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Sony HDR-CX520V

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Overall 8

Sony HDR-CX520V Review

20 January 2010
  • Conclusion: The Sony Handycam HDR-CX520V is a good, but not great camcorder. You’ll be happy with its video output, yet much less so with still photos, which are of strictly average quality with enough light or with the flash. (The 8MP Canon HF S10/11 and 10-megapixel JVC HM400 being the best rivals we’ve used.) As such, even with its easy-to-use operation and packed feature set including geo-tagging, the unit’s not worth $999, the lowest legitimate online price.
  • Pros: Compact, lightweight, Full AVCHD video, 64GB onboard memory, 12x optical zoom, Excellent OIS system and sound
  • Cons: Expensive, Flash stills fine, poor unless enough light, LCD should be better, No electronic viewfinder
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Overall 6

Sony Handycam HDR-CX520V

13 November 2009
  • Excerpt: (1 items) Sony’s claiming two world firsts for its current crop of high-end HD camcorders, the first being a three-way optical image stabilizer (all its rivals offer two-way), which promises to reduce camera shake by up to 10 percent, and built-in GPS so you can geotag your movie as you shoot.
  • Pros: Good range of features including manual controls, Good video quality, Solid build
  • Cons: Geotagging feature didn’t work, Confusing touchscreen menu system, Odd manual dial location
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Overall 6

Expert Review

2 October 2012
  • Conclusion: Die Bildqualität im Low-Light stellt momentan in der 1000 Euro-Preisklasse die Referenz dar. Der große Dynamikspielraum in der Werkseinstellung sowie das Fehlen von beweglichen Teilen könnte diese Kamera eigentlich für Independent-Filmer empfehlenswert machen. Allerdings gibt es kein Histogramm, kein Zebra, keine Belichtungszeit-Kontrolle, keine Schärfehilfen und keine Bildjustage.
  • Pros: Multifunktionsring, Fokus und Belichtung über Touchscreen gut gelöst, gutes Low-Light Verhalten, sechs frei belegbare Display-Buttons
  • Cons: Kein Mikro- und Kopfhöreranschluss, Mittelmäßige Display-Auflösung, Erweiterung nur durch teure und proprietäre Memory-Sticks
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