Sony HDR-CX730E reviews: Memory card storage Full HD camcorder

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+ This camcorder scores very high on sound quality. - It scores poorly on weight.

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9.1 out of 10 based on 37 reviews.
Sony HDR-CX730E: Horizontally held, 10x optical zoom camcorder using Memory Stick Pro card. See full product description

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Jarek, London Experienced amateur

Score 8.0/10
Good points:
excellent stabilization system
night vision mode
Bad points:
quite heavy
external charger for the battery not included
Overall rating 8.0
Ease of use 8.0
Image quality 9.0
Features 9.0
Sound quality 8.0
Battery life 8.0
Weight 5.0
Value for money 8.0
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Confirmed purchase: 20 Jan 2013

Confirmed purchaser Keen amateur

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
Based on no previous experience of camcorders, I have been amazed at how brilliant this camera is. I bought it based on reviews for low light (not knowing what any benchmark was) and have been very pleased at being able to capture our 18mth old son up to tricks in very good quality and colour in our moderately lit house. Outdoors is also very good. I find the controls easy to use both for screen and buttons. The screen is a 'pressure' type which means you can use it with gloves on (useful this Winter!). Linking up to PC and TV for downloads, watching, etc. works fine. I did buy the middle level larger battery and a very large and fast memory card - both of which are very good.
Bad points:
Can't fault the camera itself, but it didn't come with a lens cap, which although it has the protective shutters infront of the lens a lens cap would have protected the shutters when carrying generally in luggage or 'on set'. I have also put a clear lens over the whole lot just to add protection...
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 9.0
Image quality 9.0
Features 9.0
Sound quality 7.0
Battery life 9.0
Weight 9.0
Value for money 7.0
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Confirmed purchase: 19 Dec 2012

david, Bognor Regis Experienced amateur

Score 10.0/10
Good points:
The optical steady shot is first rate and image quality is fantastic also the method of adjusting exposure, focus,iris etc is a brilliant system.
Bad points:
The viewfinder is poor and needs rethinking. I find the use of the touch LED screen hard to control but i will get the hang of it in time.
Overall rating 10.0
Ease of use 7.0
Image quality 10.0
Features 9.0
Sound quality 10.0
Battery life 10.0
Weight 9.0
Value for money 9.0
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Confirmed purchase: 19 Aug 2012

William , Experienced amateur

Score 7.0/10
Good points:
Plenty of manual settings, Super-Steadyshot excellent. Fold out screen good, with a Record button on screen. Photo settings equally good.
Bad points:
The zoom lever is too far to the rear of the top of camcorder for comfort, and the Record button is too low for ease of use, but I have large hands!
Overall rating 7.0
Ease of use 5.0
Features 9.0
Sound quality 9.0
Battery life 7.0
Weight 10.0
Value for money 6.0
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Confirmed purchase: 16 Nov 2012

John, Pencoed, Bridgend Experienced amateur

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
Found it quite easy to use right from the start. Touch screen is good and for a person with big hands its not too sensative. Very impressed with the lens going down to macro level.
Bad points:
Had a struggle finding the right cable to connect it to my PC.
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 8.0
Image quality 10.0
Features 9.0
Sound quality 9.0
Battery life 10.0
Weight 8.0
Value for money 8.0
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Confirmed purchase: 12 Dec 2012

mark, hull Experienced amateur

Score 10.0/10
Good points:
The camcorder feels good and great to hold picks out faces fast
Bad points:
none
Overall rating 10.0
Ease of use 9.0
Image quality 10.0
Features 9.0
Sound quality 9.0
Battery life 8.0
Weight 10.0
Value for money 9.0
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Confirmed purchase: 11 Oct 2012

WALTER, STIRLING Experienced amateur

Score 8.0/10
Good points:
has viewfinder,super steadyshot means hardly any shake, great image quality, very wide angle lens, easy to play back on hd tv .
Bad points:
heavy for size, expensive, not keen on touchscreen, have similar model with buttons at side, as screen gets in a mess
Overall rating 8.0
Ease of use 7.0
Image quality 9.0
Sound quality 8.0
Battery life 6.0
Weight 5.0
Value for money 6.0
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Confirmed purchase: 06 Aug 2012

This Sony HDR-CX730E is reviewed on Expert Reviews

Product Features

Resolution quality Full HD
3D No
Optical zoom ratio 10
Media format Memory card
Connections HDMI
Connections USB
Type of memory card SDXC
Type of memory card Memory Stick Pro
Shape of camcorder Horizontally held
Digital zoom ratio 120
Type of image stabiliser Optical
Widescreen recording Yes
Shortest shutter speed (Fractions of a second) 1/1
Weight (g) 545
Screen size (Inches) 3
Maximum aperture telephoto 3.4
Maximum aperture wide 1.8
Lowest focal length (Millimetres) 31.8
Highest focal length (Millimetres) 318
Type of chip CMOS
Release date 2012-05-23

Also known as: Sony HDR CX730, HDR-CX730, Sony Handycam, HDR-CX730E

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Manufacturer's Description

Full HD camcorder with exceptional image quality and creative control

Record Full HD on memory card, 10x optical zoom/26mm wide angle, 24.1MP photo, 7.5cm/3" LCD, EVF

  • Very high quality low-light shooting with Exmor R™
  • Wide angle lens gets more into the picture
  • Fully featured with range-topping performance

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