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Sony HDR-CX500V

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Sony HDR-CX500V

The HDR-CX500V Handycam® camcorders captures full 1920 x 1080 high-definition video and up to 12-megapixel photos on a 32 GB internal flash memory (expandability via optional Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo™ HX), and supports up to 25 hours of HD video (LP mode). The camcorder’s large capacity embedded flash memory allows users to record videos in a portable, compact body. The HDR-CX500V camcorder features 60p output, which automatically converts content to 60 progressive frames per second w…

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Sony HDR-CX500V

The HDR-CX500V Handycam® camcorders captures full 1920 x 1080 high-definition video and up to 12-megapixel photos on a 32 GB internal flash memory (expandability via optional Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo™ HX), and supports up to 25 hours of HD video (LP mode). The camcorder’s large capacity embedded flash memory allows users to record videos in a portable, compact body. The HDR-CX500V camcorder features 60p output, which automatically converts content to 60 progressive frames per second when connected to a compatible high-definition television. It also features Optical SteadyShot™ with Active Mode (which allows a moveable lens element to shift with a range of motion during camera shake) and 3-Way Shake Canceling. The 3-Way Shake Canceling feature reduces hand shake in three directions (vertical and horizontal shake corrected by optical image stabilization and lateral-roll shake through electronic image stabilization). This wider camera shake correction angle and improved compensation algorithms, reduces blur caused by rolling wrist movements. It is available for $1,100.

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The Sony HDR-CX500V also features BIONZ™ imaging processor, Face Touch function (where users can select a person to be prioritized by the camcorder by touching a detected face on the screen; the camcorder then prioritize and optimize focus, skin color, and brightness for the selected individual). This feature incorporates Face Detection and Smile Shutter™ technology that captures candid smiling photos while simultaneously recording video. Smile Shutter feature activates automatically in response to the smiles of the selected person. The camcorder also features back-illuminated “Exmor R” CMOS sensor that supports low light performance with approximately twice the sensitivity compared to Sony’s existing front-illuminated CMOS sensor at F2.0. The camcorder also features G lens which fuses optics and low dispersion aspheric glass elements for optimal color reproduction and detailed images. This lens supports a six-blade aperture that produces circular “bokeh” defocus effects for creative shooting possibilities. Other features on the camcorder include built-in GPS antenna and NAVTEQ® digital maps that lets users geo-tag videos and photos, a three-inch (measured diagonally) wide touch panel LCD, technology to down-convert from AVCHD™ to MPEG2 (eliminating the need for a PC and allows for DVD creation with the optional DVDirect Express (VRD-P1) DVD writer), built-in zoom microphone with Dolby® Digital 5.1-channel surround sound, Highlight Scenario, which saves up to eight highlight scenes for viewing again later and Picture Motion Browser software for management of image meant for uploads to many major video and photo sharing Web sites.

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