Sony will soon be releasing its two new HD camcorders, HDR-CX520V and HDR-CX500V respectively. They both are more or less identical in their features with few differences being the 520 has 64GB of built-in flash memory whereas the 500 has 32GB. They can capture full 1920×1080 60fps HD video and up to 12 megapixel photos, offering up to 25 hours of HD video.
“These models combine the best in digital imaging technology, strengthening Sony’s industry leadership and meeting demand for both quality camcorders and HD video,” said Kelly Davis, director of the camcorder business for Sony Electronics. “Expanding our lineup to include Handycam camcorders with large capacity embedded flash memory allows us to offer consumers flexible recording solutions concentrated in a very portable, compact body.”
A Profound look at the Features
The HDR-CX520V and HDR-CX500V camcorders gives a optimum playback with 60p output, which automatically converts the content to 60pfs (progressive frames per second) when connected to a compatible HD TV. Another feature of these camcorders cannot go unnoticeable is, Optical SteadyShot with Active Mode offering 3-Way Shake Cancelling. With the help of this feature the hand shake is reduced in three directions – vertical and horizontal shake corrected by optical image stabilization and the third, by way of electronic image stabilization, and also facilitates correction for lateral-roll shake. With the implementation of a wider camera shake correction angle and improved compensation algorithms, blur caused because of the rolling wrist movement is also reduced so now the users can film smoother movie while on the go.
A Face Touch function is added with the Sony’s powerful BIONZ imaging processor, with this feature users now can select a person to be prioritized by the camcorder by simply touching a detected face on the screen. Once you select the face, the camcorder will eventually prioritize and optimize focus, skin color and brightness for the selected individual. This new feature is one among the other functions of Face Detection, which also incorporates Smile Shutter Technology to capture cool smiling pictures while recording the video. Once you activate the Face Touch feature, the Smile Shutter feature gets activated automatically in response to the smiles of the selected person.
Both the models comes with a back-illuminated “Exmor R” CMOS sensor to provide stunning low light performance with app twice the sensitivity when compared with the Sony’s existing front-illuminated CMOS sensor at F2.0. to get a sharp and detailed image with accurate colors a sophisticated G lens with advanced optics and low dispersion aspheric glass elements are infused in both the camcorders. A six-blade aperture produces circular “bokeh” defocus effects for creative shooting possibilities.
You can even track your destinations on a map with the camcorder’s built-in GPS antenna and NAVTEQ digital maps which can geo-tag your videos and photos. The content can be geo-tagged by a virtual push pin at each shot location and can be played back on the map embedded in the camcorder index displayed on a 3 inch wide touch panel LCD.
Sony has also introduced a new technology to down-convert from AVCHD to MPEG2. Sony has gone all the way ahead by eliminating the need of a PC and allows simple DVD creation with the optional DVDirect Express (VRD-P1) DVD writer. DVDirect Express can be connected to the camcorders via USB cable and they will instantly burn HD video footage onto the DVD. This piece can be bought separately for $150.
Other powerful features include a built-in zoom microphone with Dolby Digital 5.1 channel surround sound and an instant power-on feature when the LCD is opened that will enable you to capture the moment without delay. It is provided with a new operation bar that will scroll down all the menu items, and a customizable shortcut menu.
Playback feature also got improved where the video footage can be previews in a video slideshow with theme transitions and background music. Highlight Scenario is also being introduced by Sony where 8 highlighted scenes can be saved to be viewed again later. The camcorders come with Picture Motion Browser software for easy view, editing, organizing and uploading of images where the videos and pictures can also be shared on the Web sites. Mac users can transfer AVCHD recorded data and edit video clips in HD image quality using iMovie software.
Besides, the camcorders also comes with flash memory and can record the content to optional Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo HX media. With Sony’s PRO=HG Duo HX format the users will be able to transfer around 2 hours of full HD video to a PC in just 13 minutes.
Price and Availability
These two incredible camcorders, The HDR-CX500V and HDR-CX520V, will be available soon in September with the pricing of about $1,100 and $1,300 respectively. You cal avail them at any Sony Style retail store or buy online at any nationwide authorized dealer of Sony or through www.sonystyle.com.