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Sony Handycam HDR-XR500

alaTest has collected and analyzed 194 reviews of Sony Handycam HDR-XR500. 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. Comments about the size and design are overall positive. The portability and image quality are also mentioned favorably, but the memory and battery get critical opinions.

usability, image quality, portability, design, size

price, battery, 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 86/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review ( review summary for Sony Handycam HDR-XR500


alaTest has collected and analyzed 6 user reviews of Sony Handycam HDR-XR500 from 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 People are impressed by the price and design. The portability and image quality also get good feedback, but opinions about the color and usability are mixed.

image quality, portability, design, price

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

Dec, 2020

Consumer review ( review summary for Sony Handycam HDR-XR500


alaTest has collected and analyzed 56 user reviews of Sony Handycam HDR-XR500 from 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 Reviewers really like the design and durability. The image quality and usability also get good views. There are some mixed views about the zoom, while there are some critical comments about the price.

portability, usability, image quality, durability, design


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

Dec, 2020

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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...

May, 2012

Expert review by : Jayesh Limaye (

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

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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

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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


May, 2009

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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