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Model

Sony HDR-CX730Sony HDR-HC9
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Manufacturer Sony Information on Sony

Sony Information on Sony

Name HDR-CX730HDR-HC9
European name ?HDR-CX730EHDR-HC9E
US name ?HDR-CX730HDR-HC9
lowest US price (999) $911 $
On the market since March 2012 February 2008
Test preview

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

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Video formats ? AVCHD
SD MPEG2
MiniDV
HDV
Recording Medium Memory Stick PRO Duo
SD Card
SDHC card
SDXC card
MiniDV/HDV-Cassette
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
HDV 1440 x 1080/50i
MiniDV 720 x 576/50i
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
HDV 1440 x 1080/60i
MiniDV 720 x 480/60i
Max Bitrate ?28 Mbit/s25 Mbit/s
Compression format ? MPEG2
MPEG4
DV
MPEG2
on-board memory ?  
Optics
Optics Manufacturer ?Carl Zeiss
Carl Zeiss
Optical Zoom ?10 x10 x
Wide Angle 16:9 ?26,3 mm41,3 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
1/2, 9 inches
image sensor effective pixel count 16:9 ?6140000 Pixel 2280000 Pixel
Image Sensor Type ? CMOS
CMOS
Controls
White Balance ?auto
manual
presets
auto
manual
presets
WB-Shift
Focus ?auto
manual
auto
manual
Minimum shutter time ?1/10.0001/10.000
Maximum shutter time ?1/61/3
Apperture control ?auto
manual
auto
AE-Shift
Infrared recording ?Yes
Yes
Expanded Focus ?Yes
Yes
Peaking ?Yes
Yes
Signal Processing
Zebra ?100%
70%
Off
70%
100%
Histogram ?No
Yes
adjustable sharpness ?No
Yes
Adjustable color ?No
Yes
Cinegamma ?Yes
No
Black Strech ?No
No
Knee ?No
No
Colorbars ?No
Yes
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
No
YUV ?
synonymous: Component Signal
Out
Out
HDMI ? Out
Out
DV / HDV (FireWire) ?
synonymous: ILink / IEEE-1394
- In
Out
USB ?USB 2.0
USB 2.0
Microphone / Audio input ?Mini-jack
Mini-jack
Cinch
Headphones ?3.5 mm mini-jack
Mini-jack
Lanc ? Yes
Time-code interface ?No
No
Genlock ?No
No
Accessory shoe ?  AI
HD-SDI ?No
No
Misc.
Weight (without battery) 545 g550 g
Weight (with battery)   
Battery type Sony NP-FV50
Sony NP-FH60
Battery capacity  1000 mAh
Charger ? internal
Remote control  Yes
Size
Height 67 mm82 mm
Width 73 mm82 mm
Depth 137 mm138 mm
Relative Size ?69
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 Inch2,7 Inch
Display format ?16:916:9
Display pixels ?921000 Pixel 211200 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
bi-functional focus or aperture wheel
Manual Aperture ?bi-functional focus or aperture wheel
bi-functional focus or aperture wheel
Focus switcher ?No
Yes
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
  
Audio

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Audio Formats ?AC-3 Dolby Digital 5.1 640 kbit max.
MiniDV: 2x48kHz 16bit PCM
MiniDV: 4x32kHz 12bit PCM
HDV: 2x48kHz 16bit MPEG 1
Microphone ?Mini-jack external
Stereo internal
Mini-jack external
Audio Control ?2 steps
auto
manual
Audio levels ?Viewfinder
Screen
Viewfinder
Screen
Still

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Recording Medium ?Memory Stick Duo
SD Card
SDHC card
SDXC card
Memory Stick Duo
Medium included ?No
No
Effective pixels ? 1991000 Pixel
Resolutions ?6544 3680 - max
2848x2136
2848x1602
Standard ?JPEG Exif 2.2
JPEG Exif 2.2
Flash ?Yes
Yes
Misc.

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Specials integrated USB cable&"Smooth Slow Record" slow motion mode: 3 seconds are recorded with 200 half frames/sec., resulting in a 4-fold slow motion.However, the recording is without sound and in poorer image quality.
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 goodSatisfactory
Resolution ?Very goodSatisfactory
Color performance ?GoodSatisfactory
subj.Picture impression ?Very goodGood
Optical Zoom ?SufficientSufficient
Wide Angle ? Excellent Sufficient
Configuration / image ?SatisfactorySatisfactory
Configuration / sound ?PoorSatisfactory
Handling ?GoodSatisfactory
Portability ?Very goodVery good
Photo function ?SatisfactorySatisfactory
Optics ?GoodGood
Dynamics ?GoodGood
Conclusion slashCAM
slashCAM rating ?Good
Satisfactory
Total score ?
(maximal 570)
390310
Pros + Image stabilizer
+ wide angle
+ good subjective image impression
Cons - Image characteristics can not be changed
- few image control options
- Small (touch) screen
- low color resolution
- color moirees
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.The Sony HDR-HC9 has a fairly good brightness resolution, but tends to show quite significant color moirés on fine details.The color resolution is only on SD-level, which makes for a rather soft image impression.In terms of color the HC7 is neutral.The wide angle is very limited for indoor shots, lens errors keep whithin limits though.In low-light situations the HC7 produces somewhat colorless and dark images.The touchscreen brings no points in the equipment grades.
More information

Reviews and Forums
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