Sony Handycam HDR-XR350V
1920 x 1080 (1080p) HD video; MPEG4 AVC/H.264 high-definition formats; Back-illuminated EXMOR R CMOS sensor; 7-megapixel still photo resolution; 160GB built-in hard drive storage; Memory Stick Pro Duo and SD/SDHC class media compatible; 2.7-inch Clear Photo LCD fold-out display; Dolby Digital sound recording; six-blade G lens; 12x optical zoom; Optical Steady Shot stabilization with Active Mode; 3-Way Shake-Canceling; HDMI/HDTV-compatible playback; Geotagging with built-in GPS receiver
The XR350V is out of production, more or less replaced by the CX360V. It offers a few performance benefits, though there is no hard-disk version of this year's 3XX Handycams. The XR350 is still a solid camcorder if you can find it. Here's what we had to say when it was released in 2010:
The HDR-XR350V should have enough technology to keep video enthusiasts interested, but not so much that it overwhelms the more casual user. This high-definition camcorder shares lots of features with the more-expensive XR550 model; it's just that those features, like the back-illuminated EXMOR R sensor and the six-blade G lens, are a bit smaller and simpler this time around (which, incidentally, also translates to 'more affordable'). It's got all the bells and whistles like high-def recording, great still imaging (at 7 megapixels, it's basically a still camera and a camcorder in one), and a huge 160GB internal storage drive that eliminates the need for removable media cards (although there is a slot if you want to use them). A compact size, a nice flip-out screen, and tons of useful features like Intelligent Auto modes and SteadyShot stabilization make this one sound pretty promising as an all-around mid-range option.