Sony Handycam HDR-CX350V
Manufacturer: Sony Part number: HDR-CX350V
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- Average user rating: 4.5 stars out of 4 reviews
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- Capture stunning 1920 x 1080 high-definition video and 7 megapixel still images with the HDR-CX350V, which employs an "Exmor R" CMOS sensor for superior low-light performance and 32GB of embedded flash memory. Optical SteadyShot image stabilization with Active Mode and 3-way Shake Canceling enables you to capture remarkably smooth video from wide angle to full telephoto shooting.
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CNET editors' blog post
Love it! Excellent quality, fast startup. Easy to use.
by BurhanSyed on February 22, 2011
Pros: Gorgeous quality. Customizable menu screen is wonderful as well - makes getting to the settings I commonly used much easier. Works great with my Mac! GPS is a big plus. Low Lux is perfect! Built in memory is more than enough (2h HD, 4h SD)
Cons: Can't update GPS database on a mac. I thumb the photo button often instead of the video record... Strap twists when I put my hand in the camcorder. Wish it had an LCD brightness dial on the side of the LCD. Wish the slowmo could engage mid recording.
Summary: I bought this unit the day before a family trip. I spent about 20 min configuring the custom menu. The demo video on the unit explains it's features quite ...
Summary: I bought this unit the day before a family trip. I spent about 20 min configuring the custom menu. The demo video on the unit explains it's features quite well. The built in memory is really quite sufficient. This unit works perfectly with iPhoto and iMovie (09).
The camera has an incredibly short startup time, and battery life is insanely good. I bought the minihdmi-battery-case kit from Sony. I shot 187 clips for about 42 min. of video (lots of shutdown/startups) and the battery was awesome!
The unit fits well in the palm of the hand, though I found I was hitting the 'photo' button often by accident. Zooming is jerky when you start - the onscreen zoom controls are much smoother.
All the ports/etc. have convenient doors that flip+slide. Much nicer than the rubber hinged doors from the canon units.
The unit charges really quickly.
Steadyshot is wonderful - We notice how much it stabilizes at full zoom for sure. It adjusts really well to ambient conditions.
I wish slow-mo could just be activated mid-filming instead of queuing up. Would definitely buy memory just to increase the awesome slo-mo time!
Bottom line - I hesitated, but this unit is amongst the best I have ever owned. I am very very happy with the purchase.
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Happy So far...
by TriangleRelic on May 23, 2010
Pros: Lightweight, easy to follow menus, breath-taking video quality. Great 3-way steady-shot stabilizer. Even at high Zoom settings, images look steady.
Cons: Would have liked more storage space. My last camera had a 60 Gig storage capacity for a lower price. Oh, the body is kind of a weird color. Seems to change depending on the lighting. Sometimes the camera body looks dark purple.
Summary: I purchased this unit as a replacement for a Sony video camera that I received for my birthday. I found that I needed something with better low light focusing and ...
Summary: I purchased this unit as a replacement for a Sony video camera that I received for my birthday. I found that I needed something with better low light focusing and performance.
I've received many compliments from friends that have seen video shot with this camera. Everyone loves the colors and high definition video. I've yet to try out the GPS feature, and may never do so.. Maybe a feature that Sony can make optional in fugure releases at a lower cost.
The very first video that I shot was a super close-up of my Girlfriend's tongue. Sounds gross, but at maximum magnification, I could see eery individual taste bud. One could have lots of funding Macro vieos. So far I like it a lot and look forward to making many intersting videos.
Excellent HD Camera!!!
by mabperson on May 17, 2010
Pros: SUPERB HD VIDEO!
pristine low light shooting
Cons: the software it comes with is sub-par.
battery life is a little short
Summary: I practically use this camera everywhere I go. It has fast startup, unmatched video quality. I bought the direct-copy usb adapter and it works like a charm, I can copy ...
Summary: I practically use this camera everywhere I go. It has fast startup, unmatched video quality. I bought the direct-copy usb adapter and it works like a charm, I can copy directly to my external hard drive with no computer. The features are endless. The Highlight feature is amazing and makes playback easy and entertaining. I found out that the gps feature still functions while the camera is off, so I decided to remove the battery while not in use to preserve battery life. I would highly recommend this camera to anyone looking to take excellent HD video.
Best piece of electronic I bought in last decade!
by itsano on April 25, 2010
Pros: Compact. Light. Absolutely amazing video quality. Steadyshot is a must. No moving parts (cassettes or hard drive). 32 GB more than enough.
Cons: As always, mic is crap during windy days. The toggle on top of the camera is too sensitive; makes jerky zoom in/out. Better using the touch screen for zooming. The 7.1 mega pixel camera does not give good results: grainy image. The Fader option.
Summary: I bought my last Sony Camcorder in 2002 and it had cassettes (Mini-DV). I am so happy that I finally upgraded to the new Sony Handycam HDR-CX350V. I paid $899....
Summary: I bought my last Sony Camcorder in 2002 and it had cassettes (Mini-DV). I am so happy that I finally upgraded to the new Sony Handycam HDR-CX350V. I paid $899.99 canadian for the camera and I am really pleased. The video quality is amazing. When recording outside during a sunny day, the image is crisp and detailed. During darker scenes, the video quality is not bad at all.
Like I mentionned in the Cons, the toggle on top of the camera is too sensitive and it's hard to make really slow and uninterrupted zoom in/out so the best way is to use the touch screen to zoom.
I was not sure if I wanted to go with the 32 or 64 GB. I am finally happy I did not spend the extra money to go with the 64 GB since 32 GB is more than enough for the everyday use, unless you plan to leave the videos on the camcorder and rarely transfer them to your PC.
I would never buy a camcorder that does not have a steadyshot. It is worth the extra money over a HDR-CX110R, trust me!
The Fader option cannot be set as default in the options. Since I don't edit my movies, it would be nice to have the fader option as default.
The video format is AVCHD (*.MTS).
Here is how I convert my files:
- tsMuxer (if I need to join the different scenes before converting them)
- RipBot. Convert the files into MKV container without converting the 256 kbps AC3 sound. Resize into 1080p and 720p. I end up with 2 files, the 1080p for archival and the 720p to play over my home network on SageTV (or Media Centre).
Hope this helps!
- Manufacturer: Sony
- Part number: HDR-CX350V
- Description: Capture stunning 1920 x 1080 high-definition video and 7 megapixel still images with the HDR-CX350V, which employs an "Exmor R" CMOS sensor for superior low-light performance and 32GB of embedded flash memory. Optical SteadyShot image stabilization with Active Mode and 3-way Shake Canceling enables you to capture remarkably smooth video from wide angle to full telephoto shooting.
- Packaged Quantity 1
- Product Type Camcorder - 1080i
- Camcorder Sensor Resolution 4.2 megapixels
- Effective Video Resolution 2.65 megapixels
- Digital Zoom 160 x
- Effective Photo Resolution 3.54 megapixels
- Camcorder Interpolated Photo Resolution 7 megapixels
- Camcorder Media Type Flash card
- Optical Sensor Size 1/4"
- Optical Sensor Type Exmor R CMOS
- Min Illumination 3 lux
- Analog video format NTSC
- Digital Video Format MPEG-2,
- Image Stabilizer Optical (Steady Shot)
- Digital Scene Transition White fader,
- Min Shutter Speed 1/8 sec
- Image Processor BIONZ
- Max Shutter Speed 1/1000 sec
- Shooting modes Digital photo mode
- Shooting Programs Snow,
- White Balance Automatic,
- White Balance Presets Outdoor,
- Exposure Modes Program,
- Camera Flash Built-in flash
- Image Recording Format JPEG
- Flash Modes Auto mode
- Widescreen Video Capture Yes
- AV Interfaces S-Video,
- Type 12 x x Zoom lens - 2.9 mm - 34.8 mm - F/1.8-3.4
- Lens aperture F/1.8-3.4
- Features Built-in lens shield
- Optical Zoom 12 x
- Lens system type Zoom lens
- Min focal length 2.9 mm
- Max focal length 34.8 mm
- Auto Focus TTL contrast detection
- Filter Size 30 mm
- Focus Adjustment Manual,
- Zoom Adjustment Motorized drive
- Built-in Light Yes
- Low Lux / Night Mode Yes
- Additional Features Golf Shot function,
Scene Detection Technology,
Built-in GPS ,
Accessories hot shoe ,
Digital noise reduction,
Dolby Digital AC-3 (2 channel) recording,
Dynamic Range Optimizer,
Intelligent Scene Selector,
Takes photos while movie recording,
Smile Detection technology,
USB 2.0 compatibility,
Face-priority AF function
- Remote control Remote control - Infrared
- Software Drivers & Utilities,
Sony Picture Motion Browser
- Included Accessories Component video / audio cable,
IR remote control,
Audio / video cable
- Effective Flash Range 1 ft - 5 ft
- Type 2.7 in LCD display
- Connector Type 1 x Composite video/audio output,
1 x USB,
1 x Component video output,
1 x HDMI output,
1 x S-Video output,
1 x Remote control,
1 x Headphones,
1 x Microphone
- Microphone Features Zoom
Memory / Storage
- Media type Flash card
- Memory Card Slot SD card,
Memory Stick PRO Duo card
- Supported Memory Cards SD Memory Card
- Internal Storage 32 GB Flash
- Included Memory Card 32 GB
- Image Storage JPEG 3072 x 2304,
JPEG 3072 x 1728,
JPEG 640 x 480
- Video Recording Modes HQ,
System Requirements for PC Connection
- Operating System Support MS Windows XP SP3,
MS Windows 7,
MS Windows Vista
- Peripheral Devices USB port,
- Supported Battery Sony NP-FV50
- Supported Battery 1 x Li-ion rechargeable battery ( Included )
- Audio input type Microphone
- Microphone type Built-in
- Microphone Operation Mode Stereo
- Microphone technology Electret condenser
- Service & Support 1 year warranty
- Service & Support Details Limited warranty - Parts - 1 year,
Limited warranty - Labor - 90 days
- Min Operating Temperature 32 °F
- Max Operating Temperature 104 °F
- Battery type - Lithium ion
Viewfinder / Display
- Display Features Rotating
- Resolution 230,000 pixels
- Width 2 in
- Depth 4.9 in
- Height 2.5 in
- Weight 11.3 oz
- Sony LCE X3TH - case for camcorder (34881135)344.95
- Porta-Brace Quick-Draw Camera Case CC-210-PW - case for camcorder (31039932)399.00
- Sony SPK HCH - marine case for camcorder (35266605)299.00 - 299.99
- CANON XL1S VIDEO CAMCORDER CASE (7032423)399.99
- JVC KA-551U tripod adapter (32090695)295.00
- KATA PRO Video Collection CCC-10-A - carrying bag for camcorder (34400943)325.00
- KATA PRO Video Collection CCC-1A - case for camcorder (34931653)299.00
- Panasonic P2HD-CASE - carrying bag for camcorder (33921985)363.95
- Panasonic SHAN-TM700 - tripod adapter (31027498)249.95 - 399.95
- Porta-Brace Polar Bear Insulated Case POL-3 - case for camcorder (31030134)381.05 - 406.01