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Sony Handycam HDR-XR500

alaTest has collected and analyzed 193 reviews of Sony Handycam HDR-XR500. The average rating for this product is 4.6/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. Opinions about the size and design are overall positive. The image quality and portability also get good feedback. The memory and price get negative opinions, and there are some mixed opinions about the battery.

usability, portability, image quality, design, size

price, memory

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Sony Handycam HDR-XR500 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 85/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review by: (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for Sony Handycam HDR-XR500

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 6 user reviews of Sony Handycam HDR-XR500 from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 5.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.co.uk. Opinions about the price and design are on the whole positive. The portability and image quality are also mentioned favorably, whereas the color and usability get mixed comments.

image quality, portability, design, price

100% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Sony HDR-XR500E Hard Disk PAL Camcorder 12 month manufacturer warrantySony HDR-XR500E Hard Disk PAL Camcorder 12 month manufacturer warranty

Dec, 2016

Consumer review by: (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Sony Handycam HDR-XR500

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 56 user reviews of Sony Handycam HDR-XR500 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 4.6/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.com. Reviewers really like the design and durability. The image quality and portability also get good opinions, whereas many are less positive about the price.

usability, portability, image quality, durability, design

price

95% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Sony HDR-XR500V 120GB HDD High Definition Camcorder w/12x Optical ZoomSony HDR-XR500V 120GB HDD High Definition Camcorder w/12x Optical Zoom

Dec, 2016

Product Specifications

Audio

Audio Dubbing: No
Audio system:Dolby Digital 5.1
Built-In Microphone: Yes

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Surround
Microphone Technology:Electret condenser
Type:Microphone

Battery

Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Battery life (max):1.5
Battery technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Type:InfoLithium / NP-FH60
Manufacturer Battery Name:Sony NP-FH60

Camcorder Features

High Definition Video Support:1080i
Low Lux / Night Mode: Yes
Widescreen Video Capture:Widescreen Video Capture

Camera

Minimum illumination:11
On Screen Display (OSD): Yes
Playback zoom (max):Y
Progressive Scan: No

Camera Flash

Type:Built-in flash

Design

Colour of product:Black

Digital Storage Media

Type:Hard disc drive

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:13.4cm
Height:6.5cm
Weight:500g
Width:7.1cm

Display

Display:LCD
Display diagonal:8.13
Display Resolution:1920 x 1080 / 921600

Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:3.2in
Diagonal Size (metric):8.1cm
Display Form Factor:Rotating
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

Shooting Programs:Beach / Fireworks / Landscape / Portrait mode / Snow / Spotlight / Sunrise / Sunset / Twilight mode / Twilight portrait

Flash

Built-in Flash: Yes

Header

Manufacturer:Sony
Model:HDR-XR500VE
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Sony Handycam

Image sensor

Effective megapixels (movie):6000000
Optical sensor resolution:6631000
Optical sensor size:25.4 / 2.88 / 25.4 / 2.9
Sensor Type:CMOS
Total MegaPixels:1 / 12

Lens System

Digital Zoom:150
Filter Size:3.7
Focal length (35mm film equivalent):43 - 516
Focal length range (f-f):5.5 - 60 / 5.5 - 66
Image stabilizer: Yes
Lens Aperture:F/1.8-3.4
Max Focal Length:60mm
Min Focal Length:5.5mm
Optical Zoom:12
Optical Zoom:12
Type:Zoom lens

Optical Sensor

Camcorder Effective Still Resolution:6Megapixel
Camcorder Effective Video Resolution:4.15Mpix
Camcorder Sensor Resolution:6.631Mpix
Optical Sensor Size:1/2.9"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):8.8 mm ( 1/2.9" ) / 8.8 mm ( 1/2.9 )
Optical Sensor Type:Exmor R CMOS
Sensor Qty:1CMOS

Optical System

Built-in Optical Image Stabilizer:Built-in / Yes
Image Stabiliser:Optical (Steady Shot)

Other features

Additional accessories:RMT-835
Aperture range (F-F):1.8 - 3.4
Audio output:1
Audio recording formats:Dolby Digital 5.1
Auto Focus: Yes
Cable Type:USB, Multi AV
Compatible operating systems:XP/2000/Vista
Expansion slots:- Stick Duo Slot
Fader:Y
Flash:0.3 - 2.5 m
Internal Memory:120000
Lens system:G-Objektiv
Manual Focus: Yes
Media types supported:HDD, Memory Stick
Metering:Spot
Night mode: Yes
Noise Reduction: Yes
Photo mode: Yes
Power consumption (typical):4.3
Power requirements:7.2V
Recording speed:HD; FH (1920x1080i, 16 Mb/s)/HQ (9 Mb/s)/SP (7 Mb/s)/LP (5 Mb/s), SD; HQ (9 Mb/s)/SP (6 Mb/s)/LP (3 Mb/s)
Sports:No / Yes
Spotlight: Yes
Twilight: Yes
Video Out:1

Packaging Content

Bundled software:Picture Motion Browser
Handheld remote control: Yes

Ports & interfaces

Component video (YPbPr/YCbCr) out:1
DC-in jack: Yes
DV port: No
HDMI: Yes
Microphone in: No
PictBridge: Yes
S-Video In: No
S-Video Out: Yes
USB 2.0 ports quantity:1

Shutter

Camera shutter speed:1/2 - 1/800 / 1/8 - 1/800

Storage

Internal storage capacity:120

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video

Analog signal format system:NTSC
Maximum Video Resolution:1920 x 1080
Video formats supported:MPEG2

Video Input

Digital Video Format:AVCHD / MPEG-2
Digital Zoom:150
Face Detection:Built-in / Yes
Faders:Black fader / White fader
Media Type:Flash card / Hard disc drive
Shooting Modes:Digital photo mode
Still Image Format:JPEG
Type:Camcorder

Viewfinder

Image Aspect Ratio (camcorders):16:9
Viewfinder Colour Support:Colour
Viewfinder Type:Electronic

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:13.4 / 13.7
Height :7.5
Weight:490 / 500 / 580
Width:7.1

White balance

Indoor white balance: Yes
Onepush white balance: Yes
Outdoor white balance: Yes