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Sony Handycam HDR-CX230

alaTest has collected and analyzed 136 reviews of Sony Handycam HDR-CX230. The average rating for this product is 3.9/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. Reviews about the size and durability are overall positive. The memory and zoom are also mentioned favorably, whereas there are some critical views about the battery and control panel.

portability, zoom, memory, durability, size

control panel, battery

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Sony Handycam HDR-CX230 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 81/100 = Very good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 133 user reviews of Sony Handycam HDR-CX230 from The average user rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on

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Mar, 2019

Expert review by : Jim Fisher (

Sony Handycam HDR-CX230


The Sony HDR-CX230 has an impressive zoom range and price tag, but its video quality is not the best.

8GB internal memory. 1080p60 video. 27x f/1.9-4 zoom lens.

No touch screen. Very limited physical controls. Manual lens cover. No Wi-Fi. No mic input. No shoe adapter.

Video Quality and Conclusions The CX230 records HD video in a variety of bitrates and formats. The top setting is AVCHD at 1080p60 quality, and while that's great on paper, the actual footage captured by the CX230 has some issues. At its widest angle...

Dec, 2013

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Nice Camera


I bought this as a "pocket" shooter as I find that smart phone video is still quite lousy. I've also rigged up a mount in my truck for shooting video for a documentary I'm working on. All in all for the $200 I paid, it's a great little camera and I can...

Great picture, compact size, lightweight, 8GB on board, also takes SD cards or Sony Memory Sticks, built in USB cable. Good low light performance. Shoots 1080p60.

Can't recharge while shooting video, LCD panel has to be open while shooting video. No Record Light, only displays STBY or REC on LCD panel

Apr, 2014

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USB charge only, no wall charger or ac adapter!


I bought the camera because I wanted HD and windows 8 compatible. I have a wall charger for my sony DCR SX63, but it doesn't work with this camera. It has a usb on the strap, and will charge on my computer, but I need a wall charger! Sports events etc....

windows 8 compatible

no battery chrager

Apr, 2013

Product Specifications


Audio system:Dolby Digital
Built-In Microphone: Yes
Built-in speaker(s): Yes
Wind filter: Yes


Battery technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)


Camcorder type:Handheld camcorder
Image processor:BIONZ
Minimum illumination:3
Self-timer delay:10


Colour of product:Black


Built-in Display: Yes
Display diagonal:6.86
Display resolution (numeric):230000
Vari-angle LCD display: Yes


Face detection: Yes
Focus adjustment:Auto/Manual

Image sensor

Optical sensor size:25.4 / 5.8
Sensor Type:CMOS
Total MegaPixels:8.9

Lens System

Digital Zoom:320
Focal length (35mm film equivalent):29.8 - 953.6
Focal length range (f-f):2.1 - 57
Image stabilizer: Yes
Maximum focal length (35mm film equiv):95.4
Minimum focal length (35mm film equiv):2.98
Optical Zoom:27

Light exposure

Light metering:Evaluative (Multi-pattern)
Scene modes:Beach, Fireworks, Landscape, Night landscape, Portrait, Snow, Spotlight, Sunrise, Sunset

Other features

Windows operating systems supported: Yes
x.v.Color support: Yes

Packaging Content

AC adapter included: Yes
Batteries included: Yes

Ports & interfaces

Composite Video Out:1
DC-in jack: Yes
USB 2.0 ports quantity:1


Camera shutter speed:0.03
Shutter speed (video):0.0001

Still image

Image formats supported:JPEG XR


Camcorder media type:Memory Card
Camcorder tape type: No
Camera file system:DCF 2.0, Exif 2.3, MPF
Compatible memory cards:Memory Stick (MS), SD, SDHC, SDXC
Disc types supported: No
Internal storage capacity:8


Analog signal format system:NTSC
HD type:Full HD
Maximum Video Resolution:1920 x 1080
Video formats supported:H.264, MP4, MPEG2, MPEG4
Video Resolutions:720 x 480,1280 x 720,1440 x 1080,1920 x 1080

Weight & Dimensions

Height :5.7

White balance

Indoor white balance: Yes
Onepush white balance: Yes
Outdoor white balance: Yes
White Balance:Auto