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Sony HDR-CX100

alaTest has collected and analyzed 285 reviews of Sony HDR-CX100. The average rating for this product is 4.2/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. Reviewers really like the image quality and size. The price and portability also get good views, but many are less positive 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 HDR-CX100 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 82/100 = Very good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 254 user reviews of Sony HDR-CX100 from The average user rating for this product is 4.2/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on Opinions about the size and image quality are generally positive. The price and portability are also appreciated, but some have doubts about the viewfinder.

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93% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Sony HDR-CX100 ACVHDHD Camcorder with Smile Shutter & 10x Optical Zoom (Red)Sony HDR-CX100 ACVHDHD Camcorder with Smile Shutter & 10x Optical Zoom (Red)

May, 2018

Expert review by : Chris Jager (

Sony HDR-CX100


Ultra-compact flash memory camcorder with 1920x1080i video resolution

Good low-light performance, 8GB inbuilt memory, attractive and lightweight design, lots of features for the asking price

No external audio options, shake-free video takes practice

The Sony HDR-CX100 is an impressive flash memory handycam that offers a solid performance across the board. If you're looking for an affordable high-definition camcorder, it will not disappoint.

Mar, 2009

Product Specifications


Audio Dubbing: Yes
Audio system:Dolby Digital 5.1
Built-In Microphone: Yes


Battery technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Type:InfoLithium / NP-FH50


Firewire in (IEEE 1394): No
Firewire Out (IEEE 1394): No
HDMI Connection: Yes
Line-In Audio: Yes
Remote Control: Yes
S-Video Output: Yes
USB Connection: Yes


Colour of product:Black / Red


Display diagonal:6.86
Display resolution (numeric):211000
Screen Resolution:211000 pixels
Screen Size:2.7 inch
Screen Type:LCD


Web Cam Function: No


Face detection: Yes
Focus adjustment:Auto/Manual

Image resolution

Digital Still Pictures:Photo
Effective Pixels:1.43 Megapixels
Progressive Scan for Photos: No
Total MegaPixels:2.36 Megapixels

Image sensor

Optical sensor size:25.4 / 5
Sensor Type:CMOS
Total MegaPixels:4

Lens System

Digital Zoom:120
Filter Size:3
Focal length (35mm film equivalent):42 - 497
Image stabilizer: Yes
Optical Zoom:10


Aperture (Wide-tele):F1.8-F2.2
Auto Focus: Yes
Digital Zoom:120 x
Filter Size:30 mm
Focal Length (35mm equiv):42-497 mm
Focal Length (Wide-Tele):3.2-32 mm
Image Stabilization:Yes (Digital)
Manual Focus: Yes
Optical Zoom:10 x
Shutter speeds:1/30-1/1000 seconds
White Balance:Auto, Outdoor, Indoor, Onepush(touch panel)


Dimensions (HxWxD):55x60x114 mm
Weight:280 grams

Other features

Audio recording formats:Dolby Digital 2ch
Auto Focus: Yes
Compatible operating systems:Windows XP/Vista/2000
Internal Memory:8192
Lens system:Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar
Manual Focus: Yes
Power requirements:7.2
Sports: No
Spotlight: Yes
Twilight: Yes

Ports & interfaces

Component video (YPbPr/YCbCr) out:1
S-Video Out: Yes
USB 2.0 ports quantity:1

Power source

Battery Type:InfoLithium rechargeable


Miscellaneous:Face Detection technology, Smile Shutter technology


Sensor Size:1/5 inch
Sensor Type:CMOS


Exposure Control:Touch Panel


Camera shutter speed:1/30 - 1/1000


Built-in Memory: No
Built-in Storage Size:0 GB
Camcorder media type:Memory Card
Camcorder tape type:HDV
Compatible memory cards:MS PRO Duo
External Memory Type:Memory stick Duo
Extra Memory Support: Yes
Max Supported Memory Size:8 MB


HDV Recording:HDV 1080p
Maximum Video Resolution:1920 x 1080
Recordable File/Disc Formats:MPEG-2, MPEG-4, AVC/H.264
Recording Format:InternalFlash/Memory Stick
Recording System:NTSC
Video Resolution:1920x1080

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:11.4 / 6
Height :10.7 / 6.6
Weight:280 / 330