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Buyer’s Guide 2009: HD Camcorders

Sony HDR-XR520V/HDR-XR500V

Video Resolution: 1920×1080
Frame Rate(s): 60i
Video Format: MPEG4/H.264
Still Image Resolution: 4000×3000
Lens (35mm equiv.): 12x (43-516mm)
Recording Media: Memory Stick, 240 GB internal (XR520V),120 GB internal (XR500V)
Digital Output: USB, HDMI
Dimensions: 2.9×3.0x5.5 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 www.mycablemart.com 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.

 

Resources

Canon
(800) OK-CANON
www.usa.canon.com
Hitachi
(800) HITACHI
www.hitachi.com

JVC
(800) 882-2345
www.jvc.com
Panasonic
(800) 211-PANA
www.panasonic.comSamsung
(800) SAMSUNG
www.samsungcamerausa.com
Sanyo
(818) 998-7322
www.sanyodigital.comSony
(877) 865-SONY
www.sonystyle.com

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