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 Gadget Pr0n.
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
You can get the same image quality and a few of the same features from a Canon or another Sony at half the price