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alaTest has collected and analyzed 137 reviews of SONY HDR-CX500. The average rating for this product is 4.7/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. Reviewers are impressed by the design and size. The image quality and portability also get good feedback. Reviews are divided on the price. There are some less positive opinions about the viewfinder.

usability, portability, image quality, size, design


We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the SONY HDR-CX500 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 82/100 = Very good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 128 user reviews of SONY HDR-CX500 from The average user rating for this product is 4.7/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on Opinions about the design and size are overall positive. The image quality and portability are also mentioned favorably. There are some critical views about the viewfinder, and there are some mixed opinions about the price.

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97% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Sony Handycam HDR-CX500V 32 GB Flash High-Definition Camcorder (Black)Sony Handycam HDR-CX500V 32 GB Flash High-Definition Camcorder (Black)

Mar, 2018

Expert review by : Chris Jager (

Sony HDR-CX500V Full HD camcorder


A Full HD handycam with three-way optical image stabiliser and built-in GPS

Improved image stabilisation, good video performance, 12-megapixel still image mode

Some features are a bit superfluous, maximum 16Mbps AVCHD bit rate

The Sony HDR-CX500V is a feature-packed Full HD camcorder sporting great image quality. If you're looking for a camcorder with plenty of tricks up its sleeve, you could do a lot worse than the HDR-CX500V.

Jan, 2010

Product Specifications




Firewire in (IEEE 1394): No
Firewire Out (IEEE 1394): No
HDMI Connection: Yes
Remote Control: Yes
USB Connection: Yes


Colour of product:Grey


Display diagonal:7.62
Screen Resolution:230000 pixels
Screen Size:3 in
Screen Type:LCD


Web Cam Function: No

Image resolution

Digital Still Pictures:Photo
Effective Pixels:4.15 Megapixels
Progressive Scan for Photos: No
Still Picture Resolutions:4000x3000, 4000x2250, 2880x1660, 1600x1200, 640x480 pixels
Total MegaPixels:6.63 megapixels

Image sensor

Optical sensor size:25.4 / 2.88
Sensor Type:CMOS
Total MegaPixels:12

Lens System

Digital Zoom:150
Filter Size:3.7
Optical Zoom:12


Digital Zoom:150 x
Filter Size:37 mm
Image Stabilization:Yes (Optical)
Manual Focus: Yes
Night Shot: Yes
Optical Zoom:12 x

Other features

Lens system:Sony G Lens
Resolution:1920 x 1080

Ports & interfaces

DC-in jack: Yes

Power source

Battery Life:7 min
Battery Type:InfoLithium


Sensor Size:1/2.88 in
Sensor Type:CMOS


Built-in Memory: Yes
Built-in Storage Size:32 GB
External Memory Type:Memory Stick PRO Duo, Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo HX series
Extra Memory Support: Yes
Internal storage capacity:32


HDV Recording:HDV 1080p
Recordable File/Disc Formats:MPEG4 AVC/H.264, MPEG2-PS
Recording Format:Memory Stick PRO Duo
Video Resolution:3840x2160, 2880x2160

Weight & Dimensions

Height :6.5