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SONY HDR-CX520

alaTest has collected and analyzed 109 reviews of SONY HDR-CX520. The average rating for this product is 4.3/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. People really like the reliability and size. The image quality and usability are also mentioned favorably. Many are negative about the memory and battery, and there are some mixed views about the viewfinder.

portability, usability, image quality, size, reliability

price, durability, zoom, battery, memory

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the SONY HDR-CX520 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 86/100 = Very good quality.

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Amazon.com review summary for SONY HDR-CX520

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 33 user reviews of SONY HDR-CX520 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 4.2/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.com. People really like the size and image quality. The usability and price also get good views. Some have doubts about the zoom and durability.

portability, price, usability, image quality, size

durability, zoom

88% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Sony HDR-CX520V 64GB Flash High Definition Camcorder (Black)Sony HDR-CX520V 64GB Flash High Definition Camcorder (Black)

Dec, 2016

Expert review by: Chris Jager (goodgearguide.com.au)

Sony HDR-CX520 HD camcorder

 

A Full HD flash memory camcorder with a three-way optical image stabiliser

Improved image stabilisation, 12-megapixel still image mode, impressive range of features

HDR-CX500V offers better value for money

The Sony HDR-CX520 is a feature-packed camcorder that performs impressively across the board. However, if you're not a frequent shooter, you may want to consider the cheaper Sony HDR-CX500V -- it offers all of the same functionality, but with less memory.

Jan, 2010

Product Specifications

Audio

Built-In Microphone: Yes
Built-in speaker(s): Yes

Audio Input

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

Battery

Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Battery life (max):26
Battery Type: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 Flash

Type:Built-in flash

Design

Colour of product:Black

Digital Camera

Supported Flash Memory:Memory Stick Duo / Memory Stick PRO Duo

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:12.5cm
Height:6.5cm
Weight:370g
Width:6.2cm

Display

Display:LCD
Display diagonal:7.62

Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:3in
Diagonal Size (metric):7.6cm
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 Memory

Form Factor:Integrated
Storage Capacity:64GB

Header

Manufacturer:Sony
Model:HDR-CX520VE
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Sony Handycam

Image sensor

Optical sensor size:25.4 / 2.9
Sensor Type:CMOS
Total MegaPixels: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
Lens Aperture:F/1.8-3.4
Max Focal Length:66mm
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

Audio output:Y
Auto Focus: Yes
Cable Type:AV, USB, Component
Internal Memory:65536
Manual Focus: Yes
Night mode: Yes
Spotlight: Yes
Twilight: Yes
Video Out:Y

Packaging Content

Handheld remote control: Yes

Ports & interfaces

Component video (YPbPr/YCbCr) out:1
HDMI: Yes
S-Video Out: Yes
USB 2.0 ports quantity:2

Shutter

Camera shutter speed:1/6 - 1/1000

Storage

Compatible memory cards:MS Duo, MS Pro

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video

Maximum Video Resolution:640 x 480
Video formats supported:AVCHD, MPEG2

Video Input

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

Viewfinder

Viewfinder Type: None

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:12.5 / 3.3
Height :6.5
Weight:370
Width:6.2

White balance

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