Sony HDR CX-280E: Review

The Sony HDR CX-280E is a Full HD camcorder that allows you to create video clips and sharp photos and high quality in all circumstances, thanks to SteadyShot optical image stabilizer that compensates for the movement of the machine.

To highlight especially the wide-angle Carl Zeiss lens with 27x optical zoom, and the Exmor R CMOS sensor, which ensures perfect photos even in low light conditions, despite the absence of built-in flash. The camcorder has, finally, a 2.7-inch LCD display, HDMI output and USB port, an internal flash memory and expansion slot.

Sony HDR CX-280E: Design

The Sony HDR-CX280E camcorder is a compact and easy to handle, perfect for shooting every day. It has an elegant black livery and a comfortable grip. As for size, measuring 57 mm in height, 52.5 mm wide and 117 mm deep, while the weight is 180 grams without battery and card. It has a Clear Photo LCD Plus 2.7-inch with a resolution of 230,000 pixels.

Sony HDR CX-280E: Features and Capabilities

The Sony HDR-CX280E is one of the latest digital video cameras submitted by the company in January, along with many other models, including the Sony HDR-CX410VE and Sony HDR-CX220 belonging to the same series. It is an interesting machine, dedicated to the average user who wants a good tool but without spending too much.

Starting with those that are the technical specifications, the camera features a CMOS sensor Exmor R backlit by 1/5, and 8 inches in size with a resolution of about 2,390 to 2,290 megapixels and effective megapixels, for both video and photo recordings . As for optics, it is a Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar lens which has a focal equivalent in size from 29.8 to 953.6 mm to 35 mm in 16:9 and 36.4 to 1,164.8 in 4:3.

The Sony HDR-CX280E also includes a 50x optical zoom and 320x digital zoom to shoot subjects in the distance. Thanks to the zoom lens and supplied with this machine you can safely resume boundless vistas and breathtaking close-ups, without any loss of detail.

An analysis the features available, you must speak first of the SteadyShot optical image stabilization, which compensates for camera shake and ensures consistently sharp photos and movies even while you are running. The BIONZ processor also offers exceptional quality, even with moving subjects.

Other interesting features of the Sony HDR-CX280E include Face Detection, which automatically detects faces in a shot and adjusts settings accordingly, and Smile Shutter, which records and would only be triggered when the subject laughs. Still remains to say that movies are recorded in Full HD and that there is a 50p progressive mode that records video at a frequency of 50 frames per second, perfect for shooting sporting events.

Sony HDR CX-280E
Sony HDR CX-280E

Among other things, movies are recorded in mp4 format, so they can be easily loaded to YouTube or Facebook without having to be converted first. Thanks to the USB port and the HDMI interface, in addition, you can connect the camcorder to a TV or other devices, such as computers, you can easily share photos and videos.

The recorded movies and photos are recorded directly on the memory card, and you can choose from Memory Stick, Memory Stick Pro Duo, SD, SDHC and SDXC memory cards, many are those supported by the Sony HDR-CX280E.

Then there are many scene modes to choose from, and the camera also has manual focus and Dolby Digital sound. As regards, finally, the purchase package, it includes the AC adapter, power cord, rechargeable battery, USB cable, HDMI cable and editing software PlayMemories Home can also be downloaded from the Sony Web site.


The Sony HDR-CX280E camcorder is a medium quality, perfect for every day and to resume family events. Records movies Full HD video and allows you to take pictures. It has optical image stabilizer, HDMI port and USB, high quality sensor and digital audio. Absent the flash and most of the manual modes.

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Value of Money

PROS : HDMI cable included; Exmor R CMOS Sensor, HDMI port, Full HD movies.

CONS : Flash, Display Resolution.

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