camcorder for less than $600 is a bit of a mixed bag. Like all its competitors, the company has driven its flash and hard-disk HD development in two directions: one road leads to compact and less powerful models,...

Compact and attractive; above-average low-light video.

Not terribly great lens; occasionally awkward design.

You can tell where Sony cut corners on this compact, flash-based HD camcorder. While it's decent, there are better options for the money than the Sony Handycam HDR-CX100.

Mar, 2009

Expert review by: Jayesh Limaye (

Sony HDR-CX100E: Affordable Full HD Camcorder


Compact and stylish

Compact, full HD recording, superb price, stylish, swivel touchscreen controls, excellent build, very light, crisp image quality, crystal clear sound, smooth and silent optical zoom, good battery life, SteadyShot, Face Detection, Smile Shutter

No carry pouch, no optical viewfinder, touchscreen controls may be difficult to use, no wireless controller, awkwardly placed USB port, no headphone jack

Characters are not case sensitive

Aug, 2009

Expert review by: Ricky (

Sony HDR-CX100 Camcorder Review


Looking at the high competition levels that exist in the market Sony has moved into manufacturing budgetal camcorders which cost less than $600.  The camcorders are generally divided into two categories: one which is compact but less powerful and the...

May, 2009

Expert review by: Douglas Spotted Eagle (

The Sony HDR-CX100


AVCHD has exploded on the consumer and pro-sumer scene like a new star at the Oscars, and the CX100 is the newest "actor" in the AVCHD lineup from Sony.

Big Bang, Small Buck

Feb, 2009

Expert review by: Consumer Electronics Net (

Big Bang, Small Buck


AVCHD has exploded on the consumer and pro-sumer scene like a new star at the Oscars, and the CX100 is the newest "actor" in the AVCHD lineup from Sony. Packed into a small body measuring 2" W x 2.25" H x 4" L (including factory battery) and 2" W x...

Feb, 2009

Consumer review by: likehandycam (

Sony Handycam HDR-CX100/R 10X Zoom Digital Camcorder - MSRP: $499.99


PROS Shooting a video from a distance is great, picture is great, while videotaping it also takes pictures. CONS The life of the battery doesn't last too long.

Jun, 2009

Consumer review by: Jude3 (

Awesome HD Camcorder


"This camcorder is so cool. I thought it was going to be big but when I received it, it was tiny. It fits in the palm of my hand. This is a great HD camcorder for the price! The zoom is superb and it goes VERY far, although it is hard to hold still...

Small compact design, touch screen, great battery life, awesome zoom, HD video, great still pictures, built-in memory

Inside video quality is OK

Jun, 2009

Consumer review by: QT1982 (

Excellent Camcorder


"I love this camcorder so much that I just wanted to let everyone know about it."

Excellent video quality. Excellent audio quality. Excellent design. Excellent ease of use & software. Excellent price

Can't find one yet

May, 2009

Consumer review by: airbabe (



"I purchased this camera to record my sons wedding in St.Louis Mo in April.. I also bought the light attatchment for evening use... I was so pleased with the results of this camera. I felt as if I were watching TV. I couldnt believe how clear and...

easy to use professional results

could have come with a bundles package

May, 2009

Product Specifications


Audio Dubbing: Yes
Audio system:Dolby Digital 5.1
Built-In Microphone: Yes


Battery technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Type:InfoLithium / NP-FH50


Firewire in (IEEE 1394): No
Firewire Out (IEEE 1394): No
HDMI Connection: Yes
Line-In Audio: Yes
Remote Control: Yes
S-Video Output: Yes
USB Connection: Yes


Colour of product:Black / Red


Display diagonal:6.86
Display resolution (numeric):211000
Screen Resolution:211000 pixels
Screen Size:2.7 inch
Screen Type:LCD


Web Cam Function: No


Face detection: Yes
Focus adjustment:Auto/Manual

Image resolution

Digital Still Pictures:Photo
Effective Pixels:1.43 Megapixels
Progressive Scan for Photos: No
Total MegaPixels:2.36 Megapixels

Image sensor

Optical sensor size:25.4 / 5
Sensor Type:CMOS
Total MegaPixels:4

Lens System

Digital Zoom:120
Filter Size:3
Focal length (35mm film equivalent):42 - 497
Image stabilizer: Yes
Optical Zoom:10


Aperture (Wide-tele):F1.8-F2.2
Auto Focus: Yes
Digital Zoom:120 x
Filter Size:30 mm
Focal Length (35mm equiv):42-497 mm
Focal Length (Wide-Tele):3.2-32 mm
Image Stabilization:Yes (Digital)
Manual Focus: Yes
Optical Zoom:10 x
Shutter speeds:1/30-1/1000 seconds
White Balance:Auto, Outdoor, Indoor, Onepush(touch panel)


Dimensions (HxWxD):55x60x114 mm
Weight:280 grams

Other features

Audio recording formats:Dolby Digital 2ch
Auto Focus: Yes
Compatible operating systems:Windows XP/Vista/2000
Internal Memory:8192
Lens system:Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar
Manual Focus: Yes
Power requirements:7.2
Sports: No
Spotlight: Yes
Twilight: Yes

Ports & interfaces

Component video (YPbPr/YCbCr) out:1
S-Video Out: Yes
USB 2.0 ports quantity:1

Power source

Battery Type:InfoLithium rechargeable


Miscellaneous:Face Detection technology, Smile Shutter technology


Sensor Size:1/5 inch
Sensor Type:CMOS


Exposure Control:Touch Panel


Camera shutter speed:1/30 - 1/1000


Built-in Memory: No
Built-in Storage Size:0 GB
Camcorder media type:Memory Card
Camcorder tape type:HDV
Compatible memory cards:MS PRO Duo
External Memory Type:Memory stick Duo
Extra Memory Support: Yes
Max Supported Memory Size:8 MB


HDV Recording:HDV 1080p
Maximum Video Resolution:1920 x 1080
Recordable File/Disc Formats:MPEG-2, MPEG-4, AVC/H.264
Recording Format:InternalFlash/Memory Stick
Recording System:NTSC
Video Resolution:1920x1080

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:11.4 / 6
Height :10.7 / 6.6
Weight:280 / 330