Summary: The camera was dead on arrival. When powered it was able to perform only a few functions but was essentially locked up and dead. Even the open - close lens cover opened then stayed open; never closed. No amount of working with it changed the situation. Since it was purchased through Amazon and on Amazon Prime it was returned with no problem. We were very disappointed since we had hoped to use it for Christmas and a family reunion following Christmas.
Summary: Pros: Small, light, 30X optical zoom in, wide angle shot Cons: Image quality is worse than Canon HF M400, which is about the same price ($329). In dark light, the background noise is not acceptable. In the daylight, the resolution is not satisfying. The highest quality video looks like having painting effect when played on 1080p LCD TV. A lot of details are missing. I compared the Canon HF M400 with this one and Canon HF M400 performs much better than Sony HDR-CX130.
video quality not as good as my HDR-HC1 purchased 5 years ago
Zhou Zhiliang "Joe", Amazon
16 April 2011
Summary: I got this camcorder from SONY repair department as a replacement for my SONY HDR-HC1 which stopped working a few monthes ago. Comapring to my old one, this camcorder is very light and compact which could be conveniently stored in the bag or pocket, however, the quality of video is very disappointing, with the highest quality shooting mode, I cannot even believe it could be called 'HD' video. At most I think it is only compariable to DVD quality.
Summary: "The HDR-CX130 features an LED light that can assist in low-light situations giving you more flexibility when capturing your video." So says the last item under "Product Description." This is one of the key features I was looking for. I just bought the CX130, and lo and behold, there is no LED light!
Summary: Dieser Camcorder war mein erster digitaler und zugleich HD-Camcorder. Er kam damals noch etwa 470 Euro, also längst kein Profigerät, aber vom Preis her auch kein Schnäppchen. Zunächst die Pluspunkte: + sieht stylisch aus + handlich und leicht + einfach zu bedienen + schöne HD-Aufnahmen ("Höchste Qualität", FX) Doch damit endet es schon.