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Sony HDR-CX560V High Definition Handycam Camcorder (Black)

Sony HDR-CX560V High Definition Handycam Camcorder (Black)
Sony HDR-CX560V High Definition Handycam Camcorder (Black)

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Sony HDR-CX560V High Definition Handycam Camcorder (Black)

Sony HDR-CX560V High Definition Handycam Camcorder (Black)

With its back-illuminated “Exmor R” CMOS sensor, the HDR-CX560V HD Handycam Camcorder delivers superior low-light video. Full HD 60p/24p 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. Also equipped with 64GB embedded Flash memory, you can record and store up to 26 hours of high-definition video footage (HD LP mode). A vibrant 3.0″ touch-screen display lets you compose and view your shots while a built-in GPS receiver gives you the ability to view your current location on the LCD map display, as well as “tag” your shooting locations. FEATURES: 1920×1080 Full HD 60p Recording w/12MP still image capture – The Sony HDR-CX560V offers 1920 x 1080 high definition resolution letting you record your memories in exceptional Full High Definition quality. Capable of 60p recording and playback via HDMI and compatible HDTV providing stunning clari

  • 1920×1080 Full HD 60p Recording w/12MP still image
  • 64GB Flash Memory for up to 26 hours of recording
  • Assignable Dial (Iris/Shutter/Exposure/WB/Focus)
  • CinemaTone presets and 24p recording for cinematic quality video
  • Wide Angle G lens (26.3mm) to capture everything you want

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  1. 92 of 94 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    CLOSING IN ON MINI DV TECHNOLOGY, September 21, 2011
    Anton Tobias (The vast cornfields of the Midwest) –
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    My initial impression of the Sony HDR-CX560V wasn’t satisfying. Upon opening the factory sealed Sony Handycam box I was met with a small, plastic, piano black camcorder. Funny how it looked so much heftier on websites. Coming from the line of Sony MiniDV camcorders I’ve shot on for over a decade this lightweight contraption I held in my hands looked & felt more like a toy than a high end Sony Handycam. Perhaps it was a mistake to sell off one of my older MiniDV camcorders in favor of this new flash-based model. Maybe I had let consumer marketing mislead me about the new line of HD camcorders. At least that’s what I thought…before using it.

    For anyone even somewhat interested in camcorders & video editing software it’s inevitable to catch wind of the ongoing battle against flash memory & MiniDV. Since its arrival in 1995 the DV format has proven itself reliable among both novices & professionals in the video scene. Although long rumored to capture video in an uncompressed format, MiniDV is actually compressed using DCT compression. This is a lossy compression algorithm a la MPEG-2 at a bit rate of 35 Mbit/s. That 35 Mbit/s is comprised of about 25 Mbit/s for video, 1.5 Mbit/s for audio and 8.5 Mbit/s for error correction. This still makes for a very powerful master copy which proves very convenient in post production editing. This combined with the dependability of a sixteen year track record makes MiniDV quite the heavyweight.

    Taking all this into consideration it’s important to note that Sony no longer develops MiniDV Handycam camcorders. Perhaps this subtle hint is an early warning sign for the potential fate of MiniDV technology altogether? Regardless, the argument at this point in time is compression issues with flash-memory camcorders. Are the bitrates as high as MiniDV? How many Mbit/s do they use? Are the AVCHD files as hard to work with in editing as reported? Well, let’s take one thing at a time.

    Flash-based camcorders have made a quantum leap from where they were just a few short years ago. I think we can all agree DVD & HDD camcorders were a bad idea, fading from the scene almost completely. However flash-memory camcorders have not only stuck around, they’ve evolved considerably. One doesn’t have to look far to witness what is quickly becoming an electronic epidemic. Flash-based camcorders are everywhere & spreading. The technology is in iPods, smartphones, pocket camcorders, racing cams and even key chains. But popularity doesn’t always mean better quality. In all honesty it often times just means hype. This is not the case with the Sony HDR-CX560V, however. After getting past the overall plastic feel of the unit I was impressed with it’s performance.

    No, the Mbit/s on this model aren’t as high as MiniDV. As mentioned earlier MiniDV uses a total of 35 Mbit/s 25 of which are dedicated to video. The HDR-CX560V uses a maximum of 28mbps on the 60p setting. After shooting an hour long sunset (see attached video) on this recording level I accumulated an AVCHD file of just under 12GB. For those wondering the MiniDV footage I’ve used over the years would be anywhere between 10 to 15GBs per hour upon uploading to my computer. As you can see the Sony HDR-CX560V is literally neck & neck with MiniDV footage in terms of megabytes. Quite impressive. Even after the footage was rendered three times & sped up to compensate for time the video still looks decent (as demonstrated in the attached video).

    It should be noted, however, AVCHD files recorded at 60p have no real output source other than viewing on a PC. At the current time Blu-Ray & even AVCHD discs themselves don’t support the 1080 60p files. What does this mean in plain English? Basically if you’re planning on burning a Blu-Ray disc with 60p files you’ll have to render them down first. Using Sony Vegas Pro 10 I have no trouble importing these files then rendering them onto Blu-Ray in 60i. I then save the original 60p file to an external hard drive for an optimal master copy. Of course the CX560V gives you the option to shoot in several different modes. These include:

    - FX Mode: Approx. 24Mbps (1920×1080)
    - FH Mode: Approx. 17Mbps (1920×1080)
    - HQ Mode: Approx. 9Mbps 1440×1080)
    - LP Mode: Approx. 5Mbps (1440×1080)
    - STD HQ Mode: 9Mbps (720×480)

    The Sony HDR-CX560V also gives you the option of shooting in 24p (to replicate film) with a 1920×1080 pixel ratio. I’ve played with this option a little but don’t personally care for it. To me the finished product simply has a slo-mo effect, not really a film-like effect. However, this is a personal preference, others may disagree & enjoy using it. Recording time on internal 64GB memory is as follows:

    - PS Mode: 5 Hours & 15 Minutes
    - FX Mode: 6 Hours & 10 Minutes
    - FH Mode: 8 Hours & 25 Minutes
    - HQ Mode: 11 Hours &…

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  2. 35 of 36 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Sony Handycam HDR-CX560V Review, March 30, 2011
    This review is from: Sony HDR-CX560V High Definition Handycam Camcorder (Black) (Electronics)

    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

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  3. 36 of 38 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Sony HDR-CX560v – perfect camera for me, April 6, 2011
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    I purchased the Sony HDR-CX560v on March 30th and received it April 1st. When I got it, I started using it immediately to film some home movies of our new child (6 weeks old). I did tons of research on cameras before purchasing and I made the decision between this, the Canon Vixia HF21, and the Panasonic HDC-TM700K.

    I wanted the following attributes in a new camera: HD, low lux capabilities, ease of use, shake reduction and large amount of flash memory.

    Mostly all of my videos so far have been indoors. Our home tends to be dimly lit in most of the rooms and the camcorder has done exceedingly well in those conditions. Playback on our 56″ bigscreen in HD looks brilliant. It captures sound wonderfully and it files the vidoes nicely for playback. The camera is also quite easy to use. I am by no means a professional videographer and I can point and shoot wonderful vidoes with just a push of the “record” button. I also love the built-in USB. It makes is easy to hook up to my computer and transfer the vidoes. Also, I tend to be quite shaky while filming and the vibration reduction in this camera is wonderful.

    Some cons of this camcorder are: The screen can be a little touchy to use. I have smaller hands and even I sometimes have to push on the screen icons a few times to get them to “select”. Also, I wish this model, like the 550v would have the view finder. The screen can be hard to see in the glare. Also, I would highly recommend purchasing a larger battery. The FV50 does not last an extremely long amount of time. I am averaging about 2.5 hours of HD record time with it – and this is considering it is brand spanking new.

    Overall, I rate this camera a 4 star. I knocked it a little due to the screen, the view finder and the stock battery. To do over, I will still purchase this camera in spite of those cons.

    With your purchase I highly recommend a larger battery, a case, an HDMI Cable with ethernet A-C type (this enables you to easily hook up the camcorder and play it back on your HD devices and is NOT included in the box from the factory) and the sony Shooting Grip (once again, I have small hands and am shaky and it helps out tremendously).

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