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  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Biggest Difference - "Balanced" Optical SteadyShot

    Biggest Difference - "Balanced" Optical SteadyShot

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    Posted .
    Pros mentioned:
    Ease of use, Features, Picture quality

    I replaced a 6 year old Sony HDR-CX160 camcorder and had paid $450 for it in 2011 through Costco. It replaced a Sony D8 camcorder and a previous Sony Hi8 camcorder which was the first camcorder I purchased about 25 years ago. The CX160 was a great compact HD camcorder, 3” touchscreen, smile detection, usb cord in the strap, etc. Very similar to the current Sony CX455 except for its few added features over the years . . . batteries are even compatible including the CX675 so got to reuse those, The CX160 was a great camera, many recording hours, a trip to Spain, and multiple drops survived. Eventually the usb plug cable where it attached to the camera wore out as I would use it to charge, instead of the adapter that came with it, so take care when using the usb to charge though Sony sells the adapter if you want to go that route. After multiple drops, the start/stop switch broke off and I would have to use the onscreen record button. Finally, this last drop did the camera in by knocking an internal lens loose, so it will no longer focus . . . time for a new camera. I considered taking the leap to Sony’s consumer 4K, but they were a much larger and heavier camcorder. For home videos, HD works more than fine for me and I became spoiled with the CX160’s light weight and small size and in my opinion, HD is currently easier to handle and store (vs 4K), and easily burns to blu-ray. So why did I choose the CX675 over the CX455? Having had some type of camcorder for 25 years for comparison, the “Balanced Optical SteadyShot” hands down is awesome! Yes, the CX455 has the Optical SteadyShot, but so did my CX160. When my children were younger, it was fun following them around or zooming in during sporting or performance events. Each time, you would get the “shakiness” which I accepted as par for the course. The “Balanced” takes out that shakiness and the video looks so much better (see the side/side comparison video on Sony’s website and videos folks have uploaded on youtube). Yes the “balanced” look is legit and does not hurt the quality of the image. When you check out the camcorder in person, it’s cool watching the lens in motion - it actually moves. Is it worth the $200 price difference and the slight increase in size/bulk as compared to my CX160 or CX455? Yep, totally worth that investment and slight size increase which I have noticed has not been a big deal for me though it was an initial con- and you get an accessory shoe to boot - though I admittedly never used one, even on my Hi8 and D8 camcorders. Be sure to get a 46 mm UV protection filter, it screws right on the lens. It helps protect the auto lens cover which I have messed up on occasion with my CX160 and have had to delicately pop it back into place. Every once in awhile you might see light glare on this filter, it you do, just take it off and replace it when you are done. There have been comments about the picture quality having a greenish hue to it, if you experience this, which I did, you just need to to go into the settings and check your different white balances, then it will be fine. Some comments have been about the touch screen, there’s a calibration setting you can run and i think the touchscreen works fine. Finally a favorite “new” feature for me is the dual video recording mode that captures both AVCHD and MP4. This allows you to transfer very quickly the smaller MP4 file container via a WiFi direct connection (no router needed) to a smart phone. Per specs it appears it might be easier to do on an Android, but still works well on my iPhone 7. Some reviews say they had issues setting up this ability with the Sony PlayMemories App, but I was patient and learned how to do it correctly and now I can do this slick transfer in less than a minute and post, email, drop, or text a video clip, no computer needed. You can also use your app to control the camcorder and use your phone as a view finder, again, no wifi router needed, it’s a direct wireless connection. App works great, only wish you could “toggle” between camera control and video/picture transfers, but no big deal. For those who are looking at camcorders vs recording on smartphones, there is a huge quality and functionality difference. I still use my phone on occasion, but love the versatility and quality of a good consumer camcorder, especially this one. You won’t regret it. One of my children’s favorite things to do is to watch themselves and others from years past on the big screen with great audio and these camcorders make that possible and easy to do. Overall, very satisfied and happy with my purchase.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Exceptional Camcorder for HD Video & Sound

    Exceptional Camcorder for HD Video & Sound

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    One month using my Sony Camcorder & it's more than I expected. I used it for close up pictures and video clips of my Grandchildren's school activities and for Gospel music rehearsals and concerts. Features highlights that I most like: image stabilization, 5.1 zoom microphone, dual video recording, smart phone remote control, internal & external memory, optical & digital zoom. I've always enjoyed taking pictures and videos; I'm finding this camcorder enhances my capabilities & reduces my need to pack around two weighty cameras

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    good product

    good product

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    Posted .

    I had to break down I buy a new camera because the old Samsung would keep the battery charged and would cost $70 to replace on a camera that is 8+ yrs old. Tried this camera out the other day. it works really well. I am not to sure what all of the buttons do because I am a guy and I just wanted to play with the new toy. The stabilizer thing works really good for correcting my shaky hands and the zoom is pretty good. this was in the middle price range because the smaller camera I looked at appeared to be very fragile. overall it seems to be a good camera if the battery will last.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Easy to use and very comfortable

    Easy to use and very comfortable

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    Posted .
    Pros mentioned:
    Ease of use

    I love the lightness and how easy it is to use. This is a good quality cámara

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    Great camera

    Great camera

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    Posted .

    This camera performs better than I ever thought it would. Most impressive to me was the microphone which picked up voice is clearly and distinctly on a busy New York St. The picture is clear and the camera itself is very light and easy to use. I'm having some difficulty reviewing videos and pictures, where it's not very evident how you switch between reviewing the two. There are times I want to look at the video and I can't get out of the pictures. But all in all I'm very happy with this purchase

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Camera with high resolution!

    Great Camera with high resolution!

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    Posted .

    This Handycam Model CX675 was given as a Christmas gift to a family member. She began using it right away at a sporting event and the resolution was great when displayed on her laptop. I'm glad I bought this particular model along with the SD Card too expand the memory.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    Too good and quality good

    Too good and quality good

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    This is gift to my brother. They opened a school and want to photo shoot n video shoot. They are happy with this cam doing better job.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    Good Camcorder in a dying product category.

    Good Camcorder in a dying product category.

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    Sony's Handycam is a throwback to pre-cellphone days when video capture was not as ubiquitous as pulling your phone out of your pocket. But to the extent you need a camcorder (and there is a limited use case for them) the Sony is pretty good. Its well built, dependable and allows you to get very nice results. The only downside is the complexity of the software. All of it from the firmware and software on-board to the Playmemories software for managing your videos are just overly complicated and a pain to use. Its 2016. Sony ought to be doing better. Unnecessary complexity is a significant achilles heal on an otherwise excellent product, albeit a technology that appears to be going the way of the doo-doo.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    Great Camara

    Great Camara

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    Posted .
    Owned for 1 month when reviewed.

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    Very compact..light weight...does what we need. No complains yet.

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    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Great camcorder

    Great camcorder

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    We purchased this digital video recorder to film our team's games from a distance. Great camcorder.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 1 out of 5 stars

    Autofocus is blurry

    Autofocus is blurry

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    Pros mentioned:
    Video quality
    Cons mentioned:
    Auto focus

    You can test it at any zoom and lighting. Point the camera at something, and it is blurry. Use manual focus, and touch screen to adjust until not blurry. Press autofocus, bloop - blurry again. The autofocus seemed to work for about 10 minutes and then never worked again. Will be returning.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 3 out of 5 stars

    Great camera for beginners

    Great camera for beginners

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    Posted .
    Owned for 3 weeks when reviewed.

    Features

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    Ease of Use
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    Touch screen works best if you use a pointer with a rubber soft head. Good zoom distance. Captures moving objects well.Easy to use. Small and light. Pocket size.

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    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    Great camera but

    Great camera but

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    Posted .

    This is a great camera. I bought it to replace the same model that is aging. Only concern I had is that Best Buy would not provide a new battery for the camera. It was out of box - demo. No charger, no battery and no paperwork.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    so far so good

    so far so good

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    Posted .

    I bought this in a whim due to my brothers funeral. so far it perform as it is advertised. i didn't give it 5 start because i only had this camcorder for less than 1 month maybe i will come back and put more comments when i use it for more than a year

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Upgrade

    Upgrade

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    Posted .

    This is a Christmas gift, and an upgrade as the current one being used is over 5 years old. Don't know any specifics, but I believe this will be a welcomed gift.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    A GREAT PURCHASE

    A GREAT PURCHASE

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    Posted .

    I HAVE USED THIS CAMERA SEVERAL TIMES WITH GREAT RESULTS. I RECOMMEND IT HIGHLY.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Great

    Great

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    Posted .

    I bought this camcorder as an open box price after asking lots of questions in store and reading online review. I took the chance and bought and loved it everything came with it that was suppose to. But when we got it we couldn't figure it out so we took it in store and they helped us learn how to us it and made it very simple . I'm glad we bought this :)

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Sony video cam

    Sony video cam

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    Posted .

    I went from sony mini dv to this model. Im very pleased. Made well. The pix quality good. The sound good. When watching on1080p source its amazing

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Cam

    Great Cam

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    Posted .

    We needed to upgrade a camera. This is a great one that actually had a built in hard drive! We didn't have to get an additional SD card in order to use the camera

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Nice camcorder

    Nice camcorder

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    Posted .

    I had an older CX230 and upgraded to this camcorder. I like having the MP4 option. Battery life seems great so far.

    I would recommend this to a friend
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