PROS / This camcorder comes with an embedded GPS so you can keep track of exactly where you were when you made your movie.
CONS / This product is the heaviest HDV camcorder we looked at. It weighs 20 ounces with the battery installed.
VERDICT / This product has all of the important features, but the weight makes it more cumbersome then we would like for a handheld product.
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You may have noticed that there are a couple of Sony HDV camcorders in our product lineup, and you might wonder what makes this one different from the others. It all comes down to memory and size. If you are looking for a camcorder that is easy to use and has great quality but you aren't planning to record dozens of hours at a time, the Sony HDR-CX560V is a great high definition video camera to look into. This product gives you Sony's quality and ease of use.
Video & Image Quality
With all of the HDV camcorders available on the market, it takes looking at the nitty-gritty details to determine which one is best. While we weren't as impressed by this device's 120x digital zoom, which is one of the lowest we saw, we were impressed with the still camera resolution of 12MP. This means you don't have to cart around a digital camera as well as your Sony HDR-CX560V. You can capture the action whether you are on the sidelines or in the bleachers.
We also looked at the LUX rating, focal length and recording speed. Each of these specifications play an important role in the video and image quality you can get from your product. The LUX rating relates to the amount of light needed to record video; the lower the number, the less light you need. This product has a rating of 3, which means you will be good into dusk, but you won't be able to record in much lower light than that. The focal length of the camcorder is 3.8–38mm, and the recording speed is the highest we've seen, at 28Mbps.
Available memory in an HDV camcorder can be a deal breaker. Not enough memory means you either have to monkey about with lots of memory cards, or just content yourself with not shooting as much video as you want. The Sony HDR-CX560V comes with 64GB of embedded flash memory, giving you more than 26 hours of recording time. We were also pleased that if this isn't enough, you can use a SD, SDHC or SDXC card to boost that up when necessary.
There are several additional features that we found on the Sony HDR-CX560V. One of the big advantages this HDV camcorder has is its embedded GPS. The GPS lets you tag your videos and photos so you know exactly where you were when you filmed your adventures. Not only does this high-definition camcorder come with a built-in flash, but we also liked the screen. It is a little smaller than some of the other products, at 3 inches, but it is a touchscreen. This gives you easier navigation through the menus.
The Sony HDR-CX560V is smaller physically, but its weight is a bit on the heavy side. It is 2.5 inches tall, 2.75 inches wide and 5.63 inches long. The weight, including the battery, is 20 ounces. While this may not seem like a lot – it is less than two pounds – holding this much weight can be tiring after a while if you are not use to it. This product is covered for one year by a limited warranty. This means that if there are any manufacturing defects with the product, you can contact Sony and the company will take care of it.
If you are looking for an HDV camcorder that has a well-known manufacturer with a reputation for excellence with audio and video equipment, the Sony HDR-CX560V is a great place to start. It comes with an embedded GPS device so you can keep track of all of your vacationing locations. Although its 64GB of internal memory lands itself squarely in the middle of the pack, we were pleased with the 26-hour recording time. This high-definition video camera brings quality and ease of use to your hands.