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Sony Handycam HDR-XR200V

alaTest has collected and analyzed 62 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 really like the durability and size. The image quality and portability are also mentioned favorably. There are some mixed reviews about the price, while some have doubts about the viewfinder.

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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 81/100 = Very good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 27 user reviews of Sony Handycam HDR-XR200V from 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 Comments about the battery and size are overall positive. The image quality and usability also get good comments.

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93% of the reviews on 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

Oct, 2016

Expert review by: Jim Feeley (

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 (

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 (

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 (

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: Robert (

Sony HDR-XR200V


The "Easy" button and ant-shake are two of my favourite features followed closely by the amount of storage space that is ontained in this compact piece of equipment but then again there are so many other features as one would expect from a Sony video...

No eye-piecenot always easy to view the screen in bright sunlight so I have to shoot and hope for the best (unless of course there is a featrue that deals with that, that I haven't found yet

May, 2010

Consumer review by: Soumen (

Sony HDR-XR200V


Good in everything apart from battery

Reviewer left no comment

Apr, 2010

Consumer review by: palliz (

Sony Handycam HDR-XR200V


Have owned this HD camcorder for about 1 year. My wife & I love to travel & this little baby does everything we want. OK I agree low light totally sux We understand this is not a strong point but WOW in good light it is AWESOME! The Face recognition...

HD Excellent.Colors awesome.Ease of use great

Low light & Still pics

Jan, 2011

Consumer review by: filcon (

Sony Handycam HDR-XR200V


My wife and I have just purchased this little pack of works, and have found it to be quite a good performer. It is only a little over 1 week old, so there are may of the features we are still learning. By the way, we didn't pay anything like $2000!!...

Good light shooting - excellent results

Hand hold position ergonomics

Aug, 2009

Consumer review by: don1 (

Sony Handycam HDR-XR200V


I found the user interface and the menu system easy to navigate. Low light performance is actually quite good compared to that of other camcorders the same price. Tested the canon and the panasonic equivalant and they were both much more noisy and...

goog all round performance


Aug, 2009

Consumer review by: Morgan (

Sony Handycam HDR-XR200V


I disagree with Don1. I have a JVC X900 and it leaves the XR200 for dead. The colours are realistic, the camcorder is more compact, it takes real 9MP stills,it has slow motion record and outdoors it leaves the rest for dead. The XR200 just looked too...

Reasonable OIS and 120GB capacity

Grainy and pale on the colours

Aug, 2009

Product Specifications


Built-In Microphone: Yes


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


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


Colour of product:Black


Display diagonal:6.86


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
PictBridge: Yes
S-Video Out: Yes
USB 2.0 ports quantity:1


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

Still image

Image formats supported:JPG


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


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

Weight & Dimensions

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

White balance

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