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SONY HDR-CX520

alaTest has collected and analyzed 112 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviews about the design and size are on the whole positive. The image quality and usability are also mentioned favorably, whereas the features and viewfinder get critical comments.

portability, usability, image quality, size, design

value for money, viewfinder, features

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the SONY HDR-CX520 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 87/100 = Very good quality.

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Amazon.co.uk review summary for SONY HDR-CX520

 

alaTest has collected and analysed 3 user reviews of SONY HDR-CX520 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.

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

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Amazon.com review summary for SONY HDR-CX520

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 29 user reviews of SONY HDR-CX520 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 4.5/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.com.

image quality, usability, portability, size

93% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Sony HDR-CX520V 64GB Flash High Definition Camcorder (Black)Sony HDR-CX520V 64GB Flash High Definition Camcorder (Black)

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Sony HDR-CX520V

 

With a six-month lag behind their hard-drive-based siblings, the HDR-XR500V and HDR-XR520V, the HDR-CX500V and CX520V promised some much-needed interface enhancements over their solid-but-flawed brothers. While I don't think the interface and control...

Compact design; first-rate video quality and performance; geotagging videos is fun, if limited

No SD card support; awkward control layout; no wind filter; no manual shutter speed, iris, or audio controls; expensive

The geotagging capability remains mostly a novelty, but the top-notch video quality of the Sony Handycam HDR-CX500V and HDR-CX520V make them worthy options. Because internal memory is overpriced, the HDR-XR500V is the better deal of the two, though you...

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Sony HDR-CX520V

 

It was hard walking the aisles at CES without tripping over mounds of flash memory camcorders like the Flip. Harder to find were higher-quality “real” camcorders with zoom lenses and much better high-definition (HD) performance. Oh, they were there all...

Compact, lightweight ; Full AVCHD video ; 64GB onboard memory ; 12x optical zoom ; Excellent OIS system and sound

Expensive ; Flash stills fine, poor unless enough light ; LCD should be better ; No electronic viewfinder

Sony’s flash-based HDR-CX520V produces respectable video with cool frills like GPS geotagging, if you can swallow the price tag.

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Sony Handycam HDR-CX520V

 

Good range of features including manual controls ; Good video quality ; Solid build

Geotagging feature didn't work ; Confusing touchscreen menu system ; Odd manual dial location

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Review: Sony Handycam HDR-CX520V HD camcorder

 

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As you’d expect with Sony camcorders, the HDR-CX520V’s build quality is high and it sits comfortably in your hand, giving easy access to its wide zoom toggle and still photo buttons. You’ll find the usual smattering of sockets dotted around the...

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Sony HDR-CX520 HD camcorder

 

The Sony HDR-CX520 is a high-definition, flash memory-based camcorder aimed at both casual users and discerning videophiles.

Improved image stabilisation, 12-megapixel still image mode, impressive range of features

HDR-CX500V offers better value for money

The Sony HDR-CX520 is a feature-packed camcorder that performs impressively across the board. However, if you're not a frequent shooter, you may want to consider the cheaper Sony HDR-CX500V -- it offers all of the same functionality, but with less memory.

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Sony HDR-CX520 review

 

Sony has overhauled the imaging components for its latest suite of camcorders. The new system consists of a three-way optical image stabiliser, a backlit image chip for increased light sensitivity, a six-blade aperture lens and an enlarged 1/2.9in CMOS...

The Sony HDR-CX520 is a feature-packed camcorder that performs impressively across the board. However, if you're not a frequent shooter, you may want to consider the cheaper Sony HDR-CX500V - it offers all of the same functionality, but with less memory.

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Sony HDR-CX520VE Camcorder

 

The Sony HDR-CX520VE is a fantastic camcorder giving great video quality in a small and compact camera. Coming with all the features you would expect from a camcorder of this type and so much more the Sony HDR-CX520VE is a camcorder that is highly...

The screen on the Sony HDR-CX520VE is big and clear allowing you to view your videos and photo easily. The screen is a large LCD 3 inch touchscreen so there is no worry about not being able to see exactly what your taking a video of. If this isn’t...

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Sony HDR-CX520 camcorder review

 

Laying your hands on a Full HD camcorder no longer means weeping as you hand over your entire monthly disposable income in your local gadget den. But the Sony HDR-CX520 harks back to a pricier age, when cammies cost hundreds. So is it worth stumping...

Great shots, slow mo mode

Expensive, not great in low light

A decent camcorder, but let down by a high price

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Sony HDR-CX520

 

Sony's Full HD camcorder, the HDR-CX520, aims for imaging excellence thanks to a top-quality G lens and an Exmor R CMOS sensor. The camcorder can store up to 26 hours of movies on its 64GB internal memory but if you need extra storage you can record to...

Comfortable to hold and use, and capable of rock-solid movie clips, the CX520 is a dependable addition to the ranks of HD camcorders. Videophiles may begrudge the odd absence from the tech specs but otherwise there’s a lot here to really enjoy. Sony...

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Sony HDR-CX520

 

Sony's Full HD camcorder, the HDR-CX520, aims for imaging excellence thanks to a top-quality G lens and an Exmor R CMOS sensor. The camcorder can store up to 26 hours of movies on its 64GB internal memory but if you need extra storage you can record to...

No longer the preserve of the pros, super-smooth slow-motion shots can be yours, too. The CX520 has a high-quality 120fps (frames per second) slow-mo mode, which is fantastic for action shots involving skateboarding, bike jumps, free-running and the like

The much vaunted low-light recording capabilities are OK and may help you out of the odd troublesome spot but there’s still no substitute for either plenty of natural light or a simple lighting-rig to help lift the gloom and ensure healthy-looking shots

Comfortable to hold and use, and capable of rock-solid movie clips, the CX520 is a dependable addition to the ranks of HD camcorders. Videophiles may begrudge the odd absence from the tech specs but otherwise there’s a lot here to really enjoy.

Product Specifications

Capture stunning 1920 x 1080 high-definition video and 12.0 mega-pixel still images. The HDR-CX520V Handycam camcorder is outfitted with a professional-quality Sony G lens and a larger Exmor R CMOS image sensor for superior low-light performance. This fully-loaded camcorder also features GPS capabilities, Face detection with face touch and smile shutter technology. Plus, Optical SteadyShot image stabilization with active mode compensates for greater degrees of camera shake and provides a stunning level of image smoothness while 3-way shake-canceling ads electronic roll stability for even smoother video capture.

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Surround
Microphone Technology:Electret condenser
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 Camera

Supported Flash Memory:Memory Stick Duo / Memory Stick PRO Duo

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:5.2in
Height:2.6in
Weight:13oz
Width:2.6in

Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:3in
Diagonal Size (metric):7.6cm
Display Form Factor:Rotating
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

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

Flash Memory

Form Factor:Integrated
Storage Capacity:64GB

Header

Manufacturer:Sony
Model:HDR-CX520V
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Sony Handycam

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/1.8-3.4
Max Focal Length:60mm
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"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):8.8 mm ( 1/2.88 ) / 8.8 mm ( 1/2.88" )
Optical Sensor Type:Exmor R CMOS
Sensor Qty:1CMOS

Optical System

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

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

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

Viewfinder

Viewfinder Type: None
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