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The Sony Handycam HDR-XR520V is a high definition camcorder from Sony's 2009 lineup.

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Pros

zoom range is very good and stays sharp when extended

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picture in good lighting is very sharp and clear

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screen is big and easy to work with

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many hours of internal storage, likely won't need extra storage

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Cons

in some shots the center is still and the left/right move around due to digital stabilization routine

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image stabilization isn't very strong, need to keep as steady as possible

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microphone sounds unnatural and hollow at times

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low-light conditions show a lot of blue noise

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The Sony Handycam HDR-XR520V is a high definition camcorder from Sony's 2009 lineup.  The camcorder features full 1080p high definition video recording, 12.1-megapixel still image capture, and an extra large built-in 240 GB hard drive to store up to 101 hours of high definition footage.  It is designed with a 3.2" Xtra Fine touch LCD screen and a back-illuminated Exmor R CMOS image sensor for increased sensitivity in low light settings.  The HDR-XR520V includes a professional Sony G lens for 12x optical and 150x digital zoom.  It utilizes advanced recording technology including Sony's SteadyShot image stabilization, Smile Shutter, and face detection technology.  The HDR-XR520V also records audio in Dolby Digital 5.1 surround sound and has a built-in zoom microphone for realistic sound.  The camcorder is a step up from Sony's HDR-XR500V since it has a hard drive that is double the size of the HDR-XR500V.

Features/Specs
  • Full 1920x1080 high-definition video recording
  • 12.1-megapixel still image capture
  • 3.2" Touch Xtra Fine LCD screen
  • Built-in 240GB hard drive (up to 101 hrs)
  • 1/2.88" ClearVid CMOS sensor with Exmor R technology
  • Geotagging with built-in GPS receiver, map-index function
  • Improved Optical Steady Shot with Active Mode stabilization
  • Smile Shutter™ technology
  • Face detection technology
  • SteadyShot image stabilization
  • Professional Quality Sony G lens 
  • 12x optical zoom/150x digital zoom
  • Records in Dolby® Digital 5.1 surround sound with built-in zoom microphone
  • HDMI output
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