Sony HDR-CX110

When you hear the term "HD," you think big and bulky like the hardcore Sony HDR-XR520. But the Sony HDR-CX110 happily skips away from that stereotype. It's light, it's compact, it sits comfortably in your palm, and its candy colors are deliciously shiny, just like a Sony VAIO.

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Just by its looks, you'll know that the CX110 can fit into your pants' pocket. For serious videographers, however, we reckon it's going to feel, well, a bit delicate. But for people who just hopped into the bandwagon, the CX110 is a good camera to start with.

It's not a Flip-ish kind of camera trying to pass off as an excellent pocket camcorder, but neither is it a piece of video equipment you'll be overwhelmed to use. The whole thing feels light in the hands, and the paint job (comes in blue, red, or black) does well in keeping Sony's signature elegant look.

But there are a couple of details that might raise eyebrows. One, the plastic slot doors are a bit flimsy. Two, earphone and mic jacks are M.I.A. And three, the battery's REALLY sticking out, much like a baboon's butt (please excuse the analogy). Sure, they're trying to keep things cheap, but we wish they hid that battery somewhere. Nonetheless, all things major – the LCD screen, the lens, the buttons – look as though they're built to last.

Oh, cam on!

Flipping the screen switches the camera on and off, and like most camcorders, the buttons are neatly hidden behind it. The CX110's touch-screen panel sports Sony's signature crisp LCD. Upon testing, it also proved to be pretty responsive – even if our stubby fingers take up more grid boxes than they should, the screen recognizes the pressure points well.

You'll find the hybrid memory card slot on its bottom, which can house an SD card or a Memory Stick PRO Duo. The downside? The CX110 doesn't have its own hard drive, so you'll need to pack up a lot of those sticks and cards for backup. The most this baby can handle is 32GB. If you have a 32GB card, that is. If you plan to cram as much video as you can, you can always switch from HD to SD. Then again, why'd you get an HD cam?

Of course, you can't have a Sony cam without the Face Detection feature and the trademark Smile Shutter. For the clueless, this means that the camcorder can spot a face or even a smiling one and can automatically snap a photo even while "the film is rolling." But we all can't help but wonder how CX110 3.1MP Carl Zeiss-snapped photos stack up against camera-phone 3.2MP Carl Zeiss-produced JPEGs.

The constants:

  • Landscape Mode
  • No flash (because CX110 doesn't have one!)

Nokia 5800 XpressMusic vs. Sony HDR-CX110

(Okay, we admit it. The Nokia 5800 has a lousy camera to begin with.)

The iAuto and Exmor R make it possible to get great footage even in low-light (note: not "night") conditions. And the SteadyShot keeps its promise to make the shots more "stable"– though we don't think it'll help much if you suffer from being unforgivably pasmado.

Sony's CX110 can easily take the trophy for being the most practical video camera. We already see it making movie magic in the hands of today's would-be filmmakers, complete with its Direct Copy (aka burn-to-CD), Fader Effects, and all. We only wish that the stunning videos and affordable price tag were coupled with a reasonable amount of internal memory and a decent camera flash. Now that would be picture-perfect.

Click here to view the Sony HDR-CX110 in the Buyer's Guide.

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  • Excellent HD video quality
  • Affordable price tag
  • Handy and packed with the essentials
  • No internal memory
  • No camera flash
  • Low still camera resolution
Bottom Line
  • A great starter video cam for amateurs that'll satisfy even the pros who are always on the go
Editor's Pick No
Price P36,999
Tech Specs
  • Resolution
    • Videos: 1920 x 2020 (HD)
    • Stills: 3MP
  • Recording Format
    • HD: MPEG4 AVC/H.264
    • SD: MPEG2
  • Storage
    • Internal: None
    • Expansion: up to 32GB
  • Zoom
    • Optical: 25x
    • Digital: 300x
  • Screen
    • Size: 2.7"
    • Resolution: 230K dots Clear Photo LCD
  • Interface
    • Accessory Shoe: n/a
    • USB: Hi-speed 2.0 compliant
    • HDMI: Yes (mini)
    • Wi-Fi: n/a
    • Firewire: n/a
    • Mic in: n/a
    • Headphone out: n/a
    • Component out: Supplied (via A/V Remote jack)
  • Battery Life (Hours): ~2 hours
  • Size: 2 x 2 1/4 x 4 1/2 inch (50 x 56 x 114mm)
  • Weight: (w/o battery) 210g, (w/ battery) 260g

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  1. Jamoy: I own a 5800 and am disappointed with my camera..haha, it's great you put the worst phone cam in contrast to the sony hdr lol
    April 25, 2020 at 12:36 pm

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