Sony announced its new HDR-CX520V and HDR-CX500V Handycam camcorders, which capture full 1920x1080 high-definition video and up to 12-megapixel photos on a 64GB or 32GB internal flash memory, respectively, offering up to 25 hours of HD video (LP mode).
For optimal playback, the Sony HDR-CX520V and Sony HDR-CX500V camcorders feature 60p output, which automatically converts content to 60 progressive frames per second when connected to a compatible high-definition television.
Another notable feature, Optical SteadyShot™ with Active Mode (which allows a moveable lens element to shift with greater range of motion during camera shake) now offers 3-Way Shake Canceling. This feature reduces hand shake in three directions – vertical and horizontal shake corrected by optical image stabilization and the third, by way of electronic image stabilization, facilitates correction for lateral-roll shake.
By employing a wider camera shake correction angle and improved compensation algorithms, blur caused by rolling wrist movements is reduced so users can shoot smoother movie footage on the move.
Sony’s BIONZ imaging processor is adding a Face Touch function to Sony HDR-CX520V and Sony HDR-CX500V.
With Face Touch, users can select a person to be prioritized by the camcorder simply by touching a detected face on the screen.The camcorders prioritize and optimize focus, skin color, and brightness for the selected individual, even if they leave the scene, for the entire recording session. This new feature is a function of Face Detection, which also incorporates Smile Shutter technology to capture candid smiling photos while simultaneously recording video.
When Face Touch is activated, the Smile Shutter feature only activates automatically in response to the smiles of the selected person.
The Sony HDR-CX500V and HDR-CX520V, will be available in September for about $1,100 and $1,300 respectively. Shop for Sony Handycam on Amazon.com.