Sony Handycam® HDR-CX330

High-definition camcorder with NFC/Wi-Fi®

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  • Sony Handycam® HDR-CX330


  • Sony Handycam® HDR-CX330

    9.2 megapixel CMOS sensor records high-quality images

  • Sony Handycam® HDR-CX330


  • Sony Handycam® HDR-CX330

    Built-in USB cable for file transfer and charging

  • Sony Handycam® HDR-CX330

    Built-in USB cable stores in carrying strap

  • Sony Handycam® HDR-CX330

    Built-in USB makes file transfer easy

  • Sony Handycam® HDR-CX330

    Front with viewscreen closed

  • Sony Handycam® HDR-CX330

    Front with viewscreen open and rotated outward

  • Sony Handycam® HDR-CX330

  • Sony Handycam® HDR-CX330

    Rear view with viewscreen deployed

Item #: 158CX330K

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by Eric Angevine

Shoot videos for posterity — or posting online

From birthday parties to YouTube™ antics, camcorders let you capture moments you can share with friends and family, or the world at large. Most newer camcorders save your videos to built-in digital memory or a removable memory card. Some models come with a built-in hard disk drive that gives you much more storage. For maximum portability, check out our smaller cams that fit into a pocket or purse. For high-def videos that look awesome on your HDTV, go for a slightly larger model with a better lens and image sensor.

Sony HDR-CX330 with 2.7" LCD viewscreen

The 2.7" LCD viewscreen on the Sony HDR-CX330 helps frame beautiful memories perfectly.

Never miss a moment

The Sony HDR-CX330 is your go-anywhere companion for those times when something memorable is about to happen. The camera's back-illuminated Exmor R sensor captures high-definition video up to 1080p at the touch of a button. That same sensor is designed to gather in as much light as possible, so you can shoot high-quality video at dusk, in a darkened concert hall, or anywhere else you might otherwise not have enough light. 27X optical zoom will get you close to the action even if you're on the other end of the field when your daughter fires in the winning goal, and SteadyShot™ image stabilization keeps your footage shake-free even as you follow the bouncing ball.

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Make art with intelligent auto modes

You don't have to be a member of the Director's Guild to use this camera. It comes with an Intelligent Auto mode that takes stock of your shooting environment and selects the appropriate settings for you. It can help you arrange your close-ups, deal with low light, and compose your landscape shots. Most important is Baby mode, which collaborates with the camera's face detection and voice enhancement technology to make sure you catch each delightful grin and gurgle. You might not think of yourself as a moviemaker, but the 'CX330 will bring out your natural talents.

Upload and share wirelessly

 The HDR-CX330 makes sharing your videos and still pictures a snap. Built-in Wi-Fi gives you a quick and easy way to upload files to your computer or mobile device. With Android™-compatible devices, Near Field Communication (NFC) technology lets you make a connection by simply touching the camera to your phone or table. From there, it's just one more step onto social media, so you can share your memories with everyone, right away. The camera also has a high-speed USB cable built into the chassis, so you can plug in and share at a more leisurely pace when time allows. There's also a micro HDMI cable in the box so you can directly display your creations on a compatible monitor.


  • 1920 x 1080 Full HD camcorder with 9.2 megapixel Exmor R CMOS sensor for crisp images
  • optical SteadyShot™ image stabilization helps neutralize camera shake
  • 2.7" (230,000-dot) Clear Photo LCD display
  • 30X optical zoom (60X Clear Image zoom)
  • Built in Wi-Fi and Near Field Communication allow wireless control, file transfer and data backup
  • Super-sharp Sony G wide-angle lens lets you capture more of the action in one shot
  • face detection with voice enhancement helps you focus on your primary subject
  • built-in USB cable for easy charging and file transfer
  • 7 picture effects add creative layers to video and still photos
  • dual recording mode creates high-definition AVCHD files and Internet-ready MP4 files simultaneously
  • rechargeable NP-FV50 battery included
  • connect to external monitor with included micro-HDMI cable
  • 2-1/2"W x 2-5/16"H x 5-1/16"D
  • weight: 8.6 oz.
  • warranty: 1 year parts, 90 days labor
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

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Features and Specs
LCD Screen Size (inches) 2.7
Viewfinder None
Total Pixel Count 2,510,000
Effective Pixel Count for Video 2,290,000
High-Definition Yes
Aspect Ratio 16:9, 4:3
Manual Focusing Yes
Filter Diameter 37mm
Optical Zoom 30 x
Digital Zoom ---
Night Imaging Night Scene
Image Stabilization Optical
Built-in Video Light No
Built-in Memory None
Max Recording Time w/ Included Battery 180 mins
Digital Still Camera Features
Effective Pixel Count for Stills 2,290,000
Built-in Photo Flash No
Still Image Aspect Ratios 16:9, 4:3
Inputs and Outputs
USB Port USB 2.0 High Speed
HDMI Output Micro
Mic Input No
Weight With Battery (ounces) 8.6
Width (inches) 2-9/16
Height (inches) 2-5/16
Depth (inches) 5-1/16
Parts Warranty 1 Year
Labor Warranty 90 Days
Image Sensor Warranty 1 Year
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What's in the box?

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  • Digital camcorder (black)
  • NP-FV50 Lithium-Ion rechargeable battery (6.8V 980mAh 6.6Wh)
  • AC-UUD11 AC adapter (DC output: 5V 1.5A)
  • 40" HDMI cable (Full-size HDMI on one end and Micro HDMI on other end)
  • 40" USB extension cable (Male Type A USB on one end and Female Type A USB on other end)
  • Operating Guide (Eng)
  • Instruction Manual (Span)
  • Limited Warranty card
  • Product registration card
  • Accessories brochure

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General Features
Video Camcorder Features
Digital Still Camera Features
Battery Information
Input and Output Notes

General Features

Memory Card Slot: The Sony HDR-CX330 Full HD camcorder can record video and photos onto Memory Stick Micro (Mark2) memory cards up to 16 GB in capacity, as well as Class 4 or faster microSD, microSDHC, and microSDXC Memory Cards up to 64 GB. The camcorder has no internal memory.

2.7" LCD Screen: The 2.7" Clear Photo 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. In addition, you can navigate through the menu system 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: The LCD does not feature a touch screen function. This camcorder does not include a separate viewfinder.

Imaging Device: The HDR-CX330 features an advanced 1/5.8" (3.1mm) back-illuminated Exmor R CMOS imaging sensor with 2,510,000 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 9.1 megapixels (4032 x 2272).

Sony Type G Lens: The camcorder features a professional-quality 26.8mm wide-angle Sony Type G lens designed specifically for compact camcorders.

30x Optical and 60x Clear Image Zoom: The CX330 has a 30x optical zoom and a 60x Clear Image Zoom. While most digital zooms electronically crop the picture to get closer to the subject, the Clear Image Zoom uses advanced processing to double the optical zoom. The processor compares patterns found in adjacent pixels and creates new pixels to match selected patterns, which results in more realistic, and clearer images. In addition to the Clear Image Zoom, you can activate the Digital Zoom for a total zoom value of 350x.

Built-in Wi-Fi: The HDR-CX330 has built-in Wi-Fi, enabling you to connect the camcorder wirelessly to your smartphone or tablet, computer, or TV. You can load the PlayMemories Mobile app (available for Android on Google Play or for iOS devices from the App Store) on your smartphone or tablet and turn your device into a remote control/viewing device. You can also transfer your MP4 movies and photos to your mobile device wirelessly for instant sharing. When the camcorder is connected to your network, you can back up your files to your computer, or watch your videos and photos on your connected TV.

Near-Field Communication (NFC): For Android devices that support NFC, you can wirelessly connect the camcorder via NFC One-Touch Connection. By touching the camcorder to the device at the "N" logo near the hand strap, the wireless connection is made. The PlayMemories Mobile app will start up on the device within a second or two.

SteadyShot Image Stabilization: SteadyShot Image Stabilization with Active Mode uses 3-way Shake-Canceling to compensate for camera shake. With SteadyShot activated, you'll get smooth video from wide angle to full telephoto, even while shooting footage while walking.

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-CX330 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. The minimum focus distance is approximately 0.4" (1 cm) at wide angle and 31.5" (80 cm) at telephoto.

Intelligent Auto Mode: Intelligent Auto mode analyses the scene and automatically selects from ten different scene modes, as well as wind noise reduction. There are 60 possible combinations, including Portrait, Baby, Tripod, Backlight, Landscape, Spotlight, Twilight, Macro, and Low Light.

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.

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 mistake.

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 Camcorder Features

Video Recording: The HDR-CX330 records High Definition video in 16:9 and 4:3 aspect ratios with 5 image sizes to choose from. Movies can be recorded in MOV format (MPEG4-AVC/H.264 AVCHD 2.0) or MPEG-4 mode. The following recording modes are available:

Image Quality Bit Rate Pixels Aspect Ratio
High Definition
PS 28 Mbps 1920 x 1080/60p 16:9
FX 24 Mbps 1920 x 1080/60i 16:9
FH 17 Mbps 1920 x 1080/60i 16:9
HQ 9 Mbps 1440 x 1080/60i 16:9
LP 5 Mbps 1440 x 1080/60i 16:9
Standard Definition
HQ 9 Mbps 1920 x 1080 16:9
MP4 3 Mbps 1280 x 720/30p 16:9

Dual Video Recording: By default, movies are recorded with the HD format and MP4 format at the same time. High definition MOV format movies are best viewed on an HDTV, while MP4 video can be easily uploaded to social media sites, emailed, or uploaded to the internet.

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: 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:

  • 4032 x 2272 (16:9)
  • 3024 x 2272 (4:3)

Capturing Still Images From Video: You can capture still images from recorded video. The image size is fixed at 2.1MP 1920 x 1080. 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.

Self Timer: 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 Information

Battery: This unit comes with an NP-FV50 InfoLithium rechargeable battery (6.8 Volts, 980 mAh, 6.6 Wh). The battery can be charged in the camera via USB in approximately 2 hours 45 minutes using the supplied AC adapter. You can also charge the battery in 5 hours 5 minutes via USB using your computer. A fully charged battery provides approximately 180 minutes of continuous recording time, 90 minutes typical recording time, or 280 minutes playback time.

Power Save: You can choose from Standard or Maximum Power Save modes, which turns off the camcorder after a period of time when it is idle. Power Save mode can be turned off, if desired.

Input and Output Notes

HDMI: The CX330 is equipped with a micro-HDMI (Type D) output for connecting your camcorder to an HDTV. A 40" HDMI cable is included with the camcorder. You can set the HDMI output resolution to Auto, 1080p, 1080i, or 720p. 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 TV.

Multi Connector: The camcorder features a proprietary Multi Connector for use with the optional VMC-15MR2 AV connecting cable (available separately from Sony) 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 software.


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

PlayMemories Mobile App: The PlayMemories Mobile App is available for Android devices from Google Play, and for iOS devices from the Apple App Store. The app is required for making Wi-Fi connections to your mobile device, and is compatible with devices running Android 2.3 to 4.4 (for NFC One-touch functions, Android 4.0 or higher is required). PlayMemories Mobile is also compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch running iOS 5.0 or later.

Compatible Operating Systems: PlayMemories Home is compatible with the following Operating Systems: Windows 8/8.1, Windows 7 (SP1), and Windows Vista¹ (SP2), and Mac OS X v10.6-10.9.

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Written By Coach M, Wellsboro, PA on Friday, July 11, 2014
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I have been getting ready for a November trip to Montana and have been practicing with the SONY CX330. I still need to brush up on any short cuts switching from video to photo but for the most part the camera is everything I expected and hoped for in a compact video camera. I loaded a SD card of 64 mg and just put it on charge after using it for several days (still had enought power left after heavy use). Unbelievable to video and photos I shot after zooming in and not using my tripod. Aparently the auto vibration works as advertised! With the tripod the pictures will be outstanding, as they are great now. Next move, place the app on my Iphone to use as a remote WiFi - a friend just purchased the same camera and has had great success in doing so.
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Manual could be a bit more helpful - yet it could be just me - in trying to load onto my computer and figuring out how to edit the "highlight" music slide show and videos. I am not very technological so it takes me longer to figure things out - but I will master it!
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Just purchased a Sony HDR-CX330 Handycam No nothing about it. Finally figured out how to use joystick control but would like to know exactly how to use wi-fi feature. No tutorials anywhere. Can someone help? [ Sandra  Aug 13, 2014 ]
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  • We have not received any answers from other customers on your question. I would recommend reaching out to an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. They should be able to help answer your question. [ Krissy Staff  Aug 17, 2014 ]

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