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models compared on this page: Sony HDR-CX740 and Sony HDR-SR12

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Model

Sony HDR-CX740Sony HDR-SR12
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Manufacturer Sony Information on Sony

Sony Information on Sony

Name HDR-CX740HDR-SR12
European name ?HDR-CX740VEHDR-SR11E
US name ?HDR-CX740HDR-SR12
lowest US price (1399) $1700 $
On the market since March 2012 March 2008
Test preview

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slashCAM rating ?Good
Good
test picture 1200 Lux
Test image 12 lux auto-mode
Video

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Video formats ? AVCHD
SD MPEG2
AVCHD
Recording Medium Memory Stick PRO Duo
SD Card
SDHC card
SDXC card
built-in flash memory
Built-in hard disk
Memory Stick PRO Duo
video resolutions EU ?AVCHD 1440 x 1080/50i
AVCHD 1920 x 1080/25p
AVCHD 1920 x 1080/50i
AVCHD 1920 x 1080/50p
SD MPEG2 720 x 576
AVCHD 1920 x 1080/50i
video resolutions US ?AVCHD 1440 x 1080/60i
AVCHD 1920 x 1080/24p
AVCHD 1920 x 1080/60i
AVCHD 1920 x 1080/60p
SD MPEG2 720 x 480
AVCHD 1920 x 1080/60i
Max Bitrate ?28 Mbit/s16 Mbit/s
Compression format ? MPEG2
MPEG4
MPEG2
MPEG4
on-board memory ?32 GB120 GB
Optics
Optics Manufacturer ?Carl Zeiss
Carl Zeiss
Optical Zoom ?10 x12 x
Wide Angle 16:9 ?26,3 mm40 mm
Filter diameter ?52 mm37 mm
Image Stabilization ?optically and electronically
optical
ND Filter ?No
No
Exchangable optics ?No
No
Image Sensor
Number of sensors ?11
Size of image sensor ?1/2, 9 inches
1/3, 1 inch
image sensor effective pixel count 16:9 ?6140000 Pixel 3810000 Pixel
Image Sensor Type ? CMOS
CMOS
Controls
White Balance ?auto
manual
presets
auto
manual
presets
Focus ?auto
manual
auto
manual
Minimum shutter time ?1/10.0001/800
Maximum shutter time ?1/61/2
Apperture control ?auto
manual
auto
manual
Infrared recording ?Yes
Yes
Expanded Focus ?Yes
No
Peaking ?Yes
No
Signal Processing
Zebra ?100%
70%
70%
100%
Histogram ?No
No
adjustable sharpness ?No
No
Adjustable color ?No
No
Cinegamma ?Yes
No
Black Strech ?No
No
Knee ?No
No
Colorbars ?No
No
Misc.
Shot Transition ? No
Custom Presets ?No
No
Set Time Code ?No
No
Configuration

Connections
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FBAS ?
synonymous: RCA, composite
Out
Out
YC ?
synonymous: S-Video
About Special Equipment
Out
YUV ?
synonymous: Component Signal
Out
Out
HDMI ? Out
Out
DV / HDV (FireWire) ?
synonymous: ILink / IEEE-1394
- 
USB ?USB 2.0
USB 2.0
Microphone / Audio input ?Mini-jack
Mini-jack
Headphones ?3.5 mm mini-jack
Mini-jack
Lanc ? No
Time-code interface ?No
No
Genlock ?No
No
Accessory shoe ?  AI
HD-SDI ?No
No
Misc.
Weight (without battery) 555 g570 g
Weight (with battery)  650 g
Battery type Sony NP-FV50
Sony NP-FH60
Battery capacity  1000 mAh
Charger ? internal
Remote control  Yes
Size
Height 67 mm76 mm
Width 73 mm83 mm
Depth 137 mm138 mm
Relative Size ?68
Viewfinder
Viewfinder available ?Yes
Yes
Color Viewfinder ?Color
Color
Viewfinder format ?16:916:9
Viewfinder pixels ? 123200 Pixel
Display
Display available ?Yes
Yes
Color display ?Color
Color
Display size 3,0 Inch3,2 Inch
Display format ?16:916:9
Display pixels ?921000 Pixel 921600 Pixel
Touch Screen ?Yes
Yes
External controls
Manual Zoom ?Rocker
Zoom ring multi-assigned
Rocker
Manual Focus ?Menu
bi-functional focus or aperture wheel
Menu
Manual Aperture ?bi-functional focus or aperture wheel
Menu
Focus switcher ?No
No
ND Filter ?No
No
Exp Lock ?No
No
Gain ?No
No
White balance ?No
No
Push AF ?No
No
Audio Levels ?No
No
Custom Keys ?
synonymous: User buttons
 No
Audio

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Audio Formats ?AC-3 Dolby Digital 5.1 640 kbit max.
AC-3 Dolby Digital 5.1 640 kbit max.
Microphone ?Mini-jack external
Mini-jack external
5.1 Internal
Audio Control ?2 steps
auto
Audio levels ?Viewfinder
Screen
No
Still

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Recording Medium ?Memory Stick Duo
SD Card
SDHC card
SDXC card
built-in flash memory
Memory Stick Duo
Medium included ?No
No
Effective pixels ? 5080000 Pixel
Resolutions ?6544 3680 - max
3680 x 2760
Standard ?JPEG Exif 2.2
JPEG Exif 2.2
Flash ?Yes
Yes
Misc.

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Specials - Built-in USB cable
- GPS
 
Product Shots

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Test results

Test pictures
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luminance resolution
chrominance resolution
lens distortion
test small ISO image
noise / internal microphone
test picture 1200 Lux
Test image 12 lux auto-mode ?
Test image 12 lux optimized ?
 
Manufacturers URL Website SonyWebsite Sony
slashCAM rating
Lowlight ?Very goodGood
Resolution ?Very goodGood
Color performance ?GoodVery good
subj.Picture impression ?Very goodVery good
Optical Zoom ?SufficientSufficient
Wide Angle ? Excellent Sufficient
Configuration / image ?SatisfactoryGood
Configuration / sound ?PoorSatisfactory
Handling ?GoodGood
Portability ?Very goodVery good
Photo function ?SatisfactorySatisfactory
Optics ?GoodGood
Dynamics ?GoodGood
Conclusion slashCAM
slashCAM rating ?Good
Good
Total score ?
(maximal 570)
390366
Pros + Image stabilizer
+ wide angle
+ focus and exposure control via touchscreen works well
+ focus ring replacement is OK
+ Good image in terms of sharpness and color
+ Very sharp display
Cons - Image characteristics can not be changed
- few image control options
- Small (touch) screen
- no manual shutter control
- the owner is put under tutelage
Conclusion The Balanced Optical SteadyShot already convinced us on the sister model and can be seen as real added value compared to the competing models.Combined with a steadicam and maybe an optical flow stabilizer in post some impressive tracking shots are possible without dollies or cranes.However, it is more than incomprehencible that at a price of 1,000 Euro Sony does neither allow full control over shutter speed and aperture nor adjustments of image characteristics.In terms of picture quality the gap between the best Canon-cams in this class ist almost leveled, and the handling offers many unique features (camera control ring, focus and exposure via touchscreen, high-resolution LCD), which can´t be found elsewhere (yet).If Sony would allow the user to manually set the shutter (and with meaningful numerical values), this camera would really rock
More information

Reviews and Forums
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slashCAM Review
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