Sony CX730E Full HD Flash Memory camcorder

Record Full HD on memory card, 10x optical zoom/26mm wide angle, 24.1MP photo, 7.5cm/3" LCD, EVF

Full HD camcorder with exceptional image quality and creative control

Full HD 1920x1080 50p recording: Full HD recording at very high bit rate with 50p progressive shooting mode for highest image quality and smoothness.

25p progressive recording mode: Shoots Full HD images at 25 frames per second to achieve cinematic feel with your video footage.

CinemaTone Gamma™ & CinemaTone Color™: Adjusts image quality in conjunction with 25p shooting mode to create footage with warm, filmic quality.

Recording on optional memory card: Records on choice of removable Memory Stick™ or SD cards (Memory Stick Pro Duo™ or SD/SDHC).

Carl Zeiss lens with 10x optical zoom/17x extended zoom: High performance Vario-Sonnar T* lens with 26mm wide angle (video and photo), ideal for group shots, landscapes and more.

Lens hood: Supplied lens hood cuts glare from direct sunlight.

Balanced Optical SteadyShot: Powerful anti-shake system for up to 13x more stable images; effective at all zoom settings from wide to tele.

Super sensitive 1/2.88 type Exmor R™ CMOS Sensor: Highly efficient, large sensor captures detail-packed video and still images with reduced image noise, especially in low light.

BIONZ processor: High-speed image processor for enhanced image quality and responsive performance.

Up to 24.1 Megapixel still photo: By Pixel Super Resolution Technology ensures extremely detailed, high quality still images.

7.5cm/3" Xtra Fine LCD and electronic viewfinder: 921k dot wide touchscreen with TruBlack technology for high-contrast images, plus electronic viewfinder for advanced viewing.

Electronic Viewfinder: Clear, detail-packed viewfinder lets you frame shots with confidence, even when you're shooting in bright sunlight.

Connect and quick charge with built-in USB cable: USB cable stows neatly in camcorder's hand strap. Connect Handycam® to your computer and transfer videos or recharge battery.

Easy interface with Event Browse: Intuitive playback solution groups your camcorder footage and still photos by events: allows easy searching to favourites.

Highlight Playback: Automatically edits together movie highlights and still photos with music and transitions: burn the results to DVD or share online.

Enhanced Manual Control: Enjoy greater control over composing shots: with pro-style zebra/peaking display and expanded focus view for fine focus adjustment.

Intelligent AUTO (iAUTO) mode: Recognizes up to 180 combinations of Face Detection, scene settings and handheld/tripod shooting: adjusts for best results.

Tracking focus: Select an object on the touchscreen and keep autofocus locked on moving subjects, even if they're not people: ideal for pets.

Quick AF: Autofocus locks onto subject at high speed for clear, sharply-focused images, even in low-light conditions.

High Quality 5.1ch surround sound: Sensitive new microphone design captures dialogue and surround sound with superb clarity.

Wind noise reduction: Advanced processing reduces wind noise for clearer outdoor sountracks; automatically adjusts processing to match wind strength.

Closer Voice for clearer dialogue and speech: Boosts microphone directionality and optimises processing to reduce noise and background sounds when faces are detected.

Stereo speaker with S-Master amplifer technology: High quality linear phase speaker system delivers clear, natural stereo sound when playing back your clips.

Face Detection and Smile Shutter: Capture clear, natural portraits: automatically shoot still photos of smiling faces during video recording.

Direct Copy: Transfer video footage direct to an external hard disk drive without PC: playback with fun camcorder features.

DVDirect Express compatibility: PC-free burning to AVCHD or Standard Definition DVD discs with compatible Sony DVDirect Express writer.

HDMI® output: Connect camcorder for viewing any HD Ready TV.

BRAVIA Sync: Directly control camcorder playback functions via remote of connected BRAVIA® television.

Golf Shot: Automatically captures a high-speed burst of images to freeze fast-moving action at exactly the right moment.

PlayMemories Home: Built-in software allows easy transfers to PC for editing, printing, disc burning, emailing and web uploads.


Video formats supported 
HD:MPEG4-AVC/H.264 AVCHD™ format ver.2.0 compatible. STD:MPEG2-PS

Technical details

Colour of product 
Built-in speaker(s) 
Clear Phase Stereo Speaker
Aperture range (F-F) 
1.8 - 3.4
Focal length range (f-f) 
3.8 - 38 mm
Audio system 
Dolby Digital 5.1ch
Bundled software 
PlayMemories Home (built-in)
Compatible memory cards 
Memory Stick PRO Duo™ (Mark 2), Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo™, SD/SDHC/SDXC Memory Card(Class 4 or Higher)
Xtra Fine LCD display w/TruBlack technology
Effective sensor resolution
Approx.6140000 pixels<br />Approx.6140000 pixels, Approx.4600000 pixels
Face detection
Built-in Flash
Optical zoom 
Power cord included
Remote control type
Scene modes 
Auto / Twilight / Twilight Portrait(Photo Mode only) / Sunrise & Sunset / Fireworks / Landscape / Portrait / Spotlight / Beach / Snow
White balance 
Auto / Onepush / Outdoor / Indoor
Image quality
Max. 24.1 megapixels (16:9, 6544x3680), 18.1 megapixels (4:3, 4912x3680)
Other features
Source data-sheet
Tracking focus

Ports & interfaces

S-Video out 
Composite Video Out(A/V connecting cable(supplied))
Built-in microphone 
Built-in Zoom Microphone
Composite video out 
Firewire (IEEE 1394) ports 
Headphone outputs 
Stereo Minijack
S-Video in
USB port 


Battery type 
Power consumption (typical) 
HD: 3.4, STD: 3.1W


Manual focus


Display resolution (numeric) 
921000 pixels
Touch screen 

Technical details

Display diagonal 
7.62 cm (3")


Microphone connectivity 
Stereo Minijack

Lens system

Extra/Smart zoom
Digital zoom 
Focal length (35mm film equivalent)
26 - 260 mm
Image stabilizer 
Balanced Optical SteadyShot™ w/ Active mode (Wide to Tele)
Wide angle lens system


Minimum illumination 
Standard:6 Low Lux:3 lx


Smile detection


Shoe mounting point



Picture quality

Image formats supported 

Weight & dimensions

Filter size 
5.2 cm
6.75 cm
13.75 cm
7.35 cm

Other features

Adapter type
Composite video in 
Electrical viewfinder 
HDMI out 
Integrated USB cable
Lens system 
Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T*
Main camera sensor
1/2.88 type(6.3mm) back-illuminated Exmor R™ CMOS Sensor
Night mode
Shutter speed (photo)
1/8 - 1/10.000s
USB cable
USB Connection Support Cable
Automatic geotagging by GPS
AV cable
A/V Connecting Cable
Component cable
Direct copy
YES (DVDirect Express, DVD Writer supported(sold separately))
Event browse
Golf shot
Highlight playback
Highlight Playback / Scenario / BGM
Intelligent mode
Mini HDMI cable
Movie quality
HD:1920x1080/50p(PS), 25p(FX,FH), 50i(FX,FH), 1440x1080/50i (HQ,LP) - STD:720x576/50i
Movie recording rate (average bit rate/VBR)
HD PS: Approx.28Mbps/FX: Approx.24Mbps/FH: Approx.17Mbps/HQ: Approx.9Mbps/LP: Approx.5Mbps - STD HQ:9Mbps
6650 pixels
Playlist editing
Quick ON button
Still image recording
Still recording during Movie
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