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Sony Handycam HDR-CX12

alaTest has collected and analyzed 213 reviews of Sony Handycam HDR-CX12. The average rating for this product is 4.5/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. People are impressed by the size and design. The image quality and portability are also mentioned favorably. There are some less positive views about the connectivity and viewfinder.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Sony Handycam HDR-CX12 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 84/100 = Very good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 107 user reviews of Sony Handycam HDR-CX12 from The average user rating for this product is 4.6/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on Reviewers are impressed by the size and design. The image quality and portability also get good opinions, whereas many are negative about the price.

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100% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Sony HDR-CX12 High Definition Memory Stick PRO Duo Handycam Camcorder With 12x Optical ZoomSony HDR-CX12 High Definition Memory Stick PRO Duo Handycam Camcorder With 12x Optical Zoom

Jun, 2018

Expert review by : Chris Jager (

Sony HDR-CX12


Great HD handycam with Smile Shutter technology

Excellent AVCHD video quality, good performance in dim lighting, 10.1Mp stills mode, Smile Shutter technology, camera control dial for 'hands on' adjustments

No inbuilt memory, not as compact as other flash memory–based models, inclusion of superfluous buttons

The HDR-CX12 is a brilliant high-def handycam that is almost impossible to find fault with. It improves on its CX7K predecessor in nearly every area and is easily a match for Sony's high-end HDR-SR12 model. If you don't mind the lack of an inbuilt hard...

Sep, 2008

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Sony Handycam HDR-CX12


An HD camcorder that records only to flash memory and is designed for point-and-press video photographers.The Handycam HDR-CX12 is similar in size and styling to the HDR-CX7 model, which it replaces. One of a rapidly-growing class of camcorders that...

Tapping the button on the lower left corner of the touch screen switches the CX12 into playback mode and displays thumbnails for all the clips recorded. By default, all clips recorded on a single day are grouped together and a new page is created for...

Sep, 2008

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Sony Handycam HDR-CX12


Reasonable spec camcorder but come on recording on Memory Stick-Too Expensive. $$$ per Gig you are better off looking at a Hybrid HDD/SD camcorder.SD cards are more popular and cheaper.

Reasonable spec

Memory sticks are too expensive and not as popular as SD cards

Jan, 2009

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Sony Handycam HDR-CX12


Excellent all round hassle free camcorder

Small & compact. Excellent video & still quality

Maybe the memory card addiction, but it depends on the user

Dec, 2008

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Sony Handycam HDR-CX12


show cost in the rupees

Oct, 2008

Product Specifications


Audio system:Dolby Digital
Built-In Microphone: Yes


Battery technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Type:NP-FH60


On Screen Display (OSD): Yes
Photo effects:Sepia
Progressive Scan: Yes


Colour of product:Black


Display diagonal:6.86
Display resolution (numeric):211000


Built-in Flash: Yes


Face detection: Yes
Focus adjustment:Auto/Manual

Image sensor

Optical sensor size:25.4 / 3
Sensor Type:CMOS
Total MegaPixels:10.2

Lens System

Digital Zoom:150
Filter Size:3.7
Focal length (35mm film equivalent):40 - 480
Focal length range (f-f):4.9 - 58.8
Image stabilizer: Yes
Image stabilizer type:Optical
Optical Zoom:12

Other features

Aperture range (F-F):1.8 - 3.1
Audio output:1
Auto Focus: Yes
Compatible operating systems:Windows 2000/XP/Vista
Lens system:Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar
Manual Focus: Yes
Night mode: Yes
Pastel: Yes
Power consumption (typical):4.5
Spotlight: Yes
Twilight: Yes
Video Out:1

Packaging Content

Handheld remote control: Yes

Ports & interfaces

Component video (YPbPr/YCbCr) out:1
DC-in jack: No
PictBridge: Yes
S-Video Out: Yes
USB 2.0 ports quantity:1


Camera shutter speed:1/30 - 1/250

Still image

Image formats supported:JPG


Camcorder media type:Memory Card
Compatible memory cards:MS PRO Duo


Analog signal format system:NTSC
HD type:Full HD
Maximum Video Resolution:1920 x 1080

Weight & Dimensions

Height :7.6

White balance

White Balance:Auto