Sony HDR-CX580V HD 32GB Flash Memory Camcorder, Exmor CMOS Sensors, 24.1 Megapixel Resolution, 160x Digital/12x Optical Zoom, 3.0" LCD Display, Black

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About Sony HDR-CX580V

The Sony HDR-CX580V High Definition Handycam Camcorder (Black) with 32GB internal flash memory, can record up to 11 hours of HD LP video footage. It shoots Full HD 1920 x 1080 60p/24p video and can also take 24.1 megapixels still images. It features a back-illuminated Exmor R CMOS sensor that's ideal for low-light situations. Plus, it features a 26mm wide angle Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T Lens that supports 10x optical zoom and 17x extended zoom. There's also a 3.0" Xtra Fine LCD touch screen display for easy recording and instant playback.

The HDR-CX580V comes outfitted with several video enhancing features. It has Golf Shot, Face Detection, CinemaTone presets and 24p recording for cinematic quality video. There's also a Tracking Focus function that follows selected subjects as you record. The microphone features 5.1 channel surround sound for dynamic and vivid surround audio. The camcorder also has a color 0.27" electronic viewfinder (EVF). There's even a wind noise reduction function that provides clear voice recording and Geotagging with a built-in GPS receiver and NAVTEQ maps. For professional shooting, the camcorder has a built-in flash, headphone jack for monitoring and a microphone jack for using external mics. The camcorder supports Clear Phase stereo speakers as well.

Sony added a few playback and connection conveniences as well. The HDR-CX580V features Event Browse, which groups video and stills by each particular recording session automatically. It also has a Highlight Playback function that creates movies with transitions and soundtracks for you automatically. With the HDR-CX580V, you can use the Direct Copy feature to transfer your HD footage directly to a hard drive without even using a PC. However, if you do want to upload videos onto Facebook and YouTube, the camcorder comes with a built-in USB cable, as well as editing and application software.

Sony HDR-CX580V Features

  • 1920x1080 Full HD 60p/24p Recording with 20.4MP still image capture: The Sony HDR-CX580V offers 1920 x 1080 high definition resolution letting you record your memories in exceptional Full High Definition quality. Capable of 60p/24p recording and playback via HDMI and compatible HDTV
  • 32GB embedded Flash Memory for up to 11 hours of recording: The built-in 32GB embedded Flash memory can record and store up to11 hours of high definition video footage (HD LP mode)
  • Optical SteadyShot image stabilization with 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
  • CinemaTone presets and 24p recording: 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
  • Advanced controls with expanded focus, zebra & peaking: The HDR-CX580V provides advanced capture and control features that are often considered the domain of professional cameras including expanded focus for precise manual focus control, zebra and peaking for precision focus & exposure adjustments
  • Wide Angle G lens to capture more of what 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
  • 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
  • 20x 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
  • 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
  • 3.0" touch-screen Xtra Fine LCD display (921K) with TruBlack technology: The 3.0" (16:9) Xtra Fine LCD screen (921K) displays sharp, bright, vivid images, letting you compose a shot more easily - even outdoors, while enabling you to change settings to best represent the scene
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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)
  • 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
  • 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
  • Highlight Playback creates movies with transitions 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Built-in Flash: The built-in flash will assist in shedding light on your subject when shooting still photos
  • 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
  • Intelligent Auto (180 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 and wind noise reduction

Sony HDR-CX580V Specifications

Color Filter System
ClearVid array
Effective Picture Resolution
Approx. 5020K pixels (16:9)
Imaging Sensor
1/3.91" (4.6mm) Back-illuminated Exmor R CMOS Sensor
Pixel Gross
Approx. 5430K pixels
Processor
BIONZ Image processor
Still Image Size 4:3
Movie mode: 15.3 megapixels 4:3 (4512x3384); Photo mode: 15.3 megapixels 4:3 (4512x3384)
Video Mode
HD PS: Approx. 28Mbps / FX: Approx. 24Mbps / FH: Approx. 17Mbps / HQ: Approx. 9Mbps / LP: Approx. 5Mbps; STD HQ: 9Mbps
Audio Format
Dolby Digital 5.1ch, Dolby Digital 5.1Creator; Dolby Digital 2ch Stereo, Dolby Digital Stereo Creator
Dual Record
20.4 megapixels 16:9 (6016x3384); 10.0 megapixels 16:9 (4224x2376); 2.1 megapixels 16:9 (1920x1080)
Internal Media
Flash Memory 32GB
Media Type
Internal Flash Memory; Memory Stick PRO Duo (Mark 2); Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo; SD/ SDHC/ SDXC Memory Card (Class 4 or Higher)
Mic Level Control
Yes (2steps)
Microphone/Speaker
Built-in Zoom Microphone; Clear Phase Stereo Speaker
Photo Capture from Movie
2.1 megapixels 16:9 (1920x1080); 0.3 megapixels 4:3 (640x480); 0.2 megapixels pixels 16:9 (640x360)
Recording and Playback Times (2ch)
HD PS: Approx. 2h20m (Approx. 2h20m); HD FX: Approx. 2h45m (Approx. 2h45m); HD FH: Approx. 3h45m (Approx. 3h45m); HD HQ: Approx. 6h40m (Approx. 5h5m); HD LP: Approx. 11h35m (Approx. 9h30m); STD HQ: Approx. 6h55m (Approx. 6h20m)
Recording and Playback Times (5.1ch)
HD PS: Approx. 2h20m; HD FX: Approx. 2h45m; HD FH: Approx. 3h45m; HD HQ: Approx. 6h40m; HD LP: Approx. 11h35m; STD HQ: Approx. 6h55m
Still Image File Format
DCF Ver. 2.0 compatible, Exif Ver. 2.3 compatible, MPF Baseline compatible
Still Image Max Effective Resolution
20.4 megapixels
Still Image Mode
JPEG
Still Image Size 16:9
Movie mode: 20.4 megapixels 16:9 (6016x3384); Photo mode: 20.4 megapixels 16:9 (6016x3384)
Video Actual (Pixel)
Approx.5,020K pixels(16:9), Approx.3,760K pixels(4:3)
Video Format
HD: MPEG4-AVC/H.264 AVCHD 2.0 format compatible (1080/60p:original format); STD: MPEG2-PS
Video Resolution
HD: 1920x1080/60p (PS), 24p, 60i (FX, FH), 1440x1080/60i (HQ, LP); STD: 720x480/60i
Video Signal
NTSC color, EIA standards
Wind Noise Reduction
Yes (Off /On)
Focal Length (35mm equivalent)
Movie Mode: 29.8mm - 894mm (16:9), 36.5mm-1095mm (4:3); Photo Mode: 29.8mm - 894mm (16:9), 36.5mm-1095mm (4:3)
Aperture
F1.8-3.4
Digital Zoom
160x
Extended Zoom
20x
Filter Diameter
30mm
Focal Distance
f = 2.9mm - 34.8mm; f =1/8inch - 1 3/8inch
Lens Stabilization
Optical SteadyShot image stabilization w/ Active mode (Wide to Tele)
Lens Type
G Lens
Minimum Focus Distance
Approx. 1cm (Wide), Approx. 50cm (Tele), Approx. 25cm (Tele Macro)
Optical Zoom
12x
Steady Shot Mode
Active: 29.1-582.7mm (16:9)
Angle Adjustment
Opening Angle: max. 90 deg., Turning Angle: max. 270 deg.
Brightness Control
Yes (Menu)
Coverage
1
Grid Display
Guide Frame
LCD Type
3.0" Xtra Fine LCD display (921K) w/ TruBlack technology
Live View
Yes
Touch Panel
Yes
Auto Iris Control
F1.8 - F10
Backlight Compensation
Yes (Auto)
D-Range Optimizer
Yes
Exposure Settings
Auto; Flexible Spot (Touch Panel)
Metering Modes
Multi-segment / Spot
Minimum Illumination
Standard: 6 lux (1/60 Shutter Speed); Low Lux: 3 lux (1/30 Shutter Speed)
Scene Mode(s)
Auto / Twilight / Twilight Portrait (Photo Mode only) / Sunrise & Sunset / Fireworks / Landscape / Portrait / Spotlight / Beach / Snow
White Balance Mode
Auto / Onepush / Outdoor / Indoor
Shutter Speeds
Self-timer: Approx. 10sec. (Still Image/ Golf Shot); Shutter Speed (Standard): 1/60 - 1/10000; Shutter Speed Auto Control Range: 1/8 - 1/10000; Shutter Speed (Smooth Slow Rec): 1/250 - 1/10000 (Standard); Scene Selection: 1/8 - 1/10000; LOW LUX: 1/30 - 1/10000
Drive Mode
Photo Mode: Single-shot / Self-timer
Self-timer
10sec.(Still Image/Golf Shot)
Assignable Dial
Yes (Focus / Exposure / Iris / Shutter Speed / AE Shift / WB Shift Set)
Embedded GPS
Yes (Current Position Display (Your Location))
Image Stabilization
Optical SteadyShot image stabilization w/ Active mode (Wide to Tele)
Intelligent Auto
Portrait/Baby/Walk/Tripod/Backlight/Landscape/Spotlight/Twilight/Macro/Low light/Auto wind noise reduction
NightShot Infrared System
Yes
Priority Setting (for Face Detection)
Auto / Child Priority / Adult Priority
Smile Shutter technology
Dual Capture / Always On / Off
Built-in USB Cable
Yes (USB Charge Available)
Fader Effect(s)
White / Black
Manual / Auto Lens Cover
Auto
Media/Battery Indicator
Yes (recordable time, free and used media space) / Yes (recordable time, remaining capacity)
Multiple Language Display
English; Simplified English; Brazilian Portuguese; Canadian French; Latin American Spanish
One Touch Disc Burn
Yes (Menu)
Quick On
Yes (Power On by LCD)
Red-Eye Reduction
Yes (On / Off)
S/S & Zoom button on LCD
Yes (Touch Panel)
Still Image Playback Options
Slide Show
Video Playback Options
Highlight Playback (HD Movie Only); Highlight Playback Save and Share (Translate into STD quality); Highlight Scenario (Save/Playback/Erase); Highlight BGM (Preinstalled 4 music files, Music transfer)
Power Consumption
HD: 3.1W; STD: 2.9W (in Operation)
HD: 3.0W; STD: 2.8W (in View Finder Operation)
HD:3.0W; STD:2.8W (in View Finder Operation)
Battery Type
Info LITHIUM with AccuPower Meter System (NP-FV50)
Power Requirements
6.8V/7.2 (battery pack); 8.4V (AC Adaptor)
AF Illuminator
Yes
AF Modes
Auto / Manual (Touch Panel / Dial)
Focus Area
Full range Focus / Spot Focus
Focus System
Contrast AF
Manual Focus Assist
Magnified display for precise manual focus; Peaking Display
Flash Metering System
Pre-flash TTL
Flash Modes
Auto / Forced / Prohibited
Flash Type
Built-in Flash
Flash Compensation: Yes (3 steps)
Flash Coverage: Approx. 0.3m - 2.0m
SD Output
Composite Video Out (A/V connecting cable (supplied)); Component Video Out (Component A/V cable (supplied)); S Video Out (A/V connecting cable with S Video (sold separately))
Remote Jack
Integrated into A/V Remote terminal
Remote Commander
Yes
A/V Remote Terminal
Video / Audio / Remote
Accessory Shoe
Yes (Active Interface Shoe)
BRAVIA Sync
Yes
DC IN
Yes
Direct Copy
Yes
HD Output
HDMI Out (mini) (sold separately); Component Video Out (Component A/V cable (supplied))
HDMI Terminal
Yes (mini)
Headphone Jack
Stereo Minijack
Memory Card Slot
Memory Stick PRO Duo and SD/ SDHC/ SDXC media compatible
Microphone Input
Stereo Minijack
Dimensions
3.62 inch x 3.25 inch x 6 inch (90mm x 82mm x 151.5mm) (including Lens Hood)
Weight
11.28oz (320g)
11.28oz (320g) (Main unit only)
Mfr #
HDR-CX580V
SKU
SOHDRCX580V

Sony HDR-CX580V Reviews

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Amazing camcorder !!!

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from Skokomish, WA

This Camcorder is awesome! It is So high def. It is a little grainy in lowlight indoors , but you can fix that by turning down the manual exposure settings a little. But, either way outside or inside, the quality is superb! I like how it has 2 Bright lights on the camcorder, it's good for at night, or in the woods searching for the Blair witch LOL but really , it lights up a whole dark living room ! The include lens hood is a great installment. I like how it also has a sony interface shoe, to power accesories, like on camera lights or microphones. The only con is that, It doesn't have sony nightshot/night vision. And the lack of Real manual settings, such as on the sony pj 710v.

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Shopper  What settings are necessary for good fire works recording?
GREG D  I have not used the camera for this so I don't know.
Shopper  I own a Sony tripod with remote control feature. It connects to the camera via a small plug/jack. Sony "chat" people tell me that this CX580V camcorder will also operating with this remote, however I don't see any mention of the remote feature (other than the wireless playback remote) in the on-line OM. Does anyone know if the camcorder can be contolled with a tripod such as the Sony VCTVPR1? Thanks
BOB C  Don't have experience with the remote operation. Sorry.
Shopper  I own a Sony tripod with remote control feature. It connects to the camera via a small plug/jack. Sony "chat" people tell me that this CX580V camcorder will also operating with this remote, however I don't see any mention of the remote feature (other than the wireless playback remote) in the on-line OM. Does anyone know if the camcorder can be contolled with a tripod such as the Sony VCTVPR1? Thanks
BOB C  Don't have experience with the remote operation. Sorry.
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