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Sony HDR-XR520V 240GB HDD High Definition Camcorder w/12x Optical Zoom

Sony HDR-XR520V 240GB HDD High Definition Camcorder w/12x Optical Zoom
Sony HDR-XR520V 240GB HDD High Definition Camcorder w/12x Optical Zoom


Product Added : April 12th, 2013
Category : Camcorders

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Sony HDR-XR520V 240GB HDD High Definition Camcorder w/12x Optical Zoom


Sony HDR-XR520V 240GB HDD High Definition Camcorder w/12x Optical Zoom

The Sony HDR-XR520V Handycam employs an advanced Exmor R CMOS sensor to capture stunning, 1920 x 1080 high definition video and 12.1-megapixel still images to its internal 240 GB hard disk drive. In addition, the built-in GPS receiver helps you keep track of your current location, and even remembers where you shot your videos. 1920 x 1080 high definition resolution lets you record your memories in exceptional Sony Full High Definition quality, and 12.1-megapixel still image capture lets you take stunning, high resolution digital photos. The built-in 240GB hard disk drive can record and store up to 101 hours of high-definition video footage in long play mode (HD LP, 2ch Dolby mode), while HDD Smart Protection gives you peace of mind by helping to prevent any recorded video and images from being lost if the camcorder is accidentally dropped.

  • 1920 x 1080 high-definition video recording
  • 12.1-megapixel still image capture
  • 240 GB hard disk drive
  • 1/2.88-inch Exmor R CMOS sensor for stunning low-light performance
  • “Exmor R” CMOS sensor for stunning low-light performance

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  1. 59 of 61 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    3rd Sony Camcorder, Definitely a Keeper!, April 27, 2009
    By 
    Karl Burrows (Charlotte, NC) –
    (REAL NAME)
      

    This review is from: Sony HDR-XR520V 240GB HDD High Definition Camcorder w/12x Optical Zoom (Electronics)

    This is my 3rd Sony camcorder over the past 11 years. My first was the TRV-310 which used Digital 8 tapes and at the time was the high end for consumer camcorders. We used it for travels all over the world and were very pleased with the quality. It was especially good in low light, which tends to be where we used it most (indoors in regular incandescent light, which I would guess would be 75% of the total recording).

    We had our first child and upgraded to the DCR-HC85 mini DV camcorder and again were very pleased. We shot over 70 hours of tape and over Christmas converted all the tapes to a hard drive through a 3rd party company (who has time to convert tapes at a 1:1 ratio plus setup time?) because were were tired of creating long index pages for each tape and then digging though them to find the small section we wanted (1 terabyte drive to hold it all!). The only issue I had was that as comcorders started moving to digital, the low light quality got worse. This one was frustrating indoors with shadows, backlit settings created dark, grainy videos, etc.

    About 2 weeks ago, I decided it was time to bit the bullet and buy the XR520V. I am absolutely impressed. I was very skeptical about the low light specs on the Sony site (11 lux vs. 4 lux I had on the TRV310 and 8 lux on the HC85). I guess because of the larger CMOS sensor,the higher resolution and going back to an optical lens, the low light is excellent. Perfect for indoor use even in pretty low light (finally!).

    The one feature I like the most is the index of each section of video recorded. If you are like me, you have hundreds of 30 second to 2 minute clips which were impossible to index on a tape. This indexes by date, so you can scroll through the dates and see thumbnails of each clip. This is so much better than fast forwarding through a tape (if you can call it FF!). Again, hooray!

    Pros:
    *Great low light
    *Outstanding video quality
    *Instant on by just opening the LCD screen
    *Index thumbnails grouped by date (even my kids like this since they can pick out their favorites instantly!)
    *Much better controls on the camera (record, zoom are also on the LCD screen, so big fingers don’t have to squeeze into the hand strap and then find the zoom)
    *Nice optical stabilization and zoom (be warned that in full HD mode, it will track every shake and although not jittery, it is noticable). Zoom is very smooth and doesn’t “jerk” like older models if you moved it too fast.
    *Touchscreen menus are much better than previous models
    *37mm filter diameter, so I can keep most of my lenses from the last 2 camcorders (again, keep in mind that with HD, you will need to upgrade wide angle or zoom lenses due to resolution, but UV should be fine).
    *Nice, compact size. I’m not carrying a large bag with me everywhere we go.

    Cons:
    *You should budget spending at least another $300-400 for accessories. The included battery is functional, but you may get caught short on a long trip without some way to keep it charged in the car. You will also need software to be able to convert the video to HD due to the AVCHD compression (Sony Vegas seems to be the best for this at about $80 on Amazon); a good UV filter to protect the lens; HDMI cable; new case (as I would lose this camcorder in my current case for the HC85) and a 1TB hard drive to save video (to start!). Blu-Ray will be a much later purchase for us.
    *No HDMI cable included.
    *Using the HDMI cable, it appears the camcorder will only output a 1080i signal max. Not sure I understand that one, but in the setup of the camera, it doesn’t give an option for 1080p output throught HDMI. What gives?
    *GPS is nice, but I have to go outside to get a satellite to get my location. I think it will be a novelty for me as I get tired of doing this and just quit bothering. Maybe if I am on family vacation somewhere and I want to tag it, otherwise, I will spend a lot of time chasing satellites.

    I have to say overall, I will thoroughly enjoy this camcorder. We have 2 kids 4 and 2 and this is so much easier to use and carry around than our older model. I also like the quick on, so we don’t miss their spontaneous sing alongs. It is also nice to take videos over a weekend trip and then just plug it into the TV, go to the index and pick out what we want to watch. Instant gratification! No more finding a tape and going back and forth to find the scenes we want (plus the previous camcorders FF is about 2X FF max).

    I only got the 520V over the 500V for the extra drive space. Normally, I never try to max out a drive or flash card in a camera to avoid loss of data. I regularly copy over from my camera and never max out the flash card, so I imagine I will do the same here, but with no option to get an extra tape when I need it, it was worth the $200 for the extra space. I would never want to…

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  2. 24 of 28 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    A very plus on it category, old video user., March 22, 2009
    By 
    Eduardo Agrela Cortés (Santiago, Chile) –
    (REAL NAME)
      

    This review is from: Sony HDR-XR520V 240GB HDD High Definition Camcorder w/12x Optical Zoom (Electronics)

    I’ve been Sony cameras user since about 30 years, so I’m very used with
    a great number of models and its evolution.
    This camera really is better than any previous handy cameras a clear
    improvement not any doubt about it.

    1.- Great image quality as expected on a 1920×1080 pixels.
    2.- Better low light sensitivity so better shots on it.
    3.- And as I can say the most important improvement it is the Image
    stabilizer (Steady Shot), it is optical and has a remarkable better and with smoother results on the image stabilization, this is a very important issue for me. specialy for pans and zooms without tripode. So the “Active Mode” it is a true improvement, congratulations to sony engineers.
    4.- Good menu navigation. It has more and needed choices than a tape recorder.
    5.- Great HDD capacity, just for any one and I set the best Quality Picture.
    6.- Very Good photo pictures, and is a very good and useful the function for getting still pictures from the video shots, you can choose any frame and convert it in a photo picture, with 2.1 pixels resolution, good enough for me.
    7- The only thing because I take out one star, is that you have 240GB. but you can shot up to 3.999 scenes, that means same number of shots befor you transfer your video, this means for me: If I’m on a trip and I use to shot 300 scenes in a day of use, I have only 11 days before the need of transfering it to my computer. So a solution is to get a mamory card for save some video and make room for more, no matter how much hard disk space remains to you.
    8.-And very useful too is the reaction time to get ready for recording, when you open the LCD Screen or the view-finder it power-on or start automaticaly and fast.

    9.- The X.V Color (Sony) excelent too.

    For editing, I use computer sofware Adobe Premier CS3, not the camera’s options.

    So highly recomended.

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  3. 10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Terrific results; camera easy to use, September 5, 2009
    By 
    Dick Lutz “Richard J. Lutz” (New York City) –
    (REAL NAME)
      

    This review is from: Sony HDR-XR520V 240GB HDD High Definition Camcorder w/12x Optical Zoom (Electronics)

    Pity the lefties, for this camera fits my right hand perfectly with all the controls in easily-learnable positions. Capacious hard drive does away with worries about storage on a 25-day vacation trip like my recent one. Tip for new users: Learn early how to use the control that lets you set exposure and focus. You’ll need it when you’re zooming or panning in a varied-lighting situation. A wide-angle adapter is a good first-accessory-purchase, though my supplier sent me the wrong one and I longed for the right one throughout my trip.

    Stunning video that checks out beautifully on a 46″ monitor, stunning stills that can be taken while shooting video (or independent of video) and, so far, the sound seems fine, though I haven’t checked that thoroughly at this writing.

    Anybody want to volunteer to edit 25 days of Norway?

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