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Beyond the highly affordable price (£200), part of the idea behind buying a budget camcorder such as the Sony HDR-CX190 is the light weight and compact size. But is this still worth a piece of your budget? You guessed it, this bare-minimum camcorder is an easy one to get a hang of. There's an ON/OFF button, a RECORD button and a ZOOM button. It doesn't get much simpler than that. But do you really even need more? The CX190 switches off automatically when you close the LCD screen, and the built-in lens cover opens and closes manually. There's no viewfinder, so to see what you're filming you have to look at the 6.7-cm (230,000-pixel) LCD, which is decent for the price. The only connectivity it offers is an HDMI port for transferring video to a TV and a USB port for computer transfers. The USB cable is attached to the wrist strap and there's no headphone or microphone jack. On the whole, the CX190 is enjoyable to use because the plastic body is extremely light (175 grammes with the battery attached) and it slides easily into a jacket pocket. The LCD isn't a touchscreen, which explains the rock-bottom price. But if you want to change the image quality or set up the device, you can get to the menu via a button on the screen.
Sony's trio of entry-level camcorders -- the Handycam HDR-CX190, CX200 and CX210 -- seem amazingly, aggressively priced. But they're priced like standard-definition camcorders because they use SD-level components to produce video in HD format but not HD quality. Sony's not alone in this: both Canon and Panasonic play the same game to various degrees with their entry-level models. All of them use low-resolution sensors and interpolate the video up to HD resolution. In this case, Sony actually is using a sensor that's even smaller and lower-resolution than the 2-year-old CX110. The three camcorders differ from each other in a few ways. The CX200 and CX210 incorporate touch screens; the CX190 has a small joystick and playback button on the LCD bezel for operation. In addition, the CX210 has 8GB of internal memory -- keep in mind when comparing prices between the CX200 and CX210 that an 8GB flash card costs less than $10. This review is based on testing of the CX190. (There's also a version of the camcorder with a built-in projector, the PJ200.) As far as I can tell, the video quality doesn't look any worse than predecessors like the CX130, which many folks consider acceptable.
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