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Sony Handycam HDR-CX430V 32GB HD Camcorder

August 21, 2013 by  
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Sony HDR-CX430V High Definition 32GB Handycam Projector Camcorder

Sony HDR-CX430V High Definition 32GB Handycam Camcorder (with Balanced Optical Steadyshot™)

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Sony’s mid-range dual flash memory based high definition camcorder has 32GB of internal memory for hours of recording. Advanced features include an ultra-smooth 60 progressive frames/second (1080p @ 60fps) recording mode, it can also record at 24p (1080p @24fps), the same frame rate as movie film. The CX430V Features a new wide angle G-Lens (26.8mm) with 30x Optical zoom. This camcorder has Sony’s best premium Balanced Optical SteadyShot™ image stabilization to prevent blurring when shooting video. This is Sony’s lowest priced camcorder with this feature. Compact size. Other features: 8.9 megapixel still images, 3.0 inch LCD touch-screen (230K pixels), built-in GPS to geotag your video or pictures. The HDR-CX430V has a 1/3.91-inch back-illuminated “Exmor R” CMOS sensor for better low light performance. BIONZ™ Image processor improves the speed and quality, as well as improving battery life. Full HD (1920 x 1080) video capture.

Balanced Optical Steadyshot™

Sony Balanced Optical Steadyshot™ and other features (Click to Start)

The CX430V uses the AVCHD compression format (up to 24Mbps) to record high definition video. The 60p mode records at an even higher 28Mbps using AVCHD progressive compression. Hookup directly to an HDTV through HDMI output. Dolby® Digital 5.1 Surround Sound Microphone for best sound. USB 2.0 interface. Dedicated microphone and headphone inputs. Multi interface accessory shoe for external microphones, WiFi, and lights. The built-in 32GB memory will record approximately 2 hours of video at maximum HD quality (more with memory cards). Face Detection, Smile Shutter, External Microphone Jack and headphone jack. The memory slot can take either Memory Stick PRO Duo™ media or SDHC flash memory cards.

Lens Specifications: 26.8mm – 804mm (30x optical, 55x extended zoom) F1.8-4.0
Dimensions: 2.5″ x 2.625″ x 4.875″ (12.2 ounces)

Smart-Review Commentary: Sony has introduced a feature packed consumer camcorder with Sony’s best Balanced Optical Steadyshot Image Stabilization (lowest priced model with this feature). The Full HD 60p mode will make the video appear more real and fluid. The HDR-CX430V has a 32GB flash drive for recording hours of video and an SDHC memory slot for even more recording. This camcorder has been designed for low light conditions using its Back-Illuminated 1/3.91-inch Exmor R CMOS imager. The CX430V can take up to 8.9 megapixel still images. The CX430V camcorder has the latest optical image stabilization technology to remove blurring during handheld use which will come in handy when using its 30x optical and 55x extended zoom. The built-in external microphone jack will allow you to use external microphones or you can use the built-in Dolby 5.1 channel surround sound mic. The built-in GPS can tag your video so you know where you were (exactly) when it was shot, and show your location on the LCD screen.

The Sony HDR-CX430V’s Tracking Focus feature allows you to touch a subject on the LCD touchscreen and have the camcorder follow it and keep it in focus. The CX430 has a built in USB cable for charging and transferring video to your computer. A new feature Clear Voice with Face Detection will switch to an audio mode that enhances the human voice when it detects a face. This camcorder also uses the highest possible AVCHD compression quality (24Mbps) when recording regular HD, and 28Mbps for the 60p mode. The 26.8mm wide angle lens will be important to you when taking group shots, panoramas, and indoor shots. The memory card slot can now accomodate SDHC cards as well as Memory Stick Pro Duo cards. the new MP4 recording option produces smaller file sizes that can be shared online. This is the least expensive model with Balanced Optical SteadyShot™ . We previewed this feature at CES 2013, and it is much more effective at reducing blurring, especially in low light and long telephoto shots than normal camcorders (see our video above). This midrange model is a Smart-Review top pick.

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    Camcorder Features

  • Full HD Recording
  • 30x Optical Zoom
  • 32GB Internal Memory
  • GPS to Geotag
  • 60p HD Mode
  • 3.0 inch Touch-Screen
  • HDMI Terminal for HDTV
  • 8.9 megapixel Pics
  • Balanced Optical Steadyshot™
  • Large 1/3.91 inch imager
  • 26.8mm Wide Angle Lens

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Upgrade to the Sony Handycam HDR-PJ810

2014 HD Camcorder Upgrade: Sony Handycam PJ810 Upgrade:
If you upgrade to the HDR-PJ810, you get Sony’s best premium Balanced Optical SteadyShot™ Image Stabilization, upgrades to a 3.0 inch high resolution LCD screen (921,000 pixels), Adds a Dolby® Digital 5.1 surround sound microphone, brighter projector with HDMI input, adds a viewfinder, upgrades to 24.5 megapixel photos, adds manual dial and control, adds built-in WiFi & NFC with free APP for smartphone or tablet.

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