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Sony Handycam HDR-CX505VE

alaTest has collected and analyzed 45 reviews of Sony Handycam HDR-CX505VE. The average rating for this product is 4.5/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. People are impressed by the zoom and reliability. The image quality and usability are also appreciated. Some have doubts about the viewfinder and battery. There are some mixed opinions about the memory.

portability, usability, image quality, reliability, zoom

price, battery, viewfinder

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Sony Handycam HDR-CX505VE is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 84/100 = Very good quality.

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Review analysis

(Based on 45 reviews)

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Expert review by: James Morris (

Sony HDR-CX505VE


The HDR-CX505VE shoots great video, has Sony's usual sturdy build, and is fairly compact.

The HDR-CX505VE shoots great video, has Sony’s usual sturdy build, and is fairly compact for a camcorder offering this level of image quality. For point-and-shoot users looking to achieve good results without much fuss, it’s a tempting proposition....

Jan, 2010

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Sony HDR-CX505VE Camcorder


The CX505 comes with the latest technology including the Exmor R™ CMOS Sensor technologies that is twice as sensitive as other sensors that camcorders have giving even better quality video even when you are in low light conditions, if your making video...

It’s well worth mentioning that the Sony HDR-CX505VE comes with a large three inch LCD touchscreen which allows you to see and edit your photos with ease right there on your camcorder. With 9.4 hours charge life on the battery this is 1 more less...

May, 2012

Consumer review by: Simon (

Sony Handycam HDR-CX505VE


Great low light performance ; Accurate focus lock in mediocre light conditions ; Rock steady image stabilization

Lens no wider than 35mm ; Have to use Pro Duo cards if you run out of internal space. Later models now support SD at last ; Fairly expensive

Apr, 2010

Consumer review by: asad (

Sony Handycam HDR-CX505VE


picture quality is great and the smile shooter, light weight ,zoom is great

the camera was expensive

Apr, 2010

Consumer review by: Reyaz (

Sony Handycam HDR-CX505VE


HD quality video is brilliant ; Smile shutter works a treat

battery life could be longer ; accesories not included - need to provide carry case

Mar, 2010

Consumer review by: John (

Sony Handycam HDR-CX505VE


Light, clear screen, excellent image quality

No headphone socket makes recording voices a little haphazard ; SD movies hide HD movies when trying to transfer from camera to Computer ; No Apple OS/10 support on the software supplied with the camera ; No printed documentation means you must have a...

Jan, 2010

Consumer review by: ian (

Sony Handycam HDR-CX505VE


easy to download images. Good quality video

switching between video and camera. Not having too much success with the automatic photo facility

Jan, 2010

Consumer review by: Peter (

Sony Handycam HDR-CX505VE


No HDD! They are heavy (relatively) and are soon to be totally obsolete! Cards are big and cheap and should also provide better reliability and backup. Very quick transfer to PC (and presumably other platforms). Full of customisable options. Sony is...

Nothing is perfect (or shouldand the battery life seems very low but that is comparing it to my previous camcorder (Sony Hi8!). I am sure this is due to the touch screen - which I do not like!!! However, all camcorders are now the same and there is no...

Jan, 2010

Consumer review by: james (

Sony Handycam HDR-CX505VE


Amazing quality i love it

cannot think of any

Dec, 2009

Consumer review by: Rod (

Sony Handycam HDR-CX505VE


HD Good stills steady shot, large recording time dual memory usage

no viewfinder

Dec, 2009

Product Specifications


3 Chip Technic: No
Chip Type:CMOS
Image Stabiliser:Optical Image Stabiliser
Sensor Size:1/2.9''


Digital Input: No
Firewire IEEE-1394 Interface: No
Type of Memory Stick Interface :MS Duo / Pro Duo
Type of SD Card Interface : No
USB: Yes
USB Interface: Yes
WiFi Connectivity: No
Wireless Interface: No

General Features

3D: No
Format:Flash + Memory Card
Handheld Position:Horizontal
Product Type:Camcorder
Resolution:Full HD


Longest Shutter Speed in s:1/6
Shortest Shutter Speed in s:1/1000


HD Video Format:AVCHD
Recording Format:16:9 / 4:3