Sony Handycam HDR-CX560V
Manufacturer: Sony Part number: HDRCX560V
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- Average user rating: 4.5 stars out of 4 reviews
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- With its back-illuminated "Exmor R" CMOS sensor, the HDR-CX560V HD Handycam camcorder delivers superb low-light video. Full HD 60p recording capabilities offer incredibly detailed playback of your precious memories. The wide angle Sony G Lens lets you capture more of the action with sharp images and brilliant, accurate colors.
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Amazing Image Quality and Manual Control
by shaheen3 on February 14, 2012
Pros: Manual control and ease of use.
Shoot 24p like the pros
USB built in cable built into camera
Amazing image quality. Comparable to Canon 5D... my opinion
Menu easy to use; features high speed (120fps) not quite at full resolution.
Cons: You can only adjust one option manually at a time (ex. once you adjust exposure, the aperature returns to auto mode)
sony proprietary shoe ontop of camera is annoying but there are plenty of options for mics and lights
Summary: Excellent prosumer model camera at a relatively reasonalbe price. Great for short films, family videos, youtube.Video format is in AVCHD: ...
Updated on Feb 14, 2012
Summary: Excellent prosumer model camera at a relatively reasonalbe price. Great for short films, family videos, youtube.Video format is in AVCHD: edit in its native format within any of the Adobe/Final Cut Video Editing programs.
Updated on Feb 14, 2012
No need for converting formats was a big deal when I was choosing cameras. File sizes are larger but Works well on my 2010 macbook pro AE/Premier.
The CX560V boasts amazing image quality and features.
by barry_jd on October 30, 2011
Pros: 1. A 1/2.8 inch Exmor sensor boasts image quality that tromps many current "professional" models in the Sony line.
2. The ability to copy your files directly to a hard drive without the need for a computer is an excellent feature for the traveling low b
Cons: 1. Piano black plastic? On a thousand dollar model? No viewfinder? C'mon Sony.
2. Did I mention no viewfinder?
3. The touchscreen is smaller than the CX550V - BOO!
Summary: Coming from the HDR-UX1, the CX560V "feels" a bit generic and toy-like. The shiny "Piano Black" plastic finish is identical to the entry-level Handycams which start at 1/3rd of ...
Summary: Coming from the HDR-UX1, the CX560V "feels" a bit generic and toy-like. The shiny "Piano Black" plastic finish is identical to the entry-level Handycams which start at 1/3rd of the price of the CX560V. I feel like the least Sony could have done was to have kept the viewfinder (This was included in its predecessor, the CX550V - and many enjoy this essential that gives any upper level consumer camcorder a professional touch. The lack of the EVF combined with the shiny black plastic casing are hard to swallow when you spend about a grand on a camcorder. Hopefully the tight builld quality will hold together over the years.
The saving grace for this model is that the image quality is indeed stunning and the natural evolution of the Handycam line has touched this model which now includes native 24p and 60p framerate choices.
If you want the Yoda "size matters not" of the current Handycam lineup - and image quality matters to you the CX560V is the way to go. The larger sensor on the two upper consumer models makes a HUGE difference in comparison to several Hadycam models below the $900 mark.
Please don't let my cynical point of view get in the way of your making the CX560V yours. Just realize that you will be getting a sophisticate mini version that just touches the fence on the pro models.
Just know that you are gonna pay $1000 for a piano black toy that houses an miraculous collection of features and video quality. After all its the movies you make that count in the end right? If you wanna challenge the IQ of Sony's pro line cams for a fraction of the price - I say go for it!
easy to use with superior video quality results
by robert_t1 on July 2, 2011
Pros: excellent video quality
image capability is cool feature
Cons: proprietary show mic. Need to buy 3rd party adapter if you want to use a mic other than sony
Top notch HD Camcorder
by gte864f on March 30, 2011
Pros: Video Quality, Optical Steadyshot, Compact size, Color interface, Video recording options
Cons: Touch screen can be unresponsive at times, GPS tagging depends on signal strength, the even browser is not all that great.
Summary: I want to start off by saying this is an excellent camcorder. I absolutely love the video and audio quality that is produced. The setup is pretty straight forward but ...
Summary: I want to start off by saying this is an excellent camcorder. I absolutely love the video and audio quality that is produced. The setup is pretty straight forward but I find myself referring to the manual when I want to do special things like change the scene. It's supposed to do this automatically but I have yet to see my device change its setting from default automatically. The software guys did an excellent job with separating out all of the different functions. You can almost get away without ever using the user manual if you just want to do simple things. I am also very impressed with the Optical steadyshot feature. If you're going to be walking around or recording a live sporting game then this is a must have feature.
A few of the things I didn't like about this camcorder is that sometimes the touch screen can be unresponsive at time. I find myself pushing the same button a few times before the camcorder register it. This is not a major concern but it does happen from time to time. When shooting in very low light situations, I was not impressed with the Back-illuminated "Exmor R" CMOS sensor. Maybe I was expecting to capture footage beyond 8 feet but it works great if your subject is less than 8 feet away. I'm new to the camcorder world so maybe 8 feet is excellent. I don't know.
A word of caution for Mac users, you will be hard pressed using this device. As you know, the CD that comes with this camcorder is not compatible with a Mac. Furthermore, the certain video formats is not compatible with imovie either. You would need another program to convert these files if you want to use/view them in imovie. However, this is such an excellent camcorder that overcoming these drawbacks is well worth the superior video footage you get.
Overall, this is a top notch product. Anyone wanting to record their own events would be happy with this device. Items that I wish were included would be a Mini HDMI cable. Without this cable you will be forced to use the component video for playback on HDTV sets. If recording in 24p is not something you really need, then I would suggest going with the HDR-CX550
- Manufacturer: Sony
- Part number: HDRCX560V
- Description: With its back-illuminated "Exmor R" CMOS sensor, the HDR-CX560V HD Handycam camcorder delivers superb low-light video. Full HD 60p recording capabilities offer incredibly detailed playback of your precious memories. The wide angle Sony G Lens lets you capture more of the action with sharp images and brilliant, accurate colors.
- Packaged Quantity 1
- Product Type Camcorder - 1080p
- Camcorder Sensor Resolution 6.65 megapixels
- Effective Video Resolution 6.14 megapixels
- Digital Zoom 120 x
- Effective Photo Resolution 6.14 megapixels
- Camcorder Interpolated Photo Resolution 12.3 megapixels
- Camcorder Media Type Flash card
- Optical Sensor Size 1/2.88"
- Optical Sensor Type Exmor R CMOS
- Min Illumination 0 lux
- Analog video format NTSC
- Digital Video Format MPEG-2,
- Image Stabilizer Optical (Steady Shot with Active Mode)
- Digital Scene Transition White fader,
- Min Shutter Speed 1/8 sec
- Image Processor BIONZ
- Max Shutter Speed 1/10000 sec
- Shooting modes Digital photo mode
- Shooting Programs Snow,
- White Balance Automatic,
- White Balance Presets Outdoor,
- Exposure Modes Program,
- Exposure Metering Multi-segment,
- Camera Flash Built-in flash
- Image Recording Format JPEG
- Flash Modes Fill-in mode,
Flash OFF mode
- Features AF illuminator
- Widescreen Video Capture Yes
- AV Interfaces S-Video,
- Type 10 x x Zoom lens - 3.8 mm - 38 mm - F/1.8-3.4
- Lens aperture F/1.8-3.4
- Features Built-in lens shield
- Optical Zoom 10 x
- Lens system type Zoom lens
- Min focal length 3.8 mm
- Max focal length 38 mm
- Auto Focus TTL contrast detection
- Filter Size 37 mm
- Focal Length Equivalent to 35mm Camera 26.3 - 263 mm
- Focus Adjustment Manual,
- Min Focus Range 0.4 in
- Zoom Adjustment Motorized drive
- Self Timer Delay 10 sec
- Low Lux / Night Mode Yes
- Additional Features Intelligent AUTO (iAUTO),
Display brightness control,
Dolby Digital Stereo Creator,
Auto Backlight Compensation,
Smile Detection technology,
Dolby Digital 5.1 channel recording,
Exif Print support,
Golf Shot function,
Built-in GPS ,
Accessories hot shoe ,
Auto power save,
Digital noise reduction,
Dolby Digital AC-3 (2 channel) recording,
25p Cinema Mode,
Dynamic Range Optimizer,
Built-in stereo speakers,
Takes photos while movie recording,
USB 2.0 compatibility
- Remote control Remote control - Infrared
- Software Drivers & Utilities,
Sony Picture Motion Browser
- Included Accessories Component video / audio cable,
IR remote control,
Audio / video cable
- Effective Flash Range 1 ft - 5 ft
- Viewfinder Type None
- Type 3 in LCD display
- Connector Type 1 x Composite video/audio output,
1 x Hi-Speed USB,
1 x Component video output,
1 x HDMI output,
1 x S-Video output,
1 x Microphone,
1 x Headphones,
1 x Remote control
- Microphone Features Wind noise reduction,
Memory / Storage
- Media type Flash card
- Memory Card Slot SD card,
Memory Stick PRO Duo card
- Supported Memory Cards SD Memory Card
- Internal Storage 64 GB Flash
- Included Memory Card 64 GB
- Image Storage JPEG 4672 x 2628,
JPEG 3504 x 2628,
JPEG 3072 x 1728,
JPEG 640 x 480
- Video Capture AVCHD - 1920 x 1080 - 28Mbps,
AVCHD - 1920 x 1080 - 24Mbps,
AVCHD - 1920 x 1080 - 17Mbps,
AVCHD - 1440 x 1080 - 9Mbps,
AVCHD - 1440 x 1080 - 5Mbps,
MPEG-2 - 720 x 480 - 9Mbps
- Video Recording Modes LP,
System Requirements for PC Connection
- Operating System Support MS Windows XP SP3,
MS Windows 7,
MS Windows Vista
- Peripheral Devices USB port,
- Microsoft Certifications Compatible with Windows 7
- Supported Battery Sony NP-FV50
- Supported Battery 1 x Li-ion rechargeable battery - 1030 mAh ( Included )
- Audio input type Microphone
- Microphone type Built-in
- Microphone Operation Mode Surround
- Service & Support 1 year warranty
- Service & Support Details Limited warranty - Parts - 1 year,
Limited warranty - Labor - 90 days
- Min Operating Temperature 32 °F
- Max Operating Temperature 104 °F
Viewfinder / Display
- Display Features Rotating
- Width 2.4 in
- Depth 5.3 in
- Height 2.6 in
- Weight 13.6 oz
- Sony LCE X3TH - case for camcorder (34881135)344.95
- Sony SPK HCH - marine case for camcorder (35266605)299.00 - 299.99
- Porta-Brace Rain Slicker RS-55 - rain jacket for camcorder (31059775)239.84 - 242.17
- Canon HC 4100 - hard case for camcorder (30584700)239.95 - 256.30
- JVC KA-551U tripod adapter (32090695)295.00
- KATA PRO Video Collection CCC-10-A - carrying bag for camcorder (34400943)325.00
- KATA PRO Video Collection CCC-1A - case for camcorder (34931653)299.00
- Panasonic AG-HT30G - hard case for camcorder (30964047)270.34
- Panasonic P2HD-CASE - carrying bag for camcorder (33921985)363.95
- Porta-Brace Polar Bear Insulated Case POL-3 - case for camcorder (31030134)381.05 - 406.01