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Sony Handycam HDR-CX505VE

alaTest has collected and analyzed 60 reviews of Sony Handycam HDR-CX505VE. The average rating for this product is 4.4/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. Comments about the durability and size are overall positive. The image quality and portability are also mentioned favorably, whereas the zoom and viewfinder get critical reviews.

usability, portability, image quality, size, durability

price, battery, viewfinder, zoom

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Sony Handycam HDR-CX505VE is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 85/100 = Very good quality.

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Expert review by : James Morris (

Sony HDR-CX505VE


The HDR-CX505VE shoots great video, has Sony's usual sturdy build, and is fairly compact.

The HDR-CX505VE shoots great video, has Sony’s usual sturdy build, and is fairly compact for a camcorder offering this level of image quality. For point-and-shoot users looking to achieve good results without much fuss, it’s a tempting proposition....

Jan, 2010

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Sony HDR-CX505VE Camcorder


The CX505 comes with the latest technology including the Exmor R™ CMOS Sensor technologies that is twice as sensitive as other sensors that camcorders have giving even better quality video even when you are in low light conditions, if your making video...

It’s well worth mentioning that the Sony HDR-CX505VE comes with a large three inch LCD touchscreen which allows you to see and edit your photos with ease right there on your camcorder. With 9.4 hours charge life on the battery this is 1 more less...

May, 2012

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Sony Handycam HDR-CX505VE


the picture quality is great

no veiw finder hard to see in full sun

Jul, 2010

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Sony Handycam HDR-CX505VE


Ease of use, and its excellent stable picture, with very true to life colors.

Jun, 2010

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Sony Handycam HDR-CX505VE


Great low light performance Accurate focus lock in mediocre light conditions Rock steady image stabilization.

Lens no wider than 35mm Have to use Pro Duo cards if you run out of internal space. Later models now support SD at last. Fairly expensive.

May, 2010

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Sony Handycam HDR-CX505VE


Photo's and movies, it takes very clear high definition pictures, even in poor lighting conditions. It uses very few mechanics so I am hoping for many years of use. It is versatile, for direct viewing, for playing through (TVHD or 625 line), and...

12X optical zoom is a little restrictive. I have had to purchase wide angle and zoom lenses to cover all shooting occasions and these extras are very expensive. My main complaint is that it doesn't have an eyepiece type viewfinder which I prefer to use...

May, 2010

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Sony Handycam HDR-CX505VE


Good image quality

USB interface overly complicated Not all USB cables will work with the Camcorder

Apr, 2010

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Sony Handycam HDR-CX505VE


Light, clear screen, excellent image quality

No headphone socket makes recording voices a little haphazard. SD movies hide HD movies when trying to transfer from camera to Computer No Apple OS/10 support on the software supplied with the camera No printed documentation means you must have a...

Apr, 2010

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Sony Handycam HDR-CX505VE


No HDD! They are heavy (relatively) and are soon to be totally obsolete! Cards are big and cheap and should also provide better reliability and backup. Very quick transfer to PC (and presumably other platforms). Full of customisable options. Sony is...

Nothing is perfect (or shouldand the battery life seems very low but that is comparing it to my previous camcorder (Sony Hi8!). I am sure this is due to the touch screen - which I do not like!!! However, all camcorders are now the same and there is no...

Apr, 2010

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Sony Handycam HDR-CX505VE


Great low light performance ; Accurate focus lock in mediocre light conditions ; Rock steady image stabilization

Lens no wider than 35mm ; Have to use Pro Duo cards if you run out of internal space. Later models now support SD at last ; Fairly expensive

Apr, 2010

Product Specifications

Experience a new world of incredible imaging quality. Advanced Exmor R CMOS sensor and Sony G lens capture amazing, detail-packed video and stills, even in low light. Many camcorders struggle in low light, producing grainy, fuzzy images. Super sensitive Exmor R CMOS sensor reduces image noise for clearer images. In conjunction with the powerful BIONZ processor you'll get great results in low light, dim interiors or at dusk. To achieve the best possible picture quality, a top-quality G lens by Sony is combined with the sensitive Exmor R CMOS sensor and powerful BIONZ processor. The result is detail-packed Full HD images that can be enjoyed on your HD TV.


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 Type: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


Playback zoom (max):Y

Camera Flash

Type:Built-in flash


Colour of product:Black

Dimensions & Weight



Display diagonal:7.62

Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:3in
Diagonal Size (metric):7.6cm
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:Y

Flash Memory

Form Factor:Integrated
Storage Capacity:32GB


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Sony Handycam

Image sensor

Optical sensor size:25.4 / 2.9
Sensor Type:CMOS
Total MegaPixels:12

Lens System

Digital Zoom:150
Filter Size:3.7
Focal length (35mm film equivalent):41 - 492
Focal length range (f-f):5.5 - 60
Lens Aperture:F/1.8-3.4
Max Focal Length:66mm
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

Audio output:Y
Internal Memory:32768
Lens system:G Lens
Manual Focus: Yes
Noise Reduction: Yes
Power consumption (typical):3.4
Special features:Touch Panel
Spotlight: Yes
Twilight: Yes
Video Out:Y

Packaging Content

Bundled software:Picture Motion Browser

Ports & interfaces

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


Camera shutter speed:1/6 - 1/1000


Compatible memory cards:MS Duo, MS Pro

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None


Maximum Video Resolution:640 x 480
Video formats supported:AVCHD, MPEG2

Video Input

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


Viewfinder Type: No

Weight & Dimensions

Height :6.5

White balance

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