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It is an HD camcorder residing in the Sony Handycam product line.

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video is very clear, and several of the settings look great on an HDTV

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great stabilization for handheld shots

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low-light performance is very good, draws out a lot of detail

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ready to record almost instantly after flipping open the screen

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gathers crisp, detailed stills with a powerful flash

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hand strap is comfortable, positions your thumb and forefinger in ideal spots

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very compact, easy to store in a purse

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doesn't include the mini-HDMI cable needed to view footage on a HDTV

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uses Memory Sticks, which are a bit pricier than SD cards

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The Sony Handycam HDR-CX500V is an HD camcorder residing in the Sony Handycam product line. The HDR-CX500V is not yet released, but can be preordered from Sony. The HDR-CX500V can record in up to 1080i AVCHD, or take 12 megapixel still images; with its 32GB of internal flash storage, it can save 3 hours and 40 minutes of video footage at that quality. In addition to the 32GB storage, the HDR-CX500V has a memory stick slot that can add up to 16GB additional storage. The user can copy footage from the memory stick to the camera and vice versa without a PC. The HDR-CX500V has an Exmor-R sensor for filming in lowlight conditions, and a digital image stabilizer to eliminate shakiness. It also has a face detection, to automatically focus on faces in both video and still mode, and Smile Shutter feature that automatically takes a picture when the subject is smiling, even while in video mode. It's brother, the Handycam HDR-CX520V, offers 64GB storage and all same features, for $200 more.

  • 1920x1280 resolution (1080i AVCHD)
  • 5.1 Surround Sound mic
  • 32GB Internal Storage + Memory Stick slot
  • 3" touch screen for control and viewing
  • HDMI output
  • Face detection
  • SmileShutter
  • Geotagging
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