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.
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