Video Performance* (10.25)*
The Sony HDR-CX12 comes equipped with a single 1/3.3-inch CMOS sensor. This is the same chip as the Sony HDR-SR11 and HDR-SR12, but significantly larger than the 1/5-inch CMOS in its DVD-based cousin, the Sony HDR-UX20. The gross pixel count on the CX12's sensor is 5,660,000. The effective pixel count is 3,810,000.
Overall, the HDR-CX12 produced a great looking image. The colors are strong without being too saturated (for a consumer camcorder, at least).