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Sony HDR-CX210

alaTest has collected and analyzed 136 reviews of Sony HDR-CX210. 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 image quality and size. The price and portability are also mentioned favorably, but the viewfinder and reliability get less positive views.

usability, portability, price, size, image quality

reliability, viewfinder

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Sony HDR-CX210 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 86/100 = Very good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 9 user reviews of Sony HDR-CX210 from The average user rating for this product is 4.1/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders on People really like the design and durability. The portability and zoom are also appreciated, but many are negative about the viewfinder.

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89% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Sony CX210 Full HD Camcorder - Black (8GB, 25 x Optical Zoom) 2.7 inch LCDSony CX210 Full HD Camcorder - Black (8GB, 25 x Optical Zoom) 2.7 inch LCD

Oct, 2016

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 84 user reviews of Sony HDR-CX210 from The average user rating for this product is 4.3/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on Reviews about the price and size are generally positive. The image quality and portability are also appreciated, whereas some have doubts about the reliability.

usability, portability, image quality, size, price


89% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Sony HDR-CX210 High Definition Handycam 5.3 MP Camcorder with 25x Optical Zoom (Black) (2012 Model)Sony HDR-CX210 High Definition Handycam 5.3 MP Camcorder with 25x Optical Zoom (Black) (2012 Model)

Oct, 2016

Expert review by: Eugene Kim (

Sony HDR-CX210


Sony's HDR-CX210 camcorder comes with 8GB of integrated storage, but video performance lags behind the competition.

25x optical zoom. 8GB built-in storage

Soft, grainy video. Mediocre low-light performance

With these two very similar Sony camcorders, at least the PJ200's built-in projector adds a fun way to share your images that masks many of the camera's video-quality flaws. With the CX210 you lose the projector, but gain 8GB of integrated storage for...

Jun, 2012

Expert review by: Lori Grunin (

Sony Handycam HDR-CX210 review: Sony Handycam HDR-CX210


Sony's trio of entry-level camcorders -- the Handycam HDR-CX190, CX200 and CX210 -- seem amazingly, aggressively priced. But they're priced like standard-definition camcorders because they use SD-level components to produce video in HD format but not...

Sony's entry-level Handycams, the HDR-CX190, CX200 and CX210 are small, lightweight and cheap. A captive USB cable that enables charging while connected to your computer is one of the few perks.

You can't really call the video HD quality, the camcorder feels flimsy and the lens is prone to fringing.

They're cheap and capture video, but don't buy the Sony Handycam HDR-CX190, CX200 or CX210 thinking that you're getting a great bargain on a real HD camcorder. If you're going to buy one, get the cheapest; nothing on any of these is really worth the...

May, 2012

Consumer review by: Norman-Perry (

"Good Camcorder for Home Use"


I do like this camcorder, but it does have some flaws. I have used this quite a bit since I got it, and it works well for most home projects, such as recording family gatherings. I'll break down how I felt about it. -Look and Feel This camcorder is...

+ Camcorder is extremely light, and has a cheap, plasticy feel

- No 5 pin cable with USB to transfer video's / pics to your PC

Apr, 2013

Consumer review by: ScriptGain S. (

Nice camera


So far I have used this a few times and it's been quick, a lot of features, and easy to use.

None thus far.

Nov, 2013

Consumer review by: Perry H. (

Excellent--bought the maintenance...just in case So far so good.


My Daughter uses this camera as a second camera for filming weddings. Worked without a hitch. Good Purchase thus far.

Jun, 2013

Consumer review by: Anonymous (

very deappointed


make a good movie ouside only touch screen easy to transfere to conputer ( USB cable with the camcorder)

bad quality movie inside (low light) take a cheap picture (5.3 MP )

Jun, 2013

Consumer review by: Oldman69 (

Awesome Camcorder!


I did not purchase from this site but wished I had because I paid $100.00 more. The Handycam has a lot of useful features that really impress me and more then that the ease of use is a big plus. The camera is smaller then it looked on the web but don't...

Works great at low light situations and takes great video and still pictures

Did not come with a case to protect the handy cam

Jan, 2013

Consumer review by: Vickey999 (

keep your memories live


I found CX210 a very user friendly product and it gives a professional touch to your video shoot though we are not professional. picture quailty is very good and specially the night shoot with its Exmor R CMOS sensor.

Jun, 2012

Consumer review by: Van (



As a camcorder I would recomend this to anyone. The low still picture quality and lack of internal flash or light only take 1 egg away as the low light perfomance helps mitigate that.

Great low light performance ; Sound quality is very good. Taking a video a few feed from very loud speakers did not result in overdriven audio. The playback sounded like a direct feed. Zoom is very good with no noticable loss in quality ; Video's are...

You can take pictures while recording 720p video but the quality of the still pictures is poor. Still pictures not in video mode are better but still very low compared to most phones that do 8mp now. Touch screen is a little less responsive than I...

May, 2012

Consumer review by: kharin (

Completely Dumbfounded its a great camcorder


Plot Details: This opinion reveals minor details about the movie's plot. I saw this ages ago when it first came out on DVD however I also noticed it was on the TV today and as I enjoyed it so much previously I decided to put it on whilst we were having...

good video image , good everything

I don't have much cons


Mar, 2013

Product Specifications


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


Battery technology:Lithium / Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Type:NP-FV30


3D: No
Back light compensation: Yes
Camcorder type:Handheld camcorder
Camera playback:Highlights, Movie, Single image / single image, slide show
Image processor:BIONZ
Image quality adjustment:Brightness
Minimum illumination:11 / 3
On Screen Display (OSD): Yes
Progressive Scan: Yes
Supported aspect ratios:16:9 / 4:3, 16:9


Colour of product:Black / Blue / Red / Silver
LED indicators: Yes
Tripod mountable: Yes


Built-in Display: Yes
Display diagonal:6.86
Display resolution (numeric):230000
Touchscreen: Yes


Built-in Flash: No
Built-in light: No


Closest focusing distance:0.0100
Face detection: Yes
Focus adjustment:Auto/Manual / Manual
Macro focusing range:0.39
Smile detection: Yes

Image sensor

Effective megapixels (image):1.3 / 1.31
Effective megapixels (movie):1.3 / 1.31
Optical sensor size:25.4 / 5.8
Sensor Type:CMOS
Total MegaPixels:1.5 / 5.3

Lens System

Digital Zoom:300
Focal length (35mm film equivalent):36 - 1080 / 44 - 1320
Focal length range (f-f):2.5 - 62.5
Image stabilizer: Yes
Image stabilizer type:Digital / Optical
Interchangeable lens: No
Maximum aperture number:1.8 / 3.2
Maximum focal length (35mm film equiv):108 / 132
Minimum aperture number:1.8 / 3.2
Minimum focal length (35mm film equiv):3.6 / 4.4
Optical Zoom:25

Light exposure

Light exposure modes:Auto
Scene modes:Backlight, Beach, Close-up (macro), Fireworks, Landscape, Night, Portrait, Self-portrait, Snow, Spotlight, Sunset, Twilight / Backlight, Beach, Close-up (macro), Fireworks, Landscape, Night, Portrait, Snow, Spotlight, Sunset, Twilight / Beach, Fireworks, Landscape, Night, Portrait, Snow, Spotlight, Sunrise, Sunset / Beach, Fireworks, Landscape, Night, Portrait, Snow, Spotlight, Sunset


Wi-Fi: No

Other features

Aperture range (F-F):1.8 - 3.2
Auto Focus: Yes
Backlight: Yes
Extra/Smart zoom:30
Integrated USB cable: Yes
Manual Focus: Yes
Night mode:No / Yes
Noise Reduction: Yes
Power consumption (typical):2.1
Windows operating systems supported: Yes

Packaging Content

AC adapter included: Yes
Batteries included: Yes
Bundled software:PlayMemories Home
Cables included:AC, AV, HDMI, USB / AV, HDMI, USB
Handheld remote control: No
Quick start guide: Yes

Ports & interfaces

Composite Video Out:1
DC-in jack: Yes
DV port: No
Microphone in: No
S-Video In:No / Yes
S-Video Out:No / Yes
USB 2.0 ports quantity:1


Camera shutter speed:0.0001 / 1/6 - 1/10000

Still image

Image formats supported:JPG
Maximum image resolution:3072 x 1728
Still image resolution(s):2304 x 1728,3072 x 1728


Camcorder media type:Memory Card
Camcorder tape type: No
Compatible memory cards:MS PRO Duo HS, MS PRO Duo Mark 2, MS Pro-HG Duo, SD, SDHC, SDXC / MS PRO Duo, MS Pro-HG Duo, SD, SDHC, SDXC / MS PRO Duo, SD, SDHC, SDXC / MS PRO Duo, SDHC, SDXC
Disc types supported: No
Internal storage capacity:8


Analog signal format system:NTSC
Bitrate at maximum video resolution:24
Capture modes:FH, FXP, HQ, LP
Dual shot (video & photo): Yes
HD type:Full HD / HD Ready
Maximum Video Resolution:1920 x 1080
Supported video modes:1080i / 1080i, 480p, 720p / 1080p
Video formats supported:AVCHD, H.264, MPEG2, MPEG4 / AVCHD, H.264, MPEG4
Video Resolutions:720 x 480,1280 x 720,1920 x 1080 / 720 x 480,1440 x 1080,1920 x 1080


Viewfinder Type: No

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:10.7 / 5.5
Height :12.2 / 5.1
Weight:175 / 227
Width:5.25 / 5.6

White balance

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