Video Camcorder Features
Digital Still Camera Features
Input and Output Notes
Memory Card Slot: The Sony HDR-CX200 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.
2.7" Touch Panel LCD Screen: The 2.7" touch
panel LCD screen provides excellent viewing clarity with improved resolution.
The high resolution 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, the touch panel LCD allows 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.
Note: This camcorder does
not include a separate viewfinder.
Imaging Device: The HDR-CX200 features an advanced 1/5.8" (3.1mm)
back-illuminated Exmor R CMOS imaging sensor with
1,500,000 gross pixels. The 1,310,000 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 5.3 megapixels (3072 x 1728).
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 25x. If
SteadyShot is set to Standard or Off, the maximum optical zoom is 30x. Combined
with the digital zoom, the total zoom capability is 300x. 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
SteadyShot Picture Stabilization: SteadyShot picture stabilization system uses motion sensors to remove unwanted
picture shake without compromising picture quality like some other digital
stabilization systems. You can choose between Standard SteadyShot, Active
SteadyShot, or Off.
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-CX200 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 or with Spot Focus, focus on an off-centered object. If you are
recording subjects other than people, you can touch the subject on the
touchscreen, and the camcorder will adjust the focus automatically as it moves
within the frame. For more difficult focusing situations, you can manually
adjust the focus of the camcorder using the touch panel.
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.
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.
Back Light: You can use the
Backlight 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.
Protect: You can protect movies and photos to avoid deleting them by
Direct Copy to External HDD: With an optional VMC-UAM1 USB
adapter cable, you can save movies and photos on an external hard disk drive (HDD).
Once you have saved them to the HDD, you can also playback the images and videos
through the camcorder to a connected HDTV.
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-CX200 records
High Definition video in 16:9 and 4:3 aspect ratios with 4 image sizes to choose
from. A Standard Definition recording mode is also available. The following
recording modes are available:
|Image Quality ||Bit Rate ||Pixels ||Aspect Ratio |
|High Definition |
|FX ||24 Mbps ||1920 x 1080 ||16:9 |
|FH ||17 Mbps ||1920 x 1080 ||16:9 |
|HQ ||9 Mbps ||1440 x 1080 ||16:9 |
|LP ||5 Mbps ||1440 x 1080 ||16:9 |
|Standard Definition |
|HQ ||9 Mbps ||720 x 480 ||16:9, 4:3 |
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-CX200 can record still
images on a Memory Stick PRO Duo or SD/SDHC/SDXC memory
card (sold separately). Still images are recorded in the following
resolutions, depending upon the selected aspect ratio:
- 16:9: 3072 x 1728 (16:9), 1536 x 864 (16:9)
- 4:3: 2304 x 1728 (4:3), 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. 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 using the AC adapter, or via USB. The
HDR-CX200 is compatible with Sony InfoLithium
|Battery ||Image Quality ||Recording Time ||Playback Time ||Charging Time |
|Continuous ||Typical ||AC ||USB |
|HD ||95 min ||45 min ||135 min ||115 min ||150 min |
|STD ||105 min ||50 min ||145 min |
|HD ||180 min ||90 min ||255 min ||155 min ||280 min |
|STD ||200 min ||100 min ||280 min |
|HD ||375 min ||185 min ||525 min ||195 min ||545 min |
|STD ||415 min ||205 min ||565 min |
|HD ||745 min ||370 min ||1045 min ||390 min ||1000 min |
|STD ||830 min ||415 min ||1120 min |
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 CX200 is equipped with a mini-HDMI (Type C) 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
A/V Output: The camcorder features a proprietary Audio/Video
connection for use with the supplied A/V connecting cable for displaying the
camcorder's contents on your 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
supplied A/V 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 5' 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 Picture Motion Browser
DC In Jack: The DC In Jack
is for use with the supplied AC adapter and charger.
Installed Software: The camcorder has built-in "PlayMemories
Home" (Lite Version
software that allows you to import images and video from the
camcorder to your computer, and view and store transferred images/videos. It is
compatible with Windows 7 (SP1), Vista (SP2), and XP (SP3) operating systems
only. You can use iPhoto and iMovie software for importing video and photos on a