The major standout feature of the HDR CX500V is the ability to obtain the GPS information for your video. The camcorder can geotag both photos and videos, and this is accomplished via the built-in GPS antenna. The GPS information is limited in that you can only see maps of the location. You won’t get detailed information like street names and landmarks. But, you can get a general idea where the photo or video was taken.
You can get more information on the photos, including the metadata, parks and galleries. This information, however, won’t show up on your video files.
The image quality is quite sharp, especially in good lighting conditions. It doesn’t look very distorted even in low-light situations. Certain objects like animal fur will, however, look soft if you are not completely zoomed in on the object.
Generally, the exposure and focus works very well. It suffers a little bit when using the automatic exposure. But, overall the camcorder produces great video even in low-light situations. You may do better using the manual over the auto focus. It works OK, but it does easily mix up background and foreground images.
The camcorder does have some pretty amazing features. The Face Touch option automatically detects faces and keeps them in focus. The Smooth Slow Record option allows you to record slow-motion video.