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Sony HDR-CX12

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Sony HDR-CX12 HD camcorder

Techworld
24 March 2009
  • Summary: The Sony HDR-CX12 is a classic Greek tragedy. It has so much potential - great image quality, manual control, and great extras - that are marred by serious shortfalls - camera dock requirement, lack of external audio in, and no progressive modes. If you can get over these, you'll enjoy the HDR-CX12.
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Overall 7
7.0

Sony HDR-CX12

Macworld
19 March 2009
  • Excerpt: (1 items) Sony HDR-CX12 Sony’s HDR-CX12 HD camcorder is in the top tier of the company’s consumer camcorders lineup. Recording to a SDHC memory card, the camera sports a 1/3-inch imaging sensor—a rather large size for a consumer HD camcorder—and HDMI output. It records AVCHD video at a data rate of 16Mbit per second, which is good, but not at the top of the heap. And video from the HDR-CX12 imports into iMovie ’09 without a hitch.
  • Pros: Good photo stills, Comfortable and easy to use, Works with iMovie ’09 without a hitch, Cool Night Shot and super slow motion shooting modes, Excellent image quality
  • Cons: No progressive video mode, External mike input available only through Active Interface Shoe, Requires cumbersome docking base to connect to Mac, No headphone jack
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Overall 9
8.5

Great HD handycam with Smile Shutter technology

Good Gear Guide.au
21 October 2008
  • Summary: The HDR-CX12 is a brilliant high-def handycam that is almost impossible to find fault with. It improves on its CX7K predecessor in nearly every area and is easily a match for Sony's high-end HDR-SR12 model. If you don't mind the lack of an inbuilt hard drive, it won't disappoint.
  • Pros: Excellent AVCHD video quality, good performance in dim lighting, 10.1Mp stills mode, Smile Shutter technology, camera control dial for 'hands on' adjustments
  • Cons: No inbuilt memory, not as compact as other flash memory–based models, inclusion of superfluous buttons
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Overall 7
7.0

Expert Review

PC Advisor
20 October 2008
  • Excerpt: Recording to a SDHC memory card, the Sony HDR-CX12 HD sports a 1/3-inch imaging sensor - a rather large size for a consumer HD camcorder - and HDMI output. It records AVCHD video at a data rate of 16Mbit per second, which is good, but not at the top of the heap.
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Overall 9
8.5
Ease of use 8
8.0
Video quality 9
9.0
Build quality 9
8.8

Sony Handycam HDR-CX12

PhotoReview
1 September 2008
  • Summary: An HD camcorder that records only to flash memory and is designed for point-and-press video photographers.The Handycam HDR-CX12 is similar in size and styling to the HDR-CX7 model, which it replaces. One of a rapidly-growing class of camcorders that record exclusively to flash memory (in this case Memory Stick Pro Duo), it's also the first camcorder with Smile Shutter technology.
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