Summary: I just go this camera and already can tell that it is way beyond the quality of my Sony mini-dvd handycam. The HD looks great, size is great, and with a 250 HD I have tons of room for video. The only downside I see is the microphone. I used it on a very windy day and that was all it picked up. I attend to get one of the Sony boom mic's for it and then I will be set. The camera also came with a Sony wide coversion lens which I am also very pleased with.
Summary: When I first got into the film/TV production business, there was no camera which could produce the color, clarity and resolution of this little camera. The best TV cameras available which could even come close were about the size of a small car. The Sony HDR-XR520V fits into the palm of your hand, and produces amazing images. It is an incredible deal for the money.
Summary: This camcorder is great. I love that it's small, has a big LCD screen, and a whopping 240gb hard drive. You can store almost 30 hours worth of full HD (1080i) video on the hard drive. In addition to video, you can take pictures also. Pictures can be taken in picture mode at 12.1mp or you can take pictures while recording video at 8.3mp. The camera has a flash, but it only works when you are in picture mode.
Summary: Purchased the SONY HDR XR520 19 piece kit from ebay through ibuyplasma.com. I received the order in less than a week. The Sony HDR XR520 takes great video and pictures. I have not been able to use all the filters and close up lens. The wide angle .45 worked well at Christmas but a bit wider angle would be nice. The Sony has a good repetitive photo rate. I purchased it mainly for diving - i hope to use it soon.