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Sony Handycam HDR-XR200V

alaTest has collected and analyzed 86 reviews of Sony Handycam HDR-XR200V. The average rating for this product is 4.2/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. Reviewers are impressed by the battery and size. The image quality and portability also get good feedback. Some have doubts about the viewfinder. The memory and price get mixed comments.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Sony Handycam HDR-XR200V is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 82/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review by: (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Sony Handycam HDR-XR200V

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 27 user reviews of Sony Handycam HDR-XR200V from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 4.3/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.com. People really like the battery and size. The image quality and usability also get good feedback.

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93% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Sony HDR-XR200V 120GB HDD High Definition Camcorder w/15x Optical ZoomSony HDR-XR200V 120GB HDD High Definition Camcorder w/15x Optical Zoom

Aug, 2017

Expert review by: Jim Feeley (pcadvisor.co.uk)

Sony Handycam HDR-XR200V review

 

For £729, you get a Sony camcorder with overall performance on a par with the Sanyo Xacti VPC-FH1, a camera that costs half as much. That price tag does get you some high-end features, plus all those one expects to find in a modern camcorder: optical...

The Sony Handycam HDR-XR200V isn't a bad camcorder, but its main draw might be its fancy extras rather than its output.

Oct, 2009

Expert review by: Jim Feeley (pcworld.com)

Sony Handycam HDR-XR200V

 

The GPS-enabled Sony Handycam HDR-XR200V certainly sports innovative features, but it lacks the video quality needed to make it stand out from--or even measure up to--the best small AVCHD camcorders we've seen this year. For $1000 (as of 9/25/2009),...

Good video quality under bright light ; Smile Shutter shoots stills as subjects smile

Bad low-light video ; Expensive for what you get

The Sony Handycam HDR-XR200V is a disappointing performer, and its GPS capabilities aren't as useful as they could be.

Oct, 2009

Expert review by: Derek Fung (cnet.com.au)

Sony Handycam HDR-XR200V

 

It's the active image stabilisation system that finally makes shooting lengthy handheld movies or on-the-go videos a viable option, which elevates this camera from average to good.

Active image stabilisation removes all shake, bar earthquakes ; Good, if not great, image quality ; GPS geotagging ; Did we already mention the image stabilisation

How about 24Mbps recording Sony ; 4-megapixel claim is a lie

It's the active image stabilisation system that finally makes shooting lengthy handheld movies or on-the-go videos a viable option, which elevates this camera from average to good. If you intend to attach your video camera to a tripod for a majority of...

Mar, 2009

Consumer review by: Ron (reevoo.com)

Sony HDR-XR200V

 

There are so many good things that I don't know where to start! The hand-strap when adjusted to your size places the camera in the most comfortable and practical position for use. All to controls are conveiently placed and the large, bright screen...

There is only one bad point as far as I am concerned but it is a big one! Why oh why did Sony not provide a co-axial socket for an external/extension microphone? They did offer an adapter for the "hot shoe" that allowed the use of such a mic (part...

Sep, 2012

Consumer review by: Ron (reevoo.com)

Sony HDR-XR200V

 

There are so many good things that I don't know where to start ; The hand-strap when adjusted to your size places the camera in the most comfortable and practical position for use ; All to controls are conveiently placed and the large, bright screen...

There is only one bad point as far as I am concerned but it is a big one! Why oh why did Sony not provide a co-axial socket for an external/extension microphone ; They did offer an adapter for the "hot shoe" that allowed the use of such a mic (part...

Aug, 2012

Consumer review by: Len (reevoo.com)

Sony HDR-XR200V

 

Everything about this Handycam is good right from its looks right down to its performance.

Nothing bad about it

Jul, 2012

Consumer review by: pete (reevoo.com)

Sony HDR-XR200V

 

I have to remember that the HDR-XR200VE is a handy cam for taking moving picture. It does this very well, but for a difficult menu system for turning things on and off, the touch screen I would say this is a first rate camera. Yes I use the word camera...

gripes: well there always are. No manual focus ring for the still camera, this is the biggest let down as close up photography is very interesting, depth of field playing such a strong part of the photographers bag, the menu driven item is useless . I...

Jun, 2011

Consumer review by: charlie (reevoo.com)

Sony HDR-XR200V

 

The camera is light to hold, super quick to start up and shoot. I never missed a thing when using it on land or underwater and had to catch a passing sea ray or turtle or something. I did have the sport pack housing which worked superbly. The ease of...

The standard battery has a small recording capacity so upgrading that to a N-70 solves that. The lense can be a little to long focused and for objects nearer or closer to you a wide angle lense purchase is a must. The night vision is ok, not very...

Jul, 2010

Consumer review by: Confirmed purchaser (reevoo.com)

Sony HDR-XR200V

 

Realy good Image Quality.

Battery life only an hour. If you want to record the movies on DVD in SD you need relly good and fast computer.

Jun, 2010

Consumer review by: behrouz (reevoo.com)

Sony HDR-XR200V

 

Smashing recording quality,ease of use and the GPS is one of the many good thing about this camcorder. Face detection is very good.

The only let down with this camcorder is the low meg pixle camera!

Jun, 2010

Product Specifications

Audio

Built-In Microphone: Yes

Battery

Battery technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Type:InfoLithium

Camera

Minimum illumination:5
On Screen Display (OSD): Yes

Design

Colour of product:Black

Display

Display:LCD
Display diagonal:6.86

Flash

Built-in Flash: Yes

Image sensor

Optical sensor size:25.4 / 5
Sensor Type:CMOS
Total MegaPixels:1 / 4

Lens System

Digital Zoom:180
Filter Size:3
Focal length (35mm film equivalent):40 - 600 / 41 - 6000
Focal length range (f-f):3.2 - 46.5
Image stabilizer: Yes
Optical Zoom:15

Other features

Aperture range (F-F):1.8 - 2.6
Audio output:1
Auto Focus: Yes
Fader:Black & White
Focus:Full range
Lens system:Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar
Manual Focus: Yes
Night mode: Yes
Noise Reduction: Yes
Photo mode: Yes
Power requirements:7.2V, 8.4V AC
Sports: Yes
Spotlight: Yes
Twilight: Yes

Ports & interfaces

Component video (YPbPr/YCbCr) out:1
DC-in jack: Yes
HDMI: Yes
PictBridge: Yes
S-Video Out: Yes
USB 2.0 ports quantity:1

Shutter

Camera shutter speed:1/2 - 1/800 / 1/30 - 1/250

Still image

Image formats supported:JPG

Storage

Compatible memory cards:MS PRO Duo
Internal storage capacity:120
Maximum memory card size:16

Video

Maximum Video Resolution:1920 x 1080
Video formats supported:MPEG2

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:12.2 / 13.3
Height :6.8
Weight:390 / 470
Width:7

White balance

Indoor white balance: Yes
Onepush white balance: Yes
Outdoor white balance: Yes