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SONY HDR-CX290/B Black 1/5.8" CMOS 2.7" 230K LCD 27X Optical Zoom Full HD HDD/Flash Memory Camcorder

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  • 8.9MP Exmor Sensor
  • 1920 x 1080 60p in AVCHD or MP4
  • Wide Angle Lens
  • 27x Optical Zoom
  • 2.7" Clear Photo LCD Display
  • Built-in USB Cable
  • Direct Copy to HDD Without a PC

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Camcorder Harness the magic of the moment with beautiful, Full HD 60p quality

8GB of built-in memory and a 50x Extended Zoom brings everything closer. Shoot clearly and shake-free with Optical SteadyShot™ image stabilization and even view low-angle shots while standing up with a 2.7" tilting touchscreen— perfect for crawling babies and family pets.

1920x1080 Full HD 60p w/8.9MP Exmor R® CMOS Sensor

Create high definition 1920 x 1080 60p videos and high-quality 8.9MP still images -- even in low lighting conditions.

SteadyShot™ image stabilization with Active Mode

SteadyShot™ image stabilization with Active Mode compensates for greater degrees of camera shake to deliver stunningly smooth video from wide angle to full telephoto shooting.

50x Extended Zoom to get even closer to the action

Extended Zoom works in conjunction with 27x optical zoom to get even closer to the action while maintaining HD image quality.



Camcorder Carl Zeiss® Vario-Tessar® lens

The professional-quality 29.8mm Carl Zeiss® Vario-Tessar® lens is designed specifically for compact camcorders. Precision ground optics help maintain the sharpness and contrast of larger lenses, and SteadyShot® image stabilization helps reduce blur caused by camera shake.

Advanced Features

  • Image Stabilization : Optical SteadyShot™ image stabilization w/ Active mode (Wide to Tele)
  • Intelligent Auto : Portrait / Baby/ Walk / Tripod / Backlight / Landscape / Spotlight / Twilight / Macro / Low light
  • x.v.Color™ : Yes
  • Face Detection : Yes
  • Smile Shutter™ technology : Dual Capture / Always On / Off
  • Priority Setting (for Face Detection) : Auto / Child Priority / Adult Priority
  • Color : Black

Camcorder Shoot high-quality AVCHD or web optimized MP4 video

Select between HD video in the AVCHD or MP4 format for highest quality or easy transfer and sharing. AVCHD provides premium video that can be enjoyed on large screen HDTVs, and MP4 is great for those moments that you want to quickly share on your social networks or store on the cloud.

Convenience Features

  • Power Save Mode : Yes
  • Manual / Auto Lens Cover : Manual
  • Date / Time Stamp : Yes (Rec Date and Time, Camera info)
  • Erase/Protect : Yes / Yes
  • Built-in USB Cable : Yes (USB Charge Available)
  • Self Recording : Yes
  • Multiple Language Display : English; Spanish; Brazilian Portugese; Canadian French; Traditional Chinese; Korean
  • Media/Battery Indicator : Yes (recordable time, free and used media space) / Yes (recordable time, remaining capacity)
  • Fader Effect(s) : White / Black
  • View & Index : Event
  • Still Image Playback Options : Slide Show
  • Video Playback Options : Highlight Playback (HD Movie Only); Highlight Playback Save and Share (Translate into STD quality); Highlight Scenario (Save/Playback/Erase); Hightlight BGM (Preinstalled 4 music files, Music transfer)

Camcorder 2.7" Clear Photo™ LCD (230k)

The 2.7" (16:9) Clear Photo™ LCD (230K) displays sharp, bright, vivid images, letting you compose a shot more easily -- even outdoors, while enabling you to change settings to best represent the scene.

Drive System

  • Shutter Speeds : Shutter Speed (Standard): 1/30 - 1/10,000; Shutter Speed (Auto Control Range)
  • Self-timer : Approximately 10seconds (Still Image)
  • Drive Mode : Photo Mode: Single-shot / Self-timer


Camcorder Exposure System

  • D-Range Optimizer : Yes
  • Auto Iris Control : F1.9 - F10
  • Minimum Illumination : Standard: 6 lux (1/30 Shutter Speed); Low Lux : 3 lux (1/30 Shutter Speed)
  • Exposure Settings : Auto; Manual (Menu)
  • Scene Mode(s) : Auto / Night Scene / Sunrise & Sunset / Fireworks / Landscape / Portrait / Spotlight / Beach / Snow
  • Metering Modes : Multi-segment
  • LOW LUX Mode : Yes
  • Backlight Compensation : Yes (Auto)
  • Noise Reduction : Yes
  • White Balance Mode : Auto / Onepush / Outdoor / Indoor

Focus Control

  • Focus Area : Full range Focus
  • AF Modes : Auto / Manual (Menu)
  • Focus System : Contrast AF


Imaging Sensor

  • Processor : BIONZ® image processor
  • Pixel Gross : 2390K pixels
  • Color Filter System : RGB primary color filters
  • Effective Picture Resolution : Movie: Approx. 2290K pixels (16:9) Still: Approx. 2290K pixels (16:9)
  • Imaging Sensor : 1/5.8'' (3.1mm) back-illuminated Exmor® R CMOS Sensor


LCD Display

  • LCD Type : 2.7'' (6.7cm) Clear Photo LCD™ display (230K) Wide (16:9)
  • Coverage : 100%
  • Angle Adjustment : Opening Angle: max.90 deg., Turning Angle: max. 270 deg.
  • Brightness Control : Yes (Menu)
  • Grid Display : Grid Line



  • Digital Zoom : 320x
  • Optical Zoom : 27x
  • Lens Stabilization : Optical SteadyShot™ image stabilization w/ Active mode (Wide to Tele)
  • Minimum Focus Distance : Approx.1cm (Wide), Approx.80cm (Tele), Approx.37cm (Tele Macro)
  • Lens Type : Carl Zeiss® Vario-Tessar® Lens
  • Extended Zoom : 50x
  • Focal Distance : f=2.1-57.0mm; f=3/32-2 1/4inch
  • Aperture : F1.9-F4.0
  • Focal Length (35mm equivalent) : Movie Mode: 29.8-804.0mm (16:9),36.4-984.0mm (4:3); Photo Mode: 29.8-804.0mm (16:9), 36.4-984.0mm (4:3)

Weights and Measurements

  • Dimensions : 2 1/ 8" x 2 1/4" x 4 5/8" (52.5 x 57 x 117mm)
  • Weight : 6.3oz (180g)

What's in the Box


Learn more about the Sony HDR-CX290/B




Full HD HDD/Flash Memory Camcorder
2.7" 230K
Shutter Speed
Standard: 1/30 - 1/10,000
Focusing System
Focus System: Contrast AF
AF Modes: Auto/Manual (Menu)
Focus Area: Full range Focus
Focal Length (35mm equivalent): Movie Mode: 29.8-804.0mm(16:9),36.4-984.0mm(4:3); Photo Mode: 29.8-804.0mm(16:9), 36.4-984.0mm(4:3)
Minimum Focus Distance: Approx.1cm (Wide) ,Approx.80cm (Tele) ,Approx.37cm (Tele Macro)
Focal Distance: f=2.1-57.0mm; f=3/32-2 1/4inch
Minimum Illumination
Standard:6 lux (1/30 Shutter Speed); Low Lux:3 lux(1/30 Shutter Speed)
White Balance
Scene Mode
Auto/Night Scene/Sunrise & Sunset/Fireworks/Landscape/Portrait/Spotlight/Beach/Snow

Image Sensor

Image Sensor
1/5.8" CMOS
Still Image Size
8.9 megapixels 16:9 (3984x2240)
6.7 megapixels 4:3 (2992x2240)


Optical Zoom
Digital Zoom
Image Stabilization
Optical SteadyShot image stabilization w/ Active mode (Wide to Tele)


Video Signal Type
HDTV, NTSC color, EIA standards
Recording Media
Flash Memory 8GB and Memory Card
Memory Card Support
Memory Stick PRO Duo and SD/SDHC/SDXC compatible
Video Recording
Video Mode: HD: MPEG4-AVC/H.264 AVCHD 2.0 format.compatible; STD: MPEG2-PS; MP4: MPEG-4 AVC/H.264
Video Resolution: HD:1920x1080/60p(PS), 60i (FX,FH), 1440x1080/60i (HQ,LP); STD:720x480/60i; MP4: 1280x720 30p
Video Actual (Pixel): Approx.2290K pixels (16:9),Approx.1710K pixels (4:3)
Audio Recording
Dolby Digital 2ch Stereo, Dolby Digital Stereo Creator; MPEG-4 AAC-LC 2ch


USB, HDMI, Composite


Power Supply
InfoLITHIUM with AccuPower Meter System (V Series)


1920x1080 Full HD 24p/60p w/8.9MP Exmor R CMOS Sensor

Up to 3hr 10min recording with 8GB embedded Flash Memory

50x Extended Zoom to get even closer to the action

2.7" wide Clear Photo LCD (230k)

29.8mm Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar lens

Optical SteadyShot image stabilization w/ Active Mode

Highlight Playback creates movies with transitions for you

Direct Copy to external HDD without PC

Shoot high quality AVCHD or web optimized MP4 video

Intelligent Auto (90 different scene combinations possible)

Built-in USB cable for easy file transfer/charge

Dimensions & Weight

Dimensions (WxHxD) & Weight
Approx.2 1/8inch x 2 1/4inch x 4 5/8inch
Approx.6.3oz. (Main Unit Only); Approx.7.9oz. (NP-FV30(supplied battery); Approx.8.2oz. (NP-FV50); Approx.9.8oz. (NP-FV70); Approx.13.3oz. (NP-FV100)

Package Contents

Package Contents
Sony HDR-CX290/B Camcorder
Rechargeable Battery Pack (NP-FV30) (1)
HDMI(micro) Cable (1)
AC adaptor (AC-L200) (1)
USB Connection Support Cable (1)
Power Cord (1)
Operating Guide (1)
Warranty, Returns, And Additional Information
  • Warranty
  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year
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