Summary: 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 and video recording tasks easily. There may be better value for money in other models, but for a top of the range handycam, this unit might be the answer.
Pros: 240GB Harddrive, Geo-tagging via inbuilt GPS, Fully HD Capable, 12 megapixel Image capture
Excerpt: (1 items) Sony’s Handycam HDR-XR520V is a monster when it comes to storage capacity, with a 240GB hard drive. While this makes it great for extended trips away (since you won’t need to keep downloading your footage), it does have an impact on the camcorder’s weight and battery life (about an hour). Sony Handycam HDR-XR520V The HDR-XR520V is almost identical to the slimmer, lighter, more affordable HDR-CX520V ( ) in terms of specifications.
Pros: Massive storage capacity, good manual control placement, optical viewfinder
Cons: Tricky user interface, heavy, short battery life, unremarkable HD video performance
A Sony handycam with a 240GB HDD, GPS and Full HD recording
Good Gear Guide.au
4 September 2013
Summary: 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.
Pros: Good video quality, excellent stills mode, 240GB hard drive
Cons: Video quality slightly below Canon HF S10, depressingly unaffordable
Summary: Although its geotagging capabilities are mostly a novelty, its interface could use a complete overhaul and it's overpriced, the top-notch video quality, performance and consumer-friendly feature set of the Sony Handycam HDR-XR520VE make it a worthy camcorder option
Pros: First-rate video quality and performance, Geotagging videos is fun
Cons: Annoying menu system, No wind filter, No manual shutter-speed, iris or audio controls, Relatively big and heavy, Expensive
Excerpt: After years in the doldrums camcorders are looking dynamic again thanks to stellar high-def images, competitive prices and the unstinting rise of YouTube. Sony is taking advantage of this with the HDR-XR520, a Full HD (1920x1080) shooter that crams in a 3.2in touchscreen LCD, 240GB hard disk drive, 12x optical zoom – and just happens to be the world's first with built-in GPS.
Summary: Life in the high-end camcorder market is hard. With pocket cams like the Toshiba S10 offering 1080p shooting for under £200, manufacturers increasingly need to add glitzy new features to pull in the punters. Take Sony’s new HDR-XR520VE, a Full HD cam that packs built-in GPS for the first time.