Top 5 Sony Handycam Video Cameras under $500 Best Sellers

Many people are fans of the Sony USA brand of Sony camcorders and aspire to own a Sony Handycam camcorder such as a Sony Bloggie HD camcorder or Sony Bloggie Touch or any other Sony camcorder which gets good camcorder reviews, but the price should preferably be under 500.

Today in this Sony camcorder review I suggest the Top 5 Sony video cameras to consider, all bestsellers, three are HD video camera models and two are standard definition. Please don’t dismiss the idea of buying a standard definition Sony video camera, as they have all the bells and whistles of an HD video camera at sometimes half the price, but only record in standard definition.

Sony Handycam DCR-SX45

Sony Handycam DCR-SX45 Camcorder

So heading my video camera reviews of the Top 5 Sony Handycam Video Cameras under 500 Best Sellers List are two standard definition camcorders, the Sony Handycam DCR-SX45 Camcorder and the Sony Handycam DCR-SX65 Camcorder.

Both of these standard definitiondigital video camera are virtually the same, other than the DCR-SX65 has extra memory capacity with a 4GB embedded Flash Memory for up to 6 hours of recording.

Sony Handycam DCR-SX65

Sony Handycam DCR-SX65 Camcorder

Both have features expected in an HD video camera such as dual media card slots, 3.0" touch-screen clear photo LCD screen, SteadyShot image stabilization, intelligent auto, advanced HAD CCD optical sensor, built-in zoom microphone with Dolby Digital stereo recording, 60x optical zoom, a Professional quality Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar lens, face detection, a built-in LED video light, auto lens cover and includes Sony Picture Motion browser software with film roll and face index for editing, and a built-in USB cable for easy file transfer or re-charging the battery.

Quite an impressive feature list for low priced standard definition camcorders don’t you think?

If like me you haven’t come across the terms film roll and face index, Face Index indexes your video footage according to the faces detected in each scene. When it’s time to play back video, simply search for what you want by selecting from among the detected faces displayed in the index and with Film Roll Index, the camcorder previews the beginning of scenes and creates scene indexes set at specified display intervals (3, 6, or 12 seconds and 1 or 5 minutes).

Because theDCR-SX65 has extra memory capacity with a 4GB embedded Flash Memory for up to 6 hours of recording for only $20 extra, I consider this the better buy of the two.

Sony Bloggie Touch Handycam

MHS-TS20 Sony Handycam/Sony Bloggie Touch MHS-TS20 HD camcorder

The MHS-TS20 Sony Handycam known also as the Sony Bloggie Touch MHS-TS20 HD camcorder is next on our camcorder buying guide of the Top 5 Sony Handycam Best HD camcorder 2011 under 500 Best Sellers list with 1920x1080 HD MP4 recording.

The Sony Bloggie Touch MHS-TS20 HD video camera records in 1920x1080 high definition MP4 format, recording up to 4 hours of HD video with 8GB of built-in flash memory, or captures still images of 12.8MP. The 3.0" touch screen LCD utilizes an easy to use touch & slide method for searching through your videos and pictures.

A 4x digital zoom lens has an auto-macro mode for close-ups just four inches away, and SteadyShot image stabilization technology is built in to help reduce blur. A built in USB arm connects to your computer for file transfers, viewing your footage and recharging the battery. There is also an HDMI mini cable out.

This Sony Bloggie Touch MHS-TS20 HD video camera was voted as PC Magazine's Editor's Choice Winner of Best HD Camcorder 2011 for its excellent video quality, still image shooter, and big touch-enabled LCD, along with a variety of options enough to satisfy users.

There are 3 other Sony Bloggie models but the Sony Bloggie Touch MHS-TS20 HD video camera is the only Sony Bloggie capable of taking 12MP stills and the only Sony Bloggie model with the large 3inch LCD screen. Available in silver or black

Sony Handycam HDR-CX160

Sony HDR-CX160 HD Video Camera

The second best seller on the Top 5 Sony Handycam Video Cameras under 500 Best Sellers 2011 list is the Sony HDR-CX160 HD video camera at just under $500 with 16GB of embedded Flash Memory for up to 6 hours of recording at 1920x1080 Full HD 60p, a 30 x Wide Angle G lens with 42x Extended Zoom, superb low-light video with a Back-illuminated Exmor R CMOS Optical Sensor and a 3 inch LCD monitor.

These HDR-CX160 Sony Handycam Video Cameras are packed with many more features such as Optical Steady Shot image stabilization, Focus Tracking, Intelligent Auto, Wind noise reduction for clear voice recording, Golf Shot, Built-in LED Light, Built-in USB cable for easy file transfer/charge, Highlight Playback feature creates movies with transitions, Event Browse groups photos and videos for easy reference and finally Direct Copy to external HDD without PC.

Sony HDR-XR160 Handycam

Sony HDR-XR160 Handycam Video Camera

Top of the list of Top 5 Sony Handycam Video Cameras under 500 Best Sellers 2011 is the Sony HDR-XR160 Handycam Video Camera which is very similar to the Sony HDR-CX160 HD video camera but with a few extras such as:

The Sony HDR-XR160 HD video camera records to a 160GB hard disc drive giving up to 54 hours of HD recording in LP mode, there are Clear Phase stereo speakers for true and dynamic sound and a 5.1ch Surround microphone for vivid and dynamic surround sound.

For under 500, this is the Best HD Camcorder 2011 from Sony.

Top 5 Sony Best Sellers under $500

Conclusion: Top 5 Best Sellers of Sony Handycam Video Cameras under $500

If you are tired of that old camcorder which lacks features and you are ready to upgrade, any one of these Top 5 Sony Handycam Video Cameras under $500 Best Sellers will give you the polished movies you crave for, from the standard definition Sony Handycam DCR-SX45 camcorder or DCR-SX65 which has extra memory capacity with a 4GB embedded Flash Memory, the award winning Sony Bloggie Touch MHS-TS20 1920x1080HD video camera, to the Sony HDR-CX160 HD video camera and Sony HDR-XR160 Handycam Video Camera. Write out your Christmas List early then choose from this Best HD camcorder 2011 list.


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