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Sony Handycam HDR-CX760 Camcorder Review

This flagship Handycam delivers crisp Full HD images in bright light, great low light capabilities, and fluid motion.

$1,499.00
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Introduction

The Sony HDR-CX760V may not be a perfect camcorder, but it comes darn close. Video performance from this flagship Handycam was excellent, featuring crisp Full HD images in bright light, dramatic improvement in low light capabilities, and fluid motion with the CX760V's 60p frame rate option. Some pros may yearn for a bit more control on a high-end camcorder like this, but the HDR-CX760V makes do. The custom control dial (not as good as a lens ring, but close), large LCD, small viewfinder, strong battery life, and 70° wide-angle lens make the HDR-CX760V an excellent choice for video enthusiasts and semi-professionals who want top-notch quality from a consumer model. Like we said, it may not do everything right, but it has a ton of positives.

The HDR-CX760V is currently available for around $1299, which is a significant price drop from it launch-date $1499 MSRP. Loaded with 96GB of internal flash memory, this is a reasonable price to pay for a flagship Handycam, but it's certainly not cheap. You do have the option of saving a few bucks and going with the similar HDR-PJ710V instead. This model doesn't have a viewfinder, only has 32GB of internal memory, but comes with a built-in projector instead (with an MSRP of $1149). And if you want a fully-loaded model, Sony has its top-line HDR-PJ760V that has everything: 96GB of internal memory, a viewfinder, and the built-in projector. In the end, with think the HDR-CX760V is the best value, especially since all these camcorders are essentially identical under the hood.

Video Review

Sections

  1. Introduction
  2. Design
  3. Product Tour
  4. Performance
  5. Color Performance
  6. Low Light Performance
  7. Motion Performance
  8. Sharpness Performance
  9. Sample Videos
  10. Usability
  11. Handling
  12. Features
  13. Conclusion
  14. Photo Gallery

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