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Sony Handycam HDR-XR550VE

alaTest has collected and analyzed 141 reviews of Sony Handycam HDR-XR550VE. The average rating for this product is 4.6/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. Reviewers really like the size and battery. The portability and image quality also get good feedback.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Sony Handycam HDR-XR550VE is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 85/100 = Very good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 20 user reviews of Sony Handycam HDR-XR550VE from The average user rating for this product is 4.9/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders on Comments about the viewfinder and durability are overall positive. The portability and image quality are also mentioned favorably, but there are mixed comments on the price and battery.

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Apr, 2017

Consumer review by: John (

Sony Handycam HDR-XR550VE


Very easy to use.Just open the screen and shoot. Excellent pictures. Ideal zoom, not too long. Wide angle is good. Sound reasonable for close work. Light weight. Fits into your hand easily. Easy to back up onto portable hard drive or lap top (Mac). The...

Non really. The GPS is not much use. I was in Namibia recently and it told me I was in the middle of Paris

Jun, 2011

Consumer review by: sweeper (

Sony HDR-XR550V - Nice Hardware Even If Incomplete


Summary No other company has more experience in producing consumer video cameras than Sony does. Sony not only builds video cameras but also designs and builds most of the most critical component hardware used within including the image ...

Nearly comprehensive feature set, wide angle zoom, assignable manual control

Non-intuitive menu navigation, no Mac support, proprietary hot shoe, no VU meter, sluggish video AF

Oct, 2011

Product Specifications


Audio Dubbing: No
Audio Dubbing:N / No
Built-In Microphone:Y / Yes
Built-in speaker(s):Y / Yes


Battery life (max):1.75
Battery Type:NP-FV50


Minimum illumination:3
Playback zoom (max):Y


Composite Input: No
Composite Output: Yes
Firewire in (IEEE 1394): No
Firewire Out (IEEE 1394): No
HDMI Connection: Yes
Headphone Jack: Yes
Line-In Audio: Yes
S-Video Inputs: No
S-Video Output: Yes
USB Connection: Yes


Colour of product:Black


Display diagonal:8.89 / 88.9
Screen Resolution:921600 pixels
Screen Size:3.5 in
Screen Type:LCD
Touchscreen: Yes


Web Cam Function: No


Built-in Flash:Y / Yes


Face detection: Yes

Image resolution

Digital Still Pictures:Photo
Effective mega pixels:4.1 megapixels
Effective Pixels:4.1 megapixels
Progressive Scan for Photos: No
Still Picture Resolutions:4000x2250, 4000x3000, 640x480 pixels
Total MegaPixels:6.6 megapixels

Image sensor

Effective megapixels (movie):921600
Optical sensor size:1/0.114 / 25.4 / 2.9
Sensor Type:CMOS
Total MegaPixels:12

Lens System

Digital Zoom:120
Filter Size:3.7 / 37
Focal length (35mm film equivalent):29.8 - 298
Focal length range (f-f):3.8 - 38
Image stabilizer:Y / Yes
Optical Zoom:10


Aperture (Wide-tele):F1.8-3.4
Auto Focus: Yes
Digital Zoom:120 x
Filter Size:37 mm
Focal Length (35mm equiv):36.5-365 mm
Focal Length (Wide-Tele):3.8-38 mm
Image Stabilization:Yes (Optical)
Manual Focus: Yes
Night Shot: Yes
Optical Zoom:10 x
Shutter speeds:1/6-1/10000 s
White Balance:Auto, Outdoor, Indoor, One-push


Dimensions (HxWxD):70x71x143 mm
Weight:510 g

Other features

Aperture range (F-F):1.8 - 3.4
Audio output:1 / Y
Auto Focus:Y / Yes
Cable Type:USB
Fader:Black / White / Black/White
Interface:USB, HDMI
Lens system:Sony G
Manual Focus:Y / Yes
Night mode:Y / Yes
Noise Reduction:Y / Yes
Power consumption (typical):3.5
Spotlight:Y / Yes
Twilight:Y / Yes
Video Out:1 / Y

Packaging Content

Bundled software:Picture Motion Browser (PMB)
Handheld remote control:Y / Yes

Ports & interfaces

Component video (YPbPr/YCbCr) out:1 / 3
DV port:N / No
Firewire (IEEE 1394) ports: No
HDMI:Y / Yes
Microphone in:Y / Yes
PictBridge:Y / Yes
S-Video In: No
S-Video Out:Y / Yes
USB 2.0 ports quantity:1

Power source

Battery Type:InfoLithium


Sensor Size:1/2.9 in
Sensor Type:CMOS


Camera shutter speed:1/6 - 1/10000

Still image

Still image resolution(s):640 x 480, 4000 x 3000 / 640 x 480,4000 x 3000


Built-in Memory: Yes
Built-in Storage Size:240 GB
External Memory Type:Memory Stick PRO Duo Mark II, Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo, Secure Digital, SDHC
Extra Memory Support: Yes
Internal storage capacity:240


HD Recording:HD 1080p
HD type:Full HD
Maximum Video Resolution:1920 x 1080
Recording Format:Hard drive / Memory Stick / SecureDigital / SDHC
Video formats supported:MPEG2
Video Resolution:1920x1080, 1440x1080


Viewfinder screen size:0.27 / 6.86

Viewfinder, display

Viewfinder Colour:Color
Viewfinder resolution:201600 pixels
Viewfinder Size:0.5

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:14.1 / 14.3 / 143
Height :7.4 / 74
Width:7 / 70

White balance

Indoor white balance:Y / Yes
Onepush white balance:Y / Yes
Outdoor white balance:Y / Yes