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Sony - Handycam CX440 Flash Memory Camcorder - Black-Angle_Standard

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Rating 4.5 out of 5 stars with 327 reviews

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  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Sony HandyCam HD AV/CHD- no box, cords or battery

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    Nicolle777
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    This camcorder is really nice as far as the clarity of pics, videos and sound, it's easy to use too. I love the projection feature but for me the main reason for this purchase was because I was looking for a WiFi capable cam. This one claims to be but it's not a strong feature at all. An app has to be installed and can only be sent to smart phones, no PC's or anything like that. SonyHandyCam can only"WiFi" pictures (not video, which defeats the purpose) to a smart phone after a long and frustrating ritual that would usually result in one thing or another not being supported, etc. So this is not a good purchase for me. I did get it on sale because someone else had also returned it once and there were no cords, no battery, box or paperwork. I am returning this item because I needed a WiFi capable camcorder & I already have the basic Sony HandyCam that's almost identical to this one. In the instance this is being considered for purchase as a good basic home video cam, these Sony HandyCams are great, but if you need wireless features I don't recommend paying extra for this one only because it claims to be wireless capable and essentially is not. Nicolle-:) My answer is yes and no regarding recommending it to a friend. It completely depends on what the product is needed for.

    I would recommend this to a friend

    • Brand response

      SonyListens

      H Nicolle, thanks for the feedback. We're sorry that you're returning the camera but we do appreciate you taking the time to leave a review for it. We will forward your concerns to the right people. Thanks_Mitch

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Legendary Sony quality and light weight!

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    Bizibee
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    I bought this as an open box item. Received it in pristine condition. I had also bought Cannon Vixia RF700 to compare. Even with battery put in the camcorder the SONY one was lighter and handy. The body (plastic) quality is good. The picture as seen on the camcorder screen was 'natural' in SONY and had an artificial tinge of color in the Cannon. The projector feature is awesome and comes in handy specially when every around is shouting at you to show what you just recorded! The zoom performance is better than the Cannon vixia and I could see less noise in the SONY when I zoomed to the max under a 60 watt lamp setting (lux 2700K). I have read reviews that say the screen is not a 'touch screen'. Believe me I didn't find it to be a problem. The little joystick is all that you will need to browse through the option. Definitely a value for money!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Awesome for College lectures

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    Navajo64
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    Purchased this for husband to take to college lectures. He always sits pretty close but sometimes could not keep up with the professor. This camera catches the entire lecture so my husband can go back and complete his notes. It is very clear audio and video is amazing even in the low light of the classroom environment. Just make sure you clear it with your professor because some do not like being taped. The camera is small enough to fit in backpack or tote. Had to purchase extra battery just in case the one it came with ran out, but so far husband has not had to use it. It is is easy to turn off and on as needed during the lectures which saves battery time. Remember Best Buy has an excellent return policy if you don't like it. The reviews on this camera are excellent on the web and Consumer Reports.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Camcorder, small and powerful

    Posted
    PTCPilot
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    This replaced an older Sony CX-130 that I used for years. This one is better in almost every way, more on that later. The Good: It is smaller, lighter, and has a better zoom. The Bad: the video screen is smaller and harder to see, the battery life is much shorter (less than 1 hour), and you must buy new memory chips (the small XDSD's). The battery problem was easily fixed by purchasing (off brand) batteries on Amazon (2 for $13 with charger). The memory chips have never been cheaper. It took a 128 GB chip (that says it will record 2o+ hrs at HD quality!) that was less than $20. Overall I'm very happy with this purchase.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Okay camera

    Posted
    Pate
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    Wanted to replace my Sony which used mini-cassette tapes. The transfer to DVD was becoming almost impossible. The old Sony is a great easy to use camera - just becoming outdated. Went to BB to replace with newer model using chip. Would have been nice to have a salesperson who actually knew something about the model. Every question I asked he had to look up on his phone. Should have just waited but it was the holidays and needed to get the new one. One big disappointment is that it doesn't have a touch screen. Very hard to move the tiny button around to set up. Seems to take good quality movies. Feels very fragile compared to the old one.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent Camera

    Posted
    Professor
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    I bought this camera to use in my web application development class. Students used it to film a virtual tour of the Derby, Kansas Historical Museum. They filmed as they walked through the museum and used it to pan each room's interior. The picture quality was excellent at all light levels and the video was not jerky or jumpy even though filming was done as part of a walking tour and the camera was held by a student who was a novice photographer. The camera controls are very intuitive and easy to learn to use. Excellent battery life. The built-in projector is great for viewing your video on a wall or screen.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Superb product

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    BareboneMaster
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    I am glad deciding to buy this camcorder and choosing The wifi feature, whoever design the remote android app deserves gazillion kudos...!!! So handy, easy to operate and for the price I just couldn't expect less from Sony. Let's face it, even though this is for home recording the image resolution and it's user friendly interface features makes it an ideal buy. As with all electronics it is fragile, so be careful how you handle it. My last Sony camcorder is a 8 mm cartridge type but still works perfectly. It is a MUST to install the Sony Play Memories software which makes it easier to transfer and organize your media files. I am very satisfied with its quality.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Little guy packs a punch

    Posted
    Jfksdogmax
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    I got two of these on deal and I used them to replace a couple mini dv cameras that were 1440 with these that are 1980 x1080 I believe. Great quality choices and double the frame rate of just a few years back 60i. The ability to use wifi to run them is cool and it's own built in projector which I haven't used yet... My only negative with these is that every Sony video cam I've ever owned (5 before these) they all had touch screens, and on these you use a little joy stick on the flip out monitor.... Yeah everything else jumped forward but now it takes a bit longer to do anything because that tech jumped back... Overall though, really packs a punch for the size and price.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Less than 9 months and it's dead.

    Posted
    Winsall
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    I purchased the HDR-PJ275 which is last years model that is very similar to this. I used it maybe 5 hours max in the 9 months that I had it and for no reason at all, the camera is dead when I go to use it after about a month of sitting. I bought a new battery and a charger to make sure it wasn't the battery and sure enough the camera is dead. I never dropped it and barely used it really. Most of the few hours I used it were spent using the projector. I know it is within warranty but it is a serious hassle and after shipping and labor it may not even be worth the time. I think a new camera should last more than 4 or 5 hours use in 9 months.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Works great

    Posted
    BigO
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    I bought this to record my daughter's volleyball games. It works very well. The only drawback is that you have to keep the screen open to record. If it had the ability to record without it being open battery life would be awesome. Even the ability to turn off the screen would be great. I just bought extra batteries for it and it takes care of it. Video is crystal clear, I use a 64 GB memory card and that had plenty of space to record all the games over the course of a weekend. Sony makes some great products and this one is another of them.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Camera is light weight and fairly easy to use.

    Posted
    Cruzin
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    I purchased the camera to use on a cruise with my family. Didn't have a lot of time to review all features/uses before using the camera on our cruise. Camera seemed very easy to use and the projection feature was very unique and useful. I did experience a loss of all the photos/videos I took for the first three days. I opened the camera to review the pictures I had taken last and the display read "No photos or videos". Disappointed about the loss but I continued to use the camera during the rest of our cruise. I contacted Sony when I returned from the cruise but they didn't have much to say about the loss of my photos/videos nor did they offer to do anything about the loss.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Does the job

    Posted
    PECNP
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    I really don't have enough experience with this camera yet to give it a proper rating. I will say it seemed easy to use right out of the box (which is basically what I had to do the day I bought it!). I think it's fairly easy to figure out it's settings, but the day I used it for filming a presentation, it cut off after an hour (memory full?). I later realized it was because I had it on the highest quality setting. So, take note, if it's on that setting, I guess you don't have much memory storage on the camera. I love that it's small & easily portable. That's a real plus. I love that it's Sony...I've always had good quality results with Sony camcorders. I think for the money, this is a good, basic camcorder.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great value for price

    Posted
    ntnsnoopy
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    Excellent, lightweight camera. Takes very good videos and functions seem to work as described. Two minor issues are battery life is short. I record my kids sporting events and two hours run time seems to be the average on full charge. Had to buy extra batteries. Other issue is I wish the recording feature had a "pause" button so the video stores on one continuous file. I only have the "stop" button and this separates the video into a file every time. Minor stuff.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Easy to use, great picture quality

    Posted
    MomOfTriplets01
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    My review is from the angle of a sports mom. I bought this spur of the moment when I couldn't find the charger to our other Sony camcorder. Let's just say that I love it! It is easy to use, easy to download, and my favorite is the zoom on it. The film of my son playing football was awesome - so clear and crisp, vibrant colors, and the zoom looked phenomenal. My only complaint is that it almost feels too small and the view finder could/should be bigger. However, I wouldn't get rid of this one for the price and great picture quality!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Nice point & shoot HD camera with latest features

    Posted
    Steve
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    Built-in projector is actually effective! Well thought-out camera menu interface, 60x Clear Image Zoom is awesome. 8GB memory + 9.2 Mega-Pixel for great HD quality. Neat smart phone control with Sony app eliminates need for self timer - very handy. WiFi interface appreciated as well. Self capping lens - cant lose lens cap. Only wish would be longer run-time with the internal rechargeable battery. Make sure you use built-in USB charger hookup when projecting images during a meeting.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Exceptional Camera

    Posted
    Highenduser16
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    Works very well. Carl Zeiss 30X optical zoom Lens, light weight and compact size are a big plus. Integrated USB cable makes charging and transferring video to a PC or MAC simple - without a lot of extras to carry around. Wireless internet makes sharing to a cell phone fast and easy. Plenty of video settings (Sun, Snow, Night, etc.) that makes a novice great at capturing any scene.

    I would recommend this to a friend

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      SonyListens

      Hi Highenduser16,
      We're really glad to hear that you're having a good time with your camcorder! Thank you for choosing Sony!
      >Joffrey

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Camera ok. Streaming impaired.

    Posted
    Deedoubleukay
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    I chose this particular camera because it was supposed to be enabled for easy and free streaming using Ustream. However, Ustream is no longer free and any other streaming requires additional hardware. It took a while to figure this out, or I would have returned the product. So, while one can get a trial membership in Ustream, if you want to use it after 30 days, it costs at least $100/month.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Awesome

    Posted
    Bigo824
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    I bought this to record my Daughter's volleyball games. It works great. easy to use and set up. Menu is a bit much, could be streamlined a bit or put things under another icon. Battery life was pretty good, It recorded 2 full volleyball games (4 total sets) I still had half power showing but I switched just to make sure I didn't have to change batteries in the middle of a game. Video turned out amazing. I also used it to video some action shooting for a buddy of mine.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    The camera is very easy to use.

    Posted
    Tommy
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    I bought this camera for my wife as a Christmas gift. The camera is very easy to use. The only issue I had with the purchase was the fact that the package didn't come with a memory card, so my intended first use of recording our grandchildren on Christmas Morning didn't happen. Otherwise I am very pleased with the purchase. I would however recommend that the staff make sure customers understand that they also need to purchase a memory card. Donald Woodard

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Simple and Sweet

    Posted
    LAURA
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    I needed an inexpensive camera to record the class I was teaching and it fit the bill. Charging is easy with no need to remove battery. Hook up to computer, HDMI or other devise is easy too. Great for the non professional who needs to film. I might have sprung for the next up to have the capability of an external microphone if purchasing again

    I would recommend this to a friend