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Sony Handycam HDR-CX500V Camcorder Review

Compact design, did well in tests, but missed the mark with control wheel and menu redesign.

$1,799.00 at Amazon


The HDR-CX500V (MSRP $1099) from Sony is a high-end HD camcorder that records to 32GB of internal memory or Memory Stick cards. The camcorder did quite well in our testing, and its compact design is certainly striking, but Sony missed the target with its re-designed control wheel and updated menu system—not to mention leaving out several features that are commonly found on high-end models.

If you want even more internal memory, Sony sells an HDR-CX520V that contains 64GB of internal memory for $1299. Other than memory, it has the same internal specs as the HDR-CX500V.

Update: The Panasonic HDC-TM300 was ultimately selected as our 2009 Camcorder of the Year. To see why we selected it and read about our other awards, check out the 2009 Select Awards.

Comparable Products

Before you buy the Sony HDR-CX500V, take a look at these other camcorders.


  1. Introduction
  2. Design
  3. Product Tour
  4. Performance
  5. Color Performance
  6. Low Light Performance
  7. Motion Performance
  8. Sharpness Performance
  9. Sample Videos
  10. Usability
  11. Ease of Use
  12. Handling
  13. Controls
  14. Features
  15. Recording Options
  16. Hardware
  17. Other Features
  18. Panasonic HDC-TM300 Comparison
  19. Canon Vixia HF S11 Comparison
  20. JVC GZ-HM400 Comparison
  21. Conclusion
  22. Photo Gallery

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