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Sony HDR-XR520E Camcorder

Oct 2013
Full HD Release Date
Three industry awards
Puce GPS
Expensive
25 Reviews + 3 Awards
EISA.eu EISA Trusted Reviews Recommended stuff.tv Hot Buy

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Reviews

Three Industry Awards

Experts in video cameras really like this video camera and have given it three awards.

The reviewer at Trusted Reviews recommend this Sony video camera and have given it their "Recommended" award.

This camcorder received a "Hot Buy" award from Stuff.tv and EISA.eu gave it an "EISA" award.

Good Expert Reviews

Based on eighteen expert reviews from sites including CNET.com, Trusted Reviews, Techradar and g4tv.com the average expert rating of this video camera is 82%. The expert review sites think this Sony camcorder is one of the better camcorders that were launched more than two years ago.

Sony Has Good Reviews for Its Video Cameras

Sony camcorders have good ratings on average and across all video cameras Sony is one of the superior manufacturers.


Price

Good Value for Money

Three customers who reviewed the product thought it was good value for money.

Expert review site Electronicsme.com wrote “Handheld cameras are coming down in price, making the newer versions more affordable for anyone looking to enter the market”. Trustedreviews.com wrote on expert website Trusted Reviews eight years ago “The Panasonic HDC-HS300 and Sony HDR-X520 are similarly priced and much harder to distinguish” and gave the product a score of 6 stars. In the same month Stuff.tv said “It’s such a useful and fun feature that it’ll almost certainly trickle down to more affordable models soon”.

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Expensive

Three people who reviewed it said that it was expensive.

Eight years ago Trustedreviews.com wrote on expert website Trusted Reviews “Canon's LEGRIA HF S10 is currently too expensive.” in their Sony HDR-XR520E review. In the same month expert review site Digitalartsonline.co.uk said “It may be the most expensive camcorder in this test.”. Also eight years ago Cnet.co.uk said on expert website CNET.co.uk “Although its geotagging capabilities are mostly a novelty, its interface could use a complete overhaul and it's overpriced”.

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Design

Well Made

One Sony HDR-XR520E reviewer who bought this camcorder reckoned that it was well made.

Expert website Macworld.com said in their review of this camcorder “The HDR-XR520V is a solid HD camcorder, with lots of storage” and rated the Sony HDR-XR520E 5 stars.

Good Quality

Eight customers thought the product was good quality. Electronicsme.com mentioned “First-rate video quality and performance” but even so they only gave it a score of 1 stars. Electronicsme.com also wrote “Good video quality” in their review.

Eight years ago expert website Videomaker.com rated it 5 stars and mentioned “With loads of features, ease of use and quality to back it all up” in their review of this camcorder.

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Easy to Use

Three customers mentioned that it was easy to use. Mac World said in his review of this camcorder “Massive storage capacity, good manual control placement, optical viewfinder” however he scored it 1 stars. Infosyncworld.com wrote “Cam Control dial makes shooting easier” but they rated it 19.1 out of 100.

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Not Smooth

One customer said in their reviews that it was not smooth. Eight years ago Videomaker.com wrote “Limited footage for smooth slow motion”.

Not Good Looking

One customer who reviewed the Sony HDR-XR520E wrote that it was not good looking.

Seven years ago expert review site Electronicsme.com said “Despite is bulky appearance”.


Good Zoom

Two Sony HDR-XR520E owners wrote in their reviews that it had a good zoom. Electronicsme.com said “12x optical zoom” .

Electricpig.co.uk gave the Sony HDR-XR520E a rating of 7 stars and wrote “A massive 240GB HDDm 12x zoom, Full HD” in their review of the Sony HDR-XR520E.

Good Screen

One customer who bought this camcorder thought it had a good screen. Electronicsme.com said “Crisp and clear LCD screen”.

Good Viewfinder

One Sony HDR-XR520E reviewer who reviewed it reckoned that it had a good viewfinder.

Good Image Stabiliser

One customer who purchased the product concluded that it had a good image stabiliser. Videomaker.com wrote in their review of this camcorder “Image stabilization” .

Good Geotagging

Three people mentioned in their reviews that this camcorder had good geotagging. Electronicsme.com said in their review of this camcorder “Geotagging videos is fun” yet they gave the product a rating of 18.08 out of 100.


Features

Good Features

Four people who purchased the Sony HDR-XR520E reckoned that it had good features. Seven years ago Electronicsme.com wrote “Fun GPS features” although they scored it 1 stars. Electricpig.co.uk said “Stunning HD pics, huge hard drive and raft of great features” however they only gave this camcorder a score of 20 out of 100.

Expert website Eisa.eu mentioned “This Full HD camcorder features a super-sensitive Exmor R CMOS sensor with 6 megapixel resolution”.

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Video

Full HD

Full HD

The Sony HDR-XR520E is Full HD. Most of the other camcorders of a comparable age and spec to the HDR-XR520E are not Full HD.

It may also be worth also looking at one of the alternative Full HD camcorders currently available including because of it's better review score, the Sony HDR-CX730E.

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Weight & Dimensions

Heavy and Bulky

Four Sony HDR-XR520E reviewers wrote that the product was heavy and bulky. Eight years ago Infosyncworld.com wrote “Heavy and pricey”. Electronicsme.com wrote “Relatively big and heavy” in their Sony HDR-XR520E review.

Not Compact

Two customers mentioned in their reviews that it was not compact. Electronicsme.com said “Not compact or light” in their review of this camcorder.

Expert website Stuff.tv said “Pricey and far from compact.”.


Power

Does Not Have a Good Battery Life

Two customers who reviewed it wrote that it did not have a good battery life. Videomaker.com said “Battery life”.


Ports & Interfaces

Does Not Support HDMI

The Sony HDR-XR520E does not support HDMI, although it is worth keeping in mind that most of the other camcorders of this spec and age also do not support HDMI.

We compared this camcorder to all the other video cameras with an HDMI and we think the Sony HDR-CX730E which also has a higher rating is also worth considering.

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Support

Does Not Have Good Technical Guidance

Three customers who purchased it said that it did not have good technical guidance. Electronicsme.com mentioned “Theres no standard way to geo-tag videos yet, so youll need to manual locate movies uploaded to Flickr” in their Sony HDR-XR520E review. Electronicsme.com also said “No manual shutter-speed, iris or audio controls” in their review. Infosyncworld.com said in their review of the Sony HDR-XR520E “Limited manual controls compared to competition” .

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Display

Does Not Have a Built-In Display

Most of the other camcorders that have been on the market for more than two years have a built-in display, however the Sony HDR-XR520E does not have a built-in display.

We think you might also be interested in alternative video cameras which also have a built-in display including the Sony HDR-CX730E which also has a higher rating.

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Other Features

Not Waterproof

Most video cameras of this age and spec are not waterproof. The HDR-XR520E is no exception to this as it is also not waterproof.

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Other

Released Over Three Years Ago

Sony released the HDR-XR520E over three years ago.


Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers sony hdrxr520e
Barcodes 04905524571042
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