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The Sony HDR-XR500V and XR520V Owners thread

post #1 of 1682
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Continuing on from the general CES announcement thread to this one for just the two new high end HD Camcorders for those, like me, who intend to buy one of these models.

Old Thread:
http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showthread.php?t=1105798


They are up on B and H now.
http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produc...efinition.html

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produc...efinition.html

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Offering all of the latest advancements in Handycam camcorder technology, the HDR-XR500V camcorder is ideal for capturing the moment in high definition (HD). Record breathtaking 1920 x 1080 HD video and 12.1 megapixel still images directly to the internal 120GB hard drive. In addition to a professional-quality Sony G lens, this camcorder features a new, larger 1/3.15" ClearVid CMOS image sensor with Exmor-R technology, which delivers superior low-light performance. Additional features include Face Detection and Smile Shutter technology, a built-in GPS receiver, stunning image stabilization and flexible playback and transfer options.
Key Features

• Camera

* 1/2.88" ClearVid CMOS image sensor with Exmor R technology
* 120GB hard disk drive
* Back-illuminated Exmore R CMOS
* 3.2" wide touch panel Xtra Fine LCD display
* Sony G Lens
* 12X Optical zoom
* Optical SteadyShot Image Stabilization
* Face Detection
* Smile Shutter
* Geotagging with built-in GPS receiver

* BRAVIA Sync
* HDMI connection
* Adjustable 0.27" color viewfinder
* Active Interface Shoe
* Power On by opening LCD
* Map Index function
* Dedicated Mic and Headphone jacks
* Dual record with 8.3Mp still image capture
* Assignable Dial
* Adjustable 0.27" color viewfinder

• Video Recording

* 1920 x 1080 HD
* Highlight Playback
* Dolby digital 5.1 channel recording
* Smooth Slow Record
* Film Roll Index

• Still Image Capture

* 12.1Mp Images
* Built-in intelligent flash

• Storage

* Hybrid recording of video and still image to the 120GB HDD or Memory Stick PRO Duo Media

The only difference noted is that the 520V doubles the storage capacity to 240GB. Personally I think I am going to save the $300 and just get the 120GB version and invest in Memory Stick cards if I need more than that.

Official user docs here:
http://esupport.sony.com/US/perl/mod...?mdl=HDRXR520V

In depth review here with clips:
http://www.infosyncworld.com/reviews...20v/10187.html
post #2 of 1682
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Links of interest to those prepping for buying one of these:
http://www.infosyncworld.com/news/n/10041.html
http://gadgets.softpedia.com/news/So...09-700-01.html
http://www.camcorderinfo.com/content...der-Review.htm
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n4jE1iLKgyM
http://www.infosyncworld.com/news/n/10015.html

Sonystyle links:
http://www.sonystyle.com/webapp/wcs/...52921665736664
http://www.sonystyle.com/webapp/wcs/...52921665736672
post #3 of 1682
How much better is the G Lens compared to the older SR 11 model?

Heh, I say older as if the SR11 is a piece of junk
post #4 of 1682
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Not sure, this will be my first HD camcorder.
post #5 of 1682
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Been getting google alerts on these guys since the announcement, nothing much of interest, if anyone sees anything good please post it!
post #6 of 1682
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http://www.ny1.com/content/ny1_livin...e/Default.aspx

Still no sign of these models on Amazon or Pricegrabber despite being up at B*H etc.
post #7 of 1682
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post #8 of 1682
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Google alerts found this one for me:
http://www.cnet.com.au/camcorders/ca...9294750,00.htm
post #9 of 1682
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http://www.i4u.com/article22609.html

http://gadgetwise.blogs.nytimes.com/tag/hdr-xr500v/

One thing I hadn't realized all this time is that this camera does not support ANY progressive modes. Not sure how much a big deal that is going to be for me.
post #10 of 1682
no aperture priority mode and only 16Mbps bitrate max??
post #11 of 1682
Its mainly a review of the Sony but they compared it to the Canon. Includes video footage!

http://translate.google.com/translat...language_tools
post #12 of 1682
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I think that's just another version of the Watch Impress link I put up above but thanks for the info!
post #13 of 1682
I've combed through the info on this camera on the Sony site, and haven't seen anything on the formats and resolutions it will support. In particular, I'm wondering whether it will have raw format for stills. Has anyone seen anything to indicate that it might?

- Dennis Brothers
post #14 of 1682
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I think that's just another version of the Watch Impress link I put up above but thanks for the info!

I didn't even realize that.
post #15 of 1682
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I have no reason to believe it will support a raw format still image. Do any other camcorders? Even if it was supported I couldn't see the hassle of bringing images off of this to Lightroom being worth while...
post #16 of 1682
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Originally Posted by Kadath View Post


One thing I hadn't realized all this time is that this camera does not support ANY progressive modes.

According to what is listed under Sony's website 60i/30p is supported.
post #17 of 1682
Any Reviews or price points on this yet?

I may wind up getting one as my current SR11 has severe focus problems all of a sudden and I'm not sure what's wrong with it.
post #18 of 1682
Quick edit:
Apparently these are being released in March, but apart from the GPS, I'm assuming that the HDR-XR200V has all the other features like Sony G lens and low light improvement that the XR500V ad XR520V have?

If so, I don't need GPS on my camcorder, and can not only save money, but trade in my current SR11 to get a price tag reduction of $300's with the trade in .

Double Quick Edit

March 8th according to the sony website.

XR200 has the Sony T lens
XR500V and 520V has the G lens.

Can anyone explain to me why I might want the G lens instead? And how does the T lens improve over whatever the sony SR11 have?

THANKS! I know nothing about lenses .
post #19 of 1682
Also I believe the XR200 takes a lower resolution still pic than the XR5xx Series. But if you are not taking much still pics than it should not be an issue. I want something that will do both and the XR500 seems to fit the bill.
post #20 of 1682
I think i might be sold on the $1299 camera with the Sony G lens.

The difference in quality in night shots is considerable with the SR11, after looking at the sample video on that Japanese Review website.

I didn't see a single bit of 'night fuzz' in the entire shot..
post #21 of 1682
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Originally Posted by EDyott View Post

According to what is listed under Sony's website 60i/30p is supported.

Interesting, thanks!
post #22 of 1682
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At least one of the scammer store that Pricegrabber should have booted long ago now says they have these in stock. Don't believe it. Do a vendor check on any of these stores before you waste your time or money.
post #23 of 1682
Do Most cameras now shoot at 24mb/s and sony only 16mb/s? One 'review' stated that mb/s matters as well, but how much more of a difference would you see with 8 mb more?
post #24 of 1682
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That's something I'm wondering about myself. Personally I want to see these guys and Canon's new batch go head to head in Image Quality and low light performance before I pull the trigger. The Sonys have some features I think I would use that the Canons don't (5.1 and the GPS in particular) but the Canons seem to have bigger bandwidth and seem to embrace progressive shooting more than Sony does...
post #25 of 1682
Best Buy.com now has these up for preorder..... at MSRP.
post #26 of 1682
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I found the 500 but not the 520:
http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olspage....=1218046368353

If someone finds the 520 link live please post that.

Still no preorder info for either on Amazon that I can find.
post #27 of 1682
Just a quick question, what would be the comparable Canon model to the Sony XR500V? I'm trying to do research on the 24mbs versus 16mbs issue and coming up with nothing.
post #28 of 1682
I've been throwing around the idea of getting a XR500V myself..i just need to find a reason to justify and upgrade to the wifey. [IMG]http://************************************/img/2464/i09b0128lrvx/smile.gif[/IMG]
post #29 of 1682
520 is on one call for $1299 pre order
post #30 of 1682
B&H Photo says it's in stock now -
http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produc...efinition.html

I've got a trip in 2 weeks and currently have an HDR-HC3 that I've used on several trips before. I'd like to upgrade to the full HD and definitely lose the tapes. I'm torn between updating to this now or using the HC3 for this trip and getting the Canon HFS100 for the next one... I like doing indoor shooting so low-light is one of the things I'm looking for. It's hard to tell if the Canon will outdo the Sony or vice-versa from just the specs though.
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