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We have collected and analysed 3 expert reviews and 131 user reviews from international sources. Experts rate this product 67/100 and users rate it 94/100. The average review date is 26-06-2010. We have compared these reviews to 367610 reviews from other Camcorders. The alaScore™ for this product is 83/100 = Very good. Last update: 27-03-2019.

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Consumer review ( review summary for SONY HDR-CX500


alaTest has collected and analyzed 128 user reviews of SONY HDR-CX500 from The average user rating for this product is 4.7/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on Reviews about the design and size are generally positive. The image quality and portability are also mentioned favorably. Comments are divided on the price. There are some less positive reviews about the viewfinder.

usability, portability, image quality, size, design


97% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

Mar, 2019

Expert review by : Chris Jager (

Sony HDR-CX500V Full HD camcorder


A Full HD handycam with three-way optical image stabiliser and built-in GPS

Improved image stabilisation, good video performance, 12-megapixel still image mode

Some features are a bit superfluous, maximum 16Mbps AVCHD bit rate

The Sony HDR-CX500V is a feature-packed Full HD camcorder sporting great image quality. If you're looking for a camcorder with plenty of tricks up its sleeve, you could do a lot worse than the HDR-CX500V.

Jan, 2010

Expert review by : Jeremy Stamas (

Sony Handycam HDR-CX500V Camcorder Review


The HDR-CX500V (MSRP $1099) from Sony is a high-end HD camcorder that records to 32GB of internal memory or Memory Stick cards. The camcorder did quite well in our testing, and its compact design is certainly striking, but Sony missed the target with...

Judging solely on performance, the Sony HDR-CX500V (MSRP $1099) is a very good camcorder. It didn't do poorly in any of our tests, although there were times when it performed slightly below average. Still, it is a strong overall camcorder in both...

Oct, 2009

Expert review by : Jeremy Stamas (

Sony HDR-CX500V


Compact design, did well in tests, but missed the mark with control wheel and menu redesign

Solid low light color; Good motion results

Control dial just isn’t great; No manual shutter or aperture controls

Judging solely on performance, the Sony HDR-CX500V (MSRP $1099) is a very good camcorder. It didn’t do poorly in any of our tests, although there were times when it performed slightly below average. Still, it is a strong overall camcorder in both...

Oct, 2009

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Sony HDR CX500V Video Camera


I am new into the HD video, but have done a lot of research about it. I recently wanted to get a new video camera, and my primary objective was to get a camera that took good low light video.

Basically, this Camera has surpassed my expectations. It has fabulous low light, great still pics, small and light, great image stabilization, quick startup time, and super easy to use, with plenty of more advanced gadget settings for me to learn to use.

Mar, 2010

Product Specifications




Firewire in (IEEE 1394): No
Firewire Out (IEEE 1394): No
HDMI Connection: Yes
Remote Control: Yes
USB Connection: Yes


Colour of product:Grey


Display diagonal:7.62
Screen Resolution:230000 pixels
Screen Size:3 in
Screen Type:LCD


Web Cam Function: No

Image resolution

Digital Still Pictures:Photo
Effective Pixels:4.15 Megapixels
Progressive Scan for Photos: No
Still Picture Resolutions:4000x3000, 4000x2250, 2880x1660, 1600x1200, 640x480 pixels
Total MegaPixels:6.63 megapixels

Image sensor

Optical sensor size:25.4 / 2.88
Sensor Type:CMOS
Total MegaPixels:12

Lens System

Digital Zoom:150
Filter Size:3.7
Optical Zoom:12


Digital Zoom:150 x
Filter Size:37 mm
Image Stabilization:Yes (Optical)
Manual Focus: Yes
Night Shot: Yes
Optical Zoom:12 x

Other features

Lens system:Sony G Lens
Resolution:1920 x 1080

Ports & interfaces

DC-in jack: Yes

Power source

Battery Life:7 min
Battery Type:InfoLithium


Sensor Size:1/2.88 in
Sensor Type:CMOS


Built-in Memory: Yes
Built-in Storage Size:32 GB
External Memory Type:Memory Stick PRO Duo, Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo HX series
Extra Memory Support: Yes
Internal storage capacity:32


HDV Recording:HDV 1080p
Recordable File/Disc Formats:MPEG4 AVC/H.264, MPEG2-PS
Recording Format:Memory Stick PRO Duo
Video Resolution:3840x2160, 2880x2160

Weight & Dimensions

Height :6.5