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Sony Handycam HDR-XR520

alaTest has collected and analyzed 277 reviews of Sony Handycam HDR-XR520. The average rating for this product is 4.3/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. People really like the design and size. The image quality and portability also get good comments, whereas some have doubts about the battery and price.

usability, portability, image quality, size, design

price, battery

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Sony Handycam HDR-XR520 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 88/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review by: (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for Sony Handycam HDR-XR520

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 14 user reviews of Sony Handycam HDR-XR520 from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 4.7/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.co.uk. Reviews about the battery and design are generally positive. The image quality and portability are also mentioned favorably. There are some less positive reviews about the price and size.

usability, portability, image quality, design, battery

size, price

100% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Sony HDRXR520VE High Definition Handycam Camcorder With Built-In 240GB Hard Disc Drive (101hrs)Sony HDRXR520VE High Definition Handycam Camcorder With Built-In 240GB Hard Disc Drive (101hrs)

2017-10

Consumer review by: (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Sony Handycam HDR-XR520

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 47 user reviews of Sony Handycam HDR-XR520 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 4.4/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.com. People really like the size and portability. The price and image quality also get good comments.

usability, image quality, price, portability, size

100% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Sony HDR-XR520V 240GB HDD High Definition Camcorder w/12x Optical ZoomSony HDR-XR520V 240GB HDD High Definition Camcorder w/12x Optical Zoom

2017-10

Expert review by: Chris Jager (goodgearguide.com.au)

Sony HDR-XR520

 

Good video quality, excellent stills mode, 240GB hard drive

Video quality slightly below Canon HF S10, depressingly unaffordable

The Sony HDR-XR520 is a rock-solid HDD video camera that improves on its predecessors in nearly every way. On the other hand, it's unlikely that many consumers will be able to afford it at its current price point.

2009-06

Expert review by: Rob Hull (techradar.com)

Sony HDR XR520 1080p camcorder review

 

The world's first Full HD Handycam with built-in GPS

Superb HD video ; Great low-light shots ; Fun GPS features

Hefty price tag ; PC-only software ; Not compact or light

2009-04

Expert review by: Rob Mead (pcworld.com)

Sony Handycam HDR-XR520V

 

Massive storage capacity, good manual control placement, optical viewfinder

Tricky user interface, heavy, short battery life, unremarkable HD video performance

2009-11

Expert review by: Lori Grunin (cnet.com)

Sony Handycam XR500V review: Sony Handycam XR500V

 

First-rate video quality and performance; geotagging videos is fun, if limited.

Annoying menu system; no wind filter; no manual shutter-speed, iris, or audio controls; relatively big and heavy; expensive.

Though their geotagging capabilities are mostly novelty and their interfaces could use a complete overhaul, the top-notch video quality, performance, and consumer-friendly feature sets of the Sony Handycam HDR-XR500V and HDR-XR520V make them worthy...

2009-07

Recommended!

Expert review by: James Morris (trustedreviews.com)

Sony Handycam HDR-XR520

 

If you want to shoot great video and not fiddle with settings too much, the Sony HDR-XR520 is up there with the best.

The top models from Canon, Panasonic and Sony are all masterful products. Canon's LEGRIA HF S10 is currently too expensive, but the Panasonic HDC-HS300 and Sony HDR-X520 are similarly priced and much harder to distinguish. The Panasonic's full-sized...

2009-05

Expert review by: (stuff.tv)

Sony HDR-XR520VE review

 

Sony's Full HD, 240GB camcorder has GPS to track where you film. But can it justify its painful price tag?

Pricey and far from compact, but if you want HD footage to really drool over this is hard to beat

2009-04

Expert review by: (stuff.tv)

Stuff magazine

 

Sony's Full HD, 240GB camcorder has GPS to track where you film. But can it justify its painful price tag?

Pricey and far from compact, but if you want HD footage to really drool over this is hard to beat

2009-04

Expert review by: (electronicsme.com)

Sony HDR-XR520V

 

Handheld cameras are coming down in price, making the newer versions more affordable for anyone looking to enter the market. Despite is bulky appearance, the 240GB HDR-XR520V is a fully capable High Def handycam that can accomplish your image capture...

240GB HarddriveGeo-tagging via inbuilt GPSFully HD Capable12 megapixel Image capture

A little bulky

The Sony HDR-XR520V handycam with built-in harddrive also offers an inbuilt

2010-11

EISA Award - Best Product

Expert review by: EISA (eisa.eu)

European HD Camcorder 2009-2010 -> Sony HDR-XR520V

 

With its new HDR-XR520V Sony has managed a big step forward, upgrading all the camera's components. This Full HD camcorder features a super-sensitive Exmor R CMOS sensor with 6 megapixel resolution and a new high-quality 'G Lens', with 12-times optical...

2009-06

Expert review by: Kaitlyn Chantry (camcorderinfo.com)

Sony Handycam HDR-XR520V Camcorder Review

 

The Sony HDR-XR520V (MSRP $1499.99) packs a lot of punch-and a lot of hard drive capacity-into a relatively small consumer camcorder. The retractable viewfinder and the return of last year's excellent manual control dial are just a couple of the...

The Sony HDR-XR520V (MSRP $1499.99) is a camcorder that will please some, disappoint others, and make still others feel a little wary. Sure, most camcorders can't please every kind of user, but the XR520 is particularly divisive: its viewfinder and...

2009-04

Product Specifications

Audio

Built-In Microphone: Yes
Built-in speaker(s): Yes

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Surround
Type:Microphone

Battery

Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Manufacturer Battery Name:Sony NP-FH60

Camcorder Features

High Definition Video Support:1080i
Low Lux / Night Mode: Yes
Widescreen Video Capture:Widescreen Video Capture

Camera

Minimum illumination:3

Camera Flash

Type:Built-in flash

Design

Colour of product:Black / Grey

Digital Storage Media

Type:Hard disc drive

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:13.4cm
Height:7.5cm
Weight:500g
Width:7.1cm

Display

Display:LCD
Display diagonal:8.13

Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:3.2in
Diagonal Size (metric):8.1cm
Display Form Factor:Rotating
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

Shooting Programs:Beach / Fireworks / Landscape / Portrait mode / Snow / Spotlight / Sunrise / Sunset / Twilight mode / Twilight portrait

Flash

Built-in Flash: Yes

Header

Manufacturer:Sony
Model:HDR-XR520VE
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Sony Handycam

Image sensor

Optical sensor size:25.4 / 2.88 / 25.4 / 2.9
Sensor Type:CMOS
Total MegaPixels:12 / 6.631

Lens System

Digital Zoom:150
Filter Size:3.7
Focal length (35mm film equivalent):43 - 516
Focal length range (f-f):5.5 - 60
Lens Aperture:F/1.8-3.4
Max Focal Length:60mm
Min Focal Length:5.5mm
Optical Zoom:12
Optical Zoom:12
Type:Zoom lens

Optical Sensor

Camcorder Effective Still Resolution:6Megapixel
Camcorder Effective Video Resolution:4.15Mpix
Camcorder Sensor Resolution:6.631Mpix
Optical Sensor Size:1/2.9"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):8.8 mm ( 1/2.9" ) / 8.8 mm ( 1/2.9 )
Optical Sensor Type:Exmor R CMOS
Sensor Qty:1CMOS

Optical System

Built-in Optical Image Stabilizer:Built-in / Yes
Image Stabiliser:Optical (Steady Shot)

Other features

Aperture range (F-F):1.8 - 3.4
Audio output:1
Auto Focus: Yes
Lens system:Sony G Lens
Manual Focus: Yes
Resolution:1920 x 1080
Spotlight: Yes
Twilight: Yes
Video Out:1

Ports & interfaces

Component video (YPbPr/YCbCr) out:1
DC-in jack: Yes
HDMI: Yes
PictBridge: Yes
S-Video Out: Yes
USB 2.0 ports quantity:2

Shutter

Camera shutter speed:1/2 - 1/800

Still image

Still image resolution(s):4000 x 3000

Storage

Compatible memory cards:MS PRO
Internal storage capacity:240

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video

Video formats supported:AVCHD, MPEG2

Video Input

Digital Video Format:AVCHD / MPEG-2
Digital Zoom:150
Face Detection:Built-in / Yes
Faders:Black fader / White fader
Media Type:Flash card / Hard disc drive
Shooting Modes:Digital photo mode
Still Image Format:JPEG
Type:Camcorder

Viewfinder

Viewfinder Colour Support:Colour
Viewfinder Type:Electronic

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:13.4
Height :7.5
Weight:500
Width:7.1

White balance

Indoor white balance: Yes
Onepush white balance: Yes
Outdoor white balance: Yes