Thursday, March 26, 2009

Buyer's Guide 2009: HD Camcorders

Though the nationwide transition from analog to pure digital TV has again been delayed (sigh!), analog is dead, and not even an act of Congress can resuscitate it. If you’ve been waiting for prices to come down to go high-def with your home movies, we’re pleased to tell you that you easily can get started with full HD video recording for well under $1,000. Even a step up to more sophisticated models with hefty built-in storage won’t break the bank.
By Wes Pitts Published in Video
Buyer's Guide 2009: HD Camcorders

Sony HDR-XR520V/HDR-XR500V

Video Resolution: 1920x1080
Frame Rate(s): 60i
Video Format: MPEG4/H.264
Still Image Resolution: 4000x3000
Lens (35mm equiv.): 12x (43-516mm)
Recording Media: Memory Stick, 240 GB internal (XR520V),120 GB internal (XR500V)
Digital Output: USB, HDMI
Dimensions: 2.9x3.0x5.5 inches
Weight: 20 ounces
List Price: $1,499 (HDR-XR520V); $1,299 (HDR-XR500V)

Cable Tip

Big-box retailers are notorious for frightening consumers into spending ridiculous amounts of money on "premium" cables. Why? This is a big margin item for them. HDMI cables are no exception. We recently saw a six-foot HDMI cable at a popular retailer priced at $50—that's $43 more than the equivalent cable we ended up buying at for $7 (plus a few more for tax and shipping). We've been using our bargain cable for months now, right alongside a brand-name cable we bought in a moment of weakness for immediate gratification, and if there's a quality difference, we sure don't see it.


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