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Sony Handycam HDR-CX550V

alaTest has collected and analyzed 183 reviews of Sony Handycam HDR-CX550V. The average rating for this product is 4.4/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. Opinions about the design and size are overall positive. The portability and image quality are also appreciated. Many are critical about the zoom, while the memory and price get mixed reviews.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Sony Handycam HDR-CX550V is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 86/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review by: (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for Sony Handycam HDR-CX550V

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 22 user reviews of Sony Handycam HDR-CX550V from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 4.4/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.co.uk. Reviewers are impressed by the battery and reliability. The portability and image quality are also appreciated. There are mixed reviews on the size and zoom. Many are less positive about the price.

usability, image quality, portability, reliability, battery

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86% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Sony HDRCX550VEB High Definition Handycam Camcorder With 64GB embedded Flash memorySony HDRCX550VEB High Definition Handycam Camcorder With 64GB embedded Flash memory

Dec, 2016

Consumer review by: (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Sony Handycam HDR-CX550V

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 69 user reviews of Sony Handycam HDR-CX550V from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 4.5/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.com. People are impressed by the size and price. The portability and image quality are also appreciated, whereas some have doubts about the memory and zoom.

usability, image quality, portability, price, size

zoom, memory

96% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Sony HDR-CX550V 64GB High Definition Handycam CamcorderSony HDR-CX550V 64GB High Definition Handycam Camcorder

Dec, 2016

Expert review by: Lori Grunin (cnet.com)

Sony Handycam HDR-CX550V review:

 

Given its accoutrements--a large G series lens, 64GB memory built in, 3.5-inch LCD and EVF, headphone and mic jacks, and shutter and iris controls--the Sony Handycam HDR-CX550V's price north of $1,000 may be a bit painful, but not much of a surprise....

Full manual feature set for video; geotagging for video is fun, if not very practical; autofocus system performs very well.

Annoying menu system; no wind filter or meaningful audio controls; relatively big and heavy; expensive; defaults to low resolution, not-full-HD video quality; cumbersome touch-screen interface.

The Sony Handycam HDR-CX550V fares well compared with the competition, though its video could be a bit sharper and the interface less cumbersome. Unless you absolutely need to store a lot of video on the camcorder--which I don't suggest--or if have...

May, 2010

Expert review by: Lori Grunin (cnet.com.au)

Sony Handycam HDR-CX550V

 

Against the competition the CX550V fares well, though its video could be a bit sharper and the interface less cumbersome.

Full manual feature set for video ; Geotagging for video is fun, if not very practical ; Autofocus system performs very well

Annoying menu system ; No wind filter or meaningful audio controls ; Relatively big and heavy ; Expensive ; Defaults to low resolution, not-full-HD video quality ; Cumbersome touchscreen interface

Via CNET US

Nov, 2010

Expert review by: Jeremy Stamas (camcorderinfo.com)

Sony Handycam HDR-CX550V Camcorder Review

 

Sony's flagship 2010 model, the HDR-CX550V, is a larger camcorder than its predecessor, but it is loaded with a wide angle lens, new manual controls, and stronger performance. With a Sony049 price tag, the CX550 is also one of the cheaper high-end...

May, 2010

Expert review by: Jeremy Stamas (reviewed.com)

Sony HDR-CX550V

 

Larger than its predecessor, but loaded with features, controls, and stronger performance

Great control dial; Decent motion

Poor low light sensitivity; Color accuracy wasn’t great

With the HDR-CX550V Sony finally began to break down some of its longstanding policies regarding its Handycam camcorders. For starters, the CX550V is the first Sony Handycam to offer 24Mbps AVCHD recording, and it is the first to enable the use of...

May, 2010

Expert review by: (toptenreviews.com)

Sony HDR-CX550V

 

The large amount of memory and high-quality images makes this device hard to beat.

This Sony HDV camcorder features the Exmor R CMOS sensor

A higher optical lens would enhance this camcorder

The Sony HDR-CX550V is the best HDV camcorder on the market. The GPS abilities, large amount of embedded memory and a vast selection of features makes this device simple, efficient, yet of high-quality. If simplicity, high-quality images and an...

Consumer review by: Charles (cnet.com.au)

Sony Handycam HDR-CX550V

 

I purchased one and found the quality was reasonable but I would of expected more from a high end camcorder. The stabilser is good but this model suffers from poor colour accuracy. The colours appear to be too warm and slightly inaccurate. The menu is...

Stabiliser

Poor colour accuracy and bad menu

Nov, 2010

Consumer review by: Alienslayer (cnet.com.au)

Sony Handycam HDR-CX550V

 

Nothing gets a perfect 10 but this comes close! The picture quality is awesome and even with it's small 64gb hdd it still holds 15 hours worth of recording at a HD default recording mode. For most people who upload their videos then delete them this is...

Low light picture quality and night vision

Menu layout tricky to understand

Nov, 2010

Consumer review by: badpro (sony.com)

Best pro handy cam in the market, FACT!

 

i'v had this camera for a week and i have tried almost every setting on it, its perfect if you know what your doing and what you want, even if you new to filming this camera can still give you that pro look needed. so far iv done a lil music video with...

Great focus pull, Amazing HD quality pictures and film

zoom not that smooth, but manageable

Sep, 2011

Consumer review by: boiseengineer (sony.com)

Excellent non-pro camera

 

Since I've had this for only a week I can't say anything about reliability. It's an all-in-one package that takes great video and still pictures. However, if you're looking for pro camera with full manual exposure/F-stop/white balance/shutter (etc)...

Excellent resolution. Lots of file storage choices. Good battery life. Full auto mode in normal light works great for mo

No full manual mode. Setting one mode to manual generally resets all others to "Auto

May, 2011

Consumer review by: Vyke (sony.com)

Best option in the consumer camcorder category

 

The cx560v is a great camera in the consumer camcorder category. The image sensor on this camera is a 1/2.88" CMOS compared to a 1/4" CMOS in the cx160 and cx360 models and the effective resolution on this camera is also comparatively higher at 6.14...

High effective video resolution, great sound, hot-shoe for expandability

small screen considering it is a touch screen

Apr, 2011

Product Specifications

Audio

Audio Dubbing: No
Sound:Stereo

Configuration

3 Chip Technic: No
Chip Type:CMOS
Image Stabiliser:Optical Image Stabiliser

Connections

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

Connectivity

Digital Input: Yes
Firewire IEEE-1394 Interface: No
HDMI: Yes
USB Interface: Yes
Wireless Interface: No

Display

Screen Resolution:921600 pixels
Screen Size:3.5 in
Screen Type:LCD

Features

Web Cam Function: No

General Features

Format:Flash + Memory Card
Handheld Position:Horizontal
Resolution:Full HD

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

Lens/Zoom

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

Measures

Dimensions (HxWxD):74x66x143 mm
Weight:440 g

Power source

Battery Type:InfoLithium

Recording

Recording Format:16:9 / 4:3

Sensor

Sensor Size:1/2.9 in
Sensor Type:CMOS

Storage

Built-in Memory: Yes
Built-in Storage Size:16 GB
External Memory Type:Memory Stick PRO Duo Mark II, Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo, SecureDigital, SDHC
Extra Memory Support: Yes

Video

HD Recording:HD 1080p
Recording Format:Internal flash / MemoryStick / Secure Digital / SDHC
Video Resolution:1920x1080, 1440x1080

Viewfinder, display

Viewfinder Colour:Color
Viewfinder resolution:201600 pixels
Viewfinder Size:0.2