Sony - Handycam CX675 32GB Flash Memory Camcorder - Black

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Fast five-axis image stabilization and rapid autofocus combine in the Sony CX675 Handycam to create stunning video all day long. Capture wide-angle views to show all the action, or zoom in up to 30 times to focus on a small aspect. You can even use the in-camera effects to create something special with the Sony CX675 Handycam.

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What's Included


  • Sony Handycam CX675 Flash Memory Camcorder
  • Rechargeable Battery Pack(NP-FV50)
  • AC Adapter
  • HDMI (micro) Cable
  • USB Connection Support Cable
  • Operating Guide

Ratings & Reviews


Overall Customer Rating:
95% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (233 out of 246)

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Features


30x optical/350x digital zoom

Brings you up close to distant objects and scenes.

2.95" Clear Photo color LCD monitor

Swivels out to give you a clear view of the action you're recording or reviewing.

1/5.8 in (3.1 mm) back-illuminated Exmor R CMOS sensor

For stunning detail and clarity with both video and still images.

BIONZ X image processor

The advanced BIONZ X™ image processing engine helps achieve more naturally vivid and lifelike image quality as well as faster processing capabilities.

Sony G Lens

Professional quality for optimal footage.

Balanced Optical SteadyShot picture stabilization with 5-axis Intelligent Active mode

Minimizes shake and vibration distortion to keep footage steady.

Photo mode

Captures high-quality 9.2-megapixel single images.

5.1ch surround sound microphone

Record clear sound that accurately captures the atmosphere of the scene, and enjoy surround sound playback on your home theater system.

Multicard slot

Supports Memory Stick Micro and Micro SD/SDHC/SDXC.

HDMI (micro) output

For digital transfer of media.


Customer rating

4.6
95%
would recommend to a friend

Pros

Cons

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Biggest Difference - "Balanced" Optical SteadyShot

    Posted
    SonyCamFan
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    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

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    It's Okay

    Posted
    Tango3
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    I bought this camera to film a wedding. My last camera was a Sony using digital tape, about a decade old. I'm partial to the brand. The indoor video was fuzzy (afternoon wedding in modern church with large windows). Outdoor sharp and colorful. The image stabilization was quite good. The touchscreen is poor. In fact, the upper left corner icon, which returns you to previous menu items works about 20% of the time, requiring distracting repeat pushes using bigger or smaller fingerprints with varying pressure before it works. I returned the camera to Best Buy and the salesman checked two other cameras-- same result. There seems to be something about that corner of the screen which is poorly touch sensitive-- and there is no backup hard button to push. I was hoping for much more from Sony after ten years. I kept the camera because the flash drive storage is finally an improvement over digital tape with respect to file compression and because for the price point, I don't think there is a significantly better camera out there. With the rapid evolution of quality of smart phone video, it seemed the only advantage I had over some of the iPhone footage I watched of the same event was better storage, zoom and mechanical image stabilizing.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Battery life, quick to get going

    Posted
    ADZ1962
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    I needed a new camcorder since my previous one no longer was holding the battery charge and had a graduation to record. My previous JVC camcorder was a hard drive based unit which works great with a 30G hard drive. The unit did get hot when used heavily. This newer Sony runs off a Micro SD card which was nice with a 32G card I purchased with it. The unit is very light and did not get hot like my older unit. I did not have much time to read through the manuals so I basically opened the box, plugged it in to charge, dropped in the SD card and went to the graduation. Graduation was about 2 hours and had about 33% battery left and plenty of memory yet on the SD card. I like the weight, the zoom features, and surprise at the audio pick up this camcorder has.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Like the Small Size.

    Posted
    Ladybug43
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    Was looking for an update to an old Sony I had which I love, but wasn't keep a charge anymore and it used the small tape which is hard to find. So I like the size of this one and it was a Sony have had pretty good luck with Sony products. It is light weight, easy to use, I wished it would have came with a strap, had to buy one, also had to buy a cord to fit from camcorder to a DVD Recorder so I could record from Sandisk to DVD, you can use computer, (but a bit confusing for me.) but easier for me to use the DVD Recorder that I have. I'm a bit old school, if it works the old way, why change. You will have to find the cord at a Radio Shack, Best Buy don't carry. But all in all I seem to enjoy the new camcorder. The Price was good didn't break the bank, was on sale. I would recommend for home use. I am happy.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great For Most Shooting

    Posted
    Cameradude99
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    This is a great camera for the price first of all. I still like to shoot video much more with a video camera than a DSLR. Real life means some zoom is needed and this camera’s size and clarity are perfect to move around and get very steady video. It’s very quick power on and overall ease of use are perfect for those with little experience or those like myself who spent decades in the TV industry. Here’s where it’s not quite as great. If you’re in a low light situation and max out the zoom remember this is excellent technology for the price but it will lose its sharp focus dramatically. But in good to decent lighting and moderate zoom you will be extremely pleased.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    good product

    Posted
    steveo07
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    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

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent for the Price

    Posted
    gaillovesdiamonds
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    This camera is excellent for the price. With a tripod, takes clear, non-jittery videos. Stabilization is great, the zoom is steady and the camera is very easy to operate. Love the opening of the lens window when the camera door is opened, turning on the camera. The only two things that would be nice are external storage to a video card and an easier way to delete videos once recorded. I didn't think these two reasons were enough to knock the camera down to 4 stars though, as the videos are crystal clear and the camera is so easy to operate. We have used it mostly for videotaping football games, but we did record a nephew's wedding and that turned out great too..

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good Camcorder in a dying product category.

    Posted
    Henrysboy
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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




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