Sony Handycam HDR-CX210 (Red) comparison

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Price $239 at 1 store $239 at 1 store $214 at 1 store $249 at 1 store $248 at 1 store
CNET editors' rating
3.0 stars Good
    Overall score: 6.6 (3.0 stars)
3.0 stars Good
    Overall score: 6.8 (3.0 stars)
3.0 stars Good
    Overall score: 6.6 (3.0 stars)
3.0 stars Good
    Overall score: 6.6 (3.0 stars)
2.5 stars Average
    Overall score: 5.8 (2.5 stars)
Average user rating 0 stars No reviews, write one! 4.0 stars out of 9 reviews 4.5 stars out of 1 review 0 stars No reviews, write one! 5.0 stars out of 1 review
Release date January 19, 2012 March 15, 2011 January 19, 2012 January 21, 2012 January 04, 2013
The Bottom Line 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 extra bucks. 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. 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 extra bucks. 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 extra bucks. The only thing the Sony Handycam HDR-CX220 seems to have going for it is the low price, but "you get what you pay for" has never rung truer.

Basic specs

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Lens aperture F/1.8-3.2
F/1.8-3.4
F/1.8-3.2
F/1.8-3.2
F/1.9-4.0
Media type Flash card
Flash card
Flash card
Flash card
Flash card
Optical zoom 25 x
30 x
25 x
25 x
26 x
Optical sensor type Exmor R CMOS
Exmor R CMOS
Exmor R CMOS
Exmor R CMOS
Exmor R CMOS
Video input type Camcorder
Camcorder
Camcorder
Camcorder
Camcorder
Digital zoom 300 x
350 x
300 x
300 x
320 x
Weight 6.2 oz
8.8 oz
6.2 oz
6.2 oz
6.3 oz
Image stabilizer Electronic (Steady Shot with Active Mode)
Optical (Steady Shot with Active Mode)
Electronic (Steady Shot with Active Mode)
Electronic (Steady Shot with Active Mode)
Optical (Steady Shot with Active Mode)
Manual focus Manual
Automatic
Manual
Automatic
Manual
Automatic
Manual
Automatic
Manual
Automatic
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