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Sony HDR-XR520E Camcorder

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13 Reasons For

Three Industry Awards

Amongst video cameras of this spec and age, this Sony camcorder is one of the most highly awarded by experts.

The expert at one expert review site concluded that they would recommend this video camera. Trusted Reviews gave this Sony camcorder a "Recommended" award.

Two additional expert review sites both wrote that this camcorder was good. This video camera received a "Hot Buy" award from Stuff.tv and EISA.eu gave it an "EISA" award.

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Expert Reviews Are Good

Based on eighteen expert reviews from sites including CNET.com, Trusted Reviews, Techradar and about.com the average expert rating of this camcorder is 83%.

Good Product Quality

Seven Sony HDR-XR520 reviewers who purchased it said that it was good quality. Expert website Videomaker.com wrote “With loads of features, ease of use and quality to back it all up”. Cnet.com wrote in their review of the Sony HDR-XR520 on expert website CNET.com “The top-notch video quality, performance” and scored it 79 out of 100. Expert website Macworld.com mentioned “The image quality is unremarkable—it’s fine.”.

Good Connectivity

Six Sony HDR-XR520 owners said in their reviews that the product had gps. Cnet.com mentioned in their review of the Sony HDR-XR520 on expert review site CNET.com “A pair of hard-disk-based AVCHD camcorders that integrate the dual firsts of built-in GPS and a new Exmor-R back” and scored it 4 stars. Eight years ago expert website About.com mentioned “A built-in GPS receiver” and gave the product a rating of 5 stars. Electricpig.co.uk mentioned “A massive 240GB HDDm 12x zoom, Full HD and even GPS for geotagging.”.

Sony Has Good Reviews for Its Video Cameras

Sony is one of the better rated video camera brands according to average user and expert reviews, and Sony also has good reviews for its camcorders.

Good Geotagging

A number of Sony HDR-XR520 owners who reviewed it reckoned that it had good geotagging. Electronicsme.com wrote “Geotagging videos is fun”.

Good Technical Features

A number of customers said in their reviews that this camcorder had good features. Expert review site Eisa.eu wrote “This Full HD camcorder features a super-sensitive Exmor R CMOS sensor with 6 megapixel resolution”. Electronicsme.com said seven years ago “Stunning HD pics, huge hard drive and raft of great features” in their review of this camcorder but even so they scored this camcorder 3 stars. Electronicsme.com also said “Fun GPS features”.

Good Support

Some Sony HDR-XR520 reviewers who reviewed it said that it had good technical guidance. Expert review site Macworld.com said “Good manual controls.” . Electronicsme.com said “Massive storage capacity, good manual control placement, optical viewfinder” in their review of the Sony HDR-XR520.

Nice Design

Some people mentioned in their reviews that the Sony HDR-XR520 was smooth. Seven years ago Electronicsme.com wrote in their review of the Sony HDR-XR520 “Smooth slow motion” but even so they gave it a rating of 68 out of 100.

Good Quality Lens

One Sony HDR-XR520 owner who reviewed it wrote that it had a good zoom.

Good Screen / Viewfinder

One customer thought it had a good screen. Electronicsme.com mentioned in their review of the Sony HDR-XR520 seven years ago “Crisp and clear LCD screen” but in spite of that they only gave the product a score of 3 stars.

Easy to Use

Three customers said in their reviews that it was easy to use. Seven years ago Electronicsme.com mentioned in their Sony HDR-XR520 review “Cam Control dial makes shooting easier”.

Robust

One customer wrote in their reviews that the product was well made. Expert review site Macworld.com wrote “The HDR-XR520V is a solid HD camcorder, with lots of storage”.

12 Reasons Against

Not Good in Terms of Size

Five people who purchased it thought it was not heavy and bulky. Electronicsme.com said “The XR520V feels quite bulky in the hand compared wi” but in spite of that they still scored the product 3 stars. Electronicsme.com also said “Despite is bulky appearance”. Electronicsme.com also mentioned “Relatively big and heavy”.

One customer who purchased the Sony HDR-XR520 reckoned that it was not heavy. One Sony HDR-XR520 reviewer who reviewed this camcorder thought it was not compact. Seven years ago Electronicsme.com said “Not compact or light”.

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A Bit Expensive

Three Sony HDR-XR520 reviewers who reviewed it reckoned that it was not cheap. Trustedreviews.com wrote on expert website Trusted Reviews “Canon's LEGRIA HF S10 is currently too expensive.”. Expert review site Cnet.co.uk mentioned “Although its geotagging capabilities are mostly a novelty, its interface could use a complete overhaul and it's overpriced” in their Sony HDR-XR520 review nonetheless they scored the product 79 out of 100. Expert review site Digitalartsonline.co.uk gave the product a score of 3 stars and said in their review “It may be the most expensive camcorder in this test.”.

A number of Sony HDR-XR520 reviewers mentioned that the Sony HDR-XR520 was not good value for money. Expert website Stuff.tv said eight years ago “Pricey and far from compact.” in their review of the Sony HDR-XR520. Electronicsme.com wrote “Hefty price tag” in their review but they rated the product 68 out of 100.

One person reckoned that it was not a bargain for the price. Electronicsme.com wrote “Not cheap” in their review of the Sony HDR-XR520.

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Poor Battery Life

One person said that it did not have a good battery life. Electronicsme.com said in their review of the Sony HDR-XR520 “Tricky user interface, heavy, short battery life, unremarkable HD video performance”.

Does Not Have an Image Stabilizer

The HDR-XR520 does not have an image stabilizer. Most of the other camcorders of a comparable age and type to the HDR-XR520 also do not have an image stabilizer.

It is worth considering other camcorders which also have an image stabilizer including the Sony FDR-X1000[plb_2962225_price].

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Does Not Have an HDMI

The HDR-XR520 does not have an HDMI. Most of the other similar spec video cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to the HDR-XR520 also do not have an HDMI.

Alternative video cameras which also have an HDMI that you might want to look at include the Sony FDR-X1000[plb_2962225_price].

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Not Full HD

Most video cameras of a comparable age and type to the HDR-XR520 are not Full HD. The HDR-XR520 is no exception to this as it too is not Full HD.

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Does Not Have an Interchangeable Lens

Most camcorders that came out around the same time as the HDR-XR520 do not have an interchangeable lens. The HDR-XR520 is no exception to this as it too does not have an interchangeable lens.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Display

The Sony HDR-XR520 does not have a built-in display, unlike most of the other camcorders that have been on the market for more than two years which have a built-in display.

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Not Waterproof

Most similar spec video cameras that came out around the same time as the HDR-XR520 are not waterproof. The HDR-XR520 is no exception to this as it too is not waterproof.

If you want a video camera that is waterproof then you might also want to look at the Sony FDR-X1000[plb_2962225_price].

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Not 3D

The HDR-XR520 is not 3D. Most of the other camcorders of this age and spec are also not 3D.

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Does Not Have a Night Mode

Like most of the other video cameras that came out more than two years ago, the Sony HDR-XR520 does not have a night mode.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Projector

Most video cameras of this age and spec do not have a built-in projector. The HDR-XR520 is no exception to this as it too does not have a built-in projector.

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1 Other reason to consider the Sony HDR-XR520E

Released Over Three Years Ago

This camcorder was released over three years ago.

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3 Awards

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Expert Reviews

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6 November 2010

Handheld cameras are coming down in price, making the newer versions more affordable for anyone looking to enter the market. Despite is bulky appearance, the 240GB HDR-XR520V is a fully capable...

Stunning HD pics, huge hard drive and raft of great features
Massive storage capacity, good manual control placement, optical viewfinder
Good video quality
Large storage size
12x optical zoom
Geotagging not yet fully up to speed
Tricky user interface, heavy, short battery life, unremarkable HD video performance
PMB software is for the PC only
Poor still photos in low light conditions
No creative recording modes
1 January 2010

EISA.eu

With its new HDR-XR520V Sony has managed a big step forward, upgrading all the camera?s components. This Full HD camcorder features a super-sensitive Exmor R CMOS sensor with 6 megapixel... Read more…

28 December 2009

It may be the most expensive camcorder in this test, but the XR520VE is a monster when it comes to storage capacity, with a 240GB hard drive that?s bigger than the stock storage space found in... Read more…

17 December 2009

A Full HD camcorder with easy?to?use functionality and features to make you coo...

15 November 2009

The HDR-XR520V is a solid HD camcorder, with lots of storage, and good manual controls. But the image quality is unremarkable?it?s fine, but there are other camcorders that produce better-looking...

5 November 2009

It may be the most expensive camcorder in this test, but the XR520VE is a monster when it comes to storage capacity, with a 240GB hard drive that?s bigger than the stock storage space found in... Read more…

17 September 2009

The Sony XR520 offers a lot of ­different features that will prove invaluable to the budding ­videographer. Its expansive 240GB hard disk is great for holding a vast amount of video data so you...

15 July 2009

Although its geotagging capabilities are mostly a novelty, its interface could use a complete overhaul and it's overpriced, the top-notch video quality, performance and consumer-friendly feature...

6 July 2009

Sony?s Handycam HDR-XR520V is the flagship of its high definition Handycam camcorder line up. Youll find a host of high-end features such as a large, 240GB hard disk drive, a new CMOS image... Read more…

2 July 2009

Though their geotagging capabilities are mostly novelty and their interfaces could use a complete overhaul, the top-notch video quality, performance, and consumer-friendly feature sets of the Sony...

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers hdrxr520, sony w12, sony w12x, hdrxr520e, sony hdrxr520, sony hdrxr520v, sony hdrxr520e
Barcodes 00027242763081, 00102646110102, 04905524571042

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