Rated 5 out of 5 by GuruGreggo Brilliant little camera!
Being a technical persion, I wanted the best bang-for-my-buck. I was going to Carnival in Brazil and wanted HD video. After reviewing many models and features, I chose the Sony HD-330. Little did I know, it had not shipped to the public yet. Lucky it arrived shortly before my trip. With little time to test it out, I headed out.
The camera performed flawlessly! The video quality is outstanding and I would highly recommend this little gem. I have some beautiful shots to remember my trip.
However, there are always some things that are not so great, or irritating. The wi-fi functions are not really what I had hoped for and a bit clunky. Not a feature I would really use, but with no hands-on, did not know it was a waste. Having mic input and output would be a nice feature. And I found times when I wanted to close the display screen and still film, not possible. Minor really.
But having mic input would be very nice, even if using the USB connector.
But I do love the camera and will use it often.
September 26, 2014
Rated 3 out of 5 by Dixie50 Great Camera Poor Software
Its is a really good camera. Light and very easy to use. The picture quality is very good.
What lets it down is the bundled software. I have yet to manage to get the wireless link to my PC to work and this is on 3 different machines. The camera is polling the PC but the Play Memories software on the PC is not listening and therefore there is no response.. I took wireshark ethernet traces and can see this non interaction quite clearly.
The second aspect of the Play Memories software is that it will only let you manipulate vidieo files that were generated on a Sony camera and that camera has to be plugged into the USB to verify. So if you want to merge vidoe taken on your phone or any other source then forget it , you will have to buy something else. In my case I was trying files from my old Sony Camera that I have been using since 2009 and it wouldn't let me use these either. (Yes ithe camera was plugged into the PC)
5 stars for the camera 1 star for the software
April 29, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by ledby really like this camera
Upgraded from a Sony HDR-HC7 (which still worked fine after years of use). Have used the HDR-CX330 for about 6 months. This camera makes excellent quality imagery. 1920x1080x60p. Colors are perfect. It is very light weight, and the battery that comes with it (NV-FV50) lasts a couple hours of continuous use. I also purchased a NV-FV70 for a spare. The default power saver setting turns the camera off frequently; I prefer the "always on" power setting that lets you keep it running for just the right time to start recording. The image stability correction is super. Also the optical zoom lens has a huge range which allows you to get shots that were not possible before. The built-in USB cord makes it easy to transfer videos/pics. I do miss an external audio input jack capability, and built-in flash for stills, but really like this camera. The user manual is online, and is a "click" type interface that only provides one or two sentences at a time. It would be nice to be able to print or view the entire readable manual (with a regular old index).
August 27, 2014
Rated 3 out of 5 by KKKK Disappointing.... but affordable
For the price, this camcorder is a good value but there are 3 things I specifically don't like. First, the still picture quality is not what it's marketed to be. Second, there is no power button. You turn it on by opening the viewfinder "door" which means you have to leave it open the whole time you record. This drains the battery faster and makes it annoying to the people around you that don't want to see your video while they are watching the performance. Third, there is no cable to connect the camcorder to the PC! I have to eject the micro media card and then use an adapter to get photos onto my PC.
May 22, 2015
Rated 3 out of 5 by OregonDude99 It's okay
Wifi is difficult to work and to show on our HDTV, must buy optional cables. The video is very grainy and the zoom takes a while to get the hang of. The pro it is compact,light and great sound. On a scale of one to five, it's a three.
May 5, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by kpics Great camcorder
Great little camcorder, used most of the time on a tripod, easy to operate, and very nice video and sound quality. I enjoy using this camcorder. Only wish it came with a remote controller or had the availability for one.
May 4, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by CyberShockwave Great Device
I was super impressed with this handy-cam. It has a ton of options for video capture and the anti-shake stuff makes me giddy each time I shoot video free-hand. The high quality video at 1080p is very impressive. Overall, I was, again, super impressed.
March 27, 2014
Rated 1 out of 5 by KAPLYN Just unacceptable
In short words – HDR-CX330 is the worst camcorder possible.
1.Unsustainable background noise, so even you are shooting in a deep forest the playback sound would suggest that you were on a busy highway.
2.Light sensor is very sluggish, it takes about 4-5s for proper adjustment to the actual light conditions.
3.Micro SD memory card does into the slot and clicks both ways – correct and incorrect.
4.It is usually needed a few attempts to insert the micro SD (back and forth) before the camcorder starts to recognize it.
5.The camcorder shoots videos on standard definition mode ONLY (720, 30fr/s) no matter how many times you try to change settings to the full HD quality.
6.And, finally(!!!), my camcorder is not powered on anymore after just less than 1 month of usage
July 22, 2014