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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 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. Reviewers are impressed by the size and design. The portability and image quality are also mentioned favorably. The memory and battery get negative views.

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price, battery, memory

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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Consumer review (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for Sony Handycam HDR-XR500

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 6 user reviews of Sony Handycam HDR-XR500 from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 5.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.co.uk. Views about the price and design are generally positive. The portability and image quality also get good opinions, but there are mixed comments on the color and usability.

image quality, portability, design, price

100% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

Dec, 2019

Consumer review (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Sony Handycam HDR-XR500

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 56 user reviews of Sony Handycam HDR-XR500 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 4.6/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.com. People really like the design and durability. The image quality and usability are also appreciated. Some have doubts about the price, while there are some mixed views about the zoom.

portability, usability, image quality, durability, design

price

95% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

Dec, 2019

Expert review by (gadgetheaven.co.uk)

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 (techtree.com)

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

Consumer review (reevoo.com)

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

Consumer review (reevoo.com)

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

Consumer review (reevoo.com)

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

Consumer review (reevoo.com)

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 (reevoo.com)

Sony Handycam HDR-XR500V

 

The image quality is fantastic

The zoom feature should offer higher resolution

Jul, 2010

Consumer review (reevoo.com)

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

Consumer review (reevoo.com)

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 (reevoo.com)

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