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6.6 out of 10

Sony HDR-CX520

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Overall 8

Expert Review

11 January 2010
  • Conclusion: Comfortable to hold and use, and capable of rock-solid movie clips, the CX520 is a dependable addition to the ranks of HD camcorders. Videophiles may begrudge the odd absence from the tech specs but otherwise there’s a lot here to really enjoy.
  • Pros: No longer the preserve of the pros, super-smooth slow-motion shots can be yours, too. The CX520 has a high-quality 120fps (frames per second) slow-mo mode, which is fantastic for action shots involving skateboarding, bike jumps, free-running and the like. It only records for a few seconds at a time, so it pays to plan your clips in advance but the results will reward your efforts. Dual recording gives you the option to snap a still image while recording a movie clip, ...
  • Cons: The much vaunted low-light recording capabilities are OK and may help you out of the odd troublesome spot but there’s still no substitute for either plenty of natural light or a simple lighting-rig to help lift the gloom and ensure healthy-looking shots. It would also be handy for the features list to include a couple more input/outputs for attaching an external microphone and headphones.
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Overall 6

Sony HDR-CX520 camcorder review

24 February 2010
  • Summary: A decent camcorder, but let down by a high price
  • Pros: Great shots, slow mo mode
  • Cons: Expensive, not great in low light
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Overall 7

Sony HDR-CX520 review

PC Advisor
12 January 2010
  • Summary: The Sony HDR-CX520 is a high-definition, flash memory-based camcorder aimed at both casual users and discerning videophiles.
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Overall 8

A Full HD flash memory camcorder with a three-way optical image stabiliser

Good Gear Guide.au
11 January 2010
  • Summary: The Sony HDR-CX520 is a feature-packed camcorder that performs impressively across the board. However, if you're not a frequent shooter, you may want to consider the cheaper Sony HDR-CX500V -- it offers all of the same functionality, but with less memory.
  • Pros: Improved image stabilisation, 12-megapixel still image mode, impressive range of features
  • Cons: HDR-CX500V offers better value for money
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Sony HDR-CX520E

21 July 2010