Tech Review: Sony Handycam HDR-XR520V Camcorder


Posted May 19, 2009 - By Eugene Morton

Sony Handycam HDR-XR520V Camcorder Review »

The new $1,300 HDR-XR520V Camcorder from Sony, which records hi-def 1920 x 1080 video, has 240 GB of space, includes built-in geotagging and has an LCD touch panel might be the perfect solution for capturing all of your precious memories. Find out for sure in today's Tech Review.

Look below the cut for the written review from Attack of the Show.

What You Need to Know

  • The camera is only about 3" wide
  • It weighs just over 1 lb.
  • It is also really easy to carry for long periods of time
  • Since they made the icons big and touchable on the LCD screen, that means there isn't enough space to put all the options on one screen and this makes it hard to navigate, because most options are buried in sub-menus, which gets a little annoying
  • Besides the huge, 240 GB hard drive, there are a ton of features, like built-in geotagging, a smile shutter and face detection, just to name a few
  • The GPS tags each time you shoot and you can cycle through all the different locations you tagged
  • Face detection adjusts focus and exposure and it really does help; faces are detected fast too
  • Whenever smile shutter finds a smile, it takes a still picture while shooting
  • Overall, Sony has really outdone themselves
  • Daytime footage looks incredible; there might be a little bloom, but for an amateur camera, it looks terrific
  • Low light looks great too; there is very little noise or grain, but the auto-focus has trouble staying focused in the dark
  • The amount of hard drive space and features is unheard of


  • $1,300
  • You can get the same image quality and a few of the same features from a Canon or another Sony at half the price

Overall Rating

Tech Review: Sony Handycam HDR-XR520V Camcorder


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