Sony HDR-XR500 120GB High Definition Handycam 'PAL' Camcorder

BH #SOHDRXR500E • MFR #HDR-XR500E
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Sony HDR-XR500 120GB High Definition Handycam 'PAL' Camcorder
Key Features
  • 1920 x 1080 HD
  • 120GB HDD
  • 1/2.88" Exmor-R CMOS
  • 37mm G-Lens
The high-end, HDR-XR500 120GB High Definition Handycam 'PAL' 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.

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Sony HDR-XR500 Overview

  • 1Description
  • 2Hybrid Recording to HDD or Memory Stick Duo Media
  • 31/2.88" ClearVid Exmor R CMOS Sensor with Back-Illumination
  • 4Sony G Lens
  • 53.2" Wide Touch Panel Xtra Fine LCD
  • 612.1MP Digital Stills
  • 7Optical SteadyShot Image Stabilization
  • 8Creative Control and Workflow Features

The high-end, HDR-XR500 120GB High Definition Handycam 'PAL' 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.

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 XR500. 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.
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

Sony HDR-XR500 Specs

Optics
Sensor1/2.88" Exmor R CMOS
LensG Lens
Focal length=5.5-66mm
F/Stop=1.8-3.4
Zoom12x Optical
150x Digital
Filter Size37mm
Recording
SystemPAL
FormatHigh Definition: MPEG4 AVC/H.264
Standard Definition: MPEG2
AudioDolby Digital 5.1
Image StabilizationOptical SteadyShot Image Stabilization
LuxMinimum illumination: 11 lux (1/60 shutter speed), LOW LUX, 3 lux (Auto Slow Shutter ON, 1/30 shutter speed)
Recording Media120GB HDD
Memory Stick PRO Duo Media (sold separately)
Recording Time120GB HDD
High Definition: FH: 870 minutes, LP: 2870 minutes
Standard Definition: HQ: 1770 minutes, LP: 5020 minutes

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

Display
Display TypeWide Touch Panel LCD
Display Size3.2" (921k pixels)
ViewfinderWide color (123k)
Camera Features
Manual ControlsFocus
Built-in SpeakerYes
Built-in MicYes
Accessory ShoeActive Interface Shoe
Built-in Light/FlashFlash - yes
Light - no
Digital Still Mode
Still Recording Media120GB HDD
Memory Stick PRO Duo Media
Resolution12Mp
Input/Output Connectors
InputsMicrophone jack
OutputUSB 2.0
HDMI
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 InputYes
Headphone JackYes
General
LanguagesNot specified by manufacturer
Compatible Operating SystemsWindows 2000, XP, Vista
Power RequirementsNot specified by manufacturer
Dimensions2 7/8 x 3 x 5 1/2" (71 x 75 x 137mm)
Weight1 lb 4 oz (580g)

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