Sony HDR-CX360V High Definition Handycam Camcorder – Great camera for its class

This is a nice camera with great functions, however, do not expect same from the body built. It feels more plastic in contrast to previous models. In addition, transition between builtin memory and additional memory (sd or ms) is not as user friendly as the other brands. Does it deserve to be priced for 800 bucks, no.

I use this camcorder to video history interviews. I has performed excellently. The built in memory and standard battery is more than adequate for most interviews but the ability to add a memory card and a larger battery makes it especially versatile.

After using for about 6 months now, i can’t find anything to establish fault with this camera. It takes great quality video for the price and when you pair it with a good editing software program (i use sony vegas), it creates awesome post production quality as well. Here are the specifications for the Sony HDR-CX360V High Definition Handycam Camcorder:

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  • 1920×1080 Full HD 60p/24p Recording w/7MP still image
  • 32GB embedded Flash Memory for up to 13 hours of recording
  • Wide Angle G lens to capture everything you want
  • Back-illuminated “Exmor R” CMOS sensor for superb low-light video
  • Optical SteadyShot image stabilization w/ Active Mode

After the birth of my son, i wanted a camcorder to record the typical family memories. The goal was to get a camera that had great video quality, a wide-angle lens, able to shoot in a variety of conditions, and was small/easy to use. After owning this camera for a couple of months, i can say that it has definitely met my expectations. When deciding what camcorder to buy, my experience with digital camcorders was basically nothing other than using the video setting on digital cameras/phones, so i had to do a lot of research just to know what was out there. After doing said research, i realized the situation was pretty typical of lots of technology: each major brand has a very similar product in each price-range and you probably can’t go wrong with any of them unless the model just happens to have defects or something. I decided on this camera mainly because of the sony brand and it having a wide-angle lens and decent internal storage. Overall, this is a great camcorder. It is exactly what i wanted and there’s not much i would change on it. One warning (and not specific to this camera): if you will be primarily shooting to share over the internet with family and friends and aren’t concerned so much with quality/features, you might be better off getting one designed to do that and save a few hundred dollars. Else, for every video you shoot, you’ll need to convert it to an internet-friendly format.

The camera is great for its class. I love the stabilization system. Picture is not as sharp as the pro class cameras but for home, youtube, internet videos and non commercial productions is more than enough. The still shots are also very nice – just like a good point and shoot camera. Of course it doesn’t have the lens of a dslr but it has some advantages to a dslr – like much faster focus than a dslr, much longer recording time and others. It’s light and comfortable for traveling.

Reviews from purchasers :

  • Excellent camera for my needs
  • Awesome camera
  • Performs good – takes longer than I would like to warm up

This was my first video camera, so needless to say i didn’t want an overload of manual options that i had to tweak in order to get a good shot. The quality is great, but a little grainy in lower light situations. Sound is awesome, and even has a setting that tries to weed out wind noise (although i haven’t truly put it to the test yet). We took it on a vacation to disney and it worked flawlessly. Pictures taken when in picture mode were fantastic, but if you leave it in video mode and take a picture, it doesn’t turn out near as good (this is because it has to take the picture at a lower setting). Since this was my first camera, i don’t have much to compare it with, but i will say that i haven’t regretted my decision.

We had a samsung 1080i camcorder we bought mid 2010. I thought that was the best camera in the world until we got this one from best buy. The picture is absolutely incredible and the stabilization made it easy to shoot a movie that looks like it was made by a professional. I’m giving it 4 stars because it is very expensive, but so far we love it.

Picture quality is very good in sunny weather and good in low light. Still images are also good in sunny weather. The voice is very clear during the recording and while watching videos. But the memory is card based. Another issue is we cant use the extra cover on front lense for safety. But the producti is overall good.

I’ve shot wine tasting events and footage of california wine country for videos for years with the sony pd170 pro standard definition camcorder. I shoot all manual settings. So it came time for moving to hd and i wanted to experiment with a smaller camcorder. The video is excellent quality if you get the few settings available correct for your circumstances. The audio is ok if not in a noisy crowd. The issues for me are all about control and compatibility. This is a pure consumer camera with a bunch of features that i consider worthless for anyone’s videography, especially consumers. If those features were removed there would be plenty of room and budget to add more manual control and to improve the user interface so there are less steps required for the control that does exist. Why do we always have to sort through the menu to access the exposure and focus override – which does work well when you get to them?.They need to be a button on the camcorer or at least on the top level touch screen interface.

The picture is amazing, the sound pick up is stellar and the internal memory is outstanding. Plug in capabilities for more powerful external microphone and a screw on external lens. The only thing i dont like is how it takes useless screen shots called highlights while i am filming. I dont use them and it just takes time that i could of used elsewhere deleting them. If i could figure out how to disable that this would be the perfect camera.

I have owned the camcorder for about a year. I have not read the owners manual from top to bottom. I basically just open the lcd screen and push the record button. My largest pet peve with the camcorder is that it takes a long time between the time you open the lcd screen and the time you can start filming. I have small kids, when they start doing something that i would like to capture i get out the camcorder and find myself talking to myself, hurry up, hurry up, hurry up. I end up missing some key moments in the beginning. Also there is not an on button. It turns on and off automatically when you open the lcd screen. If you have small kids, i would so some research and locate a camcorder that can quickly start filming when you turn it on.

Takes nearly a minute to start up. Extracting files from the built-in memory is a challenge. Quality of audio and video is very good.

Summary
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Sony HDR-CX360V High Definition Handycam Camcorder (Bordeaux) (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
Rating
4 of 5 stars, based on 14 reviews