Sony HDR-XR520V 240GB High Definition Handycam Camcorder


What does the 50% ReviewGist Score mean?

Going by the low ReviewGist score of 50% that Sony Handycam HDR-XR520 has received, you are advised to buy with caution. This is because even though the Sony Handycam HDR-XR520 has garnered excellent reviews from most reviewers, it might not come with the latest specifications as it is a relatively very old model.

  • Excellent ratings from over 21 review sources with an average rating of 4.0 stars. Top review sources include stars),, and stars).
  • Released 5 years 9 months ago (Feb 2009) which makes it one of the very old camcorders in the market.


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Key Features
Camcorder Type Digital
CCD Quantity 0.0
HDD Size 240.0 GB
Memory Still Resolution 12.0 MegaPixels
Optical Zoom 12.0 x
Recordable Media Flash Media, Hard Drive, AVC
Recording Format Flash Media, HDD, AVC
Recording System NTSC
Sensor Pixels 6631.0 K pixels
CCD Quantity 0.0
Sensor Size 1/2.88"
Image Sensor Type CMOS
LCD / Viewfinder
Color Viewfinder Color Viewfinder
Display Type With LCD Panel
LCD Panel Size 3.2 in.
Digital Zoom 150.0 x
Filter Diameter 37.0 mm
Lens Focal Length 5.5 - 60 mm
Video Modes
Image Stabilizer Optical Image Stabilizer
Low Lux 11.0 Lux
Recording Speed LP, SP, HQ
Audio Format 5.1 Surround Sound
Memory Photography
Digital Still Shot Mode Digital Still Shot Mode
Memory Card Type SD Card, Memory Stick Pro Duo
MPEG Movie Mode MPEG Movie Mode
MPEG Movie Mode Resolution 1920 x 1080i
Microphone Type External/Optional
Output Interfaces S-Video, Component, USB 2.0, Headphones Jack, HDMI
Power Supply
Battery Life 101.0 Hours
Battery Type Rechargeable Li-Ion Battery
Depth 3.0 in.
Height 5.5 in.
Weight 1.1 lb.
Width 2.76 in.
Warranty 90 Days
Family Line Sony HDR
Included Accessories Software, USB Cable, A/V Cable, Driver, AC Power Adapter, Remote Control, Battery Pack
Product ID 81156423
UPC 027242763081
ReviewGist ID 41887,81156423

Manufacturer Description

The Sony HDR-XR520V Handycam employs an advanced Exmor R CMOS sensor to capture stunning, 1920 x 1080 high definition video and 12.1-megapixel still images to its internal 240 GB hard disk drive. In addition, the built-in GPS receiver helps you keep track of your current location, and even remembers where you shot your videos. 1920 x 1080 high definition resolution lets you record your memories in exceptional Sony Full High Definition quality, and 12.1-megapixel still image capture lets you take stunning, high resolution digital photos. The built-in 240GB hard disk drive can record and store up to 101 hours of high-definition video footage in long play mode (HD LP, 2ch Dolby mode), while HDD Smart Protection gives you peace of mind by helping to prevent any recorded video and images from being lost if the camcorder is accidentally dropped.
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