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Sony HDR-CX220/B High Definition Handycam Camcorder with 2.7-Inch LCD (Black)

Sony HDR-CX220/B High Definition Handycam Camcorder with 2.7-Inch LCD (Black)
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Item No.  872145
Mfg Part No.  HDRCX220/B
Product Condition:  New
Manufacturer:  Sony

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Highlights for Sony HDR-CX220/B High Definition Handycam Camcorder with 2.7-Inch LCD (Black)

The Sony Handycam HDR-CX220 camcorder offers stunning 1920 x 1080 Full HD video quality at a great value. Plus, you can capture beautiful 8.9MP photos to frame or post to your profile. Your photos and footage will be incredibly smooth thanks to Optical SteadyShot image stabilization, which compensates for camera shake to cut down on blur. Sony's back-illuminated Exmor R CMOS sensor delivers superb low-light performance with drastically reduced grain for crisp, clear quality. And with a professional-quality 29.8mm Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar lens, you'll enjoy ultimate sharpness and contrast in every shot.
1920x1080 Full HD 60p with 8.9MP Exmor R CMOS Sensor
Create high definition 1920 x 1080 60p videos and high quality 8.9MP still images. Experience stunning low-light sensitivity with improved image clarity and drastically reduced grain with Sony’s back-illuminated Exmor R CMOS sensor. Designed for compact cameras and camcorders, the Exmor R CMOS sensor relocates the photo diodes above the support circuitry, maximizing the light gathering area per pixel so you can shoot with better results in lower lighting conditions.
29.8mm Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar Lens
The professional-quality 29.8mm Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar lens is designed specifically for compact camcorders. Precision ground optics help maintain the sharpness and contrast of larger lenses, and SteadyShot image stabilization helps reduce blur caused by camera shake.
Highlight Playback Creates Movies with Transitions for You
Why spend hours editing your movies when you can let your camcorder do it for you? Highlight Playback identifies and compiles key scenes into a short, entertaining movie complete with music and transitions. You can even pinpoint the exact scene you want to include in the highlight reel.
SteadyShot image stabilization with Active Mode
SteadyShot image stabilization with Active Mode compensates for greater degrees of camera shake to deliver stunningly smooth video from wide angle to full telephoto shooting. In addition, innovative 3-Way Shake-Canceling adds electronic roll stability for even smoother video capture
2.7” wide Clear Photo LCD (230k)
The 2.7” (16:9) Clear Photo LCD (230K) displays sharp, bright, vivid images, letting you compose a shot more easily -- even outdoors, while enabling you to change settings to best represent the scene.
Direct Copy to external HDD without PC
Store your memories in a whole new way with the ability to copy videos from your camcorder directly to an external hard disk drive (sold separately), all without a computer. Your camcorder can also access videos stored on the external hard drive for playback on your HDTV, allowing you to utilize the camcorder’s handy playback features.
32x Extended Zoom to Get Even Closer to the Action
Extended Zoom works in conjunction with 27x optical zoom to get even closer to the action while maintaining HD image quality.
Shoot High Quality AVCHD or Web Optimized MP4 Video
Select between HD video in the AVCHD or MP4 format for highest quality or easy transfer and sharing. AVCHD provides premium video that can be enjoyed on large screen HDTVs, and is ideal for capturing precious memories at special occasions, family vacations and other moments you want to treasure for a lifetime. MP4 is great for those moments that you want to quickly share on your social networks or store on the cloud.
Built-in USB Cable for Easy File Transfer/Charge
The high-speed, built-in USB 2.0 cable allows for easy connection to your computer for charging or file transfer without having to remember separate cables. It also fits conveniently into the hand strap so it’s out of the way until you need it. Charging your camcorder is faster than ever now through the USB; for every two minutes of charge time you get one minute of recording time.

  • Color: Black
  • 1920 x 1080 Full HD 60p with 8.9MP Exmor R CMOS Sensor
  • SteadyShot image stabilization reduces blur
  • 27x Optical / 32x Extended Zoom to get even closer to the action
  • 29.8mm wide angle Carl Zeiss Vario Tessar Lens
  • 2.7" wide Clear Photo LCD display (230K)

Imaging Sensor
  • Imaging Sensor: 1/5.8’’ (3.1mm) back-illuminated Exmor R CMOS Sensor
  • Processor: BIONZ image processor
  • Pixel Gross: Approx.2390K pixels
  • Effective Picture Resolution Movie: Approx.2150K pixels(16:9) Still: Approx.2290K pixels(16:9)
  • Color Filter System: RGB primary color filters
  • Media Type: Memory Stick PRO Duo; (Mark 2)Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo; Memory Stick XCHG Duo; SD/SDHC/SDXC Memory Card(Class 4 or Higher)
  • Still Image Mode: JPEG
  • Still Image Max Effective Resolution: 8.9 megapixels
  • Still Image Size 16:9: Movie Mode: 8.9 megapixels 16:9 (3984x2240); Photo Mode: 8.9 megapixels 16:9 (3984x2240)
  • Still Image Size 4:3: Movie Mode:6.7 megapixels 4:3 (2992x2240); Photo Mode: 6.7 megapixels 4:3 (2992x2240)
  • Video Mode: HD: MPEG4-AVC/H.264 AVCHD 2.0 format.compatible; STD: MPEG2-PS; MP4: MPEG-4 AVC/H.264
  • Video Resolution: HD:1920x1080/60p(PS),60i(FX,FH), 1440x1080/60i(HQ,LP); STD:720x480/60i; MP4:1280x720 30p
  • Video Actual (Pixel): Approx.2150K pixels(16:9),Approx.1610K pixels(4:3)
  • Video Signal: HDTV, NTSC color, EIA standards
  • Dual Record: 8.9 megapixels 16:9 (3984x2240); 2.1 megapixels 16:9 (1920x1080)
  • Audio Format: Dolby Digital 2ch Stereo, Dolby Digital Stereo Creator; MPEG-4 AAC-LC 2ch
  • Microphone/Speaker: Built-in Zoom Microphone; Monoral Speaker
  • Mic Level Control: Yes(2steps)
  • Movie Recording Rate(Average Bit Rate/VBR): HD PS: 28Mbps / FX: 24Mbps / FH: 17Mbps / HQ:Approx.9Mbps / LP:Approx.5Mbps ( Approx) STD HQ:9Mbps MP4: Approx.6Mbps
  • Still Image File Format: DCF Ver.2.0 compatible, Exif Ver.2.3 compatible, MPF Baseline compatible
  • Wind Position: Yes(Off/On)
  • Lens Type: Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar Lens
  • Lens Stabilization: SteadyShot image stabilization w/ Active mode (Wide to Tele)
  • Aperture: F1.9-F4.0
  • Optical Zoom: 27x
  • Digital Zoom: 320x
  • Focal Length (35mm equivalent): Movie Mode: 29.8-953.6mm(16:9), 36.4-1164.8mm(4:3); Photo Mode: 29.8-804.0mm(16:9),36.4-984.0mm(4:3)
  • Minimum Focus Distance: Approx.1cm(Wide) ,Approx.80cm(Tele) ,Approx.37cm(Tele Macro)
  • Extended Zoom: 32x
  • Focal Distance: f=2.1-57.0mm; f=3/32-2 1/4inch
LCD Display
  • LCD Type: 2.7'' (6.7cm) Clear Photo LCD display (230K) Wide (16:9)
  • Angle Adjustment: Opening Angle:max.90 deg., Turning Angle:max.270 deg.
  • Brightness Control: Yes(Menu)
  • Coverage: 100%
  • Grid Display: Grid Line
Focus Control
  • Focus System: Contrast AF
  • AF Modes: Auto/Manual(Menu)
  • Focus Area: Full range Focus
Exposure System
  • Metering Modes: Multi-segment
  • Exposure Settings: Auto; Manual(Menu)
  • Scene Mode(s):
  • Auto/Night Scene/Sunrise & Sunset/Fireworks/Landscape/Portrait/Spotlight/Beach/Snow
  • D-Range Optimizer: Yes
  • Noise Reduction: Yes
  • White Balance Mode: Auto/Onepush/Outdoor/Indoor
  • Minimum Illumination: Standard:6 lux(1/30 Shutter Speed); Low Lux:3 lux(1/30 Shutter Speed)
  • Auto Iris Control: F1.9 - F10
  • Backlight Compensation: Yes(Auto)
  • LOW LUX Mode: Yes
Drive System
  • Drive Mode: Photo Mode:Single-shot/Self-timer
  • Self-timer: Approx.10sec.(Still Image)
  • Shutter Speeds: Shutter Speed(Standard): 1/30 - 1/10,000; Shutter Speed (Auto Control Range):1/8 - 1/10,000
Convenience Features
  • Manual / Auto Lens Cover: Manual
  • Fader Effect(s): White/Black
  • Date / Time Stamp: Yes(Rec Date and Time, Camera info)
  • Erase/Protect: Yes/Yes
  • Media/Battery Indicator: Yes(recordable time, free and used media space)/Yes(recordable time, remaining capacity)
  • Power Save Mode: Yes
  • Still Image Playback Options: Slide Show
  • Video Playback Options: Highlight Playback(HD Movie Only); Highlight Playback Save and Share(Translate into STD quality); Highlight Scenario(Save/Playback/Erase); Hightlight BGM(Preinstalled 4 music files, Music transfer)
  • Built-in USB Cable: Yes(USB Charge Available)
  • Multiple Language Display: English; Spanish; Brazilian Portugese; Canadian French
  • Self Recording: Yes
  • View & Index: Event
Advanced Features
  • Face Detection: Yes
  • Image Stabilization: SteadyShot image stabilization w/ Active mode (Wide to Tele)
  • Intelligent Auto: Portrait/Baby/Tripod/Backlight/Landscape/Spotlight/Twilight/Macro/Low light
  • Priority Setting (for Face Detection): Auto/Child Priority/Adult Priority
  • Smile Shutter technology: Dual Capture/Always On/Off
  • x.v.Color: Yes
  • Memory Card Slot: Memory Stick PRO Duo and SD/SDHC/SDXC compatible
  • SD Output: Composite Video Out(AV CABLE(sold separately))
  • HD Output: HDMI Out(micro)(supplied)
  • USB Port(s): TypeA(built-in)/USB2.0 Hi-speed (mass-storage/MTP)
  • BRAVIA Sync: Yes
  • PhotoTV HD: Yes
  • DC IN: Yes
  • HDMI Terminal: Yes (HDMI micro)
  • Multi/Micro USB Terminal: Yes
Weights and Measurements
  • Dimensions (Approx.): Approx.2 1/8inch x 2 1/4inch x 4 5/8inch (52.5mm x 57mm x 117mm)
  • Weight (Approx.): Approx.6.3oz ((178g) Main Unit Only)
  • Power Requirements: 6.8V/7.2V (battery pack); 8.4V (AC Adaptor)
  • Battery Type: InfoLITHIUM with AccuPower Meter System (V Series)
  • Supplied Software: PC: PlayMemories Home Lite (built-in; for PC only); PlayMemories Home (by download); Music Transfer(by download); MAC:Music Transfer(by download); PlayMemories Online Uploader(by download)
  • Operating System Compatibility: Windows XP SP3 /Windows Vista SP2 /Windows7 64-bit editions and Starter (Edition) are not supported. The Windows Image Mastering API (IMAPI) Ver. 2.0 or later is required to use the function for creating discs. Starter (Edition) are not supported. Standard installation is required. Operation is not assured if the above OS has been upgraded or in a multi-boot environment.
Service and Warranty Information
  • Limited Warranty Term: Limited Warranty --- 1 Year Parts; 90 Days Labor
Weights and Measurements
  • Dimensions (Approx.): Approx.2 1/8inch x 2 1/4inch x 4 5/8inch (52.5mm x 57mm x 117mm)
  • Weight (Approx.): Approx.6.3oz ((178g) Main Unit Only); Approx.7.8oz (NP-FV30 (supplied battery); Approx.8.1oz (NP-FV50); Approx.9.7oz (NP-FV70); Approx.13.2oz (NP-FV100)
  • Supplied Accessories:
    • Rechargeable Battery Pack (NP-FV30) (1)
    • HDMI(micro) Cable (1)
    • USB Connection Support

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By dsol

from atlanta

Comments about Sony HDRCX220/B:

Grainiest image I've ever seen. You really do get what you pay for.

(16 of 16 customers found this review helpful)


Crickets and curves

By Flamanar

from NJ

Comments about Sony HDRCX220/B:

I really wanted to like this camcorder. I've used Sony all my life, and this one seemed to have all of the features that I needed. Sadly, there were things that I could not accept. The auto-focus is so noisy that in a quiet room, you can hear it from between 1-2 feet away. Also, if you record something in a quiet room...you will hear the 'cricket' sound generated constantly by the auto-focus. I was almost ready to look past that and keep it. Until I did some video inside and outside of my house. This camcorder may show a nice widescreen view...but it also suffers from a 'barrel effect'. Things near the left or right of the screen that are vertical will bow in the middle towards the outer edges of the screen. Once I noticed it, I saw it all the time. Edges of walls that are perfectly straight become bowed if they're too close to the viewing area of the left or right side of the LCD screen. Unbelievable. I also noticed that the Steady Shot created a jittery effect. The picture would 'twitch' every second or so. You could see it best at the top left and top right of the screen. Combine that with the almost total lack of accessories, and I sent it back. I was told by Sony customer care that the 'cricket' sound was a "characteristic of the camera". Sorry. I also tried a Canon, and their auto-focus was almost totally silent. Sony needs to go back to the drawing board and re-think this product if they want people to buy it.

(6 of 8 customers found this review helpful)


No accessories

By Bigmacnchez

from fort worth tx

Comments about Sony HDRCX220/B:

no wall charger included very cheap part not to include screen has horrible display focus is very slow.

(10 of 11 customers found this review helpful)


Great camera for the price but.....

By Wizzy77

from Reading, Pa

Comments about Sony HDRCX220/B:

I love the camera itself. It works great, its easy to use and the video and sound quality are fantastic. Box says up to 12 hours of battery life. In VERY small print, it mentions you have to have an extended life battery that is not included. No AC charger. No memory car ( give us at least a cheap 2GB card!! ). The accessory prices are ridiculous. Sony is a bit shady with their marketing practices.

(17 of 17 customers found this review helpful)


Sony HDR CX-220

By pinoyako

from philippines

Comments about Sony HDRCX220/B:

i bought this week .. comes with 16gb mc and a tripod, for 16,200 php quite expensive but im really happy with this product.. i feel like a pro when i use it with the tripod, 16gb not bad , i just transfer them to my laptop and burn them to DVD using sony play memories. all in all good value for money for a sony handycam, upgrade the battery if you want to shoot videos longer.. but it charges for about 2 hrs. the your ready to go.. hope this review helps. .thanks! :)

(17 of 21 customers found this review helpful)



By translator

from Maryland

Comments about Sony HDRCX220/B:

There is no indication in most of the descriptions that the accessories, normally needed to operate this video camera, are not available except by purchasing them separately! It's a question of honesty and integrity. Very manipulative marketing strategy! It will not fly with the more discriminating buyers. I was going to purchase two of them from gifts, but I am offended by the tricky sales gimmick!

(13 of 22 customers found this review helpful)


Does NOT Come With a AC Recharger

By Anonymous

from Silicon Valley

Comments about Sony HDRCX220/B:

I don't own this, not noticed the "In the List" list does show a AC recharger. A reviwer of the Model 230 complained about not have a recharger also.

(25 of 29 customers found this review helpful)


No Accessories

By yomextech

from GA

Comments about Sony HDRCX220/B:

No Accessories was sold with the device! i purchased the camera and i was so surprised to find out that there was no accessories... no charger, no usb connector... nothing.

(15 of 17 customers found this review helpful)


Great little camcorder.

By TheCruiser

from Quitman, AR

Comments about Sony HDRCX220/B:

I purchased this camcorder and left on a cruise. I loved the it. I did have problems pressing the recorder button with my thumb but I think they are all located in this position. My last camcorder used 8 milometer tape so it's been a while. I've been using my iPhone but felt I could take better videos with the HDR-CX220. I loved the videos and the great quality pictures I took with it. I've really enjoyed using it and making my own trip movie.

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Sony HDR-CX220/B High Definition Handycam Camcorder with 2.7-Inch LCD (Black)


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