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SONY HDR-CX520

alaTest has collected and analyzed 109 reviews of SONY HDR-CX520. The average rating for this product is 4.3/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. People really like the reliability and size. The image quality and usability are also mentioned favorably. Reviews are divided on the viewfinder. Many are critical about the memory and battery.

portability, usability, image quality, size, reliability

price, durability, zoom, battery, memory

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 86/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review by: (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for SONY HDR-CX520

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 33 user reviews of SONY HDR-CX520 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 4.2/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.com. Views about the size and image quality are overall positive. The usability and price also get good feedback, but there are some less positive reviews about the zoom and durability.

portability, price, usability, image quality, size

durability, zoom

88% 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)

Dec, 2016

Expert review by: Lori Grunin (cnet.com)

Sony HDR-CX5 review:

 

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...

Feb, 2010

Expert review by: Rob Mead (pcworld.com)

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

Nov, 2009

Expert review by: Rob Mead (macworld.com)

Review: Sony Handycam HDR-CX520V HD camcorder

 

China has ordered Google to suspend its foreign Web site search service after warning that the company's filtering of pornography was too weak.

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...

Nov, 2009

Expert review by: Chris Jager (goodgearguide.com.au)

Sony HDR-CX520 HD camcorder

 

A Full HD flash memory camcorder with a three-way optical image stabiliser

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.

Jan, 2010

Expert review by: Chris Jager (pcadvisor.co.uk)

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.

Jan, 2010

Expert review by: (gadgetheaven.co.uk)

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...

May, 2012

Expert review by: electricpig.co.uk (electricpig.co.uk)

Sony HDR-CX520 camcorder review

 

A decent camcorder, but let down by a high price

Great shots, slow mo mode

Expensive, not great in low light

Feb, 2010

Expert review by: (channel5.com)

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...

Feb, 2010

Consumer review by: jclarkistheman (viewpoints.com)

Sony is great ”

 

Having two children under the age of five,  having a high qualitity camcorder is something that i must have.  I dont want some low quality sloppy pictures and video of my children.  i want pictures and video that i am gonna love and wanna look at years...

Feb, 2011

Consumer review by: purvinagar (viewpoints.com)

Sony Camcoder HDR-CX520 : Low price and quality recording ”

 

This  is a one of the best  HD camcorder that also can take high resolution still photos. This camcorder is comes with an HDMI cable, additional battery, 32 GB flash memory, and an attractive camera pouch. You can buy it at local electronic store or...

Jan, 2011

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

HD type:Full HD

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