Sony HDR CX305 reviews: Flash storage Full HD camcorder

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This camcorder is a good all rounder.

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7.9 out of 10 based on 13 reviews.
Sony HDR CX305: Horizontally held, 12x optical zoom camcorder using SDHC card. See full product description

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John, Plymouth Keen amateur

Score 10.0/10
Good points:
Small.lightweight,easy to operate
Bad points:
could do with a bigger capacity battery to start with
Overall rating 10.0
Ease of use 8.0
Image quality 9.0
Battery life 5.0
Weight 9.0
Value for money 10.0
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1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 31 May 2011

John, stoke on trent. Just point and shoot

Score 1.0/10
Good points:
Reviewer left no comment
Bad points:
The battery would not fit the camcorder and there was no replacement available therefor I had a refund.
Overall rating 1.0
Value for money 1.0
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0 of 4 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 30 May 2011

anthony, maidstone Just point and shoot

Score 10.0/10
Good points:
light, compact, ease of use, great picture quality,touch screen,
Bad points:
Reviewer left no comment
Overall rating 10.0
Ease of use 9.0
Image quality 10.0
Battery life 8.0
Weight 9.0
Value for money 9.0
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Confirmed purchase: 26 Jun 2011

Confirmed purchaser Experienced amateur

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
High quality picture and I like the way everything is ready once you've opened the lcd screen. Easy to upload video using the PMB software and software is easy to use. The image quality if you plug HDMI to HDMI is amazing. Menus are easy to use and this makes removing unwanted videos and Photos straightforward. Good solid feel to the sliding cover over the battery connection.
Bad points:
Should be slightly heavier and bigger so that it felt more stable and everything wasn't so fiddly. Cover to USB and HDMI connectors feels fragile and I suspect will break off in time. I do a look of work outside and still think a viewfinder is necessary for sunny conditions. The PMB software sometimes doesn't seem to agree with the windows software, and why do you need to know each time I use PMB? Spooky, big brother IS watching! Didn't realise I couldn't download back to the camera from PC when I bought it.
My final rant is why is it when I've used my S camera to generate a superb video which I then load onto YouTube I get told S won't let me use the audio track I've chosen? That REALLY hacks me off.
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 9.0
Image quality 10.0
Battery life 10.0
Weight 3.0
Value for money 8.0
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2 of 4 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 16 Jan 2011

Gordon, Bournemouth Keen amateur

Score 3.0/10
Good points:
small, light, picture quality good
Bad points:
touch screens annoying, I can download pictures from memory card but system locks up when trying to download video and unable to exit via End. I required a handycam for both video and stills with image stabiliser but this is a huge disappointment after my Sony DCR-TRV30E and far too complicated. What is the best equivalent of my last camera?
Overall rating 3.0
Ease of use 3.0
Image quality 7.0
Battery life 9.0
Weight 10.0
Value for money 3.0
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16 of 22 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 14 May 2010

Confirmed purchaser

Score 8.0/10
Good points:
easy to use, light and great image quality.
Bad points:
longer battery life
Overall rating 8.0
Ease of use 8.0
Image quality 9.0
Battery life 6.0
Weight 9.0
Value for money 7.0
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Confirmed purchase: 14 Mar 2011

Tony, Camberley, Surrey UK Keen amateur

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
Picture & sound quality
Bad points:
Cost of additional lens, wide angle etc...
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 10.0
Image quality 10.0
Battery life 9.0
Weight 9.0
Value for money 8.0
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1 of 3 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 13 Nov 2010

Product Features

Resolution quality Full HD
Resolution (Pixels) 1920x1080
3D No
Optical zoom ratio 12
Media format Flash
Connections USB
Type of memory card SDHC
Type of memory card SD
Shape of camcorder Horizontally held
Digital zoom ratio 160
Type of image stabiliser Optical
Widescreen recording Yes
Hard disk capacity (Gigabytes) 16
Shortest shutter speed (Fractions of a second) 1/1000
Weight (g) 320
Screen size (Inches) 2.7
Maximum aperture telephoto 3.4
Maximum aperture wide 1.8
Lowest focal length (Millimetres) 36.5
Highest focal length (Millimetres) 438
Type of chip CMOS
Release date 2010-03-15

Also known as: SONY HDR-CX305E, HDR-CX305

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Manufacturer's Description

Experience incredible imaging performance, with up to 6.5 hours Full HD recording on 16GB internal memory and more on optional memory card. Beautifully designed with advanced optical technologies and smart features to capture beautiful, detail-packed video and stills.

Low light, no problem
Many camcorders struggle in low light, producing grainy, fuzzy images. Super sensitive Exmor R™ CMOS Sensor reduces image noise for clearer images. In conjunction with the powerful BIONZ processor you’ll get great results in low light, dim interiors or at dusk.

Walk. Zoom. Steady: Even more stable pictures
Wobbly pictures are a common problem when you’re shooting without a tripod. New Optical SteadyShot Active Mode delivers best-ever ‘3-way’ camera shake correction at all zoom settings, even when you’re walking along. In wide angle position, you’ll enjoy up to ten times improved anti-shake performance.

Pack more into every scene
Now you can make sure nobody’s left out of the picture at parties, birthdays and other special occasions. The high quality G Lens by Sony inside Handycam® now features enhanced wide angle performance, capturing up to 2x greater image area than previous models.

Catch the moment
New Golf Shot captures a high-speed burst of frames. It’s a great way to improve your swing… or freeze the details in any kind of fast-moving action.

Quicker, more accurate autofocus
AF performance is now 2x faster than previous models for rapid, pin-sharp focus – even when you’re shooting in low light.


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