Manufacturer: Sony Part number: HDR-CX500V
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- 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.
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CNET editors' review
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- Reviewed by: Lori Grunin
- Reviewed on: 02/24/2010
- Released on: 09/01/2009
The good: Compact design; first-rate video quality and performance; geotagging videos is fun, if limited.
The bad: No SD card support; awkward control layout; no wind filter; no manual shutter speed, iris, or audio controls; expensive.
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.
Excellant Low Light Cam
by Jeffw915 on September 22, 2009
Pros: Excellant Low Light
Great Image Stabilization
Great Still Pics
Cons: None as of Yet
Summary: --To begin, I am new into the HD video, but am a techie and have done a lot of research. My primary objective was to get a camera that took ...
Summary: --To begin, I am new into the HD video, but am a techie and have done a lot of research. My primary objective was to get a camera that took good low light video, so video in my living room with the kids with normal evening lighting looked good. Also important to me was ease of use so my wife can easily grab it and catch the kids and also a small size for ease of carrying to Disney and such.
--After doing a lot of research, I initially bought the Panasonic HDC-HS250. One of the popular camcoder web sites claim the new Panasonic cameras with 3 sensors to be the best low light cameras.
--Well, I had nothing to compare it against, but I was VERY disappointed in the video taken in my living room with normal incandesant lighting with this Panasonic. I spent about 1 week learning all the camera settings, and no mode or setting improved the low light video. It was fuzzy and grainy with washed out color. Based on the reviews of this CAM being so good at low light, I was beginning to wonder if I just had my expectations to high for this technology, and this was about as good as you get in this range of camera.
--I was about ready to settle for this camera, and then this past Sunday I had family in town. After dinner I took a lot of video in the living room of the family. Apon playing it back I was just disgusted in the quality. I then saw the Sunday add for Best Buy which had this new Sony camera which claimed 2X better low light. I searched the internet for reviews, only finding initial reviews with no actual tests since the camera was so new.
--I decided to buy the Sony and compare it to the Panasonic. It still wasn?t dark but I took some video and pictures and toyed around with the menu system (I am a man so of course I didn?t read the manual!). I found the menu system easy to navigate, with nothing terribly hidden or buried in layers to access. There are some features that I found I will need to read up on, and the MY CAMERA feature very confusing, but I suspect will be very useful after I read up on it and learn how to use it.
--I hooked the camera to the HDMI of my 720P TV and was just FLOORED with the quality of the images and video! This is the feeling I hoped to have when I first watched the video from the Panasonic that I never had.
--OK, so it is around 7pm, still light out but no direct sun in the house. I have big windows so this presents a tricky backlighting issue for most cameras. The video and picture from this Sony were just a true as life. The camera handled the tricky lighting automatically with no manual backlighting adjustments. I couldn?t wait for dark to test the low light but I was really confident that I had a winner here.
--While waiting for dark I test the still pics in both video mode and normal camera mode. The pics were FAR superior to the other camera. I just bought a Nikon D5000 SLR, so I have pretty high standards for my pics now, and this camera takes very good pics in either mode. I am not sure if it has a faster shutter mode (probably is) because the pics were a little subject to blurring from movement, but over all they were as good or better then my old Cannon S45 5 MP camera that took some darn good pics.
--I was beginning to wonder what the reviewers meant by low light in their reviews. They had all types of fancy tests and terms which I am sure are good BUT please just tell me how the video in my living room at night will look with normal lighting! ! ! ! !
--So let me tell you this, this camera capture video in low light as good or better them my normal sight. The video of my daughter playing looked exactly like it did for real in that kind of lighting setting, all without setting a thing. Then there is LOWLUX mode should you need it which takes two taps to set while recording (I think this takes the camera from 60 frames to 30 frames and probably something else too). This setting is for extreme low light and works wonderfully. I even went into the girls room after they were sleeping. The only light was from the hallway light coming threw the doorway. My one daughter was camping in her sisters princess bunk which had hardly any light and I almost didn?t even see her there. I videoed her in auto mode and then turned on LOWLUX. It was amazing, I could see better through the camera than with my own eyes. When I played the video back I was surprised to see the my girl fell a sleep with her IPOD headphones on, which I couldn?t even see with my own eyes.
--I can also add that Sony has a new 3 way image stabilization technology in this CAM. I did a few zoom tests before it got dark and I can tell you that it also works FAR better than the other CAM.
--So in closing, this Camera has FAR surpassed my expectations. It has fabulous low light, great still pics, small and light, great image stabilization, VERY quick startup time, and super easy to use for my wife, with plenty of more advanced gadget settings for me to learn to use.
9 out of 9 users found this user opinion helpful.
Great video but dropped the ball on audio
by nnangeroni on November 4, 2009
Pros: Awesome video, compact, high quality
Cons: No mic in or phones out
Summary: Absence of mic in and headphones out (please amend your review, CNET!) is a show-stopper for me. Audio quality is key to good video, and this camera ignores that. Otherwise, ...
Summary: Absence of mic in and headphones out (please amend your review, CNET!) is a show-stopper for me. Audio quality is key to good video, and this camera ignores that. Otherwise, it's another fine Sony product.
1 out of 1 users found this user opinion helpful.
Best sub 1,000 dollar Camcorder CX500v
by videolady1960 on March 28, 2010
Pros: Best video, best low light performance, lest amount of artifacts, best shake correction, dead on focus even in low light.
Cons: NONE, but maybe a wish list of things that could be optimized.
Summary: I shot side by side video with many Camon's HF 200, HF s10 and other Sony non-Exmor R. This camera don't just do better it smokes them in ...
Summary: I shot side by side video with many Camon's HF 200, HF s10 and other Sony non-Exmor R. This camera don't just do better it smokes them in low light. Despite some reviews I have seen this CX500v has the highest resolving power compared to the others. People say it don't have TV or AV mode and it does not. But you do not need them! I could not get the Canon to even perform as good using the TV or AV modes.
Super "family" camcorder.
by YQT_CANADA on December 5, 2009
Pros: - Great low light.
- Compact size.
- Fast start up.
-12 megapixel still
Cons: - HDMI cable not included
Summary: Great camera. Love the super fast load. Compact and comfortable to hold. Great HD camera anyone in the family can pick up and use. Should have come with a HDMI ...
Summary: Great camera. Love the super fast load. Compact and comfortable to hold. Great HD camera anyone in the family can pick up and use. Should have come with a HDMI cable when your spending this kinda money for a camcorder.
Awesome camcorder! Beats out Canon by a mile!
by mattliptak on December 15, 2009
Pros: Easy to use and sophisticated with all the bells and whistles. Compact/small and picture/images and touch display is amazing.
Cons: GPS is useless and a waste. Buttons are a little funky to reach and in weird places
Summary: If you are going to buy a camcorder, why cheap out and by a piece of garbage? This camcorder blows all the Canon's I looked away and has such ...
Summary: If you are going to buy a camcorder, why cheap out and by a piece of garbage? This camcorder blows all the Canon's I looked away and has such sophisticated components and a crystal clear image that it is well worth spending the extra dough on. I even got a sweet deal through Sony Style, I traded in my old Canon Elura and got 100 bucks toward this, plus they put together a nice package with a 2 year warranty included and gave me 20% off a DVD compatible recorder. If you want to film home videos, Sony is the way to go. Canon is only good for photo cameras!!
1 out of 3 users found this user opinion helpful.
- Manufacturer: Sony
- Part number: HDR-CX500V
- Description: The HDR-CX500V employs an advanced "Exmor R" CMOS sensor for excellent low light, 1920 x 1080 high definition video and 12 megapixel still images all to 32GB of internal flash memory. In addition, a built-in GPS receiver Geo-tags your videos and photos.
- Packaged Quantity 1
- Product Type Camcorder - 1080i
- Camcorder Sensor Resolution 6.631 megapixels
- Effective Video Resolution 4.15 megapixels
- Digital Zoom 150 x
- Effective Photo Resolution 6 megapixels
- Camcorder Interpolated Photo Resolution 12 megapixels
- Effective Sensor Resolution 12 megapixels
- Camcorder Media Type Flash card
- Optical Sensor Size 1/2.88"
- Optical Sensor Type Exmor R CMOS
- Min Illumination 3 lux
- Analog video format NTSC
- Digital Video Format MPEG-2,
- Image Stabilizer Optical (Steady Shot)
- Digital Scene Transition White fader,
- Min Shutter Speed 1/8 sec
- Max Shutter Speed 1/725 sec
- Slow shutter modes 1/30 sec
- Shooting modes Digital photo mode
- Shooting Programs Snow,
- Exposure Modes Program,
- Camera Flash Built-in flash
- Image Recording Format JPEG
- Widescreen Video Capture Yes
- AV Interfaces S-Video,
- Type 12 x x Zoom lens - 5.5 mm - 66 mm - F/1.8-3.4
- Lens aperture F/1.8-3.4
- Features Built-in lens shield
- Optical Zoom 12 x
- Lens system type Zoom lens
- Min focal length 5.5 mm
- Max focal length 66 mm
- Filter Size 37 mm
- Focus Adjustment Manual,
- Zoom Adjustment Motorized drive
- Built-in Light Yes
- Low Lux / Night Mode Yes
- Additional Features Built-in GPS ,
Accessories hot shoe ,
Smile Detection Auto Shutter,
Dynamic Range Optimizer,
USB 2.0 compatibility,
Dolby Digital 5.1 channel recording
- Remote control Remote control - Infrared
- Software Drivers & Utilities,
Sony Picture Motion Browser
- Included Accessories IR remote control,
Audio / video cable
- Type 3 in LCD display
- Connector Type 1,
1 x Composite video/audio output,
1 x USB,
1 x Component video output,
1 x HDMI output,
1 x S-Video output,
- Microphone Features Zoom
Memory / Storage
- Media type Flash card
- Memory Card Slot Memory Stick PRO Duo card
- Internal Storage 32 GB Flash
- Included Memory Card 32 GB
- Video Recording Modes HQ,
System Requirements for PC Connection
- Operating System Support MS Windows XP,
MS Windows 2000,
MS Windows Vista
- Peripheral Devices USB port,
- Supported Battery Sony NP-FH60
- Supported Battery 1 x Sony NP-FH60 Li-ion rechargeable battery ( Included )
- Audio input type Microphone
- Microphone type Built-in
- Microphone Operation Mode Surround
- Service & Support 90 days warranty
- Service & Support Details Limited warranty - Parts and labor - 90 days,
Limited warranty - Parts - 1 year
- Battery type - Lithium ion
Viewfinder / Display
- Display Features Rotating
- Resolution 230,000 pixels
- Width 2.4 in
- Depth 5.2 in
- Height 2.6 in
- Weight 13 oz
Specs: Exmor R CMOS,
12 x x Zoom lens - 5.5 mm - 66 mm - F/1.8-3.4,
Sony Handycam HDR-CX500V - Camcorder - Flash card,
Specs: Exmor R CMOS,
12 x x Zoom lens - 5.5 mm - 60 mm - F/1.8-3.4,
Sony Handycam HDR-CX520V - Camcorder - Flash card
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