Video Camcorder Features
Digital Still Camera Features
Input and Output Notes
Memory Card Slot: The Sony HDR-CX290 Full HD camcorder can record video and photos onto
Memory Stick PRO Duo and PRO-HG Duo cards up to 32 GB in capacity, as well as
Class 4 or faster SD, SDHC, and SDXC Memory Cards up to 64 GB.
Built-in Memory: In addition to memory cards, you can record
movies and photos onto the camcorder's 8 GB built-in flash memory. Because a
portion of the flash memory is used for system management and/or application
files, the actual usable media capacity is approximately 7.75 GB.
2.7" LCD Touch Screen: The 2.7" LCD touch screen provides excellent viewing clarity with improved resolution.
The 230,400 pixel (960 x 240) LCD screen rotates up to 270
degrees for multiple viewing angles providing sharp and detailed images for
monitoring or playback. In addition, you can navigate through the menu system by
touching the icons on the screen or by using the Multi Selector button, located beside the LCD. The LCD also features an adjustable
brightness and color level. You can
also power on this camcorder by simply opening its LCD display.
Note: This camcorder does
not include a separate viewfinder.
Imaging Device: The HDR-CX290 features an advanced 1/5.8" (3.1mm)
back-illuminated Exmor R CMOS imaging sensor with
2,390,000 gross pixels. The 2,290,000 effective video pixels provide excellent
detail and clarity. The unique image processing system of Sony's BIONZ allows
still image resolution equivalent to a maximum of 8.9 megapixels (3984 x 2240).
Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar Lens: The camcorder features a
professional-quality Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar lens designed specifically for compact camcorders.
Zoom: The camcorder's maximum optical zoom depends upon the
SteadyShot setting. With the setting at Active, the optical zoom is 27x. If
SteadyShot is set to Active, the maximum optical zoom is 50x (Extended Zoom). Combined
with the digital zoom, the total zoom capability is 320x. Because the digital zoom
processes the image 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
Optical SteadyShot Picture Stabilization: Optical SteadyShot
compensates for greater degrees of camera shake to deliver smooth video from
wide angle to full telephoto shooting. In addition, 3-way Shake Canceling adds
electronic roll stability for even smoother video capture. You can choose
Standard mode or Active mode of Optical SteadyShot.
Face Detection: The camcorder's Face Detection technology
recognizes faces and optimizes the camera settings for videos and still photos.
Videos and photos recorded using Face Detection are indexed according to the
faces detected in each scene. This allows you to search for what you want by
selecting the faces displayed in the index.
Focus Modes: The Sony Handycam HDR-CX290 features Auto Focus
and Manual Focus modes. When using Auto Focus, you can choose to focus on a
subject in the center of the screen. For more difficult focusing situations, you can manually
adjust the focus of the camcorder.
Scene Selection Modes: The following Scene Selection modes are available to suit your specific shooting requirements:
Auto, Night Scene, Sunrise & Sunset, Fireworks, Landscape, Portrait, Spotlight,
Beach, and Snow.
White Balance Adjustment: Sets the color balance to the brightness of the recording environment.
Your choices are:
Auto: The white balance is adjusted automatically.
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.
Auto Back Light: You can use the
Auto Back Light function to adjust the exposure for backlit subjects.
Guide Frame: The Guide Frame displays a frame
and grid around your subject and allows you to check the horizontal and
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. You can also
display the camera settings when recording movies or photos.
Protect: You can protect movies and photos to avoid deleting them by
Power On By LCD: You can set the camcorder to automatically
power on when you open the LCD, and turn off when you close the LCD.
Video Recording: The HDR-CX290 records
High Definition video in 16:9 and 4:3 aspect ratios with 5 image sizes to choose
from. A Standard Definition recording mode is also available. You can choose
from the following
||1920 x 1080/60p
||1920 x 1080/60i
||1920 x 1080/60i
||1440 x 1080/60i
||1440 x 1080/60i
||720 x 480
||1280 x 720/30p
Built-In Zoom Mic: The built-in Zoom Microphone allows you
to record sound with directivity as you move the power zoom lever. The
camcorder's microphone level can be set to Low or Normal.
Divide Movies: The Divide
Movies feature allows you to divide movies on the inserted memory card. You cannot restore movies once they are divided.
Digital Still Camera Features
Digital Still Image Recording: The HDR-CX290 can record still
images on a Memory Stick PRO Duo, PRO-HG Duo, SD/SDHC/SDXC memory
card (sold separately), or the built-in 8 GB flash memory. Still images can be recorded with the camcorder in the
either Still Image or Movie mode (Dual Capture). Still images are recorded in the following
resolutions, depending upon the selected aspect ratio:
- 3984 x 2240 (16:9)
- 2992 x 2240 (4:3)
- 1920 x 1080 (16:9)
- 640 x 480 (4:3)
Capturing Still Images From Video: You can capture still images from
recorded video. The image size
is fixed depending upon the aspect ratio of the movie: 1920 x 1080, 640 x 360,
or 640 x 480. The recording date and time of the captured photos
is the same as the recording date and time of the movie. If there is no data
code on the movie, the recording date and time will be the date/time you
captured the photo from the video.
This feature allows you to record a still image about 10 seconds after the "Photo" button is depressed.
Slide Show: You can
automatically play back images stored on the memory
card in a slide-show fashion.
Battery: This unit comes with an
NP-FV30 InfoLithium battery (7.2 Volts, 500 mAh). 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 consumption.
The battery can be charged in the camera via USB in approximately 150 minutes.
You can also charge the battery in about 115 minutes using the supplied AC adapter
HDR-CX290 is compatible with the following Sony InfoLithium
V-series batteries: NP-FV100 (3900 mAh), NP-FV70 (2060 mAh), and MP-FV50 (1030
Auto Shut Off: When powered by the battery the camcorder can be set to turn off automatically
if not used for 5 minutes.
Input and Output Notes
HDMI: The CX290 is equipped with a micro-HDMI (Type D) output
for connecting your camcorder to an HDTV. A 39" HDMI cable is included with the
camcorder. You can set the HDMI output resolution to 1080p/480p, 1080i/480i,
720p/480p, 480p, or 480i, depending upon the capability of the TV's input. The
Auto setting will output the signal according to the TV's capability. When
connecting the camcorder to a Bravia Sync-compatible TV via HDMI, you can
control play back on the camcorder by aiming the TV's Remote Commander at the
Multi Connector: The camcorder features a proprietary Multi
Connector for use with the optional VMC-15MR2 AV connecting cable for displaying the
camcorder's contents on your non-HD television. You can change the aspect ratio of the
camcorder's video output from 16:9 or 4:3 according to the screen aspect ratio
of your TV. You can also choose to display the camcorder's information, such as
the time code on the screen of your TV during playback from the camcorder. The
optional VMC-15MR2 AV cable has a proprietary plug on one end and male stereo RCA audio
and RCA composite video connections on the other end.
Built-in USB: The camcorder has
a built-in male USB Type A plug and a 40" USB extension cable (Type A USB
female-to-Type A USB male) for connecting to a PC. Connecting to a PC via USB
allows you to download still images and
video files on the memory card. You can edit and save your video files onto your
computer, then make DVDs of them using the downloadable PlayMemories Home
DC In Jack: The DC In Jack
is for use with the supplied AC-L200C AC adapter.
Downloadable Software: The camcorder has no built-in
software for importing images and video from the camcorder to your computer.
Instead, the PlayMemories Home software can be downloaded directly to your
computer via the Internet (URL provided in the supplied Operating Guide). With
PlayMemories Home, you can:
- Import images from your camcorder
- View images on a calendar
- Share images on "PlayMemories Online"
- Upload images to network services, such as Facebook and YouTube
- Create a disc
Compatible Operating Systems: PlayMemories Home is
compatible with the following Windows Operating Systems: Windows 8, Windows 7
(SP1), Windows Vista¹ (SP2), Windows XP²
¹ Starter (Edition) is not supported
² 64-bit editions and Starter (Edition) are not supported. Windows Image
Mastering API (IMAPI) Ver.2.0 or newer is required to use disc creation
Macintosh: PlayMemories Home software is not supported with
Mac computers. You should use the appropriate software on your Mac to import
images from the camcorder to your Mac and play them.