Video Camcorder Features
Digital Still Camera Features
Input and Output Notes
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
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-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
- 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.
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-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
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
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
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.