Sony HDR-CX220: Review

The Sony HDR-CX220 is a compact camcorder with internal flash memory, expandable through the slot for memory cards, allowing you to create video clips in Full HD AVCHD format, all in automatic mode. The camera is also equipped with an Exmor R CMOS image sensor, a Carl Zeiss wide-angle lens with 27x optical zoom and an electronic stabilizer of image. The display is a Clear Photo LCD plus 2.7-inch with a resolution of 230,000 pixels, pictures reach a resolution of 8.9 megapixels and are produced in JPEG format.

Sony HDR-CX220: Design

The Sony HDR-CX220 Camcorder is a compact and easy to handle, available in colors black, blue, red and silver. As for size, measuring 57 mm in height, 52.5 mm wide and 117 mm deep, while the weight is 178 grams without battery and card. It has a Clear Photo LCD Plus 2.7-inch with a resolution of 230,000 pixels.

Sony HDR-CX220: Features and Capabilities

The Sony HDR-CX220 is one of the latest digital video cameras submitted by the company in January, along with many other models, including the Sony HDR-CX280 and Sony HDR-CX410VE, belonging to the same series. The technical features and functionality make it the ideal machine for those who want quality without spending too much.

Starting precisely from those who are the technical data, 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 for the photos. As for optics, it is a quality lens, a Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar lens which has a focal 35 mm format equivalent to 29.8 to 953.6 mm in 16:9 aspect ratio and 36.4-1164 , 8 in 4:3.

Do not miss the opportunity to shoot a subject in the distance since the Sony HDR-CX220 also includes a 27x optical zoom with 32x extended zoom and a digital zoom of 320x. Therefore, wide-angle lens and the extended zoom, you can shoot everything from close-ups of faces to the distant vistas.

As regards the features available, you can begin starting with the SteadyShot image stabilization, which compensates for camera shake and ensures consistently sharp photos and movies even while you are running. Unfortunately, it comes to an electronic stabilizer and not optical, then definitely lower than optical but still useful. The BIONZ processor also offers excellent quality even with moving subjects.

Sony HDR-CX220 Camcorder
Sony HDR-CX220

The other functions of the Sony HDR-CX220 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. The iAuto mode also automatically adjusts the settings for best results, detecting faces, lighting and scenes.

It remains to mention the movies are recorded in Full HD with stereo sound and in AVCHD or MP4 formats, which can therefore be easily shared online or uploaded to Facebook or YouTube, among others. In addition, there is a 50p progressive mode that allows you to record videos at the rate of 50 frames per second, perfect for shooting sporting events. With this camera, you can also shoot 8.9 megapixel photos.

With regard to the allocation of interfaces, the Sony HDR-CX220 is provided with the USB and HDMI ports, which let you connect your camcorder to a TV or other devices, such as computers, you can easily share photos and videos. I do not even miss the AV composite video output.

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 camera. Then there are many scene modes to choose from, and the camera also has manual focus and Dolby Digital sound. The package includes, finally, the AC adapter, rechargeable battery, USB cable, HDMI cable and editing software PlayMemories Home.


The Sony HDR-CX220 camcorder is a compact and attractive value-priced, that can guarantee good results for both video, Full HD with stereo sound, which for photos, 8.9 megapixel camera. In general, the specifications are good, the goal is quality, the zoom is powerful enough, the various features and lacks the HDMI interface. Too bad for the non-optical and electronic stabilization.

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PROS : HDMI interface; Exmor R CMOS.

CONS : Display resolution, No flash, electric stabilizer.

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