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The Sony Handycam HDR-CX520V is an HD camcorder residing in the Sony Handycam product line.

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Pros

large 3" touchscreen display

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optical and digital image stabilization

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sleek and slim design

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shoots in high quality high definition

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HDMI output

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64GB of internal SSD storage - lighter, less power hungry and less prone to physical damage than physical drives

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takes 12MP still images

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built-in GPS for geotagging videos

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outputs 60fps

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Cons

uses less capacious, more expensive and more difficult to find external memory (proprietary Sony memory stick)

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not full 1080p, interlaced video - known to cause interlacing artifacts

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expensive for the majority of consumers

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The Sony Handycam HDR-CX520V is an HD camcorder residing in the Sony Handycam product line. The HDR-CX520V is not yet released, but can be preordered from Sony. The HDR-CX520V can record in up to 1080i AVCHD, or take 12 megapixel still images; with its 64GB of internal flash storage, it can save 3 hours and 40 minutes of video footage at that quality. In addition to the 64GB storage, the HDR-CX520V 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-CX520V 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-CX500V, offers only 32GB storage, but all of the same features, for $200 less.

Features
  • 1920x1280 resolution (1080i AVCHD)
  • 5.1 Surround Sound mic
  • 64GB Internal Storage + Memory Stick slot
  • 3" touch screen for control and viewing
  • HDMI output
  • Face detection
  • SmileShutter
  • Geotagging
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