Video Camcorder Features
Digital Still Camera Features
Inputs and Outputs Notes
Software And Computer Information
2.7" Touch Panel LCD Screen: The Sony HDR-CX150's 2.7" (16:9) LCD screen provides excellent viewing clarity with improved resolution. The
230,400-dot (960 x 240) LCD screen
rotates up to 270 degrees for multiple viewing angles providing sharp and
detailed images for monitoring or playback. Mirror mode allows you to view a
mirror-image of the subject you are shooting in the LCD screen when the screen
is rotated 180 degrees, but the image will still be normal when recorded. In
addition, the LCD doubles as an "on-screen" touch panel, allowing you to
navigate through the menu system by touching the LCD screen. The LCD also
features an adjustable brightness and color level. You can also power on this
camcorder by simply opening its LCD display (if you close the LCD while the
camcorder is recording, the camcorder stops recording).
Note: The camcorder does not have a separate viewfinder.
16 GB Internal Memory: The CX150 has an
internal flash memory of 16 GB, which will allow you to record video and still images.
Because some of the memory is used for system management and/or application
files, only 15.5 GB of the memory can be used for recording capacity. The
internal memory can record and store 1 hours 25 minutes of high definition video footage
(1920 x 1080, FX mode), or 3 hours 55 minutes of standard definition footage (720 x
480, HQ mode). When recording video, the camcorder records in 2ch audio
using the built-in microphone. The video can be shot in either a standard
definition 4:3 or high definition 16:9
Memory Cards: In addition to the 16 GB internal memory, the
also record video and still images to optional memory cards. You can choose from
Memory Stick PRO Duo (Mark2) or PRO-HG Duo, or SD/SDHC Memory cards up to 32 GB.
Recording Formats: This camcorder captures high definition
video footage in the AVCHD format (MPEG-4 AVC/H.264), and standard definition
video in MPEG2. Audio is recorded in Dolby Digital 2-channel
using the built-in microphone. Still photos are recorded in JPEG format.
Image Sensor: The HDR-CX150 is equipped with a 1/4"
"Exmor R" CMOS image sensor with ClearVid Array with a gross pixel
count of 4,200,000. The
camcorder has 1,010,000 effective video pixels in 4:3 mode and 1,350,000
pixels in 16:9 mode. For still images, there are 1,570,000 effective
pixels in 4:3 mode
and 1,180,000 pixels in 16:9 mode.
Dynamic Range Optimizer: The D-Range (Dynamic Range) Optimizer
function adjusts the exposure and contrast of an image to counter the effects of
high-contrast shooting condition, allowing for a great shot every time. The
D-Range Optimizer suppresses "blackout" in dark areas such as shadows and
"whiteout" in bright areas such as skies. As a result, the captured image
appears as natural as the original scene.
x.v.Color Technology: x.v.Color technology enables the HDR-CX150 to capture nearly twice
as many viewable colors as the standard RGB color
range, resulting in more natural, life-like images. You can
even experience this expanded color range on your HDTV when
you connect your camcorder to an x.v.Color-capable display
monitor via HDMI.
Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar Lens: The CX150 is equipped with a
Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar lens. The F1.8-3.2 lens has a 25x optical
zoom and a 35mm equivalent focal length of 37-1075mm for 16:9, and 45-1325mm for
4:3 videos and photos. The 30mm filter diameter lets you add optional wide
angle and telephoto conversion lenses.
Digital Zoom: The camcorder features a 12x digital zoom that can be
activated to increase the overall zoom to 300x. Because the picture is processed digitally, the
picture quality deteriorates the more you zoom in. The power zoom lever can be
moved slightly for a slow zoom, or moved further for a faster zoom.
SteadyShot Image Stabilization: The CX150 features SteadyShot image stabilization to compensate for camera shake. There are
two levels of SteadyShot, Standard and Active Mode.
Low Lux: You can record bright color images, even in dim
light (3 lux) in the Low Lux mode.
Focus Modes: The Sony Handycam
HDR-CX150 features Manual, Auto Focus, Spot Focus, and Tele Macro modes.
- Manual Focus: With manual
focus, you can manually adjust the focus of the camcorder using the touch
panel. Manual focusing also allows you to control the focus in difficult
situations where either the environment or the subject does not allow the
camcorder's auto focus to perform optimally, such as when shooting through a
window or in a crowded environment.
- Auto Focus: You can also
select automatic focusing. When using autofocus, you can choose to focus on
a subject in the center of the screen or with Spot Focus, focus on an
off-centered object. The minimum distance between camcorder and subject
while maintaining sharp focus is approximately 13/32" (wide angle) and
- Spot Focus: You can select and
adjust the focal point to aim it at a subject not located at the center of
- Tele Macro: This feature is
useful when shooting small subjects, such as flowers or insects. You can
blur out backgrounds and the subject stands out clearer. You can recorded
subjects as close as 15" in Tele-Macro mode.
Face Detection Technology: Made possible by the BIONZ image processing
engine, Face Detection technology recognizes up to 8 faces anywhere in the frame
and by selecting the most prominent, automatically controls focus, exposure, and
color to help capture smiling faces brightly and clearly for video or
photography. Face Detection technology also helps make skin tones look natural
without affecting other colors in the image. The AVCHD camcorder allocates
encoding bits on detected face areas prior to encoding other parts of the
picture, making them sharper and clearer. In still picture mode, Face Detection
technology also sets the flash level to optimize picture clarity.
Smile Shutter Technology: Smile Shutter technology lets the camcorder
automatically take still photos when your subject smiles, even while shooting
high definition video. You can also set the sensitivity (High/Medium/Low) and
choose child, adult, or auto priority.
Exposure Modes: The Sony Handycam
HDR-CX150 features the following Auto, Manual and Scene Select Exposure Modes:
- Manual Exposure: Manual
Exposure allows you to fix the brightness of your picture manually. You can
adjust the brightness when the subject is much brighter or darker than the
- Auto: Select this mode to
automatically record pictures effectively without the preset scene select
- Scene Select Modes: The following Scene Select modes
are available to suit your specific shooting requirements:
- Twilight Mode: maintains
the darkening atmosphere of the distant surroundings in twilight scenes
- Twilight Portrait: enables you to take photos of people and
background using a flash
- Sunrise/Sunset Mode:
maintains the atmosphere of situations such as sunset and sunrises
- Landscape Mode: allows you
to shot distant subject clearly
- Fireworks Mode: select to
record all the splendor of fireworks
- Portrait Mode: brings out
the subject such as people or flowers while creating a soft background
- Spotlight Mode: prevents
people's faces from appearing excessively white when subjects are lit by
- Snow Mode: help with
shooting in very bright white conditions
- Beach Mode: prevents
people's faces from appearing dark in strong light or reflected light.
Spot Meter: You can adjust and fix
the exposure to the subject, so that it is recorded in suitable brightness even
when there is strong contrast between the subject and the background, such as
subjects in the spotlight on a stage.
Spot Meter/Focus: You can
adjust the brightness and focus for the selected subject simultaneously. This
function enables Spot Meter and Spot Focus at the same time.
Manual Exposure: You can
fix the brightness of a picture manually. You are able to adjust the brightness
when the subject is too bright or too dark.
White Balance Adjustment: Sets the
color balance to the brightness of the recording environment. Your choices are:
- Auto: The white balance is
- Outdoor: The white balance is
adjusted for the following conditions: Outdoors, night views, neon signs and
fireworks, sunrise, sunsets, under daylight fluorescent lamps.
- Indoor: The white balance is
adjusted for the following conditions: Indoors, party scenes and studios
where lighting conditions change quickly, and under the video lamps or
incandescent-like color lamps.
- One Push: The white balance
will be adjusted according to the present ambient light.
- Manual: You can adjust the bluish and reddish tones manually.
Back Light: You can use the Back
Light function to automatically adjust the exposure for backlit subjects.
Guideframe: The Guideframe displays
a frame around the recorded images and allows you to check the subject's
horizontal and vertical position.
Data Code Function: The camcorder
automatically records time codes along with the images you shoot, so you can
display the date and time during playback or editing.
Bravia Sync: You can
operate this camcorder with the remote control of your 2008-up Sony Bravia
television when connected together via HDMI.
Visual Index: The Visual Index allows you to view
back 16 of your still images and/or videos at one time on the LCD
screen from the camcorder's internal memory or optional memory card.
Date Index: You can search for desired images
recorded onto the camcorder's internal memory by date. You cannot use the Date Index
function for images recorded on Memory Stick PRO Duo or SD/SDHC media.
Internal Memory/Memory Card Information: This feature
allows the camcorder to display the internal memory or memory card information so you can check the
approximate amount of free space left for recording.
Formatting: You can delete all the
images on the internal memory of the camcorder to recover recordable free space by formatting the camcorder.
Protect: You can protect movies and
photos to avoid deleting them by mistake.
Multi-Language Menu: The camcorder
allows you to select between English, French, or Spanish for the unit's menu language.
Video Camcorder Features
Video Recording: The Sony HDR-CX150 allows you to record
video on the built-in 16 GB internal memory, or to an optional Memory Stick Pro
Duo or SD/SDHC memory card. When recording video, the camcorder records audio in
Dolby Digital 2ch audio using the built-in microphone. When recording, you can
choose to record in high definition (HD) or standard definition (SD). In the
default setting, movies are recorded with high definition image quality on the
camcorder's internal memory. You have
the following HD and SD choices of video recording resolution quality:
- High Definition Recording Mode:
- AVCHD 24Mbps (FX): movies are recorded with AVCHD 1920
x 1080 format (highest quality)
- AVCHD 17Mbps (FH): movies are recorded with AVCHD 1920
x 1080 format (high quality)
- AVCHD 9Mbps (HQ): movies are recorded with AVCHD 1440
x 1080 format (average quality) (Default)
- AVCHD 5Mbps (LP): movies are recorded with AVCHD 1440
x 1080 format (long play quality)
- Standard Definition Recording Mode:
- SD 9Mbps (HQ): records in 720 x 480
|Video Recording Times
||16 GB Internal Memory
||1 hr 25 min
||2 hrs 55 min
||1 hr 55 min
||3 hrs 50 min
||3 hrs 50 min
||7 hrs 45 min
||6 hrs 35 min
||13 hrs 10 min
||3 hrs 55 min
||7 hrs 55 min
Wide Select: When
recording with SD (standard definition) image quality, you can select the
recording aspect ratio according to the TV connected: 4:3 or
16:9. When in HD mode the camcorder is automatically set to 16:9.
Smooth Slow Recording: The camcorder features Smooth Slow
Recording which increases the record rate from 60 fields per second (fps) to 240
fps for 3 seconds, allowing you to capture 3 seconds of fast motion video and
play the clip back in slow motion for 12 seconds.
Fader Modes: You can select from "Black Fader" or "White
Fader." You can add these modes to currently recorded pictures for fading in or
Face Index: Face
Index makes it easy to find and play back the right video scene. Using Face
Detection technology, Face Index indexes your video footage according to the
faces detected in each scene. When it's time to play back video, simply search
for what you want by selecting from among the detected faces displayed in the
Film Roll Index: Like chapters in a book, Film Roll Index
helps you easily find desired scenes in video footage. When using this feature,
the camcorder previews the beginning of scenes and can create scene indexes set
at specified display intervals (3, 6, or 12 seconds and 1 or 5 minutes).
Highlight Playback: The camcorder selects a number of short
scenes at random, puts them together, and plays them back as a digest of your
high definition image quality (HD) movies with music and visual effects. Highlight Playback uses several criteria:
including Face Index, Smile Shutter technology, Dual Capture and time range, to
identify and compile key scenes into a short, entertaining movie complete with
music and transitions.
Note: You cannot record a scene and specify it as highlight
scene. Scenes are selected randomly and differ each time during Highlight
You can create a playlist of your favorite videos for playback. A Playlist is a
list showing thumbnails of the movies that you have previously recorded and
selected. You can add a maximum of 999 movies with HD image quality or 99
movies with SD image quality to a Playlist. The original movies are not modified
even if you edit or delete the movies in the Playlist.
Divide Movies: The Divide Movies feature allows you
to divide movies on the internal memory of the camcorder. You cannot restore
movies once they are divided.
Digital Still Camera Features
Digital Still Image Recording: The
HDR-CX150 can record JPEG still images on either the unit's built-in 16 GB
internal memory or on an optional
Image Resolution: You can record still images in the Photo
Recording mode, and while recording a video (Dual Recording). You can also
capture a still photo image from a recorded video. The following resolutions can
- Photo Recording Mode:
- 2048 x 1536 (4:3)
- 2048 x 1152 (16:9)
- 1600 x 1200 (4:3)
- 640 x 480 (4:3)
- Dual Recording Mode:
- 2208 x 1244 (16:9)
- 1664 x 1224 (4:3)
- Photo from a Movie:
- 1920 x 1080 (16:9)
- 640 x 360 (16:9)
- 640 x 480 (4:3)
Self Timer: This feature starts to
record your still image in about 10 seconds after the "Photo" button is
Slide Show: You can automatically
play back images stored on the internal memory of the HDR-CX150 or from an optional
Playback Zoom: You can magnify
still images from about 1.1 to 5x the original size during playback on the
camcorder's LCD monitor.
Image Delete: Images may be deleted
one at a time or all at once.
Battery: This unit
operates on the NP-FV50 InfoLithium rechargeable battery, and the optional NP-FV70
and NP-FV100. The InfoLithium system exchanges
data about its actual power consumption with the camcorder for a more accurate
estimate of recording time available. Cold temperatures will increase battery
Battery Display: At the touch of a button, battery
information is displayed on the LCD screen when charging and when the camcorder
is turned off. The display will show how much the battery is charged, in 10%
increments and the recordable time left when using the LCD screen or in the
Battery Life: The approximate recording, play
back, and charging times, in minutes, using the supplied NP-FV50 and the
optional NP-FV70 and NP-FV100 battery packs:
||Typical Recording Time
Note: Typical recording time shows the time when you
repeat recording start/stop, switching the MODE lamp, and zooming.
Auto Shut Off: When powered by the battery
the camcorder can be set to turn off automatically if not used for 5
Inputs and Outputs
A/V Output: This camcorder features a proprietary
Audio/Video connection for use with the supplied composite or component A/V
connecting cables for displaying the camcorder's contents on your television. An
optional S-Video cable is available for connecting the camcorder to a TV with
S-Video inputs. The component video output can be set to 480i or 1080i/480i.
mini-HDMI Output: High definition video can be output and seen on your
connected High Definition television. Using the camcorder's mini-HDMI port. The
camcorder's HDMI Output supports up to 1080p. The mini-HDMI output can be set
to Auto, 1080p, 1080i, 720p, or 480p for HD contents and Auto, 480i or 480p for
Note: The camcorder does not come supplied with an HDMI cable.
USB Port: The camcorder has a mini-USB version 2.0 jack for
connecting to a PC via the supplied USB cable. Connecting the camcorder to a PC via USB allows the computer to access the information on the
camcorder's internal memory or memory card. You will be able to download still images and
video files to your computer.
Memory Card Slot: The camcorder features a memory card slot
for recording video or still images using Memory Stick Pro Duo or SD/SDHC memory
cards. Still images and video are recorded on the internal memory in the default setting.
DC In Jack: The DC In Jack is for use with the supplied AC
adapter and charger.
Software And Computer Information
Included Software: The included software
allows you to transfer images and video from the camcorder to a computer
and view and store transferred images/videos. The supplied CD-ROM
- Picture Motion Browser Ver.5.0
- Handycam Handbook
- Product Registration
Picture Motion Browser Software: You can enjoy the following
functions after installing the supplied Picture Motion Browser Software on your
- Importing images to a computer
- Viewing and editing imported images
- Creating a disc
- Uploading movies and photos to websites
Computer Requirements: Picture Motion Browser is for
Windows users only and is not compatible with Macintosh computer.
Windows XP SP3 (64-bit and Starter Editions not supported)
Windows Vista SP2 (Starter Edition not supported)
Intel Core Duo 1.66 GHz or faster
Intel Core 2 Duo 1.66 GHz or faster
(Intel Core 2 Duo 2.26 GHz or faster is required when processing
HD FX or HD FH movies.)
XP: 512 MB or more (1GB or
more is recommended)
Windows Vista/Windows 7: 1GB or more
Hard Disk Space
required for installation: Approximately 500 MB (10 GB or more may
be necessary when creating AVCHD format discs. 50 GB maximum may be
necessary when creating Blu-ray discs).
Minimum 1,204 x 768 dots
DirectX 9.0c or later
High Speed USB 2.0 port, Blu-ray
disc/DVD burner (CD-ROM drive is necessary for installation)