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Sony HDR-XR500V 120GB High Definition Handycam Camcorder

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Product Highlights
  • 1920 x 1080 HD
  • 120GB HDD
  • 1/2.88" Exmor-R CMOS
  • 37mm G-Lens
  • 12x Optical Zoom
  • Optical SteadyShot
  • 3.2" Wide Xtra Fine LCD
  • 0.27" Color Viewfinder
  • Built-In GPS
  • Face Detection & Smile Shutter

The high-end, HDR-XR500V 120GB High Definition Handycam Camcorder, from Sony packs true 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 a 120GB HDD that captures nearly 48 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 XR500V 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-XR500V gives you more quality than the average HD camcorder with enhanced optics and features, not to mention the convenience of GPS.

Hybrid Recording to HDD or Memory Stick Duo Media
Record nearly 48 hours of true, 1920 x 1080 HD video and 4MP stills to the 120GB HDD, in the XR500V. 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 12.1MP digital stills with the XR500V. 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 XR500V'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 you 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
  • 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
Sensor 1/2.88" Exmor R CMOS
Lens G Lens
Focal length=5.5-66mm
Zoom 12x Optical
150x Digital
Filter Size 37mm
System NTSC
Format High Definition: MPEG4 AVC/H.264
Standard Definition: MPEG2
Audio Dolby Digital 5.1
Image Stabilization Optical SteadyShot Image Stabilization
Lux Minimum illumination: 11 lux (1/60 shutter speed), LOW LUX, 3 lux (Auto Slow Shutter ON, 1/30 shutter speed)
Recording Media 120GB HDD
Memory Stick PRO Duo Media (sold separately)
Recording Time 120GB HDD
High Definition: FH: 870 minutes, LP: 2870 minutes
Standard Definition: HQ: 1770 minutes, LP: 5020 minutes

16GB Memory Stick PRO Duo Media
High Definition: FH: 110 minutes, LP: 375 minutes
Standard Definition: HQ: 230 minutes, LP: 655 minutes

Display Type Wide Touch Panel LCD
Display Size 3.2" (921k pixels)
Viewfinder Wide color (123k)
Camera Features
Manual Controls Focus
Built-in Speaker Yes
Built-in Mic Yes
Accessory Shoe Active Interface Shoe
Built-in Light/Flash Flash - yes
Light - no
Digital Still Mode
Still Recording Media 120GB HDD
Memory Stick PRO Duo Media
Resolution 12Mp
Input/Output Connectors
Inputs Microphone jack
Output USB 2.0
HDMI mini
Headphone jack
Analog A/V out (RCA via A/V breakout cable)
Component Video (RCA via A/V breakout cable)
S-Video (Sold separately, Mini DIN via A/V breakout cable)
Microphone Input Yes
Headphone Jack Yes
Languages Not specified by manufacturer
Compatible Operating Systems Windows 2000, XP, Vista
Power Requirements Battery Pack: 7.2VDC
AC Adapter: 8.4VAC
Dimensions (WxHxD) 2 7/8 x 3 x 5 1/2" (71 x 75 x 137mm)
Weight 1 lb 4 oz (580g)
Sony HDR-XR500V 120GB High Definition Handycam Camcorder
  • HDR-XR500V 120GB High Definition Handycam Camcorder
  • AC Adapter (AC-L200)
  • NP-FH60 Rechargeable Battery Pack
  • Remote Commander (RMT-835)
  • Component A/V Cable
  • A/V Connecting Cable
  • Lithium Battery (CR2025)
  • Application Software/USB Driver/CD-ROM
  • USB Cable
  • 1-Year Parts & 90-Days Labor Limited Warranty
  • Batteries & Power

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    Don't get caught without power, always have a spare battery.

    Sony -  NP-FH50 H-Series Info-Lithium Battery Pack
    • You Pay: $36.90

    Bags & Cases

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    Carry, store, and protect all your equipment with a bag or case.

    Sony -  LCS-X20 Soft Carrying Case for Camcorders (Black with Grey Trim)
    • You Pay: $12.99

    Protect your lens or produce a desired visual effect by adding a filter.

    B+W -  37mm UV Haze SC 010 Filter
    • You Pay: $21.90

    Lenses & Adaptors

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    Capture the right view with a conversion lens.

    Impact -  DVP-SWA38-37 Wide-Converter Lens
    • You Pay: $49.95

    External Microphones

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    Enhance the quality of your audio recording with an external microphone.

    Audio-Technica -  Pro-24CM - Stereo Microphone
    • You Pay: $52.00

    requires the BEVB50 Universal Shoe Mount Adapter, sold separately

    Tripods & Support

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    Stabilize your video with the support you need.

    Velbon -  Videomate 607 Aluminum Tripod
    • You Pay: $84.95

    Standard - Remote Control

    Control your camcorder from a distance, and eliminate hand-vibration in your footage.

    Get Hypoxic -  HYPEYE D PRO Camcorder Controller and Status Indication System
    • You Pay: $99.00
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