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Sony Handycam HDR-CX305 Digital Camcorder

By: Chris Kevin | Mar 09, 2011 07:26 AM

Good news for all camera maniacs. Shoot the way you want, the way you feel and get an unimaginable picture quality. Even for a regular hobby use, this camcorder can bring a lot of enthusiasm to its owner. The one Im talking about is nothing other than the Sony Handycam HDR-CX305 Digital Camcorder. Sony Incorporation has proved again their kingship in digital world. With the introduction of this camcorder, Sony has bought out many new features to capture a lifetime of precious moments. With its Black colour and weighing 320gms, it has dimensions of 6.4 x 11.2 x 5.2cm. This 1080i high definition camcorder is compatible with PC and MAC. The main features of this camcorder are summarized below. This Sony digital camcorder is equipped with 2.65 megapixels (16:9 video) and 2.65 megapixels (16:9 photo) The ClearVid technology guarantees the crystal clear clarity of the video and photo. The maximum resolution provided is 4.2MP with 1/4" Exmor R CMOS sensor. The still display has a format of 230,400 pixels with rotating form factor. The unit has a built in flash with a range of 0.3m to 1.5m This camcorder has an optical zoom of 12x and digital zoom of 160x. The zoom adjustment is controlled by Motorised drive. The 29.88mm wide-angle lens has automatic and manual focus. The Lens Aperture of the unit is F/1.8-3.4. The focal length is highest to 438mm and lowest to 36.5mm. The shutter speed states how precisely the image and video can be captured by the camcorder. Longest Shutter Speed is 1/8 secs and Shortest Shutter Speed is 1/1000 secs. The editing softwares compatible are Sony Picture Motion Browser. The white fader and the black fader facilitates Digital photo mode with shooting background of Spotlight, landscape, portrait mode, twilight portrait, fireworks, twilight mode, sunset, candle, beach, snow and sunrise. With a recording speed of SP, LP, FH, HQ, FX, it uses PAL format The other additional facilities for effective photography and videography includes SteadyShot optical image stabilizer. The indoor-outdoor white balance presets and custom automatic white balance is yet something which gives an enhancer option. With the programmed and automatic Exposure modes, the still image format used is JPEG and digital video format used is MPEG2 and AVCHD. The Microphone has zoom feature with stereo operation mode. The built-in microphone uses Electret condenser The connectivity of the camcorder includes Audio Output, Video Output, S-Video Output, Hi-Speed USB 2.0, Component Video Output, and HDMI Output. The incorporated technology also extends to Direct print from the system, a high speed USB 2.0 compatibility, a 2.7 inch TFT active matrix capacitive colour touch-screen control, LCD Monitor Resolution of 230400 Pixel, built-in speaker, backlight compensation, digital noise reduction, PictBridge support, accessories hot shoe, Dolby Digital AC-3 (2 channel) recording, takes photos while film recording, Golf Shot function, Dynamic Range Optimizer, face detection, Smile Detection Technologies. In addition, it has a built in GPS. Search mode technology has face index search. The indoor-outdoor white balance presets and custom automatic white balance is yet something which gives an enhancer option. The Flash memory option is extendable with Memory Stick Duo, SD Memory Card, Memory Stick PRO Duo, Memory Stick PRO Duo Mark2, SDHC Memory Card, and Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo. It has a Flash memory of 16GB. This 16GB internal memory stands up to 6 hours for full next generation HD recording. The image can be stored as JPEG 3072 x 2304, JPEG 3072 x 1728, and JPEG 640 x 480. With 100% satisfaction guaranteed, Sony Handycam HDR-CX305 High Definition Digital Camcorder has a Battery life of 125mins with the Lithium NP-FV50 Battery. Camcorder uses external Power adapter. The accessories that come along with the camcorder are AC-L200 mains adapter, multiple AV cable, NP-FV50 rechargeable battery, USB cable, USB driver and CD. The connector type consists of 1 x audio output, 1 x composite video output, 1 x component video output, 1 x USB, 1 x S-Video output,1 x HDMI output. Sony also provides A/V cable and USB cable. This lightweight and compact camcorder has a warranty of 12 months.

General Features
Brand Sony
Model Sony Handycam HDR-CX305 Digital Camcorder
Weight 320gms
Dimensions 112 x 64 x 52mm
Key Features
Sensor Resolution 1/4" Exmor R CMOS sensor with 4.2-megapixel resolution
Effective Still Resolution 2.65 megapixels
Widescreen Video Capture Yes
Supported Colour Colour
Optical Sensor Type 1/4"
Optical Sensor Size Exmor R CMOS
Min Illumination 3 lux
Digital Zoom 160 x
Recording Speed SP, LP, FH, HQ, FX
Shooting Modes Digital photo mode
Special Effects Spotlight, landscape, portrait mode, twilight portrait, fireworks, twilight mode, sunset, candle, beach, snow, sunrise
Image Stabiliser SteadyShot optical image stabilizer
Maximum Shutter Speed 1/1000 sec
Minimum Shutter Speed 1/8 sec
Exposure Modes Programme, automatic
White Balance Custom, automatic, presets
White Balance Presets Indoor, outdoor
Digital Video Format MPEG-2, AVCHD
Still Image Format JPEG
Microphone Type built-in
Microphone Operation Mode Stereo
Power Device External adapter
Battery Supported Sony NP-FV50
Battery Details 1 x Li-ion rechargeable battery
Memory Type
Flash Memory 16 GB Flash - integrated (soldered memory - 16 GB )
Image Storage JPEG 3072 x 2304, JPEG 3072 x 1728, JPEG 640 x 480
Lens
Lens Type Zoom lens
Focal Length 2.9 mm - 34.8 mm
Focus Adjustment Automatic, manual
Auto Focus Yes
Lens Aperture F/1.8-3.4
Optical Zoom 12 xo
Zoom Adjustment Motorised drive
Filter Size 30 mm
Extra Features
Low Lux Night Mode Yes
Digital Still Camera Function Yes
Touch-Screen Control Yes
Backlight Compensation Yes
PictBridge Support Yes
Display
Display Type TFT active matrix - 2.7" colour
Display Format 230,400 pixels
Display Form Factor Rotating
Connectivity
USB 2.0 Compatibility Hi-Speed USB 2.0, CD-ROM Drive
Accessories
Editing software Sony Picture Motion Browser
Camcorder batteries 1 x Li-ion rechargeable battery
Wide angle Lenses 29.8mm wide-angle lens
Memory Card Readers SD Card / SD HC Card

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