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Sony HDRCX580V High Definition Handycam 20.4 MP Camcorder with 12x Optical Zoom and 32 GB Embedded Memory (2012 Model)

Sony HDRCX580V High Definition Handycam 20.4 MP Camcorder with 12x Optical Zoom and 32 GB Embedded Memory (2012 Model)
Sony HDRCX580V High Definition Handycam 20.4 MP Camcorder with 12x Optical Zoom and 32 GB Embedded Memory (2012 Model)


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Sony HDRCX580V High Definition Handycam 20.4 MP Camcorder with 12x Optical Zoom and 32 GB Embedded Memory (2012 Model)


Sony HDRCX580V High Definition Handycam 20.4 MP Camcorder with 12x Optical Zoom and 32 GB Embedded Memory (2012 Model)

Bring your memories to life in 1920×1080 60p/24p Full HD with the HDRCX580V Handycam camcorder. Increase your cinematicprowess with CinemaTone presets and advanced manual controls with expanded focus, zebra and peaking. Optical SteadyShotimage stabilization takes the shake out of your movies and built-in projector allows you to share them in a theatrical way.

  • 20.4 megapixel still image
  • 12X Optical, 20X Extended Zoom
  • 3.0 inch Xtra Fine LCD display with TruBlack technology
  • 1920×1080 Full HD 24p Recording
  • Up to 11 hours of recording with 32GB embedded Flash Memory

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  1. 81 of 87 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    High Quality Camera, February 11, 2012
    By 
    Charlie
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    I just purchased this video camera on Monday evening, Feb. 6, 2012 from Beach Camera and received it today. I have only been able to work/play with the camera for a few hours, but these are my experiences so far.
    1. This was my first experience ordering from Beach Camera, through Amazon. Was a little concerned at first when product didn’t ship for a couple of days, but when they did ship, it must have been shipped two day priority, because it arrived halfway across the country by Saturday. Package arrived in perfect shape and sealed in factory condition. So far, impressed by Beach Camera and their service.
    2. Camera is physically much smaller than I expected. It feels about the same size of a can of soda laying on it’s side. Very nice! My last video camera was a Panasonic mini dv. That camera was a decent size, but this Sony is even more compact and fits very nice in my hand. The controls, zoom, photo button and record button all line up nicely and are easy to use. The camera feels solidly built, just as most sony products.
    3. One item that I was concerned about was whether there was an available SD or memory card slot to add memory. The Sony website doesn’t really make it clear whether there is that feature, or if it’s just the internal memory. Well I can positively confirm that there IS a SD memory card slot on the bottom side of the camera. A little door flaps open and you insert the card. It probably accepts a memory stick too, but I only tried a SDHC extreme memory card 16gb card. Worked perfectly!
    4. Now, for the feature that was the biggest hit with my family…. the built in projector! This is truly amazing technology. I projected a few of the short movie clips I just took, onto a large empty wall, and we were all totally amazed at the quality and sound. I backed up about 15 feet from the wall and projected an approximate image of 8 feet across. I am impressed at the image it can project at such a distance. Our wall is painted a medium brown color and it still looked good. Of course it would look even better if the wall was white or was actually projected onto a movie screen. Sound is pretty much what you’d expect from a pair of small speakers, sort of tinny, but it was pretty loud and definitely good enough to sit around and listen to our home movies. Good job Sony!
    5. As for the quality of the video, this is what I’ve experienced so far. I played around briefly with the top two quality settings, 60i and 60p. I hooked the camera directly to my HD tv via the HDMI cable that came with the camera. The 60p looked slightly better, but both videos looked great. The video I took was at night, with only interior lighting on and it still looked great. I can’t wait to see what daytime video looks like. It was super easy to view the video on the tv. As soon as I plugged the camera into the tv, the tv recognized the device and displayed exactly what was on the LCD screen. The only annoying thing was the sound coming out of the video camera and the tv at the same time, gave it an echo sound. I’m sure there is a way to turn down the sound on the video camera when plugged into the tv, just haven’t figured it out yet.
    6. Another feature I love is the crispness of the LCD screen. The high resolution of the screen makes the image so clear and easy to view. Love it! The only minor complaint I would have of the screen is the touchscreen feature. So far it seems like I have to press on the screen twice in the same spot to activate what ever button I was trying to push. Maybe it’s just me being to careful and not wanting to press to hard on the screen or the screen isn’t as responsive as it needs to be. Either way, I’m sure after a little more use, I’ll get use to it and it won’t be a big deal.
    7. As for software, there is no cd/dvd’s that come with the camera. There is a “lite” version of Home Memories software that comes preloaded on the internal memory of the camera. When you first plug the camera into your computer, you upload the software and install it. The software then offers to download additional features from it’s servers. I downloaded and installed the additional features and it worked perfect. I have a computer with windows 7 that is about 4 years old. The software looks pretty basic, but it does do a nice job of importing and organizing your old photos and then imports your new video and pictures from the camera. I haven’t worked with it enough to know how easy or hard it is to edit video or burn discs. I was able to import the new video clips I recorded tonight and was able to play all of the clips, including the highest quality video on my computer no problem. I played the video in both windows media player and in the Home Memories software and both looked really good!

    Overall my initial impressions are very good. The still picture quality appears to be average to good for a video camera. Definitely not…

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  2. 48 of 55 people found the following review helpful
    1.0 out of 5 stars
    A step backward for Sony., May 15, 2012
    By 
    sdd_84
    This review is from: Sony HDRCX580V High Definition Handycam 20.4 MP Camcorder with 12x Optical Zoom and 32 GB Embedded Memory (2012 Model) (Electronics)

    I had this for 2 Months and I have to say the picture quality is Great as long as there is bright lighting. In dim (Indoor) conditions the quality gets very grainy, almost unusable. Sony should have went with a bigger sensor for the price this year. Last year they included alot of features such as a mode dial and night shot. They took all that away this year. I ended up selling my CX580v and getting a better Camcorder..

    Just becareful before purchasing:

    On Sony’s website they say it has the mode dial which it does not. Also the 20.4 MP stills are not good at all. My 8MP cell phone camera takes better pictures. If you want a great Sony Camcorder from this years line up then I would suggest going with either the HDR-PJ710v or the HDR-CX760v. They have all the features as last years CX560v & CX700v did plus a few extras.

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  3. 26 of 28 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Great Camera, May 13, 2012
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    This review is from: Sony HDRCX580V High Definition Handycam 20.4 MP Camcorder with 12x Optical Zoom and 32 GB Embedded Memory (2012 Model) (Electronics)

    I have had this camera about 2 months and have not found a single thing wrong with it.
    I am a semi-pro photographer filming and photographing weddings, parties. style shows and many other things.
    I just finished a weeding where this Sony HDR-CX580V worked outstanding.
    Yes it will not automatically switch to the SD card when the memory fills, but never in my life have I recorded and event of over 4 hours. It only takes 4 or 5 seconds to switch, which is plenty flexible for me.
    This last wedding I did 2 weeks ago was outside and I feared the wind would be a problem. I use wireless mikes for most of the wedding, but several scenes without the wireless showed no wind problems. I don’t use the ridiculous 5.1 sound. I also don’t use the ridiculous GPS feature.
    The picture quality is as good as advertised. They are near 30mb with very true color. I typically use a Nikon D200 DSLR and find, to the naked eye, there is little difference.
    Both versions of the “PlayMemories Home” software loaded with no problems. I used this software to review and transfer all files to hard drive and that works easy enough. I use dedicated software for editing pictures and videos so I don’t use the included software for these task.
    I highly recommend this camera.

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