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Sony Handycam HDR-CX360V (photos)

The CX360V is attractively designed and comfortable to hold.

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Nice design and build quality

Though brown isn't the first color I'd choose for a camcorder, the CX360V's matte plastic body looks and feels comfortable and well-built. The large microphone underneath the lens supports 5.1-channel recording, though given the mic's placement, surround sound is moot. If you want to use that, you really should get an add-on mic for the accessory shoe. There's also an LED video light on the front of the camcorder, but be careful about pointing that at a person's eyes.
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Stereo playback

One of the nice touches are the relatively high-quality stereo speakers.
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Connectors

Under the LCD the CX360V includes headphone, mic, HDMI and USB connectors, while the AC jack and composite video output are under a hatch beneath the grip strap. There's also a short, captive USB cable that tucks into the strap for added convenience; you can use it to charge the battery.
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MInimal controls

Except for zooming, snapping photos, and switching between video and photo modes, as well as power, playback and the video light, the camcorder's operation is touch-screen driven.

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