Video Camcorder Features
Digital Still Camera Features
Inputs and Outputs Notes
Software And Computer Information
3.2" Touch Panel SwivelScreen LCD Screen: The 3.2" (16:9) LCD screen provides excellent viewing clarity with
improved resolution. The high resolution 921,600 pixel (1920 x 480) LCD screen
rotates up to 270 degrees for multiple viewing angles providing sharp and
detailed images for monitoring or playback. Mirror mode allows you to view a
mirror-image of the subject you are shooting in the LCD screen when the screen
is rotated 180 degrees, but the image will still be normal when recorded. In
addition, the LCD doubles as an "on-screen" touch panel, allowing you to
navigate through the menu system by touching the LCD screen. The LCD screen
frame contains zoom and recording controls for added convenience. The LCD also
features an adjustable brightness and color level. You can also power on this
camcorder by simply opening its LCD display (if you close the LCD while the
camcorder is recording, the camcorder stops recording).
Adjustable 0.27" Color Viewfinder: The HDR-XR500V also
features an adjustable 0.27" color viewfinder (123k pixels) that lets you record
and review video and still images with the LCD display closed.
Hybrid Recording: Hybrid recording
technology delivers a new level of flexibility for transferring your video
footage and digital photos from the camcorder to compatible viewing devices.
Hybrid Recording allows you to record to the camcorder's internal hard disk
drive, or choose instead to record to removable Memory Stick PRO Duo media. You
can even select from various dubbing functions to easily copy video or still
images from the hard disk drive to Memory Stick media without using a PC. Images
recorded or transferred to Memory Stick media can then be played directly on
Hard Drive Camcorder: The Sony HDR-XR500V has an
internal 120GB hard drive which will allow you to record video and still images.
When recording video, the camcorder records in 2ch or 5.1ch audio
using the built-in microphone. The video can be shot in either a standard
definition 4:3 or high definition 16:9
Drop Sensor: The Sony HDD Handycam
HDR-XR500V is equipped with a Drop Sensor to protect the camcorder's internal hard
disc drive. When the drop sensor has detected that the camcorder has been
dropped, recording or playback may be disabled to protect the internal hard
AVCHD 1080i Format: This camcorder captures high definition
video footage in the AVCHD 1080i format as well as standard definition video in
MPEG2. The AVCHD format is a high definition video camcorder format used to
record an HD signal in 1080i on the units internal hard disk drive using
efficient data compression coding technology. MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 is used to
compress the video data while Dolby Digital or Linear PCM is used to compress
the audio data. The result is image resolution of approximately 4.5 times that
of standard definition image quality. Using the enclosed PC software, high
definition footage can be copied onto DVD media through your computer. However,
DVD media containing AVCHD footage should not be used with standard DVD based
players or recorders, as the DVD player/recorder may fail to eject the media and
may erase its contents without warning. DVD media containing AVCHD footage may
be played on a compatible Blu-ray Disc player/recorder or other compatible
6.3mm Back-Illuminated "Exmor R" CMOS ClearVid Array Image Sensor With BIONZ Image
Processor: A 6.3mm Back-Illuminated "Exmor R" CMOS image sensor
delivers bright, vivid, spectacularly detailed video footage, with a gross pixel
count of 6,6310,000. The image sensor actually captures video at four times the
density of high definition resolution resulting in a sharper and more detailed
1920 x 1080 HD picture. The "Exmor R"
CMOS Sensor provides stunning detail and clarity with exceptional video up to
1080 lines of horizontal resolution in HD mode and 530 lines in SD Mode. The
camcorder's 3,110,000 effective video pixels in 4:3 mode and 4,150,000
pixels16:9 mode provide excellent detail and clarity for exceptional digital
video with up to 1080 lines of horizontal resolution. The 6,000,000 effective
still megapixels in 4:3 mode
and 4,500,00 effective still megapixels in16:9 mode provide exceptional digital
still photography performance.
- "Exmor R" Technology And BIONZ Image Processor: The
camcorder's "Exmor R" technology captures images with high resolution and
high sensitivity, while the advanced Sony BIONZ image processor improves
camera response time and screens out noise to help ensure that the signal
from each pixel is as pure as possible. The BIONZ image processor provides
Data Noise Reduction, Faster Image processing, and Data compression to
preserve videos and images.
- Back-Illuminated Exmor R CMOS Sensor: Experience stunning
low-light sensitivity with improved image clarity and drastically reduced
grain with the newly developed, back-illuminated "Exmor R" sensor. Designed
for compact cameras and camcorders, the "Exmor R" sensor relocates the photo
diodes above the support circuitry, maximizing the light-gathering area per
pixel so you can shoot with better results in lower lighting conditions. The
back-illuminated CMOS sensor provides approximately 2x increase in
sensitivity compared to Sony's existing front-illuminated CMOS sensors at
Dynamic Range Optimizer: The D-Range (Dynamic Range) Optimizer
function adjusts the exposure and contrast of an image to counter the effects of
high-contrast shooting condition, allowing for a great shot every time. The
D-Range Optimizer suppresses "blackout" in dark areas such as shadows and
"whiteout" in bright areas such as skies. As a result, the captured image
appears as natural as the original scene.
x.v. Color Technology: x.v. Color technology enables the HDR-XR500V to capture nearly twice
(1.8x) as many viewable colors as the standard RGB color
range, resulting in more natural, life-like images. You can
even experience this expanded color range on your HDTV when
you connect your camcorder to an x.v. Color capable display
monitor via HDMI.
Professional-Quality Sony G Lens: Designed specifically to complement
the "Exmor R" CMOS sensor with ClearVid array, the professional-quality Sony G
Lens delivers superior optical performance. Extra-low Dispersion (ED) glass
reduces chromatic aberration for more accurate color reproduction with less
"fringing", and precision ground optics offer stunning resolving power to bring
you sharp, amazingly detailed images.
Optical/Digital Zoom: The camcorder has a 12x
Optical Zoom for bringing your subject up close. It also features a selectable
24x or 150x digital zoom. Because the picture is processed digitally, the
picture quality deteriorates the more you zoom in. The power zoom lever can be
moved slightly for a slow zoom, or moved further for a faster zoom.
Optical SteadyShot Image Stabilization With Active Mode:
Optical SteadyShot with Active Mode represents the next step forward in Sony
image stabilization technology. Active Mode improves on existing Optical
SteadyShot image stabilization by allowing the camera lens to shift over a
greater range of motion. This allows the HDR-XR500V to compensate for greater
degrees of camera shake and deliver a stunning level of image smoothness.
NightShot: This unit is equipped with NightShot which allow
you to shoot a subject in complete darkness (0 lux) using infra-red technology.
With NightShot, you can record natural color images in low-light conditions
without the blurring common with other low-light recording systems. You can make
the colors deeper by using the built-in infrared NightShot light.
Focus Modes: The Sony Handycam
HDR-XR500V features Manual, Auto Focus, Spot Focus, and Tele Macro modes.
- Manual Focus: With manual
focus, you can manually adjust the focus of the camcorder using the touch
panel. Manual focusing also allows you to control the focus in difficult
situations where either the environment or the subject does not allow the
camcorder's auto focus to perform optimally, such as when shooting through a
window or in a crowded environment.
- Auto Focus: You can also
select automatic focusing. When using autofocus, you can choose to focus on
a subject in the center of the screen or with Spot Focus, focus on an
off-centered object. The minimum distance between camcorder and subject
while maintaining sharp focus is approximately 7/32" (wide angle).
- Spot Focus: You can select and
adjust the focal point to aim it at a subject not located at the center of
- Tele Macro: This feature is
useful when shooting small subjects, such as flowers or insects. You can
blur out backgrounds and the subject stands out clearer. You can recorded
subjects as close as 17.75-inches in Tele-Macro mode.
Face Detection Technology: Made possible by the BIONZ image processing
engine, Face Detection technology recognizes up to 8 faces anywhere in the frame
and by selecting the most prominent, automatically controls focus, exposure, and
color to help capture smiling faces brightly and clearly for video or
photography. Face Detection technology also helps make skin tones look natural
without affecting other colors in the image. The AVCHD camcorder allocates
encoding bits on detected face areas prior to encoding other parts of the
picture, making them sharper and clearer. In still picture mode, Face Detection
technology also sets the flash level to optimize picture clarity.
Smile Shutter Technology: Smile Shutter technology lets the camcorder
automatically take still photos when your subject smiles, even while shooting
high definition video. You can also set the sensitivity (High/Medium/Low) and
choose child, adult, or auto priority.
Exposure Modes: The Sony Handycam
HDR-XR500V features the following Auto, Manual and Scene Select Exposure Modes.
- Manual Exposure: Manual
Exposure allows you to fix the brightness of your picture manually. You can
adjust the brightness when the subject is much brighter or darker than the
- Auto: Select this mode to
automatically record pictures effectively without the preset scene select
- Scene Select Modes: The following Scene Select modes are available to
suit your specific shooting requirements -
- Twilight Mode: maintains
the darkening atmosphere of the distant surroundings in twilight scenes
- Twilight Portrait: enables you to take photos of people and
background using a flash
- Sunrise/Sunset Mode:
maintains the atmosphere of situations such as sunset and sunrises
- Landscape Mode: allows you
to shot distant subject clearly
- Fireworks Mode: select to
record all the splendor of fireworks
- Portrait Mode: brings out
the subject such as people or flowers while creating a soft background
- Spotlight Mode: prevents
people's faces from appearing excessively white when subjects are lit by
- Snow Mode: help with
shooting in very bright white conditions
- Beach Mode: prevents
people's faces from appearing dark in strong light or reflected light.
Spot Meter: You can adjust and fix
the exposure to the subject, so that it is recorded in suitable brightness even
when there is strong contrast between the subject and the background, such as
subjects in the spotlight on a stage.
Spot Meter/Focus: You can
adjust the brightness and focus for the selected subject simultaneously. This
function enables Spot Meter and Spot Focus at the same time.
White Balance Adjustment: Sets the
color balance to the brightness of the recording environment. Your choices are:
- Auto: The white balance is
- Outdoor: The white balance is
adjusted for the following conditions: Outdoors, night views, neon signs and
fireworks, sunrise, sunsets, under daylight fluorescent lamps.
- Indoor: The white balance is
adjusted for the following conditions: Indoors, party scenes and studios
where lighting conditions change quickly, and under the video lamps or
incandescent-like color lamps.
- One Push: The white balance
will be adjusted according to the present ambient light.
- Manual: You can adjust the bluish and reddish tones manually.
Back Light: You can use the Back
Light function to adjust the exposure for backlit subjects.
Auto Slow Shutter: The Auto Slow
Shutter automatically activates the electronic shutter to adjust the shutter
speed when recording in bright conditions. The shutter speed is automatically
reduced to 1/30 second.
Geotagging With Built-in GPS Receiver: Perfect for
travelers, this camcorder features a built-in GPS receiver that automatically
adjusts your camcorder's clock to the proper time zone and lets you view your
current location on the LCD map display, as well as "tag" your shooting
locations. You can view your tagged videos and pictures via the Map Index
function or after you have downloaded them to your PC using the supplied Picture
Motion Browser (PMB) software.
Map Index Function: The Map Index function uses the geotagging
capabilities of the built-in GPS receiver to "tag" your shot locations on a map
in the camcorder, offering a new way to easily search and find a desired scene
by location or view where a scene was captured.
Guideframe: The Guideframe displays
a frame around the recorded images and allows you to check the subject's
horizontal and vertical position.
Data Code Function: The camcorder
automatically records time codes along with the images you shoot, so you can
display the date and time during playback or editing.
Bravia Sync: You can
operate this camcorder with the remote control of your 2008 Sony Bravia
television when connected together via HDMI.
Visual Index: The Visual Index allows you to view
back six of your still images and/or videos at one time on the LCD
screen from the camcorder's hard disk or optional memory stick.
Saving Video: Due to the limited
capacity of the internal hard disk (120GB), you should save the video data to
some type of external media such as a DVD-R or a computer. You can save the
videos recorded on the camcorder as described below.
- Memory Stick Pro Duo: You can
copy the images recorded on the camcorder's internal HDD to an inserted
Memory Stick Pro Duo card within the camcorder, without the use of a PC.
- Picture Motion Browser Software:
By using the software of the supplied CD-ROM you can save images on
a DVD or the hard disk of your computer. You can use several methods to do
- One Touch DVD Burn: You
can save images and files with ease by pressing DVD Burn button on the
camcorder and using the supplied Picture Motion Browser software. This
feature allows you to backup what is on the hard drive with the still
images being recorded first.
- Saving Images To Your Computer: You can also transfer and save video files that are too large
for a DVD to the hard disk of your computer.
- Creating a DVD With Selected
Images: In addition, you can save images imported to your
computer on a DVD. You can also edit those images.
- VCR and DVD Recorders/Writers:
You can dub images played back on your camcorder to other recording devices,
such as VCRs or DVD recorders/writers. You can connect the device in either
of the following ways.
- A/V Output: The camcorder
features a proprietary audio/video output, that when used with the
supplied composite A/V cable or component AV cable, allows you
to transfer content to your VCR or DVD/HDD recorder.
- USB Port: You can dub to
movie dubbing compatible DVD writers using the camcorder's USB port and
supplied USB cable.
Hard Disk Information: This feature
allows the camcorder to display the hard disk information so you can check the
approximate amount of free hard disk space left for recording.
Formatting: You can delete all the
images on the hard disk of camcorder to recover recordable free space to allow
you to write in by formatting the camcorder.
Empty: The Empty feature allows you
to write non important data onto the hard disk of the camcorder. By doing this,
it makes it more difficult to recover any original data from the hard drive.
When you dispose or transfer the camcorder to someone, it is recommended that
you perform this function. You must use the AC adapter for this function to
Protect: You can protect movies and
photos to avoid deleting them by mistake.
Multi-Language Menu: The camcorder
allows you to select between English, French, or Spanish for the unit's menu language.
Easy Handycam: When the Easy
Handycam mode is activated, most of the camera settings are set to the automatic
mode, only basic functions are available, and the screen font size increases for
easy viewing. This mode makes recording and playing back recordings less
intimidating, even for first time users.
Assignable Dial: An assignable dial on the front of the camcorder can
be programmed to control a variety of settings, including focus, exposure, AE
(Auto Exposure) Shift, and WB (White Balance) Shift.
Wireless Remote: The Sony Handycam HDR-XR500V camcorder comes supplied
with an IR wireless remote control (RMT-835) for wireless operation of the
camera when you have the camcorder mounted to a tripod or during playback when
you have the camcorder connected to your television.
Electronic Lens Cover: An Automatic Electronic Lens Cover
protects the lens when the camcorder is powered off.
Video Camcorder Features
Video Recording: The Sony HDR-XR500V has an 120 GB hard disk
drive which will allow you to record video. You can also choose to record video
to an optional Memory Stick Pro Duo card. When recording video, the camcorder
records audio in either 2ch or Dolby Digital 5.1 audio using the built-in
microphone. When recording, you can choose to record in high definition (HD) or
standard definition (SD). In the default setting, movies are recorded with high
definition image quality on the camcorder's internal hard disk drive. You have
the following HD and SD choices of video recording resolution quality:
- High Definition Recording Mode:
- AVCHD 16M (FH): movies are recorded with AVCHD 1920
x 1080/60i format with highest quality
- AVCHD 9M (HQ): movies are recorded with AVCHD 1440
x 1080/60i format with high quality
- AVCHD 7M (SP): movies are recorded with AVCHD 1440
x 1080/60i format with standard quality
- AVCHD 5M (LP): movies are recorded with AVCHD 1440
x 1080/60i format with long play quality
- Standard Definition Recording Mode:
- SD 9M (HQ): records in high quality mode
- SD 6M (SP): records in standard quality mode
- SD 3M (LP): records in long play mode
|Video Recording Times |
|Recording Mode ||120 GB Hard Disk ||4 GB Memory Stick PRO Duo |
|FH High Definition ||14 hr. 30 min. ||25 min. |
| HQ || High Definition ||29 hr. 30 min. ||55 min. |
| Standard Definition ||29 hr. 30 min. ||55 min. |
|SP || High Definition ||35 hr. 50 min. ||65 min. |
| Standard Definition ||43 hr. 40 min. ||80 min. |
|LP (5.1ch) ||High Definition ||47 hr. 50 min. ||90 min. |
|Standard Definition ||83 hr. 40 min. ||160 min. |
|LP (2.1ch) ||High Definition ||50 hr. 10 min. ||95 min. |
|Standard Definition ||91 hr. 20 min. ||170 min. |
Note: The maximum continuous recording time of
movies is approximately 13 hours. You can record movies of a maximum
of 3,999 scenes with high definition image quality (HD), and 9,999
scenes with standard definition image quality (SD).
Movie Dubbing: You can dub movies recorded on the
hard disk of your camcorder to an inserted Memory Stick Pro Duo card within the
camcorder without the use of a PC or other external dubbing device.
Auto Remaining: This feature displays the remaining hard
disk space indicator for about 8 seconds on the LCD screen in certain operating
situations. You can also set the hard disk indicator to always stay on. When the
remaining recordable time for movies is less than 5 minutes, the indicator stays
on the screen regardless if this function is set to Auto or On.
Wide Select: When
recording with SD (standard definition) image quality, you can select the
recording aspect ratio according to the TV connected. Select between 4:3 or
16:9. When in HD mode the camcorder is automatically set to 16:9.
Smooth Slow Recording: The camcorder features Smooth
Slow Recording which increases the record rate from 60 fields per second (fps)
to 240 fps for 3 seconds, allowing you to capture 3 seconds of fast motion video
and play the clip back in slow motion for 12 seconds. This is great for
analyzing a golf swing or viewing a bird in flight. In addition, record an audio
track to narrate what is being seen during the video.
Fader Modes: You can select from "Black Fader" or "White
Fader." You can add these modes to currently recorded pictures for fading in or
Dolby Digital 5.1ch Recording: The HDR-XR500V will record in
Dolby Digital 5.1ch surround sound with the built-in microphone. By recording in
5.1 channel surround sound, you can experience your home movies with active
sounds coming from all directions. You will need to connect the camcorder to
your home theater system via HDMI to enjoy the 5.1ch surround sound recording.
Built-In Zoom Mic:
The Built-in Zoom Mic feature allows you to record sound with directivity as you
move the power zoom lever. The camcorder's microphone level can be set to Low or
Face Index: Face
Index makes it easy to find and play back the right video scene. Using Face
Detection technology, Face Index indexes your video footage according to the
faces detected in each scene. When it's time to play back video, simply search
for what you want by selecting from among the detected faces displayed in the
Film Roll Index: Like chapters in a book, Film Roll Index
helps you easily find desired scenes in video footage. When using this feature,
the camcorder previews the beginning of scenes and can create scene indexes set
at specified display intervals (3, 6, or 12 seconds and 1 or 5 minutes).
Highlight Digest Playback: The camcorder selects a number of short
scenes at random, puts them together, and plays them back as a digest of your
high definition image quality (HD) movies with music and visual effects. Highlight Playback uses several criteria:
including Face Index, Smile Shutter technology, Dual Capture and time range, to
identify and compile key scenes into a short, entertaining movie complete with
music and transitions.
Note: You cannot record a scene and specify it a s highlight
scene. Scenes are selected randomly and differ each time during Highlight
You can create a playlist of your favorite videos for playback. A Playlist is a
list showing thumbnails of the movies that you have previously recorded and
selected. You can add a maximum of 999 movies with HD image quality or 99
movies with SD image quality to a Playlist. The original movies are not modified
even if you edit or delete the movies in the Playlist.
Divide Movies: The Divide Movies feature allows you
to divide movies on the hard disk drive of the camcorder. You cannot restore
movies once they are divided.
Digital Still Camera Features
Digital Still Image Recording: The
HDR-XR500V can record still images on either the unit's built-in 120GB hard disk
drive or on an optional Memory Stick Pro Duo memory card (sold separately).
Still images are recorded on the hard disk in the default setting.
Image Resolution: Photo mode captures high quality still
images directly to a Memory Stick or the unit's built-in hard disk drive. In
Still mode, you can choose one of the following resolutions: 12.0M (4000 x 3000),
6.2M (2880 x 2160), 1.9M (1600 x 1200)or 0.3M (640 x 480) for a 4:3 aspect ratio or
9.0M (4000 x 2250) for a 16:9 aspect ratio. Images are stored in the JPEG format providing
easy transfer to PCs for e-mailing, printing, or sharing with family and
friends. You can capture the following amount of still images
to an inserted Memory Stick Pro Duo card or the camcorder's internal Hard Disk
Drive when the HDR-XR500V's still image size is set to 12.0M (4:3).
|Image Size ||Memory Stick Pro
Duo and 120GB HDD Capacity |
|1GB ||2GB ||4GB ||8GB ||16GB ||120GB (internal HDD) |
4000 x 3000 (4:3)
|165 ||345 ||670 ||1350 ||2750 ||9999 |
Dual Record: You can capture high quality still images onto
an optional Memory Stick Pro Duo memory card while recording a video on the hard
disk drive of the camcorder or vice-versa. Still images are recorded at 8.3 megapixel resolution in 16:9 mode or
6.2 megapixel resolution in 4:3 mode.
Capturing A Still Image From A Movie: You can save a
selected frame from a recorded movie as a still image from the camcorder's Hard
Disk Drive to an inserted Memory Stick Pro Duo card within the camcorder or
vice-versa. The image size is fixed depending on the image quality of the movie.
A still 2.1 megapixel image is captured from a high definition movie, a still
0.2 megapixel image is captured from a 16:9 standard definition recording and a
0.3 megapixel image is capture from a 4:3 standard definition recording.
Copying Still Images: You can coy
still images from the camcorder's internal hard disk drive to an inserted Memory
Stick Pro Duo card within the camcorder.
Self Timer: This feature starts to
record your still image in about 10 seconds after the "Photo" button is
Built-In Flash: For added clarity and detail when taking
pictures in low-light situations, the built-in flash improves pictures and
reduces shadows. You can set the camcorder's Flash Mode to Auto, On, or Off. The
Flash Level can be set to High, Normal, or Low.
Note: You can use the camcorder's built-in flash during video
Redeye Reduction: You can
prevent redeye by activating the pre-flash before the flash is fired.
Date Index: You can locate the
point on the internal HDD or inserted Memory Stick Pro Duo card where the
recording date changes.
Slide Show: You can automatically
play back images stored on the hard drive of the HDR-XR500Vor from an optional
Memory Stick Pro Duo.
Playback Zoom: You can magnify
still images from about 1.1 to 5x the original size during playback on the
camcorder's LCD monitor.
Image Delete: Images may be deleted
one at a time or all at once.
PictBridge: You can print directly
from the camcorder to a PictBridge-compliant printer via USB cable, even if you
don't have a computer. PictBridge is an industry standard established by the
Camera & Imaging Products Association (CIPA). Through the camcorder, you can
select the number of copies to be printed, up to 20, and choose to print the
date and time on each picture.
Battery: This unit
comes with an NP-FH60 InfoLithium battery, and the optional NP-FH50, NP-FH70, and
NP-FH100 are compatible with this camcorder. The InfoLithium system exchanges
data about its actual power consumption with the camcorder for a more accurate
estimate of recording time available. Cold temperatures will increase battery
Battery Display: At the touch of a button, battery
information is displayed on the LCD screen when charging and when the camcorder
is turned off. The display will show how much the battery is charged, in 10%
increments and the recordable time left when using the LCD screen or in the
Battery Life: The approximate charging, recording and play
back times using the supplied battery (NP-FH60) is as
|Battery Pack ||Charging Time ||Continuous Recording Time Using
HDD (Memory Stick Pro Duo) |
|Typical Recording Time Using HDD
(Memory Stick Pro Duo) |
|Playback Time Using HDD (Memory
Stick Pro Duo) |
|High Definition ||Standard Definition ||High Definition ||Standard Definition ||High Definition ||Standard Definition |
|NP-FH60 (supplied) ||135 min. ||90 min. (90 min.) ||110 min. (115 min.) ||45 min. (45 min.) ||55 min. (55 (min.) ||150 min. (150 min.) ||150 min. (150 min.) |
Note: Typical recording time shows the time when
you repeat recording start/stop, turning thee power on/off and
Auto Shut Off: When powered by the battery
the camcorder can be set to turn off automatically if not used for 5
Inputs and Outputs
A/V Output: This camcorder features a proprietary
Audio/Video connection for use with the supplied composite or component A/V
connecting cables for displaying the camcorder's contents on your television.
You can change the aspect ratio of the camcorder's video output from 16:9 or 4:3
according to the screen aspect ratio of the TV you will view your video or
images on. You can also choose to display the camcorders information, such as
the time code on the screen of your TV during playback from the camcorder. The
supplied A/V cables have a proprietary plug on one end and male stereo RCA audio
and either a composite video or component video connections on the other end.
The camcorder's Component Video Output supports 480i and 1080i. The unit's
composite video output will only support standard definition (480i).
HDMI Output: High definition video can be output and seen on your
connected High Definition television. using the camcorder's HDMI port. The
camcorder's HDMI Output supports up to 1080i (HDV). The HDMI output can be set
to 1080, 720p, or 480p. Standard Definition (DV) cannot be
output through the HDMI out on the HDR-XR500V.
Note: The camcorder does not come supplied with an HDMI cable.
USB Port: The camcorder has a mini-USB version 2.0 jack for
connecting to a PC via the supplied USB cable. Connecting the hard drive
camcorder to a PC via USB allows the computer to access the information on the
camcorder's hard drive. You will be able to download still images and video
files to your computer. You will be able perform the One Touch DVD Burn. This
will also allow you to back up the files recorded on the hard drive onto a DVD.
You can edit and save your video files onto your computer, then make DVD's of
them using the Picture Motion Browser software that is supplied with the
HDR-XR500V. The camcorder can also be used as an external storage device,
convenient for archiving, storing and transporting your videos and still images.
Memory Card Slot: The camcorder features a memory card slot
for recording video or still images using Memory Stick Pro Duo memory cards.
Still images and video are recorded on the hard disk in the default setting.
Active Interface Shoe: The Active Interface Shoe lets you mount Intelligent
Accessories, such as external lights and microphones, which can help extend the
capabilities of your camcorder.
Microphone Input: The camcorder features a 3.5mm minijack microphone
input for adding external microphone for advanced audio recording.
Headphone Output: The camcorder features a 3.5mm minijack headphone
output for connecting an external pair of headphones for listening to
DC In Jack: The DC In Jack is for use with the supplied AC
adapter and charger.
Software And Computer Information
Included Software: The included software
allows you to transfer images and video from the camcorder to a computer
hard drive and view and store transferred images/videos. The supplied CD-ROM
- Picture Motion Browser ver. 4.2.00
- Music Transfer
- Handycam Handbook
- Product Registration
Music Transfer: You can
transfer music files from your audio CDs or MP3 files from your PC to the
camcorder for Highlight Digest Playback using the supplied Music Transfer
Picture Motion Browser Software: You can
enjoy the following functions after installing the supplied Picture Motion
Browser Software on your PC.
- Creating a disc with one touch operation
- Importing images to a computer
- Editing imported images
- Creating an AVHCD format disc/DVD-video
- Copying a disc
- Uploading images and videos to sharing websites
Computer Requirements: Picture Motion Browser is for
Windows users only and is not compatible with Macintosh computer.
| Operating System ||
Microsoft Windows XP SP3/Windows Vista SP1
(64-bit editions and Starter editions not supported) |
| CPU ||
Intel Pentium 4 2.8 GHz or faster (Intel Pentium
4 3.6 GHz or faster, Intel Pentium D 2.8 GHz or faster, Intel
Core Duo 1.66 GHz or faster, or Intel Core 2 Duo 1.66 GHz or
faster is recommended) |
| Memory ||
XP: 512 MB or more (1GB or
more is recommended), Vista: 1GB or more |
| Hard Disk Space ||
required for installation: Approximately 500 MB (10 GB or more may
be necessary when creating AVCHD format discs. 50 GB maximum may be
necessary when creating Blu-ray discs). |
| Display/Graphics ||
Minimum 1,204 x 768 dots |
| Software ||
DirectX 9.0c or later |
| Others ||
High Speed USB 2.0 port, Blu-ray
disc/DVD burner (CD-ROM drive is necessary for installation) |