Sony Handycam HDR-CX105 reviews: Flash and memory card storage HD camcorder

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8.3 out of 10 based on 84 reviews.
Sony Handycam HDR-CX105: Horizontally held, 10x optical zoom camcorder using Memory Stick Duo card. See full product description

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dudu, maale adumim israel Keen amateur

Score 7.0/10
Good points:
excelent camcorder!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Bad points:
the lens is a bit bad its to small
Overall rating 7.0
Ease of use 10.0
Image quality 9.0
Battery life 10.0
Weight 10.0
Value for money 9.0
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2 of 4 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 21 Apr 2011

Confirmed purchaser Just point and shoot

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
Fantastic camera, ease of use was top priority and this scores well in that department.
Bad points:
Battery life is not great with supplied battery.
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 10.0
Image quality 8.0
Battery life 8.0
Weight 9.0
Value for money 9.0
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Confirmed purchase: 16 May 2010

John, Brentwood, Essex, UK Experienced amateur

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
I have found the picture quality in both SD & HD very good, but would recommend the use of a UV filter for sunlight/sky use.
The unit is compact and fit's well in the hand. If being used for action stuff then the use of a mini tripod for holding I have found useful (i.e hi speed skiing).
Bad points:
Sound - I have found some "echo" in particular locations and not managed to resolve this.
Does not have an eye viewfinder which would be better in bright light conditions when the LCD screen is difficult to see.
The zoom function takes a lot of getting used to.
Could have a better wide angle capability, but over time this issue can be accomodated.
Does not have a remote control.
This camera was purchased to replace my DCR-HC90E (tape) which was an excellent piece of kit. If re-introduced would go for this in place of the CX105
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 8.0
Image quality 9.0
Battery life 9.0
Weight 9.0
Value for money 8.0
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Confirmed purchase: 15 Feb 2010

stuart, Norwich Keen amateur

Score 7.0/10
Good points:
Light weight, very easy handling, slick zoom facility.
Bad points:
focusing rather slow especially follow focus, in sporting events for example.
Overall rating 7.0
Ease of use 7.0
Image quality 7.0
Battery life 6.0
Weight 9.0
Value for money 8.0
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Confirmed purchase: 09 Apr 2012

Confirmed purchaser Keen amateur

Score 10.0/10
Good points:
Great image quality Great software too. Ready to record in about a second.
Bad points:
Fortunately, there are two record buttons because one of them has
Overall rating 10.0
Ease of use 10.0
Image quality 10.0
Battery life 10.0
Weight 10.0
Value for money 8.0
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Confirmed purchase: 02 Oct 2010

Robert, Southampton Just point and shoot

Score 6.0/10
Good points:
colour and image quality at standard recording is fine
still shot facility good and easy to use.
using additional duo card as well as the built in memory was sufficient recording ability for three weeks average use on holiday.
Bad points:
poor quality at max zoom which wasn't much considering what is available on other models.
battery supplied was not sufficient for a whole day out, so bought a heavy duty one for a very reasonable price.
swapping from intenal memory to memory stick should be easier, would like to be able to transfer internal memory onto the stick
using the recod battery had to check it started recording not sure yet if it is faulty or i'm not being firm enough-missed a few good shots because of this.
trying to play back when switching from internal memory. to duostick was too complicated
Overall rating 6.0
Ease of use 6.0
Image quality 8.0
Battery life 5.0
Weight 7.0
Value for money 6.0
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Confirmed purchase: 02 Feb 2011

Gareth, Hartley kent Just point and shoot

Score 8.0/10
Good points:
Excellent picture quality and reasonable sound quality
very lightweigt and easy to get started
Bad points:
Doesnt come with external barttery charger
Overall rating 8.0
Ease of use 8.0
Image quality 9.0
Battery life 7.0
Weight 10.0
Value for money 9.0
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Confirmed purchase: 01 Jul 2011

Product Features

Resolution quality HD
Resolution (Pixels) 1920x1080
3D No
Optical zoom ratio 10
Media format Flash and memory card
Connections USB
Type of memory card Memory Stick Pro
Type of memory card Memory Stick Duo
Shape of camcorder Horizontally held
Digital zoom ratio 120
Type of image stabiliser Electronic
Widescreen recording Yes
Hard disk capacity (Gigabytes) 8
Shortest shutter speed (Fractions of a second) 1/1000
Weight (g) 280
Screen size (Inches) 2.7
Maximum aperture telephoto 2.2
Maximum aperture wide 1.8
Lowest focal length (Millimetres) 52
Highest focal length (Millimetres) 608
Type of chip CMOS
Release date 2009-02-19

Also known as: Sony Handycam HDR-CX105E, Sony HDRCX105, Sony HDR-CX105E

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Manufacturer's Description

HD quality that everyone can enjoy

Very light, compact and easy to use with great video and still image quality. Full HD recording on 8GB internal memory, or boost shooting time with an optional Memory Stick™.

Small and light enough to keep with you

With less size and weight to carry, it’s easy to slip your camcorder into a pocket or bag: you can be sure it’s always with you, wherever you go.

Natural looking faces every time

Faces can look dark and underexposed in bright, backlit situations like a sun-drenched beach. And if you’re shooting indoors there’s a risk your subject’s skin tone can look unnaturally coloured. The camcorder fine-tunes focus, exposure and skin tone for more natural looking faces.

More smiles every time

Wouldn’t it be great having a photographer by your side, capturing great still pictures of happy faces while you’re shooting video of a party or another special event? Smile Shutter automatically shoots still photos whenever your subject smiles, without interrupting video recording.

Ready for anything

Everyone knows the frustration of fumbling for your camcorder when something amazing happens… And then it’s too late. Flip open the LCD screen and you’re ready to start shooting in a fraction of a second. Standby battery drain is super-low, so you can always be ready to catch that special moment.

Have more fun with your video collection

It’s easy to manage your video clips and photos with Picture Motion Browser for your PC – included free with your camcorder. Sort, search and browse through all your clips and photos in an instant. Burn them to disc, email to friends or upload to social networking sites with a few clicks.


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