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Sony HDR-CX560V High Definition Handycam Camcorder (Black)

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  • 1920x1080 Full HD 60p Recording w/12MP still image
  • 64GB Flash Memory for up to 26 hours of recording
  • Assignable Dial (Iris/Shutter/Exposure/WB/Focus)
  • CinemaTone presets and 24p recording for cinematic quality video
  • Wide Angle G lens (26.3mm) to capture everything you want
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Product Description

Product Description

With its back-illuminated "Exmor R" CMOS sensor, the HDR-CX560V HD Handycam Camcorder delivers superior low-light video. Full HD 60p/24p recording capabilities offer incredibly detailed playback of your precious memories. The wide angle Sony G Lens lets you capture more of the action with sharp images and brilliant, accurate colors. Also equipped with 64GB embedded Flash memory, you can record and store up to 26 hours of high-definition video footage (HD LP mode). A vibrant 3.0" touch-screen display lets you compose and view your shots while a built-in GPS receiver gives you the ability to view your current location on the LCD map display, as well as "tag" your shooting locations. FEATURES: 1920x1080 Full HD 60p Recording w/12MP still image capture - The Sony HDR-CX560V offers 1920 x 1080 high definition resolution letting you record your memories in exceptional Full High Definition quality. Capable of 60p recording and playback via HDMI and compatible HDTV providing stunning clarity and incredibly detailed playback of your memories. Cinematone presets and 24p recording for cinematic quality video - For extra control over image expression, Cinematone technology is used to deepen the color and recreate film-like color tones. Combined with 24p recording, you'll have some of the tools you need to fulfill your need for cinematic expression. Optical Steadyshot image stabilization w/ Active Mode - Optical Steadyshot image stabilization with Active Mode compensates for greater degrees of camera shake to deliver stunningly smooth video from wide angle to full telephoto shooting. In addition, innovative 3-Way Shake-Canceling adds electronic roll stability for even smoother video capture. Tracking Focus follows selected subject - Tracking Focus works as an extension of Face Detection to allow you to select an obje

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Sony HDR-CX560V High Definition Handycam Camcorder


Overview

With its back-illuminated "Exmor R" CMOS sensor, the HDR-CX560V HD Handycam camcorder delivers superior low-light video. Full HD 60p recording capabilities offer incredibly detailed playback of your precious memories. The wide angle Sony G Lens lets you capture more of the action with sharp images and brilliant, accurate colors.


1920x1080 Full HD 60p Recording w/12MP still image   
The Sony HDR-CX560V offers 1920 x 1080 high definition resolution letting you record your memories in exceptional Full High Definition quality. Capable of 60p recording and playback via HDMI and compatible HDTV4 providing stunning clarity and incredibly detailed playback of your memories.

220GB Hard Disk Drive for up to 91 hours of recording
The built-in 220GB Hard Disk Drive can record and store up to 91 hours of high definition video footage (LP mode).

Wide Angle G lens to capture everything you want.   
Experience the pinnacle of Sony lens technology with the professional-quality G Lens. Engineered for superior optical performance, Sony G lenses deliver brilliant, accurate color reproduction and sharp, amazingly detailed images. In addition, the 27.4mm focal length in Photo Mode and 29.8mm in Video Mode offers a broader perspective for enhanced wide angle shooting.

Back-illuminated "Exmor R" CMOS sensor for superb low-light video   
Experience stunning low-light sensitivity with improved image clarity and drastically reduced grain with Sony’s back-illuminated "Exmor R" CMOS 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.

Optical SteadyShot image stabilization w/ Active Mode   
Optical SteadyShot image stabilization with Active Mode compensates for greater degrees of camera shake to deliver stunningly smooth video from wide angle to full telephoto shooting. In addition, innovative 3-Way Shake-Canceling adds electronic roll stability for even smoother video capture.

17x Extended Zoom to get even closer to the action   
Extended Zoom works in conjunction with 12x optical zoom to get even closer to the action while maintaining HD image quality.

Tracking Focus follows selected subjects in/out of the frame   
Tracking Focus works as an extension of Face Detection to allow you to select an object with a touch of the LCD and have the focus follow the selected object, even if it leaves the frame and returns.

5.1ch Surround mic for vivid and dynamic surround sound   
Dolby Digital 5.1 channel recording captures active sounds coming from all directions, so you can experience your home movies the way you experienced them while recording.

Wind noise reduction for clear voice recording   
Wind Reduction reduces noise and interference that is produced when wind passes over the microphone, giving you a clearer and more enjoyable sound experience.

Expanded recording/monitoring with mic/headphone jack   
Features dedicated mic and headphone inputs for expanded audio recording options and convenient monitoring of audio with headphones (external microphones and headphones sold separately).

Active Interface Shoe to attach intelligent accessories   
The Active Interface Shoe lets you mount Intelligent Accessories, such as external lights and microphones, which can help extend the capabilities of your camcorder.

Event Browse groups photos/videos for you for easy reference   
Event Browse conveniently groups your images and videos together for easier viewing.  The date range that Event Browse groups your pictures and videos is easily adjusted to suit your needs.  When used with the Highlight Playback feature, making and sharing a highlight reel from your event is easy and fun.

Highlight Playback creates movies with transitions for you   
Why spend hours editing your movies when you can let your camcorder do it for you? Highlight Playback identifies and compiles key scenes into a short, entertaining movie complete with music and transitions. You can even pinpoint the exact scene you want to include in the highlight reel.

Clear Phase stereo speakers for true and dynamic sound   
Bring your video alive with Clear Phase stereo speakers. Drawing on Sony’s high-end audio expertise, renown S-Master  digital amplifier technology is utilized to produce more true-to-life sound.

Geotagging with built-in GPS receiver & NAVTEQ maps   
A built-in GPS receiver makes the HDR-CX560V an ideal choice for travelers. The receiver gives you the ability to view your current location on the LCD map display, as well as "tag" your shooting locations. Tagged videos and still images can be reviewed and played back using the Map Index function on the camcorder or once downloaded to your PC using the supplied PMB (Picture Motion Browser) software. Additionally, the receiver automatically adjusts your camcorder's clock to the proper time zone.

Direct Copy to external HDD without PC   
Store your memories in a whole new way with the ability to copy videos from your camcorder directly to an external hard disk drive (sold separately), all without a computer. Your camcorder can also access videos stored on the external hard drive for playback on your HDTV, allowing you to utilize the camcorder’s handy playback features.

Built-in USB cable for easy file transfer/charge   
The high-speed, built-in USB 2.0 cable allows for easy connection to your computer for charging or file transfer without having to remember separate cables.  It also fits conveniently into the hand strap so it’s out of the way until you need it.

Intelligent Auto (90 different scene combinations possible)   
Intelligent Auto mode goes a step beyond traditional auto modes by analyzing your shot and then automatically selecting the appropriate settings from ten distinct scene modes (90 different combinations possible): Landscape, Backlight, Twilight, Spotlight, Low light, Macro, Portait, Baby, Walk, Tripod.

Golf Shot     
Building on the slow-motion capture capabilities of Smooth Slow Record, Golf Shot captures a few seconds of motion as a sequence of up to 22 still images, which can be viewed/printed individually or as a composite “sequence shot” image, perfect for analyzing the nuances of a golf swing, tennis serve, and other fast action.

Built-in LED Flash and Video Light   
An LED light assists in low-light situations giving you more flexibility when capturing your video, plus a flash for still image capture.


Product Information

Product Dimensions 6 x 4.9 x 8 inches
Item Weight 2.8 pounds
Shipping Weight 2.8 pounds
ASIN B004H8FN76
Item model number HDRCX560V
Batteries 1 Lithium ion batteries required. (included)
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3.8 out of 5 stars 29 customer reviews

3.8 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #15,838 in Camera & Photo
#853 in Camera & Photo > Camcorders
Date first available at Amazon.com January 4, 2011

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My initial impression of the Sony HDR-CX560V wasn't satisfying. Upon opening the factory sealed Sony Handycam box I was met with a small, plastic, piano black camcorder. Funny how it looked so much heftier on websites. Coming from the line of Sony MiniDV camcorders I've shot on for over a decade this lightweight contraption I held in my hands looked & felt more like a toy than a high end Sony Handycam. Perhaps it was a mistake to sell off one of my older MiniDV camcorders in favor of this new flash-based model. Maybe I had let consumer marketing mislead me about the new line of HD camcorders. At least that's what I thought...before using it.

For anyone even somewhat interested in camcorders & video editing software it's inevitable to catch wind of the ongoing battle against flash memory & MiniDV. Since its arrival in 1995 the DV format has proven itself reliable among both novices & professionals in the video scene. Although long rumored to capture video in an uncompressed format, MiniDV is actually compressed using DCT compression. This is a lossy compression algorithm a la MPEG-2 at a bit rate of 35 Mbit/s. That 35 Mbit/s is comprised of about 25 Mbit/s for video, 1.5 Mbit/s for audio and 8.5 Mbit/s for error correction. This still makes for a very powerful master copy which proves very convenient in post production editing. This combined with the dependability of a sixteen year track record makes MiniDV quite the heavyweight.

Taking all this into consideration it's important to note that Sony no longer develops MiniDV Handycam camcorders. Perhaps this subtle hint is an early warning sign for the potential fate of MiniDV technology altogether? Regardless, the argument at this point in time is compression issues with flash-memory camcorders.
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I want to start off by saying this is an excellent camcorder. I absolutely love the video and audio quality that is produced. The setup is pretty straight forward but I find myself referring to the manual when I want to do special things like change the scene. It's supposed to do this automatically but I have yet to see my device change its setting from default automatically. The software guys did an excellent job with separating out all of the different functions. You can almost get away without ever using the user manual if you just want to do simple things. I am also very impressed with the Optical steadyshot feature. If you're going to be walking around or recording a live sporting game then this is a must have feature.

A few of the things I didn't like about this camcorder is that sometimes the touch screen can be unresponsive at time. I find myself pushing the same button a few times before the camcorder register it. This is not a major concern but it does happen from time to time. When shooting in very low light situations, I was not impressed with the Back-illuminated "Exmor R" CMOS sensor. Maybe I was expecting to capture footage beyond 8 feet but it works great if your subject is less than 8 feet away. I'm new to the camcorder world so maybe 8 feet is excellent. I don't know.

A word of caution for Mac users, you will be hard pressed using this device. As you know, the CD that comes with this camcorder is not compatible with a Mac. Furthermore, the certain video formats is not compatible with imovie either. You would need another program to convert these files if you want to use/view them in imovie. However, this is such an excellent camcorder that overcoming these drawbacks is well worth the superior video footage you get.
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I got the camcorder 1 week ago.

The video quality is amazing. I played it on my 52" 1080p Sharp and the quality is stunning.

It is an upgrade to me fro 7 year old Sony DV and Flip HD. So I haven't compared it with the latest models from the leading brands.

I have decided to get this one as the wide angle is very important for shooting videos inside the home (which is what I mostly do).

I use Mac and there are some tradeoffs with how Mac handles 1080 60p. With 1080i or 24p iMovie works well. For 1080 60p I use Toast.

Overall the material quality of the camcorder, the LCD screen and the ease of use are superb.

I don't plan on using it for still shots, but one caveat is that you can't do stills with 1080p and you'll need to switch to lower video mode. That wasn't an issue for me.
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I purchased the Sony HDR-CX560v on March 30th and received it April 1st. When I got it, I started using it immediately to film some home movies of our new child (6 weeks old). I did tons of research on cameras before purchasing and I made the decision between this, the Canon Vixia HF21, and the Panasonic HDC-TM700K.

I wanted the following attributes in a new camera: HD, low lux capabilities, ease of use, shake reduction and large amount of flash memory.

Mostly all of my videos so far have been indoors. Our home tends to be dimly lit in most of the rooms and the camcorder has done exceedingly well in those conditions. Playback on our 56" bigscreen in HD looks brilliant. It captures sound wonderfully and it files the vidoes nicely for playback. The camera is also quite easy to use. I am by no means a professional videographer and I can point and shoot wonderful vidoes with just a push of the "record" button. I also love the built-in USB. It makes is easy to hook up to my computer and transfer the vidoes. Also, I tend to be quite shaky while filming and the vibration reduction in this camera is wonderful.

Some cons of this camcorder are: The screen can be a little touchy to use. I have smaller hands and even I sometimes have to push on the screen icons a few times to get them to "select". Also, I wish this model, like the 550v would have the view finder. The screen can be hard to see in the glare. Also, I would highly recommend purchasing a larger battery. The FV50 does not last an extremely long amount of time. I am averaging about 2.5 hours of HD record time with it - and this is considering it is brand spanking new.

Overall, I rate this camera a 4 star. I knocked it a little due to the screen, the view finder and the stock battery.
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