Sony HDR-CX500V comparison

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Canon Vixia HF G10 (Black)

Canon Vixia HF G10 (Black)
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Canon Vixia HV30

Canon Vixia HV30
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Price $1,040 at 1 store $239 at 1 store $1,403 at 1 store $868 at 1 store $1,399 at 1 store
CNET editors' rating
3.5 stars Very good
    Overall score: 7.6 (3.5 stars)
3.0 stars Good
    Overall score: 6.8 (3.0 stars)
4.0 stars Excellent
    Overall score: 8.3 (4.0 stars)
4.0 stars Excellent
    Overall score: 8.0 (4.0 stars)
3.5 stars Very good
    Overall score: 7.9 (3.5 stars)
Average user rating 4.5 stars out of 5 reviews 4.0 stars out of 9 reviews 5.0 stars out of 2 reviews 4.0 stars out of 21 reviews 3.5 stars out of 10 reviews
Release date September 01, 2009 March 15, 2011 March 15, 2011 March 01, 2008 March 15, 2010
The Bottom Line 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 may want to opt for a 2010 model that supports SD cards rather than Sony's Memory Stick. Typical for their price class, the no-frills Sony Handycam HDR-CX130, CX160, and XR160 produce generally subpar HD video, but if you're not picky you'll probably be fine. The CX130 is the best buy of the three, as long as you go cheap on the memory card. While it's got a great shooter feature set and good video quality, the Canon Vixia HF G10 still feels a bit expensive for what it offers. An extremely minor upgrade from the HV20, the Canon Vixia HV30 remains a quality HDV camcorder with a couple of performance issues. The Sony Handycam HDR-CX550V fares well compared with the competition, though its video could be a bit sharper and the interface less cumbersome. Unless you absolutely need to store a lot of video on the camcorder--which I don't suggest--or if have large hands that could benefit from the extra grip that the hard drive provides, the CX550V is a better deal than its hard-disk-based sibling.

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Lens aperture F/1.8-3.4
F/1.8-3.4
F/1.8-2.8
F/1.8-3.0
F/1.8-3.4
Flash type Built-in flash
Info unavailable Info unavailable Built-in flash
Built-in flash
Media type Flash card
Flash card
Flash card
Mini DV (HDV)
Flash card
Optical zoom 12 x
30 x
10 x
10 x
10 x
Optical sensor type Exmor R CMOS
Exmor R CMOS
HD CMOS Pro
CMOS
Exmor R CMOS
Video input type Camcorder
Camcorder
Camcorder
Camcorder
Camcorder
Digital zoom 150 x
350 x
200 x
200 x
120 x
Battery technology Lithium ion
Info unavailable Info unavailable Info unavailable Lithium ion
Weight 13 oz
8.8 oz
19.2 oz
1.2 lbs
15.5 oz
Image stabilizer Optical (Steady Shot)
Optical (Steady Shot with Active Mode)
Optical (Dynamic SuperRange)
Optical (SuperRange)
Optical (Steady Shot with Active Mode)
Manual focus Manual
Automatic
Manual
Automatic
Manual
Automatic
Manual
Automatic
Manual
Automatic
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