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Sony Handycam HDR-XR500

alaTest has collected and analyzed 194 reviews of Sony Handycam HDR-XR500. The average rating for this product is 4.5/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. People really like the size and design. The portability and image quality are also mentioned favorably, whereas some have doubts about the memory and battery.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Sony Handycam HDR-XR500 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 85/100 = Very good quality.

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Sony HDR-XR500VE Camcorder


When designing and making the HDR-XR500VE Sony have really thought a lot about both the stylish design and the great features that are included in the Sony HDR-XR500VE camcorder, these are exactly what makes the Sony HDR-XR500VE a fantastic camcorder...

It’s very easy to see why the Sony HDR-XR500VE is a highly recommended camcorder, after all it does have so many different features that are built in that make this camcorder produce video and photos that are clear and crisp overtime. With this...

May, 2012

Expert review by : Jayesh Limaye (

Sony HDR-XR500: Record at Full HD Resolution


Yet another surprise package from Sony

Compact, full HD recording, superb price, stylish, swivel touchscreen controls, optical viewfinder, excellent build, crisp image quality, crystal clear sound, smooth and silent optical zoom, good battery life, SteadyShot, Infrared night-vision, 12 MP stil

No carry pouch, a bit heavy, touchscreen controls may be difficult to use

Characters are not case sensitive

Sep, 2009

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Sony Handycam HDR-XR500V


Easy to use, big storage power,

GPS not consistance, first 2 months was fine and then the picture quality is not very sharp and clear (some kind of smoog effect). For the price offered other brand like Canon has more features and very sharp picture quality.

Jul, 2013

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Sony Handycam HDR-XR500V


- Zooming in and it's clarity. - View finder - Hard Drive space and easy usb use on PC - 12 Megapixel camera

- Video becomes really dark when taking slow motion video and has to be in a very bright well lit place. - Can't change length of slow motion capture. - Flash can't be used when lens are put on

Jul, 2012

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Sony Handycam HDR-XR500V


Intuitive; excellent image quality and shake stabilisation; good storage; excellent still image quality; viewfinder so useful in bright conditions; good connectivity (but not the PMB software- see below)

Poor software- PMB needs a complete overhaul and only worked without crashing after re-installing and several upgrades; no ability to download directly to a stand-alone hard disc in this model; no means of upgrading the software to allow this - this is...

Jun, 2011

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Sony Handycam HDR-XR500V


Good quality video.

Unable to use windows movie maker.Purchased download software I find it very hard to use so unable to make hd home movies

Jan, 2011

Consumer review (

Sony Handycam HDR-XR500V


The image quality is fantastic

The zoom feature should offer higher resolution

Jul, 2010

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Sony Handycam HDR-XR500V


The ability to take 12meg pix stills ,and to have it's own flash. All the menus are intuitive and easy to follow. The High Definition movies are clear and crisp

In bright sunlight , the viewing screen is next to useless it's very difficult to see what you are looking at because of the glair . If you use the view finder on top then that seems to small an area to see. I upgraded from a DCR-TRV33E which used mini...

May, 2010

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Sony Handycam HDR-XR500V


Great quality image, some good features

LCD screen is hard to view in bright sunlight and no menu control when using just the viewfinder

May, 2010

Consumer review (

Sony Handycam HDR-XR500V


Stunning picture quality. Particularly like the conventional viewfinder in addition to the LCD screen which is impossible to use in bright sunlight on any other camcorder. Good battery life and more disk space than you will ever need.

Some functions (such as fade) have to be accessed through the menu system every time you want to use it.

May, 2010

Product Specifications

Full HD 1920 x 1080 video recording at high bit-rate using AVCHD format Up to 50 hours HD recording on 120-Gb hard drive plus HYBRID recording on optional Memory Stick Exmor CMOS sensor with approx. 2x increase in sensitivity for brilliant picture quality even in low-light conditions BIONZ high-speed image processor Premium Sony G Lens with 12x optical zoom Optical SteadyShot with active mode for up to 10x wider image stabilizing area: assures stable images even while walking X.v.Color mode for vivid, lifelike colors with compatible TV Face Detection automatically gives clearer, natural looking faces D-range optimizer with auto backlight correction adjusts exposure and contrast for evenly-exposed backlit shots 12 megapixel still photo recording onto internal HDD or removable Memory Stick Advanced dual record (simultaneous movie and 8.3 megapixel still image recording) Automatic geotagging by GPS with Map Index: see where video clips were shot on the map on LCD Face Index and Film Roll Index for quick, easy searches Highlight Playback automatically creates fun summary of movie highlights with music soundtrack and transition Photo-quality 3.2" wide Xtra fine LCD with easy to use touchscreen 0.27" (123k dot) wide Color Viewfinder Power on by LCD: quick start-up from standby with ultra-low power consumption in sleep mode 5.1 surround sound recording with zoom microphone for clearer dialog and sound of foreground subjects HDMI/component connector for enjoying HD video on HD ready TV BRAVIA Sync via HDMI connection for playback control via compatible BRAVIA TV remote control One touch disk burn and easy PC back up via USB high-speed connection Assignable dial for manual focus and iris control Fun, easy to use Picture Motion Browser PC software for managing and uploading video and photos in calendar view


Audio Dubbing: No
Audio system:Dolby Digital 5.1
Built-In Microphone: Yes

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Surround
Microphone Technology:Electret condenser


Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Battery life (max):1.5
Battery technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Type:InfoLithium / NP-FH60
Manufacturer Battery Name:Sony NP-FH60

Camcorder Features

High Definition Video Support:1080i
Low Lux / Night Mode: Yes
Widescreen Video Capture:Widescreen Video Capture


Minimum illumination:11
On Screen Display (OSD): Yes
Playback zoom (max):Y
Progressive Scan: No

Camera Flash

Type:Built-in flash


Colour of product:Black
Product colour:Black

Digital Storage Media

Type:Hard disc drive

Dimensions & Weight



Display diagonal:8.13
Display Resolution:1920 x 1080 / 921600

Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:3.2in
Diagonal Size (metric):8.1cm
Display Form Factor:Rotating
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

Shooting Programs:Beach / Fireworks / Landscape / Portrait mode / Snow / Spotlight / Sunrise / Sunset / Twilight mode / Twilight portrait


Built-in Flash: Yes


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Sony Handycam

Image sensor

Effective megapixels (movie):6000000
Optical sensor resolution:6631000
Optical sensor size:25.4 / 2.88 / 25.4 / 2.9
Sensor Type:CMOS
Total MegaPixels:1 / 12

Lens System

Digital Zoom:150
Filter Size:3.7
Focal length (35mm film equivalent):43 - 516
Focal length range (f-f):5.5 - 60 / 5.5 - 66
Image stabilizer: Yes
Lens Aperture:F/1.8-3.4
Max Focal Length:60mm
Min Focal Length:5.5mm
Optical Zoom:12
Optical Zoom:12
Type:Zoom lens

Optical Sensor

Camcorder Effective Still Resolution:6Megapixel
Camcorder Effective Video Resolution:4.15Mpix
Camcorder Sensor Resolution:6.631Mpix
Optical Sensor Size:1/2.9"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):8.8 mm ( 1/2.9" ) / 8.8 mm ( 1/2.9 )
Optical Sensor Type:Exmor R CMOS
Sensor Qty:1CMOS

Optical System

Built-in Optical Image Stabilizer:Built-in / Yes
Image Stabiliser:Optical (Steady Shot)

Other features

Additional accessories:RMT-835
Aperture range (F-F):1.8 - 3.4
Audio output:1
Audio recording formats:Dolby Digital 5.1
Auto Focus: Yes
Cable Type:USB, Multi AV
Compatible operating systems:XP/2000/Vista
Expansion slots:- Stick Duo Slot
Flash:0.3 - 2.5 m
Internal Memory:120000
Lens system:G-Objektiv
Manual Focus: Yes
Media types supported:HDD, Memory Stick
Night mode: Yes
Noise Reduction: Yes
Photo mode: Yes
Power consumption (typical):4.3
Power requirements:7.2V
Recording speed:HD; FH (1920x1080i, 16 Mb/s)/HQ (9 Mb/s)/SP (7 Mb/s)/LP (5 Mb/s), SD; HQ (9 Mb/s)/SP (6 Mb/s)/LP (3 Mb/s)
Sports:No / Yes
Spotlight: Yes
Twilight: Yes
Video Out:1

Packaging Content

Bundled software:Picture Motion Browser
Handheld remote control: Yes

Ports & interfaces

Component video (YPbPr/YCbCr) out:1
DC-in jack: Yes
DV port: No
Microphone in: No
PictBridge: Yes
S-Video In: No
S-Video Out: Yes
USB 2.0 ports quantity:1


Camera shutter speed:1/2 - 1/800 / 1/8 - 1/800


Internal storage capacity:120

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None


Analog signal format system:NTSC
Maximum Video Resolution:1920 x 1080
Video formats supported:MPEG2

Video Input

Digital Video Format:AVCHD / MPEG-2
Digital Zoom:150
Face Detection:Built-in / Yes
Faders:Black fader / White fader
Media Type:Flash card / Hard disc drive
Shooting Modes:Digital photo mode
Still Image Format:JPEG


Image Aspect Ratio (camcorders):16:9
Viewfinder Colour Support:Colour
Viewfinder Type:Electronic

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:13.4 / 13.7
Height :7.5
Weight:490 / 500 / 580

White balance

Indoor white balance: Yes
Onepush white balance: Yes
Outdoor white balance: Yes