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Video quality, bright light

Video quality, bright light

Video quality, bright light

Video quality

Photo quality, bright light

Lens bokeh

Video quality, low light

Video quality, low light

Distortion

Like many cameras and camcorders, the CX360V does its best work close up. Here you can see that most of the scene looks pretty sharp, if a bit overprocessed in high-detail areas. (The bee was moving, so it's understandably soft.)
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The CX360V delivers acceptable, but not great, video quality under the best circumstances. It's relatively artifact-free and has good color and exposure, but the video is a bit soft. (screen grab)
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This screen grab highlights a few of the CX360V's weaknesses. As with many cameras and camcorders reds don't render very accurately. Plus, and there are odd quantization artifacts on the street sign and fringing on the edges of highly saturated colors.
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Despite a relatively high bit rate, you can see some blocking artifacts (especially on the fountain) in highly detailed scenes. (screen grab)
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The CX360V's photo quality is about the same as a camera phone or budget camcorder--OK for viewing small but smeary with compression and interpolation artifacts when viewed at actual size.
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The lens is one thing that differentiates the lower-end models from the more expensive camcorders, as you can see from the polygonal out-of-focus highlights. The mushiness is image processing.
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This shot, taken at dusk, shows the camcorder does a solid job of maintaining exposure and color in low-ish light. There's some noise and the video is soft, but overall it's acceptable.
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In dim light the video looks noisy and soft, though the camcorder does a decent job preserving color saturation and exposure.
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The lens distortion isn't bad given the camcorder's minimum focal length of approximately 29mm. (Sorry about the shadows; poor time of day to shoot there.)
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