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We have collected and analyzed 3 expert reviews and 131 user reviews from international sources. Experts rate this product 67/100 and users rate it 94/100. The average review date is Jun 26, 2010. We have compared these reviews to 369514 reviews from other Camcorders. The alaScore™ for this product is 83/100 = Very good. Last update: Dec 11, 2018.

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Consumer review ( review summary for SONY HDR-CX500


alaTest has collected and analyzed 128 user reviews of SONY HDR-CX500 from The average user rating for this product is 4.7/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on Views about the design and size are overall positive. The image quality and portability also get good comments. There are some mixed reviews about the price, while there are some critical views about the viewfinder.

usability, portability, image quality, size, design


97% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Sony Handycam HDR-CX500V 32 GB Flash High-Definition Camcorder (Black)Sony Handycam HDR-CX500V 32 GB Flash High-Definition Camcorder (Black)

Dec, 2018

Expert review by : Jeremy Stamas (

Sony Handycam HDR-CX500V Camcorder Review


The HDR-CX500V (MSRP $1099) from Sony is a high-end HD camcorder that records to 32GB of internal memory or Memory Stick cards. The camcorder did quite well in our testing, and its compact design is certainly striking, but Sony missed the target with...

Judging solely on performance, the Sony HDR-CX500V (MSRP $1099) is a very good camcorder. It didn't do poorly in any of our tests, although there were times when it performed slightly below average. Still, it is a strong overall camcorder in both...

Oct, 2009

Expert review by : Jeremy Stamas (

Sony HDR-CX500V


Compact design, did well in tests, but missed the mark with control wheel and menu redesign

Solid low light color; Good motion results

Control dial just isn’t great; No manual shutter or aperture controls

Judging solely on performance, the Sony HDR-CX500V (MSRP $1099) is a very good camcorder. It didn’t do poorly in any of our tests, although there were times when it performed slightly below average. Still, it is a strong overall camcorder in both...

Oct, 2009

Expert review by : Chris Jager (

Sony HDR-CX500V Full HD camcorder


A Full HD handycam with three-way optical image stabiliser and built-in GPS

Improved image stabilisation, good video performance, 12-megapixel still image mode

Some features are a bit superfluous, maximum 16Mbps AVCHD bit rate

The Sony HDR-CX500V is a feature-packed Full HD camcorder sporting great image quality. If you're looking for a camcorder with plenty of tricks up its sleeve, you could do a lot worse than the HDR-CX500V.

Jan, 2010

Consumer review (

Sony HDR CX500V Video Camera


I am new into the HD video, but have done a lot of research about it. I recently wanted to get a new video camera, and my primary objective was to get a camera that took good low light video.

Basically, this Camera has surpassed my expectations. It has fabulous low light, great still pics, small and light, great image stabilization, quick startup time, and super easy to use, with plenty of more advanced gadget settings for me to learn to use.

Mar, 2010

Product Specifications

Shoot gorgeous 1920 x 1080 high-definition video and 12.0 mega-pixel still images. The HDR-CX500V 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 adds electronic roll stability for even smoother video capture.

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Surround


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


Color of product:Grey

Dimensions & Weight



Display Diagonal:3

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:32GB


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Sony Handycam

Image Sensor

Optical sensor size:1 / 2.88
Sensor Type:CMOS
Total megapixels:12

Lens System

Digital Zoom:150
Filter size:1.46
Lens Aperture:F/1.8-3.4
Max Focal Length:66mm
Min Focal Length:5.5mm
Optical Zoom:12
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)

Other Features

Lens system:Sony G Lens
Resolution:1920 x 1080

Ports & interfaces

DC-in jack: Yes

Service & Support

Type:90 days warranty


Internal storage capacity:32

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
Shooting Modes:Digital photo mode
Still Image Format:JPEG

Weight & Dimensions