Sony’s HDR-CX520V and HDR-CX500V Provide Tough Competition for Canon HF S10
07/14/2009

Sony finally decided to seriously enter the flash-based camcorder market with two new camcorders designed for enthusiast videographers. While Sony has had the flash-based HDR-CX100 for mid-level consumers, HDV and hard disk camcorders have dominated the Sony’s high-end camcorder lineup. With the announcement of the Sony HDR-CX500V and Sony HDR-CX520V, Sony is finally acknowledging the customer demand for the advantages of flash-based camcorders over hard disk camcorders. The new camcorders will provide competition for the Canon HF S10 and Canon HF S100.

Online PR News – 14-July-2009 – – Sony finally decided to seriously enter the flash-based camcorder market with two new camcorders designed for enthusiast videographers. While Sony has had the flash-based HDR-CX100 for mid-level consumers, HDV and hard disk camcorders have dominated the Sony’s high-end camcorder lineup. "With the announcement of the Sony HDR-CX500V and Sony HDR-CX520V, Sony is finally acknowledging the customer demand for the advantages of flash-based camcorders over hard disk camcorders." The new camcorders will provide competition for the Canon HF S10 and Canon HF S100.

Both Sony and Canon’s camcorders record at 1080/60i in MPEG4 AVC/H.264 format, but Sony adds the additional capability of recording SD in MPEG2 for compatibility with legacy software and media formats. From the specifications, Sony does not appear to support a native 1080/24p mode, which may disappoint some aspiring filmmakers. The HDR-CX520V has twice the internal memory of the Canon HF S10, but unlike Canon, Sony does not provide a model for consumers who wish to use all removable memory like the Canon HF S100.

The new flash camcorders sport features commonly found on Sony’s other camcorders such as face detection, optical image stabilization, smile detection, and night mode. Sony claims to have improved the low-light performance with its Exmor-R CMOS sensor, but we cannot validate that until we get our hands on one. A 3-inch touchscreen will provide great visibility of the screen and on screen controls. The 12 megapixel still camera reinforces the convergence of digital cameras and camcorders, and may eliminate the need to carry a separate digital camera.

The HDR-CX520V sports a 12x optical zoom which provides for more range than Canon HF S10’s 10x optical zoom, however it remains to be seen if Sony can match up to the superior quality professional lens that Canon has included with the HF S10 and HF S100.

Both brands allow for additional removable memory, but Sony continues to push its proprietary Memory Stick PRO Duo, while Canon uses the industry standard SDHC that is more widely available and much cheaper. If you have invested in other Sony products, such as BRAVIA televisions, then you will benefit from Sony’s tight integration between its products.

With the battery, the Sony HDR-CX500V will weigh 50g less than the Canon HF S10, and will be just slightly smaller. Canon’s larger professional lens is the main factor in the difference in size and weight.

Sony has produced a very good advanced flash-based camcorder that will compete well with Canon’s offerings. The new competition that Sony not only provides consumers a viable alternative to Canon’s flash camcorders, but will serve to make the whole field of flash-based video camera more competitive. We look forward to providing a full review on the HDR-CX520V and HDR-CX500V.

Read the full review of these and more camcorders at The Camcorder Review (http://www.TheCamcorderReview.com). The Camcorder Review provides buyer’s guides, ratings, and reviews of flash camcorders, hard drive camcorders, MiniDV/HDV camcorders, DVD camcorders, Blu-ray camcorders and accessories from top manufacturers such as Canon, Sony, Panasonic, Sanyo, Samsung, JVC, and Flip Video.

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