Sony HDR-CX520VE reviews: Hard disk drive storage Full HD camcorder

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This camcorder is a good all rounder.

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8.8 out of 10 based on 12 reviews.
Sony HDR-CX520VE: Horizontally held, 12x optical zoom camcorder using Memory Stick Duo card. See full product description

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James, Barnsley (UK) Experienced amateur

Score 7.0/10
Good points:
High quality video. Good quality images in poor light. Fairly easy to use. At last the user can take control of the WB, focus, exposure, etc. Excellent colours on low light scenes. Must be one of the best cameras under £1000.
Bad points:
Using the manual controls causes camera shake - Would have been better to set the camera to the option you want to control manually then have a + and - button on the remote to adjust.
No headphone socket.
No external mic socket.
Overall rating 7.0
Ease of use 7.0
Image quality 9.0
Battery life 7.0
Weight 9.0
Value for money 7.0
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3 of 3 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 28 Jan 2010

Paul, Wawick Keen amateur

Score 10.0/10
Good points:
Very easy to use
Image quality phenomenal
Bad points:
Battery Life very short
Overall rating 10.0
Ease of use 10.0
Image quality 10.0
Battery life 6.0
Weight 10.0
Value for money 8.0
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1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Review date: 21 Apr 2010

David, Rugby Experienced amateur

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
CLARITY OF PICTURE VIDEO AND PHOTOGRAPHS
Bad points:
Easy to stop recording unintentionaly by acidentaly touching record button
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 8.0
Image quality 10.0
Battery life 9.0
Weight 10.0
Value for money 10.0
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3 of 3 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 20 Feb 2010

Martins, Milton Keynes Experienced amateur

Score 8.0/10
Good points:
Active stadyshot, image quality, quick start-up time, good low light performance, face detection, good sound
Bad points:
Auto white balance not as quick as HDR-HC7, no viewfinder, wind noise, lack of manual controls, no 1080-50p, 24p
Overall rating 8.0
Ease of use 8.0
Image quality 9.0
Battery life 10.0
Weight 8.0
Value for money 8.0
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3 of 3 people found this review helpful

Review date: 14 Apr 2010

Paul, Rochester Keen amateur

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
Image quality is excellent and the size and weight make easy to carry or store.
Bad points:
The date and time of recording shown on screen should be removable.
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 9.0
Image quality 10.0
Battery life 10.0
Weight 10.0
Value for money 9.0
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1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 11 Mar 2010

Andrew, Northampton Just point and shoot

Score 8.0/10
Good points:
Technically brilliant, does it everything it says to a high standard (quality, lightweight, ease of use, smoothness etc).
Bad points:
It's expensive.
Overall rating 8.0
Ease of use 9.0
Image quality 9.0
Battery life 9.0
Weight 9.0
Value for money 7.0
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Confirmed purchase: 09 Jan 2010

Muki , Coventry Experienced amateur

Score 10.0/10
Good points:
I have had many cameras. With out a doubt this is the best camcoder i have purchased. Its just like watching a blue ray movie. Even in dark areas ie in a room with low light conditions the noise level is so low. I mean crystal clear with no grains.
Bad points:
Could improve on still. Some times they are very bright.
Overall rating 10.0
Ease of use 10.0
Image quality 10.0
Battery life 10.0
Weight 10.0
Value for money 9.0
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Confirmed purchase: 06 Jan 2010

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Product Features

Resolution quality Full HD
Resolution (Pixels) 1920x1080
3D No
Optical zoom ratio 12
Media format Hard disk drive
Connections USB
Type of memory card Memory Stick Duo
Shape of camcorder Horizontally held
Digital zoom ratio 150
Type of image stabiliser Optical
Widescreen recording Yes
Hard disk capacity (Gigabytes) 64
Shortest shutter speed (Fractions of a second) 1/1000
Weight (g) 370
Screen size (Inches) 3
Maximum aperture telephoto 3.4
Maximum aperture wide 1.8
Lowest focal length (Millimetres) 52
Highest focal length (Millimetres) 624
Type of chip CMOS
Release date 2009-08-25

Also known as: HDR-CX520VE, "Sony Handycam HDR-CX520VE, Handycam HDR-CX520, Sony HDR-CX520, HDR-CX520

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Manufacturer's Description

Extremely high quality Full HD imaging and smart features

Up to 26hr Full HD on 64GB internal memory, 12x optical zoom, 5.1 channel surround sound

Very high quality low-light shooting
Less camera shake even when you’re walking
Tag your clips with GPS

Extraordinary Full HD images
Experience a new world of incredible imaging quality. Up to 26 hours Full HD recording on internal memory and optional Memory Stick™ – with no discs or tapes needed. Advanced Exmor R™ CMOS sensor and Sony G Lens capture amazing, detail-packed video and stills, even in low light.

Low light, no problem
Many camcorders struggle in low light, producing grainy, fuzzy images. Super sensitive Exmor R™ CMOS Sensor reduces image noise for clearer images. In conjunction with the powerful BIONZ processor you’ll get great results in low light, dim interiors or at dusk.

No more camera shake
Wobbly pictures caused by unsteady hands are a common problem when you’re shooting without a tripod. Optical SteadyShot Active Mode Image stabilization cuts the effects of camera shake for clear, steady results, even if you’re walking along while shooting.

Natural looking faces every time
Faces can look dark and underexposed in bright, backlit situations like a sun-drenched beach. And if you’re shooting indoors there’s a risk your subject’s skin tone can look unnaturally coloured. The camcorder fine-tunes focus, exposure and skin tone for more natural looking faces.

Better lens, better image
To achieve the best possible picture quality, a top-quality G Lens by Sony is combined with the sensitive Exmor R™ CMOS Sensor and powerful BIONZ processor. The result is detail-packed Full HD images that can be enjoyed on your HD TV.

Know where you are… And were you’ve been
GPS tracks your position as you travel. See the exact location of your clips and still images with maps on the LCD screen. Then review your journey when you’re back home with online Google Maps on your PC


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