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Sony HDR-XR520V 240GB High Definition Handycam Camcorder

Model # HDRXR520V

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"Product Highlights
-1920 x 1080 HD
-240GB HDD
-1/2.88"" Exmor R CMOS
-37mm G-Lens
-12x Optical Zoom
-3.2"" Wide Xtra Fine LCD
-Optical SteadyShot
-0.27"" Viewfinder
-Built-In GPS
-Face Detection & Smile Shutter

The top-of-the-line HDR-XR520V 240GB High Definition Handycam Camcorder from Sony packs 1920 x 1080 HD recording, hybrid capture options, excellent optics, and more into a consumer priced camera. You'll be hard pressed to run out of recording space with the 240GB HDD that captures 101 hours of HD footage and the option to store additional video and stills to Memory Stick PRO Duo media.

Sony gives you the tools to create beautiful memories - whether you're recording your child's play or a family vacation. The G Lens and back-illuminated 1/2.88"" ClearVid Exmor R CMOS sensor work together to create clean, brilliant images. Other features, like the generous 3.2"" LCD display, Optical SteadyShot Image Stabilization, Face Detection and Smile Shutter give you an added edge.

The XR520V also offers a built-in GPS receiver and Map Index function. Mark your exact location on video and still images and organize them accordingly. This tagging function is also useful for online sharing.

The HDR-XR520V helps you shoot like a pro, with enhanced optics and features, not to mention the convenience of GPS.

Hybrid Recording to HDD or Memory Stick Duo Media

Record 101 hours of true, 1920 x 1080 HD video (HD LP mode)and 12.1MP stills to the 240GB HDD, in the XR520V. You can also record to optional Memory Stick PRO Duo media, which offers easy transfer of video and stills to compatible computers and printers. And, in the event that you drop the camera, Sony's ""HDD Smart Protection"" prevents recorded video and stills from being lost.

1/2.88"" ClearVid Exmor R CMOS Sensor with Back-Illumination

Sony's 1/2.88"" Exmor R CMOS sensor captures true 1920 x 1080 HD 6MP video and 12.1MP digital stills at 4x the density of HD resolution, giving you cleaner, more detailed images. The back-illuminated sensor improves image quality, especially when shooting in low-light situations by gathering as much light as possible and increasing sensitivity. The BIONZ Image Processor helps reduce noise and provides for faster image processing and data compression.

Sony G Lens

Sony's G lens, designed to work with the Exmor R CMOS sensor, provides sharp, detailed images with ultra accurate color reproduction.

3.2"" Wide Touch Panel Xtra Fine LCD

The 3.2"" LCD display gives you a generous surface on which to compose and playback your images, even outdoors, thanks to the 1MP of viewing resolution and wide viewing angle. The touch panel provides intuitive menu navigation.

12.1MP Digital Stills

Capture 12.1 digital stills with the XR520V. You can also simultaneously record video and capture 8.3MP stills with the camera's Dual Record mode.

Optical SteadyShot Image Stabilization

Sony's Optical SteadyShot image stabilization with Active Mode provides even more correction for camera shake than Optical SteadyShot alone, by allowing a greater range of motion for lens shift, resulting in superbly clear video and still images.

Built-In GPS Receiver

Great for travelers - the built-in GPS receiver automatically adjusts the XR520V's clock to the correct time zone and lets you view your exact location on the camera's LCD map display. Not only that, but you can also tag your recording location. Tagging allows you to review and playback video and still images by using the Map Index function on your camera or PC using the Picture Motion Browser Software.

Map Index Function

The Map Index uses the geotagging capabilities of the built-in GPS receiver to allow you to see exactly where your footage was captured or to search for and find the scenes by location.

Creative Control and Workflow Features

  • Face Detection: Adjusts focus, exposure, and color on up to 8 faces
  • Smile Shutter: automatically takes a still photo when subject smiles
  • Mic and headphone inputs
  • Power on the camera by opening the LCD
  • HDMI output for connection to digital A/V devices
  • Film Roll and Face Index for easily finding footage
  • x.v. Color technology for natural, true-to-life images
  • Built-in zoom microphone for recording crisp, clean audio
  • Smooth Slow Record: allows for slow motion playback of video
  • One touch disk burn when connected to PC using the included PMB software
  • Active Interface Shoe: mount Intelligent Accessories - lights and microphones
  • BRAVIA Sync for control of compatible Sony BRAVIA HDTVs via BRAVIA TV remote
  • Dynamic Range Optimizer: balances out scenes in high-contrast shooting conditions
  • Sony PMB (Picture Motion Browser) Software for one-touch upload to social media sites
  • Highlight Playback: uses Face Detection, Smile Shutter, Dual Capture & time range to compile scenes into short movies with music

Assignable Dial : Yes
Light/Flash : Yes
Manual / Auto Lens Cover : Auto
Memory Stick slot : Memory Stick PRO Duo™ Media
S/S & Zoom button on LCD : Yes
Video Features
PhotoTV HD : Yes
Face Detection : Yes
Image Stabilization : Optical SteadyShot™ image stabilization w/ Active mode
Low Light Capability : NightShot
Smile Shutter™ technology : Yes
Dynamic Range Optimizer : Yes
Quick On : Power On by LCD
x.v.Color™ : Yes
Memory Stick PRO™ Media Compatibility : Memory Stick PRO Duo™ Media (Sold Separately)
Dual Record : 8.3 megapixel
Face Index : Yes
Film Roll Index : Yes
Still Image Mode(s) : JPEG
Hybrid : Yes
Fader Effect(s) : Black, White
Scene Mode(s) : Auto, Twilight, Sunrise & Sunset, Fireworks, Landscape, Portrait, Spotlight, Beach, Snow
Photo Capture from Movie : Yes
Easy Operation : Yes
Slide Show Mode : Yes
Accessory Shoe : Yes (Active Interface Shoe)
LCD Screen : 3.2" wide touch panel LCD display (921k pixels)
Viewfinder : Wide (color 124k)
Format : HD: MPEG4 AVC/H.264; SD: MPEG2
Video Signal : HD: 1920 x 1080/60i; SD: NTSC color, EIA standards
Imaging Device : 1/2.88" "Exmor R" CMOS sensor
Processor : BIONZ™ image processor
Pixel Gross : 6631K
Video Actual : 4150K Pixels (16:9), 3110K Pixels (4:3)
Video Resolution : 1920 x 1080
Still Actual : 4500K Pixels (16:9), 6000K Pixels (4:3)
Still Picture Resolution : 12 megapixel
Recording Media : 240GB Non-Removeable Hard Disk Drive Memory Stick PRO Duo™ Media (Sold Separately)
Recording and Playback Times : 240GB HDD: High Definition: FH = up to 1750 min., HQ = up to 3560 min. SP = up to 4330 min., LP = up to 5770 min. Standard Definition: HQ = up to 3560 min., SP = up to 5270 min., LP = up to 10100 min.
Recording Format : Dolby® Digital 5.1
Microphone : Built-in Zoom Microphone
Convenience Features
Multiple Language Display : Yes
BRAVIA® Sync™ : Yes
Inputs and Outputs
Audio/Video Remote Terminal : Video / S Video / Audio / Component Out / Remote
Analog Audio/Video Output(s) : Included (via A/V Remote Terminal)
Digital Audio/Video Output(s) : HDMI
USB Port(s) : Hi-speed (2.0 compliant)
Component Video (Y/Pb/Pr) Output(s) : Supplied (via A/V Remote jack)
HDMI™ Connection Output(s) : Yes (mini)
Headphone Jack : Yes
Microphone Input : Yes
S-Video Output(s) : Sold separately (via A/V Remote jack)
Active Interface Shoe : Yes
Weights and Measurements
Weight (Approx.) : w/o battery: 1lb 1oz (510g), w battery 1lb 4oz (590g
Dimensions (Approx.) : 2 7/8 x 3 x 5 1/2 inch (71 x 75 x 137mm)
Battery Type : InfoLITHIUM® with AccuPower™ Meter System (NP-FH60)
Power Requirements : 7.2V (battery pack); 8.4V (AC Adaptor)
Power Consumption (in Operation) : 4.4W
Service and Warranty Information
Limited Warranty Term : Limited Warranty --- 1 Year Parts; 90 Days Labor
Lens Type : G Lens™
35mm Equivalent : 43 - 516mm (16:9), 52 - 624mm (4:3)
Aperture : F1.8-3.4
Digital Zoom : 150x
Filter Diameter : 37mm
Focal Distance : 5.5 - 66.0mm
Focus : Full range Auto / Manual (Touch Panel)
Shutter Speed : Scene Selection, 1/8-1/800; STD, 1/60-1/800; LOW LUX, 1/30-1/800; Smooth Slow Rec., 1/240-1/1000
Minimum Illumination : STD, 11 lux (1/60 Shutter Speed); LOW LUX, 3 lux (Auto Slow Shutter ON, 1/30 Shutter Speed)
Optical Zoom : 12x
Exposure : Yes (Touch Panel)
Resolution : 12 megapixel
Supplied Software : PMB Ver.4.2.00 Supports Windows 2000 Professional Service Pack4 (SP4), Windows XP Service Pack3 (SP3)(32bit) Windows Vista Service Pack1 (SP1)(32bit/64bit). Not supported by Mac OS.
Remote Commander (RMT-835)
Lithium Battery (CR2025)
AC adaptor (AC-L200)
Component A/V Cable
Application Software / USB Driver / (CD-ROM)
Rechargable Battery Pack (NP-FH60)
A/V Connecting Cable
USB Cable

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