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Identification and Background ¶ 

In 2009, Sony released the Handycam HDR-XR500V. It has a 1920x1080 high definition (HD) video as well as a 12.1 still image megapixel resolution with built-in intelligent flash. It is a black camcorder built in with a 128-gigabyte hardrive as well as a 12x optical zoom and a 5.1 Dolby Surround Sound. This latest Sony camcorder comes with a much larger 1/2.88 Exmor R CMOS, which allows for great pictures in low light environments. In addition this camcorder features face recognition, image stabilizer as well as a built in GPS system. The Sony HDR-XR500V comes with a fully functional 3.5 LCD screen displaying all images being recorded on the left side of the camcorder. The power button is located on the inside of the LCD screen.

The Sony Handycam HDR-XR500V is a great camcorder for the everyday user as it provides movie quality picture. Some disadvantages users have against this camcorder are the hefty price tag, weight, lackluster menu and audio controls, no manual shutter, and no wind filter system. Despite all this the Sony HDR-XR500V is a great device allowing for great high definition video as well as still images.

Troubleshooting ¶ 

For more information on common problems regarding the Sony HDR-XR500 Handycam regard the troubleshooting page Sony Handycam HDR-XR500V Troubleshooting

Specifications ¶ 

Packaged Quantity: 1

Camcorder Sensor Resolution: 6.631 Pixels

Effective Video Resolution: 4.15 Pixels

Effective Photo Resolution: 6 Megapixel

Camcorder Interpolated Photo Resolution: 12 Pixels

Widescreen Video Capture: Yes

Camcorder Media Type: Hard Disk Drive, Flash Card

Optical Sensor: Type Exmor R CMOS

Optical Sensor: Size 1/2.88"

Optical Zoom: 12 x

Digital Zoom: 150 x

Digital Scene Transition: White Fader

Image Stabilizer: Optical (Steady Shot)

Digital Video Format: MPEG-2

Image Recording Format: JPEG

AV Interfaces: HDMI

Digital Zoom: 150x

Optical Sensor Size: 1/2.88"

Optical Sensor Type: Exmor R CMOS

Min Illumination: 3 Lux

Digital Video Format: MPEG-2

Image Stabilizer: Optical (Steady Shot)

Faders: White Fader

Min Shutter Speed: 1/8 sec

Max Shutter Speed: 1/800 sec

Shooting Modes: Digital Photo Mode

Shooting Programs: Fireworks

Exposure Modes: Program

Type: Built-in Flash

Widescreen Video Capture: Yes

Manufacturer: Sony

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