Sony Debuts New GPS-Equipped Handycam Camcorders

It's summertime, and thus it's vacation time. And you know what you need on vacation? Something to capture those memories so you don't forget 'em all two days after you're back in the grind. Sony is looking to lend a helping hand with two new camcorders: the Handycam HDR-CX520V and HDR-CX500V.

Both devices capture full 1920x1080 resolution and still shots up to 12MP, with the 520V touting 64GB of internal storage and the 500V with 32GB. They also boast 60p output, which automatically converts content to 60 progressive frames per second when connected to a compatible high-definition television.

There's also Optical SteadyShot with Active Mode--which allows a moveable lens element to shift with greater range of motion during camera shake--along with Sony's own BIONZ imaging processor with a new Face Touch function. Other features include Smile Shutter, Face Detections, a back-illuminated “Exmor R” CMOS sensor, a six-blade aperture, built-in GPS antenna for geo-tagging and a 3" touch panel LCD. In addition to built-in flash memory, the models can record content to optional Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo HX media. The HDR-CX500V and HDR-CX520V, will be available in September for about $1,100 and $1,300 respectively.