Camcorder and Battery
The Sony HDR-CX100 AVCHD HD Camcorder is a high definition camcorder, which records AVCHD format video onto it’s 8GB of internal flash memory or an inserted Memory Stick Pro Duo. I purchased my Sony HDR-CX100 from amazon.com in November of 2009. It came packaged with a standard battery, NP-FH50; the manual claims that at the highest frame rate and video quality, you can record for up to 55 minutes. The battery is not inserted into the camcorder, it is merely snapped into its place at the rear of the camcorder. This arrangement allows for the attachment of larger size batteries, which of course Sony has obliged us with making. You can purchase separately a NP-FH70 or a NP-FH100 battery, each a little larger and a little more expensive. You charge the battery while it is attached to the camcorder, with the included AC adapter. So unless you have a spare battery, you probably won’t have much reason to remove the battery from the camcorder. Of course if you start collecting spare batteries there is an assortment of Sony camcorder battery chargers for you to choose from.
Cables and Cords
The Sony HDR-CX100 came with four different cables: USB cord, AC adapter, and two audio visual cables. The USB cord connects the camcorder to a computer, for backing up your data. The AC adapter connects the Sony HDR-CX100 to a standard wall outlet and charges the attached battery.
It also comes with two different A/V cables, which you can use to watch your videos or photos from your camcorder on your television screen. One cable is for composite video the other is for component video, each bundled with RCA audio cables. Interestingly, use of either of these included cables result in merely standard definition video output to your TV screen. If you want high definition output, you need to use a mini HDMI cable, but this is not included.
Software and Literature
Inside my Sony HDR-CX100 box I also found a CD-ROM, Instructions, AVCHD disc compatibility notes, and a Limited Warranty.
The CD-ROM contains your Picture Motion Browser software, otherwise simply referred to as PMB. The version packaged with my camcorder was Ver.4.2.00, which was then upgraded online to Ver.188.8.131.5210. The disc also contains an operations guide, product registration, as well as the AVCHD player.
The AVCHD disc compatibility notes warns against playing AVCHD content burned onto DVDs on non Blu-ray Disc compatible machines – in 28 different languages.
The Limited Warranty covers 90 days labor and 1 year parts – basically. Warranty service information is also included on the document.
And, the operations guide tells you everything you need to know about your camcorder. But I felt as though the information on how to use the PMB software was meager.
And finally, Sony included the typical marketing materials you can find in an electronics purchase today. One of the included pamphlets features a couple of Sony wide conversion lenses. The larger pamphlet is a small catalog of camcorder accessories. And a sheet is included which invites you to register your camcorder in exchange for 15% off your next accessory purchase.