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 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 4 out of 5 by Ritchard Great Camcorder with One Complaint
I really like this camera and it does more than I expected it would do. My only problem is the instructions that come with it. I bought it looking to take some videos put them on a DVD to watch much as one would do with an ordinary purchased DVD. No matter what conversion I use the DVD I record either does not play or has technical problems biggest one being interlacing. I have spent countless hours and ruined DVDs trying to figure it out. I know the answer is out there but it is not in the manual.
January 21, 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 3 out of 5 by bjpro should have purchased something different
i have a sony digital camera and purchased this sony video camera in order to take better videos. the software for both require different installs and the video camera software wants to uninstall the digital camera's software. would be a perfect 5 star if both utilized same software. would recommend this camera if this is only sotware package needed .
December 27, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by perkinsstarter Works Great for the Family
Excellent camcorder, small and light weight. Awesome zoom and HD picture. battery life is incredible. Simple button controls for multiple functions. My first record was outside at night in low light and could not believe how good the picture was. Great value for all family members.
September 14, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by sonyva Great Camera, great price
Great compact camera which takes clear HD home movies. Highly recommend it. And now the price is even lower, than when I purchased it when first introduced. Only thing that could be better is a 4K Ultra HD camera - and I am waiting until those go sub $500.
December 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