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Sony Handycam HDR-XR500

alaTest has collected and analyzed 248 reviews from magazines and websites. People really like the battery and design. The image quality and portability are also mentioned favorably, but some have doubts about the connectivity and build quality.

usability, portability, image quality, design, battery

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

 

alaTest has collected and analysed 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 4.1/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.co.uk.

image quality, color, design, value for money

usability

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

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Amazon.com review summary for Sony Handycam HDR-XR500

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 68 user reviews of Sony Handycam HDR-XR500 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 4.4/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.com.

portability, usability, value for money, design, image quality

build quality

93% 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 Def Camcorder w/12 MP & 12x Optical ZoomSony HDR-XR500V 120GB HDD High Definition Camcorder w/12x Optical Zoom

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Sony Handycam HDR-XR500VE: geniale Videos, hakeliges Interface

 

'Mit der HDR-XR500-Serie bringt Sony die interessantesten Camcorder dieses Jahres auf den Markt. Die AVCHD-Modelle XR500 und XR520 unterscheiden sich lediglich durch ihre Speicherkapazit\xe4t. Beide bringen den gut funktionierenden...

'herausragende Videoqualit\xe4t, Geotagging-Funktion, ausgezeichneter Bildstabilisator'

'nerviges Men\xfc, wenig manuelle Einstellungen, kein Windfilter, unhandlich und teuer'

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Sony Handycam HDR-XR500V

 

In what's probably the most interesting development in consumer camcorders thus far in 2009, Sony serves up the Handycam HDR-XR500 series, a pair of hard-disk-based AVCHD camcorders that integrate the dual firsts of built-in GPS and a new Exmor-R...

First-rate video quality and performance; geotagging videos is fun, if limited

Annoying menu system; no wind filter; no manual shutter-speed, iris, or audio controls; relatively big and heavy; expensive

Though their geotagging capabilities are mostly novelty and their interfaces could use a complete overhaul, the top-notch video quality, performance, and consumer-friendly feature sets of the Sony Handycam HDR-XR500V and HDR-XR520V make them worthy...

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Sony HDR-XR500V

 

Have tape- and DVD-based camcorders gone the way of the VCR and the cassette Walkman? It sure looks that way, as we're pretty hard-pressed to find a super cool model featuring those media types. And how do you beat something like Sony's high-def...

120GB AVCHD camcorder with built-in GPS; 6MP CMOS imager

Heavy ; expensive; weak stills

This is heavy-duty firepower geared for someone very serious about home videos.

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Sony Handycam HDR-XR500VE review

 

Despite the fact that its geotagging capabilities are mostly a novelty and its interface could use a complete revamp, the Sony Handycam HDR-XR500VE's top-notch video quality, performance and consumer-friendly feature set make it a worthy camcorder...

Excellent video quality and performance ; Geotagging videos is fun

Irritating menu system ; No wind filter ; No manual shutter-speed, iris or audio controls ; Relatively big and heavy ; Pricy

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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...

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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

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"great video quality"

 

i like the video quality i can take images while recording video which is a nice feature, i am a novice and this works great for me.

touch screen menu could be better

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great video quality

 

i like the video quality i can take images while recording video which is a nice feature, i am a novice and this works great for me

touch screen menu could be better

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"Great Video Cam"

 

You will will be very happy if you get this. 

The Greatest Cam I've ever owned, Low light is great, Sound is Great, While shooting anyone smiles the cam takes a picture

Nothing, I like every thing about this Cam

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"Great Video Cam"

 

You will will be very happy if you get this.

The Greatest Cam I've ever owned, Low light is great, Sound is Great, While shooting anyone smiles the cam takes a picture.

Nothing, I like every thing about this Cam

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
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