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Sony Handycam HDR-XR500

alaTest has collected and analyzed 193 reviews of Sony Handycam HDR-XR500. The average rating for this product is 4.6/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. Opinions about the size and design are generally positive. The image quality and portability also get good feedback, whereas there are some mixed comments about the battery. Some have doubts about the memory and price.

usability, portability, image quality, design, size

price, memory

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Sony Handycam HDR-XR500 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 85/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review by: (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for Sony Handycam HDR-XR500

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 6 user reviews of Sony Handycam HDR-XR500 from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 5.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.co.uk. Opinions about the price and design are on the whole positive. The portability and image quality also get good opinions. Comments about the color and usability are different.

image quality, portability, design, price

100% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Sony HDR-XR500E Hard Disk PAL Camcorder 12 month manufacturer warrantySony HDR-XR500E Hard Disk PAL Camcorder 12 month manufacturer warranty

May, 2016

Consumer review by: (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Sony Handycam HDR-XR500

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 56 user reviews of Sony Handycam HDR-XR500 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 4.6/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.com. People are impressed by the design and durability. The image quality and portability also get good opinions, whereas many are critical about the price.

usability, portability, image quality, durability, design

price

95% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Sony HDR-XR500V 120GB HDD High Definition Camcorder w/12x Optical ZoomSony HDR-XR500V 120GB HDD High Definition Camcorder w/12x Optical ZoomSony HDRXR260V High-Definition Handycam 8.9 MP Camcorder with 30x Optical Zoom and 160 GB Hard Disk Memory Accessory Saver 32GB FV70 (X2) Replacement

May, 2016

Expert review by: (gadgetheaven.co.uk)

Sony HDR-XR500VE Camcorder

 

When designing and making the HDR-XR500VE Sony have really thought a lot about both the stylish design and the great features that are included in the Sony HDR-XR500VE camcorder, these are exactly what makes the Sony HDR-XR500VE a fantastic camcorder...

It’s very easy to see why the Sony HDR-XR500VE is a highly recommended camcorder, after all it does have so many different features that are built in that make this camcorder produce video and photos that are clear and crisp overtime. With this...

May, 2012

Expert review by: Jayesh Limaye (techtree.com)

Sony HDR-XR500: Record at Full HD Resolution

 

Yet another surprise package from Sony

Compact, full HD recording, superb price, stylish, swivel touchscreen controls, optical viewfinder, excellent build, crisp image quality, crystal clear sound, smooth and silent optical zoom, good battery life, SteadyShot, Infrared night-vision, 12 MP stil

No carry pouch, a bit heavy, touchscreen controls may be difficult to use

Characters are not case sensitive

Sep, 2009

Consumer review by: Cecil (sony.com)

Tough luck, Mac users

 

"A big thumbs-down for lack of Mac OS compatibility. There's no good reason for this. It creates built-in obsolescence, not great eco-consciousness, folks! We're spinning through electronics too fast as it is - a corporate model based on cooperation...

nice design but fatal flaw

excludes Mac users

Jun, 2009

Consumer review by: mjbtv (sony.com)

Wonderful Camera

 

"Coming from a background in broadcast as cameraman, sound man and editor this camera does much better than 3 chip digital cameras in quality and low light performance. I have tested this camera in all sorts of lighting conditions and found the camera...

Price, Image Quality, Sound Quality and Portability

NONE

May, 2009

Consumer review by: BruceOrlando (sony.com)

It's a Hi-Def Video Camera!

 

"I bought the HDR-XR500V to record movies -- not to make still picture, and its video performance is superb. An amazing camera and for me just about everything works as promised -- no small feat in these days. The much maligned GPS is wonderful for...

Image Stabilization, Sound, GPS, Video Quality, Quick Start-Up, PMB Application

Could use more manual controls, higher frame rate, variable mic volume

Apr, 2009

Consumer review by: Ajoy (sony.com)

not as expected

 

"i bought this with great expectation, but it failed. The red eye reduction doesn't function even if you switch it on! some images still come blurred.... Also its a bit heavy. video quality was fine."

Apr, 2009

Consumer review by: Krysicka (sony.com)

You get what you paid for.

 

"I previously owned and used an HDR-UX7 (DVD HandyCam) which I considered at the time an excellent camera for the money. I never had a major complaint with it. However, after wear and tear, it was time to get a new one. I recently purchased the...

Outstanding Image Quality, Improved Steady Shot, and Improved PMB software

The pricetag is a bit much, and it is a battery hog

Apr, 2009

Consumer review by: negrito (sony.com)

The good and the bad

 

"I have this camera for about one week and tried different recording situations. GREAT image if played back using the HDMI cable or component cable. Focus, I agree, at night it is terrible, I was driving in the dark and just tried to record the cars...

great image quality

GPS time to connect, price, battery life

Mar, 2009

Consumer review by: davidmr52 (sony.com)

Wonderful Camcorder

 

"I have owned this camcorder for about four days now and it is fantastic! The focus is great, pictures are great, features are fantastic! If you have the money, buy one, you won't be sorry!"

Features, this camera rocks

Expensive but worth it

Mar, 2009

Consumer review by: Sloop (sony.com)

More impressive than I thought it would be

 

"I've waited decades to purchase my first camcorder. I am not disappointed. I've owned a DSC H9 camera for a couple of years now, so I am familiar with the SONY proprietary things such as batteries. Some people shy away from that - but not me. I read...

Features out the wazoooo

Price -- but what else is new

Mar, 2009

Product Specifications

Shoot like a pro and record your memories directly to a massive capacity of hard disk drive with the HDR-XR520V Handycam camcorder. This impressive camcorder is capable of recording up to 96 hours of high definition (HD) video in HD LP mode. Equipped with an advanced 1/2.88" Exmor R CMOS sensor, you can capture stunning 1920 x 1080 HD video and 12.1-megapixel still images. Additionally, a built-in GPS receiver helps you keep track of your current location and even remembers where you shot your videos while the professional-quality Sony G lens delivers superior optical performance.

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Surround
Type:Microphone

Battery

Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Manufacturer Battery Name:Sony NP-FH60

Camcorder Features

High Definition Video Support:1080i
Low Lux / Night Mode: Yes
Widescreen Video Capture: Yes

Camera Flash

Type:Built-in flash

Digital Storage Media

Type:Hard disk drive

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:5.3in/5.4in
Height:3in
Weight:1.1lbs/18oz
Width:2.8in

Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:3.2in
Diagonal Size (metric):8.1cm
Display Form Factor:Rotating
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

Shooting Programs:Beach / Candle / Fireworks / Landscape / Portrait mode / Snow / Spotlight / Sunrise / Sunset / Twilight mode/Beach / Fireworks / Landscape / Portrait mode / Snow / Spotlight / Sunrise / Sunset / Twilight mode / Twilight portrait

Header

Manufacturer:Sony
Model:HDR-XR500E/HDR-XR500V
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Sony Handycam

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/1.8-3.4
Max Focal Length:60mm/66mm
Min Focal Length:5.5mm
Optical Zoom:12
Type:Zoom lens

Optical Sensor

Camcorder Effective Still Resolution:6Megapixel
Camcorder Effective Video Resolution:4.15Mpix
Camcorder Sensor Resolution:6.631Mpix
Optical Sensor Size:1/2.88"/1/2.9"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):8.8 mm ( 1/2.88 ) / 8.8 mm ( 1/2.88" )/8.8 mm ( 1/2.9 ) / 8.8 mm ( 1/2.9" )
Optical Sensor Type:Exmor R CMOS
Sensor Qty:1CMOS

Optical System

Built-in Optical Image Stabilizer: Yes
Image Stabilizer:Optical (Steady Shot)

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Digital Scene Transition:Black fader / White fader
Digital Video Format:AVCHD / MPEG-2
Digital Zoom:150
Face Detection: Yes
Media Type:Flash card / Hard disk drive
Shooting Modes:Digital photo mode
Still Image Format:JPEG
Type:Camcorder

Viewfinder

Viewfinder Color Support:Color
Viewfinder Type:Electronic/LCD