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Sony HDR-XR500VE
Ilse Jurriën : January 8th 2009 - 11:25 CET
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SonySony HDR-XR500VE Handycam camcorder : Heading up the Spring ’09 Handycam line-up are seven compact new High Definition models. Boasting best-ever picture quality and intelligent shooting features, hard disk drive (HDD) models are joined by colourful new Memory Stick models that offer amazing value. New Sony HDR-XR500VE sets new standards for extra-long record times, letting you capture more of your favourite memories. Range-topping AVCHD HDD models (XR520VE/500VE) now feature a super-sensitive Exmor R CMOS sensor. This groundbreaking imager increases sensitivity by approximately 2x compared with conventional models. Significantly reducing image noise, the new sensor ensures brilliant picture quality, even when you’re shooting in low light.
Sony HDR-XR500VE Handycam lens
Also making its debut on top models is Sony’s new high-quality G Lens that’s perfectly tailored to complement the resolving power of the Exmor R sensor. The new HD Sony HDR-XR500VE features several leading-edge technologies originally developed for Sony for its Alpha range of digital SLR cameras. Sony’s unique sensor, lens and image processing know-how are combined to deliver unprecedented HD picture quality - whether you’re shooting video or stills.

Sony HDR XR500VE

Sony Handycam equipped with Exmor R CMOS sensor
For the first time, range-topping AVCHD HDD Handycam models (HDR-XR520VE/500VE) feature a super-sensitive Exmor R CMOS sensor. Developed exclusively by Sony, this radically new design adopts a unique ‘back illuminated’ cell structure. The sensor has been re-engineered so photo-sensitive areas receive maximum illumination, unobscured by a grid of fine metal wires that partially blocks the pathway of incoming light in conventional designs.

Capture images with the Sony HDR-XR500VE Handycam
This ‘flipped’ sensor layout increases the amount of illumination reaching the photo detector. Dramatically boosting overall efficiency, Exmor R CMOS Sensor approximately 2x increase in sensitivity compared with conventional models. This ensures brilliant, low noise-images, even in low light. New ‘Active Mode’ on Optical SteadyShot for top-end ACVHD HDD models dramatically reduces camera shake for more stable images, even when you’re walking along as you shoot. Anti-shake performance is improved by up to ten times at wide-angle settings compared with previous-generation Handycam models.

Sony HDR-XR500VE Handycam offers a GPS receiver
If you’re looking for a real sense of place, automatic geotagging by GPS makes its Handycam debut. Sony HDR-XR500VE includes a sensitive GPS receiver inside the camcorder that tracks your position anywhere on earth where there’s satellite coverage. Videos and still images are automatically matched with location data as you travel. After shooting, Map Index shows where each clip was shot as ‘map pins’ on the LCD screen. Just touch an on-screen thumbnail image to select a clip from the map and enjoy a world of memories. Online map views can also be enjoyed on your PC using the supplied Picture Motion Browser software.

Sony XR500VE Handycam features Smile Shutter
With the new Sony HDR-XR500VE you’re even less likely to miss those amazing moments when they happen. All models now feature Quick Start-up; flipping open the LCD takes you from standby mode to ready-to-shoot in less than a second - three times faster that previous models and very low power consumption during standby mode. Ever wished you had a camera handy while you’re shooting video? After making its debut on Cyber-shot, Smile Shutter now comes to all HD Handycam models for the first time. Working with Face Detection, Smile Shutter automatically grabs beautifully-exposed, smiling still portraits of friends and family while you’re recording video. It’s a great way to capture happy faces without disturbing your concentration.

Sony HDR-XR500VE Handycam technologies
Sony HDR-XR500VE also features Auto Backlight Correction for evenly-exposed high and low-lights. Exposure and D-Range Optimiser settings are adjusted automatically for great results, even with challenging scenes like faces in the foreground backed by strong sunlight. After shooting, Sony HDR-XR500VE gives you even more ways to enjoy your memories. Don’t fancy editing all that footage? Now Handycam does the hard work for you. Highlight Playback automatically picks stand-out shots from a chosen range of dates, favouring ‘Dual REC’ stills captured during video shooting and images with smiling faces. Handycam automatically splices together selected footage and stills. It also adds pre-set scene transitions plus background music, either from a pre-installed tune or your own choice of imported track. It’s a fun, easy way to show off your favourite moments – with no need for a PC or video editing skills.

Sony HDR-XR500VE Handycam accessories
There’s a full range of Handycam accessories by Sony that give you even more - from stylish, colour co-ordinated carry cases to spare batteries that boost shooting time when you’re out and about. The new Sony HDR-XR500VE will be available from February 2009.
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