Sony HDRCX6 High Definition Memory Stick Camcorder, Be aware of editing issues

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I have just recently bought the sony hdr-cx6 and as soon as i opened the box and the content’s i instantly knew i had bought something special. Small, black, shiny and look’s amazing (the camcorder is about the same size as a can of coca cola, it’s so small). But don’t let the size fool you because it is built sturdy and made to last. All of the button’s are in the right place’s and the touch screen is just a joy to work with. Within a few minute’s i filmed various scene’s and viewed them. The picture quality in my oppinion is fantastic (crystal clear image’s) even in low light surrounding’s it’s good quality because all you have to do is turn the exposure to manual and turn it down slightly and it look’s good , or in total dark surrounding’s turn on the night vision (i have tweaked with the setting’s and got them to how i want the camcorder to perform and it perform’s fantastic). Amazing on the hd setting and outstanding even on the standard setting. The sound quality is also outstanding (crystal clear with good loud tone’s). Downloading the software is easy (downloaded onto my computer in about 15 minute’s) and i was already editing within half an hour.

Does what it says on the tin – with a few caveats. I bought this because i wanted a tiny, hd camcorder. I also wanted to forget about tapes and be able to play back the results through my ps3 to my 1080 lcd. This completely fits the bill and i’m pretty happy with it. Stills are surprisingly good – i didn’t expect much and it is fairly decent for ‘snapshot’ pictures. The menus are easy to use and the controls are sparse and easy to use. If you want manual control and high-end features this isn’t the cam for you. Build quality is good – the camera is light but feels very solid and definitely worthy of the sony brand. Component video direct into a small lcd screen shows very good results – colours bright and vivid as expected but good sharpness while the light is good. Low light performance is poor – there is a lot of noise. My 5yr old sony dv cam gives better results. If you want to shoot low light videos then definitely try before you buy. ‘nightshot’ mode is fine if you like green-scale images. The ‘slow motion’ feature is rubbish – it’s a nice idea but the compression seems to be maxed out and the results are blocky and frankly lousy.

Sony HDRCX6 High Definition Memory Stick Camcorder

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  • 1080i High Definition recording (AVCHD Format)
  • Up to 2 hour 55min High Definition recording on removable Memory Stick (8GB, optional)
  • Carl Zeiss® Vario-Sonnar® T*
  • ClearVid CMOS Sensor for optimum picture quality
  • x.v.Colour mode for more vivid, lively and true colour
  • Quick browsing with new intelligent search functions: Film Roll Index, Face Index, Highlight Index
  • 6.1 Megapixel still image recording and 4.3 Megapixel Dual Rec while recording movies
  • Super SteadyShot (Optical)
  • 10x optical zoom / 20x digital zoom
  • STAMINA up to 6 hours 10 min (with optional battery, LCD backlight off)
  • 2.7″ Wide, “Clear photo LCD plus” screen with touch panel
  • Dolby Digital 5.1ch Creator for Surround sound recording with built in microphone
  • Smooth Slow Rec mode for advanced slow motion footage
  • 2nd Start / Stop REC and zoom button on LCD frame
  • Easy-to-use Home menu and Guide function
  • HDMI output for HD ready TV
  • Hi-speed USB 2.0 (output)
  • Battery Info
  • Auto Lens Cover

Stunning technology, easy, brilliant. I’ve watched in horror as flashcards have doubled in size and halved in price on a regular basis over the last few years. So it was quite far-sighted of me to consider buying this handycam. Preempting the day when 1tb flashcards are the norm and hard disks are a thing of the past, i acquired the hdr-cx6e from amazon 2 weeks ago. There are several aspects of this camera that i can recommend:the weight and balance of the device is just right for easy handling, no heavy and bulky hdd or dvd recording technology, just a sliver of plastic holding 4gb (supplied). The touch-screen is easy to use, of a high image quality and includes zoom and stop/start buttons for easy control. The options are broad and rich. The supplied battery is suggesting it will last 115 mins which exceeds my expectations. And at the highest quality setting i can get over 30 minutes of high definition footage on to the 4gb card which isn’t really a problem as it used to take me a month to fill a 1 hour dv tape. The bundled software is excellent and is now my default picture browser.

After carefully reading up on all the camcorders available and other customer reviews i opted for this model. After ordering it arrived next morning. Straight out the box put the memory card in and did some test shots indoor and outdoor. I then went to my playstaion 3 and played back on my 42 inch pioneer plasma and inserted the memory card , pressed play and wow . Went to my pc and installed the software provided. In a few minutes install completed successfully , transfered the footage into the sony motion browser without problems. I then copied the footage onto dvd in hd.

. Wowintro:this is sony’s latest hd camcorder. Instead of dv tape or hard drive, this model saves avchd video onto memory stick which is currently available up to 8gb. Build quality:this tiny little camcorder is the most high quality gadget i have ever seen. When you pick it up you just can’t put it down. . Gadget collectors will know what i mean here 🙂 there is not a single ounce of cheapness about this camera. The camcorder does not have a view finder but i can’t remember ever using the ones my other camcorders came with so this is not an issue for me. Included accessories:luckily here in the uk we get a 4gb memory stick with the camera. The american model (hdr-cx7) comes without any memory stick.

Sony HDRCX6 High Definition Memory Stick Camcorder : I bit the bullet after studying which hd camcorder would suit best. I have a vaio notebook and ps3 so it seemed a good idea to go for this cam. I have had several camcorders over the years,including the canon xl2. I thought nothing would surprise me,but i am overwhelmed by the high quality that this cam delivers. I have never witnessed such sharp and vibrant video. And the colours are the most natural i have ever seenbuy onethanks amazon for delivering the cam on time,but,as ever your ‘sub sellers’ have not delivered the accessories.

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The camera is amazing, the quality of the images extraordinary etc etc. Especially good is the lack of any audio hum from the camera – as no moving parts, so the built in microphone is actually quite useful for a change. But the camera is ahead of the pcs and macs editing abilities in that avchd is not yet edited natively. The sequence goes something like this. 1 record an hours footage in high def onto 4gb memory stick. 2 archive the entire memory stick into a folder (still 4gb obviously)3 on the mac, open final cut express 4 and use the log and transfer screen to select the folder and open it to reveal the video clips. 4 import the clips you want.
The camera is amazing, the quality of the images extraordinary etc etc. Especially good is the lack of any audio hum from the camera – as no moving parts, so the built in microphone is actually quite useful for a change. But the camera is ahead of the pcs and macs editing abilities in that avchd is not yet edited natively. The sequence goes something like this. 1 record an hours footage in high def onto 4gb memory stick. 2 archive the entire memory stick into a folder (still 4gb obviously)3 on the mac, open final cut express 4 and use the log and transfer screen to select the folder and open it to reveal the video clips. 4 import the clips you want.
Great camera for great quality filming. I can’t wait to get out and about and start filming with the superb camera (just waiting for my case to arrive) – from what i have filmed so far (using the highest quality settings) the quality is spot on with images as sharp and clear as ones you’d expect to see from a tv documentary, i do agree with other reviews that the low light quality is a bit grainy but if you set the exposure to manual and tweak the settings you can reduce this to an acceptable level. The quality in good light is brilliant, you can zoom in and see an incredible amount of detail – i tried zooming into our carpet (just to experiment 😉 and you could see the fine fibres that you can’t even see with your naked eye. On highest quality the battery provided gives you and estimated 108mins – which exceeded what i expected – the 4mb memory card provided gives you about 31mins. Obviously there are numerous options to turn down the quality to give you many more minutes if you don’t require the high resolution in your shots. The stills are good too but perhaps not as good as an actual dedicated 6. If you zoom in to a picture on the computer after transfer you can’t zoom too far before you start to see the some amount of graininess (since you are magnifying the image) – but for taking snaps it does the job and if your bothered about high res stills then maybe getting a separate dedicated digital camera would be advised. I have not played around with the software much but it appears to be comprehensive and easy to use – i transferred some material and rendered it as a hd divx and the quality on playback was top notch. The actual camera looks great and looks very robust, the screen is very clear and the night mode includes an infra-red light so if you want to film in the total dark you canupdate 23/02/2009just wanted to add that this camera works with the sony 16gb pro duo mark 2 memory cards – i had read elsewhere that these would not work but finally found another site that said they would – i took the risk and purchased one and it works fine giving 130 mins if you record on the highest quality hd setting and many hours if you are just recording in sd.
Great camera for great quality filming. I can’t wait to get out and about and start filming with the superb camera (just waiting for my case to arrive) – from what i have filmed so far (using the highest quality settings) the quality is spot on with images as sharp and clear as ones you’d expect to see from a tv documentary, i do agree with other reviews that the low light quality is a bit grainy but if you set the exposure to manual and tweak the settings you can reduce this to an acceptable level. The quality in good light is brilliant, you can zoom in and see an incredible amount of detail – i tried zooming into our carpet (just to experiment 😉 and you could see the fine fibres that you can’t even see with your naked eye. On highest quality the battery provided gives you and estimated 108mins – which exceeded what i expected – the 4mb memory card provided gives you about 31mins. Obviously there are numerous options to turn down the quality to give you many more minutes if you don’t require the high resolution in your shots. The stills are good too but perhaps not as good as an actual dedicated 6. If you zoom in to a picture on the computer after transfer you can’t zoom too far before you start to see the some amount of graininess (since you are magnifying the image) – but for taking snaps it does the job and if your bothered about high res stills then maybe getting a separate dedicated digital camera would be advised. I have not played around with the software much but it appears to be comprehensive and easy to use – i transferred some material and rendered it as a hd divx and the quality on playback was top notch. The actual camera looks great and looks very robust, the screen is very clear and the night mode includes an infra-red light so if you want to film in the total dark you canupdate 23/02/2009just wanted to add that this camera works with the sony 16gb pro duo mark 2 memory cards – i had read elsewhere that these would not work but finally found another site that said they would – i took the risk and purchased one and it works fine giving 130 mins if you record on the highest quality hd setting and many hours if you are just recording in sd.
Only 4 stars because i think the low light performance is a little noisy. But i’m very happy with the overall performance. We wanted a small camcorder that took generally good video in hi. The amazon price was the lowest around too. We brought the 8gb memory stick as part of the deal and it works 100%. Camera control is easy, the touch screen is responsive. The video files play straight from the memory stick in our playstation 3, again this compatibility was important to us. Fully charged the battery indicator shows 90 minutes, with 144 minutes of video capacity available on the 8gb memory stick. So far, very pleased to have this camcorder.
Only 4 stars because i think the low light performance is a little noisy. But i’m very happy with the overall performance. We wanted a small camcorder that took generally good video in hi. The amazon price was the lowest around too. We brought the 8gb memory stick as part of the deal and it works 100%. Camera control is easy, the touch screen is responsive. The video files play straight from the memory stick in our playstation 3, again this compatibility was important to us. Fully charged the battery indicator shows 90 minutes, with 144 minutes of video capacity available on the 8gb memory stick. So far, very pleased to have this camcorder.

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Would give it more stars if i could, but dont buy memory sticks on ebay. But dont buy your memory sticks on ebay. You are not getting a good deal. I have over 1000 feedback on ebay. Every memory stick on ebay is fake. They brand them sony and even fake the packaging. They even appear as 8gb in windows properties.
Would give it more stars if i could, but dont buy memory sticks on ebay. But dont buy your memory sticks on ebay. You are not getting a good deal. I have over 1000 feedback on ebay. Every memory stick on ebay is fake. They brand them sony and even fake the packaging. They even appear as 8gb in windows properties.
I agree with most that has been written here, this is a fantastic cam. To the last reviewer this problem re memory sticks usually means you have inadvertantly bought a fake sony stick, ebay is awash with them beware.
I agree with most that has been written here, this is a fantastic cam. To the last reviewer this problem re memory sticks usually means you have inadvertantly bought a fake sony stick, ebay is awash with them beware.

This review is from : Sony HDRCX6 High Definition Memory Stick Camcorder

I entirely agree with the other two reviews regarding the quality of this camcorder, however, sony claim this works with an 8gb memory stick. I won’t say it doesn’t, but i have now tried two, both sony oem and neither of them worked correctly. True to say the camcorder recorded video and played it back, but only on the camcorder. It would not upload using the sony provided software, and the memory stick could not be read from my sony vaio pc, for which there is an inbuilt card reader. The camcorder in fact warned of a possible memory stick error every time the camcorder was switched on. The supplied 4gb memory stick worked fine in every respect. . I contacted sony uk who were less them helpful, being so new it appears they have no experience or knowledge of the product. Equally, their website does not provide any support information. Indeed the camcorder is not listed on their support pages, nor is the camcorder listed as compatible with the 8gb memory stick.

This review is from : Sony HDRCX6 High Definition Memory Stick Camcorder

I entirely agree with the other two reviews regarding the quality of this camcorder, however, sony claim this works with an 8gb memory stick. I won’t say it doesn’t, but i have now tried two, both sony oem and neither of them worked correctly. True to say the camcorder recorded video and played it back, but only on the camcorder. It would not upload using the sony provided software, and the memory stick could not be read from my sony vaio pc, for which there is an inbuilt card reader. The camcorder in fact warned of a possible memory stick error every time the camcorder was switched on. The supplied 4gb memory stick worked fine in every respect. . I contacted sony uk who were less them helpful, being so new it appears they have no experience or knowledge of the product. Equally, their website does not provide any support information. Indeed the camcorder is not listed on their support pages, nor is the camcorder listed as compatible with the 8gb memory stick.
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