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Sony HDR-CX580V High Definition Handycam Camcorder (Black)

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Product Highlights

  • Full HD 1920 x 1080 60p/24p Recording
  • Capture 20.4 Megapixel Still Images
  • Back-Illuminated Exmor R CMOS Sensor
  • Embedded 32GB Flash Memory
  • Xtra Fine 3.0" Touch Screen LCD Display
  • Sony G Lens
  • Optical SteadyShot with Active Mode
  • Optical 12x Zoom & 20x Extended Zoom
  • Dynamic 5.1 Channel Surround Sound Mic
  • Geotagging Though GPS & NAVTEQ Maps
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Equipped with an embedded 32GB internal flash memory, the Sony HDR-CX580V High Definition Handycam Camcorder (Black) can record up to 11.35 hours of HD LP video footage. It shoots Full HD 1920 x 1080 60p/24p video and can also take 20.4 megapixels still images. It features a back-illuminated Exmor R CMOS sensor that's ideal for low-light situations. Plus, it features a Sony G Lens that supports 12x optical zoom and 20x extended zoom. There's also a 3.0" Xtra Fine LCD touch screen display for easy recording and instant playback.

The HDR-CX580V comes outfitted with several video enhancing features. It has Golf Shot, Face Detection, CinemaTone presets and 24p recording for cinematic quality video. There's also a Tracking Focus function that follows selected subjects as you record. The microphone features 5.1 channel surround sound for dynamic and vivid surround audio. There's even a wind noise reduction function that provides clear voice recording and Geotagging with a built-in GPS receiver and NAVTEQ maps. For professional shooting, the camcorder has a built-in flash, headphone jack for monitoring and a microphone jack for using external mics. The camcorder supports Clear Phase stereo speakers as well.

Sony added a few playback and connection conveniences as well. The HDR-CX580V features Event Browse, which groups video and stills by each particular recording session automatically. It also has a Highlight Playback function that creates movies with transitions and soundtracks for you automatically. With the HDR-CX580V, you can use the Direct Copy feature to transfer your HD footage directly to a hard drive without even using a PC. However, if you do want to upload videos onto Facebook and YouTube, the camcorder comes with a built-in USB cable, as well as editing and application software.

Full HD 1920 x 1080 60p/24p Recording with 20.4 Megapixel Still Image Capture
The HDR-CX580V offers 1920 x 1080 high definition resolution letting you record your adventures and memories in exceptional Full HD quality. The camcorder is capable of 60p, 60i or 24p recording and 60p playback via HDMI. You can use the camera's HDMI output to view your footage on a compatible HDTV in stunning clarity with incredible detail and smooth playback. You can also use the camcorder to capture 20.4 megapixel still images
32GB Embedded Flash Memory for Up to 11 Hours of Recording
The built-in 32GB embedded Flash memory can record and store up to 11.35 hours of high definition video footage when using the HD LP mode. If that's not enough, the HDR-CX580V supports memory cards up to 64GB for additional storage space
Optical SteadyShot Image Stabilization with Active Mode
On standard SteadyShot camcorders a single "shift lens" is moved in the optical block to offset camera shake. Optical SteadyShot image stabilization moves the entire optical block at once, maintaining the integrity of the optical path and improving shake reduction by up thirteen times. It also reduces vignetting (light fall-off towards the edge of a scene) and lowers distortion in videos and still photos
Wide Angle Sony G Lens to Capture More of What You Want
Experience the pinnacle of Sony lens technology with the professional-quality G Lens. Engineered for superior optical performance, Sony G lenses deliver brilliant, accurate color reproduction and sharp, amazingly detailed images. In addition, the 29.8 mm focal length in Photo Mode and Video Modes offers a broader perspective for enhanced wide angle shooting
CinemaTone Presets & 24p Recording Matches the Cinematic Aesthetic with Video
For extra control over image expression, CinemaTone technology is used to deepen the color and recreate film-like color tones. Combined with 24p recording, you'll have most of the tools you'll need to fulfill your directorial desire for cinematic expression
Advanced Controls with Expanded Focus, Zebra & Peaking
The HDR-CX580V provides advanced capture and control features that are often considered the domain of professional cameras including expanded focus for precise manual focus control, zebra and peaking for precision focus and exposure adjustments
Back-Illuminated Exmor R CMOS Sensor for Superb Low-Light Video
Experience stunning low-light sensitivity with improved image clarity and drastically reduced grain thanks to Sony's back-illuminated Exmor R CMOS sensor. Designed for compact cameras and camcorders, the Exmor R CMOS sensor relocates the photo diodes above the support circuitry, maximizing the light gathering area per pixel so you can shoot with better results in lower lighting conditions
20x Extended Zoom to Get Even Closer to the Action
Extended Zoom works in conjunction with the camera's 12x optical zoom to get even closer to the action while still maintaining HD image quality
Xtra Fine 3.0" TruBlack Touch Panel LCD Display (921K)
The 3.0" Xtra Fine LCD touch screen has 921K pixels and features a widescreen 16:9 aspect ratio. It displays sharp, bright, vivid images, letting you compose a shot more easily - even outdoors, while enabling you to change settings to best represent the scene. TruBlack technology brings remarkably higher contrast, which affords more natural, realistic colors and easier viewing in bright conditions by reducing glare
Tracking Focus Follows Selected Subjects In & Out of the Frame
Tracking Focus works as an extension of Face Detection to allow you to select an object with a simple touch of the LCD panel and the camcorder will focus follow the selected target - even if it leaves the frame and returns
Dolby Digital 5.1 Channel Surround Mic for Vivid & Dynamic Surround Sound
Dolby Digital 5.1 channel recording captures active sounds coming from all directions, so you can experience your home movies the way you experienced them while recording
Wind Noise Reduction for Clear Voice Recording
Wind Reduction reduces noise and interference that is produced when wind passes over the microphone, giving you a clearer and more enjoyable sound experience
Expanded Recording / Monitoring with Mic & Headphone Jacks
The camera features dedicated mic and headphone inputs for expanded audio recording options and convenient monitoring of audio with headphones (external microphones and headphones sold separately)
Active Interface Shoe to Attach Intelligent Accessories
The Active Interface Shoe lets you mount Intelligent Accessories, such as external lights and microphones, which can help extend the capabilities of your camcorder
Event Browse Groups for Easy Reference of Photos & Videos
Event Browse conveniently groups your images and videos together for easier viewing. The date range that Event Browse uses to group your pictures and videos together is easily adjusted to suit your needs. When used with Highlight Playback, you can quickly make and share a highlight reel from an individual day or event
Highlight Playback Creates Movies with Transitions for You
Highlight Playback identifies and compiles key scenes into a short, entertaining movie complete with music and transitions. You can even pin-point the exact scene you want to include in the highlight reel
Clear Phase Stereo Speakers for True & Dynamic Sound
Bring your videos alive with Clear Phase stereo speakers. Drawing on Sony's high-end audio expertise, renown S-Master amplifier technology is utilized to produce more true-to-life sound
Geotagging with Built-In GPS Receiver & NAVTEQ Maps
A built-in GPS receiver makes the HDR-CX580V an ideal choice for travelers. The receiver gives you the ability to view your current location on the LCD map display, as well as "tag" your shooting locations. Tagged videos and still images can be reviewed and played back using the Map Index function on the camcorder or once downloaded to your PC using the supplied PlayMemories Home software. Additionally, the receiver automatically adjusts your camcorder's clock to the proper time zone
Direct Copy to External HDD without PC
Store your footage without a PC. Direct Copy gives you the ability to copy videos from your camcorder directly to an external hard disk drive (sold separately), all without a computer. Your camcorder can also access videos stored on the external hard drive for playback on your HDTV, allowing you to utilize the camcorder's handy playback features
Built-In USB Cable for Easy File Transfers & Charging
The high-speed, built-in USB 2.0 cable allows for easy connection to your computer for charging or file transfer without having to remember separate cables. It also fits conveniently into the hand strap, so it's out of the way until you need it. plus, charging your camcorder is faster than ever; for every two minutes of charge time you get one minute of recording time
Intelligent Auto with 180 Different Scene Combinations Possible
Intelligent Auto mode goes a step beyond traditional auto modes by analyzing your shot and then automatically selecting the appropriate settings from ten distinct scene modes and wind noise reduction. This creates 180 different combinations from scene modes including Landscape, Backlight, Twilight, Spotlight, Low light, Macro, Portrait, Baby, Walk, Tripod and Wind Noise Reduction. The camcorder utilizes an advanced sound processor and sophisticated noise reduction algorithms to reduce wind noise by up to 10dB compared to other models. In addition to reducing low frequency noise, iAuto also suppresses mid- and upper-frequency noise, resulting in clearer, more enjoyable sound
Golf Shot
Building on the slow-motion capture capabilities of Smooth Slow Record, Golf Shot captures a few seconds of motion as a sequence of up to 22 still images, which can be viewed/printed individually or as a composite "sequence shot" image. It's perfect for analyzing the nuances of a golf swing, tennis serve or other fast action sport or activity
Built-In Flash
The built-in camera flash will assist in shedding light on your subject when shooting still photos
A/V Remote Terminal
The camcorder features an A/V Remote Terminal with video, audio and remote connectivity
Camera
Sensor 1x 1/3.91"  CMOS Sensor
Backside Illumination Yes
Pixel Gross 5430
Effective Pixels 5020 
Optics
Lens 2.9 - 34.8 mm
f/1.8 - 3.4
Focusing Distance 0.4" / 1.0 cm
Zoom Optical: 12x
Enhanced (Optical): 20x
Digital: 160x
Filter Size 30 mm
Recording
System NTSC
Recording Media Internal Flash Memory 32GB Video/Image
Memory Stick PRO Duo, SD/SDHC/SDXC  
Recording Time Internal Flash Memory 32 GB
HD PS: 140 minutes
HD FX: 165 minutes
HD FH: 225 minutes
HD HQ: 400 minutes
HD LP: 695 minutes
Internal Flash Memory 32 GB
STD HQ: 415 minutes
Video Format High Definition
MPEG AVC/H.264
1920 x 1080p / 60 fps
1920 x 1080p / 24 fps
1440 x 1080i / 60 fps
Standard Definition
MPEG2
740 x 480i / 60 fps
Still Image Resolution JPEG: 20.4 Megapixel, 6016 x 3384
JPEG: 20.4 Megapixel, 6016 x 3384
JPEG: 10.0 Megapixel, 4224 x 2376
JPEG: 2.1 Megapixel, 1920 x 1080
Channels Stereo
Audio Format Dolby Digital 2ch
Dolby Digital 5.1
Display
Display Type LCD
Touchscreen Yes
Screen Size 3.0"
Features
Image Stabilization Optical
Lux 6 (Standard (1/60 Shutter Speed))
3 (Low Lux (1/30 Shutter Speed))
Shutter Speed 1/8-1/10000sec
Built-in Mic Yes
Built-in Speaker Yes
Built-in Light/Flash Light - No
Flash - Yes
Accessory Shoe Hot
Tripod Mount 1/4"
Input/Output Connectors
Outputs 1x USB 2.0 (Built-in USB cable)
1x Mini-USB
1x HDMI C (Mini)
1x A/V (Composite)
1x A/V Remote Terminal (Video / Audio / Remote)
Microphone Input Yes
Headphone Jack Yes
General
Languages English
French
Portuguese
Spanish
System Requirements Windows
  • XP (SP3)
    Vista (SP2)
    7
Battery Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery Pack, 6.8-8.4VDC
Charging Method AC Adapter
Power Adapter 100-240VAC, 50/60HZ
Power Consumption Operating: 3.1 W
in LCD Operation: 3 W
Dimensions (WxHxD) 3.5 x 3.2 x 6.0" / 9.0 x 8.2 x 15.2 cm
Weight 14.1 oz / 400 g with supplied battery
Sony HDR-CX580V High Definition Handycam Camcorder (Black)
  • NP-FV50 Rechargeable Battery Pack
  • AC Adapter (AC-L200)
  • Lens Hood
  • Power Cord
  • AV Connecting Cable
  • HDMI Cable (Mini Type C Cable)
  • USB Connection Support Cable
  • 1-Year Limited Parts & 90-Day Labor Warranty
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    SonyHDR-CX580V High Definition Handycam Camcorder (Black)
     
    4.7

    (based on 77 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

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      (57)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (20)

    • 3 Stars

       

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    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Zoom range/performance (83)
    • Great picture quality (74)
    • Easy to use (70)
    • Image stabilization (57)
    • Large clear LCD (47)

    Cons

    • Poor in low light (4)

    Best Uses

    • HD shooting (55)
    • Home movies (52)
    • Travel (50)
    • Weddings (38)
    • Low light (33)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Enthusiast (30), Casual user (20), Semi-pro (15), Pro videographer (11)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (73), Yes (3)

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    5.0

    Great vacation camera!

    By flwolf

    from SW Florida

    About Me Video Enthusiast

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Easy to Use
    • Good Image Stabilization
    • Good in Low Light
    • Great Picture Quality
    • Great Sound
    • Great Zoom
    • Large Clear LCD
    • Zoom range/performance

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Documentaries
      • HD Shooting
      • Home Movies
      • Indoors/Low Light
      • Movies/Short Films
      • Travel
      • Weddings/Events

      Comments about Sony HDR-CX580V High Definition Handycam Camcorder (Black):

      I do have a Canon 70D camera system, but on vacation I take my Sony DX-580 camcorder. Non necessarily just for videos, but for still photos! They rival the ones I shoot with my Canon 70D - and it fits in my short pocket!

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      5.0

      A great little video camera

      By Erik

      from Kalispell, MT

      About Me Video Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy to Use
      • Good Image Stabilization
      • Good in Low Light
      • Great Picture Quality
      • Zoom range/performance

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • HD Shooting
        • Home Movies
        • Indoors/Low Light
        • Travel
        • Weddings/Events

        Comments about Sony HDR-CX580V High Definition Handycam Camcorder (Black):

        I purchased this camcorder for personal use on a safari to Namibia. I found it produced excellent videos that look as good as professional documentaries when viewed on my high definition TV. This was true when the objects being filmed were static or moving slowly. When I shot video from the moving safari vehicle, the quality dropped considerably, especially for shots perpendicular to the vehicle's motion. This quality was well below what is typical for professional work. I shot most of my video using an intermediate setting so this issue may not exist with higher quality settings.

        The camera performed well in low light conditions such as sitting around a campfire. When the light gets very low, the image becomes quite pixelated, but you still can capture it.

        The camcorder also produced good sound quality overall, particularly for sounds coming from where the camera was pointed. Sounds from behind (e.g. my voice commentaries) were marginal.

        I found that the battery life was quite long. I got an hour and a half of continuous shooting from the small battery that comes with the camera. With two these, I could go all day with dozens of shots of varying lengths. With a third, larger battery along, I had no fears of running out of power when I was out in the field.

        Overall, I think this is great camcorder for the price based upon my experience so far.

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        5.0

        Worth the Investment

        By TV Guy

        from Boynton Beach, FL

        About Me Semi-pro Videographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy to Use
        • Good Image Stabilization
        • Good in Low Light
        • Great Picture Quality
        • Great Sound

        Cons

        • On Screen Buttons

        Best Uses

        • Documentaries
        • HD Shooting
        • Home Movies
        • Indoors/Low Light
        • Travel
        • Weddings/Events

        Comments about Sony HDR-CX580V High Definition Handycam Camcorder (Black):

        I've actually bought this camera twice. Once for my work and once for my personal use. I came to it after a recommendation from a friend who is a TV News Photographer.

        The camera gives me a great picture and sound inside and outside. I've used it to shoot meetings, parades, animals, and more. I've never been disappointed with the output. Much better than cameras in the lower price range.

        The size is good. It's small but it doesn't feel flimsy. I was glad that the unit has an external mic plug.

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        5.0

        Simple To Use: Deep Enough for SemiPros

        By elvinort

        from San Juan, Puerto Rico

        About Me Casual User

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy to Use
        • Good Image Stabilization
        • Good in Low Light
        • Great Picture Quality
        • Great Sound
        • Great Zoom
        • Large Clear LCD
        • Zoom range/performance

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Documentaries
          • HD Shooting
          • Home Movies
          • Indoors/Low Light
          • Movies/Short Films
          • Travel
          • Weddings/Events

          Comments about Sony HDR-CX580V High Definition Handycam Camcorder (Black):

          This little wonder is amazingly light. Yet its features (optical stabilization, surround sound and operation) are wonderful. It operates well in normal and low light situations, and if you use a monopod with it, ypu can get quite steady shots, even while walking! Amazing quality, and love the AVHCD previews in Quicktime. Even the lens hood makes you look like a pro. The only low point is the 32 GB internal memory, but you can buy an SD card and add up to 64 GB of extra recording time. You can't go wrong with this camera.

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          5.0

          Excellent Picture, nice camera

          By huntersound1

          from Media Pennsylvania

          About Me Semi-pro Videographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy to Use
          • Good Image Stabilization
          • Great Picture Quality
          • Great Zoom
          • Large Clear LCD
          • Zoom range/performance

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Documentaries
            • HD Shooting
            • Home Movies
            • Movies/Short Films
            • Weddings/Events

            Comments about Sony HDR-CX580V High Definition Handycam Camcorder (Black):

            camera is easy to use, lightweight and steady stable image

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            4.0

            high quality images, easy to use

            By Kim

            from Cleveland, Ohio

            About Me Video Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy to Use
            • Good in Low Light
            • Great Picture Quality
            • Great Zoom

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Sony HDR-CX580V High Definition Handycam Camcorder (Black):

                Right out of the box this camera is quick to set up and easy to use. The quality of the images in our classroom is perfect.

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                5.0

                Just Dinosaured 2 fine Sony camcorders !

                By Specialdose

                from Jonesboro, Ga.

                About Me Video Enthusiast

                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

                • 12x Zoom Varied Speed And
                • Easy to Use
                • Good Image Stabilization
                • Good in Low Light
                • Great Picture Quality
                • Great Sound
                • Great Zoom
                • Large Clear LCD
                • Zoom range/performance

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • HD Shooting
                  • Home Movies

                  Comments about Sony HDR-CX580V High Definition Handycam Camcorder (Black):

                  I own a DCR-TRV900 and a DCR-VX2000.10yrs. Both Pro-sumer mini-dv.Never a problem one.Well, what do I do with them now that I have this HDR-CX580V. This little less than Pepsi can size monster blows them out of the water. I recieved mine Friday,10-8-13, 3 days after ordering, New York to Atlanta, free shipping. I was not going to submit a review this quick but can not contain my exuberance over this camcoder.I read a lot about this camera, watched all the clips I could find on youtube. Nothing like purchasing something and it exceeding your expectations.The con I read about most was low light performance.Those people must be trying to shoot in the dark. Normal room light works fine. Up to par with out doors shooting,no, but totally exceptable.I shoot a LOT of my grandsons ju-jitsu and wrestling matches.Did one Sat. straight out of the box Fri. read no instructions. Played it on his dads 50"plasma, you would have sworn we were watching MMA on Fox sports. This little monster Rocks.The only problem so far is the size. It is much smaller than I thought. I am 6-4, 220. Big hands.If you don't see the strap, it is totally hidden in my hand. I will adjust. I can only imagine the finished production once I press in and learn all the features.The image stabilization is like the best VariZoom you could buy. Oh,and snap shots, WOW, for a camcorder.Caught the sale price, $[$]. I am 66 and have been involved with videography since the VHS days of separate 10lb. recorder and shoulder saticon tube camera.Hope this helps someone. For the price they have now I Highly recommend it and B&H also. Not my first purchase with them. Great place to do business.

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                  5.0

                  I love my handycam!

                  By Loving life enthusiast

                  from Palm Desert, Ca

                  About Me Casual User

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy to Use
                  • Good Image Stabilization
                  • Good in Low Light
                  • Great Picture Quality
                  • Great Sound
                  • Great Zoom
                  • Large Clear LCD
                  • Zoom range/performance

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Documentaries
                    • HD Shooting
                    • Home Movies
                    • Indoors/Low Light
                    • Movies/Short Films
                    • Travel
                    • Weddings/Events

                    Comments about Sony HDR-CX580V High Definition Handycam Camcorder (Black):

                    I bought this camcorder to video my kids performances, and it is wonderful! The best thing is that I can take still images both from the video and use it as a point and shoot camera! I was thinking about getting a professional SLR camera, but this was so much better for memories of my kids youth!

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                    4.0

                    Awesome camera

                    By Pic maker

                    from Hanover, PA

                    About Me Casual User

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy to Use
                    • Good Image Stabilization
                    • Good in Low Light
                    • Great Picture Quality
                    • Great Sound
                    • Great Zoom
                    • Large Clear LCD
                    • Zoom range/performance

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • HD Shooting
                      • Home Movies
                      • Indoors/Low Light
                      • Movies/Short Films
                      • Travel
                      • Weddings/Events

                      Comments about Sony HDR-CX580V High Definition Handycam Camcorder (Black):

                      This high def camera is a breeze to operate, compack and is comfortable in your hand. The picture and sound are both excellent quality. Controls and zoom are conveniently located

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                      5.0

                      "I would buy this product again and agai

                      By Paul G. Ku

                      from 12361 El Rey PL. #4 Garden Grove CA. 928

                      About Me Semi-pro Videographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Good Image Stabilization
                      • Great Sound
                      • Great Zoom
                      • Large Clear LCD
                      • Zoom range/performance

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about Sony HDR-CX580V High Definition Handycam Camcorder (Black):

                          Light is good.
                          Surprising feature of the GPS.
                          Simple operation is convenient to use.

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                          5.0

                          Exactly.

                          By KyserSohse

                          from Houston, TX

                          About Me Casual User

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Easy to Use
                          • Good Image Stabilization
                          • Great Picture Quality
                          • Great Zoom

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Home Movies
                            • Travel

                            Comments about Sony HDR-CX580V High Definition Handycam Camcorder (Black):

                            Accurate pic, accurate description, great price. Can't ask for much more than that.

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                            5.0

                            Amazing quality

                            By Bow hunter

                            from Cols, ohio

                            About Me Video Enthusiast

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Easy to Use
                            • Good in Low Light
                            • Great Picture Quality
                            • Great Sound
                            • Large Clear LCD

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • HD Shooting
                              • Home Movies
                              • Travel
                              • Weddings/Events

                              Comments about Sony HDR-CX580V High Definition Handycam Camcorder (Black):

                              Let me start out by saying this camera was a great investment. I purchased this cam to start filming my own hunts this upcoming bow season. The first thing I noticed about this Sony cam was how crystal clear the image was especially with great lighting. The HD setting is like TV quality. Also it has to many things to list when it comes to the different settings and adjustments you can make. It had a pretty big screen which helps with filming of course. I'm a fan of the touch screen control but not so much crazy about all my finger prints all over the screen when I'm done. The cons would be that the cam only comes with a 2 1/2 to 3 hour battery. Also when the lighting is low it tends to get grainy but turning in the low lux setting helps with this. It also is a very very small camera much smaller than I anticipated. All and all it really is a great camera and I would buy it again or tell a friend about it as well. Stay safe out there fellow bow hunters.

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                              5.0

                              Impressive!

                              By arspromo

                              from chicago, IL

                              About Me Pro Videographer

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Easy to Use
                              • Good Image Stabilization
                              • Good in Low Light
                              • Great Picture Quality
                              • Great Sound
                              • Great Zoom
                              • Large Clear LCD
                              • Zoom range/performance

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Documentaries
                                • HD Shooting
                                • Home Movies
                                • Indoors/Low Light
                                • Movies/Short Films
                                • Travel
                                • Weddings/Events

                                Comments about Sony HDR-CX580V High Definition Handycam Camcorder (Black):

                                I film high action motorsports video, so having such an intuitive camera is a huge advantage. I am most impressed by the HD quality, even on the digital zoom setting as well as the automatic backlight adjustment! I liked this camera so much I bought another one.

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                                5.0

                                Great Camera for the Price

                                By High School Coach

                                from Chattanooga, TN

                                About Me Casual User

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Easy to Use
                                • Good Image Stabilization
                                • Great Picture Quality
                                • Great Zoom
                                • Large Clear LCD

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • HD Shooting
                                  • Home Movies
                                  • Indoors/Low Light
                                  • Travel

                                  Comments about Sony HDR-CX580V High Definition Handycam Camcorder (Black):

                                  This is a top-end non-professional camera. Great picture quality and very easy to use. One note...it does NOT work with the Sony remote control tri-pod.

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                                  4.0

                                  Good Value

                                  By Bob

                                  from Pittsburgh, PA

                                  About Me Casual User

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Easy to Use
                                  • Great Picture Quality
                                  • Large Clear LCD

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • HD Shooting
                                    • Home Movies
                                    • Travel

                                    Comments about Sony HDR-CX580V High Definition Handycam Camcorder (Black):

                                    Currently using the product to film football games for coaches. Camera is easy to use and gives good results. Night results, even under lights, is not as good. Low lux setting helps, but results are not as good as daytime shooting. Considering the price of the camera, results are fine. The photo button is beside the zoom lever and is very sensitive, making it easy to inadvertently take photos while zooming during filming. Play Memories Home software is okay, but I found editing easier with the software provided with my earlier Sony camcorder. All-in-all, this camera is well worth the price.

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                                    5.0

                                    Great camera! Perfect for YouTube!

                                    By Ballistic BBQ

                                    from San Diego, CA

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                                    Pros

                                    • Easy to Use
                                    • Good Image Stabilization
                                    • Good in Low Light
                                    • Great Picture Quality
                                    • Great Sound
                                    • Great Zoom
                                    • Large Clear LCD
                                    • Zoom range/performance

                                    Cons

                                    • Software Needed For Mac

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Cooking Videos
                                    • Documentaries
                                    • HD Shooting
                                    • Home Movies
                                    • Indoors/Low Light
                                    • Movies/Short Films
                                    • Travel
                                    • Weddings/Events
                                    • YouTube Videos

                                    Comments about Sony HDR-CX580V High Definition Handycam Camcorder (Black):

                                    I am no where near a pro, but I run a pretty successful outdoor cooking channel on YouTube. This camera is just what I needed to help me take it to the next level. The picture is so vibrant and clear and the operation itself is very easy. So many wonderful features crammed into this small package! Plus, 20 megapixel still shots... Are you kidding me! This camera is top notch and a pleasure to use. I just can't say enough about it!

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                                    5.0

                                    Excellent product

                                    By steve

                                    from Oberlin, Oh

                                    About Me Casual User

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Easy to Use
                                    • Good Image Stabilization
                                    • Good in Low Light
                                    • Great Picture Quality
                                    • Great Zoom
                                    • Zoom range/performance

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • HD Shooting
                                      • Home Movies
                                      • Sporting Events

                                      Comments about Sony HDR-CX580V High Definition Handycam Camcorder (Black):

                                      I bought this to record high school soccer games. My first attempt came out well, the real surprise was hooking the camera to my tv at home after the game the picture was unbelievable! Battery had no problem running for the whole game and the pregame introductions. Used both internal and the card to capture it all. Next game, I set for a lower quality and fit it all on the internal memory. Picture quality was still excellent. Easy camera to use and a good value. Display is a little tough to see in bright sunshine, but useable unlike my cellphone.

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                                      5.0

                                      Steady as a rock

                                      By Poplarhouse

                                      from Memphis, IN

                                      About Me Semi-pro Videographer

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                                      Pros

                                      • Easy to Use
                                      • Good Image Stabilization
                                      • Good in Low Light
                                      • Great Picture Quality
                                      • Large Clear LCD

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                        • Documentaries
                                        • HD Shooting
                                        • Home Movies
                                        • Indoors/Low Light
                                        • Travel

                                        Comments about Sony HDR-CX580V High Definition Handycam Camcorder (Black):

                                        I bought this to rerplace an aging Sanyo Xacti, which I have used extensively to suppliment the video from two locked-down prosumer camcorders at conventions and during production of music videos. I need a small unit that I can drop in a pocket, and use for closeups (still and video) as I move around. This is my fourth Sony, and the image quality just keeps improving. Stabilization is superb, colors are true and low-light performance is better than the Sanyo, which is to say quite good. It is easy to hold, although my thumb will not conveniently reach the record button when my hand is in the strap. On a camera this tiny, my index finger couldn't reach a button on top, either, so I simply use two hands; maybe over time I'll develope the necessary flexibility. It wasn't apparent from the specs, but this camcorder can be set for either 4:3 or 16:9 in SD mode, a nice feature since I often combine video with anamorphic ws from an AG100B. The price was right when I bought it, but this month it's still a good buy.

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                                        4.0

                                        Great Camcorder!

                                        By A Canadian School

                                        from Alberta, Canada

                                        About Me Video Enthusiast

                                        Verified Buyer

                                        Pros

                                        • Easy to Use
                                        • Good Image Stabilization
                                        • Great Picture Quality
                                        • Large Clear LCD

                                        Cons

                                        • Lens Cap Problem

                                        Best Uses

                                        • HD Shooting

                                        Comments about Sony HDR-CX580V High Definition Handycam Camcorder (Black):

                                        We're using the HDR-CX580V to record weekly presentations at our school, followed by uploading the recordings after some brief post-production work. The camera's Full HD is exquisite, and the audio jack is just what we needed. However, the lens protector gets in the way of the wideframe recording setting, and easily spins around if you aren't careful. Having the option to upload files to a computer/dropbox/online would have been great too, which other models have.

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                                        4.0

                                        Great Product, Great value

                                        By Dick

                                        from Colorado Springs CO

                                        About Me Video Enthusiast

                                        Verified Buyer

                                        Pros

                                        • Easy to Use
                                        • Good Image Stabilization
                                        • Great Picture Quality
                                        • Great Sound
                                        • Great Zoom
                                        • Large Clear LCD
                                        • Zoom range/performance

                                        Cons

                                          Best Uses

                                          • HD Shooting
                                          • Home Movies
                                          • Movies/Short Films
                                          • Travel
                                          • Weddings/Events

                                          Comments about Sony HDR-CX580V High Definition Handycam Camcorder (Black):

                                          Takes great pictures and videos. A little learning curve as there are many bell and whistles. Very small and easy to pack around. Comes with multiple acceceries. Great value

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