Summary: Though their geotagging capabilities are mostly novelty and their interfaces could use a complete overhaul, the top-notch video quality, performance, and consumer-friendly feature sets of the Sony Handycam HDR-XR500V and HDR-XR520V make them worthy camcorder options. Both are overpriced, but since 14 hours of recording time is plenty--especially if supplemented with flash media--the HDR-XR500V is the better deal of the two.
Pros: First-rate video quality and performance; geotagging videos is fun, if limited.
Cons: Annoying menu system; no wind filter; no manual shutter-speed, iris, or audio controls; relatively big and heavy; expensive.
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
A Sony handycam with a 240GB HDD, GPS and Full HD recording
Good Gear Guide.au
18 February 2010
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
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.
Conclusion: Die Bildqualität im Low-Light überzeugt voll und ganz und stellt tatsächlich in der gehobenen 1000 Euro-Preisklasse eine neue Referenz dar. Dafür gibt es kein Histogramm, kein Zebra, keine Belichtungszeit-Kontrolle, keine Schärfehilfen und keine Bildjustage. Schmerzlich ist dies besonders, da man annehmen darf, dass Sony all diese Funktionen in der Firmware problemlos freischalten könnte.