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Sony HDR CX130

Sony HDR CX130
alaScore 88

206 reviews

Oct, 2016

alaTest has collected and analyzed 206 reviews of Sony HDR CX130. 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. People really like the zoom and image quality. The price and portability also get good views. There are some mixed opinions about the color.

usability, portability, price, image quality, zoom

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Sony HDR CX130 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 88/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review by: (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for Sony HDR CX130

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 47 user reviews of Sony HDR CX130 from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 4.5/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.co.uk. Reviewers really like the image quality and portability. The zoom and price also get good feedback. There are some less positive opinions about the viewfinder.

usability, price, zoom, portability, image quality

viewfinder

94% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Sony HDRCX130EB Camcorder - Black (Full HD, 30x Optical Zoom, 3.3 MP) 3 inch Touch LCDSony HDRCX130EB Camcorder - Black (Full HD, 30x Optical Zoom, 3.3 MP) 3 inch Touch LCD

Oct, 2016

Consumer review by: (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Sony HDR CX130

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 68 user reviews of Sony HDR CX130 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 3.9/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.com. People really like the size and image quality. The price and portability are also appreciated, but some have doubts about the color.

usability, portability, price, image quality, size

color

82% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Sony HDRCX130 Handycam Camcorder (Black)Sony HDRCX130 Handycam Camcorder (Black)

Oct, 2016

Expert review by: Gavin Stoker (macworld.co.uk)

Sony HDR-CX130E review

 

Recording to removable Memory Stick or SD flash, the CX130's 16GB capacity is expandable and relatively future-proofed

Large and obvious buttons; decent feature set for a reasonable price; choice of SD or Memory Stick storage; bright lights

Plasticky construction, though many will appreciate the larger controls; detail could be sharper

Available in red or black, this is a good mid-price option, even if detail isn’t as sharp as footage from the Canon or Panasonic.

Jul, 2011

Expert review by: Lori Grunin (cnet.com)

Sony Handycam HDR-CX130-160 review:

 

There's not a lot to say about Sony's 2011 entry-level camcorders, the Handycam HDR-CX130, CX160, and XR160. With their no-frills design and feature set, I'd expect them to be a little cheaper, but they're definitely an improvement over last year's...

A wide-angle lens, built-in USB cable, and consistently good automated behavior highlight the otherwise no-frills Sony Handycam HDR-CX130 , CX160 , and XR160 camcorders.

The sub-HD resolution sensor on these camcorders produces merely satisfactory video.

Typical for their price class, the no-frills Sony Handycam HDR-CX130, CX160, and XR160 produce generally subpar HD video, but if you're not picky you'll probably be fine. The CX130 is the best buy of the three, as long as you go cheap on the memory card.

May, 2011

Expert review by: Gavin Owen (cnet.com.au)

Sony Handycam HDR-CX130

 

The CX130 is an impressive camcorder within its price range, featuring a stylish exterior and large LCD screen, though its image and video quality don't quite live up to the aesthetics.

Good low-light performance ; Pleasing design ; Easy-to-use interface and menus

Colours could be more vibrant

Overall, the Sony HDR-CX130 is an impressive camcorder within its price range. Predictably, Sony has mastered the art of the camera's appearance, making it smooth and sleek with a trendy touchscreen menu and large LCD screen. The functionality of the...

Jan, 2012

Expert review by: good house keeping (goodhousekeeping.com)

Sony Handycam HDR-CX130 Camcorder

 

The Sony Handycam achieved the highest video quality of any camcorder or camera in our test

Stunning video quality, Consumer testers found the controls easy to use, Comfortable grip, Sensitive touch screen, 30x optical zoom works great

Poor low-light photographs

Sep, 2011

Expert review by: Gavin Stoker (macworld.com.au)

Sony HDR-CX130E

 

Recording to Sony Memory Stick Pro card or all varieties of SD for relative convenience, this near entry-level model in Sony's HD camcorder range incorporates a sensitive 1/4in Exmor R CMOS sensor for better results shooting in dim light and with a...

Large and obvious buttons; decent feature set for a reasonable price; choice of SD or Memory Stick storage; bright lights

Plasticky construction, though many will appreciate the larger controls; detail could be sharper

Available in red or black, this is a good mid-price option, even if detail isn’t as sharp as footage from the Canon or Panasonic.

Aug, 2011

Expert review by: Techmagnifier (techmagnifier.com)

Sony Handycam HDR CX130 Review

 

The all new Sony Handycam HDR-CX130 is one of the no frills model of this entry level series and has created quite a buzz in the market.

Jun, 2011

Consumer review by: Bruce (reevoo.com)

Sony HDR CX130

 

simple to use

none so far

Consumer review by: testacmicah (cnet.com)

"Very small and easy to carry."

 

Photo quality is barely adequate. Carry a still camera In extremely high contrast bright situations highlights can burn out - a neutral density or polaroid filter helps this but it doesn't happen a lot.

Very small and easy to carry.

Very small and easy to carry.

Jul, 2012

Consumer review by: Redbud78 (cnet.com)

"Camera over heated. SONY SERVICE SUCKS!!!!"

 

The camera in practice is excellent. However, this is absolutely my last Sony product. The service is the worst I have ever experienced. The reps are apathetic at best. Sony does not care about the quality of their service. 3-4 weeks after having the...

Quality HD pic for the price. Light. Very good auto focus. Smooth zoom. Decent value. (When it works)

Camera would overheat and turn off radomly. Horrible support. SONY SERVICE HAS SUCKED! 3-4 WEEKS after 9 days of evaluation.

Jun, 2012

Consumer review by: TheIngram (cnet.com)

"Great Value for Your Money!"

 

After an extensively research over the internet I bought this Sony HDR CX160 camera in Miami on March 16, and after six months of continuous use I can only say that I am extremely satisfied with the product. It is really small and light, easy to carry...

1). Picture quality is stunning

1). Focus is a little tricky and there is no manual focus ring

Apr, 2012
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Product Specifications

Audio

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

Battery

Battery Capacity:1030
Battery capacity (Watt hours):7
Battery technology:Lithium / Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Type:NP-FV50
Battery voltage:6.8
Charging source:USB

Camera

3D: No
Back light compensation: Yes
Camcorder type:Handheld camcorder
GPS (satellite): No
Image processor:BIONZ
Minimum illumination:11 / 3
Progressive Scan: Yes
Supported aspect ratios:4:3, 16:9

Design

Colour of product:Black / Blue / Red / Silver

Display

Built-in Display: Yes
Display:LCD
Display aspect ratio:16:9
Display diagonal:7.62 / 76.2
Display resolution (numeric):230000
Touchscreen: Yes

Flash

Built-in Flash: No
Built-in light: No

Focusing

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

Image sensor

Effective megapixels (image):1.67
Effective megapixels (movie):1.49
Optical sensor size:1/0.157 / 25.4 / 4
Sensor Type:CMOS
Total MegaPixels:3.3

Lens System

Digital Zoom:350
Filter Size:3.7 / 37
Focal length (35mm film equivalent):29.8 - 894
Focal length range (f-f):1.8 - 3.4 / 2.1 - 63
Image stabilizer: 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
Wide angle lens system: Yes

Light exposure

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

Other features

Flash:N
Lens focal range:2.1 - 63 mm
Lens system:Sony G Lens
Manual Focus: Yes
Night mode: No
Photo mode: Yes
Power consumption (typical):HD:2.5, STD:2.3
Spotlight:No / Yes
Twilight: Yes
x.v.Color support: Yes

Packaging Content

AC adapter included: Yes
Cables included:AV, Component, USB

Ports & interfaces

Component video (YPbPr/YCbCr) out:1
Composite Video Out:1
Firewire (IEEE 1394) ports: No
HDMI:Y / Yes
Headphone outputs:1
Microphone in:Y / Yes
PictBridge: No
S-Video In: No
S-Video Out:Y / Yes
USB 2.0 ports quantity:1

Shutter

Camera shutter speed:0.03 - 0.0001 / 1/6 - 1/6000
Shutter speed (photo):1/6 - 1/6000

Still image

Image formats supported:JPG
Maximum image resolution:2112 x 1584
Still image resolution(s):1600 x 1200,2112 x 1584 / 2112 x 1584

Storage

Camcorder media type:Memory Card
Camcorder tape type: No
Compatible memory cards:MS PRO Duo, MS PRO Duo HS, MS PRO Duo Mark 2, MS Pro-HG Duo, SD, SDHC, SDXC / MS PRO Duo, MS PRO Duo HS, MS PRO Duo Mark 2, MS Pro-HG, MS Pro-HG Duo, SD, SDHC, SDXC / MS PRO Duo, MS PRO Duo HS, MS PRO Duo Mark 2, SD, SDHC, SDXC / MS PRO Duo, MS Pro-HG, SD, SDHC, SDXC
Disc types supported: No
Flash memory:4
Internal storage capacity:16

Video

Bitrate at maximum video resolution:28 / 5
Capture modes:FH, FXP, HQ, LP
Dual shot (video & photo): Yes
HD type:Full HD
Maximum Video Resolution:1920 x 1080
Supported video modes:1080i, 1080p / 1080i, 1080p, 576i
Video formats supported:AMV, AVCHD, H.264, MPEG4 / AVCHD, H.264, MPEG4
Video Resolutions:1920 x 1080 / 720 x 576,1440 x 1080,1920 x 1080

Viewfinder

Viewfinder Type: No

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:11.3 / 113.5
Height :5.25 / 52.5
Weight:250
Width:5.7 / 57

White balance

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